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A Newlywed Couple’s Lucky Find in Boston, MA

by Garrett Fleming

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Surprises can go one of two ways: really great or really not so great. Oftentimes when we hear about homeowners being surprised during their hunt for a new abode, it’s the latter type. Sometimes a home they fall for ends up not passing inspection, or the process lags on and on, causing frustrations to rise and excitement to wane. As someone on the precipice of homeownership, I sometimes find it hard to keep these horror stories from replaying in the back of my head as I sort through potential options for myself. That being said, it’s ultra-reassuring when I speak to homeowners whose experience was surprisingly fabulous and straightforward. Enter founder of Space + Habit Madison Wetter and his husband Sky Whorton. Miraculously, the first home their realtor took them to ended up being the perfect fit.

Madison describes the stroke of luck as the “Wetter Curse.” The facetious term sounds scary, but it actually came about after his mother looked back on a few serendipitous events that occurred while purchasing her last three homes. She realized each of them had one thing in common: they were all the first option she looked at when she was house hunting. What a lucky lady. And what a lucky guy Madison is for having inherited the gene!

His and Sky’s surprise at finding a good fit right out of the gate was more than welcome (especially in the competitive Boston, MA market) and set the duo up to move into their condo with a gusto untainted by an arduous search for “home.” This enthusiasm is never more clear than in the cheerful-and-bright design touches decor-enthusiast Madison has peppered into every room of the spacious three-bedroom, three-bath house. There are terra-cotta colored walls, teal walls, yellow dressers and much more all poised and ready to bring a smile to guests’ faces the second they step inside.

All in all, I’m sure you’ll find many things to love about these guys’ spot, but at the end of the day, the most memorable aspect of this modern space isn’t what it holds at all. It’s what it embodies. Madison and Sky were married inside these very walls less than a year ago, so this house truly represents the starting point of the rest of their lives. And if it happens to be pretty and gleeful, so be it! Scroll down to sneak a peek at the happy-go-lucky space, and congrats, boys! Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Madison Wetter

Image above: The guest bedroom’s wall hanging — inspired by one from West Elm — took Madison a few weeks to complete but saved him some major cash. He used Christmas ornaments, alpaca wool and copper piping to get the look he craved. This salvaged dresser, a dumpster find, has also gotten the Madison touch over the years. It has been black and teal, but it pops more than ever thanks to its latest yellow hue.

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Nine months ago, Madison and Sky moved into this recently-completed, three-bedroom, three-bath home and were married inside its walls soon after. On most days, Madison (left) can be found moving knick knacks from here to there around the space. His supportive partner Sky (right) spends his free time video gaming and cooking in their spanking-new kitchen.
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While Madison and Sky's apartment boasts three bathrooms, it currently doesn't have a bathtub. That'll be changing eventually though as the luxury is at the top of their renovation list. This black chair has followed Madison from apartment to apartment for seven years.
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"We love color in our home. One thing that I try to do in all of our spaces is weave every color in and out of each and every space," -- Madison Wetter
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"This pillow, for instance, has the gold from our dining room and the blue from our office while the chair pulls in the browns from our credenza and from the kitchen," -- Madison Wetter
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"Family dinners were centric [to both] our upbringing(s), so it's really nice to finally have a space where we can do that. We have hosted 50 people here with relative comfort, and we just had our wedding here with chairs for 30 people. It's really neat to be able to do things like that in our own home," -- Madison Wetter
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Madison is always on the hunt for a great find and houses some of his collection here in the dining room. A portrait of his grandmother watches over the curated set.
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Madison's Southwestern upbringing comes through in the look of his and Sky's bedroom.
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He pulled the walls' terra-cotta hue from the painting hanging above his and Sky's bed. His grandmother painted the piece many years ago.
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The combination living room/kitchen gets enviable light, but its huge footprint (53′ long x 18′ wide) proved to be a bit of a challenge. To make the best use of the space, Madison and Sky purchased larger pieces of furniture to fill it but also strategically left some bits of it sparse so it can be transformed whenever they see fit. It also makes a pretty stellar dance floor.

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Nearly all of the space's walls stand at an angle, giving the home a unique personality and vibe.
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The home's original floor plan listed the entryway as the dining room, but since the house allowed for the dining table to live elsewhere, the duo's switched it up. Instead they cleverly use this spot as an area to shed winter clothes and boots upon coming home.
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One of the aforementioned larger pieces used to fill the abundant square feet in Madison and Sky's abode is this mid-century credenza. It's topped with mementos from all over the world.
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"What we love most about our home is... our quirky accents and open entertaining space," -- Madison Wetter and Sky Whorton
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Source List

Dining Room

Paint color – Glidden “Fool’s Gold Matte”

Dining chairs – Wayfair, Jet, Ikea

Vase – Jonathan Adler

Brass deer – Medallion Gallery

Table runner – Town Dump

Area rug – Overstock

Dining table & light fixture – West Elm

Console table – Crate & Barrel

Entryway

Paint color – Glidden “Fool’s Gold Matte”

Runner – Overstock

Coat rack – Allmodern

Bench – Overstock

Talavera lady – Homegoods

Guest Bedroom

Paint color – Glidden “Dark and Stormy Sky Matte”

Wall hanging – Made by Madison

Llama lamp – Target

Yellow nightstand – Found

Llama pillow – Urban Outfitters

Alpaca pillow – Holavicu

Duvet cover – West Elm

Hallway

Yellow lamp – West Elm

Credenza – Mixed Modern

Table runner – Town dump

Floor runner – Rejuvenation

Mirror/wall art – Inherited

Kitchen

Island bar stools – Overstock

Living Room

Sectional – Crate & Barrel

Kilim pillow – Village Uncommon

Blanket ladder – World Market

Floor lamp, coffee table – Target

Area rug – Wayfair

Accent chairs, table – West Elm

Accent chair’s tassel pillow – Homegoods

Bookcase – World Market

Master Bedroom

Paint Color – Glidden “Butternut Matte”

Wall Sconces – World Market

End Tables – Urban Outfitters

Bed frame – Wayfair

Garden stool/accent table – Target

Vanity mirror – Target

Mongolian ottoman, accent chair, vanity, desk, mongolian Lamp, pillow – West Elm

Accent chair’s throw – Dwell Studio

 

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Comments

  • I would love to know more about the location of this place – the condo is huge, especially for a one-floor home! Are you in a newer building somewhere like Southie, or in a renovated triple-decker in, say, Somerville? Pure curiosity! Your home is lovely :)

  • That’s… that’s one amazing home (and couple) ! There’s some serious personality and great taste in action. The guest bedroom is particularly great. Any chance there’s a tutorial for that wall hanging ?

  • This is beautiful! Love all the colors and design! Grace, do you have any recommendations for wall hangings that wouldn’t hurt if they fell in an earthquake?? We live in California! Want something colorful for our wall (my husband has somewhat conservative taste).

  • Also really curious about where this is! Unless these guys are South End bajillionaires, my guess is Eastie, or somewhere out near Assembly Row? So much space! Ogling from my small 1-br apartment downtown…

  • Lovely home. Although the article doesn’t introduce the third family member, that cute pooch! He or she’s also lovely :)

  • Such a great home! I’d love
    To know how you covered the wire from the sconce in the bedroom; is it thread? Tape? It looks so original and awesome!

  • I love that your home is so filled with life and vitality! The attention to detail is super-impressive. It seems that you may have painted your dining room chairs, which is what I want to do to mine. I adore the color; it is perfect! Would you mind sharing the paint manufacturer and color you used?
    Many thanks!

  • Wow….eclectic mix of cultures and centuries, tasteful and comfortable with clean lines and plenty of space. Imagining the delicious foods coming out of that kitchen and red wine in large glasses. I can also hear Warren’s little feet scampering across the floors. That credenza is amazing!!!

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