Location: Arlington, Massachusetts
My name is Melyssa and I share this home with my boyfriend Ted, his daughter, our dog Marshall, and our two cats. We live in what was once the carriage house to the home next door (built in 1860) on a quirky little side street in the center of Arlington, MA — 20 minutes outside of Boston.
We rent one side of the house (there are two units total, side by side) which consists of 1000 square feet of living space spread out over two small floors. The first floor has a small living room, small kitchen and 1/2 bath. The second has 2 bedrooms and a full bath.
We have lived here as a family unit for almost 3 years and have organically let the space teach us how to best utilize it over time. It is an ever changing process and recognizing that fact has helped us tune in to both the home and each other along the way.
My relationship with Ted is a second "marriage" for both of us. It is creativity (specifically, music) that led us to one another 6 years ago and it is very important to us that we keep this creativity alive in our home. Our home is a constant work in progress, but the goals remain the same: to create a space that feels both vibrant and relaxing upon entering, a space which promotes creativity yet respects the need for rest, a space that surrounds all who enter with love.
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