This Old House Renovation: Jill Goldberg

I’m back! A week off from blogging was just what I needed to get excited about sharing some cool stuff with you guys the rest of the summer. We had an overwhelming, but nice, trip to Maine and some QT with Henry which was wonderful. He’s growing faster than I can even fathom and so time away from work is crucial for me as a mom. But MAN does it feel great to be back at work! :) I have a new accessory collection launching this week, a re-branding effort underway and a new renovation project starting at my house in August- so lots and lots going on!
To kick off the week I wanted to share with you this incredible project done by fellow Boston designer, and friend, Jill Goldberg (who owns Hudson in the South End, Boston’s best home store in my opinion!)  She was chosen to do this renovation project in conjunction with This Old House in Arlington, MA and I absolutely LOVE it and have not seen much of it on the ol’ interwebs so I thought it would be fun to share as well as some insight from Jill on the design! The clients wanted a very serene, California vibe that took cues from the style and age of the old home, and I certainly feel it was a very successful result!

This picture had me at hello- from the modern bubble chandelier by Oly (I found a more affordable one- see bottom of post) to the oak cabinetry, wall paneling, William Morris paper, modern slipcovered chairs and sculptural table….it’s an A+++ in my book (and also one of Jill’s favorite rooms for it’s timeless yet modern feel).

The butler’s pantry is through these fabulously genius panels that you can open and close- super efficient for serving food and drinks in the dining room!  Jill says this was one of her favorites aspects of the design int he house.

And the butlers pantry itself is stunning as well (more of this incredible wood cabinetry coming in the kitchen!)

Doing a wood island with wood floors can be difficult- but I adore how seamless this color palette is, keeping the floors and the island the same exact tone and then doing the white cabinetry on the perimeter.

And I always love me a good vintage rug in a  kitchen. :)  The antique details in the hardware and glass doors keep in line with the age of the home, but in such a crisp, new way.

The wood tones are carried into the family room, but make their way up onto the planked vaulted ceiling.  The limestone mantel helps to keep the color scheme consistent (an important aspect of the design of this home).

Jill wanted these rooms to all flow with an interesting mix of textures to keep it interesting.  A perfect example is this embossed wallpaper on the ceiling in foyer.  It looks as though its a detail that has always been there but it actually is new (I found some linked at the end of the post!)

With this type of paper, make sure it’s paintable and use the same shade as on your trim to make it look older and richer.

I am IN LOVE with these stairs. Like, seriously in love.

The woodwork in the living room is original to the home, and where Jill took her cues from for the newer woodwork int eh rest of the house.

A great little office with shiplap walls and ceiling.

In this space, the walls were kept the same tones as the rest of the house but the grasscloth wallcovering adds texture.  I always try to use grasscloth in projects as its such a  rich, wonderful look and since there have been such advances in vinyl grasscloth, there’s no excuse not to!

More shiplap (new tot he home, but looks old) in this small bathroom, which looks great with the cement tile flooring.

Large, dramatic art (this piece from Carroll & Sons by Richard Bosman) really looks incredible in conjunction with the more traditional details of the house.

Simplicity at its best.

A lot of the art Jill sourced on— a great place to find modern pieces at accessible prices.

If you want to find out more about this house the the whole renovation behind it all the episodes can be found on the This Old House website. But I also pulled together some suggestions to get the look of this fabulous house from retail vendors below:

1.// bubble chandelier // 2. abstract print // 3. dining table // 4. woven pendants // 5. Windsor chair // 6. Minwax floor stain // 7. area rug // 8. side table // 9. slipcovered dining chairs // 10. ring chandelier // 11. embossed wallpaper // 12. wingback chair // 13. console // 14. floor tile // 15. stripe headboard // 16. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

** all photographs by Michael J. Lee





  1. I love every inch of it. I’ve dreamed of having the budget to hire her to redecorate my house. {Sigh}

    Hudson is my favorite home store. I used to live up the street on Union Park.

    Back to dreaming that I’ll win the lottery some day…

  2. Jill always does such great work! Her work always has a good balance of design and comfortable living. Do I spy a @patchnyc eye in the kitchen??

  3. Probably my favorite season ever of TOH! Jill did an incredible job. Thanks for reposting, this definitely deserves to be all over the interwebs!!

  4. Any idea where the desks in the office are from? I have been looking for some like that to no avail!

  5. Erin, You are always generous with your praise of other designers’ great work. This house is so beautiful & has lots of inspirational ideas. Thanks for sharing it! And thanks for the links, as well. Great ideas for getting the look ourselves.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous. We are having our 4 hallways painted this week and I needed info on grasscloth wallpaper. Now to just pick a color. And that adorable shiplap bathroom with cement tile flooring, beautiful. Renovating our beach house after a fire and that is perfection.

  7. Luv the overall feel of this home. Just beautiful.

    Can you recommend a similar grass wallpaper shown here… color and brand?

    Thanks so much!! I’m a huge fan of your blog.

  8. Hi Erin,
    Have a question about a rug that’s pictured in your book on page 16 – I was wondering if you knew the style /color of this rug? I was thinking it’s possibly Stark’s Neptune in Platinum but I could be way off.

  9. Love this post. Jill did a beautiful job!! Thanks for sharing :)

    Any recommendations for the vinyl grasscloth sources you mentioned?

  10. Wouldn’t change a thing…what a wonderful eye for color…not easy doing those tans, etc. franki

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