Residence Redux: The Inside Story
At the other end of the large room, adjacent to the kitchen is an impressive room informally known as the study. The tray ceiling that runs throughout the ground floor is reimagined here. Instead of the fresh ivory paint that accents it in the rest of the house, here Ralph Cataldo of Cataldo Custom Builders stained the bead board to coordinate with the warm walnut millwork that wraps the walls of this comfortable space. “Oh, that ceiling was a bit of a problem,” Charlie recalls. “Ralph walked in and took one look at it and wasn’t satisfied. Peter Sarkinen, Ralph’s project manager, arrived and pulled the whole thing down. He re-installed it himself. I don’t know what was wrong with it, but Ralph did and Peter fixed it.”
Charlie says this room is the most common place for everyone to gather. The reason for that isn’t quite evident but could be influenced by a number of factors. First, it is extremely comfortable and inviting due to the inspired décor, accomplished by interior decorator Susan Connor. Deep comfortable upholstery in neutral colors and soft textures encourage long conversations. With a television as a focal point on one wall, this is the perfect place for the family to come together to watch their beloved Boston College football games.
Charlie says that when things get a bit raucous, another television positioned over the fireplace in the living room allows a more peaceful experience. One might think that the room is so popular because it is the most comfortable area that is also in closest proximity to the kitchen, but the team at Faneuil Kitchen Cabinet was thoughtful enough to include a small fridge and bar within the long wall of walnut cabinetry that runs the length of the room. Perhaps the strongest reason this room is so popular is because it is often where Charlie can be found (when he is not swimming in the ocean just beyond, or tending to his gardens). The room just beckons the opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy a conversation with Charlie on any variety of subjects—an activity that could consume the better part of a morning.
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