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IN THIS ISSUE

November–December 2013 Volume 9, Issue 2

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FEATURED HOMES 94 Storybook Ending

102 Mountain Magic

A gentle revamping holds on to the best of the past while forging a fresh look and feel for a well-loved old house.

A Vermont vacation home has all the familiar ski-house design elements, from its stone facade to its fir-paneled interior walls. Still, this stylish family getaway is anything but predictable.

PHOTOGRAPHY: BRUCE BUCK TEXT: SUSAN KLEINMAN PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

PHOTOGRAPHY: JIM WESTPHALEN TEXT: ROBERT KIENER PRODUCED BY KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

112 The Art of Compromise

120 House Proud

He has one vision, she has another. Thanks to their designer’s fresh perspective, they both get the house of their dreams. PHOTOGRAPHY: ERIC ROTH WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

Two additions to an historic suburbanBoston home introduce a lighthearted, familyfriendly vibe but don’t diminish its inherent integrity a bit. PHOTOGRAPHY: RICHARD MANDELKORN TEXT: “DE” SCHOFIELD PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

OTHER FEATURES 67 New England Design Hall of Fame Meet the nine talented design professionals joining the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2013. ON THE COVER: The clients asked for “cool” and architect Marcus Gleysteen obliged, designing a Vermont getaway with classic bones and a totally contemporary attitude. Photograph by Jim Westphalen. To see more of this home, turn to page 102. NOVEMBER–DECEMBER 2013 NEW ENGLAND HOME 13

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Art, Design, History, Landscape 27 Elements: Playing to Type The latest word on designing with typography. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ

34 Design Destination: Bowerbird Peterborough, New Hampshire. 38 Artistry: In Her Nature Joan Backes’s art draws viewers in with its beauty, then holds them there with its subtle but compelling reflections about mankind’s relationship with the world around us. BY LISA E. HARRISON 48 Good Bones: Hip to be Square It’s sleek, spare, and unabashedly modern, but this cleverly conceived vacation home fits right in with its more traditional neighbors. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER / PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM WESTPHALEN

54 Outside Interest: Perfect Harmony An inventive landscape designer surrounds a house with a composition of color and texture that’s beautifully in tune with the fields, forests, and mountains of north central Vermont. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER / PHOTOGRAPHY

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60 5 Under 40 Awards Bask in the afterglow as we recap our celebration in honor of the young winners of our 2013 5 Under 40 awards.

People, Places, Events, Products 139 Perspectives: A Bit of Bling Beautifully embellished things for the home. EDITED BY PAULA M. BODAH

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171 Gallery New England furniture makers may have diverse visions but they share an undeniable mastery of their craft. 177 Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 182 Advertiser Index 184 Sketch Pad Lucia Lighting & Design creates a one-of-a-kind chandelier that brings magic to a dining room.

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PLAYING TO TYPE We’re not sure when our fascination with typography as a decorative device surfaced. Was it triggered by a renewed interest in good old-fashioned typewriters? (They’re all the rage these days among hipsters, and apparently Tom Hanks has a vast collection of them.) Were we yearning for the days of circle, circle, push, push Palmermethod penmanship? Or could it be the thank-you note we received a while back? All swoopy letters and lovely thoughts after a dinner party, handwritten in the blackest ink on the heaviest stationery. Maybe the reality of this infatuation is much simpler—a response to the fast and furious dissemination of information, a reaction to the 140-character world we increasingly find ourselves in. In any case, here are a few examples of all the write stuff. LETTER PERFECT ///

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This is not your grandmother’s needlepoint. Jonathan Adler’s handmade Love pillow takes classic Victorian style and gives it a contemporary, graphic twist. The pillow has a velvet back, hidden zipper, and feather insert. 16″ square. $165. Jonathan Adler, Boston, (617) 437-0018, jonathanadler.com; and Delicious Designs, Hingham, Mass., (781) 556-5269, deliciousdesignshome.com

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Artist Richard Baker, who divides his time between New York and Wellfleet, Massachusetts, paints “portraits” of some of his favorite paperback books and record album covers. His attraction to them varies from content to appearance, and usually includes both. Shown, The Life of Forms in Art, gouache on paper. 10½″W × 12″H. $1,775. Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, Mass., (508) 487-4424, universalfineobjects.com

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When Joseph Carini, creative director of Carini Lang, saw Australia-born, New York–based artist Timothy Paul Myers’s large-scale collages using early twentieth-century ephemera, he knew Myers’s sensibility would translate well to carpets. The results of their collaboration: rugs like this silk-and-wool work of art called Bloomfield. 6′ × 9′. $12,150. Steven King Carpets, Boston Design Center, (617) 426-3302, stevenkinginc.com

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Katherine Forrest was watching a PBS special on the bowerbird when she decided to name her shop after the species. The bird, which makes its home in Australia and New Guinea, is best known for the male’s ability to construct elaborately decorated follies (also known as bowers) using sticks, flowers, and brightly colored found objects in order to attract a mate. The bird is dedicated to his work, continually refining the structure. Forrest envisioned her shop in much the same way, a place where one is meant to be smitten. With the help of three friends—an expert on children’s books, a landscape architect, and a collector of midcentury furniture and accessories—Forrest, whose first love is antiques, has assembled a series of bowers carefully decorated with all manner of new and found objects. Striped cotton carpets are displayed on a wooden rack that would make a great fixture in an unfitted kitchen. A 1950s sofa is freshly upholstered in a riot of floral-patterned fabric. A bin of vintage silver begs to be taken home for Thanksgiving. And as if that weren’t enough, there are antique garden ornaments, painted ceramics, shapely vases, commodious bowls, wonderful books, and a great big map of the USA. Suffice it to say, Forrest’s bowerbird worked its magic on us. Wooed by a tiered stainless-steel cart, we brought it home. It’s going to make the perfect bar cart at our next cocktail party. 16 Depot Square, Peterborough, N.H., (603) 924-2550, bowerbirdandfriends.com. Open Monday– Saturday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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’m poring over a book of images that Joan Backes has compiled of her work from 2004 through 2012. There are a hundred or so beautiful photos that capture the creations of the internationally renowned, Providence, Rhode Island–based, installation artist

and painter. There are no captions, a tactic designed to allow the viewer’s mind to meander and process. The photos of Backes’s art, like the art itself, are compelling: the life-size houses that beckon one to enter, the colorful cardboard trees that cast playful shad-

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felled tree with a chainsaw. Backes is all focus, just as she is in the image to the left where, hunched over the tree trunk and armed with a mallet and chisel, she cuts notches into the logs. Below, two assistants, their backs to the camera, survey the frames of the three houses, lying flat on the ground, that Backes will soon stand upright and allow to spring to three-dimensional life. The series of photos documents the creation of Berliner Häuser, a 2011 installation fabricated from Douglas fir from— and set in—the Grünewald Forest in Berlin. It took five weeks to build the cluster of minimalist, open A-frame houses, a strippeddown version of Backes’s fanciful Brothers Grimm–inspired Forest House, a 2010 installation in Germany’s Odenwald Forest. Berliner Häuser, which, over the fifteen or so years of its life, will blend into and age with its forest surroundings, demands interaction. Walk through the door frames, look up at the treetops through the open roof, peer through the wall lines at the companion houses. They blend outside and inside and simultaneously compress and expand notions of space and place, art and environment. They subtly raise questions about nature, about our ability to live in it and our capacity to alter it. “My work has always been about nature,” says Backes. “Since I was a little girl this has been my focus; both parents emphasized

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nature, and I’m still inspired by it.” Growing up in Milwaukee, she remembers flying kites with her father, collecting clay from a nearby creek bed, and watching her mother hang bird feeders, tend the garden, and plant trees. Backes also credits her family for her interest in the iconic house form. “It may be subconsciously related to the fact that my paternal grandfather was an architect,” she says. But while an architect is focused on structure and function, Backes explores not only the notion of home, but also the intersection of nature, culture, and art. Since 2007, she has built some eighteen structures bestowed with literal monikers such as Cardboard House, Paper House, and Bamboo House. As their names suggest, their makeup varies, but they all provoke thought and stir the imagination. Examination of the natural world is also the cornerstone of Backes’s paintings. Her Bark series, acrylic on archival panels, pays homage to the mighty tree by zeroing in on and exploring one section of bark. The realistic colors and textures and the almost three-dimensional preciseness of the paintings pull the viewer in. And therein lies a special treat: “They’re abstract when you get up close, but representative from afar,” the artist explains. Backes’s work with trees is not limited to paintings. She has also crafted a series of graphic tree sculptures, including Multi-Species Tree, which is

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part of the permanent collection at the Racine Art Museum, in Wisconsin. It stands twelve feet high, measures ten feet around, and is made of recycled wood, once again creating a dialogue about our ever-evolving relationship with the natural world. The colorful leaves on Multi-Species Tree are acrylic and attached with wire, but Backes has spent a good deal of time working with the real thing, too. Her “carpets of leaves” comprise foliage she has collected in her Where does Backes’s travels, pressed, laminated, interest in the iconic and arranged flat on the ground (one shown at house form come New York City’s Chelsea from? “It may be subArt Museum ran nineteen consciously related to feet). “It’s becoming a the fact that my paterworld carpet,” she says of nal grandfather was an the leaves, which she stores architect.” and uses time and again. Backes’s latest subject, pavement, deviates slightly—though not really, assures the artist. “It’s important to keep some semblance of the same subject matter,” she says. Backes explores the reality of the concrete jungle and the paving over of our natural resources in an ongoing series that documents urban areas, including Boston, Seattle, and New York City. Like the Bark series, these paintings zoom in to the pavement itself—and, simultaneously, the ecological implications the series implies. Backes’s work is understated, yet powerful. “To me, it’s about beauty first,” she says. “I’m hoping that people come toward a piece and find something that they enjoy and like. And then maybe they’ll start thinking about the environment, about why I’m creating that work.” • Editor’s Note: Joan Backes is represented in New England by the Deedee Shattuck

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to rest any concerns the neighbors might have had. The building’s simple, unassuming demeanor turned out to be a perfect fit, so well suited to its environment that no one will be surprised if it sparks more contemporary architecture in the area. The challenges—what the architect, Brian J. Mac of Richmond, Vermont’s Birdseye Design, calls “a narrow, spaghetti-like lot,” a steep grade change from the top of the property to the shore, and the usual heap of tricky restrictions that come with waterside construction—today seem as remote as the moon. Given the way Mac, project manager Joe Fisher,

and landscape architect H. Keith Wagner, principal of Burlington, Vermont–based Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, have so skillfully married house and setting, why dwell on the past? Whether one views the place from a canoe out on the lake or from the graveled driveway that leads visitors in at the site’s crest, it’s a stellar design. (The Vermont chapter of the American Institute of CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Minimalist materials

soften the home’s impact on the site. A spiral staircase leads from the garage to the studio. A concrete plinth serves as a grand terrace for the walk-out lower level.

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Architects agrees, having bestowed on the house a recent Merit Award.) A detached, 400-squarefoot garage, which also houses the husband’s studio, perches at the top of the hill. Concrete slab steps float downward to the 2,000-square-foot main house, which is beautifully cantilevered over a concrete terrace. The front entry, master suite, guest bedroom, and a screened porch sit on the top level; the open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area is situated below. The black metal and concrete used for both buildings enhances their connection to each other and their interaction with the woodsy setting. Rather than stack the volumes, Mac ingeniously extended the top floor of each structure to one side,

The interior glows. White walls shoot in all directions, including into the kitchen where a stainless-steel counter big enough to seat a slew of hungry guests resides.

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enhancing visual interest. Large windows—in some cases whole walls of glass— allow for spectacular lake views from both house and studio. Wagner and his crew limbed up the existing trees running along the water’s edge—a skillful maneuver that makes for better vistas and creates a naturally dramatic frame for the home. The project’s phenomenal outcome, explains the architect, is really a tribute to the owners’ determination to build something they would love. “They stayed motivated and didn’t allow anything to sidetrack their original intentions,” Mac says with admiration. No excess, no superfluous details of any kind anywhere. Each space is pure and functional, as if to underscore the belief that living well really does—we hear Thoreau applauding— translate into getting back to the basics.

The cantilevered design of the steel bed repeats the theme of the home’s architecture. FACING PAGE, TOP: The kitchen’s glossy surfaces reflect light. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A curvaceous, hand-crafted dining table offsets the straight lines of the architecture.

The interior glows. White walls shoot light in all directions, including into the kitchen where a stainless-steel counter big enough to seat a slew of hungry guests resides. The kitchen cabinets are made of durable Parapan, a solid, high-gloss acyclic material meant to stand the test of time. A handcrafted wood table and benches nearby provide a welcoming island as well. Their curvaceous forms offset the straightforwardness of the architecture, while their

dark color—a noteworthy contrast to the pale palette of the rest of the kitchen— interjects fireside-like warmth. Mac and the owners collaborated on the well-edited furnishings. Eames chairs and a linear steel coffee table keep the comfortable but tailored sofa company. This same sparseness pervades the Zen-like master bath and bedroom. In the latter, a Parapan wall serves as a backdrop for the couple’s very cool bed, with its sculptural steel headboard. “The owners and I designed this bed together,” Mac says. “Since Birdseye is a design/build company, we’re easily able to bounce ideas around and share drawings with clients.” Bocci pendants cast a halo of light for reading. And large windows—in the airy bath and bedroom—yield still more views of the glorious New England surroundings. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 177.

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whose firm is headquartered in Burlington, is quite familiar with the challenge. Her glorious projects bloom all over the state, which made her the ideal choice

to create Maureen and Ed Labenski’s garden. The couple’s stunning home (designed by North Carolina architect Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House series of books) is perched in the middle of a west-facing field in the town of Elmore. The landscape and the house, with its covered terraces that frame the views, demanded a connection, but not flower-filled beds and borders. The Prairie-style architecture seemed more in

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harmony with a Japanese aesthetic. Calm and restful, Japanese gardens incorporate any number of natural elements, always in an orderly manner. “One of our goals was to achieve a blurring of the line between outside and inside that’s typical of Japanese houses,” Maureen explains. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Overhanging roofs create porch-like spaces that help unite the architecture and manmade landscape with the meadow beyond. A tucked-away spot for tea is warmed by the sun and the blazing fall foliage. Bonsai trees from the owners’ collection enhance the Japaneseinfluenced ambience.

Knauf, who says she worked closely with Susanka, made certain their goal was achieved, from the water basin by the front door (a hollowed-out fieldstone found on site) to the stepping-stones that form the transition from porch to gardens. In addition, Knauf’s deft mix of a variety of stone and plant materials enhances the architecture at every turn while providing year-round interest, another of the owners’ priorities. “Winters are long,”

Knauf says with a laugh. To that end, she limited the number of ornamentals and looked to native plants that are found in Japanese gardens but also speak to the flora of north central Vermont. Many existing paper birches and red

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maples were incorporated into the overall design as part of the backdrop, while new, eye-catching specimens were moved closer to the house. Among the latter, a Korean purple-leaf maple, Amur maples, native viburnum, native winterberry, dwarf hemlocks, and Russian cypress. The colors and textures of these plants reflect similar textures found in the surrounding landscape, Knauf points out. Both deciduous and evergreen, the plants also provide interesting fall foliage and look magical in snow. A good number supply food for the birds. Varieties of native trees, such as white pine, that would eventually have loomed too large and blocked the magnificent mountain vistas were bypassed for dwarf cultivars that grow only about a yard high. A cultivar of weeping larch, for example, makes a graceful statement at a terrace’s edge just beyond the screened porch. A host of perennial and woodystemmed plants turns the ground plane into what Knauf describes as “a tapestry

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Knauf ’s deft mix of a variety of stone and plant materials enhances the architecture at every turn. of patterns, textures, and colors.” Hardy troupers like bearberry, lowbush blueberry, ginger, creeping thyme, and vibrant sedum Rosy Glow weave their way in and out as natural as you please, further smudging the demarcation between manmade landscape and Mother Nature. The owners claim their favorite garden locale depends on the season. In spring comes the blossoming of the mountain ash and fragrant shadblow trees outside their bedroom. Rhododendrons, azaleas, and sheep laurel follow. In midsummer, the star is the butterfly-rich perennial garden best observed from the screened porch. And when temperatures dip and sweaters are donned, the garden on the south side of the house lights up. “The profusion of color combined with crisp autumn air and warm afternoon sun makes it a perfect place to linger over a cup of tea,” Maureen says. The view from here, in accordance with Knauf’s thoughtful composition, rolls across the pond and off to the mountains. It’s all just as romantic as, well, “Moonlight in Vermont.” • RESOURCES For more information about this landscape, see page 177.

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Starting the fall season in style! On the evening of September 12, New England Home joined colleagues and friends for an unforgettable celebration of the most promising regional talent in residential architecture and design at the fourth annual 5 Under 40 Awards party. The guests of honor for the night included furniture designers Sara Ossana and Jonathan Glatt of O&G Studios, landscape architect Matthew Cunningham, and interior designers Phoebe Lovejoy Russell, Rina Okawa, and Tiffany Eastman. Stunning arrangements by Winston Flowers set the stage as guests sipped signature cocktails by Triple Eight Distillery, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Davio’s Restaurant and marveled at custom rugs designed by the winners in conjunction with Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting. The highlight of the night was a live auction of the rugs, during which guests showed not only their great support for the honorees, but also their generosity: proceeds from the auction benefited Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts–based charity that supports literacy and education for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Seven years ago, the New England Design Hall of Fame was created to honor the work and careers of industry leaders who have made the most significant impact on residential design in New England. Since then, forty-six inductees have been named in the areas of interior design, architecture, landscape design, and specialty design, and in 2013, nine more worthy figures are being added to the ranks. Each year, as New England Home receives dozens of nominations from the region’s top professionals, the toughest part of the process always proves to be whittling down the list of entries to a final group of inductees. Tasked with making that difficult decision this year was a group of industry leaders from across the local design community. The 2013 selection committee included Ted Landsmark, president of the Boston Architectural College; John Fondas, interior designer, marketing director for Quadrille Fabrics, and design consultant for the Boston Design Center; Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home, and three previous NEDHOF inductees: interior designer Heather Wells, landscape architect Richard Johnson, and architect James Estes. The judging process took place over many long hours at the New England Home offices, where the selection committee pored over the work of the talented individuals nominated by their industry peers. The judges considered a number of criteria when making their decisions, including the number of years spent in the design trade, mentorship of younger professionals, community involvement, other industry recognition and awards and—last but certainly not least— quality of work. This year’s inductees will be celebrated at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, November 7, at the State Room in Boston. In addition, a tree representing each of the winners will be planted in the Hall of Fame’s “Living Legacy”—a grove of birch trees on the Boston Design Center’s front plaza. Congratulations to this year’s New England Design Hall of Fame inductees!

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If you stood in the middle of Edgartown Village on Martha’s Vineyard and threw a rock in any direction, it would be nearly impossible not to hit a house designed by Patrick Ahearn. The village is practically a manifestation of the architect’s creative vision: over the last twenty-three years, his firm, Patrick Ahearn Architect, has designed 109 homes there in just a twelve-block span. Ahearn became the Vineyard’s go-to architect fairly suddenly, as the result of a spur-of-the-moment decision. “I had a vacation house on the island, but I didn’t do any work there,” he recalls. “One year, I took out a small ad in the local Vineyard Gazette, and I got twenty-six projects that first summer. So I realized there was some real opportunity there.” He opened a second office in Edgartown (home base is located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood)

and has been busily beautifying the island ever since. It’s not surprising that the people of Martha’s Vineyard— or his wider client base around New England—are so taken with Ahearn’s designs. The basis of his work is something New Englanders hold very dear: history. “A lot of my work is a variation on the theme of historic architecture, updated for modern lifestyles,” he says. Of course, that’s not to say Ahearn’s aesthetic sphere of influence is limited to the Northeast. His in-demand style has won him projects as far away as Dubai and the southern coast of England, as well as across the United States. It’s also garnered him a lot of recognition, especially recently. In addition to being inducted to the NEDHOF, his firm recently won a Bulfinch Award, and Ahearn was named the 2013 Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Syracuse University—where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. It’s an impressive showing of praise, all well deserved.

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squabble with a client, word would spread through all of Berkshire County,” Burr points out. To an objective party, however, this explanation of achievement leaves out one important component: skill. Both Burr and McCallum received their masters’ degrees in architecture from Yale University, the partners are longtime professors at Williams College, and their distinctive work has been lauded as “Frank Gehry meets the Shakers,” by a former dean of the Yale University School of Architecture. The latter description—the ability to interpret recognizable New England colloquialisms while also making buildings that are contemporary and original—is exactly what they strive for. “We embrace the New England vernacular, which is what our clients usually want,” McCallum explains. “But over the years we have borrowed extensively from nonresidential forms such as barns and old mills. Translating these into residential spaces has created the style that typifies much of our work. I just hope we can continue to do that kind of relevant work for years to come.”

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years. From there, Catalfano jumped straight into life as a business owner, opening his eponymous firm in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood in 1989. An immediate stream of high-profile clients combined with a rigorous attention to process—“I’m very organized and I made sure I got the administrative stuff right from the beginning,” he emphasizes—helped solidify his firm as one of Boston’s best. Catalfano’s clients—who include Boston car mogul Ernie Boch, Jr. and his storied 16,000-squarefoot manse in Norwood, Massachusetts—are incredibly loyal, and he’s been known to work with up to three generations of the same family. “There are instances when I’ve started out working with the parents, and then was hired by the kids, and then the grandkids,” he says. The bond between designer and client goes both ways. “Some of my favorite projects were ones I worked on with the families that are regular clients. They become special people in my life.” Though his work as a designer remains at the core of his business, this year marked the realization of a career-long dream for Catalfano: branching out into retail. He opened his first store, Anthony Catalfano Home, in Wells, Maine, over the summer. The response has been so positive that Catalfano has already set his sights on opening additional locations. “I’d like to add two more stores,” he says. “We’ll see if I can clone myself.” SAM GRAY

It often seems like the best interior designers are just born with something the rest of us aren’t. They’ve got a natural eye for beauty that can’t be taught. Anthony Catalfano, owner of Boston-based Anthony Catalfano Interiors, is one of these people. “I’ve always been very artistic, and I knew early on that I wanted to be in interior design,” Catalfano says. His unwavering career conviction may explain why the designer bypassed formal training in favor of real-world experience. The self-taught Catalfano, who describes his style as “classic,” got his start working in the interior design department of a furniture store and later moved on to a design firm outside of New York City, where he honed his craft for a few

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on Mount Desert Island,” Lombardi says. “He did residential projects for clients whom I would consider patrons, who thought of their gardens as works of art. I realized that people would pay you to do these beautiful things for their homes, and I saw a way to incorporate my studies in art history.” After graduation, Lombardi set out on his own almost immediately. “That idea of making gardens that were like an artistic narrative really excited me, so after working for someone for four and a half years, I had enough confidence to start my own practice, and that was twenty-one years ago,” he says. His decisive risk-taking—and the nuanced, elevated landscapes that have since become his signature—have served him well. Gregory Lombardi Design now employs a staff of fifteen landscape architects and five support staff. Together, they work on anywhere from thirty to fifty active projects at a time. “I think it’s totally crazy,” Lombardi says of his success. “I walk around the office at the end of the day when everyone has gone home. I’ve been in that space for eleven years, and we’ve now filled the whole area. It’s humbling. It’s like the Sally Field thing ...‘Wow, you like me, you really, really like me.’ ” We sure do. ERIC ROTH

Despite a lifelong interest in art, nature, and design, Greg Lombardi’s career as a landscape architect wasn’t always written on the wall. Until it was. “I was an art history major in college, and I spent part of my junior year studying Baroque architecture in Italy,” he recalls. “When I got back, I was sitting in my adviser’s office, and there was a poster behind his desk for a summer career discovery program in landscape architecture at Harvard University. I said ‘What’s landscape architecture?’ And my adviser encouraged me to try it because it brought together a lot of disciplines I was interested in. And that was it. Pandora’s box was opened.” Lombardi completed the summer-long course, finished out his undergraduate degree, and returned to Harvard to get his master’s at the Graduate School of Design. “That first summer, I worked with a landscape architect

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Moser calls his success “unplanned.” “I never set out to create a business. I set out to recapture some of the values we lost 100 years earlier,” he says. “My furniture is inspired greatly by the Shakers and arts and crafts movement, in which handcrafted pieces were an attempt to turn away the machine age.” He sees each piece as a work of art, something that has shaped every aspect of his business from the way materials are sourced to the location of his stores. “We have not positioned our work as furniture. We have positioned it as art and craft. If you notice where the showrooms are, we haven’t put them where you would typically find home furnishings; it’s more about where you would find fine art, jewelry, a symphony hall, high-end shops. We are the only people selling furniture in the area. We are actually next to Hermès in three cities by complete coincidence.” Of all of his achievements, though, the one Moser is most proud of doesn’t involve his showrooms or his furniture. “We’ve managed to make a lot of jobs for a lot of people. Because of our efforts, there are a lot of people paying mortgages, sending children to college, and living comfortable lives. That is the most rewarding part.” COURTE SY OF THO S. MOS ER CA BINETMAKE RS (3)

Thomas Moser was working as an English professor at Bates College in Maine when, during a leave of absence, he decided to pick up woodworking. “I bought an old Grange Hall, turned it into a woodworking shop, and started making things out of wood,” he recalls. “When my first advertisement appeared in Down East magazine the college knew I wouldn’t be coming back.” Some forty years later, Moser’s woodworking hobby has turned into a small furniture empire. His company, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, has six showrooms across the country, more than 500 employees, and has been commissioned to make pieces for presidents including Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

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If you start a design business and your first client is Tommy Hilfiger, that’s usually a pretty good indication of your future success, to say nothing of your taste level. For Cindy Rinfret, scoring the American fashion icon as an early fan was a sign of both. Nineteen projects later, Rinfret counts Hilfiger as one of her most reliable clients. The rest of Rinfret’s career is just as remarkable as the story of her start. To date, she’s written two well-received books, Inspired Family Homes and Classic Greenwich Style, she owns a popular Greenwich, Connecticut, boutique, and

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Landscape architects H. Keith Wagner and Jeff Hodgson had each established successful careers in their own right before they teamed up in 2003. “Jeff and I met through a mutual friend who also happens to be a landscape architect,” Wagner explains. “Jeff [who is originally from the Midwest] was looking to move east, and I hired him. We quickly became great friends and we share an aesthetic—so it was logical that I asked him to become a partner in the firm.” Since then their firm, Wagner Hodgson, has become a force in the landscape design business. Their work has been featured in magazines like Details, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and, of course, New England Home; and they’ve garnered recognition from

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Paula Casey’s Victorian-inspired house in Concord, Massachusetts, was built in the mid-1800s. The iron gate is said to have served as a resting place for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s cigar when he paused during a walk.

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Paula Casey was looking to downsize from her large home in Concord, Massachusetts, a few years ago, her friend Janice Battle, who happens to be her interior designer, too, found her a smaller house right out of a storybook—or a history text. Snug and cozy, with a gothic roof and diamond-paned windows, the Victorian-inspired structure Casey now calls home was built in the mid-1800s on the site of Concord’s first meetinghouse, abutting the Old Hill Burying Ground. President Ulysses S. Grant visited the neighborhood on the centennial of the Battle of Concord. Louisa May Alcott and Nathan-

iel Hawthorne were close neighbors of the original owners. And Ralph Waldo Emerson is said once to have rested his cigar in the wrought-iron garden gate while he chatted with a lady, so as not to offend her delicate nose—or sensibilities. With all that history on and around the property, Casey says, strangers ring her doorbell all the time to ask questions about the place. That’s just part of what appeals to her about the house. “You just don’t see houses like this anymore,” says Battle, who heard that the 2,000-square-foot house was going up for sale before it was officially on the market and encouraged Casey to grab it. “You mention this place to anyone in town, and people always say, ‘I know

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that house! I love that house!’ ” Casey loved it, too. It’s in the perfect location, convenient to the exercise studio she co-owns one town over, in Acton, and close to the friendly, bustling center of Concord. “You can walk everywhere from here,” she says, “and there’s always a lot going on. Sometimes there’s music at the Main Street Cafe, and I can just open the windows and hear it. I can look outside at the gorgeous churches and steeples lit up at night,” she says, “and in the winter, I can sit in my bedroom and watch the snow fall on them.” The house was in perfect condition, too, thanks to the last owners’ painstaking renovations, including a complete kitchen overhaul

Designer Janice Battle used the same drapery fabric, in pale cream tones to brighten the space, for all the first-floor diamond-paned windows. The view from the property takes in the Old Hill Burying Ground and the Unitarian and Trinitarian Congregational churches in Concord’s historical center. An antique glass cabinet houses Casey’s collection of creamware and ironstone, purchased over the years on annual trips to the Brimfield Antiques Markets.

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executed by Kochman Reidt + Haigh, of Stoughton, Massachusetts. “This was the first time I was ever able to move into a house without fixing anything,” Casey says. Her only disappointment? That she would have to leave behind the gorgeous Farrow & Ball wallpaper she had in her old home, a slate-on-blue

pattern halfway between a floral and a paisley— charming but not cutesy, traditional but not stuffy-looking. “Paula said, ‘I’m so bummed out that I have to leave that paper behind,’” recalls Battle, who had decorated Casey’s former home twelve years ago, just as she was starting her design firm, Beyond the Garden. “But I said, ‘Why

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do you have to? We can get more and put it up in the new house.’ When I told her that, she was really over the moon. So we got more of the paper, put it in the dining alcove, and then painted the archway around the dining area a similar blue.” That hue dictated much of the color scheme for the home’s first floor, where the dining area flows

seamlessly into the living room. It can be difficult to decorate a long, open space so that it feels like a home and not a hotel lobby, but Battle was more than up to the challenge. “We used several different rugs rather than one long ballroomstyle carpet in order to break up the space,” she says, “and we created a couple of distinct furni-

Casey loved the Farrow & Ball wallpaper in her previous home so much she used it in this home, too. The coordinating blue of the archway creates visual flow between the living and dining areas.

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ABOVE, LEFT: Battle and Casey agreed on keeping the bedroom wallpaper installed by the previous owners. ABOVE, RIGHT: A full kitchen renovation by the former owners included the addition of a woodburning pizza oven. FACING PAGE: Existing gold leaf on the library-nook molding was also retained in the redecoration.

ture areas, rather than one mass grouping.” To tie the whole space together visually, Battle used one cream-and-sand drapery fabric throughout the ground floor. “When I moved in, there were heavy curtains,” says Casey. “I wanted to lighten it up” An antique gilt-and-glass case in the living room adds more brightness. So does gold-leaf crown molding in a library niche that connects the kitchen and family room, and gilded trim in the master bedroom—all done by the previous owners and retained in the redecoration because Casey and Battle agreed that the effect was beautiful. Asked how she knows how much gold is enough but not too much, Battle says, “It’s a mix of instinct and practice.” That same combination of intuition and experience told her to keep the existing green wallpaper (a discontinued Clarence House pattern) in the master bedroom, as well as the armoires that had been built in to supplement the scant closet space so common to historic houses. But while some elements of the previous design carry over, this home looks and feels entirely personal to Casey. She brought some of her

favorite pieces, including the dining-room chairs, from her last house. And when the matching table was too big for her new home, she swapped with her sister, who was happy to give Casey a smaller table. Other too-large furniture was passed on to Casey’s grown children, and replaced with petite antiques in various wood finishes, and new, perfectly scaled club chairs in a shade of blue that picks up on the color of the wallpaper. When the decorating was done, the home was cozy and chic, just as Casey knew it would be. “The nice part of working with Janice,” she says, “is that I know what I want and she creates it. I do like somewhat of an old, traditional approach with a contemporary flair, and she can do that.” Delighted as she is with the interior of her new home, Casey is at least as happy with what goes on outside her walls. “One day last spring,” she recalls, “I was sitting on the porch, and there was a wedding going on in the church out front and a tour of the cemetery behind me, and people bicycling on the street. And I thought, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I live here.’” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 177.

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Classic elements, such as the stone facade and gabled roofs, were architect Marcus Gleysteen’s starting point for the contemporary mountain getaway. RIGHT: A gently bowed bridge leads the way to the front door.

Text by Robert Kiener + Photography by Jim Westphalen + Architecture: Marcus Gleysteen, Marcus Gleysteen Architects + Landscape design: H. Keith Wagner, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture + Builder: Steve Sisler, Sisler Builders + Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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ain nt ou M A Vermont vacation home has all the familiar ski-house design elements, from its stone facade to its fir-paneled interior walls. Still, this stylish family getaway is anything but predictable.

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LEFT: A pile of granite at a local quarry provided just the right stones for the massive, soaring, four-sided fireplace. RIGHT: Windows rise to the Douglas fir–paneled cathedral ceilings to ensure stellar views. BOTTOM, LEFT: The homeowners kept the furniture, like the dining table designed by Gleysteen and crafted by Sisler ­Builders, simple. BOTTOM, RIGHT: Gleysteen devised a novel metal-strapped timberframe system.

“Mountain Modern.” That’s how Marcus Gleysteen’s clients described the vacation home they wanted him to design for their thirty-nine-acre lot in Stowe, Vermont. “And they had another request,” recalls the Boston-based architect. “This was their dream home and they wanted it to look ‘cool.’”

Gleysteen understands cool. Because this was a second home, he had the freedom to, as he explains, “push the design envelope.” He had worked with the couple on their more-traditional primary residence, in Brookline, Massachusetts, and knew they were open to new ideas. Over a series of meetings, he

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TOP ROW: The “coolness” the homeowners requested shows up in unique details. BELOW: Gleysteen designed the house to look like “a kind of mini-village,” rather than one imposing structure. The master suite links to the main living area via a covered bridge.

and his clients went back and forth, or “pushed and pulled,” as he says, as they honed the design. “It was a real collaboration,” says the husband, a Boston-based financial executive. “We often looked at a design and said to Marcus, “‘That’s good, but can you make it cooler?’” The result, a four‑bedroom, two-level contemporary mountain house, is certainly cool. It’s also innovative, elegant, and evocative of what Gleysteen refers to as the “Vermont vernacular.” “We didn’t want to design just another ski house, a chalet, or something that looked like a suburban house with a bunch of massive logs around the front door,” the architect says. “And we especially didn’t want the house to look like it was on steroids.”

Taking his inspiration from abandoned buildings he has seen throughout New England, Gleysteen designed the house to resemble what he calls “a collection of buildings that grew up together naturally; a kind of mini-village.” He incorporated familiar design elements such as a stone facade, gently bowed entry bridge, asymmetrical gables, and shed roofs—all details found in New England architecture. To tie all these elements together “like connective tissue,” he designed the novel, metal-strapped timber-frame system. To further reduce the mass of the 8,000-plussquare-foot home, he and the owners decided to separate the master bedroom and bath from the firstfloor main living area’s great room and kitchen. It is

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connected via that quintessential element of the Vermont vernacular, a covered bridge, that mimics the home’s main entryway. The lower level contains three additional bedrooms and baths for the owners’ three children, a TV/recreation room, and a utility room. Gleysteen and his clients turned to Burlington, Vermont–based landscape architect H. Keith Wagner to help site and landscape the home. “We excavated some of the hillside so the house could sit more comfortably into the sloping lot,” says Wagner. “And we added a dry ravine that ‘flows’ in front of the home and curves under the covered bridge to the bedroom. Both are very organic ways to help break up the mass of the house.” Wagner filled the ravine with an assortment of

Gleysteen designed bold, black metal strapping—straps, saddle knife plates, and through bolts—that joins the timbers together. “The black strapping is like jewelry,” explains Gleysteen. native sedges, red twig dogwood, river birch, and other plants one might find near a mountain stream. The excavation also allowed Gleysteen to flood the ground-floor level with light via floor-to-ceiling windows. “That was critical,” he says. “We didn’t want the lower level to have the feel of a walk-out basement.” Filling the home with natural light and exploiting november–december 2013  New England Home 107

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CLOCKWISE FROM FACING PAGE: The ultra-modern

kitchen has concrete counters and stainless-steelfaced drawers. A corner bench makes a cozy fireside spot. Built-in storage, like this unit in the kitchen, helps the house keep its contemporary sleekness. Carefully mitered walls meet precisely, eliminating the need for trim and yielding a cleaner look.

the spectacular Vermont mountain views were also important to the owners. “We’d seen too many mountain homes that didn’t take advantage of remarkable views,” the husband explains. The home invites the outside in via a series of massive, floor-to-ceiling windows. There are dramatic views of Stowe’s ski mountain and, in the distance, the Trapp Family Lodge. While the home’s exterior is a blend of modern and traditional, the interior feels much more contemporary. Stowe builder Steve Sisler points out the soaring, Douglas fir–paneled cathedral ceilings, the oversize windows, and ultramodern elements such as gray concrete kitchen countertops and stainless steel–clad drawers and appliances. “Marcus and the owners wanted a clean, sleek look inside,” Sisler explains. “I think they got exactly that.” The radiantheated floors are American walnut, and most of the interior paneling is clear vertical–grain Douglas fir. Even what Sisler terms the home’s “modified timber frame” got a modern touch. Inspired by the owners’ desire for something different, Gleysteen designed bold, black metal strapping—straps, saddle knife plates, and through bolts—that joins the timbers together. “The black strapping is like jewelry,” explains Gleysteen, who studied sculpture at Cooper Union before turning to architecture. “It creates a much finer sculptural sense of scale.” It also is practical; it helps to conceal the seasonal expansion and contraction of the massive timbers. Sisler is known for his attention to detail, and it shows in this home. Running his hand over perpendicular paneled wall surfaces, he smiles and asks, november–december 2013  New England Home 109

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The homeowners awaken— in their Gleysteen-designed platform bed—to a natural panorama. Below: In the master bath, a model of sleek efficiency, a relaxing soak comes with a 270-degree view. FACING PAGE: A roaring fire and a cozy throw or two turn a covered terrace into a perfect spot for après-ski relaxation.

“Did you notice there’s no trim? We carefully mitered the two walls to meet exactly, without the need for trim. It’s cleaner.” Many surfaces are flush, and built-ins abound. Sisler and Gleysteen covered up many structural elements with paneling to make them look like faux timbers, a device the architect has dubbed “trimber.” Because the owners loved the home’s strong interior architectural elements, they have kept furniture and furnishings to a minimum. “We didn’t want to obscure the details,” says the husband. They enlisted Gleysteen to design their platform bed, coffee table, dining table, and storage system, all of which were built by Sisler’s craftspeople. There’s no better example of the detail and collaboration that went into this home than the massive, four-sided granite fireplace that dominates the interior. Sisler, Gleysteen, and mason Matt Parisi combed through slag piles of abandoned granite at a local quarry in search of just the right shapes for the fireplace’s mantel, lintel, and hearthstone. “I wanted the fireplace to look more like the Matterhorn, full of nooks, crags, and crannies that reflected light, than like a giant hunk of stone,” explains Gleysteen. Based on his clients’ reaction, he and his team succeeded. “For a fireplace,” say the owners, “it’s very cool. Just like the rest of the house.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 177. 110  New England Home  november–december 2013

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Designer Jan Hiltz kept the basket-weave tile in the dining room (left), but added the black patent-leather walls in the entry way (right) and bold accessories throughout the home. FACING PAGE: The shimmer of silk and velvet adds a posh factor to the living room’s serene sitting area.

The Art of Compromise He has one vision, she has another. Thanks to their designer’s fresh perspective, they both get the House of their dreams. Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel // Photography by Eric Roth // Interior design: Jan Hiltz, Jan Hiltz Interiors

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e’ve all seen living rooms that show few signs of actually being lived in. These beautiful spaces feature furnishings that remain pristine over the years as other parts of the house get gently worn by use. If you’re visiting someone’s home for the first time, you might be shown the living room, but then you’ll usually be led right to the kitchen, where we all seem to end up no matter what the occasion. The Rosens—particularly Steven—were determined not to have one of those little-used living rooms. He wanted a space he and his wife, Lauren, and their three young children would use for more than special occasions. And, says Lauren, “We needed something besides another place to sit.” She wasn’t immediately ready, however, to rally around her husband’s remedy: he wanted a pool table in the living room. While she appreciated the originality of this idea, she says, “I thought, ‘I don’t want some ugly pool table there.’” So began the search for a design solution.

The couple, who had recently moved from Connecticut to Weston, Massachusetts, turned back to their home state for advice. A girlfriend of Lauren’s suggested that Westport, Connecticut–based designer Jan Hiltz might be able to help them solve their living-room dilemma. “People don’t want to spend a lot of money on a room they’re never going to use,” says Hiltz. “Here we had a husband who wanted to make the living room a pool room and a wife who wanted to make it a beautiful living room. Of course we could make it work.” With the fireplace acting as a dividing line, Hiltz devoted one side of the room to a pool table she custom designed and covered in a soft beige fabric. The room’s other side was transformed into a sophisticated space where Lauren and her girlfriends can relax while Steven and his friends enjoy their pool and a football game plays out on the flat screen TV. The designer papered the walls in a textured grasscloth, then took vertically striped silk drapes and had them sewn and hung horizontally. “They’re dressy,” she notes, “but they’re wide-striped and done on the horizontal to take the formal look out.” As for the sofa, Hiltz chose a piece with contemporary lines, but covered it in luxurious velvet. Now, she says, “each end of the room makes them happy.” Seeing the result, the Rosens decided the rest of the house deserved the same treatment. “I had a couple of cool pieces, but the house was very unfinished,” says Lauren. The house lacked any real architectural signifi-

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Grasscloth with a metallic thread picks up the shine of the dining room’s mercury-glass Regina Andrew lamps. FACING PAGE, LEFT:

“Lauren doesn’t like things fancy, just with an edge,” says interior designer Jan Hiltz (left), of her client Lauren Rosen. Facing page, right: Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis lines the powder room’s walls.

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thought Jan might make me get rid of it all,” says Lauren, “but she just kept saying, “We’ll make it work.’”

cance, so Hiltz, emboldened by Lauren, set out to build in some decorative flair. Starting with the entryway, a low-ceilinged box of a space, Hiltz papered the walls above the wainscoting in Philip Jeffries black patent leather. “Lauren likes style with an edge,” explains Hiltz. “I’ve always loved the lacquered look,” says Lauren. “The entry is such a small, awkward space, so I thought, let’s do something different.”

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To keep the leather sectional from dominating the room, Hiltz papered the family room walls in Cowtan & Tout metallic paper, added a modern chair in an eye-popping yellow, and was generous with the toss pillows.

The Rosens had installed an oval Julian Chichester dining table and white faux-crocodile chairs in the dining room, which sits just off the foyer. Lauren had also recently bought a Venetian mirror. “I thought Jan might make me get rid of it all,” she says, “but she just kept saying, ‘We’ll make it work.’” Hiltz covered the walls in grasscloth with a silver accent thread that picks up the glints of silver in the mercury-glass lamps on the sideboard and in the Venetian mirror.

She commissioned a number of pieces of art for the house, including Party Boys, by Connecticut artist Kerri Rosenthal, which hangs over the sideboard. “We’ll make it work” is a constant refrain for Hiltz, who doesn’t believe in spending the money to redo things just for the sake of change. The heavy basketweave tile on the dining room fireplace and the kitchen and master bath all went untouched. Other spaces, such as the master bedroom, breakfast area, November–December 2013  New England Home 117

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he wallpaper makes the space more inviting. It plays nicely off the beautiful gray glass-tile backsplash in the kitchen.”

and, of course, the living room that started the whole project, went from ho-hum to something memorable. The kitchen opens to a long breakfast room whose only window is at the far end. Hiltz repositioned the light fixture, centering it in the space, and covered the long wall in graphic black-and-white wallpaper. A nubby rug grounds the room. Hiltz continued the wallpaper around a corner to cover the wall just opposite the door to the garage, then added a mirrored dresser to create an elegant spot to drop the mail and keys. “The wallpaper makes the space more inviting,” explains Hiltz. “It plays nicely off the beautiful gray glass-tile backsplash in the kitchen. The result is edgy and traditional and modern at the same time.” In the family room, Hiltz added to the Rosens’ furniture, which included the large, leather sectional, to create a more cohesive look. A metallic paper by York now covers the walls, and a cowhide rug sits under the coffee table and sofa. Hiltz added a chrome chair with citron-yellow faux-leather cushions as well as yellow toss pillows and accessories for a pop of color. “Neither Lauren nor Steven had really liked the leather sofa,” says Hiltz. “It was one of those expensive mistakes, but with the magic of design we made the massive piece a focal point in the room. The addi-

tion of wallpaper, bright pillows, great art, and a sexy chair turned it into a room everybody loves.” “The cool pieces I found didn’t look like anything until Jan put stuff around them,” says Lauren of the home’s transformation. “She showed me what painting and artwork can really do.” What began as a one-room dilemma ended up becoming an adventurous lesson in how to create something new without starting from scratch. With a little ingenuity, as Hiltz shows, “making it work” can yield a beautiful result. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 177.

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The breakfast area gets its energy from the large-scale pattern of the York wallpaper and the playful zebra stripes on the chairs. FACING PAGE, TOP: The kitchen, with its gray and white palette, was already in place when the Rosens moved in. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The York wallpaper continues from the breakfast room to the back entry. November–December 2013  New England Home 119

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House Proud

Two additions to an historic suburban-Boston home introduce a lighthearted, family-friendly vibe but don’t diminish its inherent dignity a bit.

› Text by “De” Schofield › Photography by Richard Mandelkorn › Architecture: John I. Meyer, Jr., Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors › Interior Design: Jennifer Palumbo › Landscape design: Gregory Lombardi Design › Builder: Grant Rhode, GF Rhode Construction › Produced by Kyle Hoepner november–december 2013  New England Home 121

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tately old homes are hardly rare in the suburban Boston neighborhood of West Newton Hill. People seem to agree, however, that Jennifer Palumbo’s house— a Georgian Revival built in 1917 by John Wingate Weeks, a Navy admiral who served as Newton mayor, United States senator, and Secretary of War under President Warren G. Harding—enjoys special regard. “It’s the iconic house of the neighborhood,” says architect John Meyer, “not only in provenance and architectural distinction, but its hilltop site lends elevated status literally and figuratively.” When the two-story, redbrick house came on the market, its attributes proved irresist-

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ible to Palumbo, an interior designer who had long admired it. Thrilled as she was to make it her own, however, she felt it needed significant renovation and expansion to render it suitable for her, her husband, Keith, and their three children. “My ambition was to update in a manner that captured the inherent character of the house, but with a new, less serious attitude that felt fresh, fun, and lively,” she says. Palumbo turned to Boston-based Meyer for help in fulfilling her vision. She was familiar with Meyer’s work on another landmark Georgian Revival in nearby Chestnut Hill. “I’d been driving past that house for about a year, and was impressed with John’s ability to add

to an existing composition in an imaginative, creative manner,” the designer recalls. Meyer’s renovation plan included gutting and reconfiguring many interior rooms, repairing the original oak flooring throughout the house, and building additions on the north and south sides, increasing the living space from about 7,500 square feet to almost 12,000 square feet. The addition on the south elevation holds a ground-floor office for Keith and a spacious second-floor master suite. At the opposite end of the house, Meyer devised a two-story, L-shaped addition that consists of a voluminous family room, a mudroom, a new side entry, and a three-car garage.

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The simple, organic color scheme plays up the foyer’s original moldings and leadedglass windows. A living room seating area employs quiet hues jazzed up with texture and pattern. The grasshoppergreen, backless sofa in a second seating area is a favorite reading spot.

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ainstaking efforts to match details and finishes went a long way toward making the additions look like they’d always been there.

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Pleated linen fabric on the walls and a silvery metallic ceiling spell drama for the dining room. Built-ins keep everything organized in the handsome office. A covered patio invites outdoor dining in the warmer months.

The almost-two-acre site offered ample room for expanding, but its variable grades prompted Meyer’s special attention to ensuring that the additions interact seamlessly with both the land and the old part of the house. Contractor Grant Rhode’s painstaking efforts to match details and finishes went a long way toward making the additions look like they’d always been there. “Getting the texture of the new exterior materials to match the aged fabric of the existing house was crucial,” he says. “The color of the mortar

and slate and the character of the brickwork and the copper work had to conform to the appearance of the existing materials.” The landscaping, too, enhances the sense that the house has stood unchanged since its construction. “Our charge was to create a narrative that tells the story of how the house used to be, married with how the spaces now serve in new ways,” explains landscape architect Gregory Lombardi. Using the property’s existing, mature landscaping as backdrop, Lombardi ampli-

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fied focus areas with flowering plants and shrubs. A stone wall along the north edge, built for privacy, is integrated into the plan as the border for an entertaining terrace, complete with built-in grill and cooking area, that opens to a large lawn. An existing porch was expanded to hold another area for entertaining, defined by a bluestone terrace that opens to yet another broad expanse of child-friendly lawn. Palumbo’s respectful redecorating plan begins in the foyer, where she highlighted the meticulous original moldings, the rich oak floors, and the front door’s host of exquisite leaded-glass windows by keeping the color scheme simple, quiet, and organic. “Using

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colors from nature felt right and afforded maximum flexibility,” the designer says. The foyer opens to an airy living room large enough to support two seating arrangements. To the pacific palette of whites and beiges with pastel hints, Palumbo injected excitement with multiple textures, patterns, and shapes. A transitional-style sofa in a waffle-patterned Pollack fabric joins a roundedback loveseat in watery blue, a wing chair is clad in a geometric print, and vintage ottomans wear sassy zebra stripes. A secondary grouping is grounded by a grasshopper-green settee that’s become the kids’ favorite reading spot, with Palumbo’s custom-designed

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he family room features horizontal wood banding, a nautical reference in homage to the naval background of the home’s original owner.

zebrawood chest placed nearby to provide handy storage for games and books. Linenraffia roman shades and a cocoa-colored sisal area rug lend extra texture and add a casual note. “My objective was for the living room to feel approachable and welcoming for all manner of family use,” Palumbo says. In the dining room, a glamorous tripendant chandelier sets the stage for an

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alumbo’s ambition: “to update in a manner that captured the inherent character, but felt fresh, fun, and lively.”

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: One of the new additions holds the master suite with its luxe bath. The parents’ generous bedroom includes a large dressing room and a sitting area. Landscape architect Gregory Lombardi’s stone terraces, walls, and walkways unite the additions and the original house.

opulent yet welcoming setting that accommodates casual dinner parties and festive holiday gatherings with equal ease. Once again juxtaposing disparate textures for impact, Palumbo dressed the room’s original horsehair-plastered walls in a wash of pleated linen, lending dimension that is further underscored by a new, silvery metallic finish on the room’s ceiling. A clean-lined rosewood dining table surrounded by sleek chairs sits on a Kyle Bunting cowhide rug that punctu-

ates the setting with a relaxed, informal note. Palumbo enlisted the talents of Bostonbased kitchen designer Donna Venegas to enlarge and modernize the kitchen, which now includes a breakfast room. “From the outset, Jen gravitated to the more contemporary vignettes,” Venegas recalls. “She appreciated the beauty of a purely modern kitchen—high-gloss finishes, slab doors, sharp lines—but it wasn’t appropriate for this project. Instead, we developed a softer palette, one that incorporated both modern and tailored traditional elements.” The breakfast room opens to the new family room, a two-story space featuring a ceiling detailed with horizontal wood banding, a nautical reference in homage to the naval background of the home’s original owner.

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Again deftly blending contemporary and traditional, Palumbo chose a tawny leather wall covering by Ralph Lauren as a backdrop to the stone fireplace with its dramatic soaring chimney breast, and outfitted the room with highly textured, oversize furniture for maximum comfort. An upholstered banquette tucked into a corner beckons the kids for game-playing and homework. Both Meyer and Palumbo feel satisfied that they achieved their goal to honor the unique beauty and history of the house. “For me,” says Palumbo, “it’s all about balancing character and integrity with a personalized feel that is all our own.” Admiral Weeks would feel right at home. • Resources For more information about this home, see

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cases a flat roof. Dominated by clean lines and crisp edges, the NextHouse provides a sophisticated approach to a modernist lifestyle. The Acorn Home is inspired by traditional New England architecture, but with a contemporary twist. Its post and beam interior allows for a spacious, open floor plan, as interior partitions are not needed for support. The interior geometry of walls and sloped ceilings creates a dynamic, sculptured space washed in natural light from the expansive windows. While most of their homes are custom-designed by the company, some are designed by outside architects. Clients who choose to work with their own architect’s custom design choose the Acorn Deck House Company to build their home because of the design flexibility, cost and schedule control and inherent sustainability, using their controlled, waste-minimizing manufacturing process.

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Bingham Lumber Inc. 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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David M. Mullen Architect David M. Mullen, AIA, has a unique situation as a sole practitioner, managing the full range of architectural services from the artistic to the technical. In his office, architectural style is a process. Rather than working toward a predetermined style, David is more interested in finding inspiration in the unique character of each project, so he can build within the framework of an existing structure or environment, while maintaining a sense of contextual innovation. David believes that the client’s trust and involvement are the keys to a successful project. The importance of discovering each client’s hopes cannot be overstated and is a significant part of the architect’s role in the design process. However, most clients, although sure of what they wish to achieve in terms of space and lifestyle, depend on the architect to interpret this into a physical image. This is where trust in the architect is essential. David provides this trust and has great appreciation for clients who allow him to do so.

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Davis Frame Company Davis Frame Company provides weather-tight shell packages to create high-performance homes for clients all across the country. The open floor plans, warm look of exposed beams and mortise-and-tenon joinery, create incredibly durable construction while adding up to a beautiful place to call home. Attention to detail, quality materials, and personal service put Davis Frame a notch above the rest. They combine the proven strength of this ancient craft with modern technologies such as CAD design to build one of the most energy-efficient, high-performance homes possible today. Choose a pre-designed plan or use it as a starting point. Davis Frame Company’s in-house design team creates custom homes with maximum design flexibility based on your needs. Whether you’re thinking about a timber frame home, addition, or barn, their website offers many ideas to help get you started. Call them today to schedule a tour of their model home!

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Kate Maloney Interior Design Celebrating their tenth year in the interior design business, Kate Maloney Interior Design is proud to be called a hidden gem in their community. This family-run, Boston-based interior design firm specializes in eclectic interiors that are tailored to incorporate the demands of family living while maintaining a timeless appeal. Many New England families choose to work with Kate’s team not only for their youthful spin on traditional homes, but because they handily balance form with function. Their goal is to design rooms that are just as beautiful to look at as they are comfortable to live in. The home pictured here is part of a guest house on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. The home owners requested a “destination place” for their family to gather on a cold or rainy day. This sectional was custom designed as a spot to play games, watch movies or cozy up with a good book. There is room for everyone to relax and enjoy.

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HOLLY HICKEY MOORE Kristin Paton, a classically trained designer, has worked with such venerable designers and firms as William Hodgins, Parish Hadley Associates, McMillen, and Pamela Banker. Her retail boutique, Kristin Paton Home, sits near Harvard Square. Kristin Paton Interiors, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 491-9000, kristinpatoninteriors.com

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Not one to stick to a signature look, Eric Roseff enjoys stretching his creativity with recent residential projects that run the gamut from classic brownstones in Boston’s Back Bay and South End neighborhoods to a Manhattan penthouse, an Idaho ranch, and a waterfront cottage in Maine. Eric Roseff Designs, Boston, (617) 2829725, ericroseffdesigns.com

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has opened to the public for tours after a $2.8 million renovation. The Portland Museum of Art, which bought the structure on the craggy coast of Prout’s Neck from Homer’s great-grandnephew in 2006, did a top-to-bottom refurbishing of the studio, stabilizing the foundation, replacing the balcony, restoring a chimney, and returning the interior to the brown-trimmed green walls it had in the years Homer occupied it.

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blower has also revealed that the Agency habitually tracks Internet activity and private e-mails. This may not be such a big deal, however. According to former ASID/New England president Carole Kaplan, the ’Net can cast itself only so far when it comes to high-end interior design. The expectation that the digital revolution will

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hank goodness the design world doesn’t operate like the government. Picture this: deep in the bowels of the Boston Design Center, a gargantuan secret agency labors day and night, keeping clandestine watch over millions of homeowners, even staging commando raids on select targets. While the design community feels that legislating taste is silly, just imagine that the authorities feel otherwise. Hopefully, a determined whistle-blower would eventually expose the agency’s operations, telling “Trade Secrets” in an exclusive interview: “New England has long been of special interest to the Homeland Design Security Agency. It’s no accident that Agency headquarters are in the BDC’s basement. Though relatively small, this region has always set a standard of design excellence for the nation. New England values, such as respect for tradition coupled with a passion for innovation and a commitment to quality, sustainability, craft, and character, are big no-no’s in the Agency’s playbook—they threaten the status quo. That is why I feel

clients prefer smaller houses. Hanlon is a partner at Shope Reno Wharton Architecture, the Norwalk, Connecticut, firm well known for designing estate-size homes that are comfortably scaled. While Hanlon’s commitment to comfortable scaling remains the same, square footage has decreased. “What our clients are asking for now are more manageable, livable, and sustainable homes,” he says. “Spaces are becoming increasingly multifunctional; dedicated media rooms with film screens are giving way to tablets and flat screens in living spaces off the kitchen.” Houses may be smaller, but clients look for increased quality, Hanlon Homer's home adds. “Better materials are The Maine studio where Winslow Homer produced some of his most making these new houses famous landscapes in the late 1800s longer-lasting.”

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“Right now I am working on one of the smallest units of a luxury development. At 2,000 square feet with three bedrooms, the unit is about the same size as the house my clients are selling.” /// West Hartford, Connecticut, designer

Melanie Langford is hardly intimidated that the Agency may be spying on the contents of her clients’ refrigerators. Thanks to technology, those spies won’t find Melanie anything growing green Langford fuzz in a back corner. “Computerization alerts homeowners to what’s been used up and needs replacement,” Langford says. Also trending in refrigeration: “We’re seeing refrigeration drawers in kitchen islands entirely dedicated to kids’ snacks, or bottles of Perrier.” When it comes to looks, stained cabinets in earth tones of cherry and walnut are losing favor to fifty shades of gray for the kids find and off-white, the Snacks a dedicated home in the kitchen island. designer adds. ///

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setts, is a designer as well as publisher and creative director of the lifestyle website newenglandfineliving.com. Her clients are exercising their right to aesthetic judgment in a way that makes most sense to them—by turning the decisions over to Calder. “Many of my clients are busy professionals, with little or no free time,” she explains. “I am being asked more often than not to ‘go for it and surprise me.’ This, of course, is after an extensive interview that includes many photos for reference and inspiration. In the past, clients took a more active role and wanted to shop with me or see all of the samples before approving an order.” /// “Go for it and surprise me,” is probably

not what they are saying to Cambridge, Massachusetts, architect Marc Truant. His custom building firm seems to be the go-to company for complex and sensitive preservation projects in New England, including Winslow Homer’s house overNovember–december 2013  New England Home 149

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The work of the legendary William Hodgins gets the lavish treatment it deserves in a new book due out in December. William Hodgins Interiors, by Stephen M. Salny, covers almost half a century in the career of the Boston designer, with 320 pages illustrating and celebrating Hodgins’s exquisite, subtly opulent work. $75. W.W. Norton & Company, wwnorton.com You don’t have to go far to check out ­Lekker Home’s new Boston showroom. The 4,500­­-square-foot space at 1313 Washington Street is just steps away from its old spot. The larger digs let Lekker add to its already expansive selection of furniture and accessories for the home, giving owners Curt and Natalie 150  New England Home  november–december 2013

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a party at the Beverly, Massachusetts, showroom to fete the winners of the second annual awards program. A panel of judges, which this year included New England Home publisher Kathy BushDutton, selected the best of the kitchen and bath projects by designers who turned to Designer Bath for inspiration and products.

Designers Shine with Designer Bath Awards

(1) New England Home’s David Simone and Kathy Bush-Dutton (back row) with Kristina Crestin and Eric Roth (2) Beezee Honan and Sharon Hunt (3) David Simone and Lisa Bonneville (4) Linda Hentschel, Linda Holt, and Yvonne Blacker (5) Kristina Crestin and Amanda Greaves

Should your party be here? Send photographs or high-resolution images, with i­nformation about the event and the people in the ­photos, to New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail images and information to pbodah@nehomemag.com. 156  New England Home  november–december 2013

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Boston designers, artists, and community organizations helped celebrate the Celebrity Series of Boston’s seventy-fifth anniversary by taking part in Play Me, I’m Yours. Seventyfive pianos were decorated, then placed in public places around Boston, standing as pieces of art while inviting people to sit down and play a tune. An artist’s reception gave the participants a chance to share the results of their labors.

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Before the cool weather sets in we always like to get to Maine for a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse. This year, New England Home played the role of media sponsor for an evening of food and drinks on the grounds of “American’s Foremost Summer Theatre,” followed by an entertaining production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Clay Aiken.

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Malcolm Faulds, and Heather Faulds (3) Peter Lackey, Lainey Guidry, Scott Williams, and Michelle Cooney (4)

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Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation

The inaugural B/A/D Talk at the Boston Design Center’s 342 Designers Club kicked off a series of panel discussions for builders, architects, and designers. This first one, sponsored by Kochman, Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers, United Marble Fabricators, and New England Home, featured our own Kyle Hoepner moderating a conversation about the challenges of managing large, complex residential projects.

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The Beacon Hill, Boston, home of British ConsulGeneral Susie Kitchens made an appropriately posh setting for a ­reception celebrating renowned UK designer Clive Christian’s new p ­ resence in the New ­England market.

1. Publication Title: New England Home 2. Publication No.: 024-096 3. Filing Date: 9/01/2013 4. Issue Frequency: Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/Jun, Jul/Aug, Sep/Oct, Nov/Dec. 5. No. of Issues Published Annually: 6 6. Annual Subscription Price: $19.95. 7. Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication (Not Printer): Two Sun Court Ste 300, Norcross, GA 30092. Contact Person: Kurt Coey, 303-524-6557. 8. Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher (not printer): Two Sun Court Ste 300, Norcross, GA 30092.   9. Full Names and Complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, Editor, and Managing Editor: Publisher: Kathy Bush-Dutton  530 Harrison Ave Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118. Editor: Kyle Hoepner 530 Harrison Ave Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118. Managing Editor: Kaitlin Madden. 10. 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(Include direct written request from recipient, telemarketing and internet requests from recipient, paid subscriptions including nominal rate subscriptions, employer requests, advertiser’s proof copies and exchange copies): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 18,368. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 19,437. 2. In-county Paid/Requested mail subscriptions stated on PS Form 3541. (Include direct written request from recipient, telemarketing and internet requests from recipient, paid subscriptions including nominal rate subscriptions, employer requests, advertiser’s proof copies and exchange copies): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, Not Applicable. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, Not applicable. 3. 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Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and e): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 36,277.  Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 36,606. G. Copies not Distributed (See Instructions to Publishers #4, (page #3): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 8,723. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 8,394. H. Total (Sum of 15f and g): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 45,000. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 45,000. I. Percent paid and/or requested circulation (15C divided by f times 100): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 61%. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 65%. 16. Publication of Statement of Ownership for a Requester Publication is required and will be printed in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of this publication. 17. I certify that all information furnished on this form is true and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information on this form or who omits material or information on the form may be subject to criminal sanctions (including fines and imprisonment) and/or civil sanctions (including civil penalties).

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

Contemporary Cozy This modern, bench-style sofa from Rolf Benz, part of the brand’s Bacio collection that debuted at the Milan Furniture Fair earlier this year, has an extra-deep seat that’s just right for snuggling into on frosty nights. Boston Design Center, (617) 227-2021, rolfbenzstudio.com

A Wise Choice Situated on Deer Isle, Maine, furniture designer Geoffrey Warner’s studio may be off the beaten path, but now that we’re wise to his handmade owl stools, Warner should expect some extra foot traffic in the near future. Stonington, Maine, (207) 367-6555, geoffreywarnerstudio.com

Golden Glow This midcentury-style, walnut and gold-leaf lamp from Wildwood, appropriately named “Squiggles of Wood,” is the epitome of retro-cool. The curved base toys with the idea of positive-negative space. Find it at Home Comfort. Center Harbor, N.H., (603) 253-6660, homecomfortnh.com

Sophisticated Stone Walker Zanger’s latest collection of decorative stone tile, available at Tile Showcase, pays homage to the jet-set culture of the 1960s. Designs are inspired by destinations like Palm Springs and St. Tropez. Boston Design Center and Watertown, Mass., (617) 926-1100, tileshowcase.com

Winter White Could Effeti USA’s new BK ES Tube Hood signal a shift away from traditional kitchen fixtures? If it means we’ll see more designs like this sleek, sculptural range hood, carried at Italian Design, then we certainly hope so. Watertown, Mass., (617) 731-4222, italian-design.net

Personal Touch Alessandra Branca put her mark on the linen damask fabric she created for her new partnership with Schumacher. The graphic pattern features a pomegranate, which is also the logo of her design firm. Schumacher, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9165, fschumacher.com 162  New England Home  November–december 2013

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Sun’s Out A new take on the sunburst-style, Made Goods’s Dawn mirror, at Delicious Designs, gets its flair from the dozens of thin, gold-tone metal reeds that wrap its center base. Hingham, Mass., (781) 556-5269, deliciousdesignshome.com

Top Shelf A white-lacquered lotus-motif bar cabinet is one of the many beautiful pieces from Century Furniture’s Chin Hua collection, which was recognized for design excellence by the American Society of Furniture Designers earlier this year. Boston Design Center, (617) 737-0501, centuryfurniture.com

Outside In Keep your green thumb in practice this winter by pruning plants indoors and putting them on display in the Farrah Sit Planter, available at Niche Urban Garden Supply. Boston, (857) 753-4294, nicheboston.com

Designer Dresser The Italian furniture line Promemoria, available at Showroom, likens its wares to haute couture. One reason why: the Sumo chest, made of brass and smooth leather, takes ninety-six hours of handiwork to complete. Boston, (617) 482-4805, showroomboston.com

Updated Classic The leather-tied, stainless-steel posts that make up the base of McGuire’s Heritage table, now at M-Geough, were inspired by the look of classic rattan. Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412, m-geough.com

French Accent If you’re of the mind that no detail is too small for style, you’ll want to stop by Stark Carpet to browse the new line from Houlès Paris. The trim comes in prints like herringbone, Greek key, and acanthus, and a variety of colorways. Boston Design Center, (617) 357-5525, starkcarpet.com

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Notable homes on the market in New England BY MARIA LAPIANA

Two Sides to the Story

ROOMS: 15 5 BEDROOMS 5 FULL BATHS 11,226 SQ. FT. $15,000,000

Tudor Revival on the Rocks Perched on a rocky promontory in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, this home, designed by John Russell Pope in 1917, is something of an architectural icon. It is a formidable residence with a stone foundation, imposing chimneys (including a bell tower), a steeply pitched roof with cross gables, and half-timber decorative details, all on a site just shy of four acres with broad views of the ocean. Step inside and the fairytale continues, with more than 11,000 square feet of period, castle-like charm, including exposed English-oak beams and paneling at every turn, inglenooks, fifteen fireplaces, iron hardware, and literally hundreds of multi-paned windows. There is no moat, but manicured lawns, lush landscaping, wide terraces, and stone patios surround the main house and its two private guest cottages. DULY NOTED: Don’t be fooled by the antique vibe of the kitchen and the butler’s pantry with their stone floors and walls and heavy, period cabinetry. The appliances, including the La Cornue range, are top of the line. CONTACT: Coldwell Banker, Newport, R.I., (401) 845-6900, newenglandmoves.com, MLS# 1025309

This gem, just steps from the beach in historic Old Lyme, Connecticut, is full of surprises. For starters, you’d never know the house is thirty years old; it’s aged that well. The symmetrical, pleasing front facade suggests a thoughtful take on the area’s vernacular colonial. A walk around the house, however, will amaze. The side and rear elevations, clad in pure-white Swisspearl siding and studded with windows, tell the true story of this home; it’s as unique a property as you’ll find on the often-staid Connecticut shoreline. Inside, every fixture and finish contributes to the über-modern spirit—from the sheer openness of the space to the kitchen fitted with Gaggenau appliances. All three stories of this home delight, thanks to a fresh white-on-white palette with bleached woods, scores of new windows, and an open-riser staircase that seems to float in the center of it all. DULY NOTED: If proximity to Long Island Sound isn’t enough to satisfy the swimmers in the family, a generously scaled pool with wraparound deck should do the trick. CONTACT: Rick Weiner, William Pitt Sotheby’s, (860) 2273191, williampitt.com, MLS# M9141875

discriminating buyer or history buff. (Parker was a minister, deemed “subversive” by some, who founded the Unitarian Church ROOMS: 12 in New Hampshire.) Believed 5 BEDROOMS 5 FULL, 1 HALF BATH to be a wedding gift to Parker and his wife, Susan, the three4,642 SQ. FT. Historical Haven $2,495,000 story Federal brick mansion in Portsmouth (with renovated carriage house and stable) overlooks South Mill Pond, Meticulously preserved, yet thoroughly offering privacy in the middle of the city. The updated, the Nathan Parker House in Portsmuseum-worthy home features a stately street mouth, New Hampshire, will suit the most

ROOMS: 9 4 BEDROOMS 3 FULL, 1 HALF BATHS 4,020 SQ. FT. $2,800,000

presence, five bedrooms, original beams and pine floors, nine fireplaces, a top-flight kitchen with custom cherry cabinetry and a Lacanche range, and new mechanical systems throughout. While formal above, the home’s open lower level provides ample room for family activities and casual living. The property is enclosed on all sides (except the waterfront), and includes a sheltered patio for entertaining, a series of gardens filled with perennials, mature landscaping, open lawns, and a three-car garage. DULY NOTED: Portsmouth’s Market Square—a bustling destination unto itself, with many original buildings, art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, and restaurants— is just a five-minute walk from the house. CONTACT: Bean Group, Portsmouth, N.H., (603) 766-1980, beangroup.com, MLS# 4233638 NOVEMBER–DECEMBER 2013 NEW ENGLAND HOME 165

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Southport, CT $5,500,000 MLS#99018215, Michelle&Company, 203.454.4663

Marblehead, MA $5,300,000 MLS#71542204, Steven White, 781.690.6433

Wellesley, MA $4,450,000 MLS#71480831, Ellen Curran, 617.803.8439

Darien, CT $3,999,000 MLS#99039639, Cristina Orsi-Lirot, 203.505.5425

Westport, CT $3,998,000 MLS#99024509, Michelle&Company, 203.454.4663

Danbury, CT $3,950,000 Patty McCarthy, 203.733.7006

New Canaan, CT $3,695,000 MLS#99041416, April Kaynor, 203.216.2194

Fairfield, CT $3,100,000 MLS#99041784,Al Filippone Associates, 203.659.1598

Brookline, MA $3,010,000 MLS#71577037, Sheri Flagler, 617.821.0040

Fairfield, CT $2,995,000 MLS#99039932, Alison Healy, 203.858.1656

Weston, CT $2,798,000 MLS#99035328, Gigliotti Group, 203.451.0040

Farmington, CT $2,700,000 MLS#G651876, Karen Campagna, 860.559.4259

Boxborough, MA $2,700,000 MLS#71540599, Peter Darveau, 617.592.3266

Newton, MA $2,350,000 MLS#71581767, Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181

Easton, CT $2,100,000 MLS#98543818, Crosby Middlemass, 203.558.2046

Wilton, CT $1,799,000 MLS#99030043, Karlson & Jasinski Group,

Harwich Port, MA $1,740,000 MLS#21207239, Amy Brady, 508.221.5071

Norwell, MA $1,599,000 MLS#71582108, Liz McCarron, 617.347.4140

Falmouth, MA $1,595,000 MLS#21308198, Wendy Vogel, 508.272.6046

Ridgefield, CT $1,579,000 MLS#99023175, David Everson, 203.246.7150

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Madison, CT $1,550,000 MLS#M9143146, Eric Thal, 203.494.7140

Middlebury, CT $1,545,000 MLS#99024814, Shari Sirkin, 203.910.3207

Scituate, MA $1,499,000 MLS#71542589, Neagle/CaffreyTeam, 781.248.1440

Oxford, CT $1,490,000 MLS#98516695, Magda Ballaro, 203.889.8284

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Duxbury, MA $1,465,000 MLS#71563842, Renee Hogan, 781.248.7153

Branford, CT $1,375,000 MLS#M9142601, Greg Robbins, 203.464.0125

North Marshfield, MA $1,280,000 MLS#71580198, Richard Power, 339.793.0406

Oxford, CT $1,260,000 MLS#98484535, Magda Ballaro, 203.889.8284

Natick, MA $1,250,000 MLS#71568736, Priscilla Merrigan, 781.985.0754

Stonington, CT $1,200,000 MLS#E267184, Peter Plourde, 860.377.9185

Guilford, CT $1,100,000 MLS#M9141940, Blythe Smith, 203.915.9677

Scituate, MA $1,065,000 MLS#71556555, Eileen Cain, 508.254.6865

Norwell, MA $1,050,000 MLS#71506092, Liz McCarron, 617.347.4140

Norwell, MA $1,049,500 MLS#71561226, Joan Capano, 781.223.6069

Scituate, MA $999,000 MLS#71476329, Loretta Harrington, 781.718.6159

Framingham, MA $887,500 MLS#71567360, David Ferrini, 774.279.1020

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Katonah, NY $1,350,000 Anthony DeBellis, 914.618.1737

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Cotuit, MA $1,335,000 Jonathan Matel, 508.221.1770

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Boston, MAssACHUsEtts Renovated Commonwealth Avenue residence offers 13,000± sq. ft. with museumquality architectural detail. Grand-scale reception rooms, private garden, expansive roof terrace with elevator access, and five-to-six car garage. $14,995,000

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Gloucester Oceanfront estate located on Eastern Point with private dock. This residence boasts a gourmet kitchen, wood paneled den with fireplace, and fireplaced great room with deck. Offering 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths including a separate guest house with state of the art kitchen. $3,460,000

Boxford Custom contemporary on 2.19 private acres in a desirable neighborhood. This residence features a dramatic foyer, fireplaced living room with 25 foot ceilings, fireplaced family room, eatin kitchen, dining room, and 5 en-suite bedrooms, including a luxurious master suite. $1,699,000

Manchester-by-the-Sea Elegant estate with stunning ocean views set on 1.7 acres. This residence features 7 fireplaces, living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, 6 bedrooms, and 4.5 baths. Accented with a lovely blue stone patio overlooking the gardens and in-ground pool. $3,200,000

Beverly Farms Ocean views from this Colonial Revival set on 4+ acres with access to West Beach. This residence boasts 6 fireplaces, library, formal living and dining rooms, 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Offering a secret pub on the lower level, this home is accented with a lovely in-ground pool. $4,150,000

Wenham Custom Shingle Style residence set on a 1.65 acre lot with in-ground pool. This home features 4 fireplaces, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, and 6 en suite bedrooms. Great amenities include a lower level with work out area and full bath with steam shower. $1,899,999

Gloucester Oceanfront estate on Eastern Point built in 2002 with panoramic views and tidal beach. This residence features a granite and stainless kitchen, fireplaced great room, and 5 bedrooms, including a guest suite and 2 master suites. Set on a landscaped 1+ acre lot with patio and terraces. $3,390,000

Beverly Farms New England Cottage set on 4.66 acres near West Beach. This home blends period details with modern amenities and features pine floors, 4 fireplaces, living room, updated kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and 1.5 baths. Complemented with a 3-season greenhouse with wooded views. $839,000

Gloucester Oceanfront Colonial with panoramic views on Gloucester’s back shore. This residence features 4 fireplaces, chef’s kitchen, paneled dining room, and a 3 season screened porch. Offering 3-4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home enjoys ocean views from every vantage point! $3,250,000

Ipswich Sunny Contemporary set on 4.87 acres on the road to Crane’s Beach. This home features an eat-in kitchen with fireplace, formal dining area, living room with fireplace, and 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Also offering a finished lower level and a home office above a 2-car garage. $959,000

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Forthright Charles Shackleton’s Anna Liffey chest is the child of a bed, which itself is descended from a set of chairs. The chairs were derived from memories of Irish “fork-back” chairs seen in his uncle’s Lucan Village mill. The way the chair backs are reimagined as a petite frieze and hand-carved in American black cherry, however, is attributable only to Shackleton himself.

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes GOOD BONES: HIP TO BE SQUARE PAGES 48–51 Architect and interior designer: Brian J.

Mac, Birdseye Design, Richmond, Vt., (802) 434-2112, birdseyebuilding.com Project manager: Joe Fisher, Birdseye Design Builder: Birdseye Building Company, birdseyebuilding.com Landscape architect: H. Keith Wagner, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Burlington, Vt., (802) 864-0010, wagnerhodgson.com Page 48: Spiral staircase by Maine Spiral Staircase, mainespiralstair.com; windows by Marvin, marvin. com; sliding doors by Weiland Sliding Doors and Windows, weilandslidingdoors.com. Page 50: Cabinetry and metal work by Birdseye Building Company; dining pendants by Artemide, artemide.com; dining table and benches by Rampel Design Scandinavia, rampeldesign.com. Page 51: Bed designed and crafted by Birdseye Design. OUTSIDE INTEREST: PERFECT HARMONY PAGES 54–57 Landscape architect:

Cynthia Knauf, Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design, Burlington, Vt., (802) 6550552, cynthiaknauf.com STORYBOOK ENDING PAGES 94–101 Interior designer:

Janice Battle, Beyond the Garden, Concord, Mass., (978) 369-4996, beyondthegarden.com Kitchen designers:

Kochman, Reidt + Haigh, Stoughton, Mass., (781) 573-1500, cabinetmakers.com Upholstery workroom: Classic Upholstery, Wilmington, Mass., (978) 658-0260, classicupholstery.com Drapery workroom: Designs of Distinction, Carlisle, Mass., (978) 369-6098 Pages 96–97: Drab #41 paint color by Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com; end tables and cocktail table by Kolka from FDO, fdogroup.com; sofa from Furniture Guild, furnitureguildhome. com, in fabric from Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com; chair fabric by Elenbach from Charles Spada, charlesspada. com; drapery fabric by Cowtan & Tout from The Martin Group, martingroupinc.com; rug by Zina from First Rugs, firstrugs.com; vintage alabaster november–december 2013  New England Home 177

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lamps through Beyond the Garden; landscape painting by Margaret Gerding from Powers Gallery, powersgallery.com. Pages 98–99: Archway paint color #220 from Farrow & Ball; wallpaper from Farrow & Ball; dining chairs from M-Geough, m-geough.com, in fabric from Cowtan & Tout from The Martin Group; chandelier from The Martin Group; drapery fabric by Cowtan & Tout. Page 100: Vintage chair from Charles Spada, in fabric by Boussac from The Martin Group; drapery fabric by Zimmer & Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com; throw from the Patterson Group, pattersongroup. org; Straw kitchen paint color by Farrow & Ball. Page 101: Camilla Sage paint color by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com.

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MOUNTAIN MAGIC PAGES 102–111 Architect: Marcus Gleysteen, Marcus Gleysteen Architects, Boston, (617) 542-6060, mgaarchitects.com Builder: Steve Sisler, Sisler Builders, Stowe, Vt., (802) 253-5672, sislerbuilders.com Landscape architect: H. Keith Wagner, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Burlington, Vt., (802) 864-0010, wagnerhodgson.com Cabinetmaker: Fine Lines in Wood, New Haven, Vt., (802) 453-6451, finelinesinwood.com Mason: Matthew Parisi, Underhill, Vt., (802) 8992214 Page 104: Coffee table designed by Marcus Gleysteen and fabricated by Sisler Builders. Page 105: Dining table designed by Marcus Gleysteen and fabricated by Sisler Builders. Page 110: Platform bed designed by Marcus Gleysteen and fabricated by Sisler Builders.

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THE ART OF COMPROMISE PAGES 112–119 Interior design: Jan Hiltz, Jan Hiltz Interiors, Westport, Conn., (203) 557-4320, janhiltzinteriorsllc.com Page 112: Grasscloth wallcovering by Schumacher, fschumacher.com; area rug by Masland, maslandcarpets.com; sofa from Tack Room, tackroominc.com, covered in Pollack fabric, pollackassociates.com; custom coffee table by Jan Hiltz Interiors; sconces by Vaughan Designs, vaughandesigns.com; blinds by Beautivue, beautivue.com; fern from Diane James Home, dianejameshome.com; mirrors from Arteriors, arteriorshome.com. Page 113: Black wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com; vase from Global Views, globalviews.com; leaves from Diane James Home; sconces from Vaughan; pedestal from Hickory

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Chair, hickorychair.com; elephant from Emissary, products.emissaryusa.com; candleholders and decorative balls from Arteriors. Page 114: Zebra chair by Oly, olystudio.com; art from Jan Hiltz Interiors; powder room wallpaper from Schumacher. Page 115: Lamps and obelisks on sideboard by Regina Andrew, reginaandrew.com; art by Kerri Rosenthal, kerrirosenthalart.com; Chinese console from Century, centuryfurniture.com; grasscloth by Phillip Jeffries; gold vase from Arteriors. Pages 116–117: Elephant from Emissary; yellow chair from Tack Room; wallcovering by Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com; area carpet by Saddlemans of Santa Fe, saddlemansofsantafe.com Page 118: Kitchen range and hood by Viking, vikingrange.com; mirrored chest from Currey & Company, curreycodealers.com; mirror and lamp from Arteriors. Page 119: Zebra chairs by Oly; wallpaper by York Wallcoverings, yorkwall.com. HOUSE PROUD PAGES 120–129 Architect: John I. Meyer, Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors, Boston, (617) 266-0555, meyerandmeyer architects.com Project manager: Molly Richter, Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors Interior designer: Jennifer Palumbo, Newton, Mass., (617) 332-1009, jenniferpalumbo.com Kitchen consultant: Donna Venegas, Venegas and Company, Boston, (617) 439-8800, venegasandcompany.com Builder: Grant Rohde, GF Rohde Construction, Boston, (617) 364-2700, gfRohde.com Project supervisor: Jim Supple, GF Rohde Construction Landscape architect: Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 4922808, lombardidesign.com Pages 122–123: Ceiling light from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com; standing lamp from Comerford Collection, comerfordcollection.com; rug from Hokanson Carpet, hokansoncarpet.com; settee through Jennifer Palumbo with Rogers & Goffigon fabric, Greenwich, Conn., (203) 532-8068; loveseat from Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler.com, with fabric from the Sandra Jordan Collection, sandrajordan. com; side table from Made Goods, madegoods. com; sofa from Summer Hill, universalfurniture. com, with Pollack fabric, pollackassociates.com; backless­-sofa fabric by Pollack; toss pillows from Pollack and Zimmer & Rohde, zimmer-rohde. com; roll pillow fabric from Clarence House, clarencehouse.com; high-back chair from John Derian, johnderian.com, with fabric by Raoul, raoultextiles.com; ottoman fabric from Dedar, dedar.com/en; custom coffee table through Jennifer Palumbo; side chair by Mattaliano,

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