Chris and Rebecca
Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts
Just under 2,000 square feet
Years lived in:
5 years; owned
Chris and Rebecca have founded two thriving businesses, InfraRed5 and Brass Monkey, and were recently listed as one of Boston's power couples. But even with their intense focus on growing their businesses, they still have the passion to create a beautiful home. Located in the centre of Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, their home is lovely and welcoming.
This colonial style home, and the many similar ones that surround it, are what makes Jamaica Plain so special. Chris and Rebecca are fortunate enough to live in a house that's in the central part of Jamaica Plain, but is tucked away along a dead-end side street. Their office is also in the neighborhood, within walking distance from their house, so they've made their home a pleasant and comfortable escape from the stresses of running two businesses.
The home was renovated prior to their move in date in 2008. The space is clean and fresh, with loads of natural light reflecting off the soft, neutral colors on the walls. The first level is an open floor layout with the big, white kitchen, which leads out to the patio, as an anchor.
Chris and Rebecca love to find hidden gems at flea markets, and it shows, with several unique pieces scattered throughout their home. Those flea market finds add a rustic flair, which is balanced by contemporary pieces from retailers like CB2, Room 68, and Restoration Hardware. Goes to show that even with a crazy busy professional life, it's possible to make time to create a home that's charming, comfortable, and expressive.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Favorite Element: Architecturally speaking, the open floor plan downstairs. We like to entertain and Chris loves to cook, so it is great to be able to chat with guests and him while he works.
As far as favorite element in the house, this is a tough question. We really love so much. There are meaningful items handed down from my grandmother, artwork made by Chris' mom, artwork given to us by friends for our wedding and as gifts over the years, items purchased on trips. I guess I couldn't say particularly.
Biggest Challenge: At this point, space for artwork. We love to support emerging artists and we are running low on wall space! I would like to have them all hung up.
Proudest DIY: Covering the bottom of the couch cushions with my friend Susana (makegoodstudio.com). The light colored couch is not good with pets in the house, so covering them with something a little more durable was a great choice!
Biggest Indulgence: The Restoration Hardware 1950s Copenhagen Chair. It took about 6 months to pick out the perfect chair for that area of the living room. We wanted something that brought the whole space together and also created a great reading nook.
Best Advice: If you love it, incorporate it. Don't worry about styles competing with each other. Working on a budget? Buy floor samples and at flea markets. It is amazing the deals you can find it you poke around for a while.
Dream Sources: A flea market where you have no idea what is around the corner!
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Thanks, Chris and Rebecca!
(Images: Nick Siemaska)
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