With these incentives in mind, Gitelman, whose design firm, Studio A, specializes in renovations, and her husband, Michael, a software engineer, searched for a house they could renovate for themselves
and their two children, Miriam and Simon, now 12 and 5, respectively.
Five years ago, they stumbled upon a 1957 ranch-style house that was
in desperate need of updating but was in just the kind of quiet, cozy
neighborhood they had in mind.
“It had very good bones but was extremely dark,” says Gitelman
of the house in Marblehead, Massachusetts. At 1,500 square feet with
small, boxy rooms, it would take some doing to bring it up to Gitelman’s standards. “I believe a house should accommodate the needs
nna Gitelman knew two things: She
wanted to raise her children in a subur-
ban neighborhood where kids could play
freely in the streets, and that a house
that would satisfy her Modernist design
aesthetic and seamlessly meet the needs
of her busy family probably didn’t exist — she would
need to create it.
an open first-floor plan allows for
easy family interaction, especially in
the kitchen, where Gitelman prepares
dinner while Miriam, 12, plays with
Simon, 5. Adding a pop of color to the
black-and-white scheme is a playful
armchair from Montage (below), a
favorite place for Simon to unwind.