Here’s how to go coastal in a smart open-plan city apartment

One of the first things that strikes you about this two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in a newly constructed high rise in Boston, Massachusetts, is its breathtaking view. From this light space on the 34th floor you can see right across the city to Boston’s Back Bay. That view alone makes this one of the world’s best homes, but factor in its recent redesign with calm, elegant interiors, and the apartment really becomes something special. 

The owners use it as a second home, to be near to their grown-up children, and called on the services of design duo Vernon Applegate & Gioi Tran of Applegate Tran Interiors (opens in new tab) to help them make the most of the new space. The owners wanted to combine the laid-back sensibility of California design (open spaces, light filled, casual but elegant) married with some of the classic elements of the Boston and New England aesthetic. They wanted to incorporate playful but elegant touches that would serve as a foundation for when the family of four (plus the kids’ significant others) relax, hang out, cook, eat and rest.