written by gail ravgiala • photographed by eric roth bath
NO PLACE LIKE HOME • Habitual travelers give up the itinerant life when
their new master suite becomes their favorite getaway destination
THE COUPLE WHO OWN A CONDO- minium in a 1920s house in Brookline, Massachusetts, had a penchant for get- away weekends. “We’d always be heading out for Maine or the Berkshires,” says the husband, a college administrator. He and
his wife, a teacher, considered buying a vacation home
to satisfy their habit, but the search for the perfect place
in the just-right location left them wanting. “We realized
we really like where we are,” he says.
But after almost 20 years in their unit, they hadn’t
tapped its full potential. While they owned the top two
floors of a three-story house, the attic was an unused warren of dark little rooms. Set on a hill, the house offered
striking views of Boston from the second-floor kitchen
window, but those paled in comparison with the panorama the top floor could offer. They asked architect Katy
Flammia of THEREdesign in Boston to help them turn
the 725-square-foot space under the eaves into a serene,
private, self-contained master suite where they could
recharge at the end of the day.
“We wanted to evoke a Japanese feeling,” says the wife,
noting that the rest of the Arts and Crafts-style home is furnished with the couple’s collection of Stickley furniture and
period pottery. “There is a strong relationship between the
Japanese and Arts and Crafts aesthetic,” she says, adding that
the new and old spaces needed to be visually simpatico.
Bridging that transition is the made-in-Maine American-cherry furniture from Thos. Moser. The wood pieces are a
there is a view of the
Boston skyline from both
the 31-inch-deep Duravit
tub and the shower stall.
A translucent glass panel
elegantly breaks up the
shower wall. Plyboo
bamboo flooring plays to
the Asian theme and unifies
the master suite.