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evoke many images in the mind, and many of those images are likely to include water. Yes, of course there are also sundrenched meadows loud with cicadas, the tang of carbon and spices on the greasy-crisp exterior of a freshly grilled chicken thigh, the fugitive caress of an early morning breeze against one’s eyelashes and other hot-season miracles. But even in the farthest landlocked reaches of Vermont or Connecticut, there is probably a river, stream, lake, pond or swimming pool not too far off, beckoning to be cruised, swum, waded in or at the very least lolled beside. And chances are good that one or more of those activities will be regularly on the family agenda. It won’t come as a huge surprise, then, that the convergence of land and water plays a major role in this issue of New England Home. Living the good life along the Cape Cod or Winnipesaukee shore is nothing if not a cliché—and, oh, what a delightful cliché for those who can pull it off in satis-


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fying fashion! Less expected might be the the range of settings we show in which contemporary New England families now pursue their vernal visions. Not that we completely ignore the conventionally picturesque: there is certainly no lack these days of starfish, duck decoys, beach glass, mismatched chairs and sailcloth to warm many a heart, and a quick troll through recent posts to our design blog (blog.nehomemag.com) will uncover a host of just such hardcore Yankee summer delights served up by our staff and growing roster of guest posters. Still—as you’ll see starting on page 42—stainless steel, mica, sleek Italian sofas and frosted glass are now almost equally likely to be primary elements in the surroundings amid which our summer lives play out. Or traditional materials such as bluestone and pine logs may be used in a strikingly untypical way. But frankly, New England’s continuing gradual evolution in design is a personal delight for me, doing what I do. Since our mission is to document the course of high style in this region, it’s our duty as well as our pleasure to revel in the ever-increasing diversity of look these six states represent. This means that one issue of the magazine or one blog post may be a festival of braided rugs and beadboard, the next could lean more heavily toward handwoven silk and Venetian plaster and the one following that will be a matter of concrete and lacquered steel. In 2011’s New England there’s more than enough room for the rustic and the sleekly sophisticated. So prepare yourself for fresh views of what New England summer on the water can mean. Plumed grasses may be more in evidence than potted geraniums and a streamlined reflecting pool may now overlook the rocky shore—yet the fundamental joys of this relaxed season, spent in a place where land and water meet, remain the same.

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Art, Design, History, Landscape 25 Elements: Earthly Delights From the antique to the sleek, furniture and

ornaments to make your garden glow. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ Design Destination: Allen C. Haskell Horticulturists, New Bedford, Massachusetts 30 32 Interview: John Derian John Derian traces his path from a childhood

passion for making things to his career as a designer and master decoupage artisan. BY CHERYL KATZ • PORTRAIT BY JON HEIL 36 Artistry: Depth Finder In his luminously beautiful and intensely personal

photographs, David Hilliard probes the universal yearning to belong and the despair of estrangement. BY CAROLINE CUNNINGHAM 25

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Earthly Delights For the past thirty years we have lived in the middle of the city. And while our street is tree lined, our house shares party walls with neighbors whose houses abut ours both back and side. This is in no way meant as a complaint. City living suits us. A less than three-minute walk yields a cup of coffee—tall, black, no sugar—the Boston Globe, freshly laundered shirts, a tube of Colgate and a bottle of Advil. Yet when spring’s pale buds promise to burst into leaf, when a shade tree would offer relief on a scorching day, when leaves turn from green to golden or when the first snowfall blankets our little world in a clean white coat, we long for a patch of earth to call our own. So here, with more than a little vicarious pleasure, is a selection of garden furniture and ornaments we only wish we could use. The Classics Beautifully weathered and always in style, this classically shaped, scrolled-arm urn set atop a limestone base is sculptural enough to stand sentry in the garden, either unfilled or laden with seasonal plantings. URN, 30"H × 22"W, $625; PEDESTAL, 28"H × 18"W, $440. NEW ENGLAND GARDEN ORNAMENTS, SUDBURY, MASS., (978) 5799500, WWW.NEGARDENORNAMENTS.COM

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Our friend Terry Hall was the consummate city dweller, our go-to guy whenever we were in the Big Apple. We counted on him to give us the lowdown on the hottest new restaurant, the latest (very) Off Broadway show or the fastest route from the Upper West Side to SoHo—the week before Christmas, at rush hour. Then he and his partner, Donald, bought a weekend home in Connecticut, an 1870s house on a woefully overgrown plot of land. With the same fervor Terry displayed for all things urban, he turned their weedy lawn into a beautiful garden. Terry’s job would have been that much easier had he known about Allen C. Haskell Horticulturists. Founded in 1949 and in constant operation since, Haskell is a family-run business that attracts both serious gardeners in search of rare plants—Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands sent her head gardener to the nursery for hundreds of topiaries—as

well as visitors who merely want to enjoy strolling the nursery’s gardens, greenhouses and cobblestone walkways. Part European estate, part museum of botanical gardens, the nursery is an unexpected pleasure. Its paths lead to Lord & Burnham greenhouses, a Dawn Redwood from Boston’s Arnold Arboretum and outbuildings listed in the Massachusetts Register of Historic Places. There are flowering hibiscus in the summer, lush houseplants in the winter and a wide variety of urns, vases and containers for all the seasons. As for Terry, he’s on his sixth or seventh garden now (that’s a story for another day), but next time he and Donald come to visit, our first stop will be Allen C. Haskell Horticulturists. It’s our turn to be the go-to guys. OPEN 8 A.M.–5 P.M. DAILY IN SUMMER. 787 SHAWMUT AVE., NEW BEDFORD, MASS., (508) 993-9047, WWW.HASKELLNURSERY.COM

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John Derian John Derian traces his path from a childhood passion for making things to his career as a designer and master decoupage artisan. BY CHERYL KATZ • PORTRAIT BY JON HEIL


ohn Derian spent much of his youth collecting and assembling found objects, creating outdoor “rooms” composed of twigs, branches and stones. By the time he was in seventh grade, his watercolor paintings were winning awards. A Boston native and New York transplant, Derian now oversees three shops, a line of furniture and a decoupage collection that is carried in stores throughout the United States—including a shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts— Canada and Europe. I caught up with him recently at his shop in New York City’s East Village. 32 New England Home July/August 2011

Cheryl Katz: I was introduced to your work for the first time in the late ’80s. At the time, there was a wonderful shop called La Ruche on Newbury Street in Boston, owned by Sister Parish’s daughter, Apple Bartlett, and Maria Church. It was there that I purchased a small paper frame, covered in buttons, handmade by you. John Derian: I had been working at a floral shop at the Ritz, making crazy things—swags with starfish, topiaries covered in crystals, boxes covered in maps, things like that—when Apple and Maria came in and asked me to make something for their

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Interview shop. I had made some crazy wreaths for them sometime earlier. I loved buttons and had been collecting them, so I decided to make them button trees. And that led me to make button frames. CK: (Laughing) Oh, I get that—button trees, why not button frames? JD: I had started working at La Ruche one day a week when I noticed that they needed picture frames, so I made my version. I’d always embellished things, so why not frames? I cut them out of cardboard, gessoed and painted them and then decorated them with the buttons along with other stuff I found at flea markets—vintage flowers, shells, trims. In fact I still have about twenty-five boxes of that stuff in my basement. I hung the frames from ribbons or made easel backs for them and used old papers, French textbooks, hand-written letters in place of the picture. CK: I guess it’s safe to say you love creating things. Did you always? JD: I always made things. When I was really young, I would make spaces from things I found, like rocks and twigs, and by moving furniture around. I was a collector even then. I liked drawing, crafts, things I could do with my hands. CK: Were your brothers and sisters equally artistic? JD: No. I was the youngest of six children, the black sheep in that respect, an alien, but it worked out.

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CK: How did you move from making one-of-a-kind embellished pieces, like topiaries and frames, to your decoupage pieces? JD: While I was at La Ruche, I met Emily Henry, who did painted furniture for the store. One day she brought me a stack of glass plates and suggested that I glue images to the back of them. I had been collecting old paper, old books, letters, ephemera. I wasn’t really sure what to do or what she meant, but I went back to my studio and tried it. And then they started selling at the store. I just recently saw one of the early ones. It was . . . awful. CK: I doubt that. At the risk of sounding like a John Derian groupie, I have an early one. It’s great, a collage encased in glass. But at that point, these were still handmade by you, one of a kind. What was the turning point? JD: I had the opportunity to move to New York for a summer, and I worked at an advertising agency where I had to copy things. I’d been having trouble with my plates; the glue wasn’t sticking very well to the old papers. But the paper I was using to reproduce things responded well to the glue. This meant that I didn’t have to tear apart old books or letters. For the first time, I could design things that I could repeat, rather than just one-of-a-kind things. CK: Is that when you started to focus on your decoupage pieces? JD: Yeah, I moved to New York in 1992 and I got an order for $30,000 worth of plates. CK: Yikes. JD: I got all my friends together at my studio and we started to fill the orders. When my studio got too cramped, a space at 6 East 2nd Street, near my studio, became available. CK: You were producing your decoupage collection there, but, as I recall, you had a little retail shop in the front? JD: I hung a curtain to create a separate space for the shop, about 500 square feet, and started selling my plates and a few pieces of furniture I found. And

then other things that interested me. CK: How did you decide, other than your own pieces, what you would sell? JD: I gravitate toward the handmade, the whimsical, the antique, things that have texture, things that have been touched. CK: You’re not making things in the back of the shop anymore. JD: No, we have a studio around the corner. Now this shop carries my decoupage collection and imported things, like handmade glazed terracotta pottery from the French company Astier de Villatte, Geraldine Gonzalez candleholders from Paris and hand-stitched and hand-dyed poufs from Morocco. In 1994, I opened a second shop next door for textiles, furniture, rugs and art. CK: And, as if this weren’t enough, there’s your line of furniture, a collaboration with Target, and now the shop in Provincetown, a mini version of your two New York “I GRAVITATE TOWARD stores. THE HANDMADE, JD: Yeah, this is THE WHIMSICAL, THE the fourth season ANTIQUE, THINGS THAT for the ProvinceHAVE TEXTURE.” town shop. We open seasonally, from late May through September. CK: Which means you get to spend some time there. JD: Nature is my number-one inspiration, so when I’m in Provincetown, I get to spend time at the beach, ride my bike on nature trails, spend time in my yard and in the garden. CK: Other inspirations besides nature? Places, people, things? JD: I have a godchild and friends in Brussels, and I go there a lot and to Paris and to Morocco—I had a place there for about six years—for inspiration. I’m sure I have other inspirations, but I feel like my head’s been down for so long that I just work and work and make and make. CK: So what’s next? JD: I’m working on a line of melamine plates. I was inspired by the material when I collaborated with Target. I’ll wholesale them and sell them at my shops. CK: No rest for the weary—or the creative. JD: It’s my life. • Editor's Note: John Derian's Provincetown shop is on Law Street, (508) 487-1362, www .johnderian.com

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ages draws you in, and you soon realize that the themes Hilliard investigates with such emotional depth and fearlessness are entirely universal. Who hasn’t felt like an outsider yearning to be let in? Who hasn’t been blindsided by the end of a love affair, or experienced the dull ache of longing when someone is just beyond reach? Hilliard’s work may be rooted

a counterpoint to their searing impact. The work is so honest and so personal, one almost wants to turn away; it feels voyeuristic to see so much of an artist’s psyche revealed in this way. But the sheer power of the im-

in autobiography, but it also records the drama and frailty of the human experience. If Hilliard’s trajectory from a modest childhood in Lowell, Massachusetts, to his current position in the stratosphere of contemporary photographers is somewhat surprising, it’s also been surprisingly linear. His father was a factory worker and an avid amateur photographer; it would be impossible to overstate the influence he continues to have over his son’s work. Hilliard picked up a camera to create a sense of order around him, discovering that photographs were a way to control, and preserve, people and places during a time when his world was filled with unease. Adolescence can be a difficult passage under the best of circumstances. Hilliard’s identity as a young gay man in a marginally tolerant community, along with his parents’ Above: Swimmers (2003) divorce, contributed more lay- Left: And so it Goes (2009) ers of complexity and chaos. The camera also provided an entrée into the art room at Tyngsboro High School, where Hilliard felt safe and welcomed. He found an equally creative and accepting environment at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. “I loved the way in which the stage was transformed every month into a com-

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in a sparkling circle of green, while a cluster of swimmers on the left is balanced by the confetti array of hastily discarded bicycles on the right. But there’s more. The figure in the center, slumped forward in despondent isolation, brings an unmistakable poignancy to the photograph. He’s Hilliard, of course, and he’s also anyone who has ever felt wistful and alone. Hilliard’s recent photographs feel more expansive and more deeply spiritual than ever before. Hope is both a

department, where, under the guidance of superstar photographers like Abelardo Morell and Laura McPhee, he discovered that his images could provide a pointed and eternal way to describe the world. Hilliard’s career progression over the last two decades has been swift and sure. He went on to graduate school at Yale, won both Fulbright and Guggenheim grants, led the undergraduate photography department at Yale for five years and was the interim director and artist-in-residence at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art for a year. He now teaches and works in Boston, the city where he had his first exhibition, a series of portraits of his father, entitled, simply, Dad, in 1999. In Swimmers Hilliard loosely appropriates the subject and structure of American realist painter Thomas Eakins’s The Swimming Hole: boys gathered together on a lazy summer day. At first glance, it’s a photograph of youthful exuberance and innocence. The grassy riverbank frames the children

breathtaking panorama of the Alaskan wilderness and a keenly insightful portrait of a young boy and his father. As McPhee says about her former student, and now colleague and close friend, “David has sustained his artistic voice and approaches all his subjects with a tenderness and commitment to uncovering the psychological truth . . . The images he creates are both moving and irresistible.” •

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Above: Dad (1998) Below: Bluebird (2009)

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AView to a Thrill

A Martha’s Vineyard vacation home capitalizes on its stunning location, letting the watery panorama outside play the starring role. Photography by Michael Partenio • Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel • Architecture: Phil Regan and Greg Ehrman, Hutker Architects • Interior design: Courtney Fadness, Hutker Architects • Builder: Cornerstone Building and Remodeling

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The only interruption in the living room’s water views are the Elizabeth Islands off in the distance. Hutker Architects designed the new LEEDcertified home on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Shimmery backsplash tiles behind the wet bar mimic the sparkle of the water outside. Facing page top: Summer breezes ow through the house, thanks to sliders on both front and back. Facing page bottom: A detached garage keeps the full water view under wraps until visitors enter the house.


A hawk banks left across the sky over a meadow of wildflowers, providing the only interruption to an endless view of waters bluer than the Caribbean. High above the Martha’s Vineyard shoreline sits a new glass, steel and cedar home that frames view upon view over treetops and salty ocean waves. From a fisherman’s perspective, the house would almost go unnoticed, tucked as it is into the landscape. Its impact on the hillside has been kept to a bare minimum both visually and environmentally. Treading lightly on the beautiful site was imperative for the homeowners, Margot and Doug Rothman. Margot’s parents first purchased the property when she was a teenager. “There wasn’t a path or a road or anything,” she says of the site. “My father gave us hand tools to start hacking away.” For years the vacation home was a six-person tent on a platform in a grove of trees. Showering meant a car ride to Menemsha to use the public facilities. In the early 1980s Margot’s father built a basement with a flat roof that the family called “the bunker,” and in the 1990s, construction on the upper floors replaced the tent. After her parents passed away, Margot and Doug started work on the house, having it lifted to replace the foundation. As it hovered a few inches above the timbers, a great wind came up and blew down the entire structure. The unfortunate occurrence gave the couple the chance to rethink the property and how they wanted to live on it with their three children. Greg Ehrman and Phil Regan, project manager and principal, respectively, with Martha’s Vineyard–based Hutker Architects, suggested repositioning the house, elevating it to a point where the views opened up like a scallop shell. “It’s a joke at the office when we come back from a site visit and tell everyone, ‘I just saw the best view on the island,’ ” says Regan. “With this view, I don’t even know if you would recognize that you’re on Martha’s Vineyard.” July/August 2011 New England Home 45

Because the view is such an important part of the home, designer Courtney Fadness chose low-profile furnishings.

The single-story structure lies like the links of a chain along a rocky portion of the terrain, each section shifting away from the next as if to show the sun a different facet. Two round rooms act as the hinges from which the house pivots. From the circular foyer, the kitchen and dining room spin off to the left. Beyond them a round office heralds the master suite. To the right stretches a hallway of guest rooms that, with their sliding barn doors, elicit romantic images of old railcars. Straight ahead lies one of the island’s most stunning views. Surrounded on three sides by floor-to-ceiling glass, the living room seems to float above the bristly grasses outside, offering uninterrupted vistas of the sound dotted by the Elizabeth Islands. Because the view is such an important part of the design, Hutker Architects interior designer Courtney Fadness chose low-profile furnishings for the living room. A square-armed tufted sofa, a long leather daybed and a pair of curved lounge chairs offer plenty of seating and, with the coffee table made of recycled wood, give the room an “island modern” air. A small wet bar and a round table sit opposite the view, and the architects tucked a small television into a bookcase on the non-view wall. West of the living room and entryway stretches a space that holds the kitchen, dining room and a small seating area in front of a rock fireplace. Bands of reclaimed wormwood line the walls and delineate the three functions of the room. Dark-red cabinets, a slate island and the range area act as an open galley kitchen with an ocean view of their own. 46 New England Home July/August 2011

The open, airy dining room has a custom-designed dining table and light ďŹ xture. Facing page top: Horizontally hung reclaimed wood in the kitchen surrounds the cabinetry and range. Facing page bottom: The master suite is tucked off at the far end of the house.

From a fisherman’s perspective, the house would go almost unnoticed, tucked as it is into the landscape.

Refrigerators and pantry storage sit on the front side of the house while the ovens are tucked behind the cabinetry wall. A seven-foot-diameter dining table with a concrete top—designed by the architects and custom made—is dramatically poised in the center of the room. “We had to develop something sturdy enough to withstand the breeze when the doors are open,” says Regan, pointing out the sliding doors that fully open on the front and back of the house, making the dining room a pass-through to the deck outside. The large pendant light fixture above the table, also a Hutker custom design, is secured by cables on all sides. Next to the dining table is a low sectional sofa placed in front of a rock fireplace with horizontally hung wormwood above it. Small niches in the rock hold candles, and a television extends from the rock face. As in the living room, fabrics are kept quiet, letting natural materials sing. “It would be very easy to overdo it out there,” says Fadness. The master bedroom occupies a private space beyond the circular sitting area and office. Like the living room, the master bedroom is surrounded on three sides by glass. “It’s far enough from the terrace that you don’t feel like people are looking in on you, though,” says Ehrman. On the other side of the headboard wall, a walk-in closet and laundry room lead the way to the stone-tiled master bath. The vanities sit perpendicular to the ocean side of the house, rewarding any sideways glance with a water view. Just off the master suite, through a bit of scrub, sits an outdoor shower built on a platform that crescendos into a rolling wave shape. There’s not another house to be seen, just the endless horizon and the last of the fishing boats headed home with their catch. “It’s a bit of a journey,” says Regan of the short jaunt to the shower, “but it’s a folly with an amazing view.” The same could be said of the house itself, and what it took to get there. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 117. 48 New England Home July/August 2011

A seating area next to the ďŹ replace shares space with the dining room and kitchen. The low-proďŹ le Viosky sofa lets the architecture shine. Facing page top: Two circular rooms act like hinges from which the rest of the house pivots. Facing page bottom: Natural materials lend warmth and architectural interest from room to room.

Beautiful Uncommonly

All the classic elements one expects in a waterfront Shingle-style house—and then some— exist in this young family’s home on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Text by Paula M. Bodah • Photography by Sam Gray • Architecture: Douglas Dick, LDa Architecture & Interiors • Interior design: John Day, LDa Architecture & Interiors • Landscape architecture: Katherine Field and Associates • Builder: Paradise Construction • Produced by Stacy Kunstel


The predictable interior for a Shingle-style house that hugs the Massachusetts coastline would call for watery blues, sandy beiges and greens the color of marsh grasses. Predictable, however, doesn’t quite describe the couple who built this North Shore home. Certainly a strong element of tradition shows in the white-cedar–clad dwelling, with its hipped roofs, oval windows flanking the front door and an eyebrow window perched at the center of the second floor. Other aspects of this classic exterior, though, hint at surprises lying behind the inviting arched entryway. • Where most Shingle-style houses are trimmed in bright white to show off the details, this house wears black trim. “The dark trim is intended to emphasize mass as opposed to detail,” says architect Douglas Dick, whose

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firm, LDa Architecture & Interiors, worked with the couple on the house inside and out. “There is a precedent for darker trim,” he notes. “At the end of the nineteenth century the Shingle-style houses that dotted the shoreline often had a darker trim motif—deep green or deep red. I’m not aware of any that went to the extreme of black, though. It’s kind of a more subtle overall exterior look.” • Dick’s design took into account the neighborhood, which consists mostly of houses that, no matter their size, present a genteel, almost modest, face. His clients wanted their house scaled to take its place quietly and comfortably among its neighbors. Indeed, from the front it does just that, thanks in part to low rooflines that reduce the vertical massing. Rather than stretch the house horizontally across


The foyer runs the width of the house, ending in a wall of windows that let the homeowners marvel at the view every time they climb the stairs to the second oor. Facing page: The classic architectural elements of the Shingle-style house take an unexpected turn with the use of black trim.

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The homeowners favor the contrast of dark furniture against light walls. The sculptural piece in the dining room is a silk-shaded lamp. Facing page: The fabrics on the study’s furniture—heathered wool and leather trim on the chairs and navy-blue pinstriped wool on the sofa— were was inspired by menswear.

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the lot, Dick bumped two sections forward. The onestory, hip-roofed sections hold the garage, to the left of the driveway, and a guest suite. The lot slopes precipitously in back, Dick says, so the garage had to be at the front of the house. “It was a challenge, because you don’t want your house defined by the garage,” he says. “We used it as an element to help frame a view toward the arched entryway.” That entry is warm and welcoming, not ostentatious. But once the doors open, the true nature of the house begins to reveal itself. The first surprise: a breathtaking view of the ocean. The front doors open onto a double-height foyer that ends with a wall of windows overlooking the water some twenty-five feet below. The house, so firmly anchored from the front, seems from the inside to float on air. “We wanted there to be a sense of a reveal as you enter the house,” 54 New England Home July/August 2011

Clockwise from far left: What looks like a two-story house from the front is revealed as a three-story house from the rear elevation. The infinityedge pool seems to flow right into the ocean. Poolside landscaping offers a lush curtain of privacy.

No aqua, sand or sea-foam the wife says, “so you wouldn’t “The constantly green finds its way into the soknow how fantastic the views changing colors of the phisticated, subtly masculine are until you stepped inside.” ocean and the sky set ambience. Instead, charcoal Although this level looks like gray, black, white and caramel the first floor from the street, a dramatic backdrop.” fill rooms awash in sunlight the back elevation shows that from nearly every angle. “Instead of the typical beach it’s actually the second floor. From the foyer, the home’s main living spaces—kitchen, living and dining house, the palette speaks more to the rocky cliff,” Day says. rooms and a study—unfold. A sitting area the home“My husband and I both like the sharp contrast of owners have dubbed “coffee talk” stands just off the dark against white,” the wife says. “By keeping the kitchen. Bedrooms, including the master suite, occucolors in the house neutral with an emphasis on gray, py the top floor, and the lower level holds a workout cognac and caramel, the constantly changing colors room, the husband’s office and space for relaxing and of the ocean and sky set a dramatic backdrop.” casual entertaining. In the living room, white walls surround a mix of The interior design, beginning with the color casually comfortable furniture. An ottoman coffee scheme devised by the homeowners and LDa interitable outfitted in white ostrich leather tucks into the or designer John Day, is as unexpected as the view. July/August 2011 New England Home 55

The kitchen opens onto a cozy sitting area the homeowners have dubbed “coffee talk.” Facing page top: The master bath tub area is situated to feel as though it floats on the sea. Facing page bottom: The living room adopts a casual tone in white and neutrals.

The kitchen emphasizes corner made by a sectional sofa Hanging lights over utility and efficiency. “It’s deficovered in soft caramel-colored the kitchen island offer mohair. The only hint of a nonnitely a cook’s kitchen,” Day a subtle nautical nod neutral hue is in the cushions of says of the open space, whose to the home’s location. the spindle armchair, which appliances are set up in the trawear a blue-gray reminiscent of ditional work triangle. The gathering storm clouds. Next to the chair, a bronze handsome, no-nonsense kitchen has cabinets painted drum serves as an occasional table. “The direction of in a low-sheen iron-gray varnish. A stainless-steel the room was an informality and eclecticism driven by backsplash runs behind white Caesarstone counters, the wife’s taste,” Day says. “She likes things with an orand black marble tops the island. Hanging lights ganic shape and a bit of texture and pattern.” above the island offer a subtle nautical nod to the The contrast between dark and light continues in home’s location. The couple enjoy each other’s comthe dining room, where a custom-designed ebonized pany over breakfast in the plush gray leather chairs mahogany table coexists with the white walls. Guest of “coffee talk.” dining chairs are covered in charcoal linen, and Day The inspiration for the study came, says Day, from mixed things up a bit by adding leather captain’s the owners’ interest in and flair for fashion. Here, chairs at the table’s head and foot. low-sheen black paint covers paneled walls. A hand56 New England Home July/August 2011

tufted silk-and-wool carpet with slender stripes of rust and gold brightens the space. This room has a decidedly masculine feel with its swivel club chairs of heathered wool trimmed in caramel leather—“like a 1940s topcoat,” says Day—and a sofa dressed in navy-blue pinstriped wool. Outside, the house makes the most of its waterfront location with terraces, an outdoor kitchen and an infinity-edge pool designed to look as though it flows right into the ocean. The homeowners, who live here year-round, never grow tired of the house. They may no longer be surprised at the ocean view beyond their front door, but as anyone who has gazed on the Atlantic knows, the changing sky and water never fail to astonish. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 117. July/August 2011 New England Home 57


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The living room is cleverly designed for the owners to use every day. Linear sconces by Louis DiCalla inject a modern touch. The two-sided marble fireplace also warms the grand foyer.


emember that familiar saw about not judging a book by its cover? Or the old adage that beauty comes from within? Both are true and relevant for this house. Gorgeous on the exterior, the home also incorporates the latest in protect-the-planet technology thanks to its environmentally conscious owners. • The couple hadn’t really planned on building, having just finished renovating their previous home with architect James Sandell, principal at Carr, Lynch and Sandell in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But this site, on Boston’s South Shore, was remarkable. They took the plunge, turning again to Sandell, by now a good friend, for help. • Sadly, the existing circa-1900 house proved beyond repair. Built on a ledge outcropping, the foundations were literally crumbling. Rather than raze the structure, the conscientious owners had the house dismantled by ReStore in Springfield, Massachusetts, and focused on creating a home that would respect the environment. Tons of materials from the deconstructed house were recycled or shipped off to be incorporated elsewhere, including a load of salvaged lumber destined for Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing. • Landscape designer Wesley Wirth of Thomas Wirth Associates in Sherborn, Massachusetts, took charge of the house’s surroundings, painstakingly restoring portions of the coastal bank by pulling out invasive plants and replacing them with appropriate native species like sweet pepperbush and sturdy oakleaf hydrangea. Existing trees were gently relocated, and stone removed from the ledge was recycled for the hardscape and gravel drive. “We had to tread lightly. We were addressing a critical coastal area,” Sandell says. “It was complicated making the house site-specific and userfriendly at the same time.” • Needless to say, the savvy Sandell, along with architect James Rissling, the project manager, accomplished both. • Gathering inspiration from renowned architect H.H. Richardson, Sandell designed a Shingle-style home that bears witness to the

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New England vernacular while addressing the future. State-of-the-art from its broad-gabled roof (artificial slate— a fifty-year-guaranteed composite of mineral-filled polymer) all the way to its heating and cooling systems (supplied by two earth-coupled geothermal wells), the house is a model of efficiency. There’s even a 19,000-gallon cistern, constructed as part of the foundation, to collect rainwater. Still, if first-time visitors pass through the mahogany front doors and don’t zero in on all the miraculous green components, no one could fault them. They’re bound to be distracted by the view across the lofty foyer, over the shimmering swimming pool and out to the water. A spectacular Bocci chandelier dangles above; nearby, a staircase of glass and steel gracefully ascends to the upper levels. 60 New England Home July/August 2011

Interior designer Douglas Truesdale, who was at the time employed with Nicholaeff Architecture + Design in Osterville, Massachusetts, and has since moved to Boston’s Carter & Company, created rooms that exude the essence of sea and sky. The luminous palette mimics colors the owners observe every day through their triple-glazed low-emissivity windows—all the muted grays, shimmery blues and tans that drew them to the spot. “It’s never good to compete with Mother Nature,” Truesdale says with a laugh. Having seen one of the designer’s projects, Sandell recommended Truesdale, who readily embraced the concept for the home. With such commanding architecture, there was no need for over-the-top accoutrements or jarring patterns. Only a sophisticated, clean-lined decor could foster the Zen-like

Clockwise from this page: Herringbone oak flooring stands in for a dining room rug. The family room’s custom rug is from Steven King. A spectacular Bocci chandelier of cast glass pendants lights the foyer.

ers find the three-story house is as flexible as it is captivating. The living room is conducive to lounging. Paneled in rift-sawn white oak, the space holds a flotilla of custom upholstered furnishings in beachy sage hues. Soft-looking white oak trim complements the yellow-toned marble hearth. An Art Deco plaster portrait bust rests atop the mantel. The sleek sideboard moored in the dining room is also Art Deco. Here walls are upholstered in a luscious Elizabeth Dow fabric, which adds texture and mitigates noise. “The owners’ tastes lie in the contemporary realm, but I wanted to temper that The luminous palette mimics all the with materials and colors that soften the edges,” muted grays, shimmery blues and tans Truesdale says. A generous Holly Hunt pendant that drew the owners to the spot. sails over the glass dining table. The ceiling is

ambience the house demanded. “Douglas was wonderful at interpreting,” says the wife. “We wanted the house to be serene but also comfortable. Our living room is a perfect example. We entertain or relax there with the Sunday Times. I think between Douglas and me, we got it all just right.” With two adult children who frequently visit and a range of interests that are often catalysts for large gatherings, the own-

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James Sandell designed a Shingle-style home that bears witness to the New England vernacular while addressing the future.

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Clockwise from top right: Numerous trees and plants were relocated around the property. Solar collectors dress the roof. The home’s lower portion is covered in insulating stucco. The glorious infinity-edge pool’s four-foot drop makes further fencing unnecessary.

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clad in two distinct wallcoverings—a hand-painted Maya Romanoff creation and a mica covering from Stark for subtle sparkle. The semicircular family room is a favorite haunt. Milkcolored leather sofas with adjustable backs allow the owners to rearrange their seating to enjoy the views or to catch the evening news. A Dakota Jackson coffee table anchors the

With such commanding architecture, there was no need for over-the-top accoutrements or jarring patterns.

room and provides a perch for drinks and magazines. “This is the owners’ year-round residence,” Truesdale explains. “There’s a great deal of attention to details and richness of materials.” Certainly this is evident in the master suite. The bedroom’s headboard wall is sheathed in a hand-painted iridescent silk wallcovering by de Gournay. The handmade rug with its random dot pattern copycats beach pebbles. And—who doesn’t enjoy a little luxury now and then?—the custom sheets and curtains are embroidered. An infinity-edge tub brings a spa-like mood to the master bath. The recessed dome above sports a Venetian plaster finish. Italian porcelain covers the floor. And once again, the vistas are astonishing. 64 New England Home July/August 2011

In the end, the architects and Truesdale, along with these commendable owners, show us that going green is no deterrent to a comfortable lifestyle. It’s a very good lesson. For truthfully, what is more precious than the beautiful world around us? • Resources For more information about this home, see page 117.

The master bath’s semi-circular design maximizes views. Facing page top: The architect incorporated countless extras like a tray ceiling and window seat in the master bedroom. Facing page bottom: The bedroom’s round chaise spells comfort.

It took a crackerjack team of professionals to build this unique contemporary lakefront house. But a bit of architectural wizardry is what makes it truly special. Text by Robert Kiener • Photography by Peter Aaron/Esto • Architecture: Mark Simon, Centerbrook Architects and Planners • Interior design: Sandra Oster • Landscape Architecture: Stephen Stimson and Tom Lee, Stephen Stimson Associates • Builder: Burlington Construction

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Taking his design cue from the nearby forest, Architect Mark Simon used locally harvested pine logs to form a unique lattice that shields the south-facing home from the summer sun and welcomes its warming rays in the winter.

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rust. It’s a necessary element—the cement, if you will—in a successful relationship between architect and client. Mark Simon’s clients obviously trust him. They know he will interpret their wants and needs to produce a creative design. They know he will put together a first-class team of builders, landscapers and designers. But, as the owners of this striking lakeside home can attest, they also trust him to bring his own special “magic” to a project. “One of the reasons we chose Mark is that we felt he must have been an artist in another life,” says the owner, who, with her husband, hired Simon and Centerbrook Architects and Planners to design a summer home on their undeveloped, 150-acre property in western New England. From the moment the couple first set foot on the lot in 2008, they knew it was something special. Enthusiastic hikers, campers, canoeists and fishermen, the two envisioned a “summer camp” for their extended family and friends. “We also wanted something sustainable and green,” explains the wife. “We wanted to make as little impact on the land, and the lake, as possible.” After walking the property and getting to know it and the couple, Simon and his associate Ed Keagle came up with an innovative design that, as Simon notes, “mimics nature as well as takes advantage of her charms.” The 8,400-square-foot main house comprises linked pavilions that fan out like a gently curved tree branch with leaves. “We took our cue from nature, where once-solid things break apart and you see their remnants,” says Simon. “We also broke up the design so it didn’t overwhelm the land but fit within it.” The entire back of the house opens onto the lake, as does an adjacent guesthouse. Because sustainability was a requirement, Simon designed the south-facing side higher than the north side, so its walls of windows could take full advantage of the low winter sun for passive solar heating. “We used lots of stone inside the house to help store the heat from the winter sun,” explains the Yale-trained architect. “It also helps to literally bring the outside in.” A two-story crescent-shaped entry hall that acts as the home’s “main street” is walled with local rough-cut fieldstone. A massive soapstone fireplace and a customized, computer-aided Russian woodstove also generate, hold and radiate heat in the winter. To regulate the intense summer sun, Simon and his team designed overhanging shed roofs and a quirky—but effective—series of latticelike timbers that serve as louvers to shield the home. Simon and tree-work consultant Dan Mack came up with the idea of using 68 New England Home July/August 2011

Boulders found on the home’s wooded lakeside lot help break up the mass of the family room’s three-story soapstone fireplace. Facing page: A fourfoot-wide maple front door (bottom) opens on to an entry hall featuring flagstone walls and cherry floors (top).

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Flagstone walls flank a garden water feature fed by rainwater channeled and filtered from the home’s recyclable Galvalume roof. Facing page: To preserve privacy the home is set back from the lake behind trees and even the small boathouse is tucked into a small, private cove.

northern white pine timbers from the property, some as large as two feet in diameter, for the solar screen. “It’s another example of the magic Mark brought to his design,” says the homeowner. Finding the right logs was a challenge. “We didn’t want to just slap up a bunch of straight logs,” says Mack. “I looked for specimens that varied in shape and was delighted when I found some that were forked.” Mack had a selection of the pines cut, stripped and treated with borate to preserve them. To arrange the timbers, Mack, Simon and the owner’s daughter climbed into a bucket lift and looked down on them from twenty feet in the air. From their perch they directed a team of contractors to move the logs with a backhoe until they achieved a pattern they liked. “We looked for a musicality or a lyricism in their arrangement,” says Mack. In summer, the home’s ground-floor doors fold back 70 New England Home July/August 2011

upon themselves, opening the residence to the outdoors. A motorized screen, hidden behind the log louvers, lowers to enclose the porch, making the house feel larger and completely open to the elements. Cherry trees from the property were cut and milled for use throughout the home in floors, ceilings and paneling. Even stones and boulders were recycled. Simon enlisted the owners to form hunting parties and scour the property for boulders that have what he calls “animal magnetism.” As he explains, “We wanted stones that looked like they had a living quality to them.” Several were inserted into the massive soapstone fireplace to break up the mass. “They seem to float in the soapstone like clouds,” says Simon. Others are artfully placed within the interior fieldstone walls. A massive specimen winched into place on the second-floor catwalk hallway serves as a bench.

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The master bedroom features cherry floors and paneling cut and milled from the home’s lot. Facing page: The natural world comes inside in the form of a large boulder that serves as a seating area in the upstairs hallway (top) and stripped pine branches that separate the master bathroom’s tub from the marble topped vanity (bottom).

Designer Sandy Oster had worked with the owners in the past, so she knew exactly what type of interiors they sought. “More of my role was working with the architect to help the family get what they needed,” says Oster. “This house itself has such a strong design element that it doesn’t need the touches a typical designer would use.” For example, there are no drapes in the house and the cherry-veneered cabinetry Oster and the wife designed is mostly clean-lined built-ins. The Greenwich, Connecticut–based designer describes the furniture as transitional. “The pieces were chosen for comfort and lack of a defined style. They had to be user friendly and stand the test of time.” Soft greens and neutrals define the interior, Oster says. “The idea was that nothing inside should detract from the design and location of the home.” Simon designed the coffee table, dining table and other

pieces, including the massive steel-and-plastic chandelier in the family room. Mack designed and built the cherry dining chairs and a wooden light fixture in the powder room. Even the cabinetry handles were specially designed. They are different sizes and placed to, as Simon says, “dance around musically in randomness.” The house has won rave reviews, including a 2009 AIA Connecticut Design Award for Residential Built Design. More important, its owners love it. In fact, they fell so hard for the new house that they decided to sell their main home and move to what they thought would be their summer camp full time. As she sits on the porch admiring the view of the mirrorsmooth lake, the wife asks, “Why would you want to live anywhere else?” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 117. July/August 2011 New England Home 73


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Decorating with antique pieces, as designer Trudy Dujardin did in this Norwalk, Connecticut, dining room, is the ultimate in recycling. Dujardin also used low- and no-VOC paints and skipped carpeting, which can contain harmful chemicals, in favor of a painted design on the hardwood floor.


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Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc. “We’re totally passionate about shutters—and shades!” The folks at Back Bay Shutter Co. have taken their obsessive, over-the-top attention to detail and turned it to adapting Lutron and Somfy motors for their huge selection of shade systems. Roller shades, Venetian blinds, woven and bamboo Roman shades, canvas pleated shades, skylight shades— they can all be motorized and interfaced to work with your home automation system or wireless device. The key is to bring Back Bay Shutter Co. in early to wire smart at the start for beautiful results. They make it easy for you to save on heating and cooling, while they worry about the details. www.backbayshutter.com

Belongings Belongings’ Nantucket design showroom and home collection reflect the breathtaking beauty of the island and the casual, eclectic island lifestyle. The showroom carries an exclusive collection of products from worldwide sources, including furniture, textiles and accessories. Co-founder Michele Kolb, an architect and designer, offers expert advice for sustainable building and decorating in the coastal environment. In fact, she just completed the first LEED-certified historic renovation on Nantucket. The challenges of the renovation included adding new mechanical and ventilation systems to meet LEED standards, and sealing the building envelope when the Historic District Commission required that existing single-pane windows remain. www.belongings.com




What’s new in the world of sustainable design? And what should homeowners be asking their contractors about? We asked three experts those questions and more to help you be greener. One item they all agreed on is that building a sustainable home should be a team effort, with owners, architects, builders and designers collaborating from the very beginning stages for a successful, integrated approach.

Green nBuilding Brian Butler of Boston Green Building, a full-service general contractor specializing in high-performance, low-impact homes, offered his expertise from the builder’s viewpoint. DIANE STERRETT: What trends are

you seeing in sustainable home building? BRIAN BUTLER : I’m pleased to see a trend toward more efficiency, energy savings and air sealing and insulation projects. Utilities, the state MassSave program and the Department of Energy are getting pretty real about what kind of incentives they’re offering and what kind of support they’re giving homeowners and contractors to be able to execute deep-energy retrofit programs. DS : What does a deep-energy retrofit

entail? BB : Many of the same things we’d

do on a new house today, such as super-insulating, a term coined in the ’70s during the first big oil crunch. Those visionaries began adding thick insulation to the walls on the exterior and then filled all the cavities in the walls with a cellulose or blown fiberglass, bringing the insulation value up from a measly R4 or R5 closer to an R40 or R50—a tenfold increase over something built to code at that time. Essentially, you’re putting a heavy

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Creative Art Furniture Stephen Staples and his artisans handcraft creative art furniture using reclaimed materials salvaged from many sources. “The past comes alive in our furniture as we breathe new life into the boards, presenting the old patina, rich with color and texture, and displaying a character unmatched by any artificial means,” says Staples. “Clients also love our pieces because of the stories the wood tells. Every imperfection in the wood is celebrated rather than discarded.” Since the early 1980s, each of Staples’s creations has been branded with the company name and signed with his subtle signet mark. For more information, check out the “Farm Table Buying Guide” on his Web site under Information/Tips and Tricks. www.creativeartfurniture.com

Cutting Edge Systems A lighting control system helps reduce your electricity bill and your carbon footprint. Dimming your lights by 10 percent is barely perceptible, but it can lower your electricity use by 10 percent. Energy-efficient automated systems, such as those Cutting Edge Systems has been designing and installing for nearly twenty years, make it ultra-convenient. Adding automated, controllable shades will reduce your heating and cooling energy use even further. Cutting Edge Systems features Lutron controls that can also turn lights off when no one is home, giving you light when you need it and energy savings when you don’t. www.cuttingedgehome.com 82


blanket over the house, tightening up the envelope. Next is changing all the doors and windows over to much higher-performance models, usually triple glazed. Mechanicals are the third step, bringing the heating and cooling systems up to high efficiency standards, and looking at the ventilation systems. If you get a house that tight you need to look at air quality with a highly efficient mechanical ventilation system. DS : How do you achieve good air

quality? BB: With a heat-recovery ventilator. It

has an air intake and an air exhaust in the same system. So before you exhaust stale, heated inside air to the outside, you run it through a heat exchanger, which will use the captured heat to warm up the incoming cold air pretty close to room temperature with a really good machine. So you’re getting high indoor air quality with very little loss of energy. DS : What are your clients asking for? BB : They’re mainly asking about the

various incentive programs that get news coverage, but they’re also more knowledgeable about sustainability and asking for greener building projects. That includes custom interiors, built-in cabinetry and moldings, all from sustainably managed forests, with low-VOC or solvent-free finishes. DS : How are things changing from

your point of view? BB : There are a lot of real, very meaningful things happening right now. There’s definitely a more widespread awareness of green building and all things green. The European movement toward passive homes is catching on—homes literally free of mechanical heating or cooling systems as we know them. Imagine no heating bill! They take advantage of







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GREEN LIVING [GREENGOODS] The Granite Group/The Ultimate Bath Showrooms Through its exclusive showrooms, The Ultimate Bath Showrooms, The Granite Group offers cutting-edge, energy-efficient products, including Buderus boilers and heating systems and Grundfos pumps. Through a partnership with Buderus, The Granite Group offers solar panels for domestic hot water. The Buderus solar flat-plate collector saves homeowners up to 60 percent on fuel costs. And industry-leading Grundfos is developing pumps that use less energy than a 25-watt lightbulb and will save up to 12,000 gallons of water. In addition, The Granite Group has partnered with Kohler on the Save Water America campaign (www.savewateramerica.com) to raise water-conservation awareness and help people save water at home. www.theultimatebathshowroom.com

Kelly Taylor Interior Design Being green isn’t just about the earth’s environment; it’s about your environment. And because we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, your interior environment plays an important role in your health and well-being. Kelly Taylor Interior Design (KTID) is a sustainable design practice that can make your home or business a healthier and more productive place, in a way that fits your budget. Whether you’re building new or renovating, KTID can assist you in achieving better air quality, proper lighting levels and acoustics, and eco-friendly design features such as these bamboo cabinets. Coupled with energy efficiency, KTID’s design services will enhance your well-being and the well-being of the environment. www.ktid.net

passive solar techniques and thermal mass techniques. And there are interesting financing instruments, such as PACE [Property Assessed Clean Energy] bonds that enable you to borrow against the municipal taxes on your home for energy projects. It’s very exciting.

Interiors nGreen Trudy Dujardin, ASID, LEED AP, of Dujardin Design Associates, in Westport, Connecticut, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, specializes in eco-elegant interior design. She is a teacher, lecturer and recognized authority on sustainable design. DS : What do you feel is the biggest

change in sustainable design? TRUDY DUJARDIN : When I started in

1987 people looked at me as if I had two heads. Now it’s become mainstream, and architects bring me in early on projects for my expertise on nontoxic building materials, which leads to better air quality. People are now really savvy about their homes, their health, their families and how this impacts the whole world. DS : What trends are you seeing? TD : The biggest trend I’ve seen is

Marble and Granite, Inc. Marble and Granite has been providing customers with the latest in countertop, flooring and vertical surface options since 1990. Did you know that natural stone is a very green option? Not only does its production use very little energy, the waste is not contaminated, so it can be returned to the ground where it is produced. Plus, any remnants can be used, right down to the smallest piece in a mosaic. Marble and Granite offers eco-friendly options—including recycled Caesarstone, Curava recycled glass and the Auténtico mosaic line composed of recycled natural stone—to assist consumers and trade professionals with sustainable projects. The company also has a LEED Green Associate on staff to help architects and designers make the best choices for their projects. www.marbleandgranite.com 84


that people have figured out what a chemical toxic arsenal they have under the kitchen sink and they’re getting rid of it. You can ruin a perfectly good healthy house with one can of bug spray. I’ve outlined several natural alternatives on my blog, Holistic House. And make sure your kitchen installer uses a waterborne nontoxic sealant on your countertops—that’s where your food is going to be! AFM Safecoat makes a great one. DS : What do you find clients are

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and allergies, so doing the right thing for the planet becomes doing the right thing for your health. That means using low- or no-VOC paints and finishes. You also have to think about the building materials, like insulation. Fiberglass particulates can be harmful to your lungs. I like Bonded Logic, a cotton batting insulation saturated with borate, a natural compound. It has a higher R-value than fiberglass and it’s not harmful to your health. For floors, there are more waterborne finishes that are just as sturdy. My favorite is Basic Coatings. DS : Now that houses are sealed so

National Lumber and Kitchen Views For any room in the house, Aura paint is the beautiful and ecological choice. Carrying the Green Promise designation, its low-VOC formula and low odor keep your home environment healthier. Aura has been third-party tested and shown to meet or exceed environmental requirements, including Greenguard and LEED. The fastdrying formula lets you recoat in as little as an hour, and Aura’s proprietary Color Lock technology locks in color for incredible depth and durability that won’t fade. Available in more than 3,600 hues, Aura lets you see color like never before. These discernibly truer, richer hues bring a new dimension of color to your home—especially green! www.benjaminmooreexperts.com

Peabody Supply and The Bath Showcase Take a look around one of Peabody Supply’s Bath Showcase locations to start designing your beautiful and earth-friendly project. You’ll see how Kohler’s inspired high-efficiency toilets can save you up to 16,500 gallons of water each year. And how Kohler’s Forté lavatory faucet can conserve up to 14,700 gallons of water every year. The state-of-the-art showrooms carry all the best brands and are open to consumers and professionals alike. They’re staffed by experienced design professionals who know how to bring your kitchen and bath dreams to life. Visit Peabody Supply and the Bath Showcase online; in Peabody, North Andover, Waltham or North Chelmsford, Massachusetts; or in Kingston, New Hampshire. www.thebathshowcase.com 88


tight, offgassing of VOCs is even more of a concern. What should homeowners be on the lookout for? TD : We now know formaldehyde is

very deleterious to your health, and you find it in a lot of furniture and kitchen cabinets. Choose furniture that has no formaldehyde and no urethane foam for cushions—John Boone is my favorite casegoods manufacturer. For cabinetry, you don’t want a lot of particleboard or plywood loaded with formaldehyde; you want mostly solid wood. Wherever you need stability in construction, like a drawer bottom, there are some medium-density fiberboards called Medex (Medite for wet locations) that have very little formaldehyde—that’s a good product to use. DS : What about fabrics? TD : A lot of homeowners are open to

organic fabrics, especially bedding. For sheets we like to use Coyuchi, a beautiful organic product. You don’t want something sprayed with chemical fire retardant. We’re also trying to get people not to use the chemical soil-retardant finishes you spray on. A better approach is to order a couple extra yards of fabric to recover a soiled cushion. But let’s not cover a whole sofa or chair with a

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GREEN LIVING [GREENGOODS] Pellettieri Associates, Inc. Protecting water quality is essential to sustaining the health of our environment. From shoreline restoration to capturing parking lot runoff, Pellettieri Associates has been a leader in implementing sustainable technologies that capture, filter and infiltrate runoff. With extensive knowledge of best management practices, LEED-certified design, rain gardens and pervious paving technologies, Pellettieri Associates takes great pride in providing innovative design solutions that exceed industry standards. www.pellettieriassoc.com

Shade & Shutter Systems Rollshutters are the world’s most intelligent window treatment. These weather-resistant roll-down shutters protect your home’s glass areas, providing unmatched energy savings, sun control, security and comfort, all in one product. They are 25 percent more energy efficient than interior blinds or shades and can be automated with timers and sensors, even controlled remotely via Web interface. Rollshutters will extend the life of your windows, prevent water and wind leaks and lower overall maintenance costs. They also satisfy new coastal building codes as an alternative to expensive impact-rated windows. Shade & Shutter Systems has been helping clients protect their dreams for more than eighteen years. Make your home ready for any weather. www.shadeandshutter.com

TMS Architects TMS Architects is proud of its decades-long commitment to sustainable design and can guide you through the process of incorporating green practices into your renovation, addition or new construction. TMS is committed to conserving resources, preserving natural habitats and utilizing building practices that have an immediate positive result on a building’s performance. The TMS team focuses on energy conservation, site selection and indigenous plant materials, waste recycling and water conservation. They will work with you to choose building materials that add to the overall sustainability of the project and help you improve indoor air quality by using lowVOC paint, adhesives and carpeting. www.tmsarchitects.com

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Energy nGreen If you’re considering alternative energy sources, Bob Chew offers some sound advice. He’s founder and chief sustainability officer of Alteris Renewables, the largest design-build renewable energy company in the Northeast, offering solar electric (photovoltaic) and wind energy solutions. DS : What trends are you seeing? BOB CHEW : There are two primary

trends at the residential level: a rapidly increasing number of products and services available, and a narrowing focus among these on the most financially viable option. It seems like every week there is a new pellet stove, wind turbine, cogeneration unit or power management device on the market. At the same time, federal and state incentives across the Northeast are coalescing around solar photovoltaic installations. New creative financing options such as SunRun and SunPower minimize the need for upfront capital. DS: What are SunRun and SunPower? BC : It’s innovative financing for

solar systems for homeowners, similar to leasing a car. The customer doesn’t have to come up with $15,000 to $30,000 to buy the equipment. A third party like SunRun will own the equipment on your roof, and you enter into a longterm lease agreement to pay them for electricity on a monthly basis. You’ll be saving money on the first month’s electric bill. DS : What’s feasible and what’s not

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us she was in the green zone, she wasn’t talking about a fancy spa sporting reclaimed timbers. Crochet meant the military kind of green zone. Luckily, the protests and shooting didn’t get under way until after dark, giving her time to speed back from the New York Institute of Technology campus to the safety of her home in the zone. Crochet has been in Bahrain to launch a groundbreaking interior design program, which drew a large number of Saudi students across the King Fahd Causeway, at least until the route was blocked by tanks. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Crochet’s latest book, A Designer’s Guide to Building Construction and Systems, recently made its debut. Does violence advance design creativity and innovation? Or does it stand in its way? Many great periods of creativity were eras of equally bloody carnage. Just consider the Italian Renaissance. Mercenaries in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italy terrorized the countryside from Siena to Naples. Yet when was there a period of greater creativity, more influential design and architecture? • • • A step outside this publication’s offices in Boston’s SOWA district (south of Washington Street), signs of a full-blown design renaissance appear in the windows of the long blocks of 98 New England Home July/August 2011

old brick warehouses. Architect Russ Gerard of Gurari Collections calls his SOWA gallery and showroom his “chamber of curiosities.” There, a 1930s mirror tilted horizontally becomes a presentation stand; a collapsible wire laundry basket becomes a magazine holder. “I’m for objects and materials that tell a story,” Gerard says. “Recycled, repurposed or otherwise transformed, they continue to resonate with us.” • • • At Dennis Duffy’s D SCALE showroom on the same block, manager Rosie Cipriani is bringing in a line of architectural lighting by East Coast Modern. Based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the firm produces finely turned and finished lamp bases that will feel right at home with the shop’s sophisticated offerings from design capitals around the world. For example, there’s a dining room table from Barcelona’s Alternative brand that Rosie Cipriani Duffy found last year at Maison et Objet in Paris. How can a slab with four legs evoke such powerful emotions? Veneered in open-grain oak, it’s a wonderful piece that celebrates the pleasures of touch. “And look,” says Cipriani, “there are no leaves to wrestle with. The ends simply slide in and out.” • • • Farther down Harrison Avenue, Kevin McPherson of Mohr & McPherson imports Asian furniture and architectural elements. Touching a Rajasthani doorframe that leans against one wall is like touching time itself. McPherson will soon leave for a monthslong buying trip to India, Chiang Mai and Vietnam. “The good thing about the Kevin McPherson third world is that they throw nothing out,” says McPherson. “They keep everything. We may be like that someday in this country.” • • • Leaving SOWA for Boston’s Design District, we found Karen Clarke, co-director of the interior design program at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, reviewing a sustainability study by three teams of graduate students. Professors Sean Solley (architecture) and Greta Meszoely (economics, water resource management) joined her in the conference room as each of the teams presented far-reaching proposals to replace Suffolk’s R.S Friedman Field Station in Cobscook Bay, Maine, which was destroyed by mold. The study was funded through the 2010 New England Design Hall of Fame scholarship fund. • • • Education is an ongoing process, especially in a time of great change. That’s where architect Brenda Stanfield comes in. The founder and owner of Building and Design Resources in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Stanfield serves as a materials librarian and teacher for design firms throughout New Eng-

land. “Sustainability is a thread that weaves itself through the selection of materials for higher-end residential construction, both single-family and multi-family, and traditional to modern,” Stanfield says. “Designing sustainably. . . is slowly becoming standard practice.” At Build Boston’s Innovation Pavilion in November, she will feature a host of the newest technologies for windows and floors, including fiberglassframed windows to reduce thermal transmission and windows framed in Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, all with low-E glazing; phase-change drywall sheathing to store or release heat; waterbased, low- or no-VOC sealants and glazing compounds to prevent air, vapor and moisture penetration; and new underfloor heating options by Uponor and Nuheat that not only save heating fuel but work really well under the array of exquisite porcelain tiles available today. It’s thrilling to imagine the creative possibilities these materials may open for designers, architects and homeowners. Indeed, they portend a green zone within which we’d all love to live. •



Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to lpostel@nehomemag.com.

New and Noteworthy Designer Douglas Truesdale has joined Carter & Company Interior Design, Boston. You can see an example of Truesdale’s work in Megan Fulweiler’s feature “Green Peace,” on page 58 in this issue. Another mini-renaissance seems to be happening at 11 Elkins Street in South Boston, not far from the BDC. In July, designer Tony Cappoli plans to move his design firm there and open a showroom. Cappoli will carry a variety of furniture and accessories. The building will also be home to interior designer Kate Coughlin and to Pietra Viva, creators of fabulous interior and exterior surface materials. Congratulations to Melrose, Massachusetts–based landscape architect Matthew Cunningham, who took home not one, but two Gold Awards from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for 2011. Cunningham won the awards for landscapes he designed for houses in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and in Boston.

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full schedule of celebrations, beginning with the opening of the new Kohler showroom at SNOW AND JONES in Norwell, Massachusetts. Spring always puts us in a remodeling mood, so we had fun browsing the gleaming lineup of the latest bath products. The opening gala for the fourth annual AD20/21 show filled Boston’s Cyclorama with an energetic buzz as people enjoyed food, wine and festive music. Even better, the event raised money for Boston Should Architectural College. your party be here? Send photographs We rocked the House of Blues for or high-resolution images, the Friends of Boston’s Homeless with information about the BEYOND SHELTER gala. Guests enevent and the people in the photos, to New England Home, joyed sampling tastes of food from 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, twenty-five Boston-area restaurants. Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail Working off the calories was easy, images and information to pbodah@nehome thanks to the irresistible Latin beat mag.com. sounds of Mango Blue. The party raised funds for the organization’s transitional program to help the homeless move “beyond shelter” and into permanent homes. The annual RESIDENTIAL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION show at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center is a great way for people in the trade to network and get great ideas for building their businesses in the next year. New England Home is happy to be a part of this event every year. Windsor, Vermont, felt like Monte Carlo for an evening as guests ate, drank, danced and tried their luck at the game tables at the Casino Royale–themed party to celebrate the kickoff of the NEW ENGLAND LIVING SHOW HOUSE at the pretty 1902-built Juniper Hill Inn. Guests of honor at the event, which raises money for several local charities, included Mwanaidi Sinare Maajer, the ambassador from the United Republic of Tanzania.


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New England Living Show House Through September 6

A team of world-class interior designers and landscape architects are bringing a turn-of-the-twentieth-century grande dame back to its original splendor. Featured designers include Ann Henderson, Dawn McLaughlin, Eileen Patterson, Eleanor Shepard, Gayle Lipman, George Pellettieri, Lois Bromley-Ellison, Louise Richards and Rose Ann Humphrey. Juniper Hill Inn, Windsor, Vt.; (802) 674-5273; www.newengland livingshowhouse.com; Sun. noon–4 p.m., Mon.–Tues. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; $30


a National Historic Landmark. The ninety-minute tours, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 10 a.m. during the season, include a visit to the Cottage Museum. Oak Bluffs, Mass.; (508) 693-0525; www.mvcma.org; $10

Howard Yezerski Gallery

Coastal Garden Tour

R. Michelson Galleries

Through July 9

Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900–1940 Through September 11

This exhibition examines the relationships of American modernists who worked in Maine in the first half of the twentieth century. Along with their mentor, Alfred Stieglitz, these artists all summered south of Bath, in a region that was then known as “Seguinland.” Featuring works by F. Holland Day, Clarence White, Marsden Hartley, Max Weber, Marguerite and William Zorach and Gaston Lachaise. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; (207) 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org; Mon.–Thurs. and Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; $10


Tour of Oak Bluffs Cottages Through August 28

Learn more about one of the Vineyard’s distinctive architectural treasures, the diminutive Victorian cottages at the Camp Meeting Association grounds,

and Museum’s 14th Annual Secret Garden Tour A walking tour of ten visually stunning private gardens in Provincetown. Guests are led along stone paths and wooden walkways into borders and beds of specimen plants, flowers and lush greenery. Free parking, shuttle service and tour book. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Mass.; (508) 487-1750; www.paam.org; 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; check Web site for ticket pricing

12 Brimfield Antiques Show Through July 17

The largest antiques show in the country is actually a smorgasbord of about twenty privately run shows featuring more than 6,000 dealers spread out over a mile in this quaint Massachusetts town. Route 20, Brimfield, Mass.; www .brimfieldshow.com; starts at daybreak; check Web site for admission prices

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Kitchens Tour Sponsored by the Nantucket Preservation Trust, the tour features historic homes and kitchens on Milk Street in Nantucket. Trained docents provide historical facts and stories at each home, while local chefs serve up snacks and recipes. Nantucket, Mass.;

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Northampton, Massachusetts (413) 586-3964 www.rmichelson.com Raptors Through September 30 Sculpture, drawings and prints by Leonard Baskin

Tour some of Rockport’s diverse private coastal gardens, many open to the public for the first time. Plants, refreshments and original art will be offered for sale at designated tour sites. Rockport, Mass.; www.rockportgardenclub.org; 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.; $25

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Boston (617) 262-0550 www.howardyezerskigallery.com Naked Through August 19 Featuring work by gallery artists

Gallery Z Providence (401) 454-8844 www.galleryzprov.com Portrait of Self Reflection July 7–August 6 Work by Lara B. Julian Penrose and Helena L. Stockar

Quidley & Company Nantucket, Massachusetts (508) 228-4300 www.quidleyandco.com Forrest Rodts July 8–20 A contemporary look by a Nantucket native Sergio Roffo August 19–31 Master of the coastal landscape

Charlestown Gallery Charlestown, Rhode Island (401) 364-0120 www.charlestowngalleryri.com The Ocean July 16–August 8 Over twenty dynamic new paintings by Antonia Tyz Peeples Farm & Table August 13–September 5 Work by Shawn Kenney honoring the food we eat

Albert Merola Gallery Provincetown, Massachusetts (508) 487-4424 www.albertmerolagallery.com Abstraction August 12–September 1 Selected work by gallery artists including James Balla, Ellsworth Kelly and John Waters


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30 37th Annual VADA Antiques Show

www.artsfoundation.org; 5–7 p.m.; check Web site for pricing

Through July 31

16 Rock River Artists Open Studio Tour

This year the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association has joined forces with the Green Mountain Antiques Show to present “the best antiques Vermont has to offer,” with more than fifty-eight dealers exhibiting in room settings. Union Arena Community Center, Woodstock, Vt.; www.vermontada.com; Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; $8

Through July 17

This annual self-guided tour explores the breathtaking scenery and artwork surrounding Newfane, Vermont. All within a twelve-mile radius, eighteen world-class artists open up their homes, gardens and studios to the public for the weekend. Newfane, Vt.; (802) 258-9082; www.rockriverartists.com; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

37th Annual House Tour This annual house tour features several interesting homes, both old and new. The tour requires driving and some walking; tickets are available at the Historical Society Museum and the Wellfleet information booth. Wellfleet, Mass.; (508) 349-2920; www.wellfleet historicalsociety.org; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; $20

Through August 13


Nantucket Historical Association’s August Antiques Show Through August 7

This annual antiques show benefiting the island’s historical association is managed by the Antiques Council and draws high-end vendors from around the country. Bartlett’s Farm, Nantucket, Mass.; (508) 228-1894; www.nha.org; preview party Thurs. 6–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $125 for preview, $15 for show

23 A Taste of Hancock: A Kitchen

Tour & Culinary Fair Visit seven remarkable kitchens in historic homes along Main Street and discover how their owners have blended new with old. Stroll through town for musical entertainment and activities. Main Street, Hancock, N.H.; (603) 5254970; www.hancockwomansclub.com; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $20–$25


The Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair Through August 14

More than 200 New Hampshire craftsmen will display their work at this popular fair. Almost every type of craft medium will be represented—furniture, glass, pottery, prints, woodcarvings— along with daily demonstrations and workshops for all ages. Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H.; (603) 224-3375; www.nhcrafts.org; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $9

24 Lakeside Living Expo Through July 26

A celebration of lake homes, Adirondack furniture and decor, boats, outdoor watersports and more. Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford, N.H.; (518) 479-3976; www.lakesidelivingexpo.com; Fri. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $9 106 New England Home July/August 2011

& Garden Tour This annual tour offers a glimpse into many of the island’s historic and new homes and gardens along Pleasant Street and Mill Street. Garden club members provide exquisite flower arrangements in each home. Nantucket, Mass.; (626) 228-0925; www.nantucket .org/gardenclub; 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $40

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16 Old York Historical Society’s 22nd Annual Designer Show House The Old York Historical Society has chosen Emerson House in York Village as this year’s show house. Interior designers have restored and decorated dozens of spaces throughout the home. An opening-night Preview Gala will take place on Friday, July 15 (6–9 p.m.; $50 per ticket). 31 Long Sands Rd., York Village, Maine; (207) 363-4974; www.old york.org; Mon., Wed., Fri.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Thurs. until 7 p.m.; $20

10 57th Annual Nantucket House


26th Annual Pops by the Sea Under the baton of maestro Keith Lockhart and a celebrity guest conductor, this fundraising concert usually draws a live audience of more than 15,000. Gates open at 1 p.m. with preshow entertainment. Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis, Mass.; (508) 362-0066;

11 54th Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show

Through August 13

This year’s show features sixty-eight dealers of high-quality antiques who have set aside “new to market” merchandise in anticipation of this summer’s big event. Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H.; (603) 585-9199; www.nh ada.org; Thurs.–Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $10–$15, visitors under age 30 free

12 5th Annual Newport Antiques Show

Through August 14

Along with with an exhibit of samplers and needlework from the collections of the Newport Historical Society, more than forty of the industry’s finest dealers will showcase their wares. Proceeds benefit both the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Club. Gala Preview on August 12 (6–9 p.m.; $100–$500 per ticket). St. George’s School, Middletown, R.I.; (401) 8462669; www.newportantiquesshow.com; Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; $12 •

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• A cool and colorful pool area as envisioned by New England designers • Wish List: Meryl Santopietro shares her favorite new things for the home

Pool and Patio: Chaises


Trinidad Chaise “This stylish, comfortable chaise by Carl Muller for Woodard is lightweight and lowmaintenance. The fusion of traditional wicker with modern curves allows this piece to work in a variety of settings.” GRAND RAPIDS FURNITURE, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 345-0911, WWW.GRANDRAPIDSFURNITURE.NET


Campaign Grande Chaise “I love the functional versatility of this double chaise from Brown Jordan, with its separate adjustable backs and a canopy to provide sunscreen. Optional side drapes add a privacy factor. Wheels let you move the unit to follow the sun.” AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND, (800) 743-4252, WWW.BROWNJORDAN.COM


Amalfi Chaise Lounge “The quality and strength of JANUS et Cie’s products can hold up to the harsh New England weather. And this chaise proves you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and style for practicality.” JANUS ET CIE, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-5001, WWW.JANUSETCIE.COM

For Carey Erdman, the natural world is an important element in great design. He loves to incorporate plants, flowers and other botanical accents in his interiors. ERDMAN DESIGN, BOSTON, (617) 816-6467, WWW.ERDMAN-DESIGN.COM

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Round Umbrella “No need to stay indoors on a sunny day when protection from those rays can be as chic and stylish as this.” JANUS ET CIE

Siam Umbrella “I was drawn to the unique shape of this chic umbrella. It’s so graceful it reminds me of a parasol. In white or neutral fabric it would offer a serene feeling, or you could jazz it up with one of JANUS’s bright colors for a more tropical effect.” JANUS ET CIE


Cantilever Umbrella “If you have the space, I say go big so you don’t have to keep repositioning your umbrella to keep cool and out of the sun. I love this cantilever design, as it comfortably covers a table or pair of chaises without having a pole in the middle of things.” JANUS ET CIE

Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh’s work has been published in many magazines, including Traditional Home, Veranda, Architectural Digest and New England Home. Her firm has also been featured on HGTV’s Dream Home. GRIFFIN BALSBAUGH INTERIORS, BROOKLINE, MASS., (617) 264-9006

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Wellfleet Waters Flower Power Pillows “What’s not to love about these simple, but bold, patterns? Add some sizzle to your outdoor setting with these pillows of water-resistant, anti-mildew cotton made right here in New England. I love to support local artisans and the local economy.” WELLFLEET, MASS., (617) 413-1381, WWW.WELLFLEETWATERS.COM


Trina Turk Trellis Print Fabric “Blue and white is back! I love the simple, graphic power of this fabric. There are several wonderful prints in this collection that could be mixed and matched for a grouping of pillows.” F. SHUMACHER, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 4829165, WWW.FSCHUMACHER.COM


John Robshaw Bergamot Pillow “This pillow adds a level of Bohemian chic to your outdoor scheme—a wonderful way to incorporate color and pattern.” AVAILABLE AT FINE RETAIL SHOPS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CONNECTICUT, WWW.JOHNROBSHAW.COM

With a B.F.A. from Boston University and studies at the Art Students League of New York, Beverly Rivkind brings her training in art and art history to bear in her work as an interior designer. Her projects have been featured in House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens and other publications. BEVERLY RIVKIND INTERIOR DESIGN, NORWELL, MASS., (781) 8264704, WWW.BEVERLYRIVKINDINTERIORDESIGN.COM

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Meryl Santopietro, Lincoln, Rhode Island Meryl Santopietro’s clients often do as much for her as she does for them. She counts one couple she’s completed a number of projects with as a major inspiration. “Working with them has been an incredible collaboration,” she says. “I’ve really grown as a designer, working on projects that are really cutting edge.” One of those projects, the couple’s Rhode Island guesthouse, was featured in New England Home’s September/October 2009 issue. Now, Santopietro says, “I’m working on a fabulous teahouse for their estate.” Santopietro, who earned her B.F.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a certificate in interior design from the Rhode Island School of Design, also has quite a few clients in New York City these days. After spending most of her week in the city, she looks forward to coming back to her rural home. “We have floor-to-ceiling windows on the back of the house, so nature is just coming in 24/7,” she says. Her personal tastes tend toward the sleek and modern, with the occasional Asian-influenced piece and modern art that’s bold and colorful. “I like my own environment to be soothing and restful,” she says. “It inspires me and lets me recharge my batteries.” MERYL SANTOPIETRO INTERIORS, LINCOLN, R.I., (401) 258-9798, WWW.MERYLSANTOPIETRO.COM



1 Bermingham & Co. Adras Silk Ikat Fabric “I find ikat fabrics so appealing. They have patterns that are tribal in feeling but in a modern rendition. These fabulous, cool colors create such ‘pop’ in a room.” BRUNSCHWIG & FILS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 348-2855, WWW.BRUNSCHWIG.COM

2 Donghia Bond Street Daybed “This is such a beautiful design. The little raised back and its depth and length make it very comfortable. Daybeds so often are nice to look at but aren’t user-friendly. This one is not just pretty, it’s also very functional.” BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 574-9292, WWW.DONGHIA.COM


3 A. Rudin Chair and Ottoman “This chair is so smart! It’s really great midcentury design. The scale and proportion would fit in many homes or apartments. It just feels really fresh. This one is shown in leather, but you can get it in any fabric you want.” M-GEOUGH, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 451-1412, WWW.M-GEOUGH.COM


4 Phillip Jeffries Linen Fabrics “My assessment of Phillip Jeffries is that any product from their line is phenomenal. Between their textures, materials and colors, the aesthetic is so great. Their fabrics add a fabulous layer of finish to any setting.” WEBSTER & COMPANY, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 261-9660, WWW.WEBSTERCOMPANY.COM

5 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Marilyn Lamp in Lilac “I love the styling of this lamp; it works for almost any type of room, whether modern, traditional or transitional. It comes in a wide range of color choices, so it’s a great way to perk up a room without spending a fortune.” BOSTON, (617) 266-0075, WWW.MGBWHOME.COM 114 New England Home July/August 2011




New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in New England’s shops and showrooms BY ERIN MARVIN






1 Midcentury modern moved into Boston’s South End with the opening of Reside this spring. The showroom features iconic works from such notable designers as Herman Miller, Hans Wegner, George Nakashima and Vladimir Kagan. Summer’s newest arrivals include this 1950s six-drawer teak desk by Danish designer Kai Kristiansen. BOSTON, (857) 350-3594, WWW.RESIDEINC.COM

2 The Bamboo Splits lamp, from the new Tommy Bahama Collection by Wildwood, is sure to help you capture the spirit of the islands in your own home (beachfront or otherwise). Available at European Manor, it is handmade from natural materials with a woven wood base and neutral shade. WELLESLEY, MASS., (781) 235-8660, WWW.EUROPEANMANOR.COM


3 Sara Ossana and Jonathan Glatt of O&G Studio met at the Rhode Island School of Design and set out to create “modern home furnishings with an old soul.” We give you the Atlantic Lowback armchair, a twist on the traditional Windsor, as evidence of their success. (The bright orange is one of eighteen eye-catching finish options). WARREN, R.I., (520) 2471820, WWW.OANDGSTUDIO.COM

4 What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, hence the Roger Thomas passementerie collection from Samuel & Sons. Thomas, interior designer for Wynn Resorts, knows how to bring fun and flair into any space, be it in Vegas or Vermont. We’d place our bets on this flirty Roulette fringe, available at The Martin Group. BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 951-2526, WWW.MARTINGROUPINC.COM

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5 Nautical or nice? The Spinnaker lounge chair—a collaboration between Norwegian furniture company Hødnebø and designers Linda Steen and Lena Axelsson—is both. Newly launched at BG Galleries, the sailboat-inspired design incorporates a recycled sail along its backside. This numbered sail, N33, is from the racing yacht of Norwegian royals. HINGHAM, MASS., (617) 901-4333, WWW.BEYONDGORGEOSITY.COM

6 Lekker is now the exclusive New England dealer of Belgian-designed furniture lines Marie’s Corner and Central Station. (The Dakota sofa from Marie’s Corner is shown here.) Handmade of the finest hardwoods and fabrics with a clean, minimalist aesthetic, these pieces offer Europeanquality craftsmanship without the wait of importing them from abroad. BOSTON, (617) 542-6464, WWW.LEKKERHOME.COM

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Architects: Phil Regan and Greg Ehrman, Hutker Architects, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., (508) 693-3344, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 693-3344, and Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-3340, www .hutkerarchitects.com Interior designer: Courtney Fadness, Hutker Architects Builder: Cornerstone Building and Remodeling, Framingham, Mass., (508) 877-2480, www.cornerstone-building.com Pages 42–44: Sofa, chairs, leather chair and floor lamp from Room & Board, www.room andboard.com; rugs by Merida, www.merida meridian.com; leather daybed by InMod, www .inmod.com; marble-topped bistro table from Anthropologie, www.anthropologie.com; Marais metal chairs from Design Within Reach, www .dwr.com; cerused oak end table from Bungalow 5, www.bungalow5.com; storage ottomans from Ethan Allen, www.ethanallen.com; mango-wood stool from Viva Terra, www.vivaterra.com; coffee table from Restoration Hardware, www .restorationhardware.com; quartz lamp from Visual Comfort, www.visualcomfort.com; sea urchin lamp from Horchow, www.horchow.com. Page 46: Counter stools from Conran Shop, www.conran.com. Page 47: Dining chairs from Crate & Barrel, www.crateandbarrel.com; rug by Glen Eden, www.glen-eden.com; chandelier designed by Hutker Architects, fabricated by Whit Hanschka, Hanschka Fine Metalwork, www.finemetal work.com; dining table designed by Hutker Architects, fabricated by Island Copper, Osterville, Mass. Page 49: Fratelli sofas from Vioski, www.vioski .com; floor lamp and accent tables from Room & Board.


Landscape architecture by Morgan Wheelock Inc.

Architect: Douglas Dick, LDa Architecture & Interiors, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 621-1455, www.lda-architects.com Interior designer: John Day, LDa Architecture & Interiors Landscape architect: Katherine Field and Associates, Newport, R.I., (401) 848-2750, www.katherinefield.com Builder: Paradise Construction, Swampscott, Mass., (781) 599-1360 Page 51: Foyer rug from Steven King, www .stevenkinginc.com; round table from Furn & Company, www.furnco.us; white stool custom through LDa Architects. Page 52: Chandelier from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www.mgbwhome.com; dining table custom through LDa Architects; dining chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with fabric by Henry Calvin, www.calvinfabrics.com; stand-

21A Trotter Drive | Medway MA 02053 800.794.5480 | 508.533.8700 | f: 508.533.3718 www.rpmarzilli.com

ing lamp by Aqua Creations, www.aquagallery .com, captain’s chairs from Hickory Chair, www.hickorychair.com. July/August 2011 New England Home 117

Resources Page 53: Swivel armchairs from A. Rudin,

makers, www.cabinetmakers.com; sconces by

www.arudin.com, with fabric by Henry Calvin;

Louis DiCalla through Webster & Co.

coffee table from Mitchell Gold + Bob

Page 60–61: Foyer pendant by www.bocci.ca;

Williams; rug from Steven King; Lucite table

family room sofa by DeSede through Montage,

from Furn & Company; sofa from Mitchell

www.montageweb.com; area rug from Steven

Gold + Bob Williams with fabric by Ralph

King, www.stevenkinginc.com; lacquer coffee

Lauren, www.ralphlaurenhome.com; silver

table by Dakota Jackson through Webster &

mirror from Restoration Hardware,

Co.; curtain fabric from Stark Fabric,

www.restorationhardware.com; floor lamps

www.starkfabric.com; dining room wall fabric

from ICON Group, Boston.

by Elizabeth Dow through Studio 534; wall

Page 56: White kitchen counter from Caesar-

upholstery by Eliot Wright Workroom; celadon

stone, www.caesarstoneus.com; black counter from Ital Marble, www.italmarble.net; pendant light fixtures from Restoration Hardware; leather chairs from Cargo Unlimited, www.cargounlimited.com. Page 57: White ostrich leather ottoman from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; spindle chair from Ralph Lauren; lamp behind chair from Restoration Hardware; sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, with Brentano fabric, www .brentanofabrics.com; sisal rug from Stark Carpet; bronze drum end table from Oly Studio, www.olystudio.com.

vases and Holly Hunt pendant light from Webster & Co.; antique Art Deco sideboard from 1st Dibs. www.1stdibs.com; ceiling wallcoverings by Stark and Maya Romanoff, www.maya romanoff.com. Page 62: Chaises by Sutherland through Webster & Co. Pages 64–65: Handpainted silk wallcovering by DeGournay through Webster & Co.; area rug by Laura Kirar, tables and lamps all through Baker, www.bakerfurniture.com; custom bed linens by Muse through Webster & Co.; round chaise by B & B Italia through Montage with


fabric by Glant through Webster & Co.; curtain

Architect: James Sandell, Carr, Lynch & Sandell,

tains, curtain embroidery and wall upholstery

Cambridge, Mass., (617) 661-6566, www.carr

by Eliot Wright Workroom; Bellarita master


bath wall tile by Ann Sacks, www.annsacks

Interior designer: Douglas Truesdale, Carter &

.com; fixtures and hardware from Billie Brenner,

Company, Boston, (617), 227-5343, www .mcarterandco.com Landscape architect: Wesley Wirth, Thomas


Wirth Associates, Sherborn, Mass., (508) 651-


3643, www.thomaswirthassociates.com

Architect: Mark Simon, Centerbrook Architects

Builder: Christopher Britton, Britton Industries,

& Planners, Centerbrook, Conn., (860) 767-

East Sandwich, Mass., (508) 833-1420

0175, www.centerbrook.com

Hardscape installation: Andrew Collins, Collins

Interiors: Sandra Oster, Sandra Oster Interiors,

Construction, Cohasset, Mass., (781) 589-1976

Greenwich, Conn., (203) 661-2356,

Landscape installation: David Schumacher, D


Schumacher Landscape, West Bridgewater,

Landscape architect: Stephen Stimson

Mass., (508) 427-7707

Associates, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 548-8119,

Lighting consultant: Susan J. Arnold, Wolfers,

and Cambridge, Mass., (617) 876 -8960,

Waltham, Mass., (781) 890-5995, www.wolfers .com Audio-Video design and installation: Audio Video Design, Newton, Mass., (877) 999-1900, www .avdesigns.com Pool installation: Aquaknot Pools, Weymouth, Mass., (781) 335-7705, www.aquaknotpools.com Decorative painting and Venetian plaster: Jay Berggren, Jayco Painting Specialists, Halifax, Mass., (781) 293-6656, www.italianplasters.com /app/Massachusetts/JayBerggren.html Pages 58–59: Coffee table by Matthews &

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fabric by Glant through Webster & Co.; cur-

www.stephenstimson.com Builder: Burlington Construction, Torrington, Conn., (860) 482-5017 Tree consultant: Daniel Mack, Roundtree Construction, Warwick N.Y., (845) 986-7293, www.danielmack.com Page 68: Chairs crafted by Daniel Mack; interior stone walls by Joseph Mazotta & Sons, Middletown, Conn. Page 69: Rug by Elizabeth Eakins, www .elizabetheakins.com; light fixture designed by

Parker, www.matthewsandparker.com; custom

Centerbrook Architects & Planners, fabricated

upholstery by McLaughlin Upholstering Com-

by Louis Mackall, Breakfast Woodworks,

pany, www.mclaughlinupholstering.com, with

www.breakfastwoodworks.com; fireplace

fabric by Clarence House through Webster &

stonework by New England Hearth and Soap-

Co., www.webstercompany.com; Elizabeth

stone, Goshen, Conn.; millwork by Madigan

Dow chair fabric from Studio 534, www

Millworks, Unionville, Conn.

.s5boston.com; curtain fabric by Laura Lien-

Page 70: Exterior stonework by Outdoor

hardt through Webster & Co.; curtains by Eliot

Artistry, Torrington, Conn.

Wright Workroom, Boston; plaster bust from

Page 73: Bed, headboard and shelves

Antiques on 5, www.antiqueson5.com; custom

crafted by Statham Woodwork, www.statham

millwork by Kochman, Reidt & Haigh Cabinet-

woodwork.com. •

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Fairfield, CT $1,599,000

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