In a family home, older and younger demands often battle it out for aesthetic supremacy. An adult rigidity yields to squidgy surfaces in the name of stain repellency. Or any evidence of offspring is squashed by a “look, don’t touch” preciousness. But in the case of this home in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, designer Carl D’Aquino and architect Francine Monaco, the duo that forms New York–based D’Aquino Monaco, blended the family’s needs without painful compromise. Look no further than the family room and study to get a sense of the home’s harmonious and exuberant mood.
During the year-and-change gut renovation of this Boston townhouse, the design team engaged in an ongoing “couture”-like confab to get a sense of the client’s wishes. “We love a dialogue,” D’Aquino says. “[The mother] wanted our first choices; she wanted our best; and she challenged us with ideas.” They determined that the family room and