New England Home May/June 2014

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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Bashful Beauty

A Flawless Vineyard Getaway that Melts into its Surroundings

City Spaces Old, New, and Both A Fresh Style Fits Seamlessly in the Suburbs May–June 2014


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FEAturED HoMEs 80 city sLicK Swapping their traditional family house in the suburbs for a chic, contemporary urban condominium gives a pair of empty nesters an easy new lease on life. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC ROTH PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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A sculptural house, precisely engineered, nestles into its island landscape like a beautifully weathered piece of driftwood washed ashore.

An established Boston suburb gets a fresh, new architectural neighbor that feels like an old friend. TEXT BY KRISTINE KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM GRAY


108 FuturE pErFEct A top-to-bottom renovation proves that living in a fine old Boston brownstone doesn’t have to mean dwelling in the past. TEXT BY ERIN MARVIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PARTENIO PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

otHEr FEAturEs 120 special Focus: trends and trendmakers No passing fancy, the focus for today’s design professionals and their clients is decidedly green. Luckily, smart design also celebrates quality, durability, and timeless beauty. BY REGINA COLE

on the coVer: Designed by Hutker architects, this stunning, sculptural house opens wide to its martha’s Vineyard views in summer, and closes up tight as a clamshell for the off-season. Photograph by Brian Vanden Brink. To see more of this home, turn to page 88. may–June 2014 New eNglaNd Home 15

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In This Issue

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20 From the Editor

Art, Design, History, Landscape 29 Elements: On the Ropes Knots, twists, braids, and bows find their way into objects on many a design aficionado’s most-wanted list these days. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ

36 Design Destination: Room 68, Jamaica Plain and Provincetown, Massachusetts


40 Artistry: The Fabric of Life Merill Comeau turns scraps of fabric from the worn clothing of her friends and family into collages that plumb the depths—and heights—of human emotion. BY CAROLINE CUNNINGHAM 48 Metropolitan Life: Getting Warmer The clever use of texture and color means that even a high-ceilinged city loft can feel snug and livable. By Louis Postel // PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC ROTH


54 Outside Interest: American Classic A landscaping makeover gives a Boston house with an august history just the sort of lush, but refined, grounds the grand home deserves. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER // PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC ROTH

People, Places, Events, Products 133 Perspectives: Lighting New England designers offer illuminating ideas for every room in the house. EDITED BY LYNDA SIMONTON 142 Trade Secrets: The Design Comedy Comings and goings (and a few surprises) in New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL 154 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 162 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON 167 Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA

175 Gallery Cascading, flowing, or still and tranquil, water can be the true heart of a garden. Special Marketing Section: Design Trends 65

185 Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 189 Advertiser Index 216 Sketch Pad A pergola inspired by classical estates of the late nineteenth century makes a perfect addition to the yard of an 1880s Shingle-style house on Boston’s North Shore.

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media sources there are that deal with design at all levels of sophistication and cost. This general interest can only be to the good, so long as it improves peoples lives and doesn’t detract from other important commitments to our planet and other human beings. But one seemingly inevitable consequence of style awareness is the emergence of trends. New England Home sponsored an event during Design Week, a panel discussion at the Boston Design Center on the topic, “Style: Connection or Constraint?” During the course of the evening, interior designer Jim Gauthier of Gauthier-Stacy came out firmly on the side of timelessness in design. “I really hate all those trend stories in magazines,” he confided. Although I was embarrassed to admit it at the time, we were at that moment hard at work on a trend story for our next issue— that is, the issue now in your hands. There are trends, though, and then there are trends. I agree that an overemphasis on superficial, fast-moving vogues can be unhelpful. The true comfort and utility of your family room doesn’t really depend much on whether its kitted out in 2014’s color of the year. Yet it seems to be part of human nature to want to feel au courant. And the history of art and building does seem to fall naturally into a developing series of style periods: Palladian, Georgian, Queen Anne, Bauhaus, or whatever. It’s not just that everyone wants the current hot thing, but that artists and designers intuitively want to play with the limits of received looks and current practice, and in so doing create the future. Things new and things timeless both have their proper roles; the key, as in so many areas of life, lies in finding the right balance between them. —Kyle Hoepner

Trends and Timelessness


his spring saw the first annual outing of Boston Design Week, an eleven-day extravaganza of exhibits, talks, awards ceremonies, demonstrations, and runway shows all around the greater Boston area. Dozens of organizations, educational and commercial, held events. Student competitions, how-to photography lectures, and work demonstrations all attracted healthy crowds, reinforcing a thought I had already been pretty certain of: it’s safe to say that interest in and awareness of design among the general public—in the developed world, at least—is greater now than at any other time in history. In previous centuries and cultures—ancien régime France, say, or Heian Japan—design and aesthetics were of intense interest, but only among a very rarified elite. Today...well, I hardly need to tell readers of this magazine how many publications, networks, and online

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

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

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



ON THE ROPES We don’t know why it is that, at a particular time, for no apparent reason, certain things become part of design’s zeitgeist. Why, for instance, at a given moment, does everything seem to be dip-dyed or waxed or distressed? Or why does brass suddenly become the new stainless steel? And why, to those of us who care about such things, does it—whatever it is at the moment—look so good? The latest attraction, the thing that feels “right,” has more than a few references to rope. Fabric, metal, raffia, and thread have been twisted, braided, knotted, and tied to create objects that have real strength—tensile and decorative—and seem to be on many a design aficionado’s most-wanted list these days.

Daisy Hill Linens gives passementerie—the making of elaborate trims and edgings—new meaning with its round Chinese placemat that transforms a simple supper into a special occasion. 14″. $78. The Lion’s Paw, Nantucket, (508) 228-3837,


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A modern take on the traditional drapery tieback, Sahco’s twisted metal chain would have done Mademoiselle Chanel proud. $233. Donghia, Boston Design Center, (617) 574-9292,


The Harbor Crown Knot Frog, from Samuel & Sons Passementerie, was inspired by nautical regalia. It can be used at the top of a pleat on a skirted sofa or as an ornament on a pillow or throw. Shown here in Lobster, it’s available in nine colorways. 4″W. $30. The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,


The designer Harry Allen creates his Reality Knotted Rope Bowl using thick, fibrous rope that he casts in marble and resin. It does a lot more than just hold fruit. It’s available in chrome, shown here, and white. 11″W × 5″H. $145. Room 68, Jamaica Plain, Mass., (617) 942-7425, and Provincetown, Mass., 30 NEW ENGLAND HOME MAY–JUNE 2014

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This handwoven wool carpet with its assorted stitches fits as comfortably as a favorite sweater. It helps to create a room that is warm, welcoming, and sophisticated. Custom sizes. $78.75/sq. ft. Steven King Decorative Carpets, Boston Design Center, (617) 426-3302,


Macramé meets high-tech in the Knotted Chair by Marcel Wanders for Droog. The chair is made from carbon, aramid fiber, and epoxy. 21″W × 27¼″H x 25¼″D. $4,184. Montage, Boston, (617) 451-9400,


and a tassel and a bow, this circa-1840 mirror with a gilded, carved wood frame is a stunner. 45½″H × 20½″W x 6½″D. $7,400. Susan Silver Antiques, Sheffield, Mass., (413) 229-8169,


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Paris-based Tisserant Art & Style has been crafting fine bronze lighting, like this aptly named Cordage sconce in gilded bronze, since the height of the Art Deco period. 15.7″H × 14.6″W. $7,085. Charles Spada, Boston Design Center, (617) 204-9270,


For more than a decade, Hardware Renaissance has created hand-forged iron and bronze hardware in a responsible way. The company strives to use minimal energy resources, and creates patinas that are environmentally friendly, like the hand-applied hot-wax finish of this knotted iron door knocker. 6″H × 4″W. $293. Brassworks, Providence, (401) 421-5815,


In its shop in Woodbury, Connecticut, York Studio creates finely crafted furniture and accessories for the home, including a line of braided handles and drawer pulls, like the pewter handle shown here. 3 5⁄8″L. $52. Raybern Hardware, Charlestown, Mass., (617) 666-3000,


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A few blocks past the Soldier’s Monument in Jamaica Plain, at the point where Centre Street becomes South Street, stands Room 68. Part retail shop, part art gallery, the space is home to local artists and designers as well as emerging talents. It’s a favorite stop for anyone eager to uncover the latest trends. The good bones of the place, once a TV repair shop, were covered with dust, peeling paint, and a dropped ceiling when Brent Refsland, Eric Portnoy, and their then-partner Nick Siemaska found it. In an act of artful adaptive reuse, they stripped away the layers to reveal an open, airy space complete with beautiful green tin ceiling, a perfect foil for their eclectic assortment of goods. On a recent visit, Nervous System’s Subdivision Cuff bracelet—inspired by the complex forms of radiolarians(!) —shared shelf space with the Stola table lamp, a flexible light sculpture with a recycled felt shade. Debra Folz’s Spiro Mirror, embroidered with rubber cord, hung above sculptor Jacob Kulin’s chic Serving Blocks, fashioned from slices of hardwood logs. There were geometric woolen blankets, handwoven leather chairs, acrylic accent tables, and wristwatches inspired by folded paper fans. Come mid-May, Refsland and Portnoy will bring their carefully curated wares to Provincetown, opening a second store in the East End’s bustling shopping district. Like its older sibling, the new spot is sure to be a hit. 68 South Street, Jamaica Plain, Mass., (617) 942-7425, and 377 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Mass., Jamaica Plain open Tuesday– Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday, noon–4 p.m.; Provincetown open daily, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., through summer. —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Ladies of Weir Farm (2011), deconstructed dresses, painted and printed deconstructed clothing and linens, commercial fabric, screen, machine stitching, 5′H × 7′W; Zebra Rebirth (2009), designer fabric samples, vintage fabrics, deconstructed clothing, machine stitching, 83″H × 43″W; detail from Zebra Rebirth.

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The Fabric of Life Merill Comeau turns scraps of fabric from the worn clothing of her friends and family into collages that plumb the depths—and heights—of human emotion. ///////////


rom any distance, Merill Comeau’s collaged murals of repurposed textiles are compelling landscapes, almost kinetic in their cascading patterns of colors and textures. Up close, these multilayered arrangements of disparate fabrics, embellished with her intricate needlework, reveal the enduring beauty to be found

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in the things we cast aside or leave behind. Comeau embraces the inherent disarray and decline of her chosen materials— antique linens, frayed men’s shirts, discarded artists’ rags, and mesh vegetable bags—as an evocative metaphor for the tumultuous cycle of life. There’s some darkness here, but the melancholy is balanced by the implicit promise of new beginnings. Comeau grew up outside of Boston, and enrolled as an art major at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, switching later to

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social theory and political economics in an effort to reconcile the solitary nature of the artistic process with her desire to engage with the world. Upon graduation, Comeau worked in arts administration, but she missed having an outlet for her own creative expression, and enrolled at the Boston Architectural College to study TOP LEFT: Edge of Darkness 1 (2013), painted and

printed vintage linens and fibers, deconstructed clothing, hand and machine stitching, 36″H × 36″W; TOP RIGHT: Women’s Work is Never Done (ongoing), painted vintage linens and deconstructed clothing, hand stitching. ABOVE: An installation view of “Fragments of Eden” solo exhibition (left to right, Fragments of Eden 1, Fragments of Eden IV [Meadows of Poppies], Bessie’s Bodice Ripper) at the Danforth Art Museum and School, Framingham, Massachusetts, 2013–2014.

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Comeau embraces the inherent disarray and decline of her chosen materials as an evocative metaphor for the tumultuous cycle of life.

design and architecture. Working as a commercial and residential designer, which she did for many years, provided the opportunity to refine her visual aesthetic and further explore a long-standing fascination with fabric. She also joined Boston artist Clara Wainwright on the Faith Quilt Project, helping diverse congregations and interfaith groups express and share their beliefs through collaborative quilt-making. Comeau’s transformative moment occurred during a time when she was facing a critical family health crisis. She gathered fabric samples together, and then tried to create a sense of order from a haphazard collection of swatches on

her dining room table. As she worked, various forms began to emerge from an abstracted tableau of shapes and colors, forms such as nests to symbolize home and cacti that captured the sharp pain of medical issues. Drawing on her training as a designer, Comeau organized the textiles with close attention to massing and color relationships, and established a consistent horizon line. She fastened the pieces together using archival glue, and finished the work, by then three distinct panels, with hand and machine stitching. Comeau was invited to include In Between I, II, III in a group show at the Concord (Massachusetts) Art Association in 2006, and her artistic career was launched.

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Her work has since evolved to reflect a more confident and sophisticated grasp of her craft, but many things remain the same, including her deep attachment to her eclectic collection of textiles. “I am never alone,” she says. “The community of family and friends who have given me their worn clothing always surrounds me.” She has moved from her dining room table to a light-filled studio where she uses the squares on the linoleum floor to organize her work. She climbs a ladder and looks down to gain distance from the composition, or uses a set of binoculars, held backwards, to give her the perspective she desires. Once a section is completed, she joins the deconstructed and distressed


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fabrics—some painted, or printed with handmade stamps—with a light adhesive, and pins it on the wall, adding and editing until she’s satisfied. At the end, she adds elaborate stitching. The geometry of the frame in her earliest work has given way to more-organic shapes, like the slender tendrils that twist across Ladies of Weir Farm and trace the loose half-circle of the crimson and pale-blue background. In Fragments of Eden VIII: Burnt Trees, part of a recent exhibition at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts, black branches and tree trunks stand in silhouette against a field of vibrant fuchsia—a gorgeous declaration of hope amid devastation. The frame is fully deconstructed in Women’s Work is TOP: Comeau at work in her studio. RIGHT: Detail of 9 × 9 #06 (2011),

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Never Done, where multiple scraps of dark fabric are arranged in a grid, with deliberate tucks and tangles symbolizing the rich complexity of a woman’s life. “It’s an integral part of the human condition to hover between despair and joy,” Comeau explains, “and it’s important to acknowledge and understand both.” What gives Comeau’s work such power is that both medium and method are her message: out of loss, there is rebirth, and unexpected splendor can emerge from chaos. • Editor’s Note: To see more of Merill Comeau’s work, visit 240 stuart street boston | 617 482 4805 mon – fri 10 – 6 and sat 11 – 5

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loft in the city can hold big dreams. It’s where we paint the outsize canvases of our lives. It’s where light fills space like a cathedral. That’s the upside. The downside is that twenty-foot-high ceilings can make a person feel very small, and the space can feel more like an airplane hangar than Chartres. Enter Stephanie Horowitz of Zero­ Energy Design in Boston. The loft condominium she designed for a young family in the city’s South End could have

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using Pinterest and clippings and samples. But what really set the tone was a live-edge walnut dining table designed by the wife’s brother. Taking off from there, Horowitz created planes of interlocking walnut throughout the space: above the kitchen cabinets, across the ceiling, along the floor of the master-suite landing, and down the stairs. “Texture really is the key to achieving human scale,” says Horowitz. The planes of walnut tie in with other forms and textures in a composition of vertical and horizontal elements. Smooth concrete floors meet a tall field of slate veneer over the fireplace, for instance, and the horizontal metal railing of an interior balcony plays off the foldable walls of opaque glass that define the master suite behind it. The line where the white kitchen cabinets meet the walnut wall above is another case in point when it comes to defining human scale. The disparate materials come together at the exact level a ceiling would normally be found. Which begs the question: Wouldn’t lowering that ceiling have worked just as well as interlocking textural

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behind a wall of folding glass panels. A worktable on the landing lets a parent attend both to work and to a toddler in the play area below. A sculptural tub softens the master bath. Blue-gray grasscloth makes a textural backdrop for the simple master bed. FACING PAGE: A greenery-filled planter defines the edge of the balcony terrace.

forms? “Well, you could do it, but then you wouldn’t be taking advantage of this space,” Horowitz explains. She applauds the work of architect David Hacin, who designed the building’s units. “David did a great job designing the basic shell,” she says. “And I believe that city life is all about working with other people’s talent, and not against it.” In a seemingly simple move that yielded big results, Horowitz relocated the entry fifteen feet to the left. What was a dark hall has become a bright area that does triple duty as mudroom, home office, and an extra sleeping area for guests. The changed position of the entry also defined a new axis for the whole space. Now the door opens to the full cathedral effect of loft living—a skylight with illuminated soffit overhead; mudroom, kitchen, and living room on the left; dining area, spare bedroom, nursery, and stairs to a second floor on the right. At the far end of the axis, something like the apse of a cathedral, stands the exterior balcony set off by a hedge in a sloping walnut-brown planter. “It’s so nice

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to be able to just walk out on a balcony like this,” says Horowitz. “In the city, you usually have to get to it by climbing a spiral staircase.” Back inside, walnut steps lead to a second-floor landing spacious enough to stand as a work area that lets a parent keep an eye on a toddler in the play area below. The landing’s back wall of opaque glass unfolds to reveal the master suite, a space that has a lightheartedness that offsets the formal composition of the larger space. The blue-gray grasscloth wall behind the upholstered platform bed is one sign the mood is changing, the polka-dotted walls of the dressing room

“It’s so nice to be able to just walk out on a balcony like this. In the city, you usually have to get to it by climbing a spiral staircase,” says Horowitz. another. In the master bath, floor tiles mimic the walnut planes that tie everything together elsewhere in the home. There’s even homage paid to the horizontals of the kitchen cabinets and walls: a custom sink Horowitz designed inspired by a farm trough. One can imagine the smiles as a couple washes up side by side in its snow-white cleft. It’s where those city-loft dreams meet human scale, just as the architect intended. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 185.


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A landscaping makeover gives a Boston house with an august history just the sort of lush, but refined, grounds the grand home deserves. ///////////

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orgeous women choose clothes that highlight their attributes, not upstage them. Too many frills, too much finery could detract from their high cheekbones or their attention-commanding curves. A garden for a grand old house must fulfill

a similar role; it should complement and emphasize the architecture. Of all of New England’s landscape designers, few are more aware of this than Julie Moir Messervy, the principal of an eponymous design studio based in Saxtons River, Vermont. Having created gardens far and wide as well as being the author of eight highly praised books on the subject (the latest: Landscaping Ideas that Work, from The Taunton Press), she’s very much aware of the importance of marrying every home to its site. Not for this designer are overplayed compositions or explosions of vivid color that aim to be the center of attention. Little wonder, then, that when the owners of this Boston property sought to enhance their urban garden, there was no one else

they wanted more to lead the way. The thoughtful garden changes they had previously undertaken (with the help of Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects of Cambridge and Princeton, Massachusetts) had made the property handsome, indeed, but the owners saw TOP LEFT: Antique Chinese garden seats mark either end of the granite retaining wall. ABOVE AND BELOW:

A pattern of bluestone cleverly set on edge around a star-shaped inset of granite adds drama to the owner’s “secret” sanctuary.

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The designer began by turning a small grassy area into a green parterre. “Think of it like a pool, but instead of water there’s grass.” potential for even further improvement. They envisioned a private area shielded from passersby, for example, and room for their dogs to romp. “The beautiful bones were in place,” says Messervy. “We didn’t need to change the structure; we just needed to fill in the gaps and better shield our clients from the street. It was important that their wonderful house remain the focus.” The designer began by turning a small grassy area into a green parterre. “Think of it like a pool, but instead of water there’s grass,” she explains. Existing granite steps

to the upper walkway, which stood to one side, were slid to the middle of the oval “pool.” This clever choreography placed the steps on center with the home’s beautiful facade. At each end of the pool, lush plantings, including inkberry, mountain laurel, magnolia, and dense fothergilla, were added to soften the garden’s look and to create a natural screen. Mingling with existing plants like viburnums and yews, these healthy additions obscure a newly forged secret oasis. Today, a delicate path of stepping stones and haircap moss (one of

Messervy’s favorite garden recruits) leads to a small bench just the right size for one person with a book or two carrying teacups to enjoy a quiet moment unobserved. The skillful designer also boosted the brick patio’s privacy factor by pumping up the plant material along and at the end of an existing stone wall that frames it. In spring, when the garden is at its peak, white-flowering redbud trees—several planted in containers so as not to disturb the roots of a venerable nearby linden—

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The pretty stone drive court, part of the original landscape plan, is enhanced with border plantings. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Flowering white redbud trees herald spring. A parade of Calgary tulips, with their large, long-lasting blooms, bring days of enjoyment. Containers of blue hydrangea make a colorful accent. Granite steps lead from the walkway to the cooling green parterre Messervy created.

and pots of sky-blue hydrangea give the patio a spell-binding ambience that promotes al fresco meals and entertaining. By limiting the palette to white, blue, and green, Messervy has smartly pulled the picture-perfect setting together. Stands of snowy Calgary tulips intermingling with dazzling grape hyacinths serve as spectacular accents to classic boxwood

hedges and signal the freshness of a new season beginning. As all good hedges should be, these shrubs are meticulously trimmed. The boxwood running alongside the brick house (behind a low, decorative iron fence) stands just beneath the bottom of the elegant windows—and not a single inch higher, the designer points out. Care and maintenance for the show-

case spot is the responsibility of Paul Lee, principal of Foliaire in Boston. With every change of the seasons he and his crew ramp up their fine-tuning, seeing to everything from pruning to updating containers. Pots of hydrangea introduced in spring, say, are underplanted with pretty variegated ivy or white New Guinea impatiens for summer. With fall’s arrival, out go the fluffy hydrangeas and in their place come classic mums and robust kale, followed, as temperatures begin to drop, by dwarf evergreens. Frosted with snow, the trees will interject a subtle hint of holiday enchantment—a boon for the owners when they view their garden from indoors. Something Messervy, who considers every aspect of the stellar gardens she designs, certainly planned. • Resources For more information about this project, see page 185.

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Italian-Inspired Flagship Brighton Showroom California Closets is changing the game with customdesigned and -installed storage solutions that will impress even the most style-savvy homeowners and design professionals. California Closets offers unparalleled sophisticated design options for every style with materials of the highest quality. The 2014 finish color palette takes direction from top Italian designers. Our new Tesoro Collection offers seven rich, textured premium finishes and is imported from Italy, the global trendsetter and fashion capital of the world. The Tesoro collection has an E1 rating, making it as environmentally friendly as it is fashion forward. Even our drawer boxes have been upgraded. Each drawer comes standard as a wood dovetail drawer box, with hidden under-mount runners, and soft close mechanism. Leather is no longer limited to couches or boots. California Closets now offers premium leather accents that include leather-wrapped shelves, counter tops, and even hanging poles. This product is as durable as it is soft to the touch. Join us at our grand re-opening in May for the freshly renovated 4,500-square-foot flagship Brighton Showroom, originally designed by famed Boston designer Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates in 2004. The showroom has undergone a must-see floor-to-ceiling makeover with sixteen-plus brand-new displays designed to inspire and a stateof-the-art open-concept design center. In 2014 we launched a Preferred Partner program that provides dedicated project managers and designers for all trade partners. Today California Closets New England franchise has eight local showrooms and installs more than 2,300 systems each year. Our ever-expanding product line is internationally sourced from the top manufacturers, and locally manufactured in our 30,000-squarefoot shop in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

“Our 2014 product line is infused with Italian-inspired finishes and cutting-edge design accents that cater to both style-savvy homeowners and design professionals. The intricacy and amount of detail and texture in each of the innovative surfaces and materials we offer is truly outstanding. This year it’s all about textures and fronts.” —Laura Stafford Director of Marketing, California

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Open Systems: A Perfect Marriage of Form and Function The open system explores different aspects of contemporary interior design that reflect the trends of modern living. Wide-open spaces, a thoughtful mixing of materials, functional elements that work with the habits of everyday life—in other words, a basic simplicity that can formulate infinite solutions, from the most essential walls to the most innovative layouts. For the most important part of your home, the Jesse Collection offers versatile and original modular systems. We offer traditional solutions, such as bookshelves and cabinets, as well as innovative ones, such as wall hangings covering entire walls. The style can be traditional or witty, sophisticated or youthful—for the simplest home to the house of your dreams. From the beginning, the Jesse design concept has been about contemporary style: our collection is constantly changing and evolving, allowing it to reflect our clients’ lifestyle changes. The exceptional range of styles that make up the Jesse collection is the result of an intense dialogue between our company and the designers who contribute their different sensibilities to create highly original design concepts. Please visit the Jesse Gallery at Italian Design Interiors.

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Bright Bold Beautiful... Rugs that Inspire Fresh, vibrant, dynamic colors from vegetable dyes are all the rage in rug world. Their ability to withstand over 100 years of foot traffic and sun and fade with character and grace is a much sought-after look. Over the past few decades, the trend has been toward more muted, monochromatic rugs. These rugs are easy to design with and always remain popular. However, as artists make their way into rug design, we expect to see more colorful works of art on the floor. Soho, part of Wool and Silk Rugs’ Manhattan Collection, was the winner of the Best Modern Rug Collection at the biggest rug competition in the world: the Carpet Design Awards (CDA) at Domotex in Germany. Soho includes over 50 different colors in its Impressionistic design. While most hand woven rugs showcase twelve to sixteen different tones, rug designer Erbil Tezcan never considered the limitations of rug weaving. He has pushed the boundaries of rug design, winning awards at Domotex for the past three years in a row. Look for his rugs exclusively in Landry & Arcari showrooms in New England. We expect to see more dynamic rugs featured in homes in the upcoming years. These new contemporary designs with bold tones add another level of dimension to interior design that both rug and interior designers are excited to work with. These rugs have the ability to pull an entire room’s design elements together. Rugs with bright, bold, and beautiful hues have become inspirational pieces for both traditional and contemporary settings.



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Less is More Less Wall: Dominance of the Open Floor Plan Most current kitchen renovations involve removing walls to create a more open floor plan that lets the kitchen spill into the family-room area. This new, larger area may include a built-in bar for entertaining, a lounging area, and an eating area that may replace the traditional, formal dining room. As walls come down, the ceiling (often called “the fifth wall”) becomes more of a focal point as well as the visual divider between different living spaces in a larger area. We are now designing a variety of ceiling treatments, from the simple, such as using different paint colors to delineate different areas, to the more complex, including coffered, recessed, barrel, dropped, multilevel, or with a myriad of interlacing moldings. Changing floor material—mixing wood, stone, and tile—can also create a separation between spaces. We currently favor using larger tiles (sometimes ones that mimic the look of wood), reducing the number of grout lines. The removal of visual barriers is also popular in the bathroom. Enlarged, frameless showers are dominant, as is the concept of no doors at all, offering zero-clearance entrances that can accommodate the future needs of an aging population. Finally, we are seeing more floating cabinetry, with the elimination of toe-kicks, especially in bathrooms. Less Hue-Saturation: Dominance of Soft Color Palettes Soft hues and neutrals are the colors most often chosen for the kitchen and the bath. The many shades of whites, grays, and taupes are often presented in a monochromatic theme and given interest in the form of multiple textures and types of materials to create a timeless design that protects your investment. The look of the room can easily be transformed later by changing wall colors, decorative accents, or fabrics. Less Ornamentation: Keeping it Simple Today’s homes show less fuss and architectural ornamentation and favor streamlined moldings and transitional designs. Less Clutter: Keeping it Clean Everyday objects such as the toaster and coffee maker are hidden behind retractable or folding doors, making “the breakfast bar” a must in the kitchen.

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Your Landscape Oasis Why travel when you can have everything you want right in your own backyard? The summer provides us all with warmer weather and longer days. Creating a landscape oasis allows families to enjoy all that summer has to offer. There are many design elements that can be used to fashion a beautiful place to enjoy with family and friends. Two classic design elements that can be used together are water and air. Infinity-edge pools produce the visual effect of the water extending to the horizon. They are particularly effective where the infinity edge appears to merge with a larger body of water or the sky. The element of fire is becoming increasingly popular. Whether it be an outdoor fireplace, pit, or urn, a well-placed fire element can help pull the entire landscape design together, offering a spot for family and friends to gather for warmth or simply to enjoy the ambience. Earth is a design element that is essential to a successful outdoor space. Plants can be used in such a way to take advantage of their texture and color. Their placement not only can define a space but can awaken senses and evoke interest throughout the seasons. When using these design elements to create a landscape oasis it is important to take into account the need for proper planning. Site conditions including light, wind, soil, and drainage patterns along with the client’s needs and wants, all play a role in how a design is developed . An experienced landscape architect will provide the necessary knowledge and insight and guidance.

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Radiant Orchid When Pantone crowned Radiant Orchid the color of 2014, I was thrilled to see such a feminine and sophisticated color get so much attention. It’s a shade of purple not commonly used in interiors—at least not in big doses. Nature has perfected it. In decor, it’s just a matter of getting the balance right. I wanted to find a special place in the store to use the spectrum of orchid and the shades that complement it so we could show off its vibrancy and youthfulness. Making it the focus of a bedroom vignette seemed like the perfect way to create a big statement. Items like the draperies, throw pillows, framed art, and potted orchids work best as punctuating focal points, while other pieces in subdued tones, like the area rug and blown glass table lamps, add a sense of serenity that grounds the collection. As a result, the room looks elegant and purposeful but also flirtatious and lighthearted. It makes me happy!

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Hear About Yesterday’s News Have you considered where a stack of newspaper goes after you read them? Could there be life beyond those pages? The Chronicle, Journal, Post and even the Herald are coming to life in new ways with recycled products being introduced to the interior design market. As professional interior designers we have a responsibility not only to the client but also to the environment. Recycled products, such as newsprint, can offer a dynamic and innovative layer to any wall surface without sacrificing a high-end look. Both recycled and reused materials are considered sustainable because they decrease landfill waste, reduce the need for raw materials, lower environmental impacts and energy use, and reduce air and water pollution. Yesterday’s News is woven from repurposed newspaper and recycled paperboard. Due to its natural contents, it is free of heavy metals, plasticizers, and

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Swapping their traditional family house in the suburbs for a chic, contemporary urban condominium gives a pair of empty nesters an easy new lease on life.

City Slick

Diverse elements unite happily in the living room, where Twin seating areas,charcoal-on-paper tiered ceiling coffers, striking drawand soft corner the expansive ingsdrapes set offgive a steer’s head cun­living roomningly the warmth intimacy of a craftedand of metal washers. smaller space. Mica panels in the chandelier The herringbone-patterned add sparkle to the room’s palette. hide sofa quiet pillows hail from Dovecote in Westport.

Construction  Landscape Design: Gregory Lombardi Design  Produced by Kyle Hoepner

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Vellum inserts add a hint of shimmer to a game table in a corner of the living room. FACING PAGE, TOP: The family pooches, Sassy, Daisy, and Teddy, frolic on the artificial grass of the long terrace. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM:

Mirror-mounted sconces with crystal sprays set the entry’s glamorous tone.


aisy loves Boston.

There’s nothing quite so exciting as a walk along Newbury Street, checking out the colorful displays in shop windows. And then there’s the variety of intriguing scents and sounds! After a lifetime in the suburbs, the black-and-white Shih Tzu has discovered that, at heart, she’s a city girl. Her owners feel much the same way. Their large suburban house had been perfect for raising a family, and the wife had enjoyed the process of dressing it in English-cottage style. But then the children grew up, and the couple no longer needed an eighteen-room house with formal living and dining rooms. And heaven knows no one wanted the bother of keeping a dozen bathrooms clean.

Downsizing and simplifying sounded like a good idea. Giving up luxury, comfort, and style? Not so much. Their new home—a condominium high in the Mandarin Oriental in Boston’s Back Bay—strikes the precise balance they wanted. At about 6,100 square feet, the unit is hardly diminutive. “We made no sacrifices with respect to the space, to the size of the rooms,” the wife says. “It feels like a house, not a condo.” That the space is also lovely and exudes warmth speaks to the trusting relationship between the wife and her designer, Leslie Fine. While the homeowner had loved the more exuberant style of her previous home, she was ready for a new approach. “We had a very cozy home, but I didn’t think the style would translate well to city living,” she explains.

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The palette throughout the home consists of a multitude of shades of gray accented with a range of purples, from lavender to plum.

A field of porcelain tile edged and accented with stainless-steel strips stands in for a rug beneath the dining table. FACING PAGE, TOP: A Dakota Jackson desk with a leather top protected by glass anchors the husband’s office. The good-looking kitchen is outfitted in Macassar ebony cabinets with stainless-steel trim; the dining counter overlooks the dining room.

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“Like many of my clients who move from suburban homes to the city, their house was beautiful, but very traditional, very accessorized, with lots of patterns and colors and fabric and layers,” Fine says. “They wanted their urban home to be contemporary and clean-lined, but also warm and inviting.” The designer saw the potential in the unit, which, despite its well-designed floor plan and highquality construction, was rather featureless when it came to details like millwork, moldings, cabinetry, and fixtures. After stripping away the existing millwork, Fine gave the space new depth and interest with custom-designed embellishments from top to bottom. If, as Fine says, “a foyer foretells the rest of the space,” this one predicts effortless glamour. Everything shines, beginning with the high-gloss front door that opens onto the polished-stone floor in white and shades of gray. White gold–leafed sconces sporting sprays of crystal orbs hang directly on the tall mirrors that flank the wide opening to the living room. A drum-shaded chandelier with crystal balls at the bottom adds even more sparkle. There’s a real dose of drama here, but Fine stopped short of theatrics, not wanting to upstage the unit’s true star—the panoramic cityscape served up by the floor-to-ceiling windows of the living room straight ahead. Architectural detail, lighting, furniture placement, and texture all bring intimacy to the vast living room. A rim of lighting tucked between double soffits

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casts a soft glow onto side-by-side sitting areas. The arrangements mirror each other with their large sofas upholstered in silvery Ultrasuede, each with a chaise piece on one end, and cocktail tables that double as ottomans. Fine covered the ottomans in a snake skin– textured vinyl. “I love using vinyls,” she says. “They’re made so beautifully now: soft, practical, and durable.” Steel-based chairs covered in soft, purplish-gray wool swivel to face the sofas (and the view) or to contemplate the fireplace, with its contemporary surround of stainless steel. The palette—subdued here as it is throughout the home—consists of a multitude of shades of gray accented with a range of purples, from lavender to plum. Neither Fine nor her clients wanted to hide the

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“We made no sacrifices with respect to the space, to the size of the rooms. It feels like a house, not a condo,” says the wife.

views, so treatments on the tall windows consist only of motorized shades with a sheer panel to soften glare and a dark panel for more total privacy. Fine faced her biggest challenge at the room’s corners, where the walls jag in and out, forming a series of vertical edges that felt a bit too sharp and cold. She solved the problem by designing the lower soffit to follow the shape, then hanging stationary draperies in a soft, sheer fabric in stripes from almost-white to dark gray. “Without them, the corners would be empty and the room cold,” she explains. “This creates a soft presence, a corner column of fabric that feels like an architectural detail.” Above the sitting area, Fine installed a dramatic chandelier with mica accents. “When it’s off, it’s beautiful,” she says. “When it’s on, it’s stunning.”

The unit’s floors of dark oak inspired Fine’s design for the dining room, where a stainless-steel fireplace is surrounded by dark oak paneling installed horizontally and inset with strips of stainless steel. In lieu of a rug, the glass-topped, stainless steel–based dining table sits on a field of porcelain tile with a stainless-steel look, rimmed and accented with strips of stainless steel. Nearby, a bar paneled in oak and stainless steel gets sparkle from twin, horizontally set “stripes” of mirror. For formal dining, the homeowners can hide the spacious kitchen by closing a set of pocket doors that match the mirrored paneling of the bar area. A kitchen as gorgeous as this one, however, with its Macassar ebony cabinets standing in contrast to white floors and countertops, deserves to be seen. The installation, by Herrick & White of Cumberland,

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Designer Leslie Fine gave the master suite luxurious touches like the bed wall upholstered in suede and a plush tete-a-tete chaise. TOP RIGHT: The glossy Dakota Jackson table in the hall outside the master suite has a floating glass top and leather-front drawers. BOTTOM RIGHT: The wife’s bathtub nestles against a wall that wears a mosaic mother-of-pearl.

Rhode Island, took months, Fine says. “It was so intricate, so detailed. It’s just magnificent.” Away from the public areas, Fine fulfilled her clients’ wish list with offices for both husband and wife, two guest bedrooms, and a master suite with luxurious baths for each spouse. As far as Daisy is concerned, the best feature of their new home is the terrace that runs the length of the dining room. Here, she and her companions— Teddy, a beige Shih Tzu, and tiny, two-pound Sassy, a teacup poodle—can frolic on pet-friendly synthetic grass that looks like the real thing. The wife says Teddy and Sassy prefer the terrace to Newbury Street. But she and her husband, like Daisy, have found a true home in the city. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 185. MAY–JUNE 2014  New England Home 87

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A Quiet Presence

A sculptural house, precisely engineered, nestles into its island landscape like a beautifully weathered piece of driftwood washed ashore. Text by Stacy Kunstel Æ Photography by Brian Vanden Brink Æ Architect: Mark Hutker, Hutker 88  New England Home  May–June 2014

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Steel, concrete, bronze, and mahogany define this Martha’s Vineyard modernist home by Hutker Architects. A ramp leads to the front door, showing off stellar views on the way.

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hile last winter set every shingle on Martha’s Vineyard aquiver, one house at the far end of the island sat trussed as tightly against Mother Nature as that steely clam, the quahog. Visible from the beach, but hardly noticeable, the house appeared backed into a dune among gnarled oaks and grasses, blending into the landscape as if deposited by the Atlantic itself. Large shutters covered the windows, protecting the dwelling from high winds as well as the sun, which tends to bleach every island interior the color of oatmeal. In the bloom of summer, when the owners—a pair of Europeans who make the Vineyard their vacation home—return, the thirteen-foot-wide shutters mechanically rise to let sunlight in, opening the view to an endless sea of scrub, sky, and water. Fastened into TOP TO BOTTOM: Sliding shutters a roof structure, they begin on the entrance side of the house their warm-weather funcopen and close with just the touch tion as a brise-soleil, cutting of a finger. A bronze and mahogany staircase descends from the main the sun’s glare into the main living spaces on the second floor. living spaces of the house The brise-soleil over the deck and providing shade for the lowers in the off season to shield the windows from sun and storms. second-floor deck. FACING PAGE: The angled facade The mechanics of this completes a dune shape in the design are precisely engioverall profile of the house.


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neered. When the couple approached Mark Hutker of Hutker Architects, well-known for his modern interpretations of New England living, they simply told him they wanted a home that would function like a Swiss watch. The result is a structure that opens and closes, much like that quahog, to its environment. The six 100-pound shutters rise and lower to protect windows; large screens glide at the touch of a finger to cover the exteriors of east-facing rooms. One of the most intricate and amazing features is a sixteenfoot-long skylight built in England that hydraulically opens to a vast roof deck atop a set of glass stairs. Visitors say that on a blue-sky day it’s like walking up to heaven. From the outside, the house is clearly modern in its sensibility, but it conveys a warmth derived from its materials. Built entirely of concrete, glass, bronze, and mahogany, the house sits quietly in the landscape, invisible from the road. Hutker and his design team (which began with Angela Francis and concluded with her husband, James Moffatt, while she was on maternity leave) had to ABOVE: Efficient built-in furniture work within the footprint of is set against horizontally set an existing house that was sandblasted mahogany paneling. The purple hue of the inside of a razed, giving them limited quahog shell inspired the interior floor space as well as height color scheme. RIGHT: A wallrestrictions. “We relished mounted bronze sink in the powder room is backed by a wall covered working within those limitain mother-of-pearl tile. FACING tions,” Hutker says. “The PAGE: A large digital print adds house is a size and scale we depth to the sofa.


could place in the landscape so that it appears tucked in. Bigger isn’t always better.” It’s essentially an upside-down house, with the main living areas on the second floor and bedrooms sitting partially below grade on the front side of

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the house, but the home’s unconventional entrance removes the awkward transition typical of the style. Instead of a door that opens into the family’s private areas on the first floor, a long ramp glides up to a second-floor entrance. At the top of the ramp, the Hutker team designed a platform from which visitors get their first glimpse of the seemingly infinite view. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The “This couple invested in our long, live-edge walnut table links ability to create something the kitchen and dining areas, with seating at one end and a original,” says Hutker. “They are concrete slab with a bronze-lined patrons. They told us their narrasink at the other. Stairs float tive and allowed us to interpret upward toward the mechanized skylight, which leads to the roof it and cull from the natural deck. A painted wall behind environment artistically.” the glass backsplash keeps to the Builder Andrew Flake quahog-inspired theme.


executed the architectural team’s ideas, bringing to the project a quality of construction that could be considered high-level craft. “There are so many specialty aspects to this house,” says Hutker. “They did an amazing job.” When Hutker first presented the idea of the house to the couple, he referenced a vintage lifeguard stand, driftwood, the quahog, and a conch shell. The stand opens and closes as necessary, like the house itself. The exterior, mostly mahogany, ages like the driftwood. The quahog and conch were inspiration for the interiors. On the main floor, glass wraps the entire ocean side of the house, while rooms flow uninterrupted one into the other. A sixteen-foot-long piece of walnut cleverly links the kitchen and dining area. A concrete

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A sixteen-footlong hydraulic skylight opens to a vast roof deck atop a set of glass stairs.

slab holding a bronze-lined sink sits at one end of the walnut slab, just a pivot away from the stovetop; the rest of the slab stands as the dining table. The interior features efficient built-ins, with storage areas clad in horizontally set panels of sandblasted mahogany substituting for conventional walls. (“You move through walls, not doorways,” says Moffatt.) The homeowners played off the quahog theme as they decorated, employing wampum hues from rosy lavender (the glass backsplash in the kitchen area) to deep purple (the armchairs in the living room). Beneath a large digital print in the living room, pillows covered in lavender and purple linen are scattered across the built-in sofa. Maximum space in the 2,100-square-foot house was given to public areas, while sleeping quarters were kept september–october 2013  New England Home 95

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team set a bronze bathtub atop the roof, recessed into the dune-shaped lines. A bronze railing with thin cording doesn’t interrupt the endless views. The outdoor shower has a bluestone floor. FACING PAGE: The brise-soleil shades the second-level deck.

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It’s essentially an upside-down house. the first-floor bedrooms and baths open onto the lawn that leads to the beach path.

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cozy. First-floor bedrooms and baths open onto the lawn that leads to the beach path. A media room with a sectional sofa and plum-colored rug serves as the perfect crash area when the weather isn’t cooperating. Follow the cantilevered stairs up to the third level, though, and you get a completely different experience. The stairs themselves, made of mahogany blocks and bronze with a stair wall of one-inch thick glass, float in the center of the house. Take them up to the third level and the glass skylight mechanically slides away to allow access to a deck that covers the entire footprint of the house. “You can enjoy the whole roof,” says Moffatt. The mahogany roofline follows the shape of the dune, rising and curving toward the front of the house. A six-foot-deep built-in sofa is cut into the curve near the bronze soaking tub, the ultimate indulgence. The thinnest railing in bronze with bronze cables surrounds the perimeter. The house, precisely realized in four materials, will age effortlessly into the landscape, requiring little or no maintenance to the bronze, mahogany, concrete, or steel. ABOVE: Bedrooms, including the Now, should the Swiss master, were kept small so more space could be given to shared try making a watch of those areas. RIGHT: Lighting in the master materials, that is somebath recesses into the dropped thing Flake and the Hutker ceiling so that walls and ceiling seem to float without intersecting team would like to see. •


one another. FACING PAGE: The downstairs bath opens to the path that leads to the beach.

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NEW KID N THE BL CK An established Boston suburb gets a fresh, new architectural neighbor that feels like an old friend. Text by Kristine Kennedy Photography by Sam Gray Architecture: Morehouse MacDonald & Associates Interior design: James Radin Interior Design Builder: The Lagasse Group Landscape design: Gregory Lombardi Design MAY-JUNE 2014 NEW ENGLAND HOME 101

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ohn MacDonald’s clients

wanted something a bit different from the Tudors, colonials, and Shingle-style houses in their well-established Wellesley, Massachusetts, neighborhood. “They wanted something that spoke to who they are and would fit in but not be cookie cutter,” says the architect, principal at Morehouse MacDonald & Associates. “They didn’t want the same old, same old.” The couple wanted their new home to be traditional and elegant, to be sure, but also distinctive. A clear picture came into MacDonald’s mind: a meandering Arts and Crafts–style house fit for contemporary life. While the time period for the Arts and Crafts movement paralleled the 1890 to 1920 construction dates of many Wellesley homes, the style is atypical for the area. “It’s more about the materials than the ornamentation, more of an artisan house,” says MacDonald. Executed by builder Kevin Lagasse of The Lagasse Group, the house emphasizes hardy exterior materials, such as granite and stucco, with deep roof overhangs to provide sun and snow protection. “The house has a muscular feel to it,” says MacDonald. The layout has public rooms running across the front of the house, with the living room and dining room flanking the front entry. The kitchen and family room run along the back of the house and face the yard. The interior architecture has the same muscular presence, but in tall and slender form. Ceilings are ten feet high, and doorways are nearly ceiling height. An absence of doors in the public spaces facilitates

TOP: The exterior exhibits the Arts and Crafts movement’s emphasis on materials: New Hampshire granite on the lower portion subtly layers back to stucco above, with red cedar shingles and copper at the roofline. ABOVE: A step-down foyer/inglenook features a staircase with balusters of white bronze. RIGHT: A single slab of striated marble spans the powder room floor. FACING PAGE: A sitting room off the living room opens to a roofed porch.


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With an emphasis on hardy exterior materials,“the house has a muscular feel to it.”

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“We wanted to make it look youthful, not stodgy, while making it luxurious.”

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easy flow. MacDonald incorporated plenty of millwork, but kept its design restrained. In the two-story foyer, the stairwell balustrade is thin, and wall panels give what the architect calls “a certain aristocracy and verticality.” While the clients were fond of the Arts and Crafts idea, they wanted a twentyfirst-century interpretation in the interiors. Los Angeles–based interior designer James Radin worked closely with MacDonald and Lagasse to tailor the home to the clients’ lives. “It’s a lively household,” says Radin. “The main thing is they’re young and wanted to do something fresh.” Perhaps counterintuitively, Radin turned to Art Nouveau–period artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh to inspire his own flowing forms, emphasis on materials over ornamentation, natural gray-on-gray palette, and comfortable utility. “I decided to look at it like we were doing something avant-garde at that time,” says Radin. “We wanted to make it look youthful, not stodgy, while making it luxurious.” The foundation for all the rooms is a fumed-oak floor with a gray cast. Exposing wood to ammonium hydroxide fumes darkens it and brings out the wood grain for an almost cerused, textural look. As in many period houses, most of the walls are covered in paper

LEFT: Backpainted glass tiles on the backsplash and frosted hood panels that light up add sparkle to the kitchen. BELOW: Casual family meals and children’s homework and projects happen at the round kitchen banquette. FACING PAGE: Designer James Radin conceived a dressy and sexy dining room by taking a modern approach to traditional techniques, such as light-gray upholstered walls banded in darkgray silk velvet.

and fabric, but Radin took a contemporary turn by using linens and grasscloths. The designer’s administration of every variation of gray and neutral stands as a consistent element throughout the house. In the living room, the gray


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“The main thing is they’re young and wanted to do something fresh,” says Radin.

palette ranges from the gleam of the Christopher Spitzmiller ceramic lamps to the mouse gray of the cotton velvet curtains to the dark gray of the marble fireplace surround—the room’s dramatic focal point. Light gray fabric covers the walls. Lavender, in velvet pillows and armchairs, accents. “The room is a push and pull between traditional and modern,” says Radin. While the curtains are of heavy velvet, they are pleated and hung in a contemporary way. A traditional rolled-arm sofa complements the streamlined style of the lavender chairs.

The purple accents get more emphasis in the dining room, which can be viewed from several doorways, motivating Radin to give it a jewel-box feel. “It’s kind of a dark, moody space; very evening looking,” he says. The push and pull of old and new is evident here, too. The suite of custom mahogany furniture in a high-gloss finish is reminiscent of 1920s furniture, and the velvet chair fabric is edged in gimp. The chandelier and sconces are crystal, but a contemporary interpretation. And as was common in old-fashioned rooms, there is a patterned rug, but


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this one is a David Hicks–style geometric. For the family room, Radin shifted his palette to beigy neutrals. “That room is much more casual,” he says. In contrast to the dramatic fireplace in the living room, this two-way fireplace is surrounded in antique limestone with a rough hand. Soft and fluffy was Radin’s mantra for the upholstery fabrics, like the tactile chenille that covers the sofa. Extra-large nailheads on the pair of chairs opposite, as well as the ottoman’s tufting, add more texture. The color of the ottoman and the stained wood of the fireplace

armchairs add warmth. For his part, MacDonald made the room more intimate by designing a coffered ceiling to take about six inches off the ceiling height. The kitchen has plenty of seating: a pair of Stickley-style chairs near the fireplace, the banquette, and the island seating. On the working side of the kitchen, casual gray limestone countertops contrast with the sparkly glass backsplash and high-gloss, bright white cabinets. Radin describes the cabinets as a cross between modern and traditional, while light fixtures and faucets are a contemporized version of an old-fashioned look. The final result is a home that is distinctly the clients’. Radin says that while the architecture is appropriate for Wellesley, it’s unusual enough that you wonder what the house is all about. And the moment the front door opens, it’s clear this home has a personality all its own. •

LEFT: In a nod to the new Arts and Crafts architecture, Radin flanked the twoway fireplace separating the family room and kitchen with Stickleystyle armchairs. ABOVE: A multipurpose room over the garage holds a modern version of a classic pool table made from cast concrete and brushed stainless steel with a gray felt top.

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¯ ¯¯ Nine panes of glass at the center of the grand staircase form a skylight that brings light from the living-room level down to the parlor. Andrew Reck discovered the glass under a layer of paint, and restored the skylight to its original look. FACING PAGE: On the spacious parlor level, traditional woodwork details are juxtaposed with contemporary design elements.

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¯Text by Erin Marvin ¯Photography by Michael Partenio ¯Architecture: Andrew Reck, Oak Hill Architects ¯Interior Design: Meichi Peng, Meichi Peng Design Studio ¯BUILDER: ­CONNAUGHTON ­CONSTRUCTION ¯Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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They Say history repeats itself, and that adage

certainly rings true in the renovation of this Boston brownstone. Built as a single-family home in the latter half of the nineteenth century but divided into multiple units decades later, the building shared a past similar to many of its Back Bay neighbors—until new owners decided to give the house a future all its own. Ken and Heliana moved to Boston by way of Rio de Janeiro, bringing along twin children, a modern design aesthetic, and experience with two previous house renovations. They’d spent almost a year looking for a new place to call home in the Hub when they were seduced by the good bones, elegant allure, and central location of this Back Bay charmer. “We bought the house primarily based on a first impression that it was unusually beautiful in terms of design details, inside and out,” says Ken. They wanted to return the building to its original role as a single-family home, restoring a cohesive feel to the structure, but with a layout more suited to the needs of a modern-day family. They also wanted to install an elevator accessible to every level of the house. To help them accomplish these lofty goals they enlisted architect Andrew Reck of Weston, Massachusetts–based Oak Hill Architects and Boston interior designer Meichi Peng. “It was a whole-house project, literally from top to bottom,” says Reck. “Even though the entire house wasn’t gutted, every room was affected. There was a tremendous amount of reconfiguring, but the whole point was for it to look like it’s always been there.” Although the home’s traditional detailing was a departure from the couple’s ¯ ¯ ¯ Top LEFT: The refurbished staircase still has its old newel post. Bottom LEFT: The original (but refinished) front doors open to a spacious vestibule that was previously a tight fit. FACING PAGE: In the parlor, designer Meichi Peng chose transitional furniture with clean lines and comfort to suit both the room’s rich architectural detail and the homeowners’ modern sensibilities. 110  New England Home  may–june 2014

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love of modern design, they respected the building’s history and wanted to strike a fine balance between its past and their own present. “There were certain legacy aspects to the home that we knew we didn’t want to get rid of or change,” says Ken. “In fact, we went to great pains to reproduce some of the wainscoting and molding throughout the house. It’s hard to tell what’s been there for many years and what’s been matched perfectly by the woodworkers.” “The detailing was very important because we wanted it to continue throughout the house and feel complete,” adds Reck. The trick—one at which he and his team clearly succeeded—was to let the millwork and other interior details, such as decorative plaster rosettes, frosted glass, and lead caning, pay homage to the building’s history without precluding the home from having an overall modern feel. Peng and the homeowners brought that same attention to detail to the furnishings, opting for clean-lined furniture and neutral hues. “The house feels very fresh and lightweight,” says Peng. “We kept the color palette simple and subdued because we wanted to let the architectural details shine through.”

“The House feels very fresh and lightweight,” says Peng. “We kept the color palette simple and subdued because we wanted to let the architectural details shine through.” “Involving Meichi early in the project assured us that the look and feel of the house would be uniform and the floors, walls, and fixtures would be complemented by the furnishings we had in mind,” says Ken. Changes big and small contributed to the transformation from condo building to comfortable home, including relocating two bathrooms, the kitchen pantry, and the master closet to make room for the new elevator, as well as turning a onetime coal-storage area into a wine cellar and creating an expansive roof deck. ¯ ¯ ¯ Artwork beloved by the homeowners, such as the ballet-inspired piece over the living room fireplace, informed many decisions. “I thought the contrast between it and the piano at the other end of the room struck a nice balance,” says Peng. FACING PAGE: The owners kept the dining room table from their previous house, refinishing it to suit the new home; behind it, a glass door opens to a back patio. may–june 2014  New England Home 113

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The home now welcomes family and friends at the parlor level, which features a spacious entry, formal parlor, powder room, and home office. “Back in the 1800s, this was the main entertaining level, and we returned it to that function,” explains Reck. A skylight floods this floor and the three above it with copious amounts of natural light, enhanced further by a second skylight through the top three levels. “We maximized how light comes in and how it travels through the house,” says Reck. “For an urban townhouse it’s extremely bright.” From the parlor level, a grand staircase (one of three in the home carefully reconfigured and restored by Oak Hill Architects) leads up to the family’s main living areas. The floor above the parlor has an open, airy layout. A piano in the comfortable but chic living room sees plenty of use from this family of music lovers (Ken, Heliana, and their children all play). Opposite the piano, a large painting over the fireplace keeps the space balanced. In some rooms, such as this one, Peng ¯ ¯ ¯ CLOCKWISE FROM below: Reddish ipe wood meets pale onyx tile in an easy balance of rich materials and a contemporary feel in the master bath. The skylight in the master bath floor, set with etched glass for privacy, illuminates a staircase below. The stair hall was reconfigured to accommodate space for the master suite and elevator. FACING PAGE: The graphite-hued media room is a favorite gathering spot for the family.

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worked with artwork and furniture the homeowners brought with them, tying old and new together with area rugs, draperies, and light fixtures. Across a wide hall sit the kitchen and dining room, as well as a small back patio where the family often enjoys breakfast in the morning sunshine of a summer day. The smallish kitchen was one of the initial pain points for the homeowners when they were considering the house. “It was a beautiful kitchen but had a few angles that were wrong,” recalls Ken. “The fridge didn’t open all the way; the stove was small. We found ways with Andrew to maximize the space by moving columns, adding fridge drawers, putting in a sixburner stove—little details that made the kitchen functional.” The top two floors house the family’s private spaces. Occupying one level are a stylish master suite and a media room, the latter of which is a lush departure from the home’s otherwise cool palette. A red-wine-hued rug the owners already had sets the tone for this space, where the family gathers to watch films on a large projection screen while sinking into the comfortable steel-colored sectional. When it’s time to start the movie, heavy velvet drapes block the light from three large windows. The entire room, includ¯ ¯ ¯ CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The front roof deck is a picture-perfect spot for outdoor dining or evening cocktails on starry summer nights. The new elevator runs from the ground floor to the roof deck. Reck used period details in his design for the skylight in the floor of the master bath. The spacious back roof deck offers a bird’s-eye view of the iconic Prudential building. 116  New England Home  may–june 2014

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“There were certain legacy aspects to the home that we knew we didn’t want to get rid of or change,” says Ken. in that spirit, a onetime coal-storage area became a wine cellar.

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ing millwork and window casings, is coated in a luxurious graphite color that has an underlying purple tone. “We wanted to make everything else disappear and address the richness of the carpet,” explains Peng. Plush pillows and sleek lacquer trays mimic the carpet’s deep-red color and add lightness to the cozy room. After the credits roll, the twins can retire upstairs to their own bedrooms. From the bright garden level—once a dark space the family rarely ventured into but now an oft-used music room and guest suite—to the expansive roof deck, the revitalized building promises a bright future for the family that now calls it home. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 185.

¯ ¯ ¯ CLOCKWISE FROM facing page: The garden level pulls triple-duty as a music room, family hangout, and guest suite. A modern kitchenette boasts stainless steel appliances and lacquered cabinets, a clean-lined, contemporary foil to rough, exposed brick walls. As part of the renovation, an old coal chute gets a new lease on life as a cozy wine cellar. may–june 2014  New England Home 119

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trends and Trendmakers No passing fancy, the focus for today’s design professionals and their clients is decidedly green. Luckily, smart design also celebrates quality, durability, and timeless beauty. By Regina Cole

New England’s design professionals are a varied and diverse lot, but they do agree on at least one thing: New Englanders are too savvy and too sophisticated to bend and sway with each passing fad. They are also smart enough to know when a trend is the vanguard for substantial change, and they don’t hesitate to adopt meaningful new ways of doing things. ¶ Today’s trends reflect issues of sustainability and renewability in all aspects of building and design. A few years ago, environmental consciousness was an emerging trend. Now it drives the best new technology and frames our design questions in new language.

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“Conventions are breaking down, and we are slowly letting go. . . for example, formal entries: we are making mudrooms nicer and nicer, and people almost never go to the front door anymore.” —Sally A. DeGan, principal at SpaceCraft Architecture

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When we take the overall view, the trend is away from large and formal toward smaller and more casual. “Energy efficiency will lead us away from the Downton Abbey way of living we’ve all been clinging to,” says Sally A. DeGan, principal at SpaceCraft Architecture in Lexington, Massachusetts. “We still have that model of class in our houses, and we differentiate between private and public spaces. But conventions are breaking down, and we are slowly letting go. Homeowners are beginning to build houses without formal living and dining rooms, for example. The same holds true for formal entries: we are making mudrooms nicer and nicer, and people almost never go to the front door anymore.” DeGan sees the trend away from formality as a long and sometimes subtle process that has evolved over many years. “We haven’t let go of those traditional spaces entirely, but as we become more aware of issues of efficiency and sustainability, we begin to look differently at the way a house functions,” she says. Along with changes in function come changes in language—when did we last call a room a parlor? DeGan would like to see more of that. “I am dying for the day when people stop using the term master suite,” she says with a laugh. For some homeowners, the focus on saving energy means not-so-big is better, says Mark Simon, partner at Centerbrook Architects and Planners, of Centerbrook, Connecticut. “We see smaller houses, but are doing more with less. Within smaller envelopes, clients get more insulation, more passive solar function, more thermal mass to absorb the winter sun. They ask for more-durable materials, and for materials that don’t present issues of off-gassing,” he explains. “The homeowners we see really care about the bigger environmental issues. It’s important to them that we source building materials locally rather than from overseas. In fact, many insist that we use the trees that are cut on their property when a building project has begun; it’s the ultimate in using local materials.” Lee Dellicker, of Windover Construction, says that for builders, times are better. “The market has clearly come back and there is growth,” says the president of the company, based in Manchester-bythe-Sea, Massachusetts. He, too, sees a demand for smaller homes. “The days of McMansions are over,” says Dellicker. Small doesn’t equate to lower quality, however. “People still want nice millwork and amenities,” he says. “People want a nice master closet; they would rather have a smaller space to sleep in and have more room for their stuff. We don’t see much demand for private dining rooms, but rather for spacious living areas that include dining.” Technology has gathered steam, as well, Dellicker


says. “Everyone wants smart homes now.” John Meyer of Boston’s Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors sees a new breed of homeowner emerging from the recent economic slump. “Some really sophisticated people have been buying the ‘doghouse’ in a neighborhood, then effecting a startling transformation where it becomes the best house in the neighborhood. They do it up and don’t skimp. They’re suspicious of shortcuts and they empower their architect much more than people used to.” However, Meyer is not convinced that the longestablished trend for ever-bigger homes is a thing of the past, despite growing environmental awareness. “The new four-bedroom is a five-bedroom,” he says.

transitions Kim Deetjen, principal at Burlington, Vermont’s

­ ruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design, T expands on the special connection New Englanders have with the local. “Here in New England, we marry quality with what rings true. We know that what is appropriate on Nantucket is not what is appropriate to a Vermont mountain home,” says the interior ///// Above: A home remade by architect John Meyer went from “doghouse” to “showhouse.” Facing page, top to Bottom: Architect Sally A. DeGan fully endorses the trend toward smaller, but choicer, houses. This mudroom, also by DeGan, is both charming and highly functional. May–june 2014  New England Home 123

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designer. “As a design firm based in Vermont, we like to source things locally, and we know that people associate the term ‘Made in Vermont’ with the best of the best—with things that are not trendy, but timeless. “As designers, we are mindful of the fact that manufacturers are always coming out with new products,” Deetjen continues. “But we must also be mindful of what is more important, and be good stewards of the environment. We have fun with trends, but in ways that are not wasteful. The best interiors are a mix of old and contemporary that you can’t put a year on.” Bob Ernst, of Boston’s FBN Construction, sees clients marrying contemporary details and materials with more-traditional trim and finishes. “In some cases, they are looking to ease the transition in their older home or condo with inset cabinet doors, or high-gloss European finishes, with a real white marble or quartz solid-surface alternative, offering a very interesting juxtaposition and signature style,” he says. Baths and kitchens are places where homeowners are straddling the con“Chartreuse, which temporary/traditional line. “Many of is where green meets our clients are seeking the clean, fresh yellow, is a color I colors of slate grays, crisp whites, and have been using very glass greens or blues, which tend to successfully.” open and brighten kitchen and bath spaces in particular,” says Ernst. Interior designer Paula Daher

Bathtubs, especially soaking tubs, are making a comeback, he notes, though with a contemporary twist. “They are often placed at an interesting angle or prominently as a centerpiece to the overall design,” Ernst says. Builders need to be especially careful in the placement of the drains and water fillers, he adds, and some cases require special attention to the structural integrity of the floor system. “A modern approach and an attentive learning style are required of the contractor these days.” Paul Reidt, of the Stoughton, Massachusetts, firm Kochman Reidt + Haigh, is, like many New England professionals, proud of the trend-free aspects of his company’s work. “We build for each customer,” says the principal of the firm that produces superb built-ins, cabinetry, and millwork. “And we never choose anything because it’s trendy, but because it’s right for them.” Nevertheless, Reidt does see changes that are driven by evolving lifestyles. “Fifteen, twenty years ago, we always put in a little kitchen desk,” he says. “Now, that office space is on the laptop, tablet, or phone. So we think of issues like seated or standing. And where are the outlets?” He also sees more banquettes in kitchens. “It’s a very effective use of space with less floor area. A table and chairs are only good for eating, but a banquette is cozy, soft, and embracing.”

details, details Boston interior designer Paula Daher sees the world trending green, too—literally. “Chartreuse, which is where green meets yellow, is a color I have been using very successfully,” she says. “It works very well with a gray palette, which is still a very popular trend. It gives the gray a lift. In those interiors, I use it as an accent. “I like to mix it with teals and other spring-based greens; it makes the spring colors neutral,” Daher continues. “And it’s wonderful when mixed with purples and fuchsias.” Informality rules the day, says Josh Steinwand of Studio 534 at the Boston Design Center, leading to a preference for linen over silk and to a fondness for cheerful hues. “By style and taste, people are all over the place,” he says. “But we do see a lot of blue and green, in a consistently softer palette.” ///// Left: Chartreuse accents in a Boston high-rise interior by Paula Daher. Facing Page, Clockwise from Top Left: Built-in banquettes, like the one gracing this townhouse breakfast area (by architect Jan Gleysteen and interior designer Anne Becker), are gaining favor. Local Vermont touches are key for TruexCullins’s Kim Deetjen. A bath by Cambridge, Massachusetts, architect Maryann Thompson boasts a Japanese-influenced soaking tub.

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“Here in New England, we marry quality with what rings true. We know what’s appropriate.” —Kim Deetjen, principal, TruexCullins

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“As living rooms continue to shrink and disappear and breakfast rooms continue to grow, we treat space according to how we live rather than in traditional ways.” —Karen Gilman, Finelines

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Trends and trendmakers For all the modern touches, like automation, people still want comfort and luxury. For Chaput, that translates into requests for upholstered walls behind the master bed. “We heavily pad the wall to have the same feel as a headboard. The width is usually as wide as the bed, and it stretches from floor to ceiling,” she explains. “The design also makes it easier to move the bed, since there is no longer a heavy headboard attached.” For some time, a favorite surface for counters and the like has been granite, but Brooks Deschamps of Cosentino Boston in Canton, Massachusetts, tells us that a new day is dawning. His company has a new line called Dekton, a Spanish-made product in which refined glass, enhanced porcelain, and pure quartz are ultracompressed at high temperature. The result lends itself to a variety of colors and surface treatments, and it shrugs off the effects of lemons and (2) Courtesy of Mar Silver

When it comes to furniture, Steinwand says, “a very popular look is cerused wood—a wire-brushed finish that opens the grain and lends it a white, powdery look.” Quality and timeless design will never go out of style, and that’s especially true when choosing a rug. “New Englanders continue to appreciate the longevity that only a good oriental rug gives you,” says Scott Gregorian, of Gregorian Oriental Rugs in Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts. “We see more of a trend for softer, contemporary colors, which lessen the impact of the rug. In traditional colors, we see strong blues and greens in graphic patterns and much bolder designs.” The age-old approach to decorating, he points out, is to start with the carpet, which determines the room’s color choices. “It’s much easier to match from hundreds of paint and fabric colors,” Gregorian says. “In newer trends, where people try to work with lesstraditional shades, instead of matching colors exactly, they stay in the family.” Karen Gilman, of the Peabody, Massachusetts, workroom Finelines, reminds us where all these trends come from. “They initiate in Paris at the fashion shows, then they trickle down to the public in all these different ways. Part of my job is to be the naysayer to so many things that are touted as trendy and new,” Gilman says, speaking from years of experience. “As living rooms continue to shrink and disappear and breakfast rooms continue to grow, we treat space according to how we live rather than in traditional ways. Curtains open and close less. People use automated shades for privacy; window treatments have become architectural elements rather than fussy decoration. We are doing a lot to hide hardware and to put draperies into pockets.” Gilman points out that few things look as dated today as a swag, bow, and jabot window treatment, while the wooden blind is becoming increasingly popular. “I can see that for us, right now, the biggest change is that everything is motorized,” she adds. “Everything that can move, does.” At Thread, in Holliston, Massachusetts, workroom owner Marie Chaput sees the same trend toward automation. “More people are discovering the flexibility and ease of using window treatments to control light and ambience with just the touch of a single button or with a simple program command, all without getting out of bed!” she says. Drapery integrated into audio and video applications is growing, she says, as drapery automation becomes an everyday reality. “These things will become commonplace,” she predicts. “Remember the days when power windows in your car were considered an upgrade?”

“A very popular look is cerused wood—a wirebrushed finish that opens the grain and lends it a white, powdery look.” Josh Steinwand, Studio 534

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Trends and trendmakers boiling pots. “It is totally heat-resistant and more scratch-resistant than quartz,” Deschamps points out. “It is impervious to bleach and acids, which stain and etch stone surfaces. It look like stone, but has none of the disadvantages.” The newest look for bathroom fittings, says Danielle Jones of Snow and Jones in Norwell, Massachusetts, is unlacquered brass. “It’s a softer and more elegant brass than your standard 1980s brass,” she says. “This finish will naturally develop a patina with use, but will become shiny again with a polish.” Another bathroom trend Jones sees has migrated here from Europe. “Wall-hung toilets have made their way into the residential market, even hitting traditional New England. The clean and simple lines allow for easier cleaning, and also save space.” To illuminate all these pretty new details in the home, consumers have an unprecedented variety of lighting to choose from. Several trends drive lighting choices, says Steve Brand of Wolfers Lighting in Allston, Massachusetts. Clients ask for custom finishes and glass choices based on their interior decor, he says. The improvement in Unlacquered brass: LED lighting has been a great boon to environmentally con“It’s a softer and more scious consumers, he adds, elegant brass than your who also put a premium on standard 1980s brass.” staying local. “Consumers show a strong desire to buy danielle jones, snow and jones from innovative manufacturers that produce products in the United States.” Today, there is demand for a higher level of design even for the most functional parts of the home. “Savvy consumers are tired of ugly electronics,” says Brad Smith of Audio Video Design in Newton, Massachusetts. He names lines like Seura, Media­Decor, Leon, Totem, and Trufig that are very much in vogue. “Entry-level home automation is going mainstream,” he attests. “It’s still not do-it-yourself, but many products are very affordable and give homeowners basic automated lighting, motorized shades, temperature control, alarm, and home cameras, all of which can be viewed and operated remotely.” ///// Above: Unlacquered brass makes a lovely accent in the bathroom. Facing page, clockwise from top:

Cosentino’s Dekton can minimize worry over countertop spills. Home electronics design is becoming subtler and more elegant. Lux Lighting Design’s Doreen LeMay Madden increasingly chooses LEDs for her landscape projects. The Dandy outdoor sofa, from Roda.

taking it outside Timothy Lee, of Timothy Lee Landscape Design in

Lexington, Massachusetts, says that the new awareness of environmental issues drives homeowners to use outdoor space more thoughtfully than in the past. “They realize how much value landscaping adds to their home, so they ask for beautiful, functional spaces that they can manage,” he says. “They want larger patios, outdoor kitchens, and water elements, but they are also thinking sustainability. They also want to grow their own food and they want ecofriendly products that add value. These include permeable paving, LED lighting, and drip irrigation. “Some people are even becoming anti-turf,” Lee continues. “As they become aware of the cost and water use, they are doing away with lawns altogether.” He says that his clients like to work from master plans they develop over years. “More people are staying put, but when they do move, they are smart with their money and spend it where it adds equity. They have a better grasp of the larger world.” Homeowners are deriving more pleasure from their outdoor spaces, adds Michael Coutu of the Sudbury Design Group. “People stay closer to home and develop the property more,” he says. “They want fire pits, putting greens, swimming pools, outdoor kitchens. But it’s different from the gluttonous ’90s; people are actually using these features. To really get relaxation in today’s world, you want to be with your family in your own yard, engaged in your favorite activities.” Combined with heightened environmental awareness, this has put pressure on industries to produce improved irrigation systems that are controlled via smartphones or tied to local weather systems. “We’ve cut water consumption in the process,” Coutu says. “Power usage outdoors, too, is vastly less. LED lighting is now so much better at a fraction of the cost. “And,” he adds, “many homeowners are aware of the Dark Sky Initiative, and they want to limit nighttime outdoor light. Lighting has gotten better and smarter.” This move to the outdoors is blurring the lines between living rooms and gardens, says Zhanna Drogobetsky of Casa Design Boston. “Our new outdoor sofa collection revolutionizes the way of living outside,” she says. “For the first time, a fabric sofa becomes the natural continuation of the living room, to enjoy outdoors.” It’s a brave new world for lovers of great design. Gone are long lists of what’s in and what’s out. The new spirit of design holds that homeowners love where they live, and that they honor that place by creating beauty with the featherweight touch of committed environmentalists. •

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Homeowners “realize how much value landscaping adds to their home, so they ask for beautiful, functional spaces that they can manage.” —Landscape designer Timothy Lee

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Perspectives Lighting Floor Lamps


Stilt Floor Lamp by Blu Dot ///

“This affordable wood tripod lamp is casual and cool and would look at home in a contemporary kid’s room or next to a large reading chair.” Lekker Home, Boston, (617) 542-6464,


Serge Mouille Three-Arm Floor Lamp ///

“This is one of my favorite midcentury designers. The sculptural arms of this famous piece add drama while bringing light far into a room. Mixing midcentury pieces among more traditional pieces is one of my signature interior combinations.” Design Within Reach, Boston and Cambridge, Mass., (800) 944-2233,


Carolina Twist Floor Lamp from The Natural Light ///

“The midnight brown, distressed finish of the classic Jacobean-style base contrasts with the contemporary linen drum shade to create a versatile floor lamp. A great companion to antiques, this lamp could give texture to a simple, contemporary space as well.” Available through Bartlett Design Associates


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Lighting Sconces

Arteriors Zanadoo Sconce ///

“I love the combination of Hollywood glamour and edginess in this sconce. The brass finish is on trend right now, making it the perfect finishing touch. This fixture alone will dress up any room.” Furn & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 342-1500,


Tayet AP Wall Lamp by Stéphane Davidts ///

“We’re attracted to this twentyfive-year-old Belgian lighting line for its clean, simple designs and its high-quality materials and construction. We think the Tayet wall lamp is very cute— we call it ‘quirky modern’—and like to use it pinned on a wall next to a corner chair or flanking a sofa.” Showroom, Boston, (617) 482-4805,


SUE ERICKSON BARTLETT Jennifer Glickman studied architecture and art history before earning her master’s degree in interior design, giving her a breadth and depth of knowledge that shows in the creative, unique spaces she designs for homeowners throughout New England. Glickman Design Studio, Boston, (857) 233-4928,

Bellissimo Pocket Wall Sconce from Quoizel ///

“The pairing of the hand-blown Salamander art glass with the bronze-finished iron is a classic design that sheds warm, inviting light. The feather motif in the rich, iridescent amber glass would create interest in a foyer or dining room while remaining understated.” Rockingham Electric, Newington, N.H., (800) 727-2310,


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Lighting Chandeliers


Harding Fixed Chandelier from Arteriors ///

“This glamorous chandelier is a statement maker in either a modern condo setting or a very traditional Boston interior. It brings feminine sparkle into the room while casting sharp, striking lines that will be unforgettable.” Furn & Co.


Winthorpe Chandelier from Gabby Home ///

“Large but airy, this aged-iron fixture, with its warm, light, gilded finish, would complement reclaimed wood furnishings, traditional pieces, or modern furnishings. The shape is not the usual chandelier could be used in a foyer as well as a dining area.” Through Bartlett Design Associates


Bullarum ST9 Chandelier by Intueri Light ///

“We just proposed this newly released architectural chandelier to a client to go above a large dining table in a duplex penthouse downtown. We love the combination of steel and brass fittings that reminds us of a vintage architect’s scale.” Casa Design, Boston,


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Sue Erickson Bartlett, who earned a BFA before becoming an interior designer, worked at architectural firms, honing her skills in cabinet design, space planning, and lighting design. She draws on those varied experiences today as the owner of her own firm. Bartlett Design Associates, Dover, N.H., (603) 366-2688, 136 NEW ENGLAND HOME MAY–JUNE 2014

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Winnipeg Lamp from Arteriors Home

Lighting Table Lamps


“This lamp, with its simple starburst design and linen shade, can adapt itself to many interior design styles. The natural iron base is not the usual orb or vase shape; it has a delicate, transparent quality reminiscent of a flower gone to seed.” Furn & Co.


Orestes Suarez Bloque 79 Table Lamp ///

“We love this lamp for the seamless combination of natural honed alabaster, black metal, and linen. We recently chose a pair for a wall-mounted, floating console in a dining room. Modern elegance!” Casa Design


Bungalow 5 Pavillion Lamp /// Amanda Hark and Jeffrey Osborne know clients want good value and high quality just as much as they want a space that reflects their personality and lifestyle. Hark and Osborne pride themselves on creating singular, stylish spaces no matter a client’s budget. Hark+Osborne Interior Design, Boston, (617) 504-1767,

“This table lamp is a more modern interpretation of the classic ginger jars I adore. The cleaner lines, traditional pattern, and brass accents make a darling combination. A pair of these on a console or end tables will complement a traditional or transitional interior.” Through Glickman Design Studio


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registered opinions, too. Said designer Dibby Flint of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Milton, Massachusetts: “In a renaissance, which is to say in renewed respect for classical design coupled with creativity infusing every space.”

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eep in the dark wood of design, a professional might easily find herself lost in midcareer. After all the meetings and memos, calculations and recalculations, the questions suddenly arise: What does it all mean? What do I really want? What do my clients want? What does the world want? After so much success, she (or he) is, like Dante, about to embark on a journey through the Inferno. But she is not alone. She has modern-day spirits to guide her. Trade Secrets took an informal poll, seeking predictions about where the industry is headed. We began with all 67,443 members of LinkedIn’s Interior Design group and 25,491 members of its Architecture and Interiors group. Where, we asked, lies the future of design? “In tranquility, simplicity, and naturalism,” responded Pari Ya Bahmani, a student of architectural engineering in Zanjan, Iran. “In imagination,” said designer Andrea Houk in Washington, D.C. “In awareness,” Monique Menard, a designer in Montreal, answered. “In authenticity,” advised Orange County, California, designer Paula Oblen.

many to print here) were almost all helpful, insightful, and refreshingly free of hype—good examples for anyone interested in being a thought leader in the design field. “The information you share should be at least 80 percent information and no more than 20 percent self-promotion,” advises Marblehead, Massachusetts-based social-media expert Beth Marie Robinson. “It’s a rule too many of us forget when posting.” Robinson, whose clients include Boston’s FDO/Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils, and Beth Marie Marcoz Antiques, says she likes PinterRobinson est and Instagram for expressing design trends. “After all, design is such a visual medium,” she says. “Whatever you do,” she adds, “don’t pass off your blogging to an intern. Pay it some personal attention.” /// Rhode Island School of Design professor

Peter Wooding, of Providence, responded

to our query, saying, “In value, but also in Peter Wooding beauty and function as part of the creative process—those have to take a high priority. We have a strong conviction that aesthetics is not cosmetics, but something that goes much deeper, to the very heart of the

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orderly and streamlined are necessary these days, but there’s still a place for sheer drama, of the sort to be found at Appleton Lighting in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Owner Loukas Deimezis says, “I’m buying up lots of antique glass—Czech, Venetian—it’s very popular these days, and designing fixtures myself.” Certain old techniques, though, can’t be replicated, like the double-etched glass used in the eighteenth century. “It’s just too dangerous,” Deimezis says. “They used mercury to do it, which is a poison. In those days life spans were shorter, so the toxicity went unnoticed. Today, it’s totally banned.” /// More electricians are wiring into the

sun these days, says builder Greg Lanou of Wright-Ryan Homes in Portland, Maine, as photovoltaic costs are coming down. “Owners are building smarter. Energy efficiency and better indoor air quality have become a minimum standard,” he says. Owners are also building to leave it all behind, at least for a while. “We’re getting calls for low maintenance, because so many of our clients travel,” he adds. “This pertains especially to the exterior and grounds, where we’re doing more plantings that are native to the area.”

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other successful professionals asking what it’s all about and what it all means. Simply relaxing in it and enjoying the view is gaining its own appeal, according to another Mainer, architect Tobias Gabranski of Bath. “We’re still doing big houses,” he says, “but lately we’ve been designing open-stud weekend cabins and vacation Open-stud homes—one right now in Vinalhaven for a German couple who want to visit their son at prep school here. Where we can be most helpful is in tailoring the structure to the topography of the land, to outcroppings, slope-side, a tree, or water view, maximizing the experience.” /// For those uninterested in roughing it

in the dark wood for any reason, there’s another option: faux bois wall coverings. At the International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in Atlanta last January, designer Robin Pelissier of Hingham, Massachusetts, was drawn to the massive, overscale patterns that she thinks Robin would be just the thing Pelissier for turning narrow hallways into enchanting spaces. “Mixed sheens, matte, shiny, or foiled papers will be dazzling and elegant in a master bed or bath,” she says. “We are also spec’ing selfCherry Walls’s wall decal: Wind Blowing Leaves



adhesive decals by companies like Cherry Walls. There’s no need to save the drama for your mama anymore.” /// Nor, we might add, is there any reason to

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» Some of New England’s top residential designers have broadened their reach, moving into interior design for boutique hotels. Boston-based designer Rachel Reider has worked her magic on a handful of small hotels. In July, 21 Broad is slated to open on Nantucket; the hotel is a sister to the Reider-designed 76 Main, which opened on the island last summer. Reider is also working in Newport, Rhode Island, on the Urban Beach House, a Courtesy the break

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sister property to the popular Attwater hotel. Robin Gannon designed the interiors for The Inn at Hastings Park, a new, twenty-two-room hotel in Lexington, Massachusetts. Inspired by the three beautifully restored historic buildings that make up the hotel, Gannon gave the rooms a contemporary twist on the traditional with bright colors, bold patterns, and design elements built by regional craftspeople. And Jocelyn Chiappone, of Design Digs, took her cue from the more recent past, creating a 1960s surfer-chic vibe for The Break, a boutique hotel in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Chiappone has also moved, opening a new design studio and retail showroom on Newport’s historic Spring Street.

» Moving is on designer Gerald Pomeroy’s to-do list, as well. Pomeroy is excited about his spacious Pomeroy new office, a second-floor suite in a classic brownstone at 168 Newbury Street. “I love the energy of the street,” he says. The space is also convenient, given that he lives in the South End and most of his Boston clients are in the Back Bay or on Beacon Hill, he adds. While Pomeroy is in change mode, he is also simplifying his company’s name—shortening it to Gerald Pomeroy

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Interiors. “My move is about creating a better balance between life and work,” he says, “and part of that is simplifying. The simpler name really says who I am and what I do.”

» No doubt the opening of its new Burlington, Massachusetts, store was keeping the folks at Bassett Furniture busy—but not too busy to think about doing a little bit of good for the greater community. As part of the grand opening celebration, a large delivery truck was sent off to make a surprise gift of $10,000 worth of new furniture to Just-A-Start House, a nonprofit independent-living program in Somerville for teenage mothers. Life just got a bit more comfortable for the program’s twelve young moms and their little ones.

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» Congratulations are in order for the New England landscape architects who took home awards from the 2013 International Landscape Design Awards. The program, from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, recognized a Blade of Grass, in Wayland, Massachusetts, with a Gold Award. Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, of Melrose, Massachusetts, took home two Gold Awards for projects in Belmont and Newton, as well as a Merit Award for the gardens at a West Newton home. —Paula M. Bodah


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» There’s always something new and exciting popping up on the designer landscape in New England. The latest addition to the SoWa district in Boston’s South End is The Sliding Door Company. The Harrison Avenue storefront, the twenty-fifth location nationwide, features the company’s innovative room dividers, and pocket, swing, barn, and wall-slide doors. Meanwhile, the Boston Design Center welcomes Quadrille, giving designers and their clients a new outlet for beautiful fabrics and wallpapers for the home. And in Sandwich, Massachusetts, designer and custom cabinetmaker Gail O’Rourke has opened White Wood Kitchens, a full-service kitchen-design and project-management company.

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BOSTON SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS AWARDS GALA. The organization toasted great design, both commercial and residential, at the glamorous Hotel ­InterContinental Boston. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the People’s Choice Award, which was determined via an online voting process, to the Macallen Building team.







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ARTEFACT HOME|GARDEN of Belmont, Massachusetts, hosted “Makers + Shakers— design, ideas + craftsmanship in the Americas,” as part of the first annual Boston Design Week celebration. The event showcased some of the extraordinary artists and craftspeople whose products are sold at the shop.





Mary Fichtner, Tyler Huntington, Conor MacDonald, Penny Mitchell, Maria Salvatierra, Paige Born, and Eric White (2) Jonathan Levi and William D. Lovallo (3) Jonathan Levi, Diana Lauring Ostberg, and Mark X. Haley (4) Rose Mary Su, Sarah McGillicuddy, Emily GrandstaffRice, Martine Dion, and Wayne Cornell (5) Michael Maloof, Abby Gillespie, Ginger Desmond, and Joseph Gibbons (6) Kevin Barry, Martha Foss, Melanie Ginter, Maryann Thompson, Mort Rosenthal, David Moore, and Deb Moore (7) Emily Grandstaff-Rice, Mark Stafford, and Sharon Thibeault (8) Ophelia Bettencourt, Phil Mambro, and Penny Mitchell

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Gold Standard The honesty of handcrafted materials meets the glitter of gold in the Giselle Chandelier by Ironware International, available at Webster & Company. Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660,

On the Side Looking for the perfect spot to perch your cocktail? How about the Quinn Table from Mathew Studios, at M-Geough? A chunky slab of agate tops antique brass legs, bringing a touch of glam to any room it graces. Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412,

Clearly Chic These are not your parents’ nesting tables. Explorer nesting tables by Zuo Modern, at Simply Home, reimagine the classic in glass with a hip, ultramodern shape. Falmouth, Maine, (207) 7815651,

Plenty of Oomph Leave it to the stylish ladies at Oomph to create traditional ceramic lamps with a little extra verve. The lamps, manufactured right in Rhode Island by Hwang Bishop, are available in three styles and seven glossy colors. Find them at Swedish Blue. Hingham, Massachusetts, (617) 750-8218,

Bugged Out Here are some bugs you won’t mind having around the house. These cocktail napkins we spotted at Anderson’s would make a great hostess gift—though they’re so cute you may want to keep them for yourself. Nantucket, (508) 228-4187, andersonsnantucket.

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Hello, Handsome The Armand Chair from Roche-Bobois attracts with its masculine, straightforward oak frame and caned back. We love it with the seat upholstered in the snappy Jean Paul Gaultier Kilt fabric shown, but you can choose from an array of fabrics. Locations in Boston, (617) 742-9611, and Natick, Massachusetts, (508) 650-5844,

Exotic Inspiration The new Mousharabia tile collection by design rock star Martyn Lawrence Bullard, available at Ann Sacks, was inspired by Moroccan latticework screens. Rich textures and raised patterns offer a welcome change from standard tile fare. Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2300,

Enmeshed It’s hard to imagine that the beautiful Dala Planter got its start from recycled food-and-drink packaging. Deliberately oversized to create a style statement, the innovative lightweight mesh ensures it is easy to move around your roof deck or patio. Showroom, Boston, (617) 482-4805,

Horn of Plenty Perfect for holding pencils on a desk or makeup brushes on a vanity, this versatile horn cup will always have a welcome spot in your home. Shop for it at Pough Interiors. Essex, Connecticut, (860) 581-8344,

Just Havenly The Havenly II collection by Mark Alexander at Romo comprises textured linens, sumptuous chenilles, and artisanal prints, all in a watery palette. Go ahead—take the plunge! Boston Design Center, (617) 737-0599,

Best Seat in the House Everyone will fight over who gets to sit in this chair. Timothy Corrigan proves that comfort really is the ultimate luxury with his Wave Chair for Schumacher. You can find it at DesignSourceCT. Hartford, (860) 951-3145,

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The Bingham family has drawn from its sixty-seven years of manufacturing wide-plank flooring, paneling, and millwork components and expanded its mill to include a complete manufacturing line of FSC-certified reclaimed hardwoods and softwoods. The new 25,000-square-foot showroom and retail space features a full-scale Virginia-oak barn frame, enabling clients to see where the wood fibers are recycled from and understand how it relates to one of the many grades, colors, and textures that antique wood has to offer. Bingham Lumber’s millwork shop customizes in manufacturing cabinet shop blanks, stair parts, solid or faux beams, mantels, counters, bar tops, and many antique slabs and table bases. Our long history in replicating historic moldings, wainscot, and other millwork patterns in old-growth hardwoods and softwoods is now available in the antique wood as well.

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Notable homes on the market in New England BY MARIA LAPIANA

Classic Woodbury Farmhouse and Barns

Architectural Wonder in Concord There were more than 28,000 online hits on this Concord, Massachusetts, property in its first week on the market, says listing agent Rosemary McCready. She allows that that was probably because the current owner of the clean-lined home happens to be NBA veteran Kevin Garnett. But serious buyers and aficionados of contemporary architecture will be more interested in its pedigree, she says. The waterfront estate on twelve acres was designed by award-winning architects Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston. Talk about the best of both worlds: this modern masterpiece embodies the glamour and style of California design in a picturesque New England ROOMS: 16 setting. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe its spa5 BEDROOMS 5 FULL, 2 HALF BATHS cious, vaulted interiors with natural light. There 11,000 SQ. FT. are five bedrooms in the 11,000-square-foot $3,999,000 home, including an enormous master suite (the sixth bedroom was converted into an immense dressing room with a one-and-a-half-story loft). The finished lower level includes a wine cellar, media room, and professionally outfitted home gym. The finest finishes, expertly crafted woods, and sleek built-ins are hallmarks. DULY NOTED: The breakfast room’s design was inspired by a ship’s bow. It features a beamed, whitewashed wood ceiling, French doors that open onto a terrace, and three window walls overlooking a pond that links to the Concord River. CONTACT: Rosemary McCready, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Weston, Mass., (781) 223-0253, MLS #71592432

Seaside Retreat in Gloucester Poised on the easternmost tip of Eastern Point in Gloucester, Massachusetts, this arresting stone estate was built with granite quarried from its own backyard. Designed in the

The owner of this property, Monique Shay, is an important antiques dealer in a town that’s often called the antiques capital of Connecticut. The Normandy native has lived in the pristine Greek Revival farmhouse (circa 1890) in Woodbury for thirty years. Shay has steadfastly updated her home’s working parts over the years, while infusing it with her signature French country style. The main house is notable for its five pleasantly appointed bedrooms and outsize kitchen/sitting/dining area with original ROOMS: 10 wood floors, fireplace, and painted cabinetry 5 BEDROOMS in the style of the French-Canadian furniture 4 FULL, 2 HALF BATHS 4,416 SQ. FT. Shay sells. The property includes a six-barn $2,798,000 complex, another two-stall barn, a riding ring, a guest cottage, a chicken coop, an in-ground pool with a pool house, a kitchen garden, and multiple small outbuildings. Shay added a screened porch, several sprawling patios, an outdoor stone grill pit, and a custom European outdoor pizza oven—surrounded by fruit trees, rolling lawns, and open meadows. DULY NOTED: Made up of three discrete lots, this eighteen-acre property is eminently buildable. The house sits on a two-acre parcel with street frontage, and there are two interior lots (one is just over ten acres, the other just over six) along the Pomperaug River. CONTACT: Maria Taylor, Klemm Real Estate, Washington Depot, Conn., (860) 868-7313, ext. 26, MLS #L146425

Arts and Crafts style in 1927, the cedar-shingled, completely updated main house—with its timbered great room, spacious dining room, gourmet kitchen, curved-wall sunroom, private library, and 1,400-square-foot master suite—is reason enough to unpack your bags here. Views and architectural details (from burnished-oak and pine woodwork to leaded-glass windows and decorative granite windowsills) are plentiful, but there’s more. The property includes a pool house (larger than many homes, at 3,400 square feet) with integrated indoor/outdoor pool, guest apartment, separate study, and private drawing room. A granite and cedar-shingled caretaker’s cottage completes the compound, boasting some of the best views of all. But wait: there’s

a hidden aerie, too. Designed to be architecturally invisible on the exterior, a cozy “tree house” was built under the eaves of the main house by the current owner; it’s a haven within a private paradise. A secret stairway provides access to the intimate apartment outfitted with an entertainment ROOMS: 10 system, fireplace, wet 5 BEDROOMS 3 FULL, 1 HALF BATH bar, and marble bath. 5,564 SQ. FT. DULY NOTED: In a $4,950,000 way, this extraordinary property is hiding in plain sight; it’s not easily spied from the road, but is within walking distance of the Eastern Point Yacht Club, a mile from the Bass Rocks eighteen-hole golf course, and ten minutes from downtown Gloucester. CONTACT: Martha Anger, By The Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Farms, Mass., (978) 865-1245, bytheseasir. com/properties. MLS #71541721 MAY–JUNE 2014 NEW ENGLAND HOME 167

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GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Brilliant lakefront estate featuring six bedrooms, gourmet kitchen and conservatory is surrounded by lush grounds with stone patios and commanding views of Lake Winnipesaukee. $10,500,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Majestic, brick Colonial home in golf club neighborhood offering six bedrooms, superb millwork, chef’s kitchen, state-of-the-art systems, large mudroom and bluestone terraces. $8,795,000

Susan C. Bradley | C. 603.581.2810

Ann McInerney | C. 781.249.5021

WOLFEBORO, NEW HAMPSHIRE Gated lakefront property set on nearly 35 acres with 1,100 ft. of frontage, sandy beaches, dramatic views, huge barn, cottage, garage, and phenomenal, 4-slip boat house. $7,500,000

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Nearing completion. Elegant five bedroom home overlooking conservation land with exceptional craftsmanship and architectural detail, indoor and outdoor gourmet kitchens, four car garage. $4,195,000

Susan C. Bradley | C. 603.581.2810

Jayne B. Friedberg & Deborah M. Gordon | J. 617.899.2111 | D. 617.974.0404

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Exceptional brick Colonial home set on lush grounds offering 12 rooms, six bedrooms, renovated master suite, chef’s kitchen, billiard room, wine cellar, plus pool and spa. $3,850,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS This 1906 Colonial Revival masterpiece has been meticulously maintained, restored and enlarged. The sunlit new space features a dazzling family room, kitchen and indoor pool. $3,500,000

Deborah M. Gordon | C. 617.974.0404

Moira Gault & Susan Heyman | M. 617.797.3337 | S.617.461.1191

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SUDBURY, MASSACHUSETTS Sprawling, seven-plus acre estate comprised of a two apartment guest cottage, four car garage with carriage house and updated six bedroom main house plus pool with spa and pool house. $3,495,000

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Classic, brick Georgian Colonial home set in desirable Fisher Hill offering 14 rooms, five en suite bedrooms, eight fireplaces, large windows, huge 3rd floor great room and gym. $3,395,000

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen & Paige Yates | K. 781.507.1650 | P. 617.733.9885

Jamie Genser | C. 617.515.5152

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS C1885 Landmark estate with 16 meticulous rooms, intricate period details, renovated kitchen and updated baths on two acres with carriage house apartment and three car garage. $2,675,000

DOVER, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning, six-bedroom Colonial home offering superb renovations, exquisite details, new designer baths, new state-of-the-art kitchen, stone fireplace, theatre, and office. $2,499,000

Brigitte l. Senkler | C. 978.505.2652

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen & Paige Yates | K. 781.507.1650 | P. 617.733.9885

GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular, beachfront home beautifully sited on famous Good Harbor Beach. Enjoy 12 rooms with stunning views, seven bedrooms, deck, plus direct beach access and ownership. $2,499,000

GROTON, MASSACHUSETTS Majestic 4.45-acre Olmstead designed setting with 19th century landmark home. Stunning renovation, period detail, custom granite kitchen, au pair apartment, guest house and pool. $1,695,000

Peter Olson | C. 978.618.1859

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East Marion waterfront estate with private dock! Stunning views of Buzzard’s Bay and Cape Cod and the Islands. Sprawling 1.9 acre lot to the water’s edge with private, sandy beach, lush gardens, rolling lawns, and beautiful stone walls. Moor your boat just off the dock for easy, deep-water access. This traditional New England Cape Cod-style home includes 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and views from nearly every room of the 2,800 square foot design.

Exceptional waterfront property located on Water Street in Marion Village. Nestled on the shores of Sippican Harbor, right next to the Beverly Yacht Club, this property offers expansive views of the harbor and Buzzards Bay, as well as direct water access. 100 foot private dock with gazebo and professionally landscaped .66 acre lot. 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 for generations to come. Do not miss this rare offering.

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Swampscott Beautifully updated Colonial located in a desirable neighborhood. This residence features a fireplaced living room, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, and family room with cathedral ceiling. Offering 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this home enjoys peeks of the ocean from the back deck. $1,150,000

Hamilton Expanded Cape set on 2.55 acres in an estate setting with pastoral views. This residence boasts a kitchen and dining area opening to a family room with fireplace, dining room, and living room. Offering 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, including a guest suite and fireplaced master suite. $1,435,000

Manchester-by-the-Sea Elegant Queen Anne privately set on 1.5 acres with seasonal ocean views. This exquisitely renovated residence features 5 fireplaces, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, and sun room. Accented with a lovely in-ground pool with cabana and outdoor shower. $3,500,000

Marblehead Oceanfront Townhouse Condominium with Association beach and dock. This renovated unit features a custom kitchen, dining area, fireplaced living room with deck, and family room with deck. Offering 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home also features central air and in-unit laundry. $775,000

Essex Stunning views from this Contemporary abutting protected marshland. This home features a new gourmet kitchen, fireplaced dining room, living room, fireplaced library and 4-season room with gas stove. Offering 4 bedrooms and 4 baths including a master suite with cathedral ceilings. $1,387,000

Wenham Village Colonial set on 1.07 acre lot in the historic district. This home features exposed brick and beams, pine floors, 6 fireplaces, eat-in kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, and family room. Offering 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, this home is accented with a lovely brick patio and attached barn. $749,000

Manchester-by-the-Sea Newer Custom Colonial in a village location near schools, train and Singing Beach. This residence features a kitchen with butler’s pantry leading to a fireplaced living room, fireplaced den, and wine cellar. Offering 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home is accented with a lovely screened porch. $1,260,000

Prides Crossing Ocean views from this Contemporary residence with path to deeded private beach. This home features a fireplaced living room, kitchen with pantry, formal dining room, and fireplaced family room. Offering 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home is accented with a 2 bedroom Guest Cottage. $1,850,000

Danvers Waterfront. New construction. 11 luxury Residences with a private dock and an exclusive boat slip for each home. Each residence at Mariners Point feature open plans with fireplaced living rooms and chef’s kitchens and offer 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a spacious waterfront deck. Priced $759,900 to $899,900

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An intimate seaside spa is the final destination in a ­sequence of five terraces that trace their course down this hillside site overlooking Vineyard Haven Harbor.


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It took careful planning indeed to engineer this water curtain’s single faultless sheet, which arcs unbroken from the wall’s bluestone cap to the surface of the welcoming pool below.


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135 Cambridge St. | Burlington, MA 781.221.8422 |

Peter McDonald | Architect • • Cape & Islands 508.240.0843 • Providence 401.270.5407 •

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Wilderness in its primal form, yet somehow improved, is the template for this serene pond in southern Maine.

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A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes METROPOLITAN LIFE: GETTING WARMER PAGES 48–51 Architect: Stephanie Horowitz, ZeroEnergy Design, Boston, (617) 720-5002, Builder: Bob Osmond, The Ralph S. Osmond Company, Wayland, Mass., (508) 358-5321, Millwork: Boston Green Building, Allston, Mass., (617) 202-3777, Roof deck contractor: Urbgardens, Boston, (781) 910-6690, OUTSIDE INTEREST: AMERICAN CLASSIC PAGES 54–57 Landscape designer:

Julie Moir Messervy, JMMDS, Saxtons River, Vt., (802) 869-1470, Landscape construction: R. P. Marzilli & Company, Medway, Mass., (508) 533-8700, Care and maintenance: Paul Lee, Foliaire, Boston, (617) 357-5255, Plant materials: Select Horticulture, Lancaster, Mass., (978) 365-6677; Millican Nursery, Chichester, N.H., (603) 435-6660; and Van Berkhum Nursery, Deerfield, N.H., (603) 4637663, CITY SLICK PAGES 80–87 Interior designer:

Leslie Fine, Leslie Fine Interiors, Boston, (617) 236-2286, Builder: FBN Construction, Boston, (617) 333-6821, Cabinetmaker: Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers, Cumberland, R.I., (401) 658-0440, Landscape architect: Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 492-2808, Art consultant: Jacqueline Becker, Becker Fine Arts, Newton, Mass., (617) 527-6169, Pages 80–82: Aquila Quartz chandelier by Pagani Studio,, through Webster & Company,; swivel chairs by Holly Hunt,, through Webster

& Company, with Gretchen Bellinger fabric,; Holly Hunt sofa through Webster & Company with fabric from Charles Spada,; pillows designed by Leslie Fine, fabricated by Miles River Sewing,, with fabrics from Clarence House,, Old Word Weavers through Stark,, and Brentano,; Ironies side tables through Studio 534,; game table through Webster & Company; wood flooring from C&R Flooring,; art behind game table, Benjamin Moore Color Preview, by Lazaro Montano, and art behind sofa by Karen Clarke, through Becker Fine Arts; side tables by Ironies,, through Studio 534; area rug from,; ottomans by A. Rudin, arudin. com, through M-Geough,, with Donghia fabric,; draperies designed by Leslie Fine, fabricated by Miles River Sewing, with Innovations fabric by Kravet, Page 83: Outdoor furniture through Gregory Lombardi Design; entry side chairs by Dakota Jackson,, through Webster & Company, with fabric from Romo,; Boyd sconces through Donghia; ceiling fixture from Wired Custom Lighting, Page 84: Dining table from Breuton,; Dakota Jackson dining chairs through Webster & Company, with Romo fabric; chandelier through Donghia, with custom shades from Blanche Field,; porcelain tile from Stone Source,; vase by Toots Zynsky through Becker Fine Arts. Page 85: Dakota Jackson counter stools through Webster & Company, with Innovations fabric by Kravet; pendants from Wired Custom Lighting; cabinetry designed by Leslie Fine and fabricated by Herrick & White; Dakota Jackson office desk through Webster & Company; recliner from Bloomingdale’s,; Swaim side table through FDO Group,; cabinetry designed by Leslie Fine, fabricated by FBN Construction; ceiling light from Wired Custom Lighting; area rug from Landry & Arcari,; Gershwin on Holiday by Laurie Goddard through Becker Fine Arts. Pages 86–87: A. Rudin bed through Webster & Company; A. Rudin chaise through M-Geough, with fabrics by Robert Allen, robertallendesign. com, and Kravet; bedside tables from Cliff Young Ltd.,; carpet from K. Powers & Company,; bench from Bright Group,, with Kravet fabric; light fixtures from Wired Custom Lighting; Watersuede headboard tiles from Studioart,; draperies designed by Leslie Fine, fabricated by Miles River Sewing; Dakota Jackson console through Webster & Company; hall runner from K. Powers & Company; Eventide by Elizabeth Ahern through Becker Fine Arts; Glassos bathroom tile through Allstone,; Artistic Tile motherof-pearl tile through Discover Tile, discovertile. com; Plexicraft bench through the Martin Group,; tub faucet from Dornbracht,

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Mark Hutker, Angela R. Francis, James Moffatt, and Nate Morgan, Hutker Architects, Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 693-3344, Interior design team: Mark Hutker, James Moffatt, and Adrianne Dougherty, Hutker Architects Builder: Andrew A. Flake, Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 693-3340,

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Greenwich, Conn., (203) 532-8068; chair fabric by Calvin,; side table by Jean De Merry,; lamp from Hollyhock; rug from Scott Group; patio furniture from JANUS et Cie, Page 104: Wall covering by Cowtan & Tout,; table and chairs designed by James Radin; chair fabric by Cowtan & Tout; rug from Scott Group; lighting from Ochre Lighting, ochre. net; mirror from Baker, Page 105: Kitchen stools and chairs by Holly Hunt; light fixtures from Paul Ferrante. Page 106–107: Fabrics on sofa and nailheadtrim chair from Maharam,; drapery fabric from Cowtan & Tout; fabric on wood-framed chairs by Cowtan & Tout; ottoman fabric from Old World Weavers; side table from Mecox, mecox. com; pool table from Mars Made, mars-made. com; armchair by Holly Hunt; rug from Stark,; light fixtures from Urban Electric; ottoman fabric from Old World Weavers; sectional fabric from Rogers & Goffigon. FUTURE PERFECT PAGES 109–119 Architectural team:

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Ad Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue 60nobscot  149 A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  151 Adolfo Perez Architect  24 Architectural Kitchens  11 Audio Video Design  78 Authentic Designs  189 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  63 Bingham Lumber Company  166 Boston Architectural College  146 Boston Design Center  21 Bradford’s Rug Gallery  191 Bulthaup Corporation  17 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  inside back cover California Closets  66–67 Casa Design   9 Cebula Design  13 Chrisicos Interiors  18 Clarke Distributors  39 Classic Kitchens & Interiors  166 Coldwell Banker Previews International  168–169 Colin Smith Architecture, Inc.  57 Colony Rug Company  43 Concord Museum  177 The Converse Company Realtors  172 Cosentino North America  49 Custom Floors Design, Inc.  163 Cynthia Driscoll Interiors  64 Daher Interior Design  1 Dayton Home  76 db Landscaping  186 Decorating Den Interiors  188 Dover Rug  141 Dream Kitchens  159 Eastman Street Woodworks  41 Elizabeth Swartz Interiors  26 EMH Design, Inc.  77 Evolve Residential  28 FBN Construction Co., Inc.  back cover Ferguson  61 Fine Lines Construction  189 Finelines  19 Foley Fiore Architecture  174 Furniture  188 Greg Premru Photography Architectural & Interior  130 Gregorian Oriental Rugs  145 Gregory Lombardi Design  8 Griffin Interiors  152 Haley & Steele  153 Hampden Design and Construction  12 Haven  52 Herrick & White, Ltd.  152 Hudson  183 Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (Bulfinch Awards)  153 Island Realty  172 Italian Design  68–69 J Barrett & Company Real Estate  173 J. Todd Galleries  51 Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc.  27 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Made Sustainable Furnishings  174 Jennifer Palumbo, Inc.  132 JW Construction, Inc.  59 Kinlin Grover  172 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  35 LaBarge Custom Home Building  150 Landry & Arcari  70–71 LDa Architecture & Interiors  62 League of N.H. Craftsmen  190 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  2–3 Lighting by the Sea  186

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