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Clients: Glenda and Chad Williams
Photography: Sean McGrath DESIGN: PUNCH INSIDE (Judith Mackin | Sarah Tapley)
Décor & Furnishings, all through TUCK STUDIO unless otherwise noted.

Chad and Glenda Williams, originally from Nova Scotia, recently moved from Los Angeles to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Chad, a gastroenterologist IBD specialist, relocated here for his work.

I met this couple when they came to TUCK Studio, my design and décor studio in Saint John. They found us ‘on-line’ and decided to check us out. Glenda had spotted the ‘love is blind’ Braille ceramic vase by Toronto’s Jessica Lertvalai and knew she wanted it for her space. (to read more about our design relationship – read Globe and Mail article here.)

Glenda confided in me at the time of their visit that she was ‘stuck’. She had managed to pick out light fixtures, flooring, the right white paint and to design her kitchen and choose the right appliances, but now it was time to fill in the rest of her space and she didn’t know where to start. To that point, all she’d purchased was a sofa from Restoration Hardware. The couple knew they wanted to replace the old furnishings currently occupying the space. They’d also need a lot in terms of décor items in that they didn’t bring much with them from their last home in Los Angeles.

Could I help by decorating the two rooms (family room & adjoining kitchen) and picking out furnishings, art and décor items that would tie the two rooms together?



As far as ‘Before & After’s are concerned I’d have to say the Williams ‘before’ is the BEST I’ve ever walked into: everything she had designed to this point was terrific. For me, a major fan of white design, this space promised to be a joy to complete. So, after a few interviews with Chad and Glenda to establish how they live, their personal likes and dislikes, and how they envisioned using the space, we got started with our design.


(All) Photo(s) by Sean McGrath Design by Punch Inside  Here we see the ‘reveal’ of the decorative objects and new furnishings.  Meaningful original artwork, warm woods, earth tone accents, greys and warm fabrics on both furnishings and carpet provide a serene zone for the couple to relax in.  Fireplace – Napoleon Clean Face HD Series from Valley home Hearth shop , Mantel and surround by Old World Masonry Ltd.

Photo by Sean McGrath Design by Punch Inside    Another view here highlights the carpet, chairs and a view of their windows looking out into the back yard.  Accent Table – Acrylic I Beam Table and High Park Chairs in Menswear Griffin from Gus* Modern from TUCK Studio   Living Room Ceiling Pendants – Filament Pendants from Restoration Hardware.

Photo by Sean McGrath  Chad and Glenda were determined to have great artwork from the region.  Featured here is a strong painting by the late Rick Burns hanging over a console appointed with a few decorative objects.  Cabinet – Wilson Cabinet from Gus* Modern – houses decorative items from Eclectic (rustic metal and antler), Geographic Globes, were picked up by Judith and given to Chad and Glenda as a gift while visiting Denmark, but you can get them on line here. Artwork:  Suspended Figure, mixed media on mylar, 2000 from Peter Buckland Gallery  Table lamp by – Sol #1 designed and made by Isabelle Auger of Atelier Cocotte – from TUCK Studio.

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Photo by Sean McGrath Detail   Table lamp– Sol #1 designed and made by Isabelle Auger of Atelier Cocotte – through TUCK Studio.

Photo by Sean McGrath another view, opposite the windows.  Belgian roll arm upholstered right -arm chaise sectional from Restoration hardware (already chosen by Glenda); Hull Coffee Table by Gus* Modern through TUCK Studio Artwork above the sofa:  Rick Burns Untitled #8, mixed media on mylar from Peter Buckland Gallery.

Photo by Sean McGrath  Bowl – Pise Bowl made of ecostone composite from 18KARAT.   Table – Stump Coffee Table from Gus*Modern through TUCK StudioCava Stacks Vase – featured in back from 18KARAT.  all available through TUCK Studio.

Photo by Sean McGrath – Detail  Placemat – Dahlia (Gunmetal) from Chilewich; Hibachi Tealight Holder and Fin Vase from Flat Packables – all through TUCK Studio.

Photo by Sean McGrath – Detail Pillows – Flowerbomb Cushion and Take a Hike Cushion from Pony Rider through TUCK Studio.

Photo by Sean McGrath  – Detail  Pony Rider –X Cushion Made from 100% cotton linen blend fabric + hand screen-printed in Australia through TUCK Studio.

Photo by Sean McGrath – Detail  The warmth and comfort of this gorgeous wood carpet from India sets the tone for the room. Carpet: Surya Tahoe Wool Carpet from India through  B&N Flooring.


Photo by Sean McGrath  Here a few décor pieces along with some local art have been introduced into the kitchen.   Note* stools chosen by Glenda.  These particular objects were all chosen to add warmth to the white space.  Kitchen cabinetry – Queenstown Industries ltd. , Restoration Hardware Harmon pendants , Restoration hardware 1950s tractor dining stool.  All Paint:  Chantilly Lace Benjamin Moore.

Photo by Sean McGrath  Floors:  Mountain View Hickory is a 5-inch hickory that features artisan hand scraping and hand staining Through B&N Flooring 

Photo by Sean McGrath  – Here we see how the kitchen view brings your eye into the family room space.  The tones and textures complement and reinforce each other.

Photo by Sean McGrath  Remember the empty cabinets here?  We now inserted thoughtful, but useful pieces to complete their space.


Photo by Sean McGrath – Artwork balances the already symmetrical layout of this kitchen counter space.   Artwork by Suzanne Hill, through TUCK Studio  – represented & Courtesy of Peter Buckland Gallery.

Photo by Sean McGrath  – Artwork by Suzanne Hill, through TUCK Studio  – represented & Courtesy of Peter Buckland Gallery. Last Bloom by Brothers Dressler and Love is Blind Vase’ by Jessica Lertvilai both through TUCK Studio Sconces- Lightology.

Photo by Sean McGrath  Artwork:  Artwork by Suzanne Hill, through TUCK Studio  – represented & Courtesy of Peter Buckland Gallery  Design House Stockholm’s NORDIC LIGHT 7-ARMS RED candle holder and Fruit Trough by Gus*Modern both through TUCK Studio 

Photo by Sean McGrath – Detail of  Gus* Modern Fruit Trough.

Photo by Sean McGrath – Detail  A few decorative objects on the counter provide warmth and visual interest to the island.  Serving Board by Swaine Street Woodworking, Pick-ups by Design House Stockholm, ANEMONE BOWL by 18Karat all through TUCK Studio, Candle through Eclectic.

Photo by Sean McGrath – Detail  Chilewich woven floor mat through TUCK Studio 

Photo by Sean McGrath – detail  All decorative objects in this pic sourced through Eclectic.

Photo by Sean McGrath  – Cappuccino/Espresso cups by IHanna, through TUCK Studio.

Photo by Sean McGrath – Detail –  A small splash of colour in one of the shelving areas.  Dinner plates by Jason Miller, along with a tea egg from Normann Copenhagen through TUCK Studio.

Photo by Sean McGrath – Detail   Wine Pourers by Normann Copenhagen and Mudware, 18Karat all through TUCK Studio.

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Photo by Sean McGrath  Can you spot the deer head? This acrylic deer head, designed by Tristan Zimmerman floats over the sofa adding a subtle sculptural component to the couple’s space.  Through A+ R (Los Angeles).


Photo by Sean McGrath  Friday ensconced on his own new furnishings!  Horns Floor Pillow from Pony Rider.

Photo by Sean McGrath  Chad and Glenda relax with a good glass of red, in keeping with theme established by the 7-arm Nordic Candle Holder from Design House Stockholm through Tuck Studio.

A sincere thank you to Chad and Glenda who are not only exceptional clients, but gracious hosts to allow us to come in (for hours!) and document their ‘after’.  As always, a major thank you to Sean McGrath who always knows just when to ‘click’.

Enjoy the entire Photo Essay here.

Judith Mackin runs Punch Inside, an interior design company, and Tuck Studio, located at 40 Autumn St., Saint John: @judithmackin, @tuckstudio, [email protected]

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