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Top 10: Interior Designers to Know

By Irina Grechko | July 4, 2011 | Lifestyle

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1. Tom Egan
Evolve Residential

Lives in: Back Bay
Designing for: 15 years
Strength: “My ability to design both the architecture and the decoration.”
Palette preference: “My clients tell me theirs, and I make that beautiful.”
Architectural crush: The 1972 addition to the Boston Public Library by Philip Johnson
Favorite room in childhood home: “The front hall. It had a great staircase and proportions.”

2. Kristina Crestin
Studio KC

Lives in: Essex
Designing for: 9 years
Strength: Listening to and interpreting clients
Palette preference: Aqua, gray, taupe, chartreuse
Architectural crush: Boston Public Library
Favorite room in childhood home: “Wherever we were playing with Legos.”

3. John Pompeii
Pompeii Design Group

Lives in: The Residences at W Boston
Designing for: 8 years
Strength: “I have a photographic memory when it comes to color and a strong sense of design styles and possibilities.”
Palette preference: Soft, pale blues to warm grays
Architectural crush: MFA’s new Art of the Americas wing
Favorite room in childhood home: “My bedroom—it was fabulous even when I was eight years old.”

4. Sarah McGuire
Sarah McGuire Design

Lives in: South End
Designing for: 2 years
Strength: “I think it’s important to push my clients just a bit beyond their comfort zone.”
Palette preference: “I am currently hunting for the perfect cornflower blue.”
Architectural crush: “Anywhere with a courtyard—the Public Library, the Gardner Museum.”
Favorite room in childhood home: “The screened porch with swings hanging from an exposed beam.”

5. Stephanie Rossi
Spazio Rosso

Lives in: Boxborough
Designing for: 10 years
Strength: “I know my shit.”
Palette preference: “I don’t play favorites with colors. If it’s good, I like it; if it works, I use it.”
Architectural crush: The ICA and The Liberty Hotel
Favorite room in childhood home: “My bedroom. I rearranged the furniture and redecorated it too many times to count.”

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6. Amanda Hark
Hark + Osborne Interior Design

Lives in: Needham
Designing for: 8 years
Strength: “Eclecticism! Mixing stately antiques with contemporary pieces.”
Palette preference: Neutral to cool gray tones
Architectural crush: Trinity Church in Copley Square
Favorite room in childhood home: “My bedroom. The walls were a soft pink hue, and my mother had hand-painted the ceiling a pale blue with puffy white clouds.”

7. Kate McCusker
Theodore & Company
Lives in: Fenway
Designing for: 6 years
Strength: “My attention to detail. I believe in hand-drawn floor plans and custom details.”
Palette preference: “I like bold colors. Right now I am obsessed with black, gold and magenta.”
Architectural crush: Liberty Wharf complex
Favorite room in childhood home: “My bedroom. Starting when I was 12, we moved often and I got to redesign my room each time.”

8. Kristen Rivoli
Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

Lives in: Winchester
Designing for: 25 years
Strength: “Connecting with my clients and being able to give them the home of their dreams.”
Palette preference: Rich, saturated colors that play off neutrals
Architectural crush: The new wing of the MFA
Favorite room in childhood home: “My mother’s walkin closet.”

9. Peter Rivoli
Design Complements; 617-242-7587
Lives in: Boston
Designing for: 16 years
Strength: Color and spatial design
Palette preference: Earth tones
Architectural crush: Trinity Church
Favorite room in childhood home:“The sunroom off the living room.”

10. Annsley McCaleer
Annsley Interiors
Lives in: Back Bay
Designing for: 11 years
Strength: “Fabrics. I love to shop for them, I love to place them—I just love textiles.”
Palette preference: Blue
Architectural crush: Boston Athenaeum
Favorite room in childhood home: “My first bedroom. My twin bed had a white bamboo-style headboard and a lime-green comforter with a white bamboo pattern.”



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Photograph by Eric Levin; STYLING BY MARCI DUARTE FOR TEAM ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE; HAIR BY SAL MALAFRONTE, LEAH SUGRUE AND TATIANA MORGAN FOR SALON MARIO RUSSO; MAKEUP BY DIANE MAMMOLA FOR SALON MARIO RUSSO; SET DESIGN AND STYLING BY HARK + OSBORNE INTERIOR DESIGN; SPECIAL THANKS TO SHOWROOM BOSTON FOR FURNITURE AND LIGHTING; SELECT ACCESSORIES COURTESY OF HUDSON BOSTON; SILK CARINI LANG RUG COURTESY OF STEVEN KING BOSTON