— a billiard table and a foosball table, both of glass, designed and built by the Italian firm Teck-
ell. The views are given a fighting chance by a clear glass balustrade that edges the two-story bay,
a design feature the owner worked out with architect Michael Kim of Brookline, Massachusetts,
and general contractor Stefanos Efstratoudakis of Stefco Builders in Newton, Massachusetts.
On the floor above is a colonnaded two-story space that feels like a miniature Isabella Stew-
art Gardner Museum courtyard, rendered in monochrome. The owner wanted a light and airy
space, with living plants and a calm simplicity he remembered from Italy. Gregory
paid special attention to color here, using an “elusive shade of Farrow & Ball gray
that changes throughout the day and the seasons.” That calmness extends into the
nearby master bedroom, a serene retreat with a fireplace at one end and an uphol-
stered wall at the other, the better to allow the Bang & Olufsen sound system to deliver the clas-
sical music the owner so adores.
“I loved this project,” Gregory says. “I would meet with the client on Saturday mornings,
always bringing fresh bread. At every decision point, he was rational and precise — he’s a physicist. But beyond being cerebral, he was in touch with the emotional component of his aesthetics.
His love and respect for his home country informed every choice.”
natural light pours through a
large skylight into the two-story
family room (facing page, top). The
sofa is from B&B Italia, carpet from
Christopher Farr, and the brushed
leather Pouf Capitonné ottoman by
De Padova. The adjacent study
(facing page, bottom) features Art
Deco-style side chairs by Giorgetti.
Gregory kept the columns (four of 18
throughout the house inherited from
an earlier renovation) and painted
them the same color as the walls and
trim. In the master bedroom (above),
Bang & Olufsen speakers are set in
alcoves on the wall, upholstered to
enhance the room’s acoustics.