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When asked in the right company, I sometimes describe what we do as a form of house porn: large, lavishly produced photos of impossibly beautiful living spaces. Except . . . when I stop to think about it, they’re not impossibly beautiful. They all exist, and real people actually live in them. And many of those people read New England Home. Hmm. Am I subconsciously worried that if our readers get from our stories the faintest whiff of “this is good for you,” they’ll desert us instantly? If so, I’m not being fair. People look at New England Home because they’re sincerely interested in home design, and interest naturally leads to the wish to learn more about a topic. Certainly I wouldn’t want to call to mind the chalk dust, boredom, and scuffed linoleum of a lecture hall, but along with the pure delight of glimpsing gorgeous rooms there are in fact a few educational tropes that underlie much of what we write about: • While there can be a certain amount of self-expression involved in creating or re-creating a house, achieving the highest level of design is very rarely a do-it-yourself proposition. Professionals really do do it better. • Despite the impression you might get from HGTV, building or renovating will not be cheap and it will take substantially longer than a weekend. • Those things being said, there are ways to make the process as economical and efficient as possible, and help ensure that the results are rewarding and beautiful. The tone of our publication may be celebratory rather than scholarly, but quietly, under the radar, we can help our readers be better clients and share with them ideas to improve their next project. Now you know the awful truth. Have I given away too much? If so, I hope you’ll just pretend I never said a word.

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

Corrections and amplifications: Michael Coutu and Sudbury Design Group (www.sudburydesign.com) should have been credited as landscape architects for the Vermont property featured in our September/October issue (“Up On the Farm,” page 118). Also, after press time for that issue we learned that art consultant Barbara Cole Lee (www.barbaracolelee.com) was part of the design team for the home featured on our cover (“Practice Makes Perfect,” page 94). We likewise discovered that Dalia Tamari of Dalia Kitchen Design (www.daliakitchendesign.com) was the designer of the kitchen shown on page 112.


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hen Toots Zynsky was a girl, there was nothing she wanted more than to be a dancer. Well-meaning friends and family in her small New England town cautioned against it, saying she was too tall, too big-boned. So she didn’t pursue it. “Everyone thought they were doing me a favor by discouraging me,” she says. “But people should never tell kids that stuff. You can break any barrier you want if you’re determined to do it. Now I turn my head away when people tell me some38 New England Home November/December 2010

thing is impossible.” • The dance world’s loss was the art world’s gain. The experience inspired her never to back off from a challenge again. And her early passion for grace in motion led her to invent a singular form of glass artistry she calls filet-de-verre. Zynsky takes thousands of multi-colored, cappellini-thin glass threads and arranges them in complex layers on a fiberglass board, a process she likens to painting or drawing. The threads are then thermally fused in a kiln. Zynsky then uses molds and her hands to squeeze and shape

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the hot glass into brilliant sinuous cylinders. Her work is in the permanent collections of more than seventy museums and public collections worldwide, including the Smithsonian, the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was the first contemporary glass artist to have a piece commissioned by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She also has a devoted coterie of private collectors. She may not have become a dancer, but there’s no doubt that a balletic instinct informs her trademark vessels. They are freeze-frames of fluctuation, undulating ed to Europe, where her dollars would go lines and colors formed into objects that look as if they’ve been plucked from some further and last longer, so she could figure out a better way to create glass threads Pixar-animated ocean floor. Just as she than pulling them by hand. In Holland was discouraged from her dream of dancshe met Mathijs Teunissen ing, Zynsky was told filetClockwise from above left: van Manen, an artist and de-verre would never work. Waterspout # 11 (from a inventor who helped her “When she was proposing to 1979–1994 series), blown create the machines that create pieces using these bun- glass with spun glass would eventually do it medles of glass fibers, she was told threads, 18½"H; Spring Grass (1983), filet-dechanically. Today, the mathat it couldn’t be done,” says John Fairbanks, curator emeri- verre, 5"H; Untitled from chines incorporate sophistiAfrican Dream Series tus of American decorative arts (1987), filet-de-verre, 6"H cated electronics and special computer software. at Boston’s Museum of Fine Before her European adventure, Zynsky Arts. “It was a challenge, so of course she attended the Rhode Island School of Demade it happen.” sign in Providence, but she struggled to It took time to perfect the technique, find a concentration that truly inspired though, and the process was one of trial her. Painting, drawing, sculpture—they and error, of broken and over-melted were all too still, too slow. One day she glass. In 1982, with a small National Endowment for the Arts grant, Zynsky head- happened upon a class taught by 40 New England Home November/December 2010

renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. “The first time I saw glass-blowing, I fell in love with it because it looked like this wonderful, spontaneous choreography of many bodies moving in the same place,” she says. “And like dance, there was this constant awareness of everyone around you.” Under Chihuly’s tutelage she began to experiment with glass in different ways— blowing, casting, pate de verre, even doing performance pieces in which she would shatter and melt glass before an audience. It was the dawn of the modern glass movement, a thrilling time to be a young artist in the field. “Glass had never been developed though impressionism, cubism, Dadaism, abstract impressionism, minimalism, conceptualism. . . . It was like there was this huge catching up that had to be done,” she says. “So it meant that every-

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She sent images of the vessels to Barry help using one of the studio’s three kilns. Friedman, the owner of the gallery she From its wire enclosure, a longhaired works with in New York City. Friedman bunny, recently evicted from Zynsky’s loved them and said he wanted to build daughter’s apartment, looked on. a show around them, so much so that he Zynsky is back in motion after a long sponsored the development period of stops and starts. Recently, over the course of just a Clockwise from below: of all the red-and-black pieces Incantatrice (2007), she created over the next year. few years, eight close friends filet-de-verre, 18"H; Once again, the would-be and family members, including Baleno (2001), 10"H; dancer was leaping forward. her parents and the co-inventor City Lights (1992), “The show was called of her threading machines, died. filet-de-verre, 6¾"H Shadows, and it was easily the She spent much of that time best show I’ve ever done,” she says. “It taking care of loved ones and then mournreferred to the shadows we all leave as we ing their passing. When she finally got back to her studio, the only color she want- pass through our time on Earth and then move on. It was about that combination ed in front of her eyes was red, a hue she of darkness and brilliance that a life is all calls the color of life. “I covered up all the about. It was about pulling me out of other colors,” she says. “And then I made a piece that went from black to red, and then darkness and into the light.” • I started with all the nuances in different Editor’s Note Toots Zynsky is represented in sizes and shapes. It was the first time it felt New England by Dane Gallery, Nantucket, really good to be working again.” Mass., (508) 228-7779, www.danegallery.com

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etts, carefully joins the two arm sections of an Arts and Crafts–inspired chair. Bob Ouellette, a master craftsman at Thos. Moser cabinetmakers, helps Jed align the gleaming curves of cherry wood. Nearby, Jed’s father, David Sutter, a retired engineer living in Cape Porpoise, Maine, works on a matching armchair with Donna DeBlois, another Moser cabinetmaker. For the past week Ouellette and DeBlois have guided, mentored and taught as father and son built a pair of Bungalow dining armchairs. “I have been a hobby woodworker all my life, and thought that I knew a thing or two,” says the elder Sutter. “But this past week, I got invaluable tips and learned some great shortcuts.” The two are members of the latest class of Thos. Moser’s Customer in Residence program. Since 2007, 105 enthusiasts—male and female, ages eighteen to eighty-five—have come from thirty-two states to the company’s plant in Auburn, Maine, to meet founder Thomas Moser, stay at Freeport’s estimable Harraseeket Inn, and spend a work week building a piece of furniture. The program pairs each participant with a Moser cabi46 New England Home November/December 2010

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Made Here netmaker; in Jed Sutter’s case, Ouellette, “because Bob is the expert on this particular chair,” Jed explains. John Carey, a surgeon from Anderson, North Carolina, came to build a trapezoidal captain’s chest. “My grandfather was a ship’s captain,” he says. “This piece already has great meaning for me. And, my children and grandchildren will use it long after I’m gone.” Thomas Moser’s furniture evokes that kind of passion. With clean, simplified adaptations of classic designs, the Maine cabinetmaker heads up that rare thing: a commercially successful company that makes and sells superbly crafted bench-made furniture. His chairs are Fortune 500 boardroom favorites; Ivy League colleges and well-endowed secondary schools order custom library tables and study carrels. When musician Don Henley, of the Eagles, spearheaded the effort to save Walden Woods from development, he celebrated the project’s success with a handsome gift: the Thoreau Institute library, a symphony of rich wood tones in paneled walls, chairs, tables and case pieces, was built by Thomas Moser. In 1972, Moser was a Bates College professor of speech who decided to take a year off to try furniture making. “Old furniture, as well as old architecture, was a burning passion: I needed to make things with my hands," he says. “When I was still teaching, I made reproductions of Georgian furniture; every so often someone would buy a piece.” Three years into the sabbatical, he had a conceptual breakthrough. “I was just another woodworker turning out Goddard and Townsend reproductions,” Moser says. “I had to develop a signature look truly my own.” He began to reinterpret Shaker furniture for a modern market, guided, he says, by Shaker reverence for material, precise joinery and absence of ornament. His wife, Mary, managed the business end of things. Their four sons would get off the school bus and go to work, helping Dad in the New Gloucester, Maine, workshop. While his modest reputation grew, he and Mary sold their beloved Georgian house to keep the business going. In 1977, Thomas Moser wrote How to Make Shaker Furniture and introduced the Continuous Arm Chair. Both became instant classics. The book is now out of print, but demand for the chair has never abated. The modern Windsor that became the company’s signature piece has a slender back rail stack-lam- Thos. Moser (800) 708-9045 inated with eleven layers of 1⁄10-inch cherry. It www.thosmoser.com flows down, twists on itself, and the top of the back becomes the underside of the arms. It is done with an economy of gesture, all effortless grace. Today, tables, beds, case pieces, upholstered chairs and sofas, kitchen stools and chaise lounges with matching ottomans flow out of the 70,000square-foot plant in Auburn, Maine. Of the 125 employees, 62 are skilled cabinetmakers. Three of Tom and Mary’s sons work in the business, including David, the company designer. The furniture, mostly cherry, is on display at showrooms in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Boston and Freeport, Maine. Tom, a vigorous seventy-five, has more time for things like storytelling at the signing ceremony that ends Customer in Residence Week. He signs each piece, then the marker makes the rounds of the hands that built the chairs, chests and dressers. Geraldine Sutter and her two sons watch as her husband and father-in-law sign their chairs. This week was her gift, and the two men are visibly delighted with the time they have just spent together. “Some guys go to rock and roll or baseball fantasy camps,” says Ron Griffin. The retired dentist from Birmingham, Alabama, has built a continuous-arm rocker. “This is fantasy camp for us. But, in addition to a wonderful week’s experience, we get to take home an heirloom.” • 48 New England Home November/December 2010

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2010 inductees


Roger Lussier

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Manuel de Santaren

Eugene D. Lawrence

Thomas P. Catalano, aia

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Eugene Lawrence and Company, Inc.

Catalano Architects, Inc.

Katherine Alexander Field

David J. Hacin, faia

Keith LeBlanc

Katherine Field and Associates

Hacin + Associates, Inc.

Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, Inc.




Thomas P. Catalano, AIA, Catalano Architects, Inc.

Manuel de Santaren, Manuel de Santaren, Inc.,

Katherine Alexander Field, Katherine Field and Associates,

David J. Hacin, FAIA, Hacin + Associates, Inc.

Eugene D. Lawrence, Eugene Lawrence and Company, Inc.

Keith LeBlanc, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, Inc.


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he New England Design Hall of Fame celebrates its fourth year of recognizing residential architects, interior designers and landscape designers who have made a significant impact on design in New England. For a second year, a Specialty Design Award will also be given to an industry professional in a more focused field of design. In 2010, seven celebrated designers, architects and landscape designers will join the ranks of the twenty-six legends inducted before them. Narrowing down the area’s vast talent pool to the seven winners presented quite the challenge, one met by a team of industry professionals from across the design community. This year’s selection committee included Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home; Ted Landsmark, president of the Boston Architectural College; Alexis Contant, head of the Boston Design Center; and three previous Hall of Fame inductees: architect Mark Hutker, interior designer Gary McBournie and landscape architect Stephen Stimson. The selection committee spent many long hours here in the offices of New England Home reviewing the work of architects, designers and landscape designers who were nominated by their industry peers. The judges based their decisions on multiple criteria including years served in the design trade, mentorship of younger members of the profession, nonprofit community involvement, other industry recognition and, most important, the quality of their work. This year’s inductees will be honored at a gala celebration on November 11 at State Room in downtown Boston. In addition, the Hall of Fame’s permanent “Living Legacy”—a forest of birch trees on the Boston Design Center’s plaza—will get seven new trees, each representing one of this year’s new Hall of Fame members. Congratulations to the 2010 New England Design Hall of Fame inductees!

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Thomas P. Catalano, AIA


he dictionary defines a “classic” as a work of enduring excellence, an authoritative source or a perfect example. The term aptly describes the work of architect Thomas P. Catalano, whose traditional Shingle-style residences are both informed by the past and perfectly suited to today’s lifestyle. “I was fortunate in my early career to have worked for Bob Stern and Graham Gund, who both had an influence on my development as an architect and on my appreciation of American architecture,” says Catalano, who also found inspiration studying the work of H.H. Richardson, Stanford White and Peabody & Stearns. It is Catalano’s scholarly approach to the area’s rich architectural heritage, along with a keen contextual awareness, that makes his work such a success. “We want to make sure that whatever we do expresses a sense of place while at the same time being an appropriate individual expression of architecture,” he says. His work has been recognized in both local and national publications, and his contemporaries have also taken notice: “Tom’s work always represents the best of traditional New England detailing and style,” says architect Mark Hutker. “His work is widely published for all of the right reasons—beautiful composition, elegant detailing and informed proportions—all supporting a classic New England architecture.” Most of Catalano’s work is in the Northeast, and his firm has built a reputation as a leader in the design of large waterfront homes. He favors the use of indigenous materials—white cedar from Maine, granite and marble from New Hampshire and Vermont—and, stylistically, takes his cues

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from the context in which his projects are set. His firm’s goal for each project, he says, is that the design and construction should have a sense of timelessness that suits, rather than overwhelms, its surroundings, never broadcasting “newness.” Though informed by the past, Catalano’s work is very much his own. Interior designer Susanne Csongor says “there’s a dashing charm about Tom that seeps into his work; it’s very unique and wonderful to have architecture that has a piece of you in it, and that’s what I see in his work.” With his induction into the 2010 New England Design Hall of Fame, it seems that Catalano himself will one day be studied as a classic, too.


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Manuel de Santaren



f fashion was his first love, interior design is Manuel de Santaren’s soul mate. “I fell into interior design really by accident and, thirty years later, I’m still doing it,” he says. De Santaren notes that the principles of draping, color and texture in haute couture can be applied to interiors—in both cases it’s about proportion, surfaces and materials—but “instead of dressing a body, you’re dressing a room,” he says. His well-dressed spaces have been featured in publications such as House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home and here in the pages of New England Home. Though his designs are always based on his clients’ tastes and needs, his personal aesthetic tends toward classical modernism, neutrals with punches of color. He shuns anything too trendy, believing that for an interior to have longevity it needs to be rooted in classicism, which he says can vary from the eighteenth century to midcentury modern. “You’d better know your stylistic periods if you want to be a good designer,” he says. “Manuel may be the most talented interior designer I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” says architect John MacDonald. “He has the ability to work in all architectural vocabularies and brings a level of sophistication to a project that is rarely seen in this industry.” Art is ever present in a de Santaren interior and he takes pleasure guiding clients in their artwork acquisitions. His favorite works lean toward the contemporary. Cochair of the photography committee at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City and on the board of overseers at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he himself collects video art, and part of his col-

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lection is currently on exhibit at the Pacific Design Center. Travel, architecture, color and everyday objects are other spheres of influence on de Santaren’s work. “He travels so much and he’s so well read that he just has a natural ability to be inspired and express himself,” says de Santaren’s partner Carolina Tress-Balsbaugh. “He’s a natural.” A de Santaren interior typically boasts delicate couture details. Whether it’s the hem of a curtain, the trim on a pillow or the way a sofa skirt is finished, the designer’s work is always the perfect combination of fashion and function.


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Katherine Alexander Field



atherine Alexander Field fondly recalls days spent gardening with her grandmother while growing up in Middletown, Rhode Island. These cherished memories helped lead her to the field of landscape architecture. “I want to provide spaces for my clients where they will be touched by the beauty of nature,” says Field. “Outdoor spaces tend to be iconic spaces for families, where they have celebrations, where kids get together and families gather, and I want to make that memorable.” Field doesn’t have a lot of free time for her own garden these days, busy as she is with creating them for others. Much of her work is in sensitive and coastal environments; whenever possible she incorporates native plants and materials into the palette and her extensive horticultural knowledge is a major influence in the dynamic way her designs connect with the environment. Landscapes take their cue from existing architecture and the clients’ lifestyle, often with an added element of contemporary detailing. “Her gardens are wonderful and playful and interesting and textured,” says interior designer Nancy Taylor, with whom Field has collaborated on projects over the years. “She is a gifted designer with a wonderful ability to shape a landscape.” Field takes a comprehensive approach to each project, not only designing the landscape, but choosing the outdoor furnishings, lighting, art and accessories— even down to the towels by the pool. “There’s no reason every element of the outdoor environment can’t have that level of detail,” explains Field. “People are living outdoors and so I think that they’re looking to have things that are sympathetic with their style inside [the house] and also

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have a natural sympathy with the landscape.” She has sited major sculpture collections and worked with artists to fabricate bronze details and create focal points. Though reluctant to call herself an artist, Field has also designed custom furniture and bronze pieces for clients. She may be rooted in the functionality of landscape architecture, but she looks to add details that have spirit and art to them whenever she can. Perhaps one of her clients says it best: “Kate has a poetic sense of nature’s beauty and elements. She is both artist and architect, balancing bold creation with analytical rigor, a rare talent who creates enduring beauty for her clients and friends to enjoy for generations.”


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David J. Hacin, FAIA



true urban architect, David J. Hacin has been living and working in Boston’s South End for more than twenty years and has become an integral part of the community. He has helped transform the once-blighted neighborhood into a nationally recognized example of urban rebirth, introducing loft-style and mixed-use buildings as contemporary housing solutions for this traditional-minded city. Hacin came by his passion for architecture naturally: “My father was an architect, so it’s genetic,” he says. Although he was born in Switzerland and spent summers in his father’s Swiss office, Hacin grew up in small-town western Pennsylvania. “Even though I’m a big city guy, I think that being able to find that kind of small town feeling in the city has always been interesting and important to me, and that’s what drew me to the South End.” Hacin has already been widely recognized for his achievements, receiving housing awards from the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the John Clancy Award for socially responsible housing. “David has been evangelical about the important role architecture plays in all of our lives,” says interior designer Cheryl Katz. “I think it’s the reason he became so involved in the development of the South End and its modern buildings and loft projects. He’s a committed, responsible architect.” Hacin considers himself a contemporary architect who’s respectful of New England traditions and strives for simple, elegant solutions in his projects, whether a multi-use building or a single-family

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home. “We’re interested in the contemporary expression of design today but we’re also respectful of the context and neighborhoods we work in,” he says. “We’re trying to take the best of what makes Boston ‘Boston’ but give it a new expression that’s about interests and issues we have today.” Fellow architect Maryann Thompson, who attended Princeton and Harvard with Hacin, has watched his work evolve over time. “You can see in his work a nice synthesis of Old World and contemporary working together, and I think that’s why he does so well in Boston. The city is like that.” If there is a principal architect of twenty-first-century Boston, then surely it is Hacin.


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Eugene D. Lawrence



ike the designer himself, each of Gene Lawrence’s projects possesses a certain charisma, whether it’s a traditional townhouse on Beacon Hill, an ultra-modern home on the Cape or a 63,000-square-foot palace in Saudi Arabia. But though they are all fashioned by the same designer, they don’t all have the same design. “I don’t really have a ‘look,’ ” says Lawrence. Renowned for his ability to create designs based on his clients’ taste (rather than his own), Lawrence’s philosophy is that “a scheme shouldn’t overwhelm a client, it should look like it belongs to them.” So if he’s working with a subdued city couple who want to live in an Old World–style brownstone, he starts hunting for the perfect period antiques. And when a fun, flamboyant homeowner hires him to work on a new house in the suburbs, Lawrence gets busy on an equally colorful design concept. “Appropriateness, appropriateness, appropriateness!” is one of his favorite expressions. Lawrence turns to nature for much of his inspiration, and he loves antiques “with a vengeance,” believing the right piece can elevate a room to a whole new level. Travel both here and abroad, visits to museums and art galleries and trips to European churches and cathedrals can all act as sparks for his imagination. All of his rooms are imbued with warmth, depth and character. Lawrence first became interested in design around the age of six, when his mother enrolled him at the Cincinnati Art Academy. (“I think she realized then I wasn’t going to be a star athlete,” he quips.) He’s been a part of the local design community since 1971, when he arrived in Boston to

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work for the inimitable Ben Cook at Trade Winds. “Ben Cook epitomized the best of traditional and classic design—he was a master,” recalls Lawrence. Interior designer Lee Bierly, who worked side-by-side with Lawrence at Trade Winds, describes his style as “tailored and well-edited.” “He has a keen eye and exemplary taste,” adds Bierly. “You might not like everything I do,” says Lawrence, “I don’t like everything I do—but my clients like what I do.” Like his clients, the judges for the 2010 New England Design Hall of Fame like what they see, too.


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t any given time, landscape architect Keith LeBlanc could be working on a small rooftop terrace overlooking the city, laying out formal gardens at a large suburban estate or choosing native plants for a waterfront site. And though you won’t find a consistent “style” between such different landscapes, you will notice similar characteristics throughout each: simple designs, thoughtful detailing and the attentive incorporation of vernacular materials. “We work in so many different locales and on different scales, we don’t have a certain ‘style,’ ” says LeBlanc. “But if you look at our work it’s something a lot of people do recognize, even though it’s different styling from one to the next. A boldness runs through all our projects.” LeBlanc began his career in New England working at Morgan Wheelock; after fourteen years he opened his own firm in 1996. Landscape architect Mario Nievera worked with LeBlanc at Morgan Wheelock. “He was my first boss,” recalls Nievera. “Everything he did was really beautifully detailed—he’s a real stickler for detail and that still resonates with me. He had this great sensibility in how to coordinate forms and shapes and geometries together, but at the same time it was always fresh.” Eric Kramer, an associate at Reed Hilderbrand, worked with LeBlanc soon after he had established his eponymous firm. “The work that he does, which is so rich, has this level of refinement that simplifies it to the essential values, but at the same time it’s never stark, it’s never spare, it’s always rich and textural. That balance is what makes his work so elegant and yet so livable.” These days, with land at such a premium, LeBlanc prefers to celebrate open

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space rather than clutter it up. “We do a lot of paring down in terms of the garden,” he says. “If someone really wants a perennial garden or a pool or a twenty-car garage, we can work to fit that in, but we’re looking for some negative space as well to make sure it’s appropriately scaled. Many of our projects aren’t just filled with a lot of structure and plants—there’s a lot of empty space. That’s a true luxury.” “There’s something always beautiful and serene about the work he does,” adds Nivera. “Negative spaces become positive spaces with him.”

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Roger Lussier



oger Lussier may be a man of few words, but his exquisite custom frames and elegantly decorated spaces certainly speak volumes. So do his industry peers: “Roger is one of the most creative people that I’ve ever met,” says interior designer Charles Spada. “Roger has a vision that is all his own.” Lussier’s vision has been captured in both local and national magazines, many times by Carolyn Englefield, now editorat-large at Veranda, who first photographed his apartment in 1989. “When I first walked into Roger’s Boston apartment, I was absolutely silenced by the beauty and creativity with which he was able to put things together,” says Englefield. “It was a most unstudied, uncontrived, interesting mix—each item was more beautiful than the next. It was poetry.” Poetry, indeed, is his ability to frame an entire wall of diverse works of art and have it look sophisticated and chic, never ordinary or overcrowded. Or his smartly edited use of silk pongee, chintzes and taffetas mixed with the occasional animal print. Even his ability to effortlessly incorporate French bronze candlesticks, Chinese silk, Italian tables and Swedish chairs all into one room. “He just has an eye for things and drawing them together in an unusual way, a way that no one else could do” says interior designer Nannette Lewis. “From the moment I met Roger more than twenty years ago, he just defined ‘style’ to me,” adds interior designer Nancy Serafini. “You never questioned his taste.” Lussier’s interiors certainly do elicit acclaim, but he is perhaps most widely known for his impeccable framing skills and keen eye for art. His trademark frames were simple and geometric; he’d often take plain flat stock and add raised corners, sometimes

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adorning them with brass embossed seals or gilding the frames for something more formal. Mats were hand beveled Over the past three decades, Lussier’s design and oversized. work has been featured in House & Garden Daniel Lajoie has (December 1989), middle photo; House Beautiful (March 1994); Veranda (March/April worked closely with Lussier, his uncle, for the 2003), top photo; and New England Home (May/June 2007), bottom photo past twenty-three years, up until Lussier’s recent retirement. Lajoie took over the framing business and, though he makes beautiful picture frames and mats just the way Lussier did, he’s quick to point out what is echoed time and again by the rest of the design community: “Roger is a one and only—there will never be anyone else like him.” Luckily for us, his legacy will live on.


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An Affair to Remember

All the players in the renovation of a nineteenth-century Beacon Hill row house look back fondly on the project that gave its owners a home to love for a lifetime. Text by Megan Fulweiler • Photography by Robert Benson • Architecture: Patrick Calhoun Hickox and Brigid Williams • Interior Design: Gerald Pomeroy • Builder: F.H. Perry Builder • Landscape Architecture: Allen Abrahamson • Produced by Kyle Hoepner

At the home’s core, the dining room conjures airiness with a new domed ceiling. A mirrored panel was added to magnify the light, the designer Gerald Pomeroy explains. Pomeroy also designed the rug.

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The nineteenthcentury home’s quality features are highlighted and, at the same time, the house is lovely and livable.


hemistry or chance—does it matter? Whatever the reason, a good relationship is gold. In romance or otherwise, when it clicks there’s nothing better. This project was, according to architect Patrick Hickox, “a veritable love fest.” All the parts fit: enthusiastic owners respectful of their home’s past, accomplished architects, an astute interior designer and a dedicated builder. The seamless collaboration (read: a simpatico team of people who, months later, still speak glowingly of one another, remembering not the work involved but the enjoyment of seeing their project come together) made for a flawless finish. The nineteenth-century home’s quality features are highlighted and, at the same time, the house is lovely and livable.

Granted, the pedigreed bones were in place. And, another advantage, architects Hickox and Brigid Williams, of the Boston-based firm Hickox Williams Architects, were well familiar with the house, having been involved in a number of previous alterations. “We’ve worked on over a hundred Beacon Hill houses and this has always been among our favorites. It’s one of the prettiest row houses,” Hickox says. “The style—red brick with a projecting bow front—is very characteristic of the city. It’s perhaps one of the first Greek Revival homes in a Federal neighborhood.” The new owners, however, came with fresh eyes and a different vision. They pictured a serene and polished nest. The home’s inherently elegant vibe, lofty ceilings and desirable location overlooking a picturesque green square all played to this more romantic program. So to that end, a November/December 2010 New England Home 89

The breakfast areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wingback chairs promote comfort. Facing page: Designer Gerald Pomeroy perches on a living room armchair he reinvented with striped velvet. Architect-designed and meticulously executed cabinetry elevates the kitchen.

blitz was launched. “It was close to a gut but extremely surgical,” Hickox explains. “These old houses are sacred.” The rectangular building runs deep and narrow. Today’s new design is unusual in that the entry hall, where the stairs begin their ascent to the second level, spills into the dining room. Hickox and Williams cleverly smoothed the union by introducing an elliptical domed ceiling and meticulous detailing. No one guesses that these skilled maneuvers are recent additions. Nor do they question the somewhat magical staircase, also new. According to Hickox, the old staircases were dangerously narrow. This character-filled version, designed by the architects and crafted by Foster, Rhode Island, stairwright Jedd Dixon, was devised to afford comfort and enhance what Hickox refers to as “the line of travel.” About a quarter of the way into construction, with dust and noise mounting, Boston interior designer Gerald Pomeroy made his appearance. Pomeroy was recruited to

personalize the rooms and, as he puts it, “celebrate the stunning architecture.” The beautiful shell was not without challenges. The unusual configuration of stairs and dining room, for instance, called for a dramatic solution: one that would tie the divergent elements together, speak to the home’s age and forge a logical connection with the adjacent living room. In a nutshell, “things needed to unfold in a manner that subtly guides you from one room to another,” Pomeroy says. The answer that came to him—a dramatic hand-painted mural wallcovering by Boston artist Susan Harter—does all that and more. The mural sweeps up the grand stairs to the master suite as well as down to the ground floor where the husband’s office sits. Mementos of the owner’s travels, their favorite works of art and the nearby square are all referenced in Harter’s pastoral landscape. “It’s dramatic,” says Pomeroy. The designer urged his clients to watch the 1958 movie November/December 2010 New England Home 91

A spectacular mural unifies the home. The bachelor’s chest is from Boston’s Brookline Village Antiques. Facing page top: Stark carpeting softens the guest room. Facing page bottom: A whimsical star illuminates the grand staircase.

Auntie Mame—just for fun, he says with a laugh, but also to check out the vintage sophistication that’s depicted. It’s not completely unlike the kind he was distilling here. Take the thoughtfully contrived palette. The regal-blue Donald Kaufman ceiling color that’s first spied in the dining room pops up again and again in varied levels of intensity. All the trimwork appears uniformly painted, but is actually variations of creamy antique white to suit the light as it changes during the day. The luscious bisque shade that washes the living room walls was used to add depth and help ensure the space didn’t seem like the spectacular dining room’s “poor relative,” Pomeroy says. As if anyone would ever think that of a room where eighteenth-century coromandel screens, luxurious upholstered furnishings and silk curtains cascading like water provide timeless grace. The mosaic backsplash that guards the kitchen range 92 New England Home November/December 2010

taps into the bisque color, too. Teamed with painted cabinets wearing fine furniture-like details, granite counters and a large island topped with a delicious three inches of burnished walnut, the streamlined kitchen is nothing short of perfect. Even if the breakfast area didn’t roost by a bow window overlooking a garden, it would be heavenly. But—no doubt about it—the generous window cinches it. Pomeroy framed the sweet view with linen curtains trimmed in gray flannel. Upstairs, the sensibilities are equally tony. Pomeroy designed a stately four-poster for the master bedroom and then flanked it with handy drape tables (storage shelves are concealed behind the cloth). An eighteenth-century French settee wearing a leopard print is parked at the bed’s foot. The stylish print serves as a saucy contrast to pale floor-toceiling silk drapes. Not to be outdone, the master bath includes a custom

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An antique sunburst and leopard settee offset the master bedroom’s traditional tone. Silk drapes maximize the twelve-foot high ceilings. Right: The master bath’s marble floor and vanity top heighten the luxury factor.

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“We’ve worked on over a hundred Beacon Hill houses and this has always been among our favorites,” says architect Patrick Hickox.

his-and-hers vanity designed by the architects. An updated clawfoot tub rests in its own mosaic-lined niche, while a spacious walk-in shower claims the room’s opposite side. Pomeroy singled out a vinyl wallcovering for the bath, adding a hint of edginess. A trio of English sconces—their design based on antique carriage lanterns—play off the wallcovering’s textured surface. A beige and cream Colefax & Fowler wallcovering wed with wall-to-wall carpeting creates a cocoon-like ambience for the guest room. Visitors slide happily into twin beds from Leonards Antiques in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Another of Pomeroy’s favorite drape tables is anchored in between. Located above the kitchen, the welcoming room even snags a garden view. “We don’t want to leave,” say guests. No doubt, they really mean it. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 161. November/December 2010 New England Home 95

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MODERN LOVE A midcentury classic in the Boston suburbs gets a renovation that adheres to both the style and the ideals of the 1950s movement that spawned it. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD MANDELKORN • ARCHITECTURE: BROOKS MOSTUE • INTERIOR DESIGN: KATHRYN CORBIN • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: KEVIN J. MACNEILL • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER


merica in the mid twentieth-century was a heady time. World War II was over, the economy was booming and the American Dream seemed within grasp for just about everybody. A renewed sense of optimism found expression in a progressive way of thinking that influenced everything from politics to business to fashion to art. Architecture took a distinctly modern turn, too, and so did a focus on a not-so-new idea—the concept of communal living. Not, mind you, the sort of utopian cooperatives where multiple families share shelter and live off the land. These new communities were neighborhoods where like-minded people got together and built houses designed to reflect a uniquely American style and to exist in harmony with their surroundings. • Massachusetts, particularly Boston’s western suburbs, saw the development of some of the most architecturally significant Modernist neighborhoods in the country. It was a home in one of these communities that, two years ago, attracted November/December 2010 New England Home 99

Horizontal siding was applied over the Lavacrete walls of the exterior. Right: In the Modernist tradition, designer Kathryn Corbin chose furnishings with strong, clean lines. Below: An artichoke by sculptor Fumio Yoshimura and a painting by Ambrose Phillphister grace a spot in the foyer.

“I’m not a believer in white walls,” says Corbin. “I part company with a lot of modernists there, probably.”

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a twenty-first-century husband and wife. The house, built in 1956 by an M.I.T. engineer as part of a neighborhood of twenty-two households that is still largely intact, was modern to its core both aesthetically and technologically. Designed to use solar energy, it was constructed of heat-absorbing Lavacrete, a pumice-based concrete block. The long south side of the house consisted of a three-story grid of eighty-five panels of glass backed by black-painted corrugated metal. “The concept was that the metal behind the glass would amplify the heat,” says the homeowner. “Then, through all sorts of crazy things like engineered ducts in the floor, the heat would be carried throughout the house. It was a science experiment with a roof!” As fascinating as the home’s construction was, it lacked

the warmth today’s families prefer. None of the windows opened, so there was no natural ventilation. And the unpainted Lavacrete on walls, floors and ceilings “made the house look like a prison,” says Lincoln, Massachusetts– based interior designer Kathryn Corbin. Luckily, the house had been gutted by the previous owners in preparation for a renovation. That gave Corbin and architect Brooks Mostue of Somerville, Massachusetts, a blank canvas to work their magic. Past owners had given up on the antiquated solar-energy system and installed a conventional heating system. Corbin and Mostue gave some thought to reviving the solar technology but ultimately abandoned the idea, partly because of the cost and difficulty and partly because the November/December 2010 New England Home 101

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A free-standing wall brings a sense of intimacy to the dining area. Facing page top: A corner mirror and a sink base tiled to match the walls make a tiny powder room seem larger. Facing page bottom: The kitchen tiles gleam with a finish of recycled aluminum and copper and inset strips of colored glass.

homeowners’ extensive collection of modern and traditional art needs an environment where the temperature and humidity can be reliably controlled. Still, the goal remained to honor both the style of the house and its worthy ideal of energy efficiency, so the solar panels were left in place. The exterior of the house stayed structurally the same, but Mostue made cosmetic changes, installing horizontal Hardie Plank siding over some of the cement block and adding a wraparound deck with stainless-steel railings. The siding looks like wooden clapboard, the architect says, but is actually a cement-based material. “It takes paint really well, it’s durable, and you’re not cutting down cedar trees for it,” he says. The deck ends in a gangplank that looks back on the grid of solar panels. Structural changes were kept to a minimum inside, too, but the transformation from stark and cold to rich and warm is striking. On the main level, insulation was added to walls and ceilings and covered with sheetrock that

Corbin painted a soft, warm neutral tone. “I’m not a believer in white walls,” she says. “I part company with a lot of modernists there, probably.” One wall, a free-standing panel that brings a sense of separation and intimacy to the dining area, is painted a soothing green. Corbin laid engineered wood floors over the unpainted Lavacrete and scattered bold, graphic area rugs. New skylights flood the open living and dining areas with natural light. A catwalk with stainless steel railings that mimics the exterior deck leads to his and hers studies a half level up from the public areas. “I really thought of sculpting the space, rather than creating rooms or subdivisions,” Corbin says. For instance, one corner of the spacious living room area consists of floor-to-ceiling windows that seem to float above the wooded yard. To ground the room, Corbin brought in an oversize nest-like chair from B+B Italia. The chair, made of woven plastic bands over a powder-coated November/December 2010 New England Home 103

Sustainable Brazilian lyptus panels the master bedroom. Facing page: Designer Kathryn Corbin. A wall of mosaic tile lends extra interest to the serene master bath.

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“I wanted a place that was exciting, modern and unique, and I think we got that.”

steel frame, is intended for outdoor use, but, says Corbin, “I thought it would be perfect here. I have no problem breaking the rules.” A lamp by Providence, Rhode Island, glass artist Tracy Glover hangs above the chair. “I wanted a lot of visual interest; this lamp has a real sculptural quality to it,” the designer says. As suits a house in the Modernist tradition, Corbin chose furniture with strong, clean lines, much of it by New England craftspeople. John Everdell, of Medford, Massachusetts, made the dining table and sideboard while the living room coffee table is the work of Rhode Island School of Design grad and professor Peter Dean. Other New England artisans made contributions as well, including Jeremy Weis, a New Bedford, Massachusetts, furniture maker, who crafted the living-room mantel out of salvaged redwood. Like the redwood, recycled material finds its way into many parts of the house. Aluminum from an old commercial storefront trims the kitchen’s tile walls, for instance.

The finish that gives the tile their glow is recycled aluminum and copper; extra sparkle comes from narrow accent strips of colored glass. What’s not recycled is sustainable, like the Brazilian lyptus paneling in the master bedroom, or locally sourced, like the fireplace stone that came from a quarry in Ashfield, Massachusetts. “We were very careful about using sustainable materials and finishes,” Corbin says. “Not to follow green practices as best you can is almost unconscionable.” The homeowner is delighted with her new-old house. “I wanted a place that was exciting, modern and unique, and I think we got that,” she says. The neighbors seem pleased, too. “We were mindful not just of the house, but of where it stands. When we came along to bring it back to life as a contemporary, there was a real celebration.” Happy homeowners and happy neighbors—that may be the very definition of utopia. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 161. November/December 2010 New England Home 105

When a scientist homeowner meets an architectural wizard, the result is a contemporary coastal Maine house that looks like a feat of engineering and feels like total magic. TEXT BY REGINA COLE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRENT BELL • ARCHITECTURE: PETER FORBES • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: MICHAEL BOUCHER • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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The living room–master bedroom elevation displays the house’s skeleton. At this end, it is mostly glass. Facing page clockwise from top: Spring floods rush under the central staircase. The dramatic structure connects the two wings at the house’s axis, and shelters the hidden front door. Curving decks flow out from curving walls.



he owner of Mount Desert Island’s most compelling new vacation home wrote to his architect soon after moving in. “He hosted an art exhibit in his house, and at one point he stood on the porch and looked in at the big party,” says Peter Forbes, who practices architecture from offices in Maine and Florence, Italy. “A scientist to his bones,” Forbes relates, “he wrote that, as he watched people move through the house, it was like seeing red blood cells coursing through transparent arteries. When I read those words, I knew that I had built the right house for my client.” • The house, 7,000 square feet including the garage, presents itself as a two-story tube emerging from the trees to the brink of a ledge high above the Atlantic Ocean. As it moves from woods toward sea, it breaks and bends. Curving and cantilevered walls wear traditional white cedar shingles; as the structure approaches the view, it dissolves into rooms enclosed within impossibly clear glass. A length of clerestory windows crowns the ridgepole, giving the slender house elegant height. • Forbes sited the house on the east side of a ridge with what he calls a “traditional, view-driven orientation” that makes for great vistas but presents a challenge when it comes to drawing in light. “All

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Dominating views mean the living room needs little decoration. Facing page top: Local granite forms the massive ďŹ replace; the freestanding chimney passes through the bedroom above. Facing page bottom: Structural elements as seen from the stairs.

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those old coastal Maine summer places are full of sunshine in the morning, but gloomy in the afternoon. Light in Maine is the most precious commodity,” Forbes says. “This house reaches up and grabs the afternoon light and brings it into every room. Every space is designed to catch the light, and every bedroom has at least one balcony. The enemy of light is depth, so the house is narrow: one room deep.” The house perches on one of Acadia’s steep hillsides on steel pilings, extensions of its central frame. There is no basement or foundation: the steel ties into granite ledge. The variously curving and slanting walls float on the “structural spine,” as Forbes calls it, creating a delicate footprint. The yard consists of tall spruce and Balsam fir trees, lichened boulders and outcroppings of ledge, stands of fern and low-bush blueberry. Especially when enshrouded with coastal Maine’s ubiquitous fog, the house resembles an organic part of Longfellow’s forest primeval. “Our goal was to make it seem as though the landscape had never been touched,” says landscape architect Michael Boucher of Freeport, Maine. Boucher’s work with modern architecture, in particular, redefines standard notions of landscape design. “I like to create landscapes that are extensions of architecture,” he says. “In this case, we built a bridge, stairs, patios and a trail network around the house with deliberately crafted granite pieces. We get people to the front door while they don’t know where “Light in Maine is they’re headed.” the most precious A gravel and stone-dust path meanders commodity. This past young maple and birch trees, into deep house reaches up forest, over a large, smooth rock outcropand grabs the ping, then toward a front door located at the axis of the house. The door leads into a afternoon light.” glass-enclosed stairwell; to either side, walls peel away into curves enclosing porches and decks and outdoor stairs. One wing holds the kitchen, dining room, living room and master bedroom. Guest rooms occupy the opposite section. The transparent stair hall literally floats in space. “You can walk under the house,” Forbes says. “In the spring, water rushes under the bridge.” Forbes’s design makes the home feel intimate despite its expansiveness. “The two sections and the curves diminish the size: you are never aware of how big the house is because you never see a big block of house,” he says. The stairs have handsome white oak treads and risers over structural leadcoated copper; a tactile white oak handrail crowns the stainless steel cable railings. White oak floors lead to rooms clad with horizontal white beadboard. In the living room and the master bedroom, the walls melt away into transparency. Manufactured to stringent specifications in Italy, this glass has none of the green hue common to the material. On the second floor, the slanted horizontal board ceiling reaches up towards the clerestory. “Breaking through the roof 112 New England Home November/December 2010

The dining room is just inside the staircase, at the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center. Facing page top: Most rooms, including the kitchen, connect to the outdoors via decks. Facing page bottom: The clerestory is made for bird watching, stargazing and letting light in and hot air out.

In the master bedroom, design and construction elements meld with the Maine woods in a dramatic, ever-changing composition. Facing page top: Light informs spaces composed of clean lines and superb materials. Facing page bottom: Imagination and craftsmanship did not stop at the bathroom door.

with the clerestory was much like piercing a roof with a chimney,” says Corey Papadopoli, a Bar Harbor–based architect who, at the time, worked with Peter Forbes. “The clerestory is lined with aluminum frame windows; they open to draw hot air up and out of the house. The design posed the same issues as a chimney: the challenge of keeping water out, which called for flashing.” The long, narrow clerestory features fold-down seats built into the beadboard walls. “This is where the homeowner likes to go bird watching, or to look at the night sky,” Papadopoli explains. Forbes describes the Boston-based homeowner as the ideal client, though not for the usual reasons. “He applied his scientific method to the design process; he takes nothing for granted. When an idea is proposed, he begins testing.” Forbes believes that he won the commission because he came to the table without preconceptions, an attitude suited to a scientific approach. “When we first met and the owner asked what I would do, I answered ‘I don’t know.’ ” He designed the interior with clean lines and light-reflecting surfaces. Electrical and ventilation elements hide from view; classic pieces from the mid-twentieth century and from contemporary Maine craftsmen furnish rooms focused on the outdoors. Opposite the view in the living room, a massive fireplace built of local granite tapers to a chimney that “The homeowner pierces the ceiling and passes through the master bedroom on its way to the cleresto- applied his scientific method ry and the sky above. The homeowner had one stylistic prohi- to the design bition. “He was very clear: no oriental process. When an rug,” Peter Forbes recalls. “For him, it repidea is proposed, resents the predictable and unimaginative.” he begins testing.” The master bath embodies the spirit of the house with a curved vanity, an Italian travertine vessel sink, honed granite walls and floor and, hung before a window, “the world’s coolest mirror,” says Forbes. “It’s a one-way mirror that becomes transparent at night. It still reflects, but you also see through it to the woods outside.” The mirror could almost stand as a symbol for the house itself: grounded in sound principles, designed and built with the most modern scientific methods, yet yielding a result that feels like sheer magic. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 161. To see more of this home, tune in to NECN’s New England Dream House, Sunday November 14 at 7:30 p.m. Host Jenny Johnson and Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home, will take viewers on a tour. The show will also air at 3 p.m. on November 15, 18, 23, 26 and December 1. You can see the story online at www .nedreamhouse.com starting on November 14.

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s home-entertainment technology gets more and more complex, to the point where only gearheads can manage it, it’s no wonder that people are seeking simplicity in their lives—a return to the days when the family gathered in the den for a night’s entertainment and, pushing one button, put everything in motion. Today, that den is likely to be called a media room or a multipurpose room, and pushing that one button will close the blinds, dim the lights, bring the frontend projector and 110-inch screen down from a re-

cess in the ceiling, turn on seven or eight hidden speakers and a subwoofer, and stream the latest Hollywood blockbuster. “People used to come to us because they wanted the latest, the greatest,” says Evan Struhl, president of Cutting Edge Systems, of Westford, Massachusetts. “Now people are coming to us because they want to simplify. Our mission these days is to streamline.” Struhl calls this trend “integrating invisible theater into living space.” Mark LaFave of Maverick In-

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Audio Video Intelligence “The Apple iPad is a game changer in the marketplace, and now with Crestron and Control 4 you can use your iPad not only to browse the Internet, check e-mails and play games, but with the touch of your fingertip you can control the lighting, temperature, window shades and televisions in your home—whether you’re there or not. The mobile application talks directly to the customer’s home control system, without any thirdparty software or external servers, and since we’re an Apple dealer we can supply the product already integrated into the iPad. Using a graphic interface on their iPad touchpanel, customers can control multiple locations, including second homes and offices, and get the real-time status of room temperature, lighting, shade position, television volume, digital media and more. Think of it as a remote control for your home that travels with you.”

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tegration Corp. of Bedford, New Hampshire, calls it “the trick.” “The ability to make the technology go away, to make it so you’re not seeing it, is certainly front and center right now,” LaFave says. Rooms stuffed with stacks of ugly equipment, yards and yards of wiring, cabinets bulging with DVDs and CDs, gigantic speakers and a dozen remote controls are so yesterday. Today, system integrators hide everything except the screen—and sometimes even that. SÉURA is on the cutting edge of this trend, with a “vanishing LCD HD TV” that looks like a handsome mirror when the TV is turned off. And TV sets in general are getting thinner; al-

speakers, there’s not too much of that anymore. The trend is in-wall, in-ceiling, extremely flush speakers that are barely noticeable.” You can paint these speakers or put a faux finish on them to make them even less noticeable, or, says LaFave, you can even hide them behind the sheetrock. Leslie Fine, president of Leslie Fine Interiors in Boston, says, “It’s all about making everything look clean and simple and having all this phenomenal equipment working in the background.” With the gear tucked behind the scenes—usually in a basement or closet—you’re free to enjoy all the latest technology in a hassle-free environment. And it

People used to come to us because they wanted the latest, the greatest. Now people are coming to us because they want to simplify.” —Evan Struhl, Cutting Edge Systems

ready, one-inch-thick sets are on the market.“TVs are getting thinner and thinner to the point where they are almost going to become like wallpaper,” says Chuck Ward, of Simsbury, Connecticut, an industry analyst for consumer electronics who has worked with Theo Kalomirakis, the New Yorker who is a world leader in home theater. And as TVs get thinner, so does everything else, says Jonathan Bell, president of Simply Sight & Sound, in Providence, Rhode Island. “The trend is thin. Brackets are even thin,” Bell says. “The day when someone wanted to have these really big

all starts with a new-fangled universal remote, equipped with a touch screen and USB port. Once programmed, just touching “watch a movie” or “my favorite channel” activates all the necessary equipment. But the key is programming: some of these remotes are so complicated that they are only sold to system integrators, who do the set-up. Others, such as Logitech’s Harmony, are designed to be set up by homeowners, using online software. Soon, you may be able to chuck the remote entirely and operate all your equipment through an iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone or home computer. Communica-


Cutting Edge Systems Corp. “It’s all about the experience. If controlling the electronics in your home is difficult to manage, unreliable or hard to understand, the best thing you can do is call in the help of an experienced professional. Not every customer who comes to us needs a fully integrated solution so we tailor every system to each client’s specific needs. Our designs range from simple family room televisions to full-blown, integrated packages that include music, video, lighting, shading, HVAC control and energy monitoring. Above all, we make sure that every system we deliver is easy to use and dependable to operate. Cutting Edge Systems has been providing discerning clients with field proven, easy-to-use solutions for nearly twenty years.”

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tions companies are developing these apps in conjunction with computer manufacturers, and some services are already up and running in some areas. Another thing on the way out, says Scot Barrows, of Ensemble Music Systems & New England Home Theater, in Nashua, New Hampshire, is designer storage libraries, since more and more content is streaming. Most people in the industry believe that physical storage, such as DVDs and CDs, will be all but gone within five years, replaced by streaming video and items such as Apple TV. This tiny device, with a price tag of around $100, uses only a small amount of electricity but lets you stream, for a fee, TV, movies, photos and music. Similar devices are

in Easton, Massachusetts, was recently completely rewired for 3D. “If you educate the customer on what it can do, it’s pretty exciting. Gaming in 3D is really amazing, it’s something people have to experience,” he says. Still, many system integrators find that their customers are skeptical about 3D and are taking a waitand-see attitude. Among the problems, Ward and Struhl say, is a lack of content at the moment and the need for glasses. Many people want the flexibility to multitask while watching a movie, which is impossible with the glasses. Flexibility, in fact, is driving design in both media rooms and dedicated home theaters. A popular trend

The ability to make the technology go away, to make it so you’re not seeing it, is certainly front and center right now. ” —Mark LaFave, Maverick Integration Corp.

available, or in development, from Google TV, Roku and Boxee Box by D-link. “Eventually you’ll have access to every movie or sporting event ever filmed at your fingertips,” says Ward. “Cable companies are getting nervous.” Within five years, even first-run movies will be available for in-home viewing, says Gary Guidi of Home Theater by Design, in Ashland, Massachusetts. Guidi and Jim Shapiro, co-owner of Audio Video Intelligence, are also seeing a lot of interest in 3D TV. “Especially with gaming, it’s an absolutely phenomenal experience,” says Shapiro, whose showroom

in media rooms is to have a wall-mounted plasma TV for everyday viewing and a recessed big screen that is only used for special viewing events. Dedicated theaters increasingly also have game systems and, Shapiro says, high-top bars. “People are making these dedicated theaters more useful. Almost all the theaters that I’ve done lately have some sort of high-top bar in the back, behind the seats. People like to talk during a game, they like to drink, they like to eat. And I know that if I’m waiting for the Patriots to score a final touchdown, I’m on edge—I can’t sit in a reclining position.”

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Maverick Integration “With the advent of advanced IP devices, you’d think that the world of smart home technologies was all good. And for the most part, it is. That said, even with the most robust systems, Murphy’s Law can still apply. Unfortunately our clients don’t necessarily learn their digital cable box stopped recording on Tuesday at 2 a.m. until they come home from work on Friday night. Or they don’t discover that their North Country home HVAC system isn’t working until they arrive at the lake for the weekend. What we’ve devised are active systems that identify weaknesses before the client does. Instead of discovering your system malfunctions when you sit down to use them, we’d rather you get a call from us in advance to inform you of your status and to schedule a service appointment. The client has an entity watching out for them, they experience fewer technology emergencies and we get to deal with service-related issues during business hours.”

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Home theater design in general has followed the simplification trend, says Pat Molettieri, owner of Xtreme Audio & Video, in Pelham, New Hampshire. “I haven’t seen anyone trying to replicate the Roman Coliseum lately,” he says. “And I’m not seeing a lot of Hollywood gauche. More and more, people want it to match the decor of their home.” The hot trends in home theaters, as in media rooms, are mostly in content delivery and hardware. LaFave says he’s head-over-heels about what he calls “remote service solutions.” This technology communicates problems directly to Maverick Integration, usually even before the homeowner is aware that there’s a malfunction. That way, Maverick can fix the problem before you discover it during, say, the opening seconds of the Superbowl. Struhl sees a lot of interest in greening the technology, too. “Our philosophy is to help you understand your energy use better. We have carbon diets, systems that help you reduce your home’s carbon footprint.” Another red-hot segment of the industry is what Craig Heim, general manager of simpleHome, in Westborough, Massachusetts, calls “the connected house.” “Every room in the house can be a media room,” Heim says. “Why be restrictive? There’s no need for it today. It’s all about sharing all the content throughout the house.” Once a system integrator sets up a connected house, every household member gets a personal remote, which allows them to bring music and video with them as they move from room to room. Bell says that new houses should be built with the wiring for a connected home, but many are not. Insist that your contractor install such wiring even if you don’t plan to connect everything right away, he says.

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On the horizon is wireless audio/video equipment and higher high-def TV, perhaps quadrupling the current high end of 1080p. But, don’t be in a hurry for this better TV; Ward says there is no programming available for it yet. Also coming, Bell says, is wireless audio/visual equipment. Already, new TVs are equipped with the ability to pick up Wi-Fi. “In the next year or two, you’ll see them cutting the cord,” Bell says. As for what lies beyond that, it’s hard to say: the technology is developing at the speed of light, Shapiro says, pointing out that only a few years ago, iPhones, Blu-Ray and 3D TV were in the realm of science fiction.

NEW TECHNOLOGY: Kaleidescape Movie Server

Xtreme Audio & Video “With increased acceptance of home networking and systems integration this has led consumers to invite a variety of new devices into the household. Now with the many integration possibilities out there, we are able to bring you ‘Pristine Bit for Bit Digital Storage of your Blu-Rays, DVDs and CDs.’ Rather than continually fumbling for that BluRay or DVD and then finding out the case is empty or the DVD was scratched, we have the solution for you to pull up all of your stored movies from your Kaleidescape server. With simplified GUI’s (Graphical User Interfaces) you are able to view the cover art on either your TV screen or on your wireless touch panel control system. A single 3U Server can store up to 3,600 DVDs or 600 Blu-ray Discs. Multiple servers can be clustered in a single system to store thousands of movies and albums as a single collection.”

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against another? Pigs. Here in post-Colonial New England there were pigs born free as the new nation, happily foraging around the neighbors’ hard-worked gardens. The ensuing culture clash uprooted the community spirit as understaffed swineherds skirmished with overworked agriculturalists. Exasperated town fathers enacted countless regulations pertaining to reimbursement for crop and livestock loss and standards for fence maintenance—mainly in vain. Now it’s dogs causing all the trouble. You probably know some of the offenders personally: the lab that prefers your hydrangeas to the hydrant, the ugly pug that yaps incessantly while you try to write something pithy about design from the supposed privacy of your home office. But let us not get carried away. The difference between the dogs of today and the swine of yesteryear is that the dogs have a flip side, a hugely positive and beneficial aspect extending far beyond the occasional rasher of bacon proffered by pigs. Dogs and dog culture are instrumental in introducing neighbors to neighbors, replacing Friday night Bingo and PTA as the number-one icebreakers. Feeling like a chat? Just take the leash of its hook and step out to the sidewalk. What makes a home more enjoyable than a dog-friendly neighborhood? • • • Right up there with dog culture in creating domestic peace is design culture: a huge influence. And, naturally, whatever in130 New England Home November/December 2010

fluences designers, influences the citizenry at large. Architect Faith Baum of post-Colonial Lexington, Massachusetts, cites industrial designers Niels Diffrient and Henry Dreyfuss as two of her key influences. Theirs, she says, was “a crystalline design philosophy that accommodates human physical dimension and incorporates adaptability.” From influence came action. Baum recently introduced her first custom furniture product: the uPdown table, an electric, adjustable, fine furniture piece that seems to fit under the category of “why hasn’t anyone thought of Faith Baum this before?” The uPdown saves a huge amount of space. In the up position it’s a prep island; down it’s a kitchen table. Up in the dining room it’s a cocktail bar, down it’s a space to carve the roast pig. • • • Architect John Meyer of Meyer & Meyer in Boston recalls the lasting influences restoring the English Rose estate had on his staff. “They just couldn’t believe that you could take these rigid materials, these period pieces and make something plastic and creative.” Meyer’s massive restoration of the estate in tony Chestnut Hill was first featured in this magazine’s May/June 2007 issue, and has just won Dream Home’s 2010 Classical Home of the Year Award. However, when Meyer first encountered it, his less experienced staffers were skeptical: “They just didn’t see how, through vaulted ceilings, faux painting and optical illusions, a too-small entry, for example, could be made large. The only way to convince them was to lay my drawing over a photograph and fit it exactly. ‘OMG,’ they said, ‘it’s the same place!’ ” • • • Jack Parquette, president of Gerrity Stone in Woburn, Massachusetts, is also using visuals to achieve a degree of influence that defies the skeptics. Now kitchen designers can see their counter slabs on a screen before they’re cut. They can match veins, turn one clockwise, change the template entirely, use seven or eight different slabs for one counter, and then insert an odd-sized antique Jack Parquette sink. “It’s a lot of fun,” says Parquette. “The software is called Slabsmith Perfect Match and I think we’re the only ones in New England right now using it. It allows for a seamless operation from the computer screen right through to the saws. Before you just had a tape measure and hoped for the best.” • • • Design Culture has its share of negative influences as well, the modern day equivalent of unfenced pigs. Phil Bates of The Classic Group: Architects and Builders in Burlington, Massachusetts, has seen these troublesome critters riding roughshod over many a neighborhood. “Design-Build,” says Bates, “has really come to mean No Design. It gets a bad

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Trade Secrets name because most Design-Build practices have simply been a cheesy way of getting around using architects.â&#x20AC;? The Classic Group has architects on staff, and they often work with outside architects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And about them we have a sacrosanct rule: if an outside architect happens to get dismissed from a job, we will never move into the breach. Architects hiring us have to have absolute trust that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not hiring the competition.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ A story aptly entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Sophisticateâ&#x20AC;? in this magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s January/February 2008 issue featured a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s influence raised to the fifteenth power. Layered, but unfussy, designer Dennis Duffyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifteenth-floor condo at the InterContinental is a low-key homage to one of the twentieth-century masters, Juan Montoya. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Montoya really brought home to me how lighting makes Dennis Duffy or breaks a space,â&#x20AC;? says Duffy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can bring space to life or kill it.â&#x20AC;? The advent of LED technology has allowed designers to cross a new threshold, he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can do so many things we could never attempt before without worrying about heat issues, complex wiring issues.â&#x20AC;? Duffy cites a Puerto Rico penthouse heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working on that has all-glass exterior walls and an extensive art collection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With cove and baseboard lighting to complement the light directed at the art, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to set almost any mood. A color wheel in the ceiling turns the walls lavender, coralâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;any colorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at the press of a button. LEDs in the drapery pockets wash the sheers with their own light.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Then again thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lavender and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lavender. Color consultant Barbara Jacobs of Medfield, Massachusetts, has developed a paint collection in collaboration with Ellen Kennon Full Spectrum Paints that promises to influence the way designers use color. Why? Because most paint uses only a few colorants as well as gobs of black to tone them down. Black, however, reflects no light. Color, to be seen as color, needs to â&#x20AC;&#x153;resonateâ&#x20AC;? with reflected light, according to Jacobs. Her paint collection uses least seven colorants and no black for each mixture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even colors we typically call â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;neutralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; im-

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become a favorite event for those of us whose privilege it is to produce this magazine every two months. At this year’s luncheon, held under a tent at the Boston Design Center in conjunction with Design Boston, we nibbled on box lunches while we chatted up a storm with the designers attending the BDC’s annual set of seminars and talks. Interior designer Meichi Peng celebrated the first anniversary of PENG FURNISHINGS, her retail home boutique in Boston’s South End. Peng, you will recall, is among the first group of our 5 Under 40 award winners. Her boutique, filled with museum-quality pieces Should for the home, reflects her own unique your party be design sensibilities. here? Send photographs What did the New England deor high-resolution images, with information about the sign world do before the BOSTON event and the people in the DESIGN CENTER? There probably photos, to New England Home, aren’t too many people who remem530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail ber, given that the BDC just celeimages and information to brated its twenty-fifth anniversary. pbodah@nehome We won’t soon forget the party, mag.com. though—a waterfront gala on a beautiful early autumn evening where we mixed and mingled with the many talented professionals we’ve met in New England Home’s five years of celebrating fine design and architecture in our region. It’s always fun to cheer the winners of the annual ASID DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS, and this year was no exception, as we watched many of our friends take home prizes for their wonderful design work.

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Rediscovering Ogden Codman Jr. David D. Doyle, Jr. introduces Ogden Codman Jr. (1863–1951), noted architect and interior decorator who designed the Breakers in Newport and coauthored The Decoration of Houses with Edith Wharton. Doyle will offer a detailed and nuanced snapshot of Codman’s life in the last decade of the nineteenth century, when his sexual interests and self-understanding first becomes apparent. Codman Estate, Lincoln, Mass.; (617) 994-6690; www.historicnew england.org; 1–4 p.m.; $15


New England Design Hall of Fame Gala New England Home hosts its fourth annual gala dinner formally honoring inductees to the New England Design Hall of Fame, created to recognize those whose careers have made a significant impact on design in New England, as well as on the overall good of the community. State Room, Boston; (800) 6095154, ext. 0; www.nedesignhalloffame .com; 6:30 p.m.; $275, reservations required Share Our Strength: A Taste of the Holidays Eight top chefs from Boston, Worcester and Metro West will demonstrate their holiday culinary secrets to benefit Share Our Strength, the premier national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States. Sip fine wine and beer, sample culinary delights and bid in the exciting silent auction and raffle. Clarke Culinary Center, 393 Fortune Blvd., Milford, Mass.; (800) 8425275; www.strength.org, www.clarke culinarycenter.com; 6:30–9:30 p.m.; $85–$100

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International Antiquarian Book Fair Through November 14


Celebrated as one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will feature more than 120 rare-book dealers from around the world. Spend the day browsing, buying or hunting down that perfect, one-of-a-kind holiday gift. Hynes Convention Center, Boston; (617) 2666540; www.bostonbookfair.com; preview 5–9 p.m. Fri., noon–7 p.m. Sat., noon– 5 p.m. Sun.; $8

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A Gathering of Craftsmen Through November 14

The second annual show features thirteen of America’s leading traditional

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. 140 New England Home November/December 2010

Pucker Gallery Boston • (617) 267-9473 www.puckergallery.com Jeffrey Hessing: Near & Far October 16–November 29 Jeffrey Hessing’s collection of panoramic paintings cover landscapes from from France to China

McGowan Fine Art Gallery Concord, New Hampshire (603) 225-2515 www.mcgowanfineart.com Catherine Tuttle October 19–November 26 Catherine Tuttle’s collection of oils, watercolors and print monotypes are a visual representation of her inherent emotional response to the natural world

Barbara Krakow Gallery Boston • (617) 262-4490 www.barbarakrakowgallery.com Julian Opie October 23–December 7 Work by internationally recognized contemporary British artist Julian Opie

Greenhut Galleries Portland, Maine • (207) 772-2693 www.greenhutgalleries.com Ed Douglas November 4–27 Maine artist Ed Douglas showcases his command of color, texture and composition in a collection of oils

J. Todd Galleries Wellesley, Massachusetts (781) 237-3434 www.jtodd.org It’s All Boston November 19–December 9 Twenty-three award-winning artists paint new views of Boston from unexpected vantage points, in every season and at various times of day and night

Charlestown Gallery Charlestown, Rhode Island (401) 364-0120 www.charlestowngalleryri.com Holiday Group Show December 3–24 Paintings, photography, sculpture and jewelry

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Calendar artists, artisans and master craftsmen. This is a unique opportunity to meet renowned artisans and craftsmen and have the chance to purchase one-of-akind beautifully crafted works. 300 Danbury Rd. (Route 7), Wilton, Conn.; (203) 761-8646; www.nehistorical connection.com; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.; admission is free, but please RSVP via Facebook at www.face book.com/nehistoricalconnection



New England Dream House/New England Home Episode Join New England Dream House host Jenny Johnson and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner for a tour of the coastal Maine home featured in this issue. The initial airing will be at 7:30 p.m. It will also air at 3 p.m. on November 15, 18, 23 and 26, as well as December 1. The segment can be viewed on the Web at www.nedreamhouse.com starting November 14

day browsing the galleries or take part in one of many special guest lectures offered at various times throughout the weekend. A Gala Preview on Thursday night benefits the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; (617) 363-0405; www.fineartboston.com; 1–9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $15


20 Christmas at the Newport Mansions

Through January 2, 2011

See three of Newport’s most famous mansions, the Breakers, the Elms and Marble House, as you’ve never seen them before, decorated and prepared for the holidays. The Breakers, Ochre Point Ave., and the Elms and Marble House, Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I.; www.newportmansions.com; $19 and up

Boston: Samplers

Through March 13, 2011

The charm and craftsmanship of the samplers and delicate embroideries of colonial Boston women bring to mind a warm domesticity; however, as a group they also reveal much about the lives of Boston women and their role within Colonial society. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; (617) 267-9300; www.mfa.org; 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; free with museum admission ($20) 14th Annual Boston International Fine Arts Show


Through November 18

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Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport Through December 12

A variety of events ring in the Christmas season in Kennebunkport, with

Through December 5


30th Annual Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour The nonprofit tour will feature Mark Twain’s nineteen-room home, along with several historical and architecturally impressive private homes in West Hartford and Hartford, decorated for the holidays. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Conn.; (860) 247-0998; www.marktwainhouse.org; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; $30–$35


Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll Santa Claus is coming for the twentyfifth annual Christmas Stroll along Route 6A in the village of Yarmouth Port. Local businesses welcome the public with holiday decorations, food and music of the season along with Santa arriving on a horse-drawn hay wagon. Festivities end with tree lighting and caroling on the Yarmouth Port Common at 4:15 pm. Yarmouth Port, Mass.; (508) 362-3021; www.hsoy.org; 1–4 p.m.

Through November 19

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Annual Christmas in Salem Tour Ring in the season with the annual Christmas in Salem walking tour of historic homes to benefit Historic Salem. Snow date is December 11. Salem, Mass.; (978) 745-0799; www.christmasin salem.org; 6–8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sat., 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun.; $25–$30

Build Boston Offering more than 250 exhibits and 200 workshops and professional development opportunities for builders, architects, engineers, contractors, designers and more, Build Boston is one of the country’s premier regional tradeshows and conventions, drawing more than 16,000 attendees last year. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; (617) 385-5017; www.buildboston.com; noon–6 p.m. Wed.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Fri.; $15 for exhibit hall, $95 for workshop


holiday shopping, a tree lighting ceremony, caroling and concerts, crafts fairs, art exhibitions, a parade and more. Kennebunkport, Maine; (207) 967-0857; www.christmasprelude.com

10 CraftBoston Holiday Through December 12

Featuring ninety of the most innovative craft artists of our time, showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood. Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; (617) 266-1810; www.craftboston.org; 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $15 •

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Apollo Mirror from Ironies “New reflections in a sunburst of glamour! The Apollo mirror radiates style and personality. An instant showstopper for any room, this sunburst is made of smoky resin rays and a variety of metallic finishes over brass.” STUDIO 534, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 3459900, WWW.S5BOSTON.COM


Sophia Mirror by Thomas O’Brien “The Sophia mirror is a stylish statement piece. The metallic finish and oversized oval shape make it a super choice for making a small room appear larger. It would be fun in a dressing room to add a touch of glamour. The modern size mixed with a vintage-y feel make this feel new and fresh. A mirror with a gold or silver frame is a design staple because it works with any palette and easily complements artwork without overpowering it.” HICKORY CHAIR, THROUGH B. JOHNSTONE & CO. COURTNEY TAYLOR

Zoe Mirror from Made Goods “This charming mirror is made of more than 550 tiny, hand-cut scallops of bone. I would use it in a guest bath, providing function with a whimsical edge, or along with other wall hangings to add another material and shape. A well-designed mirror like this one never goes out of style and can be reinvented simply by changing its location.” THROUGH TAYLOR INTERIOR DESIGN

For Michael Barnum, every project is a new opportunity to create something that’s truly fresh and original. “We really listen to our clients, then we bring their unique sense of style to life,” he says. BARNUM + COMPANY, BOSTON, (617) 451-2125, WWW.BARNUMCO.COM

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Osborne & Little Glimmer Linen “This metallic linen adds an elegant and eccentric touch to any room. I have used the gold and silver colors in oversize throw pillows to add a soft glow to seating and in large-scale window treatments to capture and make the most of natural light. The metallic finish adds glamour reminiscent of old Hollywood and art deco Paris. This has become one of my design staples.” BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-2924, WWW.OSBORNEANDLITTLE.COM



Lee Jofa Baccarat Microfiber “What a wonderful new twist! Bonding metallic foil on a textile as sturdy as ultrasuede in a classic damask no less! Upholster your favorite midcentury chair in this fabric, designed by Andrew Martin, for a total change of pace.” LEE JOFA/FDO GROUP, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 428-0370, WWW.LEEJOFA.COM

Place Textiles Retablo Linen “I recently found this fabric and fell in love. The entire color range is gorgeous and I can think of many ways to use it. For my own home, I would make tall column drapes at the windows, where the natural light would emphasize the silver or gold metallic foil printed on the linen. As daylight fades, the reflective properties would enhance the color of the linen, giving a subtle change to any piece of furniture or window the fabric would adorn.” STUDIO 534

Her background in fashion design influences Bartley Johnstone’s interior design work. In both fashion and home decor, she says, “there should be a core of strong classic pieces to provide a foundation, and an abundance of incredibly wonderful accessories.” B. JOHNSTONE & CO., KENT, CONN., (860) 927-1272

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Horn and Silver Accessories “Both wild and wonderful, these accessories come in many shapes and sizes. Particularly pleasing are the sensuous curves of the generous candlesticks. All the pieces are equally at home with elegant or more rustic table-scapes.”

Dunes and Duchess Candelabra “This candelabra [from the new company headed up by New England Home’s own Stacy Kunstel and photographer Michael Partenio] combines an updated woodturned form with a funky metallic finish. The painted finish is a fresh interpretation of the classic silver candelabras of the past. This is the perfect piece to add drama to any dining table or console, and is available in a several colors including turquoise and a cool stark white.” HUDSON, BOSTON, (617) 2920900, WWW.HUDSONBOSTON.COM



Thornton Lamp from Circa Lighting “Chic and fun—what a great combination! The mellow brass color is ‘of the moment’ and divinely elegant. This lamp would work well with either bold, bright fabrics or über-sophisticated neutrals. The shape has a great sculptural quality that makes it a perfect accent piece.” THROUGH B. JOHNSTONE & CO.

Courtney Taylor adheres to a philosophy of timeless, sophisticated design that reflects each client’s point of view. “Our goal in every project,” she says, “is to achieve design that combines visual uniqueness with longevity.” TAYLOR INTERIOR DESIGN, PROVIDENCE, (401) 274-1232, WWW.TAYLORINTERIORDESIGN.COM

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Perspectives • Wish List


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Kenneth Dietz, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Like so many people who love what they do, Ken Dietz took a roundabout route to finding his passion. Despite a college scholarship to study fine arts, he decided to major in health administration. While on an internship at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dietz took a part-time job in a local gallery—a wise move, since he decided the health field wasn’t right for him after all. His gallery job often included working with designers who were scouting art for their clients’ homes. Before long, Dietz was taking on clients himself. Two decades later, his work still often focuses on designing around a collection, whether of art, craft, a furniture style or a particular accessory. “My work runs the gamut—modern, traditional, deco,” he says. “It revolves around the client, what they collect and what they like, but I hope I give them more than they would have imagined.” Dietz is a bit of a collector himself. “I’m a sucker for lamps,” he admits. “My most recent is a Lucite-and-chrome chandelier I found in a second-hand shop in Newport.” DIETZ & ASSOCIATES, JAMAICA PLAIN, MASSACHUSETTS, (617) 9832549, WWW.DIETZANDASSOCIATES.COM




1 Carrie Gustafson’s Diamond Bowl “Gustafson’s joyful aesthetic is a quest for lightness and luminosity in her colorful, bold, modernist glass, inspired by the natural world.” D SCALE, BOSTON, (617) 426-1055, WWW.DSCALEMODERN.COM



2 Flexform Ground Piece Sectional “This sectional can be arranged in many configurations; it’s deep and lowslung but still comfortable for the over-40 crowd! It comes in many fabrics and has a leather-covered low bookcase option for books and accessories.” SHOWROOM BOSTON, (617) 482-4805, WWW.SHOWROOMBOSTON.COM

3 Flexform Jacques Dining Table “This piece from Flexform’s Mood collection is a truly transitional table with a graceful, yet handsome, use of materials.” SHOWROOM BOSTON, (617) 4824805, WWW.SHOWROOMBOSTON.COM

4 Teak Splay by Ironies “A large slab of natural teak makes a beautiful art piece for the wall or, mounted on a metal base, a room divider.” STUDIO 534, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 345-9900, WWW.S5BOSTON.COM

5 Peron from Romo’s Delano Collection “I love this new fabric line from Romo that offers solids and textured plains with a subtle glazed finish and a two-tone, small-scale weave.” CALVIN FABRICS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-0691, WWW.CALVINFABRICS.COM

6 Anta Lighting’s Afra 03 Lamp “The sleek, sophisticated design of this lamp—a favorite of mine that comes in white, too—translates well into many room styles.” CASA DESIGN BOSTON, (617) 654-2974, WWW.CASADESIGNBOSTON.COM

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

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief In Private Gardens of Connecticut, just out from The Monacelli Press, noted garden writer and part-time Connecticut inhabitant Jane Garmey has teamed up with photographer John M. Hall (known also for his evocatively atmospheric images of interiors) to give us entrée to twenty-eight horticultural treasures not often viewable by the public. A few, such as Bunny Williams’s exuberant domain in Falls Village and the architectural fantasy—Piranesi in topiary—created by Oscar and Annette de la Renta in Kent, have been widely published before; others are less well known but equally deserving of our attention. The characters of the gardens shown vary considerably. But two shared qualities were key to their creation: patience and reticence. None of these outdoor retreats achieved its current state of grace quickly and none of them strives too hard for effect. However sumptuous or even spectacular the end result, these gardens are, collectively, a beautiful reminder of the virtues of understatement and sustained love. $65. AVAILABLE THROUGH WWW.RANDOMHOUSE.COM AND AT MOST MAJOR BOOKSTORES

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor When Alexis Contant gave her annual Trends Report at the Boston Design Center’s 2010 Design Boston, she declared that soft reds figure prominently in next year’s color palette. That made me happy, because I’ve been planning to reupholster my vintage channel-back wing chair and I’ve had my heart set on red—specifically this Calvin fabric called Shantou. Made of an eco-friendly blend of bamboo chenille, cotton and hemp and woven in a large-scale basket-weave pattern, Shantou has the luxurious softness a favorite old chair deserves. It comes in eight colors including a range of neutrals and a lovely jade, but I fell in love with this warm red called Lacquer. 53”W. BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-0691, WWW.CALVINFABRICS.COM

Jared Ainscough, Assistant Art Director Christine Price Hamilton’s Tesselights are a study in opposites: geometric yet organic, layered but still translucent, illuminated though shaded, serial but unique, and timeless although fragile. They are at the same time both a functional accessory and a sculptural art object. It is this dynamic—the ability to be two different things at once—that strikes a balance in their design and provides limitless possibilities for use. I like to see them hung in combination, at varying heights. Perhaps it’s the changing seasons, but to me they conjure up images of glowing snowflakes suspended in mid-air, as if captured in time. Pricing upon request. CHRISTINE PRICE HAMILTON, CAMBRIDGE, MASS., WWW.CHRISTINEPRICEHAMILTON.COM/TESSELIGHTS

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1 This trio of Big Sur Lanterns—handwoven from sliced vine with glass hurricane inserts—certainly caught our eye at Hudson, but then again, so did the adjustable bronze side table, trays of coop wire and acrylic, hand-painted bar glasses and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that are all part of the exciting new inventory now available. BOSTON, (617) 292-0900,

3 According to Barbara Sallick, creative director of Waterworks, “Lighting is one of the most important elements in a room; every material used should have its own beauty and provoke different emotions.” The company’s new lighting collection is inspired by midcentury design and featured hand-blown glass, porcelain, chrome and antique brass. BOSTON, (617) 951-2496,


2 Sink into the Malhoun sofa at Ligne Roset, part of a modular collection of seating that includes right-arm, left-arm and armless loveseats, sofas and ottomans. This colorful low-set sofa features a beautifully tufted back and wide soft cushions that invite relaxation. It’s perfect for an urban loft or contemporary house. BOSTON, (617) 451-


4 Designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, the new Rodarte Collection is Knoll Luxe’s first introduction of drapery, now available at B.Hive. The collection is an abstract translation of Rodarte’s past runway inspirations; Auden, shown here, is inspired by Rodarte’s classic hand-dyed ombre gowns. BOSTON, (617) 790-6350,


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5 Kristin Drohan, of the eponymous Kristin Drohan Collection, says everything in her collection is inspired by classic design elements. Such is the case with the Francis chair: “The concept was to take a modern style and add a classic wing to obtain a unique design,” she says. “Comfort is not overlooked for style—this chair is remarkably plush.” CONCORD, MASS., (978) 254-5868, WWW.KRISTINDROHANCOLLECTION.COM

6 Leicht, a German cabinet manufacturer renowned for its clean lines and dedication to environmental practices, is now available in New England at Divine Kitchens. “Leicht is considered the benchmark for the most innovative trends in kitchen design,” says Divine Kitchens owner Mariette Barsoum. WELLESLEY, MASS., (781) 2355650, WWW.DIVINEKITCHENS.COM

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8 Who says jewelry is only for homeowners? Bedeck your abode with the new Diva collection from Corbett Lighting, available through Arclight. This elegant pendant is fashion jewelry for the home, made of iron that’s finished in silver leaf, lightly brushed with gold and dripping with faceted crystal drops. NASHUA, N.H., (603) 882-6052,

9 Design Newport, headed by Michael Valvo and Stella Martin, opened this past summer and is a treasure trove (and in most cases the exclusive local dealer) of such wonderful finds as Jill Malek’s modern, eye-catching wallpaper designs (shown here), Santa Maria Novella home fragrances, Tibetan rugs from Tempo, fabulous antiques and more. NEWPORT, R.I., (401) 848-9900

11 With its thick, saddle-leather sling, Toro, by Blu Dot and new at Addo Novo, is a lounge chair for any hour: choose the lighter-colored “day” version for its natural leather sling and white-stained, solid beech frame (shown here), or slip into the equally impressive (and equally comfortable) black-colored “night.”

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OPEN YOUR DOOR TO LUXURY AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER PAGES 86–95 Architects: Patrick Calhoun Hickox and Brigid Williams, Hickox Williams Architects, Boston, (617) 542-1080, (617) 413-1080, www.hickox williams.com Project manager: Rachael Sansom, Hickox Williams Architects Interior designer: Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Design Group, Boston, (617) 227-6693, www.geraldpomeroydesigngroup.com Builder: F.H. Perry Builder, Hopkinton, Mass., (508) 435-3062, www.fhperry.com Project superintendent: Jon-Mark McLaughlin, F.H. Perry Builder Landscape architect: Allen Abrahamson, Abrahamson & Associates, Brooksville, Maine, (800) 286-2815 Cabinetmaker: R.F. McManus Company, Charlestown, Mass., (617) 241-8081, www.rfmc manus.com Stairwright: Jed Dixon, North Road Woodshop, Foster, R.I., (401) 647-5773, www.northroad staircom Lighting designer: Patti Brothers Lighting, Sudbury, Mass., (978) 443-9412, www.pattibros.com Audio/video: Eric Farmer, StarTec Communications, Randolph, Mass., (781) 740-7898, www.go startec.com Upholstery: Connors Design, Marlborough, Mass., (508) 429-4980 Window treatments: Miles River Sewing, Danvers, Mass., (978) 750-4923, www.milesriver sewing.com Pages 86–87: Drapery fabric by F. Schumacher & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9165, www.fschumacher.com, with sheer fabric by Brunschwig & Fils, Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2855, www.brunschwig.com; rug by Asmara, Boston, (617) 261-0222, www.asmarainc .com; fabric on dining side chairs by Lee Jofa, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0370, www.leejofa.com; head chairs from Hickory Chair, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-5605, www.hickorychair.com, with fabric by Brunschwig & Fils; Rousham Hall lantern by Vaughn through Webster & Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, www.webstercompany .com; Georgian bachelor’s chest from Brookline Village Antiques, Boston Design Center, (617) 542-2853, www.brooklinevillageantiques.com. Pages 88–89: Sofa fabric by Lee Jofa; coffee table by Niermann Weeks through M-Geough, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412, www.mgeough.com; rug by Asmara; drapery and lounge chair by F. Schumacher & Co.; slipper chair fabric by Rogers & Goffigon, Greenwich, Conn., (203) 532-8068; loveseat fabric by Brunschwig & Fils; secretary from Alexander Westerhoff Antiques, Essex, Mass., (978) 768-3830, www.westerhoffantiques.com; screens and foo








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Resources dogs from David Neligan Antiques, Essex, Mass., (978) 768-3910, www.davidneliganantiques .1stdibs.com. Pages 90–91: Custom backsplash by Tile Showcase, Boston Design Center, (617) 426-6515, www.tileshowcase.com; custom Ponti chandelier and Girand sconce by Dessin Fournir, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, www.dessinfour nir.com; area rug by Asmara; Zurich lantern from Vaughn through Webster & Company; drapery fabric by Kravet, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506, www.kravet.com, with drapery tape and sheers by Brunschwig & Fils; throw from B.Hive, Boston Design Center, (617) 7906350, www.bhiveshowroom.com. Pages 92–93: Mural by Susan Harter, Boston, (718) 576-1362, www.susanharter.com; runner by Stark, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506, www.starkcarpet.com; star lantern by Charles Edwards, London, +44 (0) 20 7736 8490, www.charlesedwards.com; wall lights by Vaughn; guest room wallpaper by Harlequin through The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 9512526, www.themartingroup inc.com; carpet by Stark; drapery fabric by Rogers & Goffigon; seashell prints through The Martin Group. Pages 94–95: Bed by Gerald Pomeroy Design Group; drapery fabric by F. Schumacher & Co.; chaise fabric by Lee Jofa; bench from The Barn at 17 Antiques, Somerville, Mass., (617) 6255204, www.thebarnat17.com, with leopard fabric by F. Schumacher & Co.; antique sunburst from Alexander Westerhoff Antiques; wall sconces from Charles Edwards; wallpaper from Maya Romanoff through Donghia, Boston Design Center, (617) 574-9292, www.donghia.com.

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MODERN LOVE PAGES 98–105 Interior designer: Kathryn Corbin, BrownCorbin Fine Art, Lincoln, Mass., (617) 513-6241, www.brown-corbin.com Architect: Brooks Mostue, Davis Square Architects (formerly Mostue & Associates), Somerville, Mass., (617) 628-5700, www.davissquarearchitects.com Fine art consultant: Jeffrey R. Brown, BrownCorbin Fine Art, Lincoln, Mass., (617) 510-3478, www.brown-corbin.com Landscape architect: Kevin J. MacNeill, Maynard, Mass., (978) 897-1223 Pages 98–99: Putnam Ivory wall color by Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; nest chair by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia through Montage, Boston, (617) 451-9400, www.montage web.com; striped and small toss pillows by B&B Italia through Montage; hanging lamp by Tracy Glover, Providence, R.I., (401) 724-1100, www .tracygloverstudio.com; fireplace mantel by Jeremy Weiss, Crestwood, Ky., (502) 758-0295; hearth stone from Ashfield Stone, Ashfield, Mass., (413) 628-4773, www.ashfieldstone.com. Pages 100–101: Living room sofa from Rolf Benz/hülsta, Boston, (617) 227-2021, www.rolf

Resources benzhulsta.com; side table by Charles Crowley, TopDog Studio, Gloucester, Mass., (978) 2829532, www.topdogstudio.com; coffee table by Peter Dean, EcoCycle Design, Marion, Mass., (508) 748-0664; round table by John Everdell, Medford, Mass., (781) 391-1242. Pages 102–103: Powder room vessel sink by Oceana Glass Designs, Jeannette, Penn., (724) 523-5567, www.oceanaglassdesigns.com; Olive Branch wall color by Benjamin Moore; wall tiles from Oceanside Glasstile through Elements 4 Design, Northboro, Mass., (781) 953-5685 www .elements4design.net; kitchen tile through Elements 4 Design; kitchen counter granite from Marble and Granite, Westwood, Mass., (781) 407-9560, www.marbleandgranite.com, fabricated by Boston Fabrication, Norwood, Mass., (781) 762-9185, www.bostonfab.com; custom bamboo cabinetry by Barlow Architectural Millwork, Hampstead, N.H., (603) 329-6026; dining table by John Everdell; recycled leather dining chairs from Homestyle, Providence, R.I., (401) 277-1159, www.homestyleri.com; sideboard by John Everdell; Alligator Green wall color by Benjamin Moore. Page 104: Wylie Blue wall color by Benjamin Moore; bed from Adesso, Boston, (617) 4512212, www.lignerosetboston.com. Page 105: Hakatai custom-blend mosaic tile from Elements 4 Design; Kohler tub and faucet through Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, Beverly, Mass., (800) 649-2284.

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THE SCIENCE OF ART PAGES 108–115 Architect: Peter Forbes, Peter Forbes, FAIA, Architects, Florence, Italy, and Seal Harbor, Maine, +39 055 462 7457, (207) 610-0970 Project architect: Corey Papadopoli, Elliott + Elliott Architecture, Blue Hill, Maine, (207) 3742566, www.eena.com Custom woodwork: Jim Robinson, Details in Wood, Northeast Harbor, Maine, (207) 276-4118 Landscape architect: Michael Boucher, Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture, Freeport, Maine, (207) 865-1080, www.boucherland scape.com Pages 110–111: Atrium White wall color by Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; sofa, chairs and end table from Reside, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 547-2929, www.resideinc.com; throw from Muse Group through Showroom Boston, (617) 482-4805, www.showroomboston.com. Page 113: Table, chairs and shelf unit by Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Auburn, Maine, (207) 784-3332, www.thosmoser.com. Pages 114–115: Bed and bedside table by Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers; orange alpaca throw from Patterson Group Luxurious Linens, Boston Design Center, (617) 443-4904, www.patterson group.org; Belgian linen bedding from Patterson Group Luxurious Linens; Knoll Textiles square pillows from B.Hive, Boston Design Center, (617) 790-6350, www.bhiveshowroom.com. •

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Brookline, Massachusetts In the early 1630s, a parcel of land was developed as a common area for Boston residents. The little hamlet, known as Muddy River, eventually gained governmental autonomy in 1705 and became the independent town of Brookline. This shift toward self-rule heralded a socioeconomic change for Brookline, turning it from a rural settlement into a fashionable residential community. During the late eighteenth century and into the early nineteenth century, Brookline was refashioned into a “garden suburb” for wealthy Bostonians who sought to escape the growing urbanization of the city. The late nineteenth-century manufacturing boom led to a surge in Boston’s population as immigrants came to work in the city’s factories. Eventually, these new citizens began moving out of the urban core, and Brookline’s populace expanded to include people of German, Irish and Italian heritage. The switch from horse-drawn carriages to electrified trolleys meant people could commute to work, prompting the development of brick apartment buildings along the town’s streetcar lines. Today’s Brookline maintains its sense of urban convenience and suburban ease, as the brick-fronts mingle with their Victorian-era neighbors that hark back to an age that valued the rustic landscape for its promise of tranquility. —Carling Sturino

What it Costs An updated townhouse close to public transportation runs about $290,000, while single family homes currently for sale range from $500,000 for a 2,500-square-foot colonial to an $8.9 million palatial French-style manor. Your Next-Door Neighbors Brookline’s population includes students and professors from Boston-area universities, as well as professionals who work in Boston but choose to live in Brookline for its excellent school system. Large groups of Russian and Israeli immigrants add diversity to the town’s culture as well as its cuisine. How You’d Spend Your Free Time Brookline has many parks and playgrounds. The ultimate playground, though, might be The Country Club, one of the nation’s oldest private golf courses. Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner offer a diverse selection of shops and restaurants. And, of course, all of Boston’s attractions are close by.


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$4,500,000. Federal Colonial-style residence beautifully sited on 3 level acres on a private cul-de-sac. Embellished by lush lawns, a pool and an extraordinary terrace with barbecue station. Brigitte Senkler / Sharon Mendosa, (978) 369-3600

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Greenwich, CT $12,950,000 MLS# 77308, Jean Ruggiero, 203.552.0937

Fairfield, CT $7,950,000 MLS# 98467385, Michelle&Company, 203.454.4663

Fairfield, CT $6,750,000 MLS# 98468790,Al Filippone Associates, 203.256.3264

Southport, CT $4,500,000 MLS# 98474676, Anne Estelle, 203.255.6841

Westport, CT $4,450,000 MLS# 98476150, Michelle&Company, 203.454.4663

East Orleans, MA $4,275,000 MLS# 71052959, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558

New Canaan, CT $3,695,000 MLS# 98471396, Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790

New Canaan, CT $3,495,000 MLS# 98476706, New Canaan Office, 203.966.3555

Brookline, MA $3,490,000 MLS# 71136915, Sarina Steinmetz, 617.610.0207

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Dover, MA $2,895,000 MLS# 71131539, Sheila & Richard Walsh, 508.400.7063

Brookline, MA $2,450,000 MLS# 71108913, Mary Gillach, 617.935.9290

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Haddam Stunning 6,000 +S/F Colonial. Open floor plan. Hugh Kitchen/BBar. 5 bedroom, 4+ bath, 3 car gar. Poss. Au Pair/In-Law. 5+ ac. Additional 2500+S/F walkout lower level with movie theater. Poss. Horse property. $799,000

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Blank Canvas Estate Awaits Your Personal Touch 85 Carter Drive, Framingham MA Atop Nobscot Mountain in Skyview Estates, this spectacular property offers views over 820 acres of State Park land to the Boston skyline. This commanding estate features the utmost in privacy and luxury. The 15,000 square-foot home features four garage parking spaces with radiant heat, six bedrooms, eight full baths and three half-baths. Take advantage of the rare opportunity to customize this elegant residence and build your dream home. Blank Canvas $3,495,000 - Completed $5,495,000

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Pure Chocolate 81

Encores 144

Quidley & Company 23

F.H. Perry Builder 69, 71

The Quilted Gallery 149

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R.P. Marzilli & Company 163

Ferguson 58–59

RiverBend & Company 37, 39

First Rugs 17

Rosbeck Builders Corp. 139

Fortunato 138

Runtal North America 118

Furniture Consignment Gallery 173

Sanford Custom Homes 153

Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty 172

Scandia Kitchens 6–7

Gilberte Interiors 147

Shor Interior Design 155

The Granite Group 116

Snow and Jones 63

Home Life 20

South Shore Millwork 77

Housewright Construction 2–3

Stark Carpet 13

Howell Custom Building Group 51

Stone Technologies 131

Hutker Architects 12

Studio Steel 175

Installations Plus 149

Sudbury Design Group 4–5

J Barrett & Company Real Estate 166

Susan Shulman Interiors 49

J. Todd Galleries Inside front cover, page 1

Taste Design 145

Bushari Group Real Estate 172

Kennebunk Beach Realty 170

Thistle Design and Decor 175

Casa Design 161

Kristen Rivoli Interior Design 151

Thoughtforms 47

Chip Webster & Associates 151

LaBarge Custom Home Building 8–9

TMS Architects 106

Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate 107

Landry & Arcari 35

Triad Associates 117

Clarke Distributors 132

LDa Architects & Interiors 97

Vermont Verde Antique Marble Co. 138

Cold River Vodka 81

League of N.H. Craftsmen 133

Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration 45

Coldwell Banker Previews International 167

Leslie Fine Interiors 43

Colony Rug Company 41

M. Gabaree Lampshades 159

Coneco Geothermal 82

Marble and Granite 74–75

Cornice Realty 172

Mary Crane—Century 21 Properties 171

Cottage and Bungalow 144

Maverick Integration Corp 125

Country Carpenters 84

Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors 143

Creative Art Furniture 155

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 66–67

Crown Point Cabinetry 65

Morehouse MacDonald & Associates 19

Cumar 137

Narragansett Beer 129

Cutting Edge Systems 61, 121

New England Dream House 156

Daher Interior Design 25

New England Architectural Finishing 143

David Sharff Architect, P.C. 141

Northern Lights Landscape 128

Dietz & Associates 157

Ocean Properties 141

Divine Kitchens 73

Pellettieri Associates 83

A.J. Rose Carpets 24 Ahearn-Schopfer and Associates 29 Ana Donohue Interiors 162 Atlantic Design Center 10–11 Audio Video Intelligence 123 Authentic Designs 145 B & G Cabinet 164 Back Bay Shutter Co. 57 Battle Associates 36 BayPoint Builders 26 Bear Path 44 Belisle Doors and Windows 156 Bellini Baby & Teen Designer Furniture 1 Bensonwood Homes Back cover Billie Brenner Ltd. 145 Blanche P. Field 173 Boston Architectural College 153 Boston Billiard Emporium 157 Boston Design Center 15 Bradford Design 22 Brassworks Fine Home Details 159

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Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

WHEN CLIENTS FIRST approach us with a new project, we work to identify a style or vision that appeals to them. Sometimes they will bring in design ideas from magazines or books. In this instance we started out with a picture of an existing railing from a nineteenth-century townhouse on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue—part of an extensive library we keep that shows work from different countries and historical periods. In talks with our clients we played around with different elements, sketching them on the photo, until we came up with a general design. We then refined the design further in AutoCAD drawings. The scrolls became taller and narrower to meet current building code requirements; the leaves became thinner to accommodate a die-forged ball added in the middle of the scroll. After approval of a final drawing we created a sample section to ensure that the end result would be exactly what was envisioned. Eventually the whole hand-hammered railing was sandblasted, painted with black gilder’s paste (the leaves were accented with gold gilder’s paste), hand-sanded to provide the desired surface effect, then clearcoated and installed on a flight of stone steps leading from the house’s entry to the living area upstairs. These clients have since hired us to create two fireplace screens, and we’re now in the design stage for a driveway gate. GEORGE MARTELL, MARTELL’S METAL WORKS CORP., ATTLEBORO, MASS., (508) 226-0136, WWW.MARTELLMETAL.COM


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Celebrating Fine Design And Architecture

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