An artistic renovation in Boston’s North End uses all
the angles to create a modern open space
Written by MOLLY JANE QUINN
Produced by ESTELLE BOND GURALNICK
Photography by GREG PREMRU
Starting at noon, the scent of garlic,
olive oil, and oregano wafts through the
tiny streets of Dr. Frisso Potts’s neighborhood in Boston’s North End. “Walking
here at sundown is like an appetizer,” says
Potts, a consulting neurologist who calls
the city’s Little Italy home.
Unfortunately, the kitchen in the condominium
he purchased wasn’t as inspiring. A wall boxed the
galley kitchen off from the living room, turning the
space into a narrow cave.
“I wanted to get away from the old, frumpy — and
not to be snobbish or denigrating — warehouse Home
Depot look,” says Potts, a passionate cook who nearly
passed on the property because of the stumpy kitchen.
A friend of a friend put him in touch with THEREdesign, the Boston architecture and interior design firm
that turned the kitchen inside out by tearing down the
offending wall to create a floor plan open to the living
room and centered around an artistic peninsula.
“Our thought was to make the kitchen part of
the living space,” says Katy Flammia, principal of
rippled white laminate
cabinets and white appliances
lend the illusion of a blank
white wall behind the 12-foot-
long peninsula. The angular unit
serves as a functional dining
area, while the tall cabinets to
the far right double as a coat
closet for the nearby entry hall.