Founded by Eddie Maestri in 2008, Maestri Studio specializes in full-service architecture and interior design, and is best known for providing their clients with custom, one-of-a-kind designs. For this project, a multigenerational family tasked Maestri with a few key things: ensuring the exterior matched the older homes in the established neighborhood, creating a thoughtful layout that would accommodate everyone, and bringing the drama in the form of bold geometric patterns and bright bursts of color throughout the space. The flooring and walls are quite light, highlighting the architectural elements of the home, while exquisite lighting choices bring the edgy vibe the clients hoped for. In a recent chat, the designer told us more about the concept and process:
Tell us a bit about your clients. What were their goals with this home?
We designed this custom home for them in 2019. They wanted a multi-generational home for the four of them (mom, dad, son, and grandma) that would allow for ample separation and privacy. The home sits on a virgin 1/3 acre lot in an older/established neighborhood and they wanted it to have an exterior that complemented the older homes, but with a somewhat modern and edgy interior, and for the space to be finished out in a sophisticated yet family functional way. Our clients were looking to find an architect/designer who had experience with older homes and a diverse portfolio to blend characteristics of older homes with an edgy interior.
In addition to function and style, what were some of their “must-haves” in your first meeting?
A must-have was the dumbwaiter to deliver laundry to the second floor, and a full mother-in-law quarters that functioned and was connected to be a part of the main house, but that could be completely separated off for privacy. The suite encompasses a living, dining area/kitchen, full-bedroom suite with a large bath and closet, study, and even its own garage.
They wanted things light, bright and open. Another must-have was a bar and large windows throughout for ample natural light. They were very open to exploring interesting and new concepts. The modern interior was to highlight their heirloom collection of antiques and to create special places for them.
Were there any challenges?
Our clients were very open to new concepts and really did not need much convincing of anything. The biggest challenge was getting the floor plan to work with the large incorporated mother-in-law quarters and have it separated enough for privacy, but integrated enough to meet code.
What about risks your design team took that you feel especially paid off?
Wrapping the kitchen with sconces instead of overloading the ceiling with can lights. We also kept upper cabinets to a minimum in the kitchen to keep the room open and got creative with storage and brass bistro shelving. The open glass/brass shelving are modern, yet are balanced well with antique serving pieces and other traditional heirloom items.
Are there any elements that you feel especially transformed the space?
The investment in lighting really made the spaces. Using a unique pendant or chandelier in each space gave the home that edgy look the client was looking for and added a lot of personality to the home.