Thursday, July 30, 2015

These are a few of my favorite things...

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with strings,
These are a few of my favorite things..."

       Here at Kelly McGuill Home we'll show you how we put our own groove on a space!  These are a few of our favorite things that we believe can be used in any home to help any space come to life!

A go-to of ours because they are a great way to add texture and interest to a space.  They come in a range of prices depending on your budget.

A basic grid layout of art can be a simple solution to a tired wall and really pull a space together.  An easy way to put a fun spin on any room; arranging a grid above a console table in a living room, adding interest in a long hallway, or having an entire gallery wall in a master bedroom.

An alternative take on a doorway, the barn door introduces an unexpected twist on a room with the exposed track and hardware. The door may also be a natural or distressed wood for a neutral accent.

Carrara marble is an investment that is both timeless and durable. It will always be a classic and beautiful look that never goes out of style.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Going to have to start cooking again...

The McGuill household has been without a kitchen for about a month and a half now. While we have enjoyed exploring the endless local restaurants and not having to cook dinner after a long day of work, we are beyond excited and very ready to have the heart of our home back!

 Here is a look into the before, the demo, and the (almost) after of our kitchen renovation…

This kitchen's birthday would be coming up on twenty-two years old. As much as we loved the simple and functional space, we were ready for our kitchen renovations to get underway!

Here are the bones of the kitchen exposed and ready for a facelift…

We said good-bye to this lovely window as we welcomed three larger windows over the sink.

The wall to the butler's pantry was taken down and already letting more light into the space!

Voila! The (almost) after: the cabinets, appliances and counters are in, as well as the floors refinished.
The space looks amazing with more light than ever

All remaining on the to-do list is install the sink faucet, lighting, open shelving, and finish of the hood. Once that is completed, in will come the furniture, artwork and all the pretties!

 These new, wider french doors replaced the old doors onto the back porch allowing even more light.

 Here shows off the new space with the removal of the wall into the butler's pantry!

We are so pleased with the progress and results thus far as we are full speed ahead to the finish line. We promise to share our kitchen renovation as soon as the finishing touches are completed!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Timeless Style and Endless Change

While trying to organize some of the millions of pictures we have in the database here in the office, I came across some absolutely stunning pictures of the McGuill home a few years back. The pictures themselves go to show you that timeless style exists. Not only do these pictures prove that, but they take you through a journey of a loving family and the change over time as the kids grow up, people come and go, and the furniture seems to weasel its way into new spaces. The simplistic nature of Kelly's designs truly withstand the test of time as you can see below. Any of these images would be as beautiful today as they were years ago.

You can see some of the updated images on her website, but here are some from years ago that are just as wonderful.

… and an old kitchen picture in lieu of the new renovations that we promise to share as soon as they are done!

Just looking at the pictures of the office made us laugh. The business itself has grown so much and we have been honored to have so many lovely clients.. which also meant adding several new desks and computers, and a lot more storage space to the area!

xoxo Kelly McGuill Home Design Team

Friday, June 19, 2015

"A Place in the Sun" and more on the way!

Lots going on here at Kelly McGuill Home. Our Cape House project was recently published in the Boston Globe, how exciting! The article gives a lovely overview of the renovations and selections that took place to make this space the perfect retreat for a busy family. We are so happy to have been featured in the Globe, since this project was one of our all time favorites. And, what perfect timing, right as we get into the full swing of summer and prepare ourselves for those weekend retreats filled with sand and sun!

If you want to see the full article, click here.

But, that's not all! Just the other day, we did a photo shoot at one of our more recent projects; a beautiful wharf penthouse in Charlestown, MA with photographer, Kyle Caldwell. We are so excited to see the finished photographs, but we just couldn't wait. So, here is a quick glimpse from the photo shoot...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

An unlikely blog for an Interior design firm….but read on...

Here at Kelly McGuill Home we rarely ever post anything other than interior design stories; today however, we are sharing the story of a lovely woman named Heather Von St. James.

Ten years ago, Heather was given just 15 months to live after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.  Today, she approaches her 10th anniversary of being a cancer survivor.  Heather came to us to share her journey with mesothelioma, as well as make people more aware of mesothelioma and of cancer survivors.

She informed us that there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States and 2 million of them have survived more than 20 years.  She also introduced us to National Cancer Survivor's Day.  NCSD is a cause that celebrates those who have survived and acts as an inspiration for those recently diagnosed and a place of support for families affected.

Six years ago my younger sister Renee was diagnosed with Stage 3A melanoma.  To say that it affected our family is an understatement.  My sister is alive and well, but a day doesn't go by where we don't wonder if her cancer will come back.  Awareness is key in so many ways.

If you have any questions for Heather or would like to share your own story with her, feel free to contact her directly at, or visit her on Facebook and Twitter at:

Here are some links to further your knowledge and understanding of mesothelioma:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Home

I am so excited!  I have some wonderful news to share.....I am doing a remodel on my own home.  The Kitchen!!  I will finally be able to use all of those photos I have been tearing out or saving on the web of  the things I would love to do if it were my own kitchen.  It seems like I have been doing that forever.  Some of the photos have yellowed with age but I love classic, timeless design.  As the project progresses I will share photos with you so you can see the process and share in the experience with me.

Recently I had photos taken of my home by,  Kyle is so wonderful to work with.  His use of light is amazing.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Recreating a Boston Suburban Home

How fortunate are we to be involved in this amazing project where the focus of the renovation was to add much needed natural light.  Not to mention , make the space open and create a flow that works for this incredible family with children and a dog.


 Window and doors added
 New custom Kitchen cabinetry going in
 New doors adding so much incredible light to the interiors
 Custom Built-in cabinetry for an organized  family room
Out with the old and in with the new.  Good bye red formica. New photos to follow.