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in granular gray slop and clots of sticky slush ride a stiff wind down from the clouds, it’s particularly easy to remember some of the things I love about my job. (Not the ending you expected for that sentence, is it?) On this raw afternoon I am ensconced in our office overlooking Boston’s SoWa district, happily reviewing the advent of summer. Photographs of several projects slated for our next few issues have glowed from the computer screen, full of lush grass, trees in leaf, verdant salt marsh. A very welcome (in imagination, at least) cooling drink and consummately fluffy towel sit waiting on a chaise by the pool, and island hydrangeas peek over a fence, in riotous bloom. Meanwhile an old North Shore carriage house emerges from a makover having gained many classical details, a wonderful brick-clad kitchen and an overall aura of quite stately elegance (you can see a preview of the house, actually, on page 224 of this issue). A different kitchen sports a deliciously rough concrete breakfast bar; in one bathroom a mottled

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gray Venetian plaster sets off rich-grained red wood. Elsewhere creamy daylight washes an expanse of white-painted beadboard and a fieldstone floor awaits the pad of bare feet. Shingles. Stucco. Palladian arches. Adirondack chairs. Such a panoply of varied architectural and interior-design excellence; such a delight to experience and ponder. And I’m actually paid to do this. Who could complain about that? We’re often asked how we put together issues of New England Home. The question has no simple answer. Naturally we see lots of beautiful houses, many of which we’d love to feature. But assembling just the right combination of projects—within each issue as well as from one issue to the next— is a complex, almost alchemical process, one that incorporates simple gut feel in addition to rational deliberation. First, we try over time to cover a good geographical range. After all, New England comprises six quite different states, each with its own mix of talent and topography. We also try to feature many different kinds of residences: estates, townhouses, lofts, vacation homes, mountain retreats and so on. Then there is the matter of style. Unlike magazines that focus on a certain “look,” we showcase homes in any style, provided we believe they are interesting and beautifully executed. Perhaps the most elusive yet most necessary quality is real personality. The spaces we show should be as individual as the people who create and live in them. Finally, the stories for an issue of New England Home must play well together. In the end a feeling of rightness that’s virtually inexpressible in words governs the choice. This is a lot to juggle, and there are those frustrating occasions when a perfectly lovely project loses out because we just can’t find the proper editorial home for it. Still, all the viewing and debating are great for someone like me, whose taste contentedly encompasses a lot of variety. And I hope very much that the end product works nicely for you, too.

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108 Rooms to Grow A young family’s move from a one-bedroom apartment to a

six-story Beacon Hill townhouse means blending a grownup sense of style with a child-friendly setting. INTERIOR DESIGN: KRISTIN IRVING, KOO DE KIR • PHOTOGRAPHY: LAURA MOSS • TEXT: ERIN MARVIN • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

118 A Fruitful Collaboration For their house on several acres of a New Hamp-

shire apple orchard, a couple trusts the instincts of their architect and winds up with a home that is everything they never knew they wanted. ARCHITECTURE: WILLIAM SOUPCOFF, TMS ARCHITECTS • INTERIOR DESIGN: MICHAEL CEBULA • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: ETOILE HOLZAEPFEL • PHOTOGRAPHY: JOHN BESSLER • TEXT: PAULA M. BODAH • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

128 Made to Order So well suited to its gracious old neighborhood and so per-

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fectly attuned to the needs of its owners, a home in Weston, Massachusetts, cleverly disguises its origins as a brand-new spec house. ARCHITECTURE: THOMAS CATALANO • INTERIOR DESIGN: BARBARA KOTZEN • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: MARC MAZZARELLI • PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM GRAY • TEXT: MEGAN FULWEILER

138 When Art Meets Heart Designer Tony Cappoli’s own Boston apartment has

the kind of harmony that can only result from a combination of expertise, talent and the willingness to trust one’s deepest instincts. INTERIOR DESIGN: TONY CAPPOLI • PHOTOGRAPHY: KELLER + KELLER • TEXT: STACY KUNSTEL • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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On the cover: For his own Boston apartment, designer Tony Cappoli went for a sleek look enlivened with brightly colored accents. Photograph by Keller + Keller. To see more of this home, turn to page 138.

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22 From the Editor 34 New at Nehomemag.com

Art, Design, History, Landscape 49 Elements: Winning Hands Whether functional, fun or elegant, the newest

hand-crafted pieces bring an artist’s touch to the home. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ

Design Destination: Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, Dublin, New Hampshire 56 60 Books: Noteworthy New Releases Three new tomes offering advice and in-

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People, Places, Events, Products 184 Trade Secrets: Musing on the Design Muse Comings and goings (and a

few surprises) in the lives of New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL 188 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate archi-

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tecture and design. 194 Calendar Special events for those who are passionate about fine design. 198 Perspectives Area designers on outfitting an elegant home office Wish List: Home products that Providence designer Barbara Lazarus loves 204 It’s Personal: Favorite finds from the staff of New England Home 206

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208 Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s featured

homes. 212 Premier Properties: Farmington, Connecticut 221 Advertiser Index 224 Sketch Pad Creating elegant storage solutions in an old carriage house was the

challenge for John Kelsey of Wilson Kelsey Design in Salem, Massachusetts.

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Stacy Kunstel skunstel@nehomemag.com SENIOR EDITOR

Paula M. Bodah pbodah@nehomemag.com MANAGING EDITOR

Erin Marvin emarvin@nehomemag.com ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR

Jared Ainscough jainscough@nehomemag.com CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

The Designers Have Found Us.

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Winning Hands In the world of design, it’s a pretty sure bet that as soon as a certain aesthetic reaches saturation, it’s time for the next “best thing.” For those tired of the overly shiny and smooth, the evidence of an artisan’s hand comes as welcome relief. Now, it might be argued that hand crafting is not a new idea. That’s true. What’s new is the level of elegance these objects carry. Today’s artisans employ new technologies without ever losing sight of the talent available at their own fingertips. A refinement of surface, a sophisticated palette, a sense of luxury—these handmade pieces are hands-down handsome. Hand Finished Inspired by the delicate shape of Biedermeier candlesticks he found at a flea market ten years ago, Ted Muehling uses a computerized lathe to reinterpret the form. Hand plating and polishing each piece accentuates the silhouette. The seventeen different shapes are available in oxidized bronze (shown here), gold or sterling silver plate. $720. PATINA, NANTUCKET, MASS., (508) 228-7118

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Hand Sewn Japanese designer Yumiko Sekine uses raw linen from Lithuania to create simple, subtle tablecloths. The cloths, which measure fifty-one inches square, are hand sewn. They get softer and more absorbent with each washing. $68. POD, BROOKLINE, MASS., (617) 739-3802, WWW .POD.BIGCARTEL.COM

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Hand Wrapped Fascinated by the craftsmanship involved in traditional globe-making, the artist (and art conservator) David Colombo began crafting his own orbs about four years ago. Colombo first designs the globe’s image, then prints the paper pieces (called gores), which fit precisely around the sphere. The mixed-media globe measures 11.5" by 8". $300. THE SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, BOSTON, (617) 266-1810, WWW .SOCIETYOFARTSANDCRAFTS.COM

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It is a cold and gray February day as we head north from Boston to visit the New Hampshire shop of antique rug dealer Peter Pap. Though the shop has been highly recommended to us by discerning friends, we’re grumpy. It’s not only cold, it’s Saturday, the day we reserve for grocery shopping, dry cleaning drop-off and the various and sundry errands that mount up during the workweek. So, as much as we enjoy discovering new design resources, we are a bit petulant at the thought of all we’re not getting done today. Fueled by coffee and scones, we cross into New Hampshire just as the sky turns blue. The birches that line the road seem to bow in greeting. About an hour later, we pull into the gravel driveway of a white clapboard house, red barn visible at the rear. We enter the sun-filled shop of Peter Pap Oriental Rugs and our mood, like the day, brightens. To the right of the entrance stands a large room that calls to mind a postmodern version of a gallery in an English country house. White columns line either side, and rugs

cover the length of the floor, hang on the wall and lie in piles along the room’s perimeter. Meandering through, we yammer on about the rugs—each richer in color than the next—until we come upon another rug-filled room. Here, the rugs are rolled, tied and stacked on end, like some deliriously textured, patterned fence. A large Persian Bidjar rug, its saturated colors and dense pattern creating a veritable flower garden, covers most of the floor; a late nineteenthcentury Fereghan Sarouk hangs on the wall. In Pap’s absence (he divides his time between this shop and one in San Francisco) the knowledgeable and softspoken Barry Featherstone gives us a few facts about Peter Pap Oriental Rugs. There are more than 1,200 carpets in the current collection, and their origins include Persia (now Iran), Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Afghanistan, China and India. The carpets, many of which date back to the middle of the nineteenth century, have been chosen for their color, design, rarity, craftsmanship and condition. And that’s just the beginning of the story. There is so much to see and learn here, we stay longer than expected—Saturday schedule be damned. 1225 MAIN STREET, DUBLIN, N.H., (603) 563-8717, WWW.PETERPAP.COM. OPEN WEDNESDAY–SATURDAY 10 A.M.–5 P.M. OR BY APPOINTMENT

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show you what I mean,” says Prasch, when asked a technical question about working with glass. As she flicks a match to power up a propane bench torch—whoosh—she is suddenly transformed. The soft-spoken, mild-mannered artist seems to come alive as she works a ten-inch-long tube of borosilicate glass under the steady blue and yellow flame. Constantly turning and working the tube in the 3,000-degree flame, Prasch effortlessly stretches and tapers it. “Exciting, isn’t it?” she asks as she magically shapes the thin tube into an elegant


Artistry flower stem. “I can’t get enough of this!” Her eyes light up and she giggles as she demonstrates how she can make something so beautiful out of something so basic as fire and glass. “I have often said that working with glass mesmerizes me,” Prasch confesses as she blows into one end of another glass tube, transforming it—like a butterfly from a chrysalis—into a delicate vase. Holding up her latest creation, she says with a wide grin, “This is addictive!” Prasch has been addicted to glass for a long time. She took her first flame-working classes (using torches to fashion a piece instead of blowing molten glass at the end of a pipe) at the YWCA in Nebraska when she was just thirteen years old. “I was hooked instantly,” she remembers. She soon apprenticed to a scientific glass blower and took workshops from well-known “THERE’S A STRONG SIMILARITY BETWEEN SCIENTISTS AND ARTISTS. THEY ARE BOTH CREATIVE, REACHING FOR SOMETHING UNKNOWN THAT THEY SEE IN THEIR MIND’S EYE.”

glass artists such as Ray Schultz and Lino Tagliapietra. She went on to earn a BFA in glass and ceramics from the University of Kansas in 1980 and followed that with more prestigious workshops and a Certificate in Scientific Glass Technology from New Jersey’s Salem College. “I knew I could always fall back on earning a living as a scientific glass blower,” she explains. Although Prasch now works three days a week as a scientific glass blower at Syracuse University, where she repairs and fabricates everything from intricate, complex vacuum manifolds to massive bell jars, she is best known as a Top: Baby (1998), much sought-after, glass, neon and xenon award-winning gas, 8"h Bottom: Blue glass artist. Her Bowl (2008), 18"w work is in private collections around the world and has been featured in several books on glass art. She has taught workshops at Japan’s Niijima Glass School, the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck Glass School and elsewhere. Says Tina Oldknow, curator of Modern Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, “Sally is certainly one of the best known flame-workers in the country.” Prasch frequently incorporates scientific glass-blowing techniques into her artistic works. For example, she’s known for pieces 66 New England Home March/April 2010


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with neon, a medium that calls for exacting and precise technical skills, she admires the “luminous light neon brings to a piece.” There is a strong similarity between scientists and artists, she says. “They are

both creative, reaching for something unknown that they see in their mind’s eye.” Prasch’s glass creations include everything from jewelry to sculpture to vessels. She enjoys taking commissions and likes the “back and forth” of working with clients to come up with a design that is mutually rewarding. Her career in scientific glass blowing (she is one of only a handful of women among some 700 men in the field) allows her, as she explains, “to Top: H2O Chandelier (2009), glass and make the artistic metal, 20"w Far left: pieces I want to Stop Worrying and make instead of just Love the Bomb the pieces that sell.” (2008), glass and neon, 3'h Left: Inside This was not al- (1992), 14"h ways the case. As she twists one more rod of glass under the flame in her studio, she smiles as she recalls her days as a full-time glass artisan. “My perfume bottles sold remarkably well and I loved making them. But then a gallery owner ordered fifty more. Then another wanted 100. It got to the point where I never wanted to see another perfume bottle!” Today Prasch notes that her work is inspired by “anything and everything.” She


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Artistry picks up a work in progress, a delicate glass-and-bronze sculpture that will eventually include a glass bird, glass scissors and a glass rope. “This was inspired by what my father told me on his deathbed. He envisioned a beggar coming to his memorial service, tying a rope around him then cutting it so he could fly free,” she says. “My work is about the emotional space surrounding me when I See more @ nehomemag.com am creating. My Find more of Sally work tells a Prasch’s whimsical story, and I have creations in glass. so many more Click on “Art & Style” and then “Artisans.” stories to tell.” A 1994 creation, Dyad, features two squatting human figures encased in an elegant glass chamber and separated by a glass seal. Prasch explains that not long after a close friend died, he came to her in a dream. “He wanted to let me know he was okay,” she says. “In the dream we were both separated by a light.” That barrier is represented in the piece by a glass seal, called a “blind seal,” between the two figures. As Tina Oldknow has noted, “There is a lot of thought in Sally’s work.” There’s also whimsy. “Sally has a great sense of humor and that’s often reflected in her work,” Top: Splash (1998), 12"h says fellow artist Bottom: Don’t Touch Me and collector (1997), 12"w Carole King of Leverett, Massachusetts. Once when King came to her studio smoking a cigarette, Prasch snatched the remaining Marlboro Light from her pack, quickly sealed it into a glass tube and returned it to her, saying, “This is your last cigarette.” Says King, “I still smoke. But I never do it in front of Sally. She’d have a fit!” As Prasch continues demonstrating the transformation of plain glass into a work of art, she admits that she is perfectly content to be living two lives. “At scientific shows they say, ‘There’s the woman who does artistic glass,’ while at glass art shows they call me, ‘the woman who does scientific glass blowing.’ No one can pigeonhole me.” She switches off the propane flame and, as it “pop pops” out of life, adds, “I like that.” • Editor’s Note Sally Prasch’s work will be on display in the exhibit Who’s Who: Roll Call 2010, March 5–April 30 at the Essex Art Center, Lawrence, Mass., (978) 685-2343, www.essex artcenter.com. To see more of her work, visit www.praschglass.com. 70 New England Home March/April 2010


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Ana Donohue, principal and founder of Ana Donohue Interiors, is dedicated to infusing a client’s personality and vision into a unique, beautiful and unexpected space. Established in 2002, Ana Donohue Interiors specializes in residential and boutique design, focusing primarily on interior design, construction and consultation projects. The firm designs full interiors, individual rooms, custom built-ins and custom furniture. Ana and her team also consult on a variety of other projects including furniture selection and layout, color choices, window treatments and art installations. Ana personally oversees each project from conception through installation. Ana Donohue Interiors has a reputation for mixing styles in a room and truly making a house feel like a home. The approach balances and respects the client's opinions and tastes while blending in design that introduces a degree of the unexpected and delivering new 76 Special Advertising Section

possibilities to call home. The company’s approach to new projects starts with extensive research of the architecture, as well as a full understanding of the client’s everyday needs and wants. Once a wish list is established, then the collaboration truly begins yielding mutual excitement and energy driving the vision into numerous possibilities. The beautiful home featured in these pages is a wonderful illustration of the firm’s ability to mix sleek contemporary, mid-century modern and traditional. The owners, still an Ana Donohue Interior’s client, are thrilled with their home!


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Ana Donohue Interiors • (617) 331-2663 • www.anadonohueinteriors.com

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B ARBARA B AHR S HEEHAN I NTERIOR D ESIGN, I NC. Careful Planning, Creative Energy and Client Collaboration

Barbara Bahr Sheehan Interior Design, Inc. is a fullservice interior design firm specializing in residential interiors. We work with clients from the beginning of new construction or remodeling right through to the installation of wallcoverings, window treatments and furniture, rugs and art and accessories. We coordinate with architects and general contractors to ensure each project runs smoothly, and that the end results are well crafted, stylish and fully functioning interiors for our clients. Firm principal Barbara Bahr Sheehan is a National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certified interior designer and has been practicing in the Boston area since 1994. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), where she served on the Board of Directors for two years and now remains an active member. “I believe that good design or a great house doesn’t 78 Special Advertising Section

just happen; a successful design project is always the result of listening to the clients, careful planning and lots of creative energy,” says Bahr Sheehan. “I approach projects in a collaborative way with my clients and I appreciate the trust they place in me to help them make good decisions. My first and foremost goal is to create homes and spaces that my clients love to live in.” At Barbara Bahr Sheehan Interior Design Inc, we pride ourselves on the collaborative approach we take with our clients on their projects. We have found that by establishing a procedure that we always follow, our time and energy are freed up so we can be more creative and can devote ourselves to a successful outcome.


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C AMILLE G ARRO I NTERIORS Creating Beautiful Homes You Love To Come Home To

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Camille Garro Interiors’ twenty-five years of experience in all areas of fine interior design—from complete room interiors, kitchens and baths to room staging— should assure any prospective client of our ability to execute a beautiful home for them. Our business ethos and professionalism has resulted in a stellar reputation and our training in fine arts and design gives us firsthand ability to draw and sketch ideas and implement our creative artistic talents. There are many talented designers that can accomplish putting a pretty room together, so what sets Camille Garro Interiors apart from the vast sea of other designers? Our passion for what we do is reflected by our relentless energy, service and advocacy for our clients. With twenty-five years in the design industry, we have developed close relationships with the subcontractors we employ. Our high level of communication with all those in80 Special Advertising Section

volved in our projects has proven to not only expedite the projects but to do so with minimal errors! Our extensive experience in the design field has enabled Camille Garro Interiors to build a comprehensive resource list and to become more proficient at sourcing new products. Our design networking is a valuable tool that keeps us aware of current design trends. Our vast scope of design styles enables us to understand your needs and design threshold. From historical sensitivity to contemporary classics, from English country and traditional to transitional settings, our team of design professionals will develop and create the beautiful home you love to come home to! Camille Garro Interiors, a grand prize winner of the 2009 Designer Showcase Awards, has been featured in New England Home, in Boston Common’s “The List” and on NECN’s New England Dream House.


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Camille Garro Interiors 350 North Street, Unit 303 Boston, MA 02113 (617) 391-0508 www.camillegarrointeriors.com Special Advertising Section 81


D AHER I NTERIOR D ESIGN Inspired Design: A Reflection of Your Personality

Established in 1995, Daher Interior Design is a fullservice interior design firm covering all aspects of residential and commercial interior design. Daher Interior Design creates environments that reflect the interests and taste of the client, making certain to include the client in the decision making process. Each client and each project is unique. Daher Interior Design creates a design plan that works the space to its fullest potential and expresses the individuality of the client. The firm’s style combines the freshness of the way people live today with elements borrowed from many periods and global locales. The Daher Interior Design team has an extensive background in planning, drafting and project coordination, as well as expertise in all mediums of art. Daher Interior Design prides itself on client satisfaction. The process begins by meeting with potential 82 Special Advertising Section

clients in their spaces to discuss their project in terms of specifications, practical requirements and budget. A site survey is then carried out by the Daher Interior Design team in conjunction with specialist consultants where appropriate. Based on all of these factors the firm then begins work on space planning, layout and conceptual work and producing interior specifications. Daher Interior Design has completed many projects including showhouse rooms and has been published in New England Home, Boston Globe Magazine, Portland Press Tribune, Andover Townsman, Portsmouth Herald, Renovators Magazine, Eagle Tribune, Accent Magazine, The Andover’s Magazine, New Hampshire Magazine and on NECN’s New England Dream House.


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D AHER I NTERIOR D ESIGN Andover and Boston, MA (978) 475-4970 or (617) 236-0355 www.daherinteriordesign.com Special Advertising Section 83


E LIZA T AN I NTERIORS Refined Interior Spaces

Known for her warm, comfortable designs with subtle richness, Eliza Tan has designed beautiful homes throughout the New England region for more than fifteen years. She has worked on expansive residences, pied-aterres and weekend homes from Vermont to Cape Cod. After a long-standing career in real estate development, Tan turned her attention to designing handsome interiors. She has a strong knowledge of architectural styles and detailing and frequently begins a project by reworking the interior architecture so the spaces function better and by adding detail so the spaces have more character. “The homes I create for my clients are particularly inviting and, above all, are a reflection of their unique vision, tastes and personal style,” says Tan. As one client notes, “Eliza’s work has an intelligent sensibility about it that is realized in clean lines, beautiful colors and a subtle use of pattern and texture. We fol84 Special Advertising Section

lowed her work and selected her because the rooms she designs tend to be airy and light, unpretentious, yet at the same time luxurious.” Tan favors furniture from a variety of periods and styles and chooses fabrics with texture to add richness and comfort. Pattern is used sparingly and is expressed in soft muted ways while lighting and accessories complete the concept of the space. Her sensitivity shows by producing rooms that have a special clarity about them, which comes from a thorough understanding of how the rooms are to be used as well as how they will continue to evolve over time.


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E LLEN’S I NTERIORS, I NC. Timeless, Balanced and Spirited Design Solutions

“Working with a new client is a process of discovery for both the client and myself. Understanding my clients as people with dreams, joys and preferences helps to build the trust that is so important in realizing our shared vision.” –Ellen Winkler, ASID, NCIDQ, owner and principal designer of Ellen’s Interiors, Inc. Understanding our client’s unique vision, objectives and lifestyle and expressing them through fine interior design has been a keystone to Ellen’s Interiors’ 35 years of success. Conversations with our clients reveal a desire to balance form and function in the home. We respond by specifying infusions of color, combined with rich texture and pattern, to create a nourishing backdrop. We create versatility through space planning, suggesting lighting solutions and thoughtfully specifying finishes appropriate to scale and lifestyle. Our portfolio represents a range of high-quality resi86 Special Advertising Section

dential interior design work that is always rich in detail and timeless in appeal, with a touch of unexpected whimsy to delight. Integral to our work is a respect for environmental, historical and architectural context. We are a truly full-service interior design firm, offering space planning, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, finish selection and coordination, furnishings specification and fabrication, project management and turn-key installations. We have built strong relationships with reputable industry vendors, including talented artisans and craftspeople who take the utmost pride in their work. Whatever the scope of the project, we enjoy working in a cooperative and collaborative spirit with the homeowner, architect and builder in creating an environment that is beautifully, uniquely and perfectly suited to our client’s vision and lifestyle!


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H OME L IFE B Y R OSE A NN H UMPHREY Love How You Live

Home Life by Rose Ann Humphrey is committed to their clients “loving how they live.” Passionate and devoted to lifestyle, Rose Ann Humphrey has spent twentyfive years working with clients to set the stage for what we believe is the “main event,” providing a style of home living consistent with who our clients are. Our desire is for gentleness in the homes of our clients, who often live in competitive outside worlds, so they can experience the extraordinary joy of a home that expresses them, supports them and enables them to live in their dreams. Seeing something beautiful they acquired on a fantastic family holiday brings nurturing memories. Light enhancing a carefully chosen paint color or finish that emotionally connects with them. Our clients feel “there is no place like their home as there is no one just like them.” How does it happen? We listen carefully and respect 88 Special Advertising Section

our clients’ willingness to share who they are with us, helping them “discover their own visual voices.” We are inspired by who our clients are and our goal is for them to be delighted and comfortable in their houses. We strive to translate their feelings and needs into designs that not only work for them, but are of them. Home Life by Rose Ann Humphrey offers full service interior design, delivering quality and value to our clientele. We work with a variety of architects, contractors and workrooms, creating the right team for each project. Our exclusive custom built cabinetry is sought after by homeowners around the country. Building lasting relationships with our clients for over twenty-five years, Home Life has catered to clients around the globe, creating homes that offer singular rejuvenation and retreat.


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Home Life by Rose Ann Humphrey • 286 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401 • (802) 864-5218 • www.home-life.com Special Advertising Section 89


K ATHLEEN H AY D ESIGNS Tastefully Inspired Interiors

Kathleen Hay heads up a full-service interior design firm that specializes in high-end residential projects throughout the United States. Her discerning and discriminating eye have garnered her praise as one of the best designers in the world. She has won has won numerous awards for her work including Best Interior Design–U.S.A. in the 2009 Overseas Living and Lifestyle Awards and World’s Best–Interior Design in the 2008 International Property Awards in conjunction with CNBC and the New York Times. She was a finalist in the Andrew Martin International Interior Design Awards in London in both 2007 and 2008. Her residential work has been featured in New England Home, Beautiful Homes, England’s Design et Al and other magazines. Hay’s expertise lies in new construction and con90 Special Advertising Section

struction oversight for the luxury home market. She favors a team approach of close collaboration with architect, builder and clients. The happy results are tastefully inspired interiors distinctly appointed with an eclectic and fresh blend of sophisticated furnishings and accessories.


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K ATHLEEN H AY D ESIGNS T ASTEFULLY I NSPIRED INTERIORS Kathleen Hay Designs Nantucket, Massachusetts (508) 228-1219 www.kathleenhaydesigns.com Special Advertising Section 91


N ANCY G OLDSTEIN D ESIGN, LLC Focus. Drama. Imagination. Illumination.

Nancy Goldstein Design (NGD) is dedicated to the integration of interior and exterior space through effective lighting design. At NGD, we understand that focus is determined by illumination, and our design approach combines a sense of drama with respect for function. Blending a theatrical approach with energy-efficient architectural lighting techniques, we provide clients with exciting, high-quality lighting design solutions. In residential applications, NGD’s solid understanding of interior best practices allows us to create stimulating and effective lighting in kitchens, bathrooms, media rooms and all other living spaces. Art collections are treated with respect for drama and conservation. Public space lighting projects—including retail showrooms, designer boutiques, art galleries and houses of worship—receive the same attention to the dramatic and the functional. NGD offers consultation and specification services to ar92 Special Advertising Section

chitects and interior designers whose clients demand the best in interior lighting and control systems. Outdoors, we provide the highest quality landscape lighting available. Our team works directly with homeowners, or as a subcontractor to landscape architects, real estate developers and general contractors, adapting as necessary to our clients’ individual needs. We also offer specification-only services to those who prefer to manage their own installations. At NGD, we believe in a collaborative approach—utilizing the special talents of each team member to ensure that each project reaches its fullest potential. Whether indoors or out, our lighting design experts will illuminate and enrich your space in ways you never thought possible. Can you imagine it? We can!


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S ELDOM S CENE I NTERIORS International Design Firm

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Seldom Scene Interiors is an international design/build firm that specializes in all phases of design and construction. For her clients and for herself, Wendy Valliere, owner and principal designer, practices the belief that everything is in the details—in design as well as in customer service. This dedication has opened many doors. Twenty years in the industry has taken her across the United States and throughout Europe, designing yachts, such as the world-famous Endeavor; Old-World apartments in New York and Paris; English manors including a castle in the countryside; Newport mansions; seaside escapes in New England and the Hamptons; and magnificent Bavarian ski chalets in Colorado and Vermont. Valliere’s worldwide experience has illuminated her design sense and given her the knowledge and sophistication to cover all aspects of the design process—from vision to palette to architectural and historical detail. Col94 Special Advertising Section

ors, patterns and textures, she believes, should be harmonious but never staid. Scrupulous planning should seem effortless and fabulously undisciplined. She enters a project in the beginning and oversees all the details until she has arrived at a successful and thrilling conclusion. Valliere devotes herself to her clients’ needs—homes are delivered with meticulously embroidered linens, soaps, candles and tea towels all in perfect place—while retaining her signature style of comfortable elegance. The end result feels perfectly curated and perfectly appropriate. Wendy Valliere imagines and executes perfect places to live, entertain and treasure.


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S USAN D EARBORN I NTERIORS, I NC. Interior Design and Consulting Services

Susan Dearborn Interiors, Inc.’s design philosophy of master planning, design education and service and support creates a strong bond between our client and our staff. We work with young growing families expanding into new larger spaces, “baby boomers” who are now dividing their time between second and third homes, and those who are down-sizing into living residences of different configurations. We work closely with our clients on every project, educating them about the design process so they can make intelligent choices for their home. This ensures that our client’s taste is reflected in their home when the project is finished. If you are building or remodeling, the overall master plan includes molding selections, lighting placement, bath and kitchen materials, lighting fixtures, etc. The expertise

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of a professional interior designer will help you avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes. Today the interior designer has become a valued member of the design team, working with architects and builders from the beginning of a building or remodeling project through the completion of the design and decor phase. Interior space is a reflection of exterior design, so the designer’s expertise is helpful from the inception through the end of the project. Master Planning is essential in helping a client envision a completed space and formulate a budget. My knowledge of design-related materials allows my clients to understand the myriad of choices available to them in order to make intelligent decisions. Your home is an investment that deserves our professional attention. Please call for a complimentary consultation.


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S USAN S HULMAN I NTERIORS Award-Winning Distinctive and Timeless Design

A beautiful room is one that functions well, looks harmonious and is as timeless today as it will be tomorrow. Susan Shulman Interiors transforms homes into sophisticated, comfortable and inviting spaces, designing each project uniquely and appropriately for every client. Susan’s goal is to blend this vision with the architectural style of the home, whether new or existing, modern or traditional. During the earliest planning stages, depending on the size of the project, Susan brings the architect, interior designer and contractor together to discuss the vision, the budget and the timetable. Having collaborated with many of Boston’s finest architects and builders, she has an in-depth knowledge of resources and exceptional project management experience. She makes the process educational, efficient and enjoyable. Susan has worked as a professional interior designer 98 Special Advertising Section

for nearly 20 years and has a loyal following of clients in the New England region. An avid oil painter, Susan sites her ability to mix unexpected color combinations for her interior design work directly from her experience in the artist’s studio. She is a member of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and the Boston Design Center’s Designer on Call program. Susan’s work has been featured in the Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Cybele (the official magazine of the Boston Design Center), Newton Magazine, Luxury Homes and Living, Woman’s Day and Design Boston. Susan is also a frequent guest on NECN’s New England Dream House. Recently, Susan Shulman Interiors was awarded IFDA’s 2009 Designer Showcase & Recognition Award for Best Kitchen and their Commitment Award in 2007.


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Susan Shulman Interiors 46 Ellis Road West Newton, MA (617) 527-3433 www.shulmaninteriors.com Special Advertising Section 99


S USAN S YMONDS I NTERIOR D ESIGN Unparalleled Taste and Personalized Service

A problem solver and creator rising to the challenges of the space, site and goals of her clients, Susan Symonds’ mission for every project is to create beyond the predictable, the norm and expectation. Her work and reputation have established her as one of the most highly respected, successful and formidable designers in her field. Susan serves as a collaborator and a guide throughout the interior design process. She loves to work with people who share their dreams with her and trust that she will interpret them to their satisfaction, establishing moods and unique personality characteristics throughout a home’s varying spaces. Susan’s greatest inspirations— aside from her clients—are traveling, museums and literature, and her broad knowledge of history, art and archaeology contributes intrinsically to her involvement in every project. For Susan, communication, trust and collaboration yield the best conclusions, and she creates 100 Special Advertising Section

unique spaces specific to each client, which shows in the diversity of her work. Education, exposure and exploration all contribute to the interpretation of the design challenges and goals. Such an approach—finding optimum solutions and designs to meet the challenges of the spaces and clients—has gained her prominence as a topranked interior designer throughout New England and beyond. “Style comes from classic references and use of color, texture and quality. Quality—and comfort—should be inherent in a space designed for real living,” says Symonds. “I love to work with people who open up their dreams and who trust that I will interpret them.”


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V ILLAGE H OUSE I NTERIORS, L LC Exceed Your Expectations

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Owner and nationally certified interior designer Maria P. Perron, ASID, NCIDQ #022820, provides design inspiration for clients on projects of varying size and scope throughout the Lakes Region and beyond. Maria is the recipient of twenty-seven prestigious Cornerstone Awards, has authored several articles on interior design and contributes to local charities through participation in area showhouses and holiday house tours. When brought into a project during early planning stages for new construction or remodels, Maria is able to work with clients to ensure they have reviewed critical elements of their plans regarding lifestyle, physical need, accessibility issues and safety. Through this process clients are assured their new home or remodeling project meets all of their needs and that their builder understands their goals at the onset of the project. Maria heads the design team at Village House Interi102 Special Advertising Section

ors, along with her husband and partner, Bob Perron, who brings years of experience in millwork to offer the best in windows, doors, stairs and moldings. They are joined by interior designer Delia Moore, who is currently finishing her master’s degree at Boston Architectural College. Depending on a project’s needs, Village House hires out a highly skilled team of carpenters, finishers, electricians and plumbers. All projects are given the energy, time and consideration necessary for safe, aesthetic results that oftentimes exceed expectations. Village House Interiors also offers fine custom cabinetry and countertops, furniture (including the exclusive “Zimmerman” line) and furnishings such as custom window treatments, lighting, flooring, fine papers and accessories. Visit us soon to discover how working with professional space planners can create an atmosphere of excitement based on intelligent, innovative, interesting alternatives.


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A young family’s move from a one-bedroom apartment to a six-story Beacon Hill townhouse means blending a grownup sense of style with a child-friendly setting. Text by Erin Marvin • Photography by Laura Moss • Interior Design: Kristine Irving, Koo de Kir • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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The homeowners found this teak panel in Thailand and wanted it incorporated into their new homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design. Facing page top: The ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Heywood-WakeďŹ eld dining set is another of their favorite treasures. Facing page bottom: Designer Kristine Irving.


decorating a home, it could be said, is a lot like having a baby: you spend months in preparation—researching, rearranging, meticulously planning— and just as you begin to wonder if the labor pains are really worth it, the end result is nothing short of miraculous. In decorating, however, unlike childbirth, you can hire a professional to take care of the more difficult aspects. That’s just what the owner of this Beacon Hill townhouse did . . . while she was in the third trimester of pregnancy with her first child. New to Boston from New York City, the owner and her husband turned to Google for help, using keywords “modern,” “Beacon Hill” and “Boston” along with “interior designer.” One of the first results was designer Kristine Irving’s shop, Koo de Kir, a mecca for all things modern on Beacon Hill. Irving, who opened her place in 1995, says the store is as much a beacon for new business as referrals or word of mouth. “People come in and like the vibe and energy of Koo de Kir and they want to translate that into their home,” says Irving. The homeowners found Irving’s modern, slightly minimalistic approach to decorating an easy fit. But the timetable they were under—weeks away from the expected birth of their son—was slightly trickier. Irving devised a master plan that divided the project into two phases. First, she needed to figure out how the new owners were going to use the space. “With six floors, it’s vertical living and a lot of up and down,” says Irving. She created bubble charts to identify the different sections of the house, noting where the couple would likely spend most of their time. During this first phase, Irving also ripped out existing built-ins and replaced all the standard-issue brass doorknobs and hinges. Yellowing oak floors were stained in a dark Jacobean finish, and a neutral color palette was chosen to act as the perfect backdrop for the pieces that would eventually furnish the house. After the baby arrived, the owners moved out for four weeks while Irving oversaw the second phase, which included a complete renovation of the master bedroom and bathroom. The designer was given an ambitious set of criteria for the new master bathroom: two sinks, two medicine cabinets, a full tub, a separate toilet closet, a shower that would fit two and plenty of light. “There were a lot of demands for a small space,” recalls Irving. But once again she rose to the challenge, putting

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In addition to books, the bookcases on either side of the ďŹ replace were designed to hold beautiful glass pieces from New York. The homeowner loves the French doors on this ďŹ&#x201A;oor, so Irving placed the dining table in a way that allows the window area to remain open and exposed.


In the mudroom, wood ďŹ&#x201A;oors were replaced with easy-to-clean, heated marble ďŹ&#x201A;oors, perfect for where the owners store their bikes and baby carriage. Facing page top: In the kitchenette, a small Caboche lamp mimics the larger version in the dining room. Facing page bottom: A detail in the front entry hall.


in pocket doors to save space, adding an interior window and reconfiguring the entire room and outside hall—even losing a walk-in closet, a hot commodity on Beacon Hill—to gain extra inches in the bathroom. “We lost some closet space, but we gained a lot in aesthetic sense,” says the owner. “It’s not just prettier, but the space is cleaner and lighter, which is a big issue in these old houses.” In the master bedroom, Irving removed the out-ofscale mantel above the fireplace as well as the built-ins on either side. Now, his-and-hers bureaus flank a contemporary, clean-lined fireplace. Soft, natural materials, such as the jute rug, Belgian linen curtains and cotton and linen bedding, balance out the room’s modern furniture pieces. Downstairs, the decoration continued. When they moved to this large house from their 1,200-squarefoot, one-bedroom Manhattan apartment, the owners didn’t bring much with them. “We were so busy, we never furnished it properly,” says the owner. “We didn’t even have a coffee table we liked!” What they did have was a Heywood-Wakefield dining table and a set of Cherner chairs, bought before they were married, and a large teak panel they found in Thailand. All of the pieces have high sentimental value, and the couple wanted them in their new Boston home. “The thing about design is that it’s a process,” says Irving. “You can’t snap your fingers and have an insta-home. The good thing about people who bring things with them is that those things have history. If people ask you where you got something, you’re not saying, ‘Oh my decorator got it.’ The pieces have meaning, and that’s what a home is. It’s about the people who live in it.” Incorporating them into the design was not without its challenges, however. “I never liked that table,” admits Irving. “It was a thorn in my side! But once I found out my clients would let me refinish it, I was able to work with it.” She also managed to balance the owners’ love of color with her own propensity toward neutrals. The Paul Smith rug in the living room, for example, adds a shot of brightness to the arrangement of beige vintage love seats and simple white linen curtains against the cream wall color. With its combination living-dining area and small kitchenette, this floor is just right for entertaining— but not so perfect that it isn’t still kid friendly. “Kristine was very sensitive to our functional needs,” says the owner, “finding furniture that wasn’t so crazily expensive that if your child draws on it, you feel like pulling your hair out. And she found furniture with March/April 2010 New England Home 115


In the master bedroom, Alicia Peck’s Urban Alphabet series of New York City signage hangs over the fireplace. “The owners met in New York,” says Irving. “I felt it was the perfect piece for their bedroom.” Facing page top: Natural elements in the master bathroom include a slate floor, a tree stump-turned-side table and a sheepskin rug. Facing page bottom: The homeowners requested twin mirrors and sinks.

“With six floors, it’s vertical living and a lot of up and down,” says Irving. “We wanted to think through how they anticipated using the space.”

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drawers to put stuff in, so we can still have an uncluttered, clean aesthetic.” Balancing looks with function is a common theme throughout the house, along with a bit of baby proofing: bedside tables designed by Irving have rounded corners; shelves in the playroom are strong enough to hold a toddler who feels the need to test his climbing skills; art and photos on the walls are hung just out of a little arm’s reach; toy chests are padded with fabric. And, of course, storage is


everywhere. “You cannot overestimate the need for storage space when you have a child,” says the owner. Pre-Boston and pre-baby, the owner admits to spending very little time at home, but that’s all changed. “We’ve got this amazing house and we really live in it. When you have kids you live in a place hard, and we’ve never spent as much time at home as we do now. We haven’t fully filled out this house, but we plan to grow.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 208.


A Fruitful Collaboration For their house on several acres of a New Hampshire apple orchard, a couple trusts the instincts of their architect and winds up with a home that is everything they never knew they wanted. Text by Paula M. Bodah • Photography by John Bessler • Architecture: William Soupcoff, TMS Architects • Interior Design: Michael Cebula • Landscape Architecture: Etoile Holzaepfel • Builder: V. Todd & Company • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

Donna and Jeff Fugere weren’t the sort of couple who spent years fantasizing about their dream home. The first time they met with their architect, they weren’t quite sure what sort of place they wanted. They imagined something smaller than the large house that had served so well for raising a family, and they were ready to trade in the colonial style they were used to for a cleaner, more streamlined look. They knew, too, that their new house should respect and reflect its unique location—several tree-studded acres in southern New Hampshire that had belonged to a thriving apple orchard. Beyond that, though, they looked for direction from William Soupcoff, of TMS Architects in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “Basically, we were kind of unprepared,” Donna recalls. “But Bill sat us down and asked us question after question.” • It didn’t take long for Soupcoff to tease out the Fugeres’ likes and dislikes. After that first meeting, Donna says, he returned with a house plan that was remarkably close to the finished product. From their question-and-answer session, Soupcoff gleaned Donna’s appreciation for the simplicity of Asian design and Jeff’s preference for surroundings that are clean, crisp and well-organized—no surprise, given his background as the owner of a company whose product must be manufactured with extreme precision. 118 New England Home March/April 2010


Architect William Soupcoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof lines incorporate hips, gables, dormers and eyebrows, adding interest to the massing and giving the modestly sized house a rambling quality. A local orchard maintains the apple trees and gathers their fruit to sell.


The family room draws warmth from the dark wood of the furniture and serenity from a color scheme of neutrals and seafoam green. Facing page top: The pool house takes on a distinctly Asian look. Facing page bottom: With its minimalist decor, the foyer sets the tone for the house.

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Both husband and wife wanted their house to be sunny and bright, and to take full advantage of the multiple bucolic views. And architect and clients agreed that the exterior should suit its environment. “Inside it could be more contemporary,” says Soupcoff, “but the outside needed to look like a New England house.” The house Soupcoff designed is a cozily comfortable size—just a bit more than 3,000 square feet—but with its series of gables and hipped roofs topping white cedar shingles, it seems to ramble across its site with the easy grace of an old New England farmhouse. The multiple roof lines, Soupcoff notes, “make the massing more interesting and keep the scale down.” The first floor holds most of the home’s living space, with two second-floor guestrooms and a bath tucked under the main gable. Inside, a modern look reigns, thanks to Soupcoff ’s clean treatment of walls and ceilings. Here, cathedral ceilings reach up to dormers that let light spill down into the first floor for the sun-drenched brightness the homeowners craved. “The interior draws its character from the volumes of the house,” Soupcoff notes. “The inside kind of reflects what’s happening on the outside, echoing the hips and gables and eyebrows of the roof lines.” The architect eschewed fancy moldings and even traditional door casings, setting the door jambs flush with the walls and separated by just a one-eighth-inch reveal. “You have no room for error,” he says, “but the result is very crisp, clean and current.” Michael Cebula, a designer based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, joined the process early on. “Donna wanted a Zen-like feel, so we tried to keep things simple, soft and calm,” he says. And calm it is, from the high-ceilinged entry, painted (as is the whole house) in March/April 2010 New England Home 121


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For the study, designer Michael Cebula repeated the palette of the family room, but added fabrics with subtle patterns and splashes of orange for a cozier ambience.

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Soupcoff gleaned Donna’s appreciation design and Jeff ’s preference for crisp,

a soft taupe. In the family room, quartersawn oak floors and built-in bookshelves help bring the cathedral ceilings back down to earth, adding warmth and interest. Because the room is fairly large, Cebula arranged two seating areas, one oriented toward the fireplace and one looking out the large windows to a landscaped terrace. He chose furniture and fabrics with a transitional look—neither too traditional nor too contemporary. “They wanted it to be very casual, and we added just a little bit of elegance,” he says. Sofa and chairs wear a neutral woven fabric, while sofa pillows and a wooden armchair sport a mix of neutral and sea-foam green. A carpet of taupe and green anchors the room, and Cebula added further warmth by opting for dark-stained coffee and end tables. Donna and Jeff initially wanted to forgo window treatments, but Cebula persuaded them to compromise with curtains in the family room, master bedroom and study. Family room treatments are especially simple: just a sheer off-white linen with a subtle window-pane pattern. “Privacy isn’t an issue, and they have so many beautiful views, we kept the window treatments to a minimum,” Cebula says. In the cozy study, Cebula used similar tones of taupe and soft green, then introduced accents of lively orange. Patterns with just a bit of boldness in pillows, curtains, easy chairs and the Tibetan carpet lend interest. The built-in shelves in both family room and study hold a variety of 124 New England Home March/April 2010


for the simplicity of Asian clean surroundings.

A clean, modern look deďŹ nes the dining room. Facing page left: Cebula chose almostmatching dark-wood chairs for the kitchen island and dining room. Facing page right: Built-in shelves of quarter-sawn oak bring the high-ceilinged family room down to size. March/April 2010 New England Home 125


Costa Esmerelda granite ushers the homeowner’s favorite color—green— into the kitchen. Facing page top: The master bedroom adopts the Zen calm the homeowners sought. Facing page bottom: An emerging apple crop.

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objects, both contemporary and antique. The Fugeres had left behind most of their decorative pieces, Cebula says. “They didn’t have a lot of things to put on the shelves, so it was a great hunt to find things.” The designer searched out old and new pieces, many with a distinctly Asian influence. “It took a lot—I went everywhere—but it was a lot of fun,” he says. Donna’s favorite color, green, finds its way into the kitchen in the form of the Costa Esmerelda granite. Beyond its traditional use for countertops, backsplash and island, Soupcoff also used the granite for the top drawers all around. The kitchen opens to the dining room, where ebony-toned chairs mimic those at the island and the theme of soft green is picked up again in the carpet, chair seats and the Asian horses that sit in the window. The master bedroom is the epitome of Zen calm with its simple upholstered headboard and plain oak paneling, which forms a backdrop for a silver-framed mirror above an ebony dresser. Not to be left out of this formula for simplicity is the landscaping. “I wanted to keep it minimal,” says Donna, and Etoile Holzaepfel complied, devising an easyto-care-for plan that created a seamless flow from the still-fruitful apple trees to the brick and bluestone walks and terraces that surround the house and the pool. “I chose materials that are ornamental,” Holzaepfel notes, such as a Japanese lace maple and a variety of evergreens and azaleas. “But it’s subdued, restrained, in keeping with the owner’s desire for something that’s not too fussy or formal.” Donna looks back on to the beginning of the process with a sense of wonder. “From all those questions Bill asked us, we had no idea what he was going to come up with,” she says. “And it was so perfect.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 208. March/April 2010 New England Home 127


So well suited to its gracious old neighborhood and so perfectly attuned to the needs of its owners, a home in Weston, Massachusetts, cleverly disguises its origins as a brand-new spec house. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM GRAY •

Made to Order

ARCHITECTURE: THOMAS CATALANO • INTERIOR DESIGN: BARBARA KOTZEN • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: MARC MAZZARELLI • BUILDER: MARK CAHILL

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Old or new? A jogger pounding by on a sweet spring morning wouldn’t even think to ask. The surrounding homes, all of a similar traditional style, boast impressive pedigrees dating back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since this house complements its neighbors, it’s often assumed to be of the same vintage—a mistaken conclusion that makes Thomas Catalano a happy man. “We wanted it to look like it’s been here forever. We had no set agenda except to respect the context of the site,” the Boston-based architect says. Prettiness aside, the location brought problems. The street has been designated historic—a coveted label that entails design constraints. In addition, the property slopes north. To gather sun, correct orientation was key. The new house had to maintain the area’s unique flavor, relate gracefully to the topography and, of course, be immensely livable. Catalano was originally commissioned, though, to design this impressive Weston house as a spec for area builder and developer Mark Cahill. By the time the owners showed up, the challenges had already been overcome. Similar materials and a clever an-

gling of the three-story structure on the lot wedded the home to its neighborhood and visually diminished its 10,000-square-foot size. Catalano astutely hid the garage to the side and pushed the public rooms people gravitate to— kitchen, dining and living—toward the south to be flooded with light. At the same time, interior designer Barbara Kotzen of Wellesley, Massachusetts, skillfully saw to it that the interior was an inviting canvas that buyers could easily transform to suit their personalities. “I believe every home, every room, should be a reflection of its owners,” she explains. Today’s owners admired the house from the start. “It was 75 percent of what we’d been searching for,” says the husband. “We had only to go in and make some changes so it would work for our family.” An avid car enthusiast and wine connoisseur, he envisioned an expansive garage for storing prized vehicles and a wine cellar for his significant collection. Exercise, billiard and media rooms were priorities as well. No less important was a spacious mudroom for the steady stream of family and friends. March/April 2010 New England Home 131


In the comfortable family room, pristine trimwork and classic plantation shutters set off designer Barbara Kotzen’s mix of lively but cohesive patterns. “I listen to my clients,” says the designer. “Their favorite colors set the tone.”


Catalano and Kotzen remained on board to ensure that the upgrades unfolded in a manner that would befit the near-perfect house. The generous basement provided plenty of footage for a billiard room and a wine cellar which, with its cream-colored limestone floor, cedar beams, floor-to-ceiling racks and rock-faced walls, would be any oenophile’s dream. With guidance from Fred Tregaskis at New England Wine Cellars in Falls Village, Connecticut, the cellar is as functional as it is arresting (so much so that it was chosen for the cover of Living With Wine, published by Clarkson and Potter last year). Another happy discovery: there was more than enough space lurking beneath the living and dining room for a high-tech media room. Kotzen increased 134 New England Home March/April 2010

the drama, adding walls covered in custom fabric to conceal top-notch acoustic speakers nested between shiny blue and gold-leafed pilasters. Soft leather chairs set in neat rows elevate game time (the husband is also a baseball fan), giving family and guests entertainment at its best. The third floor proved an ideal locale for an exercise room. Yet the garage dilemma still remained. “It was only for three cars, and regulations prevented me from making it any larger,” says the husband. Catalano’s solution was ingenious. In order to maintain the garage’s footprint, up came the floor and in came the excavators to make way for three more cars below with automatic lifts. As much as they wanted the house to be beautiful,


Top: Landscape architect Marc Mazzarelli preserved many of the site’s trees. Fieldstone walls exude New England flavor. Bottom: The cabana mimics the home’s architectural style. Facing page: French doors extend along the home’s southern exposure.

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the owners, parents of two teenage daughters, also yearned for comfort. Hands-off fabrics and delicate furniture were verboten. While an abundance of quality millwork—added at the owners’ request—dictated a certain degree of formality, everyone agreed that handsome needn’t be rigid. Catalano’s floor plan allows for a straight view from the vestibule through the dining room and out across the terrace to the garden where a stellar bronze sculpture halts the eye. Every room feels open and sunlit. Accordingly, Kotzen and her clients opted for a spirit-lifting, timeless decor that speaks to their personal preferences, in particular, flowers for the wife. Pale yellow, red, tan and brown replaced yesterday’s safe neutral palette. A thread of white-painted woodwork links the rooms and emphasizes the archi136 New England Home March/April 2010

tecture. “The rooms don’t necessarily match one another, but they do flow together,” says Kotzen. Floral patterns resonate from the warm living room—the wife’s favorite space for reading—to the family room, but never overpower. In the latter, for instance, bloom-festooned pillows rest atop a leather sofa. Antiques mingle with new pieces in rich finishes throughout the house. Every room is truly meant to be used. In addition to a piano, the living room includes a game table where the husband lays his puzzles. The sofa is upholstered in cut velvet—a fabric that clearly invites lingering. With the change of seasons, French doors along the south side are flung open to the stone terrace. There’s no denying that as wonderfully cocoon-like as the gracious home becomes in winter, warm


Top: Deep wooden cases hold legions of bottles in the temperature-controlled wine cellar. Bottom: Limestone counters and a copper sink elevate the tasting room. Facing page: Red suede covers the billiard room’s walls.

weather doubles the rewards. The pool was laid when the owners moved in, but minus the bluestone paving, it lacked presence. The new stone connects the dazzling pool and the generous terrace. And that dear pool house! Newly installed with all the amenities the cabana also blocks neighbors, adding privacy. How well stonework, plantings and buildings correspond is also due to the talents of Cambridge landscape architect Marc Mazzarelli. “We maximized what we had,” he says. From its beginnings as a spec house, the home has evolved into a supremely gratifying sanctuary. Inside and out, the owners have achieved their goals on a grand scale, leaving their history-rich street proud. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 208. March/April 2010 New England Home 137


When Art Meets Heart Designer Tony Cappoli’s own Boston apartment has the kind of harmony that can only result from a combination of expertise, talent and the willingness to trust one’s deepest instincts. Text by Stacy Kunstel • Photography by Keller + Keller • Interior design by Tony Cappoli • Produced by Kyle Hoepner

Three dozen beveled mirrors spread diamond light into the South Boston loft apartment of interior designer Tony Cappoli. Warm, contemporary, and art-filled, the space plays up color and texture.


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ony Cappoli has an eye for art and a thoughtful approach to design, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t follow his heart. When the interior designer talks about the pieces he has collected, oft-turned phrases include “love at first sight,” or he might tell a story about a particular detail that he says “made my heart stop.” At his apartment in South Boston’s Channel Center, Cappoli is quicker to tell guests about the artists on the walls than about his vision for designing the space. Before you can ooh and aah over the eighteen-foot-tall window that fills his home with soft light, he has turned your attention to the hand-rubbed bronze sculpture by Tristan Govignon that sits prominently in front of it. Cappoli, who has known the South End artist for years, purchased the piece four years ago when he bought the apartment. “I knew that, wherever I was in life, that piece would be with me,” he says. “I brought it home, put it in the window and it’s never moved.” With the window light behind it, the sculpture appears to curl above the modern furnishings like smoke from a wood fire. Its impact is doubled by its reflection in the forty-two tiny mirrors—the size of teacup saucers—on the wall behind the linen-covered sofa. “I wanted something that mimicked the painting on the opposite wall,” says the designer of the beveled-glass grid. “They also reflect beautiful morning light.” 140 New England Home March/April 2010


Classic meets modern in the living room with the juxtaposition of Ethiopian ceremonial crosses, Arne Jacobsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Egg chair, a painted mahogany sideboard and a painting by Jeffrey Wallace. Facing page top: A trio of photographs rests casually on the ďŹ&#x201A;oor beneath the iron staircase. Facing page bottom: Designer Tony Cappoli.


Sunlight stretches through an eighteenfoot-tall window in the living room to reach the dining room at the apartmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center. The wooden warmth of the SoHo Concept dining table plays to the chocolate-color wall in the next room

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From the white-painted floors to the metal accents and modern furnishings, Cappoli keeps the look sleek, then introduces unexpected touches.

The painting they reflect, a piece by Jeffrey Wallace that’s more than eight feet wide and seven feet tall, is one of only three things that Cappoli brought with him from his previous home in Union Park. It was no easy task: to fit inside the new apartment the painting had to be pried off its original frame, rolled up, and the canvas re-stretched on a rebuilt frame once inside. It now hangs above a buffet table that served as a dining room sideboard in the old apartment. The buffet went through its own metamorphosis when Cappoli turned it from a serious mahogany piece into a glossy white eye-popper. Art aside, the focus here is on design, particularly how this interiors expert took a basic white box and created a warm, welcoming atmosphere where he can hold cocktail parties for eighty or an intimate Christmas Eve celebration with his family. “I wanted something new,” Cappoli says of the transition from his tidy and more traditional digs in a South End brownstone. “I wanted something a little more cutting edge. I had lived in the South End for sixteen years and I just needed a change.” Cappoli bought the two-bedroom, twoand-a-half bath space at a time when he was commuting between Los Angeles and Boston, working on residential and commercial projects for Hollywood heavy-hitters writer/director Alexander Payne and producer Michael London (both of Sideways fame). “L.A. was a huge influence on me,” the designer says. “It’s all about mixing styles there. As long as things are appropriate in scale and color they can work together. I’ve been noting that, since I was working in L.A., I love bringing contemporary fabric or art into traditional spaces or mixing them into transitional spaces. It’s an element of surprise.” From the glossy epoxy white-painted floors to the metal accents and modern furnishings, Cappoli keeps the look sleek. But then he introduces unexpected touches such as the deep chocolate brown that March/April 2010 New England Home 143


The serenity of Angkor Wat sets the tone on one wall of the dining room. Facing page top: Wallpaper with a metallic ďŹ nish lends a sheen to the kitchen. Facing page bottom: A chic bar cart sits under artwork by South End artist Phil Spinks.


shows up on some of the walls, in the rugs and in the Brazilian granite of the kitchen counters, or the punch of bright orange accents in the otherwise neutral dining room and the serene master bedroom. Green is another repeating theme in plants, a painting of fresh apples, a lamp in the bedroom, a green throw across the sofa and a large photo in the dining room of See more @ Angkor Wat in all its deteriorating lushness. nehomemag.com That photo of the Cambodian religious center inspired Cappoli when Tony Cappoli gives an he was going through an unpleasant patch in life. “The moment I saw the online tour of the art photograph I knew everything would be okay,” he says. in his South Boston apartment. Click on It’s the same feeling he had upon seeing a pair of canvases by Boston “Featured Homes” and artist Kim Reynolds. “I was then “Special Spaces.” walking through a South End open studios event and saw them,” he says. “I walked right in and handed her a check.” The pieces hang above his bed in the master suite, which sits above and is open to the living room below. “Ultimately, I wanted each space to feel intimate,” Cappoli says. On the entry level, the kitchen, dining and living rooms are open to one another with the living room area height spanning two floors. Upstairs is a small guest room, a study with a TV watching area and office and the master suite. While Cappoli saved money on a few items (nightstands are IKEA topped with custom-cut marble and he placed an IKEA armoire off the dining area), he took plenty of opportunities to splurge on certain important things: the art, of course, but also storage, especially for his shoes. “I have more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw,” says the designer without the slightest hint of sheepishness. “I wanted March/April 2010 New England Home 145


Cappoli designed the open closet in the master suite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clutter is the enemy,â&#x20AC;? he says. Facing page top: In the bedroom and elsewhere, zesty oranges and greens play against neutrals. Facing page bottom: A small study upstairs features a desk wrapped in Calcutta marble.


to feel like I was at Bergdorf ’s. I have shoe racks on an angle with an edge so I can fit more shoes.” Beyond the shoe storage, he says, “I spent a lot of money on built-ins throughout the apartment because I wanted to keep the space open and not closed off with doors.” As for the art, “When you know it, you know it,” he says, ready to employ the “L” word again. “I think Boston has some amazing artists, and I have several that I absolutely love—Tristan Govignon, Phil Spinks, Nancy Simonds. I love artwork that can stand by itself and have impact, but in the same sense can exist in harmony with other pieces.” In his space, Cappoli has found that perfect harmony by using his keen eye and his sophisticated design sense. But just as important, he paid close attention to what his heart had to say. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 208.

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Established in 1995 as a local grower of unusual and hard-to-find mature trees and shrubs, Bayberry has grown into a multidisciplinary horticultural company providing clients with a unique alternative for their landscape design, build and fine gardening needs. As a steward for the field they go to great lengths to ensure a project is horticulturally sound, architecturally pleasing and responsive to the established client program. Bayberry offers a comprehensive experience, from design conception and efficient management of complex multifaceted projects, to expert guidance in the selection of locally grown and acclimated ornamental trees and shrubs. Because Bayberry is a single source provider, they have the ability to directly control and influence many of the financial aspects of the landscape development process. Hence, they can execute projects efficiently and in a timely manner allowing you to focus your resources on the tangible 154

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aspects of the project. When a project requires the efforts of multiple disciplines, Bayberry has a longestablished and trusted network of design and construction professionals to call on for just the right collaboration. At the completion of a project, their fine gardening and horticultural maintenance team is well equipped to follow through, ensuring a project matures as envisioned. Bayberry gardeners and maintenance professionals will see to every detail, providing an unmatched level of service expertise, enabling you to sit back and enjoy the beauty of an ever-evolving landscape. Bayberry operates throughout New England. To visit their nursery or to review your upcoming project, schedule an appointment with Justin White, General Manager.

JUSTIN R. WHITE Growing up in the Berkshires, Justin gained an appreciation for the beauty of outdoor living. He studied Landscape Architecture and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark, and earned his Landscape Architecture degree with honors. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe to many influential landscape and architectural works complementing fourteen years of combined experience. Bayberry Nurseries 151 Kensington Road Hampton Falls, NH 03844 (603) 929-1811 www.bayberrynurseries.com jwhite@bayberrynurseries.com


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BELGARD HARDSCAPES BE PREPARED FOR COMPANY

Belgard Hardscapes is the nation’s leading manufacturer of premier interlocking pavers, paving stones and garden wall products. Belgard’s product line includes a variety of styles, textures, patterns and colors that combine the beauty and feel of genuine natural stone with the versatility, durability and value of concrete. The creation of outdoor kitchens and living rooms using Belgard adds beauty, function and value to any home for a fraction of the cost of traditional under-beam home construction. Their complete product line allows for the use of coordinated building elements to give outdoor living projects an overall cohesive look—from the patio flooring to the outdoor kitchen island, garden retaining walls, seat walls and outdoor fireplace or fire pit. In addition to their extensive variety of traditional paving and wall products, Belgard also offers a premier line of permeable pavers for use on driveways and walkways. Belgard’s permeable pavers outperform 156

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both traditional concrete and asphalt in all areas—durability, wear, drainage, aesthetics and long term cost. All Belgard hardscapes are designed to provide years of protection in all climates and resist the effects of temperature shifts throughout the year, assuring a stunning landscape that’s designed to last.

KEN O’NEILL Ken O’Neill is the fourth generation to work in the concrete block and paver industry. In 2002, the familyowned business started by his great-grandfather was purchased by Oldcastle Architectural, Inc., parent company of Belgard Hardscapes. As Vice President, Ken manages marketing and advertising for Belgard in the U.S. Belgard Hardscapes Oldcastle Architectural Product Group 375 Northridge Road, Suite 250 Atlanta, GA 30350 (877) 235-4273 fax: (770) 804-3369 www.belgard.biz


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COUNTRY CARPENTERS, INC. HELPING PEOPLE BUILD BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY PLACES SINCE 1974

The classic New England country barns, fine carriage houses and multi-purpose garden sheds from Country Carpenters, Inc. combine the aesthetics of New England with the strength of post and beam construction. All of the designs are very versatile and adapt to blend beautifully into your property, offering an endless variety of uses with even-pitched, gambrel or saltbox roofs. Visit the Country Carpenters Web site to see the wide variety of standard plans available and talk to them about your location and expectations. They’ll help you design your own exterior look with different window and door configurations. Plus there are many custom options available. Country Carpenter’s unique pre-cut, pre-engineered, color-coded building kits allow your local professional carpenter to build your barn or shed cost-effectively and in a timely manner. His efforts will be focused on doing what he does best: building. Or, if you are within their primary building 158

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zone, you may want Country Carpenters to handle your project from start to finish. Everything Country Carpenters does is steeped in tradition, but with post and beam, nothing is cast in stone. The goal of every one of their buildings is to find a place on your property, and a home in your heart.

ROGER BARRETT, JR. Owner of Country Carpenters, Inc. and Early New England Homes, Roger has always maintained that we should dot the countryside with traditional buildings built to human scale. Now more than ever, his vision—crafting barns and homes of timeless beauty that are both affordable and sustainable—is one that speaks to the times.

Country Carpenters, Inc. 326 Gilead St./Rt. 85 Hebron, CT 06248 (860) 228-2276 www.countrycarpenters.com info@countrycarpenters.com


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FRESHWATER STONE THE ART OF MAINE STONE

As one of the largest stone manufacturers and installers in Maine, Freshwater is capable of handling almost any type of project requiring stone. While they are equipped with state-of-the-art stone cutting CNC equipment and digital templating capability, their work is grounded in the skills and experience of their stone craftsmen. Freshwater uses stone to beautify your surroundings indoors and out. Perhaps best known for fireplaces and interior work, a large portion of their business is devoted to landscape stone work. Exterior work includes pavers, veneers, large scale slab retaining walls, spas, pool coping, steps, seating, chimneys and firepits. Their signature granite, Freshwater Pearl速, comes from their own quarry in Frankfort, Maine. Owner Jeff Gammelin has been creating magnificent stonework for the last thirtyfour years. He has a great eye for design and an amazing feel for stone. His work has a very organic feel to it as he incorporates beautiful weathered stone into his designs 160

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whether for a fireplace, chimney, building veneer or a wall. They are also a resource for all types of material such as benches and decorative elements, specializing in New England stone. Freshwater Stone works throughout the U.S. Northeast and beyond. In fact, they are currently completing stone work for a chapel in southern France. Please consider Freshwater as a resource for your commercial or residential stone work. To see more examples of their work and jumpstart your project, visit them on the Web.

ABOUT FRESHWATER Jeff and Candy Gammelin started Freshwater Stone in 1976 after constructing their own home out of local fieldstone. Today, the company has grown to employ fifty people year round. Their facilities cover 22,000 square feet and are located on twenty acres in Orland, Maine.

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INSTONE MASTER DISTRIBUTOR OF EXCEPTIONAL MANUFACTURED AND NATURAL STONE VENEER PRODUCTS

Welcome to Instone, your resource for home improvement inspiration! Whether you’re building or remodeling, looking for an option to vinyl siding, or want to create an outdoor living center, Instone can help. Stone imparts natural beauty and durability that stands up to time and home design trends. Instone’s natural and manufactured stone veneer gallery offers exceptional colors, shapes and textures to inspire you to do great things and add value to your home. In fact, installing a stone outdoor living center or fireplace increases a home’s value by an average of $10,000. Instone supplies dealers with an extensive line of products, such as Semco ThinCut™ stone veneer for the richness of real stone without the complications. Or for a warm, refined look, there’s Cultured Stone® and ArcCast Architectural pre-cast products. For fireplaces indoors or out, there’s FireRock, an engineered system of pre-cast components that fit together like building blocks, greatly reducing the labor required 162

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to construct a masonry fireplace. The possibilities to create a one-of-a-kind showpiece are nearly endless. Instone has been servicing the architectural and building communities for more than 30 years. And with over 200 dealers from Maine to Virginia there’s sure to be one near you. Dealers service homeowners by providing product samples, expert advice and referring qualified masons for your project. Visit the Web site for inspiration, to request literature or to find a dealer near you.

BRENDAN MOSTECKI Brendan Mostecki, president of Cultured Masonry, LLC, is Instone Mason of the Month. Brendan breaks the mold in the field of masonry with jaw-dropping ideas, craftsmanship and class. With a proven track record for excellence, combined with his uncanny ability to visualize the details of your fireplace makeover or a multi-unit development, the approach and execution is always the same. www.CulturedMasonry.com 1 Red Valley Road Millstone Twp., NJ 08510 (888) 467-8250 www.instoneco.com info@instoneco.com


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KATHERINE FIELD AND ASSOCIATES, INC. EXPRESSING THE BEAUTY OF NATURE

Katherine Field creates beautiful spaces that connect people with nature. She is respectful of the inherent environmental sensitivity of each site, providing a place of inspiration where nature touches the heart. Katherine Field and Associates (KFA), landscape architects and site planners, approaches each project with technical expertise, fresh insight and creativity. They draw on their collective knowledge of architecture, engineering, horticulture and fine art to create landscapes where memories are made. KFA’s designs encourage indoor-outdoor connectivity and highlight the natural beauty of the site. This approach inspires the designers to explore creative problem solving with respect and sensitivity for the environment, practicing the art of thoughtful landscape transformation. While one garden became a perfect venue for the client’s wedding, another, carved out of ex164

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isting brambles, transformed into a splendid collection of azaleas which highlighted an existing but buried marble bird bath. KFA’s expertise in horticulture, gardening and the use of native plants provides a rich palette of texture, color and form with which to build multi-seasonal, sculptural and painterly outdoor rooms and garden landscapes. Located in historic Newport, Rhode Island, KFA offers landscape architectural and site planning services for residential, commercial and institutional projects throughout the Northeast. They also offer property management and garden maintenance to ensure a seamless experience for each client.

KATHERINE FIELD Katherine Field, ASLA, CLARB, RICH, brings the heart of a gardener, the eye of an artist and the discipline of an architect to each project. Working with Kate, architects discover an exciting collaboration which brings out the best of every building and site. Private clients delight in her ability to embrace their personality and incorporate their unique style. Katherine Field and Associates 29 Mary Street Newport, RI 02840 (401) 848-2750 www.katherinefield.com contact@katherinefield.com


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NORTHERN LIGHTS LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR HARDSCAPE AND GARDEN INSTALLATIONS THAT TRANSFORM, BEAUTIFY

When you work with Northern Lights, your project is sure to be inspiring and extraordinary. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t settle for average and neither should you. With a team of experienced landscape craftsmen and materials ranging from bluestone and brick to granite and pavers, there are no limits to the beauty Northern Lights can bring to your property. They can add color, shape and texture to any landscape, and can transform gentle slopes or hillsides into an attractive usable part of your landscape. Perhaps a walkway that trails through the garden or leads up to your front door, or a stone patio for outdoor living. Maybe waterscapes or a terraced garden with accent lighting are more your style. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll add special details such as stone steps, posts or a mailbox to characterize your home. And surround all of it with the beauty of trees, shrubs and flowers to make your landscape a place for games and 166

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hobbies, for entertaining, dining and simply relaxing. Northern Lights offers design and installation that will be sure to bring style and life to any space. Best of all, they will help you maximize your budget, enhance your return on investment and create your very own unique landscape. Visit the Web site to see examples and start dreaming.

ERICH MUELLER After working with other companies, Erich launched Northern Lights in 1999 based on his philosophy that vision, desire and planning fuel the energy behind an exceptional landscape. His goal is to marry person and property in a unique landscape expression. Northern Lights specializes in landscape design and construction all over New England.

Northern Lights Landscape Contractor 39 Maple Street Milford, NH 03055 (603) 654-2004 www.nllandscaping.com eric@nllandscaping.com


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PELLETTIERI ASSOCIATES, INC. EXCELLENCE IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION AND FINE GARDENING

Pellettieri Associates provides creative solutions not only for discriminating owners of private homes and executive-level residences, but for corporate headquarters, college campuses, churches and parks. Their multidisciplinary team efforts and extensive experience in site analysis and conceptual planning prove especially valuable during the earliest stages of site and master planning, when they work to minimize problems associated with grading and drainage impacts, loss of specimen trees and poor view relationships. The Pellettieri difference is that their landscape architects help your house fit into its surroundings, so that things like morning light filtering into your master bedroom become part of the natural beauty of your home. Their widely respected staff of licensed landscape architects consistently maintains the highest standards of achievement; they often use their own field crews and trusted subcontractors to ensure their designs are 168

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implemented to these standards. More than thirty years of experience in all facets of landscape construction and installation have resulted in one of the most highly qualified landscape construction firms in the region. Pellettieri Associates also assists in the preparation of various types of zoning and environmental permits for shoreline and wetland restoration, sewage disposal systems and soils/wetlands delineation. When your project is complete, their Fine Gardening Services can take over and maintain the gardens at the highest standard of care, another Pellettieri trademark. Based in Warner, New Hampshire, their practice covers much of New England and, at times, extends as far away as Aspen, Colorado, and La Jolla, California. Although their projects have earned numerous awards, the recognition and appreciation they receive from clients will always be most important.

GEORGE PELLETTIERI George, a CLARB certified and licensed landscape architect with thirty-five years of experience, founded Pellettieri Associates in 1983. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Professional Landcare Network. He has served on numerous boards, been an adjunct professor, guest lectured for Associates, and appeared on HGTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great American Gardens. Pellettieri Associates, Inc. 199 Old Pumpkin Hill Road Warner, N.H. 03278 (603) 456-3678 www.pellettieriassoc.com


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R. P. MARZILLI & COMPANY, INC. DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE

R. P. Marzilli & Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year—an important milestone achieved due to the commitment and talent of their staff of landscape professionals, horticulturists, stonemasons, estimators and designers. Since 1985, R. P. Marzilli & Company has constructed many of New England’s finest landscapes. The company collaborates with clients to build award-winning landscape projects. These projects include site development, masonry, architectural stone features, water features, plant and lawn installation, mature tree moving, irrigation and site amenities. The maintenance staff delivers the highest quality service to ensure the integrity of the landscape design for the lifecycle of the site, seasonal plantings, special event enhancements and preparation, tree pruning and lawn, tree and shrub diagnostics. R. P. Marzilli & Company has been recognized nationally and locally with several 170

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awards for landscape construction. The company is dedicated to supporting the landscape industry and is proud to have established a scholarship for landscape construction students at accredited colleges. The company’s reputation as a leading landscape contractor is based on client approval and satisfaction. The staff consistently exceeds clients’ expectations to deliver beautiful and functional landscapes, and their ability to complete complex projects results in strong referrals year after year. The outdoor living areas of some of the finest residences in the region are the result of the skill, hard work and dedication of R. P. Marzilli & Company.

ROBERT P. MARZILLI Robert Marzilli is the founder and owner of R. P. Marzilli & Company, Inc., with 33 years of experience in the landscape construction industry. He is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist, and he earned his B.S. in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an A.S. in landscape operations from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. R. P. Marzilli & Company, Inc. 21A Trotter Drive Medway, MA 02053 (800) 794-5480 (508) 533-8700 fax: (508) 533-3718 www.rpmarzilli.com


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STUDIO B DESIGNWORKS ARTFULLY ADAPTING THE OUTDOORS

As a design firm with a deep appreciation for the arts, design disciplines and the environment, Studio B Designworks views each project through an artful lens and responds to cues from the site to ensure its work fits within the context of the greater surroundings. With an affinity for both traditional and contemporary styles, Studio B is consistent in its focus to produce work that supports current trends in lifestyle and sustainable practice. In the residential sector, for example, Studio B has responded to an increased desire from clients to realize outdoor environments that have yearround purpose, that bring resort luxuries to the home and that minimize environmental impact while delivering increased economy and efficiency. From consultation and design through project management, Studio B works through a collaborative, creative process. The firm fosters productive working relationships with clients and assembles a com172

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prehensive team of talented and competent professionals (architects, interior designers, engineers, builders, artisans and artists alike) based on their value to specific design requirements. Open communication and the team’s combined expertise allow Studio B to execute dynamic, artistic designs that are tailored specifically to a site and to clients’ individual tastes. In executing its designs, Studio B solicits competitive bids from trusted subcontractors within its professional network, creates timelines and cost projections, and oversees all phases of construction, providing quality control for clients and support to all workers on the job. Studio B is committed to the best interests of its clients and to maintaining the integrity of its design intent.

STEPHEN BAGLEY Studio B’s owner, Stephen has over a decade of professional design and construction experience on high-end residential and commercial properties. An artist and dedicated landscape steward, he enjoys creating stimulating and enduring environments that enrich everyday life. He earned his degree in landscape architecture from UMass Amherst and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Studio B Designworks P.O. Box 2462 South Hamilton, MA 01982 (978) 405-0264 fax: (978) 233-2561 www.studiobdesignworks.com


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SUDBURY DESIGN GROUP RESIDENTIAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Since 1957, the Sudbury Design Group has been bridging the gap between the twin considerations of form and function, creating harmony between the home and its surroundings. Specializing in high-end residential projects, the staff of the Sudbury Design Group, boasting one of the industry’s lowest employment turnovers, is composed of highly skilled, award-winning landscape architects, graphic designers, urban planners and engineers who strive to preserve the complexity and integrity of their designs. Attention to detail and the consistent ability to complete projects on time and within budget are just two of the qualities that set Sudbury Design Group apart. Their competent craftsmen include the area’s finest masons and horticulturists. Their diverse expertise enables them to implement a wide variety of residential and commercial projects from conception to completion. Clients are consulted and considered 174

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part of the team throughout the entire design development process, from construction through completion. They advocate a collaborative affiliation with other design professionals; architects, interior designers and building contractors should all work in concert from the project’s inception. This relationship fosters the pursuit of a common goal—the client’s best interest. The result is a landscape that is in perfect accord with the architecture and which maximizes both aesthetic and functional values. Clients particularly appreciate the ongoing relationship fostered by the company’s principals, a dynamic bond that grows and matures over time, in sync with the landscape itself. Sudbury Design Group is confident that their participation will ensure a final result of beauty with optimum satisfaction!

MICHAEL J. COUTU As president of the Sudbury Design Group, Michael built a firm whose reputation is recognized for responsive master planning and design, along with the ability to manage the implementation process to a highly detailed level of completion. He has been involved in a variety of projects, including upscale residential, commercial, recreational and community-based endeavors. Sudbury Design Group 740 Boston Post Road Sudbury, MA 01776 (978) 443-3638 www.sudburydesign.com contactsdg@sudburydesign.com


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TERRAFIRMA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE EXPRESSIONS IN THE LANDSCAPE

Terrafirma landscape architecture (tLA) has been established in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, since 1993. Working with the area’s best architects, engineers and contactors, tLA enjoys the collaborative process as a means to create landscapes that capture the imagination of their clients. Currently, they are working on the Smuttynose Brewery’s new LEED-certified state of the art brewing facility in Hampton, New Hampshire; the streetscape for New Hampshire’s cultural icon, The Music Hall; and several outstanding residences in the Seacoast area. Their work is diversified and challenging, which allows tLA to continue to engage in and apply sustainability principals on different aesthetic and design scenarios and scales. They believe design generation emanates from an understanding of specific site conditions and history, then merging that with clients’ visions and values. Toward this end, tLA and consultants always en176

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deavor to create a relationship with clients that results in a process which grows the design from the shared experience. From their commitment to quality in the design process comes quality in the built response on the site—which will serve to unite the building with the client on the site—creating a valuable connection for generations. Visit the Web site to see examples of tLA’s residential gardens, plantings, sculptures and stone books.

TERRENCE PARKER A licensed landscape architect since 1986, Terrence continually seeks to create meaningful landscapes that resonant with clients and on sites. He earned his Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and, inspired by his studies of dry stone landscapes in Japanese Gardens, his masters thesis was on creating archetypal landscapes in stone in southern New England. terrafirma landscape architecture 4 Market Street Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 430-8388 www.terrafirmalandarch.com terrence@terrafirmalandarch.com


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TRIAD ASSOCIATES, INC. CUSTOM OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS, DONE RIGHT

For more than twenty years, Triad Associates has earned the distinction of being one of New England’s premier hardscape design and installation companies. Located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Triad services all of New England (including the Cape and Islands), working hand-in-hand with homeowners, builders, architects and landscape architects on both residential and commercial projects. The Triad team includes designers, construction supervisors and some of the country’s most experienced hardscape artisans to help customers take their basic concept all the way through design, construction and completion of the project. Triad’s experience goes well beyond standard hardscapes (such as pool decks, patios, driveways, walls and walkways) to include complete exterior environments featuring integrated waterfalls, fireplaces and customized cooking areas. Just bring Triad’s team your ideas, your magazine clippings or a complete design from your landscape 178

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architect, and they’ll make it happen. Triad’s work, both commercial and residential, can be seen from the Maine coast to the New Hampshire lakes region, and throughout Massachusetts (including the Cape and Islands), Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. Whether it’s a simple patio or a complex exterior design, Triad’s crew gives full attention to each job. Triad prides itself on a simple yet vital philosophy: “Just do it right.” You’ll see the results in the high quality of your finished project.

ABOUT TRIAD Triad Associates’ design department works with the latest design programs to take a client’s concept and give it substance through 3D renderings. Once approved by the client, these plans serve as both a technical and visual guide for the construction crews in the completion of each project.

Triad Associates, Inc. 100 Downing Avenue Haverhill, MA 01830 (978) 373-4223 toll free: (800) 464-8833 www.triadassociatesinc.com


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WINSTON FLOWERS GARDEN DESIGN One garden at a time, Winston Flowers Garden Design department is greening up the urban landscape. Designing and installing courtyard gardens, roof deck landscapes and green walls, Winston’s Garden Design department specializes in organic and sustainable urban gardening. Using native materials, they combine texture, pattern and color to create rich and inviting spaces. With every project, they consider the microclimate of the area and the client’s style to choose the best plants and positioning for long-term success. Asked to create a roof deck garden (pictured above) for a concept home to showcase top trends in urban living, Winston created a two-level terrace garden for the FP3 penthouse in South Boston. The bottom terrace was completely comprised of edible plants—fruiting trees, herbs, even a rooftop vegetable garden. The second terrace was a low maintenance, low water use 180

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xeriscape garden. The entire installation was completed organically, using compost and other natural means, with no synthetic fertilizer or pesticides. Green walls are another exciting new development. They are vertical plant systems made of aluminum and stainless steel panels with irrigation and fertilization systems built in for easy care. These offer a whole new dimension to the typical horizontal garden, whether creating a new wind break wall or wrapping an existing facade. Winston creates green walls for exterior applications such as rooftop decks and as interior focal points for lobbies and offices. They are one of the first in Massachusetts to become certified installers.

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KATE KENNEN Creative Director Kate Kennen incorporates at least one productive element into every project for a greater benefit on the urban ecosystem, such as low water use or increase in habitat. She brings an educated focus to sustainable landscapes with a bachelor’s degree from Cornell and a Master’s from Harvard in Landscape Architecture.

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ZEN ASSOCIATES, INC. DISTINCTIVE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FOR OUTDOOR LIVING

For thirty years ZEN Associates has been helping clients throughout New England develop truly special living spaces. Their portfolio of award-winning projects demonstrates how dynamic, functional and beautiful living spaces can be realized. Just looking through their Web site will leave you thinking differently about the outdoor environment. The company’s staff includes landscape architects, interior designers, construction managers and a full range of construction trades necessary to implement these kinds of projects. The design team approaches each project by working with the client to develop a program. Together, the design team and the client engage in the creative process by exploring what makes a great living space or landscape. ZEN Associates believes that truly memorable spaces have a strong connection, both visually and physically between the indoor and outdoor environment. This can be especially important in the New England region. 182

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As a design/build company, ZEN Associates provides a full range of services to residential and commercial property owners. Their construction division often works collaboratively with many of the area’s other leading design professionals including architects, landscape architects, interior designers and builders. If you appreciate distinctive environments that combine functional and aesthetic appeal, visit www.zenassociates.com to view some of their work.

ZEN ASSOCIATES, INC. ZEN Associates understands the importance of building partnerships. Their construction department has been implementing projects together with many of the area’s leading designers including architects, landscape architects and builders for 30 years. They’ve completed many complex pools, rooftop gardens, coastal landscapes and private sanctuaries throughout New England.

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Musing on the Design Muse WHAT DO ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS DO WITH THEIR

design muses? Do they go Dutch at Dunkin’ Donuts or stroll lazily around Luxembourg Gardens? And what do they look like, these design muses? Are they all from Central Casting? You know, those beatific caryatids locked for millennia in their roles as support columns for tourist-swamped Greek temples? Are they, in fact, a kind of invisible support staff or are they equals, or lovers and superiors, cruel and impetuous when thwarted? Modern-day design muses were clearly hovering about at the Tenth Annual Women in Design Conference at Build Boston late last year, though they were hard to define, as one seminar was first to admit. Panelists for the seminar, which was entitled “The Design Muse: The Inspiration of Inspiring Women,” gave their hard-to-define (and very different) design muses every reason to feel they were in the right place. Making your design muse feel comfortable is not easy in these harried, recessionary times. It was clear from the talk that they don’t take kindly to stressful environments, corner-cutting or nit-picking much less the threat of being laid-off altogether. But what they really can’t stand is when creative types deny their existence in the name of “being practical” and “results-driven.” Not that there’s anything wrong with practicality per se—what’s wrong is to give short shrift to the muse, to look at it the way so many in the “nor184 New England Home March/April 2010

mal” world do, seeing design talent as just having a “knack about where things should go.” We know, in fact, that a “knack” is just the start. It takes plenty of hard work, discipline, knowledge and training to help our design muses express themselves fully. • • • Panelist Maryann Thompson, an architect and New England Design Hall of Famer who works out of Cambridge, described her muse as a walk in the woods with dappling light blurring the edge of a field. “The thing about being in these woods is that you really can turn in any direction. You have that freedom. It’s all open for you to discover,” she says. “We try to do the same thing in our buildings. It’s not dictatorial, telling people where to go. They basically make their own route.” In other Maryann Thompson words, listen to the design muse in yourself and you release it in others. The muse meets panelist Hansy Better Barraza, of Studio Luz in Boston, by way of her RISD students. Their thinking is fresh and full of hope. For them design has yet to become what Barraza calls “just another commodity.” • • • While the muse meets Thompson in the dappled woods and Barraza in the classroom, she or he (it’s hard to tell) waits for Arlington, Massachusetts–based architect Clement Van Buren on the open water. Sailing solo from Westport harbor is not really as solo as it looks because there’s often the design muse for company. It’s here among the crazy currents and early spring whitecaps that Van Buren stays connected to the essential elements binding his land-based structures: water, light, sky, wind. How does this result in happier clients and a better practice? The short answer is that the design muse makes for deeper, more creative, more intuitive thinking that can end up saving the client a lot of grief and money. For example, when a Van Buren client says, “I think we need a lot of track lighting up there,” one response might be to ask whether they want incandescent or halogen. But the design muse might interpret the client on another, more basic level and suggest, “Hey, if it’s light you want, what about a clerestory window over the door?” • • • Designer Rebecca Wilson of Needham, Massachusetts, met her muse at the age of seven. This was back in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her mother was a career-focused woman and indifferent to decor, but Wilson’s older sister, Linda, definitely had the knack, taking it upon Rebecca Wilson herself to restore an old attic-bound secretary Wilson had “seen a million times and thought nothing of it.” “Even now,” Wilson says, “when I visit Linda’s house, I like to go to each room and just ab-


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plate her mother had just added to her collection. Because her dad collected silver, one can only imagine what a “simple” meal was like. Even microwave Stouffers had to be beautiful. Hedtler’s Devonia Antiques has just moved to a bow-fronted space on Charles Street in Boston, and there you can mix and match Gilded Age porcelain ad infinitum. “Mixing and matching was the table service norm one hundred years ago,” says Hedtler. “Just be sure to keep things in the same family or style: white, cream and gold, for example.” Her design muse waves away undue fears of porcelain chipping in the dishwasher. “The dishwasher is not the enemy,” she says. “Clanging the dishes together loading and unloading is the enemy.” • • • Washing dishes can’t compete with an afternoon spent walking arm in arm with one’s design muse through Luxembourg Gardens. Design muses are for real, but the talent required to “not clang”—well, that’s a knack! •

Elsewhere in this issue we feature a house designed by William Soupcoff of TMS Architects (see page 118), but here we shine the spotlight on another TMS architect, John Merkle, who was recently honored by the New Hampshire chapter of the American Institute of Architects with the Clinton Sheerr Award. Merkle was honored for his design talents as well as his passion for preservation.

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Design Life Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in New England

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sented by the Builders Association of Greater Boston, we were pleased to see some of our favorite professionals— many of whom we’ve featured on our pages—take home awards for architecture, construction and design. The panel of experts from around the country looks for a high degree of imagination and excellence in design and construction, and this year’s winners exemplified the best of what New England has to offer in that regard. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel made a suitably elegant venue for the gathering. WATERSPOT’s newest showroom, in Natick, Massachusetts, recently opened with a bang. This is a group that knows how to throw a party, and the showroom’s grand opening buzzed with excitement as guests enjoyed food, drink and music while they toured the state-of-the-art showroom that features all the latest design trends for the kitchen and bath. It’s been a busy century for HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND, which got its start back in 1910 as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. The organization’s name may be shorter, Should your party be but its influence on our appreciation here? Send photographs for the unique nature of our area’s or high-resolution images, historic architecture has grown with information about the event and the people in the over the years. The organization photos, to New England Home, kicked off its centennial with a 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, gala at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail images and information to Plaza where attendees from all pbodah@nehome over New England enjoyed cocktails, mag.com. dinner and dancing to the White Heat Swing Orchestra. The See more @ evening raised almost $300,000 to benefit HNE’s nehomemag.com educational programs.

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A groundbreaking exhibition of twentieth-century artist Sewell Sillman, whose exhibition features graceful abstract drawings and watercolors alongside the powerful color studies created in collaboration with the Bauhaus Master Josef Albers. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Conn., (860) 434-5542; www. florencegriswoldmuseum.org; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun.; free with museum admission ($9)

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Portland Flower Show: “Gardens Gone Wild” Through March 14

Each year the interior of antique buildings on Portland’s eastern waterfront are magically transformed into lush garden spaces. In addition to gardens that delight the senses, vendors offer a wide variety of gardening items, and informative lectures will educate on a wide variety of topics. Portland Company Complex, Portland, Maine; (207) 775-4403; www.portlandcompany.com/flower; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $15

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New England Dream House/ New England Home Episode Join New England Dream House host Jenny Johnson and New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel for a tour of Tony Cappoli’s home featured in this issue. The initial airing will be at 10:30 a.m. It will also air at 7:30 p.m., and at 3 p.m. on March 8, 11, 16 and 24. The segment can be viewed on the Web at www.ne dreamhouse.com starting March 7. NESEA’S Building Energy10: Meet the Professionals in Sustainability and Whole Systems Thinking Through March 11

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37th Annual Connecticut Spring Antiques Show Through March 14

The premiere show for pre-1840 American furniture and decorative arts. More than sixty of the country’s most respected antiques dealers feature outstanding examples of furniture, porcelain and pottery, American silver and pewter, fine art, brass and ironware, textiles and much more. Connecticut Expo Center, Hartford, Conn.; (860) 345-2400; www.ctspringantiquesshow .com; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.; $10

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Gallery Z Providence, Rhode Island (401) 454-8844 www.galleryzprov.com Art of the Menschen: Ron Ehrlich, Mark Freedman, and Ben Weiss Through April 3 The unique styles of three Providencebased artists

Arden Gallery Boston (617) 247-0610 www.ardengallery .com Sherrie Wolf: Still Lifes March 2–March 30 Wolf’s oil on canvas paintings depict vibrant, realist still lifes placed in front of excerpts from old master paintings

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24 Boston Flower & Garden Show Through March 28

Boston’s biggest horticultural happening appeals to both the first-time gardener and the greenest green thumb. See more than thirty professional gardens; learn about organic gardening, floral design and more at a lecture or demonstration; find horticultural and gardening products; attend a Garden Tea; and more! Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; www.thebostonflowershow.com; (800) 258-8912; 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Tues., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Wed.–Fri., 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.; $20

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D2E is a marketplace for eco-friendly products, a public stage for community initiatives and an educational forum that addresses sustainability issues on the minds of us all. D2E emphasizes local and innovative solutions and connects consumers with progressive companies that are investing in a more sustainable future. Hynes Convention Center, Boston; (617) 266-6540; www.d2eboston.com; 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $20 for whole weekend, $10 for Sat. and Sun.

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27 29th Annual Duxbury Spring Antique Show Through March 28

More than fifty quality dealers display their wares at this annual antiques show sponsored by the Duxbury Boosters Club to benefit high school athletics. Lunch and homemade baked goodies will also be available. Appraisal Day is Sunday, March 28. Duxbury High School, Duxbury, Mass.; (781) 934-0111; www.duxburyboosters.org; $7

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North Shore Home and Landscape Show Through April 18

One-stop shopping for homeowners and potential homeowners looking for the latest in renovating, upgrading and planning ideas. Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield, Mass.; (978) 534-0587; www. northernshows.com; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $6

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Urban Design The BSA president, Lawrence A. Chan, FAIA, shares observations on built environments enhanced and made more meaningful through urban design. Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston; (617) 536-5400; www.architects .org; 6 p.m.; free

24 New England Home Show & Backyard Living

Through April 25

Find great new ideas for outdoor living, investigate new products, gather information and meet the professionals to help you make your next remodeling, renovation or decorating project a breeze! Hampshire Dome, Milford, N.H., (978) 534-0587; www.homeshownet .com; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $8

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The Newport Symposium: Great Designers: A Colorful History of the Interior Through April 28

This year’s symposium examines the great personalities and impresarios of taste who directed the course of design history. Hotel Viking, Newport, R.I.; (401) 847-1000, ext 154; www.newport mansions.org; $550 for the three-day event •

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Perspectives Fresh outlooks on design and resources

Home Office: Desks

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Keith Desk by Hickory Chair “This is a classic, sophisticated 1960s modern Parson style that mixes with everything.” FROM SUSANNE CSONGOR

Lisbon Desk by Formations “I love this desk for its elegant carvings, fine lines and perfect proportions.” FROM WEBSTER & COMPANY, BOSTON DESIGNER CENTER, (617) 261-9660, WWW.WEBSTERCOMPANY.COM

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Chairs

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Otto chair from B+B Italia “This chair looks great and is really comfortable! The translucent plastic shell combined with a sleek white leather upholstered seat on a rolling stainless steel frame adds a quiet, über-modern touch to any scheme.” FROM MONTAGE, BOSTON, (617) 4519400, WWW.MONTAGEWEB.COM

SUSANNE CSONGOR

Dennis & Leen’s Saint Claire Armchair “With its simple, classic design and beautiful finishes, this chair works well in any setting.” FROM WEBSTER & COMPANY

PETER ROBBIN

Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Chair “The clean style of the classic twentiethcentury modern design offers comfort and flexibility and blends with so many other styles.” FROM OFI, NEWINGTON, CONN., (860) 666-3557, WWW.MYOFI.COM

Peter Robbin, of the West Hartford, Connecticut–based design firm LCR, loves a mix of classic and eclectic, with line, style, color, texture and contrast all important to the mix. (800) 878-9446, www.lcrcollection.com 200 New England Home March/April 2010


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Lighting

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SUSANNE CSONGOR

Aesthetic Table Lamp by Eaton “With a gilded finish and unique design, this lamp adds sparkle to any room.” FROM STUDIO 534,

Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort Table Lamp “The multi-V adjustable lamp in polished nickel is highly functional and won’t compete with whatever style you choose for your home office’s decor.” FROM LCR

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ABBY YOZELL

Boston-based designer Abby Yozell maintains it’s all in the editing. With a background in typographic design, she approaches interiors with a graphic designer’s eye and likes to layer antiques with contemporary furniture and accessories. (617) 357-0008 202 New England Home March/April 2010

Ingo Maurer’s Oskar Bookshelf Light “The Oskar bookshelf light is just about the best example of form meeting function that I can think of. The base slips between books on a shelf; you can place it anywhere direct lighting is needed and, since no hard wiring is necessary, it can be an afterthought.” FROM CHIMERA LIGHTING, BOSTON, (617) 5423233, WWW.CHIMERALIGHTINGDESIGN.COM


Perspectives • Wish List What are some things you’d love to use in a project?

LARA TOMLIN

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Barbara Lazarus, Providence After earning degrees from Bennington College (in Greek and Latin with a minor in writing) and the Rhode Island School of Design (in illustration and interior design), Barbara Lazarus began a career as a children’s book illustrator. Word got around, though, that she had a good eye for interior design, and it wasn’t long before a Providence-based architecture and design firm recruited her to join their staff. A handful of years later, Lazarus started her own Providence firm. Education and experience come into play in her work, of course, but Lazarus also relies heavily on her instincts. “When I walk into a house, I get a feeling of color right away,” she says. “It’s always distinctly white or beige or yellow or green or red.” Her clients, who may have had other ideas, generally decide she’s right. Her career path may have taken an unexpected turn, but Lazarus has never looked back. “Someone once said, ‘If you find something you like, you’ll never need a job,’ ” she says. “That’s exactly how I feel. I could never retire.”

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1 Marais Fabric by Clarence House “This new fabric could be used in so many ways. I would love to have it paper-backed for use as a wall covering, but it would also make great pillows or window treatments.” FROM WEBSTER & CO., BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 261-9660, WWW.WEBSTERCOMPANY.COM

2 Clara Bow Dining Table “The finish and wood graining on this Dakota Jackson table is spectacular, and the attention to detail is unsurpassed. You have to see this piece to appreciate the depth and quality of the finish.” FROM WEBSTER & CO.

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3 Vellin Bench by Holly Hunt “This is such a versatile bench; I would use two of them for seating in a dining room, or would use one in an entry upholstered in a wild fabric.” FROM WEBSTER & CO.

4 Nineteenth-century Sconces “I’ve had my eye on these sconces for a while. I would have them wired, and can see them in a dining room, powder room or entry.” FROM ANTIQUES ON 5, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 951-0008, WWW.ANTIQUESON5.COM

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5 Eve Apple Sculpture “Janus et Cie’s accessory line is wonderful and I think sometimes overlooked. These gold-leaf apples, especially the larger sizes, can easily stand on their own and add instant style to a table top.” FROM JANUS ET CIE, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-5001, WWW.JANUSETCIE.COM

6 Neo Terrazzo Floor Tile “These new concrete terrazzo floor tiles by Andy Fleishman are just amazing—I can’t wait to use them. This one is called Celestial.” FROM ANN SACKS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 737-2300, WWW.ANNSACKS.COM

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

Betsy Abeles Kravitz, Associate Publisher This is fantastic design—not just in the sense of fabulous-looking, which this gorgeous, evocative lighting certainly is—but in the sense of fantasy. I love the whole Aqua Creations series, the dramatic sculptural lighting pieces by artist Ayala Serfaty. They lift illumination from mere technology to sculptural art; the entire line is done in glamorous, sensual, silky fabrics in a color palette that is positively delicious. The Nara 4 Mobile, shown here, is lilting, lovely and just a lot of fun. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but these light fixtures make me want to move into a much more contemporary home so I can fill it with Serfaty’s organic, imaginative pieces. $17,547. AVAILABLE AT ITALIAN DESIGN LIGHTING, BROOKLINE, MASS., (617) 277-4454, WWW.ITALIAN-DESIGN.NET, AND CASA DESIGN, BOSTON, (617) 654-2972, WWW.CASADESIGNBOSTON.COM

Erin Marvin, Managing Editor Janelle Driscoll, Sales Coordinator I have a certain infatuation with old Hollywood. Even without color or sound, the drama and glamour of each scene shone through. That’s why I was instantly drawn to Jonathan Adler’s Morrow Chaise. Adler has a special way of taking a familiar piece and making it fresh. The Morrow Chaise is subtly dramatic, with its sleek lines and inviting allure. Although I appreciate the simplicity of the piece, Adler offers a wide array of fabric choices that lets you customize the chaise to fit your decor. Now that I’ve found my Hollywood chair—I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille! 52" W × 32" H × 32" D, SEAT 16.5" H × 20" D, FROM $1,600. BOSTON, (617) 437-0018, WWW.JONATHANADLER.COM

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ROOMS TO GROW PAGES 108–117 Interior designer: Kristine Irving, Koo de Kir, Boston, (617) 723-8111, www.koodekir.com Page 108: Window details by 2Jane, custom cabinet, spalted maple fallen wood bowl and John Robshaw pillow, all from Koo de Kir; framed animal prints from the book Animal Shadows by Ugo Mochi. Page 109: Painting above the fireplace by Michael Hoffman, from Jules Place, Boston,

.cumar.com; vase from West Elm, Boston, (617)

.visualcomfort.com; carpet from Landry & Ar-

450-9500, www.westelm.com; Caboche Mini

cari, Salem, Mass., (800) 649-5909, www

light fixture by Foscarini Lighting through Casa

.landryandarcari.com; toss pillow and drapery

Design Boston; Iron Gate kitchenette wall color

fabrics by Kravet, fabricated by Window Ex-

by Benjamin Moore.

pressions by Laura, Seabrook, N.H., (603) 474-

Pages 116–117: Chair from owners’ collection,

3550.

reupholstered in Highfield fabric by Kvadrat

Page 121: Kelly Hoppen console from Century

through Maharam, www.maharam.com;

Furniture.

dressers from Anthropologie, Boston, (617)

Pages 122–123: Draperies fabricated by Win-

262-0545, www.anthropologie.com, refinished

dow Expressions by Laura with Leafage fabric

by Fran Trainor Restoration, Somerville, Mass.,

by Kravet; Larry Laslo sofa from Robert Allen

(857) 991-0328, www.frantrainor.com; Seema

with Lee Jofa fabric, Boston Design Center,

Krish pillow on chair, Brahms Mount throw on

(617) 449-5506, www.leejofa.com; lounge

chair and blankets on bed, Blomus fireplace

chairs from Robert Allen with Kravet fabric;

screen and tools, Tube Top table lamps on

coffee table from Westwood Interiors, Los An-

dressers, Merida jute rug and Super Gea Pen-

geles, Calif., (323) 585-0222, www.westwood

dant, all from Koo de Kir; Urban Alphabet art-

interiors.com; end table from Century Furni-

work above fireplace by Alicia Peck, New York

ture; lamps from Visual Comfort; rug from

City, (212) 727-0102, www.bellamuse.com; Thomas O’Brien bed sheets from Target, www

(617) 542-0644, www.julsplace.com; vintage

.target.com; Cotton Ball and Soft Chamois bed-

sofas and vintage coffee table from Reside,

room wall colors by Benjamin Moore; Ios tub

Cambridge, Mass., (617) 547-2929, www.reside

by Victoria + Albert, Mount Pleasant, S.C.,

inc.com; Seema Krish pillow on sofa and black

(800) 421-7189, www.vandabaths.com; stand-

Tozai vases on coffee table from Koo de Kir;

ing bathtub filler by Rohl Modern through Billie

Duplex sofa fabric in oyster by Larsen through

Brenner, Boston, (617) 348-2858, www.rohl

Cowtan & Tout at The Martin Group, Boston,

home.com; tree stump from West Elm; sheep-

(617) 951-2526, www.cowtan.com; Paul Smith

skin rug from Koo de Kir; medicine cabinets

Swirl rug from The Rug Company, New York

and overhead lights from Restoration Hard-

City, (212) 274-0444, www.therugcompany

ware, Chestnut Hill, Mass., (617) 641-6770, www

.com; Soft Chamois wall color by Benjamin

.restorationhardware.com; Carrara marble

Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com.

countertop from Cumar; bathroom tiles and

Page 110: Thai teak panel from the owners’ col-

black slate floor from Ann Sacks, Boston, (617)

lection; small vintage Chinese drum table from

737-2300, www.annsacks.com; black and white

Reside.

rug from IKEA.

Landry & Arcari. Pages 124–125: Dining table and chairs from Century Furniture; console by Kelly Hoppen from Century Furniture; rug from Landry & Arcari. Page 126: Island chairs from Century Furniture with Kravet fabric; custom cabinetry by F.A. Wildnauer Woodworking, South Berwick, Maine, (207) 384-4824, www.wildnauer.com; granite from Boston Granite Exchange, Haverhill, Mass., (978) 372-8300, www.bgeusa.com; pendant lights from Bruck Lighting Fixtures, Tustin, Calif., (714) 259-9959, www.bruck lighting.com. Page 127: Bed from Drexel Heritage, Thomasville, N.C., (866) 450-3434, www.drexelheritage .com, with headboard and bed cover fabric from Kravet; pillow fabrics by Kravet and Brun-

Page 111: Heywood-Wakefield table and Chern-

schwig et Fils, Boston Design Center, (617)

er chairs from owners’ collection; Caboche

348-2855, www.brunschwig.com; Josephine

chandelier by Foscarini Lighting through Casa

bench from Westwood Interiors with Kravet

Design Boston, (617) 654-2974, www.casa

fabric; Pacific Master chest from Century Furni-

designboston.com; black Juliska candlesticks

ture; Caprice mirror from Zodax, Los Angeles, (818) 785-5626, www.zodax.com.

from Koo de Kir; Himalayan Trek wall color and Toucan trim by Benjamin Moore. Pages 112–113: Houles drapery hardware through Brunschwig et Fils, Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2855, www.brunschwig.com; Eternity drapery fabric in Snow by Pindler & Pindler through Berkeley House, Boston, (617)

A FRUITFUL COLLABORATION PAGES 118–127 Architect: William Soupcoff, TMS Architects, Portsmouth, N.H., (603) 436-4274, www.tms architects.com Interior designer: Michael Cebula, Cebula Design, Newburyport, Mass., (978) 462-6984, www.cebuladesign.com

MADE TO ORDER PAGES 128–137

Landscape architect: Etoile Holzaepfel,

Architect: Thomas B. Catalano, Catalano Ar-

Portsmouth, N.H., (603) 433-9366

chitects, Boston, (617) 338-7447, www.catalano

Builder: V. Todd & Company, Durham, N.H.,

inc.com

(603) 659-6528, www.vtodd.com

Landscape architect: Marc Mazzarelli, Marc

Page 120: Hudson sofa, lounge chairs and

dant light by Foscarini Lighting through Casa

Mazzarelli Associates, Cambridge, Mass., (617)

wooden arm chair from Robert Allen, Boston

Design Boston; doorknobs and hardware from

227-2312, www.mmazz.com

Design Center, (617) 348-4259, www.robert

Interior designer: Barbara Kotzen, Kotzen Inte-

The Estate Collection by Baldwin Hardware,

allendesign.com, with Kravet fabric, Bethpage,

riors, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 235-1740, www

www.baldwinhardware.com; custom Chilewich

N.Y., (617) 338-4615, www.kravet.com; coffee

.kotzeninteriors.com

rug from Koo de Kir; Plymouth Rock wall color

table from Kravet; square end table, stiletto-leg

Builder: Mark Cahill, Cahill Development Corp.,

by Benjamin Moore.

chair-side table and nesting tables all from

Weston, Mass., (617) 633-0555, www.cahill

Page 115: Kitchen, tray and towel from IKEA,

Century Furniture, Boston Design Center, (617)

developmentcorp.com

www.ikea.com; Caesarstone countertops from

737-0501, www.centuryfurniture.com; lamps

Pages 128–129: Corner armchair by Minton-

Cumar, Everett, Mass., (617) 389-7818, www

from Visual Comfort, (832) 201-4980, www

Spidell from M-Geough, Boston Design Center,

451-6874, www.pindler.com; glass pieces on bookshelves from Frank Swim Antiques, Hudson, New York, www.frankswim.com. Page 114: Blocks painting by Matthew Rich, through Samson Gallery, Boston, (617) 3577177, www.samsonprojects.com; Twiggy pen-

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(617) 451-1412, www.mgeough.com, with fabric

Interior designer: Tony Cappoli, Tony Cappoli

by Old World Weavers through Stark Carpet,

Interiors, Boston, (617) 542-2444, www.tony

Boston Design Center, (617) 357-5525, www

cappoliinteriors.com

.starkcarpet.com; antique box on stand from

Pages 138–139: Sofa from SoHo Concept, Pis-

— ON —

M-Geough; couch from O’Henry House through

cataway, N.J., www.sohoconcept.com; pillows

Studio 534, Boston Design Center, (617) 345-

from Donghia, Boston Design Center, (617)

CLASSIC STYLE

9900, www.s5boston.com, with fabric by Os-

574-9292, www.donghia.com; cocktail tables

borne and Little, Boston Design Center, (617)

from Montage, Boston, (617) 451-9400, www

737-2927, www.osborneandlittle.com; lamps by Vaughan from Webster & Company, Boston Design Center, (617)261-9660, www.webster company.com, with custom lampshades by M. Garbarée, North Reading, Mass., (617) 6946008, www.mgabareelampshades.com; drapery fabric by Travers from The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, www .martingroupinc.com, with custom trim by Rogers Custom Trim, Chicago, Ill., (773) 7456577, www.rogerstrims.com; drapery workroom, George Perry Interiors, Reading, Mass., (781) 944-3100.

.montageweb.com; column lights from Artemide, Boston, (617) 423-1450, www .artemide.us; small mirrors from Global Views, www.globalviews.com; sculpture by Tristan Govignon, Boston, (617) 921-4915, www.tristan govignon.com; Knoll Barcelona chairs purchased at auction; rug from Steven King, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506, www .stevenkinginc.com; sheer window fabric by Bart Halpern through Donghia, fabricated by Finelines, Peabody, Mass., (978) 977-7357, www.finelines.com; egg chairs from Design

Page 130: Rugs by Stark Carpet; lamp by

Within Reach, Boston, (617) 451-7801, www

Vaughan from Webster & Company with cus-

.dwr.com.

tom shades by M. Garbarée.

Page 140: Framed photographs by Tristan

Page 131: Chairs by O’Henry House from Stu-

Govignon.

dio 534, with fabric by Travers from The Martin

Page 141: Painting by Jeffrey Wallace through

Group.

Robert Steele Gallery, New York City, (212) 243-

Pages 132–133: Leather sofa by Hancock and

0165, www.robertsteelegallery.com; Ethiopian

Moore through the Baker Showroom, Boston

ceremonial crosses from Berbere Imports, Los

Design Center, (617) 439-4876, www.baker

Angeles, Calif., www.berbereimports.com; side-

furniture.com; chair by O’Henry House from

board by Barbara Barry, from Baker, Knapp &

Studio 534, with fabric from Lee Jofa, Boston

Tubbs, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876,

Design Center, (617) 449-5506, www.leejofa

www.bakerfurniture.com.

.com; custom lampshades by M. Garbarée; rug

Pages 142–144: Dining table from SoHo Con-

from Stark Carpet.

cept; dining chairs from Design Within Reach;

Pages 134–135: Outdoor furniture and umbrel-

wall sconce from Casa Design Boston, (617)

las from Chatham Refinishing, Plymouth, Mass.,

654-2974, www.casadesignboston.com; rug

(508) 732-4144, www.chathamrefinishing.com. Page 136: Barstools by Woodland Furniture from The Martin Group; leather chairs from Brunschwig and Fils, Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2855, www.brunschwig.com; pool table light and wall sconces by Ironware International through Webster & Company; rug from Stark Carpet. Page 137: Chandelier by Ironware International from Webster & Company; stone floor and rustic stone walls by Discover Tile, Boston Design Center, (617) 330-7900, www.discovertile.com;

A MODERN TAKE

from Steven King; Angor Wat photo from Lumas Gallery, New York City, (212) 219-9497, www.lumas.com. Page 145: Bar cart from Jonathan Adler, Boston, (617) 437-0017, www.jonathanadler

The Chateau Collection – Classic French style, reinterpreted for today.

.com; triptych by Phillip Spinks, Boston, (617) 348-2196, www.phillipspinks.com; chocolate painted wall color, Midsummer Night from Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; kitchen wallpaper from Osborne and Little, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2924, www

custom cellar design and construction help,

.osborneandlittle.com; kitchen stools from De-

Fred Tregaskis, New England Wine Cellars,

sign Within Reach.

Falls Village, Conn., (860) 824-2400, www.new

Pages 146–147: Woven chair from Janus et Cie,

cellars.com.

Boston Design Center, (617) 737-5001, www

WWW.BALDWINHARDWARE.COM

.janusetcie.com; night tables from IKEA, with

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custom marble tops, www.ikea.com; closet painting by Jeffrey Wallace; bedding from Bloomingdale’s, www.bloomingdales.com; or-

WHEN ART MEETS HEART PAGES 138–147

ange coverlet from Crate and Barrel, www.crate

401.421.5815 s PROVIDENCE, RI 02904

andbarrel.com; closet installation by Dodd

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Premier Properties If You Lived Here... Setting Farmington, in central Connecticut, sits adjacent to the Farmington River. While most of its 28.7 square miles are wooded, the town also has a host of meadows, hills, lakes and ponds. Attractions The Hill-Stead Museum, Stanley-Whitman House (both National Historic Landmarks), the Day-Lewis Museum and the Old Stone Schoolhouse all celebrate Farmington’s rich history. Meanwhile, the scenic Metacomet Trail and Farmington Valley Greenway are ideal sites for walking, biking, hiking and rockclimbing. Commute Farmington is a mere ten minutes away from Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city, and about 105, 110 and 115 miles from Providence, Boston and New York City, respectively.

This circa 1940 Georgian on twenty-one acres overlooking the Litchfield Hills lists for $3.99 million with Joanne and John Hoye of Prudential Connecticut Realty, (860) 561-8001, www.prudentialct.com

Farmington, Connecticut Farmington has all the aesthetic charm and cultural richness of the oldest New England communities, and its legacy of quality homes, excellent education and prosperity began early. One of the first settlements in Connecticut, Farmington— originally occupied by the Tunxis Indians—was bought by English settlers in 1640 and incorporated in 1645. The first dwellings were rough-hewn log huts, evolving with time into wooden frame houses. Soon after founding its first school in 1771, Farmington established codes requiring one teacher for every fifty households and a schoolhouse for every hundred. High standards for both public and private education continue to be a priority in Farmington today: Miss Porter’s School, founded in 1843, remains one of the most exclusive girls’ secondary schools in the country, while Newsweek has ranked Farmington High on its “Best [U.S.] High Schools” list three times in the past five years. With a history of patriotism during the Revolutionary War and participation in the abolitionist movement, it comes as no surprise that residents today have strong sentiments regarding the preservation of Farmington’s natural beauty and historical value, both of which are ensured through vigilant land use planning and maintenance. —Hannah Hickok

Housing The majority of homes for sale in Farmington are single-family colonials and capes, with a sprinkling of ranches and contemporary houses mixed in. What It Costs Single-family homes currently for sale range from about $160,000 for a 1,400-square-foot colonial to $5.6 million for an eight-bedroom colonialstyle house. Your Next-Door Neighbors With seven exceptional public schools, the majority of Farmington’s population of 25,000 is made up of families, while others come to Farmington for the peace and comfort of an affluent, but still quaint, suburb. How You’d Spend Your Free Time Besides the hiking and rafting opportunities afforded by the Metacomet Ridge mountain trails and the Farmington River rapids, three eighteen-hole courses are available to golfers, and the upscale Westfarms Mall provides ample entertainment for shoppers.

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Avon The tranquility of the countryside beckons from this magnificent stone manor on 70 glorious acres with ponds, barn, pastures and sweeping views of Farmington Valley. Unsurpassed attention to detail. Masterful blend of timeless old world features & modern amenities. $6,400,000. www.55Bishoplane.com Ellen Seifts • 860-214-3540

Brookfield10-acre estate with a custom designed comfortable, yet sophisticated Colonial home featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, with 2 master suite plus 3 bay barn/garage w/potential guest apt. No detail has been overlooked. This home sets itself apart as a true country escape. $950,000. www.11RiverfordRoad.com Maureen Van Hise • 203-205-5550

Old Saybrook Country French elegance combines with casual family living in this 11 rm, 5 bdrm riverfront estate. 5+ private acres, dock, pool, stucco exterior, slate roof, first floor master suite, handcrafted mahogany millwork. Garage & carriage house for 8 vehicles. A Connecticut River landmark. $6,900,000. www.Watrouspoint.com Maureen E. Nelson • 860-661-3060

Old Saybrook Own your own Castle. History restored, the waterfront “Hartlands” castle has been returned to modern splendor. Designed with ocean views from every room, featuring eight bedrooms, a chapel with 50 foot turrett, a showcase kitchen, elevator and in-law apartment. 15,000 sq.ft. $4,700,000. www.12BillowsRoad.com Chuck Haller • 860-558-6000

Westport The best of old & new is seamlessly blended in this timeless turn-of-the-century mini-estate. Masterfully renovated & expanded, this enchanting farmhouse boasts 3 outbuildings: a legal cottage, 2-rm studio & barn set on spectacular property. $2,450,000.

Woodbury This residence is located in Woodbury’s acclaimed Owl Ridge neighborhood. The setting overlooks the town center with views of the valley and countryside. Elegance abounds throughout this home where style and comfort were paramount in its design. $1,090,000.

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JAMAICA PLAIN • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

$9,399,000. 5,000± sq. ft. residence overlooking the Public Garden in a boutique building of only seven homes. Living room with a Verde marble fireplace, formal dining room and gourmet kitchen. Direct coded access elevator, security, 24/7 concierge and valet parking are all included. Michele DeAngelis, (617) 247-2909

$1,425,000. Unsurpassed water views. This two-story penthouse residence overlooks Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Gourmet kitchen, master suite, fireplace, private decks and semi-finished basement. Garage parking. Minutes to downtown. An urban Eden. Janet Deegan / Constance Cervone, (617) 522-4600

NORTH ANDOVER, MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

$2,795,000. This French Country residence offers a 7,600± square-foot interior and 15 rooms. A well-appointed kitchen, media/game room, exercise room, tennis court, and an indoor pool mirroring that of a 5-star resort. Set on 1.25 acres with specimen trees, and a hot tub. Barbara Grasso, (978) 475-2201

$3,850,000. This 3,100 square-foot residence is located on a high floor in the prominent Trinity Place. Panoramic views of the Trinity Church, the Charles River, and beyond encompass this three-bedroom home. 24-hour concierge service and valet garaging for 2 cars. Maureen O'Hara, (617) 247-2909

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS

BOXFORD, MASSACHUSETTS

$4,990,000. Unparalleled luxury awaits in prestigious Monmouth House, sited on a lush 19,500-square-foot lot just moments from Back Bay. This home’s dramatic design and sweeping spaces underwent a thoughtful architectural renovation, completed in 2009. Jayne Bennett Friedberg, (617) 731-2447

$2,300,000. Accessed by a private road is this six-bedroom estate residence set on 4 private acres. Features include elegant oversized rooms, a finished walk-up third floor and lower level, Brazilian cherry flooring on first floor, a white-and-granite gourmet kitchen, plus a pool and spa. Gwen Washburn, (978) 887-6536

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Fairfield,CT $6,100,000 MLS# 98439910, Andrew Whiteley, 203.258.1595

Fairfield, CT $3,950,000 MLS# 98439140,Al Filippone Assoc., 203.671.9992

Westport, CT $3,899,000 MLS# 98441899, Jillian Klaff Homes, 203.858.2095

Norwalk, CT $3,250,000 MLS# 98439244,Al Filippone Assoc., 203.362.8316

New Canaan, CT $2,295,000 MLS# 98448188, New Canaan Office, 203.966.3555

Westwood, MA $1,650,000 MLS# 70978658, Lisa May Richards, 617.272.5847

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Westport, CT $1,499,000 MLS# 98443318, Billy Nistico, 203.682.0897

Cape Cod/E. Orleans, MA $1,495,000 MLS# 20905935, Jeffrey Karlson, 508.237.5505

Westport, CT $1,449,000 MLS# 98438708, Billy Nistico, 203.682.0897

Portsmouth, RI $1,250,000 MLS# 954769, Arthur Chapman, 401.640.0807

Fairfield, CT $1,249,000 MLS# 98440773, Gigliotti & Walsh, 203.451.0040

Glastonbury, CT $1,195,000 MLS# G543050, Stephen Nardi, 860.882.4476 Oceanfront Resort Inspired Condos

Duxbury, MA $1,098,000 MLS# 70925835, Sharon MacAllister, 781.254.7992

Westbrook, CT $949,000 MLS# M9119382, Rick Allen, 860.575.4200

Plymouth, MA Prices starting at $749,000 MLS# 70967245, Patricia Ford, 781.799.5584

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WELLESLEY RENOVATED 4 BR COLONIAL, 4000 s.f., GREAT FAMILY ROOM, IN POETS CORNER NEIGHBORHOOD $1,850,000

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HARVARD Energy Star architectural French Country Manor, 4.58 acres with views easterly. Multi-level decks with hot tub, beautiful landscaping/stonework. Stunning open interior, maple floors, lovely birch cabinetry, top appliances, large window bays, 2 story balcony connecting bedroom wings, luxurious master suite. 3 finished levels. $1,189,000

HARVARD Town center opposite schools and library, short walk to Bare Hill Pond beach, and town center festivities! Beautifully restored 5 bedroom Victorian, includes 4 levels with finished living areas, wrap front porch, rear porch, side patio from lower level rec rooms & bath. Large window bays. Multi-use Garage. Pretty grounds. $935,000

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Dover Rug 65

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Dream Kitchens 105

Atlantic Design Center 14â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15

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Audio Video Intelligence 46

Eliza Tan Interiors 84â&#x20AC;&#x201C;85

Authentic Designs 195

Ellenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Interiors 86â&#x20AC;&#x201C;87

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Bannon Custom Builders 40

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Barbara Bahr Sheehan Interior Design 78â&#x20AC;&#x201C;79

Ferguson 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;13

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Freshwater Stone 161

Belgard 157

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Belisle Doors and Windows 148

Gail Roberts, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 107

Boston Architectural College 192 Boston Billiard Emporium 148

Gibson Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty 217

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The Granite Group 75

The Boston Shade Company 1

Great Northeast Boat Show 222

Brassworks Fine Home Details 209

Home Life 88â&#x20AC;&#x201C;89

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Hutker Architects 191

California Closets 18

Instone 163

Camille Garro Interiors 80â&#x20AC;&#x201C;81

Interactive Home Systems 69

The Catered Affair 185

J Barrett & Company Real Estate 216

Chip Webster & Associates 67

J. Todd Galleries 38

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Jacqueline Becker Fine Art Consulting 149

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Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

CREATING STORAGE IS OFTEN a challenge in renovation design. A former carriage house we worked on recently had no basement, intensifying the importance of using space creatively. The large living/dining room, however, offered a wonderful opportunity to add much-needed china cabinets. As a design element, the visual weight of the china cabinets balances that end of the room against a massive limestone fireplace at the opposite end. Working with our client we investigated a variety of shapes and forms to create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;furniture-likeâ&#x20AC;? built-in. Some sketches were exercises exploring colonial style vs. a more classical European style; some explored the profile of the arch and combinations of storage space. We investigated mimicking the softer arc of the existing window and door openings in the home (in the sketch at the top right on this page). For the upper cabinet, all the solutions incorporated an indirectly lit classic plaster shell and curved back. The final scheme, at the lower left, combined and tweaked elements from the elevations in the top row, such as the full-width cabinets, full-height columns and arch shape. The perspective drawing shows the fine-tuning that took place during the preparation of construction drawings, in which we continued to simplify the arch form and added French-style cabinet doors to keep out dust. JOHN KELSEY, WILSON KELSEY DESIGN, SALEM, MASS. (978) 741-4234, WWW.WILSONKELSEYDESIGN.COM

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