To enhance the spatial experience in the redesigned living room, architect Weston Wright removed all the “Colonial” trim, including the window grids.  The music area is set off by a column carved in Nepal and an angled wall. The ceiling trellis draws the eye to the round window and view outside.

From the street, the 1970’s nondescript Colonial style house on a winding wooded road in a Boston suburb looks much as it did when Stephanie and David Dodson bought it 15 years ago. Inside, however, the house bears no resemblance to its predictable former self. The interior is highly personalized, full of color, art, and artifacts of world cultures the Dodsons love. But it was not an overnight transformation.

“We started working on this house in 2001,” says Weston Wright, the architect the Dodsons hired to help them redo the kitchen. “They just wanted to expand the space by incorporating the back porch into the floor plan.” Wright, of Weston Wright Architects in Westwood, Massachusetts, had another idea. The couple, who both work for philanthropic organizations, like to entertain. Stephanie is cofounder and a director of Strategic Grant Partners, a foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of struggling individuals and families. David is chief executive officer of an organization he and Stephanie founded, Project Healthy Children, which works to establish food fortification programs that improve the health of women and children around the world. Since the small existing dining area was woefully inadequate, Wright suggested using a lovely but little-used library addition at the back of the house as a dining room. His skeptical but curious clients gave it a try. One dinner party later, they were sold.