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incides with the annual induction of new members into the New England Design Hall of Fame. Which means that my thoughts these days often dwell on the rich abundance of professionals and projects embodied in that honorable company. Then again, the winter solstice and the end of the year are approaching rapidly, so maybe there’s a natural tendency to meditate on the state of the world and take stock. (You can get to know this year’s seven honorees in our special New England Design Hall of Fame section starting on page 57, by the way.) A very small expansion of focus brings us to the larger confraternity of potential and eventual Hall of Fame inductees—commanding figures we haven’t gotten around to yet, or designers whose gifts are undeniable but who simply aren’t far enough along in their work lives for their true measure to be taken. And from there in turn it’s only one additional step outward to the full panoply of products, personalities and other stylish stuff we are immersed in every day at New England Home—all those careers and all that commitment to making our domestic ambience more beautiful and more fitting than it was before. The prospect is daunting, really, all the more so for someone like me who is more a lucky observer than an expert. It’s not just the number of people doing noteworthy work but the sheer variety of the results. Glancing back at our 2011 covers, on two consecutive magazines I see two houses in Vermont (located only a forty-mile drive apart, by my calculation). One is by designer Wendy Valliere, the other by the architectural firm TruexCullins, and they could hardly be more different. The first is picturesque but frankly a bit eccentric, the second is geometric, spare and stately. While the house on this issue’s cover, located two states to the east, in Maine, welcomes guests with a distinctly warm hominess, accented by those odd and unexpectedly right touches that bespeak an individual sensibility at work. Somehow I feel this says something about the whole field. Isn’t it fascinating that there can be so many diverse but compelling ways to make us feel at home?

Some Reflections at Year’s End

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief

Corrections and amplifications: We mistakenly credited the wrong company for the interior millwork in the house featured in “Down East Meets Downtown” in our September/October feature. The work was done by Michael Fernald and his company, Fernwood Company of Cape Neddick, Maine, (207) 363-7891. We also learned after we went to press that William F. Lee Architect and Associates of Duxbury, Massachusetts, was responsible for the architectural design of the kitchen on page 136 of the September/October issue. His firm can be reached at (781) 582–1534.

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78 Modern Magic A well-loved Nantucket farmhouse gets an update that gives


88 All in the Mix A diverse blend of ingredients combined with a splash of

inspiration and a dash of restraint yields a warm and cozy Maine retreat for a Boston-area designer. INTERIOR DESIGN: PHILLIP JUDE MILLER, AMERICA DURAL • PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM GRAY • TEXT: KARA LASHLEY • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

98 High Marks Charged with turning a unit in a Boston high-rise into a space

that suits a pair of college students as well as their visiting parents, two South End designers pass with flying colors. INTERIOR DESIGN: ANDREW TERRAT AND DEE ELMS, TERRAT ELMS INTERIOR DESIGN • PHOTOGRAPHY: GREG PREMRU • TEXT: PAULA



Other Features 51 5 Under 40 Join the party as we recap our celebration in honor of the young

winners of our 2011 5 Under 40 awards.

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57 New England Design Hall of Fame As we celebrate five years of recognizing

architects, interior designers and landscape architects who have had a profound impact on design in our region, meet this year’s honorees, seven special additions to the New England Design Hall of Fame for 2011.

On the cover: Designer Phillip Jude Miller’s homey, eclectic but always elegant style is on display from the moment the doors open to his York, Maine, getaway. Photograph by Sam Gray. To see more of this home, turn to page 88.



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Art, Design, History, Landscape 25 Elements: Presents of Mind A selection of holiday gifts perfectly suited

to every member of the family. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ Design Destination: J. Seitz & Co., New Preston, Connecticut 32 36 Artistry: Photographic Memories Boston artist Suara Welitoff uses still

pictures and video to plumb the depths of recollection and imagination. BY CAROLINE CUNNINGHAM

40 Good Bones: Triple Play On an island in a New Hampshire lake, a trio of

tiny cabins invites its owners to step away from civilization without leaving style behind. BY PAULA M. BODAH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VANDERWARKER 46 Made Here: The Merida Mystique A Merida rug begins with wool or sisal,


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118 Trade Secrets: A Quiet Revolution Comings and goings (and a few surpris-

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tecture and design. 128 Calendar Special events for those who are passionate about fine design. Now in the Galleries: Upcoming art exhibitions throughout New England 128 134 Perspectives A welcoming dining room as imagined by three New England

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Buried in the recesses of our storage closet is a stash of gifts accumulated over the years from well-meaning family members. It’s not that said gifts aren’t beautiful or well designed. It’s that they’re just not “us.” We don’t mean to be ungrateful. We appreciate the fact that figuring out what “us” is can be difficult. You probably have family members like ours—lovable, to be sure, but hard to read when it comes to gift-giving. Here, then, we offer help in the form of gift suggestions for various family members, be they quirky, eco-conscious, elegant or otherwise. Deeply Felt For the aunt who’s always been there for you, a mistletoe wreath crafted of wool felt. Cut by hand and arranged on a wire frame, it’s bound to win her heart. 12"D. $68. POD, BROOKLINE, MASS., (888) 739-3802, WWW.SHOP-POD.COM

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You’d think by now we would have taken a page from our friend Kathy’s gift-giving book: when you find the perfect holiday gift for someone, buy it. No matter that it’s hard to think about a wool blanket on the hottest day of July. “If the gift’s right,” Kathy admonishes, “don’t wait; grab it.” On more occasions than we care to remember, we’ve found ourselves wandering around stores on December 23, with a long list of recipients still in need of gifts, only to realize that the perfect pitcher for a friend who brews her own beer—the one that was on the shelf just last week—is gone. We wish now that we’d followed Kathy’s advice when, on a balmy Friday in early September, with summer vacation still fresh in our memories, we browsed J. Seitz & Co. Here was a store with a selection so thoughtfully chosen we could have found something for everyone on our list.

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Photographic Memories Boston artist Suara Welitoff uses still pictures and video to plumb the depths of recollection and imagination. BY CAROLINE CUNNINGHAM


uara Welitoff ’s gorgeous, deeply mysterious photographs and video installations are at once disorienting and mesmerizing. She captures both the quotidian and the dramatic—crowds walking through a plaza, soldiers loading an artillery rocket—with the same degree of sensitivity, deliberately removing details that might place the scene in any specific time or place. Short moments of action are compressed and then expanded; they slowly fold and unfold, over and over, in a dreamlike dance. Welitoff ’s work explores the unknowable spaces of memory and imagination, and you just can’t turn away.

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The artist acknowledges the compelling power of her images with a shy smile. “They mesmerize me, too—that’s why I make them,” she says. “My images are about ambiguity, and the absence of detail makes them about the here and now. The crux of the work is that it’s so puzzling.” Welitoff, who grew up in New Jersey, initially expressed herself through music, playing an eclectic range of instruments from accordion to bass. She spent some time living in California and touring as a musician before deciding to move back east and, in 1985, to Boston. It was here that she picked up a camera and started taking long-exposure photographs of her friends, translating her musician’s sense of rhythm and abstraction to make portraits that, in her own words, “showed the passage of time.” Classes at MassArt followed, but Welitoff describes herself as largely self-taught through extensive reading and constant, careful observation of the world around her. The transition to video was both a logical exLeft: Video stills from Clouds tension of her work and an (history repeating itself) emotional decision she made (2009). Top: Video stills from after she saw Deadpan, an in- A Million Sunsets (2009) stallation by British artist Steve McQueen, at the Museum of Modern Art. This short blackand-white re-creation of a Buster Keaton movie combined performance art with gentle slapstick, and also reflected Andy Warhol’s pervasive influence on a generation of emerging artists, including Welitoff. “It changed my life,” she says simply. “There was just no turning back after that.”

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Using a Super 8 camera, Welitoff made a series of short films in which she set her watchful gaze on events that are mostly unnoticed—a skateboard on the sidewalk, or a man waiting for the subway. She also appropriated clips from stock footage that captured similarly ephemeral moments. She edited the pieces down, modifying the color into the monochromatic washes of reds, blues, browns and grays that have become her signature palette, and looped the action to reveal the poetry in the ordinary. The haunting beauty of this work wasn’t lost on collectors like Manuel de Santaren. The Boston designer, an internationally noted collector of video art, co-chairs the photography committee of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and sits on the Visiting Committee for Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “I was immediately intrigued by how Suara transformed found footage into something so wonderful and unique,” de Santaren says. Curators at the MFA were equally impressed: Welitoff was awarded the museum’s prestigious Maud Morgan prize in 2002. Since then, Welitoff ’s work has considered themes around violence and war. In the 2005 piece A Million Sunsets, a boxing match becomes an animated abstraction, and in Clouds (history repeating itself), a 2009 work, a riot becomes an ethereal ballet in which the startling contrast between the images and the lush cinematography makes the scene even more disturbing. She also continues to examine things that are barely there, like birds in flight or the wind blowing through a woman’s skirt. Jen Mergel, the Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the MFA, explains the paradoxical nature of Welitoff ’s work. “Suara doesn’t Top: Video stills from Your want to influence someone’s Mercury Eyes (1998). Right interpretation in any directop to bottom: Video stills from Everything’s happening tion,” she says. “She translates and reduces her footage in a all the time (2009) way that’s painterly and romantic; there’s an intimacy in her images that is quite distinctly her own. It doesn’t need to be more than it is, so that it can be more than it is.” Winner of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in 2009, Welitoff has become an international, if almost unwilling, star. A close friend, artist Shellburne Thurber, observes: “If there’s a hiddenness to Suara, or a reluctance to reveal, it’s 38 New England Home November/December 2011

in part because her work is about the difficulty we have in nailing down meaning. Her images have a way of transforming something difficult, and addressing ideas that are elusive but deeply embedded in the human psyche.” • Editor’s Note Suara Welitoff is represented by the Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, (617) 262-4490, To see more of her work, go to

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Triple Play On an island in a New Hampshire lake, a trio of tiny cabins invites its owners to step away from civilization without leaving style behind. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VANDERWARKER


hen the owners of this set of tiny cabins head to their retreat, they really get away from it all. The compound is a classic New England camp, tucked into the woods on an island in a New Hampshire lake. The three buildings—one for gathering, one for sleeping and one for guests who spend the night—amount to a combined 2,330 square feet. There’s no heat and no air-conditioning. And because the camp is accessible only by boat, the homeowners have to carry in whatever provisions they’ll need for their stay.

Yes, they’re roughing it all right, but roughing it in style, thanks to the Boston firm of Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects. Indeed, these miniature cabins are little gems of architectural genius, unfussy in the way of rustic log houses, 40 New England Home November/December 2011

but visually striking and imbued with a contemporary sensibility. The buildings, all variations on the same theme, start as simple rectangles clad in unassuming graystained vertical board siding. Look up, though, and a series of asymmetrical, angled rooflines jut up

and fold back, making the tiny houses resemble large-scale origami projects. “We’ve been playing with rooflines in our office for many years,” says architect John Tittmann. “Just because you have a very simple Clockwise from left: The rugrectangular plan doesn’t mean ged chimney rises to the multithe roof has to be simple and ple planes of the soaring ceiling. Exposed framing gives rectangular.” the space a rustic look. Peaked Tittmann says the roofs add interest to the simrooflines, which he calls ple, rectangular buildings. “prismatic,” reflect a long tradition in American architecture. “Even going back to Colonial houses, the roofs on old saltboxes aren’t always where you expect them to be,” he says. “And in the Shingle style,

Good Bones roofs were often manipulated for dramatic effect. This follows that, though perhaps in a more geometric way.” The main cabin is just one room deep and holds a seating area that’s separated from the dining area and kitchen by a double-sided fireplace built of brick and studded with roughcut granite stones. “The stone looks random,” Tittmann notes, “but it was actually carefully orchestrated. Each stone was drawn first, and the stonemason followed the drawings. It’s meant to reflect the landscape there in the foothills of the White Mountains.” Once the chimney pierces the ceiling it becomes all brick. “From outside you see this precise, orderly brick chimney,” Tittmann says, “so you’re pleasantly surprised when you

step inside and see an unruly stone chimney that feels like the mountains.” It’s hard to say what’s most striking about the interior of the main cabin: the soaring ceiling with its twisting, turning planes that seem to extend up into the sky or the fact that both ceiling and walls have been left unfinished. The exposed fir framing, beyond Architecture: John Tittmann being appropriately rustic and John Barron Clancy, and visually appealing, has Albert, Righter & Tittmann the added advantage of douArchitects, Boston, (617) 4515740, bling as bookcases in the sitBuilder: Kevin McBournie, ting area. KMAC Builders, Holderness, Oversize sliding glass N.H., (603) 968-9339 doors stretch along the waterfacing walls of the sitting area Clockwise from above: Overand enhance the feeling of size sliders keep nature close being smack in the middle at hand. The kitchen and dining area, though simple, can of nature. Square windows accommodate the whole fami- installed high above the glass ly. Bedrooms are tucked away doors and a line of clerestory in separate buildings. windows on the wooded side bathe the cabin in additional soft, dappled light. For practical reasons, the kitchen has a bit more finish work, with drawers and cabinets faced in matching fir and 42 New England Home November/December 2011

adorned with simple pulls of oil-rubbed bronze. Practicality, too, dictated that the sleeping quarters be tucked away in their own cabins. The standalone sleeping areas offer peace and quiet when night owls stay up and talk into the wee hours or early risers enjoy breakfast at the crack of dawn. The larger sleeping cabin—all of 1,000 square feet— holds a master bedroom with views of the lake and woods

through windows on three walls, another bedroom and a sizable bathroom with wood-paneled walls and a simple wooden vanity. A gray-stained deck joins the main cabin and sleeping cabin, while the 330-square-foot guest cabin is visually linked to the other two by the canted expanses of its roof. Tittmann gives his clients credit for their role in creating this place that he calls “very remote and sort of magical.” Adds the architect: “Anytime you have a striking design, there’s probably a striking client.” •

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The Merida Mystique A Merida rug begins with wool or sisal, but the Boston-based company also weaves artistry, passion and concern for our planet into every piece. BY LOUIS POSTEL


atherine Connolly, the CEO of Merida, snapped up the giant jacquard loom at an auction in Lyon, France. Disassembled and crated back to Fall River, Massachusetts, it’s now in the hands of loom technician John Carvalho, who is busy putting Humpty Dumpty back together again—including all of the loom’s 12,000 needles. With eyelets no bigger than what you’d find in a hotel room’s complimentary sewing kit, they dangle down from the factory ceiling in a river of aqua thread. The project will require about a year of exacting work, the tension as palpable as the staccato thrumming of the other Merida looms. “You’ve got to thread Clockwise from right: John Careach needle in exact order. valho inspects a tufted rug for One needle out of place and imperfections. An example of Merida’s sisal. A Chain Link wool the whole thing will come rug from the fall collection. apart,” says Carvalho.

Why is Merida adding looms when most of its competitors are long gone? In the 1870s, Fall River was second only to Manchester, England, in the textile industry. Thousands of people worked the spindles and looms of Fall River’s factories in that golden era. In the 1920s the industry went south, literally; labor was cheaper in Dixie. Today it’s even cheaper in Asia. Having rugs made in Asia is, indeed, less expensive, says Maegan Fee, Merida’s design director. “But we offer a very different experience, a blend of old-world skills and the high 46 New England Home November/December 2011

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Made Here exploiting its workers, he will not hesitate to end the relationship, even if the behavior saved money and was invisible to the consumer. At this company, everyone and everything is interwoven. Ideas are valued at every level, from designers, architects and foremen to loom technicians, sewers, sisal cutters and shepherds. “We’re a learning organization that involves everyone in the company,” says Connolly. “Take Steven, for example, one of our sewers in Boston. Steven researched grommets on his own time, going to ten different stores downtown, e-mailing me photos. That’s typical.” Merida sprang from humble roots, supplying sisal as a noise-dampening

“Europe’s always sold fine rugs here, so it’s kind of nice to be selling there,” says Connolly. She’s betting on the popularity of Fee’s Sweater collection to propel the new fall lineup. Samples from both lines march across the concrete floor in her office. The Sweater collection is so soft it requires a Herculean effort not to bury one’s face in the ivory-colored New Zealand wool. It has a wholesomeness, a richness that goes beyond soft; like all of Merida’s products, it’s also very green, without a hint of the toxic adhesives, bleaching agents, dyes or formaldehyde so common today. Inspired by the Sweater collection, the new fall offerings experiment with highly textured, monochromatic constructions, but they also represent Merida a departure. Fee has combined (800) 345-2200 undyed wool with thin and thick felted wools to create rugs in pleasing stripes, basket weaves and lattice designs inspired by old window grates Fee saw on trips to Europe. “We’re hoping to start a renaissance in weaving here in America,” says Fee. “By applying innovative thinking to traditional skills, we can see it happen,” adds Connolly, who’s off to Paris to present Merida’s uniquely sustainable, cuddly rugs to the Old World. • Clockwise from left: John Costa repairs a dobby loom. A felted-wool Cable Rug from the fall collection. Hand-trimming a tufted rug.

wallcovering in Mormon churches. Then, in 1978, Hiram Samel bought Merida from his relatives and began to experiment with what else the environmentally friendly plant could do. Soon enough, Samel worked out the many kinks involved in turning huge rolls of sisal broadloom into area rugs with bindings that would lie flat. From sisal, it was a short leap to wool. Today, the company’s 37,000-squre-foot Fall River plant is dedicated to manufacturing wool rugs, while the sisal side of the business is based in Boston. Connolly is hardly one to stand idly by as Carvalho threads another of his needles. Along with Fee and marketing chief Whitney Palmedo, she is getting set to debut Merida’s fall collection at the Maison & Objet show in Paris. 48 New England Home November/December 2011

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AWARDS CEREMONY On the evening of September 15, 2011, designers, architects and creative minds came together to honor and celebrate five emerging talents—all under the age of 40—in the New England design community. The stage was set with stunning arrangements by Winston Flowers as New England Home publisher Kathy Bush-Dutton and editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner presented Debra Folz, Jinhee Park, Rachel Reider, Kelly Smith and Nima Yadollahpour with their 5 Under 40 awards. The spectacular night continued as guests sipped signature cocktails by VeeV, noshed on hors d’oeuvres prepared by Davio’s and marveled at rugs designed by the winners in conjunction with Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting. Amidst all the fun, the design community also showed its great generosity with robust bids during a silent auction to benefit Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based charity.





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ow in its fifth year, the New England Design Hall of Fame continues to recognize residential architects, interior designers and landscape designers who have made a significant impact on design in New England. In 2011, six celebrated designers, architects and landscape architects will join the ranks of the thirtythree legends inducted before them. A Specialty Award will also be given out this year to North Bennet Street School, honoring the institution’s long, distinguished commitment to preserving, teaching and promoting ideals of craftsmanship and technical skill in carpentry, cabinet and furniture making and similar fields. As with every year, narrowing down the area’s vast talent pool to the final winners presented quite the challenge, one met by a team of industry professionals from across the design community. This year’s selection committee included Ted Landsmark, president of the Boston Architectural College; Julie Rogowski, vice president/general manager of the Boston Design Center; Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home; and four previous Hall of Fame inductees: architect Jeremiah Eck, interior designers Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz and landscape architect Keith LeBlanc. The selection committee spent long hours in the New England Home offices reviewing the work of scores of deserving individuals who were nominated by their industry peers. The judges based their decisions on multiple criteria including years served in the design trade, mentorship of younger members of the profession, nonprofit community involvement, other industry recognition and—most important—quality of work. This year’s inductees will be honored with a gala celebration on November 3 at the State Room in downtown Boston. In addition, new trees representing each of the winners will be planted in the Hall of Fame’s permanent “Living Legacy”—a forest of birch trees on the Boston Design Center’s front plaza. Congratulations to the 2011 New England Design Hall of Fame inductees!

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Above: The selection committee discussing this year’s nominees in the offices of New England Home Below: The selection committee for the 2011 New England Design Hall of Fame: Ted Landsmark, Keith LeBlanc, Julie Rogowski, Cheryl Katz, Jeremiah Eck, Jeffrey Katz and Kyle Hopener

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1 New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel (fifth from right) with a selection of 2011 judges and inductees: Julie Rogowski, Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, Jeremiah Eck, Kyle Hoepner, Cheryl Katz, Ted Landsmark, Daniel Solien, Kris Horiuchi, Nancy S. Serafini, Bernard M. Wharton, Matthew Elliot, Elizabeth Elliot 2 Inductee Bernard M. Wharton 3 Evan Struhl of Cutting Edge Systems and Gian Luca Fiori of Marble and Granite with New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton and Kim Sansoucy 4 Lauren Giglio of Hutker Architects and John Day of LDa Architects 5 Budd Kelley of South Shore Millwork and Oliver Bouchier of Payne/Bouchier 6 Steve Kontoff and Bill Morton of Back Bay Shutter Co. with Gary Rousseau of Herrick & White 7 Ted Landsmark and Christopher Cox of Boston Architectural College flank Miguel GómezIbáñez of North Bennet Street School 8 Greg Sweeney, Pat Greichen and John Trifone of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton 9 Susan Parker, Debbie Morrison and Melissa Terefenko of Waterworks 10 Robert Brown of Think with Greg Sweeny of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Ryan Donnelly of Webster & Company and Andrew Terrat, Terrat Elms Interior Design 11 Boston Design Center’s Julie Rogowski, Marc Kaplan of Sanford Custom Homes and New England Home’s Kim Sansoucy November/December 2011 New England Home 59


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att and Libby Elliott, principals of Elliott + Elliott Architecture in Blue Hill, Maine, have had projects featured in magazines such as Dwell, Maine Home + Design, New England Home, Down East, Architectural Digest, Residential Architect and Metropolitan Home. Of course, inspiration comes easy when you’re designing amidst the stunning natural beauty of the Maine coast. The Elliotts favor simple, natural, local materials, and though no one style pervades their body of work, it’s easy to catch glimpses of Maine farm vernacular, Shaker heritage, Shingle style and modern architecture. “We have been heavily influenced by the simplicity and quiet dignity of rural vernacular buildings in New England—the barns, grange halls, mill buildings and farmhouses,” says Libby, noting an equal influence by contemporary masters such as Ando, Mies and Aalto. “We listen to what each particular site has to tell us and what each particular client is seeking and try to honor both of them.” “For us, the most challenging aspect of architecture is finding the ‘soul’ of a building, which for us is the synthesis of place and client,” adds Matt. “From this foundation, a building takes on a life of its own and our job becomes trying to keep the design true to itself.” Elliott + Elliott has received awards from Boston Society of Landscape Architects, AIA New England and the Maine Chapter of the AIA. But perhaps the most telling recognition comes from their clients. Fred Green, for whom Matt and Libby designed a series of structures, describes their architectural style as clean, uncluttered and free of self-

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conscious flourishes. “Our only regret is that we’re running out of new projects for them,” says Green. Jim Reinish, another longtime client, recalls his own experience: “They combined their ideas and aesthetic with our many ideas culled from books, visits to other Maine cottages we admired and a stack of photos collected over the years. The final design was unexpected and put together in ways we would never have imagined. It was the perfect balance of good design and practicality.” Good design and practicality: an apt description of the state they call home.


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heir design philosophy is simple: create memorable landscapes. Whether it’s an intimate courtyard garden or a largescale public park, a rolling meadow lush with wildflowers or a curving fieldstone wall edging along the coastal shoreline, Horiuchi Solien projects are more than just abstract spaces. “We craft experiences that connect people to a place or moment, and allow them to understand landscapes in new and meaningful ways,” explains firm principal and co-founder Daniel Solien. “Kris Horiuchi and Dan Solien have created a body of work that is both calming and joyful, pensive and inspirational,” adds architect Maryann Thompson. “Their attention to detail is meticulous and rich.” It was a love of art and natural sciences that drew Kris Horiuchi and Daniel Solien to landscape architecture. They founded their Falmouthbased firm in 1994 and have completed more than 120 residential gardens and numerous major public and private institutional projects. Many of those landscapes are on the Cape and islands, and local architect Mark Hutker notes that “they have lived and experienced the native aspects of the Cape and islands to the point that they intuitively respond with the correct type of plant materials, textures, colors and spaces that make great outside rooms.” Both Horiuchi and Solien hold master’s degrees in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Horiuchi is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. The firm has been recognized with more than twenty regional and national awards, and their work has been widely pub-

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lished in magazines such as Landscape Architecture, Garden Design, New England Home, Southern New England Home, Elle Décor, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. “Kris Horiuchi and Dan Solien know New England and the unique landscape traditions it has engendered, but they also know something more: that landscapes are constantly changing and should reflect those changes just as effectively as any piece of architecture,” observes architect Jeremiah Eck. “Their landscapes walk that delicate balance between what is cherished and what is possible.” Even as we celebrate their past accomplishments, we look forward to what the future holds for Horiuchi Solien.


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NBSS’s rich tradition of craftsmanship continues with future generations. Dan Faia is another alumnus, now head of the cabinet and furniture making program. He never planned on a career in teaching, but after graduating he began instructing workshops and never left. “I think that happens to a lot of people,” says Faia. “They fall in love with the school and its passion for craftsmanship, and they always keep touch with us in some way or another. It’s a very tightly knit community.” For those who attend NBSS, life will never be the same. Says Gómez-Ibáñez, “When you become involved in the creative work of making useful, beautiful objects and gain a personal understanding of what is meant by the ‘intelligence of the hands,’ it transforms who you are and how you think.”


he same year the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor, Swiss immigrant Pauline Agassiz Shaw opened an industrial school in Boston to train a swelling immigrant population in skilled trades. Shaw was a proponent of the “Sloyd” method, a holistic approach to teaching that cultivates a student’s character and intellect as much as their technical skills. From its inception, the school’s mission was not only to teach its students how to make a living, but how to live a more meaningful life. North Bennet Street School (NBSS) has been in continuous use since it first opened its doors in Boston’s North End in 1885, expanding over the years to include additional facilities in South Boston and Arlington, Massachusetts. Today’s students range in age from eighteen to sixty. Classes boast a student-teacher ratio of 13:1 in eight full-time professional programs: bookbinding, cabinet and furniture making, carpentry, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing, piano technology, preservation carpentry and violin making and repair. Lectures, workshops and short courses are also available to the public throughout the school year. Graduates enjoy an active alumni network in the Boston community and well beyond. Alumnus and NBSS President Miguel GómezIbáñez has been a central force in creating partnerships between NBSS and the Boston community at large. One such collaboration, with John Eliot School (a public K–8 school in Boston), resulted in the development of a pilot middle-school woodworking program, helping to ensure that


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Interior Design

Nancy S. Serafini



ancy Serafini wanted to be an interior designer from the time she was a little girl, when she spent hours decorating (and redecorating) her dollhouse. Unfortunately, her hopes were dashed by an eighth-grade guidance counselor who suggested she go into social work. Though she went on to obtain degrees in political science and urban affairs, Serafini eventually returned to her first love—and aren’t we lucky she did. Serafini’s work is punctuated by her love of color, quality fabrics, beautiful antiques and hand-printed wallpaper. “I am at heart a traditionalist with a love of English country decorating,” says Serafini. “But I’ve learned how to appreciate contemporary design and integrate it into my work. I always search for the unexpected sense of discovery and whimsy.” Architect Mark Howland, with whom Serafini has collaborated on a number of projects, names her a tireless advocate for her clients’ interests. “Nancy somehow finds the magic that unites unusual client requests, divergent architect and contractor agendas and whimsical artistic flourishes,” he says. “There is a visual coherence that transcends the variety of objects and colors and patterns.” Close to Nancy’s heart is her work with Children’s Hospital Boston, where fifteen years ago she co-founded Art for Kool Kidz, a program dedicated to providing relief from the pain and tedium of a hospital visit by creating an environment filled with color, wit, whimsy and imagination. “If we are able to distract the patient and/or parent for even a minute, we have succeeded,” says Serafini. Serafini founded her business, Home-

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works Interior Design, in 1975 with just $500 in capital and a goal of maintaining a home/life balance with her growing family. More than thirty-five years later she now designs projects with budgets between $5,000 and $10 million in locales such as the British Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Georgia, Tennessee, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and Florida. Her work has been featured in publications such as House & Garden, House Beautiful, Boston magazine, Traditional Home, The Boston Globe and New England Home’s Connecticut. And that work/life balance? She’s still reaping the rewards in time spent with her grandson.


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Bernard M. Wharton



ust when you try to put a finger on what denotes a Bernard M. Wharton–designed house—a series of peaked gables, the marriage of shingle and stone, pagoda-like rooflines, incredibly detailed woodwork— you come across something completely unexpected. Architect Wharton founded his South Norwalk, Connecticut, firm, Shope Reno Wharton Associates, in 1981. As the partner in charge of design, Wharton has a portfolio that includes houses, equestrian facilities, golf clubhouses, schools, museums and libraries. “Every project starts conceptually on my desk, and is generated in the old-fashioned way with pen and yellow trace,” he explains. “This being said, I am a great believer in the team approach to projects, and the office is run as a traditional atelier, except the drawing boards now have computers on them. I am a designer who is passionate about his craft, and who believes that architecture when viewed should enrich the soul.” Wharton has certainly done his part to enrich the New England landscape, creating houses that are stately but not ostentatious, with a rich sense of permanence. Though many projects may be cloaked in a traditional skin, there are always a few surprises, and design is driven by site demands and opportunities rather than because it conforms to a particular style. The firm’s work has garnered more than two dozen awards and honors and has been featured in Architectural Digest, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Residential Architect, New England Home, House Beautiful, The New York Times Magazine and others.

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Paul Goldberger, in his foreword to Wharton’s first monograph, House Home Heart: Artistry and Craftsmanship in the Architecture of Shope Reno Wharton, writes, “At a time when the McMansion has devalued the currency of traditional architecture, Wharton is one of the few architects in whose hands the idea of traditional house design continues to seem meaningful. He reminds us that there is potential for freshness in historical styles still—that these are not closed books, but languages ripe with opportunities for saying new things.” We can’t wait to hear what Wharton has to say next.


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efore the ferry nudges the dock, visitors sense the magic. Moored some thirty miles south of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a different world. Day-trippers have been known to fall under the island’s spell in life-shaping ways. It’s not just the magnificent beaches that grow even more memorable under crisp fall skies when colors are magnified. The town is lovely, too, perhaps never more so than in winter when lighted trees line the cobbled streets and candles glow in hundred-year-old windows. • The owners of this home were among those swept away. They began like migrating birds to arrive on Nantucket’s shores every summer. Then, four kids came along and “life got complicated,” the wife says with a laugh. When they did come back years later with children in tow, they found their affection for the place undiminished. The desire for a permanent base where family and friends could convene took hold, and

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the hunt was on. • When their excited real estate agent called, begging them to fly up immediately, they heeded his advice. “And thank heavens,” says the wife. “We walked around, saw these incredible harbor views and bought the house on the spot. It just felt right.” The old home—all weathered shingles and white trim—was the quintessential Nantucket nest. “Beach-cottagey and charming,” the homeowner says. • For a couple of years, the family enjoyed the place as it was, not minding that it wasn’t winterized and featured a warren of sweet but small rooms that didn’t quite fit the lively family. Eventually, however, it was obvious: only a renovation could transform their languorous seasonal getaway into a comfortable year-round home (translation: more time on the island). For help, they turned to Lyman Perry of Lyman Perry Architects, with offices on the island and in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. A well-known local figure, Perry, who studied with Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania, has put his

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A soaring ceiling gives the dining room light and volume. The whimsical Italian chandelier is a wondrously modern choice to accompany the sleek oak table. Facing page: An intimate sitting area serves up view-giving windows on three sides.

Limed-oak cabinets, some with antiqued glass fronts, contrast with the black-as-night honed granite counters.

thoughtful touch on two hundred-some Nantucket houses. “Architecture is my passion,” he says. “This house was wonderful, but we needed to streamline and reorganize the interior so it could flow better.” Perry brought Matthew Moger, a partner in the firm, on board. Nantucket-based builder Scott Bowman, frequently referred to as an artist in these parts, signed on, too. With such a talented trio on the job, a fabulous twenty-first-century rebirth was really only a matter of time. Of course, no project is without challenges. Because the house sits in a historic district, stringent regulations had to be followed. There was also a slight discrepancy in visions: the wife leaned toward a classic fix initially, while the husband pictured a contemporary solution. Happily, the architects’ brilliant scheme to maintain the home’s look and basic configuration while still opening up the space won everybody over. The plan called for raising the structure and tucking a basement in below. No ordinary basement, though, this generous space is equipped with a media room, bunk bedroom, bath and storage. An ingenious double-wide areaway—imagine an underground patio twelve feet wide and thirty feet long—provides access and floods the newfound space with light and air. Next, an appropriately scaled two-story addition allowed for amenities like a mudroom and laundry room on the first floor and plenty of baths and bedrooms (with water views) above. So seamlessly do old and new mesh, passersby don’t discern the difference. The home’s exterior reads like it always has, only immeasurably improved. The liberated interior, however, is another story. “Nantucket decor tends to be traditional and mostly blue, white and yellow. People step inside and are totally surprised,” says the wife, who is obviously delighted with today’s forward-thinking spin. With the former traffic-blocking walls demolished, the kitchen and the living and dining spaces merge easily. Ceiling heights are cunningly varied—low over the kitchen table, soaring in the dining room—to define the areas. Walls wear a barely gray, mist-like tint that enhances the feeling of openness. And the beautiful floors that knit it all together are limed oak (a material found throughout the home) that conjures sand. Constant light washing in through windows and glass doors illumines every corner. “We took an old farmhouse and made it sexy,” Moger says. 82 New England Home November/December 2011

The renovation involved a number of local sources, including the antiqued glass cabinet fronts by Nantucket artisan Stephen Swift. Facing page top: An arresting two-foot-wide lamp spotlights the breakfast table. Facing page bottom: The classic exterior belies the home’s more contemporary interior.

A welcoming guest room maintains the twenty-ďŹ rst-century vibe. Facing page top: Matthew Moger designed the master bedroom’s elongated headboard. Facing page bottom: The enlarged upstairs hall also serves as a rainy-day reading nook.

“This house was wonderful, but we needed to streamline and reorganize the interior so it could flow better.”

The furnishings—many of them designed by Moger (who has since moved on to a new firm, Moger-Mehrhof Architects)—are contemporary, crafted of sophisticated materials. The legs on the pale limed-oak dining room table, for example, slide into stainless-steel sleeves. Steel coffee tables and end tables in the living room have a shape inspired by humpback whales and flaunt a bronze finish reminiscent of the color of red seaweed. The wife’s affinity for the scheme and her well-defined design sense made commissioning an interior designer unnecessary. Yet design is not her only talent, according to Moger, who insists that cooking tells a lot about the person. “She’s a marvel in the kitchen,” he says. “She produces memorable meals with basic ingredients. Like everything she does, they’re simple but always elegant.” Cooking clutter is nowhere to be seen. Instead, the mood is clean and crisp. Plenty of limed-oak cabinets, some with antiqued glass fronts, contrast with black-as-night honed granite counters. The space is dominated by a majestic Aga range, a no-nonsense fixture that promises good food for summer hordes and any fall revelers who appear on the doorstep in October for the island’s celebrated cranberry harvest. For lounging, the enlarged secondlevel hall, now a library and study, couldn’t be better. A subtle change in the floor level cleverly separates the two areas. To the left and right, respectively, roost the spacious master suite and a daughter’s bedroom and bath. To conserve space and breathing room, a number of built-ins serve as furniture. The library console (topped with sandblasted glass that might be mistaken for sea glass) stands out. And the homeowners’ bed, with its handsome built-in headboard, will never go unnoticed. When all is said and done, the modernizing renovation that raised the rafters, opened the rooms and lightened the palette has also preserved the home’s character. This island getaway is lasting proof that it’s possible to respect the past and live gloriously in the present. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 142. November/December 2011 New England Home 85

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The designer added the vestibule off the home’s porch as a place to take off muddy boots. A 1910 French oak chest holds gardening supplies. Facing page: The rambling old cottage sits above York Harbor.

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hillip Jude Miller isn’t one for following recipes. On almost any winter weekend, the Louisiana-born designer can be found in the kitchen of his vacation home in York Harbor, Maine, roasting a chicken or improvising a hearty stew, his work overseen by a marble statue of Saint George and a funky midcentury table and chairs. Later, he’ll light a fire in the dining room—which is arrayed in what he calls “a very unusual palette” of brown, red and muted turquoise—as guests take a seat (Chippendale or Saarinen) around a glass-topped Le Corbusier table. With snowflakes playing outside the windows, everyone tucks into the meal under the watchful gaze of two bright-blue porcelain foo dogs that perch

with a pair of old New England candlesticks on a 1940s mahogany sideboard. In both cooking and decorating, there’s no telling exactly how Miller comes up with his inspired pairings, but his basic recipe goes something like this: gently mix eclectic ingredients. Add plenty of restraint. Yield: a deliciously homey kind of elegance. “It’s just magic for me to have people enjoying dinner at my house,” says Miller, the owner of America Dural, an architecture and interior design firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Though the five-bedroom home is often full of guests, “I’ll cook an elaborate meal even if I’m by myself,” he adds. “When I work on a design project, it takes a

year or two. But you can complete a meal in a few hours. It’s instant gratification.” There was nothing instantaneous about the renovation of his weekend retreat, which he undertook little by little over the course of eleven years, but Miller wouldn’t have had it any other way. Even today, he hesitates to pronounce the house “done.” The designer is constantly rethinking paint colors, swapping out artwork, adding to the extensive perennial gardens and rearranging his collection of antiques and Chinese porcelain. Evolution, he says, is what gives a house warmth. And this “rambling New England cottage,” as he describes it, is as cozy as they come, especially with its four fireplaces November/December 2011 New England Home 91

In the dining room, Miller mixed Scalamandré drapery fabric, a rug from Afghanistan and an eclectic array of furniture. Facing page top: In another example of how he likes to mix things up, the designer reused the kitchen’s granite countertop, supplementing it with Ikea butcher block. Facing page bottom: The tiny powder room features a romantic Sanderson wallpaper.

down on Victorian rooftops. “I tend to like small spaces,” says the designer, whose weekday residence is a petite Cambridge condo. But the 3,400-square-foot house was the right “It’s just magic for me to have size for hosting his family from people enjoying dinner at my house,” Miller says. Louisiana, who visit frequently, and for his beloved dinner parties. Miller’s challenge was clear: to “create intimaMiller found the place, “it looked like Dogpatch, U.S.A.,” cy and warmth in a big old empty he says. “There were rotted timbers. You couldn’t open house that was falling apart.” the windows in the summer. The house was really He started with the basics: rewiring, replacing the furfalling apart.” Yet he was drawn to its big front porch, nace and removing the radiators to make room for more the beautifully proportioned rooms filled with light and furniture. He painted the rooms and “turned the trim up its site on a little rise across from York Harbor, looking aglow. “I love it in winter,” Miller says. “I’m here in the winter almost as much as the summer.” The house wasn’t always so charming, however. When

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a notch,” he says. And he began to tame the overgrown garden, which today is his pride and joy, an oasis of stone terraces and beds that bloom from spring to fall. Miller didn’t touch the home’s exterior at first—that is, until a client remarked, “‘I drove by and it looked so awful I didn’t think it could be your house,’ ” he recalls, laughing. He soon replaced the windows and siding, adding a mahogany railing and embellishing the entryway with a bit of trim. There’s nothing to be ashamed of now: in the warmer months, passersby will see Miller enjoying tea every afternoon on the front porch. Eventually, he revamped the kitchen “to handle a lot of people, a lot of cooking”—outfitting it with slate-gray

cabinetry and a six-foot-long slate-covered island—and installed a first-floor powder room. All the while, he continued to refine the decor—he calls it “a balance of funny found objects and Chinese porcelain, contemporary art and Italian design”—and experiment with paint colors. “I love to play with color,” says Miller, who chose limey-yellow walls to offset the living room’s palette of rich blue and peach. A ten-foot-long Minotti sofa in dark-blue mohair stretches against one wall, picking up the blue in a Chinese porcelain vase on the mantel. The fireplace surround, which Miller believes came from an old inn in the area, was “the only elegant, refined thing in the house” when he bought it, he says. Other bold combinations enliven the upstairs bedrooms. In one guest room, the designer accented the 94 New England Home November/December 2011

In one of four second-floor guest rooms, Miller plays on an all-American color scheme. Facing page top: A 1940s chair and servant’s chest sit beneath Shepard Fairey prints. Facing page bottom: The twin beds in another guest room hail from 1820.

and a Kate Shepherd work presides over the dining room.) dusky blue walls with touches of red, coral and white. “The house is elegant, but it’s much more rugged than The furniture and objects are a classic Miller assortment: it looks,” adds Miller. “All my nieces and nephews grew vintage twin beds pushed together to make a king and dressed with a circa-1820 New England wool throw; nine- up coming here. It’s the kind of house you can sit in with teenth-century Chinese lamps atop vintage Crate and Bar- a bathing suit or sandy feet.” It’s also a prime example of the one recipe he always rel nightstands; and, on the walls, prints by Shepard Fairey. In another guest bedroom, Miller “The house is elegant, but it’s much more rugged had already concocted the palette of robin’s-egg blue and spring green than it looks,” says the designer. when a dear friend bequeathed him follows: “You should love everything in your house, but a set of Gene Davis prints, whose mulnot everything you love should be in your house.” And ticolored vertical stripes tie the space yet, while only a sampling of his treasures is on display, together and give it a contemporary Miller’s Maine cottage manages to hold a place for almost edge. “This is a classic New England cottage, but the arteverything, and everyone, he loves. • work is very modern,” the designer notes. (Etchings by Sylvia Plimack Mangold hang above the living room sofa, Resources For more information about this home, see page 142. November/December 2011 New England Home 95


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The designers used pale walls to let the view take center stage, then grounded the living room with a graphic rug and comfortable furniture in earthy colors.

emember how stressful dorm life could be? Oh, it had its upsides, like a built-in social network that could turn any mundane weeknight into an occasion for a party. But sharing close quarters with a bunch of other college students could also be distracting. Just think of the extra studying you might have squeezed in if you’d had a place to escape to now and then. Two lucky young men—cousins who came from Southeast Asia to study at Boston-area colleges—have just that. When they need a place for uninterrupted study (or to entertain a few friends without the whole dorm showing up) they can get away to their very own pied-à-terre, a two-bedroom condominium in the Clarendon, the elegant new brick-and-glass-faced high-rise in Boston’s Back Bay. The smart and practical parents of one of the boys had more than just their son and nephew in mind when they bought the unit with its stunning views of the Boston skyline. They also envisioned comfortable accommodations for themselves and other relatives visiting the young men. Posters and secondhand furniture, those staples of dorm decor, wouldn’t do, of course. The couple liked the way Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms had done up the Clarendon’s model unit, so they asked the design partners to work some magic on their seventeenth-floor space. The designers were happy for the opportunity. “The Clarendon is so amazing,” Elms says. “It’s a fantastic new building. Once you walk in the doors the beauty starts with the gorgeous lobby. The units are great, and they have wonderful views.” Terrat and Elms kept several goals in mind as they worked on the design plan. The unit should have a grown-up, sophisticated appeal for the parents and an informal, casual element for the young men. Visiting relatives would want comfort, even a bit of luxury, while the students would need work areas to spread out textbooks and laptops. And given the condo’s compact size of about 1,400 square feet, everyone would appreciate a


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New paneling painted a warm gold gives the small foyer dramatic impact. Facing page top: Touches of bright color in art and accessories pop against the neutral walls and furniture. Facing page bottom: A walnut surround gives the TV a ďŹ replace-like feel.

scheme providing the look and feel of a larger place. Conflicting missions? Perhaps, but Terrat and Elms brought them all together with effortless elegance. The pocket-size foyer makes a big impression, introducing the blend of drama and casual ease that characterizes the apartment. “It’s not an expansive foyer at all,” Elms admits, “so we wanted to create a couple of ‘moments’ to draw your eye, playing with the dimensions of the space so it feels a little larger.” Across from the front door, a sleek chrome-legged console and a round mirror elongate the space. To the left the designers applied paneling to a blank wall, then painted it a warm golden hue and hung a colorful piece by South Boston artist Lazaro Montano. “When there was no paneling, there was no great moment in the foyer,” Elms says. “We knew it would make a great art wall, and it makes the space look bigger.” In the open living area the designers beefed up the baseboard molding and added a simple crown molding for a polished look. Pale walls and white light fixtures give the space a lofty feel and draw attention to the dramatic views of the city, while a graphic rug and furniture in deep tones and a variety of textures keep things grounded. Again, elegance and comfort coexist in the sectional sofa, a mod-

Pale walls give the space a lofty feel and draw attention to the dramatic views. ern-lined piece that wears a woven fabric of black and gray shot through with silver threads. Brighter color comes into play in the plump toss pillows that sprinkle the furniture with paprika, cinnamon and other spicy hues. Armchairs outfitted in plush charcoal-gray velour swivel to face the sofa and the views or the TV. Televisions have a way of interfering with a designer’s carefully conceived decor, but Terrat and Elms struck on a solution that’s as beautiful as it is brilliant, setting the square Bang & Olufsen TV in a walnut surround with upper and lower ledges that mimic the mantel and hearth of a fireplace. (Both young residents are avid gamers, so this

A built-in banquette, cantilevered off the window sill, adds seating for dining. Facing page top: The countertop’s raised slab was added for more surface space and informal dining. Facing page bottom: The dining-area light ďŹ xture hangs from a medallion the designers created.

particular amenity gets a lot of use.) The dining area had the potential to float a bit uncomfortably in its corner until the designers added a banquette, building it into the window to provide seating without taking up too much space. “It’s cantilevered off the windowsill,” Elms explains. “We tried to take advantage of the space as much as possible.” A durable fabric in a pungent red that echoes the pillows in the living room injects a cheery note. In another wise use of space, Terrat and Elms added an elevated bar to the kitchen peninsula for more surface area and to create a second, more casual dining spot. Color plays a larger role in the bedrooms, where the designers installed painted paneling on the walls behind the beds—a rich cognac color in the master bedroom and a serene teal blue in the guest room. There, twin beds with tall upholstered headboards sit on a colorful striped rug. The master bedroom’s king-size bed has a headboard covered in cream-colored linen with nailhead trim, and the bedding pulls it all together with its cognac-on-cream color scheme. Built-in desks in each bedroom fit into the large windows. “The windows have nice solid, deep windowsills, so we cantilevered the desks here, as we did with the dining banquette,” Elms explains. “We left enough space so that you can still open the windows.” The only window treatments in the unit are

The unit has both grown-up, sophisticated appeal and informal, casual elements. the motorized shades. “Our client felt that these young guys wouldn’t really appreciate curtains,” Elms says with a laugh. “Plus, this works with the clean, contemporary look we were going for.” Given the assignment of creating a space equally well suited for college students and their parents, it’s clear that the designers have earned top marks. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 142.

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Bedrooms get a warm touch from paneling painted in rich shades. Facing page top: A desk built into the bedroom window affords study space. Facing page bottom: Pieces of art, like this sleek sculpture, lend interest but never clutter.

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eople love technology at their fingertips: what would you do without your smartphone or iPad? Similarly, a home designed today without built-in technology would seem incomplete. Fresh from the 2011 Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) show, three experts tell us which home technology trends they see taking hold for 2012 and beyond.

1. There’s an App for That!

With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, many home technologies are becoming app driven,

ogy, enabling you to access all of your data from nearly any device, no matter where you are. It sounds complicated, but it’s just data storage in many different places, forming one continuous structure known as the cloud, Struhl explains. “All your devices, whether phone, tablet or computer, are really just windows into the cloud to see and use what’s been stored,” says Struhl. “What’s driving this trend is that people want access to their information— documents, photos, e-mails, music—from wherever they are. So now, instead of storing your data on a local

People want access to their information—documents, photos, e-mails, music—from wherever they are.” —Evan Struhl, Cutting Edge Systems Corp.

says Evan Struhl of Cutting Edge Systems in Westford, Massachusetts. For instance, you can make your smartphone work as a remote control for your television. “Apps are supplementing keypads and touch screens, but not replacing them,” Struhl says. “Apps work great in some instances, such as pulling up channel guides for your TV. But in other instances, a touch screen works better. For example, if you have a video security system and someone rings your doorbell, the touch screen turns on automatically and you see who is at the door. To do that with an iPad app, you’d have to find the iPad, wait for it to connect to the network, surf to the application, then wait for the image to come through—it’s not instant.” 2. A Cloudy Forecast Today

Cloud technology is revolutionizing home technol-

hard drive, you store it in the cloud.” What’s the benefit? If you store your music and movies in the cloud, you can access them while you’re away on vacation so you don’t have to bring the DVDs. If you use music services such as Pandora or Spotify, you’re using the cloud to pull up your music wherever you are instead of toting CDs. With Internet-enabled televisions (aka smart TVs) that connect to services such as Netflix through the cloud, there’s no more waiting for DVDs in the mail. In addition, many Blu-ray players now connect to the Internet so you can log in to YouTube or other sites through the cloud to access content. “It’s technology that people are using more and more every day, and it’s easy to use once it’s set up properly,” Struhl explains. “Where companies like

Cutting Edge Systems Corporation “Home technology offers more options than ever! We welcome Lutron’s new Cellular Shades, motorized window treatments that can operate independently. Because they run on standard D batteries, there are no wires to install, so you don’t have to open up the walls—just hang and use. They can also integrate seamlessly with any whole-house control system installed by Cutting Edge. The shades feature patent-pending technology, which uses hybrid drive design plus ultra-efficient standby power to extend battery life to three years—well above the current industry standard. The beautiful part is they are available in almost fifty colors and in three versions: single-cell light filtering, double-cell light filtering and singlecell blackout. And, they start at a very affordable price point of just $299 per window.” —Evan Struhl, President

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ours provide value is helping you keep ahead of it. We’re constantly living the technology we’re passionate about while also looking down the road and building infrastructure so that, whatever comes in the future, you’ll be able to handle it.” 3. Another Layer of Clouds on the Horizon

The second level of cloud technology is web-based software, says Dennis Jaques of Maverick Integration, located in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. “There’s a movement afoot to put your software applications up there on the cloud instead of down here on your hard drive to enable collaboration and mobile access,” says Jaques. “For instance, my condo

creating delivery mechanisms for data coming from the cloud. “We have to take into account the robustness of the home network. We’ve come up with a top-shelf approach to getting solid wireless networks into the home with maximum coverage, maximum security and maximum flexibility,” says Jaques. 4. Tablets, Tablets and More Tablets

The recent launch of the Kindle Fire, a head-tohead competitor with the iPad, points to another trend: dispensing with your home computer in favor of a tablet. “If the cloud means we’re no longer storing tons of

We’ve come up with a top-shelf approach to getting solid wireless networks into the home with maximum coverage, security and flexibility.” —Dennis Jaques, Maverick Integration

association uses documents that multiple people need to access and work on. I can work on one and save it, then someone else can access it and work on it from somewhere else. I can also see it while someone else is working on it. All of this is possible because we’re not using the Microsoft Office package on one of our computers, we’re using Google’s version of this kind of software, located on the cloud.” How does that affect the smart home? Currently, companies like Maverick set up end-user systems in your home that relate to the way you get your information today. That’s generally a music server to share your tunes and a video distribution system to share video among multiple TVs, with just one cable box and DVD player. Now, they’re shifting toward

data, music and movies on our computers, all we need is an operating system and a video monitor. That makes a tablet the quintessential device to do your computing on a go-forward basis, because it can be used wirelessly and on the go,” asserts Jaques. It’s nothing short of revolutionary, and it’s changing everything. “For example, it’s very probable that the notion of needing a DVD player in your house in five years’ time will be obsolete, except for playing an existing library of discs. Which, by the way, you could upload to the cloud,” he says. 5. Easier Installation with HDBaseT

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Maverick Integration “Today’s Cloud technology is all about content, communication, computation, collaboration and, unfortunately for some, an abundance of confusion! Yes, there’s a ‘cloud’ out there; has been for years. But for all too many of our clients, it’s a dark cloud and things haven’t yet begun to get brighter. ‘What information do I need?’ ‘Where do I keep it?’ ‘How do I view it?’ ‘Where do I view it?’ ‘How do I add to it?’ ‘Where can I access it?’ No worries. When it comes to your relationship with today’s Internet, Maverick Integration will get you grounded. Video displays, smart TV apps, streaming video, on-site servers versus ones you’ll never see . . . Maverick will design, install, protect and monitor your system. And, most important, simplify it!” —Dennis Jaques, Principal

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says Pat Molettieri of Xtreme Audio & Video in Pelham, New Hampshire. “A single HDBaseT cable can carry high-speed Internet, audio data, a full HD 1080p compressed video and—this is the killer part I can’t wait for—DC power to the TV as well,” Molettieri explains. “So when you hang a TV over a fireplace, as long as you can get that one HDBaseT cable in there, you’re all set. No more having to tear up walls or call in an electrician. It’s unusual in that the technology was developed by an alliance of electronics companies such as LG, Samsung and Sony to ensure all products using HDBaseT are standardized and compatible.” Some companies are already shipping HDBaseT

sonal 3D viewer, which connects to a PlayStation. It’s a headset visor that incorporates Sony’s 5.1 surround sound virtual headphones with a front visor on which the 3D picture is displayed. “I tested it at the show, and it was unbelievable for pitch quality and graphics,” says Molettieri. “It’s like you’re sitting just twelve feet away from a 150-inch TV screen. It’s basically your own private 3D theater setup you wear on your head. It’s great for anyone into gaming and for their families who don’t want to hear the accompanying soundtrack.” 7. Greening Up Your Home

Monitoring energy use is a trend that has had limited reach so far. Molettieri reports that more companies

This year some great new technology has come out, making energy management more cost effective and mainstreaming it into residential applications.” —Pat Molettieri, Xtreme Audio & Visual

products on a limited basis, and Molettieri expects the technology to be somewhat mainstream by mid-2012. 6. Gamers Will Drive 3D

There are several technologies, both active and passive, for viewing 3D. According to Struhl, however, the killer 3D app probably won’t be movies, but gaming. “For movie viewing it’s hard to get past having to wear bulky 3D glasses to immerse yourself in the story. There’s some noise and flickering that can be distracting, and there’s not much content because it’s very expensive to create,” he says. “Gaming works out really well because you’re simulating a real environment and 3D brings it that much closer.” A new device previewed at CEDIA was Sony’s per-

are releasing new software to help consumers better monitor and manage their home’s energy consumption. Three years ago energy management was more for commercial applications. “This year some great new technology has come out, making it more cost effective and mainstreaming it into residential applications using touch panels or web browsers for monitoring,” he says. “They’re integrating with more third-party controllers such as Savant, Crestron and Control4.” The common denominator in all of these trends is the exponential pace at which technology has evolved. When you think about how much has changed in the last ten years, it’s difficult to say where we’ll be in ten more years!

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Whisperer. This luck turns almost miraculous during the holidays when remorse over not having renovated the kitchen can be an agony with all the guests and goings-on. Who is this living, breathing Trade Secret, anyway? Before Newsweek dubbed him the House Whisperer, renovation consultant Bruce Irving was the Emmy-award–winning executive producer of This Old House for many years. His much-anticipated book just came out: New England Icons, with an introduction by Norm Abrams and photography by Greg Premru, whose work is well-known to readers of New England Home. Irving whispers, true enough, but with a knowledge and good sense that’s as New England as a double Cape. • • • Interior designer Vani Sayeed of Newton, Massachusetts, shares the House Whisperer’s no-nonsense sensibility. “There are no high-tech ways of keeping a kitchen or bath neat and clean,” she says. “The whole family has to pitch in.” A native of India who came to New England by way of San Francisco, Sayeed points out a few flourishes that keep her no-nonsense approach from turning humdrum: handcarved filigree backsplashes, gently backlit; a color palette of warm reds, hot pinks, saffron and indigos; and lightweight, hand-knotted, easy-to-care-for dhurries in front of the sink. • • • Kevin McLaughlin of McLaughlin Upholstery in Everett, 118 New England Home November/December 2011

Massachusetts (a company that’s been around since 1889), produces an ottoman/coffee table hybrid that’s ideal for tight spaces. In the kitchen, McLaughlin’s innovation helps solve the problem of guests milling around with nowhere to land, annoying the cooks. How? The piece is the home-furnishings equivalent of a Swiss army knife: six pullouts are hidden within the upholstery. “Instead of placing a tray on top and removing your feet, you now have these little trays pulling out from the sides,” McLaughlin says. “It’s made like a cabinet, then upholstered,” he adds, showing off a fuchsia one with gray and blue stripes being readied for Thanksgiving. • • • Upholstered pieces in the kitchen? Why not? We all tend to gather in the kitchen, so it might as well be as comfortable as the living room. Especially now that there are so many lowmaintenance fabrics—even outdoor fabrics that look smashing enough to stay indoors—homeowners might as well come to terms with the fact that the kitchen is a default place to linger. Window seats, banquettes, even small sofas and pieces like McLaughlin’s ottoman can find a place in the kitchen. The key is quality work: it’s hard to reconcile lumpy cushions with a clean-lined kitchen layout. Upholsterer Walter Heller of Norwell, Massachusetts, recalls a well-appointed kitchen he did that incorporated lots of upholstered spaces. “One of the things that made this job particularly noteworthy was the hand-stitching of all the edges,” says Heller. “The bench cushions, for ex- Walter Heller ample, looked a lot more inviting than they would have with edges made simply adding a piece of welt or roll of piping. Soft goods really should be soft.” • • • In the bath, the House Whisperer would certainly be impressed with Lefroy Brooks’s classic 1930s-inspired Mackintosh taps and fittings available at Billie Brenner. “In addition to the Mackintosh, we’re seeing interest in timeless fittings such as the Chelsea line by Harrington Brass Works and Madison by Dornbracht,” says Robin Brenner. Her hightech lines are equally strong, including Toto’s programmable, remote-controlled Neorest toilets; and ThermoMasseur tubs from BainUltra, which offer aromatherapy, chromotherapy and massage therapy all at once. • • • Architect Doreve Nicholaeff of Osterville, Massachusetts, notes that gorgeous tile selections have grown enormously in the past few years. To take full advantage of these new options, she has a practical solution, designing showers without a step or obvious break in the floor plane. Doreve Nicholaeff “Tiles can now be read as continuous by dropping the subfloor to a lower elevation, allowing for some pitch for drainage. It’s often possible to





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omit a glass enclosure, as well,” she says. • • • Variety in other materials is increasing, too, as Cameron Snyder of Roomscapes Luxury Design Center in Rockland, Massachusetts, can attest. A former president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Snyder habitually talks shop with colleagues around the world. He senses new developments not only in unique woods for cabinetry, but in every aspect of the kitchen and bath space. “In countertops, we’re installing an increasing number of combination surfaces—stone, concrete, glass, wood—to suit various purposes,” he says. Kitchens are taking on an additional role, too. “With the prevalence of laptops today, we’re seeing fewer home office spaces and more message centers in the kitchen,” notes Synder. “People sit at the counter to work and don’t want to be necessarily confined to a desk.” In appliances, he’s seeing a new interest in induction cooktops. “Technically, it’s called magnetic induction, which has actually been around for thirty-five years,” he says. “The pan gets hot through a magnetic field, but not the cooktop itself. It’s very green, 95 percent energy efficient as opposed to gas at 65 percent. The surface itself is a sheet of glass: very sleek and easy to clean.” • • • Robert J. LaCivita of Northwood, New Hampshire, is the president of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. For him, a unique cabinet starts with unique wood. “I just made a cabinet for my own house out of an inferior spalted maple, which is maple a step before it rots,” he says. “While regular maple from a kitchen cabinet company is fairly blond, my cabinet has these Robert J. LaCivita interesting black streaks where the branches broke and water seeped in. There’s also a curly maple I use for customers. Production shops won’t work with that, either. It’s the same satiny wood with little curls they make violins out of.” For homeowners who are, as Bruce Irving says, “locked in,” LaCivita’s traditional, made-by-hand joinery makes more sense than ever. “When I build something, I do it with the idea that it’s going to outlive me,” he says. • Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to



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in New England, kudos to FIRST RUGS. The Acton showroom hosted a party to celebrate artist Christiane CorcelleLippeveld, whose passionate monoprints decorated the showroom, and designer Linda Smith, who created the classic vignette in the showroom’s window. Design Boston just gets better every year, and New England Home’s annual EDITORS’ LUNCHEON has become a favorite event for us. At this year’s luncheon, held on the second floor of the Boston Design Center, we nibbled on boxed treats and chatted with the designers attending the BDC’s annual set of seminars and talks. Venegas and Company were the consummate hosts for Master Class: Success, a panel discussion held by IFDA NEW ENGLAND and moderated by New England Home’s Paula Bodah. A standing-room-only crowd filled the BDC showroom to hear design pros at the top of their game talk about the ingredients for success. Social networking is a wonderful Should your party be thing, but we still enjoy seeing our here? Send photographs friends and colleagues face to face. or high-resolution images, We combined the best of both at the with information about the event and the people in the Natick, Massachusetts, showroom photos, to New England Home, of MITCHELL GOLD + BOB 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, WILLIAMS when several New EngBoston, MA 02118, or e-mail images and information to land Home staffers sat on a panel pbodah@nehome about how social networking can help businesses grow. Edmund Gardner and Steve DiMuccio’s 1920 Tudor-style home got a fresh new look, courtesy of the talented designers who gussied it up for the thirteenth PORTLAND SYMPHONY DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE. A Great Gatsby–themed gala kicked off the show house’s opening.



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New England Design Hall of Fame Gala New England Home hosts its fifth annual gala dinner formally honoring inductees to the New England Design Hall of Fame, created to recognize those whose careers have made a significant impact on design in New England, as well as on the overall good of the community. State Room, Boston; (800) 609-5154, ext. 703; www.nedesign; 6:30 p.m.; $275, reservations required


The 25th Annual Boston Christmas Festival



2011 EM NARI CotY Awards The Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry conducts its annual awards program to recognize the best achievements in remodeling projects by its members over the past year. The winning projects will be announced at the awards banquet. Showcase Live at Patriot Place, Foxboro, Mass.; (508) 907-6249;; 6 p.m.; call for ticket information


35th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Through November 6

Through November 13

The Boston Christmas Festival will feature the work of more than 300 American master craftsmen, plus the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; (617) 742-3973; www.bostonchristmasfestival .com; noon–7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $10

Celebrated as one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will feature more than 120 rare-book dealers from around the world, offering something for everyone and a book for every price range. Spend the day browsing, buying or hunting down that perfect, one-of-a-kind holiday gift. Hynes Convention Center, Boston; (617) 266-6540; www.bostonbookfair .com; preview 5–9 p.m. Fri., noon–7 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun.; $8

NH Open Doors Through November 6

NH Open Doors is a statewide touring and shopping event for all ages. Visit and shop at the open studios of New Hampshire craftspeople and artisans, local farms, orchards, wineries and retail shops and galleries filled with New Hampshire–made products. When the day is done, find rest and relaxation at a local hotel or inn. Visit www.nh for a listing and map of participants


Annual Fall Auction Through November 13

Northeast Auctions, founded in 1987 and specializing in the fine and decorative arts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, will hold its annual fall auction of American, European and oriental fine art and antiques. Treadwell Mansion, Portsmouth, N.H.; (603) 4338400;

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With galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers is a full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art. This Discovery Auction will feature studio paintings and country Americana on November 16 at 2 p.m. and NoSend notice of events and gallery shows to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or by e-mail to Photos and slides are welcome. Please submit information at least three months in advance of your event. 128 New England Home November/December 2011

McGowan Fine Art Concord, New Hampshire (603) 225-2515 Together Again November 15–December 16 Work by Sally Ladd Cole, Ellen Davis, Kate Miller, Catherine Tuttle and Clifford Smith

Ralph Stone Jacobs December 20–January 13, 2012 A “little” holiday show

Barbara Krakow Gallery Boston (617) 262-4490 Richard Artschwager October 22–December 3 Work by the renowned American painter, illustrator and sculptor

Greenhut Galleries Portland, Maine (207) 772-2693 Glenn Renell & Joseph Nicoletti November 3–26 Work by painters Glenn Renell and Joseph Nicoletti The Holiday Show December 1–31 Group show with a holiday theme

Southern Vermont Arts Center Manchester, Vermont (802) 362-1405 17th Annual Little Picture Show November 19–January 8, 2012 Featuring artwork on a smaller-thanusual scale, no larger than 8” x 10”

Charlestown Gallery Charlestown, Rhode Island (401) 364-0120 Holiday Group Show December 3–31 Paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more

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Offering more than 250 exhibits and numerous workshops and professional development opportunities for builders, architects, engineers, contractors, designers and more, Build Boston is one of the country’s premier regional trade shows and conventions. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; (781) 821-6730;; noon–6 p.m. Wed.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Fri.; $15 for exhibit hall, $85 for workshop


15th Annual Boston International Fine Arts Show Through November 20

Forty galleries from the United States and Europe will feature paintings, sculptures, photography, fine prints, mixed media, studio furniture, works on paper, glass and ceramics. Spend the day browsing the galleries or take part in one of many special guest lectures offered at various times throughout the weekend. A gala preview on Thursday night benefits the Greater Boston Food Bank. Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; (617) 363-0405; www.fine; 1–9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.– 8 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $15

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See three of Newport’s most famous mansions—the Breakers, the Elms and Marble House—as you’ve never seen them before, decorated and ready for the holidays. They’re open every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas, so there’s plenty of time to catch a glimpse of the mansions in their spectacular

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30 Second Annual Bulfinch Awards Join the ICAA New England chapter in recognizing contemporary excellence in classical and traditional New England design as it celebrates the second annual Bulfinch Awards, named in honor of Charles Bulfinch, the Boston architect who played a key role in introducing neoclassicism to America in the late eighteenth century. Grand Staircase, Massachusetts State House, Boston; (978) 922-4440;; $75 and up


Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport Through December 11

A variety of events ring in the Christmas season in Kennebunkport, with holiday shopping, a tree lighting ceremony, caroling and concerts, crafts fairs, art exhibitions, a parade and more. Kennebunkport, Maine; (207) 967-0857;


32nd Annual Christmas in Salem Tour Through December 4

One of the nation’s oldest, largest and most historic house tours kicks off the holiday season in Salem, Massachusetts, featuring eleven eighteenth- and nineteenth-century homes in the McIntire District, plus two public buildings designed by architect William Rantoul. Snow date is December 10. Salem, Mass.; (978) 745-0799;; 5:30–8:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sat., 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun.; $25–$35


Concord Museum Holiday House Tour During the first annual Holiday House Tour, six of Concord’s most beautiful private homes will be professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and well-known interior designers. Guests will tour ground-floor rooms in the homes, with each house decorated in a different holiday theme, from Colonial to Victorian to Shingle style and more. Concord, Mass.; (978) 369-9763;; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; $40–$50 November/December 2011 New England Home 131

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New Castle Village Christmas Fair Discover a wide selection of plain and decorated wreaths, greens, boxwood trees and centerpieces, as well as baked goods, crafts, cookbooks, gift baskets and more. New Castle Recreational Building, New Castle, N.H.; (603) 4361776; 8 a.m.–2 p.m.; free


31st Annual Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour This nonprofit tour will feature Mark Twain’s nineteen-room home along with several historical and architecturally impressive private houses in West Hartford and Hartford. The homes and the Twain mansion will be decorated for the holidays and will feature live music and floral arrangements. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Conn.; (860) 280-3130; www.marktwain; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; $30–$35


The Museum School Art Sale Through November 11

Now in its thirty-first year, the celebrated sale at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts has become a destination for collectors and those who simply love art. This is your opportunity to attend New England’s largest contemporary art sale and seek out works from the school’s current students and most acclaimed alumni, including Jedediah Caesar, Lalla Essaydi, Ellsworth Kelly, Rachel Perry Welty and many more. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; (617) 267-6100;; 10 a.m.–8 p.m.


CraftBoston Holiday Through December 11

At this holiday show, more than ninety of the most innovative craft artists of our time showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces, from baskets and ceramics to wearable art and decorative fiber pieces. It’s an amazing opportunity for creative shoppers, collectors and those looking for the perfect gift to complete their holiday shopping! Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; (617) 266-1810;; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $15 •

See more @ Find additional and expanded listings of events and gallery shows. Click on “The Design Life” and then “Calendar of Events.”

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Perspectives Fresh outlooks on design and resources

The Dining Room: Sideboard

• A welcoming dining room as imagined by three New England designers



Barbara Barry Shadow and Stone Server “I’m in love with Barbara Barry’s new collection for Baker. This sideboard feels Danish Modern but is also very contemporary. The gilding adds a touch of glamour without being overly formal.” BAKER

Bennett Entertainment Console “It’s called an entertainment console, but its scale is perfect for a dining room and it’s available in a multitude of finishes. The cupboards are roomy enough to store placemats, napkins and tablecloths.” FROM REDFORD HOUSE THROUGH THEBAULT DESIGN



1880–1900 Pennsylvania Grain Bin “I love the simplicity and the gentle sloping of the front of this grain bin. Each cubbyhole has a drawer that swings open and tucks into the piece.” THROUGH HEIR ANTIQUES

Tyler Doran’s style mirrors that of his Providence shop, Heir Antiques. It’s eclectic, a bit whimsical and delightfully unexpected. HEIR ANTIQUES, PROVIDENCE, (401) 3315680, WWW.HEIRANTIQUES.COM

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Handmade Cachepot “The cachepot is made by my friend Marion McChesney, a creative genius. Her glazes are like a beautiful sky, milky yet translucent. A paddled bowl such as this one makes a unique centerpiece, whether it’s filled with hot couscous or freshly picked apples or simply left empty.” PAWLET, VT., (802) 325-3238, WWW.MARIONWALDOMCCHESNEY.COM


Thomas Pheasant Vessel “Huge ginger jars and vessels have become somewhat of a signature of mine for dining room table accessories. I love the simplicity of form of these pieces by Thomas Pheasant for Baker and the fact that they can easily be transferred to or from other spots in the home.” BAKER KNAPP AND TUBBS AND CABOT HOUSE


Hella Jongerius Hare Bowl “I love this bowl from Jongerius’s Nymphenburg Collection because of its irreverence and humor. There should always be something on your table that makes you smirk—not in a kitschy way so much as a wink to the absurd.” E.R. BUTLER, BOSTON, (617) 722-0230, WWW.ERBUTLER.COM

There’s room in Amy Thebault’s design sensibility to blend the stylishly modern with elements that bring a personal touch, a handcrafted piece, say, or a fanciful accessory. THEBAULT DESIGN, MANCHESTER CENTER, VT., (802) 366-4990, WWW.THEBAULTDESIGN.COM

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We’re into building things.




Table Linens


Confetti Napkins by Kelly Wearstler “I like to stick with simple linens like this small-scale polka-dot pattern printed on linen that has a soft, almost antique feel. It’s modern and retro at the same time. It could have come from your mother’s 1970s collection, but it also seems so of-the-moment.” AVAILABLE AT FINE LINEN STORES THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND


Vintage Fabric Table Runner “Vintage clothing can easily be reused as napkins or table runners, like this piece made from a floral-print dress. I love the tea-stained color of the fabric and the idea that it has become something else entirely from its days as a bit of fashion.” BOBBY’S FROM


BOSTON, BOSTON, (617) 423-9299


Katie Rosenfeld honors the past and embraces the present with pieces that bring a sophisticated, classic, yet thoroughly modern look to the dining room. KATIE ROSENFELD DESIGN, WESTON, MASS., (339) 2229964, WWW.KATIEROSENFELDDESIGN.COM

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Dranfield and Ross Napkins and Rings “Dransfield and Ross is a wonderful source for placemats, napkins and rings. It’s like candy for the table! I love this sweet little pagoda napkin ring with a pressed linen napkin adorned with petite green poms.” THROUGH THEBAULT DESIGN

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

1 Grande Dames



The Heiress collection from Studio Dunn pays homage to Rhode Island royalty with the Tessie chair, Doris dining table, Alletta mirror and Gloria side table. PAWTUCKET, R.I., (401) 3162872, WWW.STUDIODUNN.COM

2 Pure and Simple Not for the masses, each one-ofa-kind handmade piece of glass and pottery from the Simon Pearce Pure collection is as unique as the master artisan behind it. QUECHEE, VT., (802) 2952711, WWW.SIMONPEARCE.COM

3 Keeping Cozy As cooler weather approaches, give thanks for the Canadian sheep that produced these warm, striped wool blankets from Coyuchi, available at Janice’s. HARTFORD, CONN., (800) 526-4237, WWW.JANICES.COM



4 To the Trade Newly opened, The Shop at Tony Cappoli Interiors is New England’s first (and only) outlet for high-end furnishings from the Cameron Collection. SOUTH BOSTON, (617) 464-4700, WWW .TONYCAPPOLIINTERIORS.COM

5 Cluster Together The Stripes lighting collection from Ligne Roset is the brainchild of designer Philippe Nigro: the pendant lights’ metal ring shades interlock when hung together. BOSTON, (617) 451-2212, WWW.LIGNE-ROSET-USA.COM

6 Something Underfoot Rose Tarlow believes carpets shouldn’t “jump out” in greeting. “It’s far more seductive to be introduced slowly to the beauty at our feet.” Available at Webster & Company. BOSTON




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Architects: Lyman Perry, Lyman Perry Architects Ltd., Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-3340, and Berwyn, Penn., (610) 889-9966, www.lp, and Matthew Moger, MogerMehrhof Architects, Wayne, Penn., (484) 3432099,

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Builder: Scott Bowman, Scott Bowman Custom Cabinetry, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-5019 Pages 78–80: Steel coffee table and side table designed by Matthew Moger; upholstered pieces from Lillian August,; rug from Pottery Barn,; custom carpentry here and throughout by Scott Bowman Custom Cabinetry; cowhide rug from Cowhides International, www.cowhides Page 81: Dining table designed by Matthew Moger; Turciu Soffitto 21 chandelier from Interior-Deluxe, CONSTRUCTION BY HORAN BUILDING COMPANY. PHOTOS BY ROBYN IVY PHOTOGRAPHY

Page 82: Raked white oak table designed by Matthew Moger; Mir Meta Suspension Lamp from Artemide, Page 83: Kitchen granite from Cornerstone Granite Company, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-7771. Page 84: Bed from Lillian August; linens from Crate & Barrel, Page 85: Master bed designed by Matthew Moger; sandblasted and limed-oak desk designed by Matthew Moger with glass by top by Steven Swift, Steven Swift Glass Design, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 769-9421.

ALL IN THE MIX PAGES 88–95 Interior designer: Phillip Jude Miller, America

renovation planning interior design decoration

Dural, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 661-4100, www

Patti Watson 401 . 423 . 3639

529-0978, and Robert Young, New England Landscape designers: Wendy Harrington, (617) Stone Masonry, Newton, Mass., (781) 259-4024 Draperies: Judy Wayne, George Perry Interiors, Reading, Mass., (781) 944-3108 Page 89: Vintage Crate & Barrel lamp on chest,

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Page 101: Rug from Steven King, www.steven

Pages 90–91: Aqua-colored angora throw by; Roger Small gray cowhide bench

Marc Jacobs,; etching of

from FDO Group; Jensen leather mirror from

tree over sofa by Sylvia Plimack Mangold; shadow puppet print by Carl Ostendarp; sofa by Minotti,; striped sofa pillow in Cheret Stripe by Zimmer + Rohde, www.zimmer; floral sofa pillow in Amazonas by

Williams-Sonoma,; white lacquer console from Mitchell Gold + Bob


Williams; custom paneled wall designed by Terrat Elms Interior Design, fabricated by Nicolai &

Nina Campbell,

Company; Affinity Citrine wallcolor from Ben-

Pages 92–93: Dining room light fixture by Cran-

jamin Moore,; Arthur

berry Hill,;

sconces from Holly Hunt at Webster & Compa-

drapery fabric by Scalamandré, www

ny,; Staircase sculp-; painting by Kate Shepherd,

ture from Furn & Co.; vase from Icon Group; Lan-; kitchen table by Herman Miller,; butcher block countertop by Ikea,; Viking Five Star range,; powder Page 102: Hangar Gray peninsula tile from Stone Source,; elevated bar de-

Toto,; Etchings and Roses wallpa-

signed by Terrat Elms Interior Design, fabricated

per by Sanderson,;

by Nicolai & Company; trellis tray from Furn &

stripe print by Gene Davis.

Co.; Hinkley drum chandelier from Wolfers Light-

Pages 94–95: Prints in dark-blue bedroom from

ing,; ceiling medallion de-

Shepard Fairey’s Revolutionary Women series (2005); vintage Crate & Barrel nightstands; Islay striped drapery fabric by Sanderson; striped prints in light-blue bedroom by Gene Davis.

of the

guage of Color artwork by Lazaro Montano,

room sink by Duravit,; toilet by

Self expression, vision, and quality craftsmanship are the elements of Walker Boyle’s handcrafted creations. The League of NH Craftsmen Retail Galleries feature contemporary and fine craft by master craftsmen like Walker.


signed by Terrat Elms Interior Design, fabricated by Nicolai & Company. Page 103: Saarinen dining table from Room & Board,; built-in banquette designed by Terrat Elms Interior Design, fabricated by Nicolai & Co., with fabric from Mokum Textiles,; accent pillows from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; white porcelain bowl from FDO Group.

HIGH MARKS PAGES 98–105 Interior designers: Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms, Terrat Elms Interior Design, Boston, (617) 4511555,

Page 104: Custom built-in desk designed by Terrat Elms Interior Design, fabricated by Nicolai & Co.; Tolomeo table lamp and parchment shade from Room & Board; Setu desk chair from Room

Builder: Greg Nicolai, G.L. Nicolai & Company,

& Board; orange leather box from Icon Group;

Boston, (617) 872-5929, and Naples, Fla., (239)

agate on stand from Furn & Co.; antique World


War 11–era sonar part from FDO Group.

Pages 98–100: Tibetan wool and silk carpet

Page 105: Guest room Missoni rug from Faber’s

from Stark,; sectional de-

rug,; paneled wall in Cinder

signed by Terrat Elms Interior Design with fabric by Osborne & Little,; Rubik round coffee table with walnut top from Design Within Reach,; faux shagreen tray from FDO Group, www.fdogroup

by Benjamin Moore designed by Terrat Elms Interior Design, fabricated by Nicolai & Co.; Bliss cashmere throws, Prometeo cushions, tourmaline shams and teal pillows from Frette Boston,

.com; faux bone candlesticks, artwork and horn; Vandyke three-drawer chest

table from Furn & Co.,; accent pil-

from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; swing-arm

lows from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www

wall lamp in satin nickel from Chimera, www; silver vase from Icon Group,; white and orange

Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0655; swivel

lacquer boxes from Mitchell Gold + Bob

chairs in Carmine Graphite fabric from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; custom walnut entertainment unit designed by Terrat Elms Interior Design, built by G.L. Nicolai & Company; BeoVision

2011 Annual Ornament by Walker Boyle

Williams; master bedroom paneling in Warmed


Cognac by Benjamin Moore designed by Terrat Elms Interior Design, fabricated by Nicolai & Co.;

TV from Bang & Olufsen, www.bang-olufsen

cashmere throws, python pillow and lacquer box

.com; wire sculpture from FDO Group; art above

from Frette Boston; Copenhagen nightstand

TV by Lynette Shaw,

from Room and Board. • November/December 2011 New England Home 143




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Advertiser Index

League of N.H. Craftsmen 143

A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue

Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc. 4–5

A.J. Rose Carpets 44

Marble and Granite, Inc. 72–73

Arco, LLC 122

Maverick Integration Corp 115

Atlantic Design Center 22–23

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 60–61

Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc. 63

Morehouse MacDonald & Associates

BayPoint Builders 71

Lynn Creighton Realtor 150

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Boston Design Center 11

Northern Lights Landscape 108

Brendon Homes 49

Now Interior Design Studios 56

Broderick Building & Remodeling 18

Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC 116

Build Boston 129

Payne/Bouchier 12–13

California Closets 76

Peabody Supply Company 125

Catalano Architects, Inc. 21

Pellettieri Associates Inc. 41

Charles Spada Interiors 37 Clarke Distributors 45 Coldwell Banker Previews International 146–147

Cornice Realty 150 Cosentino North America 43 Cottage and Bungalow 125 Creative Art Furniture c/o Staples Cabinet Makers 145

Peterson Party Center, Inc. 55 Polhemus Savery DaSilva 131 Prospect Hill Antiques 34 Quidley & Company 107 R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc. 130 Ralph Lauren Home Back cover RiverBend & Company 117, 132 Roomscapes Luxury Design Center 19

Crestron Electronics, Inc. 65

Sanford Custom Homes 106

Cumar, Inc. 39

SEA-DAR Construction 20

Cutting Edge Systems 111

Snow and Jones 67

Cutting Edge Systems & Lutron 69

South Shore Millwork 2–3

David Sharff Architect, P.C. 86

Sudbury Design Group 8–9

Davio’s 50

Susan Shulman Interiors 27

Domus, Inc. 119

Taste Design, Inc. 142

Dover Rug 87

Thoughtforms 33

Duffy Design Group 31

Tischler Und Sohn Windows and Doors 75

F.H. Perry Builder 137, 139

TMS Architects 6–7

Ferguson 135

Venegas and Company 141

Furniture 142

Walker Interiors 132

Gilberte Interiors, Inc. 127 The Granite Group 97 Herrick & White, Ltd. 122 Home Life 144 Hope’s Windows 17 Horner Millwork 133 Howell Custom Building Group 24 Hudson 29 Hutker Architects 55 Installations Plus, Inc. 121 Interiors Studio Martha’s Vineyard 151 J Barrett & Company Real Estate 148 J. Todd Galleries 120 J.W. Construction, Inc. 1 Jeff Soderbergh 123 Katherine Field and Associates, Inc. 15 Kitchen Views 77 LaBarge Custom Home Building 144 Landry & Arcari Inside front cover LDa Architects & Interiors 96

Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration 52–53

William Raveis Real Estate HQ 149 Winston Flowers 75 Wolfers 47 Xtreme Audio & Video 113 Zen Associates 35 New England Home, November/December 2011, Volume 7, Number 2 © 2011 by Network Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. New England Home (USPS 024-096) is published 6 times a year (JAN, MAR, MAY, JULY, SEP, NOV) by Network Communications, Inc. 2305 Newpoint Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 (770) 9627220. Periodical postage paid at Lawrenceville, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 9002, Maple Shade, NJ 08052-9652. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription. November/December 2011 New England Home 151

Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

My designs are often grounded in my experiences and memories. In this particular design I was inspired by the geometry of Rangoli floor decoration prevalent in Indian homes and the free-flowing organic forms of cut-outs by Henri Matisse that I’d seen in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York several years ago. My designs start as drawings on paper, are then rendered in color, and then translated and given dimension and life as fabric. This pattern reminds me of the ocean and is called “Breach Candy,” after a neighborhood by the water in Bombay. SEEMA KRISH, SEEMA KRISH TEXTILES, BOSTON, (617) 451-0231, WWW.SEEMAKRISH.COM


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