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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture and Building

LUSCIOUS RENOVATIONS Spring Colors Bloom in the Suburbs of Boston A Diver’s House is Remade on the Coast of Maine Simple Meets Sophisticated in Harvard Square PLUS: NEW ENGLAND’S MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE DESIGN

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pring seems like a good time to think about renovations. After all, the whole point of the season is that everything in nature is being made new, right? So why not go along with the ready-made theme and focus on the refurbishment of manmade items as well? As it happens, that’s what we’ve done in this issue. But it wasn’t really planned that way, at least at the very beginning. For most other magazines I’ve worked on over the course of my career, standard practice was to decide each issue’s theme well in advance—often a year or more before publication. But at New England Home we discovered early on that our subject matter didn’t react well to such handling. To cover the kind of design we cover in a sensitive and appropriate way requires a more organic approach. So, although six different renovation projects are showcased in this issue (our four home features plus the Good Bones and Special Spaces departments), work on our lineup of stories didn’t begin with that in mind. Instead, we began the way an architect or landscape designer would begin, by surveying the territory and letting it impart a basic, natural shape or set

Going With the Flow of ground rules for what can be achieved. It’s not a matter of imposing order, but of letting inherent tendencies come forward and then shaping them intelligently into a compelling form. What kinds of houses and other projects do we have on hand to work with? Where are they located, who are they by? Are they big, small, elegant, spare, urban, rural? How will they feel when presented next to one another? Once a convincing outline begins to take shape, the task becomes one of filling in the details, adding grace notes of style or geography or personality or resources to round things

out and ensure a satisfying mix. The whole process reminds me a lot of cooking. Most cuisines employ a fairly limited palette of essential foods. But how those ingredients are mixed and matched, in just the right proportions to bring out their best qualities, is the key to a successful dinner—not forgetting, of course, the occasional delight that just the right bit of exotic spice will add, provided the fundamentals are solidly in place. Well, you’ve just finished the appetizer, I guess. Now on to the rest of the meal. Bon appetit! —Kyle Hoepner

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Featured Homes 84  California Dreamy A young family switching coasts finds that classic New England good looks make a fine match with casual West Coast comfort in their suburban Boston home. ARCHITECTURE: SALLY WESTON / INTERIOR DESIGN: JOHN DAY AND JAYME KENNERKNECHT, LDA ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: GREGORY LOMBARDI / PHOTOGRAPHY: KELLER + KELLER / WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

92  Treasure Hunt A home that once belonged to a shipwreck diver becomes a real catch for a California family who looks forward all year to summer on the Maine coast. INTERIOR DESIGN: LINDA BANKS AND JAMES LIGHT, SIMPLY HOME / PHOTOGRAPHY: TRENT BELL / TEXT: MEGAN FULWEILER / PRODUCED BY KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

100  A Colorful Conversion A more contemporary floor plan and a fresh new palette rev up a classic house in the Boston suburbs, the better to reflect the lively young family who lives there. INTERIOR DESIGNER: GERALD POMEROY, GERALD POMEROY DESIGN GROUP / PHOTOGRAPHY: BRUCE BUCK / TEXT: ERIN MARVIN / PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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

108  Simply Sophisticated A move from traditional suburban family home to contemporary urban apartment gives one couple a chance to scale back, pare down and enjoy this carefree new stage in their lives. ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN: HART ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS / PHOTOGRAPHY: GREG PREMRU / TEXT: PAULA M. BODAH / PRODUCED BY KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

Other Features 116  Special Focus: Landscape Design  From bucolic beauty to mountain drama to urban oasis, six distinctive properties put the talents of New England’s landscape architects on display. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH

On the cover: Boston designer Gerald Pomeroy used luscious colors against a backdrop

of crisp white millwork to give a suburban home a light, airy feeling while honoring its classic architecture. Photograph by Bruce Buck. To see more of this home turn to page 100.

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48 10  From the Editor

Art, Design, History, Landscape 23  Elements: Bright Outlook  Vibrant spring colors for the home. / DESIGN DESTINATION: Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ 34  Artistry: Against the Grain  Furniture making may be an age-old craft, but artisans like New Hampshire’s Peter Sandback prove there’s always room for innovation and inspiration. BY LOUIS POSTEL 40  Good Bones: Cottage Industry An existing structure with a thoughtful layout provides inspiration for the new house that forms the family’s perfect summer getaway. BY MARIA LAPIANA / PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON USHER

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48  Special Spaces: Rustic Retreat A designer’s clever reworking of an old barn melds past and present to create a warm, welcoming space for a suburban Boston family. BY MARNI ELYSE KATZ / PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL J. LEE

People, Places, Events, Products 148  Trade Secrets: What Not to Say Comings and goings (and a few surprises) in New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL Inspired Before and After 131

154  Design Life  Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 158  Perspectives  New England designers on the art of display. 166  New in the Showrooms  Unique, beautiful and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. By Kaitlin Madden 170  Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 175  Premier Properties  Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA

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182  Advertiser Index 184  Sketch Pad  The Hidden Kitchen by Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers is a marvel of efficient design.

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Editor-in-Chief Kyle Hoepner Homes Editor Stacy Kunstel Senior Editor Paula M. Bodah Managing and Online Editor Kaitlin Madden Associate Editor Erin Marvin Contributing Editors Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz Karin Lidbeck Brent Louis Postel Contributing Designers Owen Edwards, J Porter Contributing Writers ­ unningham, Regina Cole, Caroline C Megan Fulweiler, Robert Kiener, Maria LaPiana, Nathaniel Reade, Christine Temin

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the things that make great spaces EDiTED BY chErYl aND JEFFrEY KaTZ


BriGHt oUtlooK At the slightest hint of a thaw, as soon as temperatures rise above the 50-degree mark, we start thinking about spring. After months of hunkering down, buried under heavy sweaters, down jackets, wool blankets and thick quilts, we begin to discard our layers. At just about this time, too, we want to shed deep, dark, jewel-toned palettes in favor of fresher, cleaner, clearer, brighter colors. Unburdening ourselves from the throes of winter we yearn to be surrounded by the shades of spring— Easter-egg pink, daffodil yellow, fava-bean green, clear-sky blue. We’ve gathered a collection of items to use at home right now to remind us that, even if there’s a freak snow storm in April, spring really is just around the corner.

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Perhaps the most obvious signal that spring is on the way is the chorus of bird sounds that wakes us at dawn. Prolific painter and inveterate collector Hunt Slonem’s oil-on-canvas Finches reminds us of the glory of that singing, as well as the sartorial splendor of these winged beauties. 40″H × 30″W. $15,000. Quidley and Co., Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-4300,

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Fog Linen’s newest color for spring is as fresh as a bunch of daffodils and just as cheerful. Tablecloth, 51″ × 71″, $88; kitchen cloth, 17½″ × 25½″, $16. Pod, Brookline, Mass., (617) 739-3802,


. . . or the five other bright colors that this Verner Panton–designed chair comes in. Just like its adult counterpart, the pint-sized, cantilevered Panton Jr. is stackable, strong and flexible. It’s made of propylene and has a matte surface. 24¾″H × 14¾″W × 12½″D; seat 24¾″H. $145. Design Within Reach, Boston, (617) 451-7801, and Cambridge, Mass., (617) 576-3690,


Muddy messes and high traffic? No worries with the Happy Yellow Stripe Carpet. Meant for both indoors and out, the carpet is scrubable, bleachable and UV treated so its bright colors won’t fade. 2′ × 3′–8′5″ × 11′. $38–$515. Antiques on Nine, Kennebunk, Maine, (207) 967-0626.


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Angela Liguori pamphletstitches each of her handbound notebooks using fine linen thread. The letterpressprinted cover comes in three designs, including chartreuse and gray and marigold and blue, shown. $18. Clementine,

seCUrity BlanKet ///

In the event that an unexpected cold front passes by this spring, take cover under English designer Eleanor Pritchard’s aptly named Easterly Blanket, woven from 100 percent pure Scottish wool. 60″ × 70″. $400.

Middlebury, Vt, (802) 388-4442,, and Carta, Brookline, Mass., (617) 730-3788,

lekker Home, Boston, (617) 542-6464,

Go Green ///

From Designer’s Guild, a modern take on a classic: the Kediri drapery tieback is over-scaled, boldly detailed and freshly colored. Made of 78 percent polyester, 13 percent glass, 8 percent wood and 1 percent metal, the tieback comes in twelve colors including acid green, shown. 12.5″. $130. Osborne and little, Boston design Center, (617) 737-2924,

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Handmade and handscreened, Keith Waters and Susy Pilgrim Waters’s oversize serving tray, crafted of Baltic plywood and poplar, is anything but standard issue. 30″l × 18″W.

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. . . but not delicate, Mud Australia’s handmade tableware is meant to be used, every day in every way. The collection includes the cereal bowls here, in pistachio, ocean and duck egg. $66 each.

$200. Simple Pleasures, Providence, (401) 331-4120, simplepleasuresprovidence. com, and Bob’s Your Uncle, Boston, (617) 670-3789,

Nahcotta, Portsmouth, N.H., (603) 433-1705,, and The lion’s Paw, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-3837,

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Use the Blu Dot Otto Ottoman as a footstool, a side table, or as extra seating while adding a dash of color to the room. The ottoman is available in seven fabrics, including guacamole, shown. 16¾″ square. $160. Circa 50, Manchester Center, Vt., (802) 362-3796,

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Design Destination Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine ///

It is no mere coincidence that within minutes of meeting Corey Daniels we realize that we are kindred design spirits. When we meet at his contemporary art and antiques gallery (more on the marriage of the two seemingly disparate arenas in a moment), we have already been stalking him for twenty years, ever since we read an article about Daniels’s home in a relatively obscure British design magazine in 1993. Now we are face to face with the man whose sensibility we have long admired. In fact, on the work table of our studio, in a manila folder labeled “Inspiration,” is every tidbit of printed material about him that we have ever found. It is also no mere coincidence that the gallery shows off Daniels’s talent for assembling objects that, at first glance, may seem incongruous. To wit: a weighty orb sits on a delicate antique chair; a curvy iron base nestles up against a straight, sturdy column; and a vintage metal kitchen stool, its white paint worn, fits inside a perfect glass vitrine. This is not happenstance. There is a reason— proportion, scale, patina, shape—for every design decision. Daniels started collecting as a teenager and until the early 1980s restricted his purchases to American antiques. Call it an epiphany or just intuition, but he realized he could be much more eclectic in his purchases. No rules kept him from choosing objects from the world at large, from any country and from any time period. It was this same open-minded thinking and eye for the unique that figured into his decision, in 2005, to add contemporary art to the mix. It is no coincidence, either, that his vision— this marriage of midcareer and emerging artists and an everexpanding inventory of antiques and decorative objects—keeps his collection strong and constantly evolving. 2208 Post Road, Wells, Maine, (207) 646-5301, coreydanielsgallery. com. Open Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., other days by appointment. —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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Against the Grain Furniture making may be an age-old craft, but artisans like New Hampshire’s Peter Sandback prove there’s always room for innovation and inspiration. ///////////

By Louis Postel

fine furniture seem confined to predictable riffs on age-old themes—French polishing, marquetry, quarter sawing, distressing and so on— masters of the trade such as Sandback are creating pieces unlike anything that has come before. Sandback’s various creations range from hollow-core concrete tables to finished upholstery to lamps to unique tabletops like the oak veneer.

“Most people in the business would say you could never create an end-grain veneer like this cross-section table top,” Sandback says. “When you cut a tree like this oak, you get voids in the wood, pits filled with moisture that ultimately dry out and crack. But unlike other crosssections on the market, this tabletop will not crack. The adhesive we use to fix it to Above: Nail Table #5 (2011), 63″L × 36″W × 16″H,

oak and 5,800 nails. Below: End Grain Coffee Table #14 (2009), 59″L × 37″W × 16″H, natural oak.

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converted garbage-truck garage in the far reaches of Harrisville, New Hampshire, may be not the first place one would look for design breakthroughs. But here, in what was once the garage’s oil-changing pit, something is going on that is making subtle, rather delightful changes in woodworking history. An improvised rig enlisting the services of a humidifier, a heater and a number of fans is morphing a cross-section of freshly cut oak into something quite new to the design universe: a perfectly stable end-cut veneer showing the concentric rings of the tree as it has grown over the years. Glued and pressed onto a substrate, this rare beauty is destined to serve as a top for one of Peter Sandback’s drum tables. You might think of the basic vocabulary of woodworking and furniture making as fairly limited, even static—but you would be wrong. New techniques and technologies, changes in taste and artistic vision arise all the time. While many of the venerable techniques involved in 34  New England Home  March–April 2013

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the substrate has actually been pressed into its very cell structure.” Sandback comes from a world where new and experimental are the operative words. More specifically, he grew up among the artist lofts of Soho in downtown New York before Soho became a fashion mall. His father, Fred Sandback, was a well-known minimalist sculptor, part of a circle that included Andy Warhol and Philip Glass. The elder Sandback worked primarily with string and yarn, leaning vast trapezoids

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against his studio walls while his young son caromed about on a three-wheeler. Now the youngster is a seasoned fortysix-year-old with a wife, three children and a successful business of his own. The fashion mecca Louis Boston and Boston architect David Hacin are part of a growing client base here in New England. Dennis Miller Associates represents Sandback in New York. After studying sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, Sandback proceeded west to San Francisco’s Bay Area, where he founded his furniture business in 1992. (He and his family moved to New Hampshire in 1999.) Early on, his lightweight, hollow concrete tables took off, though it is a line he tends to downplay favor1of newer 2/14/13 12:29 PM inPage work. “We spent the entire summer making eighty concrete-top tables for

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Oakland University outside Detroit,” Sandback says. “But back in ’08, just about all production had stopped. So I said the hell with it, I will do something decorative.” His frustration led ultiLeft: Burl Coffee Table #2 (2010), 34″L × 26″W × 16″H, walnut burl top and white painted maple base. Above: End Grain Drum Table (2010), 18″D × 17″H, natural oak with painted base. Above right: Thick Top Table (1998), 32″L × 32″W × 12.5″H, painted top, walnut base. Right: Lamp Lamp (2012), base 13″L × 8″W, with shade 18″H, baked ash with tin inlay.

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pastes temporarily to the surface. With a dentist-like instrument he drills hundreds of holes, into which he hammers nails. Once he cuts the shanks off with a grinding disc, he sands and finishes the surface. Constellations of silver nail stars flicker in the dark wood, their balletic swirls practically guaranteed to mesmerize anyone lucky enough to dine at one of his tables. Like the end-grain-oak drum tables, the nail patterns in baked wood are very new, products of innovation and imagination. If the art of woodworking appears at risk of drying up and cracking over time, the Peter Sandbacks of the world are setting all such fears to rest. 2/14/13 12:28 PM• Page 1 EDITOR’S NOTE To see more of Peter Sandback’s work,

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mately to another breakthrough process. For these new designs, Sandback prefers a very common, highly sustainable soft maple that he bakes or, in the parlance of his trade, “thermally modifies.” Kiln-dried in the standard way, the wood then goes into a hotter kiln and gets heated to the point where it is just about to burst into flames. The process turns it a rich brown color. “None of these pieces are stained,” says Sandback. “The wood’s sugars have been thoroughly caramelized. When it’s used outside, it is impervious to mold without my having to resort to toxins such as copper sulfate.” He then decorates the plank in a way that old-fashioned picotage on 1 Halfmirrors Horizontal template:Layout fabric. He takes a fabric, has it copied at an office store onto large sheets which he


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ou won’t find this exact axiom in J. Michael Abbott’s mission statement, but when the architect was hired to design a cottage-style summer home in Middletown, Rhode Island, he held fast to the belief that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This is not surprising, given that Abbott, a principal at Newport Collaborative Architects when he worked on this project, has had an abiding interest in historic preservation and adaptive reuse for most of his thirty years in the field. Since Abbott, now a partner in Northeast Collaborative Architects, had already successfully worked on a tradi-

tional home in Providence for his clients, Elizabeth and Charles Fradin, they had every confidence he would help them with the casual getaway they wanted. “Our house in Providence, a brick Georgian built in 1920, is very stately and formal,” says Elizabeth. “Michael designed several additions and they melded beautifully. We knew we wanted to work with him again.” Having judged the existing cottage’s style and footprint ideal, Abbott planned to renovate, remodel and expand on what Light floods the home through generously scaled windows, while the barn-like doors, painted in bold shades of yellow and chartreuse, stand ready to slide closed, buttoning up the house for privacy.

was already there. The former owner had added onto the structure over time, creating a surprisingly orderly floor plan: a cruciform. When the renovations the homeowners had in mind proved too extensive, however, they decided to build new, using the old cottage as inspiration. “We built up and made it a two-story house, but we didn’t want to lose the almost rambling feeling of the cottage,” says Abbott. The new house follows the old house’s footprint, mimicking the firstfloor layout. Large glazed windows throughout invite natural light and ventilation. Floors are a combination of hardwood and

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polished concrete with radiant heat. The kitchen sits at the intersection (known in ecclesiastical architecture as “the crossing”) of the two rectangles that create the cruciform. “The kitchen is meant to be

like a hallway,” Abbott explains. “It’s how you get to the breakfast room, and to the other side of the house.” Colorful wood stains were used on birch veneers, so the tight and flush kitchen cabinets take on striking red, brown and orange hues above and below the countertops of quartz. The Fradins, who have two children, use every inch of the house when they stay there. “I’d be hard-pressed to choose a favorite room. I love them all,” says Elizabeth. She will allow that she’s especially fond of the light-filled breakfast room that faces west. “It’s almost a glass cube. It’s a room I can be in at any time of the year, in any weather,” she says. “The house has so many terrific sightlines, so many windows that connect it to the landscape so beautifully.” Indeed, the exterior was thoughtfully designed by Abbott, along with landscape architect Martha S. Moore of Tiverton, Rhode Island. The home sits on an acre, a bit kitty-cornered to the street, two of its wings sheltering the entry and a small garden. “It immediately orients you to views over the vineyard next door, to the stone walls that define the property,” says the architect. Clad in shingles, the house is a little

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“Shakerish,” says Abbott, but with a twist. Tall windows in the facade can be shuttered by expansive barn-like doors—the smaller one yellow, the larger chartreuse—for privacy and protection from the elements. The rear is all about casual living and Left: In a nod to going green, the roof of the pool Half Horizontal template:Layout 1 house is topped with sedum and moss. Right: At every turn, wide windows and a multitude of doors connect the indoors with the natural environment.

easy access to the yard. Wide doors at grade open to the lawn on one side, the pool area on another. On the second floor, all of the bedrooms open onto a light and airy mahogany-and-metal balcony with a curvaceous spiral stair at one corner. Cable railings and flooring made of industrial steel grates provide a sense of transparency. 12/4/12 6:11 PM Page 1 Recycled materials were used throughout the home, and solar panels provide

nearly half of the home’s power, says Abbott, who also installed LED lighting and a tankless hot water heater. And in a touch both whimsical and “green,” the pool house roof is planted with mosses and sedums. In keeping with the rest of the house and its surroundings, the slanted mini-garden surprises while it soaks up the summer sun. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see

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he seeds for a design idea can be found almost anywhere. In the case of this space—a onetime artist’s studio in a suburban Boston barn that the current homeowners wanted remade into a family gathering space—inspiration came from the tomato-red frames around a pair of vintage French movie posters the husband had owned for decades. In transforming the space, Newton, Massachusetts–based interior designer

Marcia Summers devised a neutral color palette blasted with zings of that very hue. By washing the room in warm white and painting the backs of new built-in bookshelves in the bold red, Summers matched the dramatic pitch of not only the posters, but the old barn’s architecture. The colorful shout-outs anchor the high-ceilinged space and act as a focal point for the room. They flank a fireplace that makes a statement of its own with a surround of horizontal copper and black

glass tiles. Above the fireplace, a closeup of a horse’s face is both a nod to the room’s history as a barn and to the wife’s passion for horseback riding. Summers employed a medley of neutrals in various shades and textures to outfit the rest of the room, from the Tibetan rug to the sturdy ikat fabric on Summers designed the room for multigenerational fun. The game table has a built-in checkerboard that the wife and children enjoy, while the husband relaxes in the Rose Tarlow recliner.

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the chairs to the nubby tweed of the sofa. In a clever repurposing of the existing door, Summers swapped out its traditional hinges for black iron barn-style hardware. The new sliding door refers back to the structure’s original purpose, of course, but it also freed up floor space to allow for the extra-long sectional. The clean lines of the contemporary sofa and large, square coffee table are softened by the fanciful Fortuny light fixture that hangs above. When the descendants of John F. Paramino, the artist who once lived and worked on the property, sold the house, they left behind a plaster mold Paramino had used to cast his 1930 Founders Memorial bronze bas-relief for a gate to the Boston Common. In a final acknowledgment of the room’s past, Summers hung the mold over the sliding door. The final result is a space that honors both its distant and recent pasts while giving the homeowners a stylish and thoroughly up-to-date family sanctuary. • RESOURCES For more information about this space, see page 170. March–April 2013  New England Home 51

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On December 5, 2012, New England Home welcomed advertisers and members of the New England design community to a sneak peek and celebration of the newly expanded Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams flagship signature store in Boston. Guests arrived at the event with eager anticipation and immediately began to explore the more than 10,000 square feet and two floors of classic, modern upholstery, furniture, lighting and artwork that fill the beautiful showroom. Along with ample opportunity to admire the store, guests also had a chance to meet and mingle with local trade professionals, all while sipping wine and snacking on hors d’oeuvres.


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By Invitation Only New England Home’s Winter Networking Event at United Marble Fabricators On January 17, New England Home welcomed advertisers to the stunning United Marble Fabricators showroom at the Boston Design Center. With the holiday season over and winter in full swing, guests took advantage of the opportunity to get out and mingle with fellow trade professionals, sip wine and talk about one of the newest showrooms to join the BDC. At the end of evening, one lucky guest also walked away with a wonderful raffle prize: a complimentary advertising opportunity with New England Home.

New England Home's David Simone with Owen Kantor of Runtal North America • Jack Chaput and Marie Chaput of Thread • Brad Smith of Audio Video Design and photographer Greg Premru flank Renee Albano and Lee Reid of Payne/ Bouchier • Joe Nadeau of Gary McBournie, Inc., with Barbara Cheney of United Marble Fabricators • Laurel Killean and Christina Fucca of California Closets • Michele Kelly and Meaghan Moynahan of Venegas and Company with Craig Tevolitz of Platemark Design • John Fox of Kenneth Vona Construction with Tiffany LeBlanc of LeBlanc Design



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a Blade of Grass a Blade of Grass is proud of nineteen years of collaborating with our clients to create beautiful outdoor spaces. We offer a wide range of services, including award-winning design, complete installation and comprehensive maintenance. With each of these services, we endeavor to create usable spaces that enhance both your property and your lifestyle. Our attention to detail is unmatched, and we take great pleasure in our customers’ satisfaction. A successful design begins with a careful study of your property and thoughtful exploration of objectives. We’ll discuss the project’s parameters and begin the conversation regarding budget and timeline. We’ll also present a range of plant and material options and establish an appropriate direction. Upon drafting the concept plans, we’ll meet again to review the design details and cost estimates. We will work with you to discover a final approach for the installation strategy, either as a whole or phased over months, or even years. Upon your approval of the design, the installation process can begin. Our designers will hand-select only the 60 Special Marketing Section

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Belgard Hardscapes Design Tips from Belgard® Hardscapes An outdoor retreat is where New England style meets modern conveniences. It’s where the stress of the day melts away. It’s the perfect place to lose track of time with friends and family. And surprisingly, delightfully, uniquely, it’s your home. Design your ideal retreat in your own backyard with Belgard® Hardscapes. Dream up your perfect outdoor living space with these design tips: Function First Decide how you plan to use your outdoor space so you and your contractor can plan accordingly. If you’re an aspiring chef, you’ll want an outdoor kitchen. Is a fire or water feature important to you? How many guests will you want to seat? These are all important questions to think about during the planning process. Set Your Style With the largest selection of colors and textures, Belgard pavers fit every style. Hues should work in harmony with your home environment. Pavers that are a few shades lighter 62 Special Marketing Section

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Pellettieri Associates Inc. Pellettieri Associates is a New England-based design/build firm with more than thirty years of experience providing skilled, creative and comprehensive services to clients throughout the region. From site assessments and master planning, to plant selection and perennial gardens, they produce enduring environments for discerning clients and exceptional residential, commercial and institutional properties. What sets them apart is their widely respected staff of award-winning, licensed landscape architects who consistently maintain the highest standards of achievement. The Pellettieri difference is that they help your property fit into its surroundings—so that the morning light filters into your master bedroom or shines on the outdoor gathering area just at that perfect moment in the day— allowing you to enjoy the beauty of family and nature. Their passion lies in making these things become part of the natural beauty of your home. Their landscape architects’ knowledge of site planning, natural processes, construction materials, codes and regulations provide solutions that satisfy client objectives and 64 Special Marketing Section

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The Schumacher Companies Inc. The Schumacher family has been working the soil for generations. In 1965, the family farm in Lexington inspired John Schumacher to start a landscaping business that eventually became one of the largest landscape companies in New England. Forty-eight years later, John’s son, David, continues the tradition, creating works of timeless value that honor the visions that inspired them. Boasting decades of experience spanning multiple generations, the landscape artisans of the Schumacher Companies recall an era when working with the land was a skill acquired through years of hard work and apprenticeship. They understand both the gritty nature and the aesthetic spirit of landscaping as only dedicated professionals can. Tour their work at some of New England’s finest homes and you will see that the employees of the Schumacher Companies share a common goal: to provide the best in landscape construction, maintenance, irrigation and masonry. No matter what size project you are contemplating, Schumacher’s award-winning project managers and master masons will work with you to create a shared sense of purpose 66 Special Marketing Section

and an intimate understanding of the results you desire. They will approach your project with single-minded purpose, cutting no corners on preparation, materials or execution. They also understand that proper maintenance ensures that the impression of the original is preserved. The same fastidious attention to detail that is a hallmark of Schumacher construction projects is found in their maintenance work. The landscape artisans of the Schumacher Companies believe that their work is a living testament to their values and standards and is a reflection of who they are as landscape professionals. Contact them and discover for yourself the superior craftsmanship and artistry of the Schumacher Companies. THE SCHUMACHER COMPANIES INC. 392 Pleasant Street West Bridgewater, MA 02379 (508) 427-7707

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Sudbury Design Group Sudbury Design Group has long been recognized as one of the leading landscape architectural firms in the region, working with a variety of residential and commercial clients throughout New England for more than 50 years. To assure the best results for their clients, Sudbury Design Group relies heavily on a unified team approach. Their belief is that for any project to be truly successful, the landscape architect, architect, and interior designer should work together from the project’s inception. This relationship fosters the pursuit of a common goal, “the client’s best interest.” Sudbury Design Group is renowned for their comprehensive master planning and design paired with the unique ability to manage the implementation process to a meticulous level of completion. The staff is comprised of highly skilled award-winning landscape architects, designers, and craftsmen including the area’s finest masons and horticulturists. Whether the project encompasses a small garden landscape, a backyard pool and patio, or a complete site 68 Special Marketing Section

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Triad Associates, Inc. For more than twenty-five years, Triad Associates has been one of New Englandʼs leading hardscape design and installation firms. Headquartered in Haverhill, Massachusetts, with offices in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and Newburgh, New York, Triad services all of New England and parts of New York state, working hand-in-hand with homeowners, architects, landscape architects and builders on both residential and commercial projects. The Triad team includes designers, construction supervisors and some of the countryʼs most experienced hardscape artisans, who use their knowledge to help clients take their basic concepts from the design process through completion. Triad’s expertise covers all hardscaping elements—pool decks, patios, walls, walkways, driveways, water features, fireplaces and pits, and custom kitchens. The Triad team will work with your concept to bring it to reality. Triadʼs work can be seen from the Maine coast to the New Hampshire lakes region, and throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Whether it is a simple patio or a 70 Special Marketing Section

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Winston Flowers At Winston Flowers, our longstanding relationships are as important as our designs. Every day brings new visitors to our shops and website, and we welcome these opportunities to widen our family circle, considering each new connection to be a potential long-term partnership. Our garden design division brings that relationship home. From dramatic container plantings on roof decks and terraces to colorful window boxes, perennial beds and sustainable organic landscapes, Winston Flowers’ gardens take many forms. Each is custom designed to complement your style, site and architecture, with fresh plant combinations and chic containers. We do it all, from design through installation, with optional, ongoing care and seasonal maintenance throughout the year. Distinctive installations by Winston Flowers add instant impact to any residential or commercial environment: hotel lobbies, office reception areas, retail shops or private residences. Inspired by the seasons and the surroundings, our signature, trend-setting designs feature unique containers 72 Special Marketing Section

and hard-to-find varieties of flowering and green plants. We maintain close ties with our vendors and visit them regularly, whether they’re flower and plant growers based here in New England or across the country. Many of these businesses are family-owned and, like us, multi-generational. They share our passion for excellence and our desire for innovation. We value our trusted longtime relationships and we are always excited to discover and develop new sources to keep our products fresh. In a business built upon the ephemeral beauty of flowers, Winston Flowers has formed relationships that will last a lifetime. Always looking to the future, we honor our heritage by continuing to blend tradition with innovation.

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ZEN Associates, Inc. For more than thirty years ZEN Associates has been helping clients throughout New England develop truly special landscapes and outdoor living spaces. Their portfolio of award-winning projects demonstrates how dynamic, functional and beautiful living spaces can be realized. Just looking through their website will leave you thinking differently about the outdoor environment. The company’s staff includes landscape architects, interior designers, construction managers and a full range of construction trades necessary to implement these kinds of projects. The design team approaches each project by working with the client to develop a program. Together, the design team and the client engage in the creative process by exploring what makes a great living space or landscape. ZEN Associates believes that truly memorable spaces have a strong connection, both visually and physically between the indoor and outdoor environment. As a landscape architecture design/build firm, ZEN Associates provides a full range of services to residential and commercial property owners. Their construction division often 74 Special Marketing Section

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

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Bayberry Nurseries A multidisciplinary design/build firm and grower of specimen trees, Bayberry Nurseries’ distinctive and comprehensive development approach provides clients with honest service, craftsmanship and professionalism at every juncture. Our skilled designers, project managers and horticulturists offer artistic, innovative, fiscally sound solutions for every situation. At Bayberry Nurseries, we are passionate about what we do. Our design/build development team strives to exceed expectations with creative design concepts and the finest-quality installations that use the latest technologies, materials and media. In addition, our team of highly trained gardeners and horticulturists are ready to assist with your specimen tree selection or fine-gardening needs. When a project requires the efforts of other disciplines, Bayberry has a long established and distinguished network of design and construction professionals to call upon for just the right collaboration, ensuring your project is one of a kind. Call or visit our website to learn more. We look forward to working with you! Bayberry Nurseries 151 Kensington Road Hampton Falls, NH 03079 (603) 929-1811

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Capital Masonry and Paving Contractors Whether your plans call for meticulously executed new construction or careful restoration that fully respects the past, we are ready to serve you‌ For nearly three decades, Capital Masonry and Paving Contractors have used stone, brick and the finest natural materials to add lasting value and timeless beauty to the primary residences and vacation homes of clients across New England. Working from architects’ plans or a custom design drawn at your request, our skilled craftsmen will make the walls, drives, patios and landscaping you desire come to life. From a perfectly formed entry area or terrace to a pool surround or garden bed, every project we undertake benefits from my personal supervision and careful attention to detail. Helping you make your next exterior landscaping, stonework or masonry project a complete success will be a special pleasure. We look forward to serving you to your complete satisfaction. ~Rexford Kidd, President Capital Masonry and Paving Contractors 28 Pleasant Street South Natick, Mass. 01760 800-244-7846

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Landscape architect gregory Lombardi accentuated the curves of the existing pool by pairing it with horizontal bands of bluestone and grass. FAcing pAge: the airy living room has a casual, breezy feel that reminds the homeowners of california, where they previously lived.


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Above: “We didn’t try to make

it bigger,” Lombardi says of the front lawn. “We tried to make it more special.” Dark fencing sets off greenery and plantings of dark purple. Right: A meet-and-greet area just off the entryway makes for a casual transition into the house. Facing page: Gracious archways by architect Sally Weston recall New England elegance of the past, while LDa Architecture & Interiors’ clean-lined furnishings open the rooms to modernity.

ove at first sight isn’t reserved for people in Hollywood storylines; sometimes it happens with houses. When Paul and Amy Nobile stepped through the front door of a Shingle-style home in Hingham, Massachusetts, they knew they had entered something special. The painted paneled walls and trim held all the architectural detail they’d hoped their New England dream home would have. Their young daughter felt there was something special about it, too. “Mommy,” she said, “this house feels so good.” But it was only the second place they’d seen on a two-day, fifty-house slog through the South Shore while they visited from their home in California. In a moment that still surprises her today, Amy planted a kiss on the wall of the house before leaving. “In my head I was thinking that might be the last time I spent in my dream house,” she recalls. Less than a year later, mom, dad, daughter and son drove from the Boston airport to their new home. Surely the kiss Amy had planted near the front door of the house that day sealed the deal. In the whirlwind months before, packets of fabric and binders full of furniture options had traveled between the Nobiles and their interior designers, John Day and Jayme Kennerknecht of LDa Architecture & Interiors in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Paul’s brother, Peter Nobile, a principal on the commercial side at LDa, suggested the family hire the architecture and design firm to rework the interiors of the home, which had originally been designed by architect Sally Weston and builder Rob Thompson as a spec house, with landscaping by Sean Papich Landscape Architecture. “The house is a quintessential New England house with shingles,” says Paul. “It’s built so well. Rob put so much love and sweat into it. He didn’t cut any corners.” But one thing haunted Paul. “Now we’re in this quintessential New England home and we love contemporary. We have our dream home that we want to shove our California aesthetic into. We didn’t want to destroy it.” “They fell in love with the moldings, the trim, the crown, but they also needed it to feel like their young family,” says Day. “We knew they needed something that reminded them of California living while still being appropriate in their New England setting.” Weston and Thompson had renovated the onetime ranch house, keeping the footprint and adding a second floor. They married a traditional New

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just punches of nature with a bit of mid-moder n appreciation.”

England exterior with a more open interior plan. Instead of a classic oversized entry with a sweeping staircase, they designed a smaller entry transition space with the stair to the new second floor pushed to the side. Parallel hallways on the front and back sides of the house string the rooms together, making for a natural circulation pattern. “It’s all about the flow with this house,” says Weston. Day moved the dining room to the other side of the living room and turned the area just inside the front door into a less formal meet-and-greet space. “It’s actually an old-fashioned notion to have this receiving area right when you walk in,” he says. “We first thought, ‘Oh, this is so new and such an interesting way of treating it,’ but I guess it’s a little more retro than we thought.” Four upholstered chairs surround a coffee table with a blue base in the otherwise neutral room. Through an archway, the living room takes on a mid-century modern feel, thanks to a sofa with thin legs and single seat cushion. An X-base coffee table and monochromatic carpet further remind you this is not your typical New England home. “We wanted to keep it simple,” says Day. “There are no oriental rugs, just punches of nature with a bit of a mid-modern appreciation. For the furnishings there’s a strong focus on classic forms, but less ornament. And durability—we did keep the kids and dog in mind.” The icy blues of the living room morph to deep purples in the dining room. “Even though the fabrics and draperies are so beautiful, that purple fabric on the chairs is actually an industrial commercial fabric,” says Amy. “It can withstand greasy hot dog fingers. You just wipe it right off.” The kitchen, which opens to a small family room and to a breakfast room, got a contemporary look with a new stainless-steel backsplash, nickel hardware and a sleek faucet and bar stools. As Amy focused on the downstairs, Paul took over the master bedroom. “I wanted everything to have a purpose,” he says. “I wanted it to be a place where you wanted to spend time and not just for sleeping.” Day introduced a platform bed with an upholstered headboard and built-in nightstands that seem to hover off the floor. Opposite the bed, a built-in unit holds the fireplace, television and a live-edge mirror. The result is hotel-chic sophistication. While LDa labored on the interiors, landscape architect Gregory Lombardi was enlisted to transform the exterior. He surrounded the compact

Left: The family fell in love with the home’s classic New England details. Above: Traditional cabinetry mixed with Italian lighting and a stainless steel backsplash meld California modern with classic New England in the kitchen. Facing page: The palette moves subtly from soft blues elsewhere to soft violets in the dining room.

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I n s i d e a n d o u t , the Nobiles brought just enough of

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Weston and builder Rob Thompson added a second level to an existing ranch house, making extensive changes to the exterior design. Lombardi created an outdoor oasis behind the house that recalls the owners’ previous home in California. John Day designed a built-in for the master bedroom to hold a live-edge mirror, television and fireplace. Built-in shelves behind a son’s bed hold Lego creations and toys. Colors in the kids’ rooms are a shade bolder than the other areas of the house.

front yard with a dark fence, giving it an instant cottage feel, then filled in with simple slabs of bluestone and plantings in shades of green and dark purple. In the backyard, Amy and Paul wanted to replace the kidney-shaped pool with a more contemporary rectangular one. Lombardi convinced them to keep it, but treat it in an organic way. “I thought about it like a Noguchi table,” he says. “Let’s make everything around the existing pool very linear so that we make the pool look like a droplet of water. The kidney bean shape is actually a sexy curve.” Wide bands of bluestone along with strips of grass create a horizontal pattern of lines

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around the curved pool. A few steps below, angular slabs of concrete lead to a seating area around an outdoor fireplace whose flames erupt out of a basin of glass beads. From the retaining wall a television pops out, making it the perfect spot to watch movies in the summer or to cuddle up under blankets for Monday night football in the fall. “We kind of re-created our California backyard,” says Amy. Inside and out, the Nobiles brought just enough of the west with them to make their New England home uniquely their own. • Resources For more information about this home, see

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A home that once belonged to a shipwreck diver becomes a real catch for a California family who looks forward all year to summer on the Maine coast.

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When the wall came down between the old entry and what had been a solarium, the house gained openness and light. Today’s new dining area links the kitchen and family room with the living room. For continuity, transom spindles mimic original spindles found elsewhere in the house.

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nticipation may be one of life’s sweetest sensations, especially when what you look forward to is a well-earned vacation. Not a quick, hit-the-beach respite but an entire summer in a beloved place. California-based professional photographer Elizabeth Needham and her husband, real estate developer Peter Mark, have good reason to count the days. Having vacationed with friends for years in mid-coast Maine, the couple—much to the delight of their thirteen-year-old twins, Ethan and Kathryn—recently decided the time was ripe to buy a retreat of their own in the glorious area. A broker friend alerted them to an unusual listing, a circa 1970s house owned by one of the world’s most famous shipwreck divers. Filled with scores of fascinating sea-related treasures and antiquities, it was highly personal and, well, a bit crowded. “The house wasn’t our style, but it was all about the views,” Needham recalls. Confident they could tailor the place to suit their family, they signed the papers. Three months later, they unpacked their flip-flops in their transformed summer abode. The incredibly speedy turnaround was the result of some very talented people working together, including Mark, who tackled the construction along with local craftsmen. Interior designer Linda Banks, owner of the wellregarded Simply Home studio and retail shop in Falmouth, Maine, and her colleague James Light spearheaded the interior design. “It was a true collaboration,” says Banks. “Clients with such impeccable tastes only come along once in awhile. We were very grateful they turned to local Maine sources for assistance.” According to Banks, who focused primarily on the architectural planning required to make the house more livable, leaving Light to take the lead on the decor, the house had strong bones. “It reminded me of an ark. It was one room deep but very wide,” she says.

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A vibrant painting by America Martin hangs above the fireplace. Designer James Light campaigned to save the wood box during the revamping of the fireplace. “It provides symmetry, which I like,” he explains. Facing page: The aesthetically pleasing covered walkway between the house and the garage provides protection from the elements.

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“We needed to open the house and build in some more soul while, at the same time, respecting the interesting architecture.” The golden glow cast by aging wood ceilings and floors was quickly remedied by lightening the former and staining the latter a rich chestnut color. But only demolition could fix the closed-in ambience. Banishing the wall between the entry and solarium opened the house both physically and spiritually. The new entry consists of a generous doorway, two half walls and a graceful transom, all of which frame the view. Today, the first thing the owners see when they open their door is endless blue water and sky. It’s a beautiful snapshot they can tuck away in their memories to carry them through winter. In keeping with the couple’s desire to use green materials whenever possible, the table in the solarium-turned-dining room is crafted from one sustainably sourced mahogany tree. The base is the tree’s trunk. Metal-framed chairs from Arteriors offer comfort without bulk. It was paramount that nothing stand in way of the windows. “We wanted livable, not boring,” says Needham. With kids, dogs and a revolving guest list, anything too precious was out of the question. Instead, she brought in art and favorite finds to smartly energize the house. A birdcage filled with faux birds, for example, discovered at the Conran Shop in New York City, landed in the kitchen—a fitting accompaniment to reproduction 1960s Acapulco chairs. Summer place or not, guess where everyone gathers: the kitchen and adjoining family room, home to the TV, of course. Clad in sturdy Sunbrella fabric the family-room sofa is practically immune to mishaps, and the same goes for the laid-back wool and jute rug. The owners copied the existing galley layout for the kitchen but swept in modern appliances and bamboo cabinets. New countertops of poured cement are crowd friendly. And accents in shades of blue from turquoise to cobalt riff on the colors outside. “The views are amazing, but we like to think the longer people are here the more they begin to appreciate the subtle touches, the little treats,” says Light. He is, of course, referring to the endless

The first thing the owners see when they open their door is blue water and sky. It’s a beautiful snapshot they can tuck away in their memories to carry them through winter.

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Hanging lamps with highgloss metal shades and frosted light diffusers keep things bright but also easy on the eye. The cement counters are enhanced with a band of stainless steel. Facing page, top: Water views initially drew the couple to the house. Facing page, bottom: A pickled wash subdued the paneled ceilings without disturbing their nautical flavor.

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In the bunkroom, each bed has its own reading light and book cubby. A built-in blackboard fosters games and fun. Facing page, top: Horizontal paneling transformed the wall behind the owner’s bed. Facing page, bottom: Custom glass countertops dress the guest bath’s Restoration Hardware vanities.

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The bunkroom’s faux wood wallcovering allows kids to play at being in a cabin. And ahoy! Sleepyheads making for the top bunks climb shiplike ladders on brass rods.

play of textures, the skillful details and nods made to the home’s seaworthy history. Take the living room. To invest the space with more character and quiet elegance (no one said casual has to be dowdy), the brick hearth was sheathed in slate and the hearth wall paneled with classic beadboard. A decidedly modern—not homey like your grandmother’s—hooked rug from The New England Collection sets the stage for glass lamps wearing painted silver shades, grasscloth-covered end tables (no worries, the cloth has a protective polyurethane coating) and a stunning, but indestructible, coffee table. The put-your-feet-up piece is an artful recycling of nineteenth-century barn boards in a reclaimed metal frame. And, yes, those objets d’art on the mantel are salvaged porthole covers, relics from the deep the previous owner agreed to leave behind. The 3,000-square-foot-house is immensely comfortable thanks to a sensible layout that puts the master suite on the first floor, children’s bedrooms on the second and a game room and four-bed bunkroom on the walk-out level. The bunkroom’s faux wood wallcovering allows kids to play at being in a cabin. And ahoy! Sleepyheads making for the top bunks climb ship-like ladders that travel on brass rods. The parent’s sanctuary strikes a more sophisticated note. Here, a Simply Home trademark—nickel-spaced, tongue-and-groove poplar—was installed on the twelvefoot wall behind the bed to create a stylish headboard. Lush curtains convening in the room’s corners soften the setting and help disguise some variation in the windows’ size. The bathroom’s faux bois floor tile resembling driftwood creates one more link to the shore. If the family were to tally their seasonal nest’s attributes, the list would be robust. Their affection for the light-filled home—one that manages to be both contemporary and slightly retro in compliance with its past—is best summed up by Needham. “When we’re not here, we miss it,” she says in a tone so sincere we can’t help but wish they never had to leave. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 170. March–April 2013  New England Home 99

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A Colorful Conversion A more contemporary floor plan and a fresh new palette rev up a classic house in the Boston suburbs, the better to reflect the lively young family who lives there. Text by Erin Marvin / Photography by Bruce Buck / Interior design: Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Design Group / Contractor: William Harden, Harden Design and Build / Produced by Kyle Hoepner

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“The foyer was an opportunity to do something dramatic and unexpected and to reflect the energy level throughout the house,” says designer Gerald Pomeroy, who accomplished his aim with an oversize striped banquette, playful wallpaper, a mirrored screen and a circular console table. Strong architectural details balance out the space. Facing page, left: Jewel tones brighten the living room’s neutral palette while metallic details on lamps and accessories add shine. Facing page, right: The cheery lavender hue is carried into the formal dining room, with its platinum-leaf ceiling and large crystal chandelier.

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Contemporary abstract art and animal-print upholstery share space with a traditional exposed-beam ceiling and paneled walls in the family room. Facing page: The dramatic ikat curtain fabric provided the starting point for the decor in the kitchen and casual dining area. The chevron fabric on chair and hassock makes a bold companion for the curtains.

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eople change all the time, so why shouldn’t their homes follow suit? While a large classic colonial with traditional interiors was wellsuited to a newly married couple moving to the suburbs, ten-plus years later the husband and wife— now happily raising three young daughters and a menagerie of pets—needed a better fit for their family’s upbeat, energetic lifestyle. Boston-based interior designer Gerald Pomeroy was a known entity to the wife, having worked with various members of her family over the years. When she contacted him about making some changes to her own house, he was happy to help create a space more appropriate to her growing young family. In a nod to its neighborhood surroundings and classic lines, the home’s exterior was kept relatively intact, with slight layout changes to some of the windows and the removal of two chimneys. The interior, however, underwent a complete transformation. Structural changes, headed up by Needham, Massachusetts–based contractor William Harden, were extensive. The original master suite nearly doubled in size. “The scope of work included changing a traditional master suite with one dressing room, one bath and a sitting area with a fireplace into a transitional suite that had two dressing rooms, two March–April 2013  New England Home 103

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Pomeroy designed the L-shaped banquette in the wife’s office, adding soft fringe along the bottom for a feminine, romantic touch. Varying shades of green bedeck the curtains, chairs, coffee table and pillows, and the apple green of a small wall nook makes an abstract painting pop.

full bathrooms and concealed storage at areas previously covered with framing and drywall,” explains Harden. Downstairs, a massive limestone fireplace that divided the living room and sunroom was removed to create one large, salon-like area that allows multiple seating areas for entertaining and relaxation. Creative cabinetry and millwork throughout the house conceals toys, art supplies and all other accoutrement of children, and most of the casework was designed with simple lines and flat panels to blend with the new transitional look. In a dramatic aesthetic makeover, dark woods and a weighty color scheme of forest greens and deep reds were

replaced with white-painted millwork and a palette of airy neutrals accented by bright lavenders, greens and blues. “I felt the best and most effective use of color was to bring it in in strong accents throughout the house to keep it feeling fresh,” says Pomeroy. “Color was a great tool to celebrate the architecture but keep it lighter and not feel so heavy handed.” The wife’s office, in particular, exemplifies the home’s overall transformation. The space, which her husband had been using, was originally outfitted in floor-to-ceiling dark cherry cabinetry and paneling. In an unexpected but welcome twist, Pomeroy painted the millwork white, brought in contemporary light fixtures to replace the traditional ones,

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“I felt the best and most effective use of color was to bring it in in strong accents throughout the house to keep it feeling fresh,” says Pomeroy.

discarded heavy window treatments in favor of linen sheers and replaced the large cherry desk with a smaller, feminine version. Conservative artwork gave way to thought-provoking abstracts, and touches of whimsy were introduced by adding simple patterns in the sitting area, a Louis Ghost Chair and apple-green accents on walls and furniture. “None of the design was taken too seriously,” says Pomeroy. “The house was meant to be comfortable and beautiful, and meant to be enjoyed and lived in.” In order to keep everything functional and not overdelicate for the family of five, Pomeroy took great care when selecting fabric options. “We did a lot of light upholstery

pieces, but the nature of the fabrics was always considered for what the rooms were used for,” he says, noting his use of easy-to-clean Ultrasuede and woven fabrics in the kitchen and durable chenille in the family room. With motherhood comes a strong sense of practicality, so homeowner and designer worked together to retrofit and reuse existing furniture—modifying arms, painting legs, adding nailhead trim, re-covering with statement-making patterns and relocating pieces to different rooms—whenever plausible. Much of the new furniture was custom designed by Pomeroy with special consideration paid to comfort. “It’s a house that’s lived in,” he says. “There are no March–April 2013  New England Home 105

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‘off limits;’ it’s thoroughly embraced. When you have people who really enjoy their home, you take time to think about choices that won’t affect the way they live.” As in most homes, the parents and children most often congregate in the family room and kitchen. With its high ceilings, exposed wood beams, stone-clad fireplace with white wood accents, honey-colored sectional and plush area rug, the family room is flush with kick-off-your-shoes ease. The open kitchen has room for everyone at the wide island, large breakfast table and cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace. Pomeroy designed the area as a place to relax and linger, choosing royal blue Ultrasuede dining chairs

for their practicality and adding a bold ikat pattern on the back that mimics the window treatments. Contemporary barstools are also covered in Ultrasuede and welcome family members of all sizes. “The kitchen is a center of activity so there is always something going on there,” says Pomeroy. “I think that’s why each area needed to be practical, user friendly and comfortable, but also unexpected and slightly provocative and still hold together overall to reflect where it was and who lives there.” The living and dining rooms—brightened by pale greens and lavenders—are perfect spots for entertaining a crowd. Wall textures, fabrics and accessories are understated, with the dining room’s platinum-leaf ceiling, crystal chandelier and crown molding a nod to its traditional roots. Artwork and upholstery patterns speak to the contemporary while reflective elements, jewel-tone accents and furniture with clean silhouettes make for a fresh interpretation of classically designed formal rooms. When the parents need some time on their own, the master suite offers a peaceful, romantic retreat of rich taupes and silvery grays. Textured wallpaper, velvet upholstery, nailhead trim and reflective surfaces add a dose of glamour. The spa-like master bathroom is wrapped in a luminous silk wallcovering and mosaic tile, with a pristine floating tub beneath large windows that look out to expansive woodlands beyond. Water for the tub showers down from a ceiling spout. “What emerged was something unexpected, delightful, provocative and fun,” says Pomeroy, “and that is truly who my client is.” • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 170. 106  New England Home  March–April 2013

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Silk wallcovering and mosaic tiles make the spa-like master bathroom a luxurious retreat. Facing page, clockwise from bottom:

Peaceful fabrics and provocative silhouettes in the master bedroom make for an adults-only escape. The foyer’s poppy wallpaper repeats on the upstairs landing, where a zebra-print wing chair invites a short rest and a spectacular view. A series of black-and-white photographs lines the wall above the master bed.

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A move from traditional suburban family home to contemporary urban apartment gives one couple a chance to scale back, pare down and enjoy this carefree new stage in their lives.

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The back of the living room’s L-shaped leather sofa slides to orient the seating toward the view or into the room. Facing page: The architectural team turned a cramped stairwell into a gracious entry area by removing a wall and replacing the wooden railing with glass and stainless steel.

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ome people like to hold on fast to the past once the nest is empty. They love welcoming grown children, and eventually grandchildren, back to the family home, reliving and passing on cherished traditions. Not the couple who live in this Cambridge, Massachusetts, condominium. After thirty-two years in a traditional colonial house in the Boston suburbs, they were ready for a big change. They imagined themselves in a smaller space, closer to the urban action. They also dreamed of clearing out the years of accumulated stuff—beautiful stuff, to be sure, the wife notes—but unnecessary for this stage of their lives. The two-story unit occupying about 2,100 square feet on the sixth and seventh floors of a building in Harvard Square promised the less-encumbered life they envisioned. “The condo was very simple, like a tube, really,” the homeowner says. “I saw it as an opportunity to go with something very contemporary. But I wanted luxury.” All they needed was an architect who, like them, saw the potential in the rather cramped, dark space. Word of mouth led

them to Stephen Hart, of Hart Associates Architects, who had worked with several other homeowners in the same building. “We just hit it off,” Hart says about his clients. “We don’t have a deep portfolio of modern work, so we were delighted to get this opportunity to show our facility for it.” As is so often the case in urban buildings converted to condominiums, challenges and constraints abounded. The low ceilings—well under eight feet—posed a particular challenge. Adding lighting and disguising ductwork is difficult when you’ve lost the option of deep soffits or dropping ceilings, Hart explains. Furthermore, plumbing and utility pipes that run to units above and below don’t always show up in the most opportune places. Small matters, it turns out, for Hart and project manager Jennifer Lyford. Evidence of their ingenuity makes its first appearance just inside the front entrance, where the door opens roughly at the unit’s midpoint. A left turn leads to the dining and living areas; a right turn to the kitchen and, beyond, the spacious master suite. Straight ahead, where one would hope for a welcoming entry foyer, the new homeowners were confronted with little more than a square hole in the floor where the stairs

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The foyer’s warm walnut floors flow into the open kitchen. Facing page, LeFT: natural wood and shades of gray, as in the dining room, form the apartment’s color scheme. Facing page, RigHT: The stairs lead from the main living area to a study, guest room and laundry room on the lower level. March–april 2013 New eNglaNd Home 111

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Above the gleaming floors of dark walnut that run from the foyer to either end of the unit, the walls form a series of raised panels, niches and doors clad in different materials. leading to the lower level were surrounded by a wall on one side and by the plainest of wooden railings on the other three sides. “Job one was to make the stairway safe and bright,” Hart says. Hart and Lyford went far beyond that, turning the space into a gracious foyer. They took the wall down, bringing an instant sense of light and openness to the area, and covered the floor around the staircase in black granite. To hold the pipes and wires the wall had housed, they cleverly contrived a round column. Clad in gray glass tile, the column is beautiful as well as utilitarian. The wooden railing gave way to a glass railing trimmed with stainless steel. Overhead, Hart raised the ceiling as much as he could, finished it with Venetian plaster to give the illusion of more depth and created a round, shallow soffit around the raised area to hold utility wires. “We lit the stairs every which way,” the architect says. Round pendants glow from above, and each riser of the walnut steps holds LEDs. “The whole notion was to make it a sculptural element as well as making it brighter and safer.” As the builders on the project, Stephen Payne and Steve Clarke of Payne/Bouchier are used to working in spaces that present

structural difficulties. “The challenge was more for the architects than for us,” Payne says modestly. “Steve [Hart] and Jennifer designed solutions that made it all work so well.” He cites the column that holds the mechanicals as an example. “With the glass tile, it’s a delightful object in the room instead of an eyesore.” The owners and their design team settled on a color scheme based on natural wood tones and gray. Don’t think that means the contemporary space is severe or lacking in personality, though. Above the floors of dark walnut that run from the foyer to either end of the unit, the walls form a series of raised panels, niches and doors clad in several different materials—from wood to marble to pearl-colored paint—that add visual excitement. A panel in the foyer, for instance, is covered in Carrara marble that wraps around a corner and into the kitchen, where it becomes a backsplash above marble counters and blue-gray painted cabinetry. On the foyer’s opposite side, a closet, powder room and the unit’s electrical panel hide behind honey-hued oak paneling. The oak reappears in the living room, this time in a basket-weave pattern, where it covers a recessed wall that holds the TV.

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Floor-to-ceiling maple millwork and bamboo floors bring a lighter tone to the husband’s study. FACING PAGE: The living room’s low ceiling gets a visual lift from Venetian plaster, while a shallow soffit around the perimeter disguises utility wires. MARCH–APRIL 2013 NEW ENGLAND HOME 113

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“The condo was very simple, like a tube, really,” says the homeowner. “I saw it as an opportunity to go with something very contemporary. But I wanted luxury.” Walls and moldings form what Hart calls “a very rectilinear, crisp vocabulary.” Look up, though, and ceilings and light fixtures tell a different story. In an echo of the foyer’s round raised ceiling, a shallow recess forms a graceful curve along the ceiling across the open living and dining areas. Amoeba-shaped ceiling light fixtures, sconces and the dining chandelier all come from the same Estiluz Lighting line. “They give the place visual vitality and are a nice counterpoint to the crisp lines,” Hart says. A further counterpoint—and more evidence of the design team’s ingenuity—is found in the stunning pale-gray leather sofa in the living room. “It was a tricky space to furnish,” Hart says. “It’s relatively small so there’s not really enough room for two seating areas. And it has beautiful views, but you don’t want to be looking outside all the time.” The solution is an L-shaped piece with a rounded corner and two back sections set on a track. The back pieces move to orient seating toward the view, toward the TV or so that people can face each other for conversation. Round-backed swivel chairs and round otto-

mans in charcoal gray make the perfect companion pieces. The same simple palette dresses the master bedroom. Here, a recessed wall between built-in shelves and nightstands acts as a headboard. In a nod to the homeowners’ background (the couple moved to the Boston area from Greece many years ago), the wall is covered in Greek Key–patterned paper. The unit’s lower level holds the laundry room, a guest bedroom and the husband’s study, which shows the one exception to the neutral palette. Floor-to-ceiling shelves and cabinets line three walls, while the fourth wears a luscious shade of sky blue. “We were looking for the perfect Greek cerulean blue,” Hart recalls. “We used blue painter’s tape to hang a bunch of swatches of paper painted various blues. In the end, we decided the color of the tape was the winner.” The perfect color may have come about by happy chance, but it’s the only accidental thing about this well-conceived and beautifully executed design. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 170.

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a recessed wall, covered with greek Key–pattered paper in a nod to the homeowners’ heritage, forms the master bed’s headboard. Facing page, LeFT: after three decades in a traditional colonial house, the owners are happy with the more minimalist decor of their new home. Facing page, RigHT: a sycamore vanity rests on limestone tile floors in the serene master bath. March–april 2013 New eNglaNd Home 115

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Landscape Design From bucolic beauty to mountain drama to urban oasis, six distinctive properties put the talents of New England’s landscape architects on display. Text by Paula M. Bodah

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Country Comfort on the Farm Simplicity defines this rural property outside Boston. The classic farmhouse and barn, though new, look like they’ve been here for centuries. Landscape architect Clara Couric Batchelor’s lawn, gardens, stone walls and split-rail fences complement the structures beautifully by adopting the same age-old look. Low plantings, including lily of the valley groundcover, enhance the stone facade of the house. A stone wall separates the lawn from the more natural fields that surround the barn, while sugar maples and ginkgo trees add to the property’s woodland feel. “What was important was the relationship between the house and the barn and how the land connects the two,” Batchelor says. “It just seems meant to be.” Landscape architecture: CBA Landscape Architects, Cambridge, Mass. / Architecture: Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Boston / Photography by Robert Benson

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A Gem in the Heart of the City Matthew Cunningham won a gold award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for this petite courtyard garden in Boston’s South End. No wonder, given the clever way he used traditional and industrial materials to create a tranquil oasis in an urban setting. A wall of steel and whitewashed fir traces the eastern edge of the courtyard to create a sense of privacy. On the opposite side, a wooden structure houses firewood, utilities, the grill and a recycling station. A salvaged granite pier forms the pedestal for the dining table that stands as the garden’s centerpiece, and terraced beds above a floor of stone and moss cascade with lush, highly textured, shade-loving hakonechloa grass and heuchera. Landscape architecture: Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Melrose, Mass. / Photography courtesy of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design

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Not Just Garden Variety Landscape architect Michael Blier took advantage of the natural rock outcroppings and many microclimates of this expansive property in Weston, Massachusetts, to create a series of outdoor spaces for a family’s every wish, from swimming, playing and exploring to entertaining or just relaxing. A collection of stone slabs creates a focal point at the head of the pool and serves as a transition from the beautiful hardscaping of the pool area to the lawn and gardens that surround it. The planting scheme balances open lawn, shade trees and colorful perennials, including fragrant drought-tolerant species that Blier tucked into the crevices of stone outcroppings. Landscape architecture: Landworks Studio, Boston / Photography courtesy of Landworks Studio

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A Sense of History When the third-generation owner of this land on Farm Pond in Sherborn, Massachusetts, was planning a new house, landscape architect Thomas Wirth suggested she keep the house her grandmother had built in the 1960s. Today, a series of stone steps, walls and terraces designed by Wirth leads down the sloping land from the handsome new house to a family gathering place at the pond’s edge that incorporates much of the original old home. Post-construction, Wirth brought in mature white pines and mountain laurel bushes to make the property look as untouched as possible. Climbing hydrangeas, Carolina rhododendron and lots of native perennials and groundcovers round out the landscaping and help to achieve Wirth’s goal of keeping the land natural-looking and self-sustainable. Landscape architecture: Thomas Wirth Associates, Sherborn, Mass. / Architecture: David Bielman, Bielman Architecture, Bridgewater, Vt. / Photography courtesy of Thomas Wirth Associates

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Spotlight on Drama Katherine Field believes a landscape should look equally beautiful day or night. For this suburban Boston home, she devised a dramatic plan that includes a wall carved out of a solid slab of granite. On ledges of varying heights, tea lights cast a glow behind the water that cascades down the wall. The granite and the stone walls that flank it pay homage to the ledge Field had to blast from the site to make room for landscaping that includes a swimming pool and spa, carved stone benches, wood-burning fireplace and a dining terrace. A variety of plantings soften the stonework, including wisteria, hydrangea, verbena and sedum, while boxwood, dogwood trees and a perennial border bring more formal definition to the dining area. Landscape architecture: Katherine Field and Associates, Newport, R.I. / Photography by Richard Mandelkorn

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The Starting Point: A multi-person Jacuzzi was built in a prime location in the master bedroom overlooking the ocean. The home owners desired a place to relax and enjoy early morning sunrises together.

The Challenge: The area had become exposed to the harsh ocean weather, causing much of the structure to rot over time. Before construction began on the new bench seat, much of the area was reconstructed and weather-proofed in order to stand the test of time in such a volatile climate.

The Summary: The house had undergone some major renovations during the 1980s that weren’t consistent with the period of the original construction. Our team created a space that took advantage of the 180-degree ocean views.


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The Goal: The goal was to renovate an existing post-and-beam home to feel more like a Vermont ski lodge. Also, the client wanted to eliminate the considerable water and snow problems generated by the existing gables that come together over the front door.

The Challenge: The challenges were to design a structure that aesthetically fit with the two gables, to create a covered entrance port for arrival/unloading and to divert the water and snow effectively.

The Design Summary: MMA, Inc. designed a post-and-beam port cochere that diverts water and snow to heated drainage grates and functions as a beautiful entrance. The new exterior carefully uses fir beams, cedar siding and shingles, along with stucco, to evoke a mountain lodge


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The Back Story: Opening what one would think was a sturdy, barn-like closet door in the master bedroom, I happened upon, instead, the basement of an old dairy barn—dirt floor, stone walls, old tools and treasures.

The Challenge: I needed to turn this dark, dank environment into a warm, inviting retreat while still maintaining the barn-like charm of this 200-year-old structure. Featuring the lovely timeworn patina of the beams was my priority.

The Elements: I used finishes such as waxed walls, opalescent paint and plastered ceilings to capture as many reflective surfaces as possible, in order to create a warm, friendly glow day or night. An antique Swedish hutch is repurposed as a romantic wash basin, in keeping with the spirit of the room.


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The Goal: Our Beacon Hill client wanted to transform their dining room into one of the featured rooms in their home. They were looking for architectural solutions that not only drew the eye, but also provided badly needed storage.

The Challenge: Furniture-based storage options, like sideboards or hutches, would not fit within the limited dimensions of the space. As a result, we pursued an approach that focused on the footprint of the room itself.

The Design Summary: We took advantage of the recessed areas on either side of the fireplace to build out the walls and create matching china cabinets. The ceiling beams and mantel were custom-designed in concert to focus attention while also providing contrast to the softer, arched molding of the cabinets. The finishing touch was the hand-stenciled wall painting that adds a glow and warmth.


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The Goal To create an art collection from scratch that added vibrancy and warmth to a modern, waterfront apartment while complementing interior designer Susan Shulman’s sophisticated design and highlighting the client’s love of the ocean.

The Process The art consultant, designer and client spent two days looking at countless art options in Boston Art’s gallery alongside the fabrics and finishes planned for the new space. After reviewing the selected artworks in the client’s apartment and confirming their placement, the team then designed custom framing treatments for each piece. Boston Art’s experienced staff provided all framing and installation services.

The Artwork With a diverse yet integrated collection, this urban home features an array of original paintings, photographs, prints and other mixed-media works by emerging local and national artists. For the living room, the art consultant commissioned five custom-colored glass wall sculptures, providing a unique and elegant solution to an irregularly shaped nook.

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The Goal: In the home pictured, the goal was to create a comfortable and relaxing master bedroom in the client's newly constructed summer home. The room overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, thus the emphasis was placed on complementing the fabulous ocean view.

The Starting Point: We began by selecting a soft green- and cream-striped cotton area rug and a painted, four-poster bed to set the casual mood and cottage feel desired by the homeowner.

The Result: The combination of fabrics with varying textures and patterns for the bedding and bench add interest and depth to the design while remaining simple and soothing to the eye.

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The Back Story: The owners bought the “ugly duckling” on this elegant site in prominent Chestnut Hill, knowing that someday they would make improvements. When a barbecue on the rear deck lit the house on fire, the makeover was inevitable because of the extensive damage.

The Goal: The goal was to redesign the exterior, while using the exact same footprint and gutting the entire interior to provide a more open plan for a modern family’s lifestyle. The design changed the 1970s gambrel-style into a classic colonial. Many detailed elements established the look of an historic home; a grand entry and elliptical staircase to enhance the entry, ceiling heights were increased on all floors and room configurations were modified. Additionally, third floor ancillary spaces added grander proportions to the exterior, and all systems were upgraded to be more energy efficient.

The Challenges: The challenges faced included the need to work within the home’s existing footprint and window openings as well as within the confines of the neighborhood’s strict historic district requirements. Additionally, we had to meet tight budget and time constraints—the family was expecting their second child during construction.


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The Goal: To take the client's unused and unfashionable basement and turn it into a hangout space that the whole family would enjoy.

The Challenge: As is the case with many basements, the ceiling was low, there were very few windows, and the layout was off. The space needed to fulfill a number of desires, including an area for TV viewing and loungeing, a billiard table, wet bar, new bathroom, lots of storage and style and it had to be durable enough for kids.

The Design Summary: The first steps were to remove the dropped ceiling and then uncover and use the existing wood beams. Pinney Designs then added in more architectural detail with three stone feature walls throughout the basement and mixed it with smooth, contemporary lines in the furniture and millwork. To give the monotone gray palette a little oomph, gold accents were used in the furniture, fabrics and accessories.


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Main Objective: As part of a larger master suite retreat, the homeowner wished to combine the existing master bath and closet area into one larger bathroom with a shower, private water closet, separate makeup area and soaking tub.

Design Challenges: The main problem was determining where to put the closet, while not taking any more space from the bedroom than necessary.

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The closet was relocated to an area that had been a small TV sitting room, which was then closed off by a custom-built pair of curved-topped French doors with frosted glass.


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The Goal: The new owners saw the potential in this well-worn nineteenth-century Victorian and hired Sea-Dar to transform the house into a model of twenty-first-century efficiency, while maintaining the home’s historical character.

The Process: The house was completely gutted, and the rear section of the house was torn down and rebuilt with modern elements that are compatible and consistent with the design and age of the original house.

The Result: A revitalized façade that belies the new, modern home contained within. The 1,500 square feet of added living space seamlessly integrates with the original, historic structure and significant site reconstruction that included the relocation of the macadam driveway. The installation of stone patios and extensive landscaping completes the rejuvenation of this Victorian gem.

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The Back Story: Luxury-quality beds start with premium raw materials. Through our decades-long relationships with wood merchants, we have accumulated an abundant supply of hard-to-find solid hardwoods such as tiger maple, cherry, walnut, oak and mahogany for the bed-builders in our Rhode Island workshop.

The Process: Traditional, historic, modern or folksy? Select your style from our extensive collection or design your own. We will then “turn� the bed of your dreams into reality. Painted finishes and upholstered headboards are popular options. Complement your bed design with a custom nightstand and drapery hardware.

The Invite: We sell through the trade. Designers, please register for our designer referral program online. We would be happy to steer new clients your way. Call anytime to discuss your upcoming projects and schedule a workshop tour. Not a designer? Please contact us for names of interior design professionals in your area.


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t is just a rumor, so don’t panic yet. We hear scouts from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators series have been seen since early February milling around various New England hotspots. Will its third season take place right in our own backyard? Will design divas Kathy Ireland and Mary McDonald be replaced with New England’s own? This could be very serious. The Hollywood magic wrought from “big budgets, big personalities, big projects” may be transporting itself at this very moment to our little town greens. /////////// While it’s probably too late to By Louis Postel schedule an extra hour of Zumba to get in shape for a potential encounter with the purported scouts, there are ways to prepare. this show ready to go, like, tomorrow. Are This is where Trade Secrets can help. We can at least give all you potential New Eng- there any flights left for Miami tonight?” There is still hope for a New England land Million Dollar Decorators some ideas of what not to say when you’re interviewed. version of Million Dollar Decorators should the rumor be real. After all, there’s a lot For example, don’t say: “Gold-plating the microwave handle seemed a little over going right now in terms of generous budgets, decent-sized projects and clients the top for our clients.” Over the top is in possession of what one could call true really what it’s all about. and unique character, as opposed to the Don’t say: “The children’s room isn’t really a stage set for showing them off. We mere gloss of personality. (Just don’t let the scouts from Bravo know.) had other ideas about growing, learning, sharing, just being curious and alive.” If /// you want to be on design TV, learn one Let’s begin with designer Marcye thing: homes are a stage set. It is upon Philbrook of Kittery, Maine, where those travertine foyer floors that one acts an abhorrence of anything too fancyout one’s exalted entrances and exits. schmancy has a long tradition. “Big And never say: “Here in New England patterns seem to be on their way out,” we’re kind of quiet about money; even our she says. “They just don’t work so well billionaire clients are asking us to help Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the them downsize.” That’s a deal-breaker. pulse of New England’s design community. Send “Well, that’s a bummer,” the scout from your news to Bravo will surely declare. “We have to have

What Not to Say with contemporary, which is by far the prevalent style. We are seeing graining and veining less and less, especially with kitchen countertops and cabinetry.” Clients want cleaner spaces, she says, so they’re turning to European frameless slab cabinets, forgoing traditional molding, Marcye recessed or raised panels Philbrook and corbels. /// What’s another Trade Secret for

de-cluttering the modern kitchen? “The old-fashioned walk-in pantry is coming back very strong,” says kitchen designer Sandy Halperin of Metropolitan Cabinet and Countertops in Norwood, Massachusetts. “It’s where all the clutter goes, all the small appliances. The kitchen itself is almost always white or off-white

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in a Shaker or modifiedShaker style. We’re also seeing simple stainless hoods replacing the ornate mantel hoods. White marble, soapstone and engineered Sandy Halperin quartz with a more solid, less patterned look continue to outsell granite.” /// Architect

Jeff Stein’s TED talk on urban

design for the twenty-first century attracted a staggering 100,000 or so live streamers. The former dean of the Boston Architectural College, Stein still maintains a house in Concord, Massachusetts, but spends most of his time these days in the Arizona desert, seventy miles north of Phoenix. There he has assumed leadership of Arcosanti, a famously experimental town begun in the 1970s by Stein’s ninety-three-year-old mentor, the Italian architect and visionary Paolo Soleri. As a pulpit and lab for a sustainable future, Arcosanti is just about perfect. “We just recorded our first 125-degree day,” says Stein, “and are expecting days of 130 degrees or more in the next decade, which would overwhelm any building in Phoenix. We have to imagine a different way Jeff Stein of dealing with buildings altogether. Now it’s less about form and more about performance: how will this house help me survive?” /// The occasion was the fiftieth anniversary

gala of Cambridge Seven Associates, the architectural firm that designed the New England Aquarium and many aquariums around the world thereafter. Right on cue, a 200-pound loggerhead turtle named Retread bobbed up to where interior designer and former ASID president Lisa Bonneville and contractor/renovator David Glod were talking shop. It was almost as though Retread wanted to join the discussion—understandable given the topic. The Manchester, Massachusetts– based Bonneville and the Dunstable, Massachusetts–based Glod both decried the fact that the unglamorous nature of design for aging in place has made it less of a priority than it needed to be.“I am going to be dedicating myself to this issue,” declares the soft-spoken, 150  New England Home  March–April 2013

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influential designer, “because let’s face it, we are all getting older.” /// High-end home builder

Jarrett Kravitz of

Advantage Contracting in West Hartford, Connecticut, would agree. Aging in place has become increasingly important for his client base as well. “Wider hallways, flush roll-in showers and cabinetry that can easily be taken apart and reassembled to be more accessible are things we are doing all the time,” he says. “In our latest house we stacked one closet on the first floor and one right over it on Jarrett Kravitz the second floor by the garage. That way if the owners ever decide to install an elevator, the space is already there.” /// What could be more unnerving to

anyone choosing to age in place than budget surprises? While for Million Dollar Decorators many thousands in cost overruns are the equivalent of a rounding error, they are increasingly a big no-no in New England. “Winging it on estimates just doesn’t work,” says Linda Shafiroff, who with partner Sarah Stiner founded the design/build firm Creative Building Solutions in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, eleven years ago. “Going back for more money is a real problem. There are only so many times you can say ‘Oh, by the way. ..’. Sarah and I are very conscious about cost and that is part of the reason we have had a great run.” Shafiroff does the design and estimating while Stiner takes care of the permitting and supervising the subs. Under her is a foreman on the job sites making sure the framers are doing things correctly and quality is being upheld all around. “All eyes trained on the project is what’s important,” says Stiner. “It can’t be just our view or his view.” ///

Pat Hennin had not only a view, but a

vision. Between late 1973 and early 1974, world oil prices quadrupled. A Maine lawyer, Hennin took it upon himself to build a passive solar home off the grid. The press, including Time magazine, waxed enthusiastic. Soon thereafter, Hennin quit his law firm and he and his wife, Patsy, founded the Shelter Institute in Woolwich, Maine, to teach others how

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to live off the grid. Now run by their son Gaius Hennin and daughter, Blueberry Beeton, the institute has grown to include a timber-frame business, an old tool business and monthly classes of fifteen to twenty students. “The classes are pretty much an even split between architects, engineers, builders and homeowners,” says Gaius. “The major change around here,” he continues, “is that the state of Maine adopted the IRC, or International Gaius Hennin Residential Code. People are just becoming aware of it and they want to make sure they are compliant when they build.” /// While all the quotes above may not make

it to prime time, they say a lot about New England’s unique position in the global design picture. Sources of local pride: trueness to character and authenticity, moderation, skill, classical knowledge, willingness to experiment, thoroughness, sustainable practices—the list is long. Meanwhile, reports of scouts from Million Dollar Decorators are coming in to this office with increasing frequency. A star turn may be only a matter of learning what not to say. No reason to panic. •

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Spring is a time for new beginnings, so it’s no surprise to find our friends at RiverBend & Company comfortably ensconced in a beautiful new showroom in Westford, Massachusetts’ Cornerstone Square. Known for an unparalleled selection of high-end appliances, RiverBend has formed a new partnership with Belmontbased design firm Haddad Hakansson to offer complete kitchen design services. Robin Sheldon of Soft Surroundings traveled to Provence, France, to find inspiration for her new line of home decor items, The Retreat Collection. Beautiful French reproduction furniture and vintage-inspired accessories join the company’s stylish selection of clothing, bedding and beauty goods. The Retreat Collection is available from the new catalog Soft Surroundings Retreat, online and in the Boston and Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and South Windsor, Connecticut, stores.

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store, ZUERNERmade. Expect to find a selection of Zuerner’s beautifully crafted wood furniture and smaller pieces including his popular Gratitude cutting boards. The Ocean State also recently welcomed The Hopscotch Room in North Providence, with a second location in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Both stores offer an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories and other fun items. Dennis Lawlor returned to his roots in high-end traditional building by becoming a partner at Landmark Services after a successful five-year run with Kenneth Vona Construction. “The company just has a great team—strong management, great craftsmen—you get the sense that people really love the work,” says Lawlor of his new coworkers. “It’s been a terrific fit.” In addition to helping grow the new construction side of the business, Lawlor will bring the firm’s property management/small projects division online. In other career moves, Alyska Farnsworth joined Dover Rug & Home as an interior designer and colorist, bringing with her more than twenty years of experience in residential interior design. An expert at balancing aesthetics and practicality, Farnsworth will assist Dover customers with rug and carpet selection as well as offer interior design consultation. March 1 marks the grand opening of Furniture Consignment Gallery’s newest location in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 12,000-square-foot store will offer twelve uniquely designed rooms filled with a fine selection of high-quality, preowned furniture. “We see a great opportunity to strengthen our foothold on the South Shore and extend our brand to Cape Cod and the Islands,” says owner Jay Frucci. “This is a market that understands and appreciates the value of quality furniture consignment.”


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

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a pretty snowfall outdoors welcomed guests to the grand reopening of the MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS flagship store in Boston’s Back Bay. Guests sipped cocktails and nibbled hors d’oeuvres while being entertained by the legendary New York drag queen and DJ Lady Bunny. What’s a little snow for us New Englanders? A blizzard last year destroyed the building that housed ­EASTMAN ST. WOODWORKS, so it was a happy crowd that celebrated the grand opening of the Easton, Massachusetts, cabinetry company’s new state-of-the-art facility. The mood was festive at ANTHI F ­ RANGIADIS A ­ SSOCIATES when

the architect and design firm threw an open house at its Marion, Massachusetts, studio. Make-A-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island was the beneficiary of a party AUDIO CONCEPTS threw to celebrate the opening of No Naked Walls. The exhibit of works by six New England artists adorned the walls of The Experience Center, the company’s Boston showroom. In Beverly, Massachusetts, DESIGNER BATH opened its showroom after hours for What’s On Tap, a networking event that offered the chance for industry pros to see the latest in high-end bath products.

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La Paz Pedestal ///

“This piece has a calming, Asian influence in its form, and because it’s clear it lets the art be the star. Any sculpture, plaster, bronze or a porcelain vase would be perfectly displayed.” Furn & Co., Boston design Center, (617) 342-1500,


Design Legacy Celina Table ///

“I like to display collectibles on mirrored surfaces, as on this understated accent table that reflects light and highlights the beauty of the object from all its angles.” Spaces Kennebunkport


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“Make a bold, artistic statement in a foyer by using this gorgeous distressed column to show off a piece of sculpted work.” lou lou’s decor and Red Bird Trading, Newburyport, mass., (978) 462-5566


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“This light is a minimal yet elegant way to light art with a hanging fixture rather than a ceiling fixture. It illuminates quietly with its two halogen bulbs. It comes in many finishes including chrome, bronze and brass, so it can be used with any contemporary design.”

Garden City Wall Sconce ///

“Hanging an extended arm sconce over a shelf is a great way to shed light on a collection or on a painting. The moveable parts of this piece from Hudson Valley Lighting let you aim the light on various objects with ease.” Spaces

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“Simple and classic, this light by Visual Comfort is a beautiful fixture to illuminate fine art on the walls of your home. Two of these over two paintings, side by side, would make a lovely focal point over the buffet in your dining room.”Lou

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The pieces designer Stacy Carlson carries at the home boutique she and her husband, Brett, founded in 1998 mirror her personal style. “I enjoy rooms that have a simple elegance to them,” she says. “Not overdone, not overpowering, just beautifully pulled together.” Lou Lou’s Decor, Portsmouth, R.I., (401) 293-5799,

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Dessin Fournir Pierre Shelf ///

“I am in love with this shelf, inspired by Pierre Chareau and, in particular his home, the Maison de Verre, in Paris. I love that it’s contemporary yet made of iron, an Old World metal. It works well to display accessories, as well as to create niches for art.” The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,


St. Bart’s Étagère by Somerset Bay ///

“The soothing aqua hue of the ‘cotton candy’ finish makes this a quintessential accent piece for the New England seaside home. It’s fabulous for storing towels and accessories in a bathroom, but I recently used it in a guest bedroom to display photos, house a clock and show off some pretty nautical accents.” Lou Lou’s Decor


Roost Angled Shelves ///

“An assortment of ledges is a great way to display collections, photographs or paintings, and offers the flexibility to move objects around at whim without having to dig out the hammer and nails. These asymmetrical recycled wood shelves from Roost are works of art in themselves.” Spaces Kennebunkport


The details—efficient use of space, careful detailing, dramatic lighting and the perfect materials—are important to Susan Orpin. Her selections for displaying art reflect her own penchant for creating what she calls a “refined union of old and new.” The Orpin Group, Boston, (617) 345-0328,


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Uncommon Commode Local designer Charles Spada spared no detail when creating his new Venice Collection, evidenced in the first piece from the line, the Venetian Commode. The lavish, limited-edition chest of drawers is upholstered in silk inside and out. Boston, (617) 204-9270,

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Posh Pulls Drawer pulls get a luxe upgrade courtesy of The Tanner’s Craft. The Connecticut-based manufacturer creates cabinet hardware in solid brass, then covers it in high-quality, stain-resistant Edelman leather. The fixtures are now available in forty finishes and twenty-five leathers. Find them at Fixtures etc., Salem, N.H., (603) 893-6777,

Form and Function The Studio Floor Lamp by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort, new to American traditions, is as much about function as it is about form—a telescopic, tripod-style base makes the light height-adjustable, while at the same time adding a subtle nautical vibe. Hampton Falls, N.H., (603) 926-3007,

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Top Copper New England Copper Works recently expanded their line of handmade onion lanterns, finials and birdbaths to include this simple yet stunning bar sink, which debuted at the Rhode Island Spring Flower Show in February. Smithfield, R.I., (401) 232-9899,

By the Seashore The Shell rug, part of Judy Ross’s spring 2013 collection, exemplifies the beautifully bold prints and color choices for which the designer has become known. Order it in one of five colorways at the new Williams and Spade retail store. Sudbury, Mass., (978) 443-4427,

Inside Out The Standard Arm Signature Sofa from George Smith may look like it belongs in a sitting room, but the plush piece is actually part of the company’s new outdoor collection. Order it now from Furn & Co. and it will be installed on your patio by the time the weather warms up. Boston, (617) 342-1500,

Sun Salutation For her spring 2013 collection of pillow covers, Framingham, Massachusetts–based textile designer Priyanka Behl embellished classic linen with patterns and colors inspired by the Konark Sun Temple in Orissa, India. Find the collection at Barrows Custom Interiors, Newton, Mass., (617) 9644580,

Organic Outline The unique shape of the freestanding Cabrits tub from Victoria & Albert, now at Close to Home, is meant to mimic the contours of the human body. The tub is made from volcanic limestone and resin to ensure durability and heat retention. South Burlington, Vt., (802) 861-3200,

All Modern Looking for an original alternative to the granite countertops that have been de rigueur in kitchen design for the last decade? Try Twenty Cemento by Modulnova, a line of cement resin counters and cabinet fronts now at Studio Verticale. Boston, (617) 751-0829, —Kaitlin Madden

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GOOD BONES: COTTAGE INDUSTRY PAGES 40–44 Architect: J. Michael Abbott, Northeast Collaborative Architects, Newport, R.I., (401) 8469583, Builder: John Damon, The Damon Company, Newport, R.I., (401) 846-4574, Landscape architect: Martha S. Moore, Tiverton, R.I., (401) 624-2435 Custom woodworking: Peter Zuerner, Zuerner Design, North Kingstown, R.I., (401) 324-9490, Custom cabinetry: Paul Jutras, Jutras Woodworking, Smithfield, R.I., (401) 949-8101, SPECIAL SPACES: RUSTIC RETREAT PAGES 48–51 Interior designer: Marcia Summers Interiors, Newton, Mass., (617) 527-4059 Builder: Ralph Gentile Renovations, Groton, Mass., (617) 908-4545 Drapery and pillow workroom: Drape-It, Waltham, Mass., (781) 209-1912, Pages 48–51: Drapery fabric by Beacon Hill,; sofa by A. Rudin through M-Geough,; game table and chairs, recliner and Holly Hunt coffee table through Webster & Company,; Fortuny chandelier from Wolfers Lighting, wolfers. com; rug from Steven King,; fireplace tiles from Discover Tile, discovertile. com; horse painting from Ralph Lauren Home, CALIFORNIA DREAMY PAGES 84–91 Architect: Sally Weston, Sally Weston Associates, Hingham, Mass., (781) 749-8058, Interior designers: John Day and Jayme Kennerknecht, LDa Architecture & Interiors, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 621-1455, Builder: Rob Thompson, Thompson Builders, Hingham, Mass., (781) 749-9176 Landscape architect: Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 4922808, Page 84: Rug from Steven King, stevenkinginc. com; drink table, sofa, lounge chair and coffee table from Bright Chair,; fabric on sofa pillows from Cowtan & Tout,; ceiling light from Robert Abbey, Page 86–87: Lounge chair from Bright Chair; custom rug designed by LDa and fabricated by Niba Rugs,; fabric on pillows by Pollack,; bar cart from Roost,; custom coffee table by LDa, fabricated by Art Applications, artapplicationsinc. com; custom pendant light by Bone Simple Design,; sconce from Robert Abbey. Page 88: Custom table by LDa; dining chairs from

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A. Rudin,, with fabric by HBF Textiles,; drapery fabric by Calvin Fabrics,; Clavius suspension light from Axolight,; silk rug from Steven King. Page 89: Pendant light from Caravaggio, ylighting. com; backsplash tile from Glass Tile, Page 91: Custom mirror and bed nightstands by LDa; fireplace from EcoSmart,; Tolomeo wall sconce from Artemide, TREASURE HUNT PAGES 92–99 Interior designer: Linda Banks and James Light, Simply Home, Falmouth, Maine, (207) 781-5651, Contractor: Ray Youmans, Sunray Builders, Brunswick, Maine, (207) 729-8920 Painting/site management: Peter Sewall, Interior and Exterior Painting and Restoration, Brunswick, Maine, (207) 729-7850 Cabinetmaker: Gerald Reynolds, New Milford, Conn., (203) 788-0705 Pages 92–93: Whisper painting above console table by Stephen Gleasner through Carver Hill Gallery,; dining chairs from Arteriors,; lighting from Waterworks, Pages 94–95: Lamps from Barbara Cosgrove,; sofa and chairs from Hickory Chair Furniture Company, hickorychair. com; pillow fabric from Galbraith & Paul through Studio 534,; custom coffee table through Simply Home; side tables from Bungalow 5,; rug from New England Collection,; painting above mantel by America Martin,; stone from Midcoast Marble & Granite, West Bath, Maine, (207) 443-9691. Page 96: X-bench from Lee Industries; photo on stair landing by Cig Harvey,; painting at top landing by America Martin. Page 97: Kitchen stools from Lee Industries,; lights by Original BTC, Page 99: Pillow fabric from Travers & Co. through Thomas Lavin,; wall lights from Artemide Tolomeo,; guest bath lighting from Waterworks; vanities from Restoration Hardware, A COLORFUL CONVERSION PAGES 100–107 Interior designer: Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Design Group, Boston, (617) 227-6693, Contractor: William Harden, Harden Design & Build, Needham, Mass., (781) 444-9417, Architectural designer (permitting and interior layout): Jim Conathan, Conathan Design, Duxbury,

Mass., (781) 934-5076, Kitchen designer: Janet Heyde, Natick, Mass.,

(508) 887-6867 Decorative painter: Joan Kingsbury, Joan Kingsbury and Associates, Canton, Mass., (781) 821-4946,

Landscape designer: Matthew Gramer, NatureWorks, Boston, Custom wallcoverings: Normand Ste. Marie, Wallcoverings Unlimited, Dracut, Mass., (617) 291-0066 Millwork: Islington Mill Furniture, Portsmouth, N.H., (603) 431-5572; Munro Woodwork, Bellingham, Mass., (508) 966-2654,; Toby Leary Fine Woodworking, Hyannis, Mass., (774) 836-5571, Custom drapery: Miles River Sewing, Danvers, Mass., (978) 750-4923, Custom upholstery: Connors Design, Ltd., Marlborough, (508) 429-4980 Wood floors: C&R Flooring, Needham, Mass., (781) 444-1553, Page 100: Charleston sofa from Lee Jofa, leejofa. com, in Rogers & Goffigon fabric, Greenwich, Conn., (203) 532-8068; etagere from Niermann Weeks,; Hwang Bishop table lamp from Studio 534,; custom coffee table by Art Applications, artapplicationsinc. com; floor lamp from Circa Lighting, circalighting. com; carpet from Steven King, stevenkinginc. com; chairs from Kravet,, in fabrics by Osborne & Little fabric,, and Cowtan & Tout, Page 101: Custom mirrored screen by Art Applications; wallcovering from Zoffany, zoffany. com; high-backed sofa from Lewis Mittman, ef-lm. com, in fabric from Osborne & Little; center table from Neirmann Weeks; carpet from Stark Carpet,; dining table from ICON Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0655; head dining chair from Artistic Frame, artisticframe. com, in Schumacher fabric; drapery fabric from Bergamo,, with Stroheim fringe,; artwork from Jules Place,; sconce from Vaughan Designs,; Hickory Chair side chairs,, in Osborne & Little fabric; glass decanters from Kravet. Page 102: GP & J Baker drapery fabric from Lee Jofa; sectional by Connors Design in Schumacher,, and Kravet fabrics; coffee table and game table by Art Applications; Groundworks spool chair fabric from Lee Jofa; game table chairs from Artistic Frame, in Schumacher fabric; carpet from Steven King; artwork from Jules Place; Winslow Square lantern from Vaughan Designs; Regency wall lantern from Circa Lighting. Page 103: Drapery fabric by Kravet; blue pillow fabric by Duralee,, with trim from Samuel & Sons,; accessories from West Elm,; custom-painted Howard Elliott mirror,; fire screen from Adams Fireplace Shop, adamsfireplaceshop. com; chair fabric from Schumacher; dining table and counter stools from Kravet; dining chairs from Artistic Frame, in fabric from Kravet; Niermann Weeks Capucine chandelier; Alecia’s Necklace pendants from Metropolitan Lighting,; wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries,

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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

sectional by Connors Design in Kravet fabric with trim from Samuel & Sons; lamps from Arteriors Home,; custom coffee table from Art Applications; cove chairs by Kravet in Schumacher fabric; pillow fabric from Kravet; Jonathan Adler throw,; Heliopolis carpet from Patterson Flynn & Martin,; writing desk from Century Furniture,; artwork from Jules Place; glass vessels from FDO Group,; Louis Ghost chair from Design Within Reach, Page 106: Landing chair fabric from Duralee; table from Hickory Chair; carpet by Stark; bed from Hickory Chair with Kravet headboard fabric; artwork from Jules Place; bedding from Bloomingdale’s,; Hudson swing-arm lamp from Circa Lighting; wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries; lounge chairs from Baker,, in Kravet fabric; table from Kravet; lamb from ICON Group; drapery fabric from Kravet. Page 107: Drapery fabric by Kravet; round crystal mini pendant by Dainolite Lighting,; satin nickel knobs from by Du Verre Hardware,; artwork from Jules Place; wallcovering from Cavelier Wall Liner,; ottoman fabric from Duralee; tub from Splash, SIMPLY SOPHISTICATED PAGES 108–115 Architecture and interior design: Stephen Hart and Jennifer Lyford, Hart Associates Architects, Belmont, Mass., (617) 489-0030, Builders: Stephen Payne and Steve Clarke, Payne/ Bouchier, Roxbury, Mass., (617) 445-4323, Venetian plaster: Chris Audley, Painting By Design, Concord, Mass., (617) 957-0414 Page 108: Pendant light from Artemide, artemide. us; Metro glass tile from Ann Sacks,; wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries,; stair rail fabricated by Wilson Welding, Salisbury, Mass., (978) 462-9764. Page 109: De Sede sofa from Montage, Page 110: Built-in cabinetry by Herrick & White,; B&B Italia dining table and chairs from Montage; Estiluz Dona hanging light from Page 111: Kitchen appliances from Yale Appliance & Lighting,; counter stools from Montage; cabinetry by Herrick & White. Page 112: De Sede lounge chair and small tables from Montage; TV and speaker from Interactive Home Systems,; Estiluz Dona ceiling light from Page 113: Millwork by Payne/Bouchier; Eames chair from; cabinet hardware from Needham Lock & Decorative Hardware, Page 114: Estiluz sconces from; cabinetry designed by Hart Associates Architects, fabricated by Herrick & White; cabinet hardware

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Batchelor, CBA Landscape Architects, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 945-9760,; architect, Albert, Righter & Tittman Architects, Boston, (617) 451-5740,; plant installation, Old Colonial Tree and Landscape, Hyde Park, Mass., (617) 364-8768. Pages 118–119: Landscape architect, Matthew

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Notable homes on the market in New England BY MARIA LAPIANA


Halsey Mansion, Providence

ROOMS: 20 10 BEDROOMS 6 FULL, 2 HALF BATHS 12,756 SQ. FT. $3,800,000

Named to the National Register of Historic Places and located on 1.2 acres in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, the Halsey Mansion has a long and storied past. The house was built in 1801 by shipping merchant Thomas L. Halsey, and urban legend in the early 1900s held that the mansion was haunted. This caught the attention of novelist H.P. Lovecraft, who lived down the street. The home is said to have been the setting for Lovecraft’s short novel The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Over time, the mansion was made into apartments; fifteen years ago, it was converted back into a single-family home by its current owner, a renowned antiques dealer whose restoration work included remodeling the kitchen, replacing the balustrade and roof woodwork, restoring copper gutters and trim, building a two-car garage and adding mahogany and cedar porches to the rear of the home. The ten-bedroom, museum-quality home features a lovingly maintained yard as well, with mature landscaping, English gardens, fountain and koi pond. DULY NOTED: Close to Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design and downtown Providence, the home includes three one-bedroom basement apartments and a guest cottage, all currently leased to Brown students. CONTACT: Taylor & Company, William Raveis, (401) 270-7909,, MLS# 1017995

Can you put a price tag on a dream home? One young couple—a very lucky young couple—from the Chicago suburbs has. The winners of the HGTV 2011 Dream Home only managed to visit the Stowe property five times and have decided the all-season retreat ought to belong to someone who’ll use it more. So the nearly 4,000-square-foot house is on the market, fully furnished. Early Adirondack camps of the twentieth century inspired Stowe architect Paul Rousselle, who created a floor plan that would feel cozy to an average family of two to four, but is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate fourteen or more. Sustainability and modern touches are in evidence throughout; soaring ceilings and plenty of large windows (through which Stowe’s ski slopes are visible) lend an open, airy feel. The home features several gathering rooms, a chef’s kitchen with every amenity, a bunkroom that sleeps eight and a stone terrace with outdoor kitchen and hot tub. DULY NOTED: “Fully furnished” takes on new meaning when you consider that HGTV spared no expense in choosing high-quality fixtures, designer furnishings and accessories for this home. What’s more, specially curated artwork by Vermont sculptors, painters and photographers is included, too. CONTACT: New England Landmark Realty, ROOMS: 7 Ltd., (802) 253-4711,, 3 BEDROOMS MLS# 4205787


3½ BATHS 3,961 SQ. FT. (INCLUDES LOWER LEVEL) $2,995,000

Craftsman in Kennebunkport

ROOMS: 18 5 BEDROOMS 8 BATHS 9,815 SQ. FT. $6,850,000


Stunning Stowe Getaway

The owner of this property is a firm believer in finding one’s match; that said, his estate, sited on thirty acres with views of Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, is meant for a discerning buyer. Dr. Neil Clark Warren, the founder of, purchased the shell of a spec house in 2006 and brought in architects and artisans who shared his vision for a secluded home imbued with Craftsman details of the highest order. “Lake of the Woods” is composed of a main house (just shy of 10,000 square feet) featuring five bedroom suites; a two-story guesthouse, pool with pool house, tennis court with tennis pavilion and a four-car garage. Wood, stone and other Arts and Crafts–inspired materials were used throughout the home. The great room, with its thirty-two-foot ceiling, arched wall of windows and massive stone fireplace, says it all. And although the main home’s furnishings—most of them in the Stickley style—are not included in the asking price, the owner will entertain reasonable offers. DULY NOTED: Don’t forget the vista: the property features 1,800 feet of water frontage (a freshwater pond) teeming with wildlife, over which you can see the Atlantic Ocean. CONTACT: LandVest, (207) 874-6160,, MLS# 1063733 MARCH–APRIL 2013 NEW ENGLAND HOME 175

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Marblehead, MA $5,850,000 MLS#71139325, Jack Attridge, 781.883.3200

Fairfield, CT $5,800,000 MLS#98531556, Al Filippone Assoc., 203.257.9110

New Canaan, CT $3,995,000 MLS#99000694, Regina van der Heyden, 203.644.5025

Wayland, MA $3,899,000 MLS#71446494, Slater | Gold Team, 617.216.4000

Marblehead, MA $3,500,000 MLS#71399263, Jack Attridge, 781.883.3200

Cape Cod/Orleans, MA $2,995,000 MLS#21102228, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558

Cape Cod/Harwich Port, MA $2,500,000 MLS#21009798, Amy Brady, 508.221.5071

Cape Cod/S. Orleans, MA $2,300,000 MLS#21202092, Evelyn Doane, 508.237.1629

Sherborn, MA $2,195,000 MLS#71469466, Nora Lynch Smith, 508.245.2626

Westport, MA $1,860,000 MLS#71429957, Laurie Ammann, 508.636.4529

Cape Cod/Harwich Port, MA $1,850,000 MLS#21207239, Amy Brady, 508.221.5071

Cape Cod/W. Yarmouth, MA $1,825,800 MLS#21207454, Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166

Stamford, CT $1,800,000 MLS#99009359, Linda Kopel, 203.912.0093

Cape Cod/Brewster, MA $1,500,000 MLS#21201600, Amy Brady, 508.221.5071

Kingston, MA $1,450,000 MLS#71436896, William Tierney, 617.653.1955


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Cape Cod/N. Chatham, MA $1,395,000 MLS#21207543, Kim Arestad, 508.469.2083

Pembroke, MA $1,379,900 MLS#71460920, Carolyn Durkin, 617.462.1992

Marblehead, MA $1,295,000 MLS#71375857, Jack Attridge, 781.883.3200

Cape Cod/Eastham, MA $1,250,000 MLS#21106357, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558

Old Saybrook, CT $1,249,900 MLS#M9137900, Penny Parker, 860.575.1855

Ridgefield, CT $1,210,000 MLS#99011231, Deb McCarty, 203.240.2669

Natick, MA $1,050,000 MLS#71468527, Ellen Curran Karassik, 617.803.8439

Newtown, CT $925,000 MLS#99011641, Lisa Gallagher, 203.948.6429

Falmouth/Cape Cod, MA $889,000 MLS#21300074, Dane Kimmerle, 508.495.0056




Lincoln, MA $2,325,000 Slater | Gold Team, 617.216.4000

New Canaan, CT $1,750,000 Denise Gannalo, 203.981.7927

Darien, CT $1,660,000 Alex Bram, 203.249.1320




Hingham, MA $1,500,000 Jennifer Richardsson, 781.264.0462

Cape Cod/E. Orleans $1,415,000 The Karlson Group, 508.237.5505

Roxbury, CT $1,195,000 Stacey Matthews, 860.868.9066


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BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Prime Fisher Hill location. Spectacular condo with custom details, five bedrooms and five and one-half baths. Three-car heated garage parking; elevator, gated security, heated pool, fitness gym. $4,900,000

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Authentic, circa 1901 Shingle-style architecture with magnificent period detail plus 2006 renovation and expansion. On 24 acres of historic land with river frontage. $4,900,000

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

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning 2001 custom-built stone-front Colonial with entrance courtyard, 3.65 acres, private setting with pool and sports court, 12,000+ square feet of living space, amenities galore! $4,350,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Beautifully sited at the crest of private, tree-lined drive, this spectacular custom estate features 18 exceptional rooms, five en suite bedrooms, home theater and game room. $4,299,000

MANCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS Enjoy spectacular overland and water views to the Atlantic Ocean and outer islands from this recently renovated 4.7 acre estate with heated pool, spa and gardens. $3,475,000

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BELMONT, MASSACHUSETTS Majestically-sited 11-room brick Colonial home on Old Belmont Hill, featuring five bedrooms, custom family room, and 30-foot gourmet kitchen with French doors to garden and patio. $2,300,000

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Extraordinary, renovated sun-filled parlor duplex, with unsurpassed craftsmanship, wonderful layout, open family and dining room, granite kitchen, private patio and parking. $2,025,000

JAMAICA PLAIN, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning Moss Hill, 6,200-square-foot Rice mansion carriage house on 1/2 acre + in an incomparable private setting, rimmed by grand, lush trees and plantings. $1,675,000

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Boxford-Custom high quality residence set on 2.08 acres in a beautiful enclave. $1,095,000

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Beverly Farms-Stately Colonial privately set on almost 10 acres at the end of cul-de-sac. $1,400,000

Hamilton-Exquisite Shingle-style residence with impeccable detail throughout. $2,950,000

Beverly Farms-Spacious Antique Colonial in the heart of town near train and West Beach. $769,000

Gloucester-Panoramic Ocean views from this historic property with period details. $1,425,000 Manchester-Beautifully renovated Cape set on 1.31 professionally landscaped acres. $1,075,000

Manchester-Single Style Residence set on a private lot near Black and White Beaches. $1,395,000

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Gloucester-Tudor Estate set on 24 private acres with ocean views abutting conservation land. $3,150,000

Rockport-Quintessential seaside Shingle style residence with sweeping ocean views. $1,150,000

Marblehead-Secluded Residence abutting bird sanctuary set on a beautifully landscaped lot. $1,250,000

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60nobscot 182 a Blade of Grass 60–61 A.J. Rose Carpets 38 AD 20/21 161 Architectural Digest Home Design Show 167 Ardente Supply Company 37 Artefact Home|Garden 129 Audio Video Design 173 Authentic Designs 174 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc. 41 The Barn at 17 149 Bayberry Nurseries 76 Beaconstreet Builders, Inc. 56 Belgard 62–63 Boston Architectural College 44 Boston Art, Inc. 140 Boston Design Center 11 California Closets 55 Capital Masonry Design 77 CBT Architects 36 The Chelsea Company, LLC 159 Coldwell Banker Previews International 178–179 Colony Rug Company 18 Company C Flagship Store 20 Cosentino North America 21 Cottage & Bungalow 165 CraftBoston 167 Daher Interior Design 1 db Landscaping 78 DeBenedictis Building 29 Decorating Den Interiors 141 Delap Real Estate, LLC 180 digs design co. 183 Dover Rug 57 Dream Kitchens 172 Eastman Street Woodworks 2–3 Eric Roseff Designs 27 FBN Construction Co., Inc. back cover Fifthroom 174 First Rugs, Inc. 46 Furniture by Dovetail 155 Furniture 174 The Granite Group 130 Gregory Lombardi Design 79 H Keith Wagner 182 Hudson 16 Huth Architects 51 Hutker Architects 157 Island Realty 180 J Barrett & Company Real Estate 181 J. Todd Galleries 151 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Made Sustainable Furnishings 153 JJ Hardwood Floors 33 JW Construction, Inc. 132–133 Kate Coughlin Interiors  inside back cover Katherine Field and Associates, Inc. 13 Kinlin Grover 180 Kitchen Views 32 Kristen Rivoli Interior Design 43 LaBarge Custom Home Building 183 Landry & Arcari 15 LDa Architecture & Interiors 22

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League of N.H. Craftsmen 163 LeBlanc Design 165 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc. 6–7 Longwood Events 147, 169 Lynn Creighton Realtor 180 Lynne Greene Interiors 47 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design 58 McDougal Architects 83 Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors  142 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 8–9 Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, Inc. 134–135 New England Shutter Mills 152 Northern Lights Landscape 80 Parterre Garden Services 81 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  inside front cover Peabody Supply Company 50 Pellettieri Associates Inc. 64–65 Pinney Designs 143 Planeta Basque 45 Polhemus Savery DaSilva 150 Porcelanosa 49 Roomscapes Luxury Design Center 144 Royal Building Products 17 Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath 170 Sally Weston Associates 128 Sanford Custom Homes 163 Schumacher Landscape Artisans 66–67 Sea-Dar Construction 145 Shafer O’Neil Interior Design 136–137 Showroom 83 Snow and Jones 152 SpaceCraft Architecture 138–139 Stephen Plaud 146 Sudbury Design Group 68–69 Surroundings 149 Susan Shulman Interiors 25 Thoughtforms 39 Thread 19 Timothy Lee Landscape Design 82 TMS Architects 35 Triad Associates, Inc. 70–71 Upstate Door 31 Vermont Soapstone 159 Walker Interiors 157 Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration 4–5 Weston Carpet & Rugs 155 William Raveis Real Estate 176–177 Windover 53 Winston Flowers 72–73 YFI Custom Homes 171 Zen Associates 74–75 /////// New England Home, March–April 2013, Volume 8, Number 4 © 2013 by Network Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. New England Home (USPS 024-096) is published 6 times a year (JAN, MAR, MAY, JULY, SEP, NOV) by Network Communications, Inc., 2 Sun Court NW, Suite 300, Norcross, GA 30092 (678) 346-9300. ­Periodical postage paid at Norcross, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 705, Selmer, TN 38375. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription.

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Design ideas in the making

stills from video by Joel Benjamin

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One of my earliest studio assignments in architecture school was to design a complete, livable, freestanding dwelling of no more than 100 square feet. I was already a cabinetmaker when I started school, so my solution to this challenge was more of a multifunctional cabinet composition than a house. I was attracted to the notion that a small and seemingly simple object could unfold to support a large variety of functions . . . much like a Swiss Army knife or an iPhone. At Kochman Reidt + Haigh, we recently built a cabinet assembly inspired by considerations such as these. Our Hidden Kitchen incorporates all of the storage and equipment requirements of a fully functional kitchen, but can transform from workplace to gathering and dining space as parts fold, flip and slide. Like a Murphy bed, its primary function can withdraw to support other activities in the same space. We designed the Hidden Kitchen for dwellings like lofts or studios, where one space needs to accommodate a broad range of activities. It is made from quarter-sawn American black walnut; back-painted, acid-etched glass; and stainless steel. Appliances are by Sub-Zero, Miele and Fisher & Paykel. The unique, articulated tube design of the faucet (the Karbon model by Kohler) made it possible to tuck the faucet into the sink and keep it out of sight when not in use. [Editor’s note: To see the full demonstration video from which the stills above are drawn, to go] Paul Reidt, Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers, Stoughton, Mass., (781) 573-1500,

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