As it turned out, several spoke to them, and they are used throughout
the house, but the one destined for the music room determined the palette — and the vibe — for the overall project.
“That room faces the street,” says the wife, “so it makes an important statement to people passing by. It was always going to be a bold
color.” The saturated indigo in the rug inspired the rich, deep Galápagos Turquoise from Benjamin Moore on the walls. There is a Yamaha
piano for her and a violin and music stand for him. Midcentury Modern white leather chairs and white-painted window trim and mouldings make the blue all the more vibrant.
Her husband “didn’t want art on the walls,” says the wife, but he
was onboard to turn a wall in the dining room into a piece of 3-D sculp-
ture. Using cast-rock hexagonal blocks from modularArts, Hammond
and finish carpenter Jordan Shea of Fresh Start Contracting Inc., the
Belmont, Massachusetts, company that undertook the renovation, did
the math to create a lively focal point that, as the wife describes it,
“pops out at you.”
Furthering the math theme is the geometric plasterwork on the
ceiling of the open-plan family room and kitchen. After ripping out an
old, dysfunctional kitchen and creating a space where the family, which
includes their 15-month-old son, could hang out, the wife decided that
“the room needed something more.” That came in the form of another
hexagonal pattern in a tracery design executed in plaster, giving the
room a sophisticated design boost.
The house has but a tiny backyard, which Hammond enclosed
with horizontal wood fencing and built-in planters and benches to create a private courtyard easily accessible from the family room through
tall French doors.
The gleaming white kitchen has sleek cabinetry from Your German
Kitchen at the Boston Design Center and white PentalQuartz countertops. The glass backsplash and island front, back-painted pale blue,
soften the look. Above the cabinets, Hammond added a row of translucent transom windows to bring in light while maintaining privacy in
this neighborhood of tightly packed homes.
Upstairs, the master suite “was a disaster,” says Hammond. The
awkward space had two entries to the bathroom from the bedroom and
French doors opening to an impractical and dilapidated Juliet balcony
overlooking the backyard. Now, with built-in bookcases and a hori-