As soon as Larry and Delia open their doors, an elegant staircase is revealed twisting its way to the second floor. The grand entrance is one of many wonders in Episode 10 of Season 2. The homeowners, originally from South Africa, raised their three children in Newton, Massachusetts. Larry works for a global SAP consulting company and Delia is a cosmologist. Traces of Delia’s career are throughout their home: There’s a domed ceiling above the breakfast nook with an astral hanging pendant.
In addition to creative lighting fixtures, art and family portraits are also thoughtfully mounted. At the top of the stairs, they had builder their Martin Deane of Kells Construction install a skylight to invite light into a typically dark space. “I come up the stairs and the lighting is so nice and I see a big picture of Chloe and the bubbles—it’s one of my favorite parts of the house coming up here,” says Delia. Chloe, the couple’s youngest, also gives host Parker Kelley a tour.
In the master bath, there’s a floating walnut vanity with the stone waterfall, standing tub and an open shower. “It is a very European approach to bathing,” says architect Jan Gleysteen. “There’s sort of an open-spa feeling and on top of it, putting a sauna next to it and it’s like you’re at the spa.”
After her home tour as well as a piano demonstration, Parker Kelley meets the group who make the evening’s dinner party a success, including T.J. Douglas, owner of Urban Grape, in the South End, June Rubin, owner of Wild Flowers in Westwood, and chef David Becker, who owns Sweet Basil in Needham and Juniper in Wellesley. In Becker’s establishments, the atmospheres are creative and eclectic—glasses and plates come in all shapes and sizes. “Why make it match when you don’t have to? If you look down the bar and see everyone has a different glass, it’s just looks so cool and everything is curated like that.”
Playful curation is a theme throughout this episode, which wraps up with a shared meal with family and friends.