wanted a turnkey residence they could move into with their twin
daughters, 6-year-old Ana and Sophia, and be done.
But in real estate parlance, they had an “emotional
response” to this house.
“We knew right away we could make it a long-term home
for our family,” says Battista, a former advertising executive
and now a stay-at-home dad. “We loved the history and the
charm,” adds Prokop, “but we needed to make it work for today’s
That meant rethinking spaces, updating bathrooms, and
insulating walls. Structurally, the building was sturdy, the rooms
large — not the tiny warrens so often found in Victorian-era
houses — and the layout had good flow.
They hired interior designer Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors in Boston to help them hatch a plan. The goal? Make this a
home where no space is off-limits. “We wanted it to be beautiful
and livable for us and our girls,” says Prokop.
Ferzoco is a master of designs that are full of energy yet
speak to a laid-back lifestyle. With considerable attention to
detail, he combines modern sophistication with barefoot ease
in rooms that look as though they came together effortlessly. He
set out to make the exquisite traditional architecture the backdrop for a fresh, modern design scheme.
in a corner of the living room, a swivel chair by Jonathan Adler is paired
with a custom ottoman (below) and proves to be the perfect place for
Ana and Sophia to share a book while Lulu rests on the window seat
beneath the diamond-patterned windows. Comfortable seating is
oriented to the living room fireplace (right top). On the far wall,
built-ins display objets d’art beneath the beautifully detailed windows.
Steep twin gables distinguish the house’s exterior (right bottom).