New England Home May June 2013

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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture and Building

Bright and Sexy Styles Color Sings in a Back Bay Apartment Casual Modernism Nestles in the Maine Woods A Ballplayer’s Home Scores a Home Run PLUS: GLAMOROUS, GRAPHIC AND COLORFUL BEDROOMS

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From the Editor

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ot long ago a friend was showing me something he had seen in a magazine— a particular Donald Sultan print in a particular setting, I think it was. As he riffled through the pages looking for the right one, we happened across the masthead, where the publication’s staff was laid out in neat ranks. “You know,” he commented in passing, “I just can’t imagine what all those little people do.” It may be that even longtime readers of New England Home can’t imagine what all our people do, either. So here’s a tour of our masthead’s first page, covering the editorial side of operations. (Page two is devoted to our sales and production teams, who so ably keep the whole enterprise afloat and healthy.) We often begin work on a magazine well over a year before it finds its way into your hands. (This issue, for example, got under way in November 2011 with our first glimpse of the Elliott + Elliott house on page 102.) Homes editor Stacy Kunstel, contributing editor Karin Lidbeck Brent and I are our principal scout/producers, who ferret out the lovely spaces for our features and then work with one of our stable of expert architectural photographers to

What All Those Little People Do style and capture just the right images. Meanwhile senior editor Paula Bodah is busily matching each project or topic with an equally talented writer, overseeing the process of turning raw facts into informative and stylish text. Contributing editors Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz, associate editor Erin Marvin and managing and online editor Kaitlin Madden are in their various ways constantly on the prowl for gorgeous resources and noteworthy trends—Kaitlin is also the primary conduit to our online and socialmedia audience, which reaches far beyond the borders of only six states—while

Louis Postel keeps his finger on the pulse of the region’s design professionals. Finally, after so many months of painstaking consideration, creation, assembly and tweaking, contributing designer J Porter and I (having started with New England Home as the art director, I still keep my hand in) sculpt it all into graphic form, ready for public consumption. None of which you really need to worry about as you flip through an issue or click through our website, of course, but the experience wouldn’t be nearly as worthwhile without “all those little people.” —Kyle Hoepner

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Featured Homes 76 Bold Stroke Pure-white walls make a dramatic canvas for the daring use of color and a stellar art collection in a Boston condominium. Interior architecture and design: Heather Wells, Wells & Fox Architectural Interiors / Photography: Keller + Keller / Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel

86 Core Value A wise couple and their creative architect opt to save a tiny old Cape, which now forms the charming heart of a gracious Shingle-style home overlooking Nantucket Sound. Architecture: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders / Interior design: Herbert Acevedo, Shor / Landscape design: David Hawk, Hawk Design / Photography: Eric Roth / Text: Paula M. Bodah / Produced by Kyle Hoepner

94 Home Run When two designers are given carte blanche, the result is a Boston residence that gives their clients—a professional baseball player and his wife—a warm welcome to New England. Architecture: Kevin Gordon, Design West, and Mark Allen / Interior design: Noelle Micek, An Organized Nest, and Tricia Roberts / Photography: James R. Salomon / Text: Robert Kiener / 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

102 Maine Woods Modern A dense forest surrounding a scenic cove proves an ideal backdrop for a seriously contemporary retreat. Architecture: Elliott + Elliott Architecture / Landscape design: Larry Maxim, Down East Landscape & Design / Photography: Trent Bell / Text: Maria LaPiana / Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

Other Features 112 Special Focus: Trends & Trendmakers Vivid color, attention-grabbing texture and fearless individuality are a few of the hot new developments in home architecture and interiors in New England. Text: Regina Cole

On the cover: Designer Heather Wells gave a white-walled condominium in Boston’s Back Bay

glamour, sparkle and a bold shot of bright color. Photograph by Keller + Keller. To see more of this home, turn to page 76.

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Art, Design, History, Landscape 23 Elements: The New Office Chair Working from home just got a lot more stylish. / DESIGN DESTINATION: Machine Age, Boston. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ 34 Artistry: On Second Thought The quirky beauty of Annette Lemieux’s work gets you looking. Her deep exploration of the universal human tendency toward ambivalence grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. BY LOUIS POSTEL 40 Past Perfect: Roseland Cottage Henry Bowen’s Gothic Revival home in Woodstock, Connecticut, still charms. By Regina Cole 46 Metropolitan Life: High Spirits A century-old urban house opens to an interior filled with bright color, modern furnishings and a lively sensibility. By Megan Fulweiler / Photography by Ben Gebo

52 Rooms We Love: The Bold and the Beautiful Sleeping spaces that deliver serious personality. Text by MARNI ELYSE KATZ Special Marketing Sections: Design Directions 61

People, Places, Events, Products 130 Trade Secrets: Living Large Comings and goings (and a few surprises) in New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL 138 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design.

Portfolio of Fine Building 121

144 Perspectives New England designers offer a bouquet of floral-inspired things to give the home a sense of spring. Edited by Paula M. Bodah 152 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. By Kaitlin Madden 157 Premier Properties Notable homes for sale in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA 166 Gallery Evocative stairways showcase the appeal of architectural detail.

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Elements the neW oFFice chaiR

hoMe WoRK ///

From the Swedish architecture and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune comes the sunny Isola chair. While the wide, roomy seat allows for relaxed sitting, the oval tabletop—which can be placed on the right or left side of the chair—accommodates a laptop, tablet, an iPhone or a glass of wine. $3,000.

Back in the day, in order to get work done, you left the comforts of home to go to the office. Nine to five was de rigueur, a routine repeated daily, save for Saturdays and Sundays, two-week summer vacations and occasional short reprieves to commemorate major holidays and various American milestones. The late 1980s saw a sea change in the workplace, and by the mid-1990s one in five Americans worked from home. The movement reached a fever pitch in 1996 with the publication of Donna Paul’s book, The Home Office Book. Paul, an editor at the now-defunct Metropolitan Home, offered insight into how to carve out a workspace at home. But that was just the beginning. With the advent of new technologies, we don’t even need a designated home office. Now all it takes is a comfortable chair and an electronic device in any room of the house and you’re good to (not have to) go.

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Irregularly cut heavy leather panels, metal rivets and a hand-hammered, wrought-iron frame add up to the New Safari Camp Chair, a rugged, solidly built chair from Ralph Lauren Home. $5,655. Boston design Center, (617) 338-4615,

chaMPion LightWeight ///

At less than five pounds, the Oscar Bon chair by Philippe Starck is no lightweight. It’s surprisingly sturdy and extremely comfortable, and it can be easily carried from room to room, depending on where you prefer to work. $7,740. The morson Collection, Boston, (617) 482-2335,

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. . . as you sink into Verner Panton’s System 1-2-3 chair. Sleek and modern as it looks, it’s graced with deluxe padding, deep tufting and spring support, and is so comfortable you’ll have no excuse for not getting your work done. $4,300. design within Reach, Boston, (617) 451-7801, and Stamford, Conn., (203) 614-0787,

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The partner’s desk was once an effective way to collaborate with a fellow worker. Now, John Derian’s Tete-a-Tete linen-covered chair fills the bill, and prettily so, with its potential for laptop-sharing and conversation. $5,400. lekker Home, Boston, (617) 542-6464, lekkerhome. com, and John derian New england, Provincetown, mass., (508) 487-1362,

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If you prefer getting your work done at the dining room or kitchen table, pull up in a chair fit for royalty. The Prince Chair, in weathered mahogany, is a study in elegance. $630. Red Bird Trading, Newburyport, mass., (978) 462-5566

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Lee Jofa Furniture recently introduced Workroom, its bespoke upholstery program that allows you to specify seating and styling preferences like height, depth, fabric and finish. Shown here, a T-cushion, traditional leg and nailheads. $3,290. Boston design Center, (617) 449-5501, 26 New eNglaNd Home May–June 2013

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If you’re a modernist who loves that mid-(last)-century look, the Alcott Chair was made for you. Whether you’re lounging or laboring, do it in style in this roomy walnut-framed classic. $1,695. Young’s Furniture, Springfield, Vermont, (802) 885-4552,, and mohr & mcPherson, Boston, (617) 210-7900,

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Vitra’s Tip Ton chair, made of 100 percent recyclable polypropylene, has an innovative ergonomic feature— forward-tilt action that allows for dual sitting positions. Available in seven colors, including the green shown here, the chair is manufactured from a single mold without the use of mechanical components, making it extremely durable. If that’s not enough, it’s stackable. $335. addo Novo, Boston, (857) 284-7071,

tRÈs chic ///

With its surprise of dreamy color and a sleek silhouette, the Parisian Blue leather chair is a decidedly modern version of a traditional favorite, and a stylish addition to any room. $2,244. Simply Home, Falmouth, maine, (207) 781-5651,

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Design Destination Machine Age, Boston ///

The domestic interiors of the 1950s mirrored larger cultural trends, perhaps more so than at any other moment in history. An era marked by the optimism of victory, the triumph of technology, the exploration of outer space and a burgeoning middle class attracted to all things new, was reflected in the way people furnished their homes. In typical ’50s fashion, furniture seemed to defy gravity. Chairs were sleeker, cabinets “floated,” lighting became almost anthropomorphic and plywood replaced mahogany as the wood of choice. And though by the 1980s this trend was replaced by shinier, showier, heavier, bolder furnishings, Normand Mainville, the owner of Machine Age—an impressive emporium of all things Midcentury—has stayed true to the masters. For more than two decades, Mainville has showcased the work of Eames, Saarinen, Nelson and Jacobsen as well as their predecessors, Aalto, Breuer, Rietveld, Knoll and Prouvé (to name a few). Occupying almost 9,000 square feet in Boston’s Waterfront neighborhood, Machine Age caters to an ever-growing population of furniture aficionados, not all of them strict modernists. This new audience—whether industrial-loft or refurbished-barn dweller—is comfortable mixing and matching, restoring and recovering, sitting in and sleeping on furniture from the middle of the last century. It’s a reflection of a new cultural trend, one of accessibility, where ant chairs, marshmallow sofas and bubble lamps look brand new all over again. 645 Summer Street, Boston, (617) 464-0099, Open Tuesday– Saturday noon–4 p.m. and by appointment. —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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On Second Thought


et us begin our studio visit with something light to think about—like the human condition. What exactly is that condition? Artists often say the human condition can be defined as a state of constant ambivalence. Humans are blessed (and cursed) by being able to feel at least two ways about the very same thing, often at the very same time. Under normal circumstances, we can live with being of two minds. But when the indecision breaks into opposing camps, there is pain. Annette Lemieux entices us to look at that pain by creating seductively beautiful work that, on closer

The quirky beauty of Annette Lemieux’s work gets you looking. Her deep exploration of the universal human tendency toward ambivalence grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. ///////////

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inspection, contains elements of ambivalence, discomfort, even horror. A Harvard instructor for many years, Lemieux is one of a handful of New England artists collected by museums around the world, including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Modern and Met in New York, as well as that colossus of art and design, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her studio in Allston, Massachusetts,

holds a recent sculpture called Back to the Garden, a round, table-like object covered in what looks like turf grass. Miniature lead farm animals and men Lemieux collected on eBay wind their way through a Clockwise from top left: Fall In (2006), cotton,

thread, button, glue, muslin, polyester fiberfill and canvas, 64″H × 64″W × 6″D; Sleep Interrupted (1991), solvent-based ink on synthetic material with light fixture, 96″H × 60″W × 6″D; Untitled (Nomadic) (1988), Latex on unprimed canvas; 117″H × 120″W.

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circular labyrinth. “Pretty cute, are they not?” says Lemieux. Look closely, though, and it’s clear that there is more going on than a cute array of farm figurines. The excruciating ambivalence of the piece becomes apparent. The progress of the little figures will ultimately be impeded by a scaleddown model of a dead tree smack in the center of the work. A butcher eyes three pigs. A goose tries to save her chicks from an attacking dog; a farmer shovels manure behind a horse; a cat and a pig engage in a deep conversation; two men face off to fight. While there is a beauty to these vignettes, there is also a horror. Another sculpture, called The Messenger, consists of a pair of heavy paratrooper boots with turkey-feather wings attached to the back in the style of the Greek messenger god Hermes; only Hermes wore winged slippers, not military boots. The Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy, has arranged to pick it up for a special exhibition. “I hope to get some nice shoes out of the deal,” Lemieux says. A catalogue opened on a table shows a photo of Lemieux’s Hell on Wheels, a piece she created in the early 1990s that depicts a battalion of beetle-like hel-

mets, fixed with wheels, on the march. Cute—and ominous; it was a prescient response to the first Iraq war. Lemieux knew she would be an artist at an early age. “My

mother worked in a five and dime. On her days off she took me antiquing, which was her passion. I became hooked on the beauty of objects. Fifty years ago in kindergarten, we were making shadow boxes and I had a kind of aha moment. I put a brown rock in the middle and a goldfish head to the left and a tail to the right. It was 3-D. I was just amazed!” Lemieux attended the Hartford Art School, studying under post-modern master David Salle. Salle then hired her to work in his New York studio. Like thousands of other recent art school grads, Lemieux gravitated to the hopping East Village art scene of the early 1980s. Her paintings were getting larger and larger, but popular and critical success eluded her.

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Above left: Hell on Wheels (1991), found steel ­ elmets, rubber tires and steel rods. Above right: h Hay (2008), acrylic silkscreen ink on six-sided wooden box, 18″H × 36″W × 14″D.

Then, in 1984, Lemieux’s life screeched to a halt. A truck ran her down as she stood outside the Flatiron building. A long recuperation followed a stay in the hospital. In hindsight, she acknowledges a lingering ambivalence 1 Half Horizontal template:Layout about the split seconds of that accident. Feeling physically broken was one thing;

feeling a new inspiration coming on was another. Lemieux started back to work, but in ways she could physically manage: small sculptures, prints, found objects. Her first show in New York after the accident was something of an international hit. “It really had no theme, no branding, as they call it today. In fact, people thought it was a group show, which it wasn’t,” she4:35 says.PM Page 1 4/10/13 If one aspect of the human condition is a sense of frailty, another is stubborn

resilience. There are at least two ways we can feel toward the same thing. We experience ambivalence and occasionally painful inner division day and night, even doing something as simple as crossing a busy street. (Go, be brave! Stop, be careful!) Through her art, Lemieux works out this predicament in beautiful ways. • EDITOR’S NOTE Annette Lemieux is represented by

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f Henry Bowen had a carriage accident in New York, you read about it in the Los Angeles Times. Born into modest circumstances in Woodstock, Connecticut, in 1813, he became one of the celebrity one-percenters of his day: a businessman, publisher, insurance company founder and kingmaker whose life personified the social, business, political and religious elements of the American mid-nineteenth century. Roseland Cottage, the summer home he built in 1846 directly across the town common from his birthplace, tells us of his ambition, his sphere of influence and his dedica-

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1. Bright pink makes the flamboyant Gothic Revival house even more noticeable. Roseland Cottage faces Henry Bowen’s birthplace across the town common. 2. The north parlor displays au courant fashion from the 1840s, represented by quatrefoil decoration on the architectural elements and furnishings, and the stained glass that evokes Gothic cathedrals.


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8 tion to matters of style. The 6,000-square-foot house features the hallmarks of the Gothic Revival architectural style so fashionable at the time, including boardand-batten sheathing, an oriel window, quatrefoil trim and gingerbread vergeboards. Roseland Cottage represented the gospel of picturesque country houses as espoused by tastemaker Andrew Jackson Downing, who declared that the Gothic Revival’s soaring, asymmetrical style suited a dynamic personality. To draw maximum attention to his family’s country retreat, Bowen painted it pink. “Reviving Gothic architecture was also a religious impulse,” says Laurie Masciandaro, site manager of Roseland Cottage, now a museum operated by Historic New England. “Henry Bowen promoted New England culture and values throughout the country with his newspaper, The Independent. Those values included the Congregational Church, temperance and the abolitionist movement.” Four presidents visited Roseland Cottage, but the




3. Bowen children played in the bowling alley located in the carriage barn. 4. A portrait of Henry Bowen presides over the dining room, where the table is set with Limoges dinnerware. 5. The cradle, part of the original furniture collection, is a perfect example of Gothic styling. 6. The front hall displays original Thomas Brooks furniture and Lincrusta-Walton wallcovering designed to evoke tooled leather, installed in the 1880s. 7. Originally a conservatory, this room’s use changed as the family grew, when it became the library. 8. Fronting the house, the boxwood parterre garden is full of heirloom plants. 9. The view from the house’s front windows.

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house was, first and foremost, a paradise for Henry and Lucy Bowen’s ten children. (After Lucy’s death, Bowen fathered another child with the second Mrs. Bowen.) Far from their Brooklyn Heights mansion, the children enjoyed what their father considered healthy fresh-air pursuits. For indoor fun, he installed a bowling alley that still sits in the carriage barn. Roseland Cottage has changed little over the years. Its expansive boxwood parterre garden was first planted in 1850, and much of the original furniture still fills the rooms, including the charming Gothic Revival crib used by generations of Bowens. Thanks to the happy fact that the Bowen children and grandchildren made no major changes to the house and grounds, we now have an unparalleled glimpse into nineteenth-century upper-class New England family life. • Editor’s Note: Roseland Cottage, a National Historic Landmark, is open June 1–October 15, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut, (860) 928-4074 h ­­ properties/homes/roseland-cottage

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Metropolitan Life

High Spirits The doors of a century-old urban house open to an interior filled with bright color, modern furnishings and a lively sensibility that’s perfect for the hip young family that calls it home. ///////////

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ith its three-level silhouette and pretty stainedglass windows, this hundred-year-old house resembles its Cambridge, Massachusetts, counterparts, at least on the outside. The interior, however, is unabashedly twenty-first century. The owners spied the potential on their first visit. “We were living in New York City, but were thinking about how nice a house with a yard would be. We saw the place on a beautiful fall day and that was it,” recalls the wife. Their new residence had witnessed a host of renovations over the years. Still, to make it their own, the couple decided on a number of additional changes. Anticipating the endless decisions involved, they wisely enlisted a team that included Cambridge-based architect Mark Wagner and interior designer Amanda Reid of Mandarina Studio, also of Cambridge. “One priority was reconfiguring the open layout and creating a formal dining Clockwise from top left: A mirror from Made

Goods hangs above a console from Bungalow 5 in the entry. Vibrant art and a Design Within Reach ceiling light set the dining room. The parlor, with its Landry & Arcari rug, is a study in comfort. 46  New England Home  May–June 2013

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from Arteriors Home and a floor painted in Benjamin Moore’s classic Newburyport Blue create an inviting guest room. Below right: The master bedroom, with its upholstered bed and lush Yves Delorme bedding, is a tranquil paradise for busy parents. The painting above the bed is by artist Peter Hoffer. Facing page: Violet pops against pristine white in the master bath.

room,” says Wagner, who devised a wall between the family room and the dining area to do just that. Guest bedrooms lacked closets so those became a necessity, too, along with a host of other life-enhancing modifications like editing the overly generous number of built-ins and reworking the baths. For the parents of a young child with another baby on the way, one of the most significant changes of all, explains Reid, was doubling the size of a second-floor bath to make way for a handy no-dashing-up-and-down laundry room. Reid, whose background includes working at an architecture firm, anticipated her clients’ needs as readily as they did, which made for a seamless working relationship. Being a New York transplant herself, she was the perfect partner to help them put a contemporary, but functional, spin on their Yankee nest. In this staid neighborhood, a pale lilac/mauve entry isn’t an everyday occurrence. Here, though, it’s the ideal choice, flowing up the stairs to the second floor and setting the mood for a clean, young palette. “My clients didn’t want neutrals, which was great to hear,” Reid says with a happy laugh. “There are lots of colors but they unwind off each other so there’s also continuity.” Trimwork painted Benjamin Moore’s White Dove also serves as a visual thread, smoothly linking each space to the next. Reid steered the couple, kindred spirits in design, toward a chic, comfortable look. The quiet parlor that had once known an oriental carpet and a petite chandelier grew sophisticated with a Jonathan Adler pendant light, a lacquered coffee table and an accent chair dressed in a lively David Hicks fabric. Even the room’s paint color—Benjamin Moore’s New Age— speaks to today. French doors (a new addition) open from the parlor to the dining room, where Reid skillfully brought together a vintage Danish rosewood table and chairs, a cherry console and a modern Design Within Reach ceiling light of glass 48  New England Home  May–June 2013

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and metal. “I love mixing materials—different types of wood and matte and polished metals,” she says. “It lends interest.” Fortunately the kitchen demanded minimum tweaking. The island was reworked to suit the family’s needs, new pendants by Visual Comfort cast a better glow for cooking and walls painted Benjamin Moore’s cheery Windham Cream evoke the sun, even on rainy days. As elsewhere throughout the house, Reid tailored the window treatments. A pair of roman shades in a soft-yellow Allegra Hicks fabric trimmed with grosgrain ribbon— one of Reid’s signature touches—provide privacy while ushering in natural light. The bedrooms—from the lilac-hued nursery to the soft violet master suite— sound a current note as well. The former includes a pretty Landry & Arcari carpet


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Contemporary, Traditional or Transitional and more lush but simple drapes for a decor that’s guaranteed to grow along with the occupant. The latter is a study in serenity with a Crate & Barrel bed nestled between the windows and an adjacent marble-floored bath. A guest room on the third level sports a floor painted a vibrant shade of blue. The home’s scheme also incorporates the owner’s ever-growing art collection. Every room has its share of eye-catching work, from the provocative oil paintings by Claudio Gallina in the parlor and dining room to the Matisse lithographs in a bath. It’s another reason why stepping from the street into this urban abode immediately lifts the spirits. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see

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Rooms We Love

The Bold and the Beautiful Sleeping spaces that deliver serious personality. ///////////

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striking bed, perhaps with a plush upholstered headboard, is often the focal point of the modern bedroom, but today’s homeowners view the bedroom as much more than a place to crawl under the covers at night. The spaces shown here are restful retreats, escapes from demanding workdays and chaotic family life. Their interiors exude harmony and balance. They’re soothing but by no means shy, reflecting the occupants’ personal style with equal doses of color, graphic impact and shine.


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Glamorous 1  Paris is the inspiration behind this romantic bedroom in Boston’s South End. The clients asked Boston-based designer Kristine Mullaney to re-create a crystal chandelier with mesh shade that they remembered from a recent trip. The Lorenzo Damask metallic wallpaper from Schumacher that Mullaney chose for the accent wall is, serendipitously, the very pattern and color found in the foyer of the Four Seasons Paris. Finally, sheer curtains lend an ethereal effect, while custom pillows add more shimmer, pattern and texture.


2  Interior designer Robin Pelissier, proprietor of the Hingham,

3  João Stefanon, principal of Boston-based JFS Design,

Massachusetts, home furnishings boutique Robin’s Nest, describes this spacious master bedroom suite on Martha’s Vineyard as an ode to the homeowner, who loves things that shimmer and shine. Pelissier used a mix of materials, including creamy leather on the chairs, purple velvet on the headboard and a silvery metallic wallpaper, to create an opulence that feels fresh.

incorporated what he calls “beautiful gestures” to create this subtly glamorous master bedroom as a serene retreat for an adventurous, hard-working Newton, Massachusetts, couple. The tone-on-tone hues ground the room while the finishes and furnishings—Venetian plaster walls, a vintage Murano chandelier, faux ebony and ivory nightstands, antique Meissen lamps and gilded mirrors—infuse a rich glow.

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4  For a Wellesley, Massachusetts, client originally from the South, designer Jill Goldberg, who owns home furnishings shop Hudson in Boston’s South End, created a bedroom with an easy-going elegance that also channels southern charm. Goldberg built the design around the barley-twist four-poster bed. To offset its classic vibe, she added template:Layout 1 1/29/13 6:19 aHalf simpleHorizontal graphic rug and a vintage French bergère updated with a PM chevron-patterned cushion. Curtains in the same mocha hue as the bed pull everything together.

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5 5  The homeowners, a Cohasset, Massachusetts, couple hungry for a tranquil retreat in their kid-friendly home, asked that the decor of their master bedroom subtly reflect its seaside surroundings. Bostonbased designer Rachel Reider paired coastal-style cues with more contemporary graphic elements. A coral-textured pendant light hangs Page from a 1natural wood ceiling and woven shades frame the ocean view, while the geometric-patterned rug, X-base nightstand and shimmery floral wallpaper add a contemporary edge.

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6  This Wellesley Hills guest room, designed by Dedham, Massachusetts–based Christine Tuttle, combines traditional elements on a par with those found throughout the home, such as the classic color scheme and formal Pierre Frey window treatments, with distinctive pieces in unexpected materials, like the Lycra Bubble bench by Aqua Creations and Philippe Starck’s acrylic Louis Ghost chair. Tuttle expertly balances a mix of graphics, too, from the

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figurative gold-leaf stars of the wallpaper to the alternating linear striping of the Tibetan rug.

Colorful 7  Boston-based Annsley McAleer designed this West Newton, Massachusetts, girl’s bedroom to be super fun, but sophisticated enough to last through her teens. The bed, upholstered in a vibrant pink splashy floral and trimmed in raspberry velvet, is the room’s star, popping against the neutral ground. McAleer used gilded lamps and a ceiling light with mirrored drum shade, as well as wallpaper with a subtle sheen, to cast a reflective gleam and heighten the feminine look both Mom and daughter craved.

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8  The pared-down palette in this Wayland, Massachusetts, guest bedroom is serene and alluring, thanks to Cohasset-based designer Debra Sloane’s use of subtle textures and reflective accents. The pale-blue wall anchors the space. The Moroccan-style headboard from West Elm is flanked by mirrored nightstands from Target, above which hang silver mosaic-framed mirrors found at Home Goods. Dreamy bedding and cozy carpet continue the scheme. The outcome is just what the client requested: a spa-like atmosphere with sparkle, done on a budget.

Top: Greg Premru; Bottom: Richard Mandelkorn

9  Awakening to a water view was top priority for the homeowners of this Battery Wharf condo that overlooks Boston Harbor. Departing from the marine blues used in the rest of the unit, Boston-based designer Dennis Duffy chose yellow as the dominant hue, pairing it with a neutral array of gray and cream. To balance the graphic bedcover design, and to tie the color scheme back to the public spaces, Duffy hung encaustic artworks of stylized flowers from Newbury Street’s Lanoue Fine Art. RESOURCES For more information about these projects, see

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“We work with our clients to design custom storage solutions that make the most of their space, accommodate their needs, and reflect the design style that fits their personality and the style of their home. Each year we attend the Milan International Furniture Fair for the latest innovations in product and design. We offer the best of the best to our customers.”

~Laura Stafford, Director of Marketing, California Closets

Stylish Storage Solutions Give your storage solutions some personality! Get inspired with the California Closets “Virtual Showroom” iPad App, or visit one of our eight showrooms.

Banish boring storage forever! California Closets invented the concept of designed and installed custom storage in 1978, and today we are taking it to a whole new level. Each year the New England franchise owner, Ken Cleary, attends the Milan International Furniture Show to see the latest and greatest in furniture design, style and innovation so we can offer it to our customers. Textured finishes were a huge trend in the Milan Furniture Show and now we are thrilled to offer our customers brand-new textured finish collections, Lago® and The Tesoro Collection, from Italy. The wall unit pictured on the right is shown in Lago® Umbrian Oak textured finish. To add wow factor to this stylish storage solution, we used Purple High Gloss drawer fronts for a vibrant pop of color. The high gloss finish creates a stunning contrast with the lighter Lago® Umbrian Oak textured finish. If you look closely, you will notice the door and drawer handles have an extra sparkle! Using decorative hardware is another way to showcase your style and personality. Now that’s adding a statement!

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Environmentally friendly Ecoresin design inserts are one of our favorite versatile design elements. Ecoresin inserts will transform the look of your space instantly, not to mention they’re made with 40 percent recycled content! In this design we used Hollywood Silver Ecoresin door inserts with silver door frames above the bed. We will bring our showroom to you with the brandnew “Virtual Showroom” iPad App. Our designers will build your custom storage solution in 3D Closet CAD, and your system will be cut and manufactured locally in our 30,000-square-foot shop in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Our people, our products and commitment to an exceptional customer experience are what set us apart.

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“A new wave in emulating the effects of time is now appearing in the contemporary carpet category: designers are creating sophisticated patterns to mimic partially erased motifs as one would see in worn-out antiques after many years of wear. �

~Jeff Arcari

Right: Danielle Smoke, hand-knotted in Nepal Facing page: top left: Vintage - Agra hand-knotted in Jaipur, India; Top right: Vintage - Abstract, hand-knotted in Jaipur, India; bottom left: Timeless-Ice, hand-knotted in Nepal; bottom right: Bohemian Rhapsody, hand-knotted in Nepal

Journey Through Time: Handknotted Carpets with Faded Designs Sparked by heavy competition in the contemporary category, carpet designers collaborate to push the envelope creatively. One of the successful trends seen at the trade shows and high-end retail stores is partially erased design elements in new, hand-knotted carpets. Starting in the early 2000s, carpet producers revolutionized the industry with a distressed look, which resulted in new carpets looking and feeling like antique oriental rugs. However, the techniques utilized involved aggressive distressing of the fibers and foundation, which in turn considerably affected the longevity of the carpets. The new trend of faded designs or erased motifs enjoys two major advantages. The look is achieved through the use of colors, eliminating the need to make sacrifices in durability. The next benefit concerns the design portfolio. The erased-motif concept lends itself nicely to traditional oriental carpet designs as well as contemporary carpet and textile patterns, a big relief to interior designers working with contemporary furniture and textiles. One example, above, is the most recent addition to the Wool and Silk art portfolio, called Danielle. Elegant and subtle damask motifs along with carefully selected

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colors create an effect that invites a second look and more. This carpet was hand-knotted in Nepal using specially blended Tibetan wool and silk yarns and a rich color palette of thirty different shades. Landry & Arcari is the exclusive distributor of the entire Wool and Silk collection in New England. A recent collection from Jaipur also deserves a close look as a new trend. A slight turn from the erased-motif concept, it features detailed abstract patterns masterfully woven in India using silk and wool yarns. Fine examples of this collection can be seen exclusively at Landry & Arcari showrooms in New England.

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“Our clients are so used to living life with a smart phone by their side, and this is starting to span generations. Bathrooms have become in-home retreats and integrating new technology makes the space more customized and innovative. Whether fully integrated, or just a simple touch, these new products add a something special to every project.�

~Danielle Jones

Advances in Bathroom Technology Amazing new products allow for customized and luxurious bathroom retreats.

As technology has become a staple in our daily lives, it only makes sense that this trend is moving into our bathrooms. Advancements in technology now allow more customized and personalized experiences in the bath, creating relaxation, stress-relief and true luxury. A bathtub has always been a place to escape. Now you can include therapeutic sound and color to make it a total body experience. The Kohler VibraAcoustic bath radiates sound waves through the tub, using pre-programmed relaxing soundtracks, or through the use of your MP3 player, charting a course to total relaxation. Want a quicker pick-me-up? Use the Kohler Moxie Showerhead with bluetooth speaker to have a dance party, catch up on the news or a peaceful shower. The sound quality and spray are amazing, not sacrificing style or design. The speaker is water-resistant and makes a great accessory for the beach. At only $199 the Moxie is an affordable luxury that also makes a great gift. If you think a toilet is just a toilet, you have not seen or experienced the Kohler Numi toilet. This sleek, modern, one-piece toilet knows when you are entering the bath and opens automatically, using its motion sensors. Its

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advanced bidet function ensure cleanliness, and an integral dryer, heater and foot warm create comfort. The integral FM receiver and MP3 jack make this an overall amazing bathroom experience. Technology goes further than these treats. With such products as heated flooring, apps that control your heating and cooling systems from your phone, light and sound systems with steam, digital shower controls and more, you can truly transform your bathroom into an incredibly luxurious and technological experience.

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“One of the best times of day to enjoy your landscape is in the evening. Homeowners are requesting outdoor fireplaces, spas and landscape lighting. Landscape lighting helps homeowners get the most out of their landscape investment. Advancements in landscape lighting products have made it easier than ever to add drama and practicality to outdoor living.”

~Ryan Macomber Registered Landscape Architect

The Evening Landscape When designing a landscape for the modern family it is important to consider how the space will be used after dusk.

Today’s family sees value in their landscape as an extension of their living space. They are looking at their landscape as an opportunity to create an outdoor kitchen, a seating area, a dining area or a place to unwind by the fire. Proper lighting allows homeowners to extend their outdoor living into the evening hours. Landscape lighting design goes far beyond practicality and safety. Landscape and structural elements can be illuminated to create scenes. There are a large variety of fixtures on the market that help do this. Using appropriate fixtures, strategies and techniques, the landscape architect can create a dramatic experience. Advancements in lighting controls and integration allow the homeowner and landscape architect to program scenes that change through the course of the evening. Homeowners are asking that their landscape lighting systems be integrated into their home’s lighting control systems. It is evident that landscape lighting has become another element in the outdoor extension of your home. The lighting industry is changing quickly as LEDs are becoming more popular. The quality of light that is produced by today’s LEDs is more similar to that of tradi-

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tional halogen and incandescent sources. LED technology allows for smaller, more efficient and more reliable fixtures. The limitations of a traditional low-voltage halogen system have been overcome. LED lights can seemingly be hidden anywhere in the landscape because of their small size, low operating temperature and low power requirements. With the biggest advantage being their low energy use, it is more environmental and economical to use LED fixtures. Whether designed for entertaining or relaxing, the landscape is popularly being used in the evening. Landscape lighting gives that “wow factor” to outdoor living spaces that everyone is looking for.

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“A kitchen should be as unique and personalized as a bedroom or dining room. Although a white kitchen can be so lovely, I fear some homeowners may default to it because it is known and easy. This is such a missed opportunity! We have designed some stunning kitchens that truly reflect our clients’ taste and lifestyle and make a statement, elevating the home to another level. I think everyone deserves this! �

~Donna Venegas

Beyond the White Kitchen Homeowners are looking to make a personal statement with their kitchens.

To create a unique kitchen, we take inspiration largely from the personality of the client. It is a collaborative effort to develop the aesthetic and to pinpoint the language of the kitchen. We match the environment they are trying to create with the appropriate materials and finishes. A kitchen with high-gloss red cabinetry and mirror-finished hardware evokes a much different mood than a kitchen done in rustic pine. We think there are infinite possibilities in between and we extract the special combinations that best suit each client. The challenge of this kitchen was to create an elegant and sophisticated space while not taking itself too seriously. The heavily saturated wood veneer surround punctuates this kitchen. The painted cabinetry in rich gray-green is neutral and a perfect foil to soften the linear nature of the door. Varying the thickness and material of the counters make this large space more intimate. We often integrate unexpected materials and finish combinations; the end grain Bolivian Rosewood top adds a warm and organic, almost rustic element as a counterpoint. Somehow a kitchen feels more personal when there

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are thoughtful details at play with one another. The same applies to interiors of cabinets. A walnut or stainless steel accent added to a cutlery insert or divider drawer feels more elegant. A pantry cabinet with interiors done in your favorite color and illuminated in LED makes cooking dinner more fun. We are constantly developing new finish techniques and door styles to satisfy the imaginations of all our clients!

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“In developing new finishes, we’ve been very successful at finishing closed-grain wood with a ceruse finish. Traditionally, it’s only been used on opengrain wood. ”

~Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration, Inc.

Right: This side table was done in a ceruse finish using the client’s favorite colors. Facing page: Here are a few examples of a cerused finish, light on dark and dark on light. By introducing new standard wood colors, the possibilities can be endless.

Cerusing Woodwork Also known as liming, cerusing is an technique that uses paste to fill wood and accentuate its natural grain patterns.

Cerusing dates back to the sixteenth century. In Britain, it’s also known as liming. It’s made many comebacks as a trend in the design world, and recently it has made another. The look is generally dark wood with white grain, achieved by using a paste fill on open-grain wood. While cerusing has traditionally been used on open-grain wood, like oak, Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration has developed an innovative way to apply it to closedgrain wood for an equally distinctive look. “Creating new and different techniques to treat wood allows us to offer truly unique finishes to our clients,” says Wayne. Another reason cerusing is currently so popular is because of its versatility. It can be incorporated into almost any color palette, since both the wood and the filler are stained. Ceruse is at its most beautiful when used on hard wood species with distinctive wood patterns. It’s currently being used on a wide variety of design elements, like furniture, architectural pieces and flooring. From cerusing to hand-scraping, dyeing to laquering, if you want a particular color wood or finish, there’s only one place to start. Wayne Towle: If we can’t match your color, nobody can.

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High-Gloss Finishes The high-gloss finish is an increasingly popular trend seen in contemporary kitchens, bathrooms and furniture.

“ High-gloss, hand-buffed finishes have captured the imagination of our craftsmen, along with homeowners, designers and architects alike.�

~Gary Rousseau Executive Vice President


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The wood is prepared and sanded before it is sealed. Then, multiple finishing coats are applied before buffing the entire panel to reveal the sleek surface effect. A superior and more durable finish to lacquer, this treatment adds tremendous depth and richness, which enhances the beauty of a wood species such as the luscious, ribbon-cut sapele used in the kitchen shown above, which was built and installed by Herrick & White and designed by CBT Architects and Marcia Summers Interior Design. Used primarily on European-style woodwork, the uniform sheen allows the wood to pop in a design language that does not employ a traditional vocabulary of raised paneling, moldings or corbels. High-gloss door and drawer fronts with contoured edges, and either integrated handles or no handles, create a minimal and modern sensibility. This fine finish enhances the spatial qualities of a room through its reflective properties and amplifies the transitions of natural light throughout the day, while ensuring that the experience of the space is dynamic and diverse rather than static and singular.




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Grande Islands No, we aren’t talking The Caymans. Rather, grande islands are becoming a more integral and multi-functional element of the kitchen.

“ People get excited about islands. They give the kitchen a central operating space and can be a great focal point. I usually find a way to include an island into a kitchen, even for people who thought they could never have one. In small spaces, for example, you can gain inches by recessing cabinetry into existing walls. Gaining six to eight inches can make an island fit that may not have otherwise.”

~John DeCurtis Troy Cabinetmakers 16 Industrial Park Road Troy, NY 12180 (518) 271-0342 toll free (855) 853-8552

We are building islands that serve multiple purposes, such as prep areas, appetizer/cocktail/serving areas, and space for wine storage, clean-up sinks, bookcases and display cubbies, to mention a few. Incorporating an island helps to increase the flow around the kitchen while entertaining and also encourages a more relaxed environment as opposed to a formal dining area. If you still prefer the formal dining room atmosphere, using the island as a serving area lessens the congestion at the dining room table, enhancing your dining experience. Kitchens are now being seen as a more dynamic space; people are apt to eat, drink and socialize in the kitchen around the island, creating an open atmosphere for cooking and entertaining. This honey-stained cherry kitchen is complimented with a grande soapstone island giving a spacious entertaining feel. More than four decades of excellence.

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Bold stroke Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel Photography by Keller + Keller Interior architecture and design: Heather Wells, Wells & Fox Architectural Interiors Builder: Metric Construction

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A shimmery silk from Robert Thompson covers the dining chairs, playing off bold blues—including a glossy interlübke sideboard—in the dining room. A crystal schonbeck pendant light gleams above the table.

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Life imitates art in the form of an orchid displayed in front of one of homeowner Judi Rotenberg’s bright paintings. An open floor plan gives the apartment its airy feel while still providing enough wall space for art. A crystal LeD chandelier that changes color illuminates the entry, with its book-matched marble tile floor and a painting by sheila gallagher.

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rom the kitchen one can see the first light of morning as the sun heats the State House dome from a mere flicker to a blaze. Cambridge spreads like a sleeping giant beyond the living room windows as the Charles pulls at sailboats and cars file over bridges. Outside the breakfast area there’s the Public Garden, as predictable as spring, summer, fall, winter. Yet fabulous as they are, the views from Judi Rotenberg and Ed Zuker’s Boston home could easily be ignored. What’s happening inside this historic Back Bay building is even more exciting than the vistas outdoors. Here, it’s all about the art. From exuberant florals to quiet, watery scenes, art defines the space and drives the design. On one hand it is the perfect display area for the classically trained Rotenberg’s own paintings, the work of her late father, Harold Rotenberg, and the work of artists she represented and nurtured in her namesake gallery on Newbury Street for more than thirty-five years. On the other hand, the apartment itself frames the world outside in every direction—Back Bay rooftops, the MIT dome, downtown skyscrapers and the Hatch Shell. Zuker, a onetime architecture student who owns his own

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residential development company, envisioned a space uncompromised by walls. In his philosophy, if the eye isn’t flowing to the view it should be embracing something beautiful. Balancing Zuker’s talent for space planning and Rotenberg’s vast knowledge of color and display was architect and interior designer Heather Wells of Wells & Fox Architectural Interiors in Boston. Zuker worked with Wells to reconfigure rooms for the better. A wall with art replaced a door at the end of a hallway; a closet with three windows morphed into a sitting area for Rotenberg off the master bedroom; doors to the stairwell were tucked into the architecture to ensure an uninterrupted expanse. “Ed definitely had a vision for the apartment,” says Wells. “Judi wanted the apartment to be clean, modern and loft-like. She was most concerned with it displaying their art well. She wanted comfortable places for them to be and a feminine master bedroom.” A space too elegant to be called a mudroom sits just outside the elevator doors. From it a marble-floored foyer beckons, displaying an enormous Sheila Gallagher depiction of Niagara Falls. The entry hall divides private from public with bedrooms in one direction, entertaining areas in another. Past the dining May–June 2013 New eNglaNd Home 79

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An ornate lacquered bombé chest in the family room anchors a custom leather sofa. Facing page: Homeowners Ed Zuker and Judi Rotenberg in front of one of Rotenberg’s vivid floral paintings.

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w h i l e t h e wa l l s are museum white, the ac c e n t s a r e a s eYe-popping as t h e pa i n t i n g s . “we got to be bold with color a n d c o n t r a s t, ” s aYs w e l l s .

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cLocKWise FRoM BeLoW: The sculpture Trophy Wife hangs on a curved wall leading to the breakfast area and kitchen. emerald-green grasscloth complements a painting reflected in a powder room mirror. glossy white lacquer makes the kitchen all but disappear, allowing art and the occasional shot of color to pop.

in keeping with the loFt look, the couple eschewed c u rta i n s . “ i ’ m n o t a b i g c u rta i n o r ru g p e r s o n , ” s aYs ro t e n b e rg . “i like a lot oF a rt, F l o w e r s a n d b o w l s o F F ru i t. ” 82 New eNglaNd Home May–June 2013

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room with its bit of sparkle and bold blue sideboard, the living space is laid out like a loft. “We wanted to feel the expanse of the view when you came in,” says Zuker. Divided rooms with doorways dissolved into only the necessities—exterior walls for art and two interior floating walls for the fireplace and television. Kitchen, breakfast room, living and family rooms and Zuker’s office flow communally with art in between. “We first measured all the art, placing it in the plan,” says Wells. “We made sure paintings fit before we designed certain areas.” Rotenberg’s large-scale floral paintings, which grace walls in the dining room, living room and breakfast area, are complemented by works by artists such as Jason Berger and Dorothy Gillespie. A glazed dress form with attached antlers by David Cole, called Trophy Wife, is one of a handful of three-dimensional pieces. It hangs on a curved wall not far from a small table and chairs reserved for any of the couple’s thirteen grandchildren

when they visit so they’ll have a place to create art of their own. While the walls and major furnishings are museum white, the accents are as eye-popping as the paintings. “We got to be bold with color and contrast,” says Wells, who had never designed a white apartment before. “I think the greatest impact came in the juxtaposition of the art and some bold color blocks of furniture and wall coverings. It was fun to be very gutsy with the colors.” A frilly, traditional bombé chest lacquered in a shocking yellow stands at one end of the living area next to a white leather sofa. On the opposite end, between the kitchen and breakfast table, an Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair in electric red sits in front of Rotenberg’s painting of tulips, sunflowers and ranunculus. An ultra-feminine carved wood chair with a fuchsia seat plays off round throw pillows in similar colors. “Judi was so specific about what colors she likes,” says Wells. “The colors are all unified by the white,” adds Rotenberg. May–June 2013  New England Home 83

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“Each of the negative spaces is just as important as the ones with objects in them.” In keeping with the loft look, the couple eschewed curtains in favor of bare windows, except in the bedroom and dining room where Rotenberg thought the spaces needed more softness. “I’m not a big curtain or rug person,” says Rotenberg. “I like a house with a lot of art books, flowers and bowls of fruit.” A mathematical precision defines the walls and paneling and how they relate to each piece in the apartment, but it was Zuker who threw a curve into the geometry, suggesting the rounded wall that leads to the glossy white kitchen. Toward the private end of the apartment are Rotenberg’s office, a small workout room, the master suite and a guest room. In the master bedroom, a painting in blues and purples by Rotenberg hangs behind one of two Eero Saarinen Womb chairs against walls of cream-colored wallpaper by Elitis. “The room has two mirrors, two chairs, two tables,” says Rotenberg.

“I wanted it to feel like a place for two people.” A few steps outside the bedroom, in Rotenberg’s sitting room, a long divan sits next to a fireplace with a Robert Gruppé painting of Gloucester Harbor above it. In the painting, the light has just begun to fade to pink, the same pink Wells found for the room’s walls. “The idea came from a silk velvet fabric we liked,” says Wells of the fabric used on a square pink pouf in the room. “It is so pretty and soft, but then it’s set against some modern architectural furniture pieces. There’s always a yin and a yang to keep the balance.” The color here, like the paintings in the rest of the apartment, makes the spaces come alive. “It is a beautiful statement about who they are and how they want to live,” says Wells. “We had a great time working with so much color and such a cheerful, happy art collection.” Outside, the tulips sway practically hip high in the Public Garden. Inside, the view is just as spectacular. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 177.

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Rotenberg’s sitting room takes on a decidedly feminine persona. Rotenberg’s office displays an almost twelvefoot-long American flag she painted, replacing the stars with flowers. The teal chair in the master bedroom makes a perfect match for one of Rotenberg’s paintings.

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The dining room sounds a contemporary note with its sculptural dining chairs surrounding a walnut dining table that sports an inset center strip of glass. A Ligne Roset sideboard makes a handsome companion, and a custom Tibetan rug from Williston Weaves brings texture to the room.

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core value A wise couple and their creative architect opt to save a tiny old Cape, which now forms the charming heart of a gracious Shingle-style home overlooking Nantucket Sound.

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“They liked the quirky, rambling nature of a traditional expanded Cape, so they wanted to continue that character into the new work.” Clockwise from far right: The living room’s curvaceous but cleanlined furniture forms a seating group with the fireplace as a focal point. The fireplace screen’s sea-life motif hints at the home’s Cape Cod location. Landscape architect David Hawk planted lush perennial beds along a meandering bluestone path. The original Cape-style house still forms the core of the expanded home. A sitting room adheres to the same neutral palette and simple window treatments as the rest of the home.

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o one would have blamed the owners of this Harwich Port, Massachusetts, home a bit if they’d razed the Cape-style house that sat on the property. “It was pleasant, but one of those houses where the owners would have spent less money if they’d torn it down and started from scratch,” says architect John DaSilva, whose firm, Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, is responsible for the gracious home that sits there now. The tiny house, a classic with its weathered shingles, white trim and blue shutters, was too small for its new owners, a couple with a large extended family that enjoys frequent gettogethers. The addition previous owners had put on was fine for a quiet duo, but could never accommodate an active passel of siblings, nieces and nephews. It also failed to take full advantage of its site. The driveway passed the house then traversed the width of the backyard to reach a stand-alone garage. What could have been a showcase of lawn and gardens overlooking Nantucket Sound was, instead, an underutilized expanse of driveway and grass.

The new owners, however, saw—and felt—the inherent charm in the little house, which they occupied for a summer while they contemplated changes. “They liked the quirky, rambling nature of a traditional expanded Cape, so they wanted to continue that character into the new work,” DaSilva says. The original house stands at the center of the re-imagined structure, looking like a fresher version of its old self, right down to the white trim and blue shutters. In fact, everything but the chimney brick is brand-new, from the white-cedar shingles and red-cedar roof to the front door, now flanked by pilasters crowned with pineapples, the traditional symbol of hospitality in Colonial America. A new dormer sprouts from the roof and the chimney now boasts a copper cap, both creating a pleasing visual connection to the two-story addition DaSilva designed (with production and management help from architectural project manager Kevin Miller) on the home’s west side. On the opposite end, DaSilva embellished the earlier addition, adding windows, enlarging existing ones and topping the roof with a cupola. “There’s an order here that I would call balanced asymmetry,” May–June 2013  New England Home 89

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“You’d never know there are old and new parts to the house,” the wife says. “John tied it all together so seamlessly.”

DaSilva says in describing the house. “There is still a center to the composition—the symmetrical facade of the old Cape. But as you go to either end there is less and less symmetry.” He also notes that a key to the success of the design lies in the way the house builds progressively taller from east to west, from the earlier addition’s low-peaked roof to the higher roof of the old Cape to the octagonal cupola that tops the new addition. Still, knowing a bit about the architect’s technique can’t take away the magic in the Cape’s transformation from sweet to grand. “You’d never know there are old and new parts to the house,” the wife says. “John tied it all together so seamlessly.”

Landscape architect David Hawk worked a bit of magic, too. His first step toward creating a botanical paradise was to move the driveway to the east side of the house, where it ends at a new attached garage. The renovated old garage is now a studio and fitness room. A walkway of bluestone leads from the driveway to the front door, past beds and borders of perennials. “We’re on Cape Cod, where people like a more informal context,” Hawk says. That translates into simple massings of what Hawk calls “beloved Cape plants,” such as hydrangea, black-eyed Susans and catmint in a color scheme of whites, blues and purples with the occasional splash of yellow. The backyard holds a series of spaces, beginning close to the house with a bluestone dining terrace edged in ornamental grasses that dance in the breeze. Gardens feature low-growing perennials such as euonymus, daylilies, lavender and spirea—the better to enhance, but not block, the view—accented here and there with taller specimens like pretty hydrangea trees. A stone stairway leads to the elevated swimming pool and a peaceful meditation garden. So fluently does the exterior speak to the classic, casual comfort of Cape living, it’s a bit of a surprise when the front door opens on an interior with an emphatically contemporary flair. “The homeowners have a real modern sensibility,” says designer Herbert Acevedo of his clients, who moved to New

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The back stairway takes a whimsical turn with its motif of sun, moon and stars. Facing page, clockwise from top left: The kitchen ceiling echoes the shape of the glass-topped island. A bluestone terrace surrounded by lush plantings makes a peaceful outdoor dining area. The old standalone garage is now a fitness room and studio.

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England after fifteen years in London. “They’re dynamic personalities and they have eclectic tastes and an international point of view.” That meant the traditional, beachy Cape Cod palette of blues and yellows that looks so lovely in the gardens wasn’t quite right for the indoors. Acevedo, who owns the Provincetown design firm and shop Shor, noticed a collection of beach stones on the windowsill. He looked at the subtle shadings of gray, white, beige and green. “I said, ‘that’s our color palette right there,’ ” he recalls. Acevedo painted every room in the house—walls and ceilings—the same pale, warm gray, then gave all the trim a coat of pristine white as a nod to the home’s traditional origins. Furniture throughout the home is sleek, elegant and outfitted in neutral-toned fabrics with a bit of texture. Custom rugs with subtle patterns from Williston Weaves lend further interest. The soft color scheme gets an occasional punch from accessories in seafoam green and the couple’s own colorful collection of art. The overall tone may be sophisticated, but hints of whimsy

here and there add a warm, personal feel. The railing on a back stairway, for instance, is embellished with moon, sun and star designs, a motif that’s repeated in the shutters. The most personal touch of all, however, sits high atop the new addition, where a distinctive weathervane tops the octagonal cupola that lets the light flood into the master bedroom below. “I proposed that they have an over-scaled, symbolic object there,” DaSilva says. The wife, inspired by her interest in the Tarot, chose the symbol of the first card in the Tarot deck—the Fool, then gave him a golf club and a martini glass to hold. A photo of her husband, surreptitiously taken, became the model for the Fool’s profile. The happy clients love every square foot of their home, inside and out, old and new. “I have no favorite spot,” the wife says. “It’s all breathtaking.” It’s no wonder then, that the couple have given their place a name that reflects the beauty, comfort and feeling of home that surrounds them. It is, indeed, a Fool’s Paradise. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 177.

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“The homeowners have a real modern sensibility. They’re dynamic personalities with eclectic tastes and an international point of view.” Clockwise from far left: The neutral palette gets extra punch in a guest room, where the artwork inspired the seafoam-green accents in the bedding. The octagonal cupola lets the light shine into the master bedroom. A tiny attic room makes a cozy guest bedroom. A weathervane inspired by the Fool in the Tarot deck stands atop the cupola.

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When two designers are given carte blanche, the result is a suburban Boston residence that gives their clients—a professional baseball player and his wife—a warm welcome to New England

Text by Robert Kiener Photography by James R. Salomon Architecture: Kevin Gordon, Design West, and Mark Allen Interior design: Noelle Micek, An Organized Nest, and Tricia Roberts Developer: Heidi Kennedy, Vintage Properties Produced by Kyle Hoepner


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To give this light-filled family room a feeling of “relaxed elegance,” designers Noelle Micek and Tricia Roberts kept accessories, such as the custom lighting fixture and garden stools, to a minimum and opted for a neutral color palette featuring blues and grays. The soft, muted beachy tones, says Roberts, “bring a little bit of California to New England.”

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Neutral colors and simple window treatments let the dining room’s classic architectural details stand out. The striking antique-bronze ribboned chandelier adds a dose of drama. Facing page, top: The renovation included raising the ceiling to make room for a dramatic two-story entry. Facing page, bottom: The home’s classic shingled exterior gives it a timeless look.


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ream clients” is how interior designers Tricia Roberts and Noelle Micek describe the couple who hired them to design and furnish their sprawling 10,000-foot-plus, recently renovated home in Weston, Massachusetts. “The wife is a great friend of mine and she shares my taste in design and decor,” says Roberts. “So I was thrilled when she told me, ‘Do your own thing. I trust you.’ ” With a baby on the way and their transfer to the Boston area for the husband’s job as a professional baseball player imminent, the California couple left all the details in the designers’ hands. “We pretty much had carte blanche,” explains Micek. “The wife didn’t even want to see sample fabrics and colors. It was exhilarating.” After a dramatic pause she adds, “It was also terrifying!” The terror, the factor that could have turned this dream into a nightmare, was that the designers had to finish decorating the three-story, five-bedroom, seven-bath home in just four months. And they had to do most of it from a distance, as they both live and work in California. Their brief included everything from specifying wall colors to choosing carpets and furniture to adding accessories and art. To add to the chaos, the house was still undergoing a major renovation. “We took a couple of deep breaths and jumped on a plane to Boston with the wife,” recalls Roberts. “I remember telling Tricia and Noelle that I wanted this to look like a home, not a show house,” says the wife. “I told them to make it comfortable but at the same time elegant and classic. Then I let them do their thing.” The house, which was originally built in 1908 as a 2,300-square-foot farmhouse, had been gutted and expanded by developer Heidi Kennedy’s Weston-based Vintage Properties. “Over the years the house had been restyled into a contemporary model; it was a mess,” says Kennedy. “I wanted to restore its old, historic feel and bring it back to life.” With the help of Boston-area architects May–June 2013  New England Home 97

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“I told Tricia and Noelle to make it comfortable, but at the same time elegant and classic. Then I let them do their thing.”

Kevin Gordon and Mark Allen, Kennedy “stripped the house to its bones,” taking out the third floor to allow for higher ceilings, adding bedrooms, a library, a dramatic two-story entryway, a dining room, family room and a 3,000-square-foot basement. The house also got a new garage and kitchen, along with decorative details like classic wainscoting and molding. The renovation more than tripled the living space. “Weston has a rural feel and we wanted the house to look like it had been there a long time,” says Kennedy. The home sits on a 1.8-acre lot and backs up to conservation land. Kennedy used natural elements such as cedar shingles, copper flashing and fieldstone to create a classic look. “The house’s Shingle style fits the neighborhood and gives it a timeless feel,” says Allen. Roberts and Micek chose a neutral color palette that flows, with subtle variations, throughout the house. “We used lots of soft blues and grays,” says Micek. Adds Roberts, “We looked to the sea for our inspiration and included some muted ‘beachy’ tones. We wanted to bring a little bit of California to New England.” To take advantage of the somewhat secluded site, the designers attempted to “bring the outside in” as often as possible. “We didn’t want to detract from the gorgeous views,” says Micek. “So we opted for simple window treatments that would allow the home to be filled with light.” For example, the family room, living room and breakfast room all feature pleated shades that can be pushed back so as not to obscure the oversize windows. The designers chose furniture that not only blended in with their design palette but was, as Roberts says, “classic yet comfortable.” She adds, “Because we know the couple so well, we knew they wanted a tailored but not a stuffy feel. So we went with a mixture of glamorous and livable.” In the living room, that translated to a comfy, gray-linen Verellen sofa with beech legs, topped with overstuffed pillows to play against the more austere coffee table with its gold legs and white marble top. “It’s 98  New England Home  May–June 2013

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The breakfast room is relatively small, so the designers opted for strikingly patterned window treatments and a custom-designed chandelier to give the space flair. Facing page, top: The kitchen features painted maple cabinets, a soapstone-topped island and a cherry valance hood over the stove. Facing page, bottom: The living room is a mix of muted blues and grays and features furniture, like the gray linen Verellen sofa, that is elegant yet comfortable.

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A custom-designed light fixture adds drama to the high-ceilinged master bedroom, while blackout shades guarantee uninterrupted sleep. The taupe tone-ontone carpet creates a neutral background for the richly colored high-backed bed. Facing page: The master bath’s plantation shutters offer peek-a-boo views of the home’s lush surroundings while his-and-her sinks and mirrors come with plenty of built-in storage space beneath.

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To provide a counterpoint to their classic, tailored design scheme, Micek and Roberts included striking touches throughout the home.

the kind of couch you want to snuggle up on,” says Roberts. The designers were careful not to overcrowd the rooms. “Maintaining flow is very important to me,” says Micek. “You always have to remember you are designing for a young family and you need to keep everything functional.” The open family room is an example of their “less is more” concept, and they also made sure nothing obscured or overpowered the house’s elegant wainscoting and architectural details. To provide a counterpoint to their classic, tailored design scheme, Micek and Roberts included striking touches throughout the home. They carefully chose lighting fixtures to add a sense of drama. “The wife has a glamorous side,” says Roberts, “and we thought we could reflect that in the chandeliers, some of which we helped design.” Adds Micek, “We used the lighting as pieces of art; all are unique and complement each room.” Designing for good friends has an advantage. “In addition to knowing what they like and dislike we also know what they are interested in,” says Roberts. The designers filled the home with such personal accessories as coffee table books on baseball, antique wooden shoe forms (the wife had just taken a shoemaking course) and a vintage map of San Diego (both love the city). The attention to detail paid off. When the wife flew to Massachusetts and met Roberts at the just-completed house, she took one look and started crying. “Everything, from the furniture to the wall color to the throw pillow that had our initials on it, was perfect,” she explains. “I walked around the house in awe. Each room was better than the next. Tricia and Noelle designed a home, not just a house.” A few weeks later, after she and her husband threw their first dinner party, the wife called both designers. “He just said this already feels like our home,” she told them. “It’s as if we’ve always lived here.” For the clients and designers, the dream had come true. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 177. May–June 2013  New England Home 101

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Maine Woods Modern

A dense forest surrounding a scenic cove

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proves an ideal backdrop for a seriously contemporary retreat.

The living room gets its modern, industrial feel from the wall of aluminumframed windows and concrete flooring. Upholstered seating and a Chilewich rug soften the commercial feel of the flooring and define the sitting area, while the views bring in all the color the homeowners need.

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he prospective buyer was understandably wary when he went to see yet another property for sale, after years of searching for that perfect sweet spot in Maine that had to be near deep water. For starters, he couldn’t see the forest (or the potential home site hidden within) for the trees. “I met the seller by the side of the main road—there was no access to the property—and we made our way through the densest woods for a long time,” he remembers. “We walked and walked and then suddenly I saw the blue of the cove, and Sheep Island, then the view across the cove. I found myself standing on a boulder, one of many that make up the shore. I started jumping from boulder to boulder, and I believe what I said at that moment is: ‘This is the place.’ ” Nestled in Brooksville, the three-plus-acre parcel spoke to him because it sits directly on Smith Cove, a deep, sheltered body of water known for boating, kayaking and spectacular sunsets.

Within minutes, the excited buyer from Virginia was on his way to building the getaway he had dreamed of. Serendipity was along for the ride, because he noticed an architect’s sign in Blue Hill and moseyed in, without an appointment. He met with Bruce Norelius, then a partner in what is now Elliott + Elliott Architecture, and described the simple, contemporary, low-maintenance home he and his wife wanted. (Norelius, who would draft the original design for the house, has since moved to Los Angeles where he has opened his own firm.) JT Loomis took over as the project architect of record and, along with his colleague Matthew Elliott and builder Peter Woodward, made the couple’s secluded haven a reality. The homeowners, especially the wife, were fully involved in the design and construction process. Even landscape designer Larry Maxim, who came along after the home was completed, would agree that the modest and modern home came to be thanks to a confluence of good ideas made better by collaboration.

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“We walked and walked and suddenly I saw the blue of the cove, and Sheep Island, then the view across the cove. I believe what I said at that moment is: ‘This is the place.’”

Clockwise from far left: Creeping and wooly thyme

between the cobblestones add softness to the courtyard. The entryway connects the home’s two discrete pavilions. Wildflowers are part of the overall natural landscape design. Deep overhanging eaves temper the hot summer sun and help protect the Ipe siding from weather.

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landscape designer larry Maxim and the homeowners agreed on a low-maintenance plan that includes native shrubs, trees and flowering plants that provide color and textural interest in every season.

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Inside, industrial influences abound, with concrete flooring throughout and light, bright open spaces adorned simply.

Above: Red is the powerhouse that

fuels the kitchen design, where metal cabinetry stands in contrast to many shades of gray, including the sleek stainless-steel backsplash. Right: A long countertop with a built-in desk runs along one wall opposite the kitchen. Facing page: Dining chairs echo the kitchen’s red-hot hue.

And so, the woods were cleared to create a site that would showcase the deep cove as well as the natural setting framed by a canopy of trees. “The site was interesting,” says Elliott. “The view to the water is north and the sun is south, so it’s always tricky to reconcile that, to determine the shape and orientation of the building.” Natural light deeply informed the home’s design; by creating a 2,500-square-foot, linear structure with its high side to the south and low side north, the architects fashioned several points of visual interest and lots of outdoor rooms, including a sheltered courtyard. A screened porch opens onto a spacious Ipe-wood deck that leads across a terrace to a path down to the water. “A variety of outdoor spaces animates the site at different times of the day,” says Elliott. Adds Loomis, “The design minimizes the visual impact on the busy little cove. It feels like a long, low-slung, very minimalist building that fits into the landscape quietly.” “It’s very nice having a natural slope of ledge outcroppings,” says Maxim of his landscape design. “We put in plantings that are tipped and visible from the house. We thinned out the woods, put in second-growth trees, then tapered off into the native plantings.” He softened the look of cobblestones in the courtyard with creeping and wooly thyme, then added roses and a few perennials, “things that would blossom in late spring and summer.” Viburnums add a touch of colorful fall foliage. Woodward, the builder, says the T-shaped home suits the site well. “It’s deceiving,” he says. “When you first see it, you question what it is, this linear bunker with industrial siding. There are not a lot of windows on the side you drive in on, and those that are there are frosted, or up high. The entrance makes you really want to know what’s behind it. And yet, when you’re inside the house, it’s interesting how much you feel like you’re actually outside.” The architects pushed the envelope by specifying an array of commercial and industrial materials both inside and out, in response to the homeowners’ directive that the home require little to no maintenance. They intended to use it a lot (the husband says they come up every six or eight weeks, year-round), but they didn’t want to work when they were there. So the exterior is a combination of nicely gray-weathering Ipe siding and painted aluminum used both as siding and roofing. The ample and fairly indestructible fenestration design is composed entirely of an aluminum curtain wall system of windows and doors. The top of the T houses the master suite and the shared spaces—the kitchen, dining and living

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rooms and the screened porch. The two guest rooms and garage reside in the smaller, perpendicular second pavilion. “Our other home has a lot of big and little rooms; it’s divided in pieces,” says the husband. For this home, he and his wife wanted a place that gave them privacy but with space enough for guests, including their two grown children and their families. “Two separate pavilions separated by the entry work especially well,” he says. On the inside, industrial influences abound, with concrete flooring throughout—even in the bedrooms—and light, bright open spaces adorned simply. Dark woods ground the rooms, standing in contrast to lofty ceilings punctuated by recessed lights, canned spots and pendant lamps on long wires. The furnishings are a merry mix of sleek contemporary designs. “We’re working on a midcentury modern

look,” the homeowner explains. “It’s happening over time.” The dramatic kitchen, done in bold brushstrokes of red and gray, was long imagined in the wife’s eye as a dramatic counterpoint to the neutral palette throughout the rest of the house. She achieved success with shiny red metal cabinets, heavy gray granite counters, commercially inspired appliances and a stainless-steel backsplash. A trestle table with perfectly matched red dining chairs completes the look. Preferring a vantage point that allows him to absorb the home and its surroundings, the husband proclaims the long granite countertop under wide windows his favorite spot in the house: “I can sit in a swivel chair at my desk there and look both ways…I can see the backyard or the cove. It’s doesn’t get any better. I love it there.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 177.

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Furnishings are a merry mix of sleek contemporary designs. “We’re working on a midcentury modern look,” the homeowner explains.

Above: The master bedroom with en

suite bath (right) was designed as the ultimate retreat. Dark wood furnishings set against gray floors let the views prevail. Above right: A narrow path meanders gently toward the cove.

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Trends & Trendmakers Vivid color, attentiongrabbing texture and fearless individuality are a few of the hot new developments in home architecture and interiors. New England’s design experts give us preview of these trends—and a whole lot more. By Regina Cole

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Architects, interior designers and showroom

Above: Systems like the Powerhouse Dynamics

eMonitor allow ­homeowners to track energy use while on the go. Opposite page, Top: Architect Bradford Walker says contemporary styles are holding their own in formerly traditional New England, as in this Massachusetts riverfront home he recently designed. Opposite page, Bottom: This office created by Shannon Alther of TMS Architects features flooring reclaimed from an old Detroit Pistons basketball court and furniture constructed from bleacher wood that would otherwise have ended up as landfill.

owners can tell us what sorts of changes to expect in the world of design because they create the trends that shape the industry. Since change is life’s one given, we pay special attention to these trendmakers; they not only know what we can expect to see in the future, they can also tell us why. We chatted with some of New England’s best industry professionals to get a sneak peek at what’s ahead. They see a complex landscape in which increasingly sophisticated homeowners are eager to incorporate trends from the worlds of science and art, as well as design, into their daily lives, but to do so in entirely individual ways. One trend clearly demonstrates that sensitivity to the environment is growing. “Our clients are well schooled in matters of energy conservation; they come to us with a high level of knowledge,” says Stephanie Horowitz of ZeroEnergy Design, a Boston architectural firm that specializes in green architecture and mechanical design. “We are getting requests for root cellars, to augment food storage upstairs, as part of a general move toward increased self-sufficiency.” High-performance European windows, energy monitoring systems and passive house technology are all strong trends that continue to gain traction. Passivhaus, a ratings system developed in Germany, applies especially stringent standards. “It’s a great fit in a cold climate when you can get free heat from the sun,” says Horowitz. “For many, a passive house is an aspirational goal, but it’s a widely embraced goal.” The environmental concerns of today’s homeowners find expressions from structure to the surface finishes of most products. “We see a lot of interest in low-VOC products; people care about how much their paints or carpets are off-gassing,” says Shannon Alther of TMS Architects of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “They also like to re-use old building parts, something that was espoused but seldom done until now, espe-

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top: Peter Vanderwarker; Bottom: Trent Bell

cially in commercial buildings.” Homeowners also want to avail themselves of new electronic technology as it emerges, he says. “Everyone wants iPad docking stations so that they can wirelessly communicate with their houses.” Bradford Walker of Boston’s Ruhl Walker Architects sees a new interest in texture that goes hand in hand with today’s strong environmental consciousness. “People are looking for reclaimed wood, wire-scraped oak, chunky and coarse textiles,” he says. “They are moving away from the look of surfaces embalmed in smooth polyurethane.” As another example of the move away from smooth and toward the textural, he notes, “My clients are trying hard to not do granite countertops. They choose quartz or Durastone instead.” Walker believes that New England’s historic ambivalence about new architectural forms is over. “Many younger people who have money from high-tech or medical technology industries embrace contemporary styling; for the first time, we see as much interest in modernism as we do in traditional design,” he says. But whether they love the modern or the traditional, homeowners want the tranquility that comes from an uncluttered home. Boston interior designer Jill Litner Kaplan points out that organization is a large part of a designer’s work. “We do a lot of built-ins so that junk is integrated into the walls,” she says. “At the same time, we see the democratization of ethnic May–June 2013  New England Home 113

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Left: Courtesy of Tech Lighting; Right: Nat Rea; Opposite page: Trent Bell

Right: A dining room by Providence designer Kelly Taylor shows the versatility of today’s LED lighting. Left: LEDs are also instrumental in a resurgence of traditional fixtures such as these Tech Lighting sconces, according to Lucía Lighting’s Lucy Dearborn.

style. It used to be something you had to have a taste for; now, people embrace what was exclusive before.” She likens today’s interior design trends to the way couture trickles down to affect mass fashion. “Choice and exclusive designs are very quickly reinterpreted and produced for a mass market.” Kaplan says. “Along with that comes more of a tendency to mix high and low.” Anthony Catalfano of the eponymous Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, firm echoes Walker when he sees the same move toward texture from his perspective as an interior designer. “Additionally, color is coming back in a big way,” he says. “Brighter, more saturated colors, particularly turquoise, hot pink and emerald green, will be more and more popular. People want a bit of sparkle, too—a little metallic is fun!” Kelly Taylor, who operates her interior design firm out of Providence, says that the shift toward sustainability is driving the biggest design trends. “We lost 100-watt incandescent bulbs in 2012, which encouraged manufacturers to ramp up innovation with LED lights,” she says. “Recessed LED lighting is amazing now,” Taylor continues. “You end up with a better look, much better quality than with the old incandescent recessed lighting, and you replace bulbs every five years instead of every six months. When you look up, you see glass, not a bulb and space around it. And the light is so much nicer and richer.” She notes that while the new lighting technology was originally most suited to modern styling, the industry is evolving to the point where traditional designs can now make use of it, too. “The emergence of energy efficiency and LED lighting makes the world more fun if you’re in the lighting world,” adds Lucy Dearborn, president of Lucía Lighting in Lynn, Massachusetts. “You get 90 percent energy savings with very little emission of heat in a small package, and it lasts a long time. And, LED lighting can easily be colored.” Dearborn sees the new technology driving a creative evolution in which traditional lighting forms reemerge. “Everything was recessed in the ’70s and ’80s. Now we are seeing interior designers, architects and homeowners using decorative lighting fixtures again. They are returning to lighting not only for function, but also for decorative elements. I am happy to see wall sconces

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Portland designer Tracy Davis says individuality is becoming a touchstone for today’s interiors. Her own office is a perfect illustration.

returning,” she says, “as well as chandeliers in powder rooms.” Dearborn points out that the trend towards better technology and more decorative fixtures richly benefits home decors. “Layering is so much more desirable than a single source of light.” Builders, perhaps more than others, are catering to the hightech trend. “A lot of lighting—and everything else—is getting smarter,” says John Kruse, vice president at Boston’s SeaDar Construction. “More and more functions of the house are becoming accessible from cell phones and tablets. Homeowners all want to run their summer houses from their iPads when May–June 2013  New England Home 115

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Texture is also an increasingly important component of New England interiors, per showroom owner Lynn Dayton. Examples? Consider the structured oak veneer on these cabinets from Bulthaup and some nubbly rugs on offer at Carter Dayton Home.

they’re not there.” Energy conservation is an increasing part of his industry. “Partly people are changing; partly it’s because building codes are. There are much better products for air sealers, rain barriers and exterior systems.” Marc Kaplan of Sanford Custom Builders in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, adds that while houses remain large, they are becoming more intimate. “We are building fewer cavernous two-story rooms,” he says. Tracy Davis, principal of the Portland, Maine, interior design firm Urban Dwellings, talks about a growing trend toward individuality that cuts across the stylistic spectrum. “People want something unique, not what they have seen in someone else’s home,” she says. “That can lead to interesting new ways of using familiar things.” A historic artifact might be repurposed in an unexpected manner, Davis says. “For example, someone may find a relic and do something like fashion it into a table or a lamp. My clients are drawn to classic modern pieces like Eames chairs, but they want to use them in new and imaginative ways. I have observed a strong interest in modernism, but there is nothing dogmatic about it.” John Altobello agrees. As a partner in KOO de Monde, a virtual design center for interior designers, architects and private collectors, he brings together the curated, eclectic mix of products favored by today’s cognoscenti. “People have become more comfortable mixing antiques with contemporary pieces,” he says. “It’s not all or nothing—either modern or traditional. I see a kind of fearlessness, even audacity, in how homeowners want to live.” An example of this kind of bravado, Altobello says, is a room whose traditional architecture plays off against modern furniture. “Today’s homeowner likes simple, clean lines, but has not lost interest in the beautiful ornamentation of the past,” he says. “I see a predilection for clean lines, which can go hand in hand with a bold, individualistic decor.” That penchant for the best of the old without dependence on historicism is driving the latest trends in surface finishes, including brass. While we have seen a preference for brushed nickel and aged-bronze metal treatments in recent years, J­ effrey Nelson of Brassworks in Providence says that he sees a reemerging taste for the look of brass. “Polished brass is making a strong comeback,” he says. “The big difference is in the finish. Where a lacquer finish is traditional, in recent years we have seen the design industry favor an oiled finish, which looks as though the brass had aged for some time. Today we are seeing more and more professionals opt for brass with waxed finishes. This way, the brass can age naturally, but the look is gently patinated,

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Waxed brass is finding more favor than lacquered or oiled finishes, says Jeffrey Nelson of Providence’s Brassworks.

neither dark and dull nor bright and shiny.” He sees this trend across the board, even in lock sets, doorknobs, drawer pulls and ­accessories. “We see a strong demand for indoor-outdoor products,” says Lynn Dayton of the Wellesley, Massachusetts–based Carter Dayton Home, a retail outlet she manages with Boston designer Michael Carter. “We are selling a lot of wicker, along with indoor-outdoor fabrics and accessories, which are not necessarily being used outdoors,” she says. “There is a strong trend toward the spirit of outdoor living, even if it takes place indoors.” Like her peers, Dayton believes that, for the time being, vanilla interiors are over. “There is a lot of color: orange will be very big, as well as pinks and a strong emerald green.” Monogramming is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, Dayton says. “It underscores the individualistic ways in which people like to decorate their homes. Technology has a strong bearing on that trend, because embroidery is getting so much better.” She, too, notices a renewed penchant for texture in all aspects of decor, which includes rugs. “We are getting away from wall-towall carpeting; people are really into rugs again.” Mahmud Jafri, principal at Dover Rug, agrees. “Rugs are the artistic arena of home furnishing,” he says. “For the first time, homeowners want rugs that will go with what they already have; they won’t buy a rug if it does not go with their curtains and their furnishings.” This differs from a traditional decorating approach in which a rug was the jumping-off point for color selections. “Every generation defines its taste and style,” Jafri says. “The big shift now is toward a more transitional and contemporary look. Gaudy colors are out; simple, clean lines are in. This was once a very traditional market, but the carpet retailers who are doing well have reinvented themselves to meet the new demands.” Jafri explains that socioeconomic and political forces have driven up the price of hand-knotted rugs. “Tufted rugs are beginning to take their place; we will see a lot of hand tufting in the near future.” He, too, sees strong colors heading our way. “We see fifty shades of gray now,” he says with a laugh, “as well as safer colors May–June 2013  New England Home 117

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This page: Michael J. Lee; Opposite page, top: Courtesy of Robert Allen; opposite page, Bottom: Courtesy of Privet House

A move toward simplified forms in the kitchen is counterbalanced by a multiplication of materials, according to designer Donna Venegas.

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Bold hues, particularly the rich oranges and blues of these fabrics from Dwell Studio’s Modern Bungalow collection for Robert Allen, and these LuRu Home cotton pillows from Privet House in Connecticut, are finding increasing favor.

like blue and aqua. But we will soon see brighter colors, in particular a deep mint green.” “Yes, our palette is becoming more complex,” agrees Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company, a design studio located in the Boston Design Center that specializes in custom cabinetry for the private residence. “Neutrals are still important, but now we love texture. Partly that’s because clients are experimenting with more materials. In any given kitchen, we might see milk paint combined with pewter or stone, with metal on the counter. The complexity of the palette is in keeping with a trend towards simplification. We see a lot less adornment in the kitchen.” The kitchen, which continues to grow in importance as the heart of the home, is also growing in size. “We see these wide-open spaces,” Venagas explains. That trend extends beyond the kitchen. “More people are not doing formal layouts,” says ­ eredith Basque of Planeta­Basque, a fullM service design firm located in Boston’s South End. “They are more family friendly.” She recalls the strictly segregated interiors of yore. “When I grew up, there were rooms you couldn’t go in; they might as well have had a red rope across the doorway, as in museums. Today’s family wants a well-done, livable house that ages well.” She, too, sees a growing color trend. “Colors are more saturated again. We see jewel tones coming back into favor, but done for today’s taste. One of the trends is for striated, or ombré colors.” Nancy Zwiener, one of the owners of DesignSourceCT, a vast to-the-trade design center in Hartford, Connecticut, says that an overall trend toward more transitional and casual furnishings has been gathering steam. “Even in New England, the land of steady habits, we rarely have a call for exclusively traditional furniture,” she says. “Favorite styles still include Midcentury Modern. Upholstered headboards and fully upholstered beds are very popular, in keeping with the less formal, homey look. “Wall coverings are becoming very popular again; especially grasscloths,” she adds. “Area rugs are far more popular than wallto-wall carpeting,” she notes, echoing the observations of other industry professionals. “In new nylon fibers, we now see the look of sisal without the drawbacks of natural jutes or hemp, which often result in a tough texture and are not stain resistant.” Zwiener also concurs with other pros that color is poised to make a comeback. “We are still seeing a strong demand for neutrals, especially gray,” she says. “But there is a strong resurgence in all shades of blue, like navy mixed with marine blue mixed with gray. For accent colors we see citrus and persimmon, or coral.” Bright colors, surface texture and a deep environmental sensitivity will guide consumers as they make thoughtful choices in the coming year. While trends come and go, understanding the deeper issues behind the styles makes sensitive homeowners part of the changes that make the world better and more beautiful. • May–June 2013  New England Home 119

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or some forty years, Bostonians have turned to Boston magazine for advice on the good life. The best podiatrist. The best pizza. The wealthiest Bostonian (no it’s not Gisele Bündchen, or haven’t you been paying attention?). But the magazine’s March 2013 issue had even the smartest Bostonians surprised and confused. The theme— “Best Places to Live”—just wasn’t making the kind of sense the publication is usually known for. “Starting out. Moving up. Going huge,” read the cover. Starting out, as in Medford. /////////// Moving up, as in Needham. By Louis Postel Going huge, as in Weston. Now, wait one minute. Didn’t Boston’s editors catch designer Leslie Fine’s seminar at the office on Wednesdays and Fridays, a hospi­ Boston Design Center, the one where she tal board meeting, a harbor walk escorting talked about how so many of her clients grandkids to the Aquarium, Symphony are downsizing and moving downtown? Hall as practically an extension of one’s They’re selling off the mansions where living room. For Fine, as well as many oth­ once they “went huge” in the suburbs, ers involved in New England’s burgeoning snapping up luxury digs at the Inter­ design community, “Best Places to Live” Continental, Heritage on the Garden, translates into a penthouse in town. the Mandarin, soon-to-open Millennium A meme—a shared cultural belief—is Place or a little brownstone on Beacon hard to break. And a design meme may be Hill. These clients are switching out huge the hardest. Big house equals good; small for quality of life. Designers from all over house equals bad. Starting out, moving New England nodded in concurrence; so up, going huge. Boston has its finger on where was Boston? Otherwise engaged in those shared beliefs; right or wrong seems yet another round of taste-testing Todd more and more debatable. English’s famous Kentucky Maple cock­ tails, perchance? /// Fine’s clients are, in fact, living larger Architect Jeremy Bonin designs homes than ever before. (Let someone else deal around Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, with the plumber and electrician and Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the snowplow guy). Everything important pulse of New England’s design community. Send is now just minutes away: a short walk your news to through the Public Garden to visit the

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for Bostonians in pre-retirement mode. “They’re interested in building custom homes, not just for what they need now, but for the future, as well. That’s why we are doing so many flex spaces,” says Bonin from his New London, New Hampshire, office. “We build a home office, for example, but we will be sure to put in closets. Now they can hold books and computers, but down the road that same space can become a bunk room for grandkids. The whole grandchild factor is a relatively new phenomenon for baby boomers. They want to retire somewhere nice where the whole family can gather.” /// Newport-based Edward Williams

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to realize that a great home begins at conception. “Designers and architects, builders and vendors are looking to build a team far sooner these days,” says Nicole Hogarty of Boston. The recently elected president of the New England Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association Nicole Hogarty (IFDA) is upbeat about the possibilities of collaboration and cross-pollination across disciplines. “Homeowners understand the benefit of working as a team,” says Hogarty. She is equally upbeat about the prospects of her IFDA chapter, the largest of the organization’s U.S. chapters, with 130 members. “Our work with graduate design students at the Boston Architectural College and other great design schools will secure our future for many years to come,” she says. Glenn Farrell 207-363-8053

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attitude were borne out not long ago in a kitchen Lisa Clement worked on. “We live in a world of duality,” says the Falmouth, Maine, designer. “It can be a good day and

a bad day and both stories can be true. You can choose which story you want to tell and shift the energy of a project with just a few kind words.” In this project, a big piece of soapstone for the counter and backsplash chipped during installation. Rather than pointing fingers, Clement got her team to relax. The ensuing calm Lisa Clement allowed her to come up with a solution that her clients actually liked better than the original design. She commissioned a local cemetery worker to chisel even more chips into the afflicted piece of stone. That piece then became a sculptural four-inch border above the backsplash. We hereby nominate Clement for the Best Thinking Out of the Box Award. /// Nominated in the same category is

architect Mark Hammer of Truro and Cambridge, Massachusetts. A creator of the Cape Cod Modern House Tour, Hammer can take credit for sharing the little-known Trade Secret that Cape architecture entails a lot more than the classic style we know and love. Hammer opened the doors to many Midcentury homes by masters such as Marcel Breuer, Serge Chermayeff, Paul Krueger, Nathaniel Saltonstall, Paul Weidlinger and Charles Zehnder. Hammer’s studio is busy creating new homes and new legacies, as well. “I now think of Mark Hammer as the heir to Zehnder,” says photographer and Modern House Tour veteran Ray Elman, whose close-ups of Cape Cod’s creative class grace the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington. /// The urge for innovative thinking is not

confined to the coast of Maine or Cape Cod. “Five years ago, ‘out-of-the-box’ would have been looked on askance,” says designer Meredith Bohn, an alumna of Boston Architectural College who now works out of Hollis, New Hampshire. “For example, if I suggested an accent wall of really distinctive patterned wallpaper or a large piece of graphic art that is very dramatic, my clients would have looked at me like I had two heads. They would have been afraid of spending on something that may not be long-lasting. Now they have far more confidence, and a lot less concern about eventual resale values. It’s

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Kudos to Kristen Rivoli, who won an award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New England for Best Private Residential Design earlier this year. She designed the Newton residence in collaboration with LDa Architecture & Interiors, Macomber Carpentry & Construction and Venegas & Company. The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod honored Falmouth’s Duffany Builders with four BRICC Awards, which recognize building and remodeling excellence on the Cape and islands. Meanwhile, the Boston Society of Architects acknowledged Ruhl Walker’s excellent work with four 2012 BSA Design Awards; other winners include Hacin + Associates and ZeroEnergy Design. Finally, S+H Construction took home two 2013 Contractor of the Year Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and co-president Doug Hanna was also selected as 2013 Remodeler of the Year by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. Next time you see Mark Hutker, be sure to congratulate him on being named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Known for his creation of a new regional vernacular, Hutker is one of only seven architects elected to the College of Fellows in Massachusetts. He will receive his Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, Colorado, on June 21.

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The former Dainty Dot Hosiery building at 120 Kingston Street in Boston is being re-imagined as a new residential high-rise by the talented team of PlanetaBasque Boston, RODA Architects, Perkins Eastman, Hudson Group North America and Forest City Enterprises. The newest addition to the city skyline will overlook the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway, and we can’t wait to see what innovative design concepts PlanetaBasque and their partners have in store. Designer Heidi Pribell is also up to new ventures with the launch of Up*Stage. Her residential staging company is taking advantage of recent real estate trends by helping sellers showcase their home to its best advantage. (We’re guessing some sellers may be loath to part with their abode after seeing how beautiful it can really look.) Nicolas Home has made a move to new digs in Yarmouth, Maine (relocating from Portland). The 4,000-squarefoot design center and showroom features exclusive lines such as Libeco, Canvas, Judy Jackson and Tarbaka. Interior designers Michael Carter and Douglas Truesdale are making a splash

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on the Los Angeles scene with the opening of Carter Truesdale Design in early May. The stylesavvy duo’s newly renovated two-story bungalow—tucked behind the Richard Mulligan showroom in the heart of West Hollywood’s design district—will house offices on the second floor, leaving the first floor free to showcase Truesdale’s design work and the introduction of legendary Tillett Textiles to the L.A. design community. Looking for more ways to furnish your home? The new Casabella Marketplace in Bourne, Massachusetts, is filled with furniture, original home furnishings and unexpected treasures in a 3,000-square-foot showroom. “Our passion is creating extraordinary living spaces, and we’re thrilled to invite customers and designers to this additional space,” says owner Michele ChagnonHolbrook, who also owns Casabella Home Furnishings in nearby East Sandwich.

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Craftsman Stephen Staples and his wife Christine recently opened the New England Artisan Gallery in Wrentham,

Massachusetts. The new showroom features unique works of furniture that Staples and his team of artisans created from reclaimed antique wood, salvaged antique metal and more. Each one-of-a-kind piece tells a story. Architects Matthew Elliott and Elizabeth Elliott are telling their own story with a beautiful new monograph from Princeton Architectural Press. The 176-page Houses of Maine will feature an in-depth look at the “balanced, serene and vernacular architecture” of six Elliott + Elliott houses through 200 color illustrations. —Erin Marvin


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Baker Tulip Chair ///

“I have a penchant for antique hall chairs. This version, based on a tulip design, would be fun in the hallway of a summer house, in a bedroom or in a bathroom with a pile of colorful towels on the seat.” Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876,


Four Leaf Clover Chair from Great Taste No Space ///

“How can you not feel lucky sitting on this fun, vintage chair? It’s a perfect conversation piece for a sunroom or a guest bedroom. I enjoy finding unexpected vintage pieces and layering them with other design elements.” Digs Design Company


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Paradise from Colefax and Fowler ///

“This embroidered linen fabric, shown here in blue, is casual but really special. The embroidery is delicate, so finely done.” The Martin Group


Jocelyn Chiappone has a passion for creating spaces that are both livable and extraordinary. She focuses on designing rooms that bridge the classic and the modern, the vintage and the eclectic, the elegant and the avant-garde. Digs Design Company, North Kingstown, R.I., (401) 2942178,


Wisteria from Chelsea Editions ///

“This is one of my favorite Chelsea Textiles fabrics and we have used it with great success in both a city and coastal master bedroom. It is an understated yet elegant floral, shown here in a mauve colorway, that makes up beautifully as draperies.” Studio 534


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Kravet Gion Rug ///

“I love the simplicity of this wool and silk Tibetan rug. It’s such a statement piece; you could put it in a room with beautiful architectural design and it would look wonderful even without another thing in the space.” Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615,


Plumeria from Ann Sacks ///

“I used this Ann Sacks mosaic tile as the inspiration for a master bath renovation. Combined with a smoky gray tile on the wall and a fabulous burnished tub by Waterworks, this mosaic floor tile created a calming retreat.” Boston Design Center, (800) 278-8453,


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“I love this delicate mirror made of hundreds of petal-like pieces of metal. It is completely transitional in its style and would look wonderful in almost any room in the house.” The Cottage At Four Corners, Tiverton, R.I., (401) 625-5814,


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Barbara Bahr Sheehan is known for the fresh approach she takes to the traditional architecture of New England. “I love it,” she says, “but I like to freshen it up, make it a little younger and more stylish.” Barbara Bahr Sheehan Interior Design, Norwell, Mass., (781) 659-2514,

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Walls of Whimsy Not for the color averse, the Madeline wallpaper from Ronald Redding Designs by York Wallcoverings would make a statement in a powder room. Find it at Berkeley House. Boston Design Center, (617) 4516874,

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Delicate Drapes Sandra Jordan’s Prima Alpaca Sheers, at Webster & Company, will shroud your windows in softness without obscuring the view. Webster & Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660,

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Safari Seat The rush seat of Ralph Lauren Home’s new Safari Arm Chair— part of the company’s Left Bank collection—takes cues from designs popular in the 1940s. Boston Design Center, (617) 7373765,

Shot of Citrus Create an energetic, summertime vibe with Pearson Furniture’s lively orange-and-white upholstered cocktail ottoman. Find it at Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings + Design. Pittsfield, Mass., (800) 7237424,

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Block Island Contemporary It’s unusual—but not unheard of—to find an unabashed contemporary on Block Island. What makes this one worthy of a second (and third) look is its scale—and the way its minimalism leans so comfortably into its site. There’s nothing sprawling about this award-winning home designed by noted architect Christopher H. L. Owen. At just under 1,400 square feet, it’s a tiny jewel with a low profile and an urban spirit that makes sense on a ten-square-mile island, where space is at a premium and the views count for everything. Completed in 1970, the house was the first project to win a coveted AIA First Honor Award for “Best Vacation House” in the U.S. the following year. It was thoroughly winterized and updated in 2011 by its current (and only second) owners. At the heart of the home is a glass-enclosed living tower that soars up three stories, affording sweeping panoramas of the Sound. Energy efficient and tastefully built, this home is perfect for a couple or small family that values quality over quantity. DULY NOTED: Minimalism rules the landscape, too, which is designed with only natural, indigenous plants. A large, protective marsh with a few gently mowed paths sits between the house and the shoreline. CONTACT: Sullivan Real Estate, Block Island R.I., (401) 466-5521,, MLS #1020311

ROOMS: 4 3 BEDROOMS 2 FULL BATHS 1,387 SQ. FT. $2,800,000


This iconic Victorian is one of the older houses in Essex, Connecticut; described as a “signature” property, it is one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in the area and features a low-pitched roof and wide overhanging eaves, eight-foot windows, a widow’s walk and original carriage house. Built in 1870 and located on historic Foxboro Road—a ten-minute walk to the village—the 3,300-square-foot home has changed hands only a few times (the previous owners lived there for sixty years). A grand foyer and majestic staircase greet visitors to a house with spacious rooms, most with high ceilings. Many architectural details have remained intact, and although the house has been updated, prospective buyers will likely want to modernize the interiors to suit their taste and lifestyle. The waterfront setting—on a cape overlooking the North Cove and the Connecticut River—is hard to beat. Double columns adorn the home’s wraparound porch, which is surrounded by mature but simple landscaping that doesn’t steal any thunder from the vistas across the river. DULY NOTED: There are three villages within the township of Essex: Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton. Period homes like this one in and around Essex village represent some of the loveliest in all of Connecticut. A stroll around town is delightfully eye opening. CONTACT: William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Essex, Conn., (860) 767-7488,, MLS #M9138239

ROOMS: 11 4 BEDROOMS 4 FULL, 1 HALF BATH 3,300 SQ. FT. $1,995,000

Osterville Estate

ROOMS: 14 5 BEDROOMS 8 FULL; 1 HALF BATH 10,279 SQ. FT. $13,900,000


Classic Connecticut Victorian

They say the seductive contours of the sea beyond this spectacular site inspired the home’s design. Indeed, graceful curves are in evidence throughout the fourteen rooms of this Osterville, Massachusetts, estate. Of particular note: the exemplary craftsmanship and details for which the architect, Doreve Nicholaeff, is well known. What takes this home to the next level, however, is a clear appreciation for the finest materials (including pristine wood floors throughout) and a quiet reverence for its surroundings. Pleasing scenes and sightlines are visible from every window and from vantage points within every room. This is a grand home; no amenity was spared when it was completed in 2002. It features custom Zeluck windows (the better to frame those views), five fireplaces, an elevator, a home theater, five bedroom suites, steam bath and sauna, spacious third-floor study with unsurpassed views, game room, home gym, stunning infinity pool set in granite and a private dock. DULY NOTED: This private paradise on 1.3 acres only feels secluded; in fact, it’s refreshingly near every convenience in Osterville including golf, tennis, shopping and fine dining. CONTACT: Sotheby’s International Brokerage, Osterville, Mass., (508) 428-9115,, MLS #21301554 MAY–JUNE 2013 NEW ENGLAND HOME 157

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DOVER, MASSACHUSETTS Sited on 12+ acres, this 1912 Colonial is one of Dover’s prized farm properties. “Indian Wells” features a 31-foot foyer, 5,300 sq. ft. & 14 rooms. Spectacular grounds & tennis court; a perfect “Gentleman’s Farm”. $4,100,000

DUXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent waterfront home with superb updates, private dock, pool, large deck, chef’s kitchen, great room with bar, luxurious master suite and private guest quarters. $2,622,000

LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Set on a beautiful lot with stone walkways and a pergola, this superbly-crafted home has six bedrooms, family room with fireplace, high ceilings, gourmet kitchen and three-car garage. $2,595,000

Ellen Walsh | C. 781.254.2337 | D. 781.237.2337

Reggie Irving | C. 508.523.0943

James G. Nagle | C. 781.910.1478

WEST NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Classic Tudor home on West Newton Hill on nearly one acre of lush grounds offering rich architectural details, elegant step-down living room, family room and six spacious bedrooms. $2,499,000

LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Striking Colonial home set on a 1/2+ acre offering 16 well-designed rooms, eat-in gourmet kitchen, six bedrooms, superior millwork, finished third floor, and three-car garage. $2,349,900

BOXFORD, MASSACHUSETTS Lovingly-restored 18th-century masterpiece on 100+ conserved acres with barn, paddocks and pond. Chic and sophisticated interior with 15 rooms, six bedrooms and a chef’s kitchen. $1,990,000

Ilene Solomon | C. 617.413.1663

James G. Nagle | C. 781.910.1478

Gwen Washburn | C. 978.771.4827

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Gorgeous center-entrance Colonial surrounded by magnificent landscaping in a premium location. Fabulous entertaining spaces, five bedrooms, three floors plus finished lower level. $1,950,000

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Graciously-designed Colonial set on two acres in Mattison Farm. Featuring a spacious floor plan, two-story foyer, gourmet kitchen and finished lower level. $1,950,000

BEVERLY FARMS, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite, new custom home set on 4+ acres offering four bedrooms, superb details, state-of-the-art kitchen, cathedral family room, patio, gym, and access to private beach. $1,695,000

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Boston/Back Bay, MA $4,200,000 MLS#71475869, Amy Goldberg, 617.515.4142

Cape Cod/Chatham, MA $3,999,000 MLS#21210360, Phyllis Power, 508.237.1406

Farmington, CT $3,750,000 MLS#G643787, Rob Saelens, 860.878.1607

Greenwich, CT $2,995,000 MLS#83564, Darren Lowe, 203.952.4486

Brookline, MA $2,650,000 MLS#71482975, E. Cain/P. Martin, 781.608.5291

Fairfield, CT $2,550,000 MLS#99014564, Al Filippone Assoc., 203.241.7461

Swampscott, MA $2,500,000 MLS#71343725, Burke Team, 978.317.2486

Weston, CT $2,495,000 MLS#99017960, Donna Beretta, 203.451.1540

Duxbury, MA $2,295,000 MLS#71482019, Lisa DeMeritt, 781.910.9394

Sudbury, MA $2,199,000 MLS#71484519, Ellen Curran Karassik, 617.803.8439

Longmeadow, MA $2,100,000 MLS#71496374, Karen Reggiannini, 413.335.5311

Hingham, MA $2,099,000 MLS#71491845, Joanne Conway, 781.248.7041

Swampscott, MA $1,995,000 MLS#71453447, D. Lothrop/C. Moss, 978.337.9210

Dover, MA $1,995,000 MLS#71475213, The Walsh Team, 508.400.7063

Essex, CT $1,850,000 MLS#E263623, Dave Thomas, 860.367.1452



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Stonington, CT $1,790,000 MLS#E263648, Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424

Waban, MA $1,575,000 MLS#71487136, Giti Saeidian, 617.966.9823

Hingham, MA $1,529,000 MLS#71484423, Beth Goldfarb, 339.793.1741

Concord, MA $1,499,000 MLS#71462691, Sue Revis, 978.807.8219

Swampscott, MA $1,495,000 MLS#71485097, Robert Cowan, 781.696.4814

Sudbury, MA $1,425,000 MLS#71485804, Kristen Rice, 617.710.5927

Norwell, MA $1,399,000 MLS#71491877, Liz McCarron, 617.347.4140

Sudbury, MA $1,395,000 MLS#71489909, Kristen Rice, 617.710.5927

Plymouth, MA $1,299,000 MLS#71489104, Renee Hogan, 781.248.7153

Sudbury, CT $1,299,000 MLS#71479399, Jan Pitzi, 508.380.1519

Cape Cod/E. Falmouth, MA $1,195,000 MLS#21205720, Joseph Sciuto, 508.457.8622

Newburyport, MA $1,150,000 MLS#71478864, Dolores Person, 978.660.0967

Cape Cod/Eastham, MA $1,095,000 MLS#21107986, Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721

Norfolk, CT $999,999 MLS#99013917, The Matthews Group, 860.868.0511

Guilford, CT $999,000 MLS#M9137961, Nancy Leonard, 203.494.3660


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Manchester-Renovated Shingle-Style home located near Singing Beach, town and train. $1,825,000

Gloucester-Ocean views from this Shingle Style Colonial set on 3.57 acres in East Gloucester. $1,599,000

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Swampscott-Renovated Colonial with original period details and distant ocean views. $489,000

Georgetown-Custom Shingle-Style residence set on 7.8 private acres with superb details. $1,395,000


Marblehead-Beautifully renovated Colonial on Marblehead Neck sited on an elevated lot. $1,150,000

Manchester-Expanded and renovated Single level residence near town and Singing Beach. $1,395,000

Marblehead-Harbor views from this updated home near the Corinthian Yacht Club. $775,000

Beverly Farms-Elegant turn of the century Tudor privately set in Beverly Farms near West Beach. $1,250,000 Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA (978) 526-8555 Beverly Farms, MA (978) 922-2700 Gloucester, MA (978) 282-1315 Ipswich, MA (978) 356-3444 Beverly, MA (978) 922-3683 Marblehead, MA (781) 631-9800 Wenham-Handsome Colonial set on 1 acre in a village location with barn and greenhouse. $985,000

Danvers-Lovingly maintained Antique Colonial with period details set on 2.2 park-like acres. $575,000

Gloucester-Beautiful Cape in the Wingaersheek area with deeded access WR &RIÂżQÂśV %HDFK $749,000

Marblehead-Newly constructed residence on Marblehead Neck convenient to Marblehead Harbor. $1,295,000

Ipswich-Ocean views of Crane and Pavilion beaches from this Great Neck Contemporary. $655,000

Magnolia-Seasonal Ocean views from this special property sited on 1.2 private acres. $639,000



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Exceptional waterfront property located on Water Street in Marion Village. Nestled on the shores of Sippican Harbor, this property offers expansive views of the harbor and Buzzards Bay, as well as direct water access. This property is a boater’s dream, as its direct neighbor is the Beverly Yacht Club. Moor your yacht in Sippican Harbor or tie her up to your very own 100 foot private dock with gazebo. Classic Cape Cod style home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, great room and formal living room make this home the perfect place for entertaining and family gatherings. Do not miss this rare offering.

Exclusively listed at $2,195,000


Premiere Marion waterfront estate located on Butler’s Point, directly across from the renowned Kittansett Club. Breath-taking, panoramic views of Buzzard’s Bay, Bird Island Lighthouse, and Cape Cod and the Islands from every room in this extraordinary custom property. Completely remodeled to take full advantage of the stunning views with open living on second floor, and four private suites on the first floor. Perfect for entertaining with two gourmet kitchens, one bedroom guest house, in-ground pool and sprawling one acre lot. Luxury and elegance abound in this exceptional, one-of-a-kind home.

Exclusively listed at $4,725,000



Private East Marion waterfront estate with association dock at your back door. Perfectly positioned on the sprawling 2.5 acre lot, this home is set back and sheltered by Planting Island Cove, yet has picturesque views of Buzzard's Bay. This 3200 sq. ft. is complete with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, grand living room with stone fireplace, dining room, cozy den, and screened porch to enjoy the ocean breeze and scenic views. Strategically laid out so each and every room has stunning water views. Located directly next to association dock where you can swim, fish, and dock small vessels. Do not miss this rare coastal property.

Your own private, waterfront sanctuary awaits on Planting Island in Marion. This one-story home would make the perfect summer getaway, as it boasts beautiful water views of Planting Island Cove from every room, as well as a private sandy beach, dock and pier. Enjoy sunrises from the deck or sunroom in this 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. Sprawling lawn to the water's edge on the .35 acre property. This private coastal neighborhood also offers an association dock and beach.

Exclusively listed at $2,600,000

Exclusively listed at $1,150,000

Converse Company Realtors | 166 Front Street, P.O. Box 416 Marion, Massachusetts 02738 | Tel: 508-748-0020 | Fax: 508-748-2337


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The power of architectural detail to create a mood: evocative stairways

The owner’s input was integral to the creation of this forthright, Arts & Crafts– inflected stair in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Architecture:

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Graceful ranks of fluted beauties step down to a Westwood, Massachusetts, ballroom. Architecture: Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors Builder: JW Construction, Inc. Architectural Millwork: South Shore Millwork Photography: Eric Roth

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Architect: Mark Wagner, Mark Wagner Architect,

Cambridge, Mass., (617) 661-7175 Interior designer: Amanda L. Reid, Mandarina

Studio, Cambridge, Mass., (917) 796-5852, Builder: Sanford & Sons Construction, Hudson,

Mass., (781) 567-0891 Page 46: Console from Bungalow 5,; lamp from Barbara Cosgrove,; mirror from Made Goods,; bench fabric by Kathryn M. Ireland through Studio 534,; stair carpet from Landry & Arcari, landryandarcari. com; navy blue/white rug by Jonathan Adler,; ceiling light from Visual Comfort,; shade fabric by Schumacher,; grosgrain roman shade trim by Samuel & Sons through the Martin Group,; paint color Benjamin Moore Organdy with Benjamin Moore White Dove trim,; sofa and fabric by Cisco Brothers through Mohr & McPherson,; cocktail table by Chelsea Textiles,; white chair from Belle Meade, bellemeadesignature. com, with fabric by David Hicks from Lee Jofa,; pendant light by Jonathan Adler; rug from Landry & Arcari; table lamp by Huang Bishop through Studio 534; side table from Arteriors Home,; drapery fabric from Cowtan & Tout through The Martin Group; wall color Benjamin Moore New Age; vintage Danish rosewood table and chairs from Reside, resideinc. com; ceiling light from Design Within Reach, dwr. com; chair fabric by Pintura Studio through Studio 534; drapery fabric by Cowtan & Tout through The Martin Group; paint color Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray; painting over sideboard Sonadores de Mariposa by Claudio Gallina. Page 48: Twin beds and bedside table from

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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 maintain that all cabinets less than 12 inches wide are useless. What can you store in them? Not much. 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 where 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, blender, knives, spices and pantry items. This makes it almost impossible to prepare food and makes the kitchen 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 May–June 2013  New England Home 177

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Shutters Handcrafted in the Spirit and Tradition of New England.

ceiling color Benjamin Moore Hint of Violet; painting over bed by Peter Hoffer, peterhoffer. com. Page 49: Shade fabric from Lee Jofa; wall color



PAGES 52–56 Page 52: Kristine Mullaney, Kristine

Mullaney Design, Boston, (617) 721-2683,; Robin Pelissier, Robin’s Nest, Hingham, Mass., (781) 740-4843,; João Stefanon, JFS Design Studio, Boston, (617) 292-6299, jfsdesigninc. com. Page 54: Jill Goldberg, Hudson Interior Designs,

(617) 292-0303,; Rachel Reider, Rachel Reider Interiors, Boston, (617) 942-2460, Page 55: Christine Tuttle, Christine Tuttle

Interior Design, Dedham, Mass., (508) 7370136,; Annsley McAleer, Annsley Interiors, Boston, (617) 266-1426,

Interior and Exterior Shutters Rely on New England Shutter Mills’ masterbuilders to enhance the architectural of your home. 1 Third Squaredetail template:Layout For more information or to find a designer in your area, please contact us Page 56: Debra Sloane, Design Studio by

Debra Sloane, Boston, (339) 222-2359,

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Interior designer: Heather Wells, Wells & Fox,

Boston, (617) 437-7077, Builder: Metric Construction, Boston, (617) 787-

1158, Pages 76–77: Blue sideboard from the Cube

series by Interlßbke,, through Montage,; Quantum Strip pendant by Schonbek,, through Wolfers Lighting,; Plano dining table by Fritz Hansen,, through The Morson Collection,; Dart side chairs by Molteni & C,, in Jim Thompson fabric through The Morson Collection; painting above sideboard by Judi Rotenberg; painting on wall to right, Harold Rotenberg. Pages 78–79: Entry Da Vinci pendant by

Schonbek, through Wolfers Lighting; entry painting by Sheila Gallagher; floral painting by Judi Rotenberg; living room Twig chair by Erika Brunson Couture Living,, in Knoll fabric,; Phylicia carpet from Steven King,, bound in Knoll


fabric; Florence lounge chairs and Florence sofa by Knoll, in Perennials fabric, perennialsfabrics. com; Warren Platner coffee table from Knoll; Ventoux sconces by Jonathan Browning,, from Webster & Company, Boston,; painting


over fireplace by Judi Rotenberg; painting between windows by Harold Rotenberg.

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Page 80: Painting by Jason Berger; Poldo

Como yellow console from The Conran Shop,; custom sofa by Wells & Fox; Noguchi accent table by Herman Miller,, from Design Within Reach, Boston,

Laurie Gorelick

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Page 81: Egg chair by Fritz Hansen, fritzhansen.

com, through Montage; paining by Judi Rotenberg. Page 82–83: Grain-Emerald powder room

wallcovering by Maharam,; Trophy Wife sculpture by David Cole; Series 7 counter stools by Fritz Hansen, from Montage; Bonbonne ceiling lights from Ligne Roset, ligne-roset-usa. com. Pages 84–85: Faux finish in sitting room by Gedas

Paskauskas Studios,; DS-165 sofa by de Sede,, from Montage; custom pouf by Wells & Fox in AM Collection fabric,; painting above fireplace by Robert Gruppé; Caboche pendant by Foscarini,, from Casa Design,; wallcovering from Elitis,; Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman by Knoll in Maharam fabric,; blue FL/Y suspension lamp by Kartell,; flag painting by Judi Rotenberg. CORE VALUE

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PAGES 86–93 Architect: John DaSilva, Polhemus Savery DaSilva

Architects Builders, Chatham, Mass., (508) 9454500, Architectural project manager: Kevin Miller,

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders Interior designer: Herbert Acevedo, Shor,

Provincetown, Mass., (508) 487-7467, shorhome. com Landscape architect: David Hawk, Hawk

Design, Sagamore, Mass., (508) 833-8800, Landscape installation/hardscape/masonry: D.

Schumacher Landscaping, West Bridgewater, Mass., (508) 427-7707, Builder: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Builders Pages 86–87: Arturo Alvarez ceiling light from

Shor; Ritz dining table and Gemma chairs from Bross,; linen fabric on chairs from Calvin Fabrics,; Contours sideboard from Ligne Roset, ligne-roset-usa. com, Tibetan rug designed by Herbert Acevedo, from Williston Weaves,; Oasis shades by Conrad, through M-Geough,; table lamp on sideboard from Arteriors Home, Pages 88–89: Sitting room rug from Company C,; Alfa sofa and Arete woven leather chair from Domus Design Collection, ddcnyc. com; Hive side table by Arktura through Shor; leather coffee table from Jensen-Lewis,; shades from Horizon, horizonshades. May–June 2013  New England Home 179

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com; lamps from Arteriors Home; Tibetan rug

Layla Grace,; hanging light from

designed by Herbert Acevedo, from Williston

Urban Electric,; table lamps

Weaves; sofas from Rolf Benz,;

by Christopher Spitzmiller, christopherspitzmiller.

pillow fabric by Duralee,; Rush

com; side table from Grange,; swivel

center hall table custom by Profiles, profilesny.

chairs by Kravet,, in Laura Lienhard

com; barnacle ceramic vase by Tozai, tozaihome.

fabric,; garden seats from

com; seashell-framed mirror from Made Goods,

Horchow,; fireplace screen by Funktional

Page 96: Drapery fabric from Kravet; dining table

Steel Art,; painting

from Plantation,; chairs from

over fireplace Sun Destiny by John Oteri (owners’

Restoration Hardware,,

collection); sculptures on mantel Nakoma/

in C&C Milano fabric; light fixture from Urban

Nakomis by Frank Lloyd Wright (owners’


collection); black Curule chair from Ligne Roset;

Page 97: Rug and stair runner from Stark; Infinity

custom roman shade fabric by Duralee.

Cluster hanging light from John Pomp, johnpomp.

Page 90: Wood Mode cabinetry and installation by

com; campaign chest from 1st Dibs,;

Classic Kitchens & Interiors,

picture lighting on landing from Circa Lighting,

Page 91: Stairway and built-in bench by Polhemus

Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, with cushion

Page 98: Light fixtures from Circa Lighting;

fabric from Rogers & Goffigon, Greenwich, Conn.,

barstools from Clayton Gray Home,

(203) 532-8068; painting New Harmony by; living room drapery fabric

Michael Gregory (owners’ collection); Global Views

from Kravet fabric; carpet from Stark; Lorelei sofa

martini table from Shor.

from Ruby Living,, in fabric from

Page 92–93: Guest room Stella bed from

Rogers & Goffigon, Greenwich, Conn., (203) 532-

Mobican,; painting Stillness by

8068; settee from Ruby Living with Robert Allen

Penelope Stutterheim (owners’ collection);

fabric,; side table from

lamps from Arteriors Home,;

Tritter Feefer,; table lamp from

custom spread and neck rolls fabric from Nancy

Christopher Spitzmiller; Contra Permo standing

Corzine,; Beach Ball pillow

lamp from; ottomans by Richard

fabric by Maxwell,; Rubani

Andronaco,, in Christian

collection drapery fabric from Romo,;

Liaigre leather,; camp chair from

Sahara shades by Conrad through M-Geough;

Hickory Chair; side table from Oly,

Ava chair by Roche-Bobois,;

Page 99: Palmer Hargrave light fixture from Dessin

custom spread fabric Maxwell, neck roll fabric

Fournir,; pedestal table from

by B. Berger,, euroshams silk fabric

Kravet; chairs from Restoration Hardware with

from Highland Court,;

Barbara Barry fabric from Kravet.

birdseye maple dresser designed by Herbert

Pages 100–101: Rug from Stark; bed from

Acevedo; custom rug from Delos, delosrugs.

Hickory Chair; headboard/footboard fabric from

com; guest room trundle bed designed by

Mark Alexander,; Pearson

Herbert Acevedo, fabricated by Desiron, desiron.

bench from Henredon,; hanging

com; floating nightstand designed by Herbert

lamp and sconces from Gallery L7, galleryL7.

Acevedo; Starck Louis Ghost Chair from Kartell,

com; master bath mirrors and sconces from; Fool weathervane designed by

Waterworks,; bone stool from

Polhemus Savery DaSilva.

Hollyhock,; Lucite pedestal from


Winston Flowers,

PAGES 94–101


Architect: Mark Allen, Greenfield Allen

PAGES 102–111

Architects, Brookline, Mass., (617) 774-7277,

Architects: JT Loomis and Matthew Elliott, Elliott +

Elliott Architecture, Blue Hill, Maine, (207) 374-

Interior designers: Tricia Roberts, Cardiff, Calif.,


(760) 822-6000,, and

Builder and interior millwork: Peter Woodward, Jon

Noelle Micek, An Organized Nest, San Francisco,

D. Woodward & Sons, Sedgwick, Maine, (207)

Calif., (415) 606-1651,


Developer: Heidi Kennedy, Vintage Properties,

Cabinetmaker: Holden Cabinet & Millwork, East

Weston, Mass., (617) 429-3543

Holden, Maine, (207) 843-5915,

Drapery workroom: Alan Babbits Workroom,

Landscape designer: Larry Maxim, Down East

Auburndale, Mass., (617) 332-7468

Landscape Construction & Design, Blue Hill,

Pages 94–95: Drapery fabric by C&C Milano, cec-

Maine, (207) 374-5445,; custom rug from Stark, starkcarpet.

Stonework/masonry/hardscaping: Dennis King

com; painting above sofa by Joel Werring,

Masonry, Hancock, Maine, (207) 422-3512; sofas from EF+LM,,

Lighting designer: Peter Knuppel, Peter Knuppel

in Chivasso linen,; coffee table from

Lighting Design, Sullivan, Maine, (207) 422-6879

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Artwork: The Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, (207)

348-9977, Pages 102–103: Rug from Chilewich, chilewich.

com; coffee table from Richard Parks Furniture,; side table, white pots on coffee table and silver bowl under TV from Simply Home, Page 105: Entryway art Audience by Jaap Eduard

Helder. Page 108: Painting on wall at end of desk Old

Quarry #2 by Leon Goldin. Page 109: Artwork Floating Composition I and

Floating Composition II by Janis Goodman; pottery from Mark Bell Pottery, Pages 110–111: Bedding from Brahms Mount,; striped throw from Swans Island Blankets,; Turned Wooden Bowl (on night stand shelf) by Chris Joyce; painting above bed Mistake Harbor by Jeffery Becton; ceramic bowl from Mark Bell Pottery; bathroom vases and soap dishes from Simply Home; painting on bathroom wall Fallen by Jaap Eduard Helder; Square Progression 2 woven rug by Marion LaFollete. GALLERY PAGES 166–174 Page 166: Architect: John LaFreniere, LaFreniere

Architects, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 6614222,; builder and millwork: Woodmeister Master Builders, Holden, Mass., (774) 345-1000, Page 168: Architect: Jonathan Cutler, Jonathan

Cutler Architecture/Interiors, Brookline, Mass., (617) 851-1595;; contractor: RL Smith Construction, Tewkesbury, Mass., (978) 658-2421; wood panel fabrication: Gangemi Woodworking, Hyde Park, Mass., (617) 361-5679; metal fabrication: NSR Metal Works, Plymouth, Mass., (508) 732-0190; Page 170: Architecture and interior design: Stern

McCafferty Architecture and Interiors, Boston, (617) 338-1125,; builder and millwork: Gloucester Builders, Charlestown, Mass., (617) 241-5513,; metalwork: J&L Welding and Machine, Gloucester, Mass., (978) 283-3388, jlweldingandmachine. com Page 172: Architect: John Meyer, Meyer & Meyer

Architecture and Interiors, Boston, (617) 2660555,; builder: JW Construction, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 5472800,; millwork: South Shore Millwork, Norton, Mass., (508) 226-5500, Page 174: Architect: Christopher Hall, Christopher

Hall Architect, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 2353990,; builder: Whitla Brothers Builders, Medfield, Mass., (508) 359-4292,; millwork: Horner Millwork, Somerset, Mass., (508) 679-6479, •

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Ad Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue 60nobscot  178 A.J. Rose Carpets  59 Adesso/Ligne Roset  11 Ann Sacks  19 Anthi Frangiadis Associates  142 Ardente Supply Company  171 Artefact Home|Garden  33

2013 BULFINCH AWARDS The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce its fourth annual Bulfinch Awards. The award is named for Charles Bulfinch, America’s first native-born architect, and designer of the Massachusetts State House. The award recognizes the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in New England. Eligibility: Individuals and firms with addresses within the six New England states: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut (with the exception of Fairfield County, which falls under the chapter jurisdiction of the New York organization); submitted projects must also be geographically located within the same six states, also with the exception of Fairfield County, Connecticut. Built projects must have been completed within the past ten years (July 2003 on).

Audio Video Design  18 Authentic Designs  156 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  39 The Barn at 17  141 Belgard  2–3 Boston Architectural College  131 Boston Art, Inc.  134 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  122–123 California Closets  62–63 Capital Masonry Design  54 Carter Dayton Home  141 CBT Architects  55 The Chelsea Company, LLC  173 Chip Webster Architecture  147 Classic Kitchens & Interiors  153 Coldwell Banker Previews International  158–159

CATEGORIES • Residential (Restoration, Renovation, or Addition) over 5,000 SF • Residential (Restoration, Renovation, or Addition) under 5,000 SF • Residential (New Construction) over 5,000 SF • Residential (New Construction) under 5,000 SF • Interior Design • Commercial/Civic/Institutional/Ecclesiastic • Landscape Architecture • Craftsmanship/Artisanship

This category is intended for individuals and companies that work in the allied arts (i.e. iron work, woodwork, plaster, masonry, sculpture, decorative painting, etc.)

Colony Rug Company  16 Concord Museum  164 The Converse Company Realtors  163 Daher Interior Design  1 db Landscaping  139 DeBenedictis Building  8 digs design co.  175 Dover Rug  51 Dream Kitchens  177 Eastman Street Woodworks  15 Ellen’s Interiors  171 Eric Roseff Designs  27

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FBN Construction Co., Inc.  back cover Fifthroom  180 First Rugs, Inc.  120 Furniture by Dovetail  37 Furniture  179 Gary McBournie  inside back cover

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Gilberte Interiors, Inc.  181

Porcelanosa  35

The Granite Group  133

Prospect Hill Antiques  32

Gregory Lombardi Design  7

Providence Preservation Society  156

Herrick & White, Ltd.  74

Roomscapes Luxury Design Center  131

Hudson  43

Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath  139

Huth Architects  169

Sanford Custom Builders, Inc.  169

Hutker Architects  56

Sea-Dar Construction  126–127

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (Bulfinch Awards)  182

Shafer O’Neil Interior Design  45

Island Realty  164 J Barrett & Company Real Estate  162 J. Todd Galleries  49

Showroom  155 Snow and Jones  66–67 SpaceCraft Architecture  29 Stark Carpet  inside front cover

Jeff Soderbergh Custom Made Sustainable Furnishings  137

Sudbury Design Group  68–69

JJ Hardwood Floors  38

Surroundings  135

Judd Brown Designs  156 JW Construction, Inc.  124–125 Kate Coughlin Interiors  129 Kitchen Views  41 Kristen Rivoli Interior Design  142 LaBarge Custom Home Building  128 Landry & Arcari  64–65 Laurie Gorelick Interiors  179 LDa Architecture & Interiors  20 League of N.H. Craftsmen  149

Susan Shulman Interiors  25 Thread  44 Timothy Lee Landscape Design  149 TMS Architects  9 Triad Associates, Inc.  143 Troy Cabinetmakers  75 Upstate Door  167 Venegas and Company  70–71 Vermont Soapstone  151 Walker Interiors  155

Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  4–5

Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration  72–73

Lighting by the Sea  175

West Barnstable Tables  165

Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric  167

William Raveis Real Estate  160–161

Lynn Creighton Realtor  164

Windover  53

Lynne Greene Interiors  137

Winston Flowers  136

Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival  173

Woodmeister Master Builders  13

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design  31

YFI Custom Homes  132

Mike de Brie (Oceania) Limited  153

Youngblood Builders, Inc.  22

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams  21

Zen Associates  57

Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, Inc.  17 Mougalian Rugs  181 New England Shutter Mills  178 Ogunquit Playhouse  145 Parterre Garden Services  6 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  58 Payne/Bouchier  47 Peabody Supply Company  151 Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  60 Planeta Basque  50


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Designing our pillows is a figure/ground exercise for me. Fabrics are chosen for a season’s collection and a series of patterns and colors is designed for them. Although I like patterns with a strong graphic nature, for these pillows I chose to use values and hues which are closer to the ground fabric. When the two colors have this relationship, it creates a subtler dynamic and has a shimmering quality that a high-contrast combination wouldn’t. Here, I mixed a variety of greens in a yellow to blue range and in varying intensities. I then proofed them all on each of three fabrics and chose the ones I felt best possessed that shimmering quality I was seeking. [Editor’s note: To see more of the South Street Linen collection, turn to New in the Showrooms on page 152.] Lynn Krauss, South Street Linen, Portland, Maine, (774) 234-7678,

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