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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture and Building

Chic Living for the New Year Fresh Elegance in Downtown Boston Sexy Curves in the Western ’Burbs Father and Sons Make a Home PLUS: THE VERY BEST IN CARPETS AND HANDCRAFTED LIGHTING

January–February 2013


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From the Editor

Michael Fein


’m sure you’ve noticed that this issue of New England Home looks a bit different. Our January–February 2013 cover is the face of an entirely redesigned magazine. Fresh new kinds of stories are also in the works, to be phased in gradually over the months to come. We’ve been feeling it was time for an update, one that reflects both how our region’s design world is evolving and how our own position in that world has changed. Even over the seven-plus years since we began publishing in 2005, the homedesign scene in this corner of the U.S. has broadened noticeably, not simply in terms of how many people are interested in the character of the settings in which their lives take place, but in the eclectic variety of tastes those people represent. Classic Old Yankee style, while without doubt still iconic and cherished, is less and less the order of the day, at least in unadulterated form. California style, global style, eco-style: all are infiltrating our six states in fascinating mixtures and hybrids. Formerly distinct notions of traditional versus modern are blurring as homeowners become less tied to the tenets of a particular aesthetic and more

Evolving with the Territory interested in finding their own personal fit of utility, comfort and looks. Dare I wonder if our own publication hasn’t been at least partly responsible for some of these changes and expanded awareness? Certainly we have worked our hardest to celebrate the finest accomplishments of the area’s gifted architects, interior designers, custom builders, and other committed professionals. We’ve searched for artists and artisans to profile, driven highways and byways sniffing out unique resources, spelunked the caverns of the Internet on a quest for promising ideas

and piquant visual treats. We’ve done our best to expand that robust web of knowledge and personal connections that will lead to innovation. The new New England Home will continue to showcase all the most interesting and exquisite residential work being done today—from historic to traditional to totally contemporary—in a crisper, more lively setting. The goal: to truly embody the full range and vitality of New England style in this second decade of the twenty-first century. —Kyle Hoepner

Corrections and Amplifications Due to an editorial oversight, the photo credits in our November/December 2012 Artistry department were incomplete. All images of artwork by Robert Indiana are copyright © 2012 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. We regret the error.

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January–February 2013 Volume 8, Issue 3




Featured Homes 70  High Definition An urban condominium gets a dynamic new look that suits its lively Back Bay neighborhood and inspires as much admiration as its spectacular city views. Interior design: Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms, Terrat Elms Interior Design / Photography: Michael J. Lee / Text: Megan Fulweiler / Produced by Kyle Hoepner

78  Perfect Partners A suburban Boston house combines gloriously feminine curves and quietly masculine lines for an ideal marriage of exuberance and restraint. Architecture: Jan Gleysteen / Interior design: Kate Coughlin / Photography: Robert Benson / Text: James McCown / Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

86  Father Knows Best A busy single dad’s trust in his design team leads to a stylish but kid-friendly new space that makes him and his young sons feel completely at home. Architecture: Campbell Smith Architects / Interior design: Hanlon-Wantuck / Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel

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, beforeand-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

94  Ageless Beauty An 1828 Federal-style Beacon Hill row house returns to its former glory in a careful renovation that would surely make the original architect proud. Interior architecture and design: Thaddeus Siemasko and Jean Verbridge, Siemasko + Verbridge / Photography: Bruce Buck / Text: Erin Marvin / Produced by Kyle Hoepner

Other Features 48  Hall of Fame  Join the party as we recap our celebration in honor of this year’s inductees to the New England Design Hall of Fame.

On the cover: The sleek fireplace makes an arresting focal point in an urban condominium

that’s been given a dynamic new look by Terrat Elms Interior Design. Photograph by Michael J. Lee. To see more of this home, turn to page 70.

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C E L E B R A T I N G 20 Y E A R S We want to say thank you to an amazing design community for your contributions to our success.

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8  From the Editor

Art, Design, History, Landscape 21  Elements: Ground Cover  Irresistible choices in carpeting. / Design Destination: Good, Boston Edited by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz 32  Artistry: Soul Searcher  Images of the ordinary take on a transcendent, almost mythic, quality through the lens of Boston photographer Christopher Churchill. By Caroline Cunningham

36  In Our Backyard: The Genuine Article Authentic Designs crafts elegant, early American-inspired lighting fixtures by hand, one at a time. By Robert Kiener Special Marketing Sections: Portfolio of Fine Architecture 53

40  Rooms We Love A tour of spaces at the 2012 Junior League of Boston Show House. By Paula M. Bodah / Photography by Michael J. Lee

People, Places, Events, Products 112  Trade Secrets: The Inward Life Comings and goings (and a few surprises) in New England’s design community. By Louis Postel Sustainable Living 103

118  Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 122  Perspectives Three area designers make up a welcoming room for guests. 130  New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. By Kaitlin Madden 132  Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 136  Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. By Maria

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142  Advertiser Index 144  Sketch Pad Architect Richard Bertman brings harmony between outside and indoors as the plan for a Berkshires vacation house evolves.

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Decoration can be daunting. When faced with an empty room and limitless possibilities, it’s hard to know where to begin. Our advice? Go from the ground up, and find an irresistible carpet. A good carpet serves as an anchor for everything else in a room. It can add color and texture or, conversely, create a neutral envelope for the rest of the furnishings. A good carpet adds warmth (figuratively and literally), tempers noise and protects the floor. And though it might be the most expensive item in the room, it pays to get the biggest size you can afford. Consider it a long-term investment. A good carpet will stand the test of time. Decoration can be daunting, but also divine.

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Fifty years ago, fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland announced, “I adore that pink . . . it’s the navy blue of India.” She could have been referring to Double Happiness from Michaelian & Kohlberg’s Benares Silk Rug collection. Hand knotted in northern India, the carpets are woven from recycled sari silk and are available in standard or custom sizes up to 14' × 24'. $110/sq. ft. michaelian & Kohlberg, Boston design Center, (617) 7374188,

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Another alternative for a custom rug is one of Kyle Bunting’s extraordinary hide carpets. With more than three dozen designs and sixty-four hides to choose from, the possibilities are almost limitless. Here, Bunting’s Moonglow hide carpet in a selection of the custom color options. webster & Company, Boston

Angela Adams takes inspiration from the landscape of coastal Maine, where she has worked and lived for twenty years. A prime example is her Betty carpet in honey, which suggests a forest floor softly carpeted with pinecones and petals. Adams’s rugs are hand tufted, using 100 percent New Zealand wool, and come in six sizes, including an eight-foot-round version.

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If you and your designer have a vision of something unique, you can have a carpet custom made in just about any design or color you can dream up. Here, a ring sample of just a few of the hues available for custom rugs from Steven King. Boston design Center, (617) 4263302,

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More than sixty years ago, Nadia and Arthur Stark travelled the globe to explore the history of carpets. Their sons John and Steven continue their late parents’ tradition, running the eponymous company. Working with the designers Diamond and Baratta, the Starks update a classic Wilton Weave—Beatrice, a wool rug shown here in bay pearl.

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Like finely made clothing, Sam Kasten’s carpets are woven by hand and fashioned from natural fabrics like the mohair boucle and linen found in this carpet. Pricing depends on design and size. Sam Kasten Handweaver, Pittsfield, mass., (413) 236-8800,


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Along with color and texture, Patricia Burling uses pattern to emphasize the three-dimensional quality of her bespoke rugs. Burling works closely with her clients to capture the spirit and sensibility of their home before beginning any design for her hand-woven wool or wool and rayon carpets. Shown, her Asante Sawa carpet. $80–$120/sq. ft. willow weave, monroe, Conn., (203) 268-4794, 24 New eNglaNd Home January–February 2013

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We first visited Peter Pap about three years ago to find his Dublin, New Hampshire, shop chockablock full of antique carpets. He has more than 1,200 carpets from almost a dozen countries, each chosen for their color, design, rarity, craftsmanship and condition. Here, an early twentiethcentury example from Peking. 9'3" × 11'9". $12,500. Peter Pap oriental Carpets, dublin, N.H., (603) 563-8717,

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Working with artist Varghese Kapoor, Landry & Arcari has introduced a line of wool, mohair and silk carpets that are handwoven by artisans in northern India. The collection includes twenty-five designs in various colorways. The Relic Carpet, shown here in blue, is based on a Mogul-period pattern. 6' × 9'. $5,900. Salem, mass., (978) 744-5909, and Boston, (617) 399-6500,

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It is no surprise that when Restoration Hardware wanted to revamp their carpet program they turned to Ben Soleimani, a designer and purveyor of carpets whose family has been in the rug business for four generations. Though based on an antique Moroccan diamond pattern, the graphic quality of the hand-knotted wool Tazza rug in cream and blue has a modern feel. 5' × 7'–10' × 14'. $1,595–$6,295. RH the gallery at the museum of Natural History, Boston,

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Soul Searcher Images of the ordinary take on a transcendent, almost mythic, quality through the lens of Boston photographer Christopher Churchill. ///////////

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young couple, both teachers, decide to sail around the world for a year. They want a family adventure beyond the coastal town in Maine where they make their home. Academic instruction in the evenings, when the boat is anchored in a safe harbor, will keep the children current with their school programs. Everyone agrees that this is a thoughtful and wellorganized plan, except for the nine-yearold, who has little interest in a formal curriculum. After the sails are furled and the boat is prepared for the night, he hops into an inflatable dinghy and sets off, alone, to explore the villages and meet people along the shore. His parents understand the child’s restless soul, his

need to wander. They allow him to go. That boy grew up to be photographer Christopher Churchill, whose luminous images chronicle individual experiences within manmade institutions. Given Churchill’s view of society and its conventional expectations, there’s some irony in his decision to address these themes, but this is also what gives his work great strength. You know where he stands; you know whose side he’s on. As Allison N. Kemmerer, Mead Curator of Photography and Curator of Art after 1950 at the Addison Gallery of American Art, in Andover, Massachusetts, observes, “It is Chris’s respect for his subject and his audience that gives the images their resonance. Whether documenting a person,

landscape or interior, he approaches his subjects with an openness and sincerity that makes tangible the inner spirit of the depicted and makes room for the viewer’s own reflections and responses.” Churchill first picked up a camera when he was sixteen and attending an alternative high school in Pennsylvania. He and FROM TOP: Train Tracks, Lawrence, MA (2012), 40”W

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that stand as an unflinching record of the mysterious beauty found in such a place. Churchill then moved to Boston and worked for Palm Press Atelier, printing images for artists like Abelardo Morell and Nicholas Nixon. He had several opportunities to work in the studios of local photographers, but this lacked any real appeal. “I wanted to be that person, not that person’s assistant,” he explains with a laugh. Commercial work for local publications led to contracts with national such publications as the New York Times Magazine, GQ and Travel & Leisure. In 2004, Churchill took his 8 × 10 vintage Deardorff camera and set out on a pilgrimage across America to uncover the meaning of faith in this country. He had no set route, but followed an instinctive path, photographing subjects that caught his eye and imagination. He spent many lonely days on the road, wondering if the work would ever feel whole and complete. It’s no coincidence that his meandering, often dif-

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ficult, artistic process mirrored an intimate exploration into the nature of belief. The two journeys were one and the same. Five years of shooting led to a series of black-and-white photographs published in a book by Nazraeli Press last fall. American Faith is a lyrical document of the human spirit. Churchill’s deft use of natural light and rigorous attention to framing and composition elevate his portraits and landscapes into something profound and 1 Half Horizontal template:Layout almost mythic. An Oklahoma father and his small boy in a go-cart is a moving sym-

bol of familial bonds; a prostitute in Nevada, photographed from behind and suffused in soft afternoon light, transcendent. The accompanying text—carefully edited transcripts of recordings Churchill made while photographing his subjects—is concise and revelatory. “After traveling with nothing but faith and the kindness of others to guide me, I felt connected to the world in a way I would never havePMfound on my 12/4/12 6:14 Page 1 own...,” he writes. “I came to realize that this is the essence of faith, not a faith in religion but a

faith in something greater than ourselves.” Churchill is now at work on an examination of economy, capitalism and class structure in America. His photographs are already in major private collections and museums across the country, and his commercial work is in high demand, but he’s still restive, searching for meaning in an unfathomable world. • Editor’s Note: To see more of Christopher Churchill’s work, visit his website,

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In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard

The Genuine Article Authentic Designs crafts elegant, early Americaninspired lighting fixtures by hand, one at a time. ///////////

By Robert Kiener

are inspired by customers’ design suggestions. Pointing to a large lantern of coated copper and glass, Krauss explains, “A designer found the original of this 1850s lamp in a train station in France. He asked us to reproduce and modify it. That’s a challenge we love, creating a new lamp that is inspired by a timeless classic.” Krauss and his staff of five craftspeople make each chandelier, sconce, lantern and table lamp by hand. There’s no computercontrolled machinery in sight. In the rambling workshop behind the showroom, Krauss points out almost museum-quality shop tools, from battered wood-and-metal 1930s lathes to handmade dies, forms and bending jigs to a 130-year-old wagonwheel-rim roller that would not look out of place in the Smithsonian. “We use that

Clockwise from above left: Based on a nineteenthcentury original, this reproduction chandelier features a hand-carved acorn squash center body and bobeches; applying decorative paint accents to a wooden chandelier center body spindle on a lathe; reproduction of a Federalist-era triangular hanging lantern.

to shape tubing for our bigger chandeliers and fixtures,” says Krauss. “Working by hand with these time-tested tools almost forces us to slow down and seek perfection. And it gives the fixtures a better look. We make things that will last a lifetime.” Watching Krauss and his team at work, each of them bent over a worktable and deep in concentration, it’s obvious that meticulous attention to detail goes into each of their creations. A typical com-

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earing a battered brown Borsalino fedora and flashing a thousand-watt smile, Michael Krauss escorts a visitor through the converted toothpick mill that now houses Authentic Designs, the reproduction lighting fixture company that he and his wife, Maria Peragine, own and operate in southwestern Vermont. Pointing to the elegant lighting fixtures that adorn almost every square inch of the showroom’s ceiling, walls and tabletops, Krauss explains, “They are all hand-made. We are all about quality, not quantity.” And, as his company’s name suggests, each of these designs is also authentic. Many are faithful reproductions of classic early American and European lighting fixtures, electrified (and UL approved) by means of artfully concealed wires. Others

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mission, such as a chandelier, can take anywhere from four to six weeks to make and may include as many as 100 individual pieces. “We do just about everything here,” says Krauss. “That includes designing, cutting, shaping, soldering, wood turning, wiring, painting, glazing, finishing, antiquing. The list goes on and on.” Details matter to Krauss. Concealing wiring in a reproduction piece is a challenge. Dissatisfied with the thickness of most wiring, Krauss located a Massachusetts-based manufacturer who created a wire thin enough to fit inside the 3/16-inch brass tubing Authentic Designs often uses. The tubing, Krauss says, “gives our work an elegance and a delicacy that can’t be matched by massproduced pieces that feature thicker tubing.” The company also offers candle-lit versions of most of its designs. To ensure a traditional look, Krauss

pays special attention to finishes. Brass pieces are hand burnished. In its own plating room, the firm uses a unique pewter formula and plating technique to achieve a classic, timeless, aged appearance. Customers can also choose to leave the piece unfinished to acquire a natural patina. Krauss admits to making one modification from earlier lighting fixtures. Instead of using the traditional material

of tin, which rusts, he uses brass, copper or terne metal, a lead-coated copper that won’t rust. He also often uses seeded restoration glass, distressed ripple glass and other varieties. Clients of Authentic Designs range from such luminaries as Clint Eastwood and George Lucas to historic properties like Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C.’s Blair House to designers and

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showroom in West Rupert, Vermont, features more than 300 examples of their work; the design of this terne sconce was adapted from an 1850s French train-station lantern; a trumpet-arm table lamp is made from pewter and features a painted metal shade; a reproduction chandelier is based on an original from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been electrified with concealed wiring.

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homeowners who want to reproduce or restore an antique lighting fixture. “That’s why we love this business,” says Peragine. “We never know what we will be asked to do next.” Krauss smiles as he remembers a client who brought in a rare, costly eighteenthcentury antique lamp and asked him to “rewire this.” Krauss refused. “There was no way to wire it without destroying the integrity of the original design,” he says. “It would have been like stripping and polyurethaning a Chippendale. It would dishonor the piece and its maker.” The customer was at first flustered but then understood. Says Peragine, “He kept the original, we made him a copy and all of us ended up very happy.” Spoken like a truly authentic designer. • Authentic Designs West Rupert, Vermont (802) 394-7713





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Rooms We Love Engaging spaces created by New England designers By Paula M. Bodah / Photography by Michael J. Lee


e can’t imagine a house better suited for the 2012 Junior League of Boston Show House than the Potter Estate in Newton, Massachusetts. The three-story mansion, built by John C. Potter in 1862, stands as a lovely example of Victorian Second Empire architecture. For the league’s thirtyfifth show house, thirty-five of the region’s very best designers turned their talents to the ten-bedroom house, working their magic from top to bottom with beautiful results.

1  Sitting Room

Michael Carter wrapped the sitting room in shades of warm gray accented with gold, silver and the crisp contrast of white, setting a perfect scene for classically inspired furniture and accessories. The result is a soothing, convivial space that glows with understated elegance and refinement.


2  Living Room

Classic and modern elements mix easily in Paula McCusker and Kate McCusker’s living room. A palette of cream with bursts of blue makes a setting that’s tranquil but hardly sedate. It’s easy to imagine a couple in quiet conversation or a roomful of partygoers generating a lively buzz. 3 Conservatory

Oh, to spend a sunny interlude in Gerald Pomeroy’s conservatory! The designer made the most of the copious natural light and spectacular architecture, choosing a color scheme that complements the outdoor vistas and outfitting the space in a delightfully diverse collection of comfortable furniture and gracious antiques.



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4 Gentleman’s Library

Scott Bell and Susan Schaub traveled back to an era well before e-readers in designing the luxuriously masculine library. With the carved mahogany mantel and bookcases and the elaborate ceiling as a backdrop, the duo added wallpaper in an elegant neoclassical design with a gold foliate motif that catches the light and echoes the gilded frames of the artwork. The larger scale pattern in the rugs adds a fresh update, while the carefully curated collection of furniture references periods from ancient Greece to nineteenth-century England. 5  Dining Room and Butler’s Pantry

Formal, yes, but hardly stuffy, Kay McKallagat’s dining room is all dressed up in a sophisticated palette of cream and pale gray that offsets the dark woodwork. McKallagat used high-gloss paint on walls and ceiling to help the light bounce around the room. An airy stenciled design of vines and leaves by decorative painter John Coles is a beautiful finishing touch. The butler’s pantry beyond is now a chic wet bar.


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Janet Tosi Marena drew inspiration from the antique Arts and Crafts stained-glass window—a modern touch at the time this bathroom was last remodeled—to take the space another big step forward to the contemporary. The designer bridged the centuries, bringing together a streamlined tub, sink and faucets with the existing antique tile work, proving that old and new can coexist in happy harmony.

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Frank D. Hodge imagined a place where one can relax and focus, reading a favorite magazine or catching up on e-mails. He based the room’s color scheme on the enchanting hand-printed linen fabric he chose for the drapes, repeating the fabric’s taupe in the Venetian plaster on the walls. Butter-yellow upholstery made an unexpected, but very successful, match. A mix of antique and modern furniture and accessories add interest and a sense of history. 8  La Sala da Bagno (Bathing Room)

The enigmatic photograph by Paulina Otylie Surys inspired the theatrical space designed by Stephanie Rossi. The large scale of the photograph helps ground the soaring ceilings, and the height of the space is further softened by the silvery sheer drapes. A fanciful drum shade and an oversize tufted ottoman are both functional and works of art. 9 Master Bedroom

Kristen Rivoli’s master bedroom is a luxurious getaway for her imaginary clients: a well-traveled couple with a romantic streak. Reminders of their adventures abound—in the canopy with its Moroccandesign trim, in the Moroccan lantern that hangs above the bed and in the antique French furniture and accessories. A Kyle Bunting hide rug is a masculine counterpoint to the feminine furnishings. RESOURCES For information about these designers, see page 132.




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On the evening of November 8, 2012, New England’s residential design community came together for a sixth time to celebrate the premier figures and institutions in our region. The scene was set with gorgeous flower arrangements by Winston Flowers and the State Room’s dramatic views of the Boston skyline. Following a festive cocktail hour, guests settled in for dinner and the event kicked off with the presentation of the 2012 New England Design Hall of Fame scholarship to Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art. The amount will sponsor a spring 2013 design/build studio for third- and fourth-year architecture students who will create the kitchen casework for Norwich University’s DOE Solar Decathlon Delta-T90 house. New England Home’s homes editor, Stacy Kunstel, was emcee for the night, and the cheers were enthusiastic as she presented awards to the 2012 New England Design Hall of Fame inductees: architects Bruce Beinfield and Lyman S. A. Perry; interior designers Nanette Lewis and Heather G. Wells; and landscape architects James Doyle, Kathryn Herman and Morgan Dix Wheelock.










1 New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner and Kathy Bush-Dutton with 2012 inductee Lyman Perry 2 John Kruse of Sea-Dar Construction and Jay Bourgeois of JJ Hardwood Floors 3 Standing are Jennifer Cullen-Struhl and Evan Struhl of Cutting Edge Systems with Betsie Bramhall and Rob Bramhall of Rob Bramhall Architects. Seated are Phil Dade of Cutting Edge Systems with Tricia Matta and Pierre Matta of Newton Kitchens & Design 4 Boston Design Center’s Lauren Young and Julie Rogowski flank Jill Adler of Discover Tile 5 Lisa Bonneville of Bonneville Design and George Davis 6 Standing are Amy Graubard, Thomas Payne, Megan Goltermann, Michelle Carey-Brown, Casey Carey-Brown and Stephen Payne, all of Payne/Bouchier. Seated are Oliver Bouchier, Chelsea Strandberg, Josh Merullo and Leid Reid, also of Payne/Bouchier 7 Ted Landsmark of Boston Architectural College with Joanne Mills of Miles River Sewing, Jane Toland and Crandon Gustafson of Boston Architectural College, Jay Philomena of Jay Philomena Associates, and Michelle Ameno and Chris Cox, also of Boston Architectural College 8 Jeff Burton of South Shore Millwork with New England Home’s Robin Schubel 9 Carla Hutker and Mark Hutker of Hutker Architects 48 NEW ENGLAND HOME JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2013

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Founded in 2002, A. Tesa Architecture is recognized for a stylistic approach to perfecting classic architectural fundamentals and traditional detail while blending New England shingle-style design with today’s living functionality. The firm’s principal, Alec R. Tesa, a previous recipient of the Henry Adams AIA Medal from the American Institute of Architecture, believes a successfully designed home unfolds as a reflection of who you are and how you live. Inspired by their surroundings in historic Newport, Rhode Island, A.Tesa Architecture is focused on dedication to detail and client relationships. The firm’s ability to perceptively understand natural settings, lifestyles and personal preferences produces a personal, unique custom home for each client. A.Tesa Architecture takes pride in actualizing a client’s dream with each design, by skillfully listening to and

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HUTKER ARCHITECTS, INC. Creating Heirlooms Worthy of Preservation.

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Hutker Architects, Inc. (HA), founded in 1987, has designed more than 200 heirloom homes. With offices located on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, HA has become the region’s premier, high-end residential architecture firm, while exhibiting a substantial body of commercial and institutional work stretching across New England. The firm’s thirty-six person team embodies a variety of backgrounds, utilizing their wide range of experience to continually refine and evolve the company’s values of quality craftsmanship and material ethics in the creation of a new regional vernacular. Such strength of talent and intimate knowledge of the locale makes HA highly qualified for the design of authentic projects within New England’s natural and historical environments. Hutker Architects’ team brings a passion for the profession of architecture to every aspect of a project. A full-service architectural design firm, its success is based upon providing

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in-depth design strategies, comprehensive project coordination and site-specific construction observation. Devoting thoughtful attention to each new challenge, the HA team applies innovation to tradition in the pursuit of solutions that support today’s lifestyles, fit the communities of which they become a part and offer model stewardship. Architect and client develop the unique characteristics of each project in defining project scope, design vision and style, fostering a collaborative spirit that enhances and promotes the design process. The result is a creative and balanced architectural response that is integral to its environment, eminently functional, and one that embodies the specific imagination and lifestyle of the client: A new regional vernacular.

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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 their surroundings. This is most evident in our roofscapes, which evoke a charming, historic character by scaling down the apparent size of the home through varying levels of intersecting gables and dormers. 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

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floor plans to fit our clients’ daily lives. 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 two years the firm has received numerous accolades including being named Best New Traditional Home of the Year 2012 by The Boston Globe Magazine. The firm has also been recognized by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Bulfinch Awards, the Dream Home Awards, Remodeling Magazine Design Awards, PRISM Awards and we have earned the sustainable LEED for Homes Gold certification from the USGBC.

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McDougal Architects, Inc. (McA), founded in 2003, is an architecture and interior design firm that designs projects for the discerning, inspired client. Each project is designed for the individual client whether residential, commercial or institutional and each has a diverse aesthetic. The goals for our projects are the same; to listen, to compose the design vision, and to work collaboratively with our clients. Our projects answer the goals, aspirations, wishes and budgets of our clients. No project is too large or too small for our firm. The saying “life is in the details” is particularly true in architecture. McA works with each client/project in the pursuit of excellence and craftsmanship for the finished product. We work with our clients through the initial conceptual phase, design, construction and move in. We treat each of our clients as if they are our only client. Site consideration and placement is of primary concern

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for McDougal Architects on all of our projects. Our renovation/addition projects and our new construction projects are contextual and do not resemble the “white elephant” of the neighborhood. We are sensitive and aware of site constraints, neighborhoods and the vernacular fabric. Our projects are timeless. We also design each project with green architecture in mind. We have completed and been awarded LEED certification with LEED for homes and LEED for new construction. Environmentally sound design, construction and operational management are our future and we design our projects as such.

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Architecture and Interiors.

Our work is like no other, because each of our homes is uniquely designed for clients who want something truly inspiring. Our homes share timeless aspects of design, elegance and grace, as well as harmony with the site. We have no preconceived style that dictates our designs. We develop the style that is best-suited to the site and preferred by the owners. Clients come to Meyer & Meyer because they appreciate how we aspire to a high level of design by customizing interesting floor plans, using quality materials and designing specialty details throughout the home. Our exceptional designs include all styles of architecture—modern to classical. Collaborating with our clients is essential to developing 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.

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John Meyer, AIA, LEED AP, is the design principal who artistically renders his visions of the architectural work to ensure that clients fully understand the outcome. These handdrawn records become treasured keepsakes, charting the house’s progress from ideas to reality. Extraordinary attention to detail characterizes Meyer & Meyer’s award-winning projects. We have been in business for over thirty years, and we offer a full suite of services to coordinate every aspect of work needed. From site work to interior design, everything is available through this office. Any project, whether it be a renovation, addition or a completely new home, deserves the same approach and the best craftsmen and talents available. Our projects may vary in size and complexity, but we place the highest priority on client satisfaction. Our homes are designed to be cherished for generations and to last for centuries.

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Architect Patrick Ahearn has been designing historically inspired architecture for the past thirty-eight years. The range of 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 individual property. Every project, no matter how large or small, is designed with the utmost care and detail from inception through the end of construction. The firm is dedicated to creating seamless architecture and interiors that respond to how people live today through classic, timeless forms.

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P O L H E M U S S AV E RY D A S I LVA Timeless Design. Exceptional Craftsmanship. Value for Generations.

Spectacular beaches, dunes and seascapes—along with picturesque harbors and villages—engender great passion for coastal New England. The architects and builders of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSDAB) consider themselves blessed to live and work in such a place, and to be able to create houses (like the one shown above and on the following page) for clients who share their passion for the landscape and building traditions of coastal New England. As an integrated architecture and construction firm, PSDAB combines this love of place with an emphasis on creative but timeless design, exceptional craftsmanship, functional success, superior service-centered management, and budget and schedule control. They do this with single-source accountability so their oftenbusy clients can avoid the potentially contentious scenarios that typically accompany construction relationships. While PSDAB’s clients are diverse, their need for clear, direct com-

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munication, a trustworthy relationship, and hassle-free project management is universal. PSDAB’s integrated model is a powerful one that fulfills these needs and has served their clients well. In the words of one client quoted in a magazine feature on his house: “I always felt confident that the design concepts could be turned into reality because of the harmony that existed inside the firm.” In another article, a client praised the firm’s “ability to blend the artistry of architecture and design with precise construction.” PSDAB is proud to offer this unique service, including nationally recognized and award-winning architectural design, throughout New England. In the words of Robert A. M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture: “The work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva beautifully melds the traditions of New England with the way we live today, affirming that an architecture of place trumps an architecture preoccupied with passing trends.”

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S A L LY W E S T O N A S S O C I AT E S Architecture, Planning, Interior Design.

Sally Weston Associates specializes in traditional residential architecture. Our firm has established a reputation for fine architectural design and we are dedicated to listening and understanding our client’s needs, desires and wishes and budget constraints. In addition, we are dedicated to thinking through solutions that will meet the owner’s needs now, in the future and throughout a family’s many changes. We take great pride in our projects, whether a new private residence, a renovation/addition or an historic renovation. Our commitment to architecture through creativity, flexibility and thoroughness is reflected throughout our work and our relationships with clients and consultants.

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High Definition An urban condominium gets a dynamic new look that suits its lively Back Bay neighborhood and inspires as much admiration as its spectacular city views.

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N Stephen Mueller’s buoyant watercolors, from Boston’s Obelisk Gallery, hang by the living room’s new fireplace. Above: The entry sports a rosewood-topped buffet by Holly Hunt, sleek sconces by Jonathan Browning and a colorful painting by Tristan Govignon.

o one would argue that the potential was anything less than great. The newly constructed Back Bay condominium had everything going for it. Perched on the topmost floor, it had cinematic views. The busy surrounding neighborhood boasted shops and galleries enough to keep anyone entertained for days on end. And talk about an enhance-yourlifestyle feature: a private elevator ushered the owners directly into their unit like a caring mother hen. Still, there was one rather obvious downside. A recipe of standard finishes, bland beige walls (no mocha, not even a hint of cafe au lait), dark cabinetry and little detailing had left the urban nest with a lackluster personality, recall interior designers Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms of Boston-based Terrat Elms Interior Design. The design duo’s challenge was to wake the place out of its slumber. The owners had left behind a handsome traditional home and, although they didn’t want a repeat of the same, they envisioned a residence that reflected their good taste—something a dash more contemporary, for sure, but brimming with character nevertheless. So Terrat and Elms did what the best designers do: they listened carefully and then they sprang into action, shaking up the rectangular two-bedroom condominium from end to end. The heart of the home—the open-plan kitchen/dining/ living area—rocketed from quiet to stunning with the addition

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Dramatic Linea chandeliers by Boyd Light illuminate the open living-room area where seating, including a leather-covered accent chair by Holly Hunt, surrounds a versatile Madam X cocktail table. The sofa is covered in a taupe Larsen fabric that wears as beautifully as it looks.

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In an intimate corner, oversize horizontal stripes on Bauen chairs play to a graphic cowhide leather Alhambra rug by Kyle Bunting. Facing page, top to bottom: The kitchen’s coral-colored tiled backsplash is in keeping with the home’s concise palette. The designers cleverly chose a polished steel base for an Indian marble sculpture in the dining area.

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of a classic coffered ceiling meticulously crafted by Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers from Cumberland, Rhode Island. And where a ho-hum wall had formerly stood its ground, the designers introduced a grand focal point: a floor-to-ceiling hearth clad in dreamy Athens Silver Cream travertine from Ann Sacks. They thoughtfully elevated the level of the firebox to ensure the heart-warming flames remain visible above the cocktail table, even when the owners sink into their John Mark sofa at the end of the day. Such meticulous scheming is obvious throughout. Take the dual chandeliers that float, not over the dining table—far too predictable—but above the main living area as visual anchors. And what about the lacquered cabinetry flanking the fireplace? The sleek shelves afford storage and provide room for a bar, which is a much-appreciated boon for entertaining. But Terrat and Elms pushed the custom unit even further by giving it a bronze mirrored lining. The lush materials—stone, lacquered wood, mirror—are worthy complements to the serene palette and posh fabrics of the room, where walls are swathed in pale gray Phillip Jeffries linen, and twin barrel chairs that swivel to face the windows and catch the scenery wear mohair angora. The clean, consistent color scheme introduces a calming air of continuity. Escape to the quiet reading corner and claim one of the Bauen chairs by Ironies and it might feel as if you’re in your own private world, but the stylish tone doesn’t miss a beat. The chairs’ oversize stripes and nailhead trim—not to mention the round ottoman with its reflective metal band or the custom laser-cut cowhide rug—give the tranquil spot equal panache. “We like to imagine the owners sitting here enjoying a quiet glass of wine,” says Terrat. The kitchen upholds its end, too. None of that all-too-usual vibe. In this slick home, the charming chef’s station adds to the overall sophistication. Under new pale-lacquered cabinetry that climbs to the ceiling, the cache of original dark units strikes a polite and pleasing contrast. The designers plugged in a backsplash of reflective glass for additional sparkle but wisely guarded the cooktop with an easy-to-clean marble runway. The Eric bar stools convening along the counter wear a graphic taupe and blue Cowtan & Tout fabric that speaks as readily to pre-theater cocktails as it does to coffee and the Sunday morning papers. The furnishings and layers of detail aren’t the only stars in this home, though. There’s also a bounty of handsome art. Artist Jon Imber’s spirited abstract Blossom, which claims a wall alongside the dining table (the table is one of the few pieces the owners saved from their old house), introduces a swirl of movement and color. “We were very excited when we brought in Imber’s painting. It was transformational to this space,” recalls Elms. And Tristan Govignon’s oil painting Destiny above a Holly Hunt buffet is among the first items visitors spy when the elevator doors part. The painting is so engaging, in fact, hardly a soul remembers how dismaying it was for guests to look directly into the laundry room before the designers created the paneled wall that holds it. As one might expect, Terrat and Elms keep the momentum

The clean, consistent color scheme introduces a calming air of continuity.

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going in the master bedroom, too. A utilitarian door to a fire escape is concealed today behind lush Sandra Jordan smoky blue Prima Alpaca draperies—an ingenious solution that seems to double the window’s size. The bed nestles against an upholstered wall tucked between custom lacquered wood built-ins. More cocoon than mere sleeping quarters, the room is designed to be a haven treating all the senses. That’s precisely the route the master bath takes as well. The designers fashioned custom vanities and swept in a host of Ann Sacks Calacatta stone to freshen and glamorize the space. With the petite powder room, however, they took a less dramatic approach, painting the existing vanity a sultry blue and swathing

the walls in glass tile. Two small maneuvers, you might think, but clever game changers nonetheless. “Whenever we can,” says Elms, “we like to use what’s there.” Clearly, the project is a huge success. The interior is as swanky now as the address. And there’s another underlying element that seals the deal: the haute fabrics and furnishings may appear to fall in the fragile category, but they’re all immensely livable. The owners, and their dog, can come and go without worry, the designers insist. How perfect is that? Terrat and Elms have devised a home that’s gorgeous and—we can almost hear the sighs of contentment—comfortable. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 132.

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In the master bedroom, built-ins fabricated by Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers showcase the custom bed and create a home for a collection of pottery. The upholstered chair and table along the window are by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Right, top to bottom: Bentley sconces and luxe upholstery up the glamour. Custom vanities offer ample master bath storage.

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erfect partners

A suburban Boston house combines gloriously feminine curves and quietly masculine lines for an ideal marriage of exuberance and restraint.

Text by James McCown / Photography by Robert Benson / Architecture: Jan Gleysteen / Interior design: Kate Coughlin / Builder: Gilbane Development Company / Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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In the ample entrance hall, worthy of “Downton Abbey,” designer Kate Coughlin let the space speak for itself, punctuating it only with a linen-wrapped table by Furniture Guild and a Murano glass chandelier.

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The dining room wears playful wallpaper, a Venetian glass mirror and a silver-finish gilt wood chandelier for a decidedly feminine look. Green fabric chairs by Jonathan Adler bring it all together. Facing page: A circular tête-a-tête is an organizing element for the living room’s seating arrangements. Sacred Fig by Jennifer Amadeo-Holl hangs above the mantel.

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Jan Gleysteen loves curves. “I challenge you to find a space here that doesn’t contain a curve,” he says, describing this Shingle-style house he designed in the western suburbs of Boston. This symphony of curves—as expressed in the exuberant millwork, curved and vaulted ceilings and an oval breakfast room—sets up a dialogue the architect sees as the basis of his artistic expression. Straight lines are all about order and control, Gleysteen explains. But curves give the architecture its real mojo. “Human beings are drawn to architectural curves because they relate to the curves of the human body,” he says. The Shingle style, he continues, is essentially grounded in the Victorian style, with its love of curves and asymmetry. “It’s a very appealing and voluptuous kind of architecture. It’s all rooted in human sexuality.” As we all know, though, too much of anything can be, well, too much. Curvy and voluptuous can escalate to brazen and blowsy without a bit of moderation. No such thing happens here, thanks to Gleysteen’s wise introduction of just enough linearity to keep all those curves in check. “The idea in this

house,” Gleysteen says, “is to bring the disorder of the Shingle style into order.” The house presents a symmetrical front facade whose centerpiece is a temple-like entry portico. Above, the second story holds a window inspired by the work of Italian classicist Andrea Palladio. Stone on the lower portion of the house weds it to its site. While the front is all about control and symmetry, the rear is, says Gleysteen, “a collision of geometries one would find in an Italian hill town.” The contrast between exuberance and control continues inside, where Gleysteen was charged with designing a home that offers casual comfort to its young, growing family while maintaining the level of elegance and formality the parents like for their frequent entertaining. “It’s a large house for a large family,” says interior designer Kate Coughlin, who collaborated closely with Gleysteen on the January–February 2013  New England Home 81

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curvy and voluptuous can escalate to brazen and blowsy without a bit of moderation. No such thing happens here, thanks to Gleysteen’s wise introduction of just enough linearity to keep all those curves in check.

design. The first and second floors comprise almost 10,000 square feet, not including the fully built-out basement. But it’s not a house where any room is cordoned off or off limits. “I say use all of your rooms, or why have them?” Coughlin says. The entry hall is worthy of “Downton Abbey.” Gleysteen put a classical spin on the design of the double-height space, which he compares to the interior courtyard of an Italian villa. “It’s an entry cortile,” he says. “There is a cross-axis around which we placed the other programmatic spaces. The main east/west axis ties together the more formal dining and living rooms in the front of the house.” The daunting scale of the entry created a challenge for the interior designer. “It’s huge. It was a very hard space to do,” Coughlin says. Despite the space’s size, the exquisitely detailed classical millwork, all designed by Gleysteen, left little room for paintings, furniture against the walls and other elements. “Everything would have felt that it was just on the perimeter of the space,” she says.

Coughlin defined the area with wood flooring in a squarewithin-a-square pattern, then added a linen-wrapped table with a round top and jaunty angled square bottom—a shape that mimics the curves and angles of the entry. Murano glass light fixtures cast a glow from the ceiling high above. Just as the home’s exterior represents a vibrant contrast front to back, so does the interior. Formal living and dining rooms flank the foyer, while the more casual rooms used for everyday family living occupy the back half of the house. In the living room, a tranquil space outfitted in a palette of soft neutrals and pale blue, Coughlin unified cozy seating arrangements by putting a roundabout tête-a-tête in the room’s center. “I like groupings in a living room to be one big circle so everyone can talk,” she says. “I want everyone to feel they are at the same party.” On the opposing side of the entry cortile is the formal dining room, which Coughlin describes as “the one surprise in a house

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The family room’s fireplace speaks to New England’s ubiquitous stone walls. Durable furniture, like the Cordoba Cognac sectional from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, keeps the room kid-friendly. Facing page: The angular coffered ceiling of the kitchen contrasts with the oval shape of the adjacent breakfast room. Hanging glass globe pendants above the island keep the space fully transparent.

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The masculine holds sway in the handsome library with its cherry paneling. Honey-colored onyx surrounds the fireplace, and a weighty blue-velvet chaise and horn sconces lend a bit of manly gravitas. Facing page: The straight lines of the upholstered master bed make a masculine counterpoint to the loveseat’s feminine floral. The master bath’s octagonal recessed ceiling is accented by a fixture from Ailanthus.

the contrast between exuberance and control continues inside,where Gleysteen was charged with designing a home that offers casual comfort to its young, growing family

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he contrast between exuberance and control continues inside, where Gleysteen was charged with designing a home that offers casual comfort to its young, growing family while maintaining elegance and formality.

that is otherwise very serene.” Here, it’s all about color and shine. Wallpaper in a bold floral of purple and green against a chocolate background contrasts with the white millwork. Chairs upholstered in a fresh citrus hue surround the dark wood table, and a Venetian mirror and a wooden chandelier finished in silver gilt add sparkle to the scene. Things take a casual turn in the rooms at the rear of the house. Coughlin’s design for the family room began with the raised stone fireplace that forms the focal point for the space. A color scheme that echoes the fieldstone and granite brings together beiges, grays and blues. A suede sectional sofa big enough for the whole family cozies up to a large coffee table that can accommodate a spontaneous game of checkers or Monopoly. Gleysteen added cherry beams to soften the high arched ceiling, and Coughlin had the beams pickled to lend an extra sense of warmth. The kitchen blends classic and contemporary. A coffered ceiling, glass-front cabinetry and a wood-topped island speak

to the former, while stainless-steel appliances, clean-lined chairs and clear spherical light fixtures nod to the latter. The straight lines of the kitchen meet a pleasing contrast in the curvaceous breakfast area with its domed ceiling and arced wall of windows. A two-tiered round chandelier hangs above a circular table, and two thin lines of contrasting inlay in the floor further define the space. Upstairs, the purple-and-green combination found in the dining room is repeated in the master bedroom. “The client saw this fabric and she said, ‘I have to have it,’” says Coughlin of the sofa covering. “The husband originally thought it would be too flowery for him, so we countered it with a headboard and footboard that are very angular and solid. There’s also a green geometric rug that doesn’t look too feminine.” Inside and out, upstairs and down, a masculine/feminine, reserved/sensuous dichotomy infuses the entire home. “It’s the attraction of opposites,” Gleysteen says. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 132. January–February 2013  New England Home 85

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A busy single dad’s trust in his design team leads to a stylish but kid-friendly new space that makes him and his young sons feel completely at home.

Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel / Photography by Michael J. Lee / Architecture: Campbell Smith Architects / Interior design: Hanlon-Wantuck

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Antiques and contemporary pieces mix in the elegant living room—a space the homeowner’s two young sons know is off limits when it comes to roughhousing.

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An oyster veneer chest and a pair of curvaceous walnut chairs warm the painted paneling of the foyer. Facing page, top to bottom: The antique secretary that anchors one end of the living room holds a collection of seainspired objects. An upholstered bench joins slip-covered chairs around the dining table. 88 / New England Home  January–February 2013

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R Rob McGee owns a car dealership, but when

it comes to decorating he’s not one to kick tires. In designing the Norwell, Massachusetts, home he planned to move into with his two young sons, he didn’t need to sit on the linen-covered sofa before signing off on its purchase for the family room, or hem and haw about how much blue was just right for the silk-infused rug for the living room. In fact, he saw very little in the way of furnishings and overall designs that went into the house, until Jennifer Hanlon MacQuarrie and David Wantuck of the interior design firm HanlonWantuck finished it. “He’s a really busy guy,” says Hanlon MacQuarrie. “We went to his office and sprawled fabric samples everywhere, and he selected ones he liked and told us those he didn’t.” She and Wantuck also tore pages out of magazines that showed what they envisioned the house looking like and went through them with McGee, who chose a few. “That was the end of it though,” says Hanlon MacQuarrie. “There were no more presentations.” “I don’t have that kind of flair, and I have no time at all,” says McGee. “When we moved in, I wanted it to feel like a completed house for me and the kids.” The designers—who’ve worked together for the past fifteen years, first at Bierly-Drake (where Wantuck still works three days a week) and for the past five years on their own—set about creating the perfect home for father and sons. The interior architecture of the house (designed for a previous owner by Campbell Smith Architecture of nearby Duxbury) has a quietly traditional feel, with clean moldings and simple paneling throughout. This led the designers to a scheme that complements the home’s classic nature. “We focused on using lots of


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“We focused on using lots of soft and friendly textures and contrast in the color and finishes rather than large amounts of printed fabrics.” soft and friendly textures and contrast in the color and finishes rather than large amounts of printed fabrics,” says Hanlon MacQuarrie. “It’s a tailored interior that’s sophisticated enough for adults and yet perfectly practical for young, active boys.” Being the mother of two young children herself, she completely understood that the house, while elegant, needed to be durable enough to stand up to an energetic pair of boys. “David and I made decisions like choosing weathered finishes instead of paint,” says Hanlon MacQuarrie. “I thought about juice boxes and finger paints and chose a lot of neutrals with texture so they wouldn’t show wear.” Along with those practical finishes came beautiful furnishings and even a few antiques. A crystal chandelier hangs over the trestle table in the dining room, and a silver chain of embroidery dances across the slipcover of one of the chairs. In the living room, an antique secretary anchors one end of the room that includes an armchair upholstered in velvet and a custom sofa outfitted in Hinson fabric. “The living room composition is really elegant,

but there’s nothing untouchable in that room,” says Wantuck. “It’s all pretty forgiving.” Throughout the process, the designers also kept in mind the sensibilities of people who are most likely to visit. “My house is in a central location for my family, so on all the holidays— Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anything—the whole family comes over,” McGee says. “The house couldn’t be too bachelor pad/ Ralph Lauren lodge looking,” says Hanlon MacQuarrie. “The living room is more feminine; we really thought about his mom and sisters coming over when we thought of that room.” That doesn’t mean the house isn’t manly. In fact, one of the least feminine rooms is also the designers’ favorite space. “My favorite is the office,” Hanlon MacQuarrie says. “It’s extremely cozy. It’s simple, but there are dark black-brown walls and an antelope carpet and a crocodile-covered desk.” But none of it—not the dining table with its rustic finish, not the tufted office chair, not the industrial-inspired coffee table in the family room, not even the black-and-

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Proving you can create a cozy office, the designers chose chocolate walls and a tufted chair to go with the antelope-patterned rug and crocodile-stamped, leather-covered desk. Facing page, top: Weathered wood and linen wear well in the family room, where the boys hang out to watch television. Facing page, bottom: A rustic branch chandelier hangs over the breakfast area just off the kitchen. January–February 2013  New England Home 91

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The black-and-white guest bedroom, inspired by a magazine photo, has a plush cowhide rug atop practical sisal. Facing page, top left and right: A few touches of red add zip to the palette; the desk, with its Philippe Starck Ghost chair, stands in for a bedside table. The guest bath takes a dramatic turn with horizontal wallpaper and a black-and-white striped rug. Facing page, bottom: Designers Jennifer Hanlon MacQuarrie and David Wantuck of Hanlon-Wantuck. 92 / New England Home  January–February 2013

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This time, he was happy to step away and let the experts make the choices. And that, it turns out, was the best decision of all. white guest room—was seen by McGee until the unveiling. “During the last month Jennifer asked me not to come in,” he says. In that time, walls were painted and wallpaper hung, rugs laid and light fixtures installed. A final two-day push finished with furniture placements and artwork. Hanlon MacQuarrie and Wantuck purchased every detail, down to the water glasses and cutting boards, soap and bath mats. On the day of the big reveal, McGee arrived with boys in tow. “I was excited,” he says. “I knew what the wall colors and the wallpaper would be, but not much else.” “Watching the boys was the best,” says Hanlon MacQuarrie. She and Wantuck had painted the walls of their bedrooms with thick horizontal stripes—green and blue for one, blue and red for the other. “They were most excited about their own rooms and freaking out about the popup TV in Dad’s bedroom,” she recalls. “They were jumping on their beds—it was only slightly more chaotic than our typical walk-through.” From the rustic breakfast room with its branch chandelier and benches to the elegant entryway with the console and

shapely carved walnut chairs, it immediately felt like home. “I wanted to be proud of our house, and I love coming home to it,” says McGee. Hanlon MacQuarrie and Wantuck struck just the right balance, creating a space that marries luxury and practicality. “The rooms I use the most are the office and my bedroom,” says McGee. “My office is great; I can really focus there. My bedroom is where the boys and I relax and watch TV together if we’re not spread out on the sofas in the family room.” As for those finer areas of the home, such as the living room and entryway? “The boys know it’s our home and they need to be respectful of it and have fun with it,” McGee says. “They know they can’t roughhouse in the living room.” As a father and businessman, McGee has plenty of opportunities to be the decision maker. This time, he was happy to step away and let the experts make the choices. And that, it turns out, was the best decision of all. • Resources For more information about this home, see

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Ageless Beauty An 1828 federal-style Beacon hill row house returns to its former glory in a careful renovation that would surely make the original architect proud. Text by erin marvin / photography by Bruce Buck / interior architecture and design: Thaddeus Siemasko and Jean verbridge, Siemasko + verbridge / Builder: payne/Bouchier / produced by Kyle hoepner

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The formal living room is an elegant balance of light and dark, with lacquered charcoal-gray walls offset by silvery drapes, lighting fixtures bedecked in crystals and fabrics that boast a reflective sheen. The stone fireplace is original to the house and retains Asher Benjamin’s signature fretwork.

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They say history repeats itself, and architect Thaddeus Siemasko and interior designer Jean Verbridge intended just that when they undertook the extensive renovation of a historic Beacon Hill address. The elegantly understated 7,200-square-foot, fivestory single-family home—one of the neighborhood’s few row houses never converted into a rooming house—occupies a prized corner lot overlooking the Public Garden. Famed American architect Asher Benjamin, whose redbrick Charles Street Meeting House sits just a few blocks away, designed the Federal-style building in 1828. Siemasko and Verbridge, principals of their eponymous Beverly, Massachusetts–based firm, asked themselves, “What would Asher have done?” at every turn, using that mantra to drive many of the design decisions. Strict regulations from the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, down to the exact chemical composition of the poultice used to remove rust from the exterior, reinforced the need for historical preservation, as did the homeowner’s innate sense

of stewardship. Exterior changes were largely kept to repainting windows, doors and trim and replacing broken roof plates; garage doors were added to the back of the house as a nod to modern convenience. “It was a very selective renovation,” says Verbridge. “Anything integral to the original house was left alone as much as we could. Changes were made in the ’50s that we looked at and either restored to earlier grandeur or updated to be modern and practical for today’s use.” The inside underwent a more dramatic transformation, although the basic layout—formal rooms in front, utilitarian spaces in the back—is unchanged. The grand stairway was extended to the attic, and the back stair was redone to allow easier access to the basement. The design team refurbished skylights added in the 1960s and ’70s, making them watertight and more architecturally appropriate to the house. An oddly proportioned fourth-floor attic became an open loft space that easily transitions into a guest room. Both an elevator

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Above: The dining room wall-

paper’s hand-painted silver leaf changes color in different lights. Left: A lush purple velvet sofa, black-and-white checkerboard flooring and subtly patterned wallpaper add drama to the foyer. Facing page, left to right:

An antique lamp in the corner inspired the living room’s green accent color. The exterior retains its Federal-style charm.

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When it came to lighting, the designer abandoned restraint: an abundance of crystal chandeliers and sconces glitter throughout the house. and a staircase grant easy access to the lower levels. The floor below holds two bedrooms and bathrooms, ready for visits from the homeowner’s two twenty-something sons. The master suite, tucked on the second level, is an intimate retreat. The serene bedroom is a cocoon of cashmere surrounded by cream-colored walls and accented with a lavender ceiling. A silk Fortuny light fixture suspended from the ceiling adds subtle warmth. Twin chairs cozy up to a stone fireplace that is original to the house. The detailed fretwork on the mantel, a signature of Asher Benjamin’s, carries through to other fireplaces in the house as well as the home’s exterior. In the master bath, rock crystal sconces add sparkle to a space resplendent in white Carrara marble with black accents. A cavernous freestanding tub invites hours of soaking. Down the hall, in a study that offers superb views of the Public Garden, a purple lamp and lavender desk chair nod to the blooms outside. “In terms of ‘simple elegance,’ we could have almost invented the term,” Siemasko says by way of describing this floor devoted to privacy and comfort. A similar vibe of inviting, accessible elegance reigns on the first floor, too. Most of the flooring throughout the house, including on this level, is original, stained a dark hue. Wool-andsilk rugs help define rooms and add cushiony softness. Though most have only a subtle pattern, if any, the rugs’ neutrality doesn’t diminish their ability to surprise. “They have a luster to them,” says Verbridge. “Depending on what direction you look at them, they change tone, color and sheen.” When it came to lighting, the designer abandoned restraint: an abundance of crystal chandeliers and sconces glitter throughout the house, playing off the sheen of the walls and infusing the home with a warm glow every evening. In the living room, for instance, a multi-tiered crystal chandelier illuminates charcoalgray lacquered walls that have some sparkle of their own. Silvery floor-to-ceiling drapes add a touch of lightness while grass-green accent pillows, an antique lamp and the garden views glimpsed through the tall windows punctuate the space with color. A baby Steinway piano takes pride of place and sees plenty of use from the musically inclined sons. The soft gray sofa and armchair, two taupe patent-leather ottomans and a Stephanie Odegard chair clad in tarnished silver pull up to a 1950s glass-and-metal coffee table. Verbridge calls the room, with its hints of sparkle and sheen and clever mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings, “a jewel box.” A large opening connects the formal living room and dining 98  New England Home  January–February 2013

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The homeowner’s study, tucked away at the top of the stairs, offers views of the Public Garden. Facing page, top to bottom: The vivid powder room gets added sparkle from a crystal chandelier. A red-leather corner banquette cozies up to a marble-topped table in the “flop room” off the kitchen. January–February 2013  New England Home 99

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A lavender ceiling is an unexpected surprise in the master bedroom. Top right: In the attic loft, a large zinc-topped desk overlooks an L-shaped sofa that can fold together into a king-size bed for overnight guests. Bottom right: A freestanding tub takes pride of place in the master bathroom.

room, making it an ideal space for entertaining. Hand-painted silver leaf bedecks the dining room walls—a throwback to the home’s Federal-style roots—and a lavender ceiling is an unexpected touch that adds intimacy. The antique table and modernstyle chairs moved with the homeowner from her last residence; it was important to her that the furnishings not all be brandnew. “She wanted to bring along her own sense of history to the space,” explains Verbridge. Casual dining takes place in the “flop room,” off the kitchen, where oxblood-red leather banquettes inspired by the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston cozy up to a marbletopped table. A mix of textures, including woven-leather throw pillows and cowhide ottomans, adds warmth and a contemporary flair. It’s a favorite spot for the homeowner to relax, drink

coffee and read the paper. “We didn’t want it to look fuddyduddy,” says Verbridge. “Just because this is a historic house doesn’t mean it needs to be traditional.” The same red is repeated on the paneled walls of the powder room off the entry foyer, where a grand chandelier makes a bold statement. Rather than a typical mirrored cabinet above the sink, Verbridge and Siemasko extended the mirror the entire height of the wall, opening up the small space and granting playful reflections from the crystals hanging above. Every thoughtful retooling of interior space and cautious change to the exterior architecture has nudged this gorgeous grande dame into the present while paying homage to the home’s historic roots. Asher Benjamin, we think, would be proud. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 132.

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“We didn’t want it to look fuddy-duddy,” says Verbridge. “Just because this is a historic house doesn’t mean it needs to be traditional.”

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ECO by Cosentino ECO by Cosentino: Eco-friendly materials have never looked so good thanks to ECO by Cosentino, a leading line of countertop and surfacing materials ideal for kitchen and bathroom countertops, wall cladding and flooring. ECO by Cosentino is composed of 75% post-industrial and post-consumer recycled raw materials such as mirrors salvaged from houses, building and factories; glass from windows and bottles; granulated glass from consumer recycling practices; porcelain from china, tiles, sinks, toilets and decorative elements; and industrial furnace residuals from factories in the form of crystallized ashes. By utilizing these recycled materials, Cosentino is “upcycling” products that have reached the end of their lifecycle—meaning that they would have otherwise collected in landfills. According to Cosentino, approximately 3,000 glass bottles equals one ton of raw materials; the production of ECO by Cosentino is expected to reuse the equivalent of 60 million glass bottles every year. Reutilizing this massive amount of materials prevents build-up in landfills and reduces the need to mine for new resources. The recycled content is then mixed with 25% natural ma-

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terials and is bonded together with a proprietary ecofriendly resin. This unique makeup of recycled materials combined with natural elements is achieved through state-of-the-art technology that delivers a hard, durable surface that is highly resistant to stains, scratches and heat. ECO by Cosentino matches the sophisticated look, feel and performance of quartz composite surfaces and natural stone surfaces such as marble and granite—but unlike granite it is far less damaging to the earth. “It is the ideal product for today’s eco-minded consumer who seeks performance and sustainability, without sacrificing design,” says Valentin Tijeras Garcia, director of product innovation for Cosentino. Available in ten designer colors in both a polished and matte leather texture finish, ECO by Cosentino is the stylish, sustainable choice for savvy homeowners and design professionals. Cosentino Center Boston 41 Lyman Street Northborough, MA 01532 (508) 393-9600

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Cutting Edge Systems Lighting Control: for safer, energy-efficient, intimate living. Never come home to a dark house again. When you enter your driveway, a lighting control system can raise the exterior lights and illuminate a pathway from your garage to the entry door. It can even light the way to the refrigerator to make hauling groceries inside a little easier. Environmentally conscious? Set the lights to “Save Energy” or “Green” and reduce energy usage with the touch of a button. If you’re leaving for the night, just touch the “off” button and rest assured that each and every light of your choosing has gone dark. Create the right mood for a night of entertaining with a preset scene. All of your lights (or just some of them) can be controlled with the touch of a single button, eliminating the need to adjust numerous switches and dimmers when you enter a room. Integrating lighting and shading together can open and close your shades and drapes according to a schedule that will save energy and maximize the use of day-

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light. Silent motors concealed in a window soffit or behind a decorative cornice, fascia or valence make it all possible. Blocking harmful UV waves will keep your furnishings and artwork from fading and your home from heating up, reducing your air conditioning costs. Your shades can be set to open or close on a schedule, just like your lighting. For example, you could have them open at a certain time in the morning to serve as your alarm clock, follow the sun’s schedule or follow temperature cues. It’s all at your command. Lighting control doesn’t have to be expensive or confusing—Cutting Edge Systems can make it affordable and easy. Call them today at (978) 392-1392 to learn more.

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Jeff Soderbergh Custom Furnishings For 23 years, award-winning designer Jeff Soderbergh has focused on reclaimed materials to build his custom furnishings and sculpture. “Call him the poster boy for recycling ... one of the East Coast’s most talented craftsmen.” —Esquire, March 2005 “Widely regarded as one of the founders of the reclaiming movement, Jeff Soderbergh has been creating refined and gracefully green commissions for more than 20 years.” —Architectural Digest, October 2011 Soderbergh’s design/build studio focuses on attention to detail and crafting one piece at a time. Discover why collectors, designers and clients rely on Soderbergh’s “green” experience and aesthetic to add tangible depth and soul to their projects. The vintage reclaimed wood dining table pictured here was commissioned by House Beautiful for the 2010 Kitchen of the Year display at Rockefeller Center. His dining tables won the “Best of Rhode Island” award from Rhode Island Monthly in August 2011. Custom sustainable furnishings proudly made in New England. Jeff Soderbergh Custom Furnshings Newport, RI 02840 (401) 845-9087


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Peabody Supply Company & The Bath Showcase Sinking into a water-conserving whirlpool bath and enjoying an “air massage” is not just the stuff of dreams… at least not at The Bath Showcase at Peabody Supply Company. The bathroom and kitchen supply company carries water-conserving and high-efficiency products by Maax, Bertch cabinetry, Kohler & Grohe, and many other leading manufacturers. Find everything you could possibly want in a “green” bathroom or sustainable kitchen. There are five bath showrooms and eight company locations where products are displayed in Peabody, North Andover, North Chelmsford and Waltham, Massachusetts, and in Kingston, N.H. The flagship stores in North Andover and Waltham each have more than 4,000 square feet of display space. There are many good reasons to shop at Peabody Supply Company, not the least of which is extraordinary customer service. Visit your local showroom to see how water-conserving and high-efficiency toilets, faucets and accessories can save homeowners thousands of gallons of water each year. Peabody Supply Company, Inc. 25 Commerce Way North Andover, MA 01845 978-682-5634

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emember when it was so much fun to say, “How ironic!” Maybe you don’t remember those pithy exclamations that passed for wisdom. Maybe you were too young or happened to be in some high-school clique other than the ultra-selfconscious literary one that found an occasion to exclaim, “How ironic!” about almost everything between earth and sky. Nevertheless, how ironic it is that our New England homes have an impregnable reputation for warmth, even now when it’s getting darn cold. Close your eyes /////////// and think “warm, cozy, hearth,” By Louis Postel and what do you see—a New England home! You can just imagine that Currier and Ives couple disembarking from their cabinetry. Designers and architects must bright red sleigh to gather snugly around convince their clients that their investa lustrous Shaker table for hot mugs of cider. Norman Rockwell’s sledding boys file ment is still worth it. Whether you are talking about a in from the cold just as darkness settles in. renovation, an addition, a new structure, In the study, Henry David Thoreau gazes a condominium or a simple window up from his manuscript to mouth the treatment, square footage has somehow words: “In winter we lead a more inward become the measure of worth. The math life. Our hearts are warm and cheery like appears unarguable: multiply the number cottages under drifts whose windows are of bedrooms and baths by the size of the half-concealed, but from whose chimneys lot and any water views, then divide by the smoke cheerfully ascends.” average SATs at the local high school and, How ironically cheery! Never mind the voilà, you have a rough idea of your asset. fact that we wake from this nineteenthHow courageous, then, that our designcentury fantasy to find ourselves on the ers and architects, along with their loyal roof in pajamas engaged in desperate clients, are willing to defy this blizzard of combat with an ice dam. The challenge for New England’s design “smart financial thinking” in the name of other considerations: comfort, beauty, community today is to help instill that warmth year round in all our little cotKeep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the tages, despite the fact that market forces pulse of New England’s design community. Send are all about cold, hard cash. Banks generyour news to ally lend against square footage, not fine

The Inward Life durability, the neighborhood and the environment just for starters. As snow buries our cottages in great drifts here in New England, these other matters can be considered long and thoughtfully; in winter, after all, we lead a more inward life. /// Color and texture inform much of

the inward life and thriving practice of architect Deborah Epstein of Epstein Joslin Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her love of both led her to a land where such things are woven into the cultural DNA: India. “I found women’s clothing, especially saris, the most beautiful part of the country,” she says. “The willingness to put brilliant colors and decorative patterns together, and the ease that every woman seems to have in choosing flattering, intense palettes made me see, again, how timid we are in the Northeast in our color choices.” Epstein’s

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visit to India is significant—and ironic. One of New England’s design traditions has always been to set the tradition aside and look elsewhere. Merchants and sailors spent their lives casting about the high seas in search of new ideas. The idea Epstein brought back from India is that “made in India by cheap labor” is not the same as “made in India by skilled, culturally rich craftsmen.” Sadly, it’s getting difficult for fine craftsmen to make a decent living at their work. Epstein encourages us to take note, before such timeless and universal design talent disappears. /// Ironically, blue is not one of Hilary

Bovey’s favorite colors, yet it was that hue—in a sari, no less—that inspired the designer, of Bovey Steers Design Group in Concord, Massachusetts, to create one of the warmest and loveliest of this year’s Junior League Show House rooms: the Garden Guest Bedroom. “Hilary fell hopelessly in love with the violets, grays, greens and magentas of a hand-made woven rug made of recycled saris in India. Thus the palette was born,” says Bovey’s longtime partner, Tony Steers. Steers and his sister Shireen, a former dressmaker for Alfred Fiandaca, created the double-faced, shimmery Italian silk curtains in the room. Made with a four-sided, reversefolded handkerchief hem and delicate budlike pleats, the curtain makes clear the true meaning of handwork. It’s not just a matter of pushing something through a machine by hand. Machines, says Steers, put pressure on fine fabrics, hardening them. “You can feel the difference right away, how soft the hand-stitched headings truly are. The inward-sloping walls of the guest room made hanging art impossible. Boston-based muralist Susan Harter had just the right solution: printed landscape wallpapers from her original work. /// What a great Junior

League of Boston Show House overall. There isn’t enough room to begin to describe it here, but suffice to say all thirty-five rooms of Elizabeth this thirty-fifth show Tyminski house demonstrated abundant warmth and character, creativity and comfort, with surprisingly little self-promotion or bland attempts 114  New England Home  January–February 2013

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at “marketing a lifestyle.” Much credit to the show’s chair, Elizabeth Tyminski, and impresario Anita MacKinnon for bringing it back so stylishly after a six-year hiatus. ///

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like a good story. Ironically, marketing mavens have picked up this basic human need for a beginning, middle and end. “Now even box stores have a story,” says Asher Dunn of Studio Dunn in Providence. At twenty-seven, Dunn already has a story that rings true for a growing number of fans. Dunn’s entrepreneurial tale began in 2008 when he developed Keeseh Studio, a nonprofit community workshop with a mission to promote woodworking in Rhode Island. There are now forty to fifty Keeseh members using the facilities and machinery. Dunn’s furniture-making firm, Asher Dunn Studio Dunn, launched two years later. “Our clients want to support someone and something they feel strongly about,” he says. “I am finding that this represents a big shift over the past two years. Honest, environmentally friendly, locally made products are part of a story people want to share and be part of.” ///

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seriously injured her knee playing pro basketball in Finland and Luxembourg. Ironically, the setback returned her to a passion that began with a major at Syracuse in Surface Pattern Design. She joined Kristen McCory Stark’s wallcovering division in 2000, learned a lot about the business then started her own firm in Burlington, Connecticut. So far so good, right? But then she found that her growing roster of clients was interested in everything but wallpaper. “It reminded them of Granny’s place,” says McCory. “And there I was, a huge lover of wall papers and I just could not sell it.” Luckily, the tide turned. “Now everyone wants it, especially grass cloth, tea paper,

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silver and gold leafing,” the designer says, “despite the fact that some of it has tripled in price. They have come to understand how these textures and colors can warm up a space and complete it.” /// Market forces, of course, will never

come to understand. Market forces will be staring at the ground, shaking their heads, hands planted on ageless Puritanical hips. What’s the resale value on tea paper? For all the cost in completing that space one could blow out a least a few more square feet! But here in New England there still remains a warm regard for the “inward life” diametrically opposed to this bottomline approach. Spirits of the Currier and Ives couple in the red sleigh and Norman Rockwell’s sledding boys gather around the fire to this day. •

New and Noteworthy Midnight Farm has moved, but not to worry: the shop still retains its beloved inventory of eclectic home decor items, global clothing and quirky accessories—now housed on two floors. Occupying the former Bunch of Grapes bookstore at 44 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, the new location opened in September. Known for her soft, misty landscapes that bedeck the walls of some of New England’s finest homes, muralist Susan Harter recently launched a wallpaper collection based on her original designs. The prints can be customized to fit any space; we dare you to tell the difference between wallpaper and paint. The new collection debuted at Webster & Company in the Boston Design Center in December. What do British textiles, Czech tile and German kitchens have in common? New showrooms at the Boston Design Center, with the opening of Romo (suite 528), Porcelanosa (suite 505) and Leicht Boston (suite 642). These additions come on the heels of recent renovations at the FDO Group, Kravet Fabrics, Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils. We can’t wait to see what happens next. Kudos to the talented team at Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders for taking home four Gold Awards at the 2012 BRICC Awards, hosted by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod. PSDAB won top honors in Best Outdoor Living Design over $50,000, 116  New England Home  January–February 2013

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Best Non Residential Project, Best New Single Family Home over 6,000 square feet and Best New Single Family Home between 2,500 and 6,000 square feet. Porcelanosa and Romo, now at the Boston Design Center

Eastman St. Woodworks has literally risen from the debris of Sunco headquarters, which collapsed under snow in February 2011. Armed with a new name and a newly rebuilt 150,000-square-foot production facility, Eastman St. Woodworks’ new line of high-end cabinetry is made in Easton, Massachusetts, using 100 percent domestically sourced materials.

Mark your calendars for Industry Night: Meet Your Makers on February 21, part of The Furniture Project 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Network with fellow furniture makers, designers and other industry professionals while previewing new work from top craftspeople.

Homeowners have even more options when it comes to countertops, thanks to craftsmen Chris Dennen and Jay Trahan, who recently collaborated to open Seacoast Soapstone in Madbury, New Hampshire. “Soapstone countertops have a soft, matte finish, and don’t have the issues with staining that granite countertops do,” says Dennen. “They can be oiled for a dark, rich look or left natural for a softer shade of gray. They are equally at home in a historic New England home as they are in a contemporary, modern design.”

Congratulations to Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design of Melrose, Massachusetts, for receiving a LEED Silver Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for the firm’s Hemlock House project, which uses drought-tolerant plants, reclaimed hardscaping materials and an ultra-efficient irrigation system. Hemlock House was completed in collaboration with Charles R. Myer & Partners, Sara Bengur Interiors, Columbia Contracting, J&F Contracting and Hartney Greymont.

The list of illustrious winners of the third annual Bulfinch Awards, held at the Massachusetts Statehouse, includes Boston’s Judge, Skelton & Smith Architects, who took home two awards; Frank Shirley Architects, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Patrick Ahearn Architect, of Boston and Edgartown, Massachusetts, also winning two awards; Boston’s Albert, Righter & Tittman Architects; Cambridge’s LDa Architecture & Interiors; Gregory Van Boven Interior Design, of Boston; Gregory Lombardi Design, of Cambridge; Thomas R. Huth, of Huth Architects in Newton, Massachusetts; and Hutker Architects, of Martha’s Vineyard, Falmouth and Nantucket, Massachusetts. While we’re handing out well-deserved kudos, congratulations to the Eastern Massachusetts National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s 2012 CotY Award winners, announced at an Evening of Elegance at Showcase Live in Foxoboro. Among the multiple winners, JW Construction and S&H Construction, both of Cambridge, and designer Amy McFadden, of Newton, all of whom took home two awards. Lexington design/build firm Feinmann Inc. won a whopping three gold awards. For a complete list of winners, see NARI’s website,

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

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JUNIOR LEAGUE BOSTON SHOW HOUSE  Angie Foss, Tim Cronin and Kirsten Alexander / Mark Armon, New England Home’s Kaitlin Madden, Anita MacKinnon and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner / Elizabeth Benedict, Kristen Rivoli, Charisse Marchesi and Dana Katsura / Marilyn MacLeod, Laurie Gorelick and Abe Gorelick / Melanie Ezickson, Stephanie Rossi, Christina Rossi, Karen Rossi and Jerome Picca / Kris Shaffer, Marilyn MacLeod, Hilary Bovey and New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton / Susan M-Geough, Jim M-Geough, Eileen Patterson and Frank Hodge / Elizabeth Tyminski, Michael Carter and Cynthia Reuter

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many who were delighted to see the JUNIOR LEAGUE BOSTON SHOW HOUSE back again after a six-year hiatus. Area designers outdid themselves, dressing the rooms of Newton’s lovely old Potter House to the hilt. The Boston area has seen a plethora of new places to find wonderful things for the home. We had a fun time celebrating the opening of CARTER DAYTON HOME, Michael Carter and Lynn Dayton’s gorgeous new space in Wellesley. We also joined the party to welcome HAVEN, designer Robin Gannon’s new shop in Lexington. Designers now have a special spot to hold meetings, get some work done or just put their feet up, with 342, a “designer’s club” on the third floor of the Boston Design Center. If the opening party was any indication, the pros who use the BDC regularly are thrilled to have such a goodlooking, comfortable place at their disposal. We always enjoy celebrating the winners of the annual CotY AWARDS from the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Boston’s Cyclorama welcomed a crowd for the ELLIS CotY AWARDS  Glenn Travis and ANTIQUES SHOW, Carrie Travis / Amy Zuckerman and Amy where more than forty McFadden / Amy McFadden, Alyssa Haggerty, Danielle Jones, Robin Shor, American and European Sean McAdam, Deborah Bishop and Jodi dealers and galleries Schwartz / New England Home’s Jill Korff exhibited their wares. and Kim Sansoucy The opening gala raised money for Ellis Memorial, an organization that’s been caring for children, the disabled and families since 1885.

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“Bedside tables in a larger scale have more impact. This antique silver chest of drawers, inspired by the 1930s Deco era, is a perfect fit for transitional spaces. The anthracite shagreen and bone inlay accents add a level of sophistication.” Kellie Burke Interiors

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“I strongly feel nightstands should be functional, not just a table top without drawers. Storage is important, and drawers can hold everything from reading glasses to hand cream. This stand, of wenge and burnished metal, is a perfect size.” Showroom, Boston, (617) 482-4805,

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“This is my favorite of all time— a nightstand that provides storage while enhancing a sense of lightness. The tableau also pulls out, increasing the usable tabletop surface.” Baker Furniture

Kellie Burke, who describes her style as “Old World to transitional,” likes to keep the emphasis on functionality, creating family-friendly homes that reflect the unique personalities of the people who live in them. Kellie Burke Interiors, west Hartford, Conn., (860) 232-9128,

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Palmer Hargrave Lyon Sconce ///

“I prefer swing-arm sconces on either side of the bed for reading. This has a beautiful silhouette and works with a variety of styles. It’s a classic in aged brass, but I might order it in polished nickel for a more transitional room.” The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,

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Theodore Alexander Decreasing Circles Lamp ///

“I love this lamp for a guest bedroom; its luster is reminiscent of vintage jewelry. The etched stainless-steel detail work applied to the graduated ball design softens the hip industrial look, and the translucent acrylic base and sheer double-celled silk shade add romantic flair.” DesignSourceCT, Hartford, Conn., (860) 951-3145,, or Kellie Burke Interiors

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Marset Scantling Lamps /// Christine Tuttle has lived, studied and worked in London, giving her the opportunity to become well-versed in the European art of appointing a guest room. As an art historian, she approaches interiors with an academic eye, yet knows when to add a piece that may have more panache than provenance. Christine Tuttle Interior Design, Dedham, Mass., (508) 737-0136,

“With its basic geometric shapes and the use of wood and metal together, this lamp—in floor or table styles—designed by Mathias Hahn, is a must for its architectural armature and visual presence.” Through Urban Dwellings,

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The Contractor of the Year Awards (CotY) honors the best remodeling projects of members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Eastern Massachusetts. The CotY awards were held on November 14, 2012 at Showcase Live in Foxborough. Awards were given to the area始s best remodelers, designers, architects and suppliers in the remodeling industry. For more information about membership, and finding qualified remodelers, visit

2012 COTY AWARD WINNERS Residential Kitchen Under $50,000 Gold - Design 1 Kitchen & Bath Silver - Miller Construction Company Residential Kitchen $50,000-$100,000 Gold - Dwell On It, LLC Silver -New England Design & Construction Residential Kitchen $100,000-$150,000 Gold - Rhode Island Kitchen & Bath Silver -Amy McFadden Interior Design/Metropolitan Cabinets Residential Kitchen Over $150, 000 Gold - Feinmann Inc. Silver -Thomas Buckborough & Assoc. Residential Bath Under $30,000 Gold - Hands-On Construction Residential Bath $ 30,000-$60,000 Gold - Amy McFadden Interior Design Silver -Morrison Remodeling & Repairs, LLC. Residential Bath over $60,000 Silver -Woodbourne Builders, Inc. Residential Interior Gold - Feinmann, Inc. Silver -Cornerstone Construction

Residential Specialty Interior Silver -Almar Building & Remodeling, Inc.

Anniversary Category Silver -Capizzi Home Improvement

Residential Specialty Exterior Gold - S&H Construction, Inc.

Most Utilized EMNARI Member Mason & Mason Insurance

Residential Addition Under $200,000 Gold - Capizzi Home Improvement Silver -Capizzi Home Improvement

Most Utilized EMNARI Vendor Tie - Splash, The Portland Group & F.D. Sterritt Lumber

Residential Exterior Gold - Feinmann, Inc. Silver -Oteri Construction

Contractor that Utilized the Most EMNARI Members JW Construction

Entire House Under $500k Gold - Hands-On Construction Silver -Landmark Services Inc.

Customer Service Award Gold - Design 1 Kitchen & Bath Silver - JW Construction

Entire House Over $100k Gold - Landmark Services

Special thanks to Our host, Sean McAdam, our esteemed panel of judges, Eliza Tan, Phillip Rothschild, and Doug Stefanov; our generous sponsors CPS Heating & Cooling, Metropolitan Cabinets, New England Home, Mason & Mason, National Lumber, Kohler, Audio Concepts, Splash, Kenney & Sams, Waterspot, Debra Bishop and Von Salmi; as well as the CotY Committee.

Entire House/Condo Division Gold - S&H Construction, Inc. Silver -New England Design & Construction Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration Gold - JW Construction Inc. Commercial Project Silver -Woodbourne Builders

New in the Showrooms

Unique, beautiful and now appearing in New England’s shops and showrooms

Mirror, Mirror Not your average looking glass, Zieta’s Rondo mirror gets its reflective properties courtesy of high-gloss stainless steel. Mount it on a wall or leave it on the floor and roll it to a new spot for a quick feng-shui fix. Find it at Circa 50. Manchester Center, Vt., (802) 362-3796,

Fancy Footwork You’ll be soaking in style with the vintage-glam Circe claw foot bathtub from Kallista, now at Ann Sacks. The cast-iron tub is enameled white on the inside and primed black on the outside, allowing buyers to paint it the color of their choosing. Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2300,

Fine Lines Chevron was everywhere in 2012. This year, Tile Showcase is offering a fresh take on the ubiquitous pattern with this handmade cement tile, called Tilt, from Sabine Hill. Boston Design Center, (617) 426-6515,

Curves Ahead With its gently bending, crisscrossed base, Currey and Company’s Dashiell table lamp, now at Vermont Lighting House, offers a softer take on geometric design. Shelburne, Vt., (802) 985-2204,

Modern Mural Massachusetts-based muralist Susan Harter, known for her classically inspired landscapes, recently launched a line of wallpapers based on her sought-after work, now available at Webster & Company. Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660,

Better Off Red Bunny Williams’s home furnishings collection, BeeLine Home, made its Boston debut at Lee Jofa last fall. The lacquered Pagoda coffee table was just one item of many that caught our eye. Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0370,

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Top Table Among the many handsome details on Brunswick’s new Newbury pool table? Hammered metal and steer horn accents, an antique distressed finish and handcrafted herringbone woodwork. Available to order at T&M Billiards and Barstools. Windham, Conn., (860) 456-4231,

Far East New from L’OBJET, these lavishly detailed, 24K-gold Pagoda place card holders are sure to delight guests and drum up conversation at your next dinner party. At LCR, West Hartford, Conn., (860) 231-7712,

Shades of Gray Dura Supreme’s classic cabinetry gets an update courtesy of a cool color scheme. The line, carried by Pride Kitchens, will now be offered in five shades of gray, ranging from the pale Pearl to the darker Storm. Nashua, N.H., (603) 891-1700,

Victorian Era Hancock and Moore released the Victorian-inspired Francoise Sofa as part of their fall collection. We love the mustard yellow color, but if it’s not for you, the sofa comes in a wide array of leathers and upholsteries. Find it at Cabot House. Locations throughout New England,

Exotic Addition Made of Argentinean hardwood and covered with Patagonian sheepskin, this five-legged stool, a Diseño exclusive, will make any living area just a bit more exotic. Boston, (617) 4232008,

Quirky Catchall Now at Connecticut Home Interiors, the solid brass Bears Bearing tray from Wildwood Lamps is an unexpected alternative to the everyday catchall. West Hartford, Conn., (860) 236-5856, —Kaitlin Madden

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes Rooms We Love Pages 40–44 Page 40: Interior designers: Michael Carter, Carter & Company, Boston, (617) 2275343,, and Carter Dayton Home, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 772-1630,; Paula McCusker and Kate McCusker, Theodore & Company, Boston, (617) 227-1915,; Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Design Group, Boston, (617) 227-6693, Page 42: Interior designers: D. Scott Bell and Susan Schaub, Theo and Isabella Design Group, Sudbury, Mass., (978) 505-1616; Kay McKallagat, Kay Bailey McKallagat Interior Design, West Newbury, Mass., (978) 363-5766; Janet Tosi Marena, JTM Interiors, (857) 205-3062, Page 44: Interior designers: Frank D. Hodge, F.D. Hodge Interiors, Boston, (617) 267-8103,; Stephanie Rossi, Spazio Rosso, Boxborough, Mass., (978) 263-5870,; Kristen Rivoli, Kristen Rivoli Interior Design, Winchester, Mass., (781) 7290405, HIGH DEFINTION PAGES 70–77 Interior designers: Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms, Terrat Elms Interior Design, (617) 451-1555, Builder: G.L. Nicolai & Company, Boston, (617) 872-5929, Millworker: Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers, (401) 658-0440, Pages 70–73: Fireplace stone by Ann Sacks,; barrel swivel chairs, cocktail table, steel and glass side table and sofa from The Bright Group,; sofa fabric from Larsen,; occasional chair and buffet by Holly Hunt,; watercolors Charleston 8 and Charleston 4 by Stephen Mueller through Obelisk Gallery, Boston, (617) 227-1014; chandelier from Boyd Lighting,; Jonathan Browning wall sconces,; oil painting Destiny by Tristan Govignon, tristangovignonphotography. com; mother-of-pearl side table by Ironies from Studio 534,; etching Brushstrokes in Different Colors in Two Directions by Sol LeWitt through Obelisk Gallery. Page 74: Chairs by Ironies from Studio 534, with fabric from Donghia,; ottoman from The Bright Group, with Lee Jofa fabric,; Kyle Bunting rug, Holly Hunt side table and Phillip Jeffries wallcovering from Webster & Company,; drapery fabric from the Designers Guild, Page 75: Abstract painting by Jon Imber through Obelisk Gallery; dining chair fabric from the Designers Guild; kitchen backsplash tile from Tile Showcase,; stools from The Bright Group with fabric by Cowtan & Tout, Page 76–77: Chair and round side table from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; drapery fabric through Webster & Company; wall sconces by Porta Romana,; upholstered wall fabric by Pollack from Donghia; Jonathan Browning sconces from Webster & Company; Calacatta stone from Ann Sacks. PERFECT PARTNERS PAGES 78–85 Architect: Jan Gleysteen, Jan Gleysteen Architects, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 431-0080, Interior designer: Kate Coughlin, Kate

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Coughlin Interiors, Boston, (617) 269-2620, Builder: Gilbane Development Company, Providence, (401) 456-5890, Millworker: Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers, (401) 658-0440, Cabinetmaker: Architectural Kitchens, Wellesley Hills, Mass., (781) 239-9750, Stonework: Lighthouse Masonry, New Bedford, Mass., (508) 995-0192, Pages 78–79: Entry table from Furniture Guild,; white vase from JANUS et Cie,; lantern from Vaughan Lighting,; chandelier from FDO Group, Page 80: Wallpaper by Osborne & Little,; dining table from Icon Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0655; dining chairs from Jonathan Adler,; rug from Stark,; mirror from Webster & Company,; chandelier from Panache Designs through The Martin Group,; green vases from Regency Antiques, Page 81: Sconces from Circa Lighting, circalighting. com; fireplace surround from Interior Stone,; ottoman from Partners in Design, Newton, Mass., (617) 965-1950, with fabric by Manuel Canovas,, and trim from Clarence House,; rug from Stark; curtain fabric by Lee Jofa with trim from Samuel and Sons,; wallpaper from Stark; club chair by Baker, bakerfurniture. com, with fabric from Donghia,; slipper chair by Partners in Design with fabric from Donghia; coffee table from Furniture Guild; sofa from FDO Group; end table from Antique and Artisan Center,; table lamps from Dovecote, Page 82: A.K.D.O. backsplash tile from Olympia Marble & Granite,; Kallista faucets from Splash,; countertops from Interior Stone,; counter stools from Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel. com; chandelier from Circa Lighting. Page 83: Rug from Stark; sectional, blue chair and ottoman from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; coffee table from Furniture Guild; wing chair from The Martin Group, with fabric from Cowtan and Tout,; andirons from Furn & Company,; mantel vases from West Elm,; pillow fabrics from Dovecote, Cowtan and Tout and Lee Jofa; shell lamps from Jonathan Adler; sconces from Circa Lighting. Page 84: Sconces from 1stdibs,; wood paneling by Wayne Towle,, fireplace surround from Interior Stone; shade fabrics from Webster & Company with trim from Samuel and Sons through The Martin Group; rug from Stark; club chairs by Partners in Design with Lee Jofa fabric; chaise from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; pillows from Madeline Weinrib Atelier,, and Good Food Good Things, goodfoodgoodthings. com; coffee table from CB2,; floor lamp and magazine rack from Hamptons Antique Galleries,; bone tray from Cynthia Driscoll Interiors, Page 85: Bed from Kravet,, with fabric from Lee Jofa; love seat from Partners in Design with fabric by Manuel Canova through The Martin Group; carpet from Stark; drapes and shades from Drape It,, with fabric from Lee Jofa; end tables from Art Applications, artapplicationsinc. com; lamps from Icon Group; pillows from Nest,; throw from Bungalow, Westport, Conn., (203) 227-4406; Bain Ultra tub from Splash, with thassos marble surround from Interior Stone;


Tip 1 Maximizing your storage is essential to having a great kitchen. I have seen many kitchens that have no place to put the frying pans, no real pantry and no counter space on either side of the cook top. These are not functioning kitchens. I look in magazines and think “Wow, that looks beautiful but where do you store anything?” I maintain that all cabinets less than 12 inches wide are useless. What can you store in them? Not much. Yet most kitchens have at least three cabinets that are too small, and only one or two that are truly useful. If you are going to spend the money to remodel your kitchen, let a designer help you maximize the storage space so you really can use it. No more trips to the basement to get that pan or roll of paper towels. At Dream Kitchens, I guarantee we will give you at least 30 percent more storage. Tip 2 Life has changed. The kitchen is the center of our lives. We cook, our children study, and we entertain in the kitchen. This makes the layout essential. How many times have you asked your child to “stop standing there so I can get to the fridge?” We should be able to easily chat with guests, put chips and dip out on a buffet, and watch TV. We want guests welcome in the kitchen, but on the fringes so they add to the fun but don’t get in the way. Tip 3 Get rid of the clutter. Most countertops are packed with the coffee maker, toaster, food processor, blenders, knives, spices and pantry items. This makes it almost impossible to prepare food and makes the room look messy. Have a place to store everything so you can see and use those beautiful countertops. At Dream Kitchens we will store everything away so you are ready for company at any time of day!

Nina Hackel, President | Dream Kitchens | 139 Daniel Webster Highway Nashua NH | | 603-891-2916 ADVERTISEMENT

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“Strive for perfection in everything. Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn’t exist, create it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough.” ~Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls Royce

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

tile from Ann Sacks; Kallista faucets from Splash; chandelier from Ailanthus, Father Knows Best Pages 86–93 Architect: Campbell Smith Architects, Duxbury, Mass., (781) 934-7181, campbellsmitharchitects. com Interior designers: Jennifer Hanlon MacQuarrie and David Wantuck, Hanlon-Wantuck, Pembroke, Mass., (781) 826-2800 Pages 86–87: Rug from Stark,; drapery fabric from Pindler & Pindler,; sofa from Furniture Guild,, with Hinson fabric,; pillows by Ciocco’s Upholstery,, Millefoglie chenille from Brunschwig & Fils,; lounge chair from Furniture Guild with Hinson fabric; coffee table and lamps from Bungalow 5,; side tables from Motif Designs,; antique secretary from Folk Art Antiques, Duxbury, Mass., (781) 934-7132; caned back chair from Wisteria,; pictures from Artful Edge Framing, Page 88: Chest from Jonathan Charles,; mirror from Lillian August,; chairs from Bolier & Co.,; lamp by Hanlon-Wantuck; wallcovering by Hinson. Page 89: Dining table from Lillian August; banquette from Furniture Guild with Hinson fabric; dining head chairs from Lee Industries,; side chairs from Restoration Hardware,; pictures from Artful Edge Framing; buffet from Folk Art Antiques; curtain fabric by Pindler & Pindler. Page 90: Rug from Stark; curtain fabric by Norbar,; sofas from Jayson Home,; sofa and throw pillow fabric by Pindler & Pindler; round side table from Folk Art Antiques; tiered side tables from Global Views,; coffee table and campaign chest from Lillian August; open arm chair from Noir Furniture,; pictures from Artful Edge Framing; hutch from Lillian August; table and bench from Roost,; chairs from William Sonoma Home,; chandelier from Black Forest Decor, thibautdesign. com; curtain fabric by Hinson; wallcovering by Thibaut, Page 91: Rug from Stark; desk from Lillian August; chair from Jayson Home in Pindler & Pindler fabric; nesting tables from Arteriors Home, arteriorshome. com; pictures from Artful Edge Framing; lamps from Ralph Lauren Home, Page 92: Carpet from Stark; bed from Charles P. Rogers,; bed linens from Williams-Sonoma Home; desk from West Elm,; desk chair from Kartell, kartellstorela. com; lamps by Hanlon-Wantuck. Page 93: Wallcovering from Printers Guild Productions,; area rug from Williams-Sonoma Home. AGELESS BEAUTY PAGES 94–101 Interior architecture and interior design: Thaddeus Siemasko and Jean Verbridge, Siesmasko + Verbridge, Beverly, Mass., (978) 927-3745, Builder: Payne Bouchier, Boston, (617) 445-4323, Millwork: RF McManus Company, Charlestown, Mass., (617) 241-8081,; and Furniture Design Services, Peabody, Mass., (978) 531-3250, Draperies: Carole Bruce Workroom, Beverly, Mass., (978) 927-2198, Pages 94-96: Wall treatment by David Taubeneck, Fantastic Finishes, Peabody, Mass., (978)

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532-3364; area rug from Landry and Arcari,; Jim Thompson curtain fabric through Webster & Company, webstercompany. com; Holly Hunt sofa and chair,, with silk mohair by Glant,; coffee table from Balsamo Antiques,; round side table by Niermann Weeks through M-Geough,; Ironies nesting tables from Studio 534,; ottomans from Ralph Lauren Home,; club chair from Stephanie Odegard, stephanieodegard. com; Dennis and Leen chairs from Webster & Company with Manuel Canovas fabric and Samuel & Sons trim through The Martin Group,; andirons from Charles Spada,; fender from Marcoz Antiques,; Dennis and Leen chandelier from Webster & Company; sconces from Royal Antiques,; table lamp from Spindler Antiques, Page 97: DeGournay wallpaper from Webster & Company; rug from Landry and Arcari; curtain fabric by Jim Thompson through Webster & Company; dining table and sideboard from Alexander Westerhoff Antiques,; dining chairs by Dakota Jackson,; Mattaliano Frank cabinet from Webster & Company; andirons from Furn & Company,; Dennis and Leen chandelier and sconces from Webster & Company; candlesticks from E.R. Butler, erbutler. com; foyer wallpaper by Nina Campell through Osborne and Little,; side table from Stephanie Odegard; table lamp from 1stdibs,, with shade by M. Gabaree Lampshades, Page 98: Wallpaper from Stark; chandelier from 1stdibs; accessories from Waterworks, waterworks. com; Great Plains shade fabric from Webster & Company; ottomans from the Conran Shop,; chocolate leather pillows from Diseno,; throw from Anichini,; Jonathan Browning sconce from Webster & Company; picture lights from Circa Lighting,; white vases from Balsamo. Page 99: Wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries. com; ceiling paper by Studio E through Studio 534,; rug from Landry and Arcari,; Jim Thompson curtain fabric through Webster & Company with Samuel and Sons trim through The Martin Group; Keith Fritz desk through M-Geough; armchair from Trianon Antiques,; trunk and magnifying glass from M-Geough; table lamp from Studio 534; desk blotter from Ralph Lauren,; chandelier from ABC Home, Pages 100–101: Wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries; rug from Landry and Arcari; drapery fabric by Sandra Jordan,; cane-back chairs and painted bench from Charles Spada and gold leaf gilded by Art Application, artapplicationsinc. com; occasional table from Icon Group, Boston, (617) 428-0655; screen from Spindler Antiques,; andirons from Chesneys,; fender from Marcoz Antiques,; toss pillows from Charles Spada; chandelier from Stephanie Odegard,; sconce from Studio 534; vases from Balsamo; bathroom vanity chair from 1stdibs with Zimmer and Rohde Fabric through Studio 534; towels from Waterworks, waterworks. com; attic loft drapery fabric from Kravet, kravet. com; table from R.T. Facts,; Niermann Weeks chandelier from M-Geough; side tables from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, •

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Notable homes on the market in New England BY MARIA LAPIANA

Newport Village Beauty

Beacon Hill Townhouse

ROOMS: 14 6+ BEDROOMS 6 FULL, 2 HALF BATHS 7,878 SQ. FT. $10,750,000

This elegant townhouse has it all: a pedigree (it was built in 1848 for B.W Crowninshield, a Secretary of the Navy, and his family); a prestigious address (78 Beacon Street, overlooking the Olmsted-designed historic Boston Public Garden); and fourteen drop-dead gorgeous rooms, each one more architecturally interesting than the next. To wit: On the main level, a sitting area with Juliet balcony opens through pocket doors to a formal living room. To the rear is a spacious dining room with original wood paneling, a bow window, oversize fireplace and a large butler’s kitchen (with a dumb waiter to the main kitchen). On the second floor, a front-facing master bedroom offers garden views, custom built-ins and a marble bath. A wood-paneled library, guest suite with kitchenette and three guest rooms with two full baths— along with a walkout terrace—complete the private quarters. Renovated from top to bottom in 2009, this historic home has eleven fireplaces, and eight heating/AC zones. DULY NOTED: The drama is in the details: this home features a sweeping staircase and original Tiffany-designed stained glass windows. CONTACT: Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, (617) 510-8565,

Designed by a local businessman who makes his living on the water as a boat captain and salvage expert, this crisp, modern brownstone is a surprise and a delight. An elegant masonry facade stands out (in a good way) in the heart of Newport’s yachting village. Every inch of the home, built in 2003, reflects the precise construction and attention to detail found in luxury watercraft. Three floors of sophisticated interior spaces feature fine finishes, natural woods (including mahogany, teak and Brazilian cherry), limestone, granite and glass blocks. A wideopen main floor includes living and dining areas and a kitchen with multilevel island. The floor plan is flexible and may lend itself to in-law quarters. The home respects the architectural integrity of the historic buildings surrounding it. It’s close to downtown’s bustling restaurants and boutiques—and a stone’s throw from Newport’s beautiful waterfront. DULY NOTED: The townhouse features several outdoor spaces, plus a one-car garage, and its crowning glory is a rooftop garden with water views. CONTACT: Gustave White Sotheby’s, (401) 849-3000, RI_02840_M41071-27013

ROOMS: 7 3 BEDROOMS 2 FULL, 1 HALF BATHS 2,585 SQ. FT. $895,000


Modern Marvel in Connecticut

ROOMS: 10 4 BEDROOMS, STUDIO 3 FULL, 2 HALF BATHS 6,600 SQ. FT. $2,850,000

Artists and writers have long been drawn to the pastoral foothills of northwestern Connecticut—and with them have come visionary architects commissioned to build their homes. This noteworthy example of modernist architecture, “Winterhouse,” was designed in 1932 for American muralist Ezra Winter; it was renovated ten years ago by the Morris Sato Studio in Manhattan. The contemporary estate sits on eighty-two acres in Falls Village. The artist’s original painting studio features thirtyfoot ceilings and twenty-four-foot high windows. A lacquer-paneled, glass and aluminum sliding door opens to the residential quarters, which include a minimalist kitchen and bedroom suites warmed by radiant heat. Original terraces, landscaped gardens, streams, stone walls and a natural waterfall enhance the property. DULY NOTED: With its dramatic cascading falls and charming shops and restaurants, Falls Village is a destination unto itself. But wait: the Berkshires are a short drive to the north (Tanglewood is just fifty minutes away). Or head southwest for a half hour, and you’re in Amenia, New York, where you can take the MetroNorth train and be at Grand Central Station in two hours. CONTACT: Klemm Real Estate, (860) 435-6789, details.php?806


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Beverly Farms-Renovated Shingle style residence with period details set on a gorgeous landscaped lot. $1,325,000

Rockport-Ocean views from this well maintained residence located across from Front Beach. $1,495,000

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Manchester-Immaculate in-town &RQGR ZLWK RSHQ ÀRRU SODQ QHDU WUDLQ and Singing Beach. $439,000

Salem-Beautifully renovated 3 Bedroom Condo with period details near Salem Common. $339,500


Ipswich-Updated Mansard Victorian with period details and custom artist studio/garage. $449,000

Hamilton-Stately Colonial set on 3.5+ acres with in-ground pool, pool house and cabana. $2,495,000

Ipswich-Waterfront retreat set on 17.2 acres with fabulous water views with dock and boathouse. $1,250,000

7RSVÂżHOG-Fabulously renovated estate set on 8.8 acres with oversized barn and heated pool. $1,195,000 Beverly-Newly renovated hilltop Manor set on 2.5 acres in Beverly Cove with gunite pool. $995,000

Wenham-Spectacular remodeled Contemporary set on a landscaped lot with in-ground pool. $599,900

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA (978) 526-8555 Beverly Farms, MA (978) 922-2700 Gloucester, MA (978) 282-1315 Ipswich, MA (978) 356-3444

Rockport-Sunny Condo with peeks of the ocean in prime in-town location perfect for weekend getaway. $179,000

Gloucester-Luxurious recently converted Penthouse Condo with panoramic ocean views and large deck. $269,000

%R[IRUG-Exquisitely maintained equestrian property set on 5.4 acres with in-ground pool and barn. $879,000

Wenham-Exquisitely rebuilt Shingle style home with pastoral views abutting conservation land. $939,000

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WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND Watch Hill oceanfront estate set on 3.78 acres with amazing views, original details, five bedrooms, five baths, updated systems, porch, in-ground pool and two guest houses. $17,500,000

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, MASSACHUSETTS Harborfront estate on 7+ acres with exquisite four-bedroom main house, elegant entertaining spaces, three fireplaces, large porches, a guest house, pool and tennis court. $6,450,000

Lisa Morrison | 401.845.6900

Lynda Surdam | 978.764.7474

MEREDITH, NEW HAMPSHIRE A six-bedroom Yankee Barn home on a private 12-acre lot. Gated entry, meandering walkways to waterfront, lush lawns, patios, firepits. Outstanding quality and distinctive design. $5,695,000

MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite 7,000-square-foot Shingle-style home with 200 feet of ocean frontage, superb renovations, sweeping views, five bedrooms, theatre, wine cellar, patios and decks. $4,500,000

Susan C. Bradley | 603.493.2873

Mary Stewart & Heather Kaznoski | 781.476.0743 | 781.476.0758

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Luxurious 2012 Back Bay penthouse triplex with 3,184 square feet, superb renovations and custom details throughout. 4+ bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, roof deck, floor-thru master suite, private elevator and deeded parking. $4,450,000

WESTWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS Captivating home on 6+ lush acres exquisitely detailed with arched doorways, marble fireplaces, spacious formal rooms, six bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen and a slate veranda. $3,199,000

Roberta L. Orlandino, Monte Levin & Gary Lazarus | 617.312.1511 | 617.792.4741

Elena Price | 508.577.9128

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite custom-built residence on 2.74 acres in a south side enclave. Dining room with walls of glass, gourmet kitchen, master suite, expansive bluestone terrace, pool and pool house. $2,999,000

SACO, MAINE Glorious three-story oceanfront home with private beach, open layout, custom finish work, five bedrooms, kitchen with brick hearth, turret with sunroom, deck and screened porch. $2,700,000

Joni Shore & Deborah M. Gordon | 781.888.2389 | 617.974.0404

Gregory Robert & Kevin Robert | 207.282.5988

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Nashawtuc Hill Colonial with superb Kistler and Knapp renovations. Custom kitchen, African hardwood, arched entryways, and custom built-ins. Near Concord Center. $2,695,000

MEREDITH, NEW HAMPSHIRE Stunning views, desired privacy, naturalized setting. Built with flair, this spacious home is appealing and comfortable. First-floor master suite, great room and three additional bedrooms. Luxury on three levels. $2,350,000

Brigitte Senkler | 978.505.2652

Susan C. Bradley | 603.493.2873

WESTWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning six-bedroom Colonial in Steven’s Farm with grand formal rooms, mahogany library, spacious eat-in kitchen, huge deck and show-stopping great room with stone fireplace. $2,195,000

LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular 5–6 bedroom Contemporary with exquisite finishes throughout. Walls of glass overlook natural vistas into peaceful wooded areas. The epitome of privacy and tranquility on 1+ acres in Pheasant Brook Estates. $1,950,000

Tom Aaron | 781.248.8785

Elizabeth Crampton | 781.389.4400

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Concord, MA $4,500,000 MLS#71420581, John Thompson, 978.502.2330

Needham, MA $3,600,000 MLS#71423683, Slater | Gold Team, 617.216.4000

Greenwich, CT $3,500,000 MLS#99004512, Liz Eckert, 203.451.4300

Wellesley, MA $3,095,000 MLS#71443788, Ken Barber, 508.740.8812

Concord, MA $2,950,000 MLS#71435465, Slater | Gold Team, 617.216.4000

Hingham, MA $2,649,000 MLS#71443603, Joanne Conway, 781.248.7041

Marblehead, MA $2,500,000 MLS#71369191, Steven White, 781.690.6433

Framingham, MA $2,450,000 MLS#71442360, Slater | Gold Team, 617.216.4000

Cohasset, MA $2,450,000 MLS#71436141, William Tierney, 617.653.1955

Harwich, MA $2,300,000 MLS#21208533, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558

Newton, MA $2,299,000 MLS#71440869, Christine Norcross, 781.929.4994

Concord, MA $2,250,000 MLS#71416951, John Thompson, 978.502.2330

Marblehead, MA $2,195,000 MLS#71442780, Stephanie Moio, 781.254.9091

Wilton, CT $1.895.000 MLS#98537220, Jeanette Dryburgh & Assoc., 203.257.9154


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Hingham, MA $1,699,000 MLS#71459822, Denise Marshall, 617.875.7774

Newton, MA $1,699,000 MLS#71446460, MB Associates, 617.818.2447

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Falmouth, MA $1,450,000 MLS#21108929, Ralph Secino, 508.776.3323

Fairfield, CT $1,425,000 MLS#99006016, Fowler Home Connection, 203.368.8100

Scituate, MA $1,425,000 MLS#71440583, Jackie Nolan, 617.901.0873

Marblehead, MA $1,395,000 MLS#71441532, Steve White, 781.690.6433/Jack Attridge

Norwell, MA $1,299,000 MLS#71443276, John Volpe, 781.248.2018

East Sandwich, MA $1,250,000 MLS#21207732,CatherineThomas,508.364.0252/DianeThayer

Provincetown, MA $1,099,000 MLS#21208603, Mona Anderson, 508.274.6251


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Design ideas in the making

Richard Mandelkorn

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Work on this Berkshires vacation house began with the plan. Along with the plan I began to sketch how that plan might be expressed in three dimensions. The inside and the outside of the house, of course, needed to work together harmoniously, so when the exterior forms seemed problematic I made changes to the plan. Likewise, if the plan could not change, other ways of modeling the exterior needed to be explored. Some of my earliest drawings—images of shed roofs—sparked thoughts of rural mountain structures: buildings made of utilitarian forms and materials. For this vacation house such a simple, direct, vernacular expression seemed worth pursuing and became an important influencing direction as the design evolved. Initial thoughts on massing led to envisioning the central portion of the house as a tower element stepping down to lower-scaled surrounding components. I again thought about the L-shaped layout—perhaps this configuration could work with the rising topography of the mountain adjacent to the house, to help create a semi-protected arrival space? Such a space could help make the transition from the open, undeveloped natural landscape of the surrounding terrain to the more secluded, intimate, human-scaled environment of the house. Not necessarily a courtyard, but something providing a sense of protection. Richard Bertman, CBT Architects, Boston, (617) 262-4354,

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