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everly Farms, Massachusetts, architect John Margolis heads the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). In conjunction with the chapter’s second annual Bulfinch Awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House in late November, he talked with New England Home about his and the organization’s engagement with the classical tradition. Kyle Hoepner: Will you give us a brief history of your interest in and involvement with the ICAA? John Margolis: I have been following the Institute of Classical

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Architecture & Art for twenty or more years. I became actively involved in 2001 and became the New England chapter president three years ago. KH: For readers who may not be familiar with the organization, what are its mission and programs? JM: The ICAA is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts. The ICAA fulfills its mission through four program areas: education, publication, awards and advocacy. We offer lectures,



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Interview demonstrations, walking and sketch tours and continuing education courses for all levels of interest. KH: What do you mean by “the classical tradition”? Does classical in this context refer to aesthetic style, or is there a deeper set of ideas or orientations involved? JM: Classicism is much more than a style. It is an approach to problem solving at all levels. It is about designing enduring buildings, landscapes, furniture, artwork and fittings that all work together harmoniously as a unity. Understanding the proper use of proportional systems is just as applicable today as it was when the Roman architect Vitruvius and the Italian Renaissance architect Alberti formulated their treatises on architectural theory. KH: What specifically does the New England chapter do? JM: Our chapter is primarily an educational resource for architects, landscape architects, interior designers, artisans and people who are passionate about the classical tradition and its influence. We are one of fifteen chapters that comprise the ICAA, and are the first chapter to offer an online certificate course in classical architecture, through the Boston Architectural College. KH: How are relations between the ICAA and the many other organizations in today’s architectural world—the majority of which, I’d hazard, champion architecture derived from twentiethcentury modernism, or sometimes from vernacular traditions? Do you ever feel looked down on or misunderstood? JM: The ICAA represents a growing collection of superlative designers and artisans who strive to better the built environment with harmonious designs. We don’t expect everyone to subscribe to our thinking, but we are looking for a seat at the table so our voices can be heard democratically. Twentieth-century modernism has its place, and for others the chaotic world in which we live is an attractive precedent for a particular kind of design thinking. Rarely, though, do designers in these camps make reference to unifying their environments through what I would consider proper proportion and scale, or through emulating the qualities of a specific geographic region. In recent years it seems that designers are more interested in personal notoriety and setting forth the dogmas that best suit their approach. For me an exemplary design need not have a celebrated author, or necessarily be set January/February 2012 New England Home 33


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apart from all others—except by its inherent excellence. It needs to stand the test of time long after we are gone and aesthetic tastes have changed. KH: How does this relate to your own work as an architect? JM: Almost all of my training was derived from the mid-twentieth-century modernist teachings espoused by the Bauhaus and Walter Gropius. Although this was an invaluable part of my development as an architect, it felt limiting and I wanted to know more about the traditions and precedents influencing some of the greatest American

designs of the past 250 years. And despite being educated in the Midwest and on the West Coast, I kept going back to European precedents, and then to Georgian, Federal and Beaux Arts examples, wondering why no one ever talked about them. So I traveled, toured, read, sketched and walked until I discovered that the ICAA offered me a chance to develop the skills to better understand the classical language and its influence on design in America. My work as an architect has evolved immeasurably since I learned about the outstanding talent affiliated with the ICAA. KH: What do you see as the future of the classical arts and architecture in our world? JM: Classicism will always be an integral part of our culture—past, present and future. I think people will always respond to things that are beautifully proportioned, enduring, harmonious in design and that fit seamlessly into their surroundings. The challenge for us is to find new and com-

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Interview pelling ways to get the word out, engage people and demonstrate how the classical language can be adapted to current-day design challenges. Ironically, our current culture tends to dissuade people from finding meaning by looking at the past, but rather encourages disposing of the past and starting anew. In this world of finite resources, real sustainability means finding new uses for old buildings instead of tearing them down, making buildings that last when we build them and learning about the countless ideas that were employed in the past to provide thermal comfort and minimize waste. Some of the ICAA’s other chapters— particularly Southern California—have been successful in partnering with Habitat for Humanity and creating pattern books for housing that is regionally specific and, above all, affordable. In the last seventy years classicism got a bad rap because it was seen as only for the affluent. Beautiful design should always be accessible to everyone. KH: Is there anything else you’d particularly like to talk about? JM: You often hear how architectural designs are “of our time” or “of this century,” when in fact most of them are borrowed from the last seventy years. I suppose that’s okay, but let’s be honest: nothing is ever purely original. Our perspective is shaped by our cultural history and the circumstances that preceded us. Similarly, the classical language has always provided us with enduring examples—sustainable ones—that encourage the reuse of buildings over many generations, and designs that are climatically suited to the demands of a particular region. Look at the Parthenon, one of the most famous classical buildings. It was first a Greek temple, then a basilica and then a mosque! Now that’s adaptive reuse. Here in the United States, from the double-hung and bay windows on a New England townhouse, to the cupola and columned porches of a southern antebellum home, to the deep covered arcades of a Spanish-style mission in the southwest, many sustainable solutions for natural light, thermal comfort and proper energy use have been in play for years. In all cases they were seamlessly integrated into the design, not tacked on later and labeled “sustainable.” We need to study our historical examples freely and create newly interpreted designs for generations to come. •


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Metal Winners The centuries-old technique of silverpoint finds bold new expression in the luminous works Susan Schwalb creates in her Watertown, Massachusetts, studio. BY CAROLINE CUNNINGHAM


here’s a compelling duality in the work of artist Susan Schwalb. Her complex and gorgeous images are grounded in the technique of silverpoint, a medium most often associated with Renaissance masters like da Vinci and Raphael, and defined by the need for precision and absolute control. And yet Schwalb’s paintings transcend these traditional limitations. There is inherent rigor in their linearity, but there is also fluidity and abstraction. From a distance, the surfaces appear muted and gentle, like watercolors; up close, their unexpected depth and

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power is almost jarring. Schwalb has pushed the boundaries of a classic form and made it modern—and entirely her own. Schwalb works on the second floor of a rambling Victorian home in Watertown, Massachusetts, that she shares with her husband, Martin Boykan, a composer and emeritus professor of music at Brandeis. Her drafting table stands by a large window and is surrounded by stacks of art books, catalogues and her own drawings and paintings, an arrangement that reflects her perspective that new images are inspired by an interaction with ones that came before. Although she works in series, Schwalb often begins a composition without any notion of what will evolve. “I even buy tools before I decide what I’m going to do with them,” she says. There’s nothing passive or haphazard in her approach, however. Instead, it’s an active form of discovery by an artist who Top: Night Vapors diptych admits, “I keep finding (2010), silverpoint and something else to do.” acrylic on wood, 12" × This curious and rest- 26". Left: Parchment XXII (1982), copperpoint, fire, less spirit has driven smoke and wax on claySchwalb throughout her coated paper, 10" 9" × career. “I wanted to be an artist since I was five years old, before I even knew what being an artist meant,” she says. She grew up in New York City, where she still keeps an apartment. She attended The High School of Music & Art, then earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon, in Pittsburgh, where she majored in design and painting. After graduation, she

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reflected on a quiet sea—in a way that is at once personal and universal. As Edward Saywell, head of contemporary art and MFA programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, observes, “Her work allows us the freedom and opportunity to arrive at our own understanding of these most beautiful of images.” Schwalb’s most recent paintings begin with beveled wooden panels that she coats with sealer and gesso before carving thin lines into the surface. She applies several layers 40 New England Home January/February 2012

of acrylic paint, which she then partially erases with sandpaper to uncover slivers of color. Finally, she adds more lines in copper, bronze or silver to intensify the sense of spatial depth. There’s a distinctly sculptural quality to this work, an effect intensified by the tapered panels that appear

to float against a wall. The sparkling gradations of silver and black in Road Not Taken, for example, seem to vibrate with visual and emotional force. The poetic title captures Schwalb’s independent artistic journey as well. She has always been a seeker, and followed her own path. And that has made all the difference. • Editor’s Note Susan Schwalb is represented by Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston, (617) 859-0190. To see more of her work, visit

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On the evening of November 3, 2011, New England’s residential design community came together for a fifth time to celebrate the premier figures and institutions in our midst. The scene was set with gorgeous flower arrangements by Winston Flowers and the State Room’s stunning views of the Boston skyline. Following a festive cocktail hour, guests settled in for dinner in the Great Room and the event kicked off with a scholarship presentation to the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Our homes editor, Stacy Kunstel, was emcee for the night, and the cheers were enthusiastic as she presented awards to the 2012 New England Design Hall of Fame inductees: architects Bernard M. Wharton and Matthew and Elizabeth Elliott; interior designer Nancy S. Serafini; landscape architects Kris Horiuchi and Daniel Solien; and the North Bennet Street School, represented by their president, Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez. Photography: Tara Carvalho and Adam Hunger

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Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, North Bennet Street School; Nancy S. Serafini, Homeworks Interior Design; Daniel Solien and Kris Horiuchi, Horiuchi Solien, Inc.; Bernard M. Wharton, Shope Reno Wharton Associates; Elizabeth and Matthew Elliott, Elliott + Elliott Architecture

John Trifone, Steve Ebaz, Greg Sweeney and Pat Greichen of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton

Christopher Mortell and John DaSilva of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders flank photographer Brian Vanden Brink and Kathleen Vanden Brink

Flowers by Winston Flowers with beautiful linens and decor set the scene for celebrating

Gian Luca Fiori and Paul Cocciardi of Marble and Granite, Inc., with Pamela Copeman Design Group’s Pamela Copeman

Danielle Jones and Josie MacKinnon of Snow and Jones with Jayme Kennerknecht and John Day of LDa Architects & Interiors

Mark Helman of R.P. Marzilli & Company; Charles Rolando and Elena Marsland of Domus; New England Home’s Kim Sansoucy; Joe Tanguay, Debra Burke, Sean Clarke and Katherine Head of Clarke; and Andie Day, Andie Day LLC

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New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner and Rachel Pike from the Wentworth Institute of Technology with George Davis and Lisa Bonneville of Bonneville Design

New England Home’s Robin Schubel with Budd Kelley from South Shore Millwork

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The fifth Annual New England Design Hall of Fame

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Bill Reardon and Tom Payne of Payne/Bouchier Fine Builders checking out the November/December 2011 issue of New England Home

Chris Drake of Bierly-Drake Associates paid tribute to the late Lee Bierly

Suzanne and Jan Gleysteen of Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc., with Mary Beth Haggerty and Jane Hassan of ASID

Steve Kontoff, Bill Morton and Nancy Sorensen of Back Bay Shutter surround Renee Lyter from Huth Architecture and New England Home’s Kim Sancoucy

Dave Newton and Linda Newton of C.H. Newton Builders, Inc., with Carla Hutker and Mark Hutker of Hutker Architects


Michael Westcott and Skye Kirby Westcott of Lillian August with New England Home’s Roberta Mancuso

New England Home’s Kim Sansoucy with Chris Perkins and Ben DeFilippo of Crestron

New England Home’s publisher Kathy BushDutton and editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner


Event Partner: Boston Design Center • Photography Sponsor: BayPoint Builders Cocktail Reception Sponsor: South Shore Millwork Flower Sponsor: Winston Flowers • Host Venue: State Room 44 New England Home January/February 2012


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A. T E S A A R C H I T E C T U R E Classic New England character blended with today’s living style.

Founded in 2002, A. Tesa Architecture is best known for blending classic New England character with traditional detail, while also achieving the client’s functional living style. Alec R. Tesa, the firm’s principal and previous recipient of the Henry Adams AIA Medal from the American Institute of Architecture, believes a successfully designed home emerges when it reflects the client’s personality and lifestyle. The firm focuses on skillfully listening to and incorporating continual input during every project to successfully deliver a client’s desired outcome. This progressive partnership results in capturing the spirit and warmth of a client’s home from design to reality. Inspired by surrounding Newport, Rhode Island, A. Tesa Architecture integrates historical details in its designs and is perceptive in the way it understands natural settings, lifestyles and personal preferences. The result is a timeless custom home for every client. 50 Special Marketing Section

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C ATA L A N O A R C H I T E C T S , I N C . Inspiring Architecture that Lifts the Human Spirit.

Celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary in 2012, Catalano Architects is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in design and craftsmanship. We believe that good architecture can enliven our existence and give us some respite from the mediocrity found too often in today’s built environment. At Catalano Architects, we pride ourselves on the ability to listen to our clients and to keenly comprehend their functional requirements and aesthetic aspirations. Each project is approached with a highly refined sense of detail and a thorough understanding of the construction process. Our architectural design solutions are a refreshing alternative to the “me-too” culture that results in mass homogenization. Every project we create is a singular expression, a culmination of work by involved clients and our awareness of, and sensitivity to, their specific sites. Catalano Architects is best known for its contextually

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sensitive, traditional American architecture. Our experience ranges from expansive shingle-style waterfront homes along the shores of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to elegant suburban homes. Our work extends to the seamless integration of home additions, multifamily condominiums, institutional and commercial buildings. Currently, we are working on the notable Nantucket Dreamland Theater located in the Nantucket Old Historic District. Founder Thomas P. Catalano, AIA, LEED AP, was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame. New York Times’s esteemed architectural critic Paul Goldberger praised him as “an architect whose shingled and clapboard houses are handsome and expansive, and endeavor to fit into their surroundings.” Metropolitan Home wrote about Catalano’s work: “Architecture doesn’t get any better—or more satisfying—than this.”

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D O M U S, I N C .

Founded in 1971, Domus, Inc. has provided complete architectural and construction services under one roof, making our projects more cost effective, and run seamlessly between concept and construction—with nothing lost in translation between architect and builder. Our firm has established a tradition of designing personalized, inspired architecture, and building homes with craftsmanship and detail, while also giving customers quality and service. Throughout each project, Domus, Inc. welcomes and encourages an ongoing dialogue with our clients, and because we are both architect and builder, changes made midstream are handled with ease. Our project supervisors are on site each and every day, from start to completion, and they work with each homeowner to customize every detail. For forty years, we have had the privilege to work on a variety of unique properties, ranging from log-frame

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mountain lodges in Colorado, traditional ocean front properties on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, upscale townhouses in downtown Boston, Victorian shingle-style houses in Arlington, to very contemporary homes in Concord, Carlisle, Weston and Lincoln. With offices in Aspen, Nantucket and now Concord, Massachusetts, Domus, Inc. has used this design/build model to combine art and architecture into personalized home design. The inspiration for each project is provided by the client’s unique spirit, personality, program and site; thus, each project becomes an exclusive sculpture crafted from the client’s own vision.

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GLEYSTEEN DESIGN Beyond the boundaries of style.

At Gleysteen Design LLC, we create homes that are physically, intellectually and emotionally fulfilling. Our work reflects the cultures, sensibilities and desires of our clients as well as our values, expertise and vision. Our design approach emerges from a sensitive and objective response to the tasks and goals of each project. Today, the most relevant architectural solutions lie

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beyond the boundaries of classicism and modernism. We choreograph spaces that are simultaneously beautiful and practical. From urban rehabs to new country houses, our portfolio is rooted in contemporary life. Devoted to performance rather than style, each home is an expression of how our clients, in their own ways, choose to live in them.

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HUTKER ARCHITECTS, INC. Creating Heirlooms Worthy of Preservation.

Hutker Architects, Inc. (HA), founded in 1987, has designed more than 200 Heirloom Homes and is a full service architectural and interior design firm providing in-depth design strategies, comprehensive project coordination and site-specific construction observation. With offices located on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, HA has become the premier, high-end residential architecture firm for the Cape and islands, while exhibiting a substantial body of residential, commercial and institutional work stretching across the New England area. The firm’s thirty-person professional staff comes from a variety of backgrounds, utilizing their wide range of experience to continually refine the company’s values of quality craftsmanship and material ethics in the creation of a new regional vernacular. Such strength of talent and intimate knowledge of the locale makes HA predominantly qualified for the design of projects within New

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England’s natural and historical environments. Hutker Architects brings a passion for the profession of architecture that extends to every aspect of a project. Devoting thoughtful attention to each new challenge, the HA team applies innovation to tradition in the pursuit of solutions for different and unique requirements. Employing this new regional vernacular brings architect and client together in discovering project scope, design vision and architectural opportunities, fostering a collaborative spirit that enhances and promotes the design process. The result is a creative and balanced architectural response that is integral to its environment, eminently functional and embodies the specific imagination and lifestyle of the client.

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Jan Gleysteen Architects practice in the suburbs of Boston, designing fine custom homes, additions, and renovations inspired by the historic architecture unique to New England. Classicism strongly influences the firm’s designs which employ balance, scale, proportion, and symmetry to create homes that are subtly harmonious with themselves and their surroundings. Skillful design of the roofscape scales down the apparent size of the home which evokes a charming historic character where clients enjoy spacious and thoughtful floor plans. The firm strives to provide generous living space, a comfortable yard, and a home that is not only tasteful but manageable for their clients. To achieve this they begin every design with the kitchen as “the heart of the home” where food and drink unites the family. The kitchen is a sophisticated space that serves as the social hub of the home providing state of the art cooking, entertaining, and a center of

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operations for the modern family. The second key element is the mudroom which functions as the everyday “front door” and processing center for the family with cubbies, closets, benches, and peg hooks. Careful consideration of these spaces is essential to the elegant livability of their homes. Curved forms lend elegance in the form of arches, barrels, and bows. Such forms not only subconsciously relate to our own bodies, but also provide playful interactions especially between rooms and within the exterior façades. In 2011 the firm received the Bulfinch Award for excellence in classical and traditional design as well as being honored with two Dream Home Awards and two PRISM Awards for design excellence. The firm also embraces sustainable values and in 2009 the firm’s first sustainable house in Massachusetts received the prestigious LEED for Homes Gold Certification from the USGBC.

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Architecture and Interiors.

Our work is like no other, because each of our homes is uniquely designed for clients who want something truly inspiring. Our homes share timeless aspects of design, elegance and grace, as well as harmony with the site. We have no preconceived style that dictates our designs. We develop the style that is best-suited to the site and preferred by the owners. Clients come to Meyer & Meyer because they appreciate how we aspire to a high level of design by customizing interesting floor plans, using quality materials and designing specialty details throughout the home. Our exceptional designs includes all styles of architecture—modern to classical. Collaborating with our clients is essential to developing homes of distinction. Clients can follow their home’s development through expressive, hand-drawn renderings. Our job is to successfully take clients through the excitement of the design process, offering options and creating solutions.

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John Meyer, AIA, LEED AP, is the design principal who artistically renders his visions of the architectural work to ensure that clients fully understand the outcome. These handdrawn records become treasured keepsakes, charting the house’s progress from ideas to reality. Extraordinary attention to detail characterizes Meyer & Meyer’s award-winning projects. We have been in business for over thirty years, and we offer a full suite of services to coordinate every aspect of work needed. From site work to interior design, everything is available through this office. Any project, whether it be a renovation, addition or a completely new home, deserves the same approach and the best craftsmen and talents available. Our projects may vary in size and complexity, but we place the highest priority on client satisfaction. Our homes are designed to be cherished for generations and to last for centuries.




Architect Patrick Ahearn has been designing historically inspired architecture for the past thirty-eight years. The range of his work includes new construction, renovation and historic restoration for urban townhouses as well as suburban, country and island homes. Patrick is dedicated to working on each project as a unique design opportunity, taking into consideration the surroundings, existing structures and wishes of the client to create the best solution for each individual property. Every project, no matter how large or small, is designed with the utmost care and detail from inception through the end of construction. The firm is dedicated to creating seamless architecture and interiors that respond to how people live today through classic, timeless forms.

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P O L H E M U S S AV E RY D A S I LVA Timeless Design. Exceptional Craftsmanship. Value for Generations.

The spectacular beach, dune and seascapes of New England engender great passion for the place. We at Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders consider ourselves blessed to be able to work in the region and to be able to create houses like the one depicted here for clients who share this passion. As an integrated design/build firm we combine a love of New England with a passion for creative design, exceptional craftsmanship, functional success, superior service-centered management and budget and schedule control. We do this with single source accountability so our often-busy clients can avoid the potentially contentious scenario of typical construction relationships. While our clients are diverse, their need for clear, direct communication, a trustworthy relationship and hassle-free project management is universal. Our design/build model is a powerful one that fulfills these needs and has served our clients well. In the words of

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one client quoted in an article about his house, “I always felt confident that the design concepts could be turned into reality because of the harmony that existed inside the firm.” In another article, a client praised our “ability to blend the artistry of architecture and design with precise construction.” We are proud to offer this unique service throughout New England while at the same time offering nationally recognized award-winning architecture. In the words of Robert Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, “The work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva beautifully melds the traditions of New England with the way we live today, affirming that an architecture of place trumps an architecture preoccupied with passing trends.”

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For a couple who enjoys city life during the cooler months, Boston-based designer Meichi Peng creates a space to keep them cozy through the chilly season. TEXT BY ERIN MARVIN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG PREMRU • INTERIOR DESIGN AND INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: MEICHI PENG • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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A stainless-steel ďŹ replace sits within a travertine surround. On either side, custom walnut millwork offers plenty of hidden storage and open shelving for the owners’ collections of books and antiques. Living room furniture is arranged for easy conversation.

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Meichi Peng designed the circular oak dining table, which expands to seat eight. Facing page top: A custom mirror and lamps hang above a V-shaped dresser that Peng designed for the foyer. Facing page bottom: A floating red lacquer cabinet brightens up the kitchen area.


or many New Englanders, dropping temperatures send a signal to head south for winter, toward second homes tucked away in warmer climes. The return north happens only after the first crocuses have crept up through the melting snow, their soft yellow and lavender heads heralding spring. Of course, not everyone flies south for winter. Though they spend much of the year splitting time between houses in Rhode Island and Maine, the owners of this modern condo especially enjoy Boston during the cooler months. They don’t like to miss the city’s transformation into a winter wonderland, when tiny gold lights sparkle from the treetops along Commonwealth Avenue and bundledup ice skaters spiral around the Frog Pond. Even the Pub-

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lic Garden, bereft of its usual riot of color, is breathtaking under a blanket of snow, the statue of George Washington standing taller than ever when topped with three inches of powder. Craving the comforts of a full-service luxury building, the couple bought into The Residences at W Boston soon after development began. With construction still in its early phases, they were able to combine a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with an adjacent studio space. This would allow room for a dining area, a large dressing room in the master suite and a small study off the second bedroom. One of the bathrooms would become a laundry room/pantry area, and the kitchen layout could include a peninsula. A gas fireplace would be added to the living

room, giving the couple a place to snuggle on those cool winter nights. The owners knew they would need more than just a fire to keep the chill out of the contemporary condo, so they brought in Boston-based designer Meichi Peng to warm up the interiors. Known A neutral palette in the for her almost open living/dining area Zen-like, sophisoff by pops of color. ticated but eminently livable aesthetic, Peng fashioned a floor plan that would fit the owners’ lifestyle, incorporate plenty of storage and take advantage of city views.

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Gray-on-gray sets a serene tone in the guest bedroom. Facing page top: Peng designed the upholstered bench with its subtle herringbone-patterned fabric. Facing page bottom: Taking advantage of every square foot, Peng designed custom cabinetry to create a small study across from the guest bedroom.

Downsizing from a residence that was twice as large meant space to put things was at a premium. Peng met the challenge by adding beautiful millwork throughout the condo, concealing an impressive amount of storage with rich wood accents that also add warmth and depth to the offwhite walls. Lighting was another key element, and Peng incorporated square recessed trimless lights into the ceiling—for ample downlighting during the day and dramatic illumination at night—as well as LED cove lighting in the built-ins. Four windows stretch across one wall of the apartment: on opposite ends of the condo, they open to the master suite and guest bedroom, respectively, while the two middle windows flood the open living/dining area with light. Snow-covered Boston Common and the Public Garden shimmer in the distance. A neutral palette in the open living/dining area is set off by pops of color—hues of orange and lavender—and sensual textures—slick lacquer, plush velvet, soft chenille. Gorgeous dark-stained wide-plank floors of ipe wood anchor the space. In the living room, sofas and chairs are clad in a natural taupe linen. Seating is arranged for easy conversation, catching a favorite TV show or just relaxing in front of the fire. On either side of the travertine fireplace surround, walnut shelves hold beloved leather-bound books and ancient artifacts. “When you’re working in a small space you want to make sure that everything is the right scale and proportion for the room so it’s not overcrowded,” explains Peng. “I tried to keep a balance of light and heavy, while still getting the look and comfort the clients wanted.” In the adjacent dining room, the curved armchairs gathered around a circular table wear the same linen as the living room furniture. Peng designed the table so that it can expand to seat eight, customizing the chairs so they slide underneath to take up less “My clients wanted it to be space. She also modern but not cold, elegant designed the built-in bar with with a warm palette,” says Peng its large mirror about the design. and two vertical sliding glass doors that open to reveal cabinets for glassware and plates, with felt-lined drawers to protect silverware. A red-lacquered bamboo pillow from the Chin Dynasty sits atop the bar. “The client has a lot of Asian boxes and anJanuary/February 2012 New England Home 75

In the master bedroom, soft chenille pillows and crisp Frette linens invite sweet dreams; motorized blackout shades ensure uninterrupted sleep. Facing page top: Floating shelves hover above a writing desk against one wall of the master bedroom. Facing page bottom: Even with space at a premium, the master closet doesn’t feel cramped.

tiques and African pieces from her travels, and we just tried to tie it all together,� says Peng. The kitchen mimics most of those in the building, with top-of-the-line appliances resting among gray lacquer cabinets and granite countertops. Sleek camel-colored leather barstools pull up to the U-shaped peninsula. Across from the kitchen, a fiery red floating glass cabinet brightens the space. In the master suite, taupe tone-on-tone stripes of Venetian plaster wrap one wall like an unexpected gift. A purple chenille headboard and matching pillows soften the hard edges of the custom-made wood-and-metal canopy bed, and a striped plum area rug cushions bare feet. Window treatments are motorized sheers, with retractable 76 New England Home January/February 2012

blackout shades at the ready when bedtime grows near. A built-in writing desk spans one wall, with room above for a flat-screen TV and floating shelves for family photos. Heavy velvet drapery in a lavender-gray adds a feminine touch while separating the bedroom from the master closet. Behind the curtain, a half-moon walnut desk, perfect for applying perfume or checking makeup, sits flush against a mirrored wall. Shelves, cubbies and hanging racks add order to the wardrobe. Across the condo, the guest room maintains a more masculine feel with a textured gray Venetian plaster accent wall and gray bedding. Though a similar smoky color, the velvet headboard and footboard, waffle-weave throw and silk area rug add depth with their light-reflecting textures.

A camel-hued leather chair holds court in a corner, and twin wall-mounted lamps free up surface space on bedside tables for books and personal mementos. “The clients wanted it to be modern but not cold, elegant with a warm palette,â€? says Peng of the overall design aesthetic. Here, temperatures have alTone-on-tone stripes of ready started to Venetian plaster wrap one rise: with its perlike an unexpected gift. fect mix of dark and light, simplicity and sophistication, this Boston condo feels anything but frigid. •


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PastPresence A sensitive renovation turns a 1790s colonial in the Berkshires into a welcoming home for the present and future while preserving a warm connection to bygone days. Text by Paula M. Bodah • Photography by Robert Benson • Architecture: Kristine Sprague • Interior design: Keith Lichtman, KL Interiors • Builder: Matt Donald • Produced by Stacy Kunstel


ome houses, not unlike people, just seem to be naturally warm in spirit. Such is the case with this handsome 1790s colonial in a tiny town in the Berkshires. Perhaps it’s a reflection of the care and attention the original builders paid to the design and materials. Maybe the walls still hold traces of the familial affection and hospitality that filled it through the years. Or it could be just a happy accident of feng shui. Whatever the reason, the house seems almost to glow with good karma. • This home has been well loved from the very start. One family occupied it for much of its first century of life. In the nineteenth century it became a popular inn, hosting such luminaries as Mark Twain and Grover Cleveland (who, in his post–White House years, enjoyed fishing in the nearby brook). Over time, an ell, a second story, a porch and a kitchen were added on to the original structure, each change only augmenting the house’s charm. In the 1970s, Nat

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The property is a year-round retreat for its owners. Facing page top: The home’s colonial integrity survived a series of additions. Facing page bottom: Remnants of the past remain in original door latches, an old mantel given a new coat of paint and the wooden stair to the second oor.

A reproduction of an 1860s wallpaper adorns the dining room. Facing page top: The old keeping room, now a sitting room, holds a secretary that once belonged to the homeowner’s grandmother. Facing page bottom: The family nicknamed the unknown subject of the painting Uncle Jedediah.

King Cole’s widow, Maria, bought the house and gave it a thoughtful renovation that updated its features without erasing its character. The house changed hands once again, and then, in the early 1990s, a young New York couple, visiting the Berkshires with their infant and toddler sons in tow, happened by it and were smitten. “We had just bought an apartment in the city, so we weren’t really looking for a second home,” the homeowner recalls. “But it was a beautiful house on a beautiful road in a town we’d always sort of coveted, and the price had just been reduced.” Husband and wife loved the house just as it was—a lucky thing, since they couldn’t afford to turn it into a showcase. “We had everyone’s leftovers, a total mishmash,” the wife says. “It was fine, because the kids were still writing in crayon on the walls at that point.” Seventeen years later, with the boys on the verge of adulthood, the couple felt the time was right for a facelift, not just to bring the house into the twenty-first century, but also to make it a suitable year-round retreat now that they were almost empty nesters. Entertaining friends and family is a priority for the pair, so the upgrade they envisioned would include an addition. “Our main need was for a big room for gathering and socializing,” the wife says. A house with such a storied past deserved a respectful renovation, they felt. They found a like-minded partner in architect Kristine Sprague of Lenox, Massachusetts. Sprague went through the

Trellis-patterned wallpaper and vivid green curtains bring glamour to the master bedroom. Right: The warm orangey hues Lichtman used in the living spaces are echoed in the master suite.

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translation of its colonial roots.

whole house, replacing leaky old windows with new six-over-sixes, modernizing the bathrooms and giving all the fireplaces new stone surrounds, hearths and mantels. The biggest part of the job, however, was the new great room, a space of about 750 square feet with soaring double-height ceilings and a full basement. Such a large room wouldn’t have been found in a Colonial-era home, of course, but like all the people who added to the house before her, Sprague devised a way to make the new section look and feel thoroughly integrated. Mirroring the old house’s postand-beam construction, Sprague applied a textured Venetian plaster to the room’s walls and ceiling, then added old-looking fir beams. “If I only need a couple of old beams I can usually find them,” she says, “but in this case we needed so many, I used new beams and had them distressed to look old.” At a salvage yard in Hudson, New York, she found the antique half-round windows that sit high on the great room’s walls, flooding the space with light. The room’s focal point is the fireplace, with its herringbone brick interior and wide fieldstone surround that narrows as it rises to meet the ceiling. New York City designer Keith Lichtman, who worked with the couple on their urban apartment, was happy to be invited to dress up the interiors in their country house. “Of course,” he says, “this house has an entirely different vibe from their city home. Design has to be about respecting the architecture of a home.” This home called for a design that is traditional at its core but not a literal interpretation of its colonial roots, he explains. “I didn’t want it to be a precious museum exhibit. I wanted it to be traditional, but fresh and clean—beautiful, but for comfortable living.” Lichtman set the tone by dressing the home’s many windows simply, sticking mostly to Roman shades or panels in luxurious fabrics. “There are no fussy details, no swags or jabots,” he says. He chose furniture pieces with traditional shapes, like the rolled-arm sofas of the great room, then covered them in fabrics in solid colors or small geometric patterns for a more current look. Likewise, he January/February 2012 New England Home 83

scouted out table and floor lamps with classic bases, then topped them with shades that have a cleaner, more contemporary shape. Tradition asserts itself here and there, in antique pieces like the secretary in a corner of the home’s original living room (called a keeping room in Colonial times, and now used as a sitting room), as well as in the reproduction mid-nineteenth-century wallpaper in the dining room. A palette Lichtman calls “delicious” in shades of apricot, gold and rust leads the eye from room to room. Only the kitchen deviates, where a scheme of demure French blue takes over. Things take a glamorous turn in the second-floor master bedroom, where Lichtman outfitted the space in a trellis-patterned wallpaper that gives the walls a hand-painted look and dressed the twin windows behind the bed in vivid green crinkled silk panels. Despite all the renovations, some things remained unchanged, like the simple wooden staircase to the second floor, the wideplank pine floors of the old sections of the house and a number of handwrought door latches—plus one thing the homeowners feel a special connection with. “In our bedroom, there was an old pane of glass with ‘1919’ and ‘Fred’ scratched into it,” the wife relates. Unable to bear tossing it away, the couple had it added to a basement window. “We’ll never know who Fred is,” the wife says, noting that, oddly enough, it’s the middle name of both her husband and one son. “But it makes me feel a connection to the people who’ve been here before, and I’ll have a connection with those who come after me.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 132.

Architect Kristine Sprague outfitted the great room’s mantel in natural fieldstone inspired by the property’s ancient stone walls. Lichtman dressed traditional-lined furniture in contemporary patterns. Facing page top: The cozy kitchen adopts a palette of French blue. Facing page bottom: Sprague found the antique half-moon window in a New York salvage yard.

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White cotton-duck slipcovers, barely there draperies, sisal and bleached old wood compose a serenity that supports a lively view. Facing page: Texture, proportions and art placement hold extra importance in a monochromatic design scheme.

A design team celebrates white in all its glory, outfitting their own Boston high-rise apartment in a monochromatic scheme that forms a beautiful backdrop for well-chosen pieces of art and magnificent city views. Text by Regina Cole • Photography by Keller + Keller • Interior design: Paul White and David Nault, Weena & Spook • Produced by Kyle Hoepner

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around a drop-dead gorgeous, never-take-your-eyes-off-the-wonder view? Does the decor have to take a back seat? Can the inside sing duets with the outside? “If you keep it white, the view becomes art, framed against a white background,” says David Nault. • Nault, half of the delightfully named downtown Boston design firm Weena & Spook, makes it sound easy, but the all-white room is the historic ne plus ultra of interior design. In the absence of color, we become acutely aware of texture, scale, shade, shape, placement, line, mass, proportion—in other words, everything that composes the decor. Pure museum-white can act as a brilliant foil, but it can also create unforgiving contrast. • Two years ago Nault and his partner, Paul White, ascended to a whiter shade of pale when they moved into one of the two slender towers I.M. Pei designed for a sadly degraded East India Wharf in 1971. Followed a few decades later by the ornamented, arched mass of Rowes Wharf, Pei’s two minimalist buildings sparked the renaissance of the Boston waterfront; the neighborhood is now surpassingly chic. Nault and White’s fifteenth-floor apartment surely has the city’s best maritime view as it looks down on the harbor. Tankers, freighters, yachts and water taxis inscribe ever-widening chevron wakes over the sparkling water between the buildings of the North End to one side and South Boston to the other, with the emerald hummocks of the Boston Harbor Islands stretching toward the horizon. • Nault and White (who named their design firm for their cats) transformed their 1,800-square-foot, two-bedroom aerie into a white composition James McNeill Whistler would have envied; Syrie Maugham first attempted just such perfection in 1927. Nault and White’s rooms realize those 100-year-old ideas about the transcendent value of white, but not with insipid,

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Rugged end tables that started life as Battery Wharf pier sections join a reďŹ ned upholstered wall and linen-covered coffee table. The designers favor the contrast of rough against ďŹ ne, not only for texture, but to keep the decor from even a hint of predictability.

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Gerald Gavzy’s painting of his swinging granddaughter overlooks the dining table. The homeowners designed the curvaceous wing chairs. Facing page top: Wood starburst mirrors, antique candlesticks and a ghost chair bring zest to the bath. Facing page bottom: David Nault (seated) and Paul White on their terrace.

afraid-of-color white or rigidly severe, stark white rooms. Their beautiful, workable interior frames the incomparable view with a pure, Zen-like white palette rendered in voluptuous texture and form. Via carefully edited white furniture, upholstery, walls and draperies accented with almost-colorless neutrals, Nault and White make beloved pieces of art, as well as the view, shine. The two have honed their demanding aesthetic during seventeen years as interior designers, which followed careers in New York in the world of fashion design. “If you are a great designer, you can design fashion, shoes, interiors—whatever,” Nault explains. He and White point to other examples of designers who work in several markets. “Renowned Italian fashion houses have been making beautiful leather furniture for years,” White notes. The pair’s transition from the rag trade to interior design happened organically. “We always lived very beautifully,” Nault says. “We had ideas of how to host, entertain, decorate. At the request of friends while we were still in New York, we began to design and make custom slipcovers with dressmaker construction and detail.” “I am a great tailor,” White chimes in, beaming. They left New York for Boston and began to create interiors for residential clients in the city and on the Cape. Weena “If you keep it & Spook rooms are variwhite, the view ously hued, revealing the becomes art, sure use of color the designers developed during framed against years in the fashion indusa white backtry. For their own home, ground,” says however, their vision was uncompromising. “We David Nault. chose this place because it was a nice box, all white,” says Nault. “Our stuff would fit here really well.” “The kitchen was all done,” his partner adds. “All we had to do was to put up window treatments and bring in furniture.” Kitchen, living room and dining room flow into each other before large windows. White cotton duck draperies echo the fabric upholstering sofas, chairs, ottomans, the master bedroom’s headboard and even a prominent section of living room wall. “The upholstery softens the hard wall,” Nault explains. “We are big on rough paired with fine. For example, the slipcovers are rumpled, but the walls are tight. The furniture is composed of pure white in clean shapes, while the end tables are pieces of old Battery Wharf piers.” January/February 2012 New England Home 91

The slipcovered headboard is, like all the pristine white fabric in the apartment, easily removed and cleaned. Facing page top: An antique console table contrasts with a white-framed mirror. Facing page bottom: Chris Chernow’s painting of a woman in a brown skirt is a favorite artwork.

“No one worries about putting a drink on them,” his partner says with a laugh. White expands on their aesthetic. “We like it monochromatic, but we create texture with grasscloth, woven papers, linens, heathery wools—materials that provide subtle contrast and that complicate the play of light.” He continues, “Make sure you do a white you can clean. That’s why we use slipcovers in white cotton twill; it’s basically denim, a fabric that wears like iron.” Just as it draws the eye to the brilliant, everchanging view, white showcases the couple’s favorite pieces of art, including striking contemporary works whose saturated pigments and brushstrokes sing against the clean backgrounds of the walls in the living room and bedroom. Above the master bedroom headboard, a long, horizontal composition by Victoria Wagner encapsulates the serenity and textural contrast of the entire interior. The designers who have inspired White and Nault may come as no surprise, at least in light of their own living space. “We love Calvin Klein and, for his ability to edit, Giorgio Armani,” says White. “Also, the European hotelier and designer Anouska Hempel,” Nault adds. Distinctive as White and Nault’s home looks, Weena & Spook does not have a “signature” style. “Our primary concern is to get the space and the flow right,” says Nault. Still, he adds, “We almost never do prints for clients.” Although the interiors they create for clients may be more colorful than their own home, the pair understands what Pablo Picasso and John Singer Sargent knew: without white, colors don’t matter. In their The pair underdesign work, they strategically place color to highstands what Pablo light important architecture Picasso and John or to emphasize beautiful Singer Sargent elements of a room. But here in their own knew: without white, home, most of the vibrant, colors don’t matter. saturated color comes in through the windows. From the moment you open the front door, the whole space communicates a deeply satisfying sense of completion, a complex, perfectly proportioned frame displaying a scene full of color, movement and ever-shifting reflections. “When you deal with other people’s colors all day,” confesses Nault, “it’s restful to come home to white.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 132. January/February 2012 New England Home 93

Field of Vision A contemporary new house on a swatch of historic farmland on Vermont’s Lake Champlain forges an amiable bond with the past while looking resolutely forward. Text by Megan Fulweiler • Photography by Michael Partenio • Architecture: Brian J. Mac, Birdseye Design Studio • Interior Design: Eric McClelland and Peter Lunney, Fleur-de-lis Interior Design • Builder: Birdseye Building Company • Landscape Architecture: H. Keith Wagner • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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The great room’s mood is enhanced by the ever-changing views. Facing page: On the home’s lower level, steel panels abutting the stone wall are dramatically backlit as night falls.

From steel to soft upholstery, the great room features a wealth of textures and materials. Facing page top: The entry door includes glass and steel inlays. Facing page bottom: Antique maps dress the study.


o understand fully what a marvel this Vermont house is, you have to know something about its location. The sweeping views across pastures that tumble toward majestic Lake Champlain are phenomenal. Shifting daylight and the changing seasons bring rhapsodic moments when sky and water seem to converge. Sometimes on a wintry afternoon the horizon is painted silky pink, and come full moon, the distant Adirondacks glow silver. Adding to its magic, this newly constructed modern home sits on a seriously historic site. The property was parceled off in the 1980s by Shelburne Farms, the 1,400-acre agricultural estate built by William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb and originally landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted. As you make your way to the front door of the home, you travel past the glorious eighteenth-century barns of the old farm, now a nonprofit environmental education center. Surrounded by an almost palpable sense of history, you crest the hill and suddenly there it is—a 6,500-square-foot house whose exaggerated horizontal lines clearly speak to the future. Remarkably, the juxtaposition of old and new is congenial. The house is modern, yes, but not out of place. It complements the rugged site, mimicking a stone outcropping with its lowslung profile. And even from a distance, the high-quality craftsmanship is evident. Few remember the 1970s house and barn that once stood here. Not meriting preservation, the structures were dismantled and turned over to a recycling company. Only the barn’s foundation remained, and it became the starting point for the 1,550-square-foot Japanese-inspired guesthouse. “The project really began with a stable and guesthouse,” says Brian Mac, principal architect of Birdseye in Richmond, Vermont. “I used the latter as a study for the main house, creating a vocabulary and a composition of forms and materials that I then expanded. All three buildings are in concert.” A full-service company, Birdseye oversaw all facets of the project, from construction and custom cabinetry to built-ins (including beds) and metalwork. Such committed involvement streamlined the project and assured that no minute detail slipped by. In contemporary construction, forgiving moldings aren’t an option. Every seam had to be perfect, and it is. “It was a good journey from start to finish—a total collabJanuary/February 2012 New England Home 97

The oval media room epitomizes modern with its steel-and-onyx coffee table and oversize chandelier. Visitors spy the media room from the entry (top right), while the sculptural steel wall gives the room privacy (bottom right).

oration with the interior designers and the owner and a great deal of fun,” Mac recounts modestly. The cedar-clad house seems at one with the landscape, which Mac credits in large part to the contributions of landscape architect H. Keith Wagner of Burlington, Vermont. But for all its quiet respect of its environs, the home also has elements of surprise, like the windows that race along the entire lake-facing rear elevation. Mac didn’t allow design to trump sustainability, either. In addition to its thermally efficient construction, for example, the house includes a geothermal heating and cooling system. Happily, the home’s interiors don’t fall short of its impressive architecture. Eric McClelland and Peter Lunney of Toronto-based Fleur-de-lis Interior Design display an almost uncanny talent for pairing innovative materials in unusual ways for a seamless fit. Generous applications of hotand cold-rolled steel, granite, marble, onyx, limestone, leather and wool make for a grand mix that’s also simplistic, McClelland says: “We’re letting the outside in, allowing the views to dictate the interior. It’s a sort of glamorized version of the Vermont landscape.” The entry epitomizes this motif. The owners pass through their custom front doors onto a walnut runway framed with variegated limestone. Above, a shaft embedded with lights mimics a constellation. The glow illuminates a sculpture that sits in a Chinese-red niche with a drawer wrapped in goat skin. “The Chinese red is symbolic,” McClelland explains. This is, after all, a home with Asian flavor; red in China corresponds with fire and symbolizes good fortune and joy. Behind the niche, the back stairwell descends from an office lined with antique maps to the lower level, where dual guest rooms, an exercise room, lap pool and spa wait. The office and generous master suite occupy this wing as well. The public areas—library, kitchen, dining and great rooms, along with a second office and sunroom—claim the other side of the house. Every space is delineated by its own exquisite marriage of materials. Nothing is ordinary, and much is downright extraordinary. Take the glacier-like raw steel sculpture that protects the media room, the only spot that doesn’t embrace the view. Or the great room’s sophis“We’re letting the views dictate ticated walnut, granite and steel hearth. Flanked on either side by the interior. It’s a glamorized the soaring hearth is a sculpversion of the Vermont landscape.” glass, ture in itself. The hand-tufted silk and wool carpet designating the nearby sitting area evokes the granite’s veining, or maybe bare winter trees—or possibly both. Since every item in this house is integral to the design, lighting fixtures also serve as architectural elements. In the dining area, rather than adhere January/February 2012 New England Home 99

Custom cabinets with sapele veneer highlight the kitchen’s craftsmanship. A sculpture of steel branches brings the outdoors in. Facing page top: The kitchen opens to the dining area with its roomy custom table. Facing page bottom: French marble elevates the master bedroom’s fireplace.

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to the usual light-centered-over-table formula, a spectacular galaxy of hand-blown bubbles by Canadian glass artist Gregor Herman favors the buffet. “We used the chandelier to give an unorthodox division to the space,” McClelland says. In the master bedroom, the designers created a stunning ceiling plane with recessed lights nesting in an Ultrasuede leather grid. The fabric’s luxurious warmth plays off the wall of motherof-pearl tile framed with bird’s-eye maple that rises behind the bed. An exotic French marble adorns the fireplace. “It’s an old-world marble— one you wouldn’t expect to find in a modern house,” McClelland says with delight. Armani marble covers the vanity and surrounds the tub in the master bath, where the owners have piled some weighty crystals on the floor to promote serenity. As in all the other rooms, the atmosphere is sophisticated, but with an underlying current of rusticity. Most of all, there’s a sense that these spaces will endure. Without a doubt, the skillful combination of beautiful architecture and marvelous materials has produced a house as memorable as those barns painstakingly crafted centuries ago. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 132.

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embarked on its annual (very nonscientific) Romance by Design survey. Not surprisingly, the survey revealed that New Englanders contemplating a second marriage found orthopedic surgeons with admitting privileges at Mass General “the most marriageable of all professionals.” Nothing new there. But we were surprised to find that second place—edging out perennial favorite “Red Sox majority owner” in the marriageability sweepstakes—went to . . . designers and architects. What makes designers and architects such a turn-on? As one survey respondent put it, “they get me without my having to say anything.” What undid many first marriages was the failure of mates to read between the lines, to understand the secret workings of things, the systems, matrices, unspoken desires. But that’s precisely where architects and designers excel. For these masters of the built environment, the invisible is often where the real work gets done. The need for beauty, stability and durability are all anticipated and quietly addressed, like a bouquet that just happens to materialize at the right moment. • • • “People come to me with an isolated problem, like a bathroom being too small,” says architect Anthi Frangiadis of Archit8 Studio in Onset, Massachusetts. “But an isolated problem doesn’t really exist. It always connects to something else; the smallness of the bathroom is part of a whole system.” 116 New England Home January/February 2012

The bath may be too small for a master suite, but to steal space from the teenager’s bedroom closet would have certain consequences, while to bump it out would create a shadow over the rose garden’s invaluable southern edge. Architect Chris Dallmus specializes in traditional homes, where reconfiguring systems requires a delicate, confident touch. “If we use new materials, they need to work better than the old materials but convey Chris Dallmus the same level of detail,” says Dallmus. “It’s never apparent. For example, there’s a PVC trim board from AZEK that we are using as the last piece of wood before the foundation. It’s especially useful on old houses without gutters where there’s considerable splash back. We paint it and you can’t tell the difference. Low maintenance is great as long as it doesn’t look low maintenance.” Dallmus’s firm, based in Cambridge and Nantucket, Massachusetts, won Gold and Silver 2011 PRISM awards from the Builder’s Association of Greater Boston. (See more winners on page 122.) • • • Joseph Cincotta of LineSync Architecture in Wilmington, Vermont, won one of only two AIA awards given in Vermont last year. He is also at the epicenter of the flood damage brought by tropical storm Irene. And like Chris Dallmus, he’s constantly applying his Yankee ingenuity to the issue of authenticity vs. low maintenance, starting with that same spongy area where structures meet the ground. “We’ve been putting a layer of metal Joseph Cincotta flashing over the splash area. It’s not just the splashing; it’s those darned weedwhackers you need to look out for. It’s a bit shiny at first, but after a few weeks, the metal develops a nice patina.” • • • The skilled artisan is often the magic behind a designer’s work. One of the best in the business of marble and granite is Angelo “Ivo” Cubi, founder of Cumar in Everett, Massachusetts. A seventh-generation marble man from Verona, Italy, Cubi is a trade secret of his own for Boston’s most established designers. “Since even with our thousands of dollars’ worth of machinery we have yet to be able to stretch stone, sometimes we have to find a decorative way to hide seams,” explains Cubi’s associate Dawn Carroll. “We just did a twenty-foot kitchen island for a client who loves to sail. We created a thirty-six-inch round compass rose in the middle of the island to camouflage where the slabs join right and left. I found a fossil embedded in limestone while in Ireland on vacation. I gave it to the client for the compass rose centerpiece.” • • • Lighting is finally coming into its own as an architectural and design element. With today’s LEDs and sophisticated control systems, “lighting is becoming part of the architec-

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ture,” says Doreen Le May Madden of Lux Lighting Design in Belmont, Massachusetts. Her latest project is lighting the Boston Common’s Brewer Fountain, which is undergoing major renovations. Her scheme entails uplighting each tier of Parisian-style sea gods and nymphs to conceal the luminaires at the base. The plan also calls for lighting the fountain all year long—hardly an extravagance with low-energy, custom-ordered LEDs. • • • Our survey shed light on another seemingly unrelated aspect of coupledom: laptops. As partners waltz through the grand ballroom of cyberspace, the actual physical space they need decreases. Architect Jan Gleysteen of Wellesley, Massachusetts, is noticing the sizing down. “The residual effect of being wired in is that people are becoming less interested these days in the Jan Gleysteen extra rooms they once dreamed about,” he says. “Some are taking living rooms entirely off the program. One room we are often adding rather than subtracting is a study off the kitchen for the kids. That way Mom can monitor screen time and siblings can work together.” • • • Per our study, designers and architects are sexy because they can sense a feeling even before that feeling can be expressed in words. Take the “I don’t want to be paying the electric bill” feeling. Sean Clarke, general manager of the primo kitchen appliance showroom Clarke Distribution in Milford, Massachusetts, has already turned some of this yearning into a reality, at least on an industrial scale. “It makes me feel good just getting up in the morning,” says Clarke about the 2,304 photovoltaic tubes the company installed over its 106,000square-foot headquarters. “We’re looking at a payback of three and a half to four years,” he says. “But even now we are at net zero, where before we were spending $10,000 to $15,000 a month on power.” • • • As Anthi Frangiadis reminds us, solar along with everything else is part of a system. There are no isolated issues. That’s why respondents to our inquiries were so quick to say: Architects get me. Designers get me. The people they work with get me. This connectedness and creativity is their particular

valentine to the world: the wit of a compass rose winking between great slabs of granite, the sunny optimism of a solar-powered fridge, even the stress-reducing service of PVC trim that looks altogether real but won’t rot in the wet weather to come. • Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to

New and Noteworthy To be really good you can’t be a copyist. You can’t take on the role of museum curator. Your designs have to be fresh, creative and connected to the world we live in today. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art has contributed to this greater understanding with its Bulfinch Awards for excellence in New England classical and traditional design. The awards are named for the architect of the Massachusetts State House, Charles Bulfinch, who played a key role in introducing neoclassicism to America. It’s a style that remains as fresh today as the state house’s sparkling golden dome. Here’s a partial list of this year’s awardees: Best Urban Residence: Dell Mitchell Architects, Boston; Best Suburban Residence: Jan Gleysteen Architects, Wellesley; Landscape Design: Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge; Interior Design: Carter & Company, Boston. The design community has come a long way in learning to market itself over the past ten years. The Builders Association of Greater Boston is paving the way with its Prestigious Results in Sales and Marketing Awards, or PRISMS. The awards entwine building with marketing, paying tribute to housing industry professionals for excellence in building and design, but also in sales and marketing. Among the winning designers and architects in the Gold category: Best SingleFamily Residence: Stephanie Horowitz, ZeroEnergy Design, Boston; Interior Design: Cebula Design, Newburyport; Bathroom Remodel: Leslie Fine Interiors, Boston. In the lighting category, Doreen Le May Madden won the new Cynthia Ray Award, created in memory of Ray, a lighting specialist with Lucía Lighting and Design in Lynn, who died tragically in late 2010 after being hit by a car. And in other awards news, JW Construction, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, won its third Contractor of the Year award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The firm was honored for a pool house in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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Francesca Bed from Cisco Brothers “I often use fully upholstered beds in master bedrooms because they add luxury and comfort. The Francesca bed is an updated version of a classic wing design, and the tailored aesthetic has just the right amount of embellishment in the light tufting and nailhead trim.” MOHR & MCPHERSON, BOSTON, (617) 210-7900, WWW.MOHR-MCPHERSON.COM


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Chloe Wallcovering by Studio E “Studio E is a favorite source for gorgeous hand-painted wallpapers. Chloe is part of their Metallic Collection, and the slight sheen adds depth to the tone-on-tone pattern. I’d use it on a focal wall behind a silk-velvet upholstered bed for a rich, layered aesthetic.” STUDIO 534, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 345-9900, WWW.S5BOSTON.COM


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Even as a child, Fotene Demoulas was fascinated by what went on in those hidden places behind the walls of a house. When her parents had electricians or plumbers in, she would watch carefully, offering to help out for a hands-on lesson about what makes things work. That early interest was a harbinger of things to come: today, Demoulas is as wellknown for her attention to architecture as for her talents in making spaces look beautiful. Having studied at Harvard, the New England School of Art and Design and the Boston Architectural College, Demoulas takes a well-rounded approach to design. “I do more than make a house pretty,” she says. “I work closely with architects, contractors and millworkers. It’s important to think about things like why a wall should be moved four inches, where the HVAC will go, why a ceiling should have a soffit or not.” When it comes to how a home looks, Demoulas describes her style as “somewhere between contemporary and transitional.” She’s careful to make sure a client’s character shows through. “I don’t like to overdesign or overpower a client’s personality,” she says. FOTENE DESIGN, (617) 437-0029,


1 Dedon Lounge Collection “This is one of my favorite outdoor ensembles. Its clean lines bring a sense of modern style, and its basic modular system means plenty of seating for good friends and good conversation. It would work especially well in an outdoor city setting.” LILLIAN AUGUST, NORWALK, CONN., (203) 8473314, WWW.LILLIANAUGUST.COM

2 Exotic Woods “I love incorporating exotic wood materials in our projects, because it provides an artistic edge to a traditional, familiar style. Here, I used pear-wood panels to accent the asymmetrical fireplace design.” ATLANTIC PLYWOOD, WOBURN, MASS., (781) 933-1932, WWW.ATLANTICPLYWOOD.COM


3 De Le Cuona’s Watercolour Fabric “This sophisticated, classic, yummy paisley fabric, shown here in Twig, would comfort anyone who touches it. I envision using it as a throw for lounging in your favorite chair.” WEBSTER & COMPANY, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 261-9660, WWW.WEBSTERCOMPANY.COM

4 DiscoverTile’s Shiloh Porcelain “When I’m designing a kitchen, I always reach for tiles first. In this case, I used porcelain tile to create an artistic contrast with the cabinets and appliances. Tile adds dimension and texture.” BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 330-7900, WWW.DISCOVERTILE.COM

5 Miele MasterChef Double Oven “Simply stated, Miele appliances are durable, practical and add an eclectic accent to the kitchen. I’m always excited to use anything and everything from Miele. The appliances are the perfect complement to any new or renovated kitchen.” AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND; SEE WWW.MIELEUSA.COM MICHAEL LEE


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Interior designer: Meichi Peng, Meichi Peng Design Studio, Boston, (617) 521-8660, www Millwork installation: Herrick & White, Cumberland, R.I., (401) 658-0440, Custom draperies: Dreamscapes of Boston, Boston, (617) 439-3200 Audio/video installation: Elite Media Solutions, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 237-2929, www.elite Venetian plasterwork: Marco Evangelisti, Pietra Viva, Boston, (617) 875-2066, www Pages 70–71: Matching sofas by Flexform,, from Showroom Boston,; sofa pillow fabric by Castel,, from Donghia,; lounge chairs from Showroom Boston; custom coffee table and millwork designed by Meichi Peng Design Studio and built by Herrick & White; floor lamp by Holtkötter,, from Casa Design, www.casadesignboston .com; drapery fabric by Carnegie, www; fireplace by Spark, Pages 72–73: Steel and wood dining table designed by Meichi Peng Design Studio and built by Herrick & White; dining chairs by Bright Chair Company,; custom millwork designed by Meichi Peng Design Studio and built by Herrick & White; drapery fabric by Carnegie; custom entry console and mirror designed by Meichi Peng Design Studio and built by Herrick & White; wall sconces by Holly Hunt, www.hollyhunt .com, from Webster & Company, www Pages 74–75: Bed by Minotti, www.minott, from The Morson Collection,; custom bedside tables designed by Meichi Peng Design Studio and built by Herrick & White; wall lamps by Nessen,, from Casa Design; recliner by Lafer, www, from Casa Design; custom silk rug from Steven King, www.steven; Venetian plaster by Pietra Viva; custom bench designed by Meichi Peng Design Studio and built by Herrick & White, with fabric by Ralph Lauren Home, www.ralph; office chair by Matteograssi,, from Montage, www; desk lamp by Flos, www, from Casa Design. Pages 76–77: Custom bed and bedside tables designed by Meichi Peng Design Studio and built by Herrick & White; bedside wall sconces by Holly Hunt from Webster & Company; recliner by Lafer from Casa Design; floor lamp by Visual Comfort,, from Casa Design; custom silk rug from Steven King; drapery fabric by Carnegie; Vene-

tian plaster by Pietra Viva; custom millwork designed by Meichi Peng Design Studio and built by Herrick & White; desk lamp by Europa Design, www.europadesignfurniture .com, from Casa Design; custom closet by Poliform,, from Showroom Boston; dressing table and chair by Porada,, from Casa Design; wall sconces by de Majo,, from Casa Design; drapery fabric by Romo,, from Calvin Fabrics, www

PAST PRESENCE PAGES 78–85 Architect: Kristine Sprague, Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-3980, Interior designer: Keith Lichtman, KL Interiors, New York City, (212) 989-9121, Builder: Matt Donald, Matt Donald Builders, Richmond, Mass., (413) 442-9594 Landscape architect: Valerie Locher, Valerie Locher Horticulturists, Housatonic, Mass., (413) 528-4512 Window treatment and pillow fabricator: Ruben Ruenes, Union City, N.J., (201) 8636902, All curtain hardware: Morgik Metal Designs, New York City, (212) 463-0304, www.morgik .com Pages 80–81: Chandelier from Niermann Weeks,; area rug from Beauvais Carpets, www.beauvaiscarpets .com; chairs from Artistic Frame, www.artistic; mohair chair fabric from Brunschwig & Fils,; Gallier Diamond wallpaper in Topaz from Brunschwig & Fils; silk curtain fabric from Kravet, www; demilune sideboard from Ethan Allen,; keeping room wool-and-silk area rug from ABC Carpet & Home,; sofa from Henredon,, with Larsen fabric,; sofa pillow fabrics by Lee Jofa,; coffee table from La Forge Française, www.laforgefrancaise .com; floor lamp from Fine Art Lamps, www; curtain fabric by Robert Allen,; wing chair fabric by Lee Jofa; wing chair pillow fabric by Duralee, Pages 82–83: Wallpaper from Osborne & Little,; night tables from Louis J. Solomon, www.louisjsolomon .com; vintage Murano table lamps from 145 Antiques,; leather headboard and bed from Charles P. Rogers,; curtain fabric from Larsen; custom coverlet fabric from Lee Jofa; leaf pillow fabric from B. Berger, www; area rug from ABC Carpet & Home; floor lamp from Donghia, www; loveseat from Mason-Art,, with Cowtan & Tout fabric,; pillow fabric from Osborne & Little; leather parchment coffee table from Mecox Gardens, www.mecox

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Pages 84–85: Chairs and chairback fabric from Artistic Frame; chair seat fabric from Quadrille,; paintings on ledge by Tracy Silva Barbosa, www.tsilva; vintage tins from Olde Good Things,; window shade fabric from Larsen; great room custom wool and silk area rug from AM Collections, www; chandeliers from Fine Art Lamps; sofas from Artistic Frame; gold linenvelvet sofa fabric from Robert Allen; striped cotton-velvet sofa fabric from Stark, www; pillow fabrics from Roger Arlington,; curtain fabric from Claremont, www.claremont; three-tiered end table from McGuire,; coffee table and round end table from Profiles, www; fireplace screen by La Forge Française; porcelain table lamp from John Boone,; pineapple table lamp from McGuire.

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A PASSION FOR PALE PAGES 86–93 Interior designers: Paul White and David Nault, Weena & Spook, Boston, (617) 2686968, Page 86: Paul armchair and Saddle Arm lounge chair designed by Weena & Spook, slipcovered in Durango Denim from Henry Calvin,; coffee table designed by Weena & Spook; hammered silver cake stand by Mary Jurek, www.maryjurek, from WA, www.waharmony .com; zinc planter from Winston Flowers,; throw from Allsaints Spitalfields, Page 87: White lacquer boxes from Koo de Kir,; toss pillows from Classic Country, East Chatham, New York, (518) 392-2211; white cube vase from Jacobson Floral Supply,; mother-of-pearl box from Peach Tree Designs,; Asian chest from Feng Shui Furniture, Chestnut Hill, Mass., (617) 244-0686. Pages 88–89: Custom mirror and side tables designed by Weena and Spook; crystal table lamps and terra-cotta pots from ICON Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506. Page 90: Buffet designed by Weena & Spook; wing chairs designed by Weena & Spook and covered in Durango Denim by Henry Calvin; Big Sur dining table from Crate & Barrel, www; floor palms by Visual Comfort,, from Neena’s Lighting,, with shades from Blanche P. Field, www; pillow from Neutral Territory, Barnstable, Mass., (508) 744-7145; sisal carpets from Crate & Barrel; square vases from Simon Pearce, Page 91: Ghost Chair from Design Within Reach,; antique candlesticks from Feng Shui Furniture; mirrors from Wisteria, Page 92: Headboard and drapery panels designed by Weena & Spook, covered in Duran-

go Denim by Henry Calvin; bedside lamp from Circa Lighting,; linen sheets and pillowcases from Restoration Hardware,; coverlet from Pottery Barn, www.pottery Page 93: Mirror designed by Weena & Spook; console table from Feng Shui Furniture; ottoman designed by Weena & Spook, covered in Durango Denim by Henry Calvin; cotton throw from West Elm,; antique glove molds from Fishs Eddy, www.fishs; painting by Chris Chernow, www; wing chair designed by Weena & Spook, covered in Durango Denim by Henry Calvin; side table from Feng Shui Furniture; wool/cashmere throw from ICON Group.

FIELD OF VISION PAGES 94–101 Architect: Brian J. Mac, Birdseye Design, Richmond, Vt., (802) 434-2112, www.birdseye Interior designers: Eric McClelland and Peter Lunney, Fleur-de-lis Interior Design, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, (416) 929-8599, www Landscape architect: H. Keith Wagner, Burlington, Vt., (802) 864-0010, www. Builder: Birdseye Building Company, Richmond, Vt., (802) 434-2112, www.birdseye Masons: David Newton, Hinesburg, Vt., (802) 482-2658, and James Bennett, Waltham, Vt., (802) 355-8849 Pages 95–96: Petaluma chandelier by Sirmos,; granite fireplace mantel and hearth from Kozmus,; custom carpet by Creative Matters, www.creative; custom sofa and chaise by Classic Touch Upholstery, www.classictouch, with sofa and pillow fabric by Télio & Cie,; club chairs by Holly Hunt, Page 97: Doors and paneling by Birdseye Building Company; chandelier by Eurolite,; study chandelier by Eurolite. Pages 98–99: Custom coffee table, bench and sofa by Z&D Finishes,; Halo chandelier from Powell & Bonnell, www.powell; marble fireplace surround by Kozmus; slumped glass above fireplace by AM Studio,; curved hotrolled steel wall by Z&D Finishes; limestone flooring from Stone Tile, Page 100: Steel branch screen by Ridgely Studio Works,; countertops by Kozmus; pendant lights from Studio 1112, Page 101: Dining table by Z&D Finishes; Bernhardt dining chairs from Plan L,; bedroom upholstered ceiling panels by Z&D Finishes; mother-of-pearl headboard tile from Télio & Cie; chair from David Edward, www; bedding and pillows from Primavera,, and Knoll, •


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WESTON, MA. Stately 7,000+ square-foot Royal Barry Wills Colonial on a private lane featuring 11 rooms with exquisite details, chef’s kitchen, open family room, and incredible master suite. $2,995,000. Cheryl Russo / Wendy Fox, 781.894.5555

SUDBURY, MA. Magnificent 7,200-squarefoot Shingle-style Colonial home with superb details, chef ’s kitchen, office, five en suite bedrooms, home theatre, game room, wine cellar and sunroom. $2,495,000. Carole Daniels / Gabrielle Daniels, 978.443.9933

CONCORD, MA. Nashawtuc Hill 1886 Shingle-style carriage house with premium amenities, two-story addition, chef’s kitchen, wrap-around deck and lush gardens. Great views! Walk to Center. $2,495,000. Brigitte Senkler / Sharon Mendosa, 978.369.3600

POMFRET, CT. Country retreat bordered by a picturesque river offering 37± acres. A long driveway leads to the Colonial-Federal style home, guest cottage, New England style barn, a pool and helicopter landing. $1,500,000. Jonathan P. Radford, 617.335.1010

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