New Englanders, at long last, are showing a growing taste for Mod- ernism, and Rosemary Porto happily takes responsibility. As senior designer and sales manager of Poggenpohl Boston, the German cab- inetmaker’s Newbury Street studio, she has created more than one sleek, ultrafunctional kitchen. “New England is so conservative,” says Porto, “but now that is changing,” and she thinks Poggenpohl and its pared-down aesthetic has something to do with it.
In her own home, a 1,300-square-foot condominium she and her husband, Mike Jarjoura,
bought on the third floor of a 1980s building in Reading, Massachusetts, she proved that a
contemporary kitchen can comfortably fit with an eclectic, personal design style that includes
beloved antiques as well as simple, classic furniture.
“When we bought this unit, I told Mike, ‘We’re going to do a renovation, so fasten your
seat belt,’” she says with a laugh. “I was only going to do this once, so I was going to do it right.”
The couple, who were married in 2011, had been living in a smaller unit in the same building. “We loved living here,” says Porto. “The location is convenient to everywhere, but it’s
quiet and there’s greenery outside, while underground parking is accessible via the elevator.
We bought this unit because it is bigger and, with a southwestern exposure, has wonderful nat-
porto sets the dining table (above), which is sometimes pushed against the windowed wall to act as a
buffet when the couple entertains. This is why she chose a ceiling fixture rather than a chandelier above
the table, “so no one hits their head.” Porto and her husband, Mike Jarjoura (right), lived in a smaller unit
in the building for four years before moving to this two-bedroom apartment last winter.