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to accept a lifetime achievement award from the Boston Architectural College. In conjunction with the award ceremony he presented a public talk, in part to explain, as he put it, “why I deserve this.” Given before a general audience on an unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday afternoon, for what could easily have been a purely ceremonial occasion, his remarks were refreshingly lengthy and serious. One of Jackson’s principal points was simply the role of passion in the achievement of anything new. “The world is built by people who just can’t stop themselves,” he said. The truth of that statement cannot be overstressed. The thought gains resonance from two separate yet related preoccupations of mine over the past few months. One has cropped up during talks in shops and showrooms or chance encounters on the street. Several dealers, particularly in antiques or what might be considered the fustier forms of

art, have worried aloud that their clients will soon die off and that neither the clients’ children nor anyone else in the younger generations now care about [fill in the blank]. I’ve heard store owners lament the lack of buyers for interesting stuff in New England; I’ve heard designers and clients bewail the fact that they have to go to New York to see anything really good. The second preoccupation has been preparations for our first annual 5 Under 40 awards gala on June 10. That evening we’ll be celebrating a handful of the most energetic and exciting young design talents in New England, selected from a much larger and almost equally promising pool. (See page 20 for details on the party, by the way.) Now how can all of these things be true at the same time? Certainly new generations tend to find or develop new design interests. But objects of lasting beauty, both old and new, have been valued for thousands of years in disparate cultures all over the world. This is where the truly passionate step in. Are you worried about declining interest in your field? Then are you using all the means and media at your disposal to reach a larger audience? What about forming younger collectors’ clubs? What about hosting private dinners where prominent experts can share their knowledge and love? Do you in turn hunger for more truly great or innovative work in New England? Then are you buying it when it is here? Are you letting your favorite dealer know what you would buy if she or he had it? Two lines may come to mind from a poem many of us studied in high school, William Butler Yeats’s The Second Coming: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” Well, in some cases it really is the best who embody that passionate intensity. We should celebrate—and emulate—them.

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief

Corrections: We had two incorrect phone numbers in our March/April issue. The correct contact information for the Farmington, Connecticut, house shown on our Premier Properties page is Joanne and John Hoye of Prudential Connecticut Realty, (860) 561-8007. The phone number for Casa Design, featured in Perspectives, is (617) 654-2974. We regret the mistakes. Our sincere apologies also to artist Pamela Reynolds, whose name we got wrong in the story "When Art Meets Heart." To see her work, visit


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Featured Homes


94 Family Planning The fashion versus function debate takes on a whole new

meaning in this Wellesley, Massachusetts, house, where the parents’ sense of style coexists with a kid-friendly sensibility. INTERIOR DESIGN: JENNIFER PALUMBO • ARCHITECTURE: JOHN BATTLE • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: GREGORY LOMBARDI • PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM GRAY • TEXT: ERIN MARVIN • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

106 Modern Match Perched on a point overlooking the water, this contemporary


118 Major Details In a makeover that’s nothing short of amazing, a featureless



128 Port of Call Whether he’s playing host to his nieces and nephews or putting

up his sailing crew, a yachtsman finds his guesthouse on the ocean in Newport makes a perfect refuge. ARCHITECTURE: MARK P. FINLAY • INTERIOR DESIGN: KIM KIRBY • EXTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM GRAY • INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY: WARREN JAGGER • TEXT: PAULA M. BODAH

138 American Idyll Making the most of the meadow and wetland space that

surrounds it, a home in Weston, Massachusetts, enjoys suburban convenience but feels like a rural retreat. ARCHITECTURE: MARK HUTKER AND MATT SCHIFFER, HUTKER ARCHITECTS • INTERIOR DESIGN: SUSANNE CSONGOR, SLC INTERIORS •

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On the cover: Designers Sally Wilson and John Kelsey turned a bare-bones room into a dining space with Old World European glamour. Photograph by Laura Moss. To see more of this home, turn to page 118.




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Art, Design, History, Landscape 47 Elements: Transformers New furniture and accessories that morph for a

new look and sometimes a new function. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ Design Destination: J.E.M., Boston 54 58 Artistry: Elements of Surprise Metal sculptor Mariko Kusumoto’s crafts-

manship attracts attention, but a closer look reveals the true depth of the artist’s work. TEXT BY LOUIS POSTEL • PORTRAIT BY WEBB CHAPPELL 68 Past Perfect: Building Blocks of Design The spirited block-print fabrics

of the Folly Cove Designers from Gloucester, Massachusetts, are still influential today. TEXT BY REGINA COLE • PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM 184

78 Concept Board A breakfast nook welcomes morning with a fresh look by

Rhode Island designer Cyndie Seely.

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People, Places, Events, Products 150 Trade Secrets: Believe It or Not Comings and goings (and a few surprises)

in the lives of New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL 156 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate design. 160 Calendar Special events for those who are passionate about fine design. 170 Perspectives Area designers’ recommendations for a beautiful bath. Wish List: Home furnishings that rank as favorites for Newton, Massachusetts, designer Sheldon Tager. 178 It’s Personal: Favorite finds from the staff of New England Home. 180 184 Made Here: Dream Team Leonards stocks the antique and fine reproduction

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194 Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s homes.

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198 Premier Properties Falmouth, Massachusetts

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206 Advertiser Index 208 Sketch Pad Boston designer Eileen Patterson solves a client’s lighting needs

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Content Updates We’re always adding new content to our Web site. Check out additional photos of work by Mariko Kusumoto, the featured artisan in this issue (page 58), as well as a video of Kusumoto revealing the intricacies of her metal sculptures. We’ll also have a video excerpt from a documentary film on the life and work of Virginia Lee Burton, founder of the Folly Cove Designers (which we feature in our Past Perfect department on page 68). You’ll also find new home tours, an expanded events calendar and more.

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New Online Videos Our newest online video series will highlight new happenings in landscape design, sponsored by Pellettieri Associates. Later in the summer we’ll check out the latest flooring options in a video sponsored by Dover Rug. Tune in as our editors report firsthand on industry trends in timely five-minute videos.

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New England Home’s Winter Networking Event at First Rugs On February 11, we held one of our always-popular networking events at First Rugs in their newly expanded Acton, Massachusetts, showroom. Within that beautiful setting we welcomed lots of familiar faces along with many new guests. Numerous new business connections were made during the fun-filled evening, which also included fabulous giveaways (including a small rug) as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Congratulations to the winners of the night’s raffle prizes: Donna Spanos, Dave Malek, Evan Struhl, Ben DeFilippo, Peter Freeman, Bill Morton, Nancy Sorenson, Carol Trubey, Abby Forstall and many more! A special thank you goes out to Cynthia First and her team at First Rugs for their generous hospitality!

Bill Morton, Nancy Sorenson and Steve Kontoff of Back Bay Shutter with Cynthia First of First Rugs • John Sullivan of Ponders Hollow, New England Home’s Betsy Abeles Kravitz and Rand Hinman, The Ultimate Bath Showroom • Jay Leonard and John Nardozza of Andover Landscape Construction flank Justin White, Bayberry Nurseries • Ben DeFilippo and Evan Struhl of Cutting Edge Systems with FBN Construction’s Bob Ernst • Mary Donovan of First Rugs, Mark Haddad of Haddad Hakansson and Donna Spanos and Dave Malek, RiverBend & Company • Interior designers Eliza Tan and Leslie Fine

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Private Champagne Reception for 5 Under 40 Award Winners We feted the winners of the 5 Under 40 Awards with a private champagne reception at Landry & Arcari’s Boston showroom on March 11. This year’s winners—Hansy Better Barraza of Studio Luz Architects, ZeroEnergy Design’s Stephanie Horowitz, Meichi Peng of Meichi Peng Design Studio, Planeta Basque Boston’s Patrick Planeta and Quentin Kelley of Infusion Furniture—revealed their original custom rug designs to the staff of New England Home and event sponsors Landry & Arcari and Woodmeister Master Builders, along with select guests. Rugs will be produced by Landry & Arcari and then auctioned off during the June 10 awards celebration at Artists For Humanity EpiCenter, Boston. Proceeds will benefit the Cambridge, Massachusetts–based charity Barakat, which works to strengthen education and literacy in Central and South Asia.

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Transformers No, we’re not referring to those 1980s robots that morphed into otherworldly vehicles and weird weapons or to the 2009 movie of the same name, starring Shia LaBeouf as the young (and very cute) hero. We’re talking about a new wave of furniture that undergoes a change in appearance and even, in some cases, a change of function. To wit, a sofa that becomes a bed (and we don’t mean the oldfashioned pullout variety), or a coffee table that grows to dining height. We think you’ll be a convert. On the Rise Need extra seating for a dinner party? The Crescendo table by Pagnon & Pelhaître starts out at cocktail table height. At dinnertime, raise the base and open the top to seat six guests. The three-quarterinch hinged surface is available in ebony stained oak, gloss white or gloss black on a steel base in white or black. $2,475–$2,595, DEPENDING ON FINISH. LIGNE ROSET, BOSTON, (617) 4512212, WWW.LIGNE-ROSET-USA.COM

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Two for the Price of One The Gregory is a rug that transforms, origami like, into an ottoman. But unlike the fine Japanese art, it requires little or no folding. Simply pull the button in the center of the red felted wool rug to form the ottoman, which measures 29.5 inches square with a height of 15.25 inches. $725. LIGNE ROSET


Hide and Seek Inspired by Japanese anemone boxes that are traditionally used to stash family heirlooms, this pillow-cum-storage unit not only looks great on a sofa or a bed, it unfolds to offer the perfect place to hide the remote or an extra pair of PJs. It measures about fifteen inches in diameter and comes in a variety of prints. $90. ROCK




Morning Till Night Like the little black dress, the Versa #6050 sofa elegantly transforms from day to evening. Release the extra set of legs hidden in the back of the piece, then unlock and drop the back to reveal a forty-nine-inch-wide bed. The sofa measures 77" Ă— 38" Ă— 36" and is available in beige, brown or black. $999. BOCONCEPT, CAMBRIDGE, (617) 588-7777, WWW.BOCONCEPT-US.COM

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The Art of the Cocktail Like a piece of kinetic sculpture, four of the five layers that make up ModLoft’s Crosby cocktail table rotate out from the base to make more room for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. When it’s closed and none of the layers are extended, it measures 25" × 25" × 12". With layers fully extended, it grows to forty-one inches. Find it in wenge with alternating red panels or walnut with alternating black lacquer panels. $800. ITALIAN DESIGN, BROOKLINE, (617) 731-4222, WWW.ITALIAN-DESIGN.NET


Stack Pack Talk about multi-tasking. The Squat table can be a coffee table, seating for two or a chic shelving system. Made of birch plywood, high-pressure laminate and polished aluminum, the Squat table measures 40" × 15" × 13.5" and comes with a white, red or black seat. An outdoor model is made of Western red cedar and clear anodized aluminum. $229 ($399 FOR OUTDOOR VERSION). VESSEL, BOSTON, (617) 292-0982, WWW .VESSEL.COM


Now You See It, Now You Don’t Last time guests visited, they didn’t notice the wheeled Spider chair. That’s because it was . . . the ottoman. Pull up, push out and presto chango. Consider the Spider chair, by Giulio Manzoni for Flexform, your own little magic act. It comes in a host of fabrics including the cotton duck shown. STARTING AT $2,344. SHOWROOM, BOSTON, (617) 482-4805, WWW .SHOWROOMBOSTON.COM


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Knot What You Think Coil it, wrap it, swag it or string it, and this nautical-inspired light changes from a hanging lamp to a reading lamp to a bedside lamp. It’s up to you and your imagination. $385–$565 DEPENDING ON STYLE AND SIZE. J.E.M., BOSTON, (617) 391-0490, WWW.JEMHOME.COM



Magic Act Change any room into a guest room with the Twilight Sleep sofa. A compact sofa with a bolster pillow that adjusts to three different positions, the sofa further converts into a daybed, two twins or a larger-than-queen-size bed. (Just move the bolster out of the way and place the top cushion on the floor.) The sofa has a removable slipcover. $1,800 AS SHOWN, $1,680 WITH ALUMINUM FRAME. DESIGN WITHIN REACH, BOSTON, (617) 451-7801, WWW.DWR.COM


Tried and True Maybe the original transformer, the slipcover was once used to protect the livingroom sofa from the strong summer sun. Now linen slip-covered sofas are de rigueur. Lee Industries has an entire line of “coveralls” that look fresh and modern all year long. Shown here is the Lee Apartment sofa (#C1822-11-0209), a compact 71" × 36" × 41". $2,100. C. BESTON & COMPANY, HANOVER, N.H., (603) 653-0123, WWW.CBESTON.COM



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As both designers and serious aficionados of retail, we always find it thrilling to happen upon new things— a feat that has become increasingly difficult as access to products grows easier. (This easier access, by the way, is a good thing.) Even more exciting, and trickier to find, is the opportunity to see something familiar used in a new and unexpected way. When on a meandering Sunday stroll through the South End a few months ago we happened upon J.E.M. on Shawmut Avenue, and were delighted to find just this: a shop chock-a-block full of surprises, a shop where the ordinary became extraordinary. For starters, there was a standard-issue factory cart used as an end table. Next, hanging on a daringly bright-blue wall, a well-worn Clydesdale harness framing an oval mirror. And then stacks of vintage sorting boxes, the perfect musthave desk accessory. Excited by what we were seeing, we had lots of questions. When did this shop open? Who owns it? What was the inspiration?

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ou’ve just inherited a large house and everything in it. Your designer offers to go through some of the mysterious crates still in the attic. An hour later you’re up there with her, totally amazed. Her flashlight beam rests on a priceless Rodin bronze, a man and woman improbably lifelike there in the musty penumbra of forgotten things. • Then imagine this: your designer suggests leaving it there, half in the box. The normal thing to do (besides auctioning it off) would be to drag it downstairs and put it in a “pride of place” posi-

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tion, at the end of a hall, say, or above the mantel. It’s a great treasure. It begs to be seen. Why leave it as some kind of surprise for occasional attic explorers? • Mariko Kusumoto’s metal sculptures are all about these surprises. You can display a Kusumoto piece in a “pride of place” position, but don’t count on that instantaneous “wow” moment you’d expect from visitors reverently approaching The Kiss. The “wow” moments in Kusumoto’s work—and there are many of them— come slowly, one a time, as you discover them. In a giggly

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rhythm, one dreamlike sleight-of-hand after another crystallizes. Brass, nickel, silver, sterling, decals, coral, mop fiber glowing psychedelically within pillows of glass resin—all are at the alchemist’s disposal. There’s so much to see and do, the experience provokes even the most jaded visitors to gasp and cry out, “This is too much! How did anyone figure out how to do that!” Who would be patient enough, skilled enough, strong enough—who would be outrageous enough—to fashion a tiny horned beetle and an equally tiny seahorse drinking themselves into a stupor over a Lilliputian bottle of sake? And who would take even this to the next level by hiding 60 New England Home May/June 2010

the beetle and seahorse inside a delicately hinged metal piece of salmon sushi? As these little dramas play out, you would not be alone in your wonderment. “For us, seeing the work for the first time was a magical experience,” says Libby Cooper, co-owner of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, gallery Mobilia, where Kusumoto shows her work fairly exclusively. “Family and friends keep coming back to visit the work, to interact with it. Architects and designers are usually awed by the craftsmanship.” Born into a priestly family and raised in a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in southern Japan, Kusumoto developed an affini-

ty for metal early on. It was her household task to polish all the religious ornaments. The family was hardly poor, but her mother didn’t believe in toys for children. “I learned to make things up on my own,” she recalls. “I played Top: Kaiten Zushi (2004), 13"h × 12"w with the stag beetles, the rocks. I remem× 12"d Above left and right: Details ber using the gravefrom Kaiten Zushi stones as some sort of work table or cutting board.” Her artistic talent showed early on. “I won all the drawing contests in school,” she says. “I couldn’t wait to leave for Tokyo to art college. I didn’t like having to say all the Buddhist prayers every night.” In Tokyo,

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Artistry she studied painting, but, she says, “It was a course in engraving that got me going. I’ve been working in metal ever since.” She met her American-born husband in the San Francisco Bay Area. “But I missed the changing seasons. And my dealer, Mobilia, was in the East. So we moved here with our daughter,” she says. “Here” is a house and studio in an optimistic, mid-century neighborhood in Lexington, Massachusetts. The sound of waterfalls nearly drowns out her voice. She herself is a bit of surprise. How can someone of less than Herculean stature possess such strength, such will to cut and solder and bend all this stuff? Today is something of a rare day. She has a lot of her work in her house, loaned back by its ownTop: Cicada Larva ers in preparation Dreams, brooches, for a show Libby (1998), 8.5"h × 15 ½"w Cooper arranged 2"d when open Bot × tom: Hinamatsuri (Girls' at the Fuller Day) Holiday (2001), Craft Museum in 22"h × 12"w × 12"d Brockton, Massachusetts. (Her work sells too quickly and is too expensive for the couple to keep for themselves). A single piece, such as her thirteeninch-tall, two-story, sushi restaurant, takes three or four months of full-time labor. “I start off with Photoshop imaging software, along with paper models,” Kusumoto explains. “Once I start, I don’t stop. I don’t believe in doing things half-way.” The emphasis she places on this last sentence leaves no room for doubt. She may be crafting an unfolding man-shirt for her multi-level Bloomingdale’s store, or a tiny brooch in bronze, brass, sterling, nickel and silver—whatever it is, there’s a measured power to all this phantasmagoria. There is also, however, a downside to her virtuoso precision and patience. These are qualities one ordinarily associates with a fine jeweler or metalsmith, not the heroic, big-gesture, splatter-painting idea of artist we’ve come to know in the modern era. For this reason, Kusumoto finds herself in what her husband refers to as “an arts backwater—which comes under the heading of crafts.” But make no mistake: Kusumoto’s precision-made unfolding boxes and purseteapots and department stores are as High Art as any iconoclastic plate-smashing. What some might mistakenly relegate to a “crafts backwater” is actually a space representing a very different, exceedingly re62 New England Home May/June 2010

Artistry fined culture. Kusumoto’s art may masquerade as a series of visual puns or a simple exercise in virtuosity, but there’s a lot more to be found under the etched skin of those coppers and bronzes. There you will find the DNA strands of a highly refined Japanese Buddhist culture; a culture Kusumoto inherited almost as birthright. As much as she resented the mandatory prayers, the Buddhist conSee more @ cept of constant change is someTo see a video of Mariko thing very much Kusumoto’s sculptures in motion, visit our Web with her. The site and click on “Art & surprises she so Style” and then click on “Artistry.” cleverly builds into her sculpture speak volumes for the transitory nature of all life. Every moment is unique and unlike the rest. Robin Williams may not be a practicing Buddhist, but the fact that his emotions are so playful and fluid makes him one of the most watchable of movie actors. It’s no accident that he’s one of Kusumoto’s collectors. You can imagine how he would experience some of the pieces temporarily displayed in Kusumoto’s living room. You can picture his expressions of delight, dismay, curiosity, even a kind of soulful compassion for the poor Geisha in the freakshow tent. He Top: Tokyo Souvenir, removes an wearable pieces in etched metal individual containers, plate and finds (2008), 5.5"h × 25"w × 20"d when open Center her skeleton. and bottom: Details from Under that layer, Tokyo Souvenir he finds unborn children. He leaps to the next table where he finds Kusumoto’s multi-storied game tower, Ryounkaku, inspired by Tokyo’s first Western-style skyscraper (“complete with elevator” adds Kusumoto). The original Ryounkaku famously collapsed in the earthquake of 1923. Every panel of the Ryounkaku opens to a miniaturized human drama. Robin Williams would be transfixed. Finally he would throw the single, engraved die. Oh no! He’s landed in the Meditation Room high in the Tower. According to Kusumoto’s rules, Williams would be forced to miss a turn! Why are we not surprised? • Editor’s Note Mariko Kusumoto is represented by Mobilia, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 8762109, Her show Unfolding Stories runs from May 22–August 8 at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass., (508) 588-6000, 64 New England Home May/June 2010


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he Wenham Museum’s antiques show took an unexpected turn in 2009, when the annual fundraiser became a juried design event with a singular theme. Calling the show “Tablescapes,” the museum gave designers an eight-by-eight-foot space and the following charge: create a tabletop vignette that reflects the culture and history of the North Shore of Massachusetts. • Eighteen participants more than rose to the challenge with displays that included a carpenter’s workbench alluding to the skills and traditions of the 68 New England Home May/June 2010

area, an Orient Express dining car relating to the museum’s train collection, a literary luncheon table that honored onetime Ipswich resident John Updike, and ceramics inspired by views of Gloucester Harbor. • One of the most arresting vignettes featured an antique desk and hand-printed, mustardcolored textiles of extraordinary subtlety, wit and charm. With her Writer’s Desk exhibit, Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan of the North Shore design-build firm Carpenter and MacNeille paid tribute to the artistry of the Folly Cove Designers.

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“My display of these fabrics had beautiful synergy: their spirit was representative of our work,” she says. “Many of our clients have old houses and a historic sensibility. For us, craftsmanship at every level of a project is important, as well as knowing how each detail relates to the whole. It’s important to love what you do. The Folly Cove Designers personified that approach.” From 1939 until 1969, the Folly Cove Designers produced original block-printed fabrics and wallpapers in Lanesville, a Gloucester village at the northernmost tip 70 New England Home May/June 2010

young married women who of Cape Ann. Patterned after a Clockwise from top: Medieval guild and informed Eino Natti’s “Flora and five years ago began making by the neighborhood’s environ- Fauna” and “Glouces- hand-blocked prints in their ter”, and “Cotillion” spare time.” ment and culture, the artists’ by Lee Natti. Facing A charming image; not, collective was inspired by the page: The Folly Cove however, entirely accurate. For belief that home goods should Designers (Virginia Lee Burton is on the one thing, there were male be beautiful as well as useful. far right) outside their members throughout the deSmall and decidedly local, the studio in 1949. sign guild’s thirty-year history, group’s influence was huge: refthough they were always in the minority. erence works consistently credit them with setting a new direction in American design. When ex-Marine Eino Natti joined immediately after World War II, his antique In 1945, Life magazine identified the Acorn press replaced jumping on the block Folly Cove Designers as “a group of

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throughout the country,” including Lord and Taylor. F. Schumacher and Company obtained the rights to silk-screen several designs on fabric and wallpaper. The Folly Cove Designers exhibited examples of their work in national museums and at craft shows, including 1953’s Designer

Craftsman USA, a seminal exhibition organized by the American Craftsmen’s Educational Council. Forty years after the group disbanded, their placemats, table runners, aprons, potholders and yard goods fetch handsome sums on eBay. As a 2008 Vogue article pointed out, “Folly Cove prints have a timeless and universal appeal. At the same time, these colorful, handcrafted designs, bursting with natural motifs, could have been taken off the spring runways.” The driving force behind all this extraordinary creativity was one dynamic woman. Virginia Lee Burton, known to her friends and family as Jinnee, was forced to decline an invitation to dance with a New York ballet troupe when her father, an MIT dean, broke his leg and needed his daughter to stay home to tend to him. Left: Aino Clarke The beauti- demonstrates a simple but effective printing ful nineteen- method: jumping on year-old the inked block. became a sketcher at the Boston Transcript and took drawing classes at the Museum School. There, she fell in love with her teacher, the Macedonian-born sculptor George Demetrios. They married in 1930 and two years later moved to Gloucester. When the effects of the Great Depression reduced the family income, Jinnee wrote children’s books, including Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, Choo Choo and Life Story. Considered classics, they have never gone out of print. If she had done nothing else, these books, illustrated by the author, would have secured Virginia Lee Burton’s place in history. In 1938 a neighbor, Aino Clarke, proposed a swap: she, a gifted musician, would teach the two Demetrios boys to play violin in exchange for design lessons from Jinnee. Aino admired the curtains Jinnee had created for her studio by cutting a design out of a linoleum block, applying ink and jumping up and down on the block placed on plain fabric. Thus began informal study which, in short order, evolved into an organized, professional, juried

Past Perfect guild of neighbor-designer-craftspeople whose work was sought after and who made money. The group stipulated that each designer would give 5 percent of their sales to the Folly Cove Designers, as well as 1.5 percent of the wholesale price of each piece. Left: The printing proIn 1941, annual cess, from idea to findues were $2. ished product, in a Burton, who design by the group’s refused the title founder. She wrote books as Virginia Lee of president, was Burton, but signed her nonetheless the Folly Cove Designers work with her married guiding spirit; name. Below: Eino Natti the group disat the 1835 Acorn press. banded after she died. The then-youngest member purchased one of the two Acorn presses the group owned and set up shop in neighboring Rockport under the name Sarah Elizabeth. She passed away last year and her protégée, Isabel Natti, carries on the tradition. The Demetrios heirs donated the Folly Cove Designers material to the Cape Ann Museum with the stipulation that the blocks never again be printed. “We all made a gentleman’s agreement,” says Lee Natti. “None of the original work can be reproduced.” Originally Virginia Lee Burton’s editor at Houghton Mifflin, Natti joined the Folly Cove Designers after her employer sent her to Folly Cove See more @ in the late 1940s For excerpts from a to study the audocumentary film on thor’s graphic the life and work of work. Natti met Virginia Lee Burton, visit our Web site and her husband-toclick on "Homes & be and moved to Gardens" and then Lanesville. She "Design History." talks about the Folly Cove Designer years as one of the most stimulating periods of her long life. “It’s time for a revival,” Hourihan says. Her design show entry led to an exhibition she describes as “a tribute to Virginia Lee Burton and the Folly Cove Designers” at the Annisquam Exchange last summer. “Three surviving Folly Cove Designers came, including Lee Natti, and they talked about a time in their lives that was so important,” she recalls. “This summer, we hope to bring the show to Endicott College. What a wonderful thing to share with the young designers of today!” Hourihan adds. “The Folly Cove Designers believed in making things, in working with their hands and in working together. It doesn’t get any better.” •

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Chairs: “Again pairing the simple with the formal, the Hinson upholstery fabric is a thick, casual linen with a traditional design.” French Louis XVI–style painted side chairs with tapered, fluted legs and square backs. TRIANON ANTIQUES, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 443-1020, WWW .TRIANONANTIQUES.COM

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Architect John Battle transformed this house from a classic, center-entrance colonial into Shingle style, retaining the nicest qualities of the original house while updating it for modern living.

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The fashion versus function debate takes on a whole new meaning in this Wellesley, Massachusetts, house, where the parents’ sense of style coexists with a kid-friendly sensibility. TEXT BY ERIN MARVIN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM GRAY • INTERIOR DESIGN: JENNIFER PALUMBO • ARCHITECTURE: JOHN BATTLE • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: GREGORY LOMBARDI • BUILDER: KISTLER AND KNAPP BUILDERS • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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The backyard is family friendly with an outdoor kitchen and ďŹ re pit, a pergola with a swing and plenty of room for the kids to run around. Facing page top: A lovely white gate separates the backyard from the front. Facing page bottom: The dining table was one of the few pieces the family brought to the new house.

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ow do you fit a mom, a dad, four kids, two Warhols and a dog—with plenty of room for relatives, friends and a burgeoning art collection—all under one roof? You plan accordingly. The family that lives here—four active kids and two parents with an eye for art—were previously living in a too-small house when they decided to find something that offered more elbow room for their growing brood. A 1950s center-entrance colonial in Wellesley, Massachusetts, had most of what they were looking for. . . but not everything. For one thing, the kitchen hadn’t been updated since the house was built (it was organized as if run by a staff instead of a family), and the two-car garage couldn’t actually fit two cars. The homeowners also wanted a new family room and a place to house visiting in-laws. And they wanted it all done with style. After moving in and making do for a few years, the couple called on Bostonbased architect John Battle to help them make this not-so-perfect house into the perfect home for their family. Battle had worked with the pair previously and was sensitive to their tastes as well as their needs. As they began discussing changes to the look, feel and flow of the house’s interior, a new exterior began to emerge in Battle’s sketches. “John said, ‘I’m reluctant to show you this, but I can picture something completely different,’ ” recalls the homeowner. “He pulled out this picture and we said, ‘That’s it, that’s our house!’ Everything flowed from there.” The house’s colonial facade underwent a Shingle-style facelift. Inside, extensive renovations included a new family room, kitchen, back stair and library. The old garage was replaced with one of modern proportions and a master suite was added upstairs. An in-law apartment on the side of the house now allows for close proximity coupled with a certain level of autonomy for visiting grandparents. The focus here is on modern, informal living; there are places where adults and kids are comfortable together, and quieter, more formal rooms in the house that are slightly more removed from high-traffic areas. “The homeowner has a strong disposition toward family being the center of gravity for everything, and the architecture followed that,” explains Battle. The yard, woodsy and pretty but unusMay/June 2010 New England Home 97

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Earth tones drive the color palette throughout the house except in the living room, which is lighter and airier with sage greens and soft blues. “The house is very large but it doesn’t feel too large,” says interior designer Jennifer Palumbo. “You walk in and get a sense of warmth and coziness.”

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able, was transformed by landscape architect Gregory Lombardi of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The parents wanted a yard they could use as a family, where the kids had room to run around without worry of knocking down formal gardens. They also wanted privacy from

Durability was a driving factor in many of the design decisions, along with comfort, softness and warmth. their neighbors and a pretty view from inside the house. Lombardi gave the house a public front, a formal entrance with a loop drive and a perennial border that greets guests upon arrival. In the back of the house, lots 100 New England Home May/June 2010

Hand-forged iron and leather-stitched lamps, a leather ottoman and tweed sofa fabric bring a modern western look to the family room. Facing page top: In the kitchen, a round dining table designed by Palumbo sits in a nook of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the backyard. Facing page bottom: A gold-colored matchstick-tile backsplash contrasts nicely with the white cabinetry.

of flexible space—with nothing the kids can’t run through—includes a large play lawn, an outdoor kitchen with a fire pit and terrace, and a pergola with a swing. Screen plantings of evergreens and deciduous trees around the perimeter offer the family privacy. Newton, Massachusetts–based interior designer Jennifer Palumbo brought a more transitional aesthetic to the interiors of the architecturally traditional house. Durability was a driving factor in many of the design decisions, along with comfort, softness and warmth. Design wise, the house is more textural than colorful; fabrics throughout include leather, ultra-suede, woven tweed, silk, cashmere, velvet, cotton knit and fur, which complement the simple, warm palette of earthy tones. The family heads west during summer vacations, and

their love for that area adds a slightly rugged, western influence to their Wellesley house. In the family room, a full-size, hand-carved saddle that the kids (and adults) have all taken a turn on rests in a corner by the sofa. A small seating area with two comfortable chairs and a leather table topped with a chess set—a favorite game of the boys—sits in front of a fireplace that opens from the family room into the kitchen. On the kitchen side, a limestone hearth faces a kitchen island bordered by amber leather barstools, where the mom often sits for hours at night helping her kids with their homework. A gold-colored matchstick-tile backsplash and a series of three rust-colored pendant lamps contrast nicely with the white cabinetry. Nestled in a nook of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the backMay/June 2010 New England Home 101

yard sits a small round table where the family shares most of their meals. When relatives or friends visit, there’s plenty of space at the dining room table, which can seat up to sixteen. The

In the master bedroom, barrel chairs play a role in the nighttime ritual of reading a story before bedtime. table was actually one of the few pieces the homeowners brought from their old house. Window treatments are an espresso silk with Greek key trim along the bottom that mimics the trim on the chairs. A hide runner stitched 102 New England Home May/June 2010

Battle designed the wooden surround for the master suite’s limestone fireplace; French doors lead to a balcony that overlooks the backyard. Facing page: Mahogany cabinetry, marble counters and floors and onyx mosaic tile around the tub give the master bath a spa-like feel.

with leather and horn candlesticks bedeck the tabletop. The overall warm, inviting effect invites lingering at the table long after dinner. The biggest departure from the home’s earthy decor occurs in the living room, where the ambience is just a bit more formal. “We worked with a sage green and a soft blue and brought in some taupey browns to keep it lighter,” explains Palumbo. Window treatments are sheer, backed and cuffed with silk; a hanging capiz shell lighting fixture helps keeps the feel of the room updated and modern. The fireplace is original to the house. Upstairs, the mood in the master bedroom is calm and relaxing. Across from the sleeping nook, two barrel chairs in front of the fireplace play a critical role in the night-

time ritual of reading a story before bedtime. Little feet sink into the silk shag rug and cashmere and velvet throw pillows invite snuggling. The homeowners selected the birch painting that hangs above fireplace, part of a growing art collection that includes two Warhol paintings and one by Jim Dine. However, their favorite piece is a contemporary portrait of their kids that hangs at the end of a long gallery hall. “A lot of our spaces are kid friendly, but in a way that looks good as well,” says the wife. “My husband and I would always laugh about ‘function over fashion,’ but I feel like I got both.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 194. May/June 2010 New England Home 103

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Perched on a point overlooking the water, this contemporary New Hampshire home harmonizes perfectly with the surrounding landscape. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN W. HESSION • ARCHITECTURE: AILEEN C. GRAF AND MICHAEL GRAF • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: TERRENCE PARKER, TERRAFIRMA

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Curved roofs and intriguing forms intersecting at angles give the new home a singular presence. At the same time, materials and landscaping successfully marry the modern house to its quiet neighborhood.


he New Hampshire seacoast is as picturesque as it comes. All the classic postcard requisites appear: bobbing boats, white steeples, lovely old houses. The owners of this new home used to live in one of those old houses, a handsome Federal-style abode. With kids grown, though, a simplified aesthetic beckoned. • Originally, this site with its spectacular views held an aging rental property—the last house tottering at the end of a quiet street. Over time, as is so often the case, the place had been chopped into multiple units. Rather than waste funds trying to prop up the old building, the couple chose to raze the house and build an energy-efficient home that would be hospitable to the pretty surroundings. • Following their inclination, they decided on a clean contemporary plan that would both respect their neighbors’ homes and engage the landscape. Determined to arrive at the best scheme possible, the pair staged a competition and invited three area architects to participate. “That’s how we got the job,” explains architect Aileen C. 108 New England Home May/June 2010

Graf, principal along with husband Michael of Graf Architects, in Newburyport, Massachusetts. “It was all very exciting.” • It’s no surprise the Grafs’ firm won. Looking to the sloping site for inspiration, the team contrived an ingenuous three-level home. “It’s on a point of land, so water is all about. We wanted to maximize that as much as we could,” Aileen says. • Tucked into the green hill, the south-facing house seems—like one of the many birds that call the shore home—to have found the ideal nest. Rather than fight the topography, the environmentally friendly design embraces the variations. Natural materials, such as stone from a nearby quarry and cedar siding, play to the New England vernacular and boost the sense that house and site were meant for each other. The siding may reference traditional clapboard, but the flush installation is modern. Decks are made of stone (a concealed drainage system funnels away rain) to strengthen

The eco-conscious home maximizes its southern exposure. At the top, the master bedroom feels airborne. Facing page: The south terrace opens onto the kitchen and living room. Facing page bottom: A garden bench bids welcome.

With so much glass, it’s easy to forget the boundaries that separate the inside and outside worlds.

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Oversize windows and bare bamboo floors emphasize the living room’s casual contemporary tone. Facing page top: The sculptural staircase goes beyond functional to stand as a work of art. Facing page bottom: Venetian plaster in the foyer provides nuanced color variations.

the indoor-outdoor connection, and rooms angle to best catch the ever-changing panorama of water and sky. Portsmouth, New Hampshire, landscape architect Terrence Parker, of TerraFirma Landscape Architecture, concocted a stone stairway that leads from the street up to the entry. “The door sits ten and a half feet above grade, and the path needed to meander across a ledge,” Parker says. “It’s unique.” Visitors arrive at a handsome but modest entry at the second level. Only once inside is the true volume of the house felt. With walls finished in Venetian plaster by Tom Schulz of Ennis Art, North Carolina, the foyer offers a heady bit of drama. Their rich, waxy sheen seems to set the light in motion much as the surface of water does. From the foyer, a short curving wall marks a path to

the core of the house—living and dining areas and kitchen. The spacious lower level contains, in addition to the garage at one end, a sauna, a family room, two bedrooms for visiting children and guests and a bath. More Venetian plaster and a European open-style shower in the latter are in sync with the energy unfolding above. Yet no matter what level you’re on, the minimal decor and serene, earthy palette keep the focus squarely on the architecture and Mother Nature. With so much glass, it’s easy to forget the boundaries that separate the inside and outside worlds. The decks increase the living space and enhance the options for relaxation or entertaining. The west deck, in fact, is equipped with a beauty of a stone fireplace. “They use this one all the time,” says Aileen. “It’s a perfect spot for evening cocktails.” May/June 2010 New England Home 111

The west deck’s hearth backs up to the living room fireplace. On the indoor side, Aileen and Michael installed an elegant surround of concrete panels. The steely gray of the concrete is a stunning foil to paleblond bamboo floors. Although ceilings climb a generous ten feet, ambient heat and high-energy windows thwart the coldest winters. Cocktails should be mixed in the soft light of early evening, while early birds will be rewarded with a bright sunrise to complement their morning coffee. That’s why the insightful team parked the kitchen on the east side of the house. When those morning people take a seat at the kitchen island for their coffee, it’s no ordinary perch. The concrete island curves, protecting the cook’s classic triangle of stove, sink and fridge on one side while gently moving traffic along toward the outdoors on the other. “We made several small-scale models till we achieved the right one,” Aileen says. The island’s tiered profile allows family and friends to pull up stools and kibitz with the chef but, at the same time, conceals messy dishes and pots. A light well is a surprise; cut deep into the island’s end, it interjects a slice of warmth to the kitchen’s cool mix of materials. A granite-topped bar claims the uncluttered kitchen’s north wall. A second sink here means that two or three activities can run smoothly at once. Custom cabinet-maker Andrew Colby, of South Ber112 New England Home May/June 2010

The kitchen’s sinuous counter enhances the traffic flow. Facing page top: Multiple drawers in the island keep clutter to a minimum. Facing page bottom: The master bath’s porcelain floor tile exudes a warm wood-grain look.

wick, Maine, crafted the streamlined cabinetry. Its maple veneer is stained a sea-like weathered gray. A multitude of drawers and cupboards make for bountiful storage, but are tucked and tailored to keep the ambience blessedly airy. Bamboo stairs guarded by a sleek powder-coated-steel railing wind their way to the top level. This sunny floor, with its curved ceiling mimicking the profile of the roof, is the homeowners’ own retreat. Up here, windows look out on three sides, catching birds in flight and streaming ribbons of cloud. Snowfalls are a magical treat. “I never miss our old house,” the wife admits, not surprisingly. “Where we are now in life, it seemed ridiculous to have fourteen rooms and live in three.” And, really, who could miss the past, with such a master bath? From the porcelain-tiled floor to the tub’s concrete surround, the design is sophisticated and functional. Italian fixtures and sculptural Wenge-wood sinks give the couple’s everyday grooming a ceremonial tone. “We always liked this property, we just never thought we’d be here,” says the wife. That ends this fine project on an even happier note. It’s as if destiny came along to ensure that the house and the family that loves it ended up exactly where they were meant to be. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 194. 114 New England Home May/June 2010

Granite, stone paths and natural plantings underscore the nature connection. Facing page top: The generous west deck is a prime spot for entertaining. Facing page bottom: A parade of lilies brings summer color.


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The once-bare walls of the living room now sport finely detailed millwork, and an ornate cast-limestone fireplace replaced a featureless box with a plain black surround. The parquet floors are original to the room.

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Designer Sally Wilson papered one wall of the dining area to differentiate the space from the living room. Right: John Kelsey introduced the fluted columns to create some separation between the dining and seating areas. Below: New china closets, with a bronze-gilt shell design inside, look like they’ve been in here for a century.

nly a master of understatement would use the term renovation to describe what went on within the thick brick walls of this old building. Homeowners Cheryl and Richard Durgan and the design pros they worked with—the husband-and-wife team of John Kelsey and Sally Wilson of Wilson Kelsey Design in Salem, Massachusetts—would agree that the word transformation draws a far more accurate picture. The 1907 structure on the North Shore of Massachusetts had an impressive enough beginning 120 New England Home May/June 2010

as the stable and carriage house for a large estate. Eventually, though, the land was sold off in bits and pieces, and the building was divvied up to form three condominiums. It was the center unit that Cheryl Durgan fell for six years ago when she was seeking a replacement for the large house she and Richard shared with their then-teenage son, Jared. The desire to downsize sprang from a transformation of sorts in their own lives, Cheryl says. Richard had faced a serious health issue, and now that he was well again the family had new priorities. “I wanted to live, as opposed to taking care of a home all the

time,” Cheryl says. “I said, ‘Life has changed, and we have to appreciate every day as a gift.’ ” Richard, she acknowledges, wasn’t so sure about this particular change. “I saw such potential. I had such visions,” Cheryl says about the space. “My husband walked in and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ ” One can hardly blame him for his skepticism. The 1980s renovation that created the condos had focused on utility, not beauty. “Close your eyes and picture class-C office space,” says Kelsey. “I mean literally—vinyl baseboards, commercialgrade materials. It felt like an old office building.”

On the lucky side, though, the thriftiness of the renovation meant that the space had retained its original grand scale. “The proportions of the rooms were absolutely delightful,” Kelsey says. “It still had its ten-foot-high ceilings. That helped, ultimately, in how graceful the design ended up.” Still, Wilson adds, the team had their work cut out for them. “It was clear that every single room was going to have to be transformed in a major way—architecture, detailing, interior design, lighting, furnishings, fabric, window treatments.” The very plainness of the space was like a blank screen onto which Cheryl could project her May/June 2010 New England Home 121

The back patio looks out over a lush landscape. Facing page clockwise from top: The back of the building—originally the front entrance to the stable—and one side wear their original gold-colored brick. A medallion graces the wall that faces the patio. A fountain that the Durgans found on an antiquing trip sparked the landscaping plan.

vision for rooms that would ensconce the family in Continental elegance. Where a plain fireplace sat in the living room, she saw a limestone surround with ornate details stretching up to the ceiling. Where track lighting cast a commercial glare, she imagined crystal chandeliers hanging from plaster ceiling medallions. The reworking began with Kelsey’s focus on the interior architecture of the forty-foot-long living/dining room space. He introduced a pair of fluted columns that, he says, “give the dining and living areas their own sense of place and scale without physically separating them.” He crowned the walls with ornate moldings and added decorative panels and a chair rail for further interest. A custom Tartaruga fireplace in cast limestone replaced the plain-Jane version, and the new ceiling sports plaster medallions from which hang bronze and crystal chandeliers. In the dining room, Kelsey devised an elegant solution to a mundane problem; as a former sta-

ble with no basement, the house has limited storage options despite its fairly sizable footprint (the center unit the Durgans occupy is around 5,600 square feet). Kelsey combined beauty and utility in the matching china cupboards he designed. For the color scheme, Wilson began with Landry & Arcari rugs the Durgans already owned, in soft earth and jewel tones. Three custom colors—ivory, a beige with hints of yellow ochre and another neutral with overtones of green and brown—cover the walls and trim. Cheryl and Richard brought a few pieces of furniture with them, including the dining table, a buffet and the daybed that stands between the living and dining areas. Wilson added pieces that have subtle variations in style to create a whole that feels timeless. An armless lounge chair has a simple, contemporary look, for example, while the striped armchair next to it would look right at home in a Paris palace. “I like that juxtaposition May/June 2010 New England Home 123

of styles,” Wilson says. “The pieces fit well together because each is in its own way ornate yet simple; elegant in proportion and beautiful in itself. They’re like best friends—they have their own personalities, yet they can all mingle well.” What was once a kitchen/den combination was gutted and reworked into a spacious kitchen with two islands and a casual dining area. Brick veneer on two walls mimics the thick brick walls revealed during demolition. Kelsey added ceiling beams and custom cabinetry to give the kitchen an Old World country ambience. In the dining area, a custom table cozies up to a curved banquette that nestles into more custom cabinetry. The five-and-a-half acres that surround the house held their own appeal for Cheryl. Working with Wilson and landscape designer David Hayes

of Beverly, Massachusetts, she is transforming the space behind her unit into an oasis of serenity with terraces, a fountain and a plethora of perennials and annuals. “I don’t have to go anywhere in the fall; my leaf-peeping is out back!” she says. Outside and in, there is still work to be done. The second floor, where her son’s bedroom sits, is undergoing some changes now that Jared is off to college. His large bedroom and small study will become a small bedroom and a media room for when his friends come to visit. “In my previous house, I decorated all at once,” Cheryl says. “Here, I wanted to do each room one at a time and fall in love with it.” The couple have, indeed, fallen in love with their home. “We travel a lot and we have wonderful experiences, but we’re always happy to walk in our front door,” Cheryl says. “Our house puts its arms around us and tells us we’re home.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 194. 124 New England Home May/June 2010

Ceiling beams, exposed brick and custom cabinetry give the kitchen its European country look. Facing page clockwise from far left: Custom-designed millwork adds opulence to the master bath. The kitchen’s casual dining area includes a cozy curved banquette. In contrast to the neutrals elsewhere in the house, a guest room glows in persimmon and gold.

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PORT OF CALL Whether he’s playing host to his nieces and nephews or putting up his sailing crew, a yachtsman finds his guesthouse on the ocean in Newport makes a perfect refuge. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH • INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY WARREN JAGGER • EXTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM GRAY • ARCHITECTURE: MARK P. FINLAY • INTERIOR DESIGN: KIM KIRBY • BUILDER: JERRY KIRBY, KIRBY-PERKINS CONSTRUCTION

V-groove ceilings and up-lit cove lighting bring intimacy to the large living room. Designer Kim Kirby ordered up oversize furniture in restful neutral shades complemented by periwinkle blue.

ho better to settle in this spot—a rare parcel on Newport’s famous Ocean Drive—than a man who spends much of his time on the water? A world-class sailor of racing yachts, the owner of this glorious stretch of land appreciates the strength and beauty of the sea. It seems only fitting, then, that the guesthouse he built should reflect a strength and beauty of its own. No quaint little guesthouse with the bare necessities, this 6,400-square-foot retreat has six bedrooms, eight baths and a fully turned-out kitchen that opens onto a casual dining area and a living room with enough seating for a crowd. A terrace in the back, complete with outdoor kitchen and fireplace built of stones excavated from the site, leads to an infinity pool that overlooks a quiet cove. Jerry Kirby, whose construction company, Kirby-Perkins, built the guesthouse, has been a friend and sailing buddy of the owner for years. It was he who suggested that his friend look at the land, a neglected lot with weeds so tall they obscured the ocean and, as Kirby says, “a moldy old mansion” that was beyond repair. Kirby introduced his friend to Mark P. Finlay, an architect based in Southport, Connecticut, who went to work bringing the owner’s vision to life. The stalwart guesthouse is the second of five buildings slated for the seaside compound. A caretaker’s cottage has been finished, and plans for a barn, a carriage house and the main house are all on the drawing board. Finlay sited the guesthouse to take advantage of both ocean and cove views. Because the main house will be built on a promontory above the guesthouse, the architect designed the smaller structure to sit low, allowing the eventual main house to have unobstructed water views. “We pushed it down so it cozies up to the land,” he says. From the outside, the guesthouse has a sturdy, timeless look. With its symmetrical front, formal entry, limestone-framed windows and fieldstone cladding, it looks totally at home on this street famous for magnificent abodes. “We put great emphasis on the house being solid rather than showy,” the owner says. The owner had two sets of people in mind when he thought about the interiors. For his mother, sisters and nieces and nephews who visit often, he wanted an environment that promotes ease, relaxation and fun. For his racing team, he needed efficiency and comfort. That translated into an easygoing interior, a bright, airy space that contrasts with the classic, solid exterior. The public spaces, master bedroom and three guestrooms occupy the first floor, while the lower level holds two more guestrooms and a family room. The only room on the second floor is what both Finlay and Kirby call the “man cave,” a cozy wood-paneled study with pocket doors that close for privacy or open to look out over the great room below. As large as the high-ceilinged living room is, it has a comfortable scale, the result of its v-joint ceilings and up-lit cove lighting. Adding to the comfort level are the oversized custom-made furniture pieces designed by interior designer Kim Kirby. “We have a big racing team and some of the 130 New England Home May/June 2010

Much of the stone for the cladding, terrace walls and outdoor ďŹ replace came from the site. Facing page top: The front entry is restrained but welcoming. Facing page bottom: the pool looks out on a quiet cove.

With its symmetrical front, formal entry and fieldstone cladding, the house looks totally at home on this street famous for its magnificent abodes.

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Kirby-Perkins Construction made most of the home’s wood furniture, including the coffee table. Facing page top: Double-coffered ceilings add interest to the simple white, black and stainless kitchen. Facing page bottom: The owner’s art collection stands out on white walls in the foyer and throughout the house.

“Some of the guys on the racing crew are very large, so we made sure the furniture would fit them. Everything is solid, comfortable and easygoing.�

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The master bedroom looks out to both cove and ocean. Below: The master bath gets a jolt of color from a bittersweet roman shade. Facing page top: The “man cave� is a cozy but masculine retreat. Facing page bottom: Serenity reigns in a guestroom.

The designer brought the white bedrooms to life by adding shots of color that play off the hues of the sky and ocean outside.

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guys who sail are very large,” the owner explains, “so we made sure the furniture would fit them well. Everything is solid, comfortable and easygoing.” Kirby-Perkins made much of the hardwood furniture, while P.J. Bergeron, a Fall River, Massachusetts, company, fabricated the upholstered pieces. Walls and woodwork throughout the first floor are kept to a soft white to act as a backdrop for the owner’s extensive art collection. Designer Kim Kirby then introduced colors that complement the art, rather than compete with it. The living room sofas wear a Barbara Barry fabric called abalone—a creamy neutral that contains hints of both gray and periwinkle blue. An amusing giraffe print fabric in periwinkle covers the two oversized lounge chairs, and the curtains combine the neutral and periwinkle in silk stripes. The kitchen keeps a low profile with its white walls and cabinets, stainless steel appliances and black granite surfaces, while the dining area—a curvaceous banquette tucked into windows at one end of the kitchen—adopts a more playful tone with its blue and yellow cushions. Like the oversize furniture in the great room, the dining table was custom-made to be a bit higher than is usual. “We went through a lot of mockups to get it just right,” Kim Kirby says of the table, which was built by Jutras Woodworking, a company based in Smithfield, Rhode Island. The designer brought the white bedrooms to life by adding shots of color that play off the hues of the sky and ocean outside: navy blue, sea-foam and coral in the guest rooms, cornflower blue in the master. The master bedroom’s light wool drapes in chocolate brown add a masculine touch. In the master bath, a bittersweet-orange roman shade adds warmth to the pale blue-gray and white palette. The combined efforts of architect and builder come together beautifully in a downstairs guestroom where the owner’s racing crew can bed down in double-size bunks and stow their duffel bags in a specially designed dresser that would fit right in on a yacht. Old friendships were strengthened and new friendships forged during the process, even through such challenges as the owner’s insistence that a long, horizontal Francesco Clemente painting be installed above the opening between living room and kitchen—a desire that meant tearing down and rebuilding the wall. “I wasn’t willing to put the painting in storage until the main house was built,” he says. His instincts were right: the painting looks like it was made for its location. It might seem backwards to built a guesthouse first, but the owner has no doubt that this was the right way to go about it. “It would have been a giant mistake to build the main house first,” he says. “The guesthouse has really given me a huge opportunity to think about layouts and spaces and elevations.” Meanwhile, he’s perfectly content to live in his own guesthouse, especially when it fills up with the happy sounds of his favorite crew in the world—his five nieces and nephews. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 194. May/June 2010 New England Home 135

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Rambling stone walls, a rolling meadow and a wetlands view are pleasures rarely afforded homeowners sitting on just a few acres. But despite its suburban setting, the feeling in this new 6,000-square-foot home is purely rural in character. • Tucked behind a bevy of staid colonials with massive front lawns in Weston, Massachusetts, it recalls the area’s historic predecessors—in this case barns and the outlying buildings that support the functions of farm life. Divided into three forms, each with gabled rooflines, the house is reminiscent of a collection of connected barns, albeit ones executed in wood, stone and glass. • “We wanted the spaces to be broken up,” says the husband. “We didn’t want a tall or imposing house.” • “We loved the idea of multiple outbuildings, like we see when driving through Vermont,” adds the wife. • The couple, who have two young children, turned to architect Mark Hutker of Hutker Architects in Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, for this project after working with him on the renovation of a home on the Cape. Known mostly for his work on Cape Cod and the islands over the past twenty-five years, Hutker approached this home as an opportunity to practice his philosophy of

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Securing its position as the heart of entertaining, the expansive living room boasts plenty of seating. Facing page: Gabled, barn-like rooflines set a rural tone for the home.

new regional vernacular architecture away from the water’s edge. “In our approach, we looked at the history of the community,” he says. “It’s those agrarian buildings that are often overlooked as part of the rural landscape. They have this ability, though, to create really interesting architecture.” It was a look the homeowners, one of whom grew up among the horse barns and stone walls around Lexington, Kentucky, could easily embrace. From the stone-pillared entrance, only pieces of the house are visible. Following the stone wall (a feature that continues through the interior of the house), the eye is drawn to the front facade, where a walkway and wooden pergola reach out to lead visitors toward the entry. Inside, the house reveals itself gradually. The foyer appears as a long hallway with a stained wooden wall standing between it and the living area. The wall is actually three separate floor-toceiling standing cabinets, each with a particular function that corresponds to the seating areas on the other side. One holds a wet bar to serve the 140 New England Home May/June 2010

cocktail table near the bronze-covered fireplace at one end, another hides a large flat-screen television across from a plush sofa and chairs, and a third holds a coat closet that opens on the foyer side. “We talked a lot with Mark about the function of the spaces and storage,” the wife says. “We are very organized people and didn’t want a lot of clutter.” If stone walls, barn-like forms and a standing seam roof carried the vestiges of Kentucky life on the exteriors, then it was that state’s heritage of bourbon-making that influenced the colors in the interior. The open room, a sea of bourbon-hued furnishings, is made more airy by the exposed trusses on the ceiling and the band of clerestory windows around the top of the structure. Pavilionlike in feel, it offers green views to the outdoors in almost every direction. Interior designer Susanne Csongor of SLC Interiors in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, started with a custom-cut and -colored rug to anchor the three sitting areas and unify the room. A leathertopped coffee table in front of the L-shaped sofa

Soft, earthy hues in the kitchen echo the colors of the landscape outside. Below left: In the bedroom wing, an exposed balcony keeps the hallway open to the views. Below right: A seamless stainless-steel sink makes a good flower-cutting spot in the mudroom. Facing page: The formal dining area sits at the end of the living room opposite the fireplace.

“The homeowners have a very clean, sophisticated idea of what they want to live with. We avoided masses of color and focused on texture.”

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The house presents itself in three forms with the bedroom wing to the left, the front entry and public spaces in the center and a second entrance with the mudroom on the right.

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Following the stone wall, the eye is drawn to the facade, where a walkway and wooden pergola reach out to lead visitors toward the entry.

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Stone walls define outdoor spaces, become part of the home’s foundation and reappear inside the house. Facing page top: So quiet and private is the yard, the house feels like its sits out in the country rather than in the Boston suburbs. Facing page bottom: A pergola shades the glass doors of the front entry.

plays off the dark bronze fireplace surround and bronze-framed windows. Blocks of color, whether on the walls and ceiling or in the rug and furnishings, eschew pattern. “The homeowners have a very clean, sophisticated idea of what they want to live with,” says Csongor. “They have a predisposition to transitional furnishings without a lot of fuss or pattern in the composition. We avoided masses of color so you can focus on texture.” Opposite the seating areas, project architect Matt Schiffer’s interior detailing on the dining room wall continues a theme of simple raised paneling that focuses on clean lines and a graphic pattern. Above the table hangs an oversized drum shade, a more modern shape than the expected chandelier. A door built into the paneling, which is invisible unless ajar, leads to a smaller family room—also equipped with a television and fireplace—that is open to the kitchen. “We didn’t want spaces we wouldn’t really use,” the wife says. “We love the idea of a great room for entertaining, but as a family we love to be in

this space of the kitchen and family room.” The family room, separated from the kitchen by a dark-stained breakfast table, takes on lighter colors, but with the same clean lines seen in the living room. Wood on the walls and ceiling are painted similar colors, recalling Shaker detailing. “The fabrics and furnishings we chose here are more durable and casual,” says Csongor. “The coffee and breakfast tables are both made from found wood and have natural, organic and irregular qualities to them that give the room a more eclectic feel. It’s a great way to create the atmosphere of a family-driven space.” In laying out the house, the couple also wanted to be near their children’s rooms. In the two-story bedroom wing, Hutker and Schiffer kept the stairwell open with a balcony so the parents have a visual connection between their space and the area outside the kids’ bedrooms, which does triple duty as a homework and computer space as well as a library. The second floor master suite is organized with the homeowners’ lives in mind. An office area for May/June 2010 New England Home 145

Mirrors float on steel rods in the windows above the vanities. “It’s a wonderful feeling having natural light illuminate your face.”

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Clockwise from upper left: His and hers sinks flank a freestanding tub in the master bath. The master bedroom walls have old-fashioned board-and-batten paneling. The master bath includes a dark-stained built-in dressing table.

the husband connects directly to a dressing room and the master bath, meaning he doesn’t have to disturb his wife when he comes home late from a business trip or meeting. Wraparound windows in the master bath maximize both light and view. Schiffer designed the spa-like setting, choosing to float the mirrors on steel rods in the windows above the vanities. “It’s a wonderful feeling having natural light illuminate your face,” he says. The view’s southern exposure rolls toward oldgrowth trees and an open meadow. It’s hard to place your exact location in such a bucolic setting.

It could be Kentucky or the Connecticut River Valley, but it just happens to be an in-town idyll. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 194.

To see more of this home tune in to NECN’s New England Dream House Sunday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. Host Jenny Johnson and Stacy Kunstel, homes editor for New England Home, will take viewers on a tour. The show will also air May 16 at 7:30 p.m., and at 3 p.m. on May 17, 20, 25 and June 2. You can see the story online at starting May 16.

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and ignore his or her nuttiness. In contrast, Schwartz suggests those nutty parts should be heard and respected. Maybe your client believes an Italianate roof welded to your Shingle-Style design “has got to be!” There is a reason for this view: the client has a belief, probably from childhood, that this particular design makes a home a sanctuary. That shag rug has to be in the corner because another client has some deep-seated belief that this is what coziness looks like. The stronger the emotion, the more you know it’s a belief expressing its often primitive interpretation of “home as sanctuary.” So play nice with these beliefs. • • • Boston architect John Battle notes that people seem to believe a high-tech home has to be modernist in style. “My practice is more rooted in a traditional vocabulary, but technically it’s state of the art,” he says. He’s working on a house on Lake Champlain in Vermont that’s powered by tracking solar panels, a geothermal heat pump and an industrialstrength wind turbine that will generate John Battle enough juice to sell the excess back to the state. “The owner went around to the abutters and said he was thinking of putting up a windmill for himself,” Battle says. “They all said ‘Hey, that’s a pretty interesting idea!’ ” Up went a big turbine, and the neighbors all share the costs. • • • Derek Cascio, an industrial designer with Phillips’ LED lighting unit, Color Kinetics, in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Sam Aquillano, an industrial designer with Bose in Framingham, Massachusetts, are co-founders of Design Museum Boston. “People believe industrial designers are sort of like corporate hairdressers,” Cascio says. “We’re creating the museum to help educate the public about all design: industrial, interior, architectural.” Aquillano adds, “New England is second only to the Bay Area in number of designers. In Massachusetts alone there are 44,500 designers: architects, interior designers, Derek Cascio Sam Aquillano landscape, video games, fashion. Almost every aspect of our lives is impacted by a designer.” The museum will actually be a series of roving installations, the first of which is planned for Boston City Hall later this year. • • • Sometimes designers have their own long-held beliefs, like the one that’s so convinced that “everything across the pond is far more elegant!” Cheryl Hackett, author of the recent book Newport Shingle Style, says, “After the 1876 Expo celebrating the U.S. Centennial, architects such as McKim, Mead

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& White and Peabody & Stearns said, ‘What are we doing copying European architecture?’ They went on tours sketching colonial homes. The result Cheryl Hackett was what we call Shingle Style.” She cites Newport’s Isaac Bell House—a McKim, Mead & White work—where open floor plans take advantage of the sea breezes and ocean views. “It’s so playful, so inventive,” she says. And just as beautiful as anything European. • • • There’s a common belief that you need to hire a local architect, one steeped in the local vernacular and one who knows all the other players—contractors and subs— in the area. However, Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, of Lexington, Massachusetts, runs contrary to that belief. Says John MacDonald, “We’re doing jobs all over: Scottsdale, Arizona ( a ‘tweener’ sort of Spanish colonial adobe meets Yankee), an Italianate manor house in Naples, Florida, a barn in Vermont, a Victorian cottage on a lake in New Jersey.” In many cases, these are repeat clients who are using the firm for their retirement or vacation homes. “They trust the relationship they’ve built with us,” MacDonald says. “It’s nice for us, too. Boston’s pretty competitive; it seems more John MacDonald easygoing in the West and South.” As for choosing the right builder, MacDonald calls the AIA for the names of top builders in the area, then interviews them, checks their references and so on. “It works out pretty well,” he says. • • • Forget about the notion that “classic New England” is all about a cottage look in serene neutrals. Tracy Davis of Urban Dwellings in Bath, Maine, says her clients are telling her, “We’re done with cottage style. We want modern and give me color. Don’t give me anything white!” So, for example, she says, “We just did a mudroom with built-in boxed seating in a rich wenge-like finish inspired by Japanese Tansu benches. The cushions are in spiced pumpkin, as is the cabinetry along the wall. We graded the hues of pumpkin cabi-

netry, so as you move from left to right they darken. The wallpaper is in a large paisley in orange and chocolate.” • • • Designer Linda Stimson of Inner Visions Interiors in Lexington, Massachusetts, is seeing more requests for color, too, especially from younger clients. She writes from her BlackBerry: “I am seeing people under thirty painting Linda Stimson entire rooms in fuchsia with white and indigo accents. Also deep rust, or red rooms for warmth and security.” • • • A particularly stubborn belief about people who work in design is that they’re either right-brained (slightly weird, creative) or left-brained (analytical, logical) but not both. Architect Stephanie T. Horowitz of ZeroEnergy Design, Boston, and one of New England Home’s 5 Under 40 award winners for 2010, begs to differ. “Our work takes a much more holistic approach,” she says. “The design is both beautiful and informed by our calculated approach to building performance. The beauty and brains of our design are inextricably linked.” Now that’s a belief we can hold onto. • Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to

New and Noteworthy Designer Kathleen Hay of Nantucket, Massachusetts, has been recognized for the third time as one of the Leading Designers of the World in the 2010 International Interior Design Awards sponsored by the Andrew Martin Company in the United Kingdom. Newport’s famous Marble House gives visitors a great sense of how the wealthy, in general, lived in the Gilded Age as well as how Alva and William K. Vanderbilt, specifically, spent their money. An exhibit opening in May goes a big step further in showing Alva’s sensibilities, as her collection of more than 300 Medieval and Renaissance art objects—paintings, sculptures, furniture and more that she sold off in the 1920s when she closed the house and moved to Europe—has been reassembled almost in its entirety to be displayed in the mansion just as she set the pieces out a century ago.



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The Mill-ennial: Celebrating the Art and Artists of the Cities on the Saco

of This Old House and Ask This Old House. A Friday night Gala Preview Party (6:30–9:30 p.m., $75) kicks off the event. Wenham Museum, Wenham, Mass., (978) 468-2377; www.wenham; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $12–$20

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The Saco Museum is pleased to announce the debut of the 2010 Millennial, a new juried biennial exhibition of local contemporary art. Sixty-one works by thirty-nine artists connected to Saco, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach were selected by juror Frederick Lynch and will be on view throughout the exhibition. The Saco Museum, Saco, Maine, (207) 283-3861; www.dyerlibrary



Hidden Kitchens of Portsmouth Tour The Hidden Kitchens of Portsmouth Tour is in its fourth year as a fundraiser for the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation. Seven unique kitchens will be open to the public at various locations throughout Portsmouth and range from do-it-yourself to professionally designed and appointed. The tour features tastings along the way from local restaurants, caterers and merchants. Locations throughout Portsmouth, R.I., (800) 929-1738; www.portsmouthkitchen; 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; $25 Brimfield Antiques Show

14 North Shore Design Show: Favorite Spaces

Old Lyme, Connecticut (860) 434-8807 Cindy House: Islands of New England May 6–19 Pastel works by New England-based landscape artist Cindy House

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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 the Weston 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 May 17, 20, 25 and June 2. The segment can be viewed on the Web at starting May 16

16 RISD, A Grand Tour:

Introduction to Art History II Explore the history of art, from the seventeenth century to the present day, in the galleries of the RISD Museum with specialist curators. Each of the four sessions will include a discussion of major artists and primary texts. Preregistration required. 224 Benefit St., Providence, (401) 454-6530; www.risd; 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

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The region’s finest designers create oneof-a-kind vignettes celebrating life at home on Boston’s North Shore. The 2010 Design Show honorary chair and guest lecturer is Kevin O’Connor, host

Charlestown, Rhode Island (401) 364-0120 www.charlestown Summer Opening Group Show June 12–July 7 Paintings, photography, sculpture and more; Floral Nimbus by Amy Goodwin is shown here

Greenhut Galleries Portland, Maine • (888) 772-2693 Tom Paiement June 3–26 Maine artist Tom Paiement’s colorfully geometric, abstract paintings reflect his printmaking abilities and, critics have said, “sing with complex lyricism”

Clark Gallery Lincoln, Massachusetts (781) 259-8303 Frank Egloff: Think About Something Else May 11–June 12 Frank Egloff has been an important figure in Boston painting for two decades

19 BSA Lecture Series:

The Canary Project Photographer and founder of The Canary Project Susannah Sayler discusses her experiences photographing land-

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Boston • (617) 247-0610 Provence & Tuscany May 4–31 Serene, multilayered landscapes by painter Margaret Gerding

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The largest antiques show in the country—actually a smorgasbord of about twenty privately run shows—features more than 6,000 dealers spread out over a mile in this quaint Massachusetts town. Route 20, Brimfield, Mass.;; starts at daybreak; check Web site for ticket prices

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20 Hidden Gardens of Beacon

Hill Tour Take advantage of the one day each year when the public is welcomed into some of Boston’s most beautiful private gardens. This cherished annual event, hosted by the Beacon Hill Garden Club for eighty-one years, features sixteen gardens open for self-guided walking tours. Proceeds benefit civic and environmental causes. Beacon Hill, Boston, (617) 227-4392; www.beacon; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $30–$35

22 Duxbury Newcomers’ Club

Annual Spring House Tour The tour will feature a number of new and historic homes, many with beautiful water views, as well as the Duxbury Historical Society’s King Caesar House. All proceeds will benefit local charities. Day-of-tour tickets will be available at the King Caesar House, which will also serve as the starting point for the tour and will feature refreshments and a boutique. Duxbury, Mass., (617) 7961450;; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $25–30

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Junior League of Boston Kitchen Tour The intersection of design, function and creativity all meet at the Junior League of Boston’s “Uncommon Kitchens,” a self-paced tour of eight to twelve of Boston’s most exciting kitchens in the Beacon Hill, Back Bay and South End neighborhoods. The event kicks off with a “Toast of the Tour” tasting event on Friday, June 4. Boston, (617) 5369640;; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $25–$30


Beacon Hill Art Walk This annual tour features original artwork, festive music and a path that winds through private gardens, alleyways and courtyards of this historic neighborhood. Watercolors, oil paintings, sculpture and photographs will be available for purchase from more than 100 artists. Beacon Hill, Boston,; noon–6 p.m.; free


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Calendar fall lecture series for architects and interior designers to receive a wide range of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in varying lengths and topics, all of which are evaluated in accordance with strict AIA and/or IDCEC guidelines. Each day-long seminar will be held at Stone Technologies, 5 Draper Street, Woburn, Mass. Visit to see the full seminar schedule; RSVP to Michelle Vaillancourt at mvaillancourt or (781) 358-6500


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Neo Metro’s Hands-free Faucet and Slab Sink “Eco-friendly technology meets sleek modernism. The faucet reduces the spread of bacteria and is easy to operate for children and people with reduced dexterity. The sink has hidden wall-mounted hardware and an easy-to-maintain solid surface.” FROM BILLIE BRENNER LTD., BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 348-2858, WWW.BILLIEBRENNERLTD.COM


Geometric Rectangle by Porcher “This glass basin is a great alternative to the fragile Art Glass styles that have become so popular. The scale and size are perfect for a sink that will be used as well as admired.” FROM ARDENTE SUPPLY, PROVIDENCE, R.I., (401) 861-1324, WWW.ARDENTE.COM

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Walker Zanger Mosaic Tiles “This beautiful mosaic tile group—Vibe Oval, Vibe Orbit and the Blue Shadow field—is sophisticated yet casual, graphic yet soft. It would look equally great on the walls of a city bath or on the floor of a beach cabana.” FROM TILE SHOWCASE, WATERTOWN, MASS., (617) 9261100, WW.TILESHOWCASE.COM


Mosaic tile from Artistic Tile “Bathrooms present unique opportunities to add architectural details that underwrite the level of quality in a distinctive home. This selection of mosaic tile is crafted from an exceptional blend of unusual imported marbles. The patterns available in this line are both organic and refreshing.” FROM PROFESSIONAL TILE DESIGNS, WARWICK, R.I., (401) 732-8585


Ava 2 Beau Monde Stone Mosaic “Clients inspired by a greater sense of optimism are incorporating more vivid color in their homes, and the risk-taking typically begins with a powder room. Ava 2, used sparingly, adds drama and whimsy.” FROM ANN SACKS

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Edgar Berebi Cabinet Hardware “Cabinetry hardware should be as exciting and elegant as the other details in a beautiful bath. These pieces give me a chance to incorporate gold, silver and jewel tones to accent the plumbing and lighting fixtures. The quality and European style of these cabinet knobs and pulls draw well-deserved praise.” FROM BRASSWORKS, PROVIDENCE, R.I., (401) 421-5815, WWW.FINEHOMEDETAILS.COM


Palm Collection Barrel Stool “This stool instantly adds a natural, Zen-like touch to any bathroom. It’s a great accent piece at a very affordable price.” FROM WATERWORKS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (800) 8996757, WWW.WATERWORKS.COM

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Sheldon Tager, Newton, Massachusetts In his almost forty years as a designer, Sheldon Tager has created beautiful houses all over the country. The native of Montreal, Canada, studied design at American University in Washington D.C., then lived and worked in southern California before moving to New England in 1994. Timeless design and a sense of pragmatism may be the keys to Tager’s long career. “I’m not really into trends,” he says. “I look back on some of my work and think, ‘Gee, that looks as good today as it did fifteen years ago.’ ” Timeless, he’s quick to note, does not mean stodgy. “I’m hardly dull!” he says. “I was eclectic before that became a fashionable term.” Tager, who also owns the Newton home boutique Belle Maison, believes good design and a sense of the practical can go hand in hand. “Even if you have a lot of money, the things you surround yourself with don’t all have to be the most expensive things you can find,” he insists. “Most of us can’t buy Rembrandts and Picassos, but we can do great, interesting things in our homes.”




1 Gothic Hanging Lantern in Natural Rust “This three-light lantern from Visual Comfort has antique roots but is interpreted in a contemporary design; it’s very today.” HOUSTON, TEXAS, (713) 6865999, WWW.VISUALCOMFORT.COM, AVAILABLE THROUGH BELLE MAISON, NEWTON, MASS., (617) 964-6455, WWW.SHELDONTAGER.COM



2 Market Street Cocktail Table “This little table, from the Interiors Collection by Bernhardt, is a great value for today’s tight economy. With its glass top and deep-brown castiron base, it has simplicity and style.” HIGH POINT, N.C., WWW.BERNHARDT.COM, AVAILABLE THROUGH BELLE MAISON

3 The Alex Cocktail Ottoman and Tray from Hickory Chair “This versatile piece by Alexa Hampton works as both an ottoman and as a cocktail table. It has great scale and a feeling of importance.” HICKORY, N.C., WWW.HICKORYCHAIR.COM, AVAILABLE THROUGH BELLE MAISON

4 Leaves Mirror by Carvers’ Guild “Elegant! Clean lines! I like to pair it with a dark wood chest or perhaps a contemporary console table, which is quite unexpected.” WEST GROTON, MASS., (978) 448-3063, WWW.CARVERSGUILD.COM, AND THROUGH BELLE MAISON

5 Bow Wow Wow Wallpaper by Peter Fasano “I’ve used this wallpaper many times and in different colorways. It’s great in a powder room or small entry—it makes you smile.” GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS., (413) 528-6872, WWW.PETERFASANO.COM, AND THROUGH BELLE MAISON

6 The Savanna Collection Bedding by Mystic Valley Traders “I’m a fan of white bed linens, starched and ironed. What luxury! These are just as clean and crisp as I like, but the animal design trim adds some style.” NEWTON, MASS., (617) 244-2062, WWW.MVTBEDDING, AND THROUGH BELLE MAISON

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Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor Ever since junior high, when my eighth-grade back-to-school wardrobe included a Nehru-necked dress in a paisley print—love beads included!—I have adored paisley. Does that gentle swirl represent a teardrop or half of the Yin and Yang symbol? Either way, it’s a romantic design, timeless and traditional while hinting at the exotic. No wonder paisley has been popular since it first appeared in Persian textiles back in the sixteenth century. (The word “paisley” came about because the design was predominant in textiles from Paisley, Scotland, in the 1800s). Designer Barry Goralnick, a native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, takes a fresh, modern approach to the age-old motif in his hand-tufted rugs. My dress was in vivid red and blue, but my grown-up self is drawn to Goralnick’s palette of neutrals and muted pastels. The rugs, made of natural silk, jute and wool, can be custom ordered in any size and a variety of colorways. STARK CARPETS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 357-5525, WWW.GORALNICKDESIGN.COM

Erin Marvin, Managing Editor Living on Beacon Hill, I stroll by E.R. Butler & Co. on a daily basis, usually mooning over whatever gorgeous baubles and porcelain figurines are on display in the shop window. Well acquainted with my own astonishing lack of restraint when it comes to pretty things, I rarely allow myself to step inside. However, during a recent weak moment I did go in (just to look, mind you), and discovered the wonderful tableware pieces by Ruth Gurvich. An artist known for her three-dimensional constructions in paper, Gurvich teamed up with Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg to create the thirty-piece Lightscape collection. Made of fine bisque porcelain, each delicate bowl, tea cup, plate and vase is whisper thin, with folds, creases and a surprisingly rough-textured finish that make the pieces look virtually indistinguishable from real paper. Though I prefer the all-white bisque pieces, they are also available painted with pale blue and green forests and mountains evocative of classic Chinese porcelain, for which the artist admits her own weakness. $129–$3,349 PER PIECE. E. R. BUTLER & CO., BOSTON, (617) 722-0230, WWW.ERBUTLER.COM

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor Shopping for bed linens is rarely a hip trip, but a recent visit to Zimmer360 in its old mill setting—complete with exposed brick walls and industrial lighting—in Amesbury, Massachusetts, turned necessity into inspiration. Besides stocking the coolest bath towels, pillows, bags and accessories, Zimmer360 offers the most gorgeous graphic sheets, blankets and comforters from the Austrian company Hefel. And then they tell me they’re healthy! The Pure Bamboo comforters are perfect for cool nights or warm days because they naturally absorb moisture, and the Wellness Beauty line is made to reduce stress and calm the skin by incorporating sea algae and vitamins in the cotton shell. It all makes me wish I could spend more time in bed. PURE BAMBOO FROM $345, WELLNESS BEAUTY FROM $615. AMESBURY, MASS., (978) 338-8360, WWW.ZIMMER360.COM

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Dream Team At its three New England showrooms, Leonards stocks the antique and fine reproduction beds that have made the company the go-to place for the rich and famous. HAZEL AND LESTER LEONARD DIDN’T PLAN TO START AN

antiques business. The young couple simply wanted a bedroom outfitted with fine old furniture when they set up housekeeping in East Providence, Rhode Island, in the early 1930s. The old pieces they found were on the shabby side, though. So Lester, armed with paint remover, sandpaper and varnish, worked at them until their inherent quality and beauty shone again. A friend so admired the result, he asked if he could buy the furniture. The Leonards sold it to him, then bought and restored a second bedroom set for themselves. Someone soon asked to buy that one, and suddenly the Leonards were in business. Leonards was a family business, and it still is today, though the family has changed. In the 1970s, Lester and Hazel sold the business to their longtime manager, Bob Jenkins. Jenkins’s son Jeff worked alongside his father, then took over the company in 1988. Jenkins runs the business from the same bucolic, wooded setting in Seekonk, Massachusetts, 184 New England Home May/June 2010

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Made Here the Leonards bought back in 1946 when their business outgrew its Rhode Island location. Under his ownership, though, the company has grown substantially. Whereas the Leonards and the elder Jenkins had specialized in antiques, Jeff Jenkins added a new dimension to the company by introducing fine reproduction furniture. And he has added two showrooms, in Westport, Connecticut, and, just last fall, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. “Ten or fifteen years ago, people from Wellesley would make a day trip of coming down to Seekonk to shop,” says Jenkins. “People don’t have the time for that anymore.” Leonards still sells antiques; in fact, President Barack Obama’s interior designer, Michael Smith, recently bought an early 1800s four-poster bed crafted of tiger maple, which was delivered to the White House. But the rest of us can have a beautifully wrought imitation of the same bed, the Maine Sea Captain Bed, complete with hand-turned posts and a headboard carved to suggest a gently swelling wave. Chests and nightstands, dining tables and chairs in styles including Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton are among the antiques and reproductions Leonards stocks or can create. But, says Jenkins, “Beds are what put us on the map.” In 2007, he adds, the company shipped beds to forty-two states. Over the years, a Leonards bed has been the sleep spot of choice for the rich and famous, and the company boasts a clientele that includes rocker Mick Jagger, actors Nicholas Cage and Tom Cruise, style maven Martha Stewart, designer Ralph Lauren and comedian Bill Cosby (who recently commissioned three beds). Beds hold a special place in the antiques world. Conventional wisdom says antiques lose value when they’re altered or refinished. Beds, however, can increase in value if they’re tailored to modern life by craftspeople who know what they’re doing. Two-century-old beds have limited usefulness in today’s world. They’re too short and narrow to be comfortable for most twenty-first-century bodies, and contemporary standard mattress sizes won’t fit them. At Leonards, fine woodworkers craft a sort of hybrid antique/modern bed, using whatever parts of an old bed they can. The posts, for example, generally don’t need to be altered at all. The long pieces of an old bed frame can be turned to serve as cross pieces. An old headboard can be extended by adding pieces of matching wood, perhaps from the old footboard. In the finished product, most everything that shows is either actually old or made to look original. In an old post-and-beam barn that Jenkins brought from New York and had reconstructed, Leonards stocks hundreds of preCivil War bedposts in styles from plain Leonards to fancy. Tags on the bedposts display (888) 336-8585 the price of a finished bed, and you might be pleasantly startled to discover you can have a bed custom made for much less than you imagine. Hazel and Lester Leonard can rest easy knowing the company they started almost by accident still thrives. They probably never dreamed that movie stars, rock-and-roll idols and the President of the United States would one day sleep in their beds. But given the passion they brought to finding, fixing and offering the best antique pieces they could find, they probably wouldn’t be surprised, either. • 186 New England Home May/June 2010

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1 Bina Collections, a new line from FourHands, is now available at Homeward Bound. Eco-conscious designer Thomas Bina mixes modern design with reclaimed woods for an innovative take on home furniture, such as the Greta fivedrawer plasma TV console shown here. WEST HARTFORD, CONN., (860) 233-9500, WWW.HOMEWARDBOUNDSTYLE.COM

2 This Rengas Table, from Aardvark Antiques, is made of a rare tropical hardwood from Borneo. We like how the darker colored teak wood base contrasts with the honey-colored tabletop. Other new items at the store include a natural teak chair from Bali and a four-foot oak church pew. NEWPORT, R.I., (401) 849-7233, WWW.AARDVARKANTIQUES.COM

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3 Mamluk rugs from Landry & Arcari are a revival of ancient designs from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, originally inspired by early floor tiles in Egypt. Once found exclusively in major museums, these unique, hand-woven, natural-dyed rugs can now be brought home. BOSTON AND SALEM, MASS., (800)

5 The Chelsea Papers from Farrow & Ball wax nostalgic for English floral patterns of yore—but in an updated, enchanting way. Inspired by original nineteenth-century silk jacquards, the new collection is comprised of three patterns (Wisteria, Peony and Petal Stripe) and is available in twenty softly elegant colorways. BOSTON,


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4 Cottage & Bungalow invited noted artist Liz Doten (a former VP Creative Director at Boston’s Mullen Agency) to design their exclusive line of coastal tableware. The matching plates, bowls and mugs are available in four colorways and feature delicate renderings of starfish, seahorses, sand dollars and other sealife. (877) 441-

6 If bigger is always better, then Big Bug, new at Showroom Boston, leaves little left to be desired. Designed by Paola Navone for Poliform, the extra-large armchair is big on comfort and available in a variety of fabric and leather finishings. It definitely brings the style, if you’ve got the space. BOSTON, (617) 482-4805,



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7 Designer Rose Tarlow says the Gilles Floor Lamp was “inspired by the very cool lights of the mid-twentieth century. My giving it a bit of bend makes it a piece of sculpture with an attitude.” The three-legged, dark walnut lamp is part of the Modern Collection from Rose Tarlow Melrose House, available at Webster & Co. BOSTON, (617) 261-9660, WWW .WEBSTER COMPANY.COM

8 Is your door hardware looking a little worse for wear? Check out the State House Series Escutcheons from Knobworks Vermont, now at Close to Home. The Arch Escutcheon, shown here in a polished nickel finish with a Prism doorknob and Type II Turnpiece, surely knows how to make an entrance. WILLISTON, VT., (802) 861-3200, WWW.CLOSETOHOMEVT.COM

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9 These extra-soft washed French linen pillows and throws, lined with contrasting metallic trim, are part of the new collection at Patch NYC, a treasure trove tucked away in Boston’s South End. Headed up by design duo Don Carney and John Ross, the tiny shop is open by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead. BOSTON, (917) 292-2640, WWW .PATCHNYC.COM

10The Oscar de la Renta luxury collection, like the designer’s clothing, represents great taste, refinement and elegance. His newest introductions, including this youthful red leather wing chair, makes a statement in traditional, transitional or even contemporary settings. Find it at Century Furniture. BOSTON, (617) 7370501, WWW.CENTURYFURNITURE.COM

11 The Lagoon Pond kitchen island, constructed of reclaimed old pine barn boards, is part of Martha’s Vineyard Furniture Co.’s new Agrarian Green Collection. Named for a favorite spot on the island, the piece is completed with environmentally friendly finishes and milk paints; all items in the collection are custom made to order. (888) 305-7891, WWW .MVFURNITURECO.COM

12 Fashion designer Vivienne Tam recently introduced a new line of upholstered furniture, available at Homestyle. “I want to bring beautifully designed prints, fabrics, colors and textures to create a truly unique line with subtle and sophisticated pieces inspired by my Chinese roots,” explains Tam. PROVIDENCE, (401) 277-1159, WWW.HOMESTYLERI.COM

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FAMILY PLANNING PAGES 94–103 Architect: John Battle, Battle Associates Architects, Boston, (617) 367-5975, www.battle Interior designer: Jennifer Palumbo, Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design, Newton, Mass., (617) 332-1009, Landscape architect: Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 492-2808, www. Builder: Kistler & Knapp Builders, Acton, Mass., (978) 635-9700, Specialty wallcoverings: Greg Booth, GJB Pro Wallcovering, Arlington, Mass., (617) 473-0204, Plumbing fixtures: Billie Brenner Ltd., Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2858, www.billie Custom millwork: Chilmark Architectural Woodworking, Worcester, Mass., (508) 8569200, Tile and stone: Tile Showcase, Boston Design Center, (617) 426-6515, Page 97: Beacon Hill dining chairs from Robert Allen Beacon Hill, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-6600,, in fabric from Majilite, (978) 441-6800, www.majilite .com; lighting by Thomas Pheasant for Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876,; buffet from Hickory Chair Company, Hickory, N.C., Pages 98–99: Coffee table from The MGeough Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412,; wall sconces from Vaughan Lighting, New York City, (212) 319-7070,; X-Bench from Plantation, Los Angeles, Calif., (323) 9305674,, in fabric from Lee Jofa, Boston Design Center, (617) 4280370,; chandelier from Oly Studio, New York City, (212) 219-8969, www.oly; four chairs around coffee table from Montauk Sofa Company, New York City, (212) 274-1552,, in Great Plains fabric from Holly Hunt, New York City, (212) 755-6555,; pillow fabric from Osborne & Little, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2927, www.osborneandlittle .com; brown side chair from ICON Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0655, in fabric from Calvin Fabrics, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-0691,; side tables from Oly Studio; draperies from Larsen, Page 100: Bar stools from The Bright Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 345-8017, www.the, in fabric from Calvin Fabrics; hanging pendant lamps from Union Street Glass, Richmond, Calif., (888) 451-7752, www.union; kitchen table and chairs custom designed by Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design; chandelier from Studio Steel, New Preston, 194 New England Home May/June 2010

Conn., (860) 868-7305, Page 101: Sectional custom designed by Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design in fabric from Kravet, Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615,; ottoman custom designed by Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design in Hunt Leather fabric from Holly Hunt; lamps from Objet Insolite,; leatherwrapped side table from ICON Group; draperies from Bart Halpern, New York City, (212) 414-2727, Page 102: Roman shade fabric from Osborne & Little; faucets from Dornbracht USA, Duluth, Ga., (800) 774-1181, Page 103: Chairs custom designed by Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design in fabric from Kravet; art from Jules Place, Boston, (617) 542-0644,; chest from Baker Knapp & Tubbs; garden stools from ICON Group; Carini Lang rug from Steven King, Boston Design Center, (617) 426-3302, www.stevenking

MODERN MATCH PAGES 106–115 Architects: Aileen C. Graf and Michael Graf, Graf Architects, Newburyport, Mass., (978) 499-9442, Landscape architect: Terrence Parker, TerraFirma Landscape Architects, Portsmouth, N.H., (603) 430-8388, Contractor: Dan Willet, Wood Wrights, Kensington, N.H., (866) 514-0032, www Cabinetry: Andrew Colby, South Berwick, Maine, (603) 205-5425 Wall treatments and concrete work: Tom Schulz, Ennis Art, Charlotte, N.C., (617) 3597158, Stair/railings (interior and exterior): Viking Welding, Kensington, N.H., (603) 394-7887, Page 111: Sconces by Arclight, Nashua, N.H., (603) 882-6052,; Charles Sectional sofa by B&B Italia from Montage, Boston, (617) 451-9400, www Page 122: Plumbing fixtures by Boffi Soho, New York City, (212) 431-8282, www.boffisoho .com; sinks by Agape through Moss, New York City, (212) 204-7100,

MAJOR DETAILS PAGES 118–125 Architectural designer: John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design, Salem, Mass., (978) 741-4234, Interior designer: Sally Wilson, Wilson Kelsey Design

Landscape architect: David Hayes, Beverly, Mass., (978) 921-1232 Builder: S. Magnuson & Associates, Manchester, Mass., (978) 526-4322 Pages 118–119: Rug from Landry & Arcari, Salem, Mass., (800) 649-5909, www.landryand; chairs at fireplace from Quatrain, Dania Beach, Fla., (954) 929-8880, www, in fabric from Old World Weavers through Stark, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506,; armchair from Lewis Mittman through the Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, www, in Kravet Couture fabric, Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615, www; coffee table by Dennis & Leen through Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 266-4121,; antique bronze statue from Alexander Westerhoff Antiques, Essex, Mass., (978) 768-3830, www; gilt and silver candlestick from G. Evans Ltd., Lambertville, N.J., (609) 397-4411,; wall brackets by Friedman Brothers at The MGeough Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412,; ceramic birds from Dennis & Leen through Webster & Co.; chandelier from PPM & Associates, Dania Beach, Fla., (954) 342-8004, www.ppm; sconces from Christopher Norman, New York City, (212) 644-5301, www; Vaughan lamp through Webster & Co. with shade from Blanche P. Field, Boston Design Center, (617) 423-0715,; Dapha Rebecca sofa from Baker, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876,; pillows fabricated by Miles River Sewing, Danvers, Mass., (978) 750-4923, www.milesriversewing .com; slipper chair by Barbara Barry through Baker; fireplace mantel from Tartaruga Design, Ontario, Canada, (416) 762-0418, www; ceiling and crown moldings from Decorators Supply Corp., Chicago, Ill., (773) 847-6300, Pages 120–121: China cabinets designed by John Kelsey, fabricated by S. Magnuson and Associates; decorative onlay and shell in china cabinet from Decorators Supply; ceiling and crown moldings from Decorators Supply; rug from Landry & Arcari; dining table from Baker; chandelier from PPM and Associates; dining chairs by Minton Spidell, bought at auction, refinished by Fantastic Finishes, Peabody, Mass., (978) 532-3364; draperies fabricated by Carole Bruce Workroom, Beverly, Mass., (978) 927-2198. Pages 122–123: Patio furniture by Summer Classics, Montevallo, Ala., (205) 987-3100, www; umbrella cover by Carole Bruce Workroom. Page 124: Cabinets and millwork designed by John Kelsey, fabricated by S. Magnuson & Associates; custom mosaic tile from Tile Showcase, Watertown, Mass., (617) 926-1100, www; marble counter and tub deck from GerrityStone, Woburn, Mass., (781) 938-1820,; lantern by McLean Lighting through The M-Geough Company; Friedman mirror from The MGeough Company; kitchen nook chandelier from Mirabelle Antiques, Newport, R.I., (401) 841-9669; Sterling Collection table from The M-Geough Company; Minton Spidell chairs

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from The M-Geough Company; toss pillows fabricated by Miles River Sewing; cabinetry designed by John Kelsey, fabricated by Omega Cabinetry,; guestroom headboard designed by Sally Wilson, from Heller Furniture, Norwell, Mass., (781) 792-0230,, in Calvin Fabrics, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-0691,; bedding and canopy fabricated by Carole Bruce Workroom; crown canopy from Friedman Brothers through The M-Geough Company. Page 125: Cabinets and hood surround by Habersham, Toccoa, Ga., (706) 886-1476, www; tile backsplash designed by Sally Wilson, fabricated by Paris Ceramics, London, +44 (0)20 7371 7778, www; Kashmir Gold Dark granite counters from GerrityStone.

(617) 266-4121,,; Box Plaid carpet from Stark Carpet, Boston Design Center, (617) 357-5525,; chocolate wool drapery fabric from Ralph Lauren Home; washstands from Waterworks, Boston Design Center, (800) 899-6757,; Gaston Blue vanity marble from Ippolito’s Stonecraft, Swansea, Mass., (508) 336-9616; light fixtures from Urban Archaeology; mosaic floor tiles from Saccoccio Tile, Cranston, R.I., (800) 821-2036, Page 134: Study paneling by Kirby-Perkins Construction; Alphabet sofa fabric by Kirk Brummel through Brunschwig & Fils; Egret wing chair, ottoman and fabric from Donghia, Boston Design Center, (617) 574-9292, www; guest bed, night tables and lamps from Ralph Lauren Home; love seat designed by Kim Kirby and fabricated by P.J. Bergeron; custom slipcover by Chris Smith, Newport, R.I., (401) 849-6499; carpet from Beauvais, New York City, (212) 688-2265, www

PORT OF CALL PAGES 128–135 Architect: Mark P. Finlay, Mark P. Finlay Architects, Southport, Conn., (203) 254-2388, www Interior designer: Kim Kirby, Kim Kirby Interior Design, Newport, R.I., (401) 848-0150 Builder: Jerry Kirby, Kirby-Perkins Construction, Middletown, R.I., (401) 848-0150, www.kirby Pages 128–129: Abalone sofa fabric by Barbara Barry for Kravet, Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615,; giraffe-print lounge chair fabric by Kelly Wearstler through Lee Jofa, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506,; plaid slipper chair and toss pillow fabric from Brunschwig & Fils, Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2855, www; sofas, lounge chairs and slipper chairs fabricated by P.J. Bergeron, Fall River, Mass., (508) 730-2244, www.pjbergeron .com; Kanto Stripe drapery fabric by Osborne and Little, Boston Design Center, (617) 7372927,; draperies fabricated by A Shade Above, Middletown, R.I., (401) 849-5664,; rug by Patterson, Flynn and Martin through F. Schumacher, Boston Design Center, (617) 695-2426,; coffee table fabricated by Kirby-Perkins Construction; antique table behind sofa from Leonards Antiques, Seekonk, Mass., (508) 336-8295, www Page 130–131: Pool by South Shore Gunite, Chelmsford and Amherst, Mass., (800) 6498080,; all hardscape by Kirby-Perkins Construction. Page 132: Kitchen cabinetry by Kirby-Perkins Construction; island chairs by Little Bird Furniture, (203) 388-4110, www.littlebird; pot rack from Urban Archaeology, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-4646, Page 133: Bed from M. Craig & Company, Columbia, S.C., (803) 254-5994,; chaise and fabric from Ralph Lauren Home through Webster & Co., Boston Design Center,

AMERICAN IDYLL PAGES 138–147 Architects: Mark Hutker and Matt Schiffer, Hutker Architects, (508) 540-0048, www Interior designer: Susanne Csongor, SLC Interiors, South Hamilton, Mass., (978) 468-4330, Builder: ECO Structures, Norfolk, Mass., (508) 541-4108, Landscape architect: Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 492-2808, Landscape installation: A Blade of Grass, Wayland, Mass., (508) 655-3773, www.ablade Electronics: Audio Video Design, Newton, Mass., (877) 999-1900, Page 139: Shitake wall color and Cumin ceiling color by C2,; furniture upholstered by McLaughlin Upholstering Company, Everett, Mass., (617) 389-0761, www.mclaughlin, in fabrics by Old World Weavers through Stark, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506,, and Cowtan & Tout through The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, www; game table and chairs by Holly Hunt through Webster & Co. Page 141: Noodle wall color and Tusk ceiling color by C2; stools and chairs from A. Rudin through The M-Geough Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412, www.m-geough .com; custom table by Tucker Robbins, New York City, (212) 355-3383, www.tuckerrobbins .com. Pages 146–147: Edgecomb Grey wall, trim and ceiling color by Benjamin Moore, www; bed by Holly Hunt through Webster & Co.; chaise custom made by McLaughlin Upholstering, in Lee Jofa fabric, Boston, (617) 428-0370, •

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Premier Properties If You Lived Here... Setting Falmouth, on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, boasts ten public beaches on sixty-eight miles of coastline. Attractions Falmouth Museums on the Green offer a variety of exhibits including one chronicling the life of Katharine Lee Bates and one that explores the area’s nineteenth-century whaling industry. Commute Falmouth has bus service to Boston’s Logan Airport and South Station. By car, the commute to Boston is about seventy miles. The Steamship Authority offers ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Housing Ranches and classic Cape Cod–style houses dominate the market, but current listings also include the occasional Shingle-style, Victorian or contemporary house.

This new home on one acre in the Falmouth village of Quissett has spectacular views and is close to the beach and bike path. It lists for $3.9 million with Kinlin Grover Real Estate, (508) 548-6611,

Falmouth, Massachusetts It’s easy to see how Falmouth native and poet Katharine Lee Bates found the inspiration for her song “America the Beautiful.” From its charming Main Street to its swaths of farmland and cranberry bogs to views of Buzzard’s Bay, this town on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod exemplifies the beauty that so inspired Bates. From its founding in the early 1660s, Falmouth thrived as a center for farming, salt works, whaling, shipping, sheep breeding and wool production. The cranberry bogs for which the Cape is famous were cultivated beginning in the late 1800s. At about this same time, thanks to rail travel, Falmouth saw the first of the ubiquitous summer homes the Cape is known for. Today’s Falmouth maintains its historical lure through attractions such as Katharine Lee Bates’s birthplace and the Nobska Lighthouse, which has guided sailors since 1828. With its enviable spot on Buzzard’s Bay, the town entices the outdoor adventurer and the leisure vacationer for cycling, hiking, fishing and water sports. Main Street offers a collection of unique antiques shops, art galleries and eateries. Whether offering a glimpse into the past or serving up modern-day adventure, this quintessential New England town is a seaside haven for residents and visitors alike. —Carling I. Sturino

What It Costs The median price of $499,000 will buy a charming ranch or Cape Cod house. For a larger home with a water view, expect to pay between $1 million and $1.6 million. Your Next-Door Neighbors The Cape’s second-largest town has a population of 33,000 year-round residents. While it’s a popular spot for retirees from the Boston suburbs, the community is also drawing growing families. How You’d Spend Your Free Time Outdoor options include the 11.5-milelong Shining Sea Bikeway Path, with its stunning views of the seaside, salt marshes and acres of conservation land. With the most public beaches on Cape Cod, there’s plenty of boating, fishing, whale watching and swimming. The arts abound, too, with performances by the College Light Opera Company, Falmouth Theatre Guild and Woods Hole Theatre Company.


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Southport Harbor, CT $7,850,000 MLS# 98436646, Andrew Whiteley, 203.258.1595

New Canaan, CT $5,700,000 MLS# 98431598, Bonnie Paige, 203.331.7512

Greenwich, CT $4,999,900 MLS# 98448181,The Wolfe Team, 203.554.0772

Cape Cod/Osterville, MA $4,250,000 MLS# 21000757, Nancy Sullivan, 508.776.4815

Cape Cod/Cotuit, MA $2,700,000 MLS# 20909831, Ralph Secino, 508.776.3323

Westport, CT $2,599,000 MLS# 98450850, Regi Kendig, 203.803.0236

Sudbury, MA $2,498,000 MLS# 71018672, Marla Shields, 508.397.7771

Westport, CT $2,200,000 MLS# 98450640, Carole Hendrickson, 203.856.1920

Hingham, MA $1,599,000 MLS# 71043759, M. Cullings/M. Morrison, 781.856.5358

Madison, CT $1,499,900 MLS# G545079,The Graf Team, 860.882.4911

Canton, CT $1,199,000 MLS# G552800, Heidi Picard Ramsay, 860.307.0039

Duxbury, MA $1,195,000 MLS# 71028132, Christine Daley, 781.760.2205

Hanover, MA $1,150,000 MLS# 71025656, Chris Head, 339.793.3070

Newtown, CT $1,075,000 MLS# 98450930, Mary Sim, 203.417.5669

Cape Cod/Sagamore Beach, MA $898,000 MLS# 21000064, Pam Peters, 508.221.7760

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HARVARD - This hilltop 19 acre estate with grand views is all about lifestyle. Timeless colonial architecture and a historical palette combine, enhancing the sprawling façade, pool and tennis court. Period detail splendor. Attached barn/garage. Beautiful landscaped grounds. $1,990,000

HARVARD - 9 acre estate with 7300+-sf living space, gorgeous interior, privacy with 9 acres of picturesque landscaped grounds, stone walkways, 3 car garage, several large entertainment decks and screened porch. Wine cellar. Tennis court. Expensive amenities throughout. $1,895,000

HARVARD - Architecturally designed, custom built on 15 acres with total privacy abutting conservation. 4800+sf, expensive extras, 11 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths. Open floor plan, interior balconies, bedroom lofts, unfinished walk-out basement. 2 car garage + storage. $1,600,000

HARVARD - Bordering the historic town center this custom 4500sf home with detached 2 car garage with loft sets amidst 5 acres of lovely grounds with koi pond. Stunning interior with shiny wood floors, detailed woodwork, spacious layout, new master suite, wide formal entry foyer, amenities galore.

STERLING - A family complex including this antique Victorian gem with garage, and a second home with attached multi-level barns, inground pool with large entertainment room, and 6 acres with open fields. Ideal for combined families, equestrians, auto car buffs, summer camp facilities. $850,000

HARVARD - Bright, light, spacious 8 room home set so privately amidst 4 acres with special plantings, scenic light woodlands. New kitchen with antique heart pine cabinetry and top of line appliances – open to cathedral great room with walls of glass accessing decks and screened porch. A beauty! $598,000

HARVARD - In historic Still River village on this expansive open hillside with phenomenal mountain views, this custom solidly built 4 bedroom home with 4421sf offers 9 rooms all enjoying the views westerly plus 2 full and 2 half baths. Two fireplaces. Screened porch and deck. 2 car garage $899,000

LEOMINSTER - COMPLETELY FURNISHED as well as tastefully updated center stair 9 room Colonial. 40 ft. chefs kitchen with island, banquet size dining room, front to back living room, family room, half bath with vessel sink. Updated master bath. Like new throughout with three season room. $899,900

HARVARD - Lovely and tranquil on a country lane, all living areas fully renovated. Elegant two-story foyer w/petal palladium window, grand chandelier and open balcony. New oak hardwood flrs, beautiful custom eat-in kitchen w/cherry cabinets, new tile flrs. 2002 addition. Lovely grounds $699,000

LANCASTER – An extraordinary 6261 sq. ft. executive home on two acres off a quiet cul de sac with 3 patios, gardens and koi ponds with frontage on Turner Pond. High ceilings, open floor plan, a gourmet kitchen plus a 2nd fully applianced kitchen. Balconied second floor. Full finished basement. $999,900

BOLTON - The craftsmanship, materials built into this home are second to none. The technology of Lite-touch and Crestron systems allow for customized comfort in every room in the house. The floor plan is open and inviting, 5500+sf, yet elegant and distinctive. Such privacy, beautiful setting $1,299,000

HARVARD - 1914 country estate with 1930's additions, off a scenic winding drive on 30.9 acres, offers secluded, peaceful setting and picturesque grounds, in-ground pool, patio, and detached 3 car garage with storage and former butler's living quarters attached. Several potential houselots. $2,475,000

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$7,995,000. Magnificent estate set on 3.4 acres in a premier Weston location. Two-story entry hall, octagonal living room with French doors to stone terraces, oak paneled library and elevator. Luxury in a highly coveted location. Rosemary McCready, (781) 894-5555

$4,500,000. Federal Colonial-style residence sited on 3 level acres on a private cul-de-sac. Embellished by lush lawns, a pool and an extraordinary terrace with barbecue station.



$3,200,000. Located near the ocean end of Paine Avenue, one of the most sought-after enclaves on the North Shore. Set on 3.89 acres in a park-like setting with rights to a wonderful private sandy beach. Philio Cushing, (978) 927-1111

$4,950,000. Magnificent residence sited on 14 acres offering mature landscaping. This five-bedroom home has a two-story foyer, state-of-the-art kitchen, and a large family room. There is a second home located on the property. Kathryn Richlen, (781) 894-5555



$2,250,000. Old Belmont Hill. This “English” country house is set on over 3/4 of an acre. Thoughtfully renovated throughout, features include five bedrooms, a master suite, sky-lit top-floor studio, two fireplaces and a 2-car garage. Louise Olson (617) 844-2755

$2,499,900. 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. Set on 1.25 acres with specimen trees. Barbara Grasso, (978) 475-2201

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Essex, MA

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Hamilton, MA

Private Oceanfront estate featuring an elegant French Normandy carriage house designed by Ogden Codman. This residence features state of the art systems and period GHWDLOV LQFOXGLQJ SDQHOHG ZDOOV JLOGHG PLUURUV DQG FKDQGHOLHUV 2IIHULQJ D FRQVHUYDWRU\ JUHDW URRP EHGURRPV DQG EDWKV LQFOXGLQJ D ÂżUHSODFHG PDVWHU VXLWH $FFHQWed with a stunning pool and private beach. $3,950,000

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Manchester, MA

Manchester, MA

Gloucester, MA

“Ocean Watchâ€? Stucco Manor on Smith’s Point with ocean views and private beach access. This estate features D JUDQG IR\HU ZLWK VWDLUFDVH ÂżUHSODFHV OLEUDU\ JUDQG KDOO DQG RFHDQ YLHZ OLYLQJ URRP 2IIHULQJ EHGURRPV IXOO DQG KDOI EDWKV DV ZHOO DV D UHQRYDWHG EHGURRP bath carriage house. Sited on 1.7 acres with an in-ground KHDWHG SRRO SRRO KRXVH DQG WHQQLV FRXUW $6,950,000

Turn of the century Tudor residence with period detail and high end renovation sited on 1.86 acres with winter views of ocean and marsh. This stunning residence features a VXQNHQ JUHDW URRP WKDW RSHQV WR IR\HU GLQLQJ URRP DQG ODUJH GHFN 2IIHULQJ ÂżUHSODFHV EHGURRPV IXOO DQG 2 half baths including master suite with his/her baths and closets. 3 car detached barn with storage. $2,088,000

Annisquam Village Antique on wonderful lot near Squam Rock and beach. This expanded Cape offers a large livLQJ URRP ZLWK ÂżUHSODFH DQG FXVWRP EXLOW LQV EHGURRPV DQG EDWKV LQFOXGLQJ PDVWHU VXLWH ZLWK ÂżUHSODFH DQG GUHVVLQJ DUHD 7KLV KRPH DOVR RIIHUV D VFUHHQHG SDWLR private fenced backyard with beautiful gardens and a detached 2 car garage with studio space. $930,000

Wenham, MA

Manchester, MA

Hamilton, MA

Stately Colonial sited on 3.5 acres surrounded by sweeping lawns and gardens with stunning landscaped heated pool. This beautiful home features hardwood ÀRRUV WKURXJKRXW D NLWFKHQ ZLWK JUDQLWH FRXQWHUV ODUJH XSGDWHG NLWFKHQ IDPLO\ URRP ZLWK ¿UHSODFH OLEUDU\ DQG VLWWLQJ URRP 2IIHULQJ EHGURRPV DQG EDWKV LQFOXGLQJ PDVWHU VXLWH ZLWK ¿UHSODFH $1,395,000

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eaux Arts Style Home in Back Bay

Parisian inspired, luxury single family home on prestigious Commonwealth Avenue. Designed in c. 1882, this ultimate home has been carefully restored and meticulously renovated. Offering all the advantages of luxury living, including an exquisite custom designed kitchen, dramatic formal living room & dining room - both facing Commonwealth Ave., and a handsome library! 5+ bedrooms, 5 full & 3 half baths. Elevator, air conditioning, 3 private decks! 2 Heated Garage & 3 Heated Outdoor Parking Spaces. $10,500,000.


agnificent Back Bay Townhouse

Exquisite & gracious sun-flooded, 5+ bedroom home boasts soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, amazing detail & moldings. Quality restoration, Formal living & formal dining with caterer’s kitchen. Au pair suite, central air, private patio. 2 Full Parking Spaces. $4,825,000.


ward-Winning Art Deco Building

Sensational views of Back Bay skyline & historic Public Garden. Full floor, 3+ bedroom, 3.5 bath residence boasts direct elevator access, formal living/dining, open kitchen/family room, 3 fireplaces, spa-like master bath. 24 hour Doorman, Valet, Deeded Parking. $4,145,000.


legant Beacon Hill Home

This gorgeous single family home is located on prestigious Lime Street - also know as The Flat of the Hill. Totally renovated, 5 floor home with 3+ bedrooms, 3 full baths, 3 powder rooms. Offers an ideal floor plan with a private roof top deck and a well-proportioned slate terrace off of the kitchen/family room. Formal dining room with dumbwaiter, traditional living with hidden cherry wet bar. Integrated state-of-the-art Audio/Visual and Crestron System, unique bow windows, hardwood floors, custom built-ins, 5-zone central air, paneling & molding. $3,595,000.


enthouse Duplex Loft at The Pope

Fabulous 2 bed, 2 bath loft with Back Bay city views, corner exposures, soaring ceilings, expansive living space, enormous palladium windows, & a fireplace. A/C, laundry, & hardwood floors. Private roof deck, onsite management, doorman. 1 Garage & 1 Outdoor parking. $2,195,000.


ive Above the Presidential Suite

Front-facing, 9th floor residence at the Mandarin - views to the Charles River. 3 Bedrooms, 2,5 baths, expansive living space, gorgeous bamboo floors, gas fireplace & private terrace. 3 On-Site Restaurants, on-site spa, hotel services, 24 hr concierge, valet & 2 Parking Spaces. $4,795,000.


Farmington, CT Premier 17 room Georgian Estate perfectly restored and renovated for today’s lifestyle. Magic is found on 21 glorious acres with 1acre pond, gardens and meadow with vistas of the Litchfield Hills. A serene country atmosphere. $3,799,000 Jack Tine • 860-391-2362

Darien, CT Fully renovated Saltbox Colonial with expansion possibilities. Remodeled custom eat-in Kitchen by Design with sliders to landscaped yard, formal dining and living rooms, a sun-filled family room, first floor inlaw suite - plus 4 additional bedrooms. Near town, schools and train.$1,950,000 Andrea Kostanecki • 203-858-3553

Longmeadow, MA Magnificent 1884 Colonial Revival loc. on the Green. Listed in MA Historic Registry. 10,907 sf, exquisite fixtures & ornamentation, intricate moldings, 6 fpl, Zuber wall murals, 11 BRs, 1.8 ac. Ready to be restored to former glory. $2,200,000

Newtown, CT Casual elegance abounds in this Classic New England Shingle Style Colonial. Built in 2005 by a craftsman. Expansive 6,988 sqft on three levels, 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ baths, 3 fireplaces, 3 acres. $1,195,000 Anna Sogliuzzo • 860-995-0279 Sandy Anderson • 203-948-4164

Newtown, CT Exceptional Meticulous –Perfect floor plan. Well appointed kitchen opens to two story FR w/ balcony over look. 5 bedrooms, 4 full 2half baths, 14 rooms,6377 finished sqft, built 2007. End of Culdesac, excellent commute! $1,249,000 Sandy Anderson • 203-948-4164

Norwalk, CT Elegant & Sophisticated 11rm Mediterranean, c.1927. Located in the gated community of Wilson Point this direct waterfront retreat offers commanding views of LIS, private beach that connects to 3 miniature islands, pool, guesthouse, boathouse & all the fine appointments of this period. $3,695,000 Abigail Van Slyck • 203-853-9999

Thompson, CT – In a historic district just off the town green. On 1.80 acres this 1767 home has just undergone extensive renovations and additions. Its 5333 sqft. feature the best of everything and include professional landscaping, a porte cochere and a new 40x40 barn! Asking $850,000 Stephanie Gosselin • 860-428-5960

Weston, CT Luxe Home of the Decade! Classical architecture unites with Glam! Clean, bold lines within a geometric profile highlights contemporary ease and elegance. Art work has the space to breathe and music the air to flow. International flair. Extraordinary! $2,555,555 Stephanie Smith • 203-762-4270

Clinton, CT Beautiful waterfront home. Apprx 5,000 sq.ft. 10rooms, 4bedrms, 3 and a 1/2 baths, formal dining rm, great rm, master suite, gorgeous gourmet kitchen. 3-car garage. 90ft beach. Off shore mooring available. $3,799,000 Joanne Hoye • 860-561-8007

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Yarmouth Port - Set on over 17 acres, Mill Farm was developed into an extraordinary gentlemen’s farm. The present owners have created a magnificent 7500 square foot modern home with 300’ pier/ dock, a replica 18th century thatched roof barn, grazing pastures, gardens, and walking trails. $12,500,000



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Coldwell Banker Previews International 201

Kitchens by Design 193

Colony Rug Company 51

LaBarge Custom Home Building 86–87

Connolly & Co. and Maine Barn Company 187

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Cottage and Bungalow 80

LDa Architects 173

Early New England Homes 167

League of N.H. Craftsmen 164

Crown Point Cabinetry 75

Leslie Fine Interiors 4–5

Cumar 71

Longwood Events 155

Cutting Edge Systems 57

Maine Cottage 77

Daher Interior Design 12–13

Mar Silver Design 49

Davio’s Boston 177

Maverick Integration Corp 148

Decorating Den Interiors 176

McIntosh & Tuttle Cabinetmakers 179

Dennis Kitchens and Cabinetry 182

McLaughlin Upholstering Company 53

Dover Rug 73

Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee 8–9

Duckham Architecture & Interiors 45

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 126

Eco Modern Design 188

Mobilia Gallery 187

Authentic Designs 164

Edgartown Residence Club, Martha’s Vineyard 41

Morehouse MacDonald & Associates 105

B & G Cabinet 163

Eliza Tan Interiors 127

Back Bay Shutter Co. 30

Encores 148

Battle Associates 157

Ethan Allen Global 6–7

Bayberry Nurseries 56

F.H. Perry Builder 79, 81

Beacon Companies 82–83

FBN Construction Co. Inside back cover

Belgard 55

Ferguson 14–15

Bellini Baby & Teen Designer Furniture 185

First Rugs 61

Billie Brenner 167

Fortunato 169

Boston Architectural College 179

Furniture Consignment Gallery 165

Boston Billiard Emporium 158

Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty 203

Boston Design Center 23

The Granite Group 137

Brassworks Fine Home Details 188

Home Life Inside front cover

California Closets 38

Housewright Construction 84–85

Casa Design 40

Hutker Architects 159

Provincetown Art Association and Museum 187

Charlestown Gallery 152

Instone 76

Prudential Connecticut Realty 204

Chinese Antique Furniture Shop 183

J Barrett & Company Real Estate 202

Prudential Gammons Realty 205

Chip Webster & Associates 117

J. Todd Galleries 65

Quidley & Company 36

Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate 18–19

Jay Schadler Design Gallery 136

The Quilted Gallery 65

Classic Kitchens & Interiors 158

Katherine Field and Associates 27

R.P. Marzilli & Company 171

Closet Factory 183

Kinlin Grover Corporate 205

RiverBend & Company 29

A.J. Rose Carpets 35 A.W. Hastings 46 Above and Beyond Catering 166 Accurate Elevator & Lift Company 207 Adams Kitchens 189 Ahearn–Schopfer and Associates 24 Ambrosia Events & Catering 181 Ana Donohue Interiors 162 Anderson Insulation 25 Andover Landscape Construction 175 Aqua Pool & Patio 66 Ardente Supply Company 153 Atlantic Design Center 10–11 Audio Video Intelligence 43

MWI Fiber-Shield 191 New England Dream House 177 Providence Preservation Society 188 Northern Lights Landscape 151 Ocean House 2–3 Wentworth by the Sea 116 Battery Wharf 1 Overhead Door Company 161 Paquette & Associates 88–89 Paul White Woodcarving 196 Pellettieri Associates 34 Portico Fine Tile & Design 104 Prospect Hill Antiques 69

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Runtal North America 149 Sanford Custom Homes 175 Scandia Kitchens 21 Sean Papich Landscape Architect 207 Skyline Flight 185 Snow and Jones 39 South Shore Millwork 37 Staples Cabinet Makers 153 Stone Technologies 16–17, 195 studio b designworks 189


Sudbury Design Group 67

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Taste Design 165 TerraFirma Landscape Architecture 181 Thoughtforms 90–91 TMS Architects 63 Toto 31

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TP Hazel Sotheby’s International Realty 200 Triad Associates 93

This year’s newest must-have home accessory is a custom home elevator

Unfinished Business 159 Vermont Verde Antique Marble Co. 169 Vintage Makers 197 William Raveis Real Estate HQ 199 Winston Flowers 154 Woodmeister Master Builders 33 Xtreme Audio & Video 92 Zen Associates 59 New England Home, May/June 2010, Volume 5, Number 5 © 2010 by Network Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. New England Home (USPS 024-096) is published 6 times a year (JAN, MAR, MAY, JULY, SEP, NOV) by Network Communications, Inc. 2305 Newpoint Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 (770) 9627220. Periodical postage paid at Lawrenceville, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 9002, Maple Shade, NJ 08052-9652. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription.

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Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

FINDING GREAT LIGHTING is sometimes very difficult in general, and finding great lighting in the size, style and finish needed for a particular project can be even more of a problem. These challenges led me to create a line of lighting fixtures, one of which is shown here. I needed a less-traditional crystal sconce for a certain interiordesign client, so we fabricated this fixture. The use of more contemporary materials—stainless steel, long chains of non-faceted round crystals, oversize crystal balls—allows for a feeling of some formality, but without too many traditional elements. The sketch on the left is a working sketch, which serves as the beginning concept of the design and allows the designer to “tweak” the details of the fixture enough to continue on to the the finished design (at right). As you can see, repeating the dangling chains at the top of each arm would have made the sconce too fussy. Repeating the straight-lined pendants instead gave a cleaner profile to the piece. EILEEN PATTERSON, PATTERSON GROUP, BOSTON, (617) 443-4904, WWW.PATTERSONGROUP.ORG


New England Home May/June 2010

Eric Roth Photography

This house may not look green, but… In a neighborhood of whales this house is a dolphin: sleek, efficient and lasting. Through elements of design and technology executed with skill and care, a great team of architect, ourselves and homeowners put together the right combination of sustainable, renewable and envelope elements consistent with the overall goals set forth for this project.

Architect - David Mullen, Photographer - Shelly Harrison, Interior Design - Eliza Tan Interiors

WE DON’T BUILD THEM LIKE YOU’RE USED TO We’ll help you find your perfect shade of green. We have three Certified Green Professionals on our staff including Bob Murray. In addition, we have a great deal of experience and capabilities to bring to bear in allowing your green intent, your budget and your design criteria to intersect in just the right way for you. Bob Murray VP of Production

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