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is still in the air. Once it finally descends far enough for terrain and buildings to show as more than just a jumbled blanket of overlapped rectangles, the first piquant disparities begin to emerge. The shapes of trees—a bit off. The forms of buildings, even simple utilitarian buildings, curiously different in ways it sometimes takes a while to work out. Types of birds, the very cloudscapes and overall look of the atmosphere, don’t feel quite normal. Experienced travelers will know by now that I’m coming in to land at a foreign place. The differences are generally more marked if it is on another continent, but that’s certainly not necessary to observe the phenomenon. If you could somehow be blindfolded and brought in for a quick quiz of runway approaches to Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Vancouver, chances are you’d be able to identify the distinct flavor of each locale well before setting foot to ground. Why these reflections now? I was lucky enough recently


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to spend a few days in Paris during the run of two concurrent interior design exhibitions: Maison & Objet and Paris Deco Off. The city—and especially some of its trains— seemed packed with very serious design folk. (Hardcore aficionados of wickedly cool eyewear would have been in heaven.) It was a largely European crowd, in keeping with the geography of the exhibitors, but one noticed also a hefty admixture of accents and physiognomies from farther afield, including North and South America, the British Isles and Asia. Interestingly, the merchandise on display, although much of it is available and not infrequently used in the U.S., had the same slight air of exoticism as the creamy limestone facades of the Left and Right Banks. Some installations in the halls of the Parc des Expositions were devoted to that particular brand of sharp-edged modernism so beloved in France and points south. Along other aisles reposed beds and consoles that clearly, from the profile of their curves and the sheen of their surfaces, would feel most at home in the private spaces of a Dubai palace or a Kropotkinskaya apartment in Moscow. It may sound naive, but I sometimes still forget how much the character of a region’s soil subtly influences its interiors. Cosmopolitan eclecticism in Milan or Taipei even today is just not the same as cosmopolitan eclecticism in Providence. We spend a lot of time in this magazine talking about scale and proportion, fabrics, finishes, taste, color and the joys of good client-designer relations. But really, step back with me for a moment and revel in the simple feel of where we are. How lucky are we to have this New England to love, from craggy coast to Back Bay brownstone? Here’s to the basic joy of place, that universal, even if occasionally tacit, context that allows a publication like New England Home to exist.

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82 Return Engagement In Boston’s Back Bay, a renovation brings a nineteenth-

century brownstone back to the lovely proportions and classic design its builder surely intended. ARCHITECTURE: JAN GLEYSTEEN • INTERIOR DESIGN: ANNE BECKER • PHOTOGRAPHY: LAURA MOSS • TEXT: MEGAN FULWEILER • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

90 A Perfect Match A true collaboration yields a suburban Boston home that’s


98 Blue Heaven Inspired by the view from her second-floor windows, a designer

creates her own tiny paradise above the bustle of the Common in Salem, Massachusetts. INTERIOR DESIGN: BARBARA PERVIER • PHOTOGRAPHY: LAURA MOSS • TEXT: REGINA COLE • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL


104 Dramatic Impact An interior designer feathers her own nest in Stowe,


Other Features 114 Spring Awakening As we emerge from a particularly dreary winter, what bet-

ter way to welcome spring than with a visual meditation on the beautiful and varied work of New England’s landscape professionals? TEXT: ERIN MARVIN

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On the cover: Designer Wendy Valliere’s home in Stowe, Vermont, is a comforting sanctuary with a big dose of drama. Photograph by Michael Partenio. To see more of this home, turn to page 104.



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Art, Design, History, Landscape 35 Elements: A Return to Glamour Lustrous textures, glimmering surfaces,

elegant lines—it’s glamour, 2011-style. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ Design Destination: Beyond Gorgeosity, Hingham, Massachusetts 42 46 Interview: Jim M-Geough The owner of one of Boston’s more venerable

showrooms considers the role such businesses continue to play in today’s design world. BY KYLE HOEPNER • PORTRAITS BY WEBB CHAPPELL 52 Artistry: Pigments of Imagination John Walker paints bold canvases that

evoke splendor, romance and the grand qualities of the cosmos. BY LOUIS POSTEL 58 Made Here: Looming Large In a onetime school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts,

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tecture and design. 132 Calendar Special events for those who are passionate about fine design. Now in the Galleries Upcoming art exhibitions throughout New England 132 136 Perspectives New England designers imagine a bright, cheerful sun room. Wish List: Designer Eliza Tan of Acton, Massachusetts, reveals a few of her favorite home products 142 It’s Personal: Favorite finds from the staff of New England Home 144 146 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in New

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A Return To Glamour Do you, as we do, sense a desire in the air for a little more glamour? During January’s Golden Globe awards—you can always count on Hollywood for a dose of glamour—Chrysler aired a commercial that asked: Where’s the glamour gone? The spot featured a fair share of feathered boas, opening nights, limousine drivers, tuxedos and top hats. The commercial got us thinking. Maybe glamour is simply not a modern idea. Perhaps it can be framed only within the context of nostalgia. After all, ideas of glamour are often connected to the past. In the 1930s and ’40s glamour was a butler mixing cocktails at a shagreencovered cabinet while a woman in a body-hugging satin gown reclined on a velvet fainting couch. But certainly glamour’s touchstones—elegance, luxury, extravagance, lots of shine and very little color—don’t have to be old school. Toward the end of the commercial a velvet-toned voiceover asks: Isn’t it time to get it back? Absolutely! Here, then, we present a few objects that might help bring glamour back, 2011-style. Breathe What could be more glamorous than decanting a beautiful 2005 burgundy, with its gorgeous fruit flavors and strong sense of terroir, into an equally beautiful wine decanter? In the Empire style, the aptly named Malmaison from Christoflé features a delicate frieze of palm and lotus leaves around the neck of a silver and crystal vessel. 8¾"H. $730. CHRISTOFLÉ, BOSTON, (617) 542-2080, WWW .CHRISTOFLE.COM

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Fringe Benefit Silver-gray. Mink. Cashmere. Need we say more? It’s probably not the blanket you’ll want to use for a tailgate party or a picnic, but casually tossed on a sofa or at the foot of the bed? That’s glamorous! The throw is 100 percent cashmere with a mink border. 55" × 75". $16,000. FRETTE, BOSTON, (617) 267-0500, WWW.FRETTE.COM

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Industry Standard In her book American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture, the architectural historian Alice Friedman argues that the aesthetics of midcentury modern architecture reflected an increasing fascination with glamour. As a leading modernist architect and furniture designer, Mies van der Rohe elevated industrial-age materials to an art form. His MR chaise, with its leather and cowhide straps on tubular stainless steel, is as glamorous today as when he designed it in 1929. 23½"W × 47¼"D × 37½"H. $7,247. ADDO NOVO, PORTLAND, MAINE, (207) 221-2780, WWW.ADDONOVO.COM


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or decades a very familiar face in the New England design trade, Jim M-Geough (along with his wife, Susan) owns and operates one of the larger showrooms at the Boston Design Center. Now home to some twenty-five or more lines of furniture, lighting, window shades and accessories, as well as European and Asian antiques, the M-Geough Company has been a player on our regional scene since 1951. Kyle Hoepner: Speaking for the public, Jim, what is it, exactly, that design showrooms like M-Geough do? How does the process of working with a showroom go?

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Jim M-Geough: We’re a to-the-trade showroom, which means we work with the public only through designers and/or architects. So what we bring to the game is becoming a team member with the designer to find the correct products. Everything we do is pretty much custom. All the manufacturers we represent are privately owned. The owners show up every day, they’re entrepreneurs, as we are. They love what they do, they have a passion about the industry and their work is only available through trade showrooms like ours—they offer products that can’t be found in retail stores, with few exceptions.








Interview KH: So your personal relationships with the manufacturers and suppliers help make sure that the quality is kept and that all of the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted? JM: And that things are ordered correctly and shipped correctly. We follow through right until the very end. Because these products are not inexpensive. They’re custom made, so they can be very costly, and you don’t want to have a warehouse full of things that didn’t go right. KH: And, presumably, the makers of these products see some advantage in working in this way, too, rather than just putting things out in stores. JM: Oh, absolutely. In most stores, what you see is what there is. Here, a designer comes in and sees a table and says, “I love that round table, but I really want a rectangular one, and I don’t want it in walnut, I want it Santos rosewood.” That’s where we shine. We say, fine, we can do all of the above. We can provide a CAD drawing and samples of finishes, and the consumer gets to see everything all the way through. It’s a process that’s really enjoyable for them because they’re creating something, along with their designer, for their own home. The designers are creating an environment, and they need people like us to help them do their custom work. Having been in the business as long as we have, we know what’s going to work and what’s not going to work. We solve problems before they end up in the home and clients get upset. KH: How did you get into this business? JM: I came to work for my dad, who owned the original business, in September of 1969. I was in construction before that and thought I’d give this a try. So I came in in ’69 and I said, “Well, I’ll give this a couple of years and see what happens.” Forty-plus years later I’m still seeing what happens! KH: Are there specific things typical of New England that affect how you operate or what you carry? Has being located in Boston had an important influence on your business? JM: There’s a group of guys with businesses like ours in other parts of the country— they’ve been my friends for forty years, we’re very close and we get together for a week every year to talk about business approaches and how to do this the best way possible. One of them is in Texas. We do a lot of similar things but we have to do them 48 New England Home March/April 2011

on a different scale, in different colors and textures. Texas and New England are night and day, and although the identical basic table might go into our houses, if he does it in oak I’ll do it in a fruitwood. But we also swap things back and forth all the time. If I have a line that I think would work well for him, I get him involved, and he gets that line. If he has a line that he thinks would work well for me, I get that line. KH: There’s actually one big difference


between this type of business and a retail shop—when you order a piece, you’re not necessarily ordering the entire finished thing from just one company. If you buy a sofa through M-Geough, for instance, the upholstery fabric will be purchased separately from a different showroom. JM: Right. KH: So it’s a bit more complex . . . JM: It is, there’s a lot going on that way. When you buy a custom table, we may say, “Okay, we have to go to the veneer house.” We have one manufacturer who sometimes comes out and meets the client and then goes to the veneer house and hand selects the veneer for the client, because it’s an exotic or its something they want that’s very unique. And only then do we start to produce the table. We’re all but cutting the trees down.

KH: . . . but the advantage, of course, is that the client ends up with an entirely personalized piece. JM: Exactly. And it’s built to their needs. That’s where the designer comes in. Our team and the designer can walk a consumer through the process. KH: Have you seen changes in the design business over time—how things get done, how designers work, how the clients and the designers interact with you? JM: I would describe it as a work in progress always. In the days when I first started, Providence and Boston, Hartford and Portland and Worcester all had three or four or five really great designers. Today, there are a lot more designers, and they’re educated about design; it’s a very serious business for them. The other thing is the consumer. Many times, before the consumer even comes in here, they’ve been on our Web site, they’ve read about who and what we are. KH: So there’s more design awareness in general? JM: I remember a great old designer saying to a client, “Just sit there, I’ll pick the pieces out and show them to you near the end.” That’s not happening today, and that’s a good thing. The home environment is a very important part of people’s lives, and the consumer is really much more educated today, in terms of looking at products and asking questions. The question we get most often is, “Why is this so expensive?” We can answer that very easily—it’s the quality and the time involved. If a gentleman is a driving a BMW and is complaining about the price of a dining table, I might say, “Well, you’ll go through ten BMWs before you get rid of that dining table.” It’s a perceived value. KH: Where do you see things going from here? JM: The million-dollar question. KH: For the world, for design, for Jim M-Geough! JM: I think the retail side of the home furnishings business has gone so that there are the deals and the discounts and the plasma TVs with everything, and then there is us—there’s not a lot in the middle. I think there’s always going to be a need for our kind of product, for the people who really care. So I think we’ll always have a designer showroom. •

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ack in the 1950s, John Walker’s classmates at the Birmingham College of Art in England must have wondered why so many plants filled the young artist’s work area. Was he studying art or botany? Walker was in his teens when the school recruited him. “I was several years younger than everyone else,” he recalls. “They thought drawing live models would corrupt my mind. So I drew a lot of plants before I drew humans.” The thousands of hours of drawing paid off. At seventyone, Walker has developed superb artistic muscle: powerful, subtle reflexes between eye and brain. In compositions that are as rock-solid as a newly poured foundation, Walker’s work is wild with burnt oranges in black horizons and Velasquez pinks feathering past the moon above a turquoise sea. Walker is a very young older man, a man who has gleefully eluded decline. Fortune seems to follow him in a lowkey way. The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C.,

has just purchased a large triptych. And the hammer at Sotheby’s London recently came down on the equivalent of about $13,400 for Tense II, a large acrylic he painted in 1985. His work can be seen in museums worldwide from Boston to Chicago to London to New York. Walker’s canvases speak with lyric power Clockwise from above: Bird and emotion, capturing the Strike (2010), oil on canvas, 96 fleeting yet grand qualities ⅜" × 156"; Seal Point Series of the cosmos and the #V XVII (2007), oil on bingo card, 7¼" × 5½"; Winter (2006), human race. Here’s a man oil on canvas, 84" × 66" with big ideas and large 52 New England Home March/April 2011

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feelings who is able to express himself in a warm, perfectly controlled line. This rawness versus refinement is everywhere in the canvases Walker is working on in his Boston studio. In the bright, thirdfloor space, tall African and Oceanic statues— inspiration for his work— cluster like old friends in front of banks of expansive windows. “For Walker, there’s a seamless connection between the African and Oceanic cultures and his own work,” observes poet and critic William Corbett. Art is basic and seamless for Walker, and so is teaching. As head of Boston University’s graduate painting and sculpture program, he has helped push BU into the forefront of traditional, painting-focused art schools along with Princeton, Yale and Columbia. “You have to work hard here at BU, but if you’re interested in traditional painting this is a great place to be,” says Walker. “We’ve won over twenty Guggenheim Fellowships as well as six of the annual prizes from the Royal Academy in London.” Walker recalls his own formative days: the enormous leap that took him from Birmingham to the abstract expressionist melting pot of New York. His technique was developed to a high polish. What came next was the courage 54 New England Home March/April 2011

to connect emotionally to the richness of life. “What got me really turned on to the possibilities of art was first seeing Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride,” he Clockwise from top: Rememsays. “Her hand touching his. brance I, For Rosanna Warren It’s a very ephemeral moment (2000), ink and oil on canvas, and yet it’s forever and ever 78" × 203"; Coastal Cross that touch.” (2010), oil on canvas, 36" × 24"; Ostraca I (1977), acrylic Not long after, he saw a and canvas collage on canvas, show of work by Russian 122" × 96"; Lesson I (1983), artist Kazimir Malevich. “I oil on canvas, 96" × 78" had no idea a black square could express so much emotion. It was amazing to me!” Somewhere between Rembrandt and Malevich, Walker has staked out something entirely his own. • Editor’s Note John Walker is represented by Knoedler & Company, New York City, (212) 794-0550,

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n 2008, the interior designer of a big house being built on the coast near San Francisco sent Sam Kasten an eight-inch-by-ten-inch cardboard box. The box contained the specifications for the drapery and upholstery Kasten was to create for the house, the total bill for which was likely to reach tens of thousands of dollars. And what was in the box? Nothing but a pinecone, a sparkly rock, strands of Spanish moss and two chunks of bark, one a deep rust color, the other a light gray with dark, diagonal cracks.

This is one reason why his clients love Sam Kasten, a youthful-looking man with close-cropped brown-gray hair who has been designing and handweaving textile art for about forty years: he can take a miniature natural-history museum in a box and translate it into cloth. Born in Chicago in 1949, Kasten had no interest in Clockwise from top: weaving until the summer before “Apron,” wool Tibetan; his senior year at the University of Sam Kasten at the loom; Iowa, when he happened to walk “Cordovan and Oyster into a weaving shop on Nantucket. NW,” nylon and linen He spent the next two weeks of his vacation in that shop, watching people work their handlooms. “Something about it,” he says, “got to me.” Oh yeah. He went back to college, graduated and got a job at that same Nantucket shop, which happened to be owned by a textile artist who had himself been taught by some of the biggest names of the Bauhaus. A few years later Kasten found himself weaving textiles for such iconic architects as I.M. Pei. He’s still struck by the irony that they wanted to 58 New England Home March/April 2011

adorn the inside of their sleek, ultra-modern skyscrapers with fabric made on a crotchety old handloom in Nantucket using 1,000-year-old technology. Kasten eventually moved his family from Nantucket to the Berkshires for its cultural offerings: art, opera, theater. As his business grew he needed more space, so he left his studio in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for a former parochial school in

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Most of all, though, Kasten offers clients limitless possibility. He has matched colors from a chip of plaster, the mold on an orange peel and that box of rocks, moss and bark. Kasten and Marsha Altemus, one of his assistants, worked for months to mirror both the colors and textures of the things in that box. They evoked the light and fissures of the gray bark, for instance, by creating a silky, silvery twill with variegated diagonal brown lines, Sam Kasten Handweaver something that’s not easy to Pittsfield, Massachusetts achieve in a medium as right(413) 236-8800 angled as cloth. Another fabric, which eventually became bedspreads, captured the light green of the moss and, thanks to the mohair in the mix, also its fuzziness. A manufactured line limits your imagination to the colors offered, Kasten points out, forcing people to settle for what might be just okay. “We’re unlimited,” he says with a smile. “We give people their color.” •


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“I believe that good design or a great house doesn’t just happen; a successful design project is always the result of listening to the clients, careful planning and lots of creative energy,” says Bahr Sheehan. “I approach projects in a collaborative way with my clients and I appreciate the trust they place in me to help them make good decisions. My first and foremost goal is to create homes and spaces that my clients love to live in.” At Barbara Bahr Sheehan Interior Design, Inc., we pride ourselves on the collaborative approach we take with our clients on their projects. Our process through all phases of the project makes decision making less stressful and much more enjoyable for our clients. The majority of our work is either repeat clients or referrals from past clients who have referred us because we surpassed their expectations

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therefore the design expectations are unique as well. “Once I understand the challenges, whether they are budget, timeline or something unexpected, I develop strategic solutions to best accommodate my clients’ vision,” adds Meara. Even before she started garnering accolades for her work at New England Lifestyles Design, Meara was gaining recognition on the national level. Her interior design work has been featured in the pages of Better Homes and Gardens and her exterior designs have been praised in the Wall Street Journal’s Home and Garden section. For two consecutive years, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society presented Meara with gold and bronze medals for her interior and exterior work at the New England Flower Show. Her designs, whether featured in magazines or enjoyed by clients, are a beautiful testament to her experience and skill.

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Seldom Scene Interiors is an international design/build firm that specializes in all phases of design and construction. For her clients and for herself, Wendy Valliere, owner and principal designer, practices the belief that everything is in the details—in design as well as in customer service. This dedication has opened many doors. Twenty years in the industry have taken her across the United States and throughout Europe, designing yachts, such as the world-famous Endeavor; Old-World apartments in New York and Paris; English manors including a castle in the countryside; Newport mansions; seaside escapes in New England and the Hamptons; and magnificent Bavarian ski chalets in Colorado and Vermont. Valliere’s worldwide experience has illuminated her design sense and given her the knowledge and sophisti-

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cation to cover all aspects of the design process—from vision to palette to architectural and historical detail. Colors, patterns and textures, she believes, should be harmonious but never staid. Scrupulous planning should seem effortless and fabulously undisciplined. She enters a project in the beginning and oversees all the details until she has arrived at a successful and thrilling conclusion. Valliere devotes herself to her clients’ needs—homes are delivered with meticulously embroidered linens, soaps, candles and tea towels all in perfect place—while retaining her signature style of comfortable elegance. The end result feels perfectly curated and perfectly appropriate. Wendy Valliere imagines and executes perfect places to live, entertain and treasure.

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A beautiful room is one that functions well, looks harmonious and is as timeless today as it will be tomorrow. Susan Shulman Interiors transforms homes into sophisticated, comfortable and inviting spaces, designing each project uniquely and appropriately for every client. Susan’s goal is to blend this vision with the architectural style of the home, whether new or existing, modern or traditional. During the earliest planning stages, depending on the size of the project, Susan brings the architect, interior designer and contractor together to discuss the vision, the budget and the timetable. Having collaborated with many of Boston’s finest architects and builders, she has an in-depth knowledge of resources and exceptional project management experience. She makes the process educational, efficient and enjoyable. Susan has worked as a professional interior designer 78 Special Advertising Section

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Return Engagement In Boston’s Back Bay, a renovation brings a nineteenth-century brownstone back to the lovely proportions and classic design its builder surely intended. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS • ARCHITECTURE: JAN GLEYSTEEN • INTERIOR DESIGN: ANNE BECKER • BUILDER: GEOFF CARABOOLAD, METRIC CONSTRUCTION • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

Different tastes make the world go round—we’ve all heard that expression. Certainly it’s true when it comes to architecture. While one person sees a house in a certain light, another takes a completely opposite view. For every admirer of pristine clapboards and forest-green shutters, there’s also one for glass walls and steel railings. This beautiful Boston residence is a perfect example of a home that’s been shaped by diverse visions. • Years ago, a developer’s modern leanings led him to carve open the building’s second floor to create a double-height living room. It was a theatrical move for a seventeen-footwide 1875 Back Bay brownstone. And sure enough, when new owners with a different set of sensibilities came along, they decided to reinstate the second floor as it originally was. To help recapture what had gone missing in the previous remodel and create a more traditional nest, the couple recruited 82 New England Home March/April 2011

A gilded chandelier illuminates the dining table and the shimmery domed ceiling above. Facing page: Lovely Gracie wallpaper adds to the magic. Branching trees and birds conjure outdoor beauty for the windowless room.

Wellesley, Massachusetts, architect Jan Gleysteen and Nantucket-based interior designer Anne Becker, who also happens to be a trusted family friend. “I had to tell them in the beginning that they needn’t worry about my feelings,” Becker says.

Texture adds depth and interest throughout the home. “This had to be their home, not my version of their home.” Becker’s client-wishes-come-first approach and her fine-tuned abilities were the perfect complement to the expertise that Gleysteen brought to the project. “Training in classical architecture allows me to understand how nineteenth-century designers might have handled things,” he explains. A near-total gutting of the old house ensued. At the same time that the architect was seeing to the design—recapturing the 84 New England Home March/April 2011

home’s “understated elegance,” as he puts it—he was also ushering the building into the twenty-first century with brand-new systems. All that impressive technology aside, it’s the more visible details that cap-

A late eighteenth-century French-style armoire anchors the living room. In sync with the home’s tenor, the rug is an Aubusson needlepoint from Stark Carpet. Facing page: A lacquered console and Chinese mirror dress the foyer.

ture and hold the eye. Gleysteen and his team made an academic study of the massive moldings, for instance, carefully replicating them and then reinstalling them in places where they’d been stripped.

Today the ground floor holds a top-notch exercise room and a noteworthy mahoganyand walnut-clad billiard room that’s as shipshape as a fine yacht; the first floor houses the more formal living room and the wife’s March/April 2011 New England Home 85

study. And the restoration of the second floor has changed everything. Put back together, the space now holds a new kitchen, a warm family room and, at the core, a spectacular dining room—“the jewel in the midst,” says Gleysteen. To compensate for the lack of windows and enhance the dining room’s sophisticated ambience, Gleysteen created a silver-leafed oval dome for the ceiling. Coupled with a custom-colored Gracie wallcovering, the dome gives the room airiness and sparkle. An antique mirror above the sideboard captures it all. And at night, light bounces from polished table to silver candelabras and back. Upholstered antique dining chairs promote leisurely meals and lingering conversations. Should guests be enticed to pitch in with the dishes, however, it’s no chore in a kitchen as well-planned as this. Gleysteen— who designed all the new woodworking throughout—equipped the space with a 86 New England Home March/April 2011

generous island and a bounty of clutter-controlling cabinets. The cabinets’ soothing color—“off white and very pale, but more brown than cream,” stipulates Becker—reinforces the kitchen’s timeless look. The owners take breakfast seated on a luxe banquette. So smoothly does Gleysteen’s curved seat unfold beneath the windows, it’s easy to see why it could be pegged as an original feature. “The subtleties of scale, based on the human body, and proportion are a passion of mine,” the skillful architect says.

The homeowners take breakfast seated on a luxe banquette. “Learn them and you can make any room comfortable. People often sense that one room feels better than another, but they can’t pinpoint why.” Texture adds depth and interest throughout the home. The family room walls are sheathed in grasscloth, bringing in a wave of tactile drama. With its sophisticated puttycolored walls, the living room may be the center of holiday entertaining, but the family room is where the owners are most likely

Too inviting for breakfast alone, the kitchen’s banquette is a welcoming hub. Facing page left: White granite counters add to the kitchen’s pristine persona. Facing page right: The nearby family room is conducive to relaxation.

Handsome woodworking offsets the master bedroom’s feminine wallpaper. Facing page right: A custom chaise and a faux bamboo floor lamp create a serene oasis. Facing page left: The owner’s spaniel settles down in the study.

to kick off their shoes at the end of the day. In both rooms, ten-foothigh ceilings create a spacious, spirit-lifting mood and the decor is a combination of antiques along with newer pieces—a Becker trademark. “I like to incorporate antiques but not the overly precious kind that people are afraid of,” she explains. A cylindrical glass Ralph Lauren lamp beside a favorite family room reading chair is just one of her many modernizing and upbeat touches. Nowhere is the tempo livelier than in the wife’s study. Becker equates the red of the walls to her client’s energetic nature. “It’s a

“This had to be their home, not my version of their home.” perfect match,” she says. Offset by white woodwork, the bright walls make the small space seem to glow. What’s more, they afford a dynamite backdrop for the couple’s pretty springer spaniel who, eschewing the sisal carpet, claims the soft upholstered armchair for naps. The third floor—site of the master suite and the husband’s study—is decidedly tranquil. In the bedroom a flowered wallcovering

teams up with checkered silk curtains. Neither too feminine nor too masculine, the flowers and checks coexist happily. Bonuses include a chaise for lounging with a book (and perhaps tea or a cocktail) and a fireplace (one of seven in the house). Becker custom-designed the bench at the bed’s foot for a perfect fit. The adjacent master bath displays a mosaic tile floor that’s as striking as the one downstairs in the entry. But here’s a secret: the floor that greets visitors when the front door opens is, in fact, also new. When the original version proved beyond salvaging, Becker devised a mosaic that only appears to have held sway forever, which is right in keeping with the owners’ intent. Of course, down the road someone may come along and want to give the house more life-altering changes, but we’re guessing not. Results this perfect are sure to endure. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 148. March/April 2011 New England Home 89

Architect Jim Estes makes use of familiar materials such as red cedar and New England granite for the houses he calls “Yankee modern” in style. Right: The front door sits under a copper roof set a bit lower than the twin cedar peaks that flank it.

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A quiet palette keeps the view from the living-room windows front and center. Facing page top: Architecture and landscape design evolved simultaneously. Facing page bottom: The pool house mimics the main house with its rough-hewn red-cedar cladding.


he sequence of events for building a new house usually goes something like this: a couple buys a piece of land, hires an architect, oversees construction and, finally, adds landscaping that complements their new home. The husband and wife who built this house, however, took a less orthodox approach. They began the process by choosing an architect, even before they had decided on a piece of land. As they looked through architecture books and shelter magazines, they found themselves drawn to the work of James Estes of Estes/Twombly Architects in Newport, Rhode Island. “Every home we were attracted to was built by Jim,” the wife recalls. Estes’s style, which he calls “Yankee modern,” suited the couple with its reliance on natural materials, such as the red cedar and granite that are so familiar to New Englanders, and its emphasis on clean, practical forms that hark back to simpler times, yet have a decidedly contemporary feel. “We wanted something modern, but not the stereotypical stark, cold modern,” says the wife. “We wanted something warm.”

Just as important, she adds, “We wanted something that really embraced its property.” To make sure they would be able to forge a seamless connection between house and land, the two enlisted Estes in the hunt for the perfect spot on which to build. “We considered several pieces,” the architect says. “We walked around them and talked and did some schematic layouts of how a house might sit on the site.” Their research and discussions led them to a dramatic stretch of thirteen acres in Westwood, Massachusetts, with glacial hills and valleys, rocky outcropMarch/April 2011 New England Home 93

The dining area with its artisan-crafted walnut table and chairs separates the kitchen and living room in the open floor plan. Top right: Architect Jim Estes designed the kitchen with its transom windows and mahogany cabinetry. Bottom right: Tall windows make dining in the breakfast nook like picnicking outdoors.

pings, forested areas thick with oak, pine and birch trees and lowlands lush with fern and witch hazel. Once they settled on the land and a basic sense of how the house would sit on it, the couple wisely brought landscape architect Stephen Stimson on board to ensure that house and landscaping would evolve together. “The property had lots of different landscape spaces and habitats,” says Stimson, who has offices in Cambridge and Falmouth, Massachusetts. “The owners wanted to do some vegetable farming and gardening, they wanted spaces for the children to play and for entertaining and they wanted to respect and enhance the native ecosystem.” As he worked on a landscape design that addressed all those wishes and Estes fine-tuned the house, barn, pool house and other structures, the two pros kept in 94 New England Home March/April 2011

touch every step of the way. The result is, just as the homeowners wanted, a beautifully integrated whole. The entry drive sweeps through a grove of sugar maples that shield the house from the road for a sense of privacy. Eventually the driveway opens to a dramatic view of orchards, wildflower meadows and woodlands that embrace a house so perfectly suited to the land it looks as if it has grown up simultaneously with its natural surroundings. The long, one-story home presides at the top of a ridge, its roofline breaking at the midpoint to form twin peaked wooden roofs. The kitchen, living room and dining room sit under one peak, the bedrooms under the other. Jutting out from between the two halves of the house is the main entrance, topped with a low-pitched roof of copper. The exterior of the

Kitchen and bathrom cabinetry, crafted of mahogany, is almost Asian in its simplicity. house is clad in a mix of broad, rough-hewn red cedar clapboards and irregularly cut granite from a New Hampshire quarry. No fussy framing trims the windows. “They wanted it very simple,” Estes says of his clients. Simplicity reigns inside, too. Walls in every room are the same serene neutral shade. “I wanted the interiors to be as toned down as possible because we wanted the view from the windows to be the focus of the house,” the homeowner says. “I wanted a palette that would go with whatever the colors are outside as the seasons change.” March/April 2011 New England Home 95

“We wanted a house that was modern, but warm, not stark and cold.”

The custom-made exterior windows and interior transoms—and there are many of both, most opening out from the bottom, awning style—are trimmed in handsome, understated mahogany. Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, crafted of the same mahogany, is almost Asian in its simplicity. Lightly polished limestone the color of sand covers the kitchen countertops and the floors throughout the main living area. Breaking just slightly from the utter simplicity, the ceilings are made of painted boards with a one-eighth-inch gap between them. “The gaps create shadows and make the ceiling more interesting,” Estes explains. Cranston, Rhode Island–based interior designer Kirby Goff brought in carpeting and furniture that echo the quiet palette and modern lines of the house. Custom-designed Tibetan rugs of silk and wool from Steven King in a variety of subtle patterns and colors add warmth and texture to the rooms. To ward off the chilliness that can result in such contemporary design, Goff chose upholstery fabrics in a range of textures. “I looked to menswear-inspired fabrics,” she says. “I used wool, mohair, cashmere, leather—fabrics with a wonderful hand and that are very organic.”

The serene palette and contemporary lines continue in the master bedroom. Left: A stone terrace is a perfect place for evening stargazing. Facing page: Mahogany and limestone outfit the master bath.

Because privacy wasn’t an issue, Goff eschewed window treatments in favor of Conrad woven grass shades that diffuse light and remove glare without obscuring the views. Back outside, Stimson played off the natural topography—the long, linear nature of the property, the outcroppings of stone and the existing meadow and woodlands—using stone walls and stairways to creates a series of spaces for the many uses the homeowners had in mind. Husband and wife enjoy tending to the fruit trees, vegetable garden, flower gardens and a kitchen herb garden. The pool area offers plenty of space for entertaining, including a clematis-covered pergola that lets guests take a break from the sun. And the couple’s three young children can stage games on the broad lawn, go exploring in the woods or chase after the butterflies and dragonflies that are drawn to the meadows. Their clients aren’t the only people who love the work Estes and Stimson did. Estes won Custom Home magazine’s 2010 House of the Year award as well as an honor award from the Rhode Island chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and Stimson was given a 2010 merit award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Awards aside, the true measure of a home is how it feels to the people who live in it. “We love every bit of it,” says the happy homeowner. “My husband and I will live here forever.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 148. March/April 2011 New England Home 97

BLUE HEAVEN Inspired by the view from her secondfloor windows, a designer creates her own tiny paradise above the bustle of the Common in Salem, Massachusetts. TEXT BY REGINA COLE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS • INTERIOR DESIGN: BARBARA PERVIER • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

Barbara Pervier believes in drapery. “It’s not home until the curtains go up,” the Salem, Massachusetts, designer insists. • She also has strong feelings about millwork, tinted ceilings and classical proportions. • Pervier, who lives with her Jack Russell terrier, Ralphie, in an 1830 redbrick house facing Salem Common, put those convictions into practice when she bought her condominium. With carefully considered window treatments, moldings, subtly colored ceilings and other details that lead the eye upward to tall ceilings or outward toward the view, she created a home with big panache in a footprint measuring a mere 640 square feet. • Small rooms in old houses can present challenges, but Pervier’s design creates a sensibility that’s anything but cramped or fusty. With a personality far more expansive than its square footage, her home is a lovely showcase for her antique furniture, art and well-loved collections. 98 New England Home March/April 2011

Pale blue walls make a serene backdrop for warm, neutral furnishings in the living room. Facing page clockwise from far left: Drapery panels anking twin windows draw the eye to the view. A nineteenthcentury Swedish desk is a cherished old friend. A bit of sparkle is never amiss.

“To guide me, I used the memory of how it felt the first time I stepped into this room,” Pervier says as she snuggles into a fireside wing chair upholstered in creamy white linen. “I walked to the windows and looked out at the Common, the trees, people walking and the beautiful old buildings. I resolved to always focus on the view.” In service to that view, she painted the living room walls a color she describes as soft blue-gray-green. “This shade of blue brings the sky in from outside,” she says. “It’s very soothing and makes for a feeling of openness.” The hue is a first for her. “I like blue, but before this I never had blue walls,” she confesses. Two living room windows gaze down on the iconic New England cityscape. Flanking them is a single pair of luxurious silk panels in the same blue as the walls. With a Greek key motif at the leading edge, each panel drapes the outside of one of the windows. The sophisticated design seems to increase the room’s size while placing the view front and center. Crown moldings the color of ginger line the upper walls, drawing the eye upward and making the room look larger still. Other elements contributing to the living room’s tranquility include the neutral herringbone pattern of the flat-weave broadloom rug, the simple, pale upholstery on sofa and chairs and the opalescent Murano glass lamps, all of which bring “I like things an elegant restraint suited to the building. fresh, simple. “The style of the house is classic, but neutral,” I like to come the designer says. “The proportions, to my home and feel eye, are perfect.” Pervier has loved historic architecture since, serene.” as a child, she visited an aunt who lived on Boston’s Marlborough Street. “I loved to visit the grand old brownstone, and I used to say, ‘Someday I’m going to live in one of these beautiful houses.’ ” Her old-house fondness, however, has no truck with fussy fabrics or crowded rooms. “I’m not someone who likes a lot of pattern. I always like things fresh, simple. I use a lot of neutrals; I like to come home and feel serene,” she says. “Also, when the background is neutral, it allows objects to stand out.” This philosophy informs the bedroom, where millwork applied to soft beige walls lends distinction and a sense of space. A coverlet and pillows in a standout Manuel Canovas plaid in plum, beige and cream drive the color scheme for the room. Above the fireplace, twin sconces flank a Federal bull’s-eye mirror. “The sconces are brass, which I painted with gold-leaf paint,” Pervier says. “It softens them and makes them look less garish beside the antique mirror.” She used the same trick to age the brass of the bedside table with a soft patina. “I have always loved to mix old and new,” she says. “Sometimes the new has to be aged a bit.” 100 New England Home March/April 2011

Large architectural prints bring a spacious sensibility to the kitchen’s small dining area. Facing page top: At the kitchen’s business end, a stone garden plaque echoes the house’s neoclassical spirit. Facing page bottom: Barbara Pervier and Ralphie.

Applied molding and a sophisticated silk plaid bring formal elegance to the bedroom. Facing page top: Pervier added pierced corner blocks, crown moldings and a chair rail to recreate past glamour. Bottom: In the bedroom: collections and reections.

In the kitchen, a white marble countertop with warm gold veins sets the tone. The narrow room allows for a table and chairs at one end. The walls here are blue, too, though a paler shade than that of the living room. At the kitchen’s far end, a window looks down on a wide perennial bed planted by the designer. “I have it all,” she says, “a home that suits me perfectly, a wonderful city neighborhood and even a garden!” Pervier stresses the impact of local history on her design work. “Where a house is located “A room isn’t is very important,” she says. painted if “When you live in a town rich with heritage, you have to acyou leave the knowledge that. In the living ceiling bare,” room, the gilt head mounted on she declares. the wall between the windows is my nod to the figureheads on Salem’s famous China clippers.” In another nod to the sea, Pervier has strewn seashells all about her home. She places them on fireplace mantels, heaps them in bowls and keeps them on the desk as paperweights. Ever since she was a child, when her father collected them on a posting to Okinawa, Pervier has loved seashells. “I’m a nature girl,” she says with a laugh. “They make for interesting shapes and textures in most any kind of room.” Perhaps they’re also responsible for her penchant for iridescence, whether in a collection of silvery elements on a tabletop, clear glass drawer pulls that reflect and refract sunlight in the kitchen or the delicate tints she applies to ceilings. “A room isn’t painted if you leave the ceiling bare,” she declares. “The soft tints reflect light in flattering ways and can be subtle echoes of stronger colors.” The designer knew she had gotten her home just right when she participated in the annual house tour sponsored by Historic Salem. “Lots and lots of people came through,” she recalls. “And I got lots of positive comments, mostly from women. What I remember best, however, was hearing a man say, ‘I could move right in here.’ Then I knew that it works!” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 148. March/April 2011 New England Home 103

Interior designer Wendy Valliere stored the blue Parisian doors for years until she ďŹ nally found a place for them on the porch wall of her home, accented by her collection of Majolica. Facing page: A garden blooms atop a tiny addition that replaced an unattractive bulkhead.


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endy Valliere has never been one for drama in her life. Her interiors—well, that’s another story. She loves bold patterns and colors, red- and black-lacquered woods, even flocked paper on walls and ceilings. Her 1842 farmhouse in the heart of Stowe, Vermont, is color-saturated, pattern-packed and filled with antiques and art, playing out her favorite design themes. When she bought the house, it was hardly the sweet, brick-front home you see now. Rather, it was a stark white structure filled with brown shag carpeting and a Meerkat Manor collection of tiny rooms. Accustomed to tackling seemingly impossible projects for demanding clients, Valliere rarely saw the fourteen-month

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With its eccentric mix of color and pattern, the living room conveys cozy charm. Facing page top: A twig pergola houses the perfect lunch spot. Facing page bottom: Valliere added the broad wraparound porch.

renovation as daunting. With the assistance of architect Ernest Ruskey of Stowe’s Tektonika Studio Architects, she stripped the house down to just three walls, installing all new electrical, plumbing and air conditioning systems and moving almost every door and window. “We literally took the roof off, removed floors and reconstructed the house,” says Ruskey. A wide covered porch wraps around the front and along one side of the house, showing off a glossy black ceiling to match the exterior window trim. Valliere added three fireplaces to the house, including one on a screened porch addition at the back. Not only did she recreate a house, she also rebuilt a life and business that she had left behind after fifteen years on Nantucket. Almost nine years ago, in the wake of being embroiled in the trial of her longtime client, former Tyco CEO

Dennis Kozlowski, the designer was ready to escape the limelight. “There was so much negative press, so many rumors, mistruths. I felt extremely uncomfortable,” she says. “I decided to take a few years off, staying in Vermont, taking care of old clients and not working with anyone new. All I did was work prior to that.” The painful period allowed Valliere to reconnect with friends and to do the things she loved. “I hiked, I biked, I skied and kayaked,” she says. “I got healthy physically and emotionally.” Her business, Seldom Scene Interiors, opened its Vermont location in the 6,000-square-foot barn that sits just behind the house. She’s as busy as ever with clients in New England, Florida and England, but now she approaches work on her own terms. “I ski before I go to work every

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Freestanding cabinets between the dining room and kitchen display a collection of blue and white Staffordshire dishes. Facing page clockwise from top left: Valliere with her housemates, Elise and Teddy. Red lacquered cabinetry was inspired by a favorite shade of Chanel lipstick. An antique painted chest and Venetian-glass mirror make a handsome powder room vignette.

morning,” she says. “I don’t care if it’s minus-20 degrees. In the summer I bike or hike.” After years of working on spaces for other people, Valliere embraced the chance to express her own tastes in her Vermont home. “I’d always wanted to do Chanel lipstick–red cabinets in the kitchen,” she says. “I hadn’t done it for a client, so I thought in this cold climate I’d do it for myself.” Even in this day of instant color matches, the hardest thing was finding the precise shade she wanted. Making matters more complicated, red typically oxidizes over time and eventually turns a cranberry hue, not what the designer had in mind. So she painted several coats of a custom high-gloss red on the cabinets and then topped them with several layers of non-yellowing clear finish. The countertops and backsplash of handmade blue-andwhite tile are similar to those Valliere had in her Nantucket house. They complement her extensive collection of Staffordshire transferware, most of which sits in a wall of glass cabinetry that divides the kitchen from the dining room. A red, white and blue kitchen might at first seem an unusual choice for the Canadian-born designer, but the final look is definitely more French then Uncle Sam. At the front of the house Valliere provided visual separation between the square living room and the entry and stair areas by having an elaborate design painted on the ceiling. She re-covered existing pieces of furniture in favorite fabrics in a mix of patterns. “It’s supposed to be cozy, warm and comfortable,” she says. “The drapery fabric has cows on it and really speaks to Vermont. There are just a lot of things I like in that room.” In warmer months, the screened porch serves as the preferred gathering spot and dining area. A collection of antique Heywood-Wakefield wicker surrounds the stone fireplace while a pair of blue doors Valliere purchased at a Paris flea market hangs on a wall of black-painted brick. Upstairs, one of two guest rooms revisits the red, white

and blue theme of the kitchen. Here, the colors come in the form of antique quilts Valliere converted into draperies, a red-and-white toile wallcovering, and a headboard covered in blue velvet. A giant swan footboard she found in Paris completes the room’s theatrical look. The drama of the guest room has nothing on the master suite, however. For years Valliere’s wardrobe has consisted of black and white with the occasional Hermès flourish, and she carried the theme to her own bedroom and bath. Walls and ceiling in the bedroom are covered in black-and-white flocked wallpaper while a custom rug, chandelier, dresser, chair and bedding continue the color scheme. In the bathroom she started with a black-and-white wallcovering, then painted the cabinetry and woodwork shiny black. A gleaming nickel-clad tub reflects its surroundings. Outside, Valliere created a number of spaces for relaxing or entertaining, including a fire pit, an outdoor dining area under a twig pergola and a small structure over a bulkhead door topped with her version of a green roof. In the spring the roof blooms with pansies, summer finds it covered with geraniums and during the winter it’s laid with greenery and holly. “I had a lot of fun with this house,” says Valliere. “I’m glad I took my time doing it. It’s a very personal house.” She loves the town of Stowe as much as she loves her house. “I knew I wanted to live in town like I did on Nantucket,” she says. “I wanted to live where I could walk to coffee and get the paper. I wanted to see traffic and people. It’s an amazing place. It’s magical. Stowe’s like Nantucket was back in the day. It’s the best of a lot of worlds.” While she wouldn’t change the location, she is after all, a designer, and things in her own home change. “The dining room table comes and goes, as does the kitchen table,” she says. “I wouldn’t sell the transferware, the light fixture in the dining room, any art, old wicker or the blue French doors. But everything else I can redo, remake and find again.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 148.

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A ocked fantasy in black and white, the master bedroom shines in its absence of color. Facing clockwise from top left: Antique red and white quilts serve as guestroom draperies. Added drama comes from the velvet headboard and antique swan footboard. The master bath echoes the bedroom’s black and white theme.

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING Fieldstone walls, majestic oaks and rolling meadows pay homage to agrarian roots. But history won’t repeat itself here: cut limestone, solar panels, a pool and studios for art and music mark a contemporary new chapter in this changing landscape. Photography by Brian Vanden Brink Location Chilmark, Massachusetts Designer Kris Horiuchi, Horiuchi Solien Landscape Architects, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 540-5320, www. 120 New England Home March/April 2011

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outcry from a handful of designers over Boston’s spankingnew, $500 million Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts. According to the anti-Wing designers, the new addition is a lost opportunity, an unexceptional box interchangeable with upscale malls, hotel lobbies and corporate headquarters anywhere in the world. While we can certainly understand this position, we sympathize equally with the pro-Wing camp’s insistence that it’s time to abandon the musty, pseudo-aristocratic palazzo fantasy and move on. One anti-Winger recalls how, as a young girl habitually late for her art class, she scampered along the MFA’s palatial 500 feet of freezing, windblown granite facing Huntington Avenue. Up the marble steps to John Singer Sargent’s luminous rotunda she sped. There she found herself entranced, marveling at how she had been transformed from a shivering waif in Boston’s February dusk to an Italian princess! It was magic. No such magic was in store in the MFA’s new wing for our princess waif, now an architect. She complains that the stairs leading to the new galleries brought her to a tight landing, where she was met by an inauspicious set of fire doors and the steely jaws of a freight elevator—a major affront to her design sensibilities. “Creating a welcoming transition from one space to another is an essential part of the design vocabulary,” she explains. • • • 124 New England Home March/April 2011

Taking the other side, Jeff Stein, currently on sabbatical from his position as Dean of Architecture at the Boston Architectural College, heartily approves of the transitions and treatments of space in the new wing: “It’s not like the usual faceless, darkened galleries with stuff in them. I enjoy its scale—how it allows for Jeff Stein many different views.” The MFA controversy got us thinking: what makes for a great transition in the home? How do designers pull off the challenge of orchestrating transitions—from room to room, outside to inside, public to private—that are warm, welcoming and rational? • • • After an arduous decade turning around a spy satellite company, Carey Erdman made his own transition five years ago, switching to a career as an interior designer. Guests who visit the roof deck of his South End home are amazed at what they find—a lush container garden Erdman created that makes the roof “like a whole extra floor.” In his clients’ homes, he often uses botanicals to mark transitions. “We can alter the perceived depth of a space by placing dark, coarse plants in the foreground and fine-textured, lighter plants on the far side of the room,” he says. As another example: “We can signal a change of purpose or energy in a space with botanicals, as well: grouping lush, tropical plants around a soaking tub for a spa-like, private feeling, or bright, blooming plants in a breakfast gazebo to provide a sense of fresh energy as you start your day.” • • • Designer Wendy Valliere has offices in Stowe, Vermont, and on Nantucket, but she also spends quite a bit of time working in Europe. “We just did a large apartment on Boulevard St.-Germain in Paris, and now we’re totally restoring a Georgian castle on 1,000 acres outside London,” she relates. Valliere shares her own trick for creating a welcoming transition: “I love to introduce a home with a Wendy Valliere ‘view corridor’—that is to say, a clear visual trajectory from the front door to a significant feature: a beautiful outdoor space, a grand staircase, a fantastic fireplace.” • • • Sandy Lawton, a builder and architect with ArroDesign, is part of an avant-garde group that’s using tough fabric instead of hard-to-recycle rigid plywood forms for pouring concrete. One fabric-formed house Lawton is working on with his students—he’s also a teacher at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vermont—is uniquely curvaceous and inviting. What stands out is the transition from outside to in, marked by the front-door casing. Lawton and his students imprinted a Baroque-patterned, burnt-

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out velvet into the fabric form itself, leaving behind a pattern as welcoming as concrete has ever been. • • • Good transitions are all about color and lighting, says PRISM Award–winning designer Michael Cebula, of Newburyport, Massachusetts. “In terms of color, rep- Michael Cebula etition of key hues creates an atmosphere of comfort and calm,” he notes. “A color-scheme evolution can maintain a feeling of continuity by featuring the same colors in different aspects. For example, if a foyer were painted in an earthy red tone, an adjacent room could present that same red in a printed fabric or decorative accent piece.” Lighting choices, he adds, “should sustain a level of relevance to each other, not only in style, but also in degree of brightness. A steady, soft light makes differences less jarring and eases one into a new design environment.” • • • Concord, Massachusetts–based designer Kristin Drohan cites French doors as an essential element of her design vocabulary. “They’re a relatively inexpensive way to communicate a transition, and they feel luxurious,” says the designer. “Recently, I added double French doors inside a master bedroom to set off the sitting area from the sleeping. The doors also served as one extra threshold this mother of four little girls could use to escape the household mayhem.” • • • IFDA Rising Star Rebecca Wilson of Needham, Massachusetts, starts with first impressions: “When I’m designing the entryway, I keep in mind how it will set the tone for the rest of the home. It should be warm and welcoming, and to create that mood I imagine what a guest would need in the space. When transitioning from the Rebecca Wilson first to the second floor I look for ways to draw the eye up: an art series along the stairway wall, a piece of furniture, a painting or a pretty mirror at the top of the stairs. This gives the sense of being carried along from one level to the other."

• • • Indeed, that very tactic comes into play as one transitions from floor to floor in the MFA by way of the original building’s Grand Staircase. There, the eye is drawn up by Sargent’s murals: Orestes and Hercules, Science and Philosophy unveiling Truth. Admittedly, that’s a tough act to follow for the unassuming fire doors and freight elevator that await at the top of the new wing’s stairway. But at the MFA, as in the world of design in general, there’s room for every taste. • Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to

New and Noteworthy Residential Architect magazine short-listed Hutker Architects this January in its first-ever tribute to “Architects We Love.” We’re fine with this as long as it’s remembered that we loved him first, naming Hutker to the New England Design Hall of Fame way back in 2008. For the second year in a row, Nantucketbased interior designer Kathleen Hay has won “Best International Interior Design” in the International Property Awards. The 2010 awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Television, Google UK, Kohler, Maserati, the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times, had more than 60,000 entries from 110 countries in 21 categories. Let no one accuse Habitat for Humanity International of giving out easy grades or honors. Of its 1,500 U.S. affiliates, just two a year receive Habitat’s Clarence Jordan Award. This year one of the coveted awards went to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity for a passive house project in Charlotte, Vermont. Design credits go to architect J.B. Clancy of Boston’s Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, where 2007 New England Design Hall of Fame inductee James V. Righter is senior partner. After almost four decades on Boston’s Newbury Street, Marc Glasberg has moved his Marcoz Antiques to St. James Avenue, taking over the space vacated by Arclinea. In a move of a different sort, Mark Helman has relocated from the design firm of Siemasko + Verbridge to R.P. Marzilli, where he’s the new vice president of business operations for the Medway, Massachusetts, landscaping firm.

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appeals to both the first-time gardener and the greenest green thumb. This year’s theme is “A Burst of Color: Celebrating the Container Garden.” See more than twenty-five professional gardens on display; learn about gardening, floral design and more at a lecture or demonstration; and discover new horticultural and gardening products. Preview party on Tuesday, March 15, 5:30–8 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston;; (781) 237-5533; 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.; $20

Through March 10

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) hosts BuildingEnergy 2011, the only conference where architects, designers, builders, policymakers and manufacturers work together to determine what’s possible. Conference sessions range from emerging trends in renewable energy to deep energy retrofits of residential buildings. More than 150 exhibitors will feature the latest sustainable technologies and products. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; (413) 774-6051;; check Web site for admission pricing

10 Portland Flower Show: “Enchanted Earth” Through March 13

Each year the interiors of antique buildings on Portland’s eastern waterfront are transformed into lush garden spaces. In addition to gardens that delight the senses, vendors offer an array of gardening items, and informative lectures educate visitors on a wide variety of topics. Portland Company Complex, Portland, Maine; (207) 775-4403; www.portland; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $15


Meet local and regional building and landscaping contractors to discuss plans, and browse various products and services to learn about the latest ideas in home renovation, planning and updating. Rockingham Park, Salem, N.H.; (978) 534-0587; www.northernshows .com; 4–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $6

Boston Flower & Garden Show Boston’s biggest horticultural happening

19 Carnival of Dreams

This second-annual gala event features carnival games with prizes, live and silent auctions and a special menu of delicious dishes from Boston’s top chefs. Proceeds will benefit the Room to Dream Foundation, whose mission is to help provide chronically ill children throughout the greater Boston area with healing environments. Artists for Hu-

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Portland, Maine (888) 772-2693 www.greenhut March Forth March 3–26 A group show of gallery artists Art Showers March 31–April 30

McGowan Fine Art Concord, New Hampshire (603) 225-2515 Stops Along the Way March 1–April 1 Works by watercolorist Bob Larsen Bert Yarborough April 5–May 6

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Providence, Rhode Island (401) 454-8844 Rhode Island Treasures March 3–April 2 Work by Rhode Island artist Michael Bryce A Delicate Karma; Recent Thoughts and Conversations April 7–May 7

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12 38th Annual Connecticut This is the premiere show for pre-1840 American furniture and decorative arts. More than sixty of the country’s most respected antiques dealers present outstanding examples of furniture, porcelain and pottery, American silver and pewter, fine art, brass and ironware, textiles and much more. Connecticut Expo Center, Hartford, Conn.; (860) 345-2400; www.ct; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.; $10

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Remodeling Show Through March 27

At Connecticut’s largest and longestrunning home and remodeling show, the Home Builders Association of Hartford County offers attendees a one-stop shopping experience in home products and services. Find a wide range of home improvement, building and remodeling exhibits featuring thousands of ideas for the home and yard. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Conn.; (860) 563-4565;; 5–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Sun.; $10


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Conversations on Architecture: Michael Murphy MASS Design Group is a design collaborative committed to building high-impact, socially valuable architecture in resource-limited settings. Hosted by Brian Healy, AIA. The Architects Building, Boston; (617) 951-1433; www.architects .org/lectureseries; 7 p.m.; $20 North Shore Home & Landscape Show Through April 17

The North Shore Home & Landscape Show is known as a one-stop shopping resource for homeowners and potential homeowners looking for the latest in renovating, upgrading and planning ideas. Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield, Mass.; (978) 534-0587; www.northern; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $6

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More than fifty quality dealers display their wares at this annual antiques show, which is sponsored by the Duxbury Boosters Club to benefit high school athletics. Lunch and homemade baked goodies will also be available. Appraisal day is Sunday, March 28. Duxbury High School, Duxbury, Mass.; (781) 934-0111;; $7 134 New England Home March/April 2011

The architectural profession is undergoing tremendous change. Disciplinary boundaries have diminished. As practitioners become more collaborative, project delivery becomes more integrated. Audrey O’Hagan, the Boston Society of Architects’ 2011 president, talks about opportunities to collectively re-examine the architect’s role and ways to forge new paths to ensure growth, outreach, visibility and relevance. Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library-Copley Square, Boston; (617) 951-1433; www; 6 p.m.; free

28 Beyond Shelter Gala

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This younger sibling of the original Build Boston show, focused specifically on residential design, will feature 100 exhibitors showcasing the most up-todate industry trends. The event includes more than eighty-five workshops for professionals and consumers. Be sure to stop by New England Home’s booth! Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; (781) 821-6730;; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Fri.; visit Web site for workshop and conference costs

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The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) will once again host the annual Art in Bloom festival of flowers, featuring arrangements by fifty local garden clubs and professional florists. This year the masterful arrangements will be inspired by works hanging in the MFA’s new Art of the Americas Wing. Events include workshops, guided tours, a lecture and demonstration by renowned floral designer Nancy Clarke and more. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; (617) 267-9300;; 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Mon.–Tues. and Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–9:45 p.m. Wed.–Fri.; $20

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Agave Sofa from Lee Industries “Lee has a new line of fully upholstered furniture for indoors or out. I recently used this sofa in a threeseason space. It’s casual, comfortable and durable.” SUNDRIES FURNITURE, FALMOUTH, MASS., (508) 495-5588, WWW.SUNDRIESFURNITURE.COM


Memphis Recamier “With its fresh, clean lines, the Memphis chaise from JANUS et Cie’s Loom collection completely dispels the notion that wicker is only good for Victorian porch furniture.” BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-5001, WWW.JANUSETCIE.COM


Nineteenth-Century French Daybed “Who wouldn’t want to cozy up on this one-of-a-kind antique daybed? I’m particularly fond of the simple lines and industrial feel of the frame combined with the soft, texturedlinen cover.” THROUGH KATE JACKSON INTERIOR DESIGN

Michael Carter pictures the sunroom as a luxurious space that lets homeowners enjoy the outdoors in every season of the year. CARTER & COMPANY INTERIOR DESIGN, BOSTON, (617) 2275343, WWW.MCARTERANDCO.COM

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Katsugi Fabric “This is one of my all-time absolute favorite fabrics. The beautiful large-scale print sings ‘sunny days are here to stay.’ I’d design long draperies with a mini pinch-pleat header and mount them on aged rubbed-bronze hardware, perhaps over a bamboo shade.” F. SCHUMACHER & CO., BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 482-9165, WWW.FSCHUMACHER.COM


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Tisbury Game Table “This table works for casual dining as well as games. It’s made of reclaimed barn board, and I’ve paired it with Chappy side chairs in a beautifully saturated navy blue zero-VOC painted finish. Add the Thomas Paul jute pillows and a triptych by Natural Curiosities, and one wall of your sunroom is complete.” THROUGH MARTHA’S VINEYARD INTERIOR DESIGN


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2 Scoop Chair from Gloster “What a decadent outdoor spot for lounging. The shape reminds me of a giant scoop of ice cream. How cool and delicious for summer!” AILANTHUS LTD., BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 482-5605, WWW.AILANTHUSLTD.COM

3 Gate Andirons from John Lyle Design “These andirons with a Greek key design are a strong geometrical accent to any fireplace. They provide a beautiful gleam to a transitional room. Very chic!” FURN & CO., BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 342-1500, WWW.FURNCO.US 5


4 Custom Hand-Knotted Nepalese Carpet “This beautiful wool and silk hand-knotted carpet feels as luxurious as it looks. The subtle pattern and coloring make an elegant backdrop for furnishings in any room.” STEVEN KING DECORATIVE CARPETS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 426-3302, WWW.STEVENKINGINC.COM

5 Ikat Fabric from Bermingham & Co. “This handwoven silk has such rich vegetable-dye colors. The diffused pattern gives an artisan quality while at the same time being very ‘today.’ Wonderful for accent pillows and occasional chairs.” BRUNSCHWIG & FILS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 348-2855, WWW.BRUNSCHWIG.COM

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Karin Lidbeck Brent, Contributing Editor A long, cold winter (like the one we’re just emerging from) is bearable—even welcome—when I can snuggle next to the fireplace wrapped in a soft mohair blanket. My fetish for collecting throws is evident in my living room, where a giant antique basket overflows with cozy favorites. And when I’m styling a room, a throw casually draped over an armchair or folded meticulously on a bed is the final touch that makes the scene feel warm and real. I recently discovered a designer who breathes excitement into the traditional throw. Dublin-born Sarah O’Sullivan-Kim travels back to her native country to find inspiration for her popular Ireland-made collection of contemporary merino, cashmere, lambswool and mohair blankets. The color palettes range from eye-popping brights to soft neutrals in plaids and geometrics, and they are so yummy you want to eat them! You can find O’SullivanKim’s blankets and other cozy comforts at Sorcha, her little gem of a shop that specializes in contemporary Celtic art and design. $215–$229.98. HINGHAM, MASS., (781) 749-7110, WWW .SORCHASTORE.COM

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief Wilton, New Hampshire, woodcarver William J. Schnute happened to send me a postcard recently, showing some of his work. I fell in love immediately with this set of white oak doors he created for the entry to a client’s house. The organic disorder of the foliage, depicted in high relief, is extremely compelling, and slices of geode lurk subtly in the sculpted root system. Schnute says his work is often based on plant and animal motifs drawn from a client’s home environment, creating a kind of “slice through the landscape.” Pieces will frequently incorporate stone, glass or other materials in addition to the carved wood. His one-man studio also produces memorable gates, signs, mantels, headboards, room dividers and other varied architectural items. OAK LEAVES STUDIO, WILTON, N.H., (800) 621-2506, WWW.REDSHIFT.COM/~ OAKLEAVES

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor New England, with its preponderance of Shingle- and Colonial-style houses, would appear an unlikely spawning ground for a modern movement in architecture. As ironic as it might seem, though, our area holds some of the earliest—and many of the finest— examples of modernist houses in the country. Want proof? Take a look Tomorrow’s Houses: New England Modernism. Architect and critic Alexander Gorlin shows us twenty-seven houses from Maine to Connecticut designed by such mid-twentieth-century luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. These architects and others, Gorlin writes, “reinterpreted native traditions such as the ancient stone walls of forgotten farms as essential elements of their composition.” Built of wood, stone and glass, the clean-lined, often spartan homes reference the past, look to the future and speak to today’s yearning to live in harmony with the natural environment. Geoffrey Gross’s photographs show the houses at their very best, both inside and out. $65. AVAILABLE THROUGH RIZZOLI, WWW.RIZZOLIUSA.COM, AND AT AREA BOOKSTORES

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1 Sometimes it’s tough to get out of bed, but don’t expect things to get any easier with Serena & Lily’s comfy cotton sateen bedding, now at Summer House Furnishings. The sophisticated yet sweet Annabel collection features a pattern of birds and blooms in pale blues and papaya, perfect for a guest room or teen’s boudoir. RYE, N.H., (603) 319-1655, WWW


3 Vagabond House recently released a new collection of lighthearted animalinspired tableware. This owl pitcher is sure to be a—excuse the pun—hoot at your next soiree. The quirky pewter pitcher (complete with wide glass eyes) is available at Decorative Interiors. MANCHESTER CENTER, VT., (802) 362-4836, WWW.DECORATIVE INTERIORS.COM

5 We always turn to Devonia Antiques when it’s time to set an elegant table. And what could be more enchanting than these circa-1890 Cauldon shell soup bowls? The rare, artist-signed set of twelve is adorned with intricately detailed sea creatures in pastel tones, perfect for a party. BOSTON, (617) 523-8313, WWW .DEVONIA-ANTIQUES.COM


2 Talk about global influences: designer Dennis Duffy discovered the Alternative Vital collection, a Spanish line of sustainable furniture, while at Maison & Objet in Paris this past January. The sleek, sophisticated pieces are a perfect fit for his Boston showroom, D Scale. BOSTON, (617) 426-1055, WWW.DSCALEMODERN.COM

4 Dine in style around the Batavia dining table, just in at M-Geough. The beautiful oak burl banding and pecan inlay make a great conversation starter, and its circular design ensures flowing dialogue at mealtimes. The hand-planed walnut table can expand from 66 to 86 inches should an intimate family dinner grow into a feast with friends. BOSTON, (617) 451-1412, WWW.M-GEOUGH.COM

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6 Avolli owner Tricia Mitchell is always on the hunt for fabulous Swedish, Danish and northern European antiques and home furnishings. One of her latest finds is this 1920s French crystal-and-glass chandelier. We think the emerald green gives it unexpected flair. SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE, (207) 767-1901, WWW.AVOLLI.COM





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7 Baby, it’s (still!) cold outside, so when you need to warm up grab a Harbor blanket from Unison. New at Addo Novo Home, the soft all-fleece blanket is available in throw and bedding sizes and comes in a range of cozy colors including pecan, olive, ivory, graphite and cranberry (shown here). PORTLAND, MAINE, (888) 276-1994, WWW.ADDO NOVO HOME .COM

9 Osborne & Little has just launched four spring collections. The Laguna wallpaper is part of the company’s Grand Tour collection, which draws inspiration from Italian treasures such as scrolling acanthus plasterwork, marine birds and wooded landscapes. Laguna features a repeating silvery stork motif against a soft lilac-gray background. BOSTON, (617) 449-5506, WWW.OSBORNE ANDLITTLE.COM

8 Showroom has a bevy of new pieces from Casa Milano in stock this spring, including a box-shaped inox steel end table on wheels, a low-slung oak coffee table and these black leather-covered Martin armchairs—a contemporary, comfortable take on a director’s chair. BOSTON, (617) 482-4805, WWW.SHOWROOMBOSTON.COM

10We recently blogged about the colorful Achille chairs now available at Casa Design, but another new item also caught our eye: the curvaceous Kiko stool by Porada. Top its ten walnut ribs with a fabric or leather cushion, and it becomes the perfect place to sit a spell. Without a cushion, it’s an eye-catching end table. BOSTON, (617) 654-2974, WWW .CASA DESIGN BOSTON .COM

11 This whimsical late-1800s “dolphin bench” is just one of many turn-of-the-century treasures waiting to be discovered at Nothing New Antiques. Measuring fourand-a-half-feet long, the quartersawn oak bench boasts hand-carved, sea-inspired details on the arms, feet and front panels. It’s in mint condition with its original finish; the seat raises for storage. ARUNDEL, MAINE, (207) 286-1789

12 Now available at Steven King Decorative Carpets, Chops by Rug-Art is a handknotted Indo-Tibetan rug inspired by the contours and timbre of the electric guitar. Fully customizable to any size, shape or color, Chops features playful forms that “appear to dance across a soft textured ground in a profusion of rhythm, harmony and balance.” BOSTON, (617) 426-3302, WWW.STEVENKINGINC.COM March/April 2011 New England Home 147

Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes

Center, (617) 574-9261,; pair of blue and white Oriental ceramic lamps by Vaughan through Webster & Co. Page 86: Stove by Wolf, (800) 222-7820,; sink by Harrington Brass in satin nickel and pot filler by Rohl in satin nickel from Billie Brenner Ltd., Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2858, www.billie

RETURN ENGAGEMENT PAGES 82–89; custom upholstered chair in

Architect: Jan Gleysteen, Jan Gleysteen Architects, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 431-0080, www. Interior designer: Anne Becker, Anne Becker Design, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-1448 Builder: Geoff Caraboolad, Metric Construction, Boston, (617) 787-1158, Pages 82–83: Custom-colored wallpaper from Gracie, New York City, (212) 924-6816, www; antique French pine buffet from Dillon & Co. Antiques, Plymouth, Mass., (508) 747-2242,; custom oval table from Guy Chaddock through Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-6600, www.robertallendesign .com; two sets of antique circa 1880 French Louis XIII upholstered oak dining chairs through Eron Johnson Antiques, Denver, Colo., (303) 777-8700, www.eronjohnsonantiques .com, with woven raffia fabric by F. Schumacher & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9165,; tape trim on chairs by Samuel & Sons, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,; antique gilded French Louis XVI mirror through Regency Antiques, Boston, (617) 742-3111,; gilded chandelier with rope attachments by Vaughan through Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, Pages 84–85: Black-lacquered Chinese console from Danish Country Antiques, Boston, (617) 227-1804,; Chinese mirror in tortoise finish from Carvers’ Guild, West Groton, Mass., (978) 448-3063,; custom mosaic tile from New Ravenna, Exmore, Va., (757) 4423379,; Romanian Aubusson needlepoint rug in living room through Stark Carpet, Boston Design Center, (617) 3575525,; tufted camel-back sofa by Barbara Barry from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876,, with mohair velvet fabric by J. Robert Scott, New York City, (212) 755-4910,; English-arm club chairs through Baker, Knapp & Tubbs with silk chair fabric from Brunchswig & Fils, Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2855, www.brunsch; Chinese Chippendale chair and gilded carved stool from Minton Spidell through MGeough, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412,; silk textured chair fabric by Ralph Lauren and stool fabric by Clarence House, both through Webster & Co.; barrelback chair with exposed wooden frame by Charles Fradin, Denver, Colo., (323) 930-1057,; coffee table by Niermann Weeks through M-Geough; floral brocade fabric by Scalamandré, Boston Design

fabric by Jane Shelton through Webster & Co.;

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family room through Anne Becker Design with red throw pillow fabric by Fortuny, New York City, (212) 753-7153,; embroidered throw pillow from Chelsea Textiles Ltd., New York City, (908) 233-5645, www.chelsea; glass ribbed lamp from Ralph Lauren through Webster & Co.; curtain fabric from Quadrille through Furn & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 342-1500,; grass wallpaper through Berkeley House, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-6874, www Page 87: Antique English regency tilt-top breakfast table in palisander wood from Trianon Antiques, Boston Design Center, (617) 443-1020,; hemptextured banquette cushion fabric by F. Schumacher & Co.; throw pillow fabric by Peter Fasano through Webster & Co.; Roman shade fabric by Travers through The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, www; tole chandelier from FDO Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2800,; caned bar stools by McGuire through M-Geough. Page 88: Wallpaper from Cowtan & Tout through The Martin Group; silk curtain fabric from JAB for Stroheim through Ailanthus, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-5605, www; custom bench designed by Anne Becker made by Artistic Frame Company, New York City, (212) 289-2100, www.artistic with fabric from Groves Brothers through Furn & Co.; alabaster double gourd lamp with silk shade from Frederick Cooper Lamp Co., Boston Design Center, (617)-4826600,; Milan trellis

A PERFECT MATCH PAGES 90–97 Architect: James Estes, Estes/Twombly Architects, Newport, R.I., (401) 846-3336, www Interior designer: Kirby Goff, Cranston, R.I., (401) 490-5929 Landscape architect: Stephen Stimson, Stephen Stimson Associates, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 548-8119, and Boston, (617) 578-8960, Landscape installation and stonework: R.P. Marzilli, Medway, Mass., (508) 533-8700, Builder: Timothy Connors, Old Grove Partners, Needham, Mass., (781) 444-3566 Cabinetry: Joseph Yoffa Custom Woodworking, Newport, R.I., (401) 846-7659 Page 92: Custom living room carpet from Stark Carpet, Boston Design Center, (617) 357-5525,; sofa, armchair and ottoman from B+B Italia through Montage, Boston, (617) 451-9400,; sofa and chair fabric by Holly Hunt, New York City, (212) 755-6555,; ottoman covered in leather from Edelman Leather, Boston Design Center, (617) 330-1244, www.edelman; lamp by Palmer Hargrave through The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, Page 93: Swimming pool by Custom Quality Pools, Billerica, Mass., (978) 663-8290, www Page 94: Dining table by Peter Zuerner, Zuerner Design, North Kingstown, R.I., (401) 3249490,; dining chairs by Paul Bergeron, Bergeron Inc., Assonet, Mass., (508) 644-7126; custom rug from Stark Carpet. Page 95: Table and chairs from B+B Italia through Montage; chair seat leather from Edelman Leather. Page 97: Custom rug from Stark Carpet; chair from B+B Italia through Montage.

pattern carpet in oatmeal from Stark Carpet; custom chaise lounge through Anne Becker Design with fabric from Cowtan & Tout through The Martin Group; faux bamboo floor lamp from John Rosselli, New York City, (212) 593-2060,; custom round tufted ottoman through Anne Becker Design with fabric by Travers through The Martin Group; ottoman tassel fringe by F. Schumacher & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9165, Page 89: Ladybug Red wall paint from Benjamin Moore,; custom upholstery through Anne Becker Design with chintz fabric by Brunschwig & Fils; sisal rug by Stark Carpet; pair of chinoiserie mirrored sconces by Vaughan through Webster & Co.; antique paper maché table from Braswell Galleries, Stanford, Conn., (203) 357-0753,

BLUE HEAVEN PAGES 98–103 Interior designer: Barbara Pervier, BP Interiors, Salem, Mass., (978) 744-6461, Pages 98–99: Birdbath wall color by Sherwin Williams, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-1647,, with Benjamin Moore Dove White trim, www.benjaminmoore .com; Cord ceiling molding trim from Farrow & Ball, Boston Design Center, (617) 345-5344,, Sail Cloth ceiling paint from Benjamin Moore; mahogany demilune table with satin wood, walnut, rosewood and boxwood inlays from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs,

DRAMATIC IMPACT PAGES 104-111 Interior designer: Wendy Valliere, Seldom Scene Interiors, Stowe, Vt., (802) 253-9252, and Nantucket, Mass., (508) 325-0577 Architect: Ernest Ruskey, Tektonika Studio Architects, Stowe, Vt., (802) 253-2020, www


Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876,; yew box on stand from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs; small painting over demilune by Ronald Barton, Brookline Village Antiques, Boston Design Center, (617) 542-2853,; sofa from Landry Upholstery, Peabody, Mass., (978) 5320907,; antique pine box on cocktail table from Brookline Village Antiques; gold-leaf starburst mirror from The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 9512526,; seeded glass sconces from Chapman Lighting through FDO Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2800,; cherry chest with boxwood stringing from Richelieu Furniture, Richelieu, France,; carpet from Crescent Carpet Importers, www.crescentcarpetimporters .com; drapery rods from Antique Drapery Rod Co., Dallas, Tex., (214) 653-1733, www.antique; cocktail table by EJ Victor through Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-6600, www.robertallen; mirror over chest from Mirror Faire through Baker, Knapp & Tubbs; chair fabric by Barbara Barry through Kravet, Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615,; ponyfur ottoman with nail-head trim from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs; small painting from Kaminski Auction Gallery, Beverly, Mass., (978) 927-2223,; star lamp from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs; French chair from Oly through FDO Group with raffia chenille fabric by Barbara Barry for Kravet; throw pillows by Pindler & Pindler through Berkeley House, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-6874, Page 100: Dishwasher drawer from Fisher Paykel, Page 101: Arctic wall color from C2, www.c2; Classic Gray ceiling color from Benjamin Moore. Page 102: Sail Cloth wallcolor and Dove White trim by Benjamin Moore; lavender and gray linen fabrics by Pindler & Pindler through Berkeley House; architectural moldings from Lynn Lumber, Lynn, Mass., (781) 592-0400, www.lynn; white duvet and shams from Barbara Barry Poetical Bedding, available at fine retailers throughout New England; plaid fabric by Manuel Canovas through The Martin Group; headboard from Charles P. Rogers, New York City, (800) 582-6229,; chandelier from The Home Depot, www.home, painted in Benjamin Moore Sailcloth.

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Resources Builder: B & D Builders, Inc., Derby, Vt., (802) 766-4985 Millwork: Woodmeister Master Builders, Holden, Mass., (774) 345-1000,, and DB Designs, East Montpelier, Vt., (802) 272-1888 Decorative painting: Mindy Jackson Jefferys, Randolph, Vt., (802) 276-3806, and Molly Plaster, Dedham, Mass., (508) 280-3750 Landscape designer: Wendy Valliere, Seldom Scene Interiors Landscape lighting design: Billy Knight, Knight Electrical, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 325-8839 Gardener: Teresa Pepin, Eden, Vt., (802) 6258959 Flowers: Wildflower Designs, Stowe, Vt., (802) 253-6303 Page 105: Pergola, arbors and fencing by Rustic Cedar, Irasburg, Vt., (802) 754-2357, www Pages 106–107: Rug from Mitchell Denburg, Delray Beach, Fla., (561) 274-3611, www.mitchell; sofa from Wesley Hall, Hickory, N.C., (828) 324-7466,, with fabric from Old World Weavers through Stark Carpet, Boston Design Center, (617) 357-5525, www.stark; drapery fabric by Rose Cummings through Brunchswig & Fils, Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2855,, with trim by Rogers Custom Trims through Clarence House, New York City, (212) 752-2890, www; drapery fabrication by Miller Parisian, Philadelphia, Pa., (212) 238-6500; armchair fabric by Ardecora at Susanne R. Lifestyle Boutique, Miami, Fla., (305) 573-8483. Page 108: Curtain fabrics from Pindler & Pindler through Berkeley House, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-6874,, Clarence House through Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, www.webster, and Lee Jofa, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0370, Page 109: Handmade tile by Country Floors, New York City, (212) 627-8300, Page 110: Wallpaper from Pierre Deux, New York City, (888) 743-7732,; rug from Stark Carpet; valances and trim on antique quilt curtains from Thibaut, Newark, N.J., (800) 223-0704,; master bath tub from Urban Archaeology, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-4646, www.urbanarchae; wallpaper from F. Schumacher & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9165, www; rag rug from Loominaries, Califon, N.J., (908) 832-6652, www.loominaries .com; drapery fabric by Tanger from Designers Guild through The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, Page 111: Bed with custom finish from Louis J. Solomon, Hauppauge, N.Y., (631) 232-5300,; mirror from C. Bell, West Palm Beach, Fla., (561) 533-6505, www; custom wool rug from Mitchell Denburg; wallpaper from Designers Guild through The Martin Group; dresser from Dacunha Antiques, Brooklyn, N.Y., (718) 3493464,; bedding by Leontine Linens, Georgetown, Ky., (502) 8636050, • 150 New England Home March/April 2011

Premier Properties If You Lived Here... Setting Nestled in the Green Mountain National Forest, the southern Vermont town of Manchester sits at the foot of 3,850-foot-high Mount Equinox. Commute The nearest big city is Albany, New York, about fifty miles away. A twoand-a-half-hour drive will bring you to Burlington, Vermont, or Hartford, Connecticut; Boston is a three-hours-plus trip. Attractions The Equinox Resort has been drawing visitors—including Presidents Taft, Grant, Teddy Roosevelt and Benjamin Harrison—since it opened in the 1850s. Hildene, the mansion built by Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, is a popular museum house. The Southern Vermont Arts Center is a respected venue for both the visual and performing arts.

Situated on almost fourteen acres, this home looks out on meadows, mountains and stands of mature trees. The five-bedroom, 6,471-square-foot house lists for $1.549 million with Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Manchester, Vermont, (802) 362-5040,

Manchester, Vermont Thanks to its enviable location in the valley between the majestic peaks of the Green and Taconic mountain ranges, Manchester has been a resort town practically since it was chartered and named by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761. Over the years, the town saw its share of marble mills, iron mines and lumber companies, but its popularity as a summer vacation spot for the middle and upper classes spawned by the Industrial Revolution kept it from becoming overdeveloped. Not that the town is anti-business: the venerable Orvis Company has been making its fishing equipment and selling sporting goods and clothing here since 1856, and with some fifty outlet stores, Manchester is Vermont’s Mecca for shoppers. It’s also home to a handful of creative technology companies that have sprung up since the start of the new century. Manchester dodged a bullet in the 1930s when a Works Progress Administration plan to carve ski trails on Mount Equinox fell through, saving the town from becoming just another overbuilt ski resort. Instead, it retains its small-town feel even as it draws thousands of visitors in all seasons. For the lucky 4,500 or so people who call it home year-round, Manchester stands as a perfect example of a town that has invited progress but held onto its soul. —Paula M. Bodah

Housing Houses for sale run the gamut from Colonial Revival and Federal–period to cape-style to contemporary, but almost all are set on good-sized swaths of land with mountain views. What It Costs A number of traditional cape-style houses on a couple of acres can be found in the $500,000 range. Larger homes on more acreage run from around $750,000 to $1.5 million. Your Next-Door Neighbors Manchester’s small, affluent population includes university professors and employees of the area’s technology firms. As a resort town, Manchester is also home to many people who work in the hospitality industry. How You’d Spend Your Free Time Manchester boasts upwards of fifty outlet shops and a variety of boutiques and galleries. The arts are a big part of life here, too; the Southern Vermont Arts Center holds exhibits and performances all year. For winter sports enthusiasts, Manchester is close to a number of popular ski areas.


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CARLISLE, MA. This 44-acre property offers an exciting one-of-a-kind estate with a tennis court and a five-acre pond. Abutting hundreds of acres of conservation land on the Concord line, the property boasts unparalleled views and access to hiking trails. $3,500,000. Brigitte Senkler / Sharon Mendosa, 978.369.3600

MANCHESTER, MA. Renovated 1800’s antique residence set in the heart of Manchester Village. Features include period details throughout and an updated gourmet kitchen. Private rooftop terraces atop both the main residence and the guesthouse surveying harbor views. $1,699,000. Jessica Tully, 978.865.1276

WESTON, MA. This Queen-Anne style estate features Art Nouveau and Craftsman details throughout. Originally built in 1870 and extensively restored. With four levels of living, a separate carriage house and stunning landscaping. $5,950,000. Paige Yates / Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, 781.894.5555

NORWELL, MA. Signature Campbell Smith designer home set on over 7 acres. Elegant living spaces with high ceilings and columns. Gourmet kitchen, sunken family room, in-ground pool and manicured gardens. $1,799,000. Liz McCarron, 617.347.4140

DOVER, MA. 26-acre estate located in one of Dover’s finest neighborhoods and is connected to the local trail network. Comprised of rolling lawns, woodland and 2 scenic ponds, a main residence, guest cottage, recreation lodge, carriage house, pool, tennis court and a buildable lot. $7,499,000. Jonathan Radford, 617.335.1010

WESTON, MA. Stone-and-shingle country estate located in a coveted Weston Golf Club neighborhood. Comprised of 15 rooms, six bedrooms, a formal living room, banquet-sized dining room, custom kitchen and a cinema. $9,250,000. Paige Yates / Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, 781.894.5555

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Westport, CT $7,800,000 MLS#98474731, Michelle&Company, 203.454.4663

New Canaan, CT $6,895,000 MLS#98452394, Sharon Rosano 203.962.1264

Fairfield, CT $6,750,000 MLS#98468790,Al Filippone Assoc., 203.256.3264

Westport, CT $4,875,000 MLS#9848735, Edie Anderson, 203.858.4668

Stonington, CT $4,000,000 MLS#E239871, Nancy Gordon, 860.608.1596

North Falmouth, MA $3,340,000 MLS# 21010281, Nick Fish, 617.710.0080

Soutbury, CT $2,485,000 MLS#W1059388, Shari Sirkin, 203.910.3207

Newton, MA $2,295,000 MLS#71178225, Tatiana Kagan, 617.584.4834

Osterville, MA $2,250,000 MLS#20805995, Jonathan Matel, 508.221.1770

West Falmouth, MA $2,190,000 MLS#21010442, Nick Fish, 617.710.0080

Duxbury, MA $1,945,000 MLS#71101008,MaryBeth Davidson,781.934.2104

Wellfleet, MA $1,925,000 MLS#21006919, Ray Schuster, 508.237.1989

Wellfleet, MA $1,875,000 MLS#21007864, Kim Arestad, 508.469.2083

Weston, CT $1,799,000 MLS#98477466, Lisa Choi, 203.216.7266

Stonington, CT $1,669,000 MLS#E244121, Kathryn Roy, 860.235.3490

Kent, CT $1,595,000 MLS#98458026, Ed Servick, 860.318.0901

West Hartford, CT $1,590,000 MLS#G562907, Ina Cooper, 860.922.6069

Marblehead Neck, MA $1,495,000 MLS#71145896, Steve White, 781.690.6433

Stonington, CT $1,195,000 MLS#E244814, Steve Cook, 401.871.2110

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