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ing call to mind for you? Chances are the most immediate will be very like the cover of this magazine: beach, sun, parallel blue bands of water and sky, durable furniture in teak, powder-coated metal or brightly painted wood, perhaps an umbrella or two. Shingles, crushed-shell drives and white trim, also. I can’t argue with any of that. Those things are all iconic in our public imagination, and they signal New England and summer to almost anyone in the western hemisphere, if not beyond. As our cover promises, you’ll find plenty of those images in the pages that follow. But even in New England not everyone chooses to summer in exactly that way, even on the waterfront—and some may not prefer the waterfront at all. Or waterfront may mean fog-shrouded Lake Winnipesaukee, a slowly meandering river or a view over Boston’s Frog Pond and its horde of boisterous tykes. This issue is for you less majoritarian folks as well. Even though all four of our features happen to be houses sitting on or very near salt water, the styles in which their inhabitants celebrate the season is as individual as . . . well, as a lobsterman’s buoy. For one couple summer is spent with the complete panoply of full-dress Cape Cod style: coffered ceilings and paneling, blue and white upholstery and rugs, export china. Across the sound a similar exterior on the Vineyard conceals a more playfully eclectic and colorful nest, boasting Bohemian touches such as beaded turquoise chandeliers. Meanwhile a Boston designer indulges his yen for bright orange and a cleanly casual atmosphere at the New Hampshire shore, and further up the coast in Maine another couple are contentedly ensconced in a more cottagey ambience, where carved sheep safely graze above the stone-floored kitchen’s fireplace. (And then there’s the pair whose summer place in the Berkshires has acquired a pink and blue addition closer in spirit to Augustus Pugin than to a shingled saltbox. Nothing at all stereotypical about that!) What does summer style mean to you? By all means enjoy your beadboard and lobster rolls—but isn’t it fun to buck tradition now and then, too?

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Framed Whenever our daughter, Fanny, visits, she rarely walks past the piano in our living room without sitting down to play a few bars—a Broadway tune, a jazz riff or perhaps a pop song from the early aughts when she first took up the instrument. The upright, nestled in the corner, always seems to draw her in. On a recent visit, however, we noticed that she went out of her way to avoid the piano. “It’s out of tune,” she told us. “The music sounds so wrong, on so many levels.” Not nearly as tonally sophisticated as Fanny, we were surprised that a little dissonance could be so irritating. Then we noticed that a watercolor on a wall near the piano had slipped in its frame; the piece in the lovely linen mat and pale wood frame was askew. It drove us crazy. And then we got it. Like a piece of music played off key, a piece of art in an unsuitable frame seems, well, so wrong, on so many levels. With the wide variety of frames available, there’s no reason a piece of art (or a great mirror) shouldn’t sing. Finishing School Combining a BFA in painting and years of experience in the graphics world, Cela Hobbs builds frames to her clients’ specifications. After she constructs a frame, she finishes it to ensure that it goes perfectly with whatever it’s intended to show off. Shown, a selection of hand-painted frames from Hobbs’s Chelsea series. $45–$90/FOOT. PAGE WATERMAN GALLERY, WELLESLEY, MASS., (781) 235-0430, WWW.PAGEWATERMAN.COM, AND RENJEAU GALLERIES, NATICK, MASS., (508) 655-5121, WWW.RENJEAU.COM

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The Frame Gallery, Brookline, Massachusetts By Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

A mentor—a trusted guide, adviser and teacher— can be invaluable in helping to navigate life’s vagaries. Those lucky enough to be the recipients of such counsel often find that unthought-of possibilities emerge and a host of new opportunities arise. Michael Allen, who with his wife, Kohar, owns the Frame Gallery, understands the importance of this kind of relationship. When he was proprietor of a do-it-yourself frame shop more than twenty-five years ago, Allen was introduced to Paul Levi, the famous twentieth-century frame-maker who happened to be the brother of one of the shop’s clients. Listening to Levi talk about frames, Allen, a quick study, soon realized that there was much to learn about the history and preservation of the picture frame from this “frame-maker to the Queen.”

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Coming to Her Senses The large, vivid paintings that emerge from Bunny Harvey’s Rhode Island and Vermont studios are inspired as much by sound, smell and feel as by what she sees around her. BY LISA E. HARRISON


elcome to my world of ideas,” says artist Bunny Harvey, standing amidst hundreds of paintings in her 3,700-square-foot Providence studio. Life-size works (literally—she tends to favor canvases that mirror her own five-foot-six-inch frame) lean four or five deep against the walls of the light-filled one-time jewelry factory. Despite the sheer volume of inventory, Harvey, dressed in jeans and a frayed denim shirt with a scarf tied loosely around her neck, nimbly navigates her archives, sliding and lifting, to pull examples from the stacks. There’s decades’ worth of work— mostly oils on canvas or panel along with hun-

dreds of works on paper—but she remembers the names and inspiration behind each with the ease of an English professor reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets. In fact, an academic analogy may not be far off. Not only has Harvey taught painting at Wellesley College for thirty-six years, but intellectual curiosity inspires her art. “My paintings are a place where I can think, not come up with a beautiful solution, but give myself some time to see how the information fits,” she says. “I’m less interested in the product than the

challenge to move through the material and see where it goes.” While this open-ended creative process has held true during Harvey’s career, her subject has shifted over the Clockwise from above: Notes years. After gradu- and Scales (2010), oil on ating from Rhode canvas, 66" × 66"; Necessary Unity (1993), oil on canvas, Island School of 60" × 78"; Aurora Borealis Design, Harvey (1989), charcoal and pastel landed a prestion paper, 22½" × 30" gious fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in the early 1970s. At the time, she tackled archaeological themes through an abstract lens. A longstanding interest in science then led to a study of particle physics in an attempt, she says, “to understand 36 New England Home July/August 2012

Artistry what it is that I know related to these complicated realms.” From there, she moved to landscapes. As with her past work, Harvey’s landscapes are investigative at their core. Probing deeper than that which is merely visible to the eye, she incorporates smell, sound, touch. “Now my paintings are about all those other senses other than

seeing,” she says. “By listening, you see.” Harvey divides her time between Providence and picturesque Turnbridge, Vermont, where she has two studios, one designed to mimic the proportions and feel of a studio at the American Academy in Rome. In Vermont, she finds rich fodder for discovery and an entirely different landscape to explore.

Harvey’s persona is palpable in her paintings. A self-described adventurer (she and her husband, Frank Muhly, have hitchhiked twice across the country), she possesses an inherent curiosity and sense of wonder, the ability to imagine the unexpected, even on a micro level. A vibrant landscape entitled Field Chatter is about listening to grasshoppers, while Waiting for Dragonflies imagines

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the theoretical impossibility of sneaking up on insects that have 360-degree vision. Hoping for Trout toys with the expectation that many a fisherman knows all too well: a yearning to see something that isn’t there. While the sensory pursuits behind Harvey’s work are complex (deftly playing with color, light and shadow, she’s covered themes from wind, smell and texture to shifting temperature, memory and expectation), her creative process is laced with exuberance. For years she combed the streets of Providence’s Jewelry District, seeking inspiration from metal castoffs in empty parking lots. Some of her finds— rusty locks, tarnished pins and charms— are still disFacing page left to right: played in her Waiting for Dragonflies studio, while (2009), oil on canvas, 36" × 66"; Text (1994), sumi ink the rest are on paper, 28¾" × 21½" packed in Right: Field Chatter (2006), dozens of oil on canvas, 54" × 66" boxes. She laughs about the time a police officer mistook her, bundled in a coat from a favorite consignment shop and fresh from the gym, for a homeless person. When she held up a beautifully weathered spark plug to plead

her purpose, he shook his head in disbelief and offered a ride to the shelter. This same sense of discovery, a willingness to let go and see her surroundings in new ways, still propels the artist today. “I like to get lost,” she says. “I try to make environments where it’s interesting to get lost in terms of reverie and being able to figure out what’s there.”

And therein lies the greatest appeal of Harvey’s multifaceted creations: we, the viewers, get to accompany the artist on her spectacular journey. • Editor’s Note The Newport Art Museum will hold an exhibition of Bunny Harvey’s work, September 1–December 30, www.newportart To see more of her work, visit

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Massachusetts Gothic An opulent conservatory cozies up to a Federal-style house in the Berkshires, bringing the handsome home the perfect dose of whimsy. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN SPRAGUE


arole and Gordon Hyatt have an adventurous streak. Their careers—his as a documentary filmmaker and hers as an expert on career building and author of several best-selling books on the subject—have taken them all over the world. Combine that peripatetic life with a natural interest in art, architecture and design and boundless curiosity about history, and it’s no surprise the couple divide their time between two entirely different but equally fascinating homes. In New York City they live in what Carole describes as “a wonderful 1960s space,” filled with pop

art. When they come to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as they often do, they travel even further back in time, living in a stately old Federal-style house built 1826. The Hyatts have had fun decorating their house over the years. Because, as Carole notes, the 1820s ushered in an architectural period where revivals of all sorts were popular, it suited the couple’s wide-ranging tastes to do up the rooms in a variety of styles, from Shaker to Victorian to Egyptian Revival. It seemed to suit the house, too. “The 40 New England Home July/August 2012

Federal style marries well with other styles,” says Carole, thanks to its balance, symmetry and lack of fussy detail. It was hardly a stretch, then, Clockwise from left: The when the couple decided eight-sided cupola mimics Gothic Revival would be a the room’s shape. The starry perfect look for the conserva- ceiling is modeled on one tory they wanted to add on to in an old English manor. The teal trim work is a mix the house. Although they had of mahogany and PVC. put a sizable clapboard-clad addition onto the brick house back in the 1980s, they wanted a larger space for entertaining and for the career-building seminars Carole runs. Figuring out just how to design a Gothic-style addition



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that would complement the home fell to Kristine Sprague, an architect based in Lenox, Massachusetts. Sprague came up with the clever idea of an octagon that extends off the wooden addition’s living room. As they worked out the architectur-

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al details of the space, architect and clients spent time driving through New York’s Hudson Valley, looking for inspiration in the elaborate mansions built there in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Inspired, indeed, is the result—a sweet

confection with arched windows, a series of ornate columns and a copper-topped octagonal cupola, all painted an eye-popping salmon hue with teal trim that matches the wooden part of the house. The convincingly old-looking octagon was built with the same care and attention to detail as it would have been back in the 1800s, but with one decidedly modern twist. West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, woodworker Michael Costerisan cut and milled more than a thousand pieces to fashion the elaborate trim, but only some of it is wood. The columns and arches are mahogany, while the diamonds and circles that adorn them are made of PVC. “It takes paint very well,” Sprague says, “and it’s very durable.” Costerisan is also responsible for the remarkable millwork inside, including a grand Gothicstyle walnut bookcase the he designed in collaboration with Carl Sprague, a neighbor and longtime friend of the Hyatts as well as Kristine Sprague’s brother-inlaw. Carl, a set designer, jokes

that the bookcase is the first thing he’s ever designed that isn’t going to be dismantled once the show is over. Carole and Gordon looked to a favorite place—Strawberry Hill, the Gothic Revival home Horace Walpole, the fourth Earl of Orford, built in the late 1700s in the English countryside—when they turned their attention to the interior design. “We knew Strawberry Hill had a blue ceiling with gold stars,” Gordon says. Here, panels of gilded stars on a field of deep blue form an octagon with an opening in the middle that looks up into the cupola. Hand-painted flocks of birds adorn the area at the base of each panel. A friend of Gordon’s whose family owns quarries in Italy made the couple a gift of three tons of travertine for the floor. Hand-struck tiles add color to the floor in the form of a border and an elaborate

medallion that anchors a sitting area and echoes the blue and gold of the ceiling. The walls are no less stunning, covered in canvas and faux-painted by New York muralist Richard Haas, another friend of the Hyatts. It took the team close to three years to design and build the conservatory, but the results leave no doubt the time and effort were well Above: Hand-painted birds worth it. adorn the ceiling panels. Whether the Facing page clockwise from Hyatts fill the top left: Hand-struck tiles form a border on the traver- space with tine floor. A niche holds fahappy partyvorite collectibles. Millworkgoers or er Michael Costerisan crafted the Gothic walnut bookcase. earnest seminar attendees or just enjoy a quiet moment by themselves, the conservatory exudes a magical vibe that can’t help but make everyone feel good. • Resources For information about the conservatory, see page 140.


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ome automation certainly isn’t a new concept, although most agree there was little progress between the Harappans inventing flush toilets in 2600 BCE and Hotpoint introducing electric toasters in 1905. In 1957 Monsanto and MIT raised the bar somewhat with the House of the Future (the future being 1986). Their Jetsonian edifice in Disneyland boasted centralized pushbutton controls for climate, entertainment, lighting and CCTV (so you could see who was ringing your doorbell from the WC). The attraction was deemed obsolete in 1967

and replaced with a giant planter. Fast-forward to the twenty-first century, where smart home technologies offer endless conveniences. The modern twist? Buyer reticence. A 2011 study by the German company GfK Retail and Technology concluded consumers are wary of smart homes, because they’re “afraid of being overwhelmed by technical deWhole-house audio managemands [and] worry about ment is a snap with Applehigh costs.” based interfaces like Savant Savvy vendors know this. Systems’ iPad controller for iTunes apps (from Smarthome That’s why they’ve stepped up Solutions), above, and a to the plate with affordable custom desktop version from packages that are ridiculously Cutting Edge Systems, right. easy to use. How easy? Their smartphone and tablet interfaces display idiot-proof icons labeled “lights,” “climate,” “security,” and so on. Not ready for touch screens yet? Alternative controllers 44 New England Home July/August 2012

include PCs, Macs, TV-type handheld devices, Bluetooth headsets (for voice-activated apps) and even House of the Future–style push-button wall panels. “We use Apple iPhones and iPads to control our clients’ houses,” says Jeff Binette, president of SmartHome Solutions in Kennebunk, Maine. “They can look through their security cameras, at audio/video distribution, lights and thermostats with this system.” The system Binette is talking about is manufactured by Savant Systems of Osterville, Massachusetts. Besides being dead simple to use, the product is both modular and scalable. Most of today’s home automation installations involve entertainment, HVAC and lighting, but the menu’s growing and the price is dropping, fast. Jim Slane, president of Smart Home Tech in Newburyport, Massachusetts, says his most popular install is the g! Entertainment and Control System from Elan Home Systems. “Five years ago, for a good-sized home you were looking at a cost of six figures,” Slane says. “Today it’s onetenth that.” The reason? “The systems get easier to program, because most devices involved are now Internet-ready.” That also means remote-ready—sometimes very remote. Slane says, “We have clients with

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heat and lights before you get home, or fire up your spa. And if a pipe bursts while you’re away, you’ll no longer be the last to know. Your lawn can be just as smart as your house, too. David Ducharme, owner of Total Home Technology in Salem, Massachusetts, installs weather-detecting irrigation systems using technology by Crestron. “A little weather station at the house is tied into a Web interface, so the owners, wherever they are, can see what the weather’s like and turn their sprinklers on and off. We can tie that into a water conservation app, so you water the lawn less Apple iPod is a runaway favorite for a wide range of when the apps, including Lutron’s weather’s not HVAC management (this one from Cutting Edge Systems), too hot or above, and custom Crestron too dry.” interior/exterior quality-ofAnd check life interfaces (these are from this out: Paul Maverick Integration), right. Jung, coowner of NexSense in Boxford, Massachusetts, a vendor of Control4 systems, installs home monitoring for the elderly. “Say you have a parent living at home alone,” says Jung. “We can install motion sensors and contact sensors on doors and furniture so you’ll know that they got out of bed or that they walked out the door when they shouldn’t. You can program the system to text or e-mail a caregiver, saying, ‘It’s 11 a.m. and Mom didn’t get out of bed yet; please give her a call.’ ” About the only thing you can’t do with today’s systems is modify them yourself, beyond basic functionality (thermostat settings, on/off times for appliances). That’s because all Apple devices and most smart home systems use proprietary programming. John Bray Sr., a consultant

with Maverick Integration in Bedford, New Hampshire, says, “If you don’t like the way Apple interfaces work, don’t buy them. They can’t be modified. Some of our control systems are completely custom tailored, so we can modify the interface. The only downside is that you’re married to the integrator.” In short, home automation customers can’t tackle their own system modifications or change vendors easily. But the sheer happiness factor (not to mention economies of energy and budget) can significantly offset the disadvantages. “When the shades go up and down automatically, and it’s just part of what the house does by itself, people love that,” says Evan Struhl, CEO of Cutting Edge Systems in Westford, Massachusetts. Cutting Edge offers systems that shut down your house at night, so you don’t have to. Struhl says, “You can have a button that will turn down the heat, turn off all your lights, music, TVs, all the things

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Angelo Ivo Cubi & Carlotta Cubi s the founder of CUMAR, Inc., Angelo Ivo Cubi’s passion for stone is reflected in all aspects of his business. His international network of suppliers, commitment to craftsmanship and investment in technology all enable him to offer inspiration and satisfy the most creative design concepts for architects, designers, general contractors and homeowners. Cumar’s second in charge, Carlotta Cubi, carries on the eighth generation of stone passion with the recent launch of the Linea Couture brand. “When Mother Nature gives you beautiful patterns and colors, it’s easy to create designs that exploit these features,” Carlotta says. Using the concept of Bookmatching, Cumar can offer clients an additional design element. By sourcing materials with exceptional veining and coloring, Ivo creates a visual design with the natural patterns. With expert engineering and craftsmanship, the slabs are cut and matched to create a continuous pattern that goes beyond the limitation of the slab size. Many companies attempt this technique, but few are able to achieve it.


WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN SOURCES? Our international network of quarries and suppliers. With a lifetime in this industry we have developed strong relationships with the greatest stone sources in the world. We are exposed to so many amazing stones with colors and patterns that are one-of-a-kind, it inspires us. We share our passion with our clients so their visions will accentuate the beauty of the stone. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? The design challenges that I am presented with daily. When a designer or architect has a vision of a stone project that’s out of the ordinary, it’s my duty to push the boundaries and satisfy their creative vision. For this reason I am always looking to have the best sources for material, the most innovative technology, and the best craftsmen and design support staff. WHAT ARE YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM? Try to surround yourself with people you can learn from. Remaining a constant student and recognizing that there is always more to learn makes for a more rounded designer. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY? My hometown of Verona, Italy. Its ancient Roman roots, mixed with Italian city charm and fashionable citizens, inspires me both professionally and personally. I love that it is small enough to get around without hassle, but still satisfies the metropolitan way of life. To me there is no better place than sitting in Piazza Erbe enjoying a chilled prosecco while taking in the ancient city’s Old World charm.

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The Arcari Family e are blessed to have three generations of kin working at Landry and Arcari. Our business runs on the integrity and passion for what we do as a family. We're proud that our rugs and designs have helped imaginations come alive with wool and silk as the canvas. One of the most exciting aspects of our job is when a client requests a unique rug design to fit their personal style, perhaps designs that a rug enthusiast would not normally envision. For example, some of our most popular rugs were inspired by a client’s favorite necktie, treasured painting or photograph. Over the years, we have noticed that the styles often sought after most are right in front of our eyes. Simple inspiration may be easier to find when searching through classic treasures that are close to our hearts.


The design of this 150 knot wool & silk hand-woven rug was inspired by the client’s favorite personal drawing.

WHO ARE YOUR GREAT INFLUENCES? The Dalai Lama has taught me that people are the most important ingredient in the world around me. I love my work because it is my passion and with my work comes the everlasting interpersonal connection with clients, both old and new, my staff and my family. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN SOURCES? Our clients and designers are always an inspiration to us. Their ideas drive us to new limits in a world that survives on unique creations and trending topics. I often spend hours at a time in textile and fabric stores admiring all the samples and color combinations. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? New and changing ideas that keep the blood flowing and exercise every muscle of grey matter. I love matching every customer with a product that really fits who they are. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS BECOMING HOT TRENDS? New flat weaves are certainly an attractive item in today’s design style. These well-received and affordable designs have become a hit from rural homes to urban quarters. Both the split-weave and interlocking techniques are very sought-after.

Facing page: Back row, Ben Cook, Jay Arcari, Jeff Arcari; Front row, Julie Arcari Cook, Jerry Arcari. Above: Salem Showroom

DO YOU HAVE A COVETED ITEM? I will always remember the first rugs I purchased, some of which still hang in my home today. But, whether it is the first rug that started it all or one on its way the store, each piece has an important value to me. Special Marketing Section 61



Doreen Le May Madden hen practicing as an interior designer years ago, Doreen Le May Madden got hooked on lighting design when she saw how great lighting positively transformed a space she was creating. After seeing too many projects that were poorly lit and felt awful to be in, she became a professional Certified Lighting Designer in 1991. Her lighting designs are functional, creative and timeless because she “paints with light” for the most effective design. Her clients appreciate her vision for creating many lighting scenarios within a space, using technology to design control systems and create many moods. She loves solving a good lighting challenge no matter the location, and is currently working on designing spaces in children’s hospitals that will provide a unique and magical place through the use of lighting effects and controls. She says a favorite project was for a homeowner with a visual condition that broke light up into prisms, preventing her from seeing clearly. “Every light source that I chose directed light away from the eye and onto the surfaces. I worked with the architect and designer to recommend finishes that would work with the lighting. When we finished, every surface was glowing without any glare.” Le May Madden has shared her lighting expertise on numerous radio and television programs, as well as in national publications.


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WHO ARE YOUR GREAT INFLUENCES? Nature is my great influence. The shadows, sparkle, dramatic light, sunsets, sunrise— what can be a better teacher? WHO ARE YOU KEEPING AN EYE ON? In general, I like to see what people want and what they are saying about lighting. I find the general public interested in lighting, but they are misled by many incorrect messengers who think they are knowledgeable, but create more confusion. This is especially true with the new LED technology. WHAT DESIGN PERIOD DO YOU FIND MOST ENGAGING? I appreciate the design aspect of many periods, due to knowing the history of many of them. Personally I like the feng shui concept of design, with the simplicity of Japanese influence. WHAT ARE YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM? Be thankful for each day and try to make someone happy each day.

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Liz Stiving-Nichols e feel it is a privilege to assist in creating the spaces our clients call home. In a recent project, the clients’ personal aesthetic leaned very modern, yet the house they purchased was very traditional. Adding to the challenge: we had only a few months for the transformation. By zeroing in on the undeniable traditional details we were able to totally transform the interior, starting with the great room’s focal point. We stripped the overly detailed fireplace down to studs and added a modern fireplace insert. We finished the entire volume with horizontal gray weathered wood with a porcelain veneer hearth evoking the look of concrete. In the kitchen, we honed the countertops and painted the cabinets a medium warm gray. Adding zinc pendants with a natural patina supported our monochromatic palette, which is more about texture than color. The last touch was a very light French gray for all the walls. The result: no trace of the previous owners, only a direct reflection of my clients’ lifestyle and personal taste.



The interior design for this home introduces unexpected materials and objects, such as the semi-precious stone used on the island that can be back-lit while entertaining.

WHO ARE YOUR GREAT INFLUENCES AND WHY? Our clients, always. We strive to develop a design that is a direct reflection of their lifestyle. Being good listeners and observers allows us to respond appropriately. My feelings are rarely hurt…if you hate blue I promise we will never speak of it again! We don’t get hung up on a design idea and pressure clients to accept it; our job is to lead you to make the right design decisions for your lifestyle. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY AND WHY? Chicago. I lived there while in design school and instantly fell in love. I grew up a farm girl, was convinced I was a city girl, but somehow ended up on an island raising an island girl. Someday I would love to have another apartment in Lincoln Park. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? My family, the MVID team and my own competitive nature.


WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? Being named one of New England Home’s 5 Under 40 for 2012!

The phenomenal scenic view served as the focal point for the open living space, providing inspiration for the architecture and interiors.

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oomscapes is a full-service firm engaged in residential space planning, interior design and remodeling services for any room of the house. With a team of nearly twenty designers and craftsmen, they are the experts on helping clients transform their homes and enhance their lifestyle. Owners Cameron Snyder and Mercedes Aza are true pioneers in their field. Their new, one-of-a-kind showroom offers a one-stop shopping experience for homeowners and allied industry professionals. As the leader of the design team, Cameron has worked tirelessly with discerning clients for almost four decades, and he is the recipient of multiple design awards. A good mentor, he has also taught kitchen and bath design throughout the country and currently teaches at the Boston Architectural College. Lead residential designers Glenn Meader and Judy Whalen have also won various design awards, and their creative projects have been featured in several publications. The nurturing quality of every person on their team has endeared this company to thousands of satisfied clients since 1977, demonstrated by a high number of referrals and long-lasting partnerships with the area’s top allied professionals.


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WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Our design philosophy revolves around the quest to create residential environments that truly reflect the personality and lifestyle of our clients. Rather than portray a “signature style,” we sign our work with the values of integrity, quality and professionalism. WHAT IS THE BEST BENEFIT FOR YOUR CLIENT? We act as their general contractor or “design quarterback.” Our clients get engineering, remodeling and design services, as well as all the products necessary for their project, yet they only have to communicate with one company. They get constant communications and updates and a true one-stop shopping experience. They also benefit from our team approach: every project gets checked and verified by at least three people and overseen by our construction supervisor. WHAT WAS THE PROUDEST MOMENT FOR YOUR COMPANY? Opening the new Design Center in 2009 and winning the Gold Prism Award for Best Showroom in the Greater Boston area. It was truly an incredible team effort. Every one of our employees and key partners poured their creative soul and hard work into making it the best showroom. And yet, we continually upgrade it to include newer products and more ideas. WHAT ARE YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM? True Beauty Lies Within. The difference between the room you like and the one you love is always in the details.

Facing page, from left to right: Judy Whalen, Cameron Snyder, Mercedes Aza & Glenn Meader. Above: The transitional style and neutral color palettes remain popular in New England kitchens.

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SHAFER O’NEIL INTERIOR DESIGN 5 4 4 WA S H I N G T O N S T R E E T W E L L E S L E Y, M A 0 2 4 8 2 (781) 235-7505 W W W. S H A F E R O N E I L . C O M

Judy O’Neil Labins he chicken or the egg—which comes first? I believe either as long as they both appear! Many an interior designer becomes a product designer— creating a brand under their licensed name for furniture or textiles. I have taken an opposite route, from product designer to interior designer, but the journey is similar. I create: home products, space, furniture and now, satisfied interiors clients. I came to interior design via a twenty-plus-year career designing home products. I love all things home and started my career creating accessories and eventually furniture for most major retailers in the U.S.A. via a well-known branding company called Boston Warehouse. I learned from the best and travelled the world extensively. I have relationships from Europe to Asia, and there often get invited to amazing homes. One, the home of a wealthy factory owner in Asia, had a glass-floored living room beneath which swam hundreds of imported Japanese Koi. Can you imagine? From an English manor house to a humble home in India’s countryside, the places I see provide inspiration for color, texture and design. Here is a secret I have learned….most indigenous/folk products from different cultures will live together well. I have collected Asian and African antiques and they blend beautifully in the same room. Push boundaries!



WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? I am a magpie—anything shiny! I love inexpensive lusterware, gold leaf statuary, anything with good patina. WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? I am currently reading, or should say re-reading, Proust was a Neuroscientist, by Jonah Lehrer. It illustrates how the act of art-making often illuminates how the brain works, well before science has proven the same. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Solving a problem motivates me. I love to start with a design dilemma, a blank piece of paper or space, assemble the team to tackle the problem and get the job done—of course with great design vision. WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? Starting my interior design business in 2008 and being featured on NECN’s Dream House television show. My home was also featured as an editorial article in New England Home in the same year. It was an affirming beginning to my interior design career.

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Wayne Towle ayne Towle has been finishing and restoring architectural wood and furniture since 1980. Today, he works with exciting new processes and finishes that require an unprecedented level of knowledge with respect to how wood responds to finishing. “When I realized we can make closed-grain wood appear to be open grained and apply colors in new ways, I was blown away! We are constantly looking for new ways to finish wood that will be different from your neighbors, yet remain timeless,” he says. In a recent project, two adjoining rooms had different woods: one with original narrow floor boards the other with new wide boards. Towle stained them the same color. “The color match was perfect but the effect was not. If looked from one room to the next, there was no flow. There was an obvious grain pattern in the wider boards that appeared to be missing in the narrower boards. In the end, we mixed an over-glaze and applied it to the narrow boards to tie everything together. The flow and texture are now perfect.”


Close-up of the woodcarvings, which demonstrate how adding color (shadow glazing) to the recesses and details of the carvings will accentuate those details.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE HOMEOWNERS? Call us in the beginning stages. We should be working with your builder and architect from day one. It’s frustrating to walk into a new room full of gorgeous mahogany paneling and hear the homeowner say how much she hates red and doesn’t want to see any. WHAT DESIGN PERIOD DO YOU FIND MOST ENGAGING? I am not a “form over function” guy. I am a “form and function” guy, which is why the American Arts and Crafts period is so appealing to me. WHAT DO YOU SEE BECOMING TRENDS? I worry about trends, I don’t want a client to make choices that are “out” next year. I like looks that are timeless, even if they are trendy. There are so many options that will age wonderfully without becoming dated. I also don’t believe oak has to be golden or mahogany has to be traditional red. WHO ARE YOUR GREAT INFLUENCES? Mr. Scott, who hired me when I was in high school, taught me that hard work, keeping your word, exceeding expectations and valuing employees and family leads to success.

This is a high-polished, semi filled lacquer finish on mahogany and crotch mahogany. A shadow glaze was used to accentuate the carved and milled details.

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Tip 1: Realtors say Location, Location, Location Kitchens are all about Function, Function, Function. Maximizing storage space is essential to having a great kitchen. I have seen many kitchens that have no place to put the frying pans, no real pantry and no counter space on either side of the cook-top. These are not functional kitchens. I look at such designs in magazines and think, “Wow, that looks beautiful, but where do I store my pots and pans?” I contend that all cabinets less than 12 inches wide are basically useless. What can you store in these cabinets? Not much. Most kitchens have three such worthless cabinets. Similarly, I believe that Lazy Susan’s are painful - everything falls down. There should be no worthless or painful cabinets in your kitchen. Go to your kitchen and see how many cabinets are truly functional. Most kitchens only have one or two cabinets that are really useful. If you are going to spend the money to remodel your kitchen, let a Designer move things around to maximize the storage. This will provide you with the best use of your kitchen. Stop going to the basement to get that crock pot or bulky pantry item. At Dream Kitchens, I guarantee that we will give you at least 30% more storage space in your kitchen.

Tip 2: Show your personality Kitchens are at the very center of our lives. We entertain there, do homework, cook, eat and watch TV in the kitchen. The kitchen is the primary gathering spot in our houses. Now, think of your kitchen as high-end furniture. Kitchens are custom by nature and truly do not cost much more to personalize. All styles and tastes can be expressed in your kitchen. Quick ways to personalize include backsplash, stained glass, two contrasting stains or mixing the paint colors and moldings. There are endless ways to personalize.

Generally, I go to someone’s home, and I look at the colors and the styles showcased throughout the rest of the house and try to bring that into the kitchen. If you do not like the current style of your home,

drying rack by the side of your sink. I entertain in my kitchen and it should look beautiful, clean and tidy for my guests.

show us a picture of what you do like. We can make your new space show your personality - calm, playful, practical, elegant, or a subtle style. The kitchen is where you spend your time and it should be a showcase for the rest of your home.

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There are many places I think we should get exercise but the kitchen is not one of them. Every item should be close to where you use it. The pots should be next to the cook-top. I want to be able to change a pan without taking a step or bending my knees. Good cooking is about timing and everyWKLQJ VKRXOG EH DW \RXU ÀQJHU WLSV 0RVW NLWFKHQV have pots and pans stored too far away. You actually have to get

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The original cottage is still the home’s welcoming entry. Charmed by the storybook path and sweet sign above the door, visitors don’t notice how the pretty place rambles. Instead, house and site make a happy, timeless union.

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he famed decorator Mark Hampton once wrote that the “concerns of decorating” may appear frivolous and vain to some, but it is “work that has to do with people and beauty and the timeless activities of domestic life.” Hampton believed that, while the world offers plenty of opportunity for despair, “at least our private worlds can reward us with peace and pleasure.” It’s a philosophy, we’d guess, that Dolores Halpern shares. Although she modestly notes her lack of formal training, Halpern has served as interior designer on dozens of beautiful homes. The elegant Westchester, New York, house she shares with her husband, Merril, the chairman emeritus of Charterhouse Group, a private equity firm in New York City, was a recent cover story for the posh British House & Garden. When the couple purchased Cove House in Rockport, Maine, there was never a question about who would head the transformation. The saltbox was sweet as could be but too small and obviously in need of Halpern’s finesse. In reality, it was the site that had won them over. “We fell in love with the wonderful situation. A Maine house with a sandy beach is almost unheard of in a state known for its rocky coast,” Halpern says. Merril, an avid sailor, especially likes the direct access to Penobscot Bay from what Halpern calls “our enchanting little cove.” In short order, a dock was built and like Topsy the wee cottage began to grow. “We added a bit here and there, extending and extending. It seemed every time Merril went off sailing, I built an addition,” Halpern recounts with a laugh. “There’s simply no room left to expand.” It hardly matters. The summer retreat is already as close to perfect as it gets. The salt-air–infused paradise provides room for six grown children and seven grandchildren, not to mention legions of Maine-adoring friends fleeing their city homes.


Tucked into a cove on the Maine coast, a tiny saltbox grows to a crowd-pleasing getaway without giving up its sweet cottage ambience. Text by Megan Fulweiler • Photography by Brian Vanden Brink • Architecture: Douglas Dean Telfer, D. Dean Telfer & Associates • Interior design: Dolores Halpern • Builder: Maynard Tolman and Ben Tolman, Maynard E. Tolman

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Top to bottom: The owner’s yacht ties up in view of the house. Boaters have easy access via the dock, while those staying behind on the covered porch can monitor comings and goings. Facing page: A new deck off the kitchen makes a picture-perfect place for casual dining.

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Homeowner Dolores Halpern designed the drawing room’s sofas and coffee table. Facing page top: The dining room’s eighteenth-century corner cupboard hails from Maine. Facing page bottom: An antique Welsh dresser holds a growing pewter collection.

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Always gracious, Halpern (who has recently become involved with Rokai, a Rockport shop specializing in antiques and decorative objects, owned by Debbie Chatfield) insists on sharing the credit. The house’s turnaround, she claims, is also due to the remarkable talents of Manhattan- and New Canaan, Connecticut–based architect Douglas Dean Telfer of D. Dean Telfer & Associates, and Rockport builders Maynard and Ben Tolman. “When I find wonderful people like that,” she says, “I hold on tight.” “It seemed every time One would think the glorious expansion— including attached guest accommodations, staff Merril went off quarters, a gym and decks, in addition to spasailing, I built an cious public areas—would have turned the retreat into a sort of über-dressy abode, the kind addition,” Halpern that leaves visitors worried their manners may recalls with a laugh. not be up to snuff. But, surprisingly, the endearing Maine-cottage feel remains intact. The entry, the original structure, is the home’s centerpiece. The charming front door framed with pristine columns gives no clue as to how cleverly the new interior unfolds; visitors barely notice the growth until they’re inside. Telfer’s skillful work has given the old house a modern flow. Yesterday’s galley kitchen is now a TV room, and there’s a comfortable new dining room and kitchen. Take-a-photo views pop up at harbor-facing windows all along the rear side. And every space from the drawing room to the “snug” (Halpern’s label, yanked from her British roots, for a small room—in this case, a small July/August 2012 New England Home 79

paneled sitting room) shares the same neutral palette and stylish, easy-on-theeyes decor. Incorporating a cherry-picked bounty of antique treasures, including a number of marine paintings, Halpern has concocted a genteel, but easy ambience. Of course, if you do up a home where several generations convene, it’s certain the kitchen will be the favorite gathering spot, whether during the day or for midnight raid-the-fridge forays. When devising this stunning hub, Telfer channeled If you do up a home Julia Child: “I remembered she once told me her dream kitchen had landing space on eiwhere several ther side of the cooktop and a worthy generations convene, pantry to uphold a civilized level of existence,” he says. the kitchen will be a Telfer goes one better than Child in this favorite gathering spot. kitchen, though. The spacious limestonefloored space comes with a tony pantry (inside, a stash of antique crocks and Shaker boxes safeguards supplies). Dual seethrough fridges make it easy to grab a cool drink on your way to the beach. And the soapstone-topped island is as grand as one of the local yachts. “I don’t care for islands that look like misplaced boxes joined together,” says Telfer. “I prefer they be bold, as if anticipating a sumptuous feast.” According to the architect, the best kitchens combine a bit of the old with modern amenities, precisely Halpern’s core recipe. A dash of playfulness—this is, after all, a vacation destination—keeps everything fresh. Cavorting above 80 New England Home July/August 2012

A brick ďŹ replace makes the stoneoored kitchen a favorite gathering spot. Facing page clockwise from top left: Holly Hunt stools belly up to the soapstone-topped island. The pantry window once graced an old English cottage. A quiet corner makes a perfect spot for tea.

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the kitchen’s cozy fireplace are a decorative herd of French 1940s carved wooden sheep purchased from New York’s Amy Perlin Antiques. Chic, timeless furnishings also suit the bedrooms—one on the top floor, two on the ground level (the main floor in between holds the public areas). In the couple’s private quarters, where exposed beams, an eighteenth-century fireplace surround and Delft tiles vie for attention, an antique tea caddy-turned-lamp roosts beside the bed. Halpern created the bed’s headboard by marrying antique twin headboards she discovered at a local auction. Soft antique French linens, part of her growing collecAs people quickly tion, are a dream-inducing indulgence. Guest beds are similarly adorned. But as learn, a restful night’s people quickly learn, a restful night’s sleep is sleep is only one of only one of Cove House’s many pleasures. Summer weekends translate into breakfast on Cove House’s many the deck, candlelit dinners around the dining pleasures. room’s antique oak table and leisurely voyages aboard the Halperns’ 1927 commuter yacht, Beluga. The couple found the timeworn beauty languishing in Port Townsend, Washington, and saw to her meticulous restoration. Boat rides and lobster picnics aside, though, there’s the sheer joy of family and friends spending time together under one roof—and what a roof! The memories will be long-lasting. Thanks to this welcoming house and the creative lady and team who made it so, they’re going to be a whole lot sweeter, too. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140. 82 New England Home July/August 2012

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Warm memories of summers past make their presence felt in a brand-new house on Martha’s Vineyard. Written and Produced by Stacy Kunstel • Photography by Michael Partenio • Interior design: Carol Vietor, Carol Bancker Vietor Interior Decoration • Architect: Louise Brooks, Brooks and Falotico • Builder: Peter Rosbeck, Rosbeck Builders • Landscape Architecture: Gregory Lombardi Design

ecapturing the feel of an old fishing cottage where every nook and cranny, every creak and squeak, are known only too well by its occupants is like trying to recreate the feeling of a long summer day in the short light of winter. It takes some imagination. • For Carol and Andy Vietor, whose three daughters (the family’s fourth generation to summer on Martha’s Vineyard) were starting their own families, it was time to part with the waterfront cottage they had called home for generations. Carol, an interior designer who, with her businessman husband, lives in New York’s Westchester County, lovingly called the cottage Mildew Manor, and confesses it wasn’t uncommon for her to open up the house after a wet winter and begin by mopping the floors and ceilings with Clorox. • When the right property became available in Edgartown, they decided to create a new summer getaway for future generations. “Building our own place had always been a dream,” says Carol. “Being a designer, it was too good a project to resist.” • She turned to a friend and summer neighbor, architect Louise


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A primitive scene of Edgartown painted by Eveline Roberge hangs over the stone ďŹ replace in the living room. Facing page: Built to look as if it has been there for years, the classic clapboard house features a boxwood garden with a compass rose walkway to the front door.

Sofas in the living room wear Sunbrella fabric because homeowner/designer Carol Vietor knew people would throw their wet towels on them. A mix of accent pillows and a colorful runner atop the sisal rug add a worldly, playful touch. Facing page top to bottom: The high-intensity blue in the foyer comes from the historic collection of California Paints. Collections of sailing cups and trophies won by the family ďŹ ll the house.

From the street, the gabled roofline, green shutters and a latticed secondary

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entry are classic Edgartown.

Brooks, to help her with the design. “I’ve always said that I wanted a Louise Brooks house if I could ever have one,” Carol notes. Brooks, a principal of the New Canaan, Connecticut, firm Brooks and Falotico, looked to her own historic home in the same neighborhood and those around it for guidance. “It’s absolutely in context with the neighborhood in terms of scale and architecture,” she says about the new house. With the focus on summer living, the house was set closer to the street to maximize the lawn between the back of the house and the pool. “The mudroom, powder room and laundry are all on the front side of the house,” explains Brooks. “All the living space is in the back of the house, because they are typically here in the summer and entertain a lot.” Boston-based landscape architect Greg Lombardi worked on the transition of the yard, completing a postage stamp–size boxwood garden in the front around a compass rose and layering sleek stone walls to the pool area, creating beds for hydrangea and ledges for potted plants. From the street, the gabled roofline, green shutters and a latticed secondary entry for the family are classic Edgartown, American flag and all. Inside, however, Brooks tweaked spaces in a less conventional way, approaching the plan for the summer house that it is. “The stairway is dragged away from the front door for a more generous entry and to make room for a hidden bar before transitioning into the living room or out to the pool,” she says. Upstairs, she designed a hallway wide enough to feel like a sitting room, allowing for furniture and art. “You don’t feel like you’re in a corridor,” the architect says. “If you’ve got houseguests, you don’t feel like you’re on top of one another.” The challenge for Carol was to distill all the feeling of summers past in her family’s new home. She knew the look of the old cottage, with its checks and florals and rag rugs, was a bit dated, but she also had three daughters who deJuly/August 2012 New England Home 89

Vietor embellished the dining room chandeliers with beads. Top right: Collected china mixes and matches for a colorful dining palette. Bottom right: The family’s Cavalier King Charles spaniels nap in the mudroom that serves as the catch-all for children and grandchildren returning from the beach.

Bold patterns and colors flow through the house, from the foyer’s blue to the

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manded that its quirks be celebrated in the new space. “They didn’t want it to be too decorated by their decorator mother,” she says. One daughter politely insisted that the shingles on the walls of her old bedroom be recreated in the new bedroom, while another refused to give up her thrift shop bed or upgrade to a queen mattress. All of the paintings in the living room of the old house had to be hung in the living room of the new one, according to the trio. “They didn’t want carpet on the stairs because they liked feeling the cool wood on their bare feet,” Carol adds. As for Carol and Andy’s vision, “We wanted it warm, welcoming and not overdone,” she says. She updated the design by incorporating ikat patterns and fabrics from John Robshaw and Roberta Roller Rabbit. “I love adding eclectic items to a room. It gives you a little jolt of, ‘Yes, that actually works and adds a lot of interest,’ ” she says. “I think often people are too timid in their design, thinking they have to stay within a certain style or that everything has to be matchy-matchy. Just one or two different items can add so much.” Sailing trophies (many that the girls won), folk art, shells and an antique French minnow boat converted into a console table all make for conversation. In a first-floor powder room a pair of framed eyes hovers just above the sink, and in

blast of yellow in the mudroom.

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Faux wood wallpaper by Nobilis covers the walls in the family room. Facing page clockwise from top left: Checked curtains and bamboo furniture bring casual comfort to a guest room. An antique Indian quilt covers the room’s vintage bed. Setting the house close to the street made plenty of room for backyard play.

an upstairs bedroom preppy checks combine with a zebraprint rug and bamboo furniture in the easiest way. “I guess I tried to pick good ingredients, mix them all up and come up with something delicious,” says Carol.

“We wanted it warm, welcoming and not overdone,” Carol says. Bold patterns and colors flow through the house, from the foyer’s deepest blue to the blast of yellow in the mudroom. These pops combined with a host of patterns make the house feel like it’s evolved over decades instead of days. Carol credits her business partner, Nancy Schuville, for serving as her sounding board and helping her pull it all together. A beach-rock fireplace anchors one end of the living room, which is separated from the dining room by the French minnow boat. The stacked stones and the woven rugs placed atop a larger sisal carpet give the room its cottage vibe. The sofa and chairs wear durable Sunbrella fabric. “I just knew people would throw their wet towels on them,” says Carol. Durability was important in a house that three generations and two Cavalier King Charles spaniels call their summer home. “It can get a little disheveled here, but it’s lots of fun,” Carol says. Behind the fireplace, the small family room holds the rarely used television. There, Carol hung Nobilis wallpaper that looks like bleached wood paneling wrapping around the room. A bright red sofa and rug warm up the space for those days when it’s not all sailing, bike riding and sun. In the hub of the house, it’s all about ease. Open shelving in the kitchen and under the slatetopped island means there’s no guesswork for guests as to where to put things away. A breeze ruffles the flag out front, then wafts through the screen door, washing the whole house with that summer feeling. Here, there are many more summers to be imagined. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140.

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With an idyllic summer gathering place in his mind’s eye, a designer gives his careworn beach house a familyfriendly makeover. TEXT BY MARIA LAPIANA • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS • ARCHITECTURE: BRUCE MILLER • INTERIOR DESIGN: JIM GAUTHIER, GAUTHIER-STACY • BUILDER: DOCKHAM BUILDERS • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

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The iconic front porch is a welcome transition space with six rockers and two swings. Facing page clockwise from far left: The home gained a casual entry in the renovation; whimsical details such as the lobster weathervane and decorative anchor abound.

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emories of summers at the beach have a way of sticking with you, like sand after a dip in the ocean—only you don’t ever want to brush them away. It was this persistence of memory that compelled Jim Gauthier to find a house where he could re-create the lazy and blissful days he’d spent on the New Hampshire coast as a kid. “I grew up vacationing on the coast and it was wonderful,” Gauthier, a co-owner of the Boston design firm Gauthier-Stacy, remembers. His family’s three-room cottage was cramped, though, and he wanted a place spacious enough for extended family and friends. Plus, says

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the interior designer, it had to look “cool and great.” He found a house he liked in Hampton Beach, but he was wary of its location. “The town has a reputation for being ‘honky-tonk,’ so I hadn’t really been considering it,” he says. Then there was the matter of curb appeal: the house had none. But the beach, being gorgeous, held sway. And the house had three things going for it: affordability, six bedrooms and the forty-five steps it takes to set foot in the sand. Gauthier bought the property in 2000, and for seven years he and his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews happily came and went, while he made slow and steady improvements to the interior. But he admits that the home’s cobbled-together facade didn’t exactly thrill him. He finally called in an architect, choosing Bruce Miller,

Owner/designer Jim Gauthier wanted his interiors to say “summer home,” hence the pleasing mix of slipcovered furnishings in the living room. But his love of texture and color make statements too, with bright fabrics, a nubby rug and the mantel’s collection of mercury glass. Right, top to bottom: The home’s new façade, backyard bocce court and garden shed.

with whom he’d worked on his Boston loft. Remembers Miller: “I got what Jim was trying to do. We had to make it as charming as possible. He gave me a lot of images of houses he liked and I combined them with my memories of traditional summer homes.” Miller carried off a transformation so complete that “people hardly remember what it used to look like,” says

“YOU WALK IN AND YOU KNOW IT’S NOT GOING TO BE STUFFY AT ALL.” the elated homeowner. The roofline was changed, the fenestration thoroughly reconfigured and the vertical siding replaced with gray shingles. The open second-story porch July/August 2012 New England Home 99

is now enclosed (a gaudy balustrade gone), and the unsightly garage replaced by a sheltered ground-floor porch and proper entry. A tidy lawn, picket fence and boxwoods complete the now-pretty picture. “I wanted a front door and a porch,” says Gauthier. “I love what ‘porch’ means in our New England vocabulary. It sets the mood for a house. A porch makes a home gra-

GAUTHIER’S SIGNATURE ORANGE SERVES AS A CLEVER PUNCTUATION MARK. cious and inviting. Here, it’s where we greet our guests, cocktails in hand. It’s part of the ritual of the house.” Reclaimed brick pavers here and in the foyer foreshad100 New England Home July/August 2012

Gauthier took a lot of heat for his choice of chocolate brown in the kitchen, but he loves its cozy feel. The kitchen island, an antiques-shop find, sets the stage for complementary industrial-style stools and a playful collection of store signs and clocks. Left: A warmly layered reading/napping nook (top) is nestled between the kitchen and dining room (bottom).

ow the home’s casual decor. “You walk in the door and instantly you know it’s not going to be stuffy at all,” says Gauthier. “The bricks hide the sand, too.” This is a quintessential “high-low” family house with the advantage of having been decorated by someone who knows elegance—and how to make even a breezy, beachy gathering place look sophisticated. And yet: “I wanted the house to be super comfortable, so no one would ever worry about putting a glass on a table. Nothing is precious,” says Gauthier. The walls in the foyer are swathed in bold, chocolatebrown stripes. The space is furnished simply with a framed mirror, vintage trunk and weathered bench, on top of which sits a large bowl filled with sea glass gathered over the years.

On the second floor, an open-plan kitchen (with chocolate-brown walls, high-gloss white beadboard ceiling and wide-plank floor) and dining room dominate. At the heart of the kitchen is one of Gauthier’s best finds: an antique shop counter discovered in the Berkshires. Pressed into service as an island, “it really is our gathering place,” he says. “It’s where we all hang out. I made sure that it would seat up to ten of us at a time.” The wide center hall makes a perfect segue to the screened porch, Gauthier’s favorite spot. “I wanted to make the porch into a true room, with lots of seating,” says the designer, who generously layered the all-season space with texture and cottage-style comfort. In winter, when the screens are switched out for glass, the sun can warm the porch to 75 degrees, making it an ideal spot for readJuly/August 2012 New England Home 101

A place for everything—and everyone—was made possible by imagining the enclosed porch as a “true room,” says Gauthier, where a swinging daybed, antique chairs and breathable fabrics invite friends and family to sink in and stay awhile. Facing page, clockwise from top left: Another view of the colorful front porch; white beams and batten-board walls lighten up the master bedroom; the compact and tidy stairwell to the upper floors.

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ing or dining. In summer, though, “I just love it,” says Gauthier. “I love napping on the swinging bed. There’s always a little noise in the background, from the street, or a baseball game that’s on in the house . . . it’s perfect. The room just makes me happy.” On the third floor, Gauthier turned the living room and three bedrooms into airy retreats. He had the openbeamed ceiling and walls covered with batten board and painted a cool white. A sisal rug over the painted floor grounds the living room, where sofa and chairs are done in dove-gray slipcovers. (Gauthier switches to black-andwhite ticking stripe in winter.) Throughout the house Gauthier’s signature orange serves as a clever punctuation mark to an overall neutral palette. He’s dipped pillows, throws—even two wicker chairs on the porch—in the happy color. “On the outside, we worked with classic colors—dark gray with white trim,” he says. “Inside and out, I used accent colors of red, white and green, but I love orange. I always have. I had an orange room as a kid,” he adds.

“I have touches of it in my apartment, but I really turned up the orange in this house.” Although it has a small footprint, the house never feels crowded. Gauthier’s mother, Barbara, is living there fulltime while her own home is being renovated. “When I am here by myself, I’m very comfortable,” she says. “And even when the house is full of people, it feels just as comfortable. It’s incredible. When Jim bought it, the house was suitable, but it was dark. It didn’t feel like a beach

“NOW, I CAN’T HELP MYSELF. I DRIVE UP AND I CAN’T STOP SMILING.” house. Now it’s bright, open, comfortable and friendly.” Gauthier smiles when he thinks back to the plain Jane his home once was. “I remember wanting it to look nicer, so I would enjoy pulling up to it. And now, well, I can’t help myself. I drive up, and I can’t stop smiling.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140. July/August 2012 New England Home 103

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eathers ruffle easily on the Cape when folks mess with old ship captains’ homes—no matter how sea-worn those houses may be. Maritime legacy is sacrosanct, after all, and, says architect Tom Catalano, “Let’s face it, people just don’t like change.” So when the Boston-based Catalano proposed razing a battered old place on a prized piece of waterfront in Chatham, at the behest of a couple who wanted to build new, feathers flew. Catalano’s clients were “pilloried in the newspapers,” the architect says, for daring to contrive what people worried would be a “McMansion” on such hallowed

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ground. Insults were hurled, and ill will tainted the couple’s enthusiasm for a time. “We knew we would catch heat for wanting to tear down the original home,” says the husband, “and we did.” But in making a carefully reasoned decision, he says, they had six architects take a look; to a person they agreed it couldn’t be saved. So in the end, as zoning laws didn’t actually prohibit it, the captain’s house came down. “It was quite simple,” says Catalano. “My clients had fallen in love with the idea of a traditional home on Main Street, so we had to come up with a design that was respectful of the area and surrounding architecture. We made sure it was appropriately sited and tasteful,” he adds, and the controversy eventually faded away. It didn’t

“We knew at once when we saw the site that it was a very rare thing. It’s breathtaking, really.”

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There are indoor views, too, as carefully crafted vignettes delight at every turn.

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hurt that the husband had been spending summers in town since he was a boy, or that he and his wife had owned homes here for thirty years. “We knew at once when we saw the site that it was a very rare thing. It’s breathtaking, really. The lighthouse, the sandy beach directly on the Atlantic Ocean,” says the husband. “I knew we had to own it.” The 5,000-square-foot home that Catalano designed is a paean to vernacular architecture. From the street side it’s all shingles and stone, shutters and symmetry. With more than a nod to houses that have graced New England forever, it sports a carved entry, stone quoining and a widow’s walk perched between twin chimneys. But if there’s one thing that trumps tradition here, it’s that view. The modified Cape has a rear elevation and floor plan informed through and through by mesmerizing, picture-perfect water views. While from the front the house looks like a classic two-story, the back reveals a third, lower level that takes advantage of the contours of the site and opens onto a pool and entertaining terrace. If the façade feels historical, the back of the house is a celebration of modern living, of decks and wide windows that open up to embrace sea and sky. Having worked successfully with her on several projects in the past, including a Boston penthouse and a cottage in Antigua, the homeowners called on a good friend, interior designer Pamela Ryder of Washington, D.C., to furnish the home. Ryder collaborated with the architect and builder from the ground up; the husband says the team “got it” from the get-go. Not surprisingly, it was “the view, the view, the view” that Ryder was asked to honor and respect. “They wanted the interiors to be understated, so they wouldn’t compete with—but rather would complement—the tide, the light, the seals and fishing boats, the quiet beauty they enjoy,” she recalls. The home is built high on the coast, some thirty-five feet above the water, so the seascape is hard to miss. But the challenge, says Catalano, was capturing not just the view to the east but the one from the south as well. So the house is ell-shaped, with the family room and master suite located inside the ell, affording them the best possible vantage points. The vista unfolds instantly upon entering from the street. “Nothing in front tells the whole story of this house,” says Ryder. “But once you get inside: Surprise!” The eye is drawn straightaway into the dining

Surrounded by stately custom chairs, the dining room table by Rist is eye-catching in itself, but it pales in comparison to the view through wide windows. Facing page clockwise from top: The great room, which opens to the kitchen, packs a colorful punch with a symphony of blue fabrics by ScalamandrĂŠ and area rug by Helios; a niche in the dining room offers a pleasing vignette; a view from the foyer.

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Not surprisingly, it was “the view, the view, the view” that Ryder was asked to respect.

room, over the table, to the broad deck and beyond, into the blue. The chandelier was designed by Ryder and fabricated from iron, twisted and turned to create an airy centerpiece that commands attention but allows for transparent peeks at the water. “You come in and it’s just like a magnet,” she says. The formal entry has a compass rose on the oak floor (it’s actually engineered wood, another surprise). The wide boards were installed over a radiant heat system throughout the home to keep chilly coastal weather at bay. There are indoor views, too, as carefully crafted vignettes delight at every turn. And there’s texture in this home—lots of it: upholstered chairs, plush rugs, rich drapes, striéd wallcoverings, polished wood. The living room is tradition personified: white tufted sofa, slipper chairs, glass-topped coffee table, painted seascape in a gilded frame. It is expertly layered, as is every other room, even the far less formal kitchen/great room, library and lower-level family room. There’s a sophisticated, yet organic, quality to all of the fabrics and floor coverings, and the spaces—one more pleasing than the next—are almost all bathed in shades of blue. Who knew there were so many? Gracious hosts with grown children, the couple wanted a beautiful but livable home, with no fussy off-limits rooms. Ryder interpreted that overall sensibility as one of comfort and elegance (a perfect marriage, in her opinion), with noteworthy details. Catalano clearly got that memo. “There isn’t a room in the house with the same ceiling,” says the husband, with a mixture of pride and awe. Determined that history be repeated within, the architect commissioned the hand-carved pineapple finals on the traditional Colonial Revival staircase “as an homage to the significance of ship captains,” he says. “You can call the style transitional, I suppose, but it’s more than that,” says Ryder. “We used tailored and sophisticated pieces—antiques, reproductions, custom pieces, as well as some designed and crafted by artisans.” Everywhere there is evidence of a light, but artful hand. “I have to say I am so thrilled that the owners came with superb taste—and lots of patience that allowed us to select the finest furnishings,” says Ryder. “Truly, there were no holds barred,” she says, and it shows. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140.

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people are asking now about social media is, ‘What will I get from it?’ ” she says. “They don’t often realize how patient one needs to be. It’s all about building buzz, or a brand. Does blogging lead to getting great projects? That is hard to say, but I think it is cumulative. People come in my office with a year’s worth of my magazine ads in hand. Did one of my blog posts encourage them to finally come in? I do not know. The Net is instant and far-reaching, though fleeting, while magazines are far slower, though more permanent and always a pleasure to curl up with. You really have to do it all.” • • • A firm believer in the notion that a picture is worth a thousand words, Providence designer Kate Jackson gets a lot from potential clients’ Houzz ideabooks. “Being on the same page with people can save everyone a lot of time,” says the designer, whose work was voted a 2012 Best of Remodeling winner by the 1.2 million members of Houzz. She also points out the time-saving nature of uploading photos to Houzz, as opposed to the laborious process of adding photos to her website, which, she confesses, “remains fairly static.” • • • Designer Kelly Taylor, also of Providence, knows just what that tediousness was like. “When you got a new photo, first you had to call the Web designer, who in turn had to call her programmer. . .” she remembers. A member of this year’s group of New England Kelly Taylor Home’s 5 Under 40 winners, Taylor is discovering Twitter and the beauty of hashtags, the pound sign in front of subjects that interest her (as in #designrhodeisland). • • • Architect Tom Catalano has a practice out of Boston that’s anything but static. Thanks to technology, projects are always in flux—in real time. “We have a big project under construction right now in Weston,” says Catalano. “Our client drives by the site on his way to work and calls from the road to say how about this and how about that? The client is now a member of the design team, more involved with more possibilities opening up.” The only downside, he cautions, is clients getting the impression that the actual changes will come about as quickly as pressing a button on a smartphone. • • • Designer Patrick Planeta of PlanetaBasque in Boston is cautious about unfiltered imagery. “People have a hard time visualizing furniture in space,” he says. There’s nothing like seeing some approximation of the real thing, he adds. “We recently mocked up a very Patrick Planeta large and expensive chandelier with dowels and Styrofoam balls. I recall being a little embarrassed walking down the street with it

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Things have completely turned around.” • • • Is there a point where the sheer volume of imagery and information becomes counterproductive? When she was president of the Boston Society of Architects last year, Audrey O’Hagan recalls limiting firms to one concept board in the competition to design the society’s new headquarters. “We understood that small firms have to juggle a lot to deliver creative input, while large firms can dedicate a team of ten to churn out work. Besides, we were looking for focus, for a refined design. With ten boards the big picture doesn’t come through.” • • • What’s the moral of this story? Homeowners in search of design expertise should gather as much information as possible. And designers shouldn’t hide in a cloud of celebrity and exclusivity. Sharing is good— as long as the big picture comes through. • Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to

New and Noteworthy Last winter, designer Ellen Winkler of Ellen’s Interiors borrowed a book about William Morris, the father of Arts and Crafts, from her own New London, New Hampshire, showroom’s library. Winkler read long into the night, inspired into making copious notes. In July, she’ll debut a living room vignette dedicated to the English textile designer, artist, writer and utopian socialist. Paul Collier, the current president of Morris & Company will speak at the July 17 opening party. In the Hope Springs Eternal department, we’re happy to report that the Junior League of Boston Show House will return this fall after a long hiatus. The League hasn’t released the details yet, but keep an eye on their website,, for news. The 10,000-square-foot Barn at 17 Antiques in Somerville, Massachusetts, has a new space on 1stdibs, the popular online marketplace for art, accessories and antiques. Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh has been covering a lot of ground, from New York to Boston. Now the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum has commissioned his firm, based in Cambridge and Brooklyn, New York, to redesign its cloistered Monks Garden surrounding starchitect Renzo Piano’s new wing.

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A. Interior designer: Cynthia Mason Hernandez, Cynthia Mason Interiors, Farmington, Conn., (860) 838-1919, Muralist: Patrick Ganino, Creative Evolution, Durham, Conn., (860) 334-5504, www.creative B. Interior designer: Richard Ott, Richard Ott Interior Spaces, Hartford, Conn., (860) 8800246, C. Interior designer: Sharon McCormick, Sharon McCormick Design, Durham, Conn., (860) 3491349, D. Interior designers: Peter Robbin and Robin Jones, Lafalce, Campbell, Robbin, West Hartford, Conn., (860) 231-7712, E. Interior designers: Keatha McCue and Cynthia Kranz, Galway Stallard, Avon, Conn., (860) 678-7180 F. Interior designer: Jean Poulin, Jean Poulin Interiors, Farmington, Conn., (860) 677-5661

SEASIDE SANCTUARY PAGES 74–83 Architect: Douglas Dean Telfer, D. Dean Telfer & Associates, New York City, (212) 247-4001, and New Canaan, Conn., (203) 966-3219 Builders: Maynard Tolman and Ben Tolman, Maynard E. Tolman, Rockport, Maine, (207) 236-0848 Landscape designers: Tom Jackson, Jackson Landscape Services, Camden, Maine, (207) 236-2102,, and Nancy Jackson, Nancy Jackson Garden Design, Rockport, Maine, (207) 236-3778 Page 76: Vintage porch furniture fabrics from Marston House,

Page 78: Coffee table and sofas designed by Dolores Halpern, manufactured by Debbie Chatfield, Rokai,; sofa material from Holland & Sherry, www.holland; antique fireplace surround from Francis J. Purcell, Page 79: Antique oak table and ladder-back chairs from Elaine Phillips Antiques, www.elaine; horse from Debbie Chatfield, Rokai; antique fireplace surround from Francis J. Purcell. Pages 80–81: Stone floor and fireplace from Paris Ceramics,; stools and chandelier from Holly Hunt, www.hollyhunt .com; corner table with chairs, leather chair from Marston House; antique painted clock and Swedish cupboard from Union Antique Fair, Pages 82–83: Sitting room paneling designed by D. Dean Telfer; master bedroom fireplace surround from Francis J. Purcell.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW PAGES 86–93 Architect: Louise Brooks, Brooks and Falotico, New Canaan, Conn., (203) 966-8440, www Interior designer: Carol Vietor, Carol Bancker Vietor Interior Decoration, Rye, N.Y., (914) 967-3934 Builder: Peter Rosbeck, Rosbeck Builders., Edgartown, Mass., (508) 693-6300, www Landscape designer: Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 492-2808, www Landscape installation and stonework: Fred Fournier, Landscope, Edgartown, Mass., (508) 696-8812, Exterior lighting: Lamplighter Corner, West Tisbury, Mass., (508) 696-9394, www.lamp Page 87: Upholstered chairs through TCS Designs,, in Sungold fabric by Duralee,; Matchstick wall color by Farrow & Ball, www.farrowandball .com; sisal rug from Stark, Pages 88–89: Bobbin chair from Hickory Chair,, with Farrington fabric from Lee Jofa,; coffee table from BoBo,; garden seat from Van Cleve, www.vancleve; lamps from Emissary, www; Eaton Check pillows from Cowtan & Tout,; sofa through TCS Designs; minnow boat console from Acquisitions, Raleigh, N.C., (919) 755-1110; coral pillows in Silk Road from Stroheim, www.stroheim .com; Bold Collection wall color in front hall from California Paints Historic Colors of America,; Chinese altar table from Payne Street, www.paynestreet; sconces by Visual Comfort,; rug from The New England Collection, Pages 90–91: Table from Tritter Feefer,; chairs through GuildMaster,; chandeliers by Visual Comfort and custom beaded by designer;

sideboard from Van Thiel & Co., www.vanthiel; rug from the New England Collection; Monticello Yellow mudroom wall color from Ralph Lauren, Page 92: Tuscany fabric on custom sofa from Sonia’s Place, New York City, (212) 355-5211; solid pillows from Stroheim; Sunara Ikat pillows from Schumacher,; coffee table from Dovetail Furniture, www.dovetail; faux wood wallpaper by Nobilis,; lamp from Visual Comfort. Page 93: Sari pillows and dust ruffle by Raoul Textiles,; antique bamboo tables from Acquisitions; Amberly Check curtain fabric from Schumacher; runners from Peel & Co.,; lamps from Avala International,; chest from Zentique,; Pearl Onion wall color from Sherwin-Williams,

FAMILY PLAN PAGES 96–103 Architect: Bruce Miller, Boston, (617) 338-3933 Interior designer: Jim Gauthier, Gauthier-Stacy, Boston, (617) 422-0001, Builder: Bob Dockham, Dockham Builders, Stratham, N.H., (603) 775-7035, www Landscape architect: Keith LeBlanc, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, Boston, (617) 426-6475, Page 96: Wallcovering from Schumacher,; mirror from The Barn at 17,; bench from Great Barrington Antiques Center, www.great; chest from Christine’s Crossing, www.christinescrossing .com; sconces from Ballard Designs, www; weathervane on cupola from Cape Cod Weather Vane Company, Page 97: Swing bench from Orvis, www.orvis .com; fabrics from Pottery Barn, www.pottery; rockers from L.L. Bean, www.llbean .com; table through Gauthier-Stacy; table from Christine’s Crossing; pillows from Lillian August, Pages 98–99: Lounge chairs and ottoman from Schumacher and Ralph Lauren, www.ralph, with slipcovers by Sarah Horton, Hampton, N.H., (603) 929-0938; pillows from Lillian August; area rug from WilliamsSonoma Home,; bench designed by Gauthier-Stacy, built by Kevin Cradock Woodworking, www.cradock Pages 100–101: Daybed, sconces and pillows from Pottery Barn; wing chairs from Restoration Hardware,; dining table from West Barnstable Tables, www; dining chairs from Restoration Hardware; kitchen island from Berkshire Antique Center, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 644-9262; barstools from Home Decorators Collection, www.homedecorators .com; custom lamps by Gauthier-Stacy. Page 102: Light fixture from Shades of Light,; drapery from Ballard


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Designs and Finelines,; daybed from Plow & Hearth, www.plowhearth .com; pillows from Pottery Barn. Page 103: Bed from Anthropologie, www; bedding from The Company Store,; porch wing chairs from Bauer International, www

VIEW FINDER PAGES 106–113 Architect: Tom Catalano, Catalano Architects, Boston, (617) 338-7447, Interior designer: Pamela Gaylin Ryder, Pamela Gaylin Ryder Interiors, Washington, D.C., (202) 686-1086, Builder: Kent Building Company, Telluride, Colo., (970) 728-3381, Interior millwork: Woodmeister Master Builders, Holden, Mass., (800) 221-0075, www Cabinetmaker: Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers, Cumberland, R.I., (401) 6580440, Landscape architect: Stephen Stimson Associates, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 548-8119, www

Interior Design by Patricia Fortunato, ASID

W W W. F O RT U NAT O I N C D E S I G N. C O M Swimming pool and garden installation: Francisco Tavares, East Falmouth, Mass., (508) 5480911, Stonework and hardscaping: Columbus Stone Masonry, Truro, Mass., (508) 487-0775 Page 106: Sofa fabric from Scalamandré, www; Rist slipper chairs from Washington Design Center, www.dcdesign, with Lee Jofa fabric, www.leejofa .com; antique Georgian pedestal table, custom wool area rug, curtains in sheer embroidery, custom brass curtain hardware and custom coffee table fabricated by Linda Banks, Simply Home, Page 108: Deck furniture from Country Casual,; poolside cushions through Linda Banks, Simply Home. Page 109: Mirror from Minton-Spidell, www; blue-and-white gourd lamp and Madagascar raffia wallcovering from Linda Banks, Simply Home. Page 110: Sofa from Brunschwig & Fils, www, with Scalamandré fabric; rug from Helios,; coffee table from Starbay, Page 111: Rist dining table from Washington Design Center; chair fabric from Scalamandré; rug from Stark, Page 112: Breakfast table from New Classics,; chairs from MacRae,; armillary chandelier from Studio Steel,, through Linda Banks, Simply Home; guest bed from Leonards,; family room sofa and club chairs from Brunschwig & Fils, with Scalamandré fabric. Page 113: Porch furniture from Country Casual, with Schumacher fabric, www

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Boxford-Exquisite European Equestrian estate set on 8+ acres. $1,750,000

Manchester-Stately Victorian residence near Singing Beach. $1,695,000

Ipswich-Shingle style home with fantastic ocean views. $869,900

%\多HOG +LVWRULF $QWLTXH ZLWK amazing period details and fabulous gardens. $789,000


Manchester-Pristine home on side street across from Magnolia Beach. $479,000

Boxford-Custom residence sited on 2.08 acres in a beautiful enclave. $1,095,000

Manchester-Elegant estate near Singing Beach with pool and cabana. $4,600,000

Rockport-Waterfront property with deep water dock and phenomenal views. $1,799,000 Beverly Farms-Exquisite estate with pool, tennis court and carriage house. $2,500,000

Magnolia-Loving renovated Colonial with exquisite details throughout. $1,349,000

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA (978) 526-8555 Beverly Farms, MA (978) 922-2700 Gloucester, MA (978) 282-1315 Ipswich, MA (978) 356-3444

Essex-Stunning Contemporary set on 3.77 acres with river views. $1,200,000

Boxford-Custom Shingle style home with every amenity. $1,050,000

+DPLOWRQ 5HQRYDWHG /DNHIURQW Contemporary with scenic views. $599,900

Manchester-Desirable Townhouse Condo in Village location. $775,000

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning five-bedroom brick Colonial home offering custom-designed interior, banquet-sized dining room, chef’s kitchen, home theatre, and sunroom overlooking private pond. $4,950,000

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GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Private 18-room mountaintop home with sweeping views on 194.5 acres. Sprawling family room, indoor pool, home theatre, 11 fireplaces, garage with studio, and guest house. $4,450,000

BEVERLY COVE, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular four-year-old oceanfront estate with four-bedroom main house and three-bedroom guest house. Heated pool, spa and patio area overlook the sandy beach and the outer islands. $4,250,000

ORLEANS, MASSACHUSETTS Extraordinarily private waterfront estate on Pleasant Bay with a long sandy beach, beach house suitable for large gatherings and an elevated main house. $3,800,000

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WEST NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Classic Tudor home in West Newton Hill on nearly one acre of lush grounds offering rich architectural details, elegant step-down living room, family room and six spacious bedrooms. $2,749,000

TIVERTON, RHODE ISLAND Equine estate situated on 10 acres includes a nine-room cottage, fully-equipped 18-stall barn, paddocks, and a plethora of equestrian facilities. $2,400,000

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Chestnut Hill (Brookline), MA $5,190,000 MLS#71357440, Robin Allen, 617.921.1019

Marblehead, MA $4,950,000 MLS#71375724, Susan Noble, 781.576.9476

Yarmouth, MA $4,500,000 MLS#21203522, Roger Kohler, 508.241.4612

Duxbury, MA $4,499,000 MLS#71196318, Donna MacLeod, 781.856.5790

Swampscott, MA $4,490,000 MLS#71340027, Jane Clayton, 781.883.4288

Andover, MA $4,200,000 MLS#71382381 Phil Sweeney/Rosemary Kelleher, 727.385.6570

New Canaan, CT $3,995,000 MLS#98537534, Sharon Rosano, 203.962.1264

Southport, CT $3,950,000 Anne Estelle, 203.307.4562

East Orleans, MA $3,550,000 MLS#21203806, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558

Bristol, RI $3,495,000 MLS#1016216, Sandra Andrade, 401.486.2629

Newton, MA $3,350,000 MLS#71372617, Sarina Steinmetz, 617.610.0207

Marstons Mills, MA $3,299,000 MLS#21200185,Ann Marie McGinn, 508.207.5868

Brookline, MA $3,000,000 MLS#71361600, Robin Allen, 617.921.1019

Hingham, MA $2,950,000 MLS#71373211, Sheila Creahan, 617.842.2794

Cohasset, MA $2,900,000 William Tierney, 617.653.1955

East Orleans, MA $2,495,000 MLS#21203210,The Karlson Group, 508.237.5505

Sudbury, MA $2,495,000 MLS#71286323, Debbie Guillet, 978.618.6812

Marblehead, MA $2,295,000 MLS#71376039, Steve White, 781.690.6433

Brookline, MA $2,250,000 MLS#71368855, Mary Gillach, 617.935.9290

Westport, MA $2,200,000 MLS#1009212, Ellie Wickes, 508.493.4545

Newton, MA $2,124,400 MLS#71369245, Sarina Steinmetz, 617.762.4071

Stonington, CT $2,000,000 MLS#E254987, Les Bray, 860.912.8167

East Orleans, MA $1,995,000 MLS#21201186, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558


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New Canaan, CT $1,995,000 MLS#98497507, Denise Gannalo, 203.981.7927

Boston, MA $1,975,000 MLS#71347338, Felicia Silver, 508.254.8203

Lexington, MA $1,950,000 MLS#71365841, Mark Hand, 617.733.4240

Duxbury, MA $1,950,000 MLS#71368501, Danielle Delagrange, 781.710.9094

Fairfield, CT $1,899,999 MLS#98535613, Fran Burger, 203.209.6152

Swampscott, MA $1,895,000 MLS#71323485, Steve White, 781.690.6433

Wayland, MA $1,895,000 MLS#71351773, Fred & Cheryl Chi, 978.835.2822

Avon, CT $1,599,000 MLS#G622320, Ina Cooper, 860.922.6069

Sherman, CT $1,575,000 MLS#98534831 Sherry Wheeler/Gary Passineau, 203.770.7610

Newport, RI $1,500,000 MLS#1009399, Barbara O’Reilly, 401.662.1962

Stonington, CT $1,499,000 MLS#E258030, Kathryn Roy, 860.235.3490

Southport, CT $1,495,000 MLS#98518304, Katie O’Grady, 203.913.7777

Redding, CT $1,369,000 MLS#98539426, Molly Lane, 917.670.4842

Sudbury, MA $1,335,000 MLS#71378095, Jan Pitzi, 508.380.1519

East Lyme, CT $1,325,000 MLS#E256593, Dan Russ, 860.460.9798

Southport, CT $1,299,000 MLS#98528266, Katie O’Grady, 203.913.7777

Newbury, MA $1,250,000 MLS#71360083, Cheryl Caldwell, 978.609.1041

Orleans, MA $1,195,000 MLS#21103704, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558

Newburyport, MA $1,175,000 MLS#71333374, Dolores Person, 978.660.0967

Waquoit, MA $1,149,000 MLS#21203305, Barbara Lunn, 508.367.5202

Provincetown, MA $1,109,000 MLS#21006289, Lee Ash, 508.237.6342

Little Compton, RI $1,100,000 MLS#1007880, Arthur Chapman, 401.640.0807

Madison, CT $995,000 MLS#M9134519, Rhoda Winik, 203.996.1172

Providence, RI $919,000 MLS#1015330, Denise Wilder, 401.339.3871


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Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

A CLIENT AND I BOTH esteem classical architecture and details. He, in fact, had gone so far as to make castings of

a fountain he particularly admired. So naturally, when the time came to design a terrace for his Martha’s Vineyard property, the casts became part of the plan. The main axis of the terrace, shaded by pergolas supporting wisteria vines, opens to a view of the sea. But the cross axis needed a focal point. I integrated his cast pieces into a balustrade, designed new cast-stone elements to fill out the existing fountain pieces and provided a backdrop of brick and cast elements to frame the fountain. The back of the fountain is visible from the garden, so I designed the silhouette of the brick wall as a pleasing profile and relieved the wall plane with an inset arch. The result is a graceful fountain that functions as the required focal point and also as a transitional piece—in both directions—between terrace and garden. JOSEPH DICK, JOSEPH W. DICK ARCHITECTURE, YARMOUTHPORT, MASS., (508) 362-1309, WWW.JOSEPHWDICK.COM


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