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Life Beyond Just Blue and White I DON’T LIKE TO DO THIS VERY OFTEN, BUT FOR A LITTLE

while I’m going to put on my curmudgeon hat. Let’s talk about blue and white. When it comes to summer—and particularly when it comes to summer anywhere near the ocean—there’s simply no escaping blue-and-white interiors. Am I the only one who gets a little, well, tired of them? Now don’t get me wrong: blue and white can be done incredibly beautifully, and I myself have admired many blueand-white rooms over the years. It’s also a formula that’s wildly popular. One indicator of how entrenched in the public imagination the general look is, would be the huge cultural footprint of Erica Barry’s (Diane Keaton’s) house in the 2003 movie Something’s Gotta Give. Many, many rooms have since been modeled on this one exemplar of seaside style. More than one architect and decorator has made a sort of demi-career out of copying the house; at least one set designer from the film itself has recreated versions of the house out in the real world. Multiple companies market knock-offs of

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the dhurrie-style rug from the living room. Multiple postings concerning the house and its avatars appear to this day on blogs and Web sites around the country. All this, mind you, about a set of interiors that in a way never really existed. Although the exterior shots in the film were of an actual house in Southampton, the interiors and backyard were built on a soundstage in Hollywood, fake bluestone countertops and all. (And yes, we’ve ourselves published one house overtly influenced by the film, in our Cape & Islands issue in 2008.) Clearly film director Nancy Meyers plugged into a deep emotional current. Sometimes, though, it begins to feel as if too few people can look beyond the cliché. As a starting point for blue and white we hear a lot about “the colors of sea and sky.” But what, I ask myself, about the colors of the beach? What about cream and tan and gold, or the warm and cool grays of the rocky shelf a house sits on, the pale mustard of lichen? And fresh greens and olives and pinks, the colors of grass and scrub and rosa rugosa? How about using the silvery hue of well-weathered shingles on the inside? Putting curmudgeonliness into practice, our staff has come up with four houses for this July/August issue, all of which depart, sometimes completely, from the blue-and-white standard. Two aren’t even seasonal homes. They display their designers’ talent at creating spaces of a casual elegance that can feel light and cool when the weather is torrid, but also warm and embracing when the days and nights are chillier. Who says rich wood paneling and purple upholstery can’t make a welcome respite from the muggy glare of a July afternoon? So please enjoy these spaces that don’t quite show the party colors. What they do show is lightness, airiness, a feeling of gracious living no matter the season. And, to be honest, if you look carefully you’ll even see a little—just a little— blue and white.

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Featured Homes

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52 Bashful Beauty A new house on Martha’s Vineyard, built to look as though

it has evolved over time, is quietly flirtatious, revealing its many lovely qualities one by one. ARCHITECTURE: PATRICK AHEARN, AHEARN-SCHOPFER AND ASSOCIATES • INTERIOR DESIGN: MARIGIL WALSH, GIL WALSH INTERIORS • LANDSCAPE DESIGN: MICHAEL DONAROMA • TEXT: MEGAN FULWEILER • PHOTOGRAPHY: MICHAEL PARTENIO • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

62 Refresher Course Interior designer Charles Spada improves on perfection

in a coastal Connecticut home. INTERIOR DESIGN AND INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: CHARLES SPADA • PHOTOGRAPHY: BRUCE BUCK • TEXT: STACY KUNSTEL • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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74 Waterfront Revival A makeover opening both house and landscape to

spectacular ocean views gives a Rhode Island getaway a whole new outlook. ARCHITECTURE: THOMAS CATALANO • INTERIOR DESIGN: FOTENE DEMOULAS AND JILL DIAMANDIS, FOTENE DESIGN • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: JOHN GROVE, REED HILDERBRAND ASSOCIATES • PHOTOGRAPHY: TRIA GIOVAN • TEXT: PAULA M. BODAH

86 Easygoing Elegance Design duo Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake, cele-

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Art, Design, History, Landscape 25 Elements: Alfresco Style Celebrate summer with furniture and accessories

that take outdoor dining to a new level. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ Design Destination: Midnight Farm, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 32 36 Past Perfect: The House of Her Dreams It took two tries, but Richard

T. Crane finally built a house his wife could love, a fine brick mansion in the style of a seventeenth-century English manor, on the family’s estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts. BY JACI CONRY • PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS

46 Made Here: Material World Some of the design world’s most sought-after

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People, Places, Events, Products 122 Trade Secrets: What’s a Memory Worth? Comings and goings (and a few

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tecture and design. 130 Calendar Special events for those who are passionate about fine design. Now in the Galleries Upcoming art exhibitions throughout New England 130 134 Perspectives Area designers outfit a child-friendly family room Wish List: West Newton, Massachusetts, designer Susan Shulman’s favorite new home furnishings 140 It’s Personal: Favorite finds from the staff of New England Home 142 144 Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s featured

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Modern Classic Originally designed by Richard Schultz to weather the corrosive salt air at Florence Knoll’s Florida house, the aptly named 1966 Collection has grown to include multiple tables and chairs in a host of fresh colors. The table shown here has a glass top on a frame of cast and extruded aluminum. 60"L × 38"W × 26½"H. ICON GROUP, BOSTON, (617) 449-5506

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Garden Party Suspend this hand-painted Chinese paper lantern on a backyard branch and transform a casual dinner into a garden party. If you’ve got the power, light it up by putting Christmas lights inside. 12"H. $22. POD, BROOKLINE, MASS., (617) 739-3802, WWW.POD.BIGCARTEL.COM

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Ooh-La-La Have your hotdog—slathered with mustard and relish of course—while perching on a classic French Bistro chair in lacquered metal. That’s global style. $99. HOMEWARD BOUND, WEST HARTFORD, CONN., (860) 233-9500, WWW.HOMEWARDBOUNDSTYLE.COM

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Carry On Rather than trying to juggle a stack of glasses, make things easier—and more efficient—with this woven metal tray. The tray, crafted in India, has room enough for seven glasses. $46. NOMAD, CAMBRIDGE, MASS., (617) 497-6677, WWW.NOMADCAMBRIDGE.COM

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Midnight Farm, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts By Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

Tamara Weiss was crossing Canal Street in lower Manhattan, pushing her twin sons in their double stroller, when, against a backdrop of honking horns and swirling soot, she made a decision. It was time to leave New York. Remembering the idyllic summers she had spent on Martha’s Vineyard when she was a child, there was no question where Weiss and her family should go. The only question was what should dyed-in-the-wool urbanites do on an island that is accessible only by boat or by plane? That answer was easy. After the birth of her boys, Weiss, a former movie producer, had begun holding impromptu salons in her downtown loft—a fourth-floor walk up—to showcase the work of her friends and family. Anything from a hand-knitted scarf to a woven throw to handmade note cards to furniture and lighting (some designed by her husband, Gary Stuber)—in short, any manner of things that Weiss loved—were put on display. As word grew about this trove of talented artisans, the salon burgeoned, becoming a showroom for yet-undiscovered talent. Based on the success of her underground salon, why not open a store to showcase the things she loved? Aside from the obvious fact that Midnight Farm is a great store, it is not an easy one to describe. It’s part souk, part

best friend’s stylish house, part bastion of boho chic, smack dab in the center of the village of Tisbury. There’s no telling what you might find. On a recent visit, we spotted linen-covered sofas from Cisco Brothers, bedding from John Robshaw, woven plastic baskets from Africa, dresses from Krista Larsen and stacks of books. Midnight Farm attracts yearround and summer residents as well as day-trippers. It goes against the common wisdom usually associated with retail endeavors: it’s based on heart and soul and gut reaction. When we see Weiss we tell her that though the last time we had visited the store (late November) the day had been dreary and drizzly we left with spirits lifted and a shopping bag full of treasures. Weiss smiles, visibly excited. The decision she made fifteen years ago? Exactly the right one. 18 WATER-CROMWELL LANE, VINEYARD HAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS, (508) 693-1997. SUMMER HOURS: MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 9:30 A.M.–8 P.M., SUNDAY TILL 6 P.M.

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twenty-one outbuildings on the property—that held a saltwater swimming pool, bathhouse, guest cabanas and a ballroom. • Despite its grandeur, Mrs. Crane didn’t take to the house. It didn’t suit her style (she called it “the Italian fiasco”), and she didn’t think the Mediterranean building with its red-tiled roof fit with the setting. Mr. Crane, who loved the house, persuaded his wife to move in with the promise that if she didn’t like it in ten years, he’d build her another. “A decade later, Mrs. Crane still didn’t like the house,” says


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Past Perfect Susan Hill Dolan, cultural resources manager for the Crane Estate. “And as crazy as it seems, true to his word, Mr. Crane had the massive villa razed in 1924.” In its place the Cranes commissioned Chicago architect David Adler to design a new house based on the formal English country houses of the seventeenth Top and bottom left: century. This time, The half-mile-long Mrs. Crane would Grande Allee and the Rose Garden were have the house of designed by Boston her dreams. landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff. BotThe fifty-ninetom right: Griffins by room brick manPaul Manship. Previous sion—known as page: North view of the Great House— The Great House. was designed as a five-bay, hip-roofed block with a pediment over three central bays. On the northeast side, symmetrical two-story wings jut out to form the north terrace. On the terrace side of each wing sits a one-story porch. Wings and porches are embellished with a series of stone and cast-concrete busts, believed to represent the Caesars, set in sandstone niches. A pair of large Art Deco griffin sculptures by Paul Manship grace the terrace, gifts from Crane’s employees to guard his home on its completion in 1928. “The figures are the only elements of the mansion’s exterior that help date it to its own time,” says Dolan. While the house draws directly on several seventeenth-century English houses, it was built more like an industrial building than a residence. As solid as the outside is, though, the interiors hold an eclectic and elegant mix of styles. “Adler paid attention to every detail of the site plan, interior and furnishings. He was very unique in his ability to combine styles,” Dolan explains. “In the house we see Georgian woodwork, Gothic vaulting, Greek Revival lighting fixtures, Italian Renaissance–style murals and Baroque carving all integrated with elegance and taste.” The first floor of the house is grand in scale, with sixteen-foot ceilings and a gallery that echoes those of English Baroque houses. A floor of eighteenth-century oak in a parquet pattern that mirrors the floors in the Palace of Versailles stretches across the gallery’s sixty-three feet. Sunburst fanlights hang above the double doors at either end of the room. Inlaid on the left wall are a massive wall clock and a wind indicator—one of five the Cranes, who loved sailing, installed throughout the house. 38 New England Home July/August 2010


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Working with New York City’s posh furniture store, W. and J. Sloan, Adler found a number of wood-paneled rooms that originally sat in a 1732 London townhouse and had them refitted to the Crane’s new house. The early GeorTop: The library’s high-re- gian rooms, lief over-mantel carvings some with magdate back to the late-sevnificently carved enteenth century. Right: One of a series of decora- fireplaces and tive wind indicators. surrounds, cornices and pilasters, were divided up among seven bedrooms, the dining room and the upstairs sitting room. The townhouse’s original staircase didn’t fit the large scale of the Great House, so Adler designed a reproduction that incorporated the same intricate carvings, twisted shafts and Corinthi40 New England Home July/August 2010

an column newels at each landing. The first-floor library displays woodwork bought from Cassiobury House, the English home for generations of Earls of Essex, and boasts seventeenth-century carvings by the renowned Baroque sculptor Grinling Gibbons. The high-relief over-mantel carving with its delicate lime-wood festoons of flowers, leaves and fruit is one of Gibbons’s earliest surviving decorative works, and one of only two known documented sources of his work in the United States. The more intimately scaled second floor of the Great House holds suites of rooms for the Crane family and their guests. The second-floor hallway features Gothic-style vaulted ceilings with Greek Revival lighting fixtures and Adamesque neoclassical

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ho doesn’t love a surprise? The book that ends with a twist or the gift that arrives on an ordinary day is made better by being unexpected. Savvy designers are mindful of this. That’s why the most memorable garden paths wander, rather than shoot arrow-like from here to there; why the houses we love most are often those that reveal their charms slowly, rather than making a grand statement the minute we pull into the driveway. First-time visitors to this Vineyard Haven retreat have, no doubt, uttered audible sighs of delight. Innovative architect Patrick Ahearn—well-known in these parts for his ability to devise homes that speak to the seaside vernacular—has designed a house that takes its own sweet time to disclose its charms. First, you must park, scoot beneath the pretty arbor and pass between the spacious two-

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White walls reflect the light, while furnishings and accessories add color and personality. The wife’s pottery sets the tone for the family room. Facing page top: Architect Patrick Ahearn leaves nothing to chance. “Even the flagpole site was carefully choreographed,” he says.

bedroom guest house and garage (which is really only masquerading as a garage, but more on that later). “The home’s attributes aren’t visible from the road,” explains Ahearn. “They’re made apparent as you step across the upper terrace, through the fieldstone wall, down the steps onto the grassy lower level.” Only then are you treated to the Natucket-style dormers, the classic dark green shutters and exuberant window boxes. Befitting the architect’s intent, it’s the very picture of a house that appears to have evolved over time. The master suite wing to the left of the front entrance and the smaller wing to the right, which holds the study and screened porch, give the impression of being elements added over time. “Applied history,” says the architect. And there’s plenty more to come. “Open the front door and the house unfolds,” Ahearn says. “It’s sitting on the edge of an embankment. You’re look-

The home’s getawayfor-all-ages-role—pets welcome—dictated a casual decor that reflected the owners’ passions and travels.

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ing straight through. Right away you see kids from the neighboring yacht club out in their sailboats, and the ferry cruising back and forth. All this activity makes the water feel alive.” For the owners, who’ve had a lengthy love affair with the area, the house and its surroundings epitomize summer. They value their Maryland and Florida homes, but only here do they enjoy bracing sea air and waves of hydrangeas. “We envisioned the quintessential summer cottage for them,” Ahearn says. For the owners, The original cape that once claimed the spectacular (but also somewhat tight) who’ve had site thrilled previous summer people, too. a lengthy love Built in the 1950s, though, the outdated affair with the place was no match for the new owners’ busy lifestyle. With married daughters, area, the house grandchildren and myriad friends expectand its surrounded, twenty-first-century amenities were ings epitomize mandatory. Ahearn used the razed cape’s footprint as a base for his livable design summer. that anchors the new house to the rock outcropping with a skillful use of stone and brick. Interior designer Marigil Walsh was recommended to the owners and it had to be kismet. At the time, Walsh was with Astorino in North Palm Beach, Florida. During the process, however, she launched her own firm—Gil Walsh Interiors—and completed the project. As it turned out, not only has Walsh had a house of her own on the Vineyard for years, her Florida residence is mere blocks from that of the owners. “It was perfect,” says Walsh. “We could meet during the winter and then also be on the Vineyard together. My clients moved in Memorial Day weekend. We spent the summer seeing to their punch list and gathering accessories.” The home’s getaway-for-all-ages role— pets welcome—dictated a casual decor that reflected the owners’ artistic passions and travels. “When you choose simple, functional furnishings with stand-out details it complements the architecture, which is what we wanted to do,” says Walsh. “The unity creates an art form.” From day one, the wife was deeply involved. Prominent displays of her pottery—thrown and fired in her on-site studio (remember the faux garage?)—are the key to the palette. A medley of aqua, beige and raspberry tones against walls washed creamy white conjure summer.

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Windsor chairs and a reproduction chandelier crafted in Vermont keep company with an Asian altar table that acts as a sideboard. Facing page bottom: Hydrangeas and geraniums bring a classic air to the garden.

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Beadboard and stainless steel are ideal old and new kitchen contrasts. Facing page top: A low-set bedroom window grabs extra light and views. Facing page bottom: The passing ferry is a visual bonus all summer.

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As planned, every setting encourages relaxation. The living room is kitted out with a hunker-down rolled-arm sofa and a rugged coffee table at the correct height for putting your feet up. “It’s actually a copy of a tavern table made to coffee-table size,” says Walsh, who is obviously adept at balancing comfort and style. An heirloom patchwork quilt that had been snoozing in a closet has been reborn as a throw. And an antique stand—once a shoe-polishing box—corrals books and magazines. On the room’s opposite side, a weathered cupboard displays a stash of the wife’s stunning pottery. The dining room exudes a similar flavor with an antique quilt—this one from Missouri—covering the table. Reproduction Windsor-style chairs, crafted by Rhode Island’s Warren Chair Works, stand ready for company. And when the guest list swells, the Asian altar table along the windows becomes a handy serve-yourself buffet. “Asian pieces go as well with American and English furnishings as they do contemporary art,” Walsh says. To further a warm mood for nighttime dining, English candlestick lamps light the corners the chandelier can’t reach. A reproduction American hooked rug adds a ruddy splash of color. “Every room needs a touch of red,” the designer insists. The nearby kitchen slips easily into the theme with its creamy walls, another parade of beautiful utilitarian pottery and a In an upstairs homey cotton runner emblazoning the bedroom, floor. Furniture-like details give the cabinetry character. Dark granite countertops, old-fashioned a counterpoint to the pale walls, add a beadboard note of elegance. High above the cooking paneling traces station, a fish plate—a friend’s gift—references New England’s love of blue and the outline of the white porcelain. dormers, upping All the bedrooms appropriately sport the coziness. four-posters. But an upstairs bedroom— one of two—with a lofty ceiling has earned the most impressive bedframe. Old-fashioned beadboard paneling traces the outline of the dormers, upping the coziness. In fact, the owners like this sweet space so much they sometimes relocate here for a night. Testimony to the appealingly timeless design, every room in this harbor-side house provides a reason to linger. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 144.

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Refresher Course Interior designer Charles Spada improves on perfection in a coastal Connecticut home. Text by Stacy Kunstel • Photography by Bruce Buck • Interior Design and Interior Architecture: Charles Spada • Produced by Kyle Hoepner

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nterior designer Charles Spada has never been flash-in-the-pan. Meticulous? Yes. Exacting? Check. A perfectionist? Certainly, ever since his earliest work as a fashion designer in New York. • The proof is on the page. The photos of this residence, designed twenty years ago and recently updated, show the timeless aspect of his work. • Sited at the mouth of the Connecticut River in Essex, Connecticut, and blessed with a wide view of Long Island Sound, the house was purchased in the 1980s by a couple keenly aware they would never want to leave. Nestled into privacy behind a well-groomed hedge, the lovely piece of land is hugged by gardenscapes and bordered by beautiful vistas. • Twenty years ago, Spada took the historic house down to its very roots and then built upon them with stately columns, moldings and trim. Window casings were outfitted with broad-shouldered frames, leaving the views exposed. The fireplace mantel in the living room took on a broken geometry grounded in period Dutch influences. The renovation turned a porch into a library that looked ages old and created a serene master suite in what were probably once maids’ quarters. • Spada reversed the direction of the staircase, expanding the gracious feel of the foyer while adding a hint of intrigue by giving visitors a framed view of the garden outside. Walls were redone in plaster, woodwork painted in white with a perfect sheen. • So when the clients called recently, it wasn’t to talk about major renovations—everything had been done right the first time— they just wanted a little refresher now that two decades had exerted their wear-and-tear on fabrics and finishes. A new stone floor for the porch on the back of the house just off the breakfast area and kitchen might be nice, too, they thought. • “What you see is essentially what was done twenty years ago,” says

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Elegant simplicity reigns in the living room wth a George Bruestle painting and a host of green-hued fabrics. Spada recovered all the existing furnishings and added a rug from Steven King under the coffee table.


Spada. “They’re the sort of clients every designer should have at least once in their life. They’re very smart about it,” he says of the well-traveled couple who make this house their primary residence. This was not a house that needed a major facelift. The bones, the plaster walls, the floors of light wood and the antique furnishings had all held up to the highest standards. But with a few changed fabrics, a few cued colors, the house was brought into the twenty-first century. “I’m a very classic decorator,” says Spada, “but it’s clean and updated.” The sunlight streaming through the purposely unadorned windows in the living room had left the upholstery faded. Spada used that fact as an opportunity to scrub the space of its vibrant jewel-toned chintz in favor of a palette of more demure greens. Off came the chocolate linen covering the pair of Louis XVI armchairs and on went cool stried silk chartreuse. An armchair’s large floral pattern was switched out for a more muted woven green fabric, rounding out a range of greens in linens, silks and cottons. It signals the slightest departure from today’s requisite palette of beige to evoke serenity, picking up—subtly—on the colors of the outdoors. A rug from Steven King now sits under the custom glass-topped coffee table Spada had designed on the first go-around. “The rug has all the colors of the 66 New England Home July/August 2010


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room in it, reduced by a 1,000 percent,” the designer says. “I’m not one for making it look like a patchwork quilt,” he says of the subdued patterns and colors on fabrics throughout the house. Across from the downy sofa an intricate molding design plays out above and surrounding the fireplace. The inviting club chair and ottoman covered in green flecked with a rhubarb-hued dot lies in wait of an eager magazine reader. The fireplace design was the result of Spada’s research on the connection between the American period moldings and Dutch moldings. “After much research I incorporated a Dutch-American facet to it,” he says. On the opposite end of the room, framed intaglios—long a Spada signature—float on wires hanging from picture molding rods behind a grand piano. Two flame-stitch-covered chairs from the Netherlands embrace an eighteenth-century Italian commode with a carefully placed mirror of the same era above it. Many of the home’s antiques were handpicked by Spada on his extensive travels for clients and his Boston Design Center showroom, Antiques on 5, and have only improved with age. “A point I’ve said many times before: you cut corners and it shows in a year or two,” says Spada. “We want quality. We don’t want to be aggravated with having to do over anything. Quality needs to be 68 New England Home July/August 2010


The dining table extends in front of the faux-ďŹ nished console to seat more than a dozen people. Facing page top: The breakfast room sits just off the kitchen and, like the living room, forgoes window treatments. Facing page bottom: The stone ďŹ&#x201A;oor on the porch was added during the recent updates to the rest of the house.

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stressed. The amount of money spent on achieving a ‘look’ is just wasted.” That said, the library, painted the color of a ready-to-pick French string bean during the original renovation, retains its vibrant hue. There was no sense in meddling with it. New curtains in Italian silk hang at the windows. The dining room floor, painted to look like period inlay, was repainted in the same fashion, as was the checkerboard-painted floor in the foyer in front of the staircase. The master suite got a striking new rug, again from Steven King, that pulls together all the blues, greens and taupes from the linen-covered headboard and the custom bedding by Muse. “It’s all very carefully selected,” the designer says. “I don’t like beds that aren’t custom made. I like custom upholstery headboards.” Amid the simple elegance of the design, one finds whimsy in the form of a sweet pink room once used by the couple’s children for sleepovers. Twin beds now wear new layers of quilts and linen-covered headboards, sheer curtains hang at the windows, and a grasscloth rug is a fresh new touch for the floor. Spada placed a milking stool in its original paint at the end of each bed. “There’s a playfulness and practicality to them,” he says of the stools, which he envisioned holding wet towels. “I found them in that color. I rarely tamper with things like that. I don’t want it to all look new. I like that they look like they have a relationship with the house.” Like the house, Spada says his own style has evolved. “My work has become more refined, better edited and I am more self-assured in my approach to design,” he says. “I saw the changes as a simple update, a change of fabrics and new colors, something different after twenty years. However, if I could have found the original fabrics I would have used them again.” For Spada—and the couple lucky enough to call this home—when you choose to do it right, the more the things change, the more they stay the same. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 144.

To see more of this home, tune in to NECN’s New England Dream House Sunday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. Host Jenny Johnson and Stacy Kunstel, homes editor for New England Home, will take viewers on a tour. The show will also air July 18 at 7:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on July 19, July 22 and 27 and August 4. You can also see the story on line on www.nedreamhouse.com starting July 18

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Waterfront Revival A makeover opening both house and landscape to spectacular ocean views gives a Rhode Island getaway a whole new outlook. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRIA GIOVAN • ARCHITECTURE: THOMAS CATALANO • INTERIOR DESIGN: FOTENE DEMOULAS AND JILL DIAMANDIS, FOTENE DESIGN • BUILDER: L.H.S. CONSTRUCTION • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: JOHN GROVE, REED HILDERBRAND ASSOCIATES

What’s not to love about a house that stretches languidly across its waterfront lot, its shingles weathering to a soft gray in the salt air, its windows taking in views of a lush lawn that ends in a rocky cliff above the ocean? The family that makes this Middletown, Rhode Island, home their getaway initially planned to do little more than redecorate to suit their tastes. But, as so often happens once a project gets started, one thing led to another. Before long, a whole team—architect, designer and landscape architect—had come together to take the already appealing house to a whole new level of style. Boston-based interior designer Fotene Demoulas puts it succinctly: “The client asked me to help her pick colors. It turned into much more than that.” • With two young children and an extended family that enjoys visiting, the husband and wife aimed for a carefree ambience. “They wanted it to be comfortable, clean and simple,” Demoulas says. • They also wanted to give the house a stronger sense of connection to its spectacular site. As attractive as the property was, it seemed designed for seclusion rather than celebration. Trees lining the property offered plenty of privacy but obscured the views and kept the sun from finding its way inside. • Architect Thomas Catalano reworked the fenestration on the back of the house, putting in taller windows and adding three sets of tall glass doors along the ex-

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Clockwise from above: Architect Thomas Catalano designed the outdoor kitchen. The lawn slopes down to a rocky shelf. Grove designed a number of terraces, this one at the head of the steps leading to the beach. The active family loves outdoor games, including bocce. Catalano installed larger windows and taller doors to bring more light into the house.


Designer Fotene Demoulas pulled blues, greens and creams from the living room rug in choosing drapery and upholstery fabrics. She added the coffers to the ceiling and ďŹ eldstone around the ďŹ replace for a less formal look.


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“I wanted to open the house to the outside and give it the same natural feel that the exterior has.”

terior walls of the dining and living rooms to frame the views. He also put on a new roof of red cedar that does a better job of integrating the house with its site than did the old asphalt-shingle roof. With children and frequent guests, plenty of space for play was in order. Catalano designed an addition with a three-car garage on the first floor and a spacious family/game/media room above. The addition, tucked in behind an existing solarium, is such a perfect match for the shingled, gable-roofed house that it looks like part of the original structure. Inside, cherry-paneled walls and furnishings in jewel tones (including a red-felt-topped game table) bring both energy and intimacy to the large space. A sitting area is anchored by a fireplace with a red-brick firebox and a surround and mantel of local fieldstone. A large flat-screen TV cleverly hides in the ceiling, ready to drop down for viewing. One corner of the room holds a handsome bar area outfitted in cherry cabinetry and a nickelplated countertop and backsplash.

Back in the main part of the house, Demoulas worked to create the kind of casual warmth her clients wanted. The front entry was already gracious, with its door adorned and surrounded by stained-glass windows. To play off the pattern in the glass and bring warmth to the white-painted space, Demoulas chose a rug with a mosaic motif and a sideboard with bone and wood inlays. She redesigned the living room and dining area, removing pillars that had conferred a too-formal feel, adding coffers to the ceiling and surrounding the fireplace with fieldstone. “I wanted to open the house to the outside and give it the same natural feel that the exterior has,” she says. Rugs from Yayla Tribal Rugs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, form the basis for the palette in the living and dining areas, where blues, burgundies, beiges and creams predominate, punched up here and there with bits of burnt orange. “It’s a year-round palette,” the designer notes, “because the family uses the house more than in just the summer.” In the dining room, a Japanese tansu holds the dishes July/August 2010 New England Home 81


The addition is such a perfect match for the house that it looks like part of the original structure.

and linens that go on the clean-lined, transitional Milling Road dining table at mealtimes. Casual dining takes place in the new breakfast room Catalano built off the kitchen. The biggest transformation off all took place outside, where John Grove, an associate with the Watertown, Massachusetts, landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand, oversaw a complete redesign of the site. A driveway that sliced the property up the middle was shifted to one side, where it now ends in a pea stone court. Grove removed the dozens of evergreen and deciduous trees that closed in the yard, replacing them with a series of smaller stands of trees to create areas of sun and shade. “We tried to relax the property a little,” Grove explains. “The dense planting made the site feel very tight. We wanted to bring it back to the more agrarian landscape that was typical of the area.” On the street side, he planted tulip poplar, maples and oaks, while on the water side, honey locust predominates. “The honey locust can tolerate the salt spray,” Grove notes. “There are two microclimates here—the street side and the 82 New England Home July/August 2010

ocean side are very different.” In the expansive backyard, Grove devised a series of bluestone terraces that offer the family and guests all sorts of options for relaxation and play. The large main terrace stretches across the living and dining area, while off the kitchen, another good-sized terrace holds the Catalano-designed outdoor kitchen along with dining and sitting areas. Walkways lead to yet another terrace, this one set up to let people watch the action at the bocce court. “The landscape draws you outside now,” Grove says. “The family is active, they like to entertain, and the design now suits the way they live.” Indeed, with its seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces, the redesigned property suits its family to a tee. Every space, inside and out, is imbued with the kind of casual comfort the owners craved. The project may have grown far bigger than the family anticipated, but in the end, they have so much more to love. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 144.


Light, bright and efficient describes the kitchen with its myriad windows and plentiful storage. Facing page left: In the spacious family room, the ceiling hides the flat-screen TV, which drops down for viewing. Facing page right: A downstairs bathroom takes on the feel of a shipboard head with its floor-to-ceiling paneling.


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he cedar shingles that wrap this small Nantucket house have only just begun their slow fade to silvery gray. A neat white gate sits tucked into a tall straight hedge, behind which dozens of pink and white blooms vie for attention while an American flag flutters lazily in the saltwater-laced breeze. Adirondack chairs recline on the lawn, basking in the warm summer sun. A large back deck offers plenty of seating for impromptu fêtes and visiting friends. • At first glance the house is a vision, the epitome of casual coastal living. But the newly renovated home was not always so picture perfect: the original post-and-beam house had windows too small to capture outdoor views or afternoon light, and the yard was nothing more than untended scrub. It was on the market for years, in need of a vi-


Every piece of furniture, artwork and accessory in the house has been collected and cherished over the years by owners Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The decoration came as second nature,â&#x20AC;? says Bierly.


The living room—anchored by a black-and-white cotton dhurrie rug—is resplendent in its simplicity with white walls and white-fabric furniture accented by the owners’ collection of books and Americana. “We’re simple, not complicated,” says Drake, “and we have a festive air about us and I think that also describes the house.”


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Part of the kitchen opens to the dining area, letting hosts and guests interact during dining preparations; above the fireplace, six black crow decoys stand at attention in front of framed mixed-media artwork by Mellie Cooper. Facing page: Bierly, Drake and their dog, Speedo, relax in their yard, once filled with scrub but now beautifully landscaped. “It was a two-part adventure, clearing the scrub and creating a series of gardens and varying lawns around the house,” says Bierly.


sionary to coax out its natural charm. Who better than the renowned design team of Bierly-Drake? Though Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake have made a reputation for themselves by creating elegantly refined interiors for many of New England’s elite, they left formality at the door when reimagining this house as their own relaxed island home. The duo bought their first house on Nantucket twenty-five years ago, an intown cottage that, at a mere 430 square feet, was smaller than most local hotel suites. But both wanted to invest in a real home on the island, in a lifestyle. They soon outgrew that first tiny cottage and, over the years, moved several times around Nantucket before they began craving a place to set down more permanent roots. “We wanted to have a little more land in a more rural environment closer to the ocean,” says Drake. Still, they weren’t looking to build a grand house for posterity, full of formal rooms they didn’t need. They knew they wanted something casual, comfortable. “Too many people build a house that’s too big and they never use it,” says Bierly. “We just wanted a house for us—for two guys and a dog.” When Bierly and Drake first stepped inside the small square house, they looked past its imperfections and saw only possibilities. “We walked into the space and closed our eyes and could see it completed,” recalls Drake. “I knew exactly where I wanted everything to go,” adds Bierly. It was a labor of love they gladly undertook. Working with builder John DaSilva, the team tore down interior and exterior walls, moving the kitchen from the north side of the house to the southwest corner and relocating all the rooms on the first floor. They also reworked the facade, adding more expansive windows and a spacious back deck to capture breathtaking vistas of the lawn and ocean beyond. A fourteen-footsquare cupola perches atop the roof and offers 360-degree views of the island and Nantucket Sound. Rather than dividing much of the interior into separate rooms, public spaces on the first floor—the living room, dining area and kitchen—all blend into each other under a high, knocked-out ceiling that gives the house an airy, loft-like feel. “It’s more about enjoying the volume of space and less about the formality of living,” says Bierly. “The fireplace is not in the living room—it backs up to the kitchen island, and so what? We didn’t want to design the house around the fireplace when it wouldn’t suit our use, so now it’s merely a backdrop in one part of the kitchen area.”

They left formality at the door when reimagining this house as their own relaxed island home.

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The eleven-foot-long dining table is headed by antique Orkney chairs and lined with oldfashioned bamboo directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chairs. Above, a shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ladder leads to the rooftop cupola. Facing page top: A white owl decoy and artwork by Jesse Howard accent the kitchen, which is tucked into a far corner. Facing page bottom: Foyer walls are meant to resemble a black-and-white quilt, playing off the redand-white-striped quilt-covered chair.


The second-floor library overlooks the living room. Facing page top: A column-turned-nightstand adds an architectural element to the master bedroom. Facing page bottom: A Pucci mannequin stacked with brightly colored bowties and belts adds a touch of whimsy to the owners’ otherwise informal attire. “You have to have a sense of humor when you live on Nantucket,” says Drake. “You can’t take life too seriously.”


“What we do for a living as designers and architects, we did here for ourselves,” says Drake. “We have this adage that you have to build a body before you can put clothes on it—the house has to function first before you can decorate it.” No buying trips or client approvals were required to furnish this home: they already had everything they needed. Each treasured item of furniture, antique, artwork and accessory that Bierly and Drake have collected over the years has moved as often as its owners. “The pieces in the house have been with us since we’ve been on the island,” says Bierly. “We didn’t add anything; they move with us and get relocated and find new homes and new places.” A column that was used to hold ship models in the dining room of the last house is now positioned next to the master bed, the perfect nightstand. Two antique red French tea caddies have become twin lamps in the upstairs library. A set of five brass garden hose nozzles gets prime placement on a cabinet in the foyer. Throughout the house, everyday objects are elevated to art. White walls don’t feel stark or cold, but become a canvas for the owners’ eclectic collection of colorful Americana—Ozarks folk art, duck decoys, an old-fashioned gameboard, antique quilts, a Nantucket basket that belonged to Drake’s mother, wooden bowling pins, a sign from an old general store—Bierly and Drake know the provenance of every piece. Stacks of books are not just accessories, but beloved art and design tomes that have been read and re-read. For all its quiet sophistication, the house still feels like a “shoes off ” kind of place; nothing feels untouchable. And though they did build this house just “for two guys and a dog,” the couple loves to entertain and the small forty-by-forty-foot house can still hold a crowd; during one summer party, rain drove all 200 guests inside and everyone fit comfortably. An eleven-foot-long trestle dining table can accommodate an intimate dinner for two or seating up to fourteen. Outside, the landscape is resplendent with rosa rugosa, hydrangeas, peonies, dogwoods and ornamental cherry trees. A rolling green lawn dusted with fragrant lavender offers plenty of open space for the owners’ beloved golden retriever, Speedo, to roam and run. For most people, it would be hard to envision a time when the grounds were nothing but scrub—“There wasn’t a blade of grass on the two acres!” says Drake—but visionaries like Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake could see it all along, and can see themselves living happily here for many years to come. •

For all its quiet sophistication, the house still feels like a “shoes off ” kind of place.

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Creative Art Furniture Stephen Staples and his artisans handcraft creative art furniture made from reclaimed materials salvaged from many sources. “The past comes alive in our furniture as we breathe new life into the boards, presenting the old patina, rich with color and texture, displaying a character unmatched by any artificial means,” says Staples. “Clients also love our pieces because of the stories the wood tells. Every imperfection in the wood is celebrated rather than discarded.” Since the early 1980s, Staples’s creations have been branded, paper labeled, signed and dated and then Staples adds his subtle signet mark. For more information, check out his “Farm Table Buying Guide” on his Web site under Information/Tips and Tricks. www.creativeartfurniture.com

Crown Point Cabinetry Crown Point Cabinetry handcrafts the finest quality custom cabinetry for the entire home. Period styles include Shaker, Arts & Crafts, early American, Victorian, transitional and contemporary. Finishes include the eco-friendly Estate Eggshell paints from Farrow & Ball as well as Genuine OldFashioned Milk Paint. Your cabinetry can be designed and built from FSC-certified lumber or any of our vintage or reclaimed wood species. All custom, available direct, nationwide. www.crown-point.com

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are beginning to understand that you may pay more per square foot but the payback is significantly lower operating costs.” Marketing a green home is different, too, requiring more consumer education. Log on to You Tube to see a video DiMeco made showing the re-greening process. “People have really responded to this kind of marketing, because you see the home while it’s still in studs and can understand how it was done. Once the walls are in, you can’t see the air sealing process.” The energy efficiency trend and a desire to be more earth friendly are motivating factors in Connecticut, too. “People are concerned about the environment and energy costs and they love it when I point out those details, such as thermal windows, multi zones, glass that will absorb and release heat, all those things,” says Allison Lundie of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance in Washington Depot, Connecticut. “So now I put those buzzwords, like Energy Star appliances, in the marketing copy, because it does attract interest.” She has a listing for a passive solar home in Roxbury that has drawn interest from both greenies and traditional home buyers. It has solar panels for hot water and was built with passive solar techniques, positioned on the lot to take advantage of the sun’s energy. On the inside, moveable water columns gather the sun’s heat by day and dissipate it through the slate floor by night to balance the home’s temperature in the winter. In the summer when the sun is higher in the sky, roof overhangs shield the windows from its stronger rays. “Some prospects come specifically because of its green elements. Others come because they like the area and are completely confused by the passive solar idea and the water columns, but once I explain it all


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First Rugs It doesn’t get much more “green” than natural, undyed wool right off the sheep! Of course, if you really want to see green—or red, or blue or gold, for that matter—First Rugs can add in some natural, vegetal dyes to give you all of the green or any other color your heart desires! Thick, plush or sleek, finer weave, natural or vibrant, you’ll love snuggling up in the comfort of nature the way it should be. Thousands of hand-knotted wool and silk rugs are available at First Rugs in Acton and Danvers and at www.firstrugs.com.

LaBarge Homes LaBarge Homes, a general contracting business specializing in custom homes, has been providing high-quality green building, hurricane-resistant construction and Energy Star-rated homes since 1996. LaBarge, an NAHB Certified Green Professional, uses Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) to create beautiful homes that honor all architectural styles while providing an energy-efficient environment, with greater design flexibility, comfort and aesthetic advantages than conventional construction. Insulated Concrete Form construction provides structural stability and a healthier living environment while reducing energy consumption by approximately 40 percent. While ideal for high-wind oceanfront home sites, ICF can be used for all energy-efficient homes, additions and pools. www.labargehomes.com

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and the energy savings something clicks and they find it very interesting,” she reports. Lundie is also on the Litchfield County Board of Realtors Green Committee, which recently held a Living Green Home Show focused on green products and technologies. “People are looking for ways to incorporate green elements into their homes; there are a lot of new products out there to accomplish that and incentives to offset cost. I think all of those factors have sparked interest.” Rebates and tax credits are available for energy-efficient building elements throughout the home, from top (roofs that resist heat gain) to bottom (geothermal heat pumps) and everywhere in between (insulation systems). You can find a comprehensive list of tax credits on www.nahb.org. The trend extends to New Hampshire, where Judi Farr is a Certified EcoBroker and NAR Certified Green Professional in Bedford. “Green building is not mainstream in New Hampshire yet— builders and remodelers are being pushed into it by those consumers who are doing their research and looking for green products. The main reason is more energy efficiency; 70 percent of people I see asking about green are concerned with energy cost first, then sustainability. They’re worried about how they can have an affordable home and not hurt the environment,” she says. There are other reasons to buy green, Farr says, and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has outlined six different shades of green to describe buyers and their motivation. From Economizers (those interested in saving on home operating costs) to the Eco-Chic (those interested in the status and prestige of green living) and Idealists (those who feel living green is a social responsibility), it’s the Realtor’s job to know what differ-


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Pellettieri Associates, Inc. Protecting water quality is essential to sustaining the health of our environment. From shoreline restoration to capturing parking lot runoff, Pellettieri Associates has been a leader in implementing sustainable/green technologies that capture, filter and infiltrate runoff on all of their projects. With extensive knowledge of Best Management Practices (BMPs), LEED Certified design, rain gardens and pervious paving technologies, Pellettieri Associates takes great pride in providing innovative design solutions that exceed industry standards. www.pellettieriassoc.com

RiverBend & Company RiverBend & Company focuses on all types of high-quality appliances including Miele dishwashers, which are exceptionally quiet, durable and environmentally friendly—using as little as 1.2 gallons of water per cycle. “Miele products are high quality and very green,” says Donna Spanos, co-owner. “We feel good about selling these appliances because they are good for the environment. Their energy savings, longer lifespan and their higher level of performance ultimately result in fewer replacement costs for either the appliance itself or the items you put in it.” RiverBend offers qualitative consultations to define the right products for the lifestyle needs of its clients. www.riverbendandcompany.com

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ent green standards mean and match clients with the right home. That could get easier in New Hampshire soon. “The stricter 2009 International Energy Compliance Code was adopted by New Hampshire and went into effect April 1. That will play heavily into future construction—there are all sorts of specs for new homes that are considerably different than a home built just last year,” says Farr.

& Building Green nDesigning Building codes are playing a large part in giving green homes a higher profile, says builder Dean Chongris, owner of Ecologics Construction in Andover, Massachusetts. That town just passed a building code more stringent than the state’s that will push builders to update their practices. “When you get into a town like Andover, they want to be one of the leading green towns in the area, and we get a lot more help and support on the municipal level in terms of zoning and incentives. I’ve built green homes in other towns, but we didn’t get as much support as we would have liked,” he says. “The way I explain it is, we’re not driving around in 1960s cars, so why are we cutting up land and building houses with the same practices we had in 1960?” Conforming to existing zoning has led to inefficient land use, Chongris says. Instead of three large homes on three one-acre lots with big lawns, better to build smaller units with five homes on five onethird-acre lots, leaving the remaining land around it left undisturbed as a buffer. As a specialist in Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) homes, Chongris finds those who are already committed to green principles are the ones Continued on page 114


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Green Solution: Reuse as many pieces of the old building as possible, use locally sourced materials, integrate both solar thermal and solar photovoltaics, incorporate energy-efficient design elements such as a tight building envelope, and site the home to take advantage of passive solar. The Buildings: Unfortunately, the original farmhouse that had occupied the site since 1788 had deteriorated significantly and the structure could not be saved. It was carefully deconstructed in order to reuse as many of the old materials as possible. A 6,000square-foot, three-bedroom, threebath home with an attached barn was designed to replace it. “The homeowners came to us because they wanted to do the project as green as possible, but also wanted to maintain architectural quality, which some green homes tend to lose a little bit,” says lead architect Shannon Alther. “For instance, when 112

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you add solar panels on a roof it can be tricky, you can tell they were added. So for the panels on the barn roof, we adjusted the trim and how the panels sat on the roof so from the ground it looked like the panels were actually the plane of the roof.” Sustainable Design and Materials : A high-efficiency solar photovoltaic array was installed on an animal shed to provide all the home’s electricity needs. The solar thermal panels on the entire south-facing portion of the barn roof supply domestic hot water and heat. The solar-heated water is stored in tanks in the basement, ready to be circulated throughout the home in a radiant heat flooring system. The key design element was an extremely efficient building with a double-stud wall system and foam insulation. Triple-pane windows on the north and south sides of the building reduced thermal loss, the house was oriented due south to take advantage of passive solar options. The flooring, bathtubs, soapstone sinks, backsplashes, hardware, doorknobs and granite from the original

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farmhouse all played a significant role in the new residence. The beams were reused in the kitchen, adding to the New England farmhouse aesthetic. New materials were locally sourced from within 100 miles. To reduce off-gassing and unhealthy air quality, paints and finishes were low VOC (volatile organic compounds). The Result: The home successfully pays homage to the original farmhouse, synthesizing old-world values and modern technology to show that sustainability can be beautiful.


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S+H Construction S+H Construction offers sustainable remodeling backed by a full-service, award-winning general contracting company with more than thirty years of experience. Their Green Building Program partners with designers and clients on a range of projects, from kitchens inspired by sustainability to LEED-certified new or renovated homes. The team integrates green practices with years of professional experience in high-end comfort, high-end durability, historic restoration and cutting-edge building technology. The Renewable Energy Division designs and installs solar and geothermal systems and offers energy management consulting. The Landscape and Sitework division offers sustainable elements such as permeable pavement, shade tree installation and rainwater harvesting systems. The first LEED-certified hospice in Massachusetts is shown here. www.shconstruction.com

TMS Architects TMS Architects is proud of their decades-long commitment to sustainable design and can guide you through the process of incorporating green practices into your renovation, addition or new construction. TMS is committed to conserving resources, preserving natural habitats and utilizing building practices that have an immediate positive result on a building’s performance. They focus on energy conservation, site selection and indigenous plant materials, waste recycling and water conservation. They will work with you to choose building materials that add to the overall sustainability of the project and improve indoor air quality by using low volatile organic chemicals (VOC) in paint, adhesives and carpeting. www.tmsarchitects.com

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who seek him out. But he gets an even bigger kick when someone who wasn’t looking for green buys one of his homes because they just like the design and quality. “I feel it’s a huge win whenever I sell one of my houses to someone who would not have typically built or bought green, because they don’t realize that forever and ever that house will use less energy than if it was built with conventional methods. But once they live in it and get their first miniscule gas bill, their eyes are opened to sustainable practices.” Architects Peter Feinmann and Kert Heinecke of Feinmann Inc. in Lexington, Massachusetts, agree that the green movement is still in its nascent stage, but that adopting stricter building codes will help. Some towns’ codes require a rigorous independent energy audit and a blower door test to identify air leaks and certify the home’s energy performance according to Energy Star’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS). A 70 on the HERS scale indicates that a home is approximately 30 percent more energy efficient than a typical new home built to code. The ultimate goal is to get to 0—a netzero energy home. “I think the stricter codes and government mandate will force us to start integrating energy efficiency into everything we build, from homes to rental units, raising the bar and asking for performance-based results. It’s a big shift in the industry,” Feinmann says. Sustainability has been a part of Feinmann’s approach for years, particularly working with foam insulation such as Icynene to air seal homes. Not only does it provide superior insulating to keep conditioned air in, it also keeps dust, allergens and pollutants out, creating


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a healthier indoor environment. “It’s part of our process to look at a remodel project as a whole, see where a house is as a baseline and then integrate energy efficiency into the approach. There are certain things we can do as a matter of course without impacting the budget,” Heinecke adds. They have a three-step process they hope will catch on to help their clients understand what’s most important for the biggest payback: air seal, insulate, then upgrade things like windows and heating systems. It’s an education process. Cutting down consumption first by not wasting energy has a bigger payback than installing a solar panel on the roof of a traditionally built house, Heinecke says. As an example, Feinmann points out a 700-square-foot addition they built last year. By installing Icynene insulation just in the addition, they reduced air flow in the entire house by 40 percent.

Future nA InGreen the future, Farr hopes all homes for sale will use the HERS performance rating, much like radon tests, which are now automatic. “If you’re looking at a 1903 Victorian home that has been energy retrofitted versus a 1970s era home that has not, which is the better buy? The consumer needs to know how to fairly compare homes, and the performance rating is a good benchmark. It’s good for the buyer to understand why paying a premium price is worth it and for the seller to help market their home,” Farr explains. “That’s already standard practice in Europe,” Chongris says. “There, the very first line on the listing sheet—before the address and price—is the energy performance rating. It’s a trend we hope will cross the pond.” •


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dence street. A trellis of concord grapes behind a suburban Boston Victorian. A battered trunk in an island cottage off Portland, Maine. Certain things can trigger memories so powerful they bring water to the eyes of grown men. These are the scents, sounds and spaces that transport us to childhood like the freshly baked madeleines in Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. What will happen to these memory triggers in this new post-recessionary economy? Now that we’ve been duly chastened for our faith in upward-spiraling real estate values, will all these whimsies fall by the wayside? Much has changed forever. Priorities need to be set and budgets met. As history has shown, designers and architects have acted as the first line of defense in this regard. Even in the most prosperous times they have proven to be critical partners in setting priorities and hierarchies, presenting options and trade-offs. Right now, the design community is redoubling its efforts to add value. Still, we forecast the reemergence of the design equivalent of Proust’s madeleines—triggers that satisfy the emotions—without necessarily requiring an application for a second mortgage. • • • The French-Italian designer Nathalie Ducrest, now of 122 New England Home July/August 2010

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, has retained the Paris-born perfumer Marc Henri, who now lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, to compose a custom home scent for a client. “In France a woman feels totally undressed without perfume. In general, women and men wear a lot more perfume than here in the States. It leaves a trace throughout their homes,” Ducrest says. A Glade Plug-In won’t quite suit the kind of luxurious home Ducrest is becoming known Nathalie Ducrest for. Henri will start the custom design process with a questionnaire before reaching for his blue bottles of bergamot, sandalwood and lavender. What scents from childhood do you remember? Summer rain on Providence pavement’s got to be a big seller. • • • Childhood wouldn’t be complete without lying on the rug some summer afternoon watching the rosettes in a chandelier catch fire as the sun makes its way west. “But the chandelier’s really got to fit the space,” says designer William Hodgins. “When it’s too small it really doesn’t work.” Hodgins and his assistant, Penny Matteson, were heading to New York to find just the right one for a client. “Our favorite is an original from H.M. Luther, but it may just be too small—and for $150,000 it’s got to be right.” • • • Few architects are as agile at balancing dreams and dollars as John DaSilva of Polhemus Savery DaSilva in Chatham on the Cape. A project in Chatham’s historic district was on hold for ten years, “but finally the family just found their original house bursting at the seams,” he says. “Our first schematic for the new house showed only a terrace with no porch to help conform to the budget. They lived with those drawings for a while, but in the end came to the conclusion that outdoor living and a covered John DaSilva porch was really, really important. And, of course, something like that is significantly more money, but well worth it.” Doubtless, freshly baked madeleines will find their way to this porch a summer or two from now. • • • Designers at the rosy dawn of their careers wisely seek out mentors such as Jody Trail of Sudbury, Massachusetts. But only so many make the grade. “I knew Sarah McGuire was the real thing when we were doing a shoot for a house on the Cape,” Trail says. “Sarah just chased the people off the beach so we could do the house. ‘Shoo, shoo, shoo’ she said, and it worked!” Boston-based McGuire and Trail and have since teamed up on Decor Kit, an online program that lets budgetminded clients get help decorating their houses. Fill out a questionnaire, send in pictures of the room you want to re-do, and Trail and McGuire send you a design plan. “Now that


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Domino magazine is gone, young people are desperate. They know their spaces aren’t coming together and feel stuck,” says Trail. • • • The intoxicating fragrance of summer rain on city pavement is hardly exclusive to Providence. And it’s drawing emptynesters in droves to high-end projects such as Boston’s Intercontinental, the Mandarin and Four Seasons, as well as to townhouses in the South End, Back Bay and Beacon Hill. To describe the ins and outs, designer Leslie Fine of Boston teamed up with architect Douglas Dick of LDa Architects in Cambridge and builder Allison Perry Iantosca of FH Perry in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on a panel at this year’s BSA Residential Show. Dick summed up working Allison Perry Iantosca in these tight urban spaces as a “mad shuffle.” Just try moving a sprinkler situated in the center of a foyer awaiting the arrival of a chandelier. Get plans approved. Shut off all water on floor. Alert neighbors. Get inspectors over same day as installation. • • • Wallpaper is making a comeback, triggering many a childhood memory: for one homeowner it was how the peacock and pagoda patterns were lit by passing cars as she fell asleep, almost like a dream. “Bold wallpapers on the ceiling are hot,” says designer Susan Shulman of West Newton, Massachusetts. Designer Penny Daborn of Portland, Maine, agrees about the wallpaper comeback, noting the post-recessionary exuberance of citrus green and peacock blue on her latest color boards. • • • Don’t all oak floors look the same? There are only a certain number of finishes. If there’s a childhood memory attached it’s usually about splinters or spilt milk. But not anymore, according to Medfield architect David Sharff, who is in the midst of fusing two chopped-up Back Bay condos into a streamlined big one for a growing family. “The floors are a new product from Italy we found at Paris Ceramics in the Boston Design Center, manufactured by Itlas,” he says. “It’s a thickly veneered oak over plywood, a completely engineered product so we knew the finish would look just like the sample.” Sharff is part of a team that includes interior designer Amy McFadden and one of


Back Bay’s preferred builders, Rick Cantelli of C-Concept. • • • Surely, for some toddler a madeleine will prove mighty tasty eaten right off those imported boards. Hard-headed, dollars and cents advisers may wince and harrumph while unfurling their spreadsheets. But, fortunately, homeowners have equally sagacious voices in their corner. If anything, their architects and designers have become even more skilled at resolving the perplexities of future investment value with the fondest remembrances of things past. •

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What makes an interior sexy? Some of us might envision a four-poster bed with cupid finials and goosedown everything. But sexy can be something else, at least to one of the jurors of the BSA/AIA New York 2010 Housing Design Awards. Of Ruhl Walker’s winning Boston loft, the jurors’ Citation for Interior Design read: “This dwelling makes good use of previously undeveloped industrial space, and at least one of us found it nothing short of sexy . . .”

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Congratulations to Jack Parquette, who just became the new president of GerrityStone Design Center in Woburn, Massachusetts. GerrityStone’s granite reaches well beyond the common variety stuff: there you find hangars of fantastically patterned stone (not just granite) from all over the planet; stone that brings you back to the most violent beginnings of Earth, when boulders the size of Hummers sailed routinely through the air. Four hundred millennia later, the stone meets GerrityStone’s many technical innovations and stone cutting techniques. This year marks three decades in business for Laura and John Meyer, the designer and architect duo at the helm of Boston’s Meyer and Meyer Architecture and Interiors. TS sends warm wishes for a happy anniversary to the team, which has won numerous PRISM awards and a 2009 Best of Boston Architecture award. Studio Dunn, a woodworking shop in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, headed up by two RISD grads, is just getting started but recognition is already coming its way. The company was honored in May at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, winning an Editors Award as the year’s Best New Designer.

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Tour of Oak Bluffs Cottages Learn more about one of the Vineyard’s distinctive architectural landmarks, the diminutive Victorian cottages at the Camp Meeting Association grounds, a National Historic Landmark. The ninety-minute tours, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 10 a.m. during the season, include a visit to the Cottage Museum. Oak Bluffs, Mass.; (508) 693-0525; www.mvcma.org; $10

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Seaside Gardens Through July 10

Tour some of Rockport’s diverse private seaside gardens, many open to the public for the first time. The tour consists of ten stops and features fifteen gardens, each offering unique plantings and gardening styles. Perennials, refreshments and original art will be offered for sale at designated tour sites. Rockport, Mass., (978) 546-2250; www.rockportgarden club.org; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $25

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Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s 13th Annual Secret Garden Tour A walking tour of ten fragrant and visually stunning private gardens in Provincetown. Guests are led through hidden stone paths and crooked wooden walkways into borders and beds of specimen plants, common and exotic flowers and lush greenery. Free parking, shuttle service and tour book. Proceeds benefit PAAM exhibitions and educational programs. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Mass.; (508) 487-1750; www.paam.org; 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; $30 Brimfield Antiques Show

10 Art in the Garden Through July 11

The Seacoast Fine Art & Gift Market brings their luxury handcrafted event to the exquisite grounds of Churchill’s Gardens; shop amongst New Englandbased craftsmen and artists as they exhibit fine crafts, custom furniture, original art, garden decor and more. On Saturday evening, enjoy music, food

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Nantucket Summer Kitchens Tour Sponsored by the Nantucket Preservation Trust, the tour features historic homes and kitchens on Union Street in Nantucket. The tour will focus on how homes can be sensitively updated and historic kitchens incorporated into everyday life. Nantucket, Mass.; (508) 228-1387; www.nantucketpreservation .org; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $45 Lakeside Living Expo Through July 18

The Lakeside Living Expo invites you to a celebration of lake homes, Adirondack

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Boston (617) 859-7222 www.chasegallery.com Summer Show July 1–31 Select new work by a number of gallery artists

Quidley & Company Nantucket (508) 228-4300 www.quidleyandco.com Anthony Panzera July 9–21 A series of works examines the sea and coastline of Nantucket, a subject that has inspired and captivated Anthony Panzera since 1978 Sean Beavers August 20–31 Sean Beavers is rapidly gaining a national reputation for his take on contemporary realism

Through July 18

The largest antiques show in the country is actually a smorgasbord of about twenty privately run shows featuring more than 6,000 dealers spread out over a mile in this quaint Massachusetts town. Route 20, Brimfield, Mass.; www .brimfieldshow.com; starts at daybreak; check Web site for show admission prices

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Charlestown Gallery Charlestown, Rhode Island (401) 364-0120 www.charlestowngalleryri.com Antonia Tyz Peeples: Recent Paintings July 10–28 Recent work by Connecticut native Antonia Tyz Peeples, best known for her seascape paintings Man vs. Nature July 31–August 18 Paintings by Mark Freedman and Paula Martiesian

Greenhut Galleries Portland, Maine (888) 772-2693 www.greenhutgalleries.com John Whalley August 5–28 Hailed by critics as “an artist of painstaking precision whether working in oils, egg tempera, or graphite”

The Schoolhouse Gallery Provincetown (508) 487-4800 www.schoolhouseprovincetown.com Adam Davies August 6–25 Photographer Adam Davies explores urban and rural landscapes


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Calendar furniture and decor, boats and outdoor water sports adventure and more. More than 250 companies featuring 300 exhibits from around the Lakes Region, across the United States and Canada will feature their products and services. Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford, N.H.; (518) 479-3976; www.lakeside livingexpo.com; Fri. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $9

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Rock River Artists Open Studio Tour Through July 18

This annual self-guided tour explores the breathtaking scenery and artwork surrounding Newfane, Vermont. All within a twelve-mile radius, twenty world-class artists open up their homes, gardens and studios to the public for the weekend. Newfane, Vt., (802) 2589082; www.rockriverartists.com

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Old York Historical Society’s 21st Annual Designer Show House

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New England Dream House/New England Home Episode Join New England Dream House host Jenny Johnson and New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel for a tour of the Essex, Connecticut, home featured in this issue. The initial airing will be at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. It will also air at 3 p.m. on July 19, 22, 27 and August 4. You can see the story online at www .nedreamhouse.com starting July 18.

25th Annual Pops by the Sea Under the baton of maestro Keith Lockhart and a celebrity guest conductor, this fundraising concert usually draws a live audience of more than 15,000—the Cape’s largest single audience. Sit at VIP tables, festival seating or on the lawn to enjoy this magical afternoon event. Gates open at 1 p.m. with pre-show entertainment. Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis, Mass.; (508) 362-0066; www.artsfoundation.org; 5–7 p.m.; check Web site for pricing

This annual antiques show benefiting the island’s historical association is managed by the Antiques Council and draws high-end vendors from around the country. Bartlett’s Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Rd., Nantucket, Mass.; (508) 2281894 ext. 130; www.nha.org; preview party Thurs. 6–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $125 for preview, $15 for show

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The Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair Through August 15

More than 200 members of the League of New Hampshire will display their work at this popular fair. Almost every type of craft medium will be represented—furniture, jewelry, glass, pottery, prints, woodcarvings—along with daily demonstrations and workshops for all ages. Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H.; www.nhcrafts.org; (603)224-3375; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily; $10

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8th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show Through August 15

The only in-the-water event of its kind in the state, the show gathers some of the finest examples of Maine-built boats from rowing craft to sailboats and power yachts, as well as marine supplies, fine furnishings and home wares, art and jewelry, and a new area dedicated to sustainable living and design. Rockland, Maine, (207) 236-8622; www.maineboats .com/boatshow; Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $12

Nantucket Historical Association’s August Antiques Show

36th Annual VADA Antiques Show This year the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association has joined forces with the Green Mountain Antiques Show to present “The Best Antiques Vermont has to Offer,” with more than fifty-eight dealers exhibiting in room

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Join the Old York Historical Society as they visit Twin Cottage in York Harbor, chosen as this year’s show house. Interior designers have restored and decorated dozens of spaces throughout the house— making it a great place to discover new ideas. An opening night celebration will take place at the show house on Friday, July 16 (6–9 p.m.; $50 per ticket). 6 Starboard Lane, York Harbor, Maine; (207) 363-4974; www.oldyork.org; Mon., Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thurs. until 7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.–4 p.m.; $20

The fifty-third edition features sixtyeight dealers of high quality antiques— from folk art to fine porcelain, country and formal furniture to paintings and prints—who have set aside “new to market” merchandise in anticipation of this summer’s big event. The Center of New Hampshire Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H., (603) 585-9199; www .nhada.org; Thurs.–Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $10-$15, visitors under 30 free

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Fourth Annual Newport Antiques Show Through August 15

Newport Antiques Show celebrates its fourth year with and exhibit of scrimshaw and ivory pieces from the collections of the Newport Historical Society. More than forty of the industry’s finest dealers will showcase the best the antiques world has to offer to more than 2,500 visitors. Proceeds benefit both the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Club of Newport. Gala Preview on Friday, August 13 (6–9 p.m.; $100– $500 per ticket). Stephen P. Cabot and Archer Harman Ice Center, St. George’s School, Middletown, R.I., (401) 846-2669; www.newportantiquesshow.com; Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $12

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Antiques Show and Sale Browse a wide variety of furniture and artwork at this annual antiques show, held on the museum grounds. Falmouth Museums on the Green, 55 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, Mass.; (508) 548-4857; www.falmouthhistoricalsociety.org; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; check Web site for pricing •

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The Family Room: Sectional Sofas

• The perfect family room, envisioned by three area designers • Wish List: Susan Shulman shares some of her favorite resources • It’s Personal: Finds from the staff of New England Home

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DellaRobbia USA Sofa “A fantastic sofa for a big family. It’s modular, with a circular shape that lends itself to TV time, playing games or lively conversations. The extra-deep seats are perfect for curling up with Mom and Dad for story time. Add a durable, stain-resistant fabric and it’ll take anything a busy family can dish out!” FROM ITALIAN DESIGN, BROOKLINE, MASS., (617) 731-4222, WWW.ITALIAN-DESIGN.NET

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B&B Italia Charles Sectional “The super-contemporary Charles Sectional is so sleek and so unexpected for a media room, but the bigger surprise is that it’s oh-so-comfy. Once you’ve settled in for a movie you will never want to leave.” FROM MONTAGE, BOSTON, (617) 451-9400, WWW.MONTAGEWEB.COM

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Edie Sectional from Lee Industries “This is my favorite playroom/family room sectional because it is actually made up of two twin-size mattresses, making it perfect for lounging or sleepovers. I especially like the French mattress styling detail for the cushions.” FROM SIMPLY HOME, FALMOUTH, MAINE, (207) 781-5651, WWW.SIMPLYHOMEPAGE.COM

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Designer Linda Banks, who also owns the Simply Home retail shop, loves creating happy, livable and light-hearted family homes where children are welcome in every part of the house. Falmouth, Maine, (207) 781-5651, www.banksdesignassociates.com


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Lewis Mittman Media Unit “Who says media units have to be utilitarian looking? Add a bit of fun and glamour to your family room with this stunner. Your flat-screen TV and other equipment can go in the top, and games and toys can be stored in the bottom cabinets.” FROM THE MARTIN GROUP, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 951-2526, WWW.MARTINGROUPINC.COM

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Oscar de la Renta Credenza “I never like to use a media cabinet that actually looks like a media cabinet. This Chinese-style credenza is so much more fun. The detail on the latches is like jewelry and can make a media room a bit more interesting. It’s available in a number of custom finishes and colors.” FROM CENTURY FURNITURE, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-0501, WWW.CENTURYFURNITURE.COM

Ana Donohue’s selections for the family room reflect her own penchant for creating spaces with a unique, unexpected style. Melrose, Mass., (617) 331-2663, www.anadonohueinteriors.com 136 New England Home July/August 2010

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Sarreid Wall Unit “This ultraflexible display and storage cabinet has a subtle weathered finish and an air of industrial chic. Suitable to display a TV, books or collections, or great for office use. I love the open, airy feel.” FROM SIMPLY HOME


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Qashqai Persian Rug “I love a beautiful Persian rug, and this one-of-a-kind piece is spectacular. The pattern is busy enough to disguise little messes, and the rug is made to last for generations. A rug like this is a great complement to any contemporary piece of furniture.” FROM LANDRY & ARCARI, BOSTON, (617) 399-6500, AND SALEM, MASS., (800) 649-5909, WWW.LANDRYANDACARI.COM

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Hooked Rug from the New England Collection “One of my favorite patterns in a vintage reproduction hooked rug! I love the simple repetition and the gentle colors. It’s also practical—hides spills and is washable.” FROM SIMPLY HOME

Duncan Hughes recognizes that, just because your kids may run wild throughout your home, it doesn’t mean you can’t have sophisticated interior design. Good design, he believes, meets a client’s needs both functionally and aesthetically. Duncan Hughes Interiors, Boston, (617) 426-1440, www.duncanhughes.com 138 New England Home July/August 2010

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Dabbieri Patchwork Cowhide Rug “Topping the list for durability, natural cowhide is well-equipped to handle the traffic of a family room. It wears well and is easy to care for. Regular vacuuming and a bit of soap and water for spills is all you need to maintain this classic and nearly indestructible floor covering.” FROM LANDRY & ARCARI


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Susan Shulman, West Newton, Massachusetts Susan Shulman’s design degree from the University of Maryland took her first into graphic design and advertising and then into the fashion industry as a buyer. During her frequent trips to New York City’s Seventh Avenue, she found herself immersed in the world of fabrics. “I learned all about them, their different properties, how different content behaves under different conditions,” she says. It wasn’t long before she began to think about fabric in terms of interior design, rather than fashion. “The field of interior design is so closely related to fashion, it was a logical extension of my education in the field to move into interiors,” she says. For nearly twenty years now, she has been working with clients to help them create homes that are sophisticated but practical, unique to each homeowner but enduring in style. Her description of a beautifully designed room is “one that functions well, looks harmonious and will feel as timeless and comfortable tomorrow as it does today.” The products she highlights here reflect her concern for marrying beauty with practicality.

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1 Keith Fritz Chatham Dining Table “If you have a large family or lots of company, look no further for the rightsized table. I love the graceful curves and the sunburst veneer top of this table made with natural coromandel ebony.” FROM M-GEOUGH, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 451-1412, WWW.M-GEOUGH.COM

2 Kravetsmart Middlebury Chair “I love the way this modern-day wing chair’s leg detail continues up through its updated curved arm.” FROM KRAVET, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 449-5506, WWW.KRAVET.COM

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5 JAB Metropolitan Hardware “With today’s wide-spanned windows, I like this hardware that features a 1 1⁄16" rod with an integral system that allows it to span up to nine feet without a center bracket. It comes in polished or brushed brass or nickel as well as in white.” FROM JAB USA AT STROHEIM AND ROMANN, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 449-5506, WWW.STROHEIM.COM

6 Talea Table by Evan Lewis “The concept of an occasional table that tucks into the sides or front of a sofa is so useful for tight spaces and does away with the old-fashioned tray table. This clean-lined bronze-finish table of steel has half-inch starfire glass for an extra clear look.” FROM THE BRIGHT GROUP, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 345-8017, WWW.THEBRIGHTGROUP.COM

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Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief It fascinated me at once. Tailored yet voluptuous. Vibrant yet subdued. Perched insouciantly on a chair of impeccably modern street cred in the chaste surroundings of Boston's D Scale furniture boutique. My heart leapt; my fingers itched to caress the taut, textured skin. Was I wrong to feel all this . . . just for a pillow? Fiber artist Katherine MacColl probably wouldn't think so. After all, she gave up a career in mental health to consummate, full-time, her lifelong affair with pillows. Working in her Conway, Massachusetts, studio, MacColl hand-dyes tightly woven cotton fabrics to acheve deep and not-too-uniform hues, cuts them into strips of varying widths, then folds, presses and weaves them together into subtle grids. An exacting art that results in a sort of Albers-like (Anni or Josef, take your pick) effect of harmonized color blocks, in miniature, on your sofa or chair. Seductive. $175. D SCALE, BOSTON, (617) 426-1055, WWW.DSCALEMODERN.COM, WWW.KMDESIGNSPILLOWS.COM

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Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor I’m a fan of just about anything old and Asian, so if I had one more square inch of space in my house it would go to this circa-1840s Chinese writing chair. Chester E. Chandronnet, owner of the new Wickford Antique Estate Liquidators (conveniently located right around the corner from me), actually specializes in mid-1800s American furniture. Lately, though, he’s been lucky enough to find a trove of Chinese pieces, including this sweet chair. Remnants of its red lacquer finish and mother-ofpearl inlays still show—especially around the hand-carved flowers, birds and Chinese figures on its back. Chandronnet has two of them, so even if I decide to indulge myself, there’s still one left for you. $2,200. WICKFORD ANTIQUE ESTATE LIQUIDATORS, NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I., (401) 294-9707

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All the beauty I’ve been finding lately comes from nature, including this Indian Lake Console Table created by artist and craftsman Danny Oates. Oates smooths the walnut slabs to the softness of a freshly shorn lamb, leaving edges uneven and finishing the piece with tung oil and beeswax. The custom-made table’s only embellishments are its own burls and grain, making mother nature the star. While the obviously perfect spot to show it off might be in an entryway or as a sofa table, I’d love to see it as a console in a dining room, holding an elegant tray of cordials and cut crystal. Oates, a sculptor based in Sharon, Connecticut, is part of DBO Home, which also sells a nature-inspired line of pottery and lighting. His table, shown here in claro walnut, is also available in myrtle or English elm. SHOWN, 6’L X 20”X 28”H. $4,500. (860) 3646008, WWW.DBOHOME.COM


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Interior designer: Charles Spada, Charles Spada Interiors, Boston, (617) 204-9270, www .antiqueson5.com Upholstery throughout: Partners in Design, Newton, Mass., (617) 965-1950 Curtain construction throughout: Eliot Wright Workroom, Boston, (617) 542-3605

Project managers: Holly Stephan and Kalna

Page 62: Embroidered pillow on armchair

Miller, Gil Walsh Interiors

from Webster & Co., Boston Design Center,

Builder: Rosbeck Builders Corporation, Edgar-

(617) 266-4121, www.webstercompany.com;

town, Mass., (508) 693-6300, www.rosbeck

throw from Muse Group through Webster &

builders.com

Co.; painting on mantel by George Bruestle

Landscape designer: Michael Donaroma,

through the Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Conn.,

Donaroma’s Nursery & Landscape Services,

(860) 434-8807, www.cooleygallery.com.

Edgartown, Mass., (508) 627-3036, www

Pages 64–66: Painting behind sofa by George

.donaromas.com

Bruestle through the Cooley Gallery; sofa fab-

Pages 54–55: Sofa and plaid armchair from

ric from Clarence House through Webster &

Charles Stewart Company, Hickory, N.C.,

Co.; coffee table through Charles Spada Inte-

(828) 322-9464, www.charlesstewart

riors; armchair and ottoman fabric from

company.com; floral wing chair from Brun-

Clarence House through Webster & Co.; Louis

schwig et Fils, Boston Design Center, (617)

XVI chair fabric from Clarence House through

348-2855, www.brunschwig.com; coffee

Webster & Co.; rug from Steven King, Boston

table from Antique Designs, Inglewood,

Design Center, (617) 426-3303,

Calif., (310) 671-54000, www.antiquedesigns

www.stevenkinginc.com; foyer lantern from

.net; end tables from Wright Table Company,

Vaughn Lighting through Webster & Co.

Morganton, N.C., (828) 437-2766, www

Page 67: Curtain fabric from Scalamandré,

.wrighttable.com; Asian shoe shine box from

Boston Design Center, (617) 574-9261, www

Lotus Arts, High Point, N.C., (336) 889-2817,

.scalamandre.com; chair fabric from Brun-

www.lotusarts.net; painted Avignon Blue

schwig et Fils.

balustrade table lamp from The Natural

Page 68: Breakfast area chair fabric by Marvic

Light, Panama City, Fla., (800) 331-3898,

Textiles through Charles Spada Interiors; stay

www.thenaturallight.com; rug from Stark

rail by Grayson Reinwald, Deep River, Conn.,

Carpet, Boston Design Center, (617) 357-552,

(860) 395-7707; sconces from The Martin

www.starkcarpet.com.

Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,

Page 57: Dining table from Fauld Town and

www.martingroupinc.com; porch cafe chairs

Country Furniture, High Point, N.C., (336) 431-

from Antiques on 5, Boston Design Center,

4355, www.fauld.com; sideboard from Antique

(617) 951-0008, www.antiqueson5.com; stone

Designs; Windsor dining chairs from Warren

floor by Todd Vose Masonry, Chester, Conn.,

Chair Works, Warren, R.I., (401) 247-0426,

(860) 399-9124.

www.warrenchairworks.com; chandelier from

Page 69: Chair fabric from Brunschwig et Fils.

Authentic Designs, West Rupert, Vt., (802) 394-

Page 70: Bathroom rug from Steven King;

7713, www.authenticdesigns.com; candlestick

guest room quilts from Ralph Lauren, www

lamps from Dash and Albert, Pittsfield, Mass.,

.ralphlaurenhome; headboard fabric from Mar-

(800) 658-5035, www.dashandalbert.com;

vic Textiles through Charles Spada Interiors;

woven blinds from Hunter Douglas, Broomfield,

milking stools from Antiques on 5; curtain

Colo., (800) 789-0331, www.hunterdouglas.com.

fabric from Webster & Co.; botantical prints

Page 59: Four-poster bed from Wright Table

from Roger Lussier, Boston, (617) 536-0069;

Company; club chair by Lee Industries, New-

all furniture from Antiques on 5.

ton, N.C., (800) 892-7150, www.leeindustries

Page 71: Bed linens from Pratesi, www.pratesi

.com; pedestal side table from Antique De-

.com; throw from Muse Group through Web-

signs; alabaster lamp from the Antiquarian

ster & Co.; rug from Steven King; demilune

Shop, Sewickley, Penn., (312) 741-1969, www

from Antiques on 5; headboard and bed skirt

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fabrics from Marvic Textiles through Charles

Dallas, Texas, (214) 744-0399, www.peacock

Spada Interiors; chair fabric from F. Schu-

alley.com; area rugs from Stark Carpet; blinds

macher, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-

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WATERFRONT REVIVAL PAGES 74–83 Architect: Thomas Catalano, Catalano Architects, Boston, (617) 338-7447, www.catalanoinc.com Interior designers: Fotene Demoulas and Jill Diamandis, Fotene Design, Boston, (617) 4370029, www.fotenedesign.com Landscape architect: John Grove, Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Watertown, Mass., (617) 923-2422, www.reedhilderbrand.com Builder: L.H.S. Construction, Pocasset, Mass., (508) 564-7877 Art throughout: Through Schiff Fine Art, New York City, (646) 478-8561, www .schifffineart.com Page 74: Rug from Steven King, Boston Design Center, (617) 426-3303, www.stevenkinginc.com; sideboard from FDO Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2800, www.fdogroup.com. Pages 76–77: Outdoor furniture from David Sutherland through Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, www.webster company.com, www.sutherlandfurniture.com, with Sunbrella fabric through Webster & Co. Pages 78–79: Carpet from Yayla Tribal Rugs, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 576-3249, www.yayla .com; millwork by Charles Fagan, Fagan Woodworking Company, Scituate, Mass., (781) 545-0558. Pages 80–81: Milling Road dining table and chairs from Baker, Knapp and Tubbs, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506, www.baker furniture.com; rug from Steven King.

EASYGOING ELEGANCE PAGES 86–95 Interior design: Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake, Bierly-Drake Associates, Boston, (617) 247-0081, www.bierly-drake.com Builder: John DaSilva, Better Homes & Kitchens, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 221-1475 Landscaping: Mark Norris, Nantucket Lawn & Garden, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 566-2013, www.nantucketlawnandgarden.com Page 86: Swedish chest from Wilson Antiques, West Palm Beach, Fla., (561) 802-3881; Check Paperweave wallcovering in charcoal and white from F. Schumacher & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9165, www .fschumacher.com. Pages 88–89: All upholstery from McLaughlin Upholstering, Everett, Mass., (617) 389-0761, www.mclaughlinupholstering.com; Nantucket sofa and twin Nantucket lounge chairs designed by Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake with McLaughlin Upholstering; black-and-linen Zebra toss pillows from Scalamandré, Boston

Design Center, (617) 574-9261, www .scalamandre.com; twin raffia-covered Hannah chairs from Oly Studio, New York City, (212) 219-8969, www.olystudio.com; Treillage side tables from John Rosselli Antiques, (212) 7500060, www.johnrosselliantiques.com; table lamps from Wicker Works through Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, www.webstercompany.com, with shade and wiring from Blanche P. Field, Boston Design Center, (617) 423-0715, www.blanchefield.com; Christine cocktail table with antique mirrored top from Oly Studio; black-and-white cotton dhurrie rug from Stark Carpet, Boston Design Center, (617) 357-5525, www.starkcarpet.com; wall color throughout is White Dove from Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com. Page 90: Adirondack chairs designed by Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake, fabricated by John DaSilva, Better Homes & Kitchens; Nantucket Collection porch furniture from Restoration Hardware, www.restorationhardware.com. Page 91: Mixed-media artwork above fireplace by Mellie Cooper through Janice Aldridge, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-6673; Gooseneck faucet from Chicago Faucets, www.chicago faucets.com. Page 92: Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances from Clarke Distributors through Marine Home Center, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-0900, www.marinehomecenter.com; wall-mounted polished nickel Map lights from Urban Archaeology, Boston Design Center, (617) 7374646, www.urbanarchaeology.com; artwork by Jesse Howard through Harvey Art & Antiques, Evanston, Ill., (847) 866-6766, www .harveyantiques.com; carpet runner from Stark Carpet; cabinet hardware from Period Hardware, Boston, (617) 227-0758, www.pfh co.com; Queen Anne Love Chair from McLaughlin Upholstering, covered in a quilt from Nantucket Country Antiques, (508) 2288868, www.nantucketcountryantiques.com; artwork above chair also from Nantucket Country Antiques. Page 93: Bamboo chairs through www .directorschairs.com; antique English hunt dining table from The Elephant’s Foot, West Palm Beach, Fla., (828) 526-5451, www.the elephantsfoot.com; pair of Swedish candle sconces from John Rugge Antiques Shop, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 325-7920. Page 94: Lockport sofa from Crate & Barrel, www.crateandbarrel.com; black-and-white Eisenhower wing chair and tufted ottoman from FDO Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2800, www.fdogroup.com; wiring and shades for antique Hediard tea caddies from Blanche P. Field; black-and-natural sisal Joshua carpet from Stark Carpet. Page 95: Barley twist four-poster bed from Dessin Fournir through the Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, www .martingroupinc.com; bedside pedestal from Grandview Mercantile Exchange, Columbus, Ohio, (614) 421-7000, www.grandview mercantile.com; lamp and shade from Blanche P. Field; woven seagrass carpet from Stark Carpet; velvet slippers from Stubbs & Wootton, www.stubbsandwootton.com. •


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Advertiser Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue

A.J. Rose Carpets

45

Ahearn-Schopfer and Associates

147

Engel & Völkers Greenwich

149

F.H. Perry Builder

135

19

FBN Construction Co.

Ambrosia Events & Catering

148

Portico Fine Tile & Design

97

Prospect Hill Antiques

37

Prudential Connecticut Realty

157

Ferguson

4–5

First Rugs

105

Quidley & Company

20

Fortunato

121

The Quilted Gallery

49

The Granite Group

34

R.P. Marzilli & Company

18

159 100–101

Andover Landscape Construction

73

Ardente Supply Company

137

Atlantic Design Center

2–3

B & G Cabinet

Hutker Architects

135

Instone

44

85

Back Bay Shutter Co.

Island Realty

155

J Barrett & Company Real Estate

150

6

Battle Associates

123

J. Todd Galleries Beacon Companies

131

Bear Path

60

Belgard

84

Jay Schadler Design Gallery Katherine Field and Associates Kinlin Grover Corporate

Bellini Baby & Teen Designer Furniture Belongings Bensonwood Homes

Peterson Party Center

Inside back cover

129

American Society of Interior Designers Anderson Insulation

Encores

49 133 1 153

143

LaBarge Custom Home Building

Back cover

Billie Brenner Ltd.

125

Boston Architectural College

115

Boston Billiard Emporium

139

Boston Design Center

13

Brassworks Fine Home Details

124

Chip Webster & Associates

113

Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate

33

Closet Factory

115

Coldwell Banker Previews International 152, 156

Colony Rug Company The Converse Company Realtors

35 156

Cottage and Bungalow

141

Country Carpenters

141

Creative Art Furniture

118

Crown Point Cabinetry

108

Cumar

31

Debi Benoit, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 157 Dover Rug Eco Modern Design Edgartown Residence Club, Martha’s Vineyard 15 158 New England Home July/August 2010

24 146

League of N.H. Craftsmen

147

Machine Age Mar Silver Design

155

Rosbeck Builders Corp.

27

Runtal North America

50

S + H Construction

119

Sanford Custom Homes

139

Scandia Kitchens Snow and Jones

61

Lynn Creighton Realtor

Robert Wallace Real Estate

47 9

7

LDa Architects & Interiors

Leslie Fine Interiors

103

111

145

Landry & Arcari

RiverBend & Company

21 157 43

South Shore Millwork

124

Stone Technologies

41

Sudbury Design Group

22

Taste Design

125

Terrafirma Landscape Architecture

145

TMS Architects

109

Triad Associates

117

11

Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival 129 Marvin Windows

29

Mary Crane—Century 21 Properties

154

Vermont Verde Antique Marble Co.

121

Maverick Integration Corp.

120

William Raveis Real Estate HQ

151

McIntosh & Tuttle Cabinetmakers

143

Woodmeister Master Builders

99

Xtreme Audio & Video

72

Zen Associates

39

McLaughlin Upholstering Company

17

Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee Inside front cover

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Morehouse MacDonald & Associates New England Dream House

8 23 148

Northern Lights Landscape

51

Ocean Properties

10

Overhead Door Company

96

Paquette & Associates

127

Paul F. Weber Architect

137

Pellettieri Associates

107

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NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER The A merican Societ y of Interior Designers One Design Center Place, Suite 544 Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 617.261.3995 Fa x: 617.261.7591


Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

WHEN MY SISTER AND I decided to go to on a trip to India a couple of years ago, a thought crossed my mind:

“It might be nice to do a fabric collection when I get back.” I came home with a newly formed love of India and some interesting pieces of fabric I picked up in the markets, sat down one miserable February day and drew a few pencil sketches of Indian shapes I liked. Then I took out my paint box and painted over the sketches. I just mixed the colors I enjoy seeing together. And the India Collection was born. Later, at the Boston launch of my line, a designer asked me, “Why no green? Don’t you like green?” Actually, I love decorating with green! It was a strange omission that had to be remedied! So my upcoming Africa Collection has been cooking at the back of my brain for a while. I started with some sketches of a bush that grows by the side of the wooden walkway to the beach at our house on Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. The way the tiny leaves are formed on each sprig has always fascinated me. Fynbos Sprig became my first pattern in the new line. And after that the rest just started to flow—including a version in white on green! When I design it is an encapsulation of a moment in time. I never second-guess myself. I don’t know why. It’s not arrogance; its just that if the design is authentically me, I don’t feel it can be wrong. It might not be commercial, but it can’t be wrong. See “Made Here” on page 46 for more about Mally Skok’s and other fabric collections produced by Peter Fasano at his studio in Great Barrington, Mass. MALLY SKOK, MALLY SKOK DESIGN, LINCOLN, MASS., (781) 259-4090, WWW.MALLYSKOKDESIGN.COM

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Eric Roth Photography

Architect - Campbell/Smith Architects, Photographer - Shelly Harrison

WE DON’T BUILD THEM LIKE YOU’RE USED TO Dear Wonderful FBN, I want to thank you for being an AMAZING company! Bob, you held our hand the whole way & have always been there to protect our interests. Bob Murray, you always support, advise and offer tons of reassurance. God bless Andy - I am having separation anxiety. Kevin, what a craftsman and a gentleman. Scott, never a door unopened, garage uncleaned or extra heavy items unloaded. AND ALL THE OTHERS, completely wonderful and easy to be around. Do you only hire competent, polite and fabulous people? Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. - Krista A. Needham, MA

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