chairs custom-made for the girls by McLaughlin Upholstery
in Everett, Massachusetts.
Upstairs, magic happens in Ana and Sophia’s bedroom,
which being above the dining room, has the same unique oval
shape. Ferzoco took his design cues from the girls. Ana loves
orange and Sophia loves pink (the more the better), and he
manages to get plenty of each in the room against a backdrop
of cheery yellow. The oversize headboards upholstered in a
diamond-patterned fabric that is the reverse of the painted
wall opposite them are straight from Wonderland.
The parents also got their own oasis thanks to some
clever reconfiguring of the master suite, which had a big walk-in closet — with windows — but a tiny cramped bathroom.
Ferzoco took space from the closet (including the windows)
to enlarge the bathroom and, in an ingenious move, created
a second closet in the space where part of the original bath
had been. “Now we have two closets,” says Battista, “one for
clothes and one just for shoes and accessories.”
Serious closets aside (the girls also have a walk-in with
a special rack that pulls down when they need to get things
they aren’t yet tall enough to reach), this is a
fun house full of unexpected nooks and crannies
such as the secret hideaway under the stairs,
where the ceiling is too low for a grown-up, and
the window seat tucked high in the girls’ bath-
room that is just big enough for a kid and a book.
“We had fun playing with modern meets traditional,”
says Battista of the renovations, “but creating a space for
the girls was our top priority. We wanted them to feel comfortable here.”
a custom platform bed seems to float above the polished fir floors
in the master bedroom (left). The vintage teak bedside tables are
from Machine Age in Boston. Artwork is by Ysabel LeMay through
Lanoue Gallery in Boston. An antique pendant light of Austrian
Amber bubble glass from Orange in Los Angeles hangs above the
refurbished claw-foot tub in the master bath (below). A sliding
barn-style wooden door isolates the toilet area.