Charles Spada will always love Boston as a place to work, but he admits he has lost his passion for living there. “I developed a yearning for peace and quiet, and I wasn’t finding it,” says Charles, a sought-after interior designer and antiques dealer, of the lively city where he’s worked for 30 years. It was time to move; the question was where.
“My real estate agent kept prodding me to look at a new condominium tower in Milton, a small, historic town south of Boston, but I kept telling him I wasn’t interested. I thought it would be too much like living in a city high-rise,” the designer explains. But the agent convinced the skeptic to at least take a look, and that’s all it took. Charles was enthralled, and purchased a 1,800-square-foot condo.
To create a focal point in his living room, Charles designed the sleek 1930s-style fireplace with recessed shelves on either side. The warm tones of the bare oak floor keep the neutral color scheme from looking cold.
Charles Spada, Charles Spada Interiors, One Design Center Place, Boston, MA 02210; 617/204-9270, and Antiques on 5, Suite 547-232, One Design Center Place, Boston, MA 02210; 617/951-0008.
Sofa (custom); coffee table; glass vases on coffee table; mantel (by Christian Marty): Charles Spada Interiors, 617/204-9270.
Chain-link vase on coffee table (“Split Spiral Cylinder,’’ by Ruth Borgenicht, 2004): Lacoste Gallery, 978/369-0278, lacostegallery.com.
Sofa fabric (custom color): Henry Calvin Fabrics, 888/ 732-1996, henrycalvin.com, trade only.
Gray-striped pillow on sofa (“Gailen Silk Stripe’’/Stone #61040): Schumacher, 800/332-3384, fschumacher.com, trade only.
Chaise; end table by sofa; end table by chaise; wood chair; seat fabric on wood chair (antique silk velvet); leg sculpture (cast plaster model); clock on mantel; plaster horse head on mantel; metal sculpture in bookcase (African ankle bracelet); mirror behind sofa; candelabra sconces; pencil drawings (by Marcel Lenoir): Antiques on 5, 617/951-0008.
Chaise fabric: Clarence House, 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com, trade only.
Green throw on chaise: Muse, 312/595-9604.
Fireplace surround (gray slate); soapstone firebox: Adamo Stone Design, 617/269-9000.
Lithograph (“Rocks and Waves,” by Richard Bartlett, c. 1950): Childs Gallery, 617/266-4824.
Paint (“Stonington Gray’’ HC-170): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
Photographs by Bruce Buck
Text by Pamela J. Wilson
Produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick