Sneak Peek: Making Change in Cambridge
January 24, 2013
By Maria LaPiana
I love a good transformation story, don’t you? For one, I’m in awe of people who boldly go where they’ve never been before, design-wise. Plus, allowing that I have a few clutter issues I won’t get into here, I envy anyone’s ability toÂ trulyÂ pare down. So the upcoming New England Home article about a Cambridge couple that went from living in a traditional family home (one they’d filled with fine furnishings for 35 years) to a 2,100-square-foot contemporary condo in Harvard Square really resonated with me.
The move itself took nerve, but the manner in which they re-imagined the new space is eye opening. It took the counsel and construction smarts of a great design teamâ€”Hart Associates Architectsâ€”of course, and the results are remarkable. A dark, cramped entry featuring stairs described as â€œlittle more than a square hole in the floorâ€ was made into a gracious foyer; bland walls were banished in favor of crisp architectural trim; and the palette went from forgettable to sophisticated, with wood tones punctuated by shades of gray. A mix of materialsâ€”check out the gleaming dark walnut floors, Carrara marble and glass railing trimmed in stainless steelâ€”complete this extraordinary metamorphosis. To read the story and see more beautiful photos, be sure to pick up the March/April issue ofÂ New England Home at the end of February.
The transformed entryway. Photos by Greg Premru
The marble wall is a show stopper.
The contemporary master bedroom was dressed in cool grey.
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