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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Chic City Living Three High-Rise Homes, Three Stylish Schemes An Elegant Country Nest Rises from the Ashes PLUS: GLORIOUS PLAIDS, AN ODE TO FIREPLACES, AND THE INGREDIENTS THAT MAKE STUNNING KITCHENS

January–February 2014


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January–February 2014 Volume 9, Issue 3


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FEAturED HoMEs 82 High Design

90 cinderella story

Architectural additions and textural warmth give a downtown Boston apartment a flexible, family-friendly feel.

With a little bit of re-imagnation, a onceragtag New Hampshire house reveals its true beauty to its new owners.



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106 industrial strength

A designer employs tact and talent to help a pair of newlyweds retool the husband’s Boston penthouse, fashioning a home to please both spouses equally.

An urban condominium suits its new owner by blending the sleek contemporary look he desires with enough warmth and whimsy to make it feel like home.



on the coVer: Maho abe and rina Okawa, of Zen associates, helped a young professional get the lofty, industrial, yet warm look he envisioned for his downtown boston condominium. Photograph by Laura Moss. To see more of this home, turn to page 106. january–february 2014 New eNglaNd Home 11

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In This Issue



16 From the Editor

Art, Design, History, Landscape 25 Elements: Mad for Plaid From bold buffalo to tantalizing tartan, plaid adds dash to the home. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ


32 Design Destination: Delicious Designs, Hingham, Massachusetts. 36 Artistry: Glass Action Carrie Gustafson’s luminous pieces provoke an irresistible urge to take them in hand, hold them to the light, and take a good, close look. BY LOUIS POSTEL

42 Metropolitan Life: Double Vision An affinity for glamour paired with the reality of young children inspired a savvy client and her simpatico designer to create a Brookline home that satisfies on both levels. BY MARIA LAPIANA / PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL J. LEE

48 In Our Backyard: Heart and Soul Annie Selke’s passion is the spirited home textiles her global company offers. Her pride is that she’s still headquartered in her lifelong home, the Berkshires of Massachusetts. BY DAN SHAW

People, Places, Events, Products 115 Perspectives: Materials and fixtures for a gorgeous kitchen. EDITED BY PAULA M. BODAH


122 Trade Secrets: Wave of the Future Comings and goings (and a few surprises) in New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL 130 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 134 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. BY KAITLIN MADDEN 137 Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA

Special Marketing Section: Portfolio of Fine Architecture 61

145 Gallery Every room in the house, it seems, benefits from the glowing warmth of a fireplace on a winter’s day. 154 Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 159 Advertiser Index 160 Sketch Pad TMS Architects’ eye-catching design for a New Hampshire lake house is an example of the power of teamwork.

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Boston’s harborfront in the 1970s: Henry Cobb’s Harbor Towers, for example, and some renovated wharf buildings. The 1980s and ’90s saw a continued rise in interest in cities as places to live, matching an upswing in interest in other aspects of the good life—food, wine, coffee, design in general—that might once have been considered too effete for serious consideration. So, just as few New England restaurant menus today are founded primarily on codcakes and beans or London broil, the array of available choices in urban living is now very different. Boston, Hartford, Providence, Portland, and many smaller cities are full of renovated factories and mill buildings. Shiny new loft developments and full-service luxury condo buildings are springing up all around most downtowns as well as outside the city at the ends of convenient transit lines. The change has been noticeable even since we started New England Home in 2005. From the beginning we featured occasional units by stellar architects and designers, among more numerous renovated townhouses and freestanding rural and suburban properties. But the number of residences we see in brand-new luxury buildings is ever on the increase. So this issue brings together three different homes floating serenely above the city, all similar in some of their basic structure, but each keyed by a sensitive design team to the different requirements of the families living there. (We’ve also included a charmingly cozy getaway tucked into a secluded bit of countryside, of course—it wouldn’t do to be too singleminded!) And I can easily imagine that all kinds of city homes will continue to crop up in our pages as the possibilities of downtown living continue to grow in number, diversity, and character. —Kyle Hoepner

City Living Comes of Age


ntil recently, New England was not a region particularly notable for its big, urban apartment and loft buildings. The most desirable residential neighborhoods, if anywhere near a large city, were most often specific suburbs. Otherwise, a select few towns scattered along the coast from Mount Desert Island south to the North Shore of Massachusetts, particular enclaves of inner Cape Cod, Newport and environs in Rhode Island, and Connecticut locales such as Old Lyme and Essex were perennially in favor. Certain downtown neighborhoods always had cachet, of course. Parts of Boston’s Beacon Hill and Back Bay were never bad addresses. College Hill in Providence had its partisans, particularly after its 1960s renaissance. But when it came to hardcore urban living as we think of it now, there wasn’t a great deal to choose from. Then a few things started popping up along

Find more at + Our editors and a fascinating lineup of guest blog­gers share beautiful photography, design ideas and advice five days a week on the New England Home Design Blog + The site also features ongoing content updates, where you’ll encounter house tours, interviews and commentary, before-and-after stories, and other special items for lovers of great home design + Sign up for our Design Discoveries editorial ­e-newsletter and get weekly updates on luxury home style, including the latest products, upcoming events and green ideas /////

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Editor-in-Chief Kyle Hoepner Homes Editor Stacy Kunstel Senior Editor Paula M. Bodah Art Director Robert Lesser Managing and Online Editor Kaitlin Madden Copy Editor Susan Kron Contributing Editors Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz Karin Lidbeck Brent Louis Postel Contributing Writers Regina Cole, Caroline C ­ unningham, Megan Fulweiler, Lisa E. Harrison, Robert Kiener, Susan Kleinman, Maria LaPiana, Nathaniel Reade Contributing Photographers Trent Bell, Robert Benson, Bruce Buck, Tria Giovan, Sam Gray, John Gruen, Keller + Keller, Michael J. Lee, Richard Mandelkorn, Laura Moss, Michael Partenio, Greg Premru, Eric Roth, James R. Salomon, Brian Vanden Brink /////

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The things that make great spaces EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ


MAD FOR PLAID Growing up, did you ever crave a tartan kilt or a pair of madras shorts? Did you lust over all things plaid? Do you remember when your fascination with intersecting horizontal and vertical bands replaced your love of the humble stripe? As an adult, did a particular plaid pattern become part of every decorating scheme you ever considered? Did you sometimes mix plaids with wild abandon? Were you thankful for subtle, monochromatic plaids during the first decade of the 2000s, when a certain amount of restraint was de rigueur? If you answered yes to any of these questions, take heart. We understand your plaid obsession and are delighted to share some good news: a collection of re-colored, re-scaled, unexpected, and just plain wonderful plaids. Go ahead, indulge that fancy—be it tartan, gingham, tattersall, madras, glen, or buffalo—go mad for plaid.


The strong, clean-lined Prince chair in blackand-white plaid by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti has fully removable covers, a down-filled foam-core cushion, and a die-cast aluminum base. 35″W × 35″H × 34¼″D. $6,615. The Morson Collection, Boston, (617) 482-2335,


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Inspired by the Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, Knoll Textiles’s Honour pieces together thirty-six different stripes to create this velvet fabric with its patchwork plaid. 51″W. $179/yd. Knoll, Boston, (617) 695-0220,

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The best seat in the house, Ralph Lauren’s tailored but cushy Wyland chair just begs to be sat in. 36″W × 33″H × 42″D. $4,695. Ralph Lauren Home, Boston Design Center, (617) 424-1124,


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The Profile ottoman from Roche Bobois is as versatile as it is arresting. Its proportions are just right for placing in front of the sofa or as a standalone bench. Designed by Roberto Tapinassi and Maurizio Manzoni, it’s upholstered in Jean Paul Gaultier’s plaid velvet. Approximately 87¼″W × 17″H × 33″D. $5,435. Roche Bobois, Boston, (617) 742-9611, and Natick, Mass., (508) 650-5844,

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This compact, sculptural loveseat from Casa Design’s Duke collection packs a punch with its bold plaid upholstery. 55″W × 44″H × 31D″. $3,340. Casa Design, Boston, (617) 654-2974,


These smart-looking plaid coasters from Fog Linen are surprisingly absorbent and quick drying. 3½″ square. $30/set of 6. Rock Paper Scissors, Wiscasset, Maine, (207) 882-9930


Merida Carpets recently introduced the Tailormade collection of menswear inspired, made-to-measure, flat-weave wool carpets designed and manufactured in Fall River, Massachusetts. Shown here, Slater, in dark gray. 6′× 9′. $2,700. Merida, Boston Design Center, (617) 464-5400,


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In the movie You’ve Got Mail, Kathleen Kelly, played by a winning Meg Ryan, rails against Fox Books, a megastore that threatens to overshadow Kelly’s small, independent bookshop. Seeing that movie, we rooted for Kelly as fervently as any sports fan roots for his home team. And it wasn’t just because she played the charming underdog to Tom Hanks’s Joe Brooks. No, we got riled up because the 1998 movie confirmed our growing suspicion that small shops—the ones with personality and point of view—would soon become obsolete, swallowed by outsized retailers willing to pay higher rents and sign longer leases. To our minds, one of the many charms of a healthy town center is its ability to attract shops that appeal to neighbors and visitors alike. Shops that understand the needs of their customers by selling goods that haven’t yet become commodified. Shops that dare to take chances, even if it means the occasional mistake, in order to keep inventory fresh. (And as with all good retail, exceptional customer service doesn’t hurt.) A recent road trip revealed some good news. Town centers are experiencing something of a retail revival. And though we don’t like to generalize from the specific, Hingham, a charming coastal town about forty minutes south of Boston, proves the point. Take Delicious Designs. The small shop is chock-a-block full of just the kinds of things customers clamor for. During the brief time we were there, both neighbors and out-oftowners popped in to admire, among other things, a linen club chair whose sinuous shape was highlighted by bronze nail heads; a copper-colored, drum-shaped coffee table; a beaded chandelier; slightly overscaled white porcelain table lamps; and charming graphic art works with a message that seems to celebrate the essence of small independent shops: “Don’t forget to be awesome.” 88 North Street, Hingham, Mass., (781) 556-5269, Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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Carrie Gustafson’s luminous pieces provoke an irresistible urge to take them in hand, hold them to the light, and explore the tension between rough and smooth, earthy and ethereal. ///////////

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fast teamwork required around the furnaces, cool work like Gustafson’s involves a long and solitary process. “It can take ten years just to develop your own glazes, your own symbols and vocabulary,” says Gustafson, now in her sixteenth year as a glass artist. “I find that as I get older and more stable, I am feeling more open. I feel we arrive at a time for letting more light in our

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he open mouth of the oven burns at 2,200 degrees. Men in goggles move back and forth, holding rods stuck with red-hot glass. Their syncopated rhythm suggests that some ancient rite is at hand. Carrie Gustafson stands off to the side, observing. She doesn’t blow glass, but she is a glass artist with a studio in this former factory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In fact, she is building a reputation as one of the leading studio-glass makers in New England. She goes to work after the glass from the “hot shop” has cooled, not before. Her tools are for making images, patterns, and silhouettes: X-Acto knives, adhesive stencils, and cutting, sanding, and sandblasting equipment. Unlike the

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To truly appreciate what Gustafson does, you have to hold her pieces up to natural light and experience them in all their glorious animation.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Woven Wheat (2007), 8.7″H x 5″W × 4″D; Double Lattice (2009), 19″H × 4½″W; Adana Bottle (2008), 13″H × 5½″W, Bird of Paradise detail (2012), Horizon (2012), 6″H × 13″W. FACING PAGE: The artist plies the tools of her trade.

lives—and glass is the perfect medium to express that arrival, the way it holds light and reflects it.” Gustafson creates objects that are often small in scale but with big color blocking, like a Marimekko fabric. Many are in the form of household objects—vessels and vases, dishes and bottles. “I am not sure why that is,” says Gustafson. “I just find myself drawn to household things.” An African currency bracelet inspired a seven-inch-by-nine-inch piece that sits on Gustafson’s studio shelf. It holds your attention like a Grecian urn or a Ming vase: a timeless tension between ethereal and earthy, rough and smooth, between

the volcanic lava that gave it birth and the purely translucent. Hold it up to the light and it’s a marvel how the work’s patterns and silhouettes shift with the slightest tilt. Natural light and shade reveal the most beautiful primary forms in design: the play of cylinders, pyramids, spheres, and cones, as Corbusier famously observed. It is something every designer and architect knows instinctually. Gustafson’s glowing objects put this play of forms in your own two hands. Later in the spring, Gustafson will sell these African-inspired pieces for about $10,000 apiece at the Smithsonian’s Craft Show, or at the Lori Warner Gallery in Chester, Connecticut.

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Gustafson was not always so good at animating glass—or anything else, at least in her opinion. As the granddaughter of Paul Gustavson, she grew up surrounded by the drawings of one of the pioneers of action comics: the Arrow, the Jester, the Spider, and other classics. “I kept trying to draw the way he did, but it was very frustrating,” she says. “I couldn’t get those animated gestures—only today do I feel I am finally getting it with glass.” Equally challenging was Victor Lara, Gustafson’s legendary drawing teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design, from which she graduated in 1994. “I would work incredibly hard on some drawing and he would stand behind me for a while and then he’d just flip the sheet over to a blank one. It was exasperating, but I stuck it out.” If there is one drawing lesson Gustafson will never forget, it’s the importance of paying attention to what’s happening outside the line, as well as what’s inside it. Or, translated to 3-D, what does the silhouette of her glass bowl do to the space around it? Leading New England firms such as Flavin Architects and Meyer & Meyer have commissioned Gustafson for custom pieces, mainly for lighting. For Flavin it was ten-inch glass globes inserted within twenty-six-inch globes—sixteen, all suspended at different heights in a dining room. Although the effect was gorgeous, Gustafson still prefers natural light.

“Sandblasting gives depth, and a light bulb takes it away,” she says. One could say the same about photos of her work. They’re better than nothing, but to truly appreciate what Gustafson does, you would have to hold her pieces up to natural light and experience them in all their glorious animation. • Editor’s Note: To see more of Carrie Gustafson’s

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Double Vision An affinity for glamour paired with the reality of young children inspired a savvy client and her simpatico designer to create a Brookline home that satisfies on both levels. ///////////

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he homeowner loves retro glam—the scene-stealing kind you see in the movies, the kind that lights up a set and makes leading ladies swoon. The designer admits to an obsession with Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. The palatial 1920s estate has been featured in more than sixty films, whenever a script calls for opulence of the grandest kind. With such inclinations, lots of drama was not unexpected when the two conspired to reinvent a historic Brookline home. There was a wrinkle in the silk charmeuse, however: twin toddlers. Boys. “One day we were discussing materials,” remembers Kristine Mullaney, principal of the Boston interiors firm that bears her name. “My client pointed to her

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boys, who were jumping on a bed, and she said, ‘Just look at them.’ That was all. And at that moment, I knew the children were going to be an important part of the project, that they would drive many of the decisions we would make.” Working together closely, Mullaney and her client spun wonderful ideas that would make the house more open, modern, and glamorous, but above all, more livable. At turns, they were reined in by the builder, Joe Proia of Proia Construction in Walpole, Massachusetts. It was he who told them what was feasible—and what wasn’t.

In the end, very little was left untouched, but it was the first floor that underwent a gutting and complete renovation. A cramped and dated breezeway with ancient French paneling was demolished to make way for a dramatic opening act: a wide-open foyer with a black-and-white tiled floor inspired by one at Greystone. “I knew my client would love the floor concept,” says Mullaney. “However, I advised her

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Floor-to-ceiling cabinets act as smart as they look, hiding all manner of twin trappings such as coats, backpacks, and sports equipment. A long deacon’s bench sits opposite the original staircase, which was lovingly restored. A new marble top was fabricated for an antique cabinet, while another custom piece was painted Tiffany blue. Not happy with the existing floor plan, they flipped the house, turning the old dining room into a spacious, wipe-down kitchen with soapstone counters and durable ceramic floor tiles. The open arrangement and a black-on-white palette bring notes of simplicity and order to the space while echoing the foyer. What was the kitchen became an elegant dining room, where glamour reigns. There are no sensible co-stars here, only A-list celebrities. Says Mullaney, “The client told me this was the one room that was going to be roped off, so anything goes. She had in mind something ‘almost Parisian,’ something over the top.” The rich aubergine walls create warmth and intimacy. Industrial cabinets the designer saw in San Francisco inspired

FROM FACING PAGE, FAR LEFT: Simplicity, elegance, and practicality come together in the open-plan kitchen. The master bedroom, with its lilac and gray palette, is a high-low blend of ease and drama. The homeowner experimented with color in the baths, like the rich Drawing Room Blue from Farrow & Ball in this space.

the built-ins, housing the homeowner’s extensive collection of vintage place settings. The silver-gilded ceiling boasts a dramatic medallion designed to showcase a sparkling chandelier. A custom carpet of wool and silk grounds an antique dining table that was transformed by black and silver paint. The chairs were covered in velvet

to match the walls and accented with nail-head trim. A classic, colorful Warhol hangs over the mantel. The living room was designed for comfort and kids, with a sectional upholstered in a soft sea foam, drapes in favorite shades of blue, and a wool Stark carpet that will stand the test of time. Throughout the home there’s a sense of anticipation, suspenseful plot turns that delight. “A lot of people are afraid of color, and although the homeowner wasn’t going to make a huge commitment, she did so in the dining room and bathrooms,” says Mullaney. “You don’t always see that.” And the master bedroom, stunning in gray, cream, and lavender, was furnished to hold up to traffic—especially boys jumping on the bed. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 154.

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“I have a clear understanding that decorating houses is contextual, cultural, and personal,” says Selke. make you happy.” With her fresh-scrubbed looks and sassy attitude, Selke personifies the company she founded twenty years ago with her now-former husband at their dining table. Pine Cone Hill’s earliest offerings were patchwork quilts that Selke wholesaled to catalog companies like Garnet Hill and L.L. Bean. The quilts were a natural synthesis of her passions and personal history. She studied textile technology at the University of Vermont, and keeps a “library” with more than 10,000 swatches of fabrics she loves. “I have been collecting vintage fabrics since I was a child,” she says.

Selke honed her merchandising skills during the decade after college when she held jobs at Conran’s, Lord & Taylor, the Museum of American Folk Art, and Saks Fifth Avenue. “I came to believe that good design is good business,” she says. For Selke, authentic American style is not a marketing concept but an expression of her roots. Like Ralph Lauren, she started with a preppy New England aesthetic, and as she traveled the country to trade shows and visited her retail accounts, she realized that American taste was diverse and based on climate and geography.

Candlewick Mineral pillow sham; Jute Ticking Natural and Jute Ticking Indigo rugs; Farmhouse Linen Java/Natural duvet cover and shams with Billy, Bessie, and Wilbur decorative pillows; Annie Selke surrounded by her companies’ colorful products.

She expanded her offerings to include quilts and other bed and table linens in a riot of exuberant patterns and colors that would be appropriate for, say, a beach house on the Gulf Coast or a ski chalet in the Rockies. “I love the West,” says Selke. “My favorite vacation spot is a dude ranch in Colorado.” Still, her heart and soul are in the Berkshires. The key to the company’s success has been staying local while going global. “We have about eighty employees in Pittsfield and forty full-time workers in India,” says Selke, who takes pride in the fact

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that she’s a major employer in Berkshire County even though her products are manufactured overseas. She owns the nineteenth-century textile mill that she renovated as her improbably glamorous headquarters with lofty office spaces and large windows. It is home not only to her marketing team and in-house photo studio, but also her quality-control and distribution departments, as well the site of the Pine Cone Hill Outlet Store. The success of the Dash & Albert Rug Company, which she started in 2003, is especially satisfying to her because it has challenged her to offer consumers hooked, hand-loomed, handwoven, and tufted rugs at reasonable prices while being a socially responsible third-world manufacturer. Initially a line of striped carpets with a folksy, country-house charm, Dash & Albert now produces rugs in styles to suit almost any American lifestyle and sells them at more than 2,000 retailers across the country. “I have a clear understanding that decorating houses is contextual, cultural, and personal,” Selke says. “We really are all things to all people.” Her own taste has evolved over the years. When she was married, she lived in a rambling Victorian farmhouse on sixty acres in Pittsfield furnished in a whimsical country style. A few years ago, she renovated a midcentury modern house in Lenox and decorated it with streamlined period pieces. She recently sold that house and moved into her late mother’s Cape Cod–style home in Lenox, gutting the interior with the help of Palm Springs architect John Gilmer, who made it feel like a swank boutique hotel. Unlike her color-saturated previous homes, this house is a nuanced melange of neutrals, a sign of how she and her company have evolved. (Another sign is her recent deal with legendary New York decorator Bunny Williams, who is designing a line of all-weather carpets for Dash & Albert.) Disciplined and driven, Selke believes Pine Cone Hill’s success is based on sincerity and integrity, noting there isn’t a single product she sells that she would not live with herself. “Design is my life,” she says. “It’s my form of expression, my way of communicating with the world and vice versa.” •


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(1) Mercedes Aza of Roomscapes Luxury Design Center with Allison MacDonald (2) Anthony McKnight of South Shore Millwork with New England Home’s Robin Schubel and Kathleen Manchester of Hollester Interiors (3) Barbara Darcy, Sara Hamilton, and Cindy Thompson of Classic Kitchens & Interiors (4) Cameron Snyder of Roomscapes Luxury Design Center thanks the crowd for attending (5) Catherine Holleman Branch of Hollester Interiors with Todd

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A. Tesa Architecture Since its founding in 2002, A. Tesa Architecture has earned a reputation for designing homes that offer an admired interpretation of classic New England character coupled with modern flair and functionality. For Alec R. Tesa, AIA, the process begins by taking the time to thoroughly understand the client’s vision and how they live. This thoughtful process, from concept to completion, is a partnership unfolding over time. Based in historic Newport, the firm specializes in designing Shingle-style homes throughout coastal New England. By drawing inspiration from this stunning region and uniting it with an updated aesthetic, A. Tesa Architecture

creates homes that complement a surrounding neighborhood yet are undeniably original. This approach to design has allowed the firm to design many Newport homes that have been met with appreciative approval from the Newport Historic District Commission. From elegant staircases with hand-turned balusters to sprawling front porches and thoughtful window selection, exceptional architectural details are the hallmark of each A. Tesa Architecture design. Alec, a recipient of the Henry Adams AIA Medal from the American Institute of Architecture, and his team work carefully to incorporate such details into each of their designs.

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Adolfo Perez Architect “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill Adolfo Perez Architect is an awardwinning architectural firm practicing in the greater Boston and New England areas. The majority of our work involves custom, contemporary, residential projects and their interiors. For us, contemporary design is less about a style and more about an attitude—an attitude that reflects the time and place in which we live and build. It is an attitude that honors the recent as well as the historical past and one that embraces technology and sophistication while acknowledging the importance and beauty of

craftsmanship. We know that every project and site brings its own particular set of concerns and conditions and that each one is unique to the client and the place. We strive to uncover and enhance these qualities so we can better integrate each house into its site and make the house a true reflection of the client’s aspirations. We believe that the details of a house should add up to more than the sum of their parts, and we understand what it takes to achieve this, to design a house that is modern, built well, and built to last. These values shape our thinking and in turn our thinking shapes the houses we design.

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Hutker Architects, Inc. Founded in 1987, Hutker Architects, Inc. is a full-service architecture and interior design firm providing in-depth design strategies, comprehensive project coordination, and site-specific construction observation. The firm’s 33-person staff includes experts in property planning, architecture, and interior design, with offices in Falmouth, Vineyard Haven, and Boston. Unrivaled personal attention provided by one point of contact throughout the design and construction process allows for continuous design and management vision. Hutker Architects’ mission to “Build Once Well” creates authentic, sustainable

architecture that is integral to its place and evolves over time while connecting with the narrative of each client. Our long-standing reputation with current and past clients, colleagues, contractors, and artisans is born from our pledge to develop a unique trust that fosters an innovative, custom, and fun design process for all involved. As the region’s premier residential architecture firm, Hutker Architects’ work has been celebrated with more than 40 design awards and 150 features in magazines, including: Architectural Digest, Custom Home, Fine Homebuilding, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New England

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Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. Jan Gleysteen Architects practices in the suburbs of Boston, designing fine custom homes, additions, and renovations inspired by the historic architecture unique to New England. Classicism strongly influences the firm’s designs which employ balance, scale, proportion, and symmetry to create homes that are subtly harmonious with themselves and their surroundings. This is evident in their roofscapes which take inspiration from the historic scale of traditional New England architecture to create carefully proportioned homes with generous floor plans for elegant living. Many of our clients are in search of a home that is not only tasteful but

manageable. To achieve this we draw on many years of experience to create spacious and thoughtful floor plans to fit our clients’ daily life. We find the mudroom, kitchen, and family room often figure prominently in our designs. Careful consideration of these spaces is essential to the elegant livability of our homes. Over the past few years the firm has received numerous accolades including being named Best New Traditional Home of the Year 2012 by The Boston Globe Magazine and being selected as “Best of Houzz” for 2013. The firm has also been recognized in the recent Bulfinch Awards from the Institute of Classical

Architecture and Art, Dream Home Awards, Remodeling Magazine Design Awards, PRISM Awards and earned the sustainable LEED for Homes Gold certification from the USGBC. With many years of experience in the design and construction of custom homes, additions, kitchens and interiors, Jan Gleysteen Architects is committed to an architecture that is both elegant in design and responsive to our clients needs.

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Meyer & Meyer, Inc. Our work is like no other, because our homes are uniquely designed for clients who want a personal and inspiring place to live. Our homes share timeless elegance and harmony with the site. We have no preconceived style that dictates our designs, only ones best suited to the site and preferred by the owners. Clients come to us because they appreciate and aspire to a high level of design. Customizing interesting floor plans, using quality materials, and designing specialty details throughout the home are our trademark, with styles ranging from classical to modern.

Collaborating with our clients is essential to developing award-winning homes of distinction. Clients can follow their home’s development through expressive, hand-drawn renderings. Our job is to successfully take clients through the excitement of the design process, offering options and creating solutions. John I. Meyer Jr., AIA LEED AP, artistically renders his visions of the architectural work to ensure that clients fully understand the outcome. These hand-drafted records become treasured keepsakes, charting the house’s progress from ideas to reality.

For more than thirty years we have offered a full suite of services, coordinating every aspect of designing and building beautiful homes from engineering to interior design through landscape design. Projects of any cost, whether they are a renovation, addition, or a completely new home, deserve the same approach—clever, responsible design work. We place the highest priority on client satisfaction. Our homes are designed to be cherished for generations and to last for centuries. Please call us to see how we can help you design the home of your dreams.

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Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, Inc. Architects Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, Inc. (MMA) is committed to providing the highest quality architectural and complementary disciplinary services, including master site and estate planning, building site analysis, feasibility studies, programming, visualization, construction administration, and sustainable design. MMA specializes in residential and interior architecture and operates regionally and nationally for select

clients who seek a lifestyle-centric and informed perspective to local and regional design issues. MMA’s distinguished and growing body of work has earned the firm recognition as one of the Boston area’s most respected residential design firms. The firm regularly collaborates with some of the nation’s leading interior designers and decorators.

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Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC Patrick Ahearn has been designing historically inspired architecture for the past thirty-nine years. His work includes new construction, renovation and historic restoration for urban townhouses as well as suburban, country and island homes. Patrick is dedicated to working on each project as a unique design opportunity, taking into consideration the surroundings, existing structures and wishes of the client to create the best solution for each property. Every project, no matter how large or small, is designed with the utmost care. The ďŹ rm is dedicated to creating seamless architecture and interiors that respond to how people live today through classic, timeless forms. 74 Special Marketing Section

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders The clients asked us to renovate and expand their 1930s cape to add more space, maximize a narrow ocean view, and open dark spaces to the light. They liked the rambling of an old house that had grown with additions over time. We kept all of the existing structure and expanded in a similarly additive way. The goal was to provide playful character and relaxing spaces for the retirement home of a worldly couple with a good sense of humor. A contextual Cape Cod feeling was desired, but there was also a need to accommodate contemporary art and furniture. The low ceilings, cozy spaces,

and multiple fireplaces of the old cape remain, but the whole is now updated, organized, and functional for casual, contemporary living. The exaggerated fool weathervane was modeled after a tarot card from the wife’s collection, but we replaced the fool’s staff with a golf club and placed a martini in his hand. The facial profile is the husband’s, photographed surreptitiously by his wife for our use and his surprise. A functional but unattractive chimney cap was shrouded by a flaring copper screen with flame-like zigzags cut into the copper—a playful detail that contributes

to the dancing roof scape of chimney, dormers, cupola, weathervane, and finial. The existing driveway was at the west side, right where the best ocean view was available. We moved the driveway and located the large new addition to access the view. To avoid overwhelming the existing cape, subtle asymmetrical balance was the intent. The new twostory addition steps back and up, creating an echelon that, along with the roof scape mentioned above, rises up and back from the existing addition, across the cape core, and culminating in the weathervane.

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Chip Webster Architecture Best known for its elegant, yet individual home design, the firm of Chip Webster Architecture (CWA) has been exploring creative solutions in ecologically sensitive architecture, interior design, community planning, and historic preservation since 1983. For more than twenty-five years, the firm has worked nationally from its Nantucket office. Led by MIT graduate Chip Webster, the CWA design team integrates client inspiration and progressive design with the use of renewable resources. Projects range in scope from classic island cottages to mixed-use communities. CWA’s designs reflect a

strong attention to detail, efficient use of space, and a notable creative richness. Well versed in Nantucket design and building requirements, arguably among the most stringent in the United States, the firm is renowned for its navigation of regulatory processes in projects nationwide. With a reputation for artistic collaboration, the company works closely with clients, engineers, and contractors in all project phases, from cultivating the client’s initial vision, to the completion of construction. The firm’s offerings are comprehensive, including concept development, a complete design oeuvre, and project management. With a diverse portfolio

of residential, commercial, and master planning designs, the credo of creating spaces that surprise, delight, and inspire is evident through CWA’s work.

Chip Webster Architecture 9 Amelia Drive Nantucket, MA 02554 (508) 228-3600

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David M. Mullen Architect David M. Mullen, AIA, is a sole practitioner who manages a full range of architectural services, from the aesthetic to the technical. In his office, architectural style is a process. Rather than working toward a predetermined style, David is more interested in finding inspiration in the unique character of each project while maintaining innovation. David believes that the client’s trust and involvement are the keys to a successful project. Discovering the client’s needs is a significant part of the architect’s role in the design process. However, most clients, although sure of what they wish to achieve in terms

of space and lifestyle, depend on the architect to interpret this into a physical image. This is where trust in the architect is essential. David provides this trust and has great appreciation for clients who allow him to do so. The project pictured here is a cottage by the sea in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and is set upon a granite ledge that flows down to the water. It is a prime example of what this office strives to achieve, by working with the client and contractor from concept to completion with budget and schedule playing key roles, with the focus on providing the client with a project that is both well constructed and architecturally significant.

David D a M. Mullen Architect

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Foley Fiore Architecture Paul Fiore and David Foley have been collaborating with an outstanding group of clients and contractors to create beautiful and livable homes since 1994. They established their Cambridge, Massachusetts–based firm after returning from California, where they had both worked for prominent Bay Area residential architects. The work of Foley Fiore Architecture can now be found throughout the East Coast. In addition to numerous projects in the Boston metropolitan area, they have created a niche designing waterfront homes on Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as the North Fork of Long Island, Shelter Island, and

the Hamptons in New York. Paul and David enjoy the process of getting to know each client and learning how they live and work, and where they find beauty. When designing new homes and renovations, they draw inspiration from a beautiful view, a favorite painting, or where the sun is best for breakfast. Style is determined by the unique needs of each client, existing structure, and building site. Their projects range from historic renovations, to transitional, to modern. Throughout all phases of the design and construction process, the team at Foley Fiore Architecture brings the individual attention of a small firm with the knowledge and production

capabilities of a large one. Their ability to listen to clients and to realize their vision has resulted in a long list of repeat clients and a portfolio of unique architecture and interiors.

Foley Fiore Architecture 316 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 547-8002

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The Boston apartment wears a contemporary palette of grays, taupes, and gold. Vintage lamps add a layer of history to new pieces, such as the richly textured gold sofa by Paul Gaucher of Icon Group.

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urban-view grids and lines are echoed in the ceiling and the steven King custom silk rug. FAcING PAGe, ToP: An oval table and light fixture are fluid counterpoints to the dining banquette’s regimented, contrast-welt grid. FAcING PAGe, BoTToM: The kitchen’s waterfall peninsula of calacatta marble makes room for casual seating. 84 NEW ENGLAND HOME JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2014

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owners of a traditional, turn-of-thelast-century McKim, Mead & White family home on Boston’s North Shore surprised themselves by buying an in-town apartment in the Clarendon, a high-rise building designed by modern-leaning Robert A.M. Stern Architects. “Given our tastes, I would have expected us to land in the Back Bay, in a more traditional brownstone,” says the wife. “But given where we were in life, we did need a more full-service type of arrangement.” Where they were in life was with a son in college, a daughter who had plans for boarding school, and a husband and wife both working in the city. And that life required some of the conveniences of urban living, such as an easy commute. “So that took us in a very different direction,” the homeowner explains, “because it’s a very modern building.” The sight line from their three-bedroom unit, nestled on the twentieth-floor of the thirtythree-story building, descends to the expanse of the Charles River Esplanade, with its sailboats, bikers, and joggers. A glance to the side offers a stunning view of the historic Henry Hobson Richardson–designed Trinity Church reflected in the soaring John Hancock Tower. “We like being on twenty,” says the homeowner. “We love the mix of seeing through to the river but also seeing some of the rooftops.” View? Check. Conveniences? Check. Living space? “In retrospect, we bought a box,” she admits. Luckily, a chance meeting in the lobby put the couple in touch with design pros Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat of Terrat Elms Interior Design, who knew a thing or two about the property, having enhanced several units in the building already. “The Clarendon delivers a beautiful base unit,” says Terrat. “The challenge is to add the personality the owners are looking for.” Armed with a file of magazine clippings, the wife was quick out of the gate in articulating her desire for a warm, modern style with staying power. While she wanted a space as familyfriendly as their North Shore home with its transitional decor, she also wanted the condo to reflect its urban environment. She had likeminded partners in Terrat and Elms. “Our natural place is mixing contemporary and classic,” says Elms. They all agreed that silhouettes would be clean, crisp, and tailored, but the unit’s large

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froM The very beginning we Talked abouT adding in deTail wherever we Could,” says elMs. expanse of windows necessitated a thoughtful approach to adding character. “From the very beginning we talked about adding in detail wherever we could,” Elms notes. To start the process, they looked up at the large expanses of blank ceiling. They lowered the ten-foot ceilings by six inches, installed ceiling lights, and created coffers. The result encourages the eye to linger instead of breezing past the whole room. “It was designed to create drama,” says Terrat. The team worked with builder Greg Nicolai of G.L. Nicolai & Company, who had renovated other units in the building. Because he was intimately familiar with the plan, he knew just where to look to maximize space and function. For example, he stole bathtub space from the daughter’s bathroom to add more storage to the kitchen. The homeowner had her heart set on a waterfall countertop for the peninsula, so they used the Calacatta marble topper as an opportunity to increase the peninsula’s size, add an overhang for bar seating, and fit in a trash and recycling area.

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Clever furniture and built-ins also maximize living space. The windows have deep marble windowsills, so Terrat and Elms set custom pieces, such as the dining banquette and the daughter’s desk, all the way into the sill to free up floor space. In the master bedroom, the designers eschewed a freestanding bed in favor of a built-in upholstered headboard that protrudes only a couple of inches.

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An antique channel-back chair covered in a velvet star-patterned fabric pairs with a lacquered bureau in the master bedroom. FAcING PAGe, ToP: The art set the tone in the bedroom, leading to the quietly luxurious palette. FAcING PAGe, BoTToM: A built-in upholstered headboard maximizes space.


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cLocKWIse FRoM THIs PAGe: The family room

decor began with the blueand-cream abstract rug that is, says elms, “a total wow.” The orange pillows are a nod to the terracotta roof tiles on a building below. Nail-head trim on the daughter’s bed echoes the Rivets wall covering from Phillip Jeffries. The white desk/vanity table slides snugly into the window well.

The Clarendon delivers a beauTiful base uniT,” TerraT says. “The Challenge is To add The personaliTy The owners are looking for.” A built-in desk and shelves occupy a wall of the media den, allowing the space to do double duty as an office. Most of the apartment wears a subdued palette of grays and creams, embellished here and there with accents of yellow-gold or cheerful orange. Textured wall coverings from Phillip Jeffries—a soft linen look in the master bedroom, a hint of sparkle in the open living and dining area, and a bold burlap effect in the media den— lend extra interest to the neutral palette. “It just adds something that paint can’t give you,” says Elms. “It’s very multidimensional, warm, and textural.”

“Multidimensional” can also be applied to the home’s other textiles, whether it be the raised pattern in the rugs in the living area and the master bedroom, a sofa’s velvet upholstery, the tufting on the dining banquette, or the nail-head trim on the dining chairs. All combine to keep a sleek, urban space family-friendly and livable. The design team also kept things interesting by mixing vintage and new furnishings. “We could have gone either new-school high-rise or old-school, like the brownstones,” says Elms. “We wanted to bring both together, and the client really liked that.” A chair and lamps in the


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living room as well as a master-bedroom chair and the nightstands in the daughter’s bedroom are all vintage finds, lending an evolved look that blends nicely with the historic backdrop the coffered ceilings offer. As it turns out, the daughter did not go off to boarding school. The family still resides mostly on the North Shore, though they usually spend one weeknight a week in town, as well as many weekends. After getting a taste for the place, the owners look forward to spending more time there in the future. The wife had wondered how she would feel about living near work. “I work at the Hancock, so I can see my office,” she notes. But it doesn’t bother her at all. “It’s kind of an urban oasis,” she says of her new home. “When you go in there, you just relax.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 154.

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Cinderella Story With a little re-imagination, a once-ragtag New Hampshire house reveals its true beauty to its new owners. Text by Megan Fulweiler • Photography by Michael J. Lee • Interior Design: Scott Bell, Theo & Isabella Design Group • Builder: Peter Viano, Viano General Contractors Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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The parlor, with its inviting Robert Allen camelback sofa, is the place to be when temperatures drop. Frank McBournie crafted the luxurious throw from vintage coats. FACING PAGE: Topped with black portico marble, a nineteenth-century rosewood cabinet makes a handsome bar. The portrait is an oil-on-canvas reproduction of a portrait of Henry Brevoort, a friend of author Washington Irving.

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shudders to imagine it: a wild sky, a fierce zigzag of lightning, and a barn in New Hampshire’s lovely Lakes Region goes up in flames. Miraculously the 1865 house, linked to the barn by a small, rectangular addition, is unscathed. Time passes, and the old house eventually comes on the market. It just so happens that designer Scott Bell—a principal at Theo & Isabella Design Group, in Sudbury, Massachusetts—and his partner, Frank McBournie, have been doing some serious house hunting. They come upon this one, with its poor addition hanging on like a frayed sleeve, and almost pass by without investigating. “I was hesitant,” Bell admits. “But when we stepped inside, the lines and proportions were perfect.” Never mind the asphalt-shingle siding, the awkward road-facing vestibule tacked on at some point in the dwelling’s history, or the gloomy, charred timbers: the house oozed grace and potential—loads of it. Bell and McBournie’s search was, at last, over. Claiming the place as their own, the men tore off the vestibule and threw themselves into recapturing the home’s original character. And that, of course, meant giving it a new barn. So Bell designed a two-story barn-like building to serve as a garage with generous guest quarters above. Redesigning the space that forms the connection between barn and house, he plugged in a fresh, functional kitchen and a snug family room.

ABOVE: In addition to refinishing the original staircase, the couple sanded and stained the foyer’s pine-board floor to awaken its sleeping beauty. RIGHT: Today’s merger of house and barn adheres to the old design. FACING PAGE: Silk drapes add extra warmth to the dining room and help frame views of the adjacent preserve.

Scott Bell

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For furnishings and accessories, the couple had only to peruse Bell’s treasures. The designer is a lifelong collector. “Since I was ten, and all kinds of things.” At the same time, the dingy exterior shingles were stripped away and the clapboards painted a soft gray reminiscent of morning lake fog. Today’s white trim accentuates the classic New England marriage of house and barn and highlights attributes long overlooked, such as the original, ladylike bay windows reaching out to leafy views. The pretty property consists of a mod-

est acre and a half, but a 160-acre state forest—never to be built upon—is its nearest neighbor. For six years, when not outside admiring the landscape, the men have slowly gone about rehabilitating every room. Their herculean projects have ranged from scraping wallpaper off the horsehair-plastered walls to hand-sanding the staircase. “We’ve done 80 percent

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of the work ourselves,” says Bell, sounding as proud as any new parent. Justifiably so: the interior fairly bubbles with personality. Rather than scramble to find the right furnishings and accessories, the couple had only to peruse Bell’s treasures. The designer, it turns out, is a lifelong collector. “Since I was ten,” he says, “and all kinds of things.” And since his passions include antiques as well as vintage items, the decor is richly layered. “We decided to do different themes,” he says, “a sort of 1940s fun,

camp style for the guest quarters; slightly country for the kitchen and family room; and a bit more formal for the parlor and dining room.” Eras and styles winningly intermingle, upping the artful ambience. The ruddy-colored dining room, for example, painted Benjamin Moore’s Georgian Brick, is home to a 1940s table set with horn-handled cutlery. The mahogany Empire card table alongside the window displays a bronze Venus de Milo, the glass-front cupboard reveals a

The plan for the family room, which opens to the kitchen, mandated space for a china-packed hutch and a comfortable sitting area. FACING PAGE: A Russian painting called Peasants after the Harvest hangs above the fireplace. The collection on the mantel includes a cluster of vintage alabaster grapes.

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pedigreed silver teapot and a helping of Bell’s beloved Wedgwood collection, and above it all hangs a tasseled and beaded chandelier from Visual Comfort. Come winter, the men spend most of their time in the parlor, where the wood stove crackles. “This is the room we live in,” Bell says. “We take our dogs and

cats with us, and it’s so cozy.” Pets aside, stylish furnishings and chic accoutrements like a French Empire clock discovered in Paris give the space a subtly urbane undertone. The Empire table perching by the velvet-covered sofa was one of Bell’s first boyhood acquisitions. He meticulously

“I summered with my grandparents and they had lovely antique furniture. My parents, of course, rebelled. Their taste was midcentury,” says Bell.

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LEFT: Waverly’s La Belle Campagne cotton toile transforms the guestroom, where a favorite portrait of an unknown woman hangs. “I just fell in love with her,” says Bell. BELOW: A beehive clock tops the chest—a Brimfield Antiques Show find—just outside the guest room’s generous walk-in closet. FACING PAGE: A firstfloor powder room holds what was once a cupboard in the pantry.

scraped away the orange paint that concealed its true identity. Where did this enthusiasm for collecting spring from, and at such an early age? “I summered with my grandparents and they had lovely antique furniture. My parents, of course, rebelled. Their taste was midcentury.” Bell’s ability to hit just the right balance is obviously in his DNA, and that talent is evident again in the family room that abuts the new kitchen. Here, Bell has found a spot for his prized Bernhardt hutch, where caches of ironstone and Wedgwood Edme Queensware reside. Twin wing chairs wearing a decidedly English-like floral fabric nestle close to the hearth. Bell designed the fireplace mantel, where more Wedgwood is on display, and installed the granite surround himself. The appealing powder room is another thoughtful study in past and present. Bell and McBournie transported the oversize handmade cabinet that formerly stood in the pantry to nest their linens and sundries. An antique Federal-style mirror hangs above the Kohler sink. It doesn’t matter what the season, friends and family clamor for invitations. Their room (if garage accommodations, which include a kitchenette, are spoken for) is clad in toile. “I’ve always wanted a toile room, and since it’s a guest room, we don’t see it every day,” Bell says, although that would hardly be something to fret about. The dreamy green-and-white pattern is as fresh as the nearby woods. The green-painted old floor evokes outdoor thoughts as well—a reassuring touch in these parts when spring seems a long way off. The adjoining walk-in closet, complete with pine dresser, was once a nursery. It must have been a happy little

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niche then, and it still is. Come to think of it, there’s not a corner of this charming, well-curated house that doesn’t feel warm and welcoming. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 154.

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Yours, Mine,

A designer employs both diplomacy and talent to help . a pair of newlyweds retool the husband’s Boston penthouse, . fashioning a home to please both spouses equally..

and Ours

Text by Jaci Conry + Photography by Michael J. Lee . Interior design: Phoebe Lovejoy Russell, . Lovejoy Designs + Produced by Kyle Hoepner .

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Glorious city views take center stage, thanks to a design plan that keeps the living room furniture below windowsill height. A pale color scheme gets interest from textured fabrics such as linen velvet on the sofa and chenille on the lounge chair, geometric patterns in rug and pillows, and a smattering of animal prints.

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before the Newlyweds could live happily ever . after in the space, serious work had to be done. .

“it was very much a bachelor pad,� says Shannon. .

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LEFT: A World’s Away mirror pendant

lamp and a Hollywood Regency–style cabinet whose doors echo the pattern in the living room bring glamour to the entry. BELOW: Designer Phoebe Lovejoy Russell turned a bar cart into a console table to display pieces that are special to the homeowners. FACING PAGE: The tufted banquette was added, giving the couple a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the views from the dining room.


they became a couple, Shannon and Michael Sperlinga were neighbors in their Back Bay condominium building. They met in the elevator on the way down to the lobby to walk their dogs. It turned out that Shannon’s Siberian Husky and Michael’s yellow Lab, having been walked by the same dog walker, already knew each other well. After that first meeting, Michael wasted little time asking Shannon out. The rest is history. Once they were married, Shannon sold her unit to move into Michael’s more spacious penthouse. But before they could live happily ever after in the space, serious work had to be done to the interior. “It was very much a bachelor pad. The place was very dark, there were a lot of browns and leathers, artwork

framed in heavy gold frames, and too much furniture that made the space feel crowded,” recalls Shannon, a native Californian who favors white tones and lighter finishes. Michael, fortunately, was open to change. The couple brought in Boston interior designer Phoebe Lovejoy Russell to scale back the home’s masculinity and create an atmosphere that balanced both spouses’ tastes. Lovejoy Russell began by replacing the heavy color scheme with a palette centered on gray, cream, and cool white accented with tones of yellow, pale blue, and green. “The colors helped to redefine the apartjanuary–february 2014  New England Home 101

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features a white lacquered crib and changing table from The New Traditionalits and a custom glider upholstered in playful orange and gray stripes. The made-over office includes a Kravet sectional sheathed in faux leather and a Hickory side chair upholstered in velvet for an elegant feel.

ment as a place for the couple to share and brought a consistency to the space, easing people through the living room, dining area, master bedroom, halls, and bathrooms,” Lovejoy Russell explains. The designer strove for a chic look that called for minimizing clutter. “We did a lot of editing of the furniture,” she says. The pool table, for example, had to go, but the couple held on to Michael’s cherished poker table, adding a removable mahogany top so it could double as the dining table. Lucite and lacquered pieces make the space feel brighter, and Lovejoy Russell employed antique-mirror and polished- and brushed-nickel finishes and fixtures that bounce light around the home. Each room has expansive window walls that offer amazing views of Boston Common, and it was important to the Sperlingas that the furniture layout offer ample opportunity to appreciate that feature. The dining area’s tufted sectional banquette,

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sheathed with durable faux ostrich and fitted with multiple drawers, has become the couple’s favorite perch to absorb the landscape. “All of the furniture is very low. Nothing is higher than the windowsill, so pieces don’t block the view of the outdoors,” notes Lovejoy Russell. In the living area, a backless sofa tucks neatly under the windows. Directly across from it sits a low-backed chair with decorative nail-head trim. While the room’s furnishings are all upholstered in similar cream tones, Lovejoy Russell used different textures for subtle contrast, covering the sofas in cotton velvet and the chair in chenille. The designer scaled back Michael’s abundance of animal prints, but recognizing his penchant for them, she outfitted two stools in a chic zebra fabric. A wool rug features a grid of octagons—just one instance of several geometric patterns Lovejoy Russell sprinkled throughout the home to add dimension and visual interest. Also custom-made is the dark wood cabinet fabricated by South Boston’s Art Application to store the couple’s wedding china, serving pieces, and vases. “The front is made of interlocking wood circles against an antique silver background,” says Lovejoy Russell. Other furniture pieces were discovered by happenstance and seemed ideal for the space, like the Hollywood Regency–

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“All the furniture is very low. Nothing is higher. than the windowsill, so pieces don’t block the. view of the outdoors,” says Lovejoy Russell..

The view from a rooftop terrace is nothing short of spectacular. FACING PAGE, TOP: The chevronpatterned wall and mirror-front, lacquered bedside tables add subtle drama to the understated master bedroom. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A barrel-back chair outfitted in peacock-blue chenille is a soft touch next to the Plexi-craft Lucite vanity.

style cabinet in the foyer fitted with silver-paneled doors that repeat a pattern strikingly similar to the one on the living room carpet. Lovejoy Russell incorporated Michael’s collection of oil paintings by replacing their heavy gilt frames with white-lacquer frames and crisp ivory mattes. “It took all the work to a much cleaner level to complement the serene color palette we created,” says Lovejoy Russell, who also selected a few new pieces with softer appeal, including two ocean-view

horizons by Jordan Kantor in the master bedroom and assemblages of colorful butterflies encased in a shadowboxes in the nursery. In the master bedroom, Lovejoy Russell designed a pale-yellow, biscuit-tufted velvet headboard for the bed. While the intent was to make the space soothing and quiet, the room called for a little something to jazz it up. Lovejoy Russell envisioned a feature wall painted with a chevron pattern behind the bed. The light, beige-toned gray forms a pleasing

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contrast with the dark peacock-gray of the rug, barrel-back chair, and ottoman. A narrow Lucite makeup table nestles perfectly under the windows, and white-lacquer Oly bedside tables with antiqued-mirror inserts flank the bed. As the project was under way, the Sperlingas learned they were expecting a baby boy, so plans for what was to have been a guest room morphed into a nursery. Lovejoy Russell outfitted the space with light gray and darker blue-grays accented with pops of orange for a playful look. The room’s elements—a glider upholstered with bold orange and gray stripes, a custom book shelf with geometric cutouts, and a white-lacquer changing table with blue-gray panels—make it Shannon’s “favorite room in the house.” Michael’s office remains his personal space, though Lovejoy Russell revived the room to make it more modern and functional. “We didn’t want to completely overrun him, so we turned the room into a sophisticated man cave,” she says. A new leather sectional, oriented toward the city skyline, is a prime spot for lounging and smoking cigars. New shelves behind and above the sofa display Michael’s books and collectibles. A mother-of-pearl–topped coffee table rimmed with silver and gold offers a touch of elegance. Walls are blue-gray, while the ceiling is painted pale mustard yellow to offset the zebra-print toss pillows on the couch. The home has undergone a true transformation. “Phoebe completely changed the house; it feels so warm and comfortable, light and airy,” says Shannon. “Sometimes we can’t believe it’s the same place.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page

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Industrial Strength an urban condominium suits its new owner by blending the sleek, contemporary look he desires with enough warmth and whimsy to make it feel like home. Text by Regina Cole + Photography by Laura Moss + Interior design: Maho Abe and Rina Okawa, Zen Associates + Builder: Woodmeister Master Builders

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avid Jankilevitsch found the designers of his dreams when he went out to eat. He had traveled all over the world, was conversant with design language, and knew the aesthetic he was after for his new condominium in downtown Boston. But, until he dined at Oishii Boston, in the city’s South End, he didn’t know where to turn to realize his vision. “He had a strong concept, but he didn’t know how to make it a reality,” says Maho Abe, principal designer at Zen Associates. That changed when he discovered that Abe and her colleague Rina Okawa had created the restaurant decor he found so appealing. The views are what first sold the young real

estate developer on this unit in a high-rise building. Windows look down on the Charles River, across the South End, toward the harbor and South Station. With that kind of dramatic backdrop, the interior had to hold its own. “I have always loved old factory spaces, and wanted a concrete, lofty feel,” Jankilevitsch says. “I was looking for a modern, contemporary design, but I also wanted a warm feeling.” “He was strongly influenced by contemporary European architecture,” Abe adds. With help from a talented crew of subcontractors, Abe and Okawa executed an interior that is as industrially inspired and chic as the modern European style Jankilevitsch loves. They accomplished this

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through the skilled use of color and materials, so that walls finished with Venetian plaster look like concrete, and an apartment with standard ceiling heights feels lofty. “The color is blue-gray, and it is all over the entire space,” says Abe. “It resembles concrete. The ceilings are all painted a soft gray. The resulting look is industrial and edgy, but warm.” The layout places the kitchen at the center of the apartment. Jankilevitsch had envisioned a wall of stone around the core of the unit. “I wanted the interior to function like a large circle with a smaller circle

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Magnificent views of the Charles River and Back Bay attracted the homeowner to the lofty condominium. Mixed with the industrial sensibility, bits of whimsy include a Terzani light fixture and gilded branches in the frame surrounding the sofa and on the built-in shelves.

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the designers sheathed the kitchen walls with a slender, dark-gray, japanese ceramic tile laid horizontally. The effect is textured and rich.

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inside, and for all the walls to look like either concrete or stone,” he says. The designers sheathed the kitchen walls with a slender, dark-gray, Japanese ceramic tile laid horizontally. The effect is textured and rich, and reinforces the industrial look Jankilevitsch was after. “Both the inside and the outside of the kitchen walls have that look of textured stone,” he explains. “With the kitchen at the center, the layout makes for a very nice flow.” The living room, dining room, and kitchen constitute the open, public areas of the condo. Behind the kitchen is the homeowner’s study. The three bedrooms sit on the other side of the unit, hidden behind a floor-to-ceiling door beside the entry. “All the doors in the apartment go from floor to ceiling,” Abe says. “It is part of what gives it that sleek, clean look.” Achieving that look required meticulous engineering, says Deborah Butler, millwork project manager at Woodmeister Master Builders, general contractors for the project. “The Venetian plaster and the lines of the

doors going all the way from floor to ceiling draw the eye up and make the space look bigger,” Butler says. “But it means that we have to start with the substrate and make everything fit perfectly. “Door casings typically go atop walls and hide any imperfections in fit,” she continues. “But here, we had to work from the inside out. We took dimensions, made framing, and put shims behind the wallboard so that everything would align. All this is done after the walls are plastered and tiled. If the lines where the doors meet the ceiling were off, you would see it and it would spoil the effect.” Paint that gives the surface of the doors a metallic look reinforces the industrial sensibility of the space. To get the warmth their client wanted, Abe and Okawa introduced natural elements that add texture and intensity. “We used materials like stone, wood, and glass—materials that are very sleek, but rich,” Okawa says. A long dining table of dark walnut stands at the ready for company. A live-edge slab of walnut tops the

The kitchen, with its wall of Japanese ceramic tile, sits at the center of the unit and opens to the home office. Cabinets built by Woodmeister Master Builders were treated to a coat of shiny paint that resembles a metal surface. FACING PAGE: A live-edge walnut slab on Plexiglass legs forms the dining table, from Hudson Furniture.

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The bedrooms curtains, made from metal mesh, and the sleek Woodmeistermade headboard contribute to the industrial sensibility. In the home office, metal spheres bring an element of softness to the composition. A live-edge walnut slab tops a desk in the master bedroom.

boxy gray coffee table. And the kitchen peninsula is accented with a slab of walnut, too, softening the stainless steel and ceramic tile. The designers bleached the white ash flooring throughout the apartment. “This way, the grain is stronger,” Okawa notes. “It gives it more of a natural feeling and, thus, more warmth.” A shag rug in the living room area and hide rugs in the study and master bedroom add a plush counterpoint as well. An industrial aesthetic does not rule out all whimsy. Just inside the front door, Okawa placed a set of hooks in the shape of hands. Gilded branches are recurring decorative elements. And a jolt of color here and there—an orange bench in the foyer, a cobalt-blue side table by a chair in the master bedroom, and vivid pieces of modern art— imparts a light touch. The lighting, too, bridges the divide between industrial and homey, thanks to the work of Mark Howland of Howland Architecture Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts. In the entrance hall, the ceiling’s recessed LED lights illuminate one of Jankilevitsch’s large contemporary paintings. More LEDs—often hidden in the moldings around the recessed ceilings—cast ample glow in the living room area and the kitchen. “You don’t see the fixtures, but the area is flooded with light,” Jankilevitsch notes. While he loves to entertain, and so enjoys the wide-open spaces of the kitchen and living and din-

ing areas, Jankilevitsch confesses that the study is his favorite room. “As a young professional, I was looking for a more outgoing, younger, even controversial feel,” he says. “But I love being in my study. It’s very cozy, great for work, and, like the rest of the apartment, beautifully detailed and neat.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 154.

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“The ceilings are all painted a soft gray,” Abe says. “The resulting look is industrial and edgy, but warm.”

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The Kitchen Faucet


Dornbracht Tara Ultra Faucet ///

“This faucet offers a sleek profile that complements a contemporary kitchen. Its innovative design is both stylish and durable. I used it recently in a mountain retreat kitchen for a family of cooks.” Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, Beverly, Mass., (800) 649-2282,


Waterstone’s Hunley Gantry Faucet ///

“What can I say about this faucet? It is simply a piece of art!” Clarke, Milford, Mass., (508) 458-2200,


KWC Livello Faucet ///

“What I love about this faucet is its clean lines—the straight line of the spout and the simple round features. The spout has a high reach, making it work with almost any type of sink.” KWC dealers throughout New England, JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2014 NEW ENGLAND HOME 115

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The Kitchen Counter Material


Think Glass Counter ///

“This clean, contemporary counter material comes in various thicknesses, colors, and textures. It is stunning as a bar top or accent area in a kitchen.” Roomscapes Luxury Design Center, Rockland, Mass., (781) 616-6400,


Calacatta Saturnia Marble ///

“Marble is such an elegant material, and the neutral nature of this one is such that it can adapt to any design style from traditional to contemporary.” Marble and Granite, Westwood, Mass., (781) 407-9560,


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“I love how easy this counter material is to use in both modern and traditional design to achieve a soft statement and an elegant look. The neutral color would work with almost any cabinet color. It’s also easy to maintain and keep clean.” Caesarstone dealers throughout New England,


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The Kitchen Lighting MARIETTE BARSOUM

Schonbek’s Refrax Light ///

“I love using crystal in the kitchen because it gives such an elegant, luxurious feeling. With the Refrax collection, you can choose your own style and crystal colors, creating a one-of-akind light fixture just for you.” Schonbek dealers throughout New England,


E.F. Chapman Stanway Sconce ///

“I love the very tailored design of this wall sconce. I’m partial to the polished-nickel finish, but this sconce also comes in antiqued brass, antiqued nickel, and bronze.” Needham Decorative Hardware, Needham, Mass., (781) 449-5333, ELIZABETH SWARTZ

Visual Comfort Country Pendant ///

“This beautiful light fixture adds drama as well as illumination over a kitchen island. Using several of them hung in a group would add definition to the island in a spacious kitchen.”


The Icon Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0655

As a certified kitchen designer and owner of Divine Kitchens, Mariette Barsoum has a wealth of experience helping clients in New England and beyond design and build a space that suits their tastes and needs and integrates beautifully with their home’s architecture. Wellesley, Mass., (781) 235-5650,


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The Kitchen Back Splash Material


Kink Mosaic from Galeria Marble Mosaics ///

“Kink, from Galeria Marble’s Flow series, brings a splash of elegance to the kitchen.” Newton Kitchens and Design, Newton, Mass., (617) 559-0003,


Antiqued Silver-Leaf Glass Tile ///

“This gorgeous glass tile has an antiqued silver-leaf backing, which shimmers through the glass. I recently used the copper-leaf version in a sizable new kitchen, and it is both practical and beautiful.” Discover Tile, Boston Design Center, (617) 330-7900,


AKDO Mini Brick Calacatta Polished Mosaic ///

“This tile has so many colors that you can include in your kitchen design, yet it’s still very neutral. It’s a classic color that will work with traditional as well as transitional kitchens.” AKDO dealers throughout New England,

Newton Kitchens & Design’s 5,000-square-foot showroom displays the custom cabinetry crafted by Pierre Matta that has been bringing a true artisan’s touch to the kitchens of Bostonarea homeowners for more than a decade. Newton, (617) 559-0003,


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Trade Secrets

Who’s doing what, when, where, and how in the New England design business

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of Cresset Development, imagined this multifamily living community that looks something like an overturned milk carton tethered to the edge of Boston Harbor and cantilevering out on pontoons. Given that both sea levels and the value of waterfront property are on the rise, this is an idea that seems long overdue. “Trade Secrets” looks forward to future incarnations of Healy and Nardi’s floating community, perhaps inspired by the high-spirited beauty of the Flying Cloud, the SS Normandie, even a Chinese junk. They would sell out before you could say, “It floats!” ///

Thomas Burke retired to Jamaica, Vermont, below Stratton Mountain, he painted his colonial home purple. His spirits lifted at the sight, but his neighbors’ spirits sank. Folks justifiably famous for minding their own business would stop and stare. One frequent comment polite enough to quote was, and still is: “That’s just your primer, we hope.” Back in his working days, collaborating with homeowners usually raised Burke’s spirits. “But not always,” he says. “I remember working on the Vineyard for architect Benjamin Moore, a distant relation of the paint family. More than one prospective client would say: “‘Mr. Moore, you know what I want—I want that house over there, except I want you to make it five feet longer on every side.’ And Moore would say, ‘Then that won’t be the same house as the one over there.’ Fortunately, he had so much work he could speak his mind like that.”

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here is something beautiful about manmade things that float: a schooner, a dinghy, a cruise ship, even a bar of Ivory soap—after all “it floats.” And how beautiful, too, was the idea of Floatyard, debuted at last November’s ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX). A simple drawing in the Unbuilt Architecture pavilion, Floatyard could have been easy to miss, because there was so much else going on at this ever-expanding show. Hosted by the Boston Society of Architects, ABX featured live demos of 3-D models printed while you wait, a full day of talks about big ideas and big data by BSA president Mike Davis, Governor Deval Patrick, André Leroux of the Smart Growth Alliance, Barry Bluestone of the Dukakis Center, and many others, plus miles of aisles of stunning photography. Can anyone be left doubting the power of New England design here and abroad? But somehow Floatyard stood out. Architect Brian Healy, director of design at the Boston office of national architecture firm Perkins + Will, and developer Ed Nardi,

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Kate Coughlin of Boston has managed to put

together a group of loyal clients who seem to always float her boat. “They want to have a lot of fun. They are after a more lighthearted, family-friendly aesthetic. They’re tired of all the heavy brown furniture,” she says. “As a matter of fact, one very traditional client I am working with now just requested a neutral palette dotted with midcentury

THE ULTIMATE WATER VIEW Architect Brian Healy and developer Ed Nardi take an imaginative approach to dealing with the encroachment of rising sea levels. Their concept community, Floatyard, won a Progressive Architecture award from Architect magazine.

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Judd Brown of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, a

Design Giant eleven of the past thirteen years. He, too, says there is a something high-spirited going on. Design elements like midcentury tie the present to the past—but in a Judd Brown lighter, more refined way. “Paint color, stains, and finishes are becoming muted and earthy, and at times misty in feel, especially in homes that are on the coast,” Brown says.

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example, does a window treatment look from the street when it’s closed as well as when it’s open?” ///

Anthony Catalfano offers a solution that allows for

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privacy inside, curb appeal outside, and understated elegance all around. “Forgo fussy drapery treatments,” he says. “Edit out complex valance trims with all those contrasting linings. Clients these days are looking to us for more-tailored, simpler fabrics and upholstery. Specifically for windows, that would mean fabric panels with finishing tape along the edges— nothing more.” In November, just before ABX, this magazine inducted Catalfano into its Hall of Fame. On that night, the enormous windows at the top of Boston’s State Room reflected linens, crystal, flowers, and a sellout crowd whose beaming faces would make you swear they were floating—not on water, like Brian Healy’s community, but on air. •


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New and Noteworthy

For most of us, the word cabin conjures the pleasantest of feelings. Cabins are all about getting away from it all, living life in a quiet, slow, uncomplicated way for a little while. In Back to the Cabin, just released from Taunton Press, architect Dale Mulfinger explores the iconic American structure in all its variety. The work of several New England architects is represented in examples of cabins in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Awardsseason, that is, when we get to celebrate the remarkable design talent here in New England. The Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry held its annual CotY Awards at the Clarke showroom in Milford, Massachusetts. Among the winners: Cambridge-based JW Construction took home a gold award for Residential Interior and a silver for Residential Specialty Interior, JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2014  New England Home 127

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We applauded the success of a number of our friends at the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston’s Prism Awards at Boston’s Seaport Hotel. Winners whose work has graced New England Home’s pages included Zero-Energy Design, TMS Architects, Cebula Design, Kristina Crestin Design, Woodmeister Master Builders, C.H. Newton Builders, Lux Lighting Design, Jan Gleysteen Architects, LDa Architecture & Interiors, Cape Associates, S&H Construction, and FBN Construction. (For the complete list of winners check the website at This year’s illustrious list of Bulfinch Awards winners includes Catalano Architects, Gerald Pomeroy Design Group, and John Lawrence Upton Architecture & Design, all of Boston; Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders of Essex, Massachusetts; and, for craftsmanship and artisanship, John Canning Studios of Cheshire, Connecticut, and Adriance Furnituremakers of Newton and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The newest principal at Boston architectural firm CBT brings a flair for the dramatic to her new position. Jacqueline McGee joined the firm in 2004 as a senior interior designer following several years as an art director for stage, film, and television in her native London and then in Hollywood, where she worked on feature films. Since joining CBT, McGee has earned acclaim Jacqueline McGee

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It was devastating at the time, but glass artist Tracy Glover didn’t quit when her studio was destroyed by flooding in 2010. For the next two years, she borrowed studio space from friends to meet the demand for her unique light fixtures and decorative hardware, glasses, and vases. At long last, she has settled into her new studio, outfitting a refurbished space in an

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while Sage Builders, of Newton, took home the gold award for Residential Kitchen and silver for Residential Specialty Interior. (For a list of all the winners, go to

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old textile-production building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with state-of-the-art glassmaking equipment. People the world over can now have a piece of Richard Watson furniture, thanks to the Brookline, Massachusetts–based company’s new collaboration with West Elm. Designers Brooke Richard and Laura Watson have created a ten-drawer, espresso-stained, solid poplar highboy inspired by an eighteenth-century piece. Richard Watson’s modern heirloom pieces are handcrafted by master woodworkers in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Somehow, amid her blogging, interior design work, involvement as style director with the fashion company Two Penny Blue, and her family, Erin Gates found time to open an office in Newton. The designer, who has gained fame for her Elements of Style blog, finds she loves being based in the suburbs, where fewer distractions mean she’s less stressed and more productive. Erin Gates

Masterpiece Woodworks, in Avon, Massachusetts, has just made the custom-design process easier by creating a space in its facility where design professionals and the Masterpiece team can get together to collaborate. The Studio, as they’ve dubbed it, holds finished pieces that can serve as inspiration as well as a huge collection of furniture details, leg samples, molding and top section options, finish samples of woods and exotic materials, and decorative hardware. Bespoke furnishings are a big design trend for 2014, says creative director Beth Bourque. “We’re providing space to make the unique process of producing these pieces creative, easy, and fun.” —Paula M. Bodah

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Design Life

Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in New England

Boston designer Gary McBournie has been on something of a whirlwind tour to celebrate the launch of his book,




recently out from Pointed Leaf Press. We joined the fun, getting him to sign our copies of his book at a party at the Waterworks showroom in the Boston Design Center.




The Taj Hotel in Boston made a gracious setting when Susan Gordon hosted a reception for designer William Hodgins and writer Stephen Salny. The occasion? The appearance of their book, WILLIAM


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and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner (2) Debbie Morrison, Sue Corr, and Danya Lane (3) Michael Barnum and Stephanie Fieldman (4) Susan Parker and Joe Nadeau (5) Nora Sihabouth

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famed interior designer Timothy Corrigan, who spoke to a rapt group about the restoration of Chateau du Grand-Lucé, the eighteenth-century chateau and French national landmark he owns. The occasion also celebrated the publication of Corrigan’s new book from Rizzoli, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé: Decorating a Great French Country House.

(1) Elaine Maltzman, Timothy

Corrigan, and Christina Kazis Sayare (2) Francis de Marneffe and Janet Collett (3) Timothy Corrigan with

Fabien Fieschi, consul general of France in Boston, and Yuki Fieschi (4) D. Brenton Simons, Michael Carter, Curt DiCamillo, and Rebecca Tilles (5) Diana and Scott Cooper

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Boston’s Cyclorama was abuzz with more than 300 guests who turned out for the ELLIS BOSTON ANTIQUES SHOW gala preview. More than simply a kickoff for the popular annual antiques show, the party also raised an impressive $100,000 for Ellis Memorial, an organization that serves working families with programs for young children and disabled and elderly adults.

(1) Chip Lewis and Kathy Betts (2) Elizabeth Vose Frey and Page DeGregorio (3) Lauren Berk, Christine Berk, and Carey Vose (4) Joyce and Mark Goldweitz (5) Kitty Robinson


event at its Boylston Street, Boston, store. The Fine Art of Bedding brought IFDA members together to mix and mingle and to hear about the history of the 150-year-old Italian textile company.

Her friends, clients, and colleagues know all about interior designer LESLIE FINE’s talents, and now the rest of Boston does, too, thanks to her beautiful window display for Simon Pearce’s Newbury Street store. A lively group gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the display—and maybe get some gift-giving inspiration in anticipation of the holidays.

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Members and guests of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry gathered at the Clarke Showroom in Milford, Massachusetts, to enjoy camaraderie and to celebrate the best work of its area remodeling professionals with the presentation of the

2013 CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR (CotY) awards.

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Schubel with Alexandria and Chris Bilek (2) Sean and April Ducott, and Wes Lohr (3) Marianna Chaikovsky and Ivan Bereznicki (4) New England Home’s Karin Lidbeck Brent with Amanda Jennings (5) Alexandria and Chris Bilek with Paul Craig 1







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Travis, Roger Gallagher, and Amy McFadden (4) Jodi Swartz, Cathy Doucet, Debra Bishop (5) Robin Shor, Jenny Johnson, Amy McFadden, and Kathy DeMeyer

Guests fueled up on breakfast provided by the Chatham Bars Inn before heading off on a tour of five Chatham, Massachusetts, houses designed by



Besides giving folks a chance to ogle some of the company’s distinctive work, the day of tours raised money for the Cape Cod Museum of Art.




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now appearing in New England’s shops and showrooms

Not Neutral Currey & Co. debuted its everpopular Hedy Chandelier in a brand new colorway—perhaps Valentine’s Day was a muse?—at High Point Market in October. Find the showstopper at Circle Furniture. Locations throughout Massachusetts, (617) 778-0887,

Heart’s Desire The object of our affection? This hand-blown glass vase with a center heart cutout, which arrives at Simon Pearce just in time for February 14. Locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, (802) 295-2711,

Always in Style Swiss design team Trix and Robert Haussmann first created this modernist club chair, meant as a reinterpretation of the traditional Chesterfield, for Walter Knoll in 1962, but it still feels cutting-edge today. Find the recently reissued piece at M2L. Boston, (617) 338-0002,

Branching Out The Sky Tree candelabra from Amsterdam-based Pols Potten is a fun alternative to traditional silver candlesticks, and, at twenty-six inches tall, every bit as striking. The nickel-plated centerpiece is now appearing at Lekker Home. Boston, (617) 542-6464,

Eye for Design Boston-based interior designer Anthony Catalfano opened his eponymous shop in Wells, Maine, last summer, where he carries an array of items that personify his unique and sought-after style, like this colorful round cocktail table by Lucy Smith Designs. Anthony Catalfano Home, Wells, Maine, (207) 646-1110,

Color Story Robert Allen’s latest line of textiles

goes back to the basics. The fabric collection features solid colors only, which allows the textures, like linen, cotton velvet, and plush chenille, to take center stage. Boston Design Center, (617) 482-6600, 134  New England Home  january–february 2014

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Simply Perfect Steve McKenzie’s new collaboration with Grange NY proves that simple can be stunning. The James Sofa, along with the rest of McKenzie’s collection, is inspired by the clean lines that characterize the architecture of 1960s Columbus, Indiana. Boston Design Center, (617) 542-3172,

Icy Inspiration Relish the colors of New England’s winter wonderlands minus the chill-factor with this hand-knotted cream and gray, wool and silk blend rug from Dover Rug & Home. Natick, Mass., (508) 651-3500,

Natural Light This French-inspired pendant, now at Lighting by the Sea, features an elegant leaf motif and two-toned metallic paint: the exterior leaves are hand-painted bronze, while the interior candelabra is finished in gold. Hampton Falls, N.H., (603) 601-7354,

Winter Blues, Be Gone With its brightly colored floral pattern, this Aerin Lauder for Lee Jofa fabric will infuse your home with enough spring to hold you over till the vernal equinox. Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0370, and Stamford, Conn., (203) 504-2640,

Deluxe Details The new line of high-end shelving options from California Closets— like this leather-swathed cubby— will make certain that your dressing room is as well appointed as the clothes that hang there. Locations throughout New England, (855) 874-3251,

Gathering Spot Now at Artefact Home & Garden, rough-cut oak and elegant waxed gold combine to create a striking juxtaposition and a table worth gathering around. Belmont, Mass., (617) 993-3347,

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Back Bay Luxury

Privacy on a Newport Peninsula This spacious, crescent-shaped residence was thoughtfully designed to hug the shoreline of its stunning site, at the edge of a rocky promontory in Newport, Rhode Island. Not one to squander unparalleled ocean views, the architect, James Mackenzie Jr., made sure that every room had one. When it was completed in 1936, the ROOMS: 16 nine-acre property was called Terre Mare by 8 BEDROOMS 11 FULL, 3 HALF BATHS its first owner, the heir to a Denver mining 15,851 SQ. FT. fortune. It was later rechristened Seafair. Con$19,000,000 structed in the Norman style, the rubble stone mansion is formal in every way, both indoors (with parquet floors, dentil moldings, and Louis XVI details) and out (with limestone quoins and slate roof). First impressions count: the grand staircase is adorned with wrought-iron railings, and French doors lead from the main salon to the enclosed seaside loggia. Formal doesn’t mean antiquated in this case; the main residence has two elevators, central air conditioning, and a modern chef’s kitchen with La Cornue range. Also featured on the property: a gated entrance, an ocean-facing pool, a carriage house, terraces, a walled garden, a tennis court, a six-car garage, and a private beach. DULY NOTED: On the off chance that eight en suite bedrooms just won’t do—or if you have frequent guests who require a separate residence—the three-bedroom house next door is also for sale, for $3 million. CONTACT: Melanie Delman, Lila Delman Real Estate, (401) 789-6666, MLS # 1042542

There are few properties like this one left in Boston: an authentic limestone single-family residence that harks back to the grandeur that defined the dawn of the twentieth century. For one, it’s on Commonwealth Avenue, and its amenities—including five fireplaces, a private elevator, and a 2,200-bottle wine cellar, to name just three—are second to none. One of the two noteworthy Commonwealth sisters built in 1899, this ROOMS: 12 is a rare mansion indeed, as it hasn’t been 5 BEDROOMS 6 FULL, 2 HALF BATHS carved into condos like so many of its Back 9,908 SQ. FT. Bay neighbors. While the kitchen and baths $13,900,000 have been updated, architectural details throughout the five-story residence have been left intact. And, in addition to nearly 10,000 square feet of exquisite interiors, the property comes with six parking spaces (a space next door recently fetched $250,000 at auction). Another plus: city zoning allows the building of a rooftop deck. DULY NOTED: So far, prospective buyers have included condo developers, aspiring B&B owners, and a few single families. While the home awaits its new owners, the listing agent says a lovely family wanting “the full Boston experience” is renting it—for $50,000 a month. CONTACT: Will Montero, Gibson Sotheby’s Realty, Boston, (617) 312-7232, MLS # 71570325

Iconic Cottage on the Maine Cost Twin porches run the length of this captivating home known as The Ledges on the water in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Designed by noted Mount Desert architect Frederick ROOMS: 19 L. Savage in 1910, 9 BEDROOMS 6 FULL, 2 HALF BATHS the residence has 8,016 SQ. FT. been updated, $8,250,000 winterized, and extensively restored. While many kitchens in older houses were hidden away in the dark, this one is at the center of a daylit space, thanks to a wide wall of windows at ground level. An imposing stone fireplace separates it from a casual dining and sitting room. A formal dining room, butler’s

pantry with original antique cabinets, and three living rooms are located up one floor, while the bedrooms sit above that. The house stands on a lot just shy of a halfacre, with gardens and a deep-water dock. It’s the ideal vantage point from which to watch the comings-and-goings of boats in the harbor, and yet Main Street and several fine restaurants are just a short walk away. DULY NOTED: Although most of the homes on Mount Desert Island were built as summer getaways, those that have been winterized are fast becoming popular destinations for families during the holidays. CONTACT: Story Litchfield, LandVest, Northeast Harbor, Maine, (207) 276-3840, MLS # 1062806 JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2014 NEW ENGLAND HOME 137

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BrooklIne, MassaChusetts Contemporary Colonial nestled on one private acre offers fabulous kitchen, family room with custom built-ins, grand dining room and living room with French doors leading to lush grounds, patio, fire pit, pool and cabana. $5,300,000

BrooklIne, MassaChusetts extensively renovated, nothing spared, circa 1901 estate with enchanting guest cottage, chef’s kitchen with custom wood-fired oven, paneled library, wine cellar, theater, four garages and heated drives. $4,995,000

deborah M. Gordon | C. 617.974.0404

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ConCord, MassaChusetts Circa 1900 Country estate with finely-detailed floor plan, renovated kitchen, pool, guesthouse, outbuildings, english gardens and four acres abutting Walden Woods conservation. $4,200,000

sudBury, MassaChusetts sprawling, 7+ acre estate comprised of a two-apartment guest cottage; four-car garage with carriage house; completely renovated six-bedroom manor home, plus pool with spa, pool house and mini par-3 golf course. $3,495,000

Brigitte I. senkler | C. 978.505.2652

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Wellesley, MassaChusetts stately brickfront Colonial home set in Cliff estates offering spacious rooms, six bedrooms, five fireplaces, gourmet kitchen with family room, pool and lush hardscapes. $3,450,000

CaMBrIdGe, MassaChusetts elegant, 10-room brick Georgian revival circa 1876, three fireplaces, custom kitchen, four en suite bedrooms, period details, 17-foot conservatory, garden and patio, minutes to harvard square. $2,795,000

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sCItuate, MassaChusetts Majestic, oceanfront home overlooking scituate harbor featuring eleven rooms, four bedrooms, chef’s kitchen with two-sided fireplace, family room/library and expansive deck. $2,675,000

lexInGton, MassaChusetts handsome, renovated Colonial residence set on one acre offering 16 wellappointed rooms, 1868 details, 6–7 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen/family room, courtyard and three-car garage. $2,225,000

Janet koelsch & Bert koelsch | J. 617.688.1515 | B. 339.793.1308

elizabeth Crampton | C. 781.389.4400

WenhaM, MassaChusetts Private Contemporary on nearly eight acres featuring oversized rooms, custom windows and doors, formal library and sun room. restored six-room barn and private pond. $2,195,000

WestFord, MassaChusetts stately, five-bedroom brick home in premiere cul-de-sac. exquisite appointments, custom details, quality construction and sophisticated systems throughout 15 spacious rooms. $1,948,800

John & Cindy Farrell | J. 978.578.5203 | C. 978.468.4180

Brigitte I. senkler | 978.505.2652

ManChester-By-the-sea, MassaChusetts Gracious shingle style tudor home set on 1.8+ acres offering seasonal water views, rich architectural details, eight bedrooms, sizeable deck plus barn with horse stalls. $1,875,000

GlouCester, MassaChusetts Beautiful waterfront home set on the annisquam river with 400 feet of frontage, panoramic views, four bedrooms, three fireplaces, home theatre, six-car garage and multiple decks. $1,550,000

Jessica tully | C. 978.835.3879

louise touchette | C. 617.605.0555

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Newton, MA $3,500,000 MLS#71581268, MB Associates, 617.818.2447

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Brewster, MA $2,995,000 MLS#71591689, David Newell, 508.237.3609

Marblehead, MA $2,985,000 MLS#71492062, Steven White, 781.690.6433

Westwood, MA $2,895,000 MLS#71571616, Sharon Bartelloni, 508.259.2474

Providence/East Side, RI $2,450,000 MLS#1046170, Nelson Taylor, 401.486.1948

Newbury, MA $1,995,000 MLS#71553294, Dolores Person, 978.660.0967

Concord, MA $1,749,000 MLS#71600935, Sue Revis, 978.807.8219

Newton, MA $1,749,000 MLS#71607998, Sarina Steinmetz, 617.762.4071

Westport, CT $1,699,000 MLS#99039910, Donna Beretta, 203.451.1540

Fairfield, CT $1,650,000 MLS#99045231, Edie Anderson, 203.858.4668


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Farmington, CT $1,595,000 MLS#G658234, Karen Campagna, 860.559.4259

Harwich, MA $1,550,000 MLS#21309026, Amy Brady, 508.221.5071 New Construction

Boston/Jamaica Plain, MA $1,495,000 MLS#71596795, Randal Engelmann, 617.852.3772

East Lyme (Black Point), CT $1,475,000 MLS#E271744, Richard Bruno, 860.460.7175

Oxford, CT $1,390,000 MLS#98510755, Magda Ballaro, 203.889.8284

Avon, CT $1,299,900 MLS#G648992, Steffen Reich, 860.677.4661

Sudbury, MA $1,299,000 MLS#71485804, Kristen Rice, 617.710.5927

Redding, CT $1,299,000 MLS#99023158, David Everson, 203.246.7150

Mashpee, MA $1,299,000 MLS#21309894, Dane Kimmerle, 508.495.0056

Falmouth (Woods Hole), MA $1,295,000 MLS#21309363, Cynthia Thibodeau, 781.258.8522

Scituate, MA $1,290,000 MLS#71605969, Esther Blacker, 781.856.6287

Cohasset, MA $1,249,000 MLS#71586039, J.Oliver/L.Tarpey, 781.254.0105

Cohasset, MA $1,249,000 MLS#71608246, Beth Tarpey, 781.635.7900

Plymouth, MA $1,185,000 MLS#71489100, Renee Hogan, 781.248.7153

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Marblehead Classic Colonial located in a desirable Goldthwait neighborhood. This home features an open kitchen/family room, formal dining room, fireplaced living room, and sunroom. Offering 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this home also features a garage with loft and back deck. $1,225,000

Wenham Exquisite Spanish Mediterranean-style estate privately set on 3.49 acres. Completely renovated, this stucco residence features 6 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining rooms and 5 bedrooms and 5-1/2 baths. Accented with brick patios, fountain, and tennis court. $2,795,000

Manchester Elegant Townhouse Condominium near town, train, and Singing Beach. This unit features a gourmet kitchen, dining room, and fireplaced living room leading to a blue stone patio. Offering 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home also features a spacious 3rd level with hardwood floors. $810,000

Gloucester Ocean views from this Classic Victorian set on Gloucester’s Back Shore. This updated residence features 2 fireplaces, kitchen with granite and stainless steel, formal dining room, 7 bedrooms and 5 baths. Graced with a wrap-around porch, this home is accented with a private backyard and gardens. $1,649,000

Manchester Classic Colonial with farmer’s porch located near town and schools. This home boasts period details and features a fireplaced living room, dining room with built-ins, and family room with yard access. Offering 2 private bedrooms on the 2nd level and a dormered 3rd level with sky-lit bedroom. $575,000

Hamilton New Custom Colonial set on 1.84 acres in a desirable neighborhood. Exceptional constructed, this home features a fireplaced family room with cathedral ceilings, kitchen with stainless and granite, formal dining and living rooms and 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths including a master suite. $1,149,000

Beverly Farms Stately Colonial set on 3+ private acres near West Beach. This home features a fireplaced family room with cathedral ceiling, large eatin kitchen, fireplaced den, 5 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. Also offering a sunken living room leading to a stone terrace overlooking mature landscaping. $1,250,000

Wenham Stunning Colonial set on 2.6 landscaped acres abutting protected land. This residence features fireplaced living and family rooms, dining room, and an eat-in kitchen opening to an octagonal sitting area. Offering 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home is graced with a tiled in-ground pool. $1,385,000 Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA (978) 526-8555 I Beverly Farms, MA (978) 922-2700 I Gloucester, MA (978) 282-1315 Ipswich, MA (978) 356-3444 I Beverly, MA (978) 922-3683 I Marblehead, MA (781) 631-9800

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Aren’t a cozy stone inglenook and steeland-glass modernity a contradiction? Not for this lucky family in Camden, Maine.

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Residential Addition Under $200,000 SILVER AWARD: Capizzi Home Improvement Residential Addition Over $200,000 GOLD AWARD: Capizzi Home Improvement SILVER AWARD: Allain Construction, Inc. Residential Exterior GOLD AWARD: Archadeck of Suburban Boston SILVER AWARD: Miller Construction Company Residential Historical Renovation / Restoration GOLD AWARD: Thorson Restoration & Construction, LLC Project Using the Most NARI Members Team Out of the Woods Construction / Dwell On It / Renovation & Design Co. The Most Used NARI Member F.D. Sterritt Lumber Company Entire House Under $500,000 SILVER AWARD: New England Design & Construction

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes METROPOLITAN LIFE: DOUBLE VISION PAGES 42–45 Interior designer: Kristine Mullaney, Kristine Mullaney Design, Boston, (617) 721-2683, Builder: Joe Proia, Proia Construction, Walpole, Mass., (617) 594-0817 Decorative painter: Carol Leonesio, Watertown, Mass., (617) 924-2936, Fabric workroom: Carole Bruce Workroom, Beverly, Mass., (978) 927-2198, Page 42: Vintage dining table restored by Restorers Without Borders,; dining chairs from Artistic Frame, artisticframe. com; chandelier from Crystorama, crystorama. com; painting by Andy Warhol from DTR Modern Galleries,; custom carpet from

Cape Neddick, ME | Beacon Hill, MA | Glenn Farrell | 207-363-8053

Landry & Arcari,; hallway tile from Ann Sacks,; painting by Robert Mars from DTR Modern Galleries; living room sectional sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; console from Restoration Hardware,; cocktail table

Worth the trip to view our great selection of lighting, lamps, and lampshades. Most items are in stock.

from Ballard Designs,; drapery fabric from Schumacher,; custom cabinet designed by Kristine Mullaney. Page 44: Custom cabinets from Great Spaces,; stove from Viking,; table and chairs from Ballard Designs; lighting from Restoration Hardware; bed from Oly,; bedding by Oscar de la Renta,; side tables from Horchow,; drapery fabric by Duralee, HIGH DESIGN PAGES 82–89 Building architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York City, (212) 967-5100, Interior designers: Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms, Terrat Elms Interior Design, Boston, (617) 451-1555, Builder: Greg Nicolai, G.L. Nicolai & Company, Boston, (617) 872-5929, Pages 82–83: Custom sofa from ICON Group, | (603) 601-7354 | Open Monday-Saturday, 9-5 Route 1, 87 Lafayette Road | Hampton Falls, NH

Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0655, with Grizzli fabric from Nobilis,; swivel lounge chairs from A. Rudin,, with Silk and Sexy fabric from Holly Hunt,; custom

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cocktail table from Desiron,; vintage lamps from Swank Lighting,; painting by Giorgio Cavallon from Hollis Taggart Galleries,; Glazed Abaca wall covering from Phillip Jeffries, Pages 84–85: Chest and sconces from Holly Hunt; mirror from Furn & Company, furnco. us; rugs from Steven King,; vintage chair from Reside,; dining banquette from ICON Group, with Jet Set fabric from Brentano,; dining table from Bolier,; Zeus dining chairs from Artistic Frame,, with Duo Zebra fabric from Pollack,; dining light fixture from Holly Hunt; kitchen stools from Powell & Bonnell,, with

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Holly Hunt fabric. Pages 86–87: Bench from Pearson, pearsonco. com, with Chatelet and Etoile fabrics from Mokum,; art by Melanie Millar,; headboard fabric by Pollack; pendant lights from Robert Abbey, robertabbey. biz; wall covering by Phillip Jeffries; vintage chair from Andrew Spindler Antiques, spindlerantiques. com, with Etoile fabric from Mokum; rug from Stark Carpet,; drinks table from BeeLine Home, Pages 88–89: Nomade sofa from Ligne Roset,; Renzo cocktail table from


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Evan Lewis,; rug from Carini Lang,; wall covering by Phillip Jefferies; art by Lisa Nakivil,; Octavia headboard from Serena & Lily, serenaandlily. wall covering by Phillip Jeffries; Aurora lamp from Room & Board,; art by Michael Massaia,; desk chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; Mechelon drapery fabric from Pindler & Pindler,, with Grand Galon Athenee trim from Clarence House,


com; vintage nightstand from; Rivets

CINDERELLA STORY PAGES 90–97 Interior designer: Scott Bell, Theo & Isabella Design Group, Sudbury, Mass., (978) 443-7616, Builder: Peter Viano, Viano General Contractors, Holderness, N.H., (603) 707-9799 Page 91: Camelback sofa from Robert Allen,; antique inkwell and tray coffee table from Fallowfield Brown at M-Geough,; framed classical study from Lussier Lajoie Custom Framing, Boston, (617) 536-0069. Page 92: Dining room chandelier from Visual Comfort,; silk window treatment fabricated by Raymond Harris, raymondharrisltd. com; Georgian Brick wall color from Benjamin


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Moore, Page 93: Electrified bell jar chandelier from Mohr & McPherson, Pages 94–95: Russian painting Peasants after the Harvest from Furn & Co.,; sconces from Patti Bros.,; hutch from Bernhardt, Page 96: Fixtures by Kohler, Page 97: La Belle Campagne toile wall covering and curtain fabric from Waverly,, bench from Kerry Joyce through The Martin Group,; bench in closet from MintonSpidell through M-Geough. YOURS, MINE, AND OURS PAGES 98–105 Interior designer:

Best Furniture on the North Shore

Phoebe Lovejoy Russell, Lovejoy Designs, Allston, Mass.,

Best interior design store in Marblehead Cabinetry and

Outstanding customer service award

shelving: V-Knows Cabinetry, Burlington, Mass.,

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Lincoln, Mass., (781) 209-0351, paulinecurtiss.

(781) 899-3521, Decorative painter: Pauline Curtiss, Patina, com Upholstery workroom: Ecujimo Upholstery, Brookline, Mass., (617) 232-5788 Drapery workroom: Carol Sarason Designs, Concord, Mass., (978) 287-4980 Art framing and installation: A Street Frames, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 497-2259, astreetframes. com Furniture restoration and refinishing: Art Applications, Boston, (617) 269-1432, Pages 98–100: Backless sofa by Kravet, kravet. com, with Donghia linen velvet,; X-leg stools from Century Furniture, centuryfurniture. com, in Lee Jofa linen fabric,; rug from Steven King,; coffee table from World’s Away,; Balboa Mist wall color by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore. com; sofa from O’Henry House, ohenryhouseltd. com, in Donghia linen velvet; coral pillows from Michael S Smith,; chair with nail-head trim from Hickory Chair, hickorychair. com, in Donghia wool; dining chairs from Artistic Frame,, in Duralee faux leather,; banquette green silk pillow fabric by Schumacher,; zebra pillow in Lee Jofa fabric. Page 101: Shine console cabinet from S.H.O,; light fixture from World’s Away; cabinet by Art Applications; Olympic Mountain wall color from Benjamin Moore. Pages 102–103: Glider and ottoman from Jennifer DeLonge, in fabric by Romo,; drapery fabric from Kravet,

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8/15/13 1:48 PM 12/6/13 5:32 PM; daybed from jennifer DeLonge in Kravet fabric; office sectional from Kravet; coffee table from bella Meade, bellameadesignature. com; side chair from Hickory Chair in Lee jofa fabric; rug from Stark,; changing table and crib from The new Traditionalists,; Silvery Moon wall color from benjamin Moore. Page 105: nightstands from Oly.; vanity table and stool from Plexi-Craft, plexi-craft. com; stool fabric from Duralee; barrel-back chair from Century furniture,, in b. berger fabric by Duralee; rug from Steven King; abalone and White blush wall colors from benjamin Moore. INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH PAGES 106–113 Interior architecture/ interior design: Maho abe and rina Okawa, Zen associates, Woburn, Mass., (781) 932-3700, Builder: Woodmeister Master builders, Holden, Mass., (800) 221-0075, Decorative plaster: Pietra Viva, boston, (617) 875-

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Page 110–111: Dining table from Hudson Furniture,; pendant lights from Niche Modern,; kitchen cabinets by Woodmeister Master Builders.

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Page 112: Headboard by Woodmeister Master Builders; Maxalto Karlos lounge chair from Montage; blue side table from Chista, chista. net; area rug from Bo Concept; floor lamp from


Yamagiwa,; metal curtains from Cascade Coil Drapery,; Coconette wall sconce Contardi Italia,; desk by Bouvé Woodworking; ceramic


dog from Lacoste Gallery, Page 113: Paneling and cabinetry by Woodmeister Master Builders; desk by Bouvé Woodworking; David Weeks chandelier from Ralph Pucci,; stainless steel ball from Gold Leaf


Design Group, GALLERY PAGES 145–152 Page 145:


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(617) 628-5033,; Contractor: E.A. Colangeli Construction Co., Malden, Mass., (781) 324-9093, Page 146: Architecture and interior design: Jeanne Vanecko, Vanecko Ltd. Architecture & Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 441-0900, vaneckoltd. com; Builder: Pomeroy & Co., Charlestown, Mass., (617) 242-8565, Page 148: Architecture: Matthew Elliott, principal in charge, Dwayne Flynn, project architect, Elliott + Elliott Architecture, Blue Hill, Maine, (207) 3742566,; Builder: Cold Mountain Builders, Belfast, Maine, (207) 338-4552,, Stonemason: Mark Couture, Bowdoinham, Maine, (207) 666-5608. Page 150: Architecture and interior design: Donald E. Giambastiani, Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects, Watertown, Mass., (617) 9248200,; Builder: Chris May Builders, Richmond, Mass., (413) 698-2702,; Stonemason: Tom Allessio, Dalton, Mass., (413 ) 822-0418. Page 152: Landscape architect: Arek Galle, Gates, Leighton and Associates/BETA Group,


Lincoln, R.I., (401) 333-2382,; Architect/construction manager: Knickerbocker Group, Boothbay, Maine, (207) 633-6563,


AT NEHOMEMAG.COM, Landscape/site contractor: Ned Kirkland, Back Meadow Farm, Damariscotta, Maine, (207) 563-5659,, Stonemason: Dan Ucci, Ledge Hill Creations, E. Pittston, Maine, (207) 582-8317. •

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A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue

Landry & Arcari  inside front cover LDa Architecture & Interiors  22 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  2–3 Lighting by the Sea  154

A. Tesa Architecture  62–63 A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  49 Adesso/Ligne Roset  13 Adolfo Perez Architect  64–65 Artefact Home|Garden  33 Audio Video Design  121 Authentic Designs  157 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  23 The Barn at 17  133 Bingham Lumber Company  44 Boston Architectural College  149, 155 Boston Design Center  17 Bradford’s Rug Gallery  128 Breese Architects  147 Brendon Homes  29 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  18 California Closets  41 Cebula Design  53 Chip Webster Architecture  78 Chrisicos Interiors  24 Coldwell Banker Previews International  138–139 Colin Smith Architecture, Inc.  123 Cosentino North America  55 Crystaline Stone  117 Cynthia Driscoll Interiors  43 Daher Interior Design  1 David M. Mullen Architect  79 db Landscaping  158 Dream Kitchens  147 Eastman Street Woodworks  35 Elizabeth Swartz Interiors  27 FBN Construction Co., Inc.  back cover Fine Lines Construction  157 Finelines  34 Foley Fiore Architecture  80 Furniture  156 Gary McBournie  31 GFM Design  136 The Granite Group  46 Hampden Design and Construction  45 Haven  20 Hutker Architects  66–67 J Barrett & Company Real Estate  143 J. Todd Galleries  125 Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc.  68–69 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Made Sustainable Furnishings  126 Judd Brown Designs  144 JW Construction, Inc.  inside back cover KDTurner Design  149 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  114 La Tour Design  121

Lynn Creighton Realtor  142 Lynne Greene Interiors  123 MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects  37 Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors  70–71 Monique’s Bath Showroom  129 Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, Inc.  72–73 New England Architectural Finishing  144 Newton Kitchens and Design by Pierre Matta  129 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  74–75

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Payne/Bouchier  60 Peabody Supply Company  133 Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  52 Phi Home Designs  47 Pinney Designs  126 Polhemus Savery DaSilva  76–77 Rachel Reider Interiors  39 Roche Bobois  4–5 Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath  124 Shade & Shutter Systems, Inc.  51 Shope Reno Wharton  119 Simon Pearce  142 SLC Interiors  81 Snow and Jones  127 SpaceCraft Architecture  10 Studio Steel  40 Sudbury Design Group  6–7 Surroundings  156 Thread  59 Timothy Lee Landscape Design  14 TMS Architects  19 Valor Fireplaces  124 Viola Associates, Inc.  127 Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture  155 William Raveis Real Estate  140–141 Windover  8–9 Wolfers  21 Woodmeister Master Builders  57 YFI Custom Homes  154

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Ad Index

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Sketch Pad

Design ideas in the making

All projects done by TMS Architects are a team effort and go through numerous stages of development. Principal William Soupcoff designed this New Hampshire lake house with intersecting gables crossing at the main living space, as depicted in a preliminary bird’s-eye sketch (top left). His drawing illustrates the design intent of the massing and begins to allude to the architectural details: brackets, corbels, overhangs, etc. The four equal gables in this residence were each designed to be subtly different, to reflect their internal program as well as their relative positions facing the lake, the side yard, or the front entrance. My own initial drawing of the front entrance (top right) transforms the typical gable to accommodate an arched portico. This sketch also depicts the intent to weave the shingles in an historic diamond pattern that will be reminiscent of the diamond accents in the windows’ divided lights. In a final presentation rendering (bottom) the front facade, while still in keeping with the initial bird’s-eye sketch, has been further refined as a result of the process sketches. Lafe Covill, Project Manager, TMS Architects, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, (603) 436-4274,

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