relic salvaged from the original home. Stefanon opted for marble countertops and back-splash simply for the gorgeous contrast when baking flour is scattered across the stone.
“In France,” he says, “kitchens always have marble counters.” But the room gains the
most warmth from the teak sink that Stefanon imported from England. It was made
using boat-building techniques and then soaked in polymer, so it’s nearly impervious
to water and requires just a rubdown with teak oil now and then.
After living in the house for four years, the couple began the process of adopting a
child. Little did they know that they would become parents to two rambunctious boys
nearly overnight. Immediately, friends questioned how their stylish and predominately
white home would be affected. Surprisingly, Stefanon says that little has changed.
“It’s really just showing them to have respect for your own space,” says Stefanon.
“We sit down to have dinner together every night in the dining room.”
And, yes, Nate wrote on one of the white chairs that first week. But for Stefanon,
it’s all part of the joy of truly living in a home. “They are so much like us, it was like it
was always meant to be. We couldn’t have dreamt up better kids.”
And surely the boys couldn’t have dreamt up a more loving, livable, and yes,
an antique table and chairs lend authenticity to the renovated farm-style kitchen
(facing page). The teak sink is by British furniture designer William Garvey. The sitting
room (above) is a playful nook for reading. Leather armchairs from Oly Studio flank a
daybed upholstered in burlap. In the front hall (left), a staircase niche holds a humorous
self-portrait by Boston artist Michael Costello.