WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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If you missed the 2016 Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour, or even if you didn't, and want fresh ideas for a new and inspired look in your home, we've asked the experts and homeowners for their best tips. Happy decorating! Putting the New in the Old While historical homes add character and charm to Wellesley's streets, historical kitchens are often a less admired design feature. Such was the case for homeowners Tracy and Greg Simko, who were happy with their Dutch Colonial home built in 1906, but not the tiny kitchen that came with it. So they decided to embark on a massive kitchen renova- tion, gutting the first floor of the house and adding an addition that more than doubled the size of the original kitchen. "One very impor- tant thing we learned right at the beginning is that a renovation of an old home requires a contractor with experience," says Tracy Simko. "Because it's an entirely different renovation process than a new house. It requires a different depth of knowledge." Once the new space was framed, with walls removed, entrances enlarged, and windows expanded, the homeowners were able to start thinking about design details. They envisioned a neutral look, with tonal details and lots of texture. For assistance, they turned to Pierre Matta, designer and principal at Newton Kitchens and Design. Matta has experience incorporating modern kitchens into traditional homes and he advises homeowners: "Sometimes people go overboard. They put in lots of high-gloss, flat-paneled painted cabinetry thinking that will make it a contemporary kitchen. But that doesn't necessarily go well with a traditional home." Instead, Matta advises introducing raw, natural finishes that help to marry old and new. In the Simko's home, this can be seen in the reclaimed walnut base and the marble-topped island, two materials that help smooth the transition between classic and modern. Matta also advises homeowners to pay attention to the details. The Simko's upper cabinets feature circle inlays (as opposed to more stan- dard square dividers) which serve to soften the look of the cabinetry, while just below, a glass backsplash feels sleek and modern. The gas Ready, Set, Decorate! 48 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 P H O T O S B Y S A R A H W I N C H E S T E R

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