More of an evolving work than a finished one, the Sudbury, Massachusetts, home of Kalah Talancy and Kevin ten Brinke shuns all absolutes — except creative inspiration and change. Beyond the front door of their traditional center-hall Colonial is a refreshing, ever-evolving interior, one that’s also
perfectly homey and functional for their family of four.
“There’s nothing that’s really viewed as so precious,” says Talancy,
the interiors half of KTII Design Group, which she founded last year with
ten Brinke, her architect husband. “In a house with kids, nothing’s ever
truly known to stay brand new, shiny, and clean. Everything’s always
evolving, things are always moving.”
The two have been collaborating for decades (they met in fourth
grade) and bring a lighthearted, trusting dynamic to their own home.
This “test-kitchen” approach, as they’ve dubbed it, gives Talancy free
rein to put vision to action whenever the creativity strikes, no matter the
hour or method.
“It’s always laughable because Kevin knows it’s trouble when I break
out a can of paint three days before we host 40 people for dinner, but that’s
very much who we are,” Talancy says. “We always joke, ‘If people only
knew what went on behind closed doors.’”
warm, subtle neutrals set an inviting tone in the living room (above), an ideal
foundation for Talancy to play with finishes. The family (left) poses in front of the
bookcase Talancy hand-painted one evening in a faux scale pattern.