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At HOME in Southern New England recently joined the ranks of empty-nesters, so it has been particularly interesting to me to visit the homes of others in this category. But while I am looking forward to having a little space from my daughter (and vice versa, I’m sure), many others just a little ahead of me can’t wait to have their children, and grandchildren, come for extended visits, and they are designing their homes with this in mind: a bathroom for every bedroom, so-called bonus rooms as play areas for kids or office space for adults, great rooms with window seats and fireplaces (river rock is hot) for gathering, and architectural details that afford privacy when guests and hosts crave alone time. In these pages, we even feature a home that is literally two houses joined by a carriage house-style garage. Perhaps that’s the ultimate solution to multigenerational living. As for decorating trends, coffered ceilings are popular in both traditional and more modern homes, and shiplap is the new bead board, giving walls and ceilings textural interest. In fact texture is sought at many different levels of home decorating: leathered marble or granite countertops, faux fur throws and pillows, natural fiber rugs, nailhead accents, natural stone and reclaimed wood. As more and more attention is paid to texture, color may seem to be taking a back seat. But that’s an illusion. Favored color palettes leaning toward sandy hues—gray, beige, cream—may be unobtrusive but their perfectly muted subtlety is hard to achieve and stunning when it is.


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I was particularly energized by two interior design trends that cropped up repeatedly in the homes chosen for this issue: bold wallpaper in powder rooms and statement-making light fixtures! I have never been so smitten with hanging lights before. Even in a fairly traditional home, a big geometric chandelier over the dining room table or a boxy pendant illuminating a kitchen island asserts itself in a very positive way. Lastly, move over chrome and nickel—brass and gold are the metals of the moment.


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Interior designer Marsha Malone of Nautique has a knack for fulfilling her clients’ dreams.



Interior shutters by Seaport Shutter enhance the lofted ceiling in the living room and provide light control. They add yet another textural element to the room and look elegant from the second-floor landing as well.

Interior design: Nautique




Standing in Frank and Marigrace Dubas’ calmly beautiful

Lighting and bar stools from Nautique complement the shell pendants selected by Malone in the dining area.

living room, it’s interesting to learn that Marsha Malone, their interior designer and owner of Nautique, in Brewster, first envisioned these warm, coastal colors and rich textures during the terrible winter of 2015. “It was so cold,” recalls Malone. “I had my hat on and scarf wrapped around my face as I balanced on the cross beams, and I said to Frank, ‘That’s where you will want the wall wash lighting [to illuminate a] piece of art!’ ” The Dubases completed a teardown of a more modest summer home of theirs and built a 4,200-square-foot house in the same spot. By building up instead of out, the house doesn’t overwhelm the location. The family’s decision to rebuild occurred in September 2014, when, during their traditional Labor Day lobster feast, their daughter presented her mother with a lobster bib that read Grandma. We’re having our first grandchild, thought Marigrace, and we’re really ringing in the new house. Having long admired Nautique and Malone’s aesthetic, they knew she was the one to design their new home. “What I love the most is that she got my vision immediately,” Marigrace says. “I wanted monochromatic beige tones, and it was very important to me that it feel soothing.” Malone created a restful palette of creams and sands, and focused on textural elements to heighten interest. She designed furniture in her Sail Loft and Nautique Coastal collections to fit the Dubases’ lifestyle. “Interior design is really about understanding people,” says Malone. “You need to ask: How do you live in your house? Who is your family?” “We wanted the house to sit well on the property and to repeat the theme of our old house, which had three bedrooms that fed into a central living room,” Frank explains. “We have two floors now and a walk-out basement,

Soothing coastal colors create a serene welcome in the guest bedroom, which is outfitted from head to toe with fabrics, furniture, bedding, wool carpeting and soft Roman shades, all custom made by Nautique’s workroom.

but everyone still comes out to meet in the center.”

Homeowners had a new Cape-style house built on the same lot as their previous, smaller vacation home.



Lobster-patterned toss pillows add whimsy to a sleep sofa by Nautique in custom navy acrylic Sunbrella fabric with white Sunbrella contrast welting.

Having their master suite off the dining room gives the Dubases the freedom to enjoy one-floor living, with plenty of room upstairs and down for their children’s growing families. Above the openloft living room is a short hallway with two guest suites. The first is decorated in geometric blues with splashes of hydrangea while across the way, a taupe and ecru bedroom leads to a charming little nursery. On the basement level, family recreation rooms include a cozy media nook that features a nearly white Nautique upholstered sectional with navy throw pillows. With very few exceptions, Malone created or chose all the fabric, rugs, furnishings and lighting in the home, and the tranquil feeling Marigrace requested extends from room to room. “I find it completely relaxing,” Marigrace says. “Marsha knows exactly what I like.” Being on hand as the house was built allowed Malone to design specifically for the space, and she found that process invigorating. “I was here before they took the old house down, so it’s been very exciting to be part of the whole creative process.” Malone recalls that standing in the freezing cold on the partially built second-story landing, she already had a vision of the textures she wanted to use in the living room. “I knew [from up here] you’d see the antique wood top of the Sail Loft coffee table—I saw the old barn boards while it was getting made—and a rich carpet to complement it was really important.”




“We knew Marsha was having that table made,” says Frank, referring to their exquisite Sail Loft dining table, crafted from 200-year-old hemlock. “So we had the kitchen island situated in relation to it.” The table also lines up precisely to the French doors that lead to a unique triangular swimming pool outside. “We came up with pieces with the right patina, the right tone. Reusing this antique wood creates such an essential homey feeling,” says Malone, who considers it an honor to help fashion a home for her clients. Knowing that Frank enjoys stretching out on the couch, Malone designed two long, wheat-colored sofas for the living room. Since Marigrace enjoyed a sunroom retreat in the old house, Malone created a cozy upholstered chaise-lounge for a quiet corner of the blue-and-ivory bonus suite above the garage, where Marigrace can read to her granddaughter. Lobster-shaped cutouts adorn Seaport Shutter doors and a Nautique Coastal Collection cabinet. “Thinking about how people are going to live in their home, and designing that home for them, is really what it’s all about,” says Malone. “My goal at the end of a project is for the clients to say, ‘Oh, my God, we love it!’ “ Clockwise from above: 23K gold-leaf lobsters adorn a Nautique Coastal Collection chest; fish from a local artist and pillows covered in fabric selected by Malone; the dining table was made from reclaimed antique wood.



Frank and Marigrace couldn’t be more satisfied with their new home. “It’s just perfect,” says Frank. And every time she walks through the door, Marigrace feels that she never wants to leave. “I think this is heaven,” she says.

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The den’s dark chocolate walls are a backdrop for a navy sofa, patterned wing chairs and ottomans covered in an embroidered faux leather fabric, trimmed with nailheads.



The once stark Norwell home of a father and his sons gets a masculine makeover that’s meant for comfort. BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARREN PELLEGRINO

Interior Design: Urban Design Interiors



{designerstyle} In the great room, artwork and pillows bring bright color to an otherwise neutral palette. Custom draperies are an ivory-and-navy fabric from Osborne and Little.

It’s hard to put a value on peace of mind,but it’s priceless when you find it. For this South Shore homeowner, peace of mind came in the form of Laura Urban of Urban Design Interiors. After enduring two failed—and pricey—attempts by one design firm to create the home he desired, the busy father of two was more than ready to hand over the reins to a trusted expert. Urban had previously worked on his Cape Cod home, so he “completely trusted her creativity and execution.” “I didn’t have a lot of time or patience to do an interior makeover,” says the homeowner. “Laura took care of everything, soup to nuts. I gave her my thoughts about the tone, feel and the look I was trying to create. She’d run things by me, but I’d defer to her expertise. I didn’t want to have to make a million choices.” Urban’s task was to inject personality into the neutral palette of this home, formally a model home, decorated predominantly with browns and grays. “The bathrooms and bedrooms looked like hotel rooms,” the homeowner notes. “I wanted Laura to make it warm and homey, with class and style.” He also wanted a masculine, but not austere, setting for his two sons and him.



In the boys’ bathroom, a decorative painter stenciled a design on the walls that is the opposite color combination of the valance fabric.

Already familiar with her client’s tastes, Urban had no problem bringing his vision to life. She began by reupholstering some pieces to make them less feminine, choosing a navy, sand and cream color scheme. Orange accents provide pops of color while maintaining the masculine feel. “We kept the main pieces pretty neutral and brought in color through pillows and artwork,” says Urban. “We wanted warmer tones and an overall more transitional style.” In the great room, Urban used the existing sandtoned sectional and brown leather chairs as a base; then enlivened the space by layering patterns through the rug, pillows and drapery. She recovered a beige ottoman with a navy herringbone-patterned chenille. Two new end tables hold oversized navy ceramic-based lamps topped with linen shades. In the adjacent dining area, a table made from reclaimed distressed wood, covered with a glass top, is perfectly suited for both family dinners and adult dinner parties. Urban reupholstered the previously half-skirted chairs in a navy, gray and ivory stripe and added host and hostess chairs in navy and ivory.

Bottom right: Reupholstered in navy, gray and ivory fabric, comfy dining chairs surround a table made from reclaimed wood.




The den had remained unused before Urban’s involvement, so she started by painting the walls a dark chocolate hue. She brought in a navy sofa and patterned wing chairs. Ottomans are covered in an embroidered faux leather fabric, trimmed with nail heads. Orange patterned pillows and a large abstract painting above the sofa contrast with the darker tones in the room. Urban personalized the entryway with a navy and earth-toned grasscloth wall covering and added a lantern pendant and custom runners. In addition to furniture and textiles, the homeowner asked Urban to take care of all the artwork. “I brought in over 20 pieces of art,” Urban says. “[The homeowner] did have input on that. He wanted color and more transitional pieces, like those in the entry and master bedroom. He also likes maps. We included some nautical touches as well—the bow of a boat image over the sofa in the great room and bright-colored sketches of boats along the stairway.” Urban brought life and individualized touches to every room in the home. The owner, who couldn’t be happier, summarizes his satisfaction: “She did it on time, without any hassle, and it came out beautifully.”





A design statement is made by covering one wall with Phillip Jeffries grasscloth wallpaper with nailhead design. Inset: The powder room’s blue-and-white chevron-patterned wallpaper is crisp and bold.

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Offering peerless shopping in every season, The Green Door shines bright at the holidays.

Gilded resin sea shells to display year-round. Susan Swanson wears many hats as owner, buyer, floral designer and interior decorator.



An embellished chandelier becomes a focal point during the holidays.

Herend’s “Little Bird on Holly”

As fall quietly fades away, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins at The Green Door! This East Greenwich, RI, landmark owned by Susan Swanson has been in operation for 25 years and continually excites shoppers the minute they enter the namesake doorway. From the mixture of lush scents and sights to the warm greetings of the welcoming staff, it is a feast for the senses. Decorating ideas are everywhere! The shop carries a vast variety of holiday décor from woodland birch pieces to elegant gold and silver ornaments. Fanciful fairy gardens, one-of-a-kind holiday wreathes and arrangements plus beautiful and unique gifts await even the most difficult to buy for on your list.

Gorgeous handpainted trees are gems for the table or mantel.





No matter how busy she is at the holidays, Swanson carves out time to decorate her own home. Here she shares some of her decorating tips: First, start with a clean slate. Clear the area you want to decorate. Use a mirror or festive wreath to replace a painting that looks out of place with holiday greenery and ornaments. Try adding everyday accessories like candlesticks back into the mix. If it looks good, keep it. Battery-operated lighted candles can totally transform your bookcase and mantel into a warm showcase for the winter. If you have a fireplace you don’t use, fill a basket with artificial pines and string white twinkle lights through the greens; the type with multi-speeds gives a real feel of motion, resembling the flickering of flames. At the shop, Swanson uses mini-beaded, multi-colored garlands for almost everything. Wrap them around the base of a taper or pillar candle for an “instant” candle ring. They are so light and delicate you can drape them around centerpieces and chandeliers. Swanson and her staff have even worn them as fanciful necklaces. Take photos of your holiday displays before dismantling them. Referring to images will refresh your memory the following year and help you decide whether to repeat designs or tweak them for a new look. Arguably, the most dreaded part of the season is packing away holiday items. Using large plastic tubs is a great way to store decorations. Be sure to label the contents of each, so you avoid digging in every container next year to find that specific decoration. Swanson hopes these tips inspire your creativity, ease your holiday stress and entice you to visit The Green Door.

A festive hand-hooked holiday pillow



Ribbons, ornaments, greens and berries come together in this whimsical wreath.

Faux greens and lighted lanterns warm the hearth.




New collections for the home continue to spread joy. BY STACEY MARCUS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MARIMEKKO

Marimekko’s Fall/Winter 2016 home collections feature this cushion cover in the Tuppura pattern designed by Aino-Maija Metsola.



A look from the Fall/Winter 2016 Marimekko interior collection, featuring the Oiva/ Siirtolapuutarha plate, Konkkaronkka dinner spoon, Konkkaronkka dinner knife.

Ever since I fell madly in love with Marimekko’s Unikko design in college, I have questioned the character of anyone who can resist the bold flower power of the iconic pattern. When my own daughter selected a duvet cover displaying the cheery red poppies, my heart merrily skipped a beat.

“Marimekko’s timeless message brings joy into everyday life,” says Petri Juslin, who was at Marimekko’s Newbury Street store for Boston Design Week last spring. He provided an in-depth look at how hand printing influenced pattern design in the 1950s and ‘60s, and how today’s designers are carrying on the tradition. Juslin heads the Marimekko Artwork Studio and has spent 30 years working closely with more than 150 print designers and over 1,000 print designs. “When Marimekko was founded in Finland, in 1951, it was one of the first lifestyle brands in the world,” says Marimekko’s creative director, Anna Teurnell. “[With our bold prints and colors], we want to empower people in their daily lives and encourage them to turn their homes into a source of inspiration and means of self-expression.” Juslin shared the back story of Erja Hirvi’s popular Lumimarja print, created in 2004. The designer originally crumpled her drawings of the low-growing shrub and tossed them in the wastebasket. Juslin retrieved them, suggesting Hirvi salvage the sketches and add berries to the branches. What is it about a Marimekko design that makes it timeless? “It is not perfect. It is a little organic and there is something handmade and surprising about Marimekko designs,” notes Juslin.




A look from the Fall/Winter 2016 Marimekko interior collection, featuring the Kumiseva tray, Pieni Unikko cushion cover, Oiva ceramic spoons, Oiva Bowl, Oiva Plate, Flower vase and Oiva mug.



The Fall / Winter 2016 home collections both celebrate new designs and colors and reimagine favorites in sumptuous textures and hues. Whether you are a fan of florals or patterns, black and white or bold, rich colors, Marimekko’s new line has something to offer. The home collection pairs functionalism with fantasy. The line features furry pillow covers, futuristic vases and an array of abstract patterns in bright jewel tones and vintage patterns in more muted tones from Marimekko design icons Oiva Toikka, Maija Isola and Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi. Marimekko enthusiasts will also delight in a sprinkling of new pieces in the tableware line, including candlesticks, a serving dish with a removable leather handle, and an expansion of the vase collection into a range of warm, seasonal colors that complement holiday décor. The collection also includes new additions to the Siirtolapuutaraha (city garden) ceramic dishware range and two new fabrics.

A look from the Fall/Winter 2016 Marimekko interior collection, featuring the Oiva/Rasymatto bowl, OIva/Rasymatto deep plate, Sukat Makkaralla flower vase and Oiva/ Koppa serving dish.

As we bid adieu to summer and welcome the crisp days of fall, be on the lookout for soft tones of brown, gray and blue alongside interesting textures, such as wool blankets and faux fur cushions. Winter will welcome warmer red and green tones with splashes of pink. Katsuji Wakisaka’s iconic Kumiseva (Booming Town) and Maija Isola’s Kuusikossa (Christmas Tree) prints are available on everything from duvet covers and blankets to serving trays and floor cushions to spread the everlasting sunny spirit of the season of Marimekko. SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND HOME



A move from city to suburbia spurs a homeowner to reimagine her furnishings in a new abode.


After living in a Boston condominium for a few years to be close to work, the homeowner of this spacious contemporary home in Wayland decided she was ready to move back to the suburbs. She hired Casey Timm, of Studio C Interiors, in Sherborn, to help her freshen up the home using most of the furniture she already owned. “Casey was fabulous to work with, really smart and really practical,” the homeowner says. “The fact that she was able to find ways to do really clever things with what I had as opposed to spending money that didn’t need to be spent was wonderful.” Beginning with what the homeowner calls the sunroom, they kept the furnishings simple and sleek with a Sunburst Table and New York Chairs by Calligaris purchased from Neo Furniture in Framingham. When they couldn’t find the perfect round rug to go underneath the table, they picked out a rectangular one by Steven King at the Boston Design Center and had it cut into a circle and rebound. “I don’t think I’ve ever done a room with less furniture in it,” Timm says. “It’s such a simple room, and her choices were perfect to set the stage for the rest of the space.” The rest of the design flowed from there. Early on in the process Timm painted all the main living spaces in the house super white to create a “white box” look that was clean and sparkly.

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A vine-patterned rug and pillows establish a theme for the light and airy living room.



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Two modern swivel chairs from the owner’s former home fit right in.

“The owner has an extensive art collection, which we added to and the art drove a lot of the design,” comments Timm. “The house sits on a hill, with an amazing view. On a really clear day you can see almost as far as New Hampshire, so the goal was to let the views and the art be the color in the house.” The redesign of the home office, which Timm calls “a little funky and a little different,” was driven by three large self-portraits of photographer Rachel Perry covered in chain links she made using gum wrappers. The photographs are both stunning and unusual. Timm explains that both the office’s window treatment and the wallpaper are plays on the photographs, with the Kravet silver lamé fabric mimicking the chains and the Lee Jofa wallpaper hung horizontally to create stripes. For the living room, Timm covered an existing sectional sofa with a very pale mint green fabric from Kravet. An existing chest had a gold front, which she changed to silver. Two modern swivel chairs were repurposed in a small grouping beneath another work of art.

Above: The redesign of the home office was driven by three large self-portraits of photographer Rachel Perry covered in chain links she made using gum wrappers. Far left: Hunter Douglas Silhouette® shades soften the walls without blocking too much light. Left: Views of the outdoors and art from the homeowner’s extensive collection bring color into the house.

To complete the fresh look of the living room, she helped the homeowner pick out a vine-patterned Landry & Arcari rug that works beautifully with the swivel chairs. Recovered pillows in another vine pattern by Kravet create a sense of cohesiveness, as does the recovered ottoman, while a painting by Tom Brydelsky from the Boston Design Center adds just the right touch to the room. “She had a lot of furniture in beige tones, and she wanted something crisper,” Timm says. “The beige was masculine and dull. This is much lighter and airier.” Julie Mussafer at Jules Place Art Gallery in the Boston’s South End helped the homeowner choose and place art to add to her existing collection. “The other big change was the window treatments,” Timm says. “I had Boston Shade come in and surrounded the whole thing with a Hunter Douglas Silhouette®, so that you could really soften the walls and still get tons of light in.”






Interior Design: Donna Elle Seaside Living

An island house interprets old Nantucket in a new way. BY LAUREL KORNHISER PHOTOGRAPHY BY WENDY MILLS PHOTOGRAPHY

Traditional exposed trusses march across the peaked ceiling of the great room but the soaring height, open floor plan, sheet metal fireplace and contemporary light fixtures add a decidedly modern flair.




When Donna Elle’s clients fell in love with a home nearing completion on Nantucket, they were planning on using their own decorator for the interiors but were looking for a local designer to help with a few furnishings. After soliciting proposals and interviewing four local firms, they chose Elle: “They loved my color aesthetic,” she says. “They liked the sophistication of my colors and the way I picked up on nuances of the flooring and wall trim.” Though initially her clients were looking for limited help, Elle became integral to the whole project, being involved in everything from furnishings and lighting to the finishes on walls, trim, floors, stair parts and exposed trusses. Her directive was simple: “They wanted me to interpret old Nantucket in a new way, without relying on a blue and yellow color palette.” Nantucket has, of course, very strict architectural codes, which give the island its distinctive, unified character, so the challenge becomes creating an interior that respects the context but answers to 21st-century sensibilities. “From the outside, this home looks very natural and traditional, but inside, it is anything but traditional. It gives way to a whole new lifestyle of cooking, entertaining and family,” Elle says. The interior architecture has traditional elements, like the prominent exposed trusses that march across the peaked ceiling of the great room and the reclaimed oak loft doors that slide to enclose a first-floor office, but the soaring ceilings, open floor plan, sheet metal fireplace, cabled staircase railings, furnishings and contemporary light fixtures add a decidedly modern flair.



Top left: Three glass globe chandeliers hang above the Macauba marble kitchen island. Above: The furnishings hold their own visual weight with strong lines like these dark beaded frames on living room chairs.

Left:The upstairs bar area, with its view of the ocean, offers seagrass chairs around a woodtopped, rope-entwined coffee table.

While many designers of second homes look to their clients’ primary home for clues to their likes and personality, Elle prefers to keep her perspective fresh and evolving. In their new space, the owners along with Elle participate in a process of interpretation, selection, reaction, translation, and through this, Elle comes to understand them and refines and focuses the choices. “I can see who the client is in a third dimension,” she says. “It’s almost like the client comes home and is looking at him- or herself in a mirror. It is authentic.” The floors were the foundation of the project. When a mishap with the original floors during construction required that they be replaced, Elle went to her flooring expert, Chris Yates, of East Wood Trading Company, and chose white oak. It was in choosing a finish for the floors that Elle began to gather crucial insights into her clients’ tastes, which would then inform the home’s palette. “I saw them gravitate towards ethereal, foggy-like layers that weren’t pure and saturated, and with that, I then picked a round of colors—cloudy, foggy, sea pearlesque.”

One of several striking light fixtures in the home, this globe sprouting glass flowers acts like a piece of jewelry for the guest room.

Once both the floor and truss colors were determined, it was time to select the lighting fixtures for four prominent locations. A mixture of black iron and oil-rubbed bronze, the geometric living room chandelier “plays softly off the trusses, which are hard and linear,” Elle explains. Long and linear itself, the dining room table is illuminated by a half dozen bulbs suspended in a rectangular glass case outlined in black-finished iron. “It’s perpendicular in relation to the trusses,” Elle says, “so it exudes style without being interrogating.”




The consummate light fixtures are the three globes suspended from the trusses over the white Macauba marble kitchen island, their round shape contrasting with the sharp angles of the trusses and complementing the soft black leather mounds of the island stool cushions. One other major fixture, in the upper hallway, is what Elle calls “a rhapsody of glass and metal, a circular orb of glass globes on a 24-inch canopy base.” This piece adds instant elegance and drama to the space’s white cottage-style tongue and groove walls. Given the prominence of the trusses, it was important that the furnishings hold their own visual weight, and they do so with strong lines and textural variety, from the dark beaded frames of the living room armchairs to the rattan and seagrass dining chairs. The variety of textiles—linen, wool, leather, even acrylic that is comfortable yet cleanable—adds even more visual interest. The jacquard silk and cotton fabric from Anna French used for the master bedroom headboard instills instant tranquility and contributes to what Elle calls the room’s “glamour.” A bit more exotic is the blue and beige peacock duvet by Serena and Lily in the guest room. The duvet, along with the inlaid capiz shell side tables from Made Good, the leaf print cushion on the wicker chair and the light fixture—a globe sprouting glass flowers that acts like a piece of jewelry for the room—creates a space that feels like a paradisiacal garden bower. Further enhancing the feeling of being in paradise is the upstairs bar area, with its view of the ocean. Here, Elle’s clients and their guests can lounge in seagrass chairs with cushions finished in a Jim Thompson acrylic fabric around a wood-topped, ropeentwined coffee table. In the end, this house is like the sea pearl that inspired its palette: an intriguing smooth gem, born of the sea, teasing with its subtle swirls of color, and harboring hidden depths. Clockwise from top left: A simple, summery vignette; reclaimed oak loft doors slide to enclose a first-floor office; a blue and beige peacock duvet and inlaid capiz shell side tables add touches of exoticism to the guest room.



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Japanese heritage and taiko drums serve as inspirations. BY STACEY MARCUS

I honestly didn’t know if I was hip enough to interview Miles Endo. The multi-talented Rhode Island designer, a finalist in “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” Ellen DeGeneres’ hit HGTV show, creates custom furniture from wood and metals and recently launched a lighting line inspired by the textured interior of Japanese taiko drums. Luckily, he is as nice as he is gifted. Endo, who was born in Tokyo and raised in Honolulu, grew up in an artistic home listening to the sounds of his father’s music and watching his mother create visual art. “I stretched for the best art college in the United States,” says the Rhode Island School of Design graduate. Although his original intention was to study architecture or transportation design, he found the world of furniture design more aligned with his need to maintain creative control and be involved in the decision-making process. After graduating from RISD, Endo moved to Soho to learn about furniture design, but missed the creative and collaborative shop environment. He ultimately returned to Rhode Island and launched STUDIO ENDO, where he specializes in creating custom furniture, home goods and taiko drums.




Meet Miles Endo at the 21st Annual Fine Furnishings Show, November 4-6, 2016, at the Pawtucket Armory. Along with seeing Endo and his work, attendees can discover a spectacular collection of handcrafted items, see a special showcase of furniture designed by students from local schools and furniture programs, and explore new product launches.




Last summer when he was in Los Angeles working on a large

Different custom finishes are available for the HIRA pendant, whose textured surfaces were inspired by taiko drums.

scale monument project, he heard about testing for Ellen’s Design Challenge. Soon a talent casting representative reached out and encouraged him to apply. Fast forward through the vetting process of 500 designers to when Endo is being matched with HGTV Home Improvement Expert Karl Champley. “I was so happy to be paired with Karl. He has a great knack for creating surprise features and our personalities were in synch,” says Endo. After the first design challenge, Endo realized that “my design was safe and I really had to push myself.” One of the highlights of the experience was when Ellen arrived on set with the final five contestants. Each one picked a suitcase containing the name of one of her favorite travel destinations. She challenged them to be design tourists, taking the opportunity to take any of the other designers’ locales or go for a mystery destination. He selected a surprise spot which was ... Japan! “It looked like it was scripted,” says Endo, who created a multifunctional room divider with elements influenced

Endo is looking forward to exhibiting at the Fine Furnishings

by a Japanese temple. His final design before leaving the show

Show this fall in Rhode Island, where he is stationed next to the

as the #3 finalist was a multifunctional kitchen table/island cart

RISD booth. “Exhibiting at the show will be coming full circle for

on wheels with pull-out stools, inspired by food trucks in Japan.

me,” says Endo, who fondly remembers attending the show as a

“The experience allowed me to think about my work creatively,”

sophomore at RISD. “Miles is a great role model for the students and other designers,”

refreshing. His HIRA Lighting Series features textured surfaces

says Karla Little, show owner. “I recall how excited I was when I

that reference the carved interiors of the drums that inspired

saw him on season two of Ellen’s Design Challenge and realized

them. Their copper interior’s matte surface reflects a ring of

that he was from my own backyard. I couldn’t ask for anything

LEDs that are projected to create a radiant light.

more fun for everyone!”


says Endo, who found the hiatus from running a business


inspiration from countries she loves to visit. Endo, up last, had

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Behind a traditional faรงade, stunning contemporary interiors accommodate extended-family living. BY ROB DUCA PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTIAN SCULLY/DESIGN IMAGING STUDIOS

On a dead-end street in Osterville sits a house that overlooks East Bay and Dowses Beach. It is something of a summer playground, with eye-popping scenery that is just a glance away from nearly every room. Gazing at the stunning home now, most people would not know of the hurdles surmounted to arrive at the finished product. But there were ample challenges facing Bayside Building of Centerville and ArchiTech Associates of Cotuit when they embarked on the design and construction of the 6,500-square-foot home.

Design & Build: Bayside Building, Inc.



The back of the house is classic Shingle Style with trim details and an open porch. Inset left: The pool and patio overlook East Bay and Dowses Beach in Osterville.




The focal point of the kitchen is a pair of Calacatta marble islands, each with a refrigerator incorporated.



A coffered ceiling adds dimension to the great room.

“The footprint that we were able to work in was really difficult,” says Tim Luff, president of Archi-Tech Associates, which designed the house. “There were zoning constraints and conservation restrictions on two sides, so the site presented a high level of challenge when you consider what the client wanted in terms of the house size and the water views. But with everyone working together we were able to come up with a floor plan that really captures the views.” What was previously a 1950s-style ranch house now features four bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom, along with a media room with a projection movie screen, a kitchen with two islands and a striking restaurant-style wine rack, all set amid an open floor plan that is ideal for entertaining. “By tearing down the previous house we were able to build something that could maximize views that we would not normally have been able to have,” says Jim Bowes, vice president of Bayside Building. The fun begins in the backyard, which features a swimming pool and a cabana that includes a kitchen, a bathroom, a changing room and a laundry facility. There is also a fire pit and a pergola that provides shelter for a television. “There’s no need to go inside at night,” Bowles says. “You can sit outside and watch the baseball game.” In order to meet conservation guidelines, a four-foot high stonewall was built to serve as a barrier between the pool and the water frontage. The wall also acts as a fence, so that the spectacular views remain uninterrupted. A 70-foot porch extends across the back of the house, with a 16-foot section capable of being transformed into an enclosed screened porch with the touch of a button. The goal was to incorporate traditional elements into the exterior of the property with a contemporary look to the interior. Therefore, visitors are greeted by native plantings, natural stonewalls and weathered Cape Cod shingles. The interior features a blend of gray, white and light blue textures, with gray pickled quarter-sawn oak floors, thus creating the clean, fresh look that the homeowners sought.




Although the master bedroom does not face the bay, it has magnificent views of the marsh that fills with water at high tide.

The kitchen offers the ideal space for preparing meals while still remaining involved in the social scene. In addition to an industrial-style six-burner gas stove, there are two ovens and a beverage cooler. The kitchen’s focal point is the two Calacatta marble islands, one for preparing the meals and another for enjoying them. Each island includes a refrigerator. Glass cabinets throughout the kitchen feature soothing lighting elements, and the backsplash is white Caesarstone quartz. An expansive pantry that is the size of many kitchens includes a second full-size refrigerator. A laundry also sits off the kitchen, with a second washer and dryer located on the second floor. The kitchen, the great room and the dining room blend together seamlessly, with the porch, providing water views from throughout the living area. The unquestioned centerpiece is the unique glass-enclosed wine rack that extends from ceiling to floor in the dining room. “We’ve never designed anything like it before,” Bowes says. “The homeowner saw something similar in a restaurant and he wanted to bring it into his home.” The back wall of the wine rack is striped marble, creating the illusion of a waterfall. Stainless steel cables hold the bottles in place, and the wine rack is cooled by a unit that is suspended from the basement ceiling below. There are 15 rows to hold

A unique glass-enclosed wine rack, similar to one the homeowner saw in a restaurant, is a work of art.

bottles, with space for each to contain a case of wine. A nearby stainless steel table sits below a stunning chandelier that is designed with a series of hanging bowls of various lengths. A coffered ceiling adds dimension to the great room. Built-in units frame a fireplace, with the television fitting neatly into the wall to the right. As with the remainder of the house, the walls, furniture, tables and lamps are all either splashed in soft white or light gray tones. “It goes with the modern look of the house,” Bowes says. In addition to the first-floor master bedroom, there are three more bedrooms with water views on the second floor. The third floor is the children’s paradise, with built-in bunk beds, theatre seating and a projection screen for watching movies. “The homeowners wanted a house that would work for their two kids, the grandparents and for their friends,” Bowes says. “They wanted a place where they could have fun.” Mission accomplished! 66



A Cape cottage with a twist features a variety of architectural elements, textures and whimsical details.

The homeowners wanted a “Cape Cod cottage� and had a lot of ideas that they wished to incorporate in the home, including shutters with cutouts and an exposed chimney.




Design & Build: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects and Builders



{homes&spaces} Above: The family room fireplace, which is one of three in the home, is faced with rustic Southeastern split face granite and has a rough hewn reclaimed timber mantel.

For decades, a dated cottage sat upon this stunning cove-front parcel in Chatham. “The old house had been neglected and the yard was so overgrown you couldn’t take in the view at all—you barely even knew the cove was there,” says architect Sharon DaSilva, of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSDAB). When the new owners purchased the property, their main objective was to create a home that took advantage of the pristine setting. While the lot was being refurbished—down came the old trees with vines and weeds growing in them, and native plants and grasses were added around the yard to create a lush, verdant landscape—plans for an appealing new home that oozed individuality were drafted by DaSilva. “The owners are from Maine,” says DaSilva. “They wanted a ‘Cape Cod cottage’—which is a pretty typical request we get here. However, they had a lot of ideas that they wanted to incorporate in the home. My job was to take the bits and pieces of things they liked and put them into a whole that made sense.” Not only did PSDAB conceive the design for the home, they were also the builders, which made executing the multiple phases of the project seamless.



An eyebrow window winks at the pool.

A cupola the owners coveted sits at the peak of the garage roof, where it is capped with a playful copper weathervane depicting a rowboat.

The homeowners’ wish list included an eyebrow window, a balcony, a cupola, shutters with cutouts and an exposed chimney. Paramount was that every room have a vantage to take in the view. “We couldn’t include every element they wanted—but we managed to make most of it work well together,” says DaSilva. “There are a lot of details that make the home feel special.” Indeed, the four-bedroom home, an expanded Cape with Shingle Style elements, has individual appeal at every turn. The powder room has a teak and holly floor, teak-paneled walls, a curved ceiling and a porthole mirror to evoke the feel of a yacht interior. Other bathrooms exhibit intricately detailed tile work depicting ocean motifs. Turquoise shutters with starfish cutouts beckon from the front exterior and foreshadow the relaxed, whimsical nature of the home. Inside the front entry, starfish cutouts also adorn the spindles of the main stairwell. “The homeowners were interested in using various textures throughout the house to give distinctive characters to different rooms,” says DaSilva, noting the first floor’s teak flooring and shiplap-paneled walls, painted white. “This particular shiplap is known as ‘nickel space,’ which means that the intent is to have the joints be the thickness of a nickel,” explains DaSilva.




All three of the upstairs bedrooms have access to the balcony.

The coffered ceilings in the open kitchen, living and dining area on the first level are clad with bead board. The second floor also exhibits distinctive wood treatments, including a white pickled oak floor in one bedroom and a reclaimed wood ceiling in the study. The eyebrow window the homeowners requested was installed in the central bedroom on the second level; the ceiling above it forms an intriguing arch. A ship’s stern balcony faces the center of the ocean cove and all three of the upstairs bedrooms have access to it. DaSilva incorporated the cupola the owners coveted at the peak of the garage roof, where it is capped with a playful copper

Coffered ceilings and shiplap walls are notable in the dining area.

weathervane depicting a rowboat. On the main level there’s an informal nature to the connected, airy living spaces. The white kitchen cabinetry—designed by Classic Kitchens & Interiors—pairs well with pale blue stools at the island and the upholstered chairs at the dining table behind it. The adjacent family room is also awash with light tones. The area is anchored by a large fireplace—one of three in the home—faced with rustic Southeastern split face granite; the rough hewn reclaimed timber mantel was hauled down from Maine in the homeowners’ car.

French doors off the main living space lead to a three-season room that was originally intended to be an open-air porch facing the backyard—which now has a pool and built-in fire pit—and the cove beyond. “During the planning process it became apparent that the owners were looking to spend more and more time here—it wasn’t just going to be a summer home,” says DaSilva. “So we decided to make the porch a room with heating and cooling. It gives them another space to be in rather than the big open main living area, it’s more intimate and cozy.” The ceiling is clad with natural clear cedar and the mahogany floor is laid in the shape of an octagon— yet another distinctive element that works to make this special home truly one of a kind. Classic Kitchens & Interiors designed the kitchen.



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Careful attention to design and placement ensures that lovely pond and ocean vistas abound in a Vineyard house.

A trio of gambrel roofs with fanlights, weathered shingles and a widow’s walk give this new home an air of having been in place for a century. The center patio and second-story balcony serve as the focal point for the home, providing a comfortable and relaxing spot to unwind.



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Left and above: From the kitchen, family room, screened-in porch and outside patio, the view is spectacular.

It seems obvious that one would want to maximize all possible water views when planning construction of a new house. But turning that dream into reality with this home in Edgartown, Massachusetts, presented challenges to Bostonand Martha’s Vineyard-based architect Patrick Ahearn. “Because of the access road to the property the site for the house had to be on the left but the overlook to Eel Pond was on the right, so we had to figure out a way to reverse the house and yet still design the arrival so that people drove into the back of the property without cars all driving past the pool, which the homeowner wanted to remain private,” explains Ahearn. His solution was to design a courtyard that separates the main house and a carriage house. Therefore, the rear of the house faces the street, with a narrow dirt driveway winding around the side and ending at the rear courtyard, where the pool is located outside the front entrance. “Patrick did a great job at that,” the homeowner says.

“He placed the house more at an angle so we could take advantage of the views. He really listened to everything that we wanted. We are very happy with the result.” In collaboration with Rosbeck Builders and Donaroma’s Nursery and Landscape Services, both based in Edgartown, Ahearn designed a fabulous five-bedroom property that overlooks Eel Pond, with the living room, gathering room, kitchen, library/den combination, master bedroom and guest bedrooms all located at the street-facing front of the house in order to take advantage of the spectacular sunsets and ocean views. The center patio and second-story balcony serve as the focal point for the home, providing a comfortable and relaxing spot to unwind. The homeowners are based year-round in London, England, and they live a hectic, busy life. Once on the Vineyard, they are able to immediately decompress. “People love to sit on that front porch because the views are so wonderful and it’s so relaxing,” the homeowner says. “It’s very pretty and calming, and the serene view is always changing.”





A covered porch to the left leads into the kitchen and breakfast room, while a screened porch to the right provides entry to the combination library and den. The gathering room and dining room sit at the center of the open floor plan and allow easy access from the kitchen. The cozy library/den is somewhat separated, providing a quiet, peaceful spot away from the hubbub. On the second floor, the master bedroom is placed off the center balcony. It is flanked by a pair of guest bedrooms. French doors from the master and each of the guest bedrooms lead out to the balcony. The interior of the house is awash in summer shades of cream, beige, pale greens and soft blues, with bead board walls and coffered ceilings capturing the essence of life on the Vineyard. “The homeowners wanted it to be light and airy, to have all the spaces flow together so that it would reflect a casual New England lifestyle,� Ahearn says.

Clockwise from above left: The cozy library/ den; open spaces in soft hues like cream and beige flow together; the pool is situated to provide privacy; light and airy is the theme in this pretty green and white bedroom.






The homeowner worked with designer Amy Andrews of Greenwich, Connecticut, to create the tranquil atmosphere. The bead board walls are splashed in light gray, with built-in window seats covered in ocean blue. In the kitchen, from the cabinets and counters to walls and ceiling, shades of off-white predominate, with a light gray granite island countertop and blue-and-white chairs providing subtle contrast. The bedrooms feature soaring ceilings, with walls that are bead board white on the bottom before shifting into pale green or beige. “Amy is my best friend, so I had a great time working with her on the color scheme,” the homeowner says. “She pushed me to do things I might not have done and I love it. As it turned out, the house is kind of a combination of classic and contemporary.” With its weathered shingles on the exterior and the multiple built-in window seats, bookcases and various nooks inside, the house looks as though it has been in place for a century. Although the basement does not offer water views, it is also a favorite spot to gather. It includes a pool table, bar area, media room and exercise room.

Top: With so many seating options—island, window seat, breakfast table and adjacent patio—the kitchen is truly a gathering place.

One of the two bays in the carriage house doubles as a cabana room. There is a kitchenette, a bathroom and changing room, with French doors leading out to the pool. But when it’s necessary, it also serves as a space to park cars.

Above: The view from the second-floor deck.

“I feel like this house is my baby because it’s everything I wanted,” the homeowner says. “Everybody who comes here loves it.” 80



A contemporary Cape overlooking a beautiful lake is perfect for two but easily accommodates more. BY LAURIE HIGGINS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN CUTRONA



A floor-to-ceiling limestone hearth has a built-in flat-screen TV and a gas fireplace. French door-style sliders lead to the deck. Design & Build: Encore Design Remodel




A peaceful lake view from the house.

When homeowners Joan and Graham Lloyd were ready to settle down in Harwich after living in 16 homes on three continents, they hired Encore Design Remodel to build them a new home on the shores of a beautiful lake. The couple wanted a light and airy contemporary Cape design that would be practical for the two of them, but also have plenty of space for family and friends to visit in comfort. “Encore owner Dale Nikula brought together a team of specialists to ensure that each of our needs would be met,” Joan Lloyd says. “Dale remained close to the project at every stage. He encouraged us to raise any concerns or questions at the earliest moment, and he ensured they were promptly addressed and reviewed.”

In the kitchen, a central island is topped with an 11-foot-long by 2-inch-thick piece of Carrara marble from Italy.

Continuous crown molding throughout the home adds a sense of elegance.

One of the lovely things about the home is the flow that was created by unifying the design and details. Tall and wide doorways with transom windows separate spaces but there is also an easy traffic pattern from one to the other. Continuous crown molding and five-panel doors with quarter headpieces add elegance and a sense of continuity.



“It’s a really nice combination of traditional Cape and contemporary,” says Encore designer Susan Gerlach, who worked with in-house architect Glenn Travis to design the house and also helped the homeowners select all the final details. Another important unifying element is color. All the rooms are painted the same custom shade of gray, beginning with the entry hall that connects the living room and the staircase to the second floor. The living room has French door-style sliders that lead to a deck and provide a gorgeous view of the lake. Flooring is rift-cut pine, which shows more of the grain. A floor-to-ceiling limestone hearth is the focal point, with a built-in flat-screen television and a gas fireplace. A walnut counter warms the bar area that includes a wine fridge, a sink and custom cabinets. The adjoining kitchen is spacious with tons of custom cabinetry with features such as pullout wire bins and a pop-up mixer drawer. The cabinetry is white with sleek chrome handles. A cook’s dream-cometrue, the top-of-the-line Bosch appliances include a steam oven, warming drawer, convection oven, induction stovetop and microwave drawer. The central island is topped with an 11-foot-long by 2-inch-thick piece of Carrara marble from Italy. The remaining countertops are Caesarstone, and the backsplash is a combination of two different marble tiles laid in an arresting gray-and-white herringbone pattern. Nine windows and a French door-style slider leading to the deck make the attached dining area another wonderful place to enjoy the water views from inside. The adjoining deck is high-definition composite material with stainless steel cable rails.

The first-floor master suite's French door-style sliders to the deck feature transom window styling that's in harmony with the rest of the house.

Encore designer Susan Gerlach calls the home a "nice combination of traditional Cape and contemporary."




Summer is for dining alfresco with a view of the lake.

The master suite has the same sliders to the deck. All of the bedrooms have oversized closets with built-in shelves and dressers to avoid clutter. The master bath has a zero-clearance glass-enclosed shower and features basket-weave marble tiles on the floor. A flat-screen television is mounted on the large mirror above his and her sinks. The staircase to the second floor opens to a large loft-style area that serves as a playroom for the grandchildren and an office with water views for Graham Lloyd. Each of the couple’s two daughters has a suite on opposite sides of the loft. The suite over the two-car garage has three dormers that create three separate spaces, divided visually by ceiling angles that are boxed out in plaster. The room features a his-andher double closet and shares a bathroom with the grandchildren’s bunkroom. The opposite bedroom is a true master suite with skylights in the bedroom, another built-in closet and large-format porcelain tile in the bathroom.

Above: Two different marble tiles laid in a gray-and-white herringbone pattern make a stunning backsplash. Right: A large second-floor loft-style area serves as the husband's water-view office.

A full walkout basement features a large gym where Joan works out for personal fitness and Graham trains for Ironman triathlon races. Next to the gym, and sharing a bathroom with it, is a guest room with three windows. The bathroom on this level features a shower stall with traditional penny-round porcelain tiles with stainless steel penny rounds for a more contemporary look. Floor tiles are textured porcelain so people coming in from a swim in the lake won’t slip. Every convenience has been thought of, including abundant storage. There’s an extra freezer in the combination office/pantry off of the kitchen, and the nearby laundry room has a full-size stackable washer and dryer, a fold-down ironing board, a sink and a television. The two-car garage is large enough to include an area for a workbench and tools. “Susan Gerlach was indispensable with the interior design, working closely with me throughout the project on the literally hundreds of decisions that had to be made,” Joan Lloyd says.



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Casual elegance preserves the Cape Cod cottage style appeal while carving out space for a modern lifestyle. TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE CIOLINO

In the process of building and remodeling homes on Cape Cod, Longfellow Design Build sees a distinct design style and sensibility emerging from their clients’ choices. Whether they are in Falmouth, Osterville or Chatham, these clients ask for a casual elegance the company calls “Cape Cod coastal.” If you travel off-Cape, just a mile or two past either bridge, it’s just not the same. Many individuals these days are building or remodeling a second home on Cape Cod—a retreat from the stress of their hectic lives in Greater Boston, Connecticut or New York. “After our youngest went off to college, we regrouped and noticed that our fondest life memories, both from our childhood and as a young family, were on Cape Cod,” says one new homeowner in Pocasset. “And we wanted more of that. We wanted a simpler lifestyle with space to create more memories with our kids and grandkids.” Grandkids are a common theme on Cape Cod. Recently, Longfellow received thankyou notes from all five grandchildren of a homeowner on Bourne’s Mashnee Island who added a dormer with new bedrooms, bunk beds for the kids, an outdoor shower and a cupola. “The cupola is my guilty pleasure,” says the homeowner. Clients typically want a space that retains the Cape Cod cottage style, scale and charm, with the addition of carefully chosen, high-end features such as a redwood wine cellar and tasting room for a collection of fine wine, customized storage for fishing rods and boating gear, or a one-of-a-kind handmade chandelier. Longfellow’s owner, Mark Bogosian, defines this approach as “casual elegance.” “By respecting the architectural scale and natural lines of a space, using beautiful materials and finishes that reflect the natural environment and then adding smart customizations that are in line with the homeowner’s interests and lifestyle, you get a comfortable space that really can elevate your quality of life,” he says. Longfellow Design Build’s Chatham showroom features a working kitchen with a show-stopping leathered quartzite counter-top, glassless chandeliers and Longfellow custom-framed beaded inset cabinetry.

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An open floor-plan dining/living room with a coffered ceiling, natural stone hearth and bays of windows creates an ambiance that is both casual and elegant.

COTTAGE INSPIRED MODERN LIVING Many of the iconic features that are typically attributed to a Cape Cod cottage design were historically used out of a necessity to survive the cold, windy and wet climate. Early Cape Cod homes had a floor plan with one common room used for daily living, cooking and dining. Cape Codders would typically gather around a large stone fireplace that helped conserve heat, while wainscoting and bead board addressed the problem of preventing moisture within interior walls. Large open floor plans with a combined kitchen, dining room and family room are a popular choice today, and nothing evokes a Cape Cod coastal look better than bead board and wainscoting. “We use bead board often for kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and staircases,” says Mark Bar, Longfellow’s lead designer. “Sometimes a hint of bead board works well as a design element on cabinets, or as a backing for custom built-in shelving. Beaded, recessed panel wainscoting with a thin chair rail and coffered ceilings are two additional elements that often work well in a Cape Cod coastal home, adding sophistication without overpowering the room.”



NATURAL LIGHT, AND LOTS OF WHITE Another of Longfellow’s clients says: “It was on one of those stunning, late summer beach days that my husband and I decided to build our second home in North Falmouth. That same afternoon I picked up a shell from the sand and realized I was looking at the color palette for our home.” An ineffable quality of light that blurs the boundary between indoors and out has drawn artists to Cape Cod for decades. It also attracts people who want to build here, which is why Longfellow pays careful attention to the placement and style of a home’s windows, doors, decks and patios, in order to integrate light and landscape into their Cape coastal homes. A strategically placed window seat, reading nook, or a threeseason sunroom, along with an open floor plan, can create a magical dance of light and scenery that changes subtly throughout the day.

Historically, a cupola or captain’s walk topped the homes of successful Cape Cod shipowners so they could search the horizon for their ships due in port. This cupola sits atop a home on Mashnee Island in Bourne.

A creative use of space, this dining area has a custom hutch in place of a breezeway.




Typically, a Cape Cod coastal homeowner chooses a color palette inspired by soothing tones in the natural environment: crisp white walls, warm neutral tones of beige and tan, warm gray hues, cool tones of blue and green and maybe a splash of contrasting yellow or orange. Year after year, white cabinetry remains popular in Cape coastal homes; however, variations are seen more and more frequently, such as the addition of a contrasting darker gray-blue or green island or pantry cabinetry. “Careful attention to materials and texture can really make a room spectacular,” notes Bogosian. At Longfellow Design Build’s new Chatham showroom, customers can admire a butler’s pantry that uses a custom-crafted barn door entry and a gorgeous 2 1⁄4-inch black walnut countertop with a marine oil finish similar to what is used on the decks and woodwork of fine yachts. Also featured in Chatham is a leather finished quartzite countertop and a cold cast zinc countertop. Says Bogosian: “Both are a great opportunity to add texture and understated sophistication to a room.” Whether you want a traditional cottage look, something a bit more contemporary, or a Cape coastal transitional style that draws from both, Longfellow Design Build can make your dream a reality. 92


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Above: Custom built bunk-beds for the grandkids are reminiscent of summer camp.

Far left: This Falmouth home has a large side-entry mud room. Custom built-in storage bins, wardrobe hooks, a laundry closet and a small bathroom provide a buffer—keeping sand and clutter from an active family’s sports/beach gear away from the main living space.




“Family Tides” is an idyllic place to tie up your boat, put up your feet, admire the view and stay awhile. BY JANICE RANDALL ROHLF PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN CUTRONA

From the 1,000-square-foot deck overlooking Eel River, distant Martha’s Vineyard is easy to discern on a clear day.



We’ve heard it a million times and it always rings true: Location, location, location. When these Falmouth second-home owners were looking to move from their 1920s Cape Cod cottage, they decided to check out a property on the picturesque Eel River in East Falmouth. “We ran out on the deck and saw how amazing the view was,” says Barbara Nazzaro, “plus we had walking access to the beach.” They were sold. But in order to take full advantage of the southern exposure and views from every single room in the yet-to-be-built house, some important decisions had to be made. First, they hired Falmouth-based architect John Dvorsack, with whom they felt an instant compatibility. Barbara, a professional home stager, and her husband, Paul, a detailoriented engineer, share Dvorsack’s “pretty good is not good enough” philosophy. The architect spent hours just walking the property, whose original three buildings were torn down. “We built as close to the water as we possibly could,” he says, explaining that the house had to be raised up due to its flood zone location, but he was careful not to perch it too high. Standing on their 1,000-square-foot deck, looking out to Martha’s Vineyard where they can see Oak Bluffs lit up at night, the couple and their 20-year-old twin sons fully appreciate the team effort and thoughtful decisions that were made in building their dream house. Many details were small but important, like Dvorsack’s consideration of the height difference between husband and wife. When both were standing, he didn’t want either one to have a window mullion, for example, blocking the view. And compromises were made, such as in the kitchen where they “sacrificed cabinets for windows, lights and the view,” says Barbara.

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Even pet boxer Harley fits in with the gradations of gray and brown chosen for the home’s color palette.

While she likes to mix old and new, her husband likes everything matching, squared and centered. Together, they agreed on keeping the interiors as open as possible, and, thanks to Barbara’s keen designer’s eye and good taste, the home is a study in calm, informal sophistication. A soft, foggy hue, Seattle Mist by Benjamin Moore, on the first floor unifies the kitchen, dining and living areas, and just off of them the walls of a cozy, covered sun porch sport a complementary shade, Benjamin Moore River Reflections. The color palette throughout the home blends browns, grays and tans, with white accents and an emphasis on layering a variety of textures in the furnishings. To accommodate a casual lifestyle that includes children and dogs, the main living area floors are reclaimed wood left unfinished and roughly hand-hewn into 6-, 8- and 10-inch wide planks. The same wood, sourced from an 1800s Pennsylvania farmhouse, was used to craft the mantel of the natural stone fireplace. Further enhancing the rustic chic look, leopard and other patterned fabrics are mixed with sisal and rattan. The result is a clean, natural aesthetic with visual impact. In the kitchen, designed by Marianne Sansone of Kitchen Korner, in Falmouth, Cambria black leathered granite, which replicates soapstone without requiring the maintenance, pairs with handmade white, crackled subway tiles and white cabinets whose rope-y knobs lend a subtle nautical touch. There is a six-burner range and, best of all, says the wife, a convection oven she never expected to love as much as she does.

The roof lines and entryway details on the Shingle Style Cape’s facade, along with the thought-out circular driveway design and landscaping choices, provide a friendly welcome for arriving guests.



Easily accessed from the deck and with the same water views to the south, the home’s open-plan kitchen, dining and living area invites casual living.

The master bedroom’s vaulted ceiling allows a pictureperfect view, and the door to the left of the window leads to a small, private deck.

“[Barbara] has great taste and an innate ability to conceive and execute her vision,” says Dvorsack. “The furnishings, colors and overall décor within the home truly exceeded my expectations.” In each of the four and a half bathrooms, the same materials are used interchangeably, including the showers’ “driftwood” tiles and “pebble” floors. Striking black cabinetry in the boys’ bathroom was custom made by Dutch Country Kitchens, in Assonet. It was important to the homeowners and the architect to take advantage of every nook and cranny of the 3,400-square-foot house and garage. To this end, window seats provide extra seating inside, and the floor of the deck—the size of two full rooms—serves as a roof for the patio beneath it. Once envisioned as a screen porch, the den evolved into an intimate, closed-in living space with fantastic views. For four summers now, this charming house on the water, named “Family Tides,” has welcomed the owners, their family and lots of friends, who come to swim, boat, hang out on the deck or put their feet up inside. “Every time we come here, we instantly relax,” says Paul. What more can you ask of a home?




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Sophisticated planning turns a challenging piece of property into a home that’s the envy of the neighborhood. BY ROB DUCA • PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID EPSTEIN



Built by: The Valle Group

Designed with summer entertaining in mind, the open-plan kitchen, dining and great room area is a soothing, comfortable space with light maple flooring and pale-hued walls.





The sunlit three-season porch is an inviting spot to relax.

Not all homes are created equal and neither are the lots they live on. Certainly, that’s what The Valle Group encountered when they purchased this lot at the Willowbend Club in Mashpee, Massachusetts. It had been vacant for a number of years due to its exceptionally narrow footprint. Building a house that met the gatedcommunity design guidelines presented a challenge that the East Falmouth-based company was happy to accept. “It was one of the ugly duckling lots,” says Joseph Valle, CEO of The Valle Group. “The house had to be very narrow to fit on the lot, so our design challenge was to create a Cape Cod-style house that had some complexity; that’s easier to do in a square than in a rectangle. Although many people looked at the property, they couldn’t envision what could be done. We were able to design a house that fit nicely on the lot.” Placing the house was also a challenge due to the narrow footprint and close proximity to the golf course. The goal was to maximize the views of the course, while protecting the house from golf balls that were being hit off a nearby tee box. Working with architect Adam Moring of AAM Architecture & Design, in Sandwich, Mass., The Valle Group turned the house away from the tee and planted large evergreen trees to serve as a barrier from stray shots.



One end of the kitchen island offers clever wine storage.

With that issue resolved, the next challenge was working within the narrow footprint. The solution was, in Valle’s words, “to make the house live long, meaning lengthwise rather than front-to-back. However, we were able to gain some depth by bumping out a master bedroom and three-season porch off the rear,” he says. “It was a fairly sophisticated land-planning effort but once we did it, we found we had much better views of the golf course.” “In the interior we raised the ceilings to nine feet and installed transom windows to bring in golf course views and more light,” states Valle. The completed project resulted in a 2,866-square-foot, three-bedroom home that includes a den/office, a family room on both levels and en suite bathrooms in every bedroom. The home was designed for entertaining, with the kitchen, dining room, great room and porch all within view of each other. “From the kitchen it’s easy to feel like you’re part of anything else that’s going on,” Valle says. “Because the kitchen is lined up to look toward the great room, you can see all the way to the golf course and covered porch, which has become a popular spot for relaxing and savoring spectacular sunsets.” The front entrance features a classic Cape colonial interior window casing, maple floors and crown molding above the window.




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The first-floor master bedroom offers privacy from the gathering places and the second-floor loft is the place where grandchildren play and watch television. Interior designer Carolina Tress-Balsbaugh of Manuel De Santaren, Inc. offset the light maple flooring with just a hint of pale wall shades that reflect the surroundings. The colors are warm, subtle and peaceful. The homeowners, Richard and Pam Jackson, were unquestionably enchanted by the property. “We have built seven houses from scratch and this is the first house I’ve walked into where I would not have done anything differently,” Pam says. “We are very persnickety about details, but this was perfectly done. It was like the house was sitting there waiting for us. We didn’t even know we were looking for a house when we walked in, so it was a very spontaneous decision to buy it. But as soon as I walked in, I turned to my husband and said, ‘This is it.’” The 12-foot ceilings in the master bedroom along with double-hung windows with awnings create a pleasingly fresh and airy space.



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The south-facing new addition is connected to the home’s remodeled original structure by a carriage-house style two-car garage, as seen in the aerial view, inset.

The same level-headedness and straightforward approach that made Rolf Nixon a successful financier when he started out in business is apparent in his second career, home construction. “I build houses I’d like to live in,” says the principal of Prestige Home Building of Chatham who has fond childhood memories of visiting construction job sites with his grandfather. Nixon’s decision to build only one house a year is further proof of his commitment to excellence and his aversion to cutting corners or settling for second best. A review of the houses he’s attached his name to over recent years reveals that he has fine taste indeed, and his latest project, a collaboration with architect Stephen Hart, is no exception. Enchantingly sited on Morris Island, one of the most exclusive addresses in Chatham, the skillfully crafted 5,800-square-foot home PHOTOS: LUKAS SCOTT

marries an original structure with an impressive addition more than twice the size. Connecting the two parts is a two-car garage with


space above it that can be used entirely as a game room, for example, or that can be divided into smaller rooms. The result is a stunning, essentially brand-new home, set on over one acre. It is perfect for multigenerational living. The drive to the home is equally show-stopping. Drive past the Coast Guard station and a causeway takes you to the 40-acre island, which is part of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, spanning nearly 12 square miles. There are numerous beach and nature walks accessed from Morris Island, deeded Stage Harbor access for boaters and a private association beach. Chatham’s delightful shops and excellent restaurants are only a few minutes away. ANNUAL EDITION 2016-17

Perfectly suited for multigenerational living, a Chatham home offers space, character and comfort. BY JANICE RANDALL ROHLF

Design & Build: Prestige Home Building of Chatham




Before the new addition was added, the south side of the property was thickly wooded, with the original house facing the back street. Now, with the new addition as the property’s centerpiece, the house has a much more appealing southern exposure, and the backyard, cleared of trees, is big enough for a swimming pool. Architect Hart says he has collaborated with Nixon for the past 20 years, and together they’ve designed some dozen homes, including this one. “I see houses very much as sculpture,” says Hart, who has a background in the fine arts and adds that he is “particularly good with roof designs.” Hart and Nixon wanted to save the original structure to be used as a guesthouse. In the original post-and-beam portion of the house, pine floors and beams have been preserved, adding charm and coziness. It also has a full, modern kitchen with double ovens and a pantry. These private quarters are ideal for houseguests or extended family members who wish to live independently but still have a connection to the main home. “The house provides exclusive spaces for anyone,” says Nixon, citing in particular the library and the living room in the guesthouse. The new, 4,000-square-foot addition has four spacious bedrooms, two of which are master suites, one up and one down. A tray ceiling is a nice touch in the second-floor master, whose bathroom sports Carrara marble, a bathtub and a shower. Also upstairs is a very sunny smaller bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, and space that can be used as a library or sitting/TV room. The heart of the new addition is a spacious eat-in kitchen custom crafted by Kitchen Creations, in Yarmouth, with state-of-the-art Thermidor appliances, including a fiveburner cooktop, a pair of 30-inch ovens a drawer-style microwave and lots of cabinets, which are painted crystal white with a coffee brushstroke glaze. In the dining area, the same antique pine flooring as in the PHOTOS: PETER WINSON

foyer, bought from a teardown in New Hampshire, is used, complemented by the texturally significant shiplap walls. Completing the downstairs is an inviting living area where a six-setting gas fireplace with a leathered marble surround takes center stage. Rounding out the new addition’s first floor are a study and library area and the always-soughtafter, versatile bonus room. Top: A gas fireplace with a handsome leathered marble surround invites gathering in the new addition’s living room. Above: Pine beams and flooring in the new kitchen echo the charm of the original structure’s post-and-beam style.



Simply put, Nixon calls this property, “A beautiful home on a beautiful lot.” By all accounts, that’s an understatement.

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A Cape Cod landscape contractor uses lessons he’s learned through his business to nail down the home of his dreams, inside and out. BY ROB DUCA PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATE BROWN



In the living room, a built-in 55-inch television is flanked by built-in bookcases. Cabinets below the television store equipment for the elaborate sound system that controls the home’s 24 stereo speakers.




Having been given a major facelift, the contemporary Cape-style home greets visitors the moment they pull into the circular bluestone driveway.

As owner of Maffei Landscaping Contractors for 25 years, Bob Maffei understands the significance of long-range planning before he embarks on a major project. So when the time came to design and build his own home, he drew on years of experience to be sure there would not be any regrets down the road. “The biggest mistake homeowners make is not spending time on design work,” he says. “When you can see a job all the way through before even beginning, you can come up with the right plan. I see people who get excited all the time about a project in their backyard, for example, and then I have to come back the next year and rip it all out because they didn’t take the time to think about what they would want in the future.” Before hammering a single nail on his three-bedroom, four-bath 3,200-square-foot home in Mashpee, Maffei and his wife, Reyna, first researched housing websites for inspiration and then studied sketches and 3-D computer renderings of their prospective home, which allowed them to easily make changes to the design without cutting into their budget. “It doesn’t cost anything to tweak the design on paper, but people change things all the time in the middle of a project and that gets very expensive,” he says. A pergola offers protection for outdoor dining on the Niagara blond granite patio, and Adirondack chairs surround a nearby fire pit.



From the kitchen, an entryway framed by columns leads to the dining room.

The serene kitchen, designed by Main Street at Botellos in Mashpee, MA, combines custom Grabill Cabinetry (White Dove), Aviva White countertops, Black Pearl Granite, and Benjamin Moore “Quiet Moments” paint.




A man cave, located above the three-car garage, features an 80-inch television, one of 12 TVs in the house.

They also looked toward the future during the design process. Therefore, they installed plumbing inside the wall of the walk-in closet in their two-year-old son’s bedroom so that it can easily be converted into a bathroom at a later date. “We hope to have another child and if we have a girl we don’t want them fighting over the bathroom,” Maffei says. “Now it’s all there. If I’d done that later, it would cost thousands. If you think it out and plan it, you can save a lot of money.” Maffei served as the general contractor on the two-year project and enlisted numerous Cape Cod professionals, including E.J. Jaxtimer Building for the project coordination, Fine Line Architectural Design for the 3-D renderings and sketch drawings, Main Street at Botellos Lumber for custom cabinets, Viola Associates for the 20-foot-by-40-foot heated saltwater pool, Theodore Record and Sons for the finish carpentry, Dave Manning Construction for the framing and Extreme Audio for the televisions, stereo sound system and security cameras. He also relied heavily on his father, John Maffei, who has been a longtime Cape builder and owns High Bridge Construction. “My dad came up with many of the design ideas, including the man cave, the roof deck overlooking the

Shades of blue and white predominate in the home, including in this bathroom and the eat-in kitchen, right.

pool and the portico over the front door,” Maffei says. Maffei purchased the house, originally built in 2002, for its location. The back of the property is protected by acres of conservation land, assuring him a lifetime of privacy. But the interior was another matter. Much of the design made little sense, says Maffei. Walls separated the kitchen from the dining room and the front entry from the kitchen. There was even a bathroom off the living room. “I hated it,” he says. The home now welcomes visitors from the moment they pull into the circular bluestone driveway. The front entry leads to a Greek column-framed archway and into a seating area with a window bench and table that are next to the expansive kitchen. To the left of the kitchen is the dining room, which flows seamlessly into a living room with a built-in 55-inch television flanked by built-in bookcases. Below the television are cabinets to store the equipment for the elaborate sound system that controls the 24 stereo speakers that are installed throughout the house, along with security cameras that monitor the exterior and interior of the property. The lighting, heat, air conditioning, locks and security cameras can also be operated from a smart phone.



Right top and bottom: As a landscaping professional with his own business, Bob Maffei created an outside oasis, including a pool and rocks for drainage edging the garden.

The adjoining sunroom leads to a spacious backyard that includes a pool, fire pit, pergola and a patio built with Niagara blond granite stone. “We wanted to create an open floor plan where we can entertain our friends and family, but if the weather changes we could come right into the sunroom,” Maffei says. “And then we wanted a few little extras.” Those bells and whistles include a basement gym with free weights, a treadmill and a hardwood floor for yoga; a room to house Maffei’s fishing and hunting equipment; and a man cave that is located above the three-car garage and features an 80-inch television alongside two smaller TVs, a leather couch, a wooden bar that seats five people, a built-in microwave, a beverage cooler and a sign that reads “What happens in the man cave stays in the man cave.”

There are 12 TVs in the house, including one in the master bath that can be seen from the glass-enclosed standing shower. “You can’t miss the ballgames,” laughs Maffei, who is an avid sports fan. Of course, Maffei built his career in landscaping, so it’s hardly surprising that he created an outside oasis that can be enjoyed throughout the year. A perennial garden featuring peonies and begonias keeps the landscape awash in vibrant seasonal colors, while annual flowerings creep over the sides of a Mexican beach pebble border. Lighting hangs from the trees, shining like the moonlight to provide a spotlight on the conservation land. The pergola protects a table for outdoor dining, and Adirondack chairs surround the nearby fire pit. There is also an outside shower and a bathroom accessible through the garage. The rooftop deck, accessed from the man cave, also includes a television. Naturally, the entire backyard is wired for sound and it also has landscape lighting for setting the proper mood and atmosphere. “We spent a lot of time talking about what we wanted,” Maffei says. “Since we moved in we feel like this house really fits us because we took so much time planning it. The best thing about this house is that I don’t feel like we missed anything.”




A dramatic refresh to a Hingham home leaves its 19th-century charm intact. BY JACI CONRY PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG PREMRU

For nearly a decade, Demi and Tate Isenstadt loved living in their 1870s Greek Revival in Hingham. “During those years, it was a great house for us,” recalls Demi. The couple cherished the home’s historical architecture and its place in the vernacular of the town, which is revered for its trove of homes built during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. And yet, renovations in the 1930s and ’40s had obscured some of the home’s original details. The layout was choppy, some rooms were very small, there weren’t enough windows and, according to Demi, “There were parts that were a little funky, like they didn’t go with the house.” The Isenstadts were ready for an overhaul that would expand the home and create airy, open living spaces. They spent years pondering how to do the renovation yet, when Demi learned she was pregnant with the couple’s third child, they immediately contracted LDa Architecture & Interiors. “LDa got the ball rolling. They really understood what we wanted to do, very quickly,” she says. While the project centered on a complete overhaul of the house, the Isenstadts were passionate about maintaining its antique architectural qualities. LDa worked with them and the Hingham Historical Commission to ensure the updated structure met all of the family’s needs and was also in keeping with the town’s requirements for historic residential renovations.

Above: Even though the house doubled in size, with its white clapboards, black shutters and cedar roof shingles, it fits within the historical context of the neighborhood.

“It’s an interesting challenge: how to make a small old house grow and live new but keep its charm,” says LDa principal architect John Day. The plan involved raising the house for a new foundation and taking down the additions that had been made in the 1940s and ’50s. “We kept the original 1800s Greek Revival gabled façade on the right and designed a new gabled end that mirrored it on the left,” explains Day. A dormered gambrel section connects the two gabled ends. Tate Isenstadt’s firm, TDI Building, was the builder on the project. “It’s a nice perk to be able to keep it in the family,” says Demi.



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Going for a younger aesthetic than is typical in a traditional home, furnishings veer toward transitional style with a few more modern pieces and a handful of antiques.




The house that had previously felt dark and often dreary is now filled with natural light, thanks to abundant windows and a spacious open floor plan. A top priority for the homeowners was that the kitchen and family room be open to one another. “The kitchen is in the same spot it was before, but it’s bigger and much more open. When we’re home, everyone is usually in here, at the kitchen table or in the family room, which is really nice,” says Demi. “I didn’t want to have doors separating any of the rooms on the main level,” she adds. Double-wide cased openings with trim work ensure that none of the living spaces feels closed off. “It was very important to the Isenstadts that the house have a historic backdrop,” says Day. While the floor plan is open, the interior includes traditional beams and columns and gracious moldings and trim work that recall the design trends of the home’s original era. LDa also worked on the interior design scheme. “We were going for a younger aesthetic than is typical in a traditional home,” says Day. Furnishings veer toward transitional style with a few more modern pieces and a handful of antiques, such as the dining room table, which belonged to Demi’s mother’s grandfather. Since it’s a family home often filled with not only the three Isenstadt children but also a handful of their friends, it was essential that furnishings be informal. “Nothing could be too precious,” says Demi who chose to have walls on the main level painted a neutral gray.

Bold hues are introduced as accents. “Color is impactful; you don’t have to be married to it for the life of the house,” says Day. “You want to have the opportunity to update it without having to do significant work. It’s best to have color be the top layer—what is fresher and more fun can be updated as the family changes.” For example, a vanity in one of the bathrooms is painted a deep raspberry and tufted chairs in the living room are a bold shade of royal blue. While the home nearly doubled in size, resulting in roughly 7,000 square feet, “it’s deceptively scaled,” says Day. “It doesn’t feel that big because we retained its historic proportions.” At two-and-a-half-stories tall, with a white clapboard exterior, black shutters and topped with a cedar shingle roof, the house sits within the context of the neighborhood as though it’s always been there. “The renovation kept the style of the home so I feel like I still have my old house; it’s just better,” says Demi. “I am a homebody. I love being in my house. It’s cozy and inviting and warm: there’s no place I’d rather be.” 116


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Bold hues introduced throughout the house make an immediate impact. “You don’t have to be married to color for the life of the house,” says architect John Day.





Thanks to Red House Custom Building’s meticulous remodel of a living space, the room is now in unison with the elegant home. BY ROB DUCA PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON USHER III

It seemed obvious to the homeowners that the family room in this East Greenwich, Rhode Island, home required a makeover. “It really stood out,” Justin Zeller says. Zeller didn’t mean that as a compliment. This charming and elegant 6,000-squarefoot property featured stunning custom millwork and detail throughout the house, with a spacious first-floor layout that included an open eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and main study. But the family room was the odd duck, with few of the intricate design features that characterized the remainder of the home. As owner of Red House Custom Building in Barrington, Rhode Island, Zeller was hired to design the transformation. The company was chosen due to a resume that includes finish work across the state since 2005, along with being honored with the Best of Houzz Service Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016, a Best of Houzz Design Award in 2016 and the Contractor of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016. Zeller’s challenge was to turn the rustic family room, which included a floor-toceiling fieldstone fireplace, into an elegant setting that matched the décor in every other room. “The entry hallway into the house is very decorative with a great deal of trim detail, and as you walked through it the view centered on the family room, which was sort of a letdown,” Zeller says. “The homeowner wanted a room with a theater experience that was more sophisticated. The fireplace had a built-in oven with two ceiling beams. It was very Colonial. It just didn’t go with the rest of the house.”

Formerly rustic Colonial in style, this now-elegant family room was remodeled by adding a marble fireplace surround, columns, wainscoting, intricate window and door trim, a coffered ceiling and other architectural details. It was “a very sophisticated, very trimheavy job,” says Red House Custom Building owner Justin Zeller.

The first step was to convert the fireplace into gas, remove the stone, and replace it with a marble frame bordered by sleek white columns and a matching mantel. Two walls with wainscoting that matched already existing detail were constructed next to the fireplace and alongside a facing window. A large television now sits above the fireplace. Zeller also added intricate trim around the windows, with matching trim on the door. 118


Remodel: Red House Custom Building

“That was a delicate process,” Zeller says. “We had to find out the best way to tie the renovations together with some of the existing materials so everything in the room appears as though it was originally there. We call it being ‘style specific,’ and that’s one of the major values our company brings to a renovation. This project happened to be a very sophisticated, very trim-heavy job, but we do plenty of other work that is contemporary and minimalist.” By using the existing overhead beams, the coffered ceiling now features eye-catching detail with a pattern of six grids. Lighting installed inside the crown molding of each coffer is capable of changing colors and intensity for setting a variety of moods. “Any time you change the lighting system during a remodel it’s a challenge,” Zeller says. “The woodwork also took quite a bit of time, because there was a lot of detail that we needed to match.” Zeller also remodeled a large oval step that led from the kitchen. By shortening it and creating a more traditional square stepdown into the family room, he opened up the area leading from the kitchen. Finally, he made certain that the color scheme continued the elegant theme, with the soft gray walls and ceiling now offsetting the white trim and beams. “We got a big kick out of pulling everything together so that it all looks like it was originally envisioned to be that way,” Zeller says. “Now when people walk down the hallway and toward the family room, their expectations are met and even exceeded. That was the homeowner’s goal; they did not want visitors to be disappointed when they reached the family room.”




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A meticulous builder and a homeowner with artistic vision polish to perfection an antique gem on Wings Neck.

To capitalize on the exquisite view of Buzzards Bay, this bump-out and an identical one on the other end of the house were added to the original structure.




Mention Wings Neck to any Cape Codder and they’ll likely have heard of this storied, out-of-the-way neighborhood in Bourne dotted with large waterfront houses secluded in the woods. But for one husband and wife moving back to Massachusetts after several years in Minnesota, Wings Neck was a serendipitous find. They house-hunted from Vermont to Rhode Island with the criteria that their purchase be more than a hundred years old and sit on a large waterfront property. It took a while, but they found what they were looking for on Wings Neck. What they liked most about this diamond in the rough was precisely what would have turned most people off: The house had essentially been untouched since 1906.   For the wife, a former art director who has restored other houses in the past, the rambling Shingle Style house, even with its chain-pull toilets and no end of dusty old books, was a treasure trove of possibilities. Few people have her vision nor the ability to bring to fruition what she pictures in her mind. But one of those few people, Tom Turcketta, just happened to live and work right on Cape Cod.   “The house had a ‘feel’ to it,” says Turcketta, a third-generation builder who specializes in historic restoration. “I wanted to do the project when everyone else wanted to bulldoze it.”  From that point on, he and the homeowner were a team on a shared mission. She would come up with the ideas, often a hand-drawn sketch, and he would figure out how to execute them.    “It takes a special type of client [to restore an old house] who has an appreciation for antiques and history,” Turcketta says. “It’s a different mindset.”   This project can be categorized as both a historic restoration and a historic preservation. Turcketta points out the difference between the two: With restorations, things such as flooring can be removed and replaced with new materials that retain the historical details and character. With preservations, the goal is to salvage as much of the original house as possible. Both projects

A serendipitous find in a local antique shop, this wall-panel painting of a fisherman steals the show.

are costly and time-consuming.



Windows repurposed as cabinet fronts, a huge slab of wood from an old butcher shop and the homeowner’s collections of servingware personalize the brick-floored kitchen.

Although the Wings Neck house was in remarkably good structural condition given its age, substantial tweaks were needed to personalize the house and make it suitable for the homeowners’ lifestyle. By adding two window-lined 14-foot bump-outs connected by a long gallery to the front, more light streams into the house and the spectacular view of Buzzards Bay all the way to the iconic railroad bridge can be admired. The bump-outs, a rounded deck between them and a four-car garage added 2,000 square feet to the house’s original size of 6,500 square feet. Steel beams opened up the downstairs space and in the upstairs, much of which was used in the past as servants’ quarters, there are now six bedrooms where there once were nine.   The homeowner and Turcketta were both on the same page about salvaging what they could, often reusing parts of the old house elsewhere in the “new” one or on the property. The doors from old cabinets became fronts for new ones, closet poles were fashioned from an old tennis court frame, most of the wood floors were salvaged, and original paned windows now stand in as stunning cabinet fronts.   “I’ve always had an eye for detail,” says Turcketta, who trained as a cabinet/furniture maker. “Working on antique homes is much more appealing to me than building a new home. It’s more of a challenge.”




They filled in with newfound treasures, such as several finds from Maypop Antiques in Sandwich, including a tin whale that hangs over the bar and a wall-panel painting of a Gloucester fisherman that takes center stage in the dining room. A piece of an old carousel sourced from a now-defunct Buzzards Bay shop was repurposed as the base of a mudroom bench, and an 11-foot-by-4.5-foot butcher block slab the homeowner had been Custom-designed and -colored onion lamps from Sandwich Lantern and Glass Studio on Cape Cod nicely accent the exterior, as do custom metal balcony railings from Callahan Architectural Metals in Falmouth.

saving for years was cut down two feet in length and used as the kitchen island. She looked to Dot &, Restoration Hardware and Anthropologie for just the right light fixtures, furnishings and other home décor elements.

In the master bedroom, a Sheraton-style sofa and foot stool, both vintage, pair well with a fourposter spindle bed from One Kings Lane. The original wood floor is stained ebony.

The homeowner has gathered and kept all kinds of objects over the years, including extensive collections of Wedgwood with gold from the 1700s and Ridgway Indus pattern China, both displayed in glasswindow-front cabinets. She also has cherished transferware and even numerous and varied flower “frogs,” objects that sit at the bottom of a bowl or a vase to hold flower arrangements firmly in place. Plus, there were the books—some 2,000 of them—that came with the house. “I only kept the ones that were signed,” says the homeowner, smiling. She donated the rest, more than 60 boxfuls, to the Falmouth Public Library.   Turcketta, who sometimes even uses antique tools like old hand drills and chisels for detail authenticity, moved built-ins from one location to another, rather than get rid of them, and made new window trim to match the old trim. At the homeowner’s behest, he even relocated a portion of the house to be refashioned into a charming game room in the woods. The word “teardown” is not part of Turcketta’s vocabulary. “I have no interest in wreaking havoc with history,” he says.




Meeting conservation, zoning and building challenges head-on, Shoreline Pools creates lush leisure living in Provincetown. BY ROB DUCA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL HOLZWORTH

A 20-foot-by-40-foot saltwater pool is flanked by a built-in hot tub (left) on one end and a sunken fire pit on the other. A series of eight jets installed into both sides of the deck shoot sprays of water into the pool.



Design & Build: Shoreline Pools




It’s not often that a homeowner provides a blank check to the builder of a construction project. But that is essentially what happened last year when Shoreline Pools of Harwich, Mass., was asked to design and create an outdoor lifestyle Mecca. “He basically gave us free rein and told us to come up with our vision of what we thought would be the ultimate backyard enjoyment center,” says Chris Dittrich, owner of Shoreline Pools. “It was one of the most elaborate projects we’ve ever done. We worked very closely with the client, who gave us the freedom to do what we wanted.” The Provincetown home is located at the end of a dead-end street and is the last house before the ocean. As such, this fabulous setting provided the ideal backdrop for constructing an outdoor oasis that would serve as a gathering place for friends and family for generations to come. But it also came with restrictions that were dictated by conservation regulations, along with state and neighborhood setback requirements. “We had to make it all work in a relatively tight space,” Dittrich says. “It took us about seven months to obtain the conservation, zoning and building permits. We had to meet all the predefined setbacks.” The project took six months from start to finish and was completed in the spring of 2015. Shoreline Pools worked with Ethan Poulin Landscaping of Truro on the hardscaping, landscaping, flowerings and plantings.



A hot tub made of local stone has a waterfall feature.

Built into the pool liner are two dolphins that appear to be swimming toward each other.

The marble patio framing the pool includes an elegant pavilion for shade.

The homeowner earned his fortune building ice skating arenas. But now he was seeking a spot to cool off and relax, and he wanted a 20-foot-by-40-foot swimming pool to serve as the centerpiece. Of course, simply installing a swimming pool was only one aspect of the project. Shoreline Pools has a tradition of designing intriguing spaces that, in many ways, are works of art, and that’s exactly what the company set out to do with this property. Therefore, the pool is flanked at each end by a built-in sunken fire pit and a hot tub, respectively. Both structures were made with local stone and appear to sit in the water, although they are actually elevated slightly above the pool. The fire pit has water flowing from the side and into the pool and includes elevated walls and a seating area. The hot tub also features a waterfall. The spectacular saltwater pool is environmentally friendly, befitting its location overlooking a marsh and Stellwagen Bank. It is framed by a marble patio that includes a pavilion for escaping the sun on especially steamy afternoons. “We wanted to create an even larger, more elegant look even though we were limited in space,” Dittrich says.




Ethan Poulin Landscaping designed a series of colorful gardens that border the property outside the pool area. Native plantings, perennials and annuals combine for a dazzling rainbow that is in bloom throughout spring, summer and fall. “It is decorated to the nines,” Dittrich says. “Like us, they also had to be cognizant of the conservation rules, but the entire property is decorated with custom gardens.” Another neat feature is a paver driveway that winds around the side of the house and leads into the pool area. The driveway is bordered by custom veneer walls. To label this outdoor space “eye-catching” is a dramatic understatement. Even the bottom of the pool contains a visual element. Built into the liner are two dolphins that appear to be swimming toward each other. There are many other visual elements. A series of eight jets installed into both sides of the deck shoot a soothing spray of water into the pool, creating an atmosphere of complete relaxation. And there are plenty of reasons to remain outside after the sun sets. The entire backyard is brightened with LED lights, while propanefueled fire pillars shoot flames into the dark sky to keep the party going. The beautiful home that sits on this priceless piece of land offers its own brand of luxury and elegance. But with an outdoor oasis such as this, it might be difficult for the homeowner to ever head indoors.





Your home is a vital part of your life. Embarking on a major remodeling project or building a custom home takes inspiration, imagination and time to consider all of the pieces that come together to create the space you envision. It’s been difficult to imagine how the important details will look and feel in your home, until now. 7 Tide, Boston’s newest design destination, has recently opened at 7 Tide Street in Boston Seaport, the city’s trendiest area. Here discerning homeowners have the unique opportunity to gather key information and find jaw-dropping inspiration before beginning an extensive design project. In various spaces at 7 Tide, you can actually experience your appliance technology, custom windows, doors, kitchen design details and more, before you commit to a concept or purchase. When you’re done looking through magazines and catalogues, finished researching on websites, then you’re ready for a visit to 7 Tide, where you can explore in three dimensions and with all five senses. In this unprecedented brand experience center, you not only see the options, you will use them, compare them and feel them in real settings that help you make those exciting—yet often daunting—decisions with pleasure and delight. 7 Tide is designed as a sanctuary, offering you the opportunity to drink in the possibilities and imagine yourself living in them. Built in 1943, as The Riggers and Sail Loft Building, this 38,000-square-foot building was purchased in 2014, and has been totally reimagined and renovated as 7 Tide. Inside you’ll find Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, in their most technologically advanced showroom yet. You’ll find the very latest from Sub-Zero, Wolf and ASKO appliances, in stunning kitchens to inspire design excellence. In every corner there is a “wow moment,” with design details and unique materials that will get your creative juices flowing. 132



In addition to their signature Appliance Test Drives, Clarke now offers two exciting additions to the award-winning Sub-Zero and Wolf experience. First, architects, designers and builders visiting 7 Tide are invited to present floor plans, renderings, elevations and photos of their projects to clients on a 16’ x 9’ media wall, enveloped by a stylish and comfortable Media Lounge where homeowners can discuss their projects, and then explore their appliance options in full-size kitchens only steps away. There’s no more helpful way to envision what your kitchen, pantry, coffee bar or wine grotto can become.


Next is Clarke’s new Small Bites program, where every visitor is invited to taste a delicious example of what you can create with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. You’ll try a bite or two of Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken, or perhaps Crispy Artichokes with Truffle Aioli. Your small bite will depend on the time of day you visit and the season of the year. Small Bites are available not only in Boston, but also in Clarke showrooms in Milford, MA, and South Norwalk, CT. Clarke wants you to see, hear, touch, smell and taste what your new kitchen can become. Adjacent to Clarke’s Showroom and Test Kitchen, visitors will encounter the brand experience center for Marvin Windows and Doors. In another technological delight, homeowners will be introduced to a whole new way to think about windows and doors, so that they truly reflect the way you want to live. In fact, Marvin’s beautiful products surround the entire building, offering a stunning example of how to connect your interior and exterior environments. As the building continues to transform, other premier brands will be revealed. Since these spaces are dedicated to personal experiences and knowledge sharing, homeowners will receive details on where the products can be purchased at authorized dealers near them. As one recent visitor commented, “It’s not a sales experience at all. It’s relaxing and inspiring. I loved planning my home this way.”

Top left: Design professionals can present their plans in Clarke’s 7 Tide Media Lounge. Top right: Clarke Chef Brittney Wezner offers a Wolf Test Drive to a couple planning a new kitchen. Above: At Marvin’s brand experience center, visitors collaborate on the design of windows and doors in a high-tech and high-touch environment.

To visit CLARKE’S SUB-ZERO & WOLF Showroom and Test Kitchen, visit for showroom hours and online appointments or call 800-842-5275. To make an appointment with MARVIN AT 7 TIDE call 617-315-4850 or email



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Spotlight on: Apex Kitchens & Baths Photo by Jan Armor




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Wide open, warm and welcoming, a kitchen is designed for comfort and serious cooking.


For the homeowners of this spectacularly located property on the water in Hingham, Massachusetts, it made little sense to build their dream home without designing a kitchen that was fully functional and inviting, and one that maximized the eye-popping views right outside their window. The family was going back to the future by returning to the neighborhood where the wife, Kerry Connolly, had grown up. In order to create a timeless space that would accommodate the couple’s constantly changing schedules and hectic lifestyle, they turned to Roomscapes Luxury Design Center of Rockland, Massachusetts. “Kerry wanted to create an environment where the family could recharge at the end of a busy day,” says Mercedes B. Aza, vicepresident of Roomscapes. “Because the home is close to their extended family, frequent visitors were expected, along with old neighbors and new friends.”

Creating a handsome furniture wall, two tall pantry cabinets flank the Sub-Zero refrigeration towers hidden behind one column at each end.




The centerpiece of the project was the kitchen, which would serve as the gathering space for family meals and entertaining. There was little question that the kitchen would be utilized by both Kerry, an avid cook, and her sister, a professional chef. Designer Julie Lyons was assigned the task of creating an open space in what initially was just a long room intended to house a full kitchen, a pantry, a family area and a spot for casual dining. “Apart from the formal dining room and a mudroom/office, this area constituted the entire first floor,” Aza says. “All the parties were absolutely going to take place in the kitchen.” Therefore, it was essential that the kitchen reflect a sense of openness and comfort, while at the same time feature details that would define separate spaces in a sophisticated and welcoming manner. But there were challenges inherent in incorporating a professional grade kitchen into the middle of the home’s main family and entertaining area. First, the homeowner had selected a 15-foot expanse of windows to bring in the water views, leaving limited exterior wall space for cabinets and storage. A second challenge was creating a sense of the separate spaces. In order to meet the first challenge, a pantry area was transformed into a fully functioning prep and breakfast space, something akin to a minikitchen. The space includes a full-size refrigerator, a coffee and toaster station and a microwave. It also serves as the principle area for all prep work, freeing up the main kitchen for guests to socialize and mingle.

A 15-foot expanse of windows brings in the beautiful water views.

Storage and cabinet spaces were designed by paneling as many appliances as possible. Custom-designed columns were installed on a refrigerator and freezer and were combined with cabinetry to create a furniture wall. “Flanked by two tall pantry cabinets, the refrigeration towers are hidden by one column at each end that creates this wall,” Aza says.

A pantry area was transformed into a fully functioning prep and breakfast space, where, as in the rest of the kitchen, door-style detailing is kept simple. 138


Hardware in the kitchen reflects a current trend favoring brass and gold over chrome.

A pair of hutch cabinets house dishes and cutlery, and an 11-foot island includes an induction cook top over a 30-inch single oven. A steam oven to the right of the main oven provides a flexible cooking space, while a warming drawer installed opposite the ovens matches the adjacent cabinetry. A two-inch Carrara marble countertop and a wood-top island elevate the visual weight of both stations, allowing the kitchen to blend seamlessly into the expansive space. In order to meet the homeowner’s entertaining needs, a dry bar with wine storage and icemaker was squeezed into a recess that is opposite the family room. “The cabinets are a combination of overlay and inset door styles that help define the transitional appeal,” Aza says. “Door-style detailing is kept simple. The goal was to create a balance between weight and scale. The decision was also made to use subtle colors at the furniture/refrigeration wall and to match those to the pantry for continuity.” The kitchen décor is splashed in white, soft blue and light gray tones that bring the water into focus. Instead of chrome hardware, the use of brass and gold fixtures reflects one of today’s emerging trends. In order to separate the various spaces, a soffit was installed over the island, clearly defining the kitchen, while the furniture wall defines the eating area. The final touch was selecting Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, which reflect the desired aesthetic quality of the kitchen. The 30-inch columns around the refrigerator maintain an attractive furniture appearance, while the low profile of the induction cooktop provides the opportunity to further deemphasize the appliances.

All Wolf products in a transitional style, the range, induction cooktop and steam oven allow the homeowner to prepare quick and healthy family meals as well as complex gourmet fare for entertaining.

“Many times Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances are a nice addition to a kitchen, but this kitchen could not have been designed as it is without them,” Aza says. “This seamless and subtle combination would not have been possible. In the end, the beaded detail at the furniture wall and the columns flanking the window, the raised height details above the cabinetry, the subtle colors, the presence of a single oven onto the island instead of a highly visible oven tower, and the use of the pantry as a prep area all work in concert to turn a wide-open space into a warm and welcoming family place.”



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Kitchen Design: Apex Kitchens & Baths



A designer helps a friend find the perfect recipe for a new kitchen. BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAN ARMOR

Great friends, like strong collaborations, bring out the best in one another. Apex Kitchens & Baths designer Kim Silvia and Susan Bistline took their longtime friendship to the next level while working together to design Bistline’s dream kitchen. Drawing on Silvia’s design savvy and the homeowner’s artistic and culinary talents, the pair reached new heights of creativity and function. Bistline and her husband, Mark, recently completed a major renovation of their home set amid picturesque farmland in Middletown, Rhode Island. The result is a contemporary farmhouse that suits its pastoral setting perfectly, capitalizing on the beautiful views. Expanding this panorama from the kitchen was a top priority. “We knew we wanted to get as much window as possible,” says Bistline. “We wanted to see and appreciate the view every day.” Silvia upgraded the existing single opening to an expansive horizontal span of four windows, with black painted trim and mullions. “Susan is an amazing cook and artist,” Silvia says. “She’s so talented and incredible to work with. Throughout the project, she would come to me and say ‘You’re not going to like this’ before proposing her latest idea. When she wanted two sinks, I wasn’t sure. I’d never done that before, but she and Mark cook simultaneously, so she wanted one for prepping and the other for washing pans.” Silvia successfully incorporated two 24-inch, single-bowl, 14-gauge stainless steel sinks into the design, allowing for prep space between. They sit below the windows, affording both cooks natural light and exposure to the bucolic inspiration outside. The contemporary farmhouse kitchen incorporates stainless steel countertops and double sinks requested by the owner, a professional chef who also opted for a range, wall oven and steam oven,all from Wolf.

Bistline’s choice of stainless steel countertops also initially gave the designer pause. “In my experience, people consider it, but rarely go through with it,” says Sylvia. “But Susan was confident.”




“I wanted this kitchen to be as functional as possible,” Bistline says. “Having worked in kitchens, I love stainless steel. It’s super sanitary, easy to maintain and you can set a hot pan on it. It’s beautiful to me.” Beautiful to everyone is the honed pearl white marble tile backsplash that continues above the windows to the ceiling, making a dramatic and cohesive statement.

Lindsey Adelman chandeliers.

Although the kitchen was expanded at one end, Silvia was working within the parameters of the long and narrow original kitchen. The White Zeus Extreme Silestone-topped island, which is just over 13 feet long but only 36 inches wide, fits into the available space while still giving plenty of clearance. Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers serve the breakfast prep area and, at the far end, away from the sinks and Wolf range, a 25-inch overhang with no visible support provides comfortable seating space and the perfect spot to play cards when Mark’s oldest daughter, Bennett, visits.

A horizontal span of four windows with black painted trim and mullions frames the picturesque view of farmland.

“There’s a drama to the one continuous line of the island,” Bistline observes. “I really didn’t want a sink on the island. I wanted uninterrupted workspace. It’s also perfect for entertaining. When we do buffets, I didn’t want food placed around a sink.” Bistline again challenged Silvia with her requests for two open cabinets—one to store her heavy Le Creuset pots and the other for cutting boards and baking sheets. The lack of doors provides easy access. “Kim wanted everything to be symmetrical,” says Bistline. “I wanted it to look nice, but if it’s going to be a choice between cool or function, I have to go with function.” The homeowner also suggested they paint the backs of the open cabinets black, to tie in with the windows. “It’s nice to be guided by an artist,” Silvia says. “It was a leap of faith to paint them black, but I love it. It completely works.” And while Bistline loves her open cabinets and twin sinks, her A custom-designed cabinet accommodates cutting boards and baking sheets.



favorite part of the kitchen renovation, hands-down, was working with Silvia. “She helped me execute what I didn’t know was possible,” she says.

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The kitchen of your dreams can become a reality. Here’s how. BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC ROTH

Whether used for the first meal of the day, late-night snack, family dinner or grand party, the kitchen is the hardest working, most versatile room in the house. The best kitchens are well laid out for maximum efficiency and flow, inviting in style and ambience, and high functioning in terms of storage and access. The experts at Main Street at Botellos Home Center offer the following tips to consider when creating the ideal kitchen for your home and lifestyle.

1. style Marry the style of your kitchen to the overall style of your home; sleek and urbane might feel out of place in an otherwise cottagey home, for example. Adhering to the tone of the home allows you to highlight architectural features and contributes to its resale value. Here, the homeowners interpret laidback coastal elegance through their choices of color, cabinetry, finishes and lighting for their home in New Seabury, built by Bayswater Development LLC on Cape Cod. Note how the counters reflect the color of sand, the backsplash glistens like shells, and the pendants add nautical charm and sophistication.

2. layout Fundamental to the design of any kitchen is a fluid layout. The “kitchen triangle” enables easy movement between the major work stations, the sink, stove and refrigerator,” says George Tobey, who has been designing kitchens at Botellos for more than 20 years. “The more closely these three are linked, the easier it is to work in the space.” In this case, the kitchen is situated in the center of the house. Although it has no window, the family still enjoys expansive views from the sink, positioned to overlook the living area and ocean beyond, while providing ample workspace and easy access to the refrigerator and stove.

Kitchen Design and Installation: Main Street at Botellos

Custom Home: Bayswater Development, LLC




Urban Electric Company pendant light

3. lighting In addition to natural light, multiple light sources are essential in the kitchen. General lighting provides overall illumination and may be in the form of recessed or pendant lighting. Task lighting, often overlooked, can make a big difference when light sources are thoughtfully placed to focus on workspaces. Under-counter and accent lighting can propel a nice kitchen to a truly inviting room. Bold lighting fixtures are a fun, and functional, way to make a personal style statement.

4. storage

5. island

Maximizing storage space is high on the

An island provides a natural focal point, so

list when creating a dream kitchen. Since

use this opportunity to design one that reflects

this kitchen has no pantry, the designers

your taste and how you’ll use it. Decorative

took advantage of the nine-and-a-half-

details, like turned legs, detailed trim, and

foot ceilings and stacked smaller cabinets

shelving make an island feel more like a piece

above the first row of cabinets. Tucking

of furniture. Here, the farm sink adds charm.

the microwave into the island also frees up

Copper, metal, stainless steel or oil rubbed

counter and cabinet space.

bronze are interesting choices for a second prep or bar sink.



6. countertops Victoria Falls Quartzite Honed was selected in this kitchen for the counter surfaces. While these homeowners opted to have the island and cabinet countertops created out of the same material, a current trend is to differentiate the island countertops from the cabinetry by using contrasting colors and materials—a wood surface on the island and stone on the perimeter counters, for example. When selecting a countertop, consider your own personality and what you can live with; while you might love the look of marble, can you tolerate the stains that remain after your child pours orange

7. cabinetry color

juice on it? If you’d like a wood countertop, can you tolerate the

The color of your cabinets has a major impact on setting

inevitable scratches that will occur? If not, consider materials that

the tone of your kitchen. A small kitchen will appear larger

are more durable like man-made quartz and quartzite in addition to

with lighter tones versus darker colors or woods. Charcoals,

granites, Corian and laminate.

grays and neutral pastels like pale blue, green and tinted whites are currently popular alternatives to standard white. Whitewashed woods, walnuts and white oaks in rift grain are also increasingly in demand. Adding cabinetry to the front of appliances creates a cohesive sophisticated look. Open shelving and glass-fronted cabinets offer another way to increase interest and break up walls of solid cabinetry. As the kitchen designer, Tobey recommended “Nantucket Inset” from the Grabill Custom Cabinetry Traditional Line, and the homeowner wanted a specific shade of gray. Botellos was able to custom mix the perfect hue, applied with a handrubbed steel wool finish. “To capture the ‘essence’ or colors of Nantucket Sound, which the home overlooks, the designer used a custom color, based on Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, which touches on the varying degrees of blues, greens and grays reflected in the Sound depending on the light and time of day,” Tobey says.




8. flooring

9. hardware

Underfoot, wood is the preferred choice for most

Hardware can make or break the look of a kitchen.

kitchens. These New Seabury homeowners chose

If it’s too big and bulky, it will overwhelm your

3 1/4 to 5-inch Select White Oak with custom gray

cabinets; too small and it might be a challenge from

stain. At Botellos, Armstrong American Scrape

a functional standpoint. Because hardware serves

(Nantucket color) is a very popular option, as is

as the “jewelry” for your cabinets, it’s worthwhile

Maine Traditions Wire Brushed Red Oak, which

investing time and thought in the selection.

comes in a variety of colors.

Botellos’ showroom displays a wide variety of hardware styles and brands so customers can see and feel various options.

10. installation Proper installation is critical to the design process. Botellos works with selected cabinet installers that meet their high standards. “My design is only as good as my installers,” notes kitchen designer Kim Calabrese. “You can have the best cabinets and materials, but if they aren’t properly installed, they are susceptible to warping or cracks,” Tobey says. “Protect your investment and use a professional kitchen installer, not a handyman.”









Spotlight on: California Closets Photo by Christian Scully/Design Imaging Studios



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Behind the scenes with Kevin Travers Prior to creating custom furniture in his shop, Kevin Travers worked in new construction and residential design. A tanking economy and personal injuries forced him to leave the world of large-scale community projects to focus on smaller-scale jobs in his shop. The artisan reveals that his story has less to do with the consequence of circumstance and more to do with the perfect alignment of the stars and serendipity.


In Kevin Travers’ workshop, whimsical toys he creates using found objects keep him company.






Travers says his first project involved creating pieces for himself: “I had a new house and needed furniture.” His official orientation into the world of carpentry had been in a high school vocational

school workshop, where he created a hutch and coffee table. These days, you can generally find Travers in his shop, day and sometimes night, listening to a medley of music including classic rock, reggae, jazz and hip-hop, and working on multiple projects simultaneously. While juggling the hand-tooled creation of his pieces in real time, his imagination is figuring out design details. “I don’t want to make something that will end up in the dump,” says Travers. “I want to create meaningful pieces that family members will be talking about for generations.” Just like a storyteller cherry-picks his words or an artist carefully chooses the perfect palette, Travers tells stories through intricate details in his work. When he custom-designed a pair of storage trunks for young twin boys, he included secret compartments and satin nickel finishes, and also incorporated some of their grandfather’s memorabilia from his career as an airline “All of my commissioned work is made to whatever the customer wants, and it is made properly and well,” says Kevin Travers, above.

pilot, like tags, wings and emblems. Each chest also includes words of encouragement from grandfather to grandson etched into the wood inside. “The interior has a removable locking keepsake box, with the thought that when the boys leave the nest they might take the box with them and leave the trunk, if need be,” says Travers.





Above left: A custom chest for a young girl has an original painting on the front. Right: A custom trunk for a young boy includes secret compartments and satin nickel finishes, and also incorporates some of the grandfather’s memorabilia from his career as an airline pilot.





A nice custom touch, wings from a former airline pilot make this chest for his grandson very special.

He also designed antiqued, whitewashed chests for young twin girls and their baby sister. “The homeowner and interior designer specified the chests be dainty and timeless, incorporating antique brass finishes and decorative ball feet, plus contain an original painting on the front of each, with specific subject matter for each of the three daughters,” says Travers. PHOTO: KEVIN TRAVERS

He reached out to his friend Jennifer, of Jennifer Nelson Artists Agency, who delivered a few artist portfolios for consideration. Once the client had Travers enjoys making unique pieces like this table for two that incorporates a vintage scotch label and a special quote affixed under the lid.

selected the artist, he put the parties together. With the overall design concept complete he made the three front panels and delivered them to Nelson in New York. Meanwhile, Travers sourced the brass oval handles and hinges from Period Hardware, a shop on Charles Street in Boston’s Beacon Hill. “I passed the storefront while spending an anniversary weekend with


my wife in the city and just fell in love with the shop,” says Travers. “I found everything there!” Speaking of his wife, Melanie, he handcrafted a wedding chest for her out of reclaimed heart pine and incorporated a heart-shaped piece of coral in the lid. “It clinched the deal that she was going to marry me,” he notes. Travers also created a daybed for their daughter, Ruby. “We just had a conversation recently that since she will be entering middle school, she wants me to design a loft bed with slide-out drawers underneath,” says the dedicated dad. When asked if he has built anything special for the family animals, dog Buddy and cat Japser, he laughs and says,” I just fix a lot of screen doors.” The animals will just have to wait, while Travers continues to enrich the lives of his clients with unique pieces like a table for two that incorporates a vintage scotch label and a special quote affixed under the lid, and two mudroom benches with a rustic appeal, made from native white oak, split wood, butterfly inlays and wooden pegs. “All of my commissioned work is made to whatever the customer wants, and it is made properly and well. Two of Travers’ custom-built tables fit the casual ambience created by leather and wood furnishings in this room.



Colors, sizes, options, features and wood species are all customizable. I can work with architects, interior designers, special planners and homeowners to develop their vision,” says Travers. “Or, I can handle the whole project solely, start to finish.”

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When a California Closets designer meets a suburban Boston homeowner, it’s a match made in heaven. BY KATHLEEN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTIAN SCULLY/DESIGN IMAGING STUDIOS

According to California Closets designer Betty Byrne, Jeanne Valente is a “perfect customer.” “She really cares about every detail,” elaborates Byrne, who has renovated multiple closet spaces in her client’s spacious Weston home. “She’s budgetconscious, but she’s willing to invest the money and time it takes to get a project done right. And she’s fun to work with because she really values organization. She’s a person who wants to have a place for every single thing she owns.” In 2008, after re-lining two foyer closets with embroidered silk, Valente hired California Closets for the first time, to upgrade the shelves and rods to match the elegance of the new fabric. “Whenever friends talked about buying a new house, a plus would always be, ‘It has California Closets throughout,’” Valente says. That project involved installing wood-finish shelves and brass rods. A year later, Valente had her first meeting with Byrne and they discussed renovating the master bedroom’s hisand-hers closet. “It was the beginning of a great working relationship as well as a lasting friendship,” says Valente, who has accompanied Byrne to California Closets showrooms in both Natick and Brighton. “I am a very visual person, so it was helpful for me to actually see and try out certain things.” During their first project together, a renovation of a large, but not huge, double closet, there were several issues Byrne and Valente had to sort out. For example, the designer had to dissuade her client from the notion that it’s best to hang everything at eye level. “She has mega clothes, and you just cannot maximize the space in a closet by keeping all the poles at the same height,” says Byrne, for whom Valente’s rod reserved for empty hangers was a waste of “valuable real estate.”

This Master Walk-In by Betty Byrne, of California Closets, features a custom stained cherry cordovan finish, and exquisite attention to detail including custom cutouts for the heating vent, shoe cubbies, and LED lighting that turns on when the closet door opens.

Homeowner and designer meticulously measured space so nary an inch was squandered. They devoted extra time to creating cubby space for Jeanne’s husband’s shoes and sweaters, plus storage drawers for his gym and travel bags. Once the master closet was finished, the pair moved on to planning cabinetry and storage for a first-floor laundry room that was in the process of being gutted and renovated. “One day there were five of us discussing design ideas: Betty, the architect, the interior designer, the finish carpenter and me,” Valente says. “It got pretty crowded, but the results were worth it.” Besides a new sink and appliances, the laundry room is now home to a broom closet, a TV cabinet, a hidden ironing board and storage space for the homeowner’s dining room table pads.




Next they tackled the sewing room, which, says Valente is “actually a totally girly-girl hideaway”where she stores memorabilia and photographs in cabinets that feature translucent acrylic panels. She planned to drape fabric on the walls of the tiny room, but since its walls are double sloped, Betty pointed out that would make the small room feel smaller. Instead they had the ceiling and walls faux painted to look like fabric on rods. “The whole room looks so pretty...a real showplace!” says Valente.

Above: For a guest bedroom closet, the finish was custom painted to match the home’s existing trim. Left top: Bonus storage was custom designed to perfectly fit bolts of fabric and wallpaper, all organized by color and size. Left bottom: A tilt-out hamper in the master bedroom keeps laundry organized and out of sight.

Now a self-professed California Closets addict, Valente appreciates the many options offered by the storage-solutions company, and especially Byrne’s dedication to each and every project. “The ‘bells and whistles,’ such as valet rods, slideout belt and tie racks, built-in ironing boards and pull-out hampers, really add to the appearance and functionality,” she says. “Having my belongings stored so beautifully and creatively gives me pleasure every day.”



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Don’t overlook the importance of color and texture when selecting floor coverings.

Although home accessories urging you to “Keep Calm and Carry On” are no longer a top trend, creating a home humming with harmony is always in style. “It’s more important than ever to create a comfortable place to live,” says Guy Williams, president of Factory Carpet Outlet in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. “What better way to put your best foot forward than decorating your home with carpeting in colors and textures that give you a good feeling?” While some people may create a sense of serenity by bringing in hues from the sky, ocean and earth, others may favor a palette or design that has nostalgic significance. “We welcome clients to visit our showroom and look at colors and touch textures that make them smile,” says Williams. BY STACEY MARCUS 162



Selecting the Correct Carpet For Your Space There are three important steps to selecting the ideal carpet for your home, explains Williams. He recommends you consider design, color and fiber. If you are looking to bring in a breath of calm and comfort, he suggests simple patterns for contemporary rooms, floral and organics for traditional spaces, or solids in neutral tones and layered textures for a clean look. In terms of color, Williams says to choose the colors that most resonate with your personal preferences. Make sure colors complement your overall design scheme, but don’t be afraid to add an area rug that sings to your soul. “Light-colored rugs create a cool, airy ambience, while darker styles make rooms feel cozy and intimate,” says Williams. If an area rug’s intent is to quietly complement existing décor, a solid color or subtle pattern works best. Natural fibers such as wool and silk are celebrated for their luxurious look and luster. Although they can be expensive, they are a wonderful choice for those seeking a fiber that looks and feels fantastic.

Factory Carpet Outlet always goes the extra mile, even promoting carpet recycling initiatives.





Incorporate Colors of the Year Serenity, a tracscendent blue, and Rose Quartz, like a serene sunset, are Pantone Paint’s Colors of the Year. They are ideal choices for rugs and upholstery, too. Coupling solid and patterned fabrics in these shades provides a comforting respite and feeling of well-being in the home. “Incorporating texture enhances the duality and kinship of these hues,” says Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute at Pantone LLC. “This winning combination is ideal for homes where people are seeking serenity and soulfulness.” At Factory Carpet Outlet, clients can discover soft colors in a variety of products. One way to incorporate a trending color is to “buy area rugs that allow you to introduce splashes of specific colors in patterns or motifs,” says Williams.

At Factory Carpet Outlet’s 10,000-square-foot showroom, clients find just what they’re looking for.

Simply Keep It Clean One way to ensure tranquility in your home is to keep it clean and organized. Williams gives a trio of tips to keep your carpets clean: • Creating and maintaining a regular cleaning schedule will both help rugs retain their orginal beauty and extend the time they will grace your home. Daily vacuuming is recommended for high traffic areas while twice a week is suggested for light to medium traffic area. PHOTO: CHRIS VACCARO

• Professional carpet cleaning is recommended periodically. Never


dry clean your rugs or use bleach. • Clean up food and beverage spills right away. Blot with a clean Guy Williams, president of Factory Carpet Outlet, has been in the flooring business for more than 35 years.


cloth, then spot clean with a solution of clear dishwashing detergent and water. Rinse with water and blot dry. When is the best time to bring a breathe of calmness into your home? Now . . . carpet diem!


Providence Picture Frame takes care of the presentation details, letting artists focus on their craft. BY STACEY MARCUS

Anthony Tomaselli, “Heaven on Earth,” oil on linen, 24 in x 48 in



Artists have been drawing and creating images for thousands of years. Throughout history, man’s techniques and tools have become more sophisticated, but the primal need to create and connect is everlasting. Geoff Gaunt, owner of Providence Picture Frame, is well aware of the importance of local artists to the community. “People love to enjoy and support local artists and photographers,” says Gaunt. As one of the largest wall-art suppliers worldwide, he is eager to assist local artists so they can focus on their craft. Artists can easily upload artwork and sell it as well as create a gallery of their own within Providence Picture Frame’s website, Along with helping area artists promote their work, Gaunt hosts events and exhibitions to galvanize and support the community. Photographer Stephanie Izzo has traveled throughout the world, taking pictures of everything from the people of Peru to the beauty of Belgium. After being based in New York for eight years, she returned to Rhode Island three years ago with a new and fresh perspective on capturing the essence of Southern New England. She is enamored with the coastal scenes, noting the universal pull to “search for something bigger than ourselves.” Izzo notes that after living in New York, the ocean moments are 10 times more special to her: “We all feel better when we are around water.” Besides proximity to the water, one of the benefits of moving back to the area for Izzo is working with Providence Picture Frame. Finding a trustworthy team to manage details allows Izzo time to get behind the lens and, she says, “It is a huge blessing to have Providence Picture Frame as a resource. They customize and curate my work for each project doing everything from printing and framing to hanging my work.” Rhode Island artist Anthony Tomaselli is grateful to Providence Picture Frame for helping promote art in the city through collaborative events, such as the Providence Rotary Paint-Off, which supports the community service work of the Providence Rotary Charities Foundation. Tomaselli explains why he feels that people admire and appreciate the work of local artists: “The attraction to art occurs when the memory spins into a feeling a person has about a certain place.” New Englanders will find particular delight in a series he calls “Where We Live,” a collection that beckons observers to go outdoors and revel in the wonder of nature.




Richard Benjamin, “Prospect Park at Sunset,” giclée photograph, custom sizes

Multifaceted artist Harley Bartlett often returns to the wellspring of inspiration he finds in the bodies of water, the marshes of grass and the groves of trees of New England. In his work, the essence of an area like a body of water is incorporated with an imprint of humanity like a sailboat or a dock. “It is the quintessential nature of the area that resonates with people,” says Bartlett, who finds poetry in the quality of light in the place he calls home. He applauds Providence Picture Frame for its ability to connect him with design firms that place his work in hospitality venues. “It’s a very good outfit to work with, especially when time is of the essence,” notes Bartlett.

Harley Bartlett, “Afternoon Solitude,” oil on linen, 24 in x 36 in

Stephanie Izzo, “Zakim Bridge,” giclée photograph, custom sizes



Fine art photographer Richard Benjamin finds countless opportunities to connect with people in Rhode Island through his lens. The former Providence Journal photojournalist knows intimately the landmarks and landscapes of the Ocean State. One of his best-selling photographs is one he took on a snowy Saturday morning in 1993, looking up Thomas Street from North Main Street and featuring the corner of the First Baptist Church. “I have sold almost 200 copies of this image. There is something about it that people can relate to,” says Benjamin. “People like to buy images that they have an emotional attachment to,” he observes. He enjoys working with Providence Picture Frame and notes an increase in sales since he began working with the team last fall. “Geoff has promoted my work when meeeting with prospective clients,” says Benjamin whose portfolio of 50-60 photos has garnered a great deal of attention through Providence Picture Frame. “I am very happy and optimistic.”



The custom coordinates of the Seth family home on Cranberry Lane in Chatham.



For those of you who think Seaport Shutter Company is a Cape Cod showroom in Brewster that creates only custom exterior and interior shutters, we have some news. Along with custom shutters, Seaport Shutter Company manufactures a wide range of custom products including mahogany screen and storm doors, Adirondack chairs and mahogany signs. While it is true that Seaport Shutter has a showroom in Brewster, it also has a sales office in Natick and a production facility in Chatham. The team travels well beyond the Cape, ships products across the country and excels at the art of customization. Take a moment to meet two clients. The first one, Kevin Seth owns a summer home in Chatham and a year-round residence in New Canaan, Connecticut. Seaport Shutter created custom mahogany screen/storm doors for both residences. After a massive renovation of his family’s home in Chatham, Seth had Seaport Shutter create doors adorned with gilded appliqués of striped bass and the nautical coordinates of the Chatham property.

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After renovating his primary, Connecticut residence, Seth decided to jettison its old aluminum doors and replace them with Seaport Shutter doors to maximize the view and light in his center-entrance colonial. “The [Seaport Shutter] team came out and measured all six doors, then came back and stayed in a local bed-and-breakfast until they finished the project. They did a spectacular job,!” says Seth, who adores the gilded apple tree appliqué that was custom made to celebrate the dozen apple trees growing in his backyard. Another client reports that when he drove by a neighbor’s home in Eastham he fell in love with the custom mahogany screen door and nautical cutout and inquired who had made it. “Seaport Shutter came right out and measured and we decided on a cutout starfish for our custom door,” says the client. A year later when the client lost a shutter at his Beacon Hill brownstone, he remembered that Seaport Shutter did a lot of work on Beacon Hill and understood the nuances of working in a historic district. “It made me breathe a little easier when the owner of the company came out and personally measured,” says the client, who, to fit in with the neighborhood, replaced six pairs of shutters with the Olde Style shutter—a historic style commonly found on Beacon Hill and one that Seaport Shutter recommended.

Cape Cod map cutout in Eastham





A door on the Seths’ New Canaan, Conn., house has a custom gilded apple tree appliqué.

“We pride ourselves on offering ‘Architecturally Correct Shutters,’ which is our registered trademark,” says Sales Director Lauren Huard. “Measuring is critical because more times than not, shutters are measured incorrectly for the window size and also installed upside down,” adds Huard. She notes that Seaport Shutter Company’s Brewster showroom sits in the town’s historic district, so they have extensive experience working with the historic commission. “Whether it is on Main Street in Sandwich or Joy Street in Beacon Hill, Seaport Shutter can create shop drawings that meet the board’s approval and can paint in any historic color that fits the requirements of the neighborhood,” says Huard. Recently Seaport Shutter was contacted by a college in a historic neighborhood in Boston that wanted to install exterior shutters on the property. Initially, the historic board turned down the request because they believed that the building never had shutters. The team at Seaport Shutter helped find an old photograph of the existing building showing that in fact the building did once have shutters. The college’s request was then granted by the board and Seaport Shutter made and installed custom shutters on the property, replicating a look from more than 70 years ago. In order to accommodate its expansion, Seaport Shutter recently hired three additional employees to work in the Brewster and Chatham workshops, opening more doors of opportunity.

Seaport Shutter’s Olde Style shutters grace a Beacon Hill brownstone. 172


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Main Street at Botellos (149) 26 Bowdoin Road, Mashpee, MA 508‐477‐3132 Roomscapes Luxury Design Center (IBC) 40 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 781‐616‐6400 Wickford Kitchen and Bath (59) 8194 Post Road , North Kingstown, RI 401‐294‐4494 LANDSCAPE Ethan Poulin Landscaping (175) 5 Highland Rd, North Truro, MA 508‐487‐2503 S&E Companies, R&K Landscape (11) 195 Route 28, West Harwich , MA 508‐432‐7226 www.s‐ Shoreline Pools (131) 202 Queen Anne Road, Harwich, MA 508‐432‐3445 Watson Materials (9) 1500 South County Trail (Route 3), East Greenwich, RI 401-885-0600

MOVING Simplified Lives (113) PO Box 166, Rehoboth, MA 401‐480‐1532 SHUTTERS & DOORS Clam Door (17) Sold at various locations 1‐888‐344‐2526 Seaport Shutter Company (173) 1714 Main Street, Brewster, MA 508‐896‐8900 3 Adams Street, Natick, MA 508‐653‐5535 TILE Factory Carpet Outlet (165) 25 Esten Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 401‐723‐6996

index of advertisers American Revolution Design���������������������������������������6 Apex Kitchens & Baths�������������������������������������������143 BMAX �������������������������������������������������������������������175 Bayside Building, Inc.�����������������������������������������������67 California Closets���������������������������������������������������161 Cape Cod Healthcare��������������������������������������������������2 Capewide Enterprises, LLC����������������������������������������� 4 Chubb Insurance����������������������������������������������������107 Clam Door����������������������������������������������������������������17 Clarke Corporation�����������������������������������������������������1 DeChristo Design������������������������������������������������������93 Donna Elle Seaside Living�����������������������������������������55 Encore Design Remodel��������������������������������������������87 Ethan Poulin Landscaping���������������������������������������175 Factory Carpet Outlet����������������������������������������������165 Fine Furnishings Shows����������������������������������������������9 First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union �����������������������������3 Gil’s Appliances��������������������������������������������������������93 Golf Club of Cape Cod��������������������������������������������157 Green Door, The��������������������������������������������������������41 K. Alger Woodworking����������������������������������������������37 KAM Appliances���������������������������������������������������������5 Kate & Company�������������������������������������������������������23 LDa Architecture & Interiors �����������������������������������117 Longfellow Design Build������������������������������������������ BC Main Street at Botellos ������������������������������������������149 Nautique������������������������������������������������������������������31 Paige Carter Designs������������������������������������������������21 Patrick Ahearn Architect�������������������������������������������81 Polhemus Savery DaSilva������������������������������������������73 Providence Picture Frame & Dryden Gallery �����������169 Red House Custom Building ������������������������������������13 Roomscapes����������������������������������������������������IFC, IBC S&E Companies/R&K Landscape and Irrigation ��������11 Seaport Shutter Company���������������������������������������173 Shepley Wood Products��������������������������������������������12 Shoreline Pools������������������������������������������������������131 Simpler Pleasures����������������������������������������������������21 Simplified Lives������������������������������������������������������113 Spotted Cod, The������������������������������������������������������19 Thomas L. Turcketta�����������������������������������������������125 Urban Design Interiors����������������������������������������������37 Valle Group, The�����������������������������������������������������103 Village Trading Company������������������������������������������19 Watson Materials�������������������������������������������������������9 West Barnstable Tables��������������������������������������������23 Wickford Kitchen & Bath�������������������������������������������59 Willowbend������������������������������������������������������������134



Dan Cutrona

final thought

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