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that “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” As New England’s non-winter of 2012 morphs gradually into a softer, greener time of year, perhaps I too am affected. At any rate, romantic notions have been on my mind of late, when it comes to design. In a recent blog post I referred to “The Republic of Design,” that ever-more-interconnected online community of people who influence our thinking about what makes a beautiful living environment. But it doesn’t stop there. Increasingly, we can all experience total immersion in the warm nutrient soup of the Web, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and hundreds of design blogs. Add to that the easy availability of design-related product on the various curated-sale sites like Dering Hall or Joss & Main (New England now even has a similar, locally produced entry: designer Ken Dietz’s Market 27). And then there are the hundreds, if not thousands, of more traditional retail sites. A blissful state of affairs, wouldn’t you think? Yes, overindulgence in these riches can result in a sort of white-bread homogenization of our home spaces—good artisanal white bread, to be sure, but still white bread. Cruising through cyberspace from day to day, I come across all too many interiors that look exactly like a showroom or very nice hotel: luxurious and in unexceptionable good taste, but with no real soul, no...well, romance. Glance at the better design publications and you’ll see concerted editorial efforts to counteract this trend. Feature after feature will mix in offbeat or vintage pieces for a more layered texture; the art on walls and tables will be truly individual rather than just something anonymous and soothing, selected solely to fill space and match a color palette. Story texts will emphasize personal narrative. Even the style of photography in recent years has grown more poetic and evocative, with softer focus and a greater reliance on natural light. New England Home is no exception—hence the theme for this issue. By all means dive into the flood of top-shelf goods and design intelligence we’re so lucky to have. But at the same time don’t lose sight of the personal touches that will make your home truly yours, and truly a work of love.

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cent greater efficiency for light bulbs, phased in from 2012 through 2014. (Various specialty bulbs—including appliance bulbs, “rough service” bulbs, colored lights, plant lights and three-way bulbs—are exempt from these requirements, by the way, as are light bulbs of less than 40 watts or more than 150 watts.) This effectively bans the manufacturing and importing of most incandescent light bulbs as they are now designed. KH: What options exist for replacing incandescent lamps, and what are their various pros and cons? DM: I cringe when I hear the word replacing, because that


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seems to indicate an equal to the item that is being replaced. However, there are options. The technology for compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting is pretty much at its peak, and people pretty much understand now what they get from this kind of lighting. It usually gives a flat effect with no source point for accenting or aiming—that is, general, even lighting that mimics a cloudy day. Earlier fluorescents had a flickering effect that was thought to cause eyestrain and headaches, but this problem has been addressed and does not appear as strongly as it did in the past. The energy savings for CFLs are substantial, but their aesthetic appeal has never been very great. Electron-stimulated luminescence (ESL) lamps use technology that has been with us for quite some time, in old television tubes. ESLs are supposed to be even more energy-efficient than CFLs, but they have the same lighting effect. Lamp life for CFLs is around 20,000 hours; there is no clear life expectancy yet for ESL lamps. ESL lamps are a new product that may have some future, but it is really too soon to tell. LED (light-emitting diode) technology is the fastest growing at this time. Many manufacturers are competing to get the most efficient source with the most appeal in appearance and lighting effect. KH: What about purchase cost? DM: Very good quality LED products that truly deliver what they promise are more expensive than what we are used to paying. As we have seen in the history of new technologies before, though, eventually the cost will be more palatable—especially, given the lamp life of LEDs, if it is a matter of a purchase only every twenty-five years. KH: What about aesthetics, particularly the color or quality of light that will be available? In a cold climate like New England’s, the warm, yellow color of incandescent bulbs can go a long way toward making an interior feel cozy and inviting, especially in winter... DM: They make us feel warm and they literally provide the warmth! Incandescent light sources give out 80 percent heat and 20 percent light. KH: Are options improving for the quality of light non-incandescent lamps provide? DM: The incandescent lamp has a rich, warm, balanced light that gives the most appealing effect. It is very close to candlelight, which is what we were initially ex-

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ciency and lamp life. There are also many other options that are not as attractive or do not fit properly into the luminaires. I am constantly reviewing LED products to see what I can approve and use on my projects. KH: Is dimmer control possible for the various kinds of lamps? DM: Dimming is in itself an energy-saving device. The more you dim, the longer the life you get from the lamp. This is not typical of fluorescents, though—dimming has no affect on the lamp life—and the same is true with LEDs. There is no protocol right now on how LEDs dim. Each LED luminaire has to be checked with various dimming companies on what is the best technology for that particular fixture. Right now, LED also doesn’t dim down as much as incandescent and doesn’t get warmer in color as it dims. These issues are changing as we speak, though, and the prognosis looks good to mimic incandescent in these areas.



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n his tool-scattered, wood-flour-coated, Billie Holiday–blasting workshop, Silas Kopf is building a cabinet with trick drawers and secret compartments. It’s made of mahogany and narra, with graceful, curving legs. The piece is impressive, but it’s the doors that make you do a double take: they’re closed, but it looks like one is slightly

Clockwise from above: Primal Woodworking (1985), white oak, oak burl and marquetry, 17" × 52" × 19"; Cognac Cabinet (2009), maple, eucalyptus and marquetry, 54" × 19" × 14"; Hadley Chest with Tulips (1988), mahogany, imbuya and marquetry, 33" × 44" × 22"

open to reveal a glimpse of people inside the cabinet using various twenty-firstcentury gadgets such as laptops and cell phones. This bit of trompe l’oeil isn’t painted; it’s made entirely from thin pieces of wood. Kopf is a tall, rangy, smiling man with white hair and a penchant for vintage Hawaiian shirts (he says he got tired of seeing woodworkers in plaid flannel). Now sixty-two, he grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania. He earned an architecture degree from Princeton University but found 48 New England Home March/April 2012

himself drawn to sculpting wood instead of designing buildings. During a two-year stint working with Wendell Castle, a legend of the American craft-furniture movement, he began learning about great European furniture makers such as Émile Gallé and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who made extensive and beautiful use of marquetry. His goal for his own work, Kopf says, was to “take that eighteenth-century technique and make it modern.” He has succeeded. A curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London recently called

him “easily America’s most adept practitioner of marquetry.” Marquetry often gets confused with inlay, which involves cutting into a solid piece of wood and filling it with another piece, then planing it flush. Marquetry requires piecing together veneers into a sheet, like a jigsaw puzzle, and gluing the sheet to wood. Some people make marquetry pictures to hang on the wall; Kopf prefers combining this two-dimensional art with the three dimensions of furniture. He blends the two together, as with a small cabinet he calls Sloppy Paint Job. The top depicts a veneer brush and veneer swatches of

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Artistry paint that look like they’re dripping down the sides. For another cabinet, Kopf is creating a garden panel. First he draws the flowers from life, using a pencil on a sketch pad. He outlines the perimeter of each tone on the drawing, making little islands out of the blacks, grays and whites. With carbon paper, he transfers the outlines onto thin sheets of maple, starting with the center of a leaf, using

the grain of the wood to simulate the leaf ’s veins. Next he lays the maple over a sheet of black walnut, which will be the leaf ’s stem. He tapes them together and turns on his footpedal-operated scroll saw, which has a blade as thin as a thread. He carefully and quickly cuts the line between the two veneers, ensuring that they’ll match perfectly. He lays these two pieces over another veneer—holly, nearly white, which will form a tiny highlight along the top of the leaf. He keeps overlapping, taping, cutting, adding on to the image. To create the effect of shadow, he darkens part of the leaf with hot sand he keeps in a skillet on a nearby hot plate. Over the course of a week and hundreds of pieces, some as small as a rice grain, Kopf builds an entire panel of 50 New England Home March/April 2012

wood. He then glues this to a sheet of furniture-grade plywood and puts it in a press. When the glue dries he scrapes and sands the piece to reveal an image with all the depth, shading, form and emotion of a painting. The marquetry process Clockwise from top left: Bricorequires such patience and lage (1989), narra, maple and skill that it can make conmarquetry, 76" × 23" × 16"; Sloppy Paint Job (2003), shedua, ventional furniture, no matsatinwood and marquetry, 28" × ter how well made, seem 26½" × 20"; School Desk (1989), simple, almost lazy. And maple, curly maple, walnut and Kopf ’s work is more than marquetry, 29½" × 66½" × 34" just technically skillful; his images can be startling, funny or so awe-inspiringly gorgeous that spectators have to walk around them for a while, their mouths open. His work makes one wonder: why isn’t he world famous? Where’s his MacArthur “genius” grant? Kopf would probably have the name recognition he deserves if he worked in Europe, not Easthampton, Massachusetts. America doesn’t have Italy or France’s history of marquetry furniture craftsmanship. Our early furniture makers came out of the English tradition, such as Chippendale and Adam, which featured carved designs instead. Yet “if you look back historically,” Kopf says, “the best furniture was done with veneers.” Thanks to him, it still is. • Editor’s Note Silas Kopf is represented by Gallery Henoch, New York City, (917) 305-0003. To see more of his work, visit

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ou never know what goes on behind closed doors. In a section of Boston’s Allston neighborhood where the unremarkable facades provoke little curiosity, what meets the eye inside the Boston Ornament Company’s showroom is enough to make you swoon. Bright-white plaster medallions, cornices, brackets and rosettes—like flourishes of icing on a wedding cake— cover every inch of the butter-yellow walls and dangle from the rafters. More elaborate molds and fragments of ornamentation fill the adjacent workroom, a cavernous place where artisans hunch over their tables and focus on the task at hand: mixing plaster, running a cornice, painting, glazing and gilding or plying some other technique that, these days, machines usually do. Not here. “I’ve seen pictures of plaster shops in

the 1800s, and they’re not much different, except they wore lab coats and bow ties,” says Boston Ornament owner Clayton Austin with a wry chuckle. His own attire—well-worn jeans and a sweatshirt—is powdered with plaster dust. “We do pret-

ty much everything by hand,” he says. Since 1978, Austin and his small team of meticulous craftsmen have left their highly regarded and sought-after imprint on structures as far-flung as Neiman Marcus in San Francisco and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most of his clients, both commercial and residential, are based in New England, with the bulk of them in the Greater Boston area. Clockwise from left: AssemAustin, a self-educated bling a custom frieze for a authority on historical Boston Nantucket house. A typical architecture, flips through his cornice from a Back Bay portfolio, rattling off some proj- Boston townhouse. Cornice enrichments for a New York ects representative of his City landmark restoration. restoration work: “A custommade piece for a church in Weymouth; a precast door frame in Back Bay; a fountain in Newport; columns for a church in Newton; a Cambridge courthouse.” Relatively unheralded restoration work like this, once the bulk of Boston Ornament’s commissions, has taken a back 54 New England Home March/April 2012

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While he tirelessly consults historic photography and books with titles like Moorish Style and Beaux-Arts Estates, Austin himself has only been to Europe once. A particularly discriminating client sent him to Paris to study the difference between French limestone and Indiana limestone. Much to his surprise, he says, “The limestone in Paris was completely different.” Examining the material up close allowed him to render an accurate replication of it in faux stone. Austin happened on work that’s as much a passion as it is a career. Still, he admits, if he hadn’t discovered this path, there’s no doubt he’d be doing something else that involved working with his hands. In the barn outside his log house in the city’s suburbs, the straight-talking, self-deprecating Boston native works with metal, wood, stone and other materials.“I love materials. I like building things,” he says simply. “It’s what I do.” •

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Stonegate Gardens Whether you’re an experienced gardener seeking a rare chamaecyparis or a novice looking for a beautiful pre-arranged flowering container, the knowledgeable and amiable staff at Stonegate Gardens will help you find what you need. Specializing in Japanese maples, unusual conifers, hard-tofind perennials and uncommon annuals, Stonegate Gardens in Lincoln, Massachusetts, is a gardener’s paradise. Set on five acres, Stonegate Gardens offers a unique selection of specimen trees and shrubs of all sizes. Their on-site landscape designers will assist you with choosing the correct plants to complement your home. And should you need an urn, vase or planter in which to best display your plants and flowers, they offer custom pottery services in addition to stock designs. Planning the perfect get together, corporate function or just love to have fresh flowers on display in your own home? Stonegate Gardens employs talented designers who are on hand to create fresh, beautiful arrangements for all of your floral needs. During the summer, roses are displayed on the shop’s 78 Special Marketing Section

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ZEN Associates, Inc. For more than thirty years ZEN Associates has been helping clients throughout New England develop truly special landscapes and outdoor living spaces. Their portfolio of award-winning projects demonstrates how dynamic, functional and beautiful living spaces can be realized. Just looking through their website will leave you thinking differently about the outdoor environment. The company’s staff includes landscape architects, interior designers, construction managers and a full range of construction trades necessary to implement these kinds of projects. The design team approaches each project by working with the client to develop a program. Together, the design team and the client engage in the creative process by exploring what makes a great living space or landscape. ZEN Associates believes that truly memorable spaces have a strong connection, both visually and physically between the indoor and outdoor environment. As a landscape architecture design/build firm, ZEN Associates provides a full range of services to residential and commercial property owners. Their construction division often 84 Special Marketing Section

works collaboratively with many of the area’s other leading design professionals including architects, landscape architects, interior designers and builders. Their portfolio includes projects such as: • Cutting edge pool and spa designs • Commercial and residential rooftop gardens • Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Gardens • Modern New England Landscapes If you appreciate distinctive environments that combine functional and aesthetic appeal, visit to view some of their work.

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db Landscaping, LLC Springtime is the perfect time to begin transforming a landscape. Whether designing a new home with a spectacular oceanfront terrace, infinity pool, spa and outdoor kitchen or a simple secluded lakefront pathway, db Landscaping, LLC, has the expertise and experience to make dreams a reality. Founded by horticulturist and designer Daniel Bruzga more than ten years ago, db Landscaping, LLC, is an award-winning landscape architecture design-build company. Each site and landscape is designed according to clients’ specific wants and needs. All details of each project, from obtaining permits to final construction, are managed by the company. The db Landscaping team of experts includes talented stone masons, horticulturists and designers trained as landscape architects. “When designing landscapes for new homes,” Bruzga says, “Our most successful projects are those where we work in the early stages of project design in concert with the client and architect. The client not only gets a superior product, but also saves time and money.” The results speak for themselves. db Landscaping 3 Alpine Ct. Suite 1 PO Box 356 Sunapee, NH 03782 603-763-6423 |

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H.Keith Wagner |Partnership The process of uniting program, context, form and materials provides the basis for H. Keith Wagner Partnership’s approach, crafting modern sculptural landscapes that express the essential inherent beauty of natural materials. The firm’s partners, H. Keith Wagner and Jeffrey Hodgson, lead the company’s commitment to excellence in design, while respecting clients’ needs and paying attention to project settings. The partners and staff contribute an extensive knowledge of landscape architecture and construction and are conscientious in their execution of projects. The firm’s reputation comes from designing innovative environments within a wide variety of settings: campus, corporate, residential, resort and urban. Geographically, these projects range from New England and Canada to Hawaii and the Bahamas. H. Keith Wagner Partnership encourages collaboration throughout the design process. This synergistic environment cultivates a philosophy of commitment to the creative application of design, technology and social responsibility in making of new landscapes.

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For two busy restaurateurs, a serene spot set high above the urban bustle is the perfect recipe for gracious living. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC ROTH • INTERIOR DESIGN: MICHAEL BARNUM • BUILDER: BOSTON BUILT • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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Hand-blown glass lamps contrast with the dining area’s sleek antique sideboard. The eye-catching art nearby is Brazilian. Facing page top and bottom: The open dining and kitchen areas complement one another in color and mood.

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Of course you hire an interior designer to, well, design. But the very best ones do it in such a way as to ensure that, when they depart, the room or the house is all about their client’s aesthetic. Michael Barnum of Boston’s Michael Barnum Studio is a case in point. “My job is to create a level of high quality and taste,” he says. “Yet when I leave, the home should speak about who the owners are, not about me.” As for this commission, the timing was perfect. When Barnum came on board, the South Boston penthouse was still under construction. Barnum customized the layout to forge a more livable two-bedroom, two-bath open plan and designed a classy staircase to zoom his clients and their guests to and from the roof deck. On warm days and nights people have to be coaxed back inside. Or at least they would, if the interiors weren’t equally dreamy. The chic condominium belongs to Carlos Reverendo and Fernando Leon, owners of three Boston-area tapas restaurants. No surprise then, that when a window of opportunity opens for the crazy-busy duo—usually on a Sunday—they love to cook and entertain. Having successfully devised the decor for their popular eateries, the owners were hardly neophytes when it came to designing their own sanctuary. But rather than select similar colors and materials, they were ready for a different approach, explains Reverendo. “We joke about the amount of red and gold in the restaurants,” he says. “This time we wanted something more modern and restful.” With that as the kickoff point, the collaborative project unfolded as seamlessly as a The French-chateau–style chandelier adds “a bit of lovely damask dinner napkin. Unlike many couples, Reverendo and Leon French-chateau-style chanrarely disagree on design choices. “We’re not really oppodelier dripping prisms, an sites. Put six colors in front of us and we both eliminate element all three men label the same three or four immediately,” Reverendo says. “We as “a bit of bling.” know what we don’t like.” This unexpected and What the two do like very much is the palette they arlively ornamentation acts as a foil to the urbane furrived at with Barnum, who is known for his use of color. nishings. Take, say, the two The taupey-gray walls and soft gray upholstery soothe antique Art Deco sidethe senses and foster a feeling of airiness that’s essential boards of macassar ebony for decompression. In the living room area, a generous that serve as a sleek storage sectional sofa rests as lightly as a feather upon a Barnumsolution. Or the geometric designed aubergine rug with ice-blue accents—a nod to Art Deco reading chair the owners’ blue pottery collection. “Color is great, but (when do they find time?) you also have to control it,” Barnum says. covered in velvet. The Maintaining the same relaxed tenor, the dining area chair’s partner is a sculphosts a mahogany table by Ralph Lauren Home. The tural metal end table chairs are covered in a stunning Osborne & Little floral evocative of the architect fabric that could easily slide over into the living area and Louis Sullivan. look completely happy. Each chair is meticulously upholHad the kitchen assumed a different tone, the peaceful stered just so, Barnum points out, with one bloom cenaura would have been thrown into chaos. Instead, the tered on the back and front. The chairs’ seats are swathed efficient galley with its zebrawood upper cabinets and in velvet stripes. And suspended above the table is a


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charcoal-lacquered lower cabinets, its smoky glass-tile backsplash and its granite counters, is as sophisticated as the rest of the pad. Heaven, here, really is in the details. The Black Magic granite resembles a “slice of frozen beach,” says Barnum. And the golden interiors of the Tom Dixon hand-beaten brass pendants cast a catchyour-breath glow. More azure pottery—some gathered on the couple’s frequent travels abroad, some classic Roseville—parades along open shelves where it’s easily admired and accessible. The well-appointed private areas are more exuberant. The study, which multitasks as guest bedroom, pulls a bouquet of sunny colors from a Portuguese needlepoint carpet. The table lamps—two 1970 resin canisters Barnum unearthed in a San Francisco shop and cleverly reconfigured as lights, using the knobs that once sat upon their wooden lids as finials—shine like welcoming bea96 New England Home March/April 2012

The study’s Kravat sofa teams with a leather storage ottoman. Facing page top: Silk drapes, foil wall covering and a chartreuse ceiling bring glamour to the bedroom. Facing page bottom: Michael Barnum designed the study’s walnut desk and shelves.

orange and earth tones, the master bath is light and cons. With its bright carpet, lamps, pillows and art, the sparkly with a luxe mirrored wall and marble countertops study evokes thoughts of a coastline in warm climes or, and floor. Double sinks at the custom vanity ensure no maybe, an island holiday. Not that the owners are going to require a vacation any one ever needs wait a turn. The entire home, from posh foyer to kitchen, is imtime soon, given the lift-your-spirits lacquered ceiling pressive for its style and comfort but also for its innovaabove their bed. Lacquered ceilings are another of Bartive planning. For a prime example of the latter, Reverennum’s trademarks, and what better color than chartreuse for people who need to wake feelThe study evokes thoughts of a coastline in warm ing refreshed, redo points to a trio of creamy faux-leather-wrapped doors gardless of how few hours of sleep they’ve clocked? The master bedroom’s fabulous Osborne & Little wallcovering that Barnum tucked unobtrusively beneath the stairs. The smaller two conceal closets for top-notch audio equipdrove the color scheme, which Barnum subtly tempers with the bed’s metallic-linen-covered headboard and twin ment and luggage. The last is the entrance to the master suite. How tony a strategy is that for making everything nightstands wrapped in faux shagreen. Swing-arm readwork as gorgeously as it looks? • ing lights help keep the nightstands’ surfaces clutter free. Whereas the guest bath is a handsome composition of Resources For more information about this home, see page 148.


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Serenity and order echo through the halls of the Dublin, New Hampshire, home in the waning days of winter. Facing page top to bottom: Chairs in prim slipcovers surround the dining room’s zinc-topped table. Lavender-filled pillows exude a relaxing scent. The painted cabinet and ironstone are finds from a local antiques shop.

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Arrangement in Gray andWhite With its serene, monochromatic color scheme, a New Hampshire farmhouse whispers rather than shouts, making a quiet, but convincing, statement. WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS


gray mist holds just above the thawing ground on this chilly spring morning in New England. Coffee in hand, Nancy Ross draws the collar of her gray cashmere sweater more snugly around her neck and brushes back a strand of thick, silvery hair. The walls of her Dublin, New Hampshire, home are painted a gray matching the weather outside, but there’s no chill here, just serene simplicity. Room after room, gray walls and white slipcovered chairs make up her entire palette. Accessories are treasured pieces in shades of gray as well. Hotel silver fills a corner cabinet in the living room, and mercury glass glints from the mantel. Lavender-filled sachets of gray linen in ironstone bowls are scattered in the rooms, wafting a summery scent of laundry on the line throughout the house. Even though the days have grown longer and less frigid, Ross still lights some candles and asks her husband, Larry, to bring in wood for a small fire. Firelight projects its glow, and warmth spreads to the kitchen with its gray cabinets; to the family room, where a gray armoire holds the television; and on to the gray corbels that rest on bookcases in the study. Ross has had a long love affair with gray, but this marks the first time she’s been able to incorporate the color so fully into her home. This 1847 farmhouse is her thirty-eighth house with Larry, a retired Army colonel. “Gray and white have been on my mind for the past fifteen years,” she says. Of those thirty-eight homes, none had gray interiors, not even her last New Hampshire house, a huge rambler done in blue and white. Over the years, the couple resided mostly in military housing with white walls. Anything painted a color had to be returned to white before they left, and, as Ross will tell you, military families sometimes have to leave in a hurry. Complementing the sea of gray is a collection of primly tailored cotton-denim and vintage Frenchlinen slipcovers. Ross had each made to her specifications: a row of vintage buttons marches down the sides of the dining chair covers, a stiff welt defines the edges of the living room’s ottoman, and a chaise in the master bedroom wears a loose, comfortable-looking cover. “My grandmother and my mother always slipcovered furniture,” says Ross. “If you grew up with it, you just hold onto it. My mother would 100 New England Home March/April 2012

A narrow, steel-topped industrial bench is a perfect ďŹ t in the kitchen, which keeps to the home’s serene theme with its simple cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances. Facing page top: An antique armoire hides today’s modern technology in the TV room. Facing page bottom: Designer/homeowner Nancy Ross collects German and English enamelware and old tin pieces.

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Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy creates drama in the library. Facing page clockwise from top: The bookcases were designed to hold the treasured pair of corbels. Collections—of photographs, shells or old books—make pretty displays throughout the house.

put out summer and winter colors. I just do white.” Since before it was the rage, became passé and reemerged as a classic, Ross has been slipcovering furniture. But it wasn’t until she started working for Jocie Sinauer that her love of vintage linens took hold. Sinauer’s store, Red Chair on Warren, which moved last summer from New Hampshire to Hudson, New York, specializes in vintage French textiles. Enamored with the look, feel and even the smell of the homespun linens, Ross started covering her furniture in the century-old pieces. “It’s a different look,” she says. “I love the look of linen. I just throw it in the washer and dryer too. Vintage linen holds up fine.” Besides the linen-covered furniture, Ross has stitched vintage linen sheets into shower curtains and drapery panels. She sleeps on full-size vintage linen sheets and dresses the guest rooms’ beds with old linens and vintage duvets in French ticking. Then there are the pillows in all shapes and sizes, sometimes offering faded shots of color in blues or reds. Every pillow in the house is covered in vintage linen. “I don’t know how I describe my style,” she says. “I don’t think it’s European. I don’t think

It’s almost magical, the way a design plan so simple can result in a house so endlessly appealing. it’s Shabby Chic. Retro?” she asks. “How about clean?” Simple as sorbet, her gray interiors are like a palette cleanser between courses. Specifically, Ross loves Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, the color she and Larry chose for the walls. “It was the first time I’d done gray on the walls,” she says. “I’d always liked it. It was just a question of which gray would work. I felt this gray suited the house.” The couple arrived at the hue by painting pieces of poster board and hanging them on the wall next to one another for a few days at a time so they could see how the colors changed with the light. “There were grays that looked mauve in the evening and others that were just too cold,” she explains. “My gray is very light.” March/April 2012 New England Home 103

A pillow covered in antique French fabric highlights a lazy spot in the master bedroom. Top right: French fabric gives the illusion of headboard in a guest room. Bottom left: An antique marble-top chest stands in for a vanity in the master bath. Bottom right: A corner reading nook in a guest bedroom.

It’s a far cry from the colors they found in the house when they bought it in 2007. The fireplace mantel was painted burgundy, surrounded by orange tile and pinkish brick. “I’d never seen brick that color!” says Ross. She painstakingly scraped and painted the mantel, but there

ishing all the floors in the house and adding an enclosed porch equipped with a woodstove. Ross, who has no formal design training, reimagined the kitchen, gutting it down to the studs and reconfiguring the layout and cabinetry. Thick layers of linoleum and tar paper were torn up and a new floor installed. She made just one misstep in the journey to completion. Though she’d never had dark walls, Ross wanted a dark gray for the study. She watched in horror as the paint went up, knowing she had made the wrong choice. But she quickly rebounded with Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy, which

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at first glance appears to be a deep charcoal but then melts into the woolliest of navy blues. “The library is a cozy little room,” she says. “It’s a delightful place to go to be quiet.” It’s almost magical, the way a design plan so simple can result in a house so endlessly appealing. There’s nothing ornate here, no one thing that makes a statement. Following her instincts, Ross wisely let her serene non-color scheme do the talking. And what it says turns out to be quietly compelling. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 148. March/April 2012 New England Home 105

DESIGNING WOMEN When a young couple enlist the wife’s best friend to bring a new look to their historic old house on the North Shore of Massachusetts, the result is as unique and personal as the women’s long friendship. TEXT BY REGINA COLE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL J. LEE • INTERIOR DESIGN: AMY MEIER • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

Abby Cahill and Amy Meier met at their first jobs when both were just out of college and living in Boston. They became fast friends, shared an apartment and, when their respective careers took them to New York, roomed together in Manhattan as well. When Abby married Greg O’Brien, Meier designed her wedding dress. • Today the two young women live on opposite coasts, but Meier is still designing for Abby Cahill O’Brien. Their ongoing collaborative project—Abby and Greg’s Rockport, Massachusetts, home—embodies delightful echoes of their shared history: for nearly 100 years, the house served as a summer vacation destination for Boston’s young working women. • Meier, who holds a degree in fashion design from Parsons, directs her interior design practice from Del Mar, California. She segued from fashion to interiors while living on the East Coast. “I love people,” she explains

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Late eighteenth-century woodwork dwells in harmony with a Saarinen Tulip Table and the bold pattern of a stenciled oor underfoot. Facing page: The long front room, once two rooms, displays a happy mix of old and new.

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of her career change. “In fashion, you are removed from the end user. I am drawn to working directly with people, bringing out their taste, touching the materials.” Abby and Greg began house hunting while Abby was making her own career transition from advertising to freelance writing. It was a foregone conclusion that Meier would transform whatever house they found into a beautiful home; the fact that they searched on the North Shore of Massachusetts while Meier lived in Southern California was immaterial. “Amy and I have been best friends forever; I didn’t have to worry about whether she got my aesthetic or not,” Abby says. Greg and Abby wanted an old house. “From growing 108 New England Home March/April 2012

The dining sideboard is a one-time checkout counter given a new marble top. Windsor dining chairs suit the home’s eighteenth-century provenance. Left, top to bottom: Ironstone in the dining room; best friends Abby CahillO’Brien and designer Amy Meier; the house still wears its Rockport Lodge sign.

In 1907, the Massaup in New England, I was always more chusetts Association of comfortable in old houses,” Abby says. “If I “Amy and I have been Women Workers saw a modern house when we were house best friends forever. bought the late eighhunting, I always felt as though something I didn’t have to worry teenth-century David J. was missing.” Smith house for $3,000, A 3,000-square-foot Georgian farmabout whether she got my part of a turn-of-thehouse with seven bedrooms eventually aesthetic or not.” century movement to caught their eye. “When we saw the listing, improve the lives of imwe fell in love. It took me a while to realize migrant laborers. Named the Rockport Lodge, it provided that I recognized this house,” Abby says. She grew up in Boston’s young, single working women with the kind of nearby Gloucester and knew the expansive Georgian not seaside vacation they could never afford otherwise. For ten miles from her childhood home as the recently detrain fare from Boston plus $4 a week, women got room funct Rockport Lodge. March/April 2012 New England Home 109

By the time Abby and Greg saw the and board plus hiking, listing for what had originally been Mr. sailing, badminton, tennis, “Abby and I find pieces Smith’s farmhouse, it had reverted to swimming, horseback ridthey love at a leisurely use as a private home. In 2002, a develing, picnics on the beach pace. We go antiquing, oper had removed walls to create an and evening theatricals. open floor plan, reinforced the spaces By 1946, when the Rockand spent several days at with steel support beams and installed port Lodge became part of Brimfield together.” cherry flooring. Boston’s venerable During this renovation, two front Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, it accommodated as many as 700 guests parlors became one broad room spanning the width of a season in several buildings. Women’s lives changed radi- the house, with the front door centered on the streetfacing wall. In Meier’s hands, this challenging space becally during the twentieth century; by its end, the Lodge’s came stunning. The designer focused two distinct conoriginal mission was no longer viable. 110 New England Home March/April 2012

Nautical art pays homage to Rockport’s maritime identity. Below: The home office, with its desk fashioned from glass on chrome sawhorses, abuts the dining room. Left: Meier designed the living room’s coffee table.

versation groupings around the original parlor fireplaces, one defined by black-leather and chrome furniture, the other by streamlined sectionals in neutral upholstery. Between them, built-in bookcases face the door. The eclectic, arresting composition rests on a boldly zigzag-stenciled floor. “We love to have people in, and we have found that the front room is the ultimate entertaining space,” Abby says. “This room is all about mixing old and new,” says Meier. “I found an antique chandelier and some Italian gilt tables; they are juxtaposed with contemporary upholstered furniture and a Saarinen Tulip Table. The painted floor leads the eye away from any tunnel-like effect,” she adds. March/April 2012 New England Home 111

For Greg, watching his wife and her best friend at work involved the occasional leap of faith. “Sometimes, like when they decided to stencil the front-room floor, I’d think, ‘You guys are crazy. You can’t do this to my house,’ ” he says, laughing. “Then they’d do it and I’d love it.” Meier explains the process: “Once the core pieces were installed, Abby collected the accessories needed to tie the project up. This wouldn’t work for everyone, but it turned out really well for us. It helps that we’re so close, which allows us to be brutally honest with each other. And of course, if she didn’t love the hunt, it wouldn’t work at all!” At the rear of the classically proportioned house, the kitchen flows into the dining room, living room and Greg’s home office. Meier’s eclectic sensibility is evident throughout. Greg’s work desk, for example, is a glass tabletop resting on chrome sawhorses. The dining room sideboard had a previous life as a store’s checkout counter; Meier dressed it up with an elegant marble top. The diverse mix continues in a blue-paneled den, where traditional architectural elements and furniture meet a Meier-designed coffee table on a modern X base. “Greg wanted a cozy, cozy room,” Meier says. “Sometimes I’d Above the panelthink, ‘You’re ing, framed photographs of Rockcrazy. You can’t port Lodge vacado this to my tioners hang on house,’ ” Greg says. walls softened with grasscloth. “Then they’d do The friends’ it and I’d love it.” collaboration is an ongoing process. “Abby and Greg are just beginning to collect and aren’t constrained by space,” Meier says. “This means Abby and I can find pieces they love at a leisurely pace. We go antiquing, and spent several days at Brimfield together.” “It’s great to have a house that’s too big—I can shop!” says Abby, who is expecting the couple’s first child. While they continue to make the house their own, the couple left one thing unchanged. Above the front door, a gilt-lettered sign reads ROCKPORT LODGE. “People looking for lodging stop by all the time,” Abby says with a laugh. “But it’s so much a part of the house, we just can’t bring ourselves to take it down.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 148.

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One of Amy Meier’s playful surprises is the striped guest-room ceiling. Facing page, from top: The designer created the coffee table in the den. “My furniture is very architectural,” she says. The den is cozy with blue paneling and grasscloth.

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In the hands of a capable design duo, a spacious Beacon Hill condominium gets a makeover that blends just the right measures of glamour and comfort to suit its young family. Text by Louis Postel • Photography by Michael Partenio • Architecture: Guy Grassi, Grassi Design Group • Interior Design: Maribeth Brostowski and Polly Lewis, Lewis Interiors • Builder: Metric Construction • Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent


You’re kidding me. This rug is just not for kids,” said designer Maribeth Brostowski. But her client wasn’t kidding. The silvery rug the client noticed in Brostowski’s office expressed exactly the low-key glamour she was looking for. After all, her three boys were no longer toddlers. They were growing up. It was time to live again, to throw an occasional party. Now it would be up to Brostowski and Polly Lewis, her partner at Lewis Interiors, to transform their client’s newly acquired condo on Boston’s Beacon Hill into a glamorous (but boy-friendly) space. • First, though, the unit—once part of a stately home but recently used as a college office building—had to be brought back to its residential roots. Architect Guy Grassi recalls his first sight of the space: an empty shell where harsh fluorescent lighting shone down on abandoned metal desks. Along with general contractor Metric Construction, Grassi worked miracles, adding moldings,

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Architect Guy Grassi brought the grand staircase and central well back after discovering they’d been filled in during the home’s days as a college office building. Facing page: Designers Polly Lewis and Maribeth Brostowski injected a note of glamour into the space.

Window treatments in the living room open to a view of Arlington Street along Boston Common. Suggestive of the Avenue Foch in Paris, it suits the French modern style preferred by the owner. The Hermès tray detail (bottom right), and the dining room table and chairs (top right) elaborate on this theme.

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wainscoting, mantels, soffits and other details. Now the condo has warmth and character to spare, with no vestiges of its detour into life as a work space. Brostowski and Lewis welcomed the challenge of designing an interior that suits both grown-ups and kids, partly because they had worked with this family on previous projects and knew they’d enjoy the job, and partly because this is, frankly, a special space with its 8,000 square feet spread over three floors plus a roof deck, an intriguing “upside-down” layout with living room and public areas above and private areas below, and unusually commanding views for oh-so-tight Beacon Hill. The success of the Lewis-Brostowski partnership may well lie in the differences between the two designers. “Polly’s very good at furniture placement; she’s quiet, thoughtful,” Brostowski says. “I’m more frenetic. I come from the fashion industry, which called for a lot of shuttling between Paris, Milan and New York. That’s why Coco Chanel’s maxim for dressing comes to mind when describing what we do. Chanel said something to the effect that one should get fully dressed and then take something off. In the same vein, I’ll get a room fully dressed and then Polly will start taking things out.” One thing no one would dream of taking out is the super-sized March/April 2012 New England Home 117

Deep chairs and an oversize ottoman ground the long, narrow study. Facing page top: A bright chair wakes up the working end of the study. Facing page bottom: Patrons of Caviar Kaspia in Paris would feel right at home in the brown-and-turquoise media/game room.

lantern suspended over the spiral stairs. Just as visitors step off the elevator, there it is: like a ruling planet, the fixture governs the 2,500 square feet of living room/gallery space with dignified grace. A constellation of smaller lanterns lines the gallery to the left, which leads to the kitchen. It certainly is a grown-up space, but as Brostowski notes, “With kids around you can’t really do marble floors.” Instead, the designers went with wooden flooring at the entry and, in the living and dining rooms, matching silk-andwool Tibetan rugs edged with a circle pattern in a mesmerizing, silkily iridescent aubergine. Though the condo is large, especially for Beacon Hill, ceiling heights are comparatively low, a Lilliputian eleven feet. This turned out to be a plus for the fabric budget—and, by extension, the art budget. Whatever the husband and wife saved in drapery was easily made up for by the collection of fine art Boston art consultant Andrea Marquit Clagett helped them assemble.

Now the condo has warmth and character to spare, with no vestiges of its detour into life as a work space. Aiming for an ambience of midcentury French glamour without being too literal, Clagett and the couple hung a group of figurative 1930s gouaches on paper by Jerome Roth in the kitchen, a Paris-themed work by California artist Lloyd Dallett in the wine cellar and another by Boston’s Nancy Berlin in the hall. Further down this passage en route to the kitchen, a playful lady is immortalized on a set of plates by the Milanese decorator Piero Fornasetti. Lewis and Brostowski had already done a number of homes for the clients, including two on Nantucket. “We were gravitating away from the French traditional that the wife likes so much and more toward French contemporary,” says Brostowski. Nowhere is this more evident than in the dining room. The Elizabeth Dow wallpaper looks at first glance like Venetian plaster brought to a lacquerlike sheen. Chandeliers by Dessin Fournir, Himmel mirrors and Grenelle chairs from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman all serve to enhance the luminous jewel-box effect. Given its dimensions of fifteen feet by just nine feet, the lower-level study provided a bit of a challenge for the design team. To give it what Brostowski calls “presence,” she and Lewis had upholsterer Kevin McLaughlin create a pair of forty-three-inch-deep chairs along with March/April 2012 New England Home 119

an oversized ottoman, which bring the far ends of the room into scale. Caviar and blini served with cold vodka might be all that could bring additional “presence” to the media/game room. A study in brown and turquoise, it was inspired by one of Brostowski’s favorite haunts, a Russian restaurant called Caviar Kaspia set in the heart of Paris. In the serene master bedroom, rays of sunlight turn Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray paint a romantic sky blue. Installing the king-size bed and the furnishings required careful maneuvering through tight elevators and even tighter windows. (At one point, Brostowski found herself taking an urgent phone call while simultaneously directing a crane as it attempted to swing the bed in from the street.) Now, after twenty-two months of intense work, the family is snugly ensconced in their new home. The designers have arrived at one of Lewis’s pause-andreflect moments. The next steps will be slower: a layering and refining as the family matures and tastes change. Meanwhile, Grassi, Lewis and Brostowski can take pride in the way they’ve imbued the rooms of this stately residence with formality, drama and just the right amount of youthful energy. In the final analysis, it’s fair to say, the designers are glad their client wasn’t kidding. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 148. 120 New England Home March/April 2012

Walls of pale sky-blue trimmed in white add to the master bedroom’s serenity while twin crystal chandeliers provide glamour. Top left: A collection of Fornasetti plates adorns the upstairs gallery.

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Setting the Scenery Beyond green lawns and bright flowers, four distinctive landscapes offer function, beauty

“It has a nice balance. There’s a real structure to the space, but it has a casual feeling that makes it a comfortable place to be.” —Douglas Jones

LEVEL BEST A three-tiered, terraced plan defined by granite walls and a grove of birch trees integrates the house with the vegetable garden and shed at the opposite end of the long, narrow front yard, while respecting the wetlands and native woodlands that abut the property. Photography by Keith LeBlanc Location: Marblehead, Massachusetts Landscape design: Douglas Jones, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, Boston, (617) 426-6475, 122 New England Home March/April 2012

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HIGH ENERGY A sinuous bench of cedar and Fireslate that begins inches wide and ends at a comfortable depth for sitting winds the length of a long, narrow roof terrace overlooking Boston’s Public Garden. Zinc planters hold boxwood, flowering ornamental trees and a host of perennials and annuals for year-round beauty. Photography by Warren Patterson Location: Boston Landscape design: Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 492-2808, Chatham, Mass., (508) 5933175, Palm Beach, Fla., (561) 228-1467, 124 New England Home March/April 2012

“Our charge was to create something beautiful to look at year-round, that was functional and that was a bit edgier than the expected.” —Gregory Lombardi

MAINE ATTRACTION Reclaimed slabs of granite hand-tucked with native moss, dry-laid stone walls and indigenous plantings are appropriate materials for a rugged waterfront spot well populated with wildlife—including a vixen that would prowl the site at night and make off with the workmen’s leather gloves. Photography by Matthew Cunningham Location: Southwest Harbor, Maine Landscape design: Matthew Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Melrose, Mass., (617) 9052246,

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“I wish it were the kind of place I could take people to, because it’s such a magical property.” —Matthew Cunningham

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“The pool was conceived as chunks of ice coming out of the landscape toward the water of the pond beyond.” —Peter White

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Special Focus • Landscape Design COOL CUSTOMER The landscape plan includes a pool area whose sleek, boxy shape and cool white granite reference the history of the old house, once owned by a man who made a fortune selling ice from the nearby pond. In the front yard, a stairway formed of irregular granite blocks adds a rustic, farm-like feel. Photography by Peter Vanderwarker Location: Arlington, Massachusetts Landscape design: Peter White, Zen Associates, Woburn, Mass., (781) 932-3700,

Resources: For more information about these landscapes, see page 148.

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where they’ve laid their battle plans. Everything rests on the exact execution of the strategy: life or death, honor or disgrace! So it is with building a house, designing an interior or transforming a landscape. There is no room for error! A kingdom is in dire need of a castle, and great resources are at stake. Once the foundation is laid there will be no turning back; the die is cast. A war council such as this does not allow for one of the generals to suddenly admit to the embarrassing fact that he/she can’t read the blueprint to save his/her life. So this secretly blushing general merely nods in agreement: after all, my design team knows what they’re doing; if they didn’t, Bob and Lucy wouldn’t have recommended them so highly! The challenge of learning to speak a mutual design language, to read from the same page, has never been as critical as it is now. Every square inch of downsized space has become more precious. Homeowners expect customized results; many want to “co-create” along with their designers. With clients eager to join them in the trenches, what tactics are designers deploying to clarify their battle plans? • • • “We use every tool available to better understand the client, whether the client is a homeowner or a large institution,” says architect Paul Lukez, of Somerville, Massachusetts. The former professor of design at MIT is a leader in integrating hightech presentation platforms into his busy practice. But low132 New England Home March/April 2012

tech humanistic approaches are fully welcome. “Even when a client says they don’t need to see something in 4-D, we’ll say, ‘That’s great that you don’t, but we do. We need to see how you would experience this building walking through it.’ Anything that helps us better understand what we’re doing is invaluable.” Lukez pauses at a workstation in his office, where a team of architects and designers are responding to clients halfway around Paul Lukez the world. On a wall nearby, there’s a fourteen-foot paper scroll tacked up from floor to ceiling showing a bow shape sketched vertically with a decidedly low-tech number two pencil. “It’s a long wall we’re designing that curves as well as bows outward,” says Lukez. “You can see the way we have it now the bow is too low.” • • • “For some clients, not seeing a project in 3-D can be a huge leap of faith,” says Nicole Yee of NY Interiors, based in Kittery, Maine. “A couple just asked me for an ‘interim kitchen makeover,’ which mainly involved replacing the counter. I showed them how this would look in a program called Chief Architect, and at the same time I gave them a second option. The plan called for removing the peninsula and refacing the cabinets. As soon as they saw it they said, ‘You’re right; let’s do it!’ We took the design to a new level.” But, Yee says, technology is no substitute for the basics: “We work hard at establishing Nicole Yee goals, asking 1,001 questions, communicating with our clients every step of the way.” In 2011, Yee was elected to a two-year term on the national board of the Interior Design Society. • • • “Computer renderings just don’t do a good enough job capturing textures,” notes Boston-based designer Rachel Reider. “Software programs are great for floor plans and elevations, but for interior materials nothing compares to actual samples you can see and feel.” With that in mind, “I suggest to my clients that they tape a sample of the actual material to the wall,” Reider says. “That way they can get a real feel for it at different times of day and in different light.” A recent Reider recommendation: grasscloth wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries. “Not everyone goes for a strong pattern in wallpapers, so this is an alternative: great depth, even the darker colors reflect light beautifully.” • • • Behind the Boston Design Center sits Artaic, a company that creates mosaics out of thousands of tesserae, just like the ancient Romans did. There’s one key difference, however. “The Romans had slaves to do the work and we don’t,” says Artaic’s founder, Ted Acworth. “What we did is invent design software and robotic manufacturing systems to create custom

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mosaics. They can be wrapped in 3-D around a boulder, or backlit on a wall.” A former space scientist, telegenic host of UFO Hunters on the History Channel and director of advanced technology research at the Cambridge-MIT Institute, Acworth has created software that anyone can underTed Acworth stand: savvy designers, spatially challenged clients, even cranky robots. Look for large-scale results at the Tropicana in Las Vegas and the Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii. Or, short of that, if you happen to find yourself in the Carlisle, Massachusetts, bathroom of Roomba inventor Rod Brooks, check out the Artaic lotus at the bottom of his tub. • • • Bath, Maine, architect Steven Theodore likens 3-D computer modeling to playing video games—fun, but not necessarily like real life. Drawing by hand, maintaining a direct hand-to-eye connection, is essential to understanding and communicating scale and proportion, he says. “A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Just by changing a design with a few clicks doesn’t mean it’s necessarily any better,” says Theodore. • • • Architects Bill Porter and Brian Anderson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, are inviting their clients to look at home plans from a new perspective. “Up till now modeling has been about form; what we’re more interested in is performance. How does it address the triple bottom line: will the house work for people, for the environment and for those investing in its construction?” says Anderson. Using software developed by Ekotrope, an MIT spin-off just down the street, Porter, Anderson and their clients can now run “what if ” performance scenarios, with instant results. “As architects we want more freedom, but we also want to be completely engaged in the results. That’s what’s so exciting about working with Ekotrope,” says Porter, a former student of Louis Kahn and dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning from 1971 to 1981. Adds Anderson: “Focusing on performance rather than form puts architects and designers back into a central role. Rather than being marginalized as ‘the folks who make things pretty,’ an ability to interpret and implement per-

formance will be the overriding factor.” • • • All of this is good news for the design general who was secretly befuddled by the blueprint in front of him. Whether through cutting-edge technology or more traditional means, architects and interior designers are finding ways to make design language far more accessible than ever before. Now let the bugles sound the alarm! • Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to

New and Noteworthy No need to wait for the Boston Design Center’s all-too-occasional sample sales. Now there’s BDC To Go, a fullservice showroom filled with furniture, antiques, rugs, accessories and more—all at sample sale prices.

Does a sleek spa experience in a 1915 colonial sound like an oxymoron? Not so! The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Eastern Massachusetts chapter awarded Charlie Allen Restorations in Cambridge its 2011 Contractor of the Year Award in the bathroom category for just such a feat. A new year brings big changes to Dover Rug & Home, in the form of a brandnew 30,000-square-foot showroom just opened at the Natick location. The new showroom includes a design center for interior designers. Furniture and cabinetry artisan Pierre Matta and designer Gail Rice of Resource Design have teamed up to create Newton Kitchens & Design, a showroom that features custom kitchen design and handcrafted cabinetry. The expansive showroom in Newton, Massachusetts, also helps with the rest of the house, offering space planning and color consultation as well as upholstery and window treatment services, oriental rugs and handcrafted tables and chairs from Rhode Island’s Warren Chair Works.

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Moskow Linn Architects of Boston unveiled a twenty-foot-high musical sculpture on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Nuheat, known for its electric floorheating systems, donated the critically important hardware that makes the sculpture clink so prettily. How? Nuheat’s special cables run through the sculpture’s canopy, melting the snow. The melt proceeds to drip onto copper rods, where it refreezes, creating icicles that chime in the wind.

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of art in themselves, of course, and they’re only enhanced by the fine art the Acton, Massachusetts, showroom likes to present. The most recent exhibit, Caught in the Current, featured lovely landscapes by Acton’s own Fran Busse. The gracious 1798 Massachusetts State House, designed by Charles Bulfinch, made the perfect place to present the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s second annual BULFINCH AWARDS honoring five professionals whose work exemplifies the principles of classicism in art and architecture. The excitement was palpable as some 400 people filled the fourth-floor ballroom at the Boston Marriott Copley Place for the first annual BSA Should your party be DESIGN AWARDS GALA. Architects, here? Send photographs engineers, contractors and other proor high-resolution images, fessionals from all over the country with information about the event and the people in the enjoyed meeting, greeting and eating photos, to New England Home, as they waited to find out who had 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, won top honors in the 2011 design Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail images and information to award competitions. pbodah@nehome Interior designer TONY CAPPOLI has a new venture, and we were only too happy to celebrate the opening of his new office and showroom in South Boston’s King Terminal building. His expansive new space has plenty of room to show off some of his favorite lines of furniture and accessories. Oh, to be young again! We had great fun at M2L when the Boston showroom hosted (Un) Common Paintings, an exhibit of works by a handful of Artists for Humanity’s talented young people. Proceeds from sales of the artwork were earmarked to benefit both the young artists and Artists for Humanity.



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Capstan Dining Table “I love a round dining table; I think it’s the best for dinner conversation. This table is one of my favorites because of its pie-shaped leaves. The table grows to eighty-seven inches in diameter, but it stays round.” BAKER KNAPP & TUBBS AND CABOT HOUSE

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Collector’s Table from The Paris Series by Maxine Snider “We all have treasures we have collected and like to display. This coffee table, with its vitrine drawer designed into the apron, offers seamless display with plenty of room for artifacts, and provides the visual interest of a presentation with the functional benefit of an uncluttered surface.” THROUGH TRUEXCULLINS, WWW.MAXINESNIDERINC.COM

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NO RESERVATIONS PAGES 92–97 Interior designer: Michael Barnum, Michael Barnum Studio, Boston, (617) 451-2125, www Builder: Boston Built, Boston, (617) 327-6967 Audiovisual and lighting control: Jim Sweeney, JimAV, Milford, Mass., (508) 469-0168, www Pages 92–93: Round end table from D Scale,; Murano glass table lamp from Donghia,, with custom shade from Blanche P. Field, www; custom area rug designed by Michael Barnum Studio, executed by Lee Jofa,; coffee table/ottoman from D Scale; swivel chairs by A. Rudin through M-Geough,; Art Deco reading chair from Furn & Co., www, with fabric by Osborne & Little,; side table from Baker Knapp and Tubbs, www.bakerfurniture .com; pillow fabric by JAB through Designer’s Guild,; stairs custom designed by Michael Barnum Studio; oilrubbed bronze railing finish by Avatar East, Boston, (617) 448-3986; doors beneath stairs wrapped in faux leather by Valtekz through Charles Spada,; LED tread lights on stairs from Wolfers Lighting,; damask fabric on chair fronts from GP & J Baker, stripes on back by Lorca, both through Lee Jofa. Pages 94–95: Dining table and chairs by Ralph Lauren Home, www.ralphlauren, with chair fabric by Osborne & Little; antique French Art Deco buffet and Scandinavian hand-blown glass balloon lamps through Michael Barnum Studio; kitchen backsplash crystal glass tile by Ann Sacks,; black mosaic granite countertops by Marble and Granite,; door and cabinet hardware by Raybern Company, www.ray; Beat light pendants by Tom Dixon through Property Furniture, www; barstool fabric by Osborne & Little.



Pages 96–97: Master bedroom headboard and nightstands designed by Michael Barnum

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231-7400; swing-arm lights from Wolfers Lighting; guest room/study custom desk and floating shelves by Michael Barnum Studio, built and installed by Joseph Meaney,; sleeper sofa and leather


ottoman by Kravet,; sheers by Sheila Coombes through Studio 534,

ARRANGEMENT IN GRAY AND WHITE PAGES 98–105 Cabinetmaker: Cedar Crest Cabinetry, Manchester, N.H., (603) 606-6123, www Page 98: Zinc-topped dining table from Red Chair on Warren,; chandelier from Van Campen’s, Peterborough, N.H., (603) 924-4225. Page 100: Classic Gray wall color from Benjamin Moore,; silver, mercury glass and ironstone pieces from Red Chair on Warren. Page 101: Kitchen stools from Red Chair on Warren. Page 102: Westcott Navy wall color from Benjamin Moore; mirror from Red Chair on Warren. Page 105: Bedding from Red Chair on Warren.

DESIGNING WOMEN PAGES 106–113 Interior designer: Amy Meier, Amy Meier Design, Del Mar, Calif., (858) 848-4151, www.amy Decorative painter: Cedric Hill, Gloucester, Mass., (978) 500-2237, Art consultant: Lydia Barry Kutko, New York City, (646) 389-2787, www.lydiabarry Seamstress: Lorraine Pocknett, Freshwater Cove Design, Gloucester, Mass., (978) 281-1925 Pages 106–107: Floors painted by Cedric Hill; custom chaise designed by Amy Meier with fabric by Kravet,; window seat fabrics by Pindler & Pindler, www.pindler


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Waller & Son Antiques,; chairs from Walker Creek, www.walkercreek; buffet from The Roving Home with marble top from Interior Stone, www; lamps from West Elm; curtain fabric from Zimman’s. Page 110: Custom sofa by Amy Meier with fabric from Zimman’s; side chairs from Wisteria,, with fabric by Schumacher,; coffee table by Amy Meier; demilunes from Antiques on 5,; hammered tin container from Lulu’s Pantry, Rockport, Mass., (978) 546-0010; candlesticks from Olde Ivy Antiques, Carlsbad, Calif., (760) 729-8607; art over fireplace by Kathleen Gerdon Archer Photography, www.kathleengerdonarcher .com; photograph over sofa by Eric Laurits, Page 112: Sofa from Restoration Hardware,; pillow fabrics

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from Schumacher; custom coffee table by Amy Meier; grasscloth by Seabrook, www; art lights from Circa Lighting, Page 113: Bed from Ikea,; canopy fabric from Yardage Town, www; table lamp from Ikea; antique side tables and chairs from Conomo Point Antiques, Essex, Mass., (978) 768-4526;

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GROWING UP IN STYLE PAGES 114–121 Architect: Guy Grassi, Grassi Design Group, Boston, (617) 956-9992, Interior designers: Maribeth Brostowski and Polly Lewis, Lewis Interiors, Boston, (617) 3670731, Builder: Metric Construction, Boston, (617) 787-1158, Art consultant: Andrea Marquit Clagett, Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston, (617) 859-0190 Page 115: Lantern from Visual Comfort & Co.,; staircase by Rose Tarlow Melrose House,; stairway rug from Stark, www.starkcarpet



.com; foyer table from Mattaliano, www; antique magnifying glasses from Regency Home, www.regency; wallpaper from Schumacher, Pages 116–117: Custom Tibetan rugs from Stark; living room sofa and chairs from Lewis


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from Lanoue Fine Art, www.lanouefineart .com; chandeliers from Dessin Fournir, www; mirrors from John Himmel,; dining table from Dessin Fournir; Grinelle dining chairs from Edward Ferrell,, with fabric from Osborne & Little,; curtain fabric from Bergamo, www.bergamo, with sheers from Pindler & Pindler,; dining room chest

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from Holly Hunt, Pages 118–119: Study rug by David Hicks from Stark; chairs and ottoman from McLaughlin Upholstering Company, www.mclaughlin, in fabric from Lee Jofa,, with tape from Samuel & Sons,; occasional tables and red chair from Dessin Fournir; media room sofa and chair from Edward Ferrell; sofa fabric from Calvin Fabrics, www; Elana bench from The Bright Group,; wall covering from Kravet,; table lamp from Hudson,; corner table from A. Rudin,; horse triptych from Mecox Gardens, www Pages 120–121: Hall settee from Lewis Mittman with fabric from Nina Campbell, www.nina

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SETTING THE SCENERY PAGES 122–129 Pages 122–123: Architect for house, Thomas P. Catalano, Catalano Architects, Boston, (617) 338-7447,; stonemasonry, Raffaele Construction, Lynn, Mass., (781) 598-5989, Pages 124–125: General contractor, planter and fencing fabrication and installation, Clayton Austin, Boston Ornament Company,

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