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Preservation Resource Center
Shotgun House Tour
Goes to Upper Audubon
Saturday, March 29 . 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Headquarters: 200 Broadway Street
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337 Audubon Street, Donna and Joe Maselli
By Sarina Mohan
Donna Maselli wasn’t always an interior designer. In 1995 when she purchased 337 Audubon Street, she was firmly established in the practice of law but her innate sense of style and design sensibilities guided her in each stage of renovating the shotgun house. When Donna married husband Joe, he was so impressed by her talent and passion, that he encouraged her to retire from her law career to pursue decorating. Donna Maselli Designs, like the owner’s own home, showcases Donna’s minimalist-traditional style, which juxtaposes antiques with modern art and maximizes small spaces with clever design. In the dining room, the first antique she ever purchased – a 1790s secretary – stands opposite her favorite piece of art in the house, a modern piece titled Little Italy by Mason Saltarelli, demonstrating the balance of new and old.
To keep her home styled without becoming static, Donna adheres to a strict rule of editing constantly; if she brings something new in, something old has to be removed. “Decorating,” she says, “is not for the sentimental.” Even so, the space is comfortable and useable. Donna and Joe entertain often and have hidden seating for up to twenty diners by incorporating a drop leaf table in the dining room and a narrow console table in the large entry way along with the antique dining table. When the couple serves a meal to a large group, the tables are pulled away from the wall and a mix of chairs from throughout the living and dining rooms is gathered.
The careful use of small spaces is also evident in the master suite, where the couple actually reduced the size of the bedroom to accommodate his and hers walk-in closets and increased the size of the en suite bathroom. The master bath now incorporates Donna’s signature tile, a white marble imported from Turkey that she has custom cut as subway tile to use in many of her client’s bathrooms. Each room of this home reveals the gentle interplay between refinement and function
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