farmhouse. “We felt like it would be more us over here,”
says Jay, who was drawn to the house’s history (one of the
founders of Medfield had lived there), the spacious barn
out back, and the yard where his gardens could flourish.
The house needed updating, though, and Jay’s desire for
“a chef’s kitchen” started what became an extensive reno-
vation. “One thing led to another,” he says, “and two years
later, we renovated the whole house.”
In addition to hiring architect Arthur Choo of Choo
& Company Inc. in Quincy, Massachusetts, and carpen-
ter Michael Quebec of First to Finish Inc. of Winchen-
don, Massachusetts, they brought in designers Brad Duf-
ton and Kendra Amin-Dufton of color theory Boston, who
had helped freshen up Mike’s City Diner a few years before.
“We found them so pleasant,” says Jay. “We just felt com-
fortable with them.”
A mix of Old World, Americana, and Lebanese styles
(Jay lived in Lebanon until he was 8), the house is open,
eclectic, comfortable, and just right for this family. Past
the dining room and the library at the front of the house,
the kitchen is an impressive 1,500-square-foot space that
opens to a large family room. Windows, including an elon-
gated bay window by the kitchen table, look out to the yard
and gardens. On the second floor is a master suite remi-
niscent of a boutique hotel (exactly what Jay and Janet
wanted) and four more bedrooms, one for each of their
children: Samira, 16, Mason, 15, Victoria, 12, and Miles,
6, who also have the run of the third floor’s hangout room.
But the kitchen — a true chef’s kitchen with plenty of
open space, a fully stocked fridge and pantry, and a BlueStar stove — is where everyone gathers, usually around the
5-by-12-foot island. Made of quartersawn oak with turned
pedestal legs and a Silestone top, it injects grandeur into
the space and provides Jay with functionality. Its sheer size
allows him the luxury of spreading out his cooking ingredients and tools, while a 2½-by-4-foot leaf that slides out
a marble fireplace surround elevates the dining room (above),
which sits at the front of the house. With color cues taken from a
painting the family bought in Lebanon, the chairs are assorted
jewel tones, the ceiling is painted pale blue, and a Morocco-inspired wallpaper pattern from Phillip Jeffries adorns the walls.
A butler’s pantry at the far end leads into the kitchen.