His design ethos carries the same graceful levity, relying on a mix of classic
and comfortable furnishings and just a bit of whimsy.
In his own home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Stefanon has created a
haven of warmth and simplicity for his family, which includes spouse Michael
“We were very happy in our home in J.P.,” says Stefanon.
Then one night, a few friends came over for dinner and one of
the guests fell in love with the house. “She was very funny and took out her check-
book and asked, ‘How much?’ But she was really serious, so Michael said maybe
we should consider.”
After selling her their home, Stefanon and Gackstetter stumbled upon a 1935
Dutch Colonial–style house with Tudor embellishments. Though it was outdated,
“the charm of it” appealed to them, says Stefanon. “The scale feels like a unique
home without being over the top, and there is ample space for us. You could tell
that someone built this house with a lot of thought.”
That was in 2004, before they adopted their sons, and their main concern
was to find a property with a generous yard and room for long stays by extended
Stefanon took a measured approach to his interior design. The large living
RATHER THAN “SINCERELY” OR “YOURS TRULY,” BOSTON INTERIOR DESIGNER
JOHN STEFANON USES THE WORD “HAPPINESS” TO CLOSE HIS E-MAILS.