IZ CAAN IS USED TO PEOPLE INVITING THEMSELVES
into her home. In fact, she loves it — it is, she says, affirmation of a job well done.
“It’s fun for me to see people come in for the first time,”
says Caan, who captivates visitors just by opening her bright
red front door. “There’s a lot going on, a lot to look at. I was try-
ing to create an energy achieved through color. There are definitely some
currents running through the house.”
An interior designer with a mastery of layering color, texture, and
pattern, Caan exudes a warm, fun vitality. And so does her home. Tucked
behind the stately brick facade is a cheerful, lighthearted interior burst-
ing with individuality.
“The three homes in a row are almost the same,” says Caan of the 1920s
Georgian-style house in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, that she and her hus-
band, Geoff, purchased one whirlwind weekend in 2003 when relocating
from Chicago. “So I wanted something different on the inside. Different and
a bit unexpected … while not ignoring the integrity of the house.”
Standing in the doorway, it’s clear she achieved
just that. Rather than the expected entry of rich wood
furnishings and Oriental rugs, the space hints at the
playful intrigue to come. A black-and-white zigzag stair
runner adds an exuberant flair to the traditional stair-
case, where a red “Beastie” statue by Dennis Pearson resides on the landing.
Visible just beyond is the checkerboard pattern of the cherry-and-white
painted kitchen floor.
“It’s a matter of layering and giving it personality, about scale and
how things work together: quiet and loud, bold and soft,” Caan says. “I
am pretty daring. Sometimes you just need to go for it. It doesn’t have to
be perfect, but fun.”
For a visitor, walking around the house is like getting to know Caan’s