From the June/July 2015 Issue:

Bright & Beautiful

    Writer: Judy Jeannin | Photographer: Audrey Vasey | Designer: Laurie (Burke) Boice, Professional Member ASID |

Colors of spring inspire a Manasquan makeover

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enlarge | When designer Laurie (Burke) Boice’s client fell in love with the drapery fabric, it became the inspiration for the sitting room in her Manasquan home. A refurbished secretary was painted spring green as a focal point.
Merging two families and their belongings is never easy. Decisions include what stays, what goes and whose decorating style will prevail.

One Manasquan couple resolved the dilemma by creating his and her spaces. He would keep his office/den just the way it was, and she would turn the seldom-used living room into her personal retreat.

“He wanted her to be comfortable,” says interior designer Laurie (Burke) Boice, a state-certified interior designer, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and owner of L.D. Burke Designs in Monmouth Beach. That meant transforming a rather dark, formal space into something light, bright and colorful.

The room began to come together when the client fell for the floral print drapery fabric that set the tone for the room. “She loved the colors—all of them—in the print,” Boice says.

The room’s new cool, springtime feel reflects the beautiful landscaping surrounding the house. The walls were painted soft yellow as a counterpoint to the existing dark wood trim. A comfortable chair was refreshed with pink upholstery, while a beloved secretary was redone in bold green.

“We wanted the secretary to be a focal point,” Boice says, “and the chair balances that out.” To keep the chair from becoming overpowering itself, the designer added a soft blue pillow and a white throw. “The throw adds more color and keeps the chair from feeling like an overwhelming block of pink in the center of the room.” The new sofa was ordered in white.

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enlarge | A favorite chair was reupholstered in bold pink to add even more punch to the room, and the chair’s color is echoed in the welting on the white sofa.
Colorful Whole
Boice used a number of techniques to tie the colors together. The welting on the sofa and the backing on the pleats in the valance over the bay window echo the color of the chair. The area rug that anchors the seating group picks up the green of the secretary. The white of the sofa reappears in the drapery fabric and in lampshades. Pillows scattered throughout the room repeat the colors in different patterns and fabrics.

Two pieces were salvaged from the old decor—a piano and a brass-and-glass coffee table. Black shelving units were added to flank the piano and help anchor the room. The black is picked up in the whimsical zebra-striped ceramic drum table placed next to the chair. The metal of the coffee table is reflected in a shiny lamp base and in the antique wrought-iron sconces that hang over the shelving units. A small chair that can be used at the secretary or as part of a conversation group adds a touch of dark wood to the center of the room.

The client was so pleased with the results she’s begun adding colorful touches throughout the house. “The whole house is getting brighter and more cheery,” Boice says.


Interior design, matchstick blinds and area rug, L.D. Burke Designs in Monmouth Beach; drapery fabric and accent welting on sofa, Pindler & Pindler (T) in Moor Park, California; chair and sofa fabric, Duralee (T) in Bay Shore, New York; zebra drum table and gourd vase lamp, Emissary Home & Garden (T) in Atlanta; iron lamp, Arteriors Home (T) in Carrollton, Texas; furniture refinishing, Staten Island Furniture Doctor, through L.D. Burke Designs. T=To the trade.

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