A history of the home
As told by Abby Wyss
Our brownstone condo was added onto the others around it about 50 years ago. There are two units above us.
The stairs were the biggest key factor in this house. In fact, before we bought the apartment, we brought in a contractor to make sure we could open it up and put a metal staircase in. This area used to be a huge closet that broke up the space. We then completely gutted the apartment and outdoor space.
The floors in the entire apartment were typical oak, and we changed to wide planks in a grey/white color. The back wall in the living room used to be closed cabinets, and we opened it up and added a bar and a computer station.
The fireplace was marble and we put clay tile in to relax the vibe. The kitchen had a small butcher block island and was more L-shaped with the countertops. We ripped it all out.
We hired a contractor to do all the work. He needed designers to help create the idea of the stairs so we hired out for that as well.
Why did you choose this home?
Our friends were going to put it on the market but came to us first. Jon and I knew we had to scoop it up with the Boston real estate market being insane. It was key with it being three bedrooms, having outdoor space, and a parking spot. Tough to find in the city!
Describe your architectural/decorating style.
Scandinavian and bohemian with a West Coast vibe.
Where did you find inspiration for the remodel?
Pinterest or my brain.
Tell us about a favorite memory here.
Our pre-renovation wall/stairs smash party! But really—having both of our girls growing up in this home is the best!
What do you love most about your home?
We love the efficiency of our home. It is so open—no dead space at all. We have created something for every nook!
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture in the home?
Probably our couch. The designers [of the staircase] actually helped with it! It was custom-made to fit the space, with a slipcover for any spills from our kiddos!