ID Boston Magazine Vol. 4

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT ON JOHN DANZER & LIZ CAAN Shop the BDC: Seasonal Showroom Highlights Tour Newport’s Fabled Castle Hill Inn

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Bibliophile Boston


office design & must-reads

rocky ledge by lda architecture

david netto





Designer Spotlight

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annsley mcaleer

john danzer & liz caan

shop the bdc



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castle hill inn


dave’s coffee by ≠six0 architecture

Makers' Guild Section author susan harter

D E S I G N · S T Y L E · C U LT U R E · C U I S I N E Also in this Issue 5 Question & Answer with Michael Phillips 9 Dear Readers

On the Cover · David Netto: California-based Interior Designer Switches Gears to Spin Magic for his Family in the Dunes of Amagansett on Long Island · Page 27




michael phillips Editor-in-Chief chesie breen Creative Director george krauth Design Editor caroline sholl Market Editor liz tawater Contributing Photographer eric roth Copy Editor mary ross Publisher kathy bush-dutton Published by new england home 路 jamestown, l.p.

漏2014 Jamestown, L.P. All rights reserved.

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ID BOSTON is the magazine of Boston Design Center, whose showrooms include: Ailanthus

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Downsview Kitchens

JANUS et Cie

Paris Ceramics


Century Furniture

Duralee / HC Monogram

Jewett Farms

Phillip Jeffries

Ann Sacks

Charles Spada

EcoModern Design



Baker Knapp & Tubbs

Christopher Peacock Cabinetry

Edelman Leather

Key Office Interiors


Farrow & Ball

Kravet Fabrics

Ritz Associates

FDO Group

Lee Jofa

Robert Allen | Beacon Hill

Grand Rapids Furniture Company

Leicht Boston



Grange Furniture


The Martin Group, Inc.


Masterpiece Framing


BelFondo Berkeley House Blanche P. Field The Boston Shade Company / System 7

Contract Sources Cowtan & Tout Creative Materials New England

The Bright Group

Creative Office Pavilion / Herman Miller

Brookline Village Antiques


ICON Group


Brunschwig & Fils


J.D. Staron

Osborne & Little

Steven King Decorative Carpets Studio 534 Tile Showcase Trianon Antiques United Marble Fabricators Venegas and Company Walters Wicker WaterSpot

Stark Carpet Corporation


Stark Fabric Furniture Wallcovering

Your German Kitchen


Webster & Company



MICHAEL PHILLIPS SPRING PROGRAMMING HAD EVERYONE BUZZING; WHAT WERE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS? The phrase that immediately leaps to mind when describing our spring programming schedule is “standing room only.” Markham Roberts, who honed his skills working for legendary designer Mark Hampton, gave a talk about his new book Decorating The Way I See It. Baker Furniture graciously hosted a luncheon and book signing for Markham, and Ann Sacks hosted dessert. In April we welcomed Bunny Williams who shared images of her stunning gardens at her homes in northwest Connecticut and the Dominican Republic. Century Furniture, home to her new outdoor collection, hosted a luncheon, and Lee Jofa hosted a book signing immediately following Bunny’s presentation. THE BDC ALSO PARTNERED WITH SOME NOTABLE BOSTON-BASED GROUPS TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL EVENTS; WHICH ONES STOOD OUT? The BDC hosted the first ever Design Showdown with Design New England magazine. Design students battled for a career jumpstart in a Shark Tank-style competition. Eight panelists presented their interpretations of a live/work space on Newbury Street to our panel of esteemed judges. Results were announced live by Steven Favreau, the Showdown master of ceremonies. Venegas and Company sponsored the presentation, and Robert Allen and J.D. Staron sponsored the reception. We were also proud to host Job Shadow Day, a half-day event designed to expose high school students to the world of work, where students had the opportunity to tour the BDC and meet with design professionals. WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO THIS SUMMER? We have introduced the Makers' Guild at the Innovation and Design Building, which is a collaborative workspace for top-tier makers and artisans. We envision it as an enclave where expert practitioners of advanced manufacturing and traditional crafts — ranging from digital fabrication and robotics to woodworking and upholstery — can further their skills and promote their businesses.

We are also excited to unveil our renovated ground floor Promenade at the Innovation and Design Building. The space will feature an enhanced streetscape with communal seating and attractive gathering spaces, as well as shipping container kiosks housing a general store, coffee bar, food purveyors, sundry shop, florist, and more. For all inquiries, please contact Michael at

Michael Phillips President, Jamestown Executive Editor, ID BOSTON

JOB SHADOW DAY Organized by Boston Private Industry Council, Job Shadow Day at the Boston Design Center introduces high school students to the interior design profession. Designers from American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), BDC showrooms, and other design professionals discussed working in the industry and led a design project with the students.

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DEAR READERS Welcome to the summer issue of ID BOSTON. By now it’s clichÊ to lament about the weather, but looking forward I intend to fully embrace all things summer and that includes freshening up my home, entertaining friends, getting out in the garden, and most of all taking time to celebrate family. In this issue we feature three very different houses all of which were created with families in mind. They are getaways in the best possible way, but even more they are about coming together, and to me that is the definition of successful design. Another fun exercise for this issue was going shopping at the BDC. I grabbed our design editor Caroline Sholl and Boston-based photographer Eric Roth and off we went to visit showrooms and pick out the items that most caught our eye. Walking the halls of the BDC with Eric Roth is a bit like having a backstage pass to the Oscars. Whether looking for inspiration in the garden, design ideas, or destinations for a weekend getaway, we hope you enjoy this issue and that it makes you feel happy in some way. That, after all, is what a well-designed summer is all about. Please be in touch:


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BIBLIOPHILE BOSTON North Fork Design Co.: Designing the Ideal Office for the North Fork Designer Show House Caitlin Flynn and Elyse Parkhurst are the duo behind North Fork Design Co., who created this vividly inspired office for the North Fork Designer Show House on Long Island, New York. To create a bold statement within a small space, they began by painting the walls in Sherwin-Williams Oceanside, and then designed a grid on the ceiling centered by a medallion. The Chrystie Street desk in faux shagreen from Society Social sits atop a rug from Landry & Arcari. Curtain fabric is from Kravet. Keep an eye out for more interiors from North Fork Design Co. as they are currently working on projects in Boston’s Back Bay and the South End, as well as Newton and Wellesley.




T H I S S U M M E R ' S M U S T- R E A D S






By India Hicks

By H.R.H. The Prince of Wales with text by Bunny Guinness

In her much anticipated second book, India Hicks, born of British and design royalty, delivers a book that invites readers into the world of bohemian style and whimsical island living — the lifestyle with which she has become synonymous. Hicks was born in England to famed decorator David Hicks and Lady Pamela Hicks. Her grandfather, Lord Mountbatten, was the last viceroy to India, granting their independence in 1947. Hicks now calls Harbour Island home, and this book illustrates her style, which is timeless and under-decorated. Her rooms combine carefree Caribbean culture with British colonial form and formality.

This sumptuous book celebrates the pioneering demonstration of organic gardens planned and planted by the Prince of Wales over thirty years at Highgrove. The Prince of Wales, along with Bunny Guinness, walks readers through the thinking behind each planting, lessons learned from trial and error, the highlights and triumphs, as well as future plans. This book should be on every serious — as well as every aspiring — gardener’s shelf.

Published by Rizzoli, 2015 |

Published by Rizzoli, 2015 |



By Bettie Bearden Pardee Principal photography by Mick Hales

By Charlotte Moss

Newport, Rhode Island is revered for its dramatic seascapes, famous mansions, and world-class sailing. From presidents to philanthropists, it is also known for the stylish residents who have summered and socialized there. In this magical enclave where privacy is a treasured asset, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, by Bettie Bearden Pardee, takes readers inside the houses and customs that are so boldly embraced there. Published by Glitterati Incorporated, 2014 |

Designer and author Charlotte Moss delivers a tourde-force with her latest book Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations. The much-anticipated book is a glorious study of gardens all over the world. Charlotte reveals that this book is her favorite to date, and sees this as a “book on gardens” rather than “a book about gardening.” It shows how her love of gardens has heavily influenced her decorating, collecting, dining, and style of entertaining. She profiles great gardeners like Beatrix Potter and “Lady Bird” Johnson, and visits coveted gardens in France, Italy, England, and Russia. Published by Rizzoli, 2015 |

Handsome black trim work modernizes classic shingle style architecture.


ROCKY LEDGE Cambridge-based LDa Architecture and Interiors Creates a Dramatic Home for a Young Couple on the Massachusetts Coast words by chesie breen photography by sam gray When an active young couple engaged Cambridgebased LDa Architecture and Interiors to design a home on the rocky North Shore of Massachusetts, they gave very specific directives. The wife, a former fashion executive, envisioned something with an urban sensibility similar to apartments found in New York and Paris, and suggested that the palette and form should conjure a beautifully tailored Savile Row men’s suit. The property was chosen for the dramatic beauty of the rocky shore, so the first order of business was to build a vessel that could effectively capture the views. Expansive windows frame the ocean backdrop and center an infinity edge pool. Large black, studded doors, reminiscent of ones the couple admired on trips to the One&Only Palmilla resort in Mexico, anchor the entry. In a bold sweep, black was also selected for the trim work. This choice was made for a few reasons. The house sits in a small neighborhood of shingled waterfront homes with white trim. The black trim creates a unique visual counterpoint to the neighboring homes, while the basic material selection remains consistent. The black also emphasizes the depth of the large overhangs and recessed entries.





The library is painted in Ralph Lauren Bone Black. A Restoration Hardware convex clock mirror hangs above the fireplace and is flanked by Todd Murphy’s Straw Artwork. The sofa is upholstered in pin stripe navy wool from Henry Calvin.

The black trim creates a unique visual counterpoint to the neighboring homes, while the basic material selection remains consistent. This stately motif carries through to the inside with ebony floors and black interior trim in the library/sitting room. The floors are baked white oak, which provides an exceptionally dark base, and are surface-treated with an ebony aniline dye. The room is painted in Ralph Lauren Bone Black TH16. The artwork flanking the fireplace is part of the client’s collection, Straw Artwork by Todd Murphy. Both were part of a special artist’s collaboration with Restoration Hardware, and the convex clock mirror above the mantel is also from Restoration Hardware. All of the downstairs rooms were designed to take advantage of the captivating view. Upstairs, the same technique used on the front doors is repeated. The stock doors were faux painted, scraped, and antiqued by Eric Erbelding, and then applied with bronze nail heads. The room is painted in Benjamin Moore Dune White 968. The tub is Palazzo with Dornbracht fixtures. LDa Architecture with support from Paradise Construction and Michael Humphries Woodworking created a house that stands tall in the neighborhood and holds its own against a staggeringly beautiful coastline.




RESOURCE KEY Above A large sectional upholstered in Ralph Lauren velvet anchors the sunroom. Opposite Robust doors with nail-head trim inspired by the architecture of the One&Only Palmilla resort in Mexico frame the stairwell view.

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RESOURCE KEY 1 The kitchen features white Silestone countertops and the island is topped with Argos polished marble. Pendant lamps in polished nickel are from Restoration Hardware. 2 Outdoor furniture from Restoration Hardware flanks the infinity pool. 3 Stock doors were faux-painted, scraped, and antiqued by Eric Erbelding, then applied with bronze nail heads. 4 The master bedroom invites a splash of color and pattern. 5 The exterior takes full advantage of the dramatic views.




The dining room was designed with family dinners and entertaining in mind.

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DAVID NETTO Los Angeles-based Interior Designer Switches Gears to Spin Magic for his Family in the Dunes of Amagansett on Long Island words by chesie breen 路 photography by paul costello


The fireplace was original to the house and remained intact. Netto appreciated its stark form and the quality it took on when a large window was added behind it. Netto coiled rope up a painted metal pole, an homage to the fish and chips restaurants that pepper Montauk.


Breakfast alfresco. Daughter Madeline selected the color for the shutters.




light. I thought it would be interesting to interpret the Caribbean When interior designer and New York Times T Magazine writer neo-traditional style in wood shingles with white wood trim — David Netto purchased a hexagonal house on stilts in the dunes regionally,” shares Netto. of Amagansett on Long Island, his first instinct was to do nothing. So for six years, as he watched the area around him go through A native New Yorker, Netto has spent his whole life coming to what he calls “fancification,” he did nothing at Long Island. His dreams for the type of home all. He simply enjoyed the house for all of its he would one day inhabit there conjured stately nuances and quirks. But then, the architect Will manor houses built with formality in the 1920s. I bought a hexagonal house Meyer, with whom Netto often collaborates, “This never happened, however, and besides on stilts, and I think I made came to him and offered a gift. having no money, I guess the reason is it’s just

it quite stylish. But this

who I am. Instead, I bought a hexagonal house “It pained Will to see me not doing anything was by no means what I on stilts, and I think I made it quite stylish. But to fix up the house, year after year, and all this imagined myself embracing this was by no means what I imagined myself time we were doing these incredibly stylish and as a dream come true, embracing as a dream come true, architecturally. put-together collaborations for other clients. He architecturally. I was surprised at first how much I loved it. Now I pulled me aside and told me he had a present for don’t think about it anymore,” says Netto. me in mind. He offered to do a quick and easy fix up of the house for a cost I could live with, in less than a year. In the living room, the floating fireplace was the one element I didn’t think we could make a beautiful house without tearing Netto and Meyer kept exactly as it was. “I thought the blocky it down and starting again. He convinced me otherwise and we form was stark and perfect, and when the window went in behind were off — it pretty much started off as a bet,” says Netto. it, it actually became kind of thrilling — like a ghost of the old The house, built in 1980, is hexagonal and was always hexagonal. “It’s sort of a feng shui thing that originated around the view, I think. There was no fighting the hexagons — the plan was the plan — so the first thing the house needed from me was an image. I love the kind of 1950s architecture one sees in Bermuda and Florida: one-story houses in stucco with tile roofs and casement windows with big square lights, elegant but very

house hanging around. I think that’s good luck, to always keep something signature in a renovation; it gives patina,” says Netto. The blue and white striped 19th-century dhurrie rug has a provenance of its own, having started in one of the grandest houses in Southampton called Keewaydin, which was decorated by Sister Parish. The rug was returned so Mrs. Parish offered it to Netto’s father, who put it in the family’s traditional home on




The master bedroom embraces an open floor plan and like a ship, the bed, night tables, and shelves are built-in.




I wanted to give my wife a room that was really a dream come true for her, designed for her as if she were a client. Cottage Avenue in East Hampton. It moved at some point to the dining room of the Nettos’ New York City apartment, where it had to be cut in half. “Time passes, but when you have an eye, you never forget beautiful things. When I needed a rug and asked my father what happened to that one, he produced the other half out of a rumpled brown paper shopping bag in a coat closet. The journeys of objects: from Keewaydin to 730 Park Avenue to a hexagon on stilts. I quickly drove out to Amagansett and installed it before he could change his mind,” reminisces Netto. The coiled rope up the pole takes its cue from the wharf-style fish restaurants peppering Montauk. “I love painted furniture by Jean Prouve, and that’s how I decided to paint the pole blue. But the rope thing is around out here, just not in people’s houses. What can I say, I love the Lobster Inn,” confides Netto. When asked about the three boldly painted doors that line up like surfboards, Netto admits: ”The whole house wears a uniform of whitewashed wood, quite plain — by intent. An adult may appreciate this kind of Shaker austerity, but the three painted doors are an attempt to let my children know that this is their part of the house. Kids don’t get excited about chic minimalism; they get excited about color, surprises, and design that signifies that someone has thought about things through their eyes. I don’t have a lot of that here, but what I do have is a present to them.” “The master bedroom,” according to Netto, “is one of those rooms that follows the Albert Hadley maxim of ‘give ’em what they never knew they wanted.’ I wanted to give my wife a room that was really a dream come true for her, designed for her as if she were a client. She would never have said she wanted something extravagant, but I knew she would love it if it just … appeared. As a gift. We took out all the walls and just made the whole thing one space, like a lighthouse. Then I said, if we’re being decadent, let’s just put the tub in the bedroom. That room is more than a room — it’s a house in itself, on top of the house.” Though Netto was at first convinced this oddly configured 1980s building had to come down, it took collaborating with Will Meyer to create their own version of reinvention. “The house is everything we set out to achieve in that spot. This is success, because what a house is supposed to do, this one does — it’s a happiness machine. We are happier there than anywhere else in the world,” concludes Netto.




One of Netto’s design exercises was to see how little furniture he could use. A table attributed to DuprÊ-Lafon reigns supreme in the living room.

Surfboard colors let the children know this is their territory in the house.





ANNSLEY MCALEER Annsley McAleer Creates a Family Home for the Next Generation in Osterville, Massachusetts words by annsley mcaleer · photography by ben gebo Osterville has always been a family spot in the summers, and the husband’s family has been coming for generations. As a family of six plus a dog, one’s own space was necessary. There was some debate over whether to continue coming to Osterville or to possibly try a new spot. Upon seeing this house, the decision was made: Osterville forever! The location of the house was undeniably beautiful, but the house itself needed a little love when my client first purchased it. The house had endured an addition in the '80s, but the original charm was still very much intact. My client desired to streamline the architecture but to preserve the overall cottage-like feel of the house. Floors were cleaned up, built-ins were added, and everything was painted. The mismatched wood floors, low ceilings, and oddball rooms enhance the relaxed, fun nature of this family friendly house. The home is used year-round, but the summer is busiest with four children, friends, houseguests, and the family dog in full swing. There is a lot of tennis, swimming, and entertaining going on, and the family who lives here loves it that way. There are nine bedrooms counting the guest space over the garage, and on any given summer weekend they are all full! My client specifically put in an ice cream refrigerator and beer fridge for guests, and both are self-serve! As you can see from the pictures, the windows are generally kept open, as are all of the sliding glass doors. Being located on the ocean is such a luxury, and these people truly maximize the experience. The only one who does not have free rein is Lucy, the family bulldog, although she loves lounging on the outdoor furniture (while supervised)! Collaborating on this project with my client was so easy. I had helped with parts of her home in Boston so I knew her style. We both fell in




The sitting room off the main family room is a favorite spot to rest and read a book. The sea grass area rug is from Stark. Vintage chairs upholstered in an F. Schumacher ikat fabric flank a bone side table from Icon Group. The Jamie Young rope lamp adds to the nautical vibe.

1 2 RESOURCE KEY 1 The focal point of the living room is a Craig Mooney triptych painting available through Jules Place. The pair of spool chairs upholstered in an F. Schumacher stripe are Scalamandre, and sit next to a Lee Industries sofa. The custom pillows on the sofa are made with Travers and Raoul Textiles fabrics adding a nice mix of pattern to the blue sofa. 2 This custom chaise is a nice spot to sit and watch the water. The indoor/outdoor upholstery fabric is by F. Schumacher, as is the custom rope design throw pillow. The Baker side table is a sweet addition. 3 The overall relaxed feeling of the house is embodied in this view with the windows open. 4 The custom headboard and side table were painted to match the Madeline Weinrib decorative bed pillows.




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love with a source I found in West Palm Beach called Bamboo & Rattan. We were able to knock out a lot of the bedroom headboards and paint — customizing the pieces to our hearts’ delight. This source also custom made the game table and worked off our colors for the top. The drink holders were a total bonus. The balance of the fabrics and furniture was mostly sourced through the Boston Design Center and other local vendors. We continue to add to the house, which gives the home a “collected over time” vibe. This past year, we added more seating to the living room to allow for greater entertaining capacity. The family was finding that the room was getting used more and more. The art was purchased by the client, and all of the pieces work so well. The piece on the chest of drawers in the living room was brought from the Boston home. The amazing blue glaze of the Christopher Spitzmiller lamp was chosen specifically to complement the painting. The beauty and depth of color amazes me every time I see the lamp. There are many small alabaster and glass (oil converted) lamps that the client collects. Pieces like these and the art make this house deeply personal. I never want a home to be all about my design. It should always be a collaboration.





2 1 RESOURCE KEY 1 The adorable silhouettes are from Jonathan Adler. The chairs are vintage and upholstered in a John Robshaw fabric. The chest and lamps are from Bungalow 5. 2 This playful room features Pottery Barn bunk beds, which offer ample space for sleeping. The roman shade is made with a Kathryn Ireland fabric. 3 The twin beds belonged to the client and we were so happy to find a nice home for them. The bedding is Roberta Roller Rabbit and the decoupage plates on the wall are by John Derian.











D A N Z E R ' S FA V O R I T E S

Known as the “Exterior Decorator,� no person has thought more deeply about extending good design to the outside of the American home than John Danzer, president and owner of Munder-Skiles, a firm specializing in the production of new and historic designs of garden furniture and ornament.




The firm operates a Hudson River Highlands showroom in Garrison, New York with an outpost in Los Angeles. This year, Munder-Skiles will introduce a collection of wicker for both indoor and outdoor use.

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John reviewing 3-D drawing against printed model Kelso Collection from "Found Objects" in Kelso, Scotland Watson Sofa, new in 2015 Roscoe-winning Taconic Chair, totally ergonomic for any body type Watson Lounge with thin cushions Swinton Chair with wood seat, so comfortable in direct sun








C A A N ' S FA V O R I T E S

Liz Caan is celebrated for infusing Boston homes with distinctive personality. The designer’s signature play of pattern, color, and texture has given some of the city’s most historic homes renewed energy and charm, traits she herself has in spades. Mixing things up in unexpected ways is her hallmark. The Liz Caan Interiors design studio and fine furnishings retail store is located in Newton, MA. She also has a collaborative tabletop collection with Jill Rosenwald, for which Caan paired some of her favorite modern paintings with Rosenwald’s classic shapes.

1 Liz Caan, as stylish as the rooms she decorates 2 A colorful family room that’s cozy in all seasons 3 Caan’s living room is a mix of all the things she loves 4 The exterior of Caan’s shop and studio where she loves to come every day 5 Inside the shop a vintage military globe sits atop a skirted table full of books and objects 6 One of Caan’s favorite dining rooms, with lacquered walls, vintage lighting, and a rice-papered ceiling




SHOP THE BDC Shopping for the Unexpected at the Boston Design Center words by chesie breen photography by eric roth This spring the editorial and creative teams at ID BOSTON decided to go shopping together at the BDC. Working with esteemed photographer Eric Roth, we wove our way up and down the halls, popped in on friends, and poured through collections to style a photo montage of the vast array of products that caught our eye.



1 Artwork created by Japanese artist Kazumi Yoshida for Clarence House founder Robin Roberts today hangs above the desk of the affable Garry Martin. 2 Kerry Joyce's Haagen chaise lounge from Dessin Fournir Companies holds court in front of Dessin Fournir hand-painted panels.



3 We all coveted “Armand” which glowed and changed colors based on the light.


4 Belle Isle bibliotheque for Dessin Fournir Companies. 5 Clarence House’s “Bahia” print.




1 Quadrille’s signature sample table had us snatching up favorites from China Seas and Alan Campbell. 2 A wall of ikat from the Quadrille Collection.




J . D . S TA R O N Suite 329

1 Founder Jakub Staron encourages artists and designers to travel the globe and translate the world into rugs. 2 A wall of color featuring flame stitch, ikat from India and Turkey, and hand-knotted Moroccan wool rugs.




1 + 4 Mary McDonald's latest collection highlighting “Bora Bora” and “Tahiti” were in a league of their own. 2 Punchy pillows in “Citrus Garden” in Primary and "Blue Nanjing” in Porcelain. 3 Marie Therese side chair upholstered in “Prestwick” wool satin in Forsythia in front of “Tangiers Tile” rug in Steel Blue from Patterson, Flynn & Martin.


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STUDIO 534 Suite 534

1 Sconces heaven. 2 A crush of purple outdoor fabrics from C&C Milano. 3 Porta Romana “Vortex” chandelier in gold beside “Pumpkin” which is bronzed and features a putty silk shade.






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S TA R K Suite 100

1 We had fun sorting through the stacks. 2 “Synthesis Jubilee” — painter’s jubilee.


A sectional built from “Calvin” modular units.




JANUS ET CIE Suite 114

1 The “Strada” armchair and oval dining table. 2 The “Yoda” lounge chair is designed by Kenneth Cobonpue and doubles as room sculpture. 3 We loved the braided back on this powdercoated stainless steel “Tosca” sofa.




C H A R L E S S PA D A Suite 232

Antiques and objects from the formidable Charles Spada.

E D E L M A N L E AT H E R Suite 344

1 “Sun and Moon” in Navy, Blonde and Bianco was both modern and nautical. 2 A sea of neutrals conjured fog and mist. 3 Wall of joy.


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W E B S T E R & C O M PA N Y Suite 242

1 A vignette featuring furniture from Mulligan's which specializes in primitive rustic early American reproductions. 2 Historically inspired furniture, lighting, accessories, and stone fireplaces, Formations pieces are hand-crafted in California. A tableau featuring an Alessio table with an X base, a Spanish console, and Sorrento chandelier. 3 The Oppede bed from Rose Tarlow Melrose House.

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FA R R O W & B A L L Suite 337

Drawing inspiration from Farrow & Ball.





CASTLE HILL INN Newport’s Castle Hill Inn Transports to a Bygone Era

The peninsula that is home to Castle Hill is located on the western-most tip of Newport, towards the southern edge of Aquidneck Island, just at the entrance of Narragansett Bay. It is this omniscient location, overseeing the East Passage and the Atlantic, that has secured its varied and notable history.

The Beach Houses embody classic New England coastal charm. Perfectly positioned between nature trails and private beach, guests can easily hike out to the lighthouse or lounge near the ocean just steps from their room.

Over the summer of 1956, Grace Kelly retreated to the solace of Castle Hill between takes of High Society. When not relaxing in her Harbor House at Castle Hill, Kelly would sneak down the rocky landscape to the water’s edge. Kelly spent so much time on the rocky enclave that Castle Hill staff and guests soon began referring to it exclusively as “Grace Kelly Beach.”

Nestled on a 40-acre peninsula in Newport, Rhode Island, overlooking picturesque Narragansett Bay, Castle Hill Inn exemplifies the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th-century seacoast life. A visit there is like stepping back in time to a more genteel era where people traveled to the coast to relax, read, and restore. Combining the modern day elegance of a boutique hotel with the nostalgia of coastal life, the Inn offers resplendent lodging. Accommodations include nine guest rooms and suites in the original 19thcentury Agassiz Mansion, and 24 private waterfront dwellings in the Harbor House, Chalet, Beach Houses, and Beach Cottages. Back at the Mansion, indulgent meals are prepared by renowned executive chef Karsten Hart. Whether stargazing after a clambake, or kayaking, paddleboarding, or sailing, Castle Hill Inn reminds you that looking to the past for inspiration and well-being is a welcome way to while away a summer day.






3 RESOURCE KEY 1 A menu favorite from executive chef Karsten Hart, Castle Hill Inn’s Lobster Hash features Maine lobster & potato hash, poached eggs and chive crème fraiche. 2 Castle Hill’s clambake pit is the weekly centerpiece to a dining experience rich with natural flavors and homegrown fun. 3 Castle Hill Inn and Farmaesthetics have transformed two of the historic mansion’s oceanview suites into sumptuous, serene treatment rooms. 4 Castle Hill is Newport’s only luxury inn boasting private beach accommodations. The majestic coastline offers quintessential New England rock formations and magical sunsets, making it the perfect locale for splashing in the surf or to relax in peaceful contemplation. 5 Located on the third floor of the Agassiz Mansion, this bi-level suite in a historically renovated turret has a panoramic view of Narragansett Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Castle Hill Lighthouse.




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3SIX0 ARCHITECTURE Receives Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, Rhode Island photography by john horner Dave’s Coffee, a Rhode Island-based family-run business, has grown significantly from their modest beginnings 10 years ago — serving one flavor of coffee in a circa 1760 building in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Today, they offer multiple brews along with baked goods prepared on-site daily and locally roasted bagged coffee and coffee syrups that are also available from retailers nationwide. A second location became inevitable and the business turned to esteemed 3SIX0 Architecture for inspiration. The design of the new café is intended to embody the values of Dave’s Coffee: quality, honesty, and careful attention to detail. Meticulous thought went into establishing strong connections between materials, chosen for their honest character and durability. In keeping with the quiet sensibility of Dave’s Coffee, 3SIX0 set out to create an environment of understated quality, featuring an unpretentious and direct layout, informal furnishing arrangements, and a craftsman’s attention to detail. Naturally aged knotty cedar boards line the interior walls and ceiling, adding a woody aroma to the space, and are juxtaposed against hand-waxed, hot rolled steel. These hard surfaces negotiate horizontal and vertical surfaces creating counters, tables, standing bar, product display, and more. A light cream-colored plaster wall folds to become the ceiling with menu boards of black felt inset. Simple, block letterform signage is hand-painted throughout for punctuation.




MAKERS’ GUILD Susan Harter: Reimagining a Trellised Room Artist Susan Harter’s new collection of trellis wallpaper takes inspiration from a pivotal moment in American design: Elsie de Wolfe’s famed 1907 trellis room at the Colony Club in New York. The room quickly established de Wolfe as America’s first lady of decorating. Over a century later, trellis is more popular than ever. Harter customizes each of her wallpaper murals to the exact dimensions of a room, painting them by hand, and then printing them onto shippable canvas rolls. The artwork combines Harter’s trademark soft, painterly landscapes with trompe l’oeil architectural trellis. The trellis can be tinted to match the trim paint color, so the room’s actual woodwork becomes part of the complete illusion. The lattice can be combined with any of Harter’s pastoral landscapes. Harter works from her Boston artist’s loft and typically ships to the trade in 8 to 12 weeks.


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Photo by Paul Costello


pages five & six

Photos by John Danzer

Question & Answer with Michael Phillips

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Portrait by Patrick Heagney


Photo by Ben Gebo Photography

Photos courtesy of Liz Caan

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Dear Readers

Style: Shop the BDC

Portrait by Stephanie Clark

Photos by Eric Roth

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Bibliophile Boston

Culture: Castle Hill Inn

Page 11 photo by Elizabeth Glasgow Photography

Photos courtesy of Castle Hill Inn

Page 13 covers courtesy of Rizzoli and Glitterati Incorporated

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Page 14 photos courtesy of Rizzoli Page 15 photo (left) by Michael Partenio. Reprinted with permission. Š2004 Meredith Corporation

Cuisine: Dave's Coffee Photos by John Horner pages sixty-six to sixty-nine

Page 15 photo (right) courtesy of Rizzoli

Makers' Guild

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Portrait by Joel Benjamin Photography

Rocky Ledge

Photos courtesy of Susan Harter

Photos by Sam Gray Photography pages twenty-seven to thirty-five David Netto Photos by Paul Costello pages thirty-six to forty-one Annsley McAleer Photos by Ben Gebo Photography




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