Winston Churchill called Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue “the grandest boulevard in North America.” Here, along the brick, tree-lined street, John and Paula have taken up residence inside a nineteenth century Back Bay condo. “The couple moved to the city eleven years ago. They were raising their family in the suburbs, but the creative energy of the city was always calling to them,” says New England Living TV host Parker Kelley.
John has worked in the shoe business his entire life and their two daughters have followed in his footsteps. From their house, Paula can walk the brick sidewalks passed a marvelous display of architecture before arriving at her design firm, Daher Interior Design. Their son, who was in high school when they moved into the city, became inspired by his surroundings and has decided to study architecture.
In this episode of New England Living, Parker Kelley gets a home tour from Paula who has decorated her house with calming, neutral tones and a variety of art and period pieces. “It’s important to me that there are many different eras and styles within a space,” says Paula. “That’s what makes it feel collected and that’s what makes it feel like it belongs to the person that lives there.”
The kitchen is where everyone gathers. The modern design is seamless even in a century-old building. “I cannot even boil an egg, but I can design a mean kitchen,” says Paula. At dinner time, the house swells with guests as Porto chef Jodi Adams takes over the kitchen and puts her own delectable twist on the Feast of Seven Fishes.