room, for example, needed to be comfortable enough for
everyday lounging but formal enough for cocktail parties.
And the furniture and color scheme in the adjacent sunroom
needed to be different enough to be clearly defined as a separate space, but similar enough so as not to be jarring.
“I stayed with neutrals,” says Stefanon. “It’s a nice way to
have a lasting effect and to bring in color with smaller accesso-
ries. I love aqua and gold; I love mixing silver and gold. When
things are lit by that blue-gold-white light of a sunset, that to
me is very peaceful.”
His predilection for natural hues is derived from his
childhood in Brazil. His father’s family is from Italy and his
mother’s from Greece and France. After World War I, both
sides immigrated to Brazil. Stefanon’s parents lived in Rio de
a twig chandelier in the breakfast nook references the
woodsy setting outside the French doors. The chairs and table
are from Italian furniture maker Kartell. A coral throw pillow
adds color to the master bedroom (above), where Stefanon
pairs a contemporary chair with an antique Dutch writing desk.
The photograph is by Finnish artist Arno Rafael Minkkinen.
Janeiro, but he spent much of his time at his grandparents’
farm in the countryside, where he made his own kites and ran
barefoot through fields. “We were brought up in very simple,
very humble homes,” says Stefanon. He and his family later
moved with his banker father to California, where they lived
for 15 years.
For their Chestnut Hill house, Stefanon chose a mix of
antiques, select pieces from the couple’s Jamaica Plain home,
and accessories and fine art that imbue each room with a
casual glamour. In the dining room, a table from Adesso, a
Boston store specializing in contemporary furniture, is flanked
by antique carved wood plaques, salvaged from a temple in
China, that Stefanon reworked as wall hangings.
The only room that was fully updated was the kitchen.
Though cramped and outdated, it had a farmhouse charm,
with drawers for potatoes and bread and cupboards with rickety latches. Stefanon wanted to integrate modern amenities
yet still retain the room’s unique aesthetic. He accomplished
that with hickory plank flooring and Thomasville Cabinetry
in buttery yellow. An antique Dutch table and chairs seem a