“[The homeowner designed] the kitchen specifically
because she loved to cook,” says Marcia Klode, owner
of Mille Tesori Interior Design Studio. “She put
everything in there that she would need to enhance
her entertaining and cooking.”
When renovating an older space,
homeowners and designers often blend the house’s unique
character with their own personal taste and touches.
Having decided to enlarge their 1930s
home and update the interior, one North Shore couple
turned to Marcia Klode, owner of Mille Tesori Interior
Design Studio, who turned the space into an elegant
haven that could equally accommodate growing children
and the couple’s fondness for entertaining.
“The house itself has nice bones to it,”
Klode explains. “We didn’t take away from any of the
dignity [or] the integrity of the house; we just created
more form and function to it. It met their needs, and it
was done very well.”
A much-needed addition created a larger
master bedroom and family room, while the rest of the
home maintained the dwelling’s original footprint.
Updated design work, including new fireplaces and an
overhauled kitchen, kept the traditional elegance of the
classic home intact throughout.
The homeowners wanted warm colors throughout the
home, so Klode infused warm reds and gold and a
custom light fixture to create this impactful and
welcoming dining room.
Maintaining the integrity of the home’s traditional
character, the built-ins on either side of the
fireplace were simply updated to complement the rest
of the space.
In choosing the overall feel of the
house, the wife called upon her time spent in Italy,
which resulted in an admiration for European
construction, design and detail.
“They love architectural details and
especially ceilings, as [is seen in] the design in the
dining room ceiling,” Klode says. “They’re very much
into the detail of ceilings because they feel that
brings the whole picture together.”
The dining room offers a host of
intriguing details, from the ornate ceiling to the
bright pops of color in the rug and coral curtains, to
the glass-bead wallpaper that is both subtle and vital
to the aesthetic of the room. “It’s a neutral color, but
at night it reflects because of the glass,” Klode
explains. “So the coral drapes with the lighting and the
wallpaper, it’s very soft and very energetic when you’re
The home’s library features a coffered
ceiling and patterned wallpaper, as does much of the
home. The living room boasts restored built-in cabinetry
on either side of the fireplace.
Klode notes that the home’s light
fixtures are all custom made, as was the copper range
hood in the kitchen. Wood accent pieces in the kitchen
and throughout the home itself keep the elegant space
feeling warm and welcoming.
The homeowner’s time abroad in Italy inspired a love
for a rustic European feel, which is displayed here
in the home’s basement.
An addition to the home gave the homeowners room for
a master bedroom and the spacious
master bathroom shown here.
The color red carries throughout the home,
commanding attention here via the
master bedroom’s impressive fireplace.
“Through the whole house, every piece
that was put in there was individually selected from a
process,” Klode notes. “From the doorknobs to
[lighting], everything was selected with the intent of
bringing together old and new,” she says.
In addition to the color scheme and
overall feel, ample space to entertain was top of mind
when the couple plotted the refreshed design of their
home. The rustic finished basement, complete with barn
doors and exposed beams, provides space for the kids to
play and watch TV. For the grown-ups, a secluded wine
cellar can be accessed from the home’s main dining area.
A hidden panel opens to hardwood steps that lead
visitors to the secluded area, which is decorated with
wine barrels built into stone walls to be reminiscent of
Napa Valley or Italy. A wine refrigerator and seated
tasting area make this hidden gem the perfect gathering
area for devout wine connoisseurs.
Klode calls the project a team effort and
says the home couldn’t have come together so perfectly
without the hard work of the architects and the
homeowners’ input and open mindedness.
clients had a vision and understanding of how they
wanted to live in their home and were open to ideas that
I would achieve,” she says. “That, plus many of their
wonderful attributes, made it a great project to work