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Classic meets eclectic

With bold colors and unusual pieces from their globe-trotting life, a couple put a distinctive stamp on their 19th-century Victorian in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

KATRINA AND LUCA MAESTRI were introduced during a business meeting in Tokyo, then spent the last 18 years living — and renting — around the world, from Singapore to Sao Paolo. In early 2011, ready to put down roots, the couple purchased their first home together — an 1894 Victorian overlooking the harbor in Manchester-by-the-Sea. “As the kids got older,” says Katrina, “we wanted more stability.”

Luca, who hails from Rome, and Katrina, who’s from the American South, loved the idea of settling in this New England hamlet, which they discovered through friends. A main draw was the nearby Landmark School, “a great fit for my daughter’s creative/dyslexic learning style,” says Katrina. After they had looked at about 40 houses, this one came on the market. Owned by the same family for 100 years, it was in sad shape. “I could feel what it used to be,” Katrina says. “I was excited to uncover its soul.”

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