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A new floor plan for a renovated 1960s ranch-style house makes entertaining easy
written by jill connors • photographed by jessica delaney
‘Just you wait” is no longer the motto here. Amid a unifying neutral palette of gray and walnut, fuch- sia-colored fabrics give personality to an open- plan room that is, at long last, a family’s ideal space for gathering and nourishing. “With the bright col- ors and one big open area, this is now a great space
for entertaining,” says the homeowner, who has lived in the house with
her husband since the early 1990s, raising their three sons.
The recent transformation to sophisticated fuchsia and a mid-
century aesthetic started with the homeowners’ desire for a true open-
plan living-dining-kitchen space in the 1960s ranch-style house in
Needham, Massachusetts. After years of the living area functioning
as a carpeted playroom for youngsters, the family’s needs had changed
given that their sons are now 25 (graduated from college), 22 (in col-
lege), and 13 (still at home).
Working with architect Stephen L. Reilly of SLR Architecture in
Newton, Massachusetts, and interior designer Justine Sterling of Justine Sterling Design in Melrose, Massachusetts (who often collaborate, having first worked together at the large Boston firm Elkus Man-fredi Architects years ago), the homeowners embarked on the trans-
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a focal point of the new layout is the 4-by-9-foot island. Topped in engineered
quartz, it serves as a food prep station, buffet for entertaining, and gathering
spot for family meals. The backsplash of part-matte, part-glazed tiles in a
seemingly random pattern adds an artful touch to the overall design scheme.