IFDA New England | Issue 3 | 2018

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Issue 3 | 2018

And The Award Goes To... 2018 DESIGN AWARDS GALA




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As we usher in the holiday season and I finish my second and last year as your President, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the this year and give a quick preview about the excitement on the horizon for IFDA-NE. next year! Not least of which is a warm welcome to incoming President John Nicholas and the new Board members. First and foremost I’d like to say thank you to you all. It’s been an honor and a privilege to represent and serve you. We bid adieu to some long time Board members and thank them for their outstanding service. Chris Saad, Vivian Robbins, Gary Rousseau and of course Rob Henry. We thank them for their tireless efforts and invaluable contributions and wish them the very best. We had a great fall with the rejuvenated Awards Gala that highlighted the talent within our industry and raised thousands of dollars to support breast cancer research through the Ellie Fund. Our holiday party at the Endicott Estate was a great way to end the year reconnecting and celebrating with friends and colleagues. Of course without the support of our sponsors, our talented and dedicated Board and you, our membership, none of this would be possible.



We tried to take a quality-over-quantity approach to programing last year and moving into 2019 have reorganized and energized how we do programing. We look forward to having a committee approach and would welcome volunteers to help. One of the exciting and rewarding developments this year has been the engagement of the next generation of professionals with IFDA. I think this can be seen with our new slate of incoming Board members. Thank you for stepping up and getting involved - you are our future. It is with this talent in mind that I encourage you to get connected and involved as well. I know personally and anecdotally that one gets out much more than what one puts in. This organization is really what you make it. The New England chapter serves as an example to all the other chapters nationally, which is a testament to you all. So please get involved, members connecting with members is truly what this organization is all about. I look forward to staying engaged, even as I pass the baton. I am excited for the future of IFDA NE. Thank you again for your support and friendship. Please join me in supporting John and our new Board moving forward.

Chris Magliozzi 2018 New England Chapter President


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IFDA-NE| Board of directors President Chris Magliozzi President Elect John Nicholas VP of Education Jessica Chabot Treasurer Gary Rousseau

VP of Community Service

VP of Special Events

VP of Hospitality

Jacqueline Becker

John Trifone

Laurie Gorelick

VP of Communications

VP of Ambassadors

Recording Secretary

Christopher Saad

Vivian Robins

Larissa Cook

VP of Social Media

VP of Member Retention

Industry Liaison

Allyson Forrister

John Speridakos

Robert Grossman

VP of Awards

VP of Membership

Arnold H. Lagueux

Robert Henry


Making a splash in NEWTON In December of 2017, The Portland Group opened the doors

guests to make selections with a clear line of sight from one end

to Splash, their newly remodeled retail showroom in Newton,

of the of the showroom to the other.

Massachusetts. The new user-friendly layout displays multiple products and styles at a variety of price points to allow guests

Directly in the center of the showroom is its most popular fea-

to gain a full understanding of the products and their functions.

ture -- a fully-functioning spa room with digital showering, chro-

Intimate design vignettes make it easy for design professionals

motherapy lighting and heated flooring. Guests are able to test

to accompany their clients to the showroom and give them a

the system by appointment before making their purchase.

hands-on experience with their selections. While Splash has transformed into a showroom for all, there Just inside the entrance, customers are greeted by fully-func-

is one thing that remains the same -- its approachable, friend-

tional traditional, transitional and contemporary models of

ly customer service. Visit the newly remodeled Splash at 244

sinks, freestanding tubs and glittering vanities. Its easy for

Needham Street in Newton and see for yourself.

t Fully-functional display of shower heads q Bathroom vignette for hands-on experience

q Splash’s spa room


summing up the luxury design market in three luxurious days The Luxury Home Design Summit is

with amenities like farm-to-table cui-

architects, designers, landscape archi-

set to launch this May for principals

sine, saltwater baths and steam heat.

tects, builders, contractors, showroom

and leaders of the luxury home design

It successfully attracted well-to-do va-

owners, and suppliers.

and construction market across the

cationers, unlike any other destination

country. The event organizers, New

on Cape Cod. In 2006, the Chatham

The event is already attracting speakers

England Home magazine and Esteem

Bars Inn underwent a $100 million ren-

from both inside and outside the lux-

Media, has announced the summit will

ovation. Today, over 100 years after it

ury home design industry, nationally,

be hosted at a resort renowned for its

was established, it continues to deliver

with topics such as industry economic

luxury legacy – the Chatham Bars Inn

the luxury lifestyle to its guests. From

forecasts; emerging technologies; so-

Resort and Spa in Chatham, MA.

May 19-21, the Chatham Bars Inn will

cial media and digital marketing; work-

set the stage for the summit to deliv-

ing with generational demands of mil-

The reputable resort was ahead of the

er high-level business content and

lennials, gen X-ers, and baby boomers;

curve when it opened its doors in 1914

relationship-building tailored toward

and sharing insights on the successes

and failures of running a small business. Steve Miller, a renowned author, consultant, and speaker on marketing and branding, and Timothy Corrigan, an internationally celebrated interior designer, entrepreneur, and tastemaker, have joined the speaker line-up. In addition to the keynote speakers and group sessions, learning labs and roundtable discussions with a variety of social opportunities are also planned, to connect key influencers and industry leaders, while promoting active dialogue and troubleshooting. Adam Japko, CEO of Esteem Media and founder of the Design Influencers Conference, added, “Based on the popularity and audience engagement for the many Steve Miller

events that New England Home hosts throughout the year, we observed that there was a need for more high-level content and meaningful discussions within New England. Esteem Media, with its expertise in launching events and event management, is providing the resources to research the market, evaluate speakers and topics, and co-produce this conference.� Registration for the 2019 Luxury Home Design Summit is currently open for architects, interior designers, landscape architects, builders, contractors, showroom owners, and luxury home goods suppliers at luxuryhomedesignsummit.com.

Timothy Corrigan

Chatham Bars Inn


divide and conquer Studio Verticale is dividing rooms and developing their own private lable

Studio Verticale, an innovative concept showroom

what homeowners, architects and designers look

with a focus on Italian modern interior design, is

for when it comes to modern interior architecture

announcing its first own private label which will

solutions. We’ve created our private label line of in-

include interior doors, sliding systems and wall

terior doors, sliding systems and wall partitions in


response to that. Having visual attributes, ease of operating and durability at the forefront of this un-

This custom design will create a sleek look that

dertaking, we turned to the Italian manufacturing

can be utilized for residential and commercial sec-

sector that we know well and have been success-

tors. Studio Verticale’s owner – Mila Talibov said,

fully working with for over a decade. The result is a

“For over 11 years we’ve been taking notice of

line of well designed thin profile aluminum framed

glass panels that carry a continuous look from swing to sliding to fixed format.� The unique design of these solutions will allow designers to invent a creative space, divide rooms and reinvent openings, closets, and niches. The private label glass and aluminum interior solutions feature a thin profile, creating a clean line throughout your space. Hinged doors will feature recessed jambs primed for painting, mortised slip hinges with steel and magnetic locks. The private label line will offer nine finishes for profiles, tracks, and mullions. Options abound, as you may choose a preference of color, clarity, and translucency on glass features. Create your own distinctive look by combining various attributes and brand engraving details or by going 100% custom color for glass and aluminum members.



cordon bleu Photography by Greg Premru

Interior Designer, Kristen Rivoli has a flair for seamlessly blending contemporary and traditional styles. This blue-ribbon kitchen is no exception. In collaboration with Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers, Rivoli pushed traditional boundaries in a new kitchen that meshes bold colors with warm walnut cabinetry. The focal point of the kitchen is undeniably the eye-catching Fiji blue, cope and stick cabinetry with a natural walnut trim. The design is grounded by hand-painted, Moroccan-style tiles displayed like an ornate rug. The kitchen’s design incorporates custom cabinetry made from walnut and covered with live-edge counter tops that divide the kitchen, dining and living rooms in a succession of steps. The dining room is three steps down from the kitchen followed by another three steps down to the living room. The live-edge walnut tops are inlaid with butterflies that are aesthetic additions but also keep the natural checks in the wood under control.

Interior Design by Kristin Rivoli | Millwork by Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers


Throughout the remainder of the home, the skillfully-chosen combination of finishes and unique design elements work together to create a perfect showpiece. Built in shelves recede into a sleek limestone fireplace wall in the home office and library. Wood paneled ceilings carry through the tree lined vista from a corner sunroom. The master bathroom features European walnut under-sink cabinetry. And finally, an element of surprise is located in the laundry room with a collapsible ship ladder.


SKI IN. SKI OUT. Photography by Rob Karosis

A chalet destined for the slopes. Its homeowners, interior

The homesite is located on South Peak. It was selected for

designer, architect and builder all had one strong connec-

its views of the North Country terrain and its ski-in, ski-out

tion in its design and construction – they all love to ski! The

potential with the property line bordering the ski area.

homeowners in particular, along with their children, are involved with ski racing at their local mountain.

With the location now chosen, interior designer Randy Trainor, called on her former days as a skier in Austria and

Once it was determined that their young children did in

fond memories of snuggling under large, cozy comforters

fact love skiing, the homeowners started looking for a lot

as her inspiration. She wanted to bring that warmth and

with direct access to the ski trails. It turned out that only

comfortable ambience to this ski chalet.

one such lot was available and that several families were interested in purchasing it. As the story goes, one of the

Architects Tom Samyn and Amelia Brock of Samyn D’Elia

homeowners had to make a 6-hour round trip drive to get

Architects designed the home as a three-story Timberpeg

the correct check book from which to make the deposit

residence. A circular stairway beginning at the garage lev-

while the other stayed to make sure the lot didn’t go under

el provides a visual statement both outside and inside the


home. Being a Timberpeg home, the location of the out-



lets and lights had to be decided before the timber frame was ordered. Trainor selected a massive chandelier for the living room, that was so large it had to be shipped to the jobsite and placed in the room before the exterior walls went up. The chandelier lived in its crate for over a year while custom home builder, Lawton & Company structured the home around it. The influence of the family’s infatuation with skiing can be seen in the imaginative details of the home. Several tables built by Hammerton have legs that resemble skis. Many of the bar stools have a base that looks like a vintage ski pole basket. Several lamps are fashioned after a pair of skis and crossed ski poles with leather straps. Stone played a major role in the overall design. Trainor traveled to Canada several times to select the granite for the kitchen. Red onyx, travertine and marble are used throughout the bathrooms. Whether split-face stone on the walls, honed tiles, book-matched countertops or shiny mosaics, these varying forms add wonderful texture to the interior finishes. While the home took almost two years to build, the family considered it worth the wait.



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A townhouse sat untouched for over thirty years. The finishes and

Fine combined two cramped, dark spaces to open up of the master

the decor were tired and dated, while some of the spaces were com-

bathroom. A large shower and tub were added and surrounded with

partmentalized and closed in.

new cabinetry.

No question this 3,000 square foot townhouse needed a total reno-

The opening of the entryways between the kitchen and the adjacent

vation, an open floor plan and a complete overhaul of finishes and

family room, dining room and living room was another design con-

furnishings to make it current. The client desired a very clean lined

version that allowed for fluid motion through the home’s interior.

and contemporary but warm, comfortable and functional home.

With space reclaimed, the townhome now achieved an open concept floorplan.

Interior designer, Leslie Fine, incorporated custom details throughout the home’s new interiors, including a Poggenpohl kitchen, four

The lower level, originally an unfinished basement used primarily for

new bathrooms, a powder room, new flooring, new interior doors,

storage, was transformed into an extension of the home’s living space.

millwork, a comprehensive lighting plan, a contemporary stair railing

High quality finishes, flooring, lighting and cabinetry were implement

system of stainless steel, metal and wood, and aa two story stone

to upgrade the space for entertaining. A custom pool table, game

clad fireplace. All new furniture, area rugs, decorative lighting, art

room and exercise space were included.

and accessories finished off the warm and inviting home. Fine succesfully brought this neglected townhouse back to life. As a Among the many alterations, the master bathroom received a facelift.

result, it has won several PRISM awards.


And the AwARd

GOES To... On November 1, Modern Luxury teamed with the New England chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association to name the winners of the 2018 Design Awards, honoring bestin-class design concepts within residential and commercial spaces. Editor-in-Chief of Modern Luxury Interiors Boston, Jaci Conry announced each winner on stage at the Boston Design Center. The IFDA-NE Design Awards is a regional, juried competition for interior design. Entries from professional and student members were judged in a blind review by a panel of leading industry professionals that included Jaci Conry, Sarah Lawson, President of S + H Construction; Kristan McLaughlin, General Manager of Boston Design Center; and Denise Rush, Interim Dean of the School of Architecture for Boston Architectural College. In addition to the award winning designs, judges also surveyed the Charity Window Challenge displays - show-stopping exhibits that honored and benefited the Ellie Fund for Breast Cancer. The window displays lined the hall and set the stage for the entire gala. Interior Designer, Dane Austin of Dane Austin Design was recognized for his creativity and ‘chic’ design in the window of the Ardente Waterspot Showroom. He received the award for the Charity Window Challenge. The award for the Student Design Project was bestowed upon Charles Argo for his Euro-contemporary bath design. He overcame the project’s biggest challenge which was to disguise products that were designed for elderly or ADA use while providing contemporary glam accented with traditional elements. The space paired glossy 3D prism-like Spanish wall tiles and Italian floating high gloss vanities with contemporary “aluminum strand

Photo by Larissa Cook

jewel box” lighting fixtures and Venetian- styled vanity mirrors. Architect, David Stern was selected as an award recipient for his kitchen design grounded in material expression utilizing Italian Calacutta marble, white oak paneling, stainless steel and lacquered cabinets that created permeable boundaries in an 1820’s Federal Style Beach Hill townhouse.



Bath designed by Charles Argo

A collaborative work and gathering space created for a corporate headquarters designed by Jill Najnigier caught the attention of the judges. Najnigier’s award-winning design promoted creativity, collaboration, and physical activity. A rock wall sits in the center of the space and is surrounded by treadmill and balance ball workstations, a cafe lounge, personal storage lockers, and conference areas. Paula Daher of Daher Interior Design re-

Corporate space designed by Jill Najnigier

ceived an award for her Back Bay brownstone bedroom project. Starting from scratch with a “plain vanilla box”, Paula and her team added personality and architectural features to this master suite with soaring ceilings and a bay window. Laurie Gorelick of Laurie Gorelick Interiors earned an award for her Showhouse Office submission. A challenging space, she reigned in the scale and proportions of the Victorian-era room by installing a highgloss, recessed-panel wainscot, two-thirds the wall height, and topped it off with a Japanese shibori pattern wallpaper.

Bedroom designed by Paula Daher

Kitchen designed by David Stern

Showhouse Office designed by Laurie Gorelick


Dubbed ‘The Grange’, this modern farmhouse kitchen was designed by Hutker Architects to accommodate reunions for three generations under one roof, with areas for gathering and retreat. Inspired by agrarian architecture, the home’s covered farm porch was the starting place for its design. Rustic wood in the floor and beams, custom furniture-like cabinetry, and natural linen fabrics establish an eclectic farmhouse narrative, with found objects and antiques reinforcing this theme. Large scale windows and contemporary art infused traditional motifs with a modern twist and earned Hutker a Design Award.

A master bathroom by Jessica Chabot with an open concept shower and a dramatic dividing wall was awarded for its mix of drama and serenity.

“We opted to play with texture in this space rather than color.”

- Jessica Chabot

IFDA-NE member, Rosemary Porto was the Honoree of the Evening. The two-time cancer survivor and award winning kitchen designer has long inspired her fellow designers. Her contributions to the design community were duly noted. At the end of the evening, the awards gala concluded and was deemed a successful first time collaboration between IFDA-NE and media sponsor, Modern Luxury.

Rosemary Porto, Honoree of the Evening

Master bathroom by Jessica Chabot


In Review...





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Jaci Conry, Shannon Pastuszak, Jill Najnigier, Laurie Gorelick, Paula Daher, Jessica Cabot, Mika Durrell and David Stern

Anthony Miklaszewski, Amy Bressler amd Joe Bertola

Debbie Farrand, Lauren Gifford and Jennifer Bardsley

Michael J. Lee and Kate Maloney



Allan Dines Photography


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Eric Roseff’s Charity Window Challenge display at M-Geough’s showroom to benefit the Ellie Fund

Vani Sayeed and Larissa Cook

Renee Rucci and Julie Wood’s window display at the Alianthus showroom

Shannon Pastuszak and Jaci Conry


In Review...





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Rob Henry, Teresa Burnett, Jacqui Becker, Karen Dzendolet, Carolyn Meek , Chris Magliozzi, Cathy Chrisicos, Wayne Southworth and Linda Mariani

Larissa Cook, Allyson Forrister, Diane Magliozzi, John Nicholas, Jessica Chabot and Chris Magliozzi

Allyson Forrister, Diane Magliozzi, Lynn and Gary Rousseau, and Jessica Chabot

Beezee Honan and Larissa Cook

The IFDA New England “Flannel and Frost� holiday party was held on December 13th at historic Endicott Estate in Dedham. Members and guests enjoyed live music, exquisite food, a photo booth that definitely encouraged everyone to have some fun, and the nostalgic ambiance of a Colonial Revival mansion all dressed for the Holidays. Outgoing chapter President Chris Magliozzi introduced our incoming 2019 President John Nicholas, and then thanked retiring Treasurer Gary Rousseau and long time VP of Membership Rob Henry. Donations were collected and delivered the following day to Cradles to Crayons, a non profit that serves the needs of underserved infants through 12 year olds in the Boston area.




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A small mountain of warm coats and winter boots collected for Cradles to Crayons of Boston

Nancy Dayian, Beezee Honan, Allyson Forrister and Larrisa Cook

Rosemary Porto and Gail Ravgalia

Karen Dzendolet and Kyle Tripp


NEW ENGLAND On Thursday, November 8, 2018, architects Mark P. Finlay and Brian J. Mac, interior designer Mollie S. Johnson, landscape designer Douglas Jones, and specialty designated Robert Marzilli and David Webster were inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in front of New England’s most elite designers, architects, builders, and craftspeople. The stage was set at the State Room with a stunning view of the Boston skyline.

Design Hall of fame

Photography by Allan Dines

Each inductee accepted their award from New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel, and moved the audience with their emotional nods to the graciousness of their families and colleagues. David Webster received a standing ovation for his decades worth of service to the design community. Guests ended the celebration with a champagne toast honoring New England’s design past and hope for what is still to come in the industry.

Courtney Taylor, Charles Meyer and Sarah Lawson

IFDA Board Members: Chris Magliozzi, Allyson Forrister, Jacqueline Becker, Larissa Cook, Vivian Robins, Jessica Chabot, John Trifone and Bob Grossman

Stacy Kunstel and David Webster

Whit and Mollie Johnson and Robert Bagshaw



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