Name: Steve and Robin Anderson and their two sons
Location: Cambridgeport — Cambridge, Massachusetts
Size: 1,700 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years; Owned
Robin and Steve’s condo in a former elementary school is a playful convergence of colors and textures. It's an ode to surf, sand and sun. But it wasn’t always that way. They purchased the condo pre-construction almost a decade ago, when the developer was still in the process of converting the school into residences. Having just left a 350-square-foot apartment in Boston, their new 1,700-square-foot condo felt palatial, and with a new baby in tow, they weren’t in any position to think seriously about design. So like many first-time homebuyers, they ended up with wood cabinets, beige walls, and, you guessed it, brown furniture. There’s a lesson to be learned here, for even a beautiful blank canvas can be daunting to fill. Ideas don’t always come overnight. And sometimes, you just have to unpack your adjectives and let inspiration strike.