Architectural Digest

In Boston's Back Bay, Robin Nelson-Rice and her husband, Derica, transformed a 1881 townhouse into something out of a dream. Working with Hacin + Associates, they turned a classic space into a modern sanctuary that's as much a spa retreat as it is a home. Central to their vision was incorporating nature directly into their urban living space, inspired by Plant The Future's living moss walls. This touch not only brought a piece of the outside in but also underscored the home's commitment to sustainability and the healing power of green spaces.

The renovation was a balancing act of preserving the old while introducing cutting-edge design and sustainability practices. A striking feature is the home’s staircase, reimagined as a dark, ribbon-like structure that ties the house together, both literally and metaphorically. This staircase isn't just a way to get from one floor to another; it's a statement piece that showcases the home's blend of modern artistry and natural beauty, reflecting the ethos of Plant The Future.

But it's not just about the moss wall or the staircase. The whole house is a gallery, carefully curated to highlight contemporary Black artists, emphasizing the artwork as much as the architectural elements. Every choice, from the Object Studio chair that echoes the staircase's curves to the strategic use of color and light, was made to ensure the art—and the house itself—stands out.

As empty nesters, the couple wanted their Boston base to be a peaceful retreat. They achieved this by creating spaces that feel like a hug, adding a spa pool for a touch of luxury and solitude. Throughout the lockdown, this house proved to be more than just a shelter; it became a multifaceted experience, a testament to what can happen when you blend art, sustainability, and a bit of daring.

This Boston townhouse, with its living moss wall and focus on sustainable, artistic living, is more than just a home. It's a statement on how we can live beautifully and responsibly, drawing from the innovative spirit of Plant The Future to create spaces that inspire and rejuvenate. Robin and Derica's project stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration, showing what's possible when creativity, sustainability, and personal fulfillment converge in design.

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