Before & After

Before & After :: Cape Cod Summer Home


Winter is officially here in New England and there is a chill in the air that has me {already} dreaming of warmer days. Luckily in my business I have the chance to do just that…vicariously that is. Every January it surprises me to think that it’s time to start thinking about summer homes. We seem to have two deadlines in this business…Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. All our summer home clients want their homes fluffed and ready for the vacation season and July 4th weekend seems to be the kickoff. Guess what…that’s only 6 months away…the perfect lead-time to do the job just right. So time is ticking! Let’s start thinking about getting your homes beach ready shall we…

On that note, I thought it might be fun to share some before and after shots from a project we worked on last spring. This client purchased a home on Cape Cod {in January of 2015}, and came to KMID to furnish it so that they could be in by June {yikes!}. They wanted young, fresh, contemporary and family friendly without being overly “beachy”.

Living Room

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The living room is right when you walk in, and needed to be welcoming and multifunctional. This is a room that everyone is going to hang out in and congregate, so we wanted it to be colorful, inviting and fun. This American Leather sectional helps to divide the space from the adjoining kitchen and is extremely comfortable and practical. Paired with this large, round coffee table from Gabby Home, this makes the perfect space to relax and watch TV, or play boardgames. We mixed in a lot of fun pieces as well, like this accent chair from Lee industries {top image}, sconce from Pigeontoe Ceramics on Etsy, and what became known as the “tooth” side table from Pfeifer Studio.

Master Bedroom




This bedroom is fun, young and most importantly, super comfortable. This Lee industries bed really grounds the space and brings in this beautiful turquoise color that we love {and that continues to pop up throughout the home}. The room is fairly small, so this sweet little bench from Four Hands was the perfect solution for the foot of the bed. I also love the combination of these Anthropologie nightstands paired with these silver Arteriors table lamps. The nightstands add much needed storage without being too clunky or weighing down the space. We wanted all of the rooms in this home to feel clean, fresh and bright, so we kept the art to a minimum in this space, adding two fun Norquay Co. paddles over the headboard.

Guest Bedroom




We sure wouldn’t mind being a guest in this adorable guest room! Again, this room is fairly small so we had to use the space wisely and really create an oasis for visitors. Using light and airy colors, and making the bed the focus helped to keep the feeling soft and inviting. Of course, the bed was of the utmost importance. We worked with Kenneth Raye Workshops to make this simple and classic painted bed that we then dressed up with beautiful bedding by Les Indiennes. One of my favorite things in this room is this “Cyanotype Whale” by Longstreet Gallery which we chose to offset by placing it around a corner. This allowed us to balance the window placement in the room and help us really balance the headboard wall while adding visual interest to the space.




Our clients wanted this room to function as both a study and a guest bedroom. To accomplish this we found this great sleeper sofa from American Leather. This bright yellow lacquered dresser from Anthropologie adds a pop of color to the room and provides great storage. We added this kitchy lamp from Dot + Bo to add additional interest to this little vignette.

Media Room


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The “media room” functions as a bonus living room in this home. It’s great because unlike the living room, it’s slightly removed from the kitchen and the rest of the house, making it more private and ideal for movie watching. We provided lots of seating with this Wesley Hall sofa in a textural brown and two Kristen Drohan Collection swivel chairs in a deep plum color. The leather ottoman from Jamie Young functions as a place to rest your feat, or an extra seat if needed. We love everything from Natural Curiosities and these “Harvey Seeweed” pieces were perfect for the room and the beachside location.

MediaRoom_Before MediaRoom_After  This portion of the media room leads out to the pool, so this West Elm storage cabinet is not only beautiful but also a functional spot to store rolled up beach towels. The Eliza Gran pompom pillow and mirrors from Roost Co. are a fun and playful elements that make the room sing.


I love this Etsy print paired with this console from Anthropologie. Our friends at Art Applications helped us to customize the darker details on this piece, and the print serves as a breath of fresh air.

Summer/vacation homes are some of our favorite projects and we have so much fun creating a relaxing and functional oasis for you and your family . Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as I’ll be sharing some of our other vacation homes {something for you to look at as the snow starts to fall}!

For more photos from this project shot by Sarah Winchester check out Cape Cod Summer Home on the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page.


Before & After :: Newton Colonial

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Happy New Year everyone! It’s safe to say that 2015 has been a whirlwind but I’m pleased to announce that I’m now back from maternity leave! Although it feels a little weird to leave the girls at home, I’m really excited to be back in the office. 2015 was a life changing year both for my family, with the birth of our second daughter, and for KMID, as we moved into our new office in Winchester. We have a lot of exciting upcoming projects in the new year and it feels good to be back in my work boots {so to speak}! So make sure to stay tuned on the blog for periodic updates about what’s happening at KMID.

Today I want to share a beautiful Before & After with you all! You may recognize some of these photos as the project was just featured in Sunday’s edition of the Boston Globe Magazine {or online here}. I have to admit I will never stop getting that “pinch me” feeling when I see our work in print! I wanted to share a little bit more about the project and how it all came together so read on for the juicy details…

This young family immediately fell in love with this beautiful old colonial home {built in 1900} in Newton. When they moved in, they brought with them a hodgepodge of family furniture that they had collected over the years.  So while their house was fully furnished, it didn’t reflect their style or feel like home to them.

They approached KMID to help them marry their youthful spirit with both the house and the classic pieces that they had inherited. We wanted to honor the bones of the home and its history, but also make it work for the homeowners and withstand the rigors of family life. To achieve this, we kept a lot of their antique furniture, and reupholstered it with more updated, fresh fabrics. This helped keep the traditional lines and curves, but with a more updated and fresh take. It’s a very beautiful traditional home, and the aesthetic embraces the history but also feels welcoming and casual.



When these new home owners moved in, they wanted to highlight the thick original moldings and lovely wainscoting in the living room and entry. They started by painting the trim a cooler and brighter white to really highlight the intricate woodwork in the entryway. We then chose this gorgeous wallpaper from The Martin Group to make an impact and really set the tone for the rest of the home. The fun 1950’s Spanish metal light fixture from English Accent Antiques helps strike the perfect balance between modern and traditional.

Living Room

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You can really see the difference simply painting this space made.  We opted for a beautiful, dusty rose paint color {Benjamin Moore Sheraton Beige} to keep things neutral yet maintain interest and warmth. We really wanted to keep the use of color throughout the space, but by layering on a calmer palate in a more thoughtful way.

This beautiful Natural Curiosities “Gold Leaf Waves” print really draws you into the room and makes a bold impact. The tufted “Vivian” sofa from Emerson Bentley has traditional lines, but is updated when paired with red throw pillows and one in a suzani pattern from Etsy.  We also re-upholstered this antique Hollywood armchair in a fresh mint mini-print by Victoria Hagan. An oversize oval ottoman made of mohair and velvet by Lee Industries takes the place of a standard coffee table, while remaining versatile, practical and comfortable.

Living Room Nook


This corner is in the living room, and we wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost in the space. This painting by Elise Morris from Jules Place packs some color and texture and draws the eye to this special nook. This “Samuel” wingback chair from Furnishings by Design grounds the corner of the room and balances the other furniture in the room. The clean and fresh white drapes and sweet blue and white floral window seat cushion make for a bright and relaxing reading nook.

Dining Room


Once again, the bones of this room were beautiful. We replaced the red paint with a beautiful printed grasscloth by Berkeley House that immediately brightened and transformed the room. We loved the curves and shape of their existing dining room chairs, but reupholstered them with a metallic Nina Campbell fabric to give them an updated look. As for the window treatments, the vintage metal valances were a really cool and unique element that we wanted to keep.  We replaced their existing white drapes with these beautiful green wool window treatments by Brunschwig & Fils, adding some color and luxury to the space.



This stairway runner was in need of an upgrade. We updated it with a subtle print in a softer, calmer color. The result was still classic, but didn’t take away attention from everything else around it. The sculptural antique bench, found by the homeowners on, draws the eye to the detailed white woodwork. I love this Madeline Weinrib rug, with a graphic black and white print on a lavender field, because it brings a fresh modernity to the space. Finally, the painting by Duy Huynh from Jules Place adds visual interest in a soft way that doesn’t upstage the architecture.

For more photos from this project shot by Michael J. Lee Photography check out Newton Colonial on the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page. You can also read about the project in this Sunday’s {1/3} edition of the Globe magazine {or online here}.

Design is everywhere. Be inspired.


Before & After :: Cambridge Retreat


Now that things are finally starting to hit a rhythm post-baby, I’m excited to get back into a groove.  One aspect I’m looking forward to is getting back into the blog.  I love being able to chat with you all, read your comments and give you a sneak peak into our projects.

If you’ve been following along, you may remember I posted a few weeks back about this incredibly special project in Cambridge.  These clients, Jessica and Patrick, came to us following the Marathon bombing, looking to transform their space into one that is handicapped accessible and beautiful. You can read more about the project details and the story in our post ‘KMID and “The Meaning of Home” by Design New England’ {here}. You can also read the full article featured in the November/December issue of Design New England, or online here.

Although the shell of this home was beautiful, it didn’t work for Jess and Patrick.  We worked with the architects to create a home that they could easily maneuver through, while still being aesthetically pleasing.  Together we reconfigured cabinets, added an elevator, enlarged door frames, changed the stairway, and completed a lot of projects to make this space work for them. Then we layered on some wallpaper, window treatments, furnishings and accessories and this space became a home.

When we go places, it’s a constant battle of being creative about how you can adapt to the space.  It’s so nice to have a space adapted to you.  Not only aesthetically is that nice, but emotionally.  It’s a luxury to have all those accessibility features and know it can still be nice, so it’s not a constant reminder of your disability.

Today I wanted to share with you some before & after photos of Jess and Patrick’s “Cambridge Retreat”. All of the elements in this home came together beautifully and perfectly capture the spirit of the homeowners. It was such a rewarding and transformative experience and I’m thrilled to show it off to you all!

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Kate and Thiara really had to get in our head, our lifestyle, what we’re comfortable with, and what we’re not.  We were still getting used to these bodies and figuring out what works, what doesn’t and what makes us feel safe.  These were conversations that can be challenging to navigate, but they are eager to learn and we were happy to teach them.  They were so respectful and kind.

For more photos from this project {shot by Michael J. Lee Photography} check out Cambridge Retreat in the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page.

Design is everywhere. Be inspired.

HGTV :: House Hunter Renovations :: Before & After

Excited to reveal the before and after photos

from my HGTV debut on House Hunters Renovation.  Such an exciting experience working with the production team and a big thanks to all the vendors that were able to partake in the adventure with me.

A special thanks to my friends, family and clients who have expressed their support throughout this journey.  I feel lucky to have shared this with all of you!

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Project Details

Interior Design by Kate Maloney Albiani of KMID | Kate Maloney Interior Design

Contracting by Dan McCarthy of McCarthy Enterprises

Painting by Marc Culhane of Marc Culhane Painting

Disposal Services by Anthony Howard of ABH Services

Counter Stone by CounterEdge

Kraftmaid Cabinets by Carole Kitchen and Bath

Lighting by Currey & Company

Kitchen Backsplash by Discover Tile

Hardware/Cabinet Knobs by Anthropologie

Table and Chairs by Walker Homestead

Plumbing by McDonnell Plumbing

Window Seat Cushion by Stacy  Kruse with Hearth and Home

Window Treatments by Colleen Maloney of Window Elegance in Holliston

Window Treatment Fabric by Fabric Place Basement in Natick

Before & After :: Winchester Condo

Wow! Has this Fall been a blur or what?! I’ve taken some time away from the blog for our move {more on that soon} and some precious family time.  How are we into mid-November already?! While my personal life has been a bit crazy I’m lucky to have my team holding everything together at the office. Our work is stronger than ever and we’re excited about sharing the behind the scenes with you here on the blog.

Once our projects are fully installed {including artwork and accessories} we call in a professional photographer to help us document the work. It’s always fun for us to celebrate the beautiful photographs but when we look at them next to the “before” shots that’s when we realize just how much of a transformation we were able to achieve!

This client has impeccable taste and already owned some great pieces.  We were hired to help her pull everything together, elevate her style and turn this new house into HER home. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we love working with clients who know what they love and this stylish gal has an eye for design for sure.

When KMID was brought onto the project the space was empty. We love a blank canvas and this gave us full reign to really bring this space to life. We unified the open floor plan with wallpaper by Cole and Son starting at the front of the living room all the way through the dining and kitchen area. We framed out the windows with a deep blue fabric by Jim Thompson with the help of our window treatment guru Colleen Maloney of Window Elegance, AKA my beautiful mother. Also please note the black and white trim along the lead edge and lucite drapery poles {LOVE it!}. This room has our senior designer, Thiara Borges, written ALL OVER IT!

I am still whirling with excitement with how all of these elements came together. From the vintage mid-century pink Murano table lamp with custom stone final to the green lacquered drum table and red velvet club chair…I mean don’t you just want to be friends with the girl who lives here?!

KMID_WinchesterCondo_Before&After1 And those gold leaf waves from Natural Curiosities {gasp}…a long time favorite!

Ready for the full 360?!

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This striking custom bookshelf was designed by my partner in design crime, the ever talented Thiara Borges??  Yup! #makeitcustom


The dining table and side chairs were the client’s own and we just added the inlayed bone  chairs from Anthropologie to help ground the dining area.  Pair that with dash of hand loomed Madeline Weinrib rug and pinch of custom chandelier by Canopy Designs you have yourself one lovely area to gather with friends and family.

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We had custom window treatments made for the kitchen area and installed a pendant from Visual Comfort, which you can purchase for retail at Circa Lighting, next to our clients fun retro artwork.

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I hired Kate to makeover my new living space – living, dining and kitchen. I had never worked with a design firm before and decided on KMID because Kate was such a breath of fresh air. I was looking for someone who could help make my space eclectic and cool while still being functional and easy. Kate quickly paired me up perfectly with Thiara from her team, who is an absolute style inspiration. Kate and Thiara were amazing to work with!

The experience was very collaborative. Kate and Thiara visited the space and we had a consultation about my thoughts, preferences and budget. A couple weeks later they came back with a design that optimized the layout, incorporated my existing pieces, and added a tremendous mix of unique pieces, fun prints and bold colors. With the proposal and the samples provided, I was able to envision the new space. We discussed each piece individually and as part of the whole so I could really focus on where I wanted to invest. From there we made some tweaks so that the finished space truly feels like it represents me with its mix of vintage pieces, unique lighting and eclectic prints and textures.

I am absolutely thrilled with my new home! It is even more than I hoped for! I would not hesitate to engage with KMID in the future or to recommend their services to others.


For more photos from this project shot by Sean Litchfield Photography check out Winchester Condo on the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page.

Design is everywhere. Be inspired.

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Projects :: Martha’s Vineyard

Those of you who know me know that my design team and I just had a whirl wind of a spring and it’s largely due to the project we took on in Martha’s Vineyard. In just three short months we furnished and accessorized an entire home on this famous getaway island. And it was fabulous!

The home itself sits on over 140 acres of land over looking the most gorgeous view you could possible imagine. We felt so grateful that mother nature was on our side as we enjoyed our lunch break with a side of fresh air.  Don’t get me wrong, having an office in the city is fun and exciting, but we didn’t mind the sound of ocean just feet from our “desk” as opposed to the sound of traffic.

The View

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We spent four days on the Vineyard for this install. Since this is the family’s vacation home we were able to install the entire home for them, leaving them with only a big reveal in the end!

Day 1 was all about removing existing furniture, creating a blank canvas and making room for the new (and antique) furniture to be placed.

After all the furniture was cleared out

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Yes…Thiara and I high-fived. #thathappened #high-fivekindofmoment

Day 2 was so exciting as we placed all the rugs, furniture and began accessorizing! Well, we assisted as our trusted partners at Designer Services worked hard doing all the heavy lifting.

*Disclosure – DSI is an amazing delivery and installation serviced based out of Woburn, Massachusetts. They are the best of the best with everything always executed without a hitch. Kudos to their involvement on this project!

Delegating furniture placement

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Day 3 was for art placement and electrical installation. This client in-particular had some truly priceless pieces of art work. Like the 6 foot headdress that had been artfully framed. Or the absolutely perfect piece of art we hung over the fire place in the sitting area off the kitchen that pulled the whole room together.

Art & Electrical Installation

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Day 4 was when the really, and I mean really exciting stuff took place – accessories!

For this install we brought all of our favorite accessories to play with. I had a hard time letting go of some of these truly amazing pieces we placed.  It’s like selling your favorite necklace- somethings you just can’t part with.

Accessorizing a job is so much fun because it’s when you really start to see they design come to life. Just as you might accessorize your outfits, you play with what works best. And just as Coco Chanel said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory” the same concept can be applied when accessorizing a home. Don’t over do it. #lifelessons

Sitting Area

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That beautiful headdress…

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The Library

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The Master Bedroom

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We had an absolute blast this spring on this project!

To check out more from the finished product skillfully photographed by the talented Mr. Sean Litchfield visit out website (here)!

Design is everywhere. Be Inspired.

love kate


An editor from the new HGTV Magazine approached me about some before and after shots that I might have in my records. What fun I had going down memory lane. I’ve never taken the time to put these shots side by side. Here are a few so far. I’ll add more as I uncover them…

One of my all time favorites!
I bought this sofa at the Senior Class Auction in my hometown of Holliston for $10 and everyone thought I was NUTS! I couldn’t be happier that it found a home at CASA B restaurant in Winchester Massachusetts and I can visit it any time I like.Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 4.29.45 PM

Wellesley Kids’ Bath
Vanity design, tile, lighting, plumbing, stone and accessory selections by KMID.

All the bathrooms in this series carry the credits below…
Contractor: Kells Construction
Cabinetry: Furniture Design Services
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Wellesley Kids’ Bath Shower
Plumbing selection and tile design by KMID.Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 4.30.43 PM

Wellesley Guest Bath
Plumbing, vanity, tile and accessory selections by KMID.
Furniture by Walker Creek Furniture.
Mirror by Vagabond Vintage.Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 4.30.50 PM

Wellesley Guest Bath
Plumbing, tile and lighting selections by KMID.Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 4.31.00 PM

Reading Entry
Wallpaper, lighting and accessory selections by KMID.
Finished photography by Sean Litchfield.Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 4.31.48 PM

Reading Living Room
Furniture, paint color, lighting and accessory selections by KMID.
Finished photography by Sean Litchfield.Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 4.32.12 PM

Wellesley Dining Room
Furnishings, paint color, window treatments, lighting and accessory selections by KMID.Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 4.32.33 PM

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