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“As an architect, my job becomes much easier when a client has the clarity of thought to be able to describe to me what is important for their particular lifestyle,” says William Soupcoff, co-founder of TMS Architects. “The homeowners of this house were both clear that the house should be a fun and happy home that celebrates their commitment to ‘the family.’ My job became much easier with that directive.”

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Cebula Design is an award-winning, full-service interior design firm founded by Michael Cebula in 1985. “The homeowners have had a long-standing love affair with bright, happy colors,” says Michael Cebula. “They wanted their new home to reflect this ‘passion for pigmentation.’ Family comes before anything; they did not want any rooms to be off limits to the children. Playing pool is a favorite family pastime, so the living room became the billiard room. When they are not doing that, you might find them all in the beautiful indoor saltwater pool. From the moment you walk through the door, this house is full of love and happiness.”

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“My role as general contractor is to harness and orchestrate a very complex process with hundreds of players so the blueprinted dream comes to fruition in a smooth, sound and timely manner,” says builder Mark DePiero. “Keeping the construction process enjoyable for the clients is equally important. This project was certainly facilitated by the excellent decision making ability of the owners. There were few delays, which allowed a move-in date just shy of thirteen months from the foundation pour.”

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late. Not because of any particular newfound fascination with Charles Darwin or Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, but because I’ve been reading Ronald Knapp’s Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation, concurrent with work on this, our fifth anniversary issue of New England Home. One particularly appealing quality of the buildings featured in Knapp’s book is how they developed gradually, over the course of decades or even centuries, in response to the needs of generations of occupants. Some Chinese house complexes grow to be quite large, and while even the most rambling examples maintain a fairly rigid order and hierarchy of spaces public and private, the way that pattern is implemented is often delightfully ad hoc. There’s something about this combination of systematic intent with opportunistic, contingent or simply odd execution that strikes me as deeply human and beautiful. Design at its best can improve over time, acquiring depth and complexity through use.

Chinese building traditions too, although incorporating elements common to architecture throughout the country, were heavily influenced over time by local culture, geography and weather. Construction materials came largely from the immediately surrounding area; much of the work was (still is, in some regions) done by local craftsmen schooled only through apprenticeship and experience. Does this sound familiar? I hear distinct echoes of early New England architecture, developing out of East Anglian and Kentish practices to suit the harsher climate of the New World. Fortunately, when it comes to architecture and building, unlike the ongoing evolution of living creatures, learned behaviors are heritable. Sensible historic building practices and the creative reuse of existing structures are invaluable adjuncts to emerging green concerns today, and those practices can be combined intelligently with new technologies to get the best of both worlds. On this subject I’ll be moderating “The Greenest Building is Already Built,” a half-day symposium with several notable experts in sustainable design and historic preservation, at the Boston Architectural College on October 16. [For more information, contact the Boston Architectural College at (617) 547-3355 or visit www.frankshirleyarchitects.com/about-symposium.html.] The houses you’ll see in this issue, as it happens, are all new. But each of them was created for a particular family with the kind of care that makes me wonder what we might see in a 2110 issue of New England Home, showing the way they too will weather, adapt and be renewed for future use. The magazine itself is likewise still quite new (as long as five years of hard work may seem when being lived through!). Yet it also has already evolved. I like to think of it, like a welldesigned house, being remade piecemeal, over time, to continue to nurture and delight each new generation of family.

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief khoepner@nehomemag.com

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Design Destination: Germain, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 38 42 Artistry: The Woodsman Rhode Island furniture maker Hank Gilpin has

never met a piece of wood he couldn’t love. BY NATHANIEL READE • PORTRAIT BY CHRIS VACCARO

52 Special Spaces: Hillside Harmony A Vermont-based architect and land-

scape architect unite to create a contemporary pool house and pool that bring a sculptural element to the Stowe landscape. ARCHITECTURE: MICHAEL MINADEO • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: H. KEITH WAGNER • TEXT: ERIN MARVIN • PHOTOGRAPHY: WESTPHALEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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146 Trade Secrets: The Color Purple Comings and goings (and a few surprises)

in the lives of New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL 152 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate archi-

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From A to Zzzzzz With dinner finished, the kids put to sleep, phone calls returned and tomorrow’s plans in place, it’s usually time to head for the bedroom. No longer just a room for sleeping, the bedroom has become a place for reading, surfing the Web, returning e-mails, watching movies and maybe even doing a few miles on the treadmill. (It goes without saying that it’s still the room to be romantic, peaceful or purely thoughtful in.) In short, the bedroom is a retreat after a long day. Yours can be a sanctuary, no matter what your decorating style—or lifestyle—might be. Great in Bed Snuggle under Italianmilled 215-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, arrange the pillows just so and pull the blanket up to your chin. How dreamy. The Kent Collection from Cloud 9 offers sheets, shams, pillowcases and duvet covers in twin, full, queen and king sizes in heather blue or heather taupe Add a merino wool blanket for a final cozy element. SHOWN, BOUDOIR PILLOW COVER, $65, QUEEN FLAT SHEET, $400, QUEEN REVERSIBLE DUVET COVER, $715. THE PATTERSON GROUP, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 443-4904, WWW.PATTERSON GROUP.ORG, AND SOMNIA, PORTSMOUTH, N.H., (603) 433-7600, WWW.SOMNIA.NET. BLANKET, $425. THE PATTERSON GROUP

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Lights Out Even in the dark, this Fluffy White Lamp is a standout. The handmade shade is woven over paper and the base is matte stainless steel. The 22-inch (including shade) lamp is from a collection designed by Fernanda Bourlot, the founder of Simplemente Blanco, and can be custom sized. $240 AS SHOWN. SIMPLEMENTE BLANCO, BOSTON, (617) 734-3669, WWW.SIMPLEMENTEBLANCO.COM

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A while ago, a non-design-field friend asked teasingly if we thought his living room furniture would ever be back in style. Trying to be tactful, we responded that his well-worn, tufted Chesterfield sofa was more . . . um . . . men’s club than modern. Never one to let an offhand remark go unchallenged, he asked just what is modern—white rooms and Italian furniture? To his surprise, and ours, when we really thought about what looks modern now, we came up with a disparate list: vintage linen, mid-last-century chairs, industrial lighting, refectory tables. In short, a mix that seemed thoroughly modern because of its very un-modernness. But for this jumble to be deemed modern, we told our friend (whose eyes were beginning to glaze over) it had to be assembled with a curatorial eye; an eye that is not only trained to select just the right metal locker from the dozen or so lined up at Brimfield, or the tin shade that is green but not too green. In other words, an eye that rejects and refuses most of the possibilities. Fast forward a few weeks later, when we visit Germain. The shop, the brainchild of interior designer Elena Letteron and Anne Johnston Albert, the designer of the fashion line

Martin, resonates, confirming for us the response to our friend’s question: what is modern? Germain sits back from the road, tucked behind Letteron’s original antiques shop, Metropolitain. The shop makes a statement right at the pumpkin-colored front door. Inside, the concrete floor and a few of the walls are painted a soothing gray-green while the exposed wood structure is left natural. The sophisticated palette against the rustic ribs of the building is the first sign that this shop has an up-to-the-minute sensibility. And then there’s the shopping. Simple, clean-lined upholstery pairs with industrial metal end tables. Hemp and vintage linen pillows sit on Bertoia wire chairs. Through an opening at the rear of the store is Albert’s space, where the walls are lined with her blouses, dresses and blue jeans. Another friend, Valerie Maynard, an event planner with a love of paper, has joined the duo. Her space is filled with letterpress note cards, soy-based stationery and locally produced papers. Germain has captured the zeitgeist. You might say it’s germane. 635 MAIN STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS., (413) 644-8868. OPEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, 11 A.M.–5 P.M., SUNDAY NOON–4 P.M. AND BY APPOINTMENT, WWW.GERMAIN-STORE.COM

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into workable boards, would be left with enough to make some legs, or maybe some cutting boards. Gilpin, however, is turning them into garden-room shelves and cabinets for a client. • Gilpin’s furniture sits in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has billionaire clients who never ask for a preliminary sketch or a cost estimate: they just let him make them things, and when he’s done he sends them a bill, which



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his marketing skills (until recently he wouldn’t bother with most gallery shows, didn’t sign his work and refused to send out photographs to prospective clients because he said no two-dimensional image could do justice to his threedimensional shapes). Unlike such bigname furniture artisans from the past as George Nakashima or Gilpin’s contemporary Judy Kensley McKie, he doesn’t have a recognizable style or brand; you don’t look at a piece and instantly say, “That’s a Hank Gilpin.” So why has he succeeded? Because he’s “the wood guy.” He answers the phone “Gil’s World of Wood,” and signs his work “GWOW.” You’d think that everybody who decides to make things out of wood, as opposed to steel or plastic, would be a wood guy or

girl, and to an extent the others are. Gilpin, however, studies wood constantly. He has a shark-like hunger, but his appetite is for more information, all the time. He slices open rotten fence posts to study the heartwood; he’s read thousands of books on the subject. He’s got a little arboretum outside his kitchen door, where he points and recites Latin names. He’s virtually the only person who would have bought that pile of boomerang-shaped white-oak boards. He says, “There’s no such thing as bad wood.” Case in point: Gilpin has already cut two pieces from that weird white oak for the cabinets in the gardening room. He

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Artistry says, “There’s your doors.” Except that they don’t look like doors: each is shaped like a preschooler’s version of the letter D. The tops of the doors meet, but at the bottom they leave an Top to bottom: Chop opening that (2009), curly ash with looks like a ransapwood and heartwood, dom, squiggle24" × 7"; Sushi? (2009), rosewood, 6" × 15"; Burly sided pyramid. Buckeye Table (2003), He likes that. burled Ohio buckeye, He shows me the 22"W × 24"H x 17"D worktable he has already made for this room, which has a similar, smaller, squiggly cut-out. It’s gorgeous. It’s alchemy. How did he do it? It’s almost as if the tree told him. “I let the shape of the wood tell me how to think about this,” he says. Gilpin has marched down his own path to some distant drummer virtually from the day in 1973 that he bought an old church in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and began filling it with woodworking tools. Everybody else was making furSee more @ nehomemag.com niture out of traTo see more of Hank ditional woods: Gilpin's work, visit our mahogany, teak, Web site and click on cherry. It was "Art & Style" and then click on "Artisry." mostly imported, and mostly expensive. Gilpin figured that if he was going to make money at a time in his career when he was selling intricately constructed side tables for less than $200, he was going to have to stop shopping at fancy wood stores and start buying his wood from local sawmills. He began to specialize in what he calls “underutilized local species,” such as maple, beech and white oak. It worked. As he cruised the small sawmills of New England in his red pickup looking for wood that spoke to him, local foresters and loggers showed him other species that could make fine furniture but didn’t grow in sufficient quantities to be mass-marketed: poplar, ash, birch, locust, buckeye. This led him to all the variations in those local trees—the ones that for no known reason developed unusual, tiger-striped, curly, blistered or quilted grains. Then he discovered boards that were alleged to have things wrong with them. Beech, for instance, has a pale white color, like the flesh of an apple, but it can develop a black stain, called spalting, that runs through it like veins. For a famous Hollywood comedian (he refuses to name client names), Gilpin built a chest with doors 46 New England Home September/October 2010

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how they develop a recognizable style or brand. Gilpin’s idea of hell is “One. More. Cherry. Board.” He deliberately juggles ten jobs simultaneously, and constantly seeks new challenges. Once he’d figured out how

to use all these strange local species and their strangely stained or grained variations, he started picking through the dumpsters at sawmills and bringing home wood that had been tossed out for being too warped, crooked, twisted or bent, like a rescuer of stray cats. He remembers the day it started, at a sawmill in the Berkshires. He says, “I was looking at a board on a pile with a big arc in it. You couldn’t mill it, you’d lose it all, but it was beautiful. I said, if I just hand-sand this I can use it. And that was the beginning.” He shows me a two-foot-wide plank of curly white oak that he bought in Ohio, as curved and concave as an orange peel. I say, “Maybe it Above: Nameless (2002), could be a head- curly white oak, 64"W × board?” 28 ½"H × 17"D Left: End In his slightly Table (2003), alligator ash with yew pulls, 22"W contemptuous × 30"H x 16"D teacher voice he says, “It doesn’t have to be anything. It is what it is. It’s this outrageous piece of wood. It’s like an interior landscape: You just wanna look at it.” Yes you do. • Editor’s Note Hank Gilpin can be reached at (401) 334-2638, or e-mailed at gwow@cox.net.

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of Stowe Mountain. They didn’t wield paintbrushes to reconstruct the area’s natural beauty on canvas. Rather, they carefully shaped organic materials—flowers, wood, ornamental grasses and copper—to create a manmade structure that both reflects and enhances the landscape. • Like any artistic commission, this one began with a client’s request: Wagner was working with homeowners on a master landscape plan for their summer home in Stowe when they mentioned wanting a new pool and adjacent pool house. Wagner did site surveys of

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“My approach was to create a structure that would reflect a contemporary interpretation of the timber-frame main house,” says Minadeo. “I took cues from the main house—the components the owners liked and admired— Minadeo’s use of orand interpreted it ganic materials such in a modern way as cedar, Douglas fir, for the pool house, copper and bluestone marry the pool house using a similar to the landscape. palette.”

Minadeo designed the pool house as a long, low structure comprising three components: an open trellis structure, an enclosed area and a semi-private outdoor shower. Mimicking the timber-frame construction of the main house, the 825-square-foot pool house is supported with Douglas fir columns and beams. A trellis, made of the same cedar that’s used as siding on the main house, brings a geometrical element to the building, offering a shaded area for outdoor dining (and plenty of space for a party). Minadeo also created a long cedar bench behind the table and along the back of the open trellis area, which helps define a porthole that allows visitors coming up the driveway a peek at the breathtaking vista beyond. Subtle bluestone forms the floor and pool coping. The homeowners wanted a fire pit until Minadeo showed them examples of how well an actual fireplace would anchor the trellis area. The fireplace is made of board-formed concrete with an interior firebox of natural brick. “I was trying to go with a simple palette and almost something that was minimalistic so the fireplace was a piece of sculpture with fire coming out of it,” says Minadeo. Bits of copper used on the main house’s roof are reflected in the copper cladding of the enclosed area—what Minadeo refers to as “the copper box.” Acting as a lounging area during the day and a guestroom at night, the copper box houses a sitting room/ bedroom (the couch unfolds for sleeping), a kitchenette and a shower and changing room. It is its own cozy contemporary bungalow that guests enjoy staying in as much as in the main house. Minadeo also chose copper as a nod to the ever-changing colors of the landscape of which the pool house is now a part. “Copper is an organic material that changes with the weather and time, it’s constantly evolving,” he says. “The patina is happening over time so every year it looks a little different. We were really trying to make the structure feel as though it were part of the landscape.”

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“So the walkway from the house to the pool house to the garden is like a thread that links all three episodes.” “Keith had a great sense of how all the materials should work out and, using precise geometry, relate to the pool house and pool. Everything comes together in a real harmonious way,” says Minadeo. Wagner went through multiple studies of the pool—even considering a water feature at one point— before settling on a simple reflecting pool to best complement the pool house and surrounding landscape. Similar to the landscaping at the main house, layers of perennials and native plants screen the pool area. “Primarily, the big, bold gestures around

the pool are ornamental grasses that act as sculptural elements that blow in the breeze and reflect in the pool,” says Wagner. “They become kinetic sculptures.” This is fine art at its most functional. The homeowners and their guests use the pool house for three seasons; even when the summer Top: An exterior shot of months have “the copper box.” Left: passed and it’s In the kitchenette, black no longer warm cabinets frame a painting enough to swim by Keith Wagner. in the sparkling blue pool, guests still come to bask in the warmth of the fireplace and be surrounded by the vivid fall foliage on exhibit as they dine under the stars. And though many artists never get the recognition they deserve, this particular masterpiece was honored by the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with a 2009 Honor Award. It’s art appreciation at its best. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 185.

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New England Home is proud to introduce the first-ever 5 Under 40 awards, shining a spotlight on the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England. The winners—all five of whom are under the age of forty— were nominated by their peers and then selected by an all-star committee of regional design leaders who considered five categories: architecture, interiors, furniture and home-design products and accessories. Take note: 5 Under 40 winners are the people to watch, producing some of the most beautiful and innovative work available today. The slate of winners for 2010 was selected by a diverse group of professionals representing different facets of the New England design community: interior designers Heather Wells and Leslie Fine, architect David Hacin, Natalie Carpenter of Lekker Unique Home Furnishings and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner. David Hacin commented on the pool of talent, saying, “I enjoyed the process tremendously and was particularly impressed by the range of talents from furniture design to architecture . . . there are clearly a number of rising stars with a distinctly forward-looking and contemporary aesthetic.” The judges convened multiple times and pored over scores of nominations to select the five inaugural winners, who were honored at a celebratory cocktail party on June 10, 2010, at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston. As part of the festivities, each winner designed a custom rug that was produced by presenting sponsor Landry & Arcari and auctioned off at the reception event. Bidding wars promptly ensued and proceeds benefitted Barakat, a Cambridge charity that works to strengthen the basic human right to education in South and Central Asia by providing exemplary basic education, increasing access to higher education and advancing literacy, particularly for women and children. Be sure to keep an eye on what comes next from this talented group of design stars. 4




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As you would expect from the cofounder and design principal of a firm called ZeroEnergy Design (ZED), Stephanie Horowitz’s story is one of deep and ongoing engagement with the environmental impact of architectural design and building. “At ZeroEnergy Design, our holistic process addresses both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of green design—the beauty and the brains,” says Stephanie. “Our goal is to make energy efficiency beautiful.” Open, airy and eminently livable as well as built to last, her projects combine cutting-edge green concerns with a sensitivity to the surrounding landscape and architectural context—not to mention the emotional warmth that makes a real home. Proving her conviction that “great design is green design,” Stephanie has had projects covered in numerous architectural, building and design magazines such as Architectural Record, Design New England, Boston Home and Solar Today, and has a house featured in a new book, 21st Century Beach Houses, by Andrew Hall. She is a Certified Passive House Consultant and also serves as a guest lecturer at Northeastern University. “I took an early interest in green design because I found that it allowed me to fuse my passions for design and environment,” she says. “I then started to learn about the dire need and opportunities for this re-emerging field, which further solidified my commitment, especially to the residential arena.” Only five years after receiving her bachelor’s degree in architecture at Cornell, Stephanie is already the recipient of multiple awards from the Builders Association of Greater Boston and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. It seems very likely that these, along with the 5 Under 40 Award, are only the beginning of what will certainly be a long list of her achievements. 74 New England Home September/October 2010




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Quentin Kelley FURNITURE DESIGN A degree in environmental engineering from Cornell, an apprenticeship with renowned woodworker Hank Gilpin, and a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic are just three of the ingredients that contributed to the development of furniture maker Quentin Kelley’s design concerns. Master of a deceptively simple style grounded in traditional woodworking methods, Quentin creates pieces that often feature prominently visible support and joinery details and subtly complementary admixtures of other materials such as glass, metal or fabric. Along with making furniture for sale through his Web site—he says he “thrives on the challenge of being a designer, builder and business owner”— he has partnered with prominent architects on several residential developments, most recently crafting a set of benches for FP3 (in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood) made with beams reclaimed from the building during construction. Quentin’s furniture—which he crafts from his Boston-area studio Infusion Furniture—can also be found in many modern living and working spaces including Trilogy and XV Beacon, and in numerous other private residences. Quentin’s woodworking talent extends beyond furniture: he recently completed a set of electronic gamelan instruments for a premiere at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival in New York. The rug that Quentin developed with Landry & Arcari for the 5 Under 40 charity auction was based on these designs. “The bronze, rectangular-shaped keys of one of the main instruments inspired the pattern and colors of the rug,” says Quentin. “The varying pile heights of the background and ‘keys’ are meant to resemble the instrument keys sitting on their wooden background. Who knows, maybe soon we’ll have rugs that make musical sounds!” 76 New England Home September/October 2010

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Meichi Peng INTERIOR DESIGN A Meichi Peng interior is serene and calm. The overall look is clean and contemporary, yet always with a humanizing touch of organic curves and textures. Then a finely judged eclectic detail transforms a simple living space into a personal retreat. Meichi’s quest for just the right detail in any circumstance is also reflected in the stunning wool and silk rug she designed with Landry & Arcari for the 5 Under 40 charity auction. Inspiration came from her love of bonsai trees: “The foliage-free, dormant winter months of some bonsai trees prove to be just as beautiful as when the bonsai is full of foliage,” she explains. “The positive and negative space created from the branches emulates a skeletal-like shape, which is what creates the abstract form on the rug. I chose natural, earth-toned colors to represent the Zen feeling of the bonsai.” Working from her eponymous design studio in Boston’s SoWa district, Meichi has had projects featured in multiple publications both local and national and, in 2009, was named a “Rising Star Designer” by Metropolitan Home. Meichi has completed large-scale projects such as W Boston Residences, 285 Columbus Avenue Lofts & Model Unit, Archstone Boston Common and the Casa Design retail store, as well as residential projects in urban lofts, apartments and homes in and around Boston, Nantucket, Cape Cod and New York City. Her Harrison Avenue space also includes a retail shop featuring Asianinspired furniture and objects, along with a painstakingly crafted line of leather handbags and accessories that show the same careful approach as her interiors. 78 New England Home September/October 2010

Patrick Planeta INTERIOR DESIGN Patrick Planeta credits his grandmother, a landscape painter of note, as one of his earliest creative inspirations. Hours of contented sketching on newsprint art pads, followed by years of study at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the Wentworth Institute of Technology, eventually resulted in a two-track career: Patrick currently divides his time as Senior Associate/Senior Designer at CBT Architects and as co-principal, with partner Meredith Basque, of Planeta Basque Boston. Patrick’s work with Planeta Basque has covered a diverse range of styles, from a minimalist, gray-and-white space at the Mandarin Oriental, done for a major art collector, to sensitive transformations of suburban Shingle-style and French Country houses, to highly successful commercial interiors such as his work for Winston Flowers. For Patrick, there are no set rules for design; he describes the world as “a visual playground” and finds inspiration everywhere: during his travels, on design Web sites, even in food, clothing and furniture. Patrick draws on these influences to create personalized spaces for his clients. “I’m able to take a client’s abstract view and push them a little bit,” he says. “I can show them things they didn’t think about and it excites them, and the end result is better because of the collaboration.” Recent projects include private residences in the Boston area, as well as in Miami, Curacao and Shanghai. Patrick’s work has been featured in Design New England, Interior Design, Boston and Contract magazines. Awards from the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Preservation Alliance and IIDA New England have only confirmed the talent and knowledge that make him a 5 Under 40 winner this year. 80 New England Home September/October 2010

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“Sometimes the interior’s intimacy should translate to the exterior,” says architect Bernard Wharton of his use of glass that allows views into the stair tower. The beguiling overhangs make the timeless house appear to float.

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The home’s flip side embraces the landscape with open and covered enjoyment areas. Facing page top: Visitors look from the front door right through to the outdoors along the perpendicular gallery. Facing page bottom: The entry’s Biedermeier table pairs with a French pedestal.

designs and adept use of materials came to mind as he contemplated his clients’ wish list. Having commissioned several new houses in the past, the owners were no neophytes when it came to the ins and outs of building. Just the contrary, in fact: past experiences had given strength to their ideas and raised their expectations. “We knew we wanted a home large enough to welcome our children, extended family and friends, but one that also felt warm and inviting,” the husband explains. “Let’s just say we’ve been practicing since the ’70s and finally, this time, it’s perfect.” The beautiful house is not one to flaunt its attributes. First-time visitors are charmed by the gradual way the building reveals itself as they move up the driveway. And what a revelation! The homeowner’s own words— “a fusion of Arts and Crafts with Asian influences”—are an accurate but modest description of the graceful house. Its predominant material, granite, fosters solidity,

giving the sense that the house, as Wharton says, “grows out of the site.” But details both subtle and striking add softness, fluidity and drama. Horizontal bands of red brick help direct the eye heavenward along the cool granite. Overhanging roofs and gables end in a gentle flare. And lots of glass lends lightness and transparency. Arrive in the generous cobblestone courtyard at night and the house is a glowing jewel-box. The rear elevation focuses on the landscape, featuring flowers or foliage in every window. As Wharton—who has a firm grip on what makes people happy—sees it, framed views equal paintings. Never mind that colors shift with the seasons. Astute designer Nannette Lewis has contrived a stylish interior that never battles with nature whatever the time of year. Her primarily pale palette also allows the architecture to shine and provides an ideal backdrop for the owner’s burgeoning art collection. Having worked with these clients on their previous September/October 2010 New England Home 97

Designer Nannette Lewis created an attention-getting juxtaposition above the hearth using antique sconces to frame contemporary artist Wolf Kahnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorful painting. Twin antique Biedermeier armchairs covered in honey-colored velvet ďŹ&#x201A;ank the oversize coffee table.

“We wanted a home large enough to welcome our children, extended family and friends, but one that also felt warm and inviting.”

homes, Lewis, based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, understands their finely tuned aesthetic. It’s one that suits her own philosophy: “I think it’s important that should any of my clients have need for an extra seat, they can shift a chair from, say, the dining room to the living room and have it still look good,” she says. “That’s why you’ll never find me doing a bright red room with a blue room and so forth.” For a home sporting spaces that flow one to the other, there couldn’t be a more convivial decor. Antiques (many purchased on a buying trip Lewis and the owners took abroad) marry effortlessly with new custom pieces. The beautiful Biedermeier table anchoring the entry is eye-widening but not knockdown flamboyant. And fabrics—honey-hued velvet covering the Biedermeier armchairs in the living room, buttery silk drapes skimming the oak floor in the dining room—are lush but not pretentious. “These owners never wanted a showhouse. But because they frequently host charitable events, they needed elegant rooms 100 New England Home September/October 2010

An arresting grid of snowflakes by artists Doug and Mike Starn enlivens the dining room. Facing page top: Lewis married antiques with upholstered pieces to warm the library’s ambience. Facing page bottom: The living room’s antique desk hails from France.

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Lewis designed the decorative backsplash in the cooking zone. Facing page top: An oak-paneled ceiling links the kitchen and comfortable family room. Facing page bottom: Abundant glass and memorable architectural newel posts increase the stairwell’s appeal.

that were also comfortable for crowds,” Lewis says. Small dollops of cleverly placed color, such as the living room’s emerald-green ottoman, add liveliness without detracting from the art collection. Seated at the custom-designed mahogany dining table, for instance, guests can look through to the living room and take in a medley of visual treats. Paintings, sculptures and tribal pieces look equally at home. And what’s this? Above their heads, a series of thin rings trace a celestial outline in the center of the dining room ceiling. “Unlike a coffered ceiling, it’s a low-key detail but it makes a huge difference,” says Wharton. The butternut-paneled library exhibits a slightly different mood. “We took the palette a bit deeper here with rich reds, burgundies and gold,” Lewis says of the snug refuge that sits off the living room. Lewis designed the custom rug that centers the scene. The understated cof102 New England Home September/October 2010

fee table is one of the few pieces the owners brought from their former address. Other prizes include the antique desk behind the sofa, a piece that evokes the dying arts of letter writing and journal keeping. The kitchen stands as the epitome of the homeowners’ desire for both openness and intimacy. At one end of the generous room, the cooking zone holds court. At the other end sits a homey family room complete with fireplace. An oak gathering table separates the spaces. There’s an island surrounded with leather stools for perching and a handy spot for casual dining. “It’s all we’ve ever wanted,” the husband says, “a great combination of family room and working kitchen along with a breakfast room for intimate meals.” There’s more wizardry unfolding in the house. The graceful staircase that climbs to the second-floor bedrooms and on to the third-floor exercise room is punc-

tuated with ornamental newel posts. “They’re another surprise—a bit of architecture within architecture,” Wharton says. “The owners travel these stairs every day. I want them to take notice and enjoy the experience. It should never get old.” Such a thoughtful approach assured the home’s success. But Lewis and the architects give a lion’s share of credit to the foresight and confidence of the husband and wife. “Their involvement was key,” Wharton says. “They assembled a team that we all felt part of. That’s what made this such a strong project.” In brief, a feeling of content pervades every corner. Building a new house would have been fun enough; creating the place of your dreams to share with others is another story, one with an even more meaningful ending. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 185. September/October 2010 New England Home 103

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MADE IN THE SHADE A beloved old tree inspires an architect and his clients to build a Newport, Rhode Island, house that looks as though it’s been under the majestic oak’s protection forever. TEXT BY ROBERT KIENER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT BENSON • ARCHITECTURE: JAMES CULLION • INTERIOR DESIGN: EILEEN MARCUVITZ, PLUM INTERIORS • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: SHARON MOONEY • BUILDER: DOUG SHEAR, NEWPORT HOUSEWRIGHTS • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL


n the beginning was the tree. And the tree was very good. In this case, the tree was a majestic oak that towered over a stately home for sale on a glorious two-acre lot overlooking Newport, Rhode Island’s Sakonnet River. “I fell in love with that oak the minute I saw it,” confesses the home’s owner. “I knew that whatever we did, whether we expanded the original home or built our own, no one would ever touch that tree.” • And no one did. After they bought the house and the adjacent two acres, the owner and his wife reluctantly decided they needed to raze the structure and build a new home in its place. “But I was adamant that the oak, and other trees on the lot, be pro-

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Interior designer Eileen Marcuvitz and architect James Cullion worked hand in hand to fulďŹ ll the homeownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; request for elegant simplicity. The living/dining room features arched trusses, oversize cove molding and classic columns and wears a palette of sea and sky colors.

Clockwise from this page top: A bluestone pathway bisects perennial gardens shaded by the oak tree the homeowners insisted on saving. A back patio faces out on the Sakonnet River. Local stone forms the chimneys. A one-bedroom cottage holds overďŹ&#x201A;ow guests. Lush landscaping helps ground the house. The pool, overlooking the Sakonnet, is surrounded by a wide bluestone deck.

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A pale sea-grass-colored wall and the custom table and chairs were designed to complement, not compete with, the view to the water. Facing page: The foyer and landing boast a patterned limestone ďŹ&#x201A;oor, a coffered ceiling and detailed paneled walls the color of sailcloth.

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tected,” says the husband, who is a noted real estate developer. His wife agrees, adding, “We wanted our new home to look as if it had been there for ages. We wanted it to blend in with the land; we didn’t want to cut down trees and build a McMansion.” To realize their vision, the couple enlisted the help of Boston-based architect James Cullion and interior designer Eileen Marcuvitz, who works out of Newport and Lincoln, Massachusetts. Cullion is known as someone who excels at investigating, questioning and listening to his clients’ wants and needs to produce a home that is uniquely suited to them. “The couple told me they wanted a home that was welcoming, romantic and graceful,” says Cullion. “They wanted a family home, not a monument.” To get a better idea of what they had in mind, Cullion and the husband drove around Newport on an impromptu architectural tour. “He pointed out things he liked,” explains Cullion, “such as a massive stone chimney, interesting rooflines, an elegant oversize front door, decorative roof cresting on a Queen Anne, as well as things he didn’t like. That was invaluable. I also learned that he and his wife value designs that emphasize symmetry and proportion.” Taking his cue from the owners’ love for the oak, Cullion incorporated it as an integral part of his design. “It balances the local-stone chimney and also serves to welSeptember/October 2010 New England Home 111

come visitors into the house,” says Cullion. “It’s no exaggeration to say that the house was literally designed around the oak.” The main body of the house is also an exercise in symmetry, with a large central gable flanked by two turrets. “I also varied the roofline to break down the scale of the house and make it more residential as opposed to being big for big’s sake,” says Cullion. The arched eyebrow portico over the front door was partly inspired by a similar example the owner pointed out to Cullion on their drive. “The arch is inherently welcoming; it’s a shape we used throughout the home,” says Cullion. The wide mahogany front door, for example, is 112 New England Home September/October 2010

Arch shapes Cullion used in the exterior design are echoed in the family room’s entry and fireplace mantel. Facing page top: In the kitchen, built-in cabinets hide twin refrigerators. Dual work islands are topped with mahogany and granite. Facing page bottom: An office paneled in rich cherry includes a Rumford fireplace.

topped with an arch that echoes the portico. The arch shape reappears several times inside the home. To soften the approach to the five-bedroom, 10,000plus-square-foot house, a bluestone walkway runs between beds of purple and white annuals and perennials. “We didn’t want an overpowering entryway,” explains the wife. “We want guests to feel relaxed and welcome as they walk through the garden to the front porch.” Nothing was left to chance. The couple even hired a certified arborist to catalog and inspect the tress on the property and visit the site once a week during the house’s two-year construction to make sure trees stayed undamaged. “It would have been a lot less expensive and easier

during construction if we chopped down the oak,” the husband says. “In fact, my contractor and I fought over that tree once a week. But the tree won!” Because the pair brought nothing from their former home, also in Newport, designer Marcuvitz had a blank slate. On board from the beginning, Marcuvitz worked closely with Cullion to help incorporate the wife’s wishes into both design and decoration. Much of the furniture is custom made, some designed by Marcuvitz herself. “My first concern was to take full advantage of the home’s breathtaking views across lushly landscaped, rolling acres to the water,” says the designer. Water and light were her starting points. “I used a palette of misty September/October 2010 New England Home 113

One of two children’s bedrooms is tucked in an upstairs turret. Below: The master bath includes a soaking tub, a mosaic marble floor and a ceiling painted a watery blue-green. Facing page: The master bedroom includes a reading nook with views to the home’s expansive grounds.

blues with hints of sea and sky. I wanted to bring the outside inside.” For example, the living room wall is painted sea-grass green; the richly paneled landing is given a coat of white the color of sailcloth. “I chose pale, watery colors overall and this helps the colors flow from one room to the other,” says Marcuvitz. “It also gives a symmetry to the design.” The radiant-heated floors are quarter-sawn fiveinch bleached white oak. Because the owners wanted a clean, elegant feel to the design, Marcuvitz avoided jarring patterns. “I wanted these rooms to be restful to the eye,” she says. “I get interest by using sculptural shapes in the furniture selection.” Marcuvitz consulted with the wife on every detail. 114 New England Home September/October 2010

“And that includes the covers for the Kleenex boxes,” says Marcuvitz with a smile. “Invariably when people come into this house they say every detail has been so well thought out. But nothing hits you in the face; it’s all clean, elegant and lovely.” Local builder Doug Shear used structural insulated panels to construct the house instead of traditional stick framing. The engineered panels, 6.5-inch-thick sandwiches of polystyrene and plywood, arrive on site with everything from window openings to electrical sockets already cut out, so installation is quicker than traditional framing methods. “They are also very energy efficient,” notes Shear. Indeed, the home is so tight that the owner didn’t even turn on the heat in half the house last winter.

The owners are thrilled with their new home. “This was an incredibly successful collaboration,” says the wife. “We got all the romance, elegance and welcoming feel we had hoped for, and more.” The husband is fond of telling a story about the cocktail party he and his wife held as a housewarming. They invited their new neighbors and everyone involved in creating the house. As the guests were leaving, one of them turned to the couple and said, “It’s amazing. This house looks like it has always been here. It really looks like it was dropped in place from above. So glad you saved the oak.” Says the husband: “Nothing could have made me happier.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 185. September/October 2010 New England Home 115


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A meadow surrounds the copper roofed, Arts and Crafts–influenced Shingle-style house on the brow of a Vermont hill; woods, fields and a pond fall away below toward a grand view of the Green Mountains. An orchard of gnarled apple trees adds a poetic element to the quintessential New England landscape. Retaining walls built of native Vermont stone terrace the hillside. Gentle steps lead to, but are hidden from, the house. And the landscape architect was careful to leave space for a truly stellar sledding hill. • “The owner wasn’t just creating a Vermont getaway for himself and his wife,” explains Brian Bare of Shepard Butler Landscape Architecture in Thetford Center, Vermont. “He was building a multi-generational family gathering place.” • “This is truly a family treasure,” the homeowner says. • John MacDonald echoes the sentiment when discussing the project, one of several the Lexington, Massachusetts, architectural firm Morehouse MacDonald and Associates has developed for his client. “He wanted a place where grandchildren would learn to ride horses, be around farm animals,

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In the main house, local stone and wood bring texture to an interior inspired by the colors of a birch forest. Facing page: From the promenade of their home, the grandparents look out over mountains, meadows, woods and a trout pond. A llama keeps watch.

Alpaca and chickens walk on softly mellowed brick pavers in the barn. Below left: Upstairs, the barn accommodates human activities. Below right: The barn tucks into a wooded area. Facing page: Historic national park buildings informed the living room decor in the rustic lodge, which overlooks the sparkling pool.

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The view is the focal point of the living room. Facing page from top: Simple furniture and pale hues keep the room casually comfortable. The house is horizontally arrayed against the hillside. An outdoor spa takes advantage of the views.

fish for trout, swim, slide in the winter—this is all about children and grandchildren, about vacations and holidays and skiing as a family.” To that end, the homeowners purchased an idyllic piece of land with gorgeous views. “Believe it or not,” the owner recalls, “we bought it from a brochure. Our family wanted to be close to ski country and we loved the idea of the bucolic splendor of Vermont. As our children went on their respective ski trips, they would visit real estate agents. They found this, loved it and, on their recommendation, we bought it.” The property’s one flaw was the ski chalet built in the mid 1990s. “They came to me and asked whether we could make it pretty, or whether they should tear it down,” says MacDonald. Thus began a design collabora-

tion that created a multi-building family compound. It includes the transformed ski chalet, rechristened the Lodge, a barn for both animal and human use, and a grandparents’ retreat on the far side of the hill. Paddocks for animals extend outward from the multi-story barn; a swimming pool beckons outside the chalet. The rambling gentleman’s farm overlooks a pond, now stocked with trout. “It is an understated, simple landscape,” says Bare. It looks well-settled, even venerable, but elements were created with painstaking care. “We planted apple trees to augment old, existing ones,” he explains. “We found Macoun and Empire apple trees for sale in a working orchard. They are more mature than nursery trees, with a more naturalized shape.” MacDonald’s firm turned the ski chalet into a familySeptember/October 2010 New England Home 123

Local granite, quarter-sawn oak and walnut bring drama to a hallway in the main house. Facing page clockwise from top: Soapstone covers the kitchen island. A Pendleton blanket upholsters a wing chair. New Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gentle landscapes tug at the heart.

centric lodge with a new roof and roof brackets, a portecochere that resolved an issue of ice buildup outside the front door, and a wide deck wrapped around a newly clad exterior. “We applied cedar shakes, cedar vertical siding and plaster-like masonry in the gable ends, materials that are a nod to European and Vermont vernacular building traditions,” says project manager Anthony Frausto. Historic national park lodges provided inspiration. “Those structures are all about getting out in nature and being there with family.” The lodge living room is a huge, vaulted space dominated by the view. The second floor holds five bedrooms, and there are bunks built into the upper levels. “A lot of people can be very comfortable here,” Frausto says. The Boston design team Bierly-Drake Associates created intimacy within the soaring heights of the lodge’s great room. While vast windows look toward the mountains, deeply comfortable upholstered furniture gathers before the massive fieldstone fireplace. A large horn chandelier, another reference to rustic national park lodge decor, descends from the distant ceiling. A geometric-design carpet echoes the pattern in the half-timbered stucco wall. “The colors in the Lodge are darker, the furniture heavier,” Lee Bierly explains. In contrast,

he says, “The house over the hill was designed as a retreat, so the interior is softer.” Horizontally massed against the hillside to maximize the views, the grandparents’ version of an elegant Vermont farmhouse was built last, after the completion of both lodge and barn. “The interior colors are those of the birch forest,” Bierly says about the grandparents’ house. “We used ivory, white, gray, brown and soft foliage greens. Texture comes from local stone and local wood. We used Irish antiques and other simple, comfortable pieces of furniture. Fabrics are soft, natural: cotton, Irish linen, chenille.” The gentle nature of this interior does not rule out drama and luxury. The living room’s native fieldstone

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Horizontal boards curve upward in the master bedroom, evoking a ship’s interior. Facing page: In the bath and home office, organic forms and natural history commune with oak ceiling beams, fitting for a pastoral idyll.

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fireplace wall rises to the second story, the sybaritic master bath features an egg-shaped freestanding tub on tumbled Spanish limestone flooring. On the flagstone terrace a few steps outside the master bedroom, a spa reminiscent of a farmhouse’s round stone well overlooks the pond and the mountains beyond. The third building is the multi-function barn, where residents include a herd of alpaca. “They are beautiful,” the homeowner enthuses. “Gentle, great with kids and, by the way, they make great blankets and scarves!” A vigilant llama protects them from the coyotes. Joining the ruminants are horses, a goat, chickens and a duck. Horse stalls open to an aisle paved with old, softly mellowed Harvard bricks. The second floor, above the animals’ quarters, is a surprise. “In the beginning, it was to be a hayloft,” says Frausto. Instead, says MacDonald, “It became a gathering room with a glass wall looking down onto the animals.” The large space is furnished with a stage, theater lighting and a theater system complete with electric motorized blackout shades, including for the cupola. There’s even an old-fashioned popcorn machine, and the room’s perimeter holds built-in sofas with trundle beds. “This is a favorite grandkids area,” Frausto says.

Frausto describes the sophisticated insulation and ventilation system that protects the human areas from animal smells and the animal areas from human noise. “This is a very clean barn, with a very functional second-floor living area.” “Different family members use the farm in specific ways,” says the homeowner, “including hiking, fishing, making cider from our apples, tapping trees to make our own maple syrup.” What part of this bucolic, varied environment do the grandparents like best? Their answer is simple. “We love it all.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 185.

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or a designer, the kitchen and the bath may be the most challenging rooms in any project. They have to be efficient, organized and functional, of course, but we also want them to look just as beautiful as the rest of the house. So what to do when a bathroom lacks enough unbroken wall for a sink, or when a kitchen needs to be integrated with both the view outside and the open living room it abuts? The designers featured here not only overcame such challenges, they used them as springboards for inspiration. A convex wall jutting into a bathroom became a splendid focal point; antiques collected by one couple became an integral starting point for their kitchen’s look. What lesser talents might have stumbled on, these pros embraced, resulting in rooms that are unique, perfectly suited to their purpose and undeniably beautiful.

Of course the living room would be designed to take advantage of the stunning views of Boston that this South End condominium has, but why not the kitchen, too? When kitchen designer Dalia Tamari teamed up with Michael Carter, the designer of record for the rest of the unit, it went without saying that the room would be both functional and beautiful. But that was only part of the mission. The duo also wanted to make sure the kitchen played to the cityscape as much as the rest of the unit did. “Michael wanted a kitchen that would open to the living room,” Tamari says. “We didn’t want to create any obstacles to the view.” No cabinet-filled wall separates the kitchen from the living room. Instead, a peninsula clad in zebra wood and topped with Absolute Black granite acts as a divider, providing a bit of functional separation. The ABOUT THIS KITCHEN cooktop sits in the peninsula so the homeowners can chat with Location South End, Boston dinner guests or just gaze at the Designers Dalia Tamari, Dalia Kitchen Design, Boston, and Michael Carter, Carter & Company, view beyond the windows while Boston tending to the cooking. Sleek What makes it special? It’s designed to intewenge wood cabinets match a grate beautifully with the rest of the living space, media unit at the far side of the keeping the focus on the dramatic city views living room. A backsplash of tiny stainless steel tiles reflects the apartment’s abundant natural light and gives the kitchen the same streamlined, contemporary look as the rest of Carter’s design. Finally, in a functional master stroke, two sleek cylinders descend from the ceiling, countering the space’s overall rectilinearity and handily concealing the exhaust vents. One of the owners, a passionate cook, had a clear sense of what he needed in a kitchen,” Carter says. “We gave the 130 New England Home September/October 2010


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wish list to Dalia and she was able to pack everything he wanted into one fairly tight place in a way that’s aesthetically an A-plus.”

Old World Opulence

The warm and sunny Old World Mediterranean look of this kitchen started with the Aga stove the homeowners had fallen in love with. “The cooker was really the focal point,” says designer Gerard Ciccarello, leading to a design that he calls “an ornate, Italianate look” for the room. The beauty of this kitchen lies in the details—and there are lots of them, from the elaborate moldings to the ceiling coffers to the crystal chandeliers that ABOUT THIS KITCHEN hang above the island. In all its beauty, though, the kitchen doesn’t forgo a bit of Location South Windsor, Connecticut functionality. Ample storage space surrounds the room, and long lengths of pale Designer Gerard Ciccarello, Covenant Kitchens marble countertop ensure plenty of surface space for cooking up a feast. and Baths, Westbrook, Connecticut Ciccarello found clever ways to make use of treasures the homeowners found What makes it special? Treasures from the homeowners’ European travels give the kitchen a on their frequent trips to Europe. A nineteenth-century stained-glass church warm, very personal feel window they spotted in England was cut in half and installed in panels on either 132 New England Home September/October 2010


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side of the stove. Century-old German blue-and-white tiles from another continental jaunt found their way into the stove’s backsplash. In the center of the room, a freestanding marble-topped mahogany farmer’s table is set perpendicular to a marble-topped island. A custom-designed quarter-round, marble-topped table fits neatly into the corner. “We designed the table to be the right height for the chairs, which the homeowners had and wanted to use in that space,” says Ciccarello. The room gets its sun-kissed feel from a custom-blended buttery-yellow paint that Ciccarello glazed over for an antique finish.

Tradition with a Twist

The mission in expanding and renovating this kitchen, says architect Jonathan Cutler, was to make the room the center of the house. “This is an active household. The homeowners wanted the kitchen to feel more connected to the rest of the house,” he says. “The wife wanted a place where the kids could be hanging out and doing their homework while she was cooking.” The mother of three leans toward a traditional style, Cutler says, but he insists traditional hardly has to mean dull. Sure, the maple top of the island, September/October 2010 New England Home 133

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ABOUT THIS KITCHEN Location Newton, Massachusetts Designer Jonathan Cutler, Brookline, Massachusetts What makes it special? The intense color of the cabinetry and a few wellchosen contemporary details bring a kitchen that is traditional at its heart into the twenty-first century

the floors and dining table crafted of reclaimed chestnut and the simplicity of the cabinetry all point to a certain time-honored design. But then Cutler moved the room squarely into the twenty-first century with his use of a rich, deep teal-blue paint. The teal paint went on over a layer of oxblood color, Cutler says. “The blue is worn through in places, so you see the red glow underneath. It has a really rich patina to it.” Granite countertops, a backsplash that combines slate with small glazed tiles in a random mosaic of grays, blues, yellows and whites, hanging lights with modern drum shades and a curvaceous chandelier above the dining table further the contemporary twist. Practicality is important in a household with children, so Cutler employed a favorite design detail: a four-by-twelve-foot strip of honey-colored limestone floor that runs between the stove and the island, making cleanup a breeze. And practical as well as pretty is the copper sink in the island. “Copper has natural properties that kill bacteria,” Cutler says.

Ahead of the Curve

A curved wall turned out to be both the challenge and the inspiration for designer E.J. Krupinsky and his clients. The convex wall is the back of the townhouse’s interior stair, 134 New England Home September/October 2010


ABOUT THIS BATH Location Beacon Hill, Boston Designer E.J. Krupinsky, Lee Kimball, Winchester, Massachusetts What makes it special? A convex wall that challenged the designer became the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most interesting design element

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so it could hardly be dispensed with. But, says Krupinsky, “It presented problems in terms of figuring out where to place things.” He chose to see the challenge as an opportunity. “We decided to use that special shape to create a unique, inviting, stay-awhile space.” Krupinsky played up, rather than concealed, the room’s long aspect, situating the toilet (cleverly hidden behind a slate wall) and sink along the right wall and the linen closet and shower to the left. Krupinsky kept the color palette simple—pale to dark creams, golds and browns—but chose sumptuous materials such as mahogany, Vermont slate and a vibrant, dynamic rainforest brown marble for drama. The pièce de résistance, though, is how Krupinsky made use of that curved wall. A custom-designed teak bench runs along the wall and right through a glass partition to end up as a seat in the shower. Above the bench, Krupinsky hollowed out narrow panels in the wall and lined the edge of each with a length of fiber-optic lights. “It’s a windowless room, so we wanted to create gaps of space that could be interpreted as light,” he explains. As contemporary as the room is, Krupinsky incorporated details like the scroll brackets that hold up the bench as a nod to the historic neighborhood in which this modern couple make their home. 136 New England Home September/October 2010

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A Place for Everything


Location Sharon, Massachusetts Susan and Ron Lubin both have stressful professions. When they come home Designer Patricia McDonagh, Boston from work, they want to relax and unwind. Unfortunately, Susan would be first What makes it special? A serene and relaxing to tell you, neatness and organization aren’t her strong suits. Before Patricia Mcbath is also a super-organized dressing room Donagh came along to redesign the couple’s master suite, Susan says, “I kept it designed to help the homeowners keep everything in its place the way I always do—extremely cluttery and disorganized. I said to Tricia, ‘This is not relaxing for me.’ ” Her goal, she told the designer, was a space with plenty of cabinets and drawers. “I wanted to have a place for everything.” McDonagh complied, creating a combination master bath and dressing room that even the most confirmed mess-aholic can keep organized. But this new space is more than just a paragon of organization. It’s a serene, spa-like retreat where husband and wife can soak away the cares of the day and reconnect with themselves and each other. McDonagh outfitted the space in a September/October 2010 New England Home 137


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quiet palette of creamy whites, pale golds and light yellow for instant serenity. Because the room didn’t get a lot of natural light, she installed a round window above the tub. “I love capitalizing on any light that comes into a room,” she says. “It’s so uplifting, and so necessary in the Northeast.” A square frame within the round echoes the square mirrors inset in the doors of the four banks of closets she added to the room. Her client couldn’t be happier. “Everything is under control,” Susan now says. “And it looks so elegant.”

Location Weston, Massachusetts Designer Leslie Fine, Boston What makes it special? A two-sided island vanity is the perfect solution to a bathroom challenged by an unusual layout

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Leslie Fine speaks frankly about her first impression of this bath. “It just wasn’t very appealing,” she says. The door opened onto an empty space that led to three other doors. Two doors led to little rooms with a vanity and toilet in each, and another room with the tub and shower was sandwiched in between. Pulling down walls to create a much larger, airier expanse was the first step. The next challenge was figuring out

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where to put the new sinks. Both outer walls had a pair of windows—nice for natural light, but leaving no space for a vanity. After mulling it over, Fine settled on a center island with two sinks facing each other. Poggenpohl cabinets in Marsh Oak with brushed nickel hardware sit below a limestone counter. A stainless-steel-framed, double-sided mirror attached at the ceiling and anchored to the countertop hangs between the sinks. Narrow pendant lights trimmed with brushed nickel illuminate the island. That problem solved, Fine turned to the rest of the room. A custom-made built-in unit matches the Poggenpohl cabinetry and holds three pullout laundry bins. Limestone tiles cover walls and floor, while the shower walls and an accent wall behind a dressing table are outfitted in Zen mosaic tiles from Ann Sacks in blues and neutrals. Motorized window shades installed by Maverick Integration, a New Hampshire company that also took care of the new bath’s audio, lighting and HVAC controls, offer privacy. The shades are hidden by simple off-white Ultrasuede box valances. “They finish the windows, but they don’t scream,” Fine says. Form meets function indeed. • Resources For contact information for the designers of these projects, see page 185. September/October 2010 New England Home 139

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beautiful design people gathering at South Boston’s Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, the snap-to-it parking valet rushing to meet and greet, the bare-shouldered bar-tenderess stirring up blueberry tart cocktails courtesy of Cold River Vodka in Maine, more intermingling throngs, more airkisses, the streamers of buttery-yellow orchids by Winston? Many remember. And along with such spirit and good-feeling that uplifted us at this publication’s 5 Under 40 party, we also recall sadness this summer. Endless footage of pelicans smeared with deadly grime, of balls of tar washing up on Gulf Coast beaches, of tired-looking men and women mourning a way of life that may be gone forever. How did we let this catastrophe happen? How did we lose our connection to nature and to our fellow humans to this degree? It’s sad and scary but it’s also an opportunity for designers and architects to lead the way in restoring our sense of connection—to nature and to each other. And it’s amazing how the 5 Under 40 participants embrace this challenge. Reconnection is more than a common theme, it’s everything to the next group assuming positions of influence and power: re-connection to nature, to family, to the senses. Creating objects is secondary or tertiary. Cases in point: At 5 Under 40, there were rugs designed by the honorees, produced courtesy of Landry & Arcari’s Jerry Arcari and offered for sale in a silent auction. Each beautiful, each unique. But 146 New England Home September/October 2010

would anyone bid? So many in the crowd were young people still paying off grad-school loans. Woodmeister co-owner Kim Goodnow good-naturedly bid high for all, starting a friendly bidding war throughout the evening. Woodmeister’s Chief Sustainability Officer Dan Paquette acted as the emcee, ushering in over the babble of the crowd this new breed of designers and architects bent on re-establishing our connections: architects Hansy Better Barraza and Stephanie Horowitz, interior designers Meichi Peng and Patrick Planeta, and furniture designer Quentin Kelley. • • • Making global connections is Jeff Arcari, son of Jerry Arcari, who just returned from motorcycling around Pakistan. Arcari was in India and Pakistan combing dusty backgrounds in search of weavers. How dangerous is it along the Afghan border? “Well, I try to look like a native,” he says, pointing to one of his own inno- Jeff Arcari vations: an Aubusson patterned after scarves he saw Afghan women wearing and asked refugee weavers to scale up in Pakistan. • • • Making connections through design can be more complex than quantum physics. There are many stakeholders in addition to the client. ASID president Lynda Onthank launched a partnership with the Room to Dream Foundation with a long list of stakeholders all centered around a very brave, chronically ill four-year-old client named Jonathan. Ranking high among Onthank’s stakeholders were the colleagues she represents: “I wanted to do the project myself before recommending Room to Dream to the ASID membership. I had to know what was involved.” One of her clients stepped forward with an anonymous donation, and Doug Hanna of S&H Construction in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Doug Hanna volunteered his services. “Jonathan was living in what was really just a screenedin porch,” Onthank says. “We partitioned his room in two, building a wall to give Jonathan some privacy and providing an ADA-approved space for the round-the-clock nurses. We created the remaining space for family visits.” • • • If there is one connection designers and architects are reluctant to make, it’s to a particular style. “I’m more interested in meeting the needs of the client,” is the common refrain. And for good reason—no one wants to be typecast. All the same, what designer doesn’t maintain connections in a certain direction? There are even strands of connection to the future. Nader Tehrani, an MIT professor and architect/partner at Office dA in Boston, sees a complex of new technologies guiding his work. The result, he says, isn’t a particular style but a “thicker plot.” The ever-increasing number of “skins”








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or cladding for new homes may not evoke a particular style but will almost certainly be stylish. Where else besides on Paris runways can you find so many choices involving color, texture and pattern, not to mention durability and Nader Tehrani sustainability? And what about high-fashion pleating and darting for the clothing of homes as well as humans? Tehrani is integrating those techniques into his thicker plot as well. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Fashion and interior design do intersect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Purples, especially dusty purpleâ&#x20AC;? will connect the two disciplines this fall, predicts designer John Berenson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing purples in all the stores at Copley,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saks is featuring it on corduroys for men and Hugo Boss just did their window in it.â&#x20AC;? Berenson was in the Boston Design Center recently when the elevator opened onto the Robert Allen showroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There I saw the color!â&#x20AC;? Berenson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had painted the entry area the dusty purple thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over Copley and that I have been forecasting for fall interiors.â&#x20AC;? If you want to try this at home, the paint color at Robert Allen is Sherwin-Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exclusive Plum (#SW-6263). â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Design takes on a certain radiance connecting one generation to the next, connecting young hands to an experienced eye. Allison Perry Iantosca of F.H. Perry Builder was brought up in the business by her dad, Finley H. Perry, who was just awarded Legend of the Industry 2010 by the Home Builderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association of Massachusetts. Says Iantosca about her first memory of Dad the not-yetlegendary builder: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sawdust. The smell of sawdust. A workshop that was a wonderland Finley H. Perry to small eyes and hands. A work bench with glue blobs, tools splayed, carpenter pencils and the awkward and rough lead tip, a wood burning stove. A flannel shirt, spilled coffee . . . and sawdust.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ For Lucy Dearborn of the new 8,000square-foot Lucia Lighting Showroom in Lynn, Massachusetts, LED technology

marks a new era, not just in sustainability but in aesthetic possibilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now able to commission fixtures never seen before,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our design clients want something unique: signature fixtures, chandeliers and walls sconces. We just made a hanging piece of distressed bubbles in charcoal and topaz with silver leaf. An LED is sitting on top, Lucy Dearborn but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no glare and no visible source for the light. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slipper glowing magically.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ In closing, suffice it to say that our connection to the world is often a play of sad and glad. Architecture critic David Dillon died at sixty-eight this summer. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sad part. Dillon lived architecture with all his heart, writing the book on leading Boston design firms such as Kallman McKinnell & Wood and Ellenzweig Associates. Now hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the glad part: he also taught, and turned a lot of students on to design who otherwise might have remained oblivious and connecDavid Dillon tion-less. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was wonderful for our kids,â&#x20AC;? says Amherst College art professor Carol Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David made a point of taking them out of the classroom to actually experience architecture. Many had no idea they were even in a built environment until David showed them.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design community. Send your news to lpostel@nehomemag.com.

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proached the glory days of old Hollywood when the MUSEUM COUNCIL threw its seventh annual black-tie summer gala at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The council comprises philanthropic professionals ages twenty-one to forty-five who support the MFA. Guests mixed, mingled, sipped and nibbled at the kickoff party for the Providence Preservation Society’s thirty-first annual FESTIVAL OF HISTORIC HOUSES, held at the lovely East Side home of Bernie and Traci Maceroni. WOODMEISTER MASTER BUILDERS believes in being a good neighbor. In Newport, Rhode Island, where the company recently set up an office, that meant partnering with the International Tennis Hall of Fame to sponsor the 2010 Campbell Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. A pre-tournament celebration overlooking the famous Should grass courts included having local auyour party be thor Cheryl Hackett on hand to sign here? Send photographs copies of her beautiful book Newor high-resolution images, with information about the port Shingle Style. event and the people in the Edith Wharton admired most photos, to New England Home, things French, and her home530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail turned-museum-house, THE images and information to MOUNT, is honoring that aesthetic pbodah@nehome with a special exhibition of the sculpmag.com. tural works of French artist Xavier Veilhan. You may have missed the opening party, but you can still see the exhibit, which runs through October. Summertime on Nantucket is pretty much a party in itself, but HUTKER ARCHITECTS added to the island’s festive seasonal ambience by hosting an event to welcome Lyman Perry—an architect venerated for his three decades of work on the island, throughout New England and beyond—to the firm.


From left to right: Lyman Perry, New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel and Mark Hutker • Robin and Warren Pelissier and Stacy Kunstel

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Art in the Garden The Seacoast Fine Art and Gift Market exhibits its luxury handcrafted items on the exquisite grounds of Churchill’s Gardens. Within this botanical environment, visitors can wander among the fine craftsmen and artisans assembled from all over New England and browse their wares. Churchill Gardens, Exeter, N.H.; (603) 315-1077; www.sea coastink.com; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; free Brimfield Antiques Show Through September 12

This is your last chance in 2010 to visit the largest antiques show in the country—actually a smorgasbord of about twenty privately run shows featuring more than 6,000 dealers—spread out over a mile in this quaint Massachusetts town. Route 20, Brimfield, Mass.; www.brimfieldshow.com; starts at daybreak; check Web site for ticket pricing

items, textiles, folk art and decorative art. The shows proceeds support the museum’s education and outreach programs. Museum of Old York, York Village, Maine; (207) 363-4974; www .oldyork.org; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $10

18 Live Green Connecticut Through September 19

A two-day family event full of green information promoting education, sustainability and caring for the environment. Enjoy great food, eco-shopping, music, environmental speakers and exhibits. Taylor Farm Park, Norwalk, Conn.; (203) 536-9377; www.livegreenct .com; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.; $5 per car

19 The Colonial Revival Image

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Colonial Revival movement, Maine historian Earle Shettleworth presents a collection of photo postcards from 1910 to 1940 of architectural landmarks in Wiscasset, Maine, to illustrate the effect this Colonial Revival mystique had on preserving the town. Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset, Maine; (207) 882-7169; www.historicnew england.org; 3–4:30 p.m.; $10

19 All Around the Common

Open House An annual open house of four restored historic buildings around the Village Common in Yarmouth Port: the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, the Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation, the Winslow Crocker House and the Edward Gorey House. Village Common, Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, Mass.; (508) 362-3021; www.hsoy .org; 1 p.m.–4 p.m.; free


3rd Annual Old York Antiques Show Through September 12

This boutique show of approximately twenty dealers features exceptional silver and brass, furniture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, oriental rugs, nautical

21 Design Boston

Through September 23

This annual event at the Boston Design Center includes two full days of accredited CEU courses, introductions of new collections and products, BDC

Send notice of events and gallery shows to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or by e-mail to calendar@nehomemag.com. Photos and slides are welcome. Please submit information at least three months in advance of your event. 158 New England Home September/October 2010

Charlestown Gallery Charlestown, Rhode Island (401) 364-0120 www.charlestowngalleryri.com Public Access Through September 19 This exhibit will feature large oil paintings by Kate Huntington and H. Gray Park IV that depict views from “public access” locations such as the shoreline and coastal ponds

Arden Gallery Boston • (617) 247-0610 www.ardengallery.com Kim Bernard September 1–28 Mixed media designs and encaustics on paneling

Greenhut Galleries Portland, Maine • (888) 772-2693 www.greenhutgalleries.com Jon Imber September 2–October 2 A protégé of Philip Guston, Jon Imber splits his time between Maine and Boston

Left Bank Gallery Essex, Connecticut • (860) 767-0449 www.leftbankgalleryessex.com Natural Colors: Melissa Imossi and Iacopo Pasquinelli September 1–October 13 Paintings inspired by the majestic beauty and simplicity of nature

Victoria Munroe Fine Art Boston • (617) 523-0661 www.victoriamunroefineart.com Julie S. Graham September 9–October 23 Julie S. Graham is a faculty member of the School of the Museum of Fine Art; this exhibit will feature mixed media paintings

Gallery X New Bedford, Massachusetts (508) 992-2675 www.galleryx.org The Haunted Southcoast October 6–23 A companion exhibit to the main gallery show, What Are You Afraid Of?, where artists are challenged to confront their deepest, darkest fears


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Calendar showroom celebrations and keynote speakers. New England Home’s Designer Luncheon will take place on September 23. To the trade. Boston Design Center, South Boston; (617) 338-5062; www.bostondesign.com; free

ers and related industries that are central to home construction. This openhouse event showcases new homes, custom homes, model homes and remodeled homes, all of which have been professionally decorated. Locations throughout New Hampshire; (603) 228-0351; www.nhparadeofhomes.com; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; $5

24 The 5th Annual Newport

Mansions Food & Wine Festival

Through September 26

This upscale weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by celebrated chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration. Marble House, Newport, R.I.; (401) 847-1000; www.newportmansions.org; check Web site for ticket pricing


RISD Alumni and Student Fall Art Sale Like a large, upscale bazaar, this sale features thousands of original items designed by RISD students and alumni from around the country and the world. Items include furniture, home accessories, rugs, jewelry, ceramics and photography. Benefit Street, Providence, R.I.; (401) 454-6618; www.risd.edu; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

0880; www.mvfoodandwine.com; check Web site for ticket pricing

16 The Greenest Building is

Already Built This half-day symposium outlines when and how it makes economic sense to preserve older buildings. The five speakers present perspectives from a variety of professions and organizations—architecture, architectural education, sustainability engineering, preservation and historical commissions. New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner will act as moderator. Boston Architectural College, Boston; (617) 547-3355; www .frankshirleyarchitects.com/about-symposium.html; 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; free

16 Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Through October 17

25 7th Annual Vermont Fine

Furniture & Woodworking Festival Through September 26

This premier woodworking event commemorates the traditions and fine craftsmanship of Vermont woodworkers and features wood furniture, bowls, baskets, jewelry, carvings, flooring and cabinetry. Union Arena, Woodstock, Vt.; (802) 7477900; www.vermontwoodfestival.org; check Web site for ticket pricing

12 Stone Technologies Lecture Series New England Home and Stone Technologies are sponsoring a fall lecture series for architects and interior designers to receive a free full day of continuing education courses that will allow them to earn up to six learning units. The day-long seminar will be held at Stone Technologies, 5 Draper Street, Woburn, Mass. For more information, send Stone Technologies your name, email address and mailing address to gmurray@stone techonline.com

25 Natural Living Expo


3rd Annual New Hampshire Parade of Homes Through October 11

The parade presents the very best builders, developers, trades, remodel160 New England Home September/October 2010

16 Boston Antiques and Design Show and Sale

Through October 17

This show, formerly the Greater Boston Antiques Festival, is one of the most popular antiques shows in New England and will have a variety of high-quality antiques for sale. Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, Mass.; (781) 862-4039; www.neantiqueshows.com; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.; $8

22 Fine Furnishings Show

Through September 26

The Natural Living Expo features 135 exhibitors offering the latest holistic and green products and services as well as informative workshops on all topics holistic and healthy. Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Mass.; (508) 278-9640; www .spiritofchange.org/expo; 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $10

The two-day juried fine arts and crafts show features 175 artisans and their wares including jewelry, woodworking, pottery, glass and paintings. Live music, a food court and first-floor tours of the historic Roseland Cottage. Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, Conn.; (617) 9945900, ext. 5514; www.historicnew england.org; 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Through October 24

15 4th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival Through October 16

Sample locally grown fare from island farms and taste the culinary creations by renowned chefs from Martha’s Vineyard and New England. Indulge in a wine seminar, attend a cooking class or simply appreciate the scenery. Various venues in Edgartown, Mass.; (508) 939-

The Fine Furnishings Show is a marketplace for exceptional custom furniture as well as handcrafted home accessories and original art. Craftsmen from across North America will exhibit and sell their unique artisanal wares. Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence; (401) 816-0963; www.finefurnishings show.com; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $10 •

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The Reading Nook: Chairs

• A cozy reading nook as imagined by three area designers • Wish List: Michael Ferzoco’s latest discoveries for the home • It’s Personal: Finds from the staff of New England Home


Eton Chair by Hickory Chair “I love this chair for its scale, comfort and curvature. The seat is wide enough to curl up your legs while reading, the arms are the perfect height for resting elbows and the curved back hugs you for a great fit. It’s a chair that cradles the body and remains comfortable for hours on end.” AILANTHUS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 482-5605, WWW.AILANTHUSLTD.COM



Swaim Armchair “Swaim’s furnishings are distinctive. They have wonderful lines and are so very comfortable. Notice the fine details on the sides of the chair and the legs. I would get this with a warm dark wood finish to go with the side table.” THROUGH CHRISICOS INTERIORS AND ROBERT ALLEN BEACON HILL, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 482-6600, WWW.ROBERTALLENDESIGN.COM

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Elijah Slocum Kensington Chair “Elijah Slocum has wonderful furniture and upholstery that I use often and am addicted to. This chair has very pleasing lines and a wonderful, slightly curved back. It is a true reproduction, taken from the best examples dating back to the eighteenth century.” THROUGH ELIZABETH HOURIHAN, CARPENTER & MACNEILLE

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Upholstery Fabrics


Christopher Highland Wagner Fabric in Tabac “This strie velvet has a wonderful hand. I am a firm believer that main seating pieces in a library should have down inserts and fine velvet covering.” THROUGH ELIZABETH HOURIHAN



Swaim Fabric #6404-16 “The colors here are inviting, warm and a great complement to the wood tone on the side table and chairs. The rayon/cotton blend wears well, and the nubby weave is both soft and durable.” THROUGH CHRISICOS INTERIORS AND ROBERT ALLEN BEACON HILL

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Rogers and Goffigon Violetta Fabric in Chestnut “This is a great all-season cotton—rich enough for winter and fall, yet comfortable even in summer. The chair’s antique nickel nailheads provide a perfect contrast to the chestnut-colored upholstery.” ROGERS AND GOFFIGON, GREENWICH, CONN., (203) 532-2927

Kathie Chrisicos understands that style is a very personal thing, and believes that a designer’s talent involves not only creating pleasing rooms, but also working to understand, respect and reflect each client’s unique style. Chrisicos Interiors, Boston, (617) 699-9462, www.chrisicos.com

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Side Tables


Bolier & Company Table “This versatile piece can be used as a side table or as an extra seat. It has architectural lines, with a modern but classic look that fits into almost any decor style.” THROUGH CHRISICOS INTERIORS AND ROBERT ALLEN BEACON HILL


Minton Spidell Bible Box Table “This table is made of oak—Minton is one of the last companies that still make their furniture out of real wood and finish it beautifully. The carving on the box is done with a one-of-a-kind quality.” PATTI WATSON

Laura Kirar Stoclet Table “Kirar’s Stoclet table is beautifully finished and wonderfully proportioned, and the extra shelves are perfect for stacking books, magazines and your next great read.” BAKER FURNI-



Every home is filled with precious memories and treasured possessions. For Elizabeth Hourihan, director of interior design at the architecture and design firm Carpenter & MacNeille, successful design enhances those things—real as well as intangible—that a client most cherishes. Essex, Mass., (978) 768-7900, www.carpentermacneille.com 168 New England Home September/October 2010

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Reading Lamps


Forest Park Arteriors Lamp “A practical and beautiful lamp. The lightcolored shade allows plenty of light for reading while the diffuser eliminates glare from the bulb. The dressmaker details in the shade lining and the oversize dimension of the drum shade add punch.” THROUGH CHRISICOS INTERIORS AND ROBERT ALLEN BEACON HILL



Besselink & Jones Smartie Swing-arm Floor Lamp “Classic and elegant at the same time, it has a profile unlike a lot of reading floor lamps, which are often much heavier looking.” BLANCHE P. FIELD, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 423-0715, WWW.BLANCHEFIELD.COM

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Hwang Bishop Dowager Lamp “Bishop’s lamps are wonderfully handcrafted, with brilliant glazes saturated in color. I love Dowager for its balance of old and new. There's a version with a peacock-blue base and putty linen shade that I'd use to complete my reading nook’s composition.” HWANG BISHOP DESIGNS, WARREN, R.I., (401) 245-9557, WWW.HWANGBISHOP.NET

The world travel she enjoyed during a successful corporate career led Patti Watson to her true passion—a love of and appreciation for international culture, art and architecture—and a new career as a Rhode Island School of Design–trained designer. Taste Design, Jamestown, R.I., (401) 423-3639, www.tastedesigninc.com

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Perspectives • Wish List


What are some things you’d love to use in a project?


Michael Ferzoco, Boston Michael Ferzoco took a roundabout route to the profession that lets him live his passion. “I wanted to go to architecture school,” he recalls. “My father said, ‘No, you’re going to be a businessman.” A master’s in international business led to a career that took him to Europe. Being surrounded by European architecture only strengthened his desire to work in design, and he finally heeded his instincts and left the corporate world. After studying interior design at the Boston Architectural College and working for Boston designer Dennis Duffy, Ferzoco now has his own thriving design business. The traditional wedding rhyme—something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue—makes sense for interior design, he says. In every room, he says, “you need at least one thing that’s authentically old, and you need something new, something current.” Something borrowed refers to the pieces he custom designs that are inspired by design elements he sees. And something blue? “Those serene creams and beiges are lovely, but you need a pop of color.” ELEVEN INTERIORS, BOSTON, (617) 423-1114, WWW .ELEVENINTERIORS.COM




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1 dform’s Basket Saucer Pendant Light “A glowing piece of organic sculpture for your ceiling, this light is made from laser-cut wood veneers and creates beautiful shadow effects. I’d hang it in an entry area, dining area or powder room.” AVAILABLE THROUGH ELEVEN INTERIORS 2 Cassina’s Utrecht Chair “Talk about comfort! Beautifully upholstered with contrast stitching on the arms and back, this chair is a contemporary interpretation of a modern classic. It’s literally a functional piece of modern sculpture for your sitting area.” MONTAGE, BOSTON, (617) 451-9400, WWW.MONTAGEWEB.COM 3 Inax Rhythmic Tile “I’d use this multi-layered smooth tile in a bathroom, kitchen or living space, but I’d definitely want to wrap a corner with it. These pieces lock together and create an intricate, woven geometric pattern that you won’t get tired of anytime soon.” STONE SOURCE, (617) 671-0900, WWW.STONESOURCE.COM 4 KnollStudio Office Table “A classic of modern design, the Florence Knoll table makes a bold statement in any setting. It would look dynamite in a pear-wood top surrounded by upholstered vintage chairs.” KNOLL, BOSTON, (617) 695-0220, WWW.KNOLL.COM 5 Frighetto’s Gate Sofa “Surprising cushy comfort can be found in these crowned seat cushions and ribbed back. This sofa is beautifully stitched and superbly crafted. I’d want a pair of them sitting opposite each other on an antique, large-patterned Tibetan rug.” SEDIA, BOSTON, (617) 451-2474, WWW.SEDIA.COM 6 Romo’s Zinc Fabric “Romo’s tailored wools are very sophisticated in hand and in palette. The Zinc line, in particular, is luxurious, glamorous and sexy, with a monochromatic palette in shades of gray, brown, black and cream.” CALVIN FABRICS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-0691, WWW.HENRYCALVIN.COM

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Perspectives • It’s Personal Favorite finds from the staff of New England Home

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor I can’t say it ever occurred to me that a slab of stone might make a restful place to lie down. But I took one look at the Adagio Chaise from Stone Forest’s new Siena Collection of furniture for the bath and knew I could spend whole afternoons napping on it. Hand-carved of travertine (it also comes in gray marble), the chaise is curvaceous and sleek and just beautiful to look at. Its organic shape is perfectly attuned to the contours of a reclining body, and its surface has been hand-rubbed to a smoothness that feels soft against the skin. This piece—perhaps matched with a companion tub and sink from the Siena Collection—would elevate the bath from the everyday to the luxurious. 23.5" × 26" × 68". $7,000. DESIGNER BATH AND SALEM PLUMBING SUPPLY, BEVERLY, MASS., (800) 649-2284, WWW.SALEM PLUMBING.COM

Erin Marvin, Managing Editor Furniture maker Tim Byrne could easily ignite a second Industrial Revolution with his cutting-edge modern designs. Using materials such as glass, reclaimed barn wood and factory machine parts, Byrnes creates unique tables that, while fully functional (you can actually crank the tables up and down to different heights), are also incredible works of art. I discovered the Dublin-born designer, who now resides in Connecticut, at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City where he was a first-time exhibitor. “I have been drawn to designing my own style of furniture based on reassigning industrial forms into modern functional forms,” says Byrne. “I choose Americanmade industrial machinery as my medium to work with . . . it represents the very backbone of the American dream of which I am a part.” PRICING ON REQUEST. TIM BYRNE DESIGNS, OAKVILLE, CONN., (860) 417-2470, WWW.TIMBYRNEDESIGNS.COM

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor I recently bought a historic home, so it was with great interest that I picked up Windows on the Past: Four Centuries of New England Homes. The beautiful coffee table book produced by Historic New England (the oldest and largest organization of its kind in the United States) provides a glimpse inside some of our region’s most important pieces of architecture, many of them privately held through a stewardship program. Gorgeous photographs illustrate the interior architecture and decorative details of some of the oldest homes in our region along with one contemporary surprise. Among the homes from the 1600s to the mid-1800s is the standout Gropius House in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an important architectural landmark in our midst. $45. AVAILABLE THROUGH HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND, (617) 2773956, HTTP://SHOP.HISTORICNEWENGLAND.ORG

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1 This edgy new Graf lamp by Foscarini is part of the Successful Living collection from Diesel. Of three lampshade styles, two boast masculine, black-and-white graphic prints that reflect the perspective from a DJ’s deck or pilots’ cockpit, while a third option is slightly more feminine with a seductive floral theme. BOSTON, (617) 424-6555, WWW.DIESEL.COM

2 Just in time for the changing seasons, Maine Cottage recently introduced the Ogden collection. The new line of oak furniture—two dressers, a bench, bed, bedside table and mirror—boasts a unique milk-brushed finish within the grain. YARMOUTH, MAINE, (207) 846-3699, WWW.MAINE COTTAGE .COM

3 The new Tibidabo outdoor seating collection from Varaschin, made in Italy and available at Casa Design Boston, will leave you feeling quite regal with its tall-back sofa and chair. The powder-coated aluminum frame can be finished in white or black, with a range of fabric grade options for the plush seat cushions. BOSTON, (617) 654-2974, WWW.CASADESIGNBOSTON.COM

4 Alape’s new Metaphor basins may be slim, but they still make a serious statement in the bathroom. Available at Billie Brenner, Ltd., Metaphor’s surface-mounted basins are sleek and seamless, made of glassed-steel construction and available in three widths. They’re 100 percent recyclable, too, making them eco-friendly. BOSTON, (617) 348-2858, WWW.BILLIE BRENNER LTD.COM

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5 This soft, 100 percent baby alpaca throw was one of the new items from Emma Gardner Design unveiled at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. The throw, which measures 54” x 72”, is part of a new retail-oriented program called “Emma at Home.” COS COB, CONN., (203) 422-0700, WWW .EMMAGARDNERDESIGN.COM

6 Now at D Scale, this stunning three-piece Mistral sectional by Polaris brings new meaning to modern chic. And not to worry—if you don’t trust yourself (or your family) with this creamy-white leather version, Mistral can be custom ordered in a variety of leather and fabric upholstery options in a range of colors. BOSTON, (617) 426-1055, WWW.DSCALEMODERN.COM

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7 Thibaut’s sophisticated new Shangri-La Collection fuses decorative styles from cultures around the world. The collection comprises linens, textured wallcoverings, supple chenilles and rugged cottons in coordinating and complementary prints. The Devon pattern, on printed fabric in a tan colorway, is shown here. Find Shangri-La at Ailanthus Ltd. BOSTON, (617) 482-5605, WWW.AILANTHUSLTD.COM

8 There’s always room for one more with BoConcept’s new extendable dining table, shown here in a contemporary white-lacquer finish and paired with white, black and transparent-orange acrylic Cavona chairs. The table is also available in black-stained oak and veneer finishes. CAMBRIDGE, MASS., (617) 588-7777, WWW.BOCONCEPT.COM

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9 Didriks recently launched a new Web site and blog solely dedicated to their line of premium Belgian linen fabrics. Sleep in style with the Victoria Eco bed linen collection by Libeco Home, shown here; it’s made without dyes or harsh chemicals and is available in a natural flax color. CAMBRIDGE, MASS., (617) 354-5700, WWW.DIDRIKS.COM, WWW.BELGIAN -LINEN.COM

10Something new is underfoot with the debut of Angela Adams’s line of handwoven, flat-weave wool rugs. The Ruthie pattern, shown here in Seaglass, pays tribute to Angela’s mother with its modern home-spun vibe. Made of 100 percent New Zealand wool. PORTLAND, MAINE, (207) 774-3523, WWW.ANGELAADAMS .COM

11 Inspired by Italy’s Lake Como region, Promemoria’s 2010 outdoor collection is now available at Showroom. Just as fashionable as it is functional, the Moltrasio sofa caught our eye with its black ashwood-and-rattan base accented by hints of bronze and topped with ecru cushions with cream-colored piping and matching cream accent pillows. BOSTON, (617) 4824205, WWW.SHOWROOMBOSTON.COM

12 Runtal North America recently launched the Bisque Collection of decorative radiant heating products. Quadrato, available in white or chrome finish, is one of five new models; the angular towel radiator is a perfect complement to the square faucets and fittings found in many modern-styled bathrooms. WARD HILL, MASS., (800) 5262621, WWW.RUNTALNORTHAMERICA.COM




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SPECIAL SPACES HILLSIDE HARMONY PAGES 52â&#x20AC;&#x201C;56 Architect: Michael Minadeo, Michael Minadeo + Partners, Essex Junction, Vermont, (802) 5400055, www.minadeopartners.com Landscape architect: H. Keith Wagner, H. Keith Wagner Partnership, Burlington, Vt., (802) 8640010, www.hkw-p.com General contractor: Cleveland Patterson, Patterson & Smith Construction, Moscow, Vt., (802) 253-3757, www.pattersonandsmith.com Mason: Matt Parisi, Parisi Masonry, Fairfax, Vt., (802) 893-1084 Pool installer: Northeast Pools & Spas, Sharon, Vt., (802) 763-3900, www.northeastpools.net Landscape contractor: Greenhaven Gardens & Nursery, New Haven, Vt., (802) 453-5382, www.greenhavengardensandnursery.com Arborist: Bill deVos, TreeWorks, Montpelier, Vt., (802) 223-2617, www.treeworks.com

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT PAGES 94â&#x20AC;&#x201C;103 Architects: Bernard Wharton and Michael McClung, Shope Reno Wharton Architecture, South Norwalk, Conn., (203) 852-7250, www .shoperenowharton.com Interior designer: Nannette Lewis, Nannette Lewis Interiors, Chestnut Hill, Mass., (617) 7393004, www.nannettelewisinteriors.com Builders: Andrew Goldstein and Charles Barry, Thoughtforms, West Acton, Mass., (978) 2636019, www.thoughtforms-corp.com Landscape architect: Morgan Wheelockâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Boston, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 776-9300, www.morganwheelock.com Landscape contractor: R.P. Marzilli & Company, Medway, Mass., (508) 533-8700, www.rp marzilli.com Page 96: Shades from Back Bay Shutter, Woburn, Mass., (781) 221-0100, www.backbay shutter.com; rug by Stark Carpet, Boston Design Center, (617) 357-5525, www.stark carpet.com; table from Karl Kemp, New York City, (212) 254-1877 or (212) 288-3838, www .karlkemp.com; lights by ME Dupont through Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, www.webstercompany.com; curtain fabric by ScalamandrĂŠ, Boston Design Center, (617) 574-9261, www.sclamandre.com; curtain fabrication and installation by Drape It, Waltham, Mass., (781) 209-1912, www.drapeit .net; benches from Ritter Antik, New York City, (212) 673-2213. Pages 98â&#x20AC;&#x201C;99: Sconces from Bernd Goekler,

New York City, (212) 777-8209, www.bgoekler antiques.com; custom Tibetan rugs from Stark Carpet; fabric by Old World Weavers through Stark Carpet; upholstered pieces by Decore Upholstery, Boston, (617) 542-1180; coffee table by Lucien Rollin through Webster & Co; bench behind sofa from Nannette Lewis Interiors; emerald green velvet by Travers through the Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 4495506, www.martingroup.com; lighting from Charles Edwards, London, +44 (0) 20 7736 8490, www.charlesedwards.com. Page 100: Curtain fabric by Clarence House from Webster & Co., fabrication by Drape It; sconces by ME Dupont through Webster & Co.; lights from Charles Edwards; rug from Stark Carpet; sofa upholstery by Decore Upholstery; pillow fabric from Rogers & Goffigon, Greenwich, Conn., (203) 532-8068; desk chair from Bernd Goekler; coffee table from Nannette Lewis Interiors. Page 101: Curtain fabric by Cowtan & Tout from the Martin Group; rug from Stark Carpet; sideboard from Nannette Lewis Interiors; chairs from William Switzer, New York City, (212) 2078332, www.williamswitzercollection.com, with fabric by Clarence House; table designed by Nannette Lewis in conjunction with Terry Moore Design, New London, N.H., (603) 5267770. Page 102: Tile designed by Nannette Lewis and manufactured by Paris Ceramics, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506, www.paris ceramicsusa.com; stonework by Cumar, Everett, Mass., (800) 774-7818, www.cumar .com; fabric by Robert Kime through John Rosselli, New York City, (212) 593-2060, www .johnroselliantiques.com; hurricanes from John Rosselli.

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XLVP] MADE IN THE SHADE PAGES 106â&#x20AC;&#x201C;115 Architect: James Cullion, James Cullion Architects, Boston, (617) 266-9356, www.james cullionarchitects.com Interior designer: Eileen Marcuvitz, Plum Interiors, Newport, R.I., and Lincoln, Mass., (617) 8342234, www.pluminteriors.com Builder: Doug Shear, Newport Housewrights, Middletown, R.I., (401) 849-2449 Landscape architect: Sharon Mooney, Mooney Landscape Architects, Newport, R.I., (401) 8625052 Pages 106â&#x20AC;&#x201C;107: Lounge chairs, armless chair, sofa, coffee table and mirror from Nancy Corzine, New York City, (212) 223-8340, www .nancycorzine.com; velvet sofa fabric by Pollack through Donghia, Boston Design Center, (617) 574-9292, www.donghia.com; Sorrento Ice fabric on armchairs and Pompeii fabric on armless chair by Nancy Corzine through Calvin Fabrics, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-0691, www .calvinfabrics.com; toss pillow fabric from the Metro Collection by Juan Montoya for Holland

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$4,990,000. Spectacular setting on over 15 acres within minutes to Boston. Privately set from road with views of the Charles and Motley Pond. Meticulous attention to detail and charm throughout featuring seven fireplaces, five bedrooms, a one-bedroom carriage house, tennis court, and heated pool. Elena Price, (781) 320-0550



$6,999,999. Stone estate located in the Weston Country Club area. Extensive handcrafted architectural details can be found in each of the 18 rooms including mahogany floors, coffered ceilings, wainscoting and custom moldings. The 2.3 acre setting is embellished with gardens. Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, (781) 894-5555

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$5,950,000. 1874 Queen Anne home with slate roof, meticulously restored with exquisite architectural details of a bygone era and many modern amenities. This estate is located on 2.82 acres and includes a 13-room main residence, a six-room carriage house and a barn. Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, (781) 894-5555

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arlborough Street Gem

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Architect-designed for beautiful form and superior function, this traditional style home (11 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths) built in 2005 on 10.24+/- exceptional acres is situated to gain southerly exposure and east/west views over the river valley. Handsome 3-stall barn, fenced pastures, run-in sheds, attendant outbuildings and a spring-fed swimming pond complete this lovely country property. Jamestown. Exquisite custom-designed three story home with waterviews to the ocean. Exceptional details, porches, 2 fireplaces, wonderful space. $2,700,000.

$1,795,000 www.robertwallacerealestate.com

Island Realty

5 Central St./Box 630 Woodstock, VT 05091 802/457-2244 877/227-0242

4 Ferry Wharf, Jamestown, RI www.islandrealtyri.com


Wareham Waterfront Buildable Waterfront Lots in Marion Contemporary

Three separate private and unspoiled lots on Converse Road, each with Thiswater Contemporary seton onBuzzards over 13 acres water views, access and home, frontage Bay. inA wonderWareham, offersa gorgeous of Shell Point Bay ful East opportunity to build waterfrontwaterviews property just outside of Marion and Nestle surrounding marsh.home Builtamidst in 1989, its 3,250 square feet Village. your dream mature trees and rambling include firstImagine floor master suite, 3 additional bedrooms, stone walls. fishing, kayaking and taking walks3-1/2 alongbaths, your room, room, den with gas fireplace, own laundry private piece offormal the Newdining England coast line. Priced to sell, do not and large room with gas fireplace and spectacular views. miss this rareliving opportunity.

Modern kitchen includes granite countertops, Thermador ovens, 137 Converse Road - 9.49 acre lot and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Also complete with large finished - exclusively listed $650,000 walk-out basement, wrap-around deck, patio, and at 3 car garage 123 Converse Road 3.63 acre lot with unfinished rooms above. Alarm system, generator, - exclusively listed at $375,000 central vacuum, outdoor shower, and workshop. Professional landscaping to this private, 121 adds Converse Road serene - 5.3home. acre lot

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For Sale 

This lovely home sits on a 1.7+ acre lot in the heart of the Newbury Village Historic District. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this district was recognized for its architectural significance. During the mid 1800’s this brick cape served as a boarding house for the first Methodist theological school in America. Walk to the store, school, post office and more. The infrastructure of this charming cape has been updated to energyefficient 21st Century standards. Antique wide pine flooring. Original staircase.

Three abutting lots are also available for your consideration. Combined with the house lot, a total of 10+ rare in-town acres are available. Contact us for details. Call for pricing. Newbury is located along the Connecticut River. Year-round outdoor recreational opportunities abound. Several VT and NH ski areas within 1 hour. 30 minutes to Dartmouth College/ Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; 1.5 hours to Burlington, VT; 3 hours to Boston or Montreal.

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Avon Tranquility of the countryside beckons from

Farmington Gracious Colonial with unbelievable views overlooking the Farmington Valley...the best on Talcott Notch! Master bedroom with a deck and amazing views. Walkout basement, inground heated pool with whirlpool, beautifully landscaped! $995,000

Middle Haddam Historic Knowles Landing with

www.55BishopLane.com Ellen Seifts • 860-214-3540

www.187TalcottNotchRoad.com Joseph George • 860-539-3073

www.KnowlesLanding.com Carl Guild • 860-539-5373

North Stamford Beautifully updated c. 1805 New England Farmhouse on 1.55 acres with exquisite grounds and gardens, guest cottage, barn, custom stone pool and cabana. Bright and airy, 4 bedrooms, exposed beams and wide plank floors. Antique charm with modern amenities. $950,000

Old Saybrook A CT River Landmark. Country

Old Saybrook History restored, the waterfront “hartlands” castle has been returned to modern splendor. Designed with ocean views from every room featuring over 15,000 sq.ft. Showcase kitchen, stateof-the-art mechanicals, elevator, in-law apartment, bar, media room and landscaped grounds. $4,700,000

www.113chestnuthillrd.com Debbie Brennan • 203-570-2342

www.WatrousPoint.com Maureen Nelson • 860-767-2133

www.12Billows Road.com Chuck Haller • 860-558-6000

this magnificent stone manor on 70 glorious acres with ponds, barn, pastures and sweeping views of Farmington valley. Unsurpassed attention to detail. Masterful blend of timeless old world features and modern amenities. $5,700,000

French elegance and comfortable family living combine to make this 11 room, 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath waterfront an extraordinary property. Privacy on 5 acres, 100 ft. dock, heated pool, stucco exterior, slate roof, first floor master bedroom suite. $5,975,000

350’ of frontage on the CT River full of possibilities. This 2 acre estate includes a 3450 sqft. Victorian home, 2125 sqft. studio/guest house, 40’ deepwater dock with expansion rights, 0.82 acre buildable waterfront lot, and a Har-Tru tennis court. $1,650,000

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American Society of Interior Designers 181

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F.H. Perry Builder 153

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Boston Architectural College 187

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Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

CREATING A NEW HOUSE from scratch is a great opportunity to explore style. Since my design process is client focused, one of my early questions to the homeowner is, “What’s your style?” For this 6,000-square-foot house with river views, the owners were looking for a traditional home, but weren’t too specific about a preferred style. Typically I use hand sketches to quickly convey preliminary ideas such as room size, adjacencies, massing and overall look. I produced these two sketches comparing a Colonial exterior with a Shingle-style one. Working from the same building footprint, I sketched different “skins” and explored such elements as rooflines (gabled vs. hipped), siding (crisp clapboards vs. textured shingles) and fenestration (circular windows vs. half-round). There were also design constants, such as the stone foundation and a garage designed to look like a carriage house. Each of these elements contributes to conveying a style that the client can relate to and ultimately feel confident in choosing. In this case the homeowners approved the shingled version and we continued to develop the house design based on that style. DAVID SHARFF, DAVID SHARFF ARCHITECT, MEDFIELD, MASS., (508) 359-5737, WWW.DAVIDSHARFFARCHITECT.COM


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