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34 The Perfect Blend

18 From the Editor

Interior designer Emily Shakra combined old and new with mid-century pieces to reflect her clients’ style. By Barbara Coles | Photography by John W. Hession

44 Connecting Past and Present

Homeowners and their design team married a historic home to a new building to create an award-winning New England farmhouse. By Andi Axman | Photography by John W. Hession

54 An Artful Transformation

With help from interior designer Leslie Rifkin, a Bedford family redesigned their home to reflect their lifestyle and showcase their art collection. By Jenny Donelan | Photography by John W. Hession

22 On the Town 24 Favorite Finds

For Great Design

28 Home Cooking

Chowders and Bisques— Simple and Elegant By Mary Ann Esposito

61 Special Advertising Section Profiles of Architects and Designers

82 Garden R x

A Garden with a View By Robin Sweetser

91 Home Resources 92 M ark Your Calendar ! 95 Index of Advertisers 96 At Home in New Hampshire February Trees

By Joseph Monninger Illustration by Carolyn Vibbert

69 By Design

A Grand Show House By Debbie Kane

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Nancy Belluscio is a photographer specializing in architectural and environmental images. Originally from the White Mountains, she and her family now live and work in the Monadnock Region. She may be reached at Barbara Coles has long reported on life in New Hampshire, first at Nashua radio station WOTW, then at New Hampshire Public Television and most recently at New Hampshire Magazine. She’s now a contributing editor for the magazine and editor of its Bride issues as well as a freelance writer for other publications. She can be reached at Jenny Donelan is an editor and writer with a wide variety of interests, and has covered areas that include computer technology, best business practices, pets, skiing and home design. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and numerous other publications. Mary Ann Esposito is the host of the public television series Ciao Italia, now in its twenty-eighth season, and the author of thirteen cookbooks, including her just-publisshed, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy. She lives in New Hampshire. Visit her website at

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from the editor

The Nitty Gritty


uccessful design—whether it’s for an article of clothing, a smartphone or a house— results from the right combination of many details. A dress needs to be stylish and flattering. A smartphone has to have all the right stuff inside—and be sleek and

sophisticated on the outside. A home needs the appropriate style, the required number and size of spaces, at the right price in the right location—and that’s just the beginning. As the great German-born modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said, “God is in the details.” Details are important and far from simple. As an editor, I can’t help but chuckle at the synonymous expression “the devil is in the details”—God and the devil finally agree on something! Any designer will tell you that the details are more complicated than they seem; and if you don’t pay attention to them, you’ll have hell to pay. The common thread for stories in this issue is successful design and what that takes. Interior designer Emily Shakra, of Emily Shakra Design in Bedford, used an eclectic mix of new and old—with many authentic, mid-century pieces—for her clients in Bedford (cover

Successful design

and page 34). Last summer, interior designers from New Hampshire and beyond transformed a Beaux

results from the

Art beauty in Nashua into a show house that benefited Home Health and Hospice Care in

of many details.

primary goals of homeowners who sought out interior designer Leslie Rifkin, of L. Newman

right combination

Merrimack (page 69). Making their home more comfortable and better displaying their art collection were the Associates in Manchester (page 54), for their renovation. Sheldon Pennoyer and Jasmine Pinto, of Sheldon Pennoyer Architects in Concord, designed an addition to a circa 1815 farmhouse in the Monadnock area (page 44). Their efforts were so successful that the project was acknowledged twice at the 2018 New Hampshire Home Design Awards. First was for Excellence in Architectural Design and second was for 2018 Home of the Year. Another farmhouse—this one built in the 1990s—sits on a spectacular site, with magnificent gardens, terraces and views of Mount Sunapee and Lake Sunapee—thanks to help from landscape architect Peter Cummin, of Cummin Associates Inc. in Stonington, Connecticut (page 82). As you dream of summer gardens and beautiful places, shake off January’s chill with Mary Ann Esposito’s elegant bisques and comfort-food chowders (page 28). Then look ahead to February, as writer Joseph Monninger does, when it will finally be time to prune fruit trees and delight in knowing that spring is right around the corner (page 96).


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In October, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance (NHPA) announced its 2018 Seven to Save list, which includes the mill pond at Canterbury Shaker Village. Development Director Maggie Stier (left photo, left) and Executive Director Susan Bennett, both of Canterbury Shaker Village, along with architectural historian James Garvin, represented the village’s project. Also that night, Sue Booth (middle photo, left), of Vintage Kitchens in Concord, was recognized by NHPA Executive Director Jennifer Goodman for her ten-year tenure on the Board of Directors. Among the places the NHPA board and friends visited on their tour of the Newfound Lake region in November was Camp Mowglis (right photo), a summer camp in East Hebron founded in 1903. Photography courtesy of Steve Booth

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Members and friends of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) celebrated microbreweries with ARCHtoberfest in late September at the Moffat Ladd Warehouse in Portsmouth. Among those enjoying libations from Earth Eagle Brewing, also in Portsmouth, were (left photo, from the left) Elizabeth Nguyen, Brian Murphy and Alyssa Murphy of Manypenny Murphy Architecture in Portsmouth. Lafe Covill (right photo, left), of TMS Architects in Portsmouth, thanked Sarah Mortimer, of Office Resources of Portsmouth, for her company’s sponsorship of the event. Photography by John W. Hession

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Home cooking with

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Chowders and Bisques— Simple and Elegant Add bread and salad, and you have a perfect winter meal.


have been eating chowder and bisque most of my adult life, but I never really stopped to think about

their origins. Both chowder and bisque have their beginnings in French cook-

ing, but what is the difference? Chowder comes from the French word for cauldron, a large cooking vessel used to make stews. When we think of chowder, thick and hearty come to mind, as well as something soothing for coldweather eating. Chowders can be endless in their makeup, and can contain anyand everything from vegetables to meat, seafood and poultry. How many of us have made thick turkey chowder with Thanksgiving leftovers or craved that extra bowl of corn chowder? photography courtesy of Paul Lally

Bisque is a whole different meal, and the etymology of the word is not clear; some say it is a combination of bis, meaning twice, and cuites, meaning again—since lobster and shrimp shells are not discarded, but cooked twice and puréed to provide a rich base for the soup. Bisque is elegant and smooth, and often features wine and cream as

and best made and consumed right

size. Try to use vegetables that will cook

ingredients. However, I often use rice


together in the same amount of time;

as a thickener in place of cream. The most obvious and popular bisque

One of the techniques I employ

for instance, carrots, potatoes, sweet

when making a vegetable bisque is to

potatoes and celery will all cook well

is lobster bisque, but in today’s kitchens,

cut everything very small; this not only

together. For less dense vegetables—such

bisques are also created with vegetables,

shortens the cooking time, but makes it

as onion, zucchini and eggplant—add

such as the delicious zucchini bisque on

very easy to purée the soup. An immer-

them to the pot about five minutes later.

page 29. Tomato and squash bisques are

sion blender is the perfect tool for the

also popular, filling and satisfying.

job, but a food processor or blender can

chowders can add variety for cold-

be used as well.

weather meals. Add a salad and some

Chowders can stand the test of a few days in the refrigerator and taste even better the next day. Bisques are delicate,

For chowders, vegetables should be cut into small chunks—all the same

Elegant bisques and comfort-food

nice crusty rolls to round out the meal, and winter won’t seem so bad.


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Zucchini Bisque

Ser v es 4 – 6

This zucchini bisque is thickened with Arborio rice—the same rice used to make risotto because it has a high starch content, which lends the creaminess to the soup. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large carrot, diced 1 medium sweet onion, diced 1 cup diced fennel or celery 4 cups diced zucchini 1 large clove garlic, minced 1 chicken bullion cube, crushed 3 cups chicken broth 1 cup cooked Arborio rice (1/2 cup rice cooked in 12/3 cup water) Juice of 1 lemon Salt, to taste Grinding black pepper 2 tablespoons minced parsley 2 tablespoons minced thyme Garnish with Fried Zucchini Balls (recipe below) 1. Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the carrot, onion, and fennel or celery. Cook a few minutes until the vegetables soften. Stir in the zucchini, garlic and bullion cube. Cook until the zucchini softens. 2. Add the broth and cooked rice, and cook covered for 5–8 minutes or until the vegetables are very soft. 3. Stir in the lemon juice. Purée the soup in batches, or use an immersion blender, until it is smooth. Correct the seasoning with salt and pepper, and stir in the parsley and thyme. 4. Garnish with 3 Fried Zucchini Balls per serving of soup. Serve hot.

Fried Zucchini Balls

M a k es 1 6

3 cups shredded, raw zucchini

1. Wrap the zucchini in paper towels and set aside.

2/3 cup flour

2. Combine the flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a bowl. Set aside.

Salt and pepper, to taste

3. Place the eggs in separate bowl and beat with a fork. Place the breadcrumbs in a separate bowl.

Dash ground nutmeg

4. Place the zucchini in the bowl with the flour and toss to coat. Shake off excess flour and transfer the zucchini to the beaten eggs and toss to coat well. Transfer the coated zucchini to the breadcrumbs and coat well.

2 large eggs 11/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs 2 cups vegetable oil for frying

5. With your hands, gather a small amount of the coated zucchini—the size of a whole walnut—and form it into balls. Set aside. 6. Heat the oil in a saucepan to 375°F. Add the zucchini balls a few at time and fry until golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain. 7. Serve as garnish for the Zucchini Bisque, and enjoy the extras as a mini appetizer while still warm. Recipes courtesy of Mary Ann Esposito

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Corn and Bok Choy Chowder

Ser v es 8 –1 0

On wintry days, I take a bag of summer out of my freezer in the form of corn—the very corn I bought last August and took the kernels off of the cob so I could have that fresh taste when the snow flies. You can substitute corn from the grocery store for this chowder that feeds a crowd, and is packed with flavor from the stock made from the corn cobs as well as a bevy of available veggies, such as zucchini, bok choy and onions. 4 large ears of cooked corn on the cob 1/4 cup diced pancetta 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, minced 2 cups chopped bok choy 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 medium yellow squash, diced ½ cup diced sweet, red bell pepper 3 tablespoons flour 1 chicken bullion cube, crushed ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric 11/2 cups evaporated milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 cups of reserved water if using fresh corn, or 2 cups of water for frozen corn Corn kernels from the 4 fresh ears above, or 3 cups of frozen corn Salt, to taste Grinding black pepper Dash of paprika 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley 3 tablespoons minced, fresh thyme ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1. Strip the corn kernels from the cob and set aside. Place the cobs in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook 10 minutes. Discard the cobs and reserve 2 cups of the water.

squash and bell pepper. Sprinkle the vegetables with the flour and the crushed bouillon cube. Stir in the turmeric. Cover the pot, and cook over medium heat until the vegetables begin to soften.

2. In a soup pot, cook the pancetta in the olive oil until the pancetta begins to render its fat. Stir in the onion, bok choy, sweet potato, yellow

3. P our in the evaporated milk, cream and the 2 cups reserved corn cob water or 2 cups plain water if using frozen corn. Bring the mixture to

just under the boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the corn and cook for another couple of minutes. 4. C orrect the seasoning with salt and pepper; stir in the paprika, parsley, thyme and nutmeg. Serve hot.

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Scallop Chowder

Ser v es 4

Years ago, when I made my first trip to Cape Cod, I was looking for a good seafood restaurant to have lunch. The Cape offers so much in the way of fresh fish and seafood that it was hard to decide where and what to eat. I drove to Chatham, where you could watch the fishermen bring in their boats, so I moseyed down to the pier to see what they had caught. Lots of lobster (no surprise there), clams, striped bass and scallops. As the haul was being lifted onto dry dock, I asked one of the fishermen what was the best way to cook scallops. He gave me just a bit of a smile, pried open a scallop shell and popped the scallop into his mouth! “Fresh as you’ll ever have them,” he said. I like my scallops cooked. Buyer beware! When purchasing scallops, be sure to ask if they are dry or water injected. Dry scallops are wild, and are not soaked in phosphates to preserve them. Water-injected scallops retain water, making them heavy and costing more. This velvety tasting scallop chowder is ready in about 20 minutes. 2 tablespoons butter 1 medium white onion, diced 1 cup diced fennel 1 cup thinly sliced button mushrooms 2 tablespoons flour 1 pound large, dry sea scallops (about 15), cut into quarters 1 cup light cream 1 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

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1 cup frozen peas 1/4 cup minced parsley 1. Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan. Over medium heat, cook the onions and fennel until softened. Add the mushrooms, and cook them until they are soft but not brown. Sprinkle the mixture with the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 2. Add the scallops and continue cooking over medium heat until the scallops turn white. Add the cream, milk, salt and pepper, and bring the mixture to just under a boil. Lower the heat to simmer and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook 2 minutes longer. Serve hot with parsley sprinkled over the top.

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Neapolitan Fish Chowder

Ser v es 8

Italian fishermen unknowingly invented fish chowders and stews that were born from the trimmings of the daily catch that no one would buy. Thrown into a pot with some herbs, spices, water and maybe wine, what was left behind became something beyond soup. Over time, the recipe was refined and added to with other ingredients, such as tomatoes and hot pepper. 4 pounds in-shell clams (littleneck or mahogany) 4 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half ¼ cup minced Italian parsley 1 cup dry white wine 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 cup chopped fennel 1 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes or ½ teaspoon hot red-pepper paste 3 cups puréed plum tomatoes 1 pound squid rings 1 pound sea scallops, cut in half 1 pound medium raw shrimp, shelled and deveined (26/30 count) Salt and pepper, to taste Juice of 1 large lemon 8 toasted bread slices

1. Scrub the clams in cold water, discarding any with cracked shells. Place the clams in a large sauté pan with 4 garlic halves, the parsley and wine. Cover the pan and cook over medium heat until the clams open. Discard any clams that do not open.

4. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions and fennel, and cook until they begin to soften. Add all the remaining garlic and continue cooking until it softens; stir in the pepper flakes or pepper paste, and cook 1–2 minutes.

2. Remove clams from the pan, reserving the liquid and straining it through a cheesecloth; set the liquid aside.

5. A dd the reserved clam juice and the puréed tomatoes; stir well and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, then lower heat to medium, add the squid rings and cook for 5 minutes.

3. Remove clams from their shells. Set aside. 32 | New Hampshire Home

6. Add the scallops and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook an additional 3 minutes. 7. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the clams and heat slowly on low heat until hot; stir in the lemon juice. 8. Place a slice of toasted bread in each of 8 large bowls. Ladle the chowder over the bread and serve. Recipe from Ciao Italia, My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy january/february 2019

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Vegetable Chowder Ser v es 6 – 8

Make this vegetable chowder on the stovetop or in a slow cooker; either way, it is healthy, tasty and satisfying. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 small zucchini, cubed 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed 1 teaspoon celery salt 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

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2 tablespoons fresh minced thyme Salt, to taste Grinding coarse black pepper 1 cup chopped button mushrooms 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with their juice


hether you live in an old house with original features, or plan to create something entirely new, the goal is the same: a consistent aesthetic theme and a kitchen that works — beautifully.

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2 cups vegetable broth

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The column-flanked entryway leads to a family room that’s designed to accommodate large gatherings and do so comfortably. There are five ottomans in the room; one that’s fifty-two-inches round centers the room. The colorful zigzag pattern on the Alf Svensson midcentury chair sets the stage for the rest of the home. 34 | New Hampshire Home

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Interior designer Emily Shakra combined old and new with mid-century pieces to reflect her clients’ style. By Barbara Coles | Photography by John W. Hession

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“A balance of youthful energy and eclectic style”— that was Emily Shakra’s goal as she designed the interior of this Bedford home. And, no doubt about it, she succeeded. Everywhere you look, this home is a feast for the eyes.

A myriad of material, color, pattern and shape—Shakra, of Emily Shakra Design in Bedford, manages to weave it all together to create a design that dazzles. Take the entryway. Walk through the custom-made wal-

nut front door, and you’ll find a space that enchants with its variety—there’s even a giant Warhol-style Jackie O peer-

ing out from a painting placed low on the wall. It is one of many spaces in the home where art is celebrated. The hand-painted accent wall replicates a 1950s W. Fox-

ton Ltd. black-and-white wallpaper. A Jonathan Adler red lamp provides the clean, bright color that Shakra uses, as she says, to “take command of the space.” Of all the items in that space, Shakra’s favorites are the pendant lights, which are made of fishing line formed into a spiraling geometric pattern and set on a Lucite frame. “I found them in an antique shop in their original boxes from Sears & Roebuck,” she says. “In my travels, whether in New Hampshire, New York or elsewhere, I’m always snapping up unique pieces to add interest to a home.” The column-flanked entryway with its coffered ceiling and arched steps leads into the family room, which is one

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Above, left and below, this page: In the open-concept dining room, a glass table is surrounded by a white vinyl settee and chairs. The lighting fixture has a ceramic drum shade. The unique navy hutch built around a window provides visual interest as well as storage. Above, right: Of all the elements in the entryway, Emily Shakra’s favorites are the two pendant lights she found in their original Sears & Roebuck box in an antique shop. A Warholstyle painting of Jacqueline Onassis hangs below the window. Below, facing page: The showpiece of the sunlightfilled kitchen is the granite countertop. It’s thicker than most because it’s comprised of two slabs mitered together. The mitering also allows it to have sharper corners.

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of three front-to-back spaces on the first floor. The

All the family room seating, and many oth-

homeowners “wanted to simplify their lifestyle

er pieces in the home, were re-upholstered or

by eliminating the traditional formal living and

custom-made by Mavrikis Upholstering & Furni-

dining rooms,” Shakra says.

ture Designs in Nashua. “Re-upholstering allows

This room portends the theme that carries

people to get what they want, with more choices

throughout the home: an eclectic mix of new and

of fabrics,” says owner Don Mavrikis. “The sky’s

old, with many of the pieces authentic mid-centu-

the limit.”

ry. ”I chose to blend pieces from different eras and

Adding a touch of whimsy to the room are

styles to create a stimulating interior that is never

three, oversized Dorothy Arnold paintings from

boring,” she says. “The interior design should mir-

Art 3 Gallery in Manchester. These are just a few

ror the architecture of the home, but it should also

of the many pieces of artwork collected over the

be a reflection of the homeowners’ style. I always

years that cover the walls of the home, sometimes

surround my clients with things that they love.”

hung in unexpected places, sometimes sitting on

‘The sky’s the limit’

the floor leaning against the wall, often a mix of mediums.

The family room was designed to accommodate

“Emily thinks outside of the box,” says Joni

large gatherings. This is accomplished with an

Taube, owner of Art 3. “That makes it more in-

eleven-foot sofa with two oversized ottomans; a

teresting. For her, art should make a statement. It

fifty-two-inch round, tufted leather ottoman that

makes people stop and think.”

centers the room; an Eames-style leather chair; and two side chairs. One of the side chairs is an

Color abounds

Alf Svensson mid-century piece upholstered in a

Color draws your eye through the three clas-

zigzag pattern in colors that set the stage for the

sic French doors to the sunroom and welcomes

rest of the home. The subtle tones of the sofa and

guests to the indoor-outdoor living space that fea-

rug provide a neutral backdrop for the bright and

tures a round Lillian August glass table. “Histori-

bold fabrics.

cally, a round table signifies all who sit around it

Facing page: The mudroom—with its mix of bold colors and patterns— was designed as a snapshot of what is to come. A custom sideboard is surrounded by original art; the lighting is a hive-like weave of steel by Hubbardton Forge from The Lighting Showroom in Bedford. Above, left: The centerpiece of the desk area in the kitchen is an oval window. The surrounding navy cabinetry provides additional storage. Above: In the half bath, intricate black-and-white wallpaper contrasts with the clean lines of the sink with a marble countertop and chrome legs. A shell light fixture hangs from the ceiling painted sky blue.

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are equals,” Shakra says. The table is surrounded by an orange mid-century Jonathan Adler chair, and a sofa and chairs—all mid-century modern originals, re-upholstered in white vinyl. In the open-concept dining room, white vinyl is again used for the custom settee and chairs that surround the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams glass table. Above the table is a ceramic drum shade light fixture by Oly. On the table are Jonathan Adler accessories and a floral arrangement, one of several in the home, by Apotheca Flowers in Goffstown. The sunlight-filled kitchen features a unique navy hutch built around a window for a display area that, this day, includes a décor-matching white cake with navy dots from Triolo’s Bakery in Bedford. The navy woodwork is continued in a desk area with storage, built around an oval window, perfectly placed for peering outside. The rest of the kitchen cabinetry, painted white and gray, has clean lines and minimalistic design. The large, gray hood dominates the back wall, where its curved design lends a pleasing contrast to the angular lines that define the rest of the kitchen. The custom, quilted stainless-steel backsplash makes a “wow” statement and ties the homeowners’ love of mid-century design into a transitional kitchen.

For the kitchen The quartz countertop is the kitchen’s real showpiece. Made of Statuario Venato from ColorQuartz, the countertop is thicker and more angular than most—a look long seen in restaurants that is starting to catch on for homes. The thickness is made possible, says Chuck Re of Mossy Creek Marble & Granite in Temple, by mitering 2 threequarter-inch slabs together. “Because it’s mitered,” he says, “the finished product can have sharper corners.” An additional counterheight table was designed to create more seating. It’s surrounded by diner-style chrome stools that were refurbished and re-upholstered in navy to blend. 40 | New Hampshire Home

Members of the design team include, clockwise, Emily Shakra (on orange chair), of Emily Shakra Design in Bedford; Pamela Lada (on green chair), of Apotheca Flowers in Goffstown; Mir Sultan, of Mir Sultan Oriental Rugs in Bedford; Don Mavrikis, of Mavrikis Upholstery & Furniture Designs in Nashua; Jason Rivers, of J Rivers Custom Furniture in Hooksett; Chuck Re, of Mossy Creek Marble & Granite in Temple; Wendy Brown, of The Lighting Showroom in Bedford; Joni Taube, of Art 3 Gallery in Manchester. january/february 2019

Framing the triple windows is a custom window treatment of grommet top stationary linen panels from J&R Langley in Manchester.

For the master suite

intellectual, but rather intuitive. The whole space appears in my mind.” Move into the en-suite bathroom, and you’ll see the décor go from subtle and complex to clean and bold. Although the bedroom’s palette

The master suite, the third front-to-back space

of blue and pink is carried through, the colors are

in the downstairs of the home, features both ro-

dramatically set against all white.

man shades and operable grommet top panels of

In the vanity area—with Tech Rail system light-

blue and white, also fabricated by J&R Langley.

ing from The Lighting Showroom in Bedford—

The panels are trimmed in pink to give a pop of

the Frost White countertops once again have

color—color that echoes the bedding.

the drop-mitered edge seen in the kitchen.

“Working with so many fabrics can be like

And, adding ambience and additional warmth

figuring out a puzzle,” Shakra says. Ask her how

to the space is a wall-hung gas fireplace com-

she solves the puzzle, and she says: “Sometimes

fortably viewed from the claw-foot soaking

one can’t explain why things work in a particu-

tub. The floor is a black-and-white basket-weave

lar room. My design and decorating aren’t always


Facing page, top: The first-floor master suite, with its double-door entrance, allows you to immediately see the color scheme that brings sophistication to the room. Above: The master suite’s colors are carried through in the en-suite bathroom. A claw-foot soaking tub is positioned for a good view of the wall-hung gas fireplace.

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Elsewhere in the home

Kashkouli-Gabbeh rug from the Shiraz region in

A black-and-white floor is also found in the

Iran—can be found in the kitchen.

mudroom—this one boldly checkered tumbled

Last, but certainly not least, the half bath. It’s

marble. Most guests enter the home through this

small but has a big visual impact. Shakra chose a

room, just off an enclosed side porch, rather than

sink with a marble countertop and chrome legs,

through the front door. That’s why Shakra de-

and a round, shell light fixture that hangs from the

signed the room as “a snapshot of what’s to come.”

ceiling painted sky blue. To give the room pizzazz,

You’re greeted with a handsome red side-

an intricate black-and-white wallpaper was added.

board designed by Shakra and handcrafted by Ja-

In each room of the home, the goal of youth-

son Rivers, of J Rivers Custom Furniture in Hook-

ful energy and eclectic style is accomplished.

sett. The sideboard is surrounded by original art

Aided by a clear vision and a talented team of

in bold colors. Above hangs a Hubbardton Forge

professionals, Shakra—like an artist—started

three-dimensional hive-like weave of steel from

with a blank canvas and turned this home into a

The Lighting Showroom.

beautiful work of art.

Facing page: An upstairs bedroom, one of three, leads out to a custom deck overlooking the pool and lush landscaping. The upstairs also has two full baths and a family room. Above: The home’s exterior offers a series of gables, dormers and warm cedar shakes against a crisp white trim. The porches add distinctive detail to the overall design.


Upstairs are three bedrooms; one of them leads out through a large patio door to a custom deck overlooking the pool and lush landscaping. There are also two full baths and a family room that provide extra space for family visits. The unique wooden slat lighting that hangs in the center of the room is visible from the outside through the oval window. Along with vintage sofas and coffee table, there is a beautiful handknotted rug, one of several in the home from Mir Sultan Oriental Rugs in Bedford. Mir Sultan Oriental Rugs owner Mir S. Saeed says the rug was made by Uzbek weavers with naturally dyed highland Ghazni wool in an Ikat pattern that is taken from the region’s traditional dress. “The Ikat pattern is so popular these days,” he says. Another tribal rug—a Persian


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present Thanks to Sheldon Pennoyer Architects in Concord, homeowners were able to marry a historic home to a new building and create


a modern-style, award-winning New England farmhouse.

By Andi Axman | Photography by John W. Hession

During a visit to friends in the Monadnock area, a couple from outside

Boston didn’t expect to fall in love with a nearby farm. But they did. One year later, when the property came on the market in May 2013, they put in an offer on the spot. “This wasn’t something we’d planned,” says the husband. “But in college, we dreamed of someday having a farm.” Being at the right place at the right time in their lives, “We jumped in with both feet,” he adds. Though the farm is a spectacular property and offers magnificent views of

Mount Monadnock from the farmhouse, that building had some issues. It was actually two houses that were joined. The original house was built circa 1815 in the valley by the dairy barn; in 1936, it was moved to the top of the hill, and in 1937, a Colonial-style addition was added. While both houses were charming and beautifully finished, the couple want-

ed a central living space with more sunlight and access to the mountain views.

q Circa 1815 house w New connector


e New addition

r New breezeway t Old garage


q w

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The floorplan (left) by Sheldon Pennoyer Architects in Concord shows the farmhouse’s architectural components. The living room (right) is in the new addition and its glass sliders provide the mountain views the homeowners had hoped to enjoy.

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Above: The entry’s black and white tiles have a Moroccan feel.

The homeowners also wanted a building that was more efficient to heat. “Once our clients gave us

Right: Just beyond the entry is the den. The transom windows carry light through the rooms.

the green light to rebuild the 1937 part of the

Facing page, top: The den’s barn door is painted dark blue, a color that’s seen again upstairs.

combined a light-filled modern addition with the

home, we were able to come up with a design that met their needs,” says Sheldon Pennoyer, of Sheldon Pennoyer Architects in Concord. His design older, timber-framed part of the house. “The new connector enables us to see both spaces together,” Pennoyer says. “It’s a delicate and natural way to bring the new to the old.” Pennoyer’s efforts were so successful that he and his firm’s project designer, Jasmine Pinto, were acknowledged twice at the 2018 New Hampshire

Home Design Awards. First was for Excellence

in Architectural Design and second was for 2018 Home of the Year. 46 | New Hampshire Home

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Photography by Nancy Belluscio

Preserving the past The wife, who studied architecture in college and worked in the field for several years, says the couple’s primary goals were keeping the 1815 house intact and building a modern farmhouse. “Maintaining that balance was the key,” she says. The husband, who met his future wife in a college architectural history class, is drawn to the

Although the 1937 house was taken down,

modern aesthetic’s clean lines and lack of orna-

lots of its pieces were repurposed. Its wide pine

mentation. His parents’ flat-roofed house with

wainscoting and flooring are now cabinets in the

expansive glass walls was designed by an architect

kitchen and dining room, thanks to Woody Hun-

from Marcel Breuer’s office and was subsequently

tington of D. S. Huntington Company in Peter-

named best house of 1957 by Architectural Record.

borough. The old front hall wall panels are now

“An ostentatious home wasn’t for me, and I

the head boards for beds in the guest rooms.

also wanted to be respectful to the history of

Many doors were refinished and reused, as well as

the farm,” the husband says. “In 2016, we hired

a pair of antique ship’s lights that were rewired

Sheldon because he understood our goals.”

and paired by the new front door. Pennoyer

Above: The design team included, clockwise from the left, Laura Trowbridge, of Laura Trowbridge Garden Design in Peterborough; Jasmine Pinto and Sheldon Pennoyer, of Sheldon Pennoyer Architects in Concord; and Phoebe Russell, of Lovejoy Interiors in Allston, Massachusetts.

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Above: The neutral palette of the living room highlights the artwork and view of Mount Monadnock. Facing page, top: To make a design statement, interior designer Phoebe Russell chose mustard yellow and white herringbone floor tiles in the connector. Facing page, center: All the flooring in the new part of the house is made from red oak harvested from the property, with help from forester Charles Koch in Jaffrey. Woody Huntington, of D. S. Huntington Company in Peterborough, made the kitchen cabinets on the left from wide-pine wainscoting and flooring salvaged from the 1937 addition. Facing page, below: The dining room is in the circa 1815 part of the house. 48 | New Hampshire Home

remembers saying, “Let’s save as much history as

great pains to keep a huge sugar maple near the

we can if we’re going to take down this building.”

new part of the house. “Tim’s team did a great

Embracing the future Another one of the couple’s concerns was en-

job protecting that tree during construction,” the wife says.

ergy efficiency. “They wanted to use wood heat,

Other design parameters

and told us what energy targets to shoot for,”

Although the new building has simple, clean

Pennoyer says. In addition to choosing a wood

lines, its design does not skimp on details. “The

pellet boiler from Froling Energy in Peterbor-

details that Sheldon drew up, Tim knew how to

ough, Pennoyer helped the homeowners think

build,” the wife says. “The two of them were very

through a large photovoltaic solar array, which

much in tune because they had worked on so

sits in the field just beyond the first-floor master

many projects together.”

suite in the old home. Although residential systems

One of the design details that stands out is

are typically 6 kW, this one is 9.35 kW and gener-

the staircase, mainly because of the material used.

ates more electricity than the house consumes;

All the flooring in the new part of the house is

the excess goes back into the grid.

made from red oak harvested from the property

To reduce heat gain on the home’s west side—

with help from forester Charles Koch in Jaffrey;

the one with views of Mount Monadnock—

the same wood is also used for the hand rails and

Pennoyer and builder Timothy Groesbeck, of

the desktop at the top of the stairs. “You can see

Groesbeck Construction in Peterborough, took

the wood edge of the stair when you’re standing january/february 2019

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nearby, and the lines are clean and perfect,” the wife says. A second detail is the three industrial-style overhangs on the exterior walls; one is over the front door. “They remind me of something you’d see in a barn, and I like the way the tie bars attach to the house,” the wife says. “It’s pretty.” A third is the way the living room and kitchen, which are located in the new part of the house, feel “almost loft-like” with their high ceilings and the wall of glass sliders facing Mount Monadnock. “When we have a dinner party, I love the transition into the dining room in the old part of the house,” the wife says. “The dining room is such a cozy space with its fireplace and seven-foot ceiling. It’s nice to have this contrast.” The wife credits project designer Pinto with choosing the location for the dining room. The homeowners had thought about putting the dining room off the living room in the new part of the house and having a second livingroom with a fireplace in the old part of the house where the dining room now is, but this scheme would have required a larger floor plan. “I thought Jasmine’s idea putting the dining Top: The upstairs bath has colorful floor tiles similar to others in the house. Right: The guest bedroom in the addition offers lovely morning views of the farm and mountains.

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room in the old part of the house was brilliant,” the wife says.

Designing the interior spaces

Other colors are found in the guest bedrooms, which each have a color wall; on the dark-blue barn door and turquoise velvet chair in the den; and the mustard yellow and white herringbone

The homeowners’ aesthetic for interior design mir-

floor tiles in the connector; and black and white

rors the one they have for architecture—blending

tiles in the entry. “The colors are intentional and

the old with the new. To help figure out how to

make a statement,” Russell says. “The homeown-

place their furnishings—antiques from the wife’s

ers’ collection of wonderful art helped dictate our

family, modern pieces from the husband’s—the


couple enlisted Phoebe Russell, of Lovejoy Interi-

“Color really affects one’s energy level,” the

ors in Allston, Massachusetts. Russell also helped

wife adds. “It can calm you down or make you

select all the paint colors and lighting as well as

happy, or it catches your eye and can surprise you.

some specialty tile.

The colors we chose are ones we’ve liked through-

One of the reasons the wife said she wanted to

out our lives.”

work with Russell is because “she has a great color

After the homeowners bought the farm and

sense.” Russell chose a neutral white that she used

began to think about its renovation, the wife

throughout the house but also bold colors in oth-

collected a lot of design magazines. She’d clip

er places, such as the orange wall along the stair

pages and pin projects on Pinterest to help give

off the kitchen. “She worked hard to get the right

Pennoyer and Russell ideas of what she and her

orange—it’s not too bright and not too dark, and

husband wanted. “I kept tearing out photos of

looks good on both cloudy and sunny days,” the

Moroccan tiles, and Phoebe said she knew just

wife says.

where to find those,” the wife says. “She saw what

The second-floor landing in the addition provides space between the guestrooms as well as a workspace.

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The front entry features an industrial-style overhang and colorful front door. The homeowners’ dog, an Australian shepherd named Hank, keeps watch near the driveway.

I liked and knew how to interpret it. The breeze-

tance and take their cues from one another.

way’s yellow and white tiles coordinate perfectly

Once he knew where the terraces were going, he

with the red oak floor, and the pattern in the

enlisted Debra Shelley, of Shelley Landscaping &

front entry makes a perfect statement.”

Masonry in Jaffrey, to help with the hardscape.

Russell also helped the couple place their ex-

“We found old pieces of granite on the land,

isting furniture, which included some chairs by

which we layered out into the landscape, Pennoy-

Charles and Ray Eames along with a chair and

er says. “That helped make the transition from the

a marble coffee table by Eero Saarinen from the

inside to the view.” Shelley also built the beautiful

husband’s parents’ house. Only the living room

stone walls.

sofa is new.

plant what grows best in New Hampshire. She also

rative light for every room. She kept the finishes

wanted to create harmony and simplicity with the

consistent, choosing antiqued brass fixtures in the

plantings, so she hired Laura Trowbridge, of Laura

kitchen and living room, and blackened fixtures

Trowbridge Garden Design in Peterborough. The

in the hall.

wife had visited Trowbridge’s garden on a Garden

Designing the landscape

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The wife is a talented gardener but wanted to

For a modern touch, Russell selected a deco-

Conservancy tour and knew others who spoke highly of her work.

Pennoyer believes that the designs of the in-

The design of the gardens included peren-

terior and exterior spaces are of equal impor-

nials, shrubs and a Japanese stewartia tree. The january/february 2019

wife also wanted annuals peppered through-

“We love everything about living in New

out the beds, which allowed the perennials

Hampshire,” the husband adds. “The nearby

time to fill in. There were planters for the patio

mountains, the strong outdoor community, the

and hemlocks put in along the driveway. “The

local food movement, the artistic community. We

homeowners didn’t want overly formal landscap-

look forward to doing more farming and being at

ing,” Trowbridge says. “They wanted the feel of an

home here.”


old country farm.”

A successful design The homeowners were able to move in to their new house in May 2017, twelve months after construction began and in time to host their daughter’s wedding later that summer. “We always wanted a house where our children would want to come visit, a fun house our kids would enjoy,” the wife says. “We now have enough bedrooms so everyone can be comfortable, and space in the kitchen to cook together. We love to gather there, or in the dining room or living room.”


Old pieces of granite were layered into the patio outside of the connector. The homeowners laud Timothy Groesbeck, of Groesbeck Construction in Peterborough, for protecting the huge sugar maple nearby during construction.

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An Artful


With help from Leslie Rifkin, A Bedford family redesigned their home to reflect their lifestyle. By Jenny Donelan | Photography by John W. Hession 54 | New Hampshire Home

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After more than a decade in the Bedford house they had bought new in 2005, the owners were ready for a change. The house was well built, and the neighborhood was a good fit for the couple and their two children and dog, but the interior didn’t align with their practical and aesthetic needs. The kitchen seemed too small for the rest of the house, especially as the wife is an avid cook. And each room was painted a different color, making for a somewhat busy environment—particularly since the couple owns many original works of art. “The art was being lost,” the wife says. “We wanted it to pop.” The couple was also looking for better flow and continuity. “We were seeking a more calming, comfortable environment,” the husband says.

Even before they started thinking about a new in-

terior design a couple years ago, the homeowners had already put a great deal of work into their approximately five-thousand-square-foot, brick Colonial house. Five years ago, the family transformed their back yard and small deck by adding a saltwater pool, split-level stone decking, a grill and fire pit area, and a putting green (their son is a competitive golfer). Other recent improvements included a custom garage, a new front entrance with hardscaping, and brick to replace the siding on three of the house’s exterior walls (originally, only the front was bricked).

Making space for art and life In 2017, the couple started looking for a designer to help them create a more comfortable and artful indoor space. They discovered the work of Leslie Rifkin, of L. Newman Associates in Manchester. “I was intrigued by Leslie when I saw what she had done with another house in Bedford,” the husband says. “Her work was comfortable but contemporary.” After the couple met Rifkin and shared their visions with her, they quickly decided they had found the right designer. “We had a look in mind, but we didn’t know how to create it,” the husband says. “Leslie understood who we were, and her ideas were on point.” The homeowners’ extensive artwork—much of it colorful—was the primary design focus, according to Rifkin. Their walls feature works by Harrisville artist The living room, with its sophisticated yet comfortable furnishings, epitomizes the home’s interior redesign.

Christine Destrempes (the mother of the husband), and Peterborough artists Daniel Thibeault and Sue Callihan, among others. Metal sculptures by the hus-

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Above: The sunken living room (in the foreground) opens up to the breakfast and kitchen area. The small painting to the left of the cabinet is by Agnus Destrempes; the print to the right is by Christine Destrempes. Top, facing page: A new, streamlined kitchen features an island with countertops at different levels—one for dining and one for food preparation. Bottom, facing page: The family room has comfortable couches for relaxing or watching TV. A large painting by Daniel Thibeault, a Peterborough artist, hangs over the couch. The prints to the left and under the clock are by Christine Destrempes.

band’s father, Noel Greiner, also appear through-

of the existing furniture was kept as is; other piec-

out the house.

es were refurbished. The homeowners estimate

Rifkin’s overarching idea was to soften and

that approximately 50 percent of the furniture in

connect the downstairs spaces by using a palette

the redesigned home is new and 50 percent pre-

of soft grays to serve as a neutral backdrop for the

existing. “I tried very hard to incorporate items

artwork. “The art was going to be the standout

that had special value to the homeowners,” Rifkin

color,” she says. Lighting for the art—including

says. “In addition, I believe in reuse and adapt-

track and LED lighting—also featured prominent-


ly in her design. Although construction wasn’t a major part

One such example of Rifkin incorporating the

removal of two non-supporting pillars between

clients’ existing furnishings into the new design

the sunken living room and the rest of the main

is the breakfast area next to the kitchen, where a

living area, and the enlargement of the kitchen

table the couple already owned stands on a col-

island. In addition, a closet and very tight pan-

orful ethnic rug that Rifkin had moved from the

try that had been almost “unusable space,” in

family room. This rug was the couple’s first signif-

the words of the husband, were opened up and

icant home-furnishings purchase made together,

converted to a handy mudroom with cubbies the

and they asked Rifkin to incorporate it somehow.

children use to organize their belongings. Matt

She decided its colors were perfect in the breakfast

Green—of MPG Construction in Merrimack, who

room, which connects the kitchen and the living

has done projects for the couple for many years—

room in an open concept.

performed the bulk of the construction work.

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Room updates

of the project, structural changes included the

The kitchen was updated for more functional

In determining the furnishings for each room,

and enjoyable meal preparation. The island was

Rifkin retained as many items as possible, while

enlarged by about a third and made into two lev-

also suggesting purchases of key new items. Some

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Designer Leslie Rifkin (top left), of L. Newman Associates in Manchester, employed a neutral backdrop throughout the house in order to let the artwork (lower left and right) stand out, as it does in the foyer and stairway. The works of art over the bench and also along the stairway are monotypes by Christine Destrempes, the husband’s mother.

and the other, with stools, for eating. “It was all

of dollars against adding carpet or a new wood

about a more functional space,” the husband says.

floor—and the results look great as well.

Kitchen specialist Solid Advantage of Lon-

One item that Rifkin very much wanted to re-

donderry installed the cabinets and countertops.

tain was a large, curved couch that embraces the

Stainless-steel appliances combine with dark gray

living room. The couch was originally covered in

wood and cabinets painted a very light gray to

leather and suede, but has since been redone in

create a streamlined, neutral workspace.

a textured taupe fabric blend that was chosen to

An important part of the kitchen redesign

handle the wear and tear of a busy family. Two

was the installation of what Rifkin calls “differ-

new, dark-wooden fretwork chairs—selected with

ent levels of light,” including LED lighting behind

care by Rifkin—provide a graphical contrast to

the shelves and “toe lighting” at floor level. The

the neutrals in the room. “Sometimes furniture is

various types of lighting help make the space

sculpture,” she says.

much more conducive to cooking, according to the husband.

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The separate dining room features striking, domed light fixtures over the table and the clients’

The sunken living room, which adjoins the

old, leather parsons chairs re-upholstered in a var-

breakfast area next to the kitchen, originally had a

iegated green chenille. An armoire, purchased

brick fireplace and a two-toned wooden floor with

by the homeowners as part of the redesign, was

a darker inlaid “racing” stripe tracing its perim-

hand-painted by Cheryl O’Donnell, of COD Dec-

eter. Rifkin re-thought the fireplace, covering it

orative Painting in Bedford, in a shade of green

with horizontal slabs of faux stone. Replacing the

Rifkin selected to coordinate with the chair fabric.

inlaid floor was a challenge, but Rifkin came up

A comfortable den/family room, with a new

with the idea of painting it dark gray and topping

couch for watching TV, now has wall coverings of

it with a sisal rug. According to the client, this ap-

beige-colored grass cloth imbued with a hint of

proach represented a cost savings of thousands

metallic sheen as well as gray-painted wainscotjanuary/february 2019

ing. A landscape painting by Thibeault hangs over

spected their specific wishes, incorporating valued

the couch.

pieces of furniture into the overall scheme and

O’Donnell painted gray over the existing

also figuring out ways to highlight the clients as

beige-colored grass cloth on the walls of the foyer

individuals. For example, she incorporated some

and stairway hall. Another interesting wall cover-

golfing references throughout the house, includ-

ing is in the downstairs powder room, with wall-

ing a golf club handle on a sliding door into the

paper featuring floor-to-ceiling birch-tree trunks.

TV room.

Rifkin helped the couple redesign the upstairs

When asked for advice on a redesign, the

rooms and the basement, which has game tables,

homeowners say: “Find the right type of designer

a TV, an exercise room and a sauna. Rifkin redid

and trust their judgment. Don’t try to microman-

the basement walls in beadboard and faux stone,

age the whole process. Give them the freedom to

and personalized the space with black-and-white

do what they do best. Trust is key.”

versions of family photographs in frames that stand out from the wall in high relief. Rifkin also

Leslie Rifkin re-upholstered the couple’s dining room chairs in a striking green chenille. All the prints are by Christine Destrempes.

Rifkin concurs. “When there is mutual respect,” she says, “it makes it all much easier.”


used some areas in the basement to display the son’s numerous golf trophies and medals to best advantage.

Working together As redesign projects go, this one seems to have been particularly harmonious, with the clients referring to Rifkin as a “rock star,” and she referring to them as “gifts.” Rifkin says the Bedford homeowners gave her free rein. On her part, she


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C. Randolph Trainor Interiors B e au t i f u l | S u s ta i n a b l e | c l a s s i c Collaboration with our clients to create comfortable, beautiful living spaces that meet their family’s needs is our focus. A recent client wrote this testimonial: “There are many ‘best parts’ in working with Randy. She is encouraging, gracious, thoughtful, non-judgmental and reassuring. Her questions helped me clarify my thoughts, and she had this great ability to move me from my preconceived ideas to a finished product that I thoroughly love!” Under the direction of principle designer Randy Trainor, C. Randolph Trainor Interiors listens thoughtfully to each client’s unique requirements. Our relationships are long-standing and meaningful. Services range from decorating inclusive of furniture, rugs and carpets, window treatments, colors, fabrics and

Randy Trainor, Allied ASID, GREENLeader AP

accessories to large-scale planning and design of an entire home. Our firm’s remodeling and new construction work spans New England. C. Randolph Trainor Interiors is an award-winning, residential interior design firm. We’ve been featured in interior design books and a variety of regional and national home design magazines. Randy Trainor is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She holds a B.A. in art history with an emphasis on architectural history, and has taught numerous classes to other design professionals on the process of working with an architect/interior designer/ builder team from the blueprint stage through move-in.

651 Main Street Franconia, NH 03580 (603) 823-8133 Portsmouth, NH (603) 433-4485

Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC Craftsmanship in Design Since 1984, CPWA has been fulfilling architectural projects throughout New Hampshire and New England. Through our long and forward-thinking experience, we will assist you through all the phases of your project—obtaining permits; securing practical budgets; design, restoration, and interior planning; site analyses to determine survey requirements and feasibility options; and developing sustainable, environmentally-friendly building practices. Our staff includes LEED AP certified architects (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). It is our craftsmanship in design, unique use of local materials, understanding of client needs and a proven track record of guiding clients through every phase of the construction process. Our goal

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Christopher P. Williams, AIA, NCARB

is your satisfaction. We specialize in sustainable building practices and offer expertise in incorporating solar, geothermal and other green/sustainable systems into client projects that enhance and protect ecosystems and conserve natural resources. With sensitivity to landscape and building site requirements, we strive to bring together the beauty of the exterior surroundings with the warmth and comfort of your home. We design and build homes to suit your needs, everyday life, and budget. We can help make your dream house a real home. When you need the best, most experienced, and progressively dedicated New Hampshire architecture team, CPWA will make your building ambitions come to life.

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Dianna Normanton Interiors B EAU TI F U LLY C U RATED INTERIORS Dianna Normanton Interiors is a full-service residential and boutique commercial interior design firm. We specialize in transforming our client’s vision into signature spaces that are layered, beautiful and unique. Our services encompass new construction or renovations, space planning, kitchen and bath design, custom finishes and furnishing selection, art and accessories selection and placement, lighting & plumbing specification, and project coordination and management. Working collaboratively and closely with the client and trades involved in each project, we achieve excellence in design and, utilizing design software such as 2020 Residential Design,

and SketchUp, we create detailed floor plans, elevations, and 3-D renderings to help clients fully visualize their new spaces. Living in the twenty-first century we believe it is important to be conscious of the impact our life has on our planet, ourselves and on the other citizens that inhabit our beautiful Earth. We are committed to sustainable design and to using responsibly sourced materials as much as possible, creating interiors that are not only beautiful and healthy, but in harmony with the environment. We are based in southern New Hampshire, and Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Fiorentino Group Architects C r e at i n g E n v i r o n m e n t s f o r L i f e Fiorentino Group Architects is a full-service architectural firm specializing in the planning and design of waterfront residences and small commercial projects. We are dedicated to the quality of the built environment creating unique, smart and sustainably-conscious designs utilizing the most current innovative building systems and technologies. With more than thirty years of professional experience, Principal Scott Fiorentino, AIA, established the firm in 2003 with the mission to create distinctive designs reflecting a client’s program and project

dni Dianna Normanton, IIDA

Southern NH, MA, and RI (603) 930-2761

Scott Fiorentino, AIA, LEED BD+C

vision. Through a combination of hand-sketching techniques and state-of-the-art computer technology, our design delivery process allows clients to be involved throughout all stages of a project. We pride ourselves on attention to detail, strong communication skills, and establishing a strong relationship between the client and project team. We enjoy design creativity and are confident we have developed a technique that allows our clients to enjoy the process as much as we do. We endeavor to make each project a memorable experience!

500 Market Street, Suite 1E Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 373-8562

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Since 1988, we have experienced many changes but our approach has remained the same. Interior designers typically focus on the aesthetics of a room, while good contractors will make sure everything works. At 3W design, inc. we bridge the gap between these two goals to create beautiful, functional spaces. Our 3,800-square-foot showroom has all of the latest products available

Cheryl Tufts, CGR, CAPS, CPG Owner and President of 3W design, inc.

for any style. Our clients inspire our designs. Through conversations and observations, we develop a relationship that helps to create a space that not only appeals to the client’s taste and preferences, but also serves the needs of their day-to-day life and maximizes the potential of their space.

Lead by Catherine Knight, AIA, Knight Architects, LLC is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm with offices in Princeton, New Jersey, and Meredith, New Hampshire. We specialize in residential renovations, additions and custom built homes, as well as select commercial projects. We provide design, zoning analysis, master planning, space planning, construction documents, bid phase coordination and construction administration services. The firm is highly regarded for outstanding projects and service. Knight Classic Homes provides custom homes built to Energy Star standards using the

latest green products and construction techniques, which provide energy efficiency and reduced fuel costs. This stunning Nantucketinspired gambrel estate is located on a pristine cove on Lake Winnipesaukee. In order to facilitate the approval process, a new home was built on the foundation of the original 1980s house. We are happy to provide more information or consult on your building project. Please contact us at (609) 252-0474, visit our website at, and follow us on Facebook and Houzz at Knight Architects, LLC.

creating beautifully functional spaces

7 Henniker Street Concord, NH 03301 (603) 226-3399 PMS 194 MAROON & BLACK

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Life Styled Interior Design Interiors Designed for Living

Samyn-D’Elia Architects, P.A. S i n c e 19 8 0, Awa r d - W i n n i n g , S u s ta i n a b l e Residential Design Ward D’Elia’s first residential design commission, in 1981, was for a local family with strong conservation principles and deep historical ties to Squam Lake. The imprint of the lake’s history, the aesthetic of the local architecture, and the focus the client placed on preservation and respect for the natural setting have informed Samyn-D’Elia Architect’s (SDA) residential design work ever since. At SDA, we approach design as a collaborative process focused on our client’s values and goals. We create excep-

Ward D’Elia, AIA and Cris Salomon, AIA

tional spaces by being insightful observers, effective listeners, and efficient communicators. Our designs embody and reflect our clients’ vision and core values, meet their current and future needs, and respect their budget. SDA’s residential portfolio contains a rich assortment of projects including meticulous lakeside camp renovations, post-and-beam family homes tucked onto the landscape, and expansive, ski-out residences— each reflecting the unique and varied tastes, needs, and dreams of our inspiring clients.

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As of one of the Seacoast’s premier firms, Life Styled has created stunning, timeless interiors in homes along the New England coastline and beyond. Our mission is to design appealing yet approachable spaces in which clients want to live and make memories. Owner and principal designer, Ashley Kelley, is innovative in her work thanks to an eye for quality, a superior sense of style and a client-centered approach to business. She offers a balance of creativity and attention to detail, which allows her to follow through at each stage of the design process. “Through open communication and an acquired understanding of our clients’ needs, we are able to build long-lasting relationships based on trust,

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respect and confidence,” Kelley says. “I strive to make projects less stressful and more enjoyable for my clients.” Life Styled works with architects and builders, allowing them to optimize interiors beyond the décor. From grand coastal homes to modern office spaces, Kelley and her team at Life Styled have created beautiful, award-winning interiors that are unique and functional for every client. Life Styled is a full-scale interior design firm with services ranging from roomto-room decorating and color consultations, to new construction planning and design for an entire home.

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Vintage Kitchens I m ag i n e a k i t c h e n …

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house itself to create a kitchen that is right for each client,” says Vintage Kitchens owner Susan Booth. “Together we look at different cabinetry options, and then put our design skills to work until we have a plan that feels right. When the finishing touches are in place, we want our clients to step back and take pride in the new kitchen they helped create.” We invite you to visit the Vintage Kitchens showroom, located in a comfortable 1850s brick house in Concord, NH.

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JL Purcell Architects AIA r e n e wa b l e e n e r g y a r c h i t e c t u r e With more than thirty years of design and construction experience, we bring a holistic perspective to residential projects. Our goal is to deliver a thoughtful and thorough architectural service that truly

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Not just about old houses (although we do know old houses very well), Vintage Kitchens is really about creating state-of-the-art kitchens and bathrooms that work exceptionally well—and look great—in the homes they are installed in. The styles may vary, but these projects share a record of long-lasting value, thanks to the quality of the cabinetry and the enduring nature of thoughtful design. “It takes a blend of professional guidance, good listening and cues picked up from the

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responds to the needs and priorities of each individual project and client. We like combining tried-and-true solutions with creative, out-of-the-box thinking and we enjoy renovation projects.

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The 1906 Frank E. Anderson house in Nashua, site of last summer’s New Hampshire Designer Show House, featured landscaping by Knott’s Land Care in Amherst; the front terrace planters were by Erica Moncada, of Sunflower Jean Garden Consultants in Nashua.

A Grand Show House Interior designers worked their magic on one of Nashua’s architectural beauties for a good cause.

the Frank E. Anderson house stands out.


for entertaining, was a fitting residence for

Built in 1906, the two-story mansion—

Anderson, a shoe-manufacturing magnate,

n a neighborhood filled with grand homes,

The marble and red-brick mansion, built

once a cultural touchstone in the city—is a

and his wife Ella. In 1925, the house was sold

beautiful example of Beaux Art architecture in

to New Hampshire’s seventy-fourth gover-

Nashua’s North End. Last summer, the home—

nor, Francis Murphy, a successful business-

now owned by Thomas More College of Lib-

man. It was later home of the Manchester

eral Arts—was briefly back in the public eye;

Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, then became

this time as a designer show house benefitting

a private girls’ high school; three years ago,

Community Hospice House in Merrimack.

it was purchased by Thomas More College.

“We brought the house back to its original

The house retains its distinctive architec-

story as a private home,” says Tina Andrade,

tural elements throughout: carved decorative

director of development for Home Health

moldings, sleek mahogany cabinetry and

and Hospice Care in Merrimack. “The house

wall trim, as well as fascinating, original elec-

maintains many historic details, but our de-

tric light fixtures that were among the first

signers re-imagined it for a modern family.”

in Nashua in the early twentieth century.

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A Grand Entrance Re-imagined by Meredith Bohn, of Meredith Bohn Interior Design in Hollis, the magnificent main-floor foyer brings back the space’s original purpose as a meeting and gathering space. Off the foyer are rooms reminiscent of an era when ladies and gentlemen had separate entertainment spaces: a former ladies’ parlor and dining room on the south side of the house, and a men’s billiards room and library on the north side. Bohn’s greatest challenge? “There were red damask-covered panels on each wall downstairs and along the grand staircase leading upstairs,” Bohn says. “It made the space appear more institutional rather than elegant. I wanted to evoke the feeling of a grand private home.” She replaced the deteriorating fabric panels with textured striped wallpaper in neutral colors, enhancing the foyer’s beautiful ceiling with its ornate, gold leaf and carved plaster trim. Befitting the space’s use for grand

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Wallpaper, fabric: F. Schumacher & Co. from Boston Design Center in Boston (617) 482-9165 • Wallpaper installation: Integrity Painting & Wallpaper in Merrimack • (603) 424-4137 Upholstery: Michael Picard Custom Upholstery in Amherst • (603) 889-9011 Painter: Architectural Coatings Company in Manchester • (603) 624-2784

receptions and musical soirees, Bohn featured a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings, using blue as an accent color in re-upholstered velvet chairs, an Empire period settee and the vintage Kerman rug. She transformed the grand staircase

The Music Room Christian Boyer, of Boyer Interior

were two pianos in the space,” he

Design in Manchester, had a clear

says. “I envisioned a European

vision for the former ladies’ parlor.

music room in black and white.”

“When I first saw the room, there

The theme took on a life of its

at the far end of the space with dramatic, twenty-foot-high wallpaper panels of scenes from Venice, creating a sense of being in an Italian palazzo. The abstract carpet runner on the stair evokes a watercolor with its blue, gold and white gradations. The massive Beaux Art chandelier is original to the Anderson house, as are the beautifully restored, quartersawn oak floors throughout the first and second floors.

Face page and top right: The grand main foyer and staircase were designed by Meredith Bohn, of Meredith Bohn Interior Design in Hollis, who re-created the spaces as grand reception and entrance points.

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The music room featured a sophisticated palette of black, gray and white combined with gold accents.

own, Boyer says. He incorporated

and an elaborate gold-framed mirror.

an elegant palette of black, gray and

Contemporary furnishings—including

white with gold accents throughout

smart gray mohair and leather accent

the space—even repainting the ceil-

chairs and a sofa—were complement-

ing’s elegant, plaster flower molding

ed by more traditional accent tables

and brushing it with gold paint. Fabric

and lamps, and tied together visually

panels along the walls were replaced

by a gray Fou-style rug.

with wallpaper in an elegant sophisticated Art-Nouveau inspired design. A focal point is the large marble fireplace, set off by original wall sconces

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Fitting seamlessly into the room is a rare late-nineteenth-century box grand piano, donated to Thomas More College by a show-house designer.

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Window treatments: P. Ritz Design in Bedford (603) 520-7022 • Gold and glass lamp: Maitland and Smith

The Library Frank Hodge, of F.D. Hodge Interiors in Boston, has a personal connection to the Anderson house. A Nashua native, Hodge remembers riding past the house on his way to school. “The Beaux Arts-style house was different for the area and peaked my interest in design,” he remembers. “It really was my Photography by rob karossis

inspiration to study architecture and design.” For the show house, Hodge focused on the library. The elegant, masculine room—with its russet, beige and chocolate brown palette— retains all its original mahogany details, including moldings and trim; built-in leaded Frank Hodge, of F.D. Hodge Interiors in Boston, designed the downstairs library. 72 | New Hampshire Home

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by elaborately carved effigies of the Greek god Pan. Hodge designed the room with a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings and accessories that created a comfortably formal look. He used Venetian plaster on the walls and painted the ceiling, leaving the plaster ceiling ornamentation intact. The room has two distinct seating areas flanking the fireplace. Furniture placement allows the fireplace to be the focal point of the room with an uninterrupted view from the foyer. Among the outstanding pieces in the room were an elaborate Italian mirror over the fireplace, along with a rare eighteenthcentury Venetian grotto chair, one of many unexpected pieces Hodge incorporated from his personal collection. T h e S h o p p i n g L i st

Rug: JD Staron from Boston Design Center in Boston (617) 772-0281 • Coffee table: Charles Spada from Boston Design Center in Boston • (617) 204-9270 Photography by rob karossis

Upholstery: Miro Upholstery in Framingham, Massachusetts • (508) 429-4300 Window treatments: K.H. Window Fashions in Northborough, Massachusetts • (508) 393-0572 Frank Hodge combined antiques with contemporary furnishings to create comfortably elegant spaces in the library.

The Scotch Lair A mahogany fireplace with carved lion heads and a family plaid inspired mother-daughter design duo Michaele Boehm and Kacey Graham, of Boehm Graham Interior Design in Bedford, in their work with the men’s Scotch lair in the home’s former billiards room. “The mahogany paneling is beautiful, Photography by rob karossis

and the bones of the room are spectacular,” Graham says. “The fireplace is a showstopper.” The massive, mahogany fireplace with its original green tile front is the focal point of the room. The designers wanted to keep the room symmetrical, with two antique mahogany chairs and re-upholstered 74 | New Hampshire Home

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armchairs flanking the center coffee table and ferns on either side of the fireplace. Boehm and Graham also added many fun, family details to the room. Inspired by the Graham family’s Black Watchstyle Scottish plaid, the designers incorporated other images of heraldry and a sense of classic style in the space, including window treatments made from Graham plaid with kilt-like details at the top and hanging a family crest in the window over a marble-topped table. A rug from PRG Rugs added a modern touch to the room as did a large, Asianinspired sideboard. Pops of gold added elegance to the space. “You can almost hear the men pouring scotch, smoking and talking,” Graham says. T h e S h o p p i n g L i st

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Gold chairs and coffee table: BelCastro Furniture Restoration in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts • (978) 649-5664 Marble-topped table: New Hampshire Antique Co-op in Milford • (603) 673-8499 Window treatments: The Leading Edge Drapery in Derry • (603) 437-8629 Lamps: Ralph Lauren Home Unique details in the Scotch lair include curtains made from the Graham family plaid (top right), a family crest in the window (top left), and a collection of hunting and Scottish-inspired decorative pieces—including a fur sporran—on the coffee table (above).

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The dramatic dining room was elegantly restored by Meredith Bohn, of Meredith Bohn Interior Design in Hollis.

The Dining Room Bohn also worked on the dining room,

with gold accents. When the lights are

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where she applied more design magic.

on, the room has the ambiance of a

This is an oval-shaped room with

glittering jewel box. The window treat-

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curved walls, a dramatic domed ceiling

ments are blue and green with a wash

as well as stunning mahogany and

of gold, and trimmed with velvet band-

curved, built-in wood cabinetry with

ing and rosettes.

leaded glass. Peter Brousseau, of Integrity Painting

“I always try to contrast the historical aspects of a room with what would be

and Wallpaper in Merrimack, gilded

there today,” Bohn says. To offset the

the fruit carving on the ceiling, which

room’s glamour, she used a Sheraton-

is ringed by original lighting. The walls

style double pedestal dining table and

are papered in navy and gold; the ceil-

chairs. A hand-woven Indian rug fit ex-

ing is painted teal green and deep blue

actly within the oval fitted-wood floor.

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Painting, wallpaper: Integrity Painting and Wallpaper in Merrimack • (603) 424-4137 Pedestal dining table: New Hampshire Antique Co-op in Milford • (603) 673-8499 Window treatments: The Leading Edge Drapery in Derry • (603) 437-8629 Upholstery: Michael Picard Custom Upholstery in Amherst • (603) 889-9011

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Contemporary style and witty accents completed this girl’s bedroom by Dianna Normanton, of Dianna Normanton Interior Design in Litchfield.

A Cosmopolitan Bedroom Honoring the show house’s

the furnishings to honor the

the high ceiling indigo blue

ers—piled high with pillows.

Beaux Arts design, Dianna

period of the house, but de-

and using gold paint to high-

Other fun details included

Normanton, of Dianna

signed the room for a young

light the cove molding; the

a hand-shaped chair, a blue

Normanton Interior Design

woman who would use the

crowning touch was a whim-

velvet settee and fuzzy otto-

in Litchfield, created a girl’s

room in 2018,” she says.

sical fuchsia ostrich-feather

man from, and

chandelier. The room’s larg-

a large stick sculpture from

bedroom that combines

The room was brightened

witty style with classic

with subtly shaded yellow

est piece of furniture was a

HomeGoods that Norman-

details. “I wanted to keep

and blue wallpaper. Norman-

white four-poster bed—with

ton used to highlight photos

some traditional elements in

ton added drama by painting

unique turnings on the post-

and postcards.

T h e S h o p p i n g L i st

Rugs: PRG Rugs in Nashua • (603) 882-5604 • Wallpaper: Osborne and Little • (617) 737 2927

Bed: Universal Furniture • Buddha hand chair: Noir • (310) 527 5501 78 | New Hampshire Home

Fabric, window treatments: B. Burton Custom Décor in Bedford (603) 714-5566 • Paint: Sherwin Williams •

Chandelier: Jamie Dietrich Designs •

Lamps: Robert Abbey (custom lamp shades) • (800) 284-6097 january/february 2019

Upstairs Bedroom Marcia Fletcher, of Marcia Fletcher Interior Design, LLC in Concord, transformed an upstairs bedroom into a cool retreat. On the southeast corner of the house, this room was once a gentleman’s bedroom, with a Juliet balcony overlooking the front yard and plenty of sunlight. Fletcher was especially inspired by the room’s original light fixtures. “All the wall sconces in the room and the ceiling fixture have the same acorn design elements,” Fletcher says. “They’re gorgeous.” Her bold, navy walls, accented by the white trim and ceiling, are historical colors taken from a hand-knotted Indian rug she selected for the room. The accent wall behind the bed isn’t wallpaper: it’s a vinyl wall graphic. Fletcher found a pattern she liked on and went to NH Print and Mail to reproduce and install it. “It’s like a big sticker,” she says. Furnishings, accessories and window treatments in the space were layered and selected to mimic colors and shapes in the room. The wrought-iron bed added a nostalgic touch that tied back to the light fixtures.

Marcia Fletcher, of Marcia Fletcher Interior Design, LLC in Concord, transformed this bedroom with a mix of furnishings and a large wall graphic behind the bed.

T h e S h o p p i n g L i st

Rug: PRG Rugs in Nashua • (603) 882-5604 •

Bed: Decorative Interiors in Laconia • (603) 524-6656 • Wallcovering: NH Print and Mail • (603) 226-4300 • Bedside table: Crate & Barrel •

Gray chest: Remember This Antiques and Collectibles in Amherst • (603) 883-0051 Window treatments, mirror: HomeGoods • Bedding: Anthropologie •

Artwork: Art 3 Gallery in Manchester • (603) 668-6650 •

Master Bathroom

T h e S h o p p i n g L i st

Window treatments, shower curtain: Greenhouse Fabrics • Sinks: F.W. Webb in Nashua • (603) 883-3355

Off the bedroom, a cheerfully re-

innovation when it was installed,

imagined master bath retains many

the shower is designed to provide

of its original details. Melissa Swidler,

massaging bursts of water from each

of SWI Designs, LLC in Nashua,

rib. Swidler polished the shower

wanted to enhance the room’s origi-

and added a cheerful floral shower

nal Art Nouveau-style pink and green

curtain, as well as matching fabric

accent wall tile. “I wanted to respect

panels on the windows.

the home’s integrity,” Swidler says.

Original oval glass mirrors hang

“I was intentionally reserved with

over each pedestal sink. Swidler even

the design so it wouldn’t take away

found frosted glass globes for the

from the bathroom’s period ele-

light fixtures on either side of the

ments.” The walls, ceilings and

sink, with key patterns that echo

trim were originally creamy white;

similar patterns on the wall tile. The

Swidler painted the walls and

light fixtures and mirrors survived a

original claw-foot bathtub a sunny

1980-era renovation, when the origi-

green, punching up the wall tile.

nal sinks were replaced with vanities;

In one corner of the room is a birdcage, or needle, shower. An

pedestal sinks return the bathroom to its original look.

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Beth Kane, of Beth Kane Designs in Nashua, created a relaxed outdoor setting on the back terrace (left and above).

The Shopping List

Plants, front terrace: Country Brook Farms in Hudson • (603) 886-5200 Plants, side terrace: Brookdale Farms in Hollis (603) 465-2240 • Terrace furniture: Wayfair •

show house Designers

Beth Kane Designs (603) 566-9745

Outside Details The Anderson house’s outdoor land-

ed sweet potato vine, petunia, lantana,

scape was as spectacular as its interior.

nemesia and blue lobelia.

Knott’s Land Care in Amherst

On the back terrace, Beth Kane, of

trimmed the home’s overgrown shrubs,

Beth Kane Designs in Nashua, created a

planted a new lawn and installed a new

relaxing seating area with a beechwood

irrigation system.

table and chairs as well as oversized

Erica Moncada, of Sunflower Jean

pillows, covered in a bright leaf print.

Garden Consultants in Nashua, bright-

In cement urns near the side entrance,

ened the home’s front terrace with

she planted palm trees and variegated

colorful plants. Large planters con-

grasses. Other plantings included

tained tall, green canna lily; “It ended

elephant ear, fern and different types

up growing to more than five feet tall,”

of grasses, complemented by blue silk

Moncada says. Other plantings includ-


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Boehm Graham Interior Design (617) 692-0400 Boyer Interior Design (603) 622-0020

Dianna Normanton Interior Design (603) 930-2761 • F.D. Hodge Interiors (617) 267-8103 Knott’s Land Care (603) 521-7757

Marcia Fletcher Interior Design, LLC (603) 520-7400 •

Meredith Bohn Interior Design (603) 465-2108 Sunflower Jean Garden Consultants (603) 204-0462 SWI Designs, LLC (603) 490-6864

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The hilltop home of Diane and Mark Goldman offers distant views of Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee. The couple enjoy the solitude on quiet mornings as first light appears over the hills.

A Garden with a View Thanks to great design and lots of TLC, a Sunapee landscape has matured into beautiful spaces with prolific gardens.


hen Mark Goldman purchased

built in the 1890s rather than the 1990s—has

the two-hundred-acre hillside in

a spectacular, sweeping view of the surround-

Sunapee where his home now

ing mountains, including Mount Sunapee,

sits, the property was totally wooded. “I walked up this hill and thought there must

and Lake Sunapee gleaming in the distance.

be a view of some sort,” he says. “I had no

Gardens set in stone

way of knowing it would be this perfect.”

To tame the south-facing slope, landscape

After clearing trees and a bit of blasting,

architect Peter Cummin, of Cummin

the view was opened up and the house

Associates Inc. in Stonington, Connecticut,

sited to make the most of it. Marveling

designed a series of level areas for the build-

at how well his homestead turned out,

ings, gardens, terraces and swimming pool.

Goldman says, “It is better to be lucky

“Otherwise the house would look like it was

than good”—and he was really lucky. The

sliding down the hill,” Cummin says. Mason

home—a hilltop farmhouse designed by

Joe Rolfe, of Stone Mountain Masonry in

architect Barbara Freeman, of Mehren

Belmont, came in with a crew of twelve to

Freeman in Newbury, that looks like it was

build the necessary stone walls and linking

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Perennial borders filled with sun-loving plants—including the catmint, monarda, heliopsis and thalictrum seen in the foreground—enclose the upper terrace. The farmer’s porch overlooking the garden is Mark Goldman’s favorite place to sit.

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pathways. “Approximately 1,200 tons of stone were used for the project,” Rolfe says. Flat sheets of schist and slabs of granite quarried in Vermont make up most of the paving and retaining walls, along with other handpicked fieldstone and mountain rocks. The handsome stonework gives clear boundaries to the sea of grass. “It defines the space,” Cummin says, “and provides places to pause and look out at the view as well as passages to channel the flow of foot traffic from one level to another.” The landscaping also creates a framework for plantings Cummin used to add close-up interest to the larger view. “Plants add to the structure, and I love using color,” he says. “It is like painting, only with plants. But a decent garden needs to look good year round, and the stonework provides those bones.” Top: A bird’s-eye view shows the extensive terracing, or “inter-connected plinths” as landscape architect Peter Cummin, of Cummin Associates Inc. in Stonington, Connecticut, calls them. These terraces created level spots for the house, gardens and pool area. Above: A fenced-in cutting garden is located down the hill from the house. This garden is full of annuals and perennials for bouquets and arrangements as well as a variety of favorite vegetables for snacking.

A border of flowers frames the perimeter of the large, grassy terrace near the house. Filled with a mix of annuals and perennials—including ladies mantle, coreopsis, daisies, bee balm, holly-

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hocks, catmint, cannas, filipendula and dianthus—there is always something in bloom. Mark says one of his favorite spots is sitting on the back porch, overlooking this large, rectangular garden, with the mountains and lake beyond. “The gardens are prettiest from the summer into early fall,” he says. Cummin also designed a stone patio and dining area, shaded by a trio of locust trees. Located just off the kitchen, the patio is a convenient spot for lunch and grilling. It overlooks an oval swimming pool and stone-veneered pool house on the lower, side terrace. Granite steps linking the two levels are bordered with voluptuous ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas, peach daylilies, yellow potentilla, fragrant clethra and purple clematis. Petunias are planted in pockets between the stone steps Gardens are not static things; they grow and change, especially over the twenty years since Cummin first

Left: Ivy adorns the stone veneer on one section of the house where daylilies soak up the afternoon sun. Twin pots flanking the steps are filled with blue fan flower (Scaevola aemula). Below: The oval swimming pool is located slightly away from the main house for privacy, but has its own kitchen and bath facilities in the stone-veneered pool house.

planned them. He has visited many times over the years and is pleased with how the gardens look. “This is a substantial house with a landscape to match, but the Goldmans take care of things and do what is needed to keep it looking great,” Cummin says.

A retreat for all seasons Even though this is a second home, the Goldman family spends a lot of time here. “The home is both a retreat and a great venue for entertaining,” says Diane Goldman. “We have a lot of big groups of friends and family over the summer. I love to cook and to entertain at home, and I am delighted when the house is full. On the other hand, Mark and I really enjoy relaxing at home when we are the only ones there.” Along with the pool where she swims laps daily, there is a hot tub, a fire pit, basketball and tennis courts, a horseshoe pitch, and generous amounts of outdoor seating arranged for conversation or quiet contemplation. 86 | New Hampshire Home

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The long curving driveway snakes up the hill, past the barns and orchard to the house. Mount Sunapee rises in the distance.

Savor the view

glistens,” he says. When they are not in

overhead, and young moose have taken

The gardens and views are also enjoyed

residence, Mark says they often look at

leisurely strolls across the open field.

from inside through the many win-

the pictures taken here and enjoy the

dows on the south side of the house.

views all over again.

“I overlook the lake from the kitchen

Behind the scenes Caretaker Matt Sweeney has been living

sink, which is a great way to clean up,”

Grow native

Diane says. “The best view is the lake

Cummin wisely chose to use native

house and gardens from the beginning.

view. I can see it from our bedroom and

plants to act as a woodland buffer, eas-

“Matt works very hard to create and

from my office, which is on the third

ing the transition from the tamed to

maintain our beautiful environment,”

floor above our bedroom. The kids’

the untamed. “You can’t go wrong with

Diane says.

rooms all have the lake view, and our

natives,” he says. “Not only do they

oldest has the corner view of both the

look right, but you won’t introduce

maintenance and mowing, every

lake and the pool.”

something that will do harm.” Blue-

spring, Sweeney designs and plants

on the property, and caring for the

Along with handling the general

berry bushes line the driveway, Joe

the many containers that are placed in

fabulous!” Mark says. The Goldmans

Pye weed (Eupatorium macutalum),

strategic locations around the terraces

also visit in the winter. “The powdery

elderberries, high-bush cranberry,

and poolside. “I consider the herbs he

snow is really magical and the field just

Virginia sweetspire, black cohosh

plants to be a great gift,” Diane says. “I

(Actaea racemosa), shrubby potentilla,

use the basil, rosemary and parsley for

pink spirea, bearberry and rhododen-

cooking. It’s such a luxury to just step

drons grow around the edges of the

out and pick fresh herbs. They’re so

lawn and fields.

much better that anything you can buy

“In the fall, the colors of the trees are

Many of Cummin’s choices have the added benefit of being deer resistant.

Peter Cummin’s use of native shrubs and perennials provides habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees and other pollinators. 88 | New Hampshire Home

in the market.” Sweeney plants and tends the cutting

The Goldmans have had trouble with

garden in the field close to the house.

wildlife over the years. Porcupines

Sandy Hatchett, house manager who

have eaten bark, broken treetops and

also has been with the Goldmans since

attacked new growth, killing many

the beginning, keeps the house filled

trees—including the peaches and pears.

with beautiful flower arrangements all

Voles are a constant menace in the

summer. “The assortment of flowers she

flower borders; a wayward woodchuck

uses continues to change depending on

or two usually show up to wreak havoc

what is in bloom in the gardens,” Diane

each summer; and bears have raided

says. “Her arrangements are as good as

the beehives.

any florist’s.”

There is an upside to living close to nature though; bald eagles soar

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cutting garden’s cedar-fenced enclosure.

Top: Broad stone steps lead to the fire pit, one of several inviting destinations where guests can linger and take in the views during the day or gaze at the stars at night. Above: The detailed workmanship of the retaining wall and stone staircase leading from the upper terrace garden to the open field is complemented by plantings that have gracefully matured around them. 90 | New Hampshire Home

many blueberry bushes. “We had a

There is an even larger vegetable garden

great blueberry season,” Diane says.

next to the barn where Sweeney grows

“I made blueberry salad dressing,

more tomatoes, summer and winter

blueberry cakes and a really good

squashes, peppers, broccoli, beans, and

blueberry bread.”

other edibles. “I try to cook based on

“It is very satisfying—picking out of

what is available at any given time,”

your own garden and eating your own

Diane says. “When we had a great to-

food,” Mark says. He actually likes to

mato season, I made tomato soup with

weed and is actively involved in many

the large tomatoes as well as tomato

of the projects around the property.

pie. The cherry tomatoes are so sweet,

Mark still gives Sweeney all the credit,

you can eat them like candy. I put

though. “He is the single biggest reason

them in every salad, and I make a great

the place looks so nice,” Mark says.

tomato sauce with them for pasta. We

“He has a great eye, he knows plants,

also have zucchini and summer squash,

and we think he does a remarkable

which are excellent for roasted veg-



etables and soup.” Sweeney keeps hives of bees on the property and taps the maples behind the barn to make maple syrup in the spring. There is an apple orchard near the barn as well, producing apples for eating and cider. There are also


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Winter Wine Events

New Hampshire is home to two major wine-tasting events in January and February.

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New Hampshire Home Design Awards

The Excellence in 2019 Design Awards is a program that honors and celebrates excelmagazine lence in home design and the creative use of materials in new, remodeled and historic residences. Join this elegant soirée saluting New Hampshire’s most talented residential designers in our seventh annual design awards presentation. The evening features a full dinner with spirited cocktails and live entertainment; Mary Ann Esposito is the master of ceremonies. Snow date of January 28. 5–8 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person (table discounts available). Manchester Country Club • 180 South River Road in Bedford • (603) 413-5113 •


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Sixteenth Annual Easter Seals Winter Wine Spectacular

Sponsored by McLean Communications, the publisher of New Hampshire Home, this year’s event features more than 1,800 quality wines from across the world and fine food from the area’s best restaurants and chefs. 6–9 p.m. Tickets are $65 or $135. Double Tree by Hilton Hotel • 700 Elm Street in Manchester • (603) 623-8863 •

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Ja nua ry 18 – Feb rua ry 17

Wentworth by the Sea Winter Wine Festival

Under the theme of “Wine, Food and Song,” the festival includes grand vintners’ dinners, wine education, Bubbles and Jazz Sunday brunches, and an oyster night. The festival offers wine enthusiasts the ultimate experience in entertainment and education along with the beauty of a luxurious historic grand hotel. Wentworth by the Sea • 588 Wentworth Road in New Castle • (603) 373-6566 •

The 2017 first-place winner of the Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition was by Joe Shafner.

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Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition

At the nineteenth annual snow-sculpting competition, teams from throughout the Northeast carve a masterpiece out of four-foot-by-eight-foot blocks of snow. Sculpting goes on all weekend, with the finished results ready on Sunday. In the evenings, the sculptures are lighted—as long as weather allows them to stand or for a week, whichever is longer. Black Mountain • Route 16B/Black Mountain Road in Jackson • • Ja nua ry 25

Gilded Innovation: Building Materials and Technology at the Eustis Estate

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at the 1878 Eustis Estate, an early work of noted architect William Ralph Emerson. Scholars present lectures on the mansion’s terracotta and carved brick interior ornament, polychrome masonry exterior, surviving gas generation plant, and early wind power electrical system. The workshop takes place inside the Eustis mansion with an opportunity to access the 1902 power station, weather permitting. Box lunch and refreshments provided. Registration required. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tickets are $65. Eustis Estate • 1424 Canton Avenue in Milton, Massachusetts • (617) 994-6644 Ja nua ry 26

Signs of the Times

For more than a century the New Hampshire Historical Society has collected signs that have been part of the landscape and culture of the state of New Hampshire. Some have become iconic symbols of the Granite State, while others are so commonplace as to be barely noticed. Either way, signs have been ever-present throughout the state’s history, whether they are supporting a cause or a candidate, tempting us to buy something, or pointing us where we want to go. In this new exhibition, discover how signs can also serve as a window into our past and capture a moment from New Hamp-

shire’s history. 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through October. 30 Park Street in Concord • (603) 228-6688

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New Hampshire’s Greatest Winter Fair

This industry trade show features one hundred exhibitors, free educational workshops, N.H.made products, a kid zone, demonstrations, animals and more. Manchester Downtown Hotel • 700 Elm Street in Manchester • Feb rua ry 7–1 0

Newport Winter Carnival

For the 103rd year, Newport celebrates winter with this carnival. This year’s theme is pirates. Feb rua ry 8 –1 0

Orchid Fantasy Escape

The New Hampshire Orchid Society presents its twenty-eighth annual show and january/february 2019

sale, which features exhibits, plants, supplies, jewelry, artwork and more. Friday, 1–7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is $10; $8 for those age sixty-five and older; children younger than age twelve admitted free of charge; and a three-day pass is $15. Courtyard Marriott • 2200 Southwood Drive in Nashua •

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Fanfare Gala

Spend an evening being serenaded by Symphony NH musicians, bidding on great auction items and enjoying a first-class dinner paired with wine. Proceeds support Symphony NH’s education and community programs, including live music, in-school programs and senior reach concerts. 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $95. DoubleTree by Hilton Nashua • 2 Somerset Parkway in Nashua • (603) 595-9156

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Sweetest Day on the Trails

Chocoholics cross-country ski or snowshoe the trails at the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation to enjoy chocolate prepared every way imaginable: chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate fountains and fondue, brownie sundaes and chocolate cookies of all kinds are served at the trailside stops. Also included is a tasting of Tuckerman’s beer brewed in Conway. Now in its thirtieth year, the event has been chosen as one of the “11 delicious chocolate tours around the world.” Advance tickets are $30 per person, $35 day-of. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.


Unlocking the Secrets of the Renaissance

This exhibit offers insight into Renaissance Florence and the inspiration of artists, and is centered around a recently discovered masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, John the Baptist. The

historically important work was created by Giovani Montorsoli, one of Michelangelo’s most gifted students. This exhibition examines the variety of symbolic roles played by John the Baptist, Florence’s patron saint, in the civic and spiritual lives of its citizens. Moreover, the art of ancient Rome shaped the development of art and culture during the Renaissance—a theme explored through restorations of ancient sculpture. On view through January 21. The Currier Museum of Art • 150 Ash Street in Manchester • (603) 669-6144 •

Sketch to Canvas and Artists in Residence at the Grand Hotels in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

The first in this two-part show, Sketch to Canvas features on-site sketches made by artists— including Benjamin Champney, Edmund Darch Lewis, Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq—along with their corresponding finished paintings. Artists in Residence features six hotels and paintings by the artists of nearby scenes. Featured hotels include The Waumbek in Jefferson, Gray’s Inn in Jackson, Iron Mountain House in Jackson, Crawford House in Crawford Notch, and Second Glen House in Pinkham Notch. On view through April 15. The Museum of White Mountain Art in Jackson (603) 383-4060 •

Food Porn

Julie Gray and Katie Commodore, both graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, explore the term “food porn” in disparate and humorous ways in this two-woman show. Gray re-creates her grandmother’s kitchen via papier-mache, needlepoint and other craft materials. Included is a series of sculptural cookbooks. She pays homage to her grandmother, her Latvian roots, and the fact that walking into her grandmother’s house (even to this day) feels like stepping into another time. Commodore makes deliciously subversive artwork that concentrates on intimate portraits of her friends, often focusing on how they express their sexuality. She utilizes bright colors and vibrant wallpaper style patterns to ornament her portraits. On view through January 18. Kelley Stelling Contemporary • 221 Hanover Street in Manchester • (603) 254-6211

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February Trees O

n a certain February day, in a certain slant of light, I go

and jams. In spring, the trees sprout lovely white flowers in

out to prune my fruit trees. Orchards are carved in the dead

concert and draw foggy crowds of bees, thick bumblebees that

of winter, I once read, and I’ve come to know it as true. I like

bump and blindly chunk into the flowers, but now, in deep

a dark day for the chore, one

winter, the trees exist as black

where the clouds bump against

lines against a white landscape.

the top branches and the sun-

Pipes of sap for a factory of

light hardly breaks through. It

apples, pears and plums.

would make more sense, I sup-

It’s good work, and it

pose, to choose a sunny day

warms me. It’s also surprisingly

for such a job, one that carried

creative. There is no right or

a hint of spring, but I prefer

wrong, no schematic to follow,

steel skies to gold, pewter to

only judgment and esthetic

marigold. Besides, I prune not

appraisal. In every encounter—

only for the health of the tree

I know each tree as Quasimodo

and for the following autumn’s

knew his bells—I try to strike

yield, but also for the outline of

a compromise between my

the tree, the shape of the black

eye and the tree’s potential. In

boughs that, with any luck,

an hour, I have a pile of gar-

will live long after me. My trees

net stems stacked in the cen-

are teenagers, planted in one

ter of the small orchard. I cut

muddy spring seven years ago.

the suckers that want to grow

The trick, I recall as I walk

straight up from the boughs,

toward the small orchard, is to

and the miniscule twigs that cling along the sides. I cut, step

see the tree. What does it want to be, who is it, where does it want to go? Sounds silly, but

back, cut some more. Several times, I have to make big deci-

such calculations are useful. Trees need shape and discipline

sions: has this branch lost its way? Is it pointing down and

to be their best. A weedy tree, a tree that grows wherever it

adding little to the tree’s growth? The old adage governs me:

likes, however it likes, is a mushy, unruly thing. Each win-

you should be able to throw a cat through the tree. An unkind

ter, I remind the trees of what I need from them. They, in

sentiment for cats, of course, but the point remains. Trees

turn, insist on their own way of growing. Biologists talk about

need air and room to grow. To cut away is to prosper—and

entropy—nature’s desire to have things down, to rot and claim

there is probably a lesson in that, but by the end of the after-

for the earth, or to run riot in wild profusions of growth—and

noon, I am too cold and raw for contemplation.

an orchard is always a balance between that impulse and the

At sunset, I carry the clippings around to my porch and leave them there. I bring in a handful and put them in a water

cutting tools that bring it form. My apple trees are mostly cold-hardy antique varieties,

can, hoping they will force and bloom. They seldom per-

purchased from a nursery in upstate New York. Norloves,

form as I would like. The rest I leave for the fireplace, where

September Rubies, Valentines, Pattersons and Sunny Brooks.

they will release the tidal smell of spring when they are con-

I have Cabot and Hudar pear trees, and Alderman and La

sumed. All wood is sunshine imprisoned, but these red twigs,

Cresent plums. I purchased these varieties so they would stag-

cut before they can flower, burn into red fuses of spring’s

ger their fruiting; I also picked a few trees for baking purposes



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