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plane. It was United flight 12, to be precise, winging its way from Denver to Boston at the end of a frigid winter’s day. This particular editor should have been tired and perhaps a bit grumpy, having just endured a very long and densely populated meeting preceded by a partially sleepless night (think hotel fire alarm in the wee hours) and followed by what he at first worried was a brief psychotic episode. Just for a moment as his car was entering Denver International Airport, a thirty-twofoot-tall, bright blue, rearing mustang of sinister aspect and glowing red eyes had loomed in the dusk. It turned out, as more frequent visitors to DIA will know, that the mustang was quite real. A bit too late the editor recalled having read about the fuss when the sculpture was installed, but his momentary brush with the surreal had already taken its toll. It is true that our editor was luxuriating a bit in the miraculously quiet and uncrowded cabin of the plane and in general enjoying a slight feeling of decompression—in the psychic, not the atmospheric sense, that is. Tired and grumpy,


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though, he was not. If anything, he was feeling optimistic at a time when few others in the publishing field are. The meeting in Denver brought together staff from New England Home and several of its sister design publications around the U.S. to discuss online strategy. That is, as you must know if you follow the news at all, a fraught topic these days. Digital Casssandras—except all too heeded, unlike the original—cry doom in every quarter of the printed world; newspaper and magazine executives quake before the Four Horsemen of the Blogopalypse. All remaining works of ink and paper are declared the undead. This bogeyman future is something like that cobalt horse in the Mile-High City: startling for a moment only if you’re taken unawares, and frankly (with all respect to the memory of artist Luis Jiménez) a bit comical. Certainly there are forms of journalism that are most efficiently produced and consumed in cyberspace, and many pages rolling off presses today won’t be in another year or two. But it’s clear also that certain kinds of content still work much better in printed form, and big, shiny pictures of beautiful houses are one of them. The tagged, dog-eared New England Home you keep in the stack by your bed and take to meetings with your architect isn’t going away. Still, we would be silly not to embrace the very real opportunities the Web offers to help us do what we do better. Starting in January you’ll begin to see changes at www.nehomemag .com: more frequent updates, local and guest bloggers, interviews, events, videos, previews. Via the site and social networking tools like Twitter we’ll be inviting writers, editors, photographers, design professionals, readers—you, I hope— into an ever-evolving conversation on the subjects we all love. Sometimes when that fiery-eyed mustang is glaring in your window you just have to keep calm, say “hi,” and friend him on Facebook. Stay tuned.

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Featured Homes


108 Natural Elements The homeowners’ deep connection to their land on the


116 Cottage Cozy A designer’s own tiny Boston home mixes color, texture,

antiques and a bit of whimsy to create a snug retreat that’s a blend of English comfort and Danish classicism. INTERIOR DESIGN: LISE DAVIS • PHOTOGRAPHY: JOHN GRUEN • TEXT: STACY KUNSTEL • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

124 High Honors Restored to its 1920s glamour but updated with a sense of con-


temporary ease, a penthouse in Boston’s Back Bay reigns over its 360-degree cityscape. ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN: HACIN + ASSOCIATES • PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM GRAY • TEXT: MEGAN FULWEILER • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

134 Taking The Long View One wise couple spent a year in their house before

undertaking a re-do that gives it an open, contemporary feel while keeping the stylish details of its Victorian past. ARCHITECTURE: PETE LACKEY, CHARLES R. MYER AND PARTNERS • INTERIOR DESIGN: RACHEL REIDER • PHOTOGRAPHY: LAURA MOSS • TEXT: PAULA M. BODAH • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

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On the cover: The dining room of a Boston-area house gets its warmth from designer Rachel Reider’s use of subtle textures and patterns in shades of deep orange and aubergine. Photograph by Laura Moss. To see more of this home, turn to page 134.


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Art, Design, History, Landscape 53 Elements: Bathed in Luxury A re-do of the bathroom may be just what’s

needed to weather another New England winter. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ

Design Destination: Fresh, Boston 60 64 Interview A conversation with Manchester, Massachusetts, designer Lisa

Bonneville. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT KALINOWSKI 70 Artistry: Love Among the Ruins Shellburne Thurber’s photographs of

abandoned homes, construction sites and nondescript roadside motels reveal poignant beauty in unexpected spaces. TEXT BY CAROLINE CUNNINGHAM • SELFPORTRAIT BY SHELLBURNE THURBER


80 Past Perfect: 100 Years of Solicitude Historic New England marks a

century as stewards of our architectural history and as champions of the timelessness of fine design. TEXT BY REGINA COLE • PHOTOS COURTESY OF HISTORIC Special Marketing Section



People, Places, Events, Products 172 Trade Secrets: New Leadership by Design Comings and goings (and a

few surprises) in the lives of New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL 176 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate archi-

tecture and design. 180 Calendar Special events for those who are passionate about fine design. 184 Perspectives Area designers’ favorite pieces for the bedroom Wish List: Jill Goldberg, owner of Hudson in Boston, offers her must-have home products 190 192 New in Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing at New England’s

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

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Content Updates We’re always adding new content to our Web site; look for a Top Ten Safety List from interior designer Lisa Bonneville (editor-inchief Kyle Hoepner talks with her on page 64) and more photos by photographer

New House Tours Check out before-andafter photos of the Rachel Reider–designed house featured in this issue on page 134.

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2009 inductees Stephen Stimson, Richard Johnson and Edward Marshall

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overview of what families who plan to build or remodel should be thinking about? Lisa Bonneville: In my analysis it really comes down to three things: health, injury and security. Health and injury issues are primarily addressed through what is in place structurally in a house—looking at mechanical issues and the way it’s built and then providing a space that best suits the client. Walls or structural components may need to be altered in order to create the floorplan that’s most convenient. Or, if I interview a

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client and they have specific allergies, it’s my responsibility to take a look at their heating system and make sure that forced air is properly filtered. A client’s home is their most prized, most protected environment, so it should enhance their health as much as possible and it certainly should not be a detriment to it. It also should be easy to navigate, be completely comfortable in its furnishings and be efficient in the fixtures and appliances that are put in place. Security is the third factor important to a safe home. Security is a very relative thing; it really depends on the life someone has lived, what their experiences have been. You may have clients who never lock their home and clients who have three different alarm systems, so establishing their comfort level is extremely important. A new generation of architects and interior designers are creating living spaces that are “people centered” and focus on the needs, desires and abilities of all inhabitants of a home, their visitors, family and friends. KH: I gather the concept of “cradle-tocradle design,” or designing for the full life cycle of a family, is becoming more important and widespread. LB: We start out our lives being very dependent and we end up being relatively dependent unless we’re lucky enough to have all of our faculties right up until the day we die. So interior designers need to focus on achieving a safe, flexible environment that can suit every stage of life, designing for infants, toddlers, adolescents, active adults and the elderly. We need to design for everyone equally, not separate different age groups into different living quarters. Aging in place is increasingly popular and far more favorable to health and well-being than being put in a special facility for the elderly, that looks and feels like an environment for the elderly. KH: It seems to me that in some ways we’re going back to practices of a hundred or more years ago, when multiple generations living together in one place was not the exception but the rule, and traditional design had evolved with that in mind. LB: I think you’re right, I think there is going to be a return to the full spectrum of family members living in the same home. The baby boomer generation has parents to care for and children to care for and grandchildren to care for. So, depending on their resources, a couple might build apartments attached to their own home for extended family to live in. That way they can have



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their own private space and also a communal space. Or, say, a wing for children coming to visit with their grandchildren. KH: Would you approach a primary residence differently from a vacation home, in that the expected use and range of inhabitants will be different? LB: There are questions to ask there: is the vacation home going to become a retirement home down the road? Who is it used by most of the time? Who else will sometimes use it, what are their needs when they come in? A lot of my clients have second homes, and their idea is that they’re going to use them as vacation homes now and later they’re going to retire there. That would make all the issues the same as for a first home—maybe even more so because when they retire they’ll be older and their bodies will be able to do less. So, for instance, we’d prepare by blocking all the shower walls now for grab bars to be installed later. We’d have wider doorways with no thresholds, plenty of open space that’s easy to get around and has a lot of options for furniture, and a kitchen where a number of people can move around at the same time. On the other hand, if people have a condo for skiing, and they’re only going to own it as long as they can go skiing, the issues are fewer because they’ll only be using it as able-bodied people. Health issues and allergies are still important; you need to address those in both locations. We determine precautions we can take in designing that will make it easy for clients and also enhance the salability of the house. They say that homes designed for accessibility are 25 percent more marketable. KH: It certainly keeps the pool of possible buyers as large as possible. LB: Right. It expands the market. Which only makes sense, because you’re expanding the number of people who can comfortably use the environment, the home. KH: Are there any aspects of safe home design that are specifically related to New England? LB: I would say—and this is probably true of the Eastern seaboard generally, because the history of this country started here in the East—that we more often have homes that are very old and we cherish the integri-

ty of that architecture. Typically in older houses the rooms are small, doorways are narrow and you’ll see thresholds coming up as much as an inch between rooms. Some people cling to the architecture and make do rather than make changes that might be more supportive of their needs. KH: Given that we have so much older and in many cases highly usable and beautiful housing stock, that does presumably require a lot more retrofitting than other places might. LB: But you know, I’ve lived in two very old houses here in New England and I remodeled both of them to an extent, and people haven’t walked in and said, “What have you done to this place?”

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e lavish time, resources and love on our homes because they provide us comfort and shelter from the world. The rooms we live in, and how we choose to fill them, reflect what we care about and who we are. An exotic saffron vase from India, diaphanous silk curtains or an antique silver frame reveal something about our lives and interests, and the spaces we inhabit do the same. As the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote in The Poetics of Space, “A house that has been experienced is 70 New England Home January/February 2010

not an inert box. Inhabited space transcends geometrical space,” and thus becomes a refuge for our desires and our dreams. • It is this ephemeral realm—the poetics of empty space, as it were—that has captured the imagination of Cambridge, Massachusetts, photographer Shellburne Thurber for much of her career. Her lush images of decaying homes, construction sites or quiet doctor’s offices are saturated with light and color and rich in minute details that uncover poignant beauty in unexpected spaces. They are records of

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things that you might not have noticed when they were happening,” she says. Thurber began experimenting with a camera when she was nineteen and living in a loosely configured artist’s colony in Saratoga. She was trying, she says, “to nail down experiences that had suddenly become meaningful to me...and I feel as if my life started then.” In the aftermath of her mother’s death, she returned to northern New Hampshire and photographed her home with the hope that the images she produced would provide a greater understanding about her mother, her childhood and herself. She also traveled to her grandmother’s house in Indiana, and the images of dark and silent rooms she made there were a revelation. Thurber concluded that “this is my mother’s family, and this says more about who she Top: Edinburgh, IN: was, and who I My grandfather’s bed am, than a portrait (1976), 20" × 20" Bottom: Lexington, MA: ever could.” Office with two plush She spent the orange patients’ chairs next decade honing (2000), 20" 20" × her craft at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, supporting herself by taking college yearbook portraits, photographing as many as two hundred students a day. Her beat was the South, and her home on these trips was a series of roadside motels. The images she made of these nondescript places were more like self-portraits than records of the rooms themselves. “If I had been able to 72 New England Home January/February 2010

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to how we remember people and events photograph the inside of my head, that’s from the past. Thurber’s beautiful images how it would have looked,” she says with of Anna’s house and its newly empty a rueful laugh. “They were not so much rooms speak of grief and reabout the spaces as they were membrance “If I photograph about the experience of staying Boston Athenaeum: Before renovation—fifth something, I can hang on to it,” in them. I used a wide-angle floor with rolled-up rug she explains. “These photolens so that everything looks (2000), 50" × 50" graphs, more than any of my slightly distorted, and the imother work, were an act of commemoraages I made match how I felt at the time— tion. It was all about color and light, and disoriented, and not very real.” she was in the light.” When her beloved Aunt Anna died, Thurber’s enduring interest in exploring Thurber returned to New Hampshire to the psychological essence of a room then photograph a house where she had spent drew her to the South once again. Her many peaceful days as a child. This series photographs of abandoned homes that dot of photographs examines how the most the rural landscape are both luminous and evanescent impressions become central 74 New England Home January/February 2010

transformative; with her sure use of asymmetric framing and the interplay of light and shadow, the boarded windows, shredded curtains and peeling wallpaper take on a gothic grandeur. The images in this series are melancholy documents of a lost time, and of the passage of time itself. In 1999, Thurber was selected to be an artist-inresidence at the See more @ Boston naeum, just as Find more of Shellburne Thurber’s beautifully the library was haunting photographs. undergoing Click on “Art & Style” extensive reand then “Artisans.” construction.

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Artistry This was an inspired choice. As curator Michael Wentworth wrote, the Athenaeum was “. . . a beautiful building, rich in the vulnerable and elegiac poetry of a particularly good ruin, with its noble structure laid bare. It was made for Shellburne Thurber, and it brought out the best in her.” The photographs Thurber took over the course of two years are records of the construction project and ever so much more. Her elegant images are tinged with violence, but piles of rubble or decimated stairwells are always balanced by a deliberate grace note—a delicate pattern of refracted light from an unseen window or a stately Corinthian column—that speak of both renovation and resurrection. Thurber’s work hangs in major museums and private collections across the country and has been the focus of several solo exhibitions as well. In recent years, although she has been working on a range of projects, including an extraordinary series on writer and artist Ralph Horne’s house in the South End of Boston, she’s retreated somewhat from Top: Dr. Ralph Horne’s such visibility. House, Boston: Ralph’s Everyone knows Desk (2007), 30" × that the art world 30" Bottom: Mitchell Ward House: Front exacts a certain hallway with door and emotional price, TV (1998), 40" × 40" and sometimes it’s just too much. “There is a part of me that is out of the mix—and I have been on purpose,” she says. “I love showing my work, but I am, also, so entirely absorbed by it . . .” Milena Kalinovska, former director of Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art and now director of public programs at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., suggests the intensity of Thurber’s engagement with her subject almost demands such a separation. “Her work absorbs everything,” she says. “Her images reveal what she keeps sealed in her own consciousness; a kind of longing to retain a place that has a deep meaning to her and a craving for capturing what love looks like.” Over the course of a long career, Thurber has always sought out, and revealed, the most profound human emotions. Given the haunting power of her exquisite photographs, it’s not at all surprising that the artist herself might find this journey somewhat overwhelming. • Editor’s Note Shellburne Thurber’s work can be seen at the Barbara Krakow Gallery, (617) 262-4490, 76 New England Home January/February 2010

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sign, “With gray leather upholstery and brushed chrome nailhead trim, this historic piece of furniture suddenly becomes chic and contemporary.” • Carter first saw the early American chair at Lincoln’s Codman House when he and fellow designers Liz Mitchell and Janet Gaffney visited the property with Carol Bruce, Historic New England’s retail operations manager, to talk about introducing a Centennial Collection of licensed products. “The designers looked at some of our best-selling pieces in new ways,” says Bruce.

“Michael saw this chair—once used at the State House—as a classic form that appeals to today’s designers and homeowners.” Along with a zebra-skin-upholstered Otis Empire chair, a wing chair whose toile reverses tradition with white figures on a black background and a neoclassical settee covered with heavy white linen and piped in audacious black leather, the Boston State House Chair made its debut at the October 2009 High Point Market. The collection is stunning: refined, classic shapes from American furniture’s historic high-water mark deliver unexpected zing when dressed in crisp, contemporary black and white. William Sumner Appleton would have been proud. But even Boston’s essential Brahmin, a man who treasured New England’s built

history, might be surprised at the breadth of influence wielded by the institution he founded in 1910. Educated at Harvard, schooled in the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris and inspired by the First Period houses of Boston’s North Shore, Appleton was the force behind the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA) until his death in 1947. Today called Historic Above: Carol Bruce and New England, Michael Carter show off the nonprofit the Centennial Collection, museum organi- featuring classic pieces upholstered in fresh black zation owns and white. Left: Founder thirty-seven William Sumner Appleton. properties in Facing page: The circa1690 Spencer-PeirceMaine, New Little Farm in Newbury, Hampshire, Massachusetts. Massachusetts, January/February 2010 New England Home 81

Past Perfect Connecticut and Rhode Island. They represent an extraordinary sampling of the region’s architecture, ranging from the massive seventeenth-century core of the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts, to the federal elegance of the Nickels-Sortwell House in Wiscasset, Maine. Lincoln, Massachusetts, is home to the singular modernist teaching tool that is the Gropius House, while Beauport, overlooking Gloucester Harbor, demonstrates the evolution of America’s original interior decorator. Each of the Historic New England properties tells us something important about the way homes were built in New England and about the people who built them and lived in them. Historic New England/ SPNEA has also produced some groundbreaking scholarship: in the late 1970s curator Richard Nylander applied scientific methods to historic paint analysis and showed that late eighteenthand early nineteenth-century hues were neither muted nor dusty. The news sent shock waves through countless historical societies and homeowners who cherished their tasteful grayed “Colonial” palettes. Since 2006, Historic New England has made its vast old-house expertise, gleaned with meticulous scholarship from an unparalleled collection of buildings, available to all homeowners. “Our digital age makes it possible,” says Sally Zimmerman, preservation specialist in charge of the Historic Homeownership program. “Members send pictures and information to us, and we give them technical assistance and paint color schemes specific to their homes.” She laughs: “The $200 price of membership is worth it just for getting your house colors right.” “Ms. Zimmerman and her colleagues examined photos we provided them and gave us great written detail about the 82 New England Home January/February 2010

Owners of houses with unusual archiwoodwork and historic fabric of our tectural and historical importance, on the home,” says Kevin Keegan, owner of the other hand, avail themselves of the Stew1798 two-story hip-roofed Stephen and ardship Program. Not every noThankful Homer house, built by Above: Essential Ema ship captain and local justice of pire refinement is on table house can be a museum, but this program protects valuthe peace in East Dennis, Massa- display in the stair hall of the 1807 Nick- able features throughout changes chusetts. “We purchased the home, in part, to rescue it from els-Sortwell House in in ownership. Homeowners Wiscasset, Maine. work in partnership with Hiswhat some Dennis residents had toric New England to register preservation been calling ‘demolition by neglect,’ and restrictions with a property’s deed. we have been able to talk to Historic New Stephen Evers owns the 1738 Robert England about the best methods for preJennison House in Natick, Massachusetts. serving the structure as we bring it back to “In his will, the previous owner specified its late eighteenth-century grandness.” Discover why Mariette’s Divine team won two more Contractor of the Year awards... Mariette Barsoum, CKD, puts her clients at ease and helps them create the rooms they imagine. For the third year in a row, Divine Kitchens has won two Contractor of the Year (COTY) awards in New for the Master Bath Suite you see here and another for a fresh, contemporary kitchen in the same home. Their complete design/build services allow homeowners to maintain one point of contact from concept to completion...and results in a wonderful, living space to enjoy.

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more have visited the house museums. Even larger numbers come to the organization as consumers of good design.

“Often, the first time people hear of us it’s through a licensing product,” Carol Bruce points out. The Historic New England line, which includes the Centennial Collection, is manufactured by Southwood Furniture of Hickory, North Carolina. Other licensees include Adelphi wallpapers; The Seraph in Sturbridge, with country furniture, accessories and reproduction oil paintings; and the wildly popular Historic Paint collection from California Paints. New pieces are on the way. “There will be three new canvas floor cloth designs from Canvas Works in Vermont, and Neptune 1 Studios of Left: A portion of CaliMarblehead will fornia Paints’ Historic make the most Colors of America paint color chart and beautiful deguide. Below: The attic coupage plates of the Stephen Robbins with designs based House, East Lexington, on wallpapers at Massachusetts, c. 1900, shows how New EngBeauport,” Bruce land households resays. “And in tained the accumulaMarch, California tions of generations. Paints will introduce a new twentieth-century paint chart. There will be eleven shades of white. Every color will have a story.” William Sumner Appleton knew that every house has a story. After 100 years, the organization he founded is busier than ever, helping all of us to learn hear the stories that our homes want to tell. As Carl Nold, Historic New England’s president puts it, “What we want for the next 100 years is simple: to be the best heritage organization in the country.” •

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Best known for its elegant yet individual home design, the firm of Chip Webster & Associates (CWA) has been exploring creative solutions in ecologically sensitive architecture, interior design, community planning and historic preservation since 1983. For more than twenty-five years, the firm has worked nationally from its Nantucket and Boston offices. Led by MIT Architecture graduate Chip Webster, the CWA design team integrates client inspiration and progressive design with the use of renewable resources. Projects range in scope from classic island cottages to mixed-use communities. CWA’s designs reflect strong attention to detail, efficient use of space and a notable creative richness. Well versed in Nantucket design and 90 Special Advertising Section

building requirements, arguably among the most stringent in the United States, the firm is renowned for its navigation of regulatory processes in projects nationwide. With a reputation for artistic collaboration, the company works closely with clients, engineers and contractors in all project phases from cultivating the client’s initial vision to the complete installation of select furnishings. The firm’s offerings are comprehensive, including concept development, a complete design oeuvre, project management and interior design services. With a diverse portfolio of residential, commercial and master planning designs, the credo of creating spaces that surprise, delight and inspire is evident throughout CWA’s work.

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Chip Webster & Associates • Boston • Nantucket • Boulder • (508) 228-3600 •

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New Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich architectural heritage deserves respectful design. Architect Don Ritz has the knowledge and experience to appropriately renovate, restore and preserve your historic house. He believes that the attention to time-honored design principles such as proportion, sense of scale and correct detailing lead to the architecture that gives our region its special allure. New houses and additions are designed with the same informed approach to give you a distinctive and fitting New England home. Ritz has been active in residential design for more than twenty-five years. His practice focuses on both waterfront sites and historical design, ranging from sensitively designed additions and renovations to new single and multi-family dwellings. He believes traditional architecture offers much worth in designing for contemporary living; he is ex92 Special Advertising Section

tremely knowledgeable in New England architecture and has chaired his local historic district since 1994. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has studied at the Architectural Association in London. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts, and has taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural Center. Ritzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been featured in Waterfront Homes: From Castles to Cottages, Shingle Style Houses Past and Present, Old House Journal, The Boston Globe and Boston magazine, as well as on New England Dream House (NECN) and HGTV.

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Don Ritz Architect 21 Q Street • Hull, Massachusetts (781) 925-2881 •

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GEORGE PENNIMAN ARCHITECTS Creating Beautiful Built Forms

George Penniman Architects is a full-service, clientoriented architectural practice, specializing in high-quality residential projects, as well as small scale commercial and institutional work. Whether designing a house to allow for the growth of a family or the privacy and comfort of an individual or couple, our ideals and approach remain consistent. Our projects reflect the thoughtfulness, care, respect and effort that go into their design and construction. A strong commitment to design, environmental stewardship, careful detailing and the implementation of proven building practices, results in projects that satisfy the owner’s functional and aesthetic requirements while enriching the surrounding community. We respect the tradition of which our work is a part, yet we will not deliberately copy or recreate works of the past. A project should be timeless and never look dated. 94 Special Advertising Section

We create houses and additions that reflect the owner’s ideas, priorities and lifestyle, rather than our own preconceptions. We create spaces that allow for the delight of discovery: the way sunlight moves through a room, the shadow of a window’s design on a wall, a composed view from one space to the next. A house may contain grand, elegantly proportioned spaces for a crowd, as well as cozy, sculpted spaces for moments of private reflection. A sense of respect underlies all aspects of the design process. This respect extends to the requirements of the client; the environmental, social and historical context into which the building is placed; any existing structure; building materials; and the builders and craftsmen who give built form to the ideas expressed in a set of our drawings. Our task as architects is to synthesize and reconcile these opportunities and constraints, using them as a catalyst to create a beautiful built form.

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H U T K E R A R C H I T E C T S, I N C .

Hutker Architects, Inc. (HA), founded in 1987, has designed more than 200 Heirloom Homes and is a fullservice architectural and interior design firm providing in-depth design strategies, comprehensive project coordination and site-specific construction observation. With its Massachusetts offices in Falmouth and Vineyard Haven, HA has become the premier custom residential architecture firm for Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard while exhibiting a substantial body of residential, commercial and institutional work stretching across the New England area. The firm’s thirty-person professional staff comes from a variety of backgrounds, utilizing their wide range of experience to continually refine the company’s values of quality craftsmanship and material ethics in the creation of a new regional vernacular. Such strength of talent and intimate knowledge of the locale makes HA predominantly qualified 96 Special Advertising Section

for the design of projects within New England’s natural and historical environments. Hutker Architects brings a passion for the profession of architecture that extends to every aspect of a project. Devoting thoughtful attention to each new challenge, the HA team applies innovation to tradition in the pursuit of solutions for different and unique requirements. Employing this new regional vernacular brings architect and client together in discovering project scope, design vision and architectural opportunities, fostering a collaborative spirit that enhances and promotes the design process. The result is a creative and balanced architectural response that is integral to its environment, eminently functional and embodies the specific imagination and lifestyle of the client.

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LDa Architecture & Interiors is committed to finding a meaningful balance between the traditions of New England architecture and the unique needs of contemporary living. Our passion for intelligent, creative design results in thoughtful, inspired and sustainable residential and interior design solutions rich with detail, craft and lasting value. Founded in 1992, our project experience is extensive, including both compact and expansive new homes, renovations and additions, interior design, historically sensitive renovations and LEED-certified homes. For LDa, each project is the result of deep collaboration with the owner, architect, interior designer and builder. Because the architectural design and construction process is a rich, complex process, our approach is to engage our clients in a process of collaborative design that seeks to educate them in the range of options and 98 Special Advertising Section

choices available. This approach results in a home where the architecture, interiors, furnishings and landscape are a unified statement that gives form to our clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision. Through passion, experience, creativity and a talented staff, LDa offers design solutions that are highly functional, yet sophisticated and harmoniously aligned with the lifestyle of each of our clients.

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LDa Architecture & Interiors 222 Third Street, Suite 3212 • Cambridge, MA (617) 621-1455 •

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Weathered wood and gabled roofs are as much a part of coastal New England as the special quality of light and the sound of the surf. The region has a rich and eclectic architectural past. As a design/build firm, led by both architects and builders, we are inspired when clients entrust us with contributing to that heritage by designing and building new homes, and with the stewardship of that heritage when altering old ones. As changes are made to the built context, it is our commitment to never detract from that context. Our goal is to make valuable, sustainable improvementsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; aesthetic, functional and environmentalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;while preserving what is good in what already exists. Increasingly clients choose to renovate and expand rather than replace older homes. As creative professionals, we find this type of project to be as exciting as new work, but the challenges and rewards can be quite dif100 Special Advertising Section

ferent. Sometimes the scope of additions and renovations is quite simple, and sometimes it is even more complex than building new. The approximately 100 addition/renovation projects we have completed range from the transformation of single rooms to the complete re-making of historic buildings. Sustainable design and construction for this special region must begin with the desire to be responsible toward both the environment and historical heritage. Sometimes the best way to build sustainably is to not build something new but to renovate something old; saving the latent energy within the existing construction, minimizing waste and maximizing re-use of materials. In a region where change is best when thoughtful and deliberate, we believe our approach to renovations and additions leads to positive and sustainable change.

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Historic 19th century cape restored and expanded to capture stunning harbor views.

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders 101 Depot Road â&#x20AC;˘ Chatham, MA 02633 (508) 945-4500 â&#x20AC;˘

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Rob Bramhall Architects is a designer of fine custom homes, estates and vacation properties in waterfront, woodland and mountain settings, and in urban and suburban communities throughout the Northeast. Established in 1991, this small, full-service architecture and interior design practice has become best known for the design of townhouses, country houses, guesthouses, boathouses, cottages, cabins, barns and outbuildings, as well as for campus, club, retail and recreation facilities for clients from New York to the Canadian Maritimes. The firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder and principal, Rob Bramhall, brings twenty-five years of experience in design and construction to his clients and their projects. A New Englander by birth, Rob lived in the mountains of Montana and Wyoming while training to become an architect. His love of the West and of his native New Eng102 Special Advertising Section

land has given form to a design sensibility that embraces the best of both: blending a deep respect for history and architectural tradition with a reverence for nature and the beauty of the land. Each of our projects is guided by this sensibility, which provides a foundation upon which the individual lifestyle and aesthetic preferences of our clients are layered. Whether designing a coastal cottage, lakeside cabin, mountain retreat or suburban home, we work in partnership with our clients to create home environments that are intimate in scale, thoughtfully detailed, expertly crafted and timeless in appeal.

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Rob Bramhall Architects 14 Park Street • Andover, MA (978) 749-3663 •

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Sally Weston Associates specializes in traditional residential architecture. Our firm has established a reputation for fine architectural design and we are dedicated to thinking through solutions that will meet the owner’s needs now, in the future and throughout a family’s many changes. We take great pride in our projects, whether a new private residence, a renovation/addition or an historic renovation, such as the Cape Cod home shown here. As Paula M. Bodah wrote in the Summer 2008 issue of New England Home’s Cape & Islands, “The owners of this Cape Cod vacation home came away from the 2003 romantic comedy Something’s Gotta Give with a crush… on the house Keaton’s character lived in. The couple thought the movie house, a classic Shingle-style home with open, airy rooms and lots of light, epitomized the casual elegance they wanted. 104 Special Advertising Section

“The couple’s architect, Hingham, Massachusettsbased architect Sally Weston, understood why it so charmed them. ‘The couple wasn’t looking for a carbon copy so much as a house that offered the same relaxed yet stylish feel,” says Weston. ‘They wanted it to be timeless, inside and outside, so that twenty years from now it’ll still feel great.’ “The low-slung, gambrel-roofed house is, indeed, timeless, with its red cedar shingles just beginning to weather. The palladium window above the front entry adds to the traditional feel and balances out the oval accent windows on either side of the door… With its lovely setting and gracious, relaxed ambience, the home is, indeed, a star.” At Sally Weston Associates, all of our work reflects a deep commitment to architecture inspired by creativity, flexibility and thoroughness. Visit our Online Design Center profile on

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Sally Weston Associates 222 North Street â&#x20AC;˘ Hingham, MA (781) 749-8058

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Over the past 25 years, TMS Architects has been successfully guiding clients through the design and construction process, translating dreams into built reality. By listening carefully, we develop your ideas into hand-rendered sketches and then transform those sketches into your home; a special place which meets your functional needs, is sensitive to the environment and possesses long-lasting aesthetic beauty. The firm was co-founded in 1984 by John Merkle and William Soupcoff. These two founding principals, along with new partners, Shannon Alther and Robert Carty, and a talented team of project managers and administrative staff, make up TMS. The firm’s projects are initially designed by a principal who maintains direct involvement with that project from the beginning design through completion. The principals’ supervision ensures that TMS’s rigorous quality standards are consistently maintained. 106 Special Advertising Section

TMS Architects is proud of their decades-long commitment to sustainable design and can assist you with the process of incorporating green practices into your renovation, addition or new construction. We are committed to conserving resources, preserving natural habitats and utilizing building practices that have an immediate positive result on a building’s performance. Historic preservation has been an important part of our work as well, evidenced by the restoration of The Music Hall in Portsmouth and The Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, New Castle, New Hampshire. We know that dreams come in all sizes but all are very special. So, at TMS Architects, we start with a simple question…. what is your dream? Then we work with you every step of the way, turning these dreams into reality. Working together, we can make this creative experience as rewarding as your new home—regardless of the site or the size.

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TMS Architects 1 Cate Street • Portsmouth, NH (603) 436-4274 •

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Natural Elements The homeowners’ deep connection to their land on the Maine coast is the catalyst for a new house that makes the out-of-doors—no matter the season—a key facet of the design. TEXT BY KARA LASHLEY • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES R. SALOMON • ARCHITECTURE: ELLIOTT + ELLIOTT ARCHITECTURE • INTERIOR DESIGN: CHRISTINE CANTWELL, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN STUDIO • LANDSCAPE: DAVID EMERY • BUILDER: STROUDWATER CONSTRUCTION • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

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The design challenge: create a minimalist abode that would pay homage to the property’s history.


hen winter blows into New England, cloaking familiar landscapes in snow and ice, many of us retreat to the deepest, snuggest parts of our homes. It’s a seasonal urge: to ensconce oneself in overstuffed furniture and dark wood paneling, huddle around a massive stone fireplace and peek out at the snow from behind heavy drapes. At a new house on Maine’s Casco Bay, however, a different attitude prevails. Rather than keep the outdoors at arm’s length, this home’s residents sleep in a snowfield and dine amid icicle-laden branches. Here, winter is invited inside, in all its wonderful extremes. The homeowners aren’t actually out in the cold, of course. But thanks to their house’s inspired design—the work of Elliott + Elliott Architecture of Blue Hill, Maine—they’re as close to the elements as can be. Part classic Cape, part contemporary, their home welcomes winter—and

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the rest of the seasons, too—like few others. Longtime residents of this serene spot overlooking the bay, the homeowners had forged a deep connection to the property and the Cape Cod–style house that had stood there for more than a century. Yet, after several renovations over the years, they desired a more contemporary living space. For the couple’s design team, that made for an interesting challenge: to create a minimalist abode that would preserve a sense of the property’s history. “Respecting the memory of the site was very important to the clients,” says project architect Corey Papadopoli, who, with principal Matt Elliott, designed the shell of the house to do just that. In deference to the past, the architects based their design on the notion of “the archetypical Cape Cod house,” Papadopoli explains. Retaining the original home’s proportions and placement on

Bold artwork and flames from a glass-sided fireplace warm the home’s open living area. Facing page: Shapely Cassina sofas sprawl beneath the arc of a statuesque floor lamp.

White clapboards meet curved glass in a compelling dialogue between old and new. the site, and working around its mature gardens, they devised a new structure comprising three distinct volumes: the main house, a garage topped with a second-floor meeting space, and a master bedroom suite that veers off from the rest of the house at a 40-degree angle, to best take in the water view. Pure white, with little detailing to distract from its simple form, the new house is a pared112 New England Home January/February 2010

down version of its predecessor—at least in part. Into that traditional framework, Papadopoli incorporated “a new vocabulary of glass elements, which,” he explains, “would set the volumes apart and introduce a contemporary component.” In a compelling dialogue of old and new, traditional white clapboards meet a curved glass wall as it circumscribes the main living area, opening the entire space to the outdoors. The dining room and master bedroom reside in their own glass “prisms,” immersed in the landscape on three sides. These transparent expanses make it easy to forget, for a moment, whether you’re outside or in. Given its architecture, “the house called for a clean, transparent interior,” says interior designer Christine Cantwell, of Industrial Design Studio in Portland. The open-plan first floor—which includes the kitchen plus living, dining and sitting

Joining the main house and master bedroom suite, a curved glass wall blurs the boundary between indoors and out. Right and below: Traditional punched windows shed additional light on the home’s glass staircase and sleek kitchen.

areas—has an elemental simplicity. Walls and kitchen cabinetry (from Italian manufacturer Boffi) gleam white as snow. The flames of a glass fireplace seem to spring directly from a stone floor. A glass staircase, which leads to two guest bedrooms, calls to mind stacked blocks of ice. Construction-wise, achieving such a streamlined look wasn’t at all simple, Papadopoli notes. “There’s a lot of very custom work in this house and they took it all in stride,” he says of the builders, Portlandbased Stroudwater Construction. For Cantwell, the interiors were as much about playing with light as with materials and finishes. “The design of the house made it possible to feel that we were working directly with light,” she says. “The subtle color palette and surface textures allowed us to capture light or help it to travel in dynamic ways.” The glass staircase, for example, cre-

“There is great pleasure in experiencing the interior and the garden simultaneously.” ates prismatic effects on the wall at certain times of day. Indeed, as Papadopoli puts it, the entire house becomes “a receptacle for light.” But how does one furnish a home that’s all light and landscape? Sparingly and thoughtfully, according to Cantwell. “There is great pleasure in experiencing the interior and the garden simultaneously,” she says, whether the latter is blanketed in snow or filled with brilliant blooms and greenery. “This required restraint when specifying colors and furniture so that the interior could make room for nature.” With minimalism as their guide, designer and clients methodically selected the furniture, culling many pieces from Montage, the contemporary furniture showroom in Boston. “In this house, where there are curvilinear as well as rectangular geometries, we were interested in the sculptural qualities of the furniture and how it existed in relation with the architecture,” Cantwell says. At 3,500 square feet, “it is a house that feels appropriately scaled for gatherings or for solitude,” she adds. “This is an intelligent house, with plenty of space around things. Furniture and objects can ‘breathe.’ Because I have an industrial design sensibility, the sense of space and form that this house afforded made it very special.” And it wasn’t just the design team who recognized that this project was something special. Completed last June, the house received a 2009 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ New England chapter, which lauded it as “a clever twist on the New England vernacular.” Clever it is, and respectful, too. Besides its architecture, it keeps the memory of the original house alive—literally—in its landscaping. The existing gardens, which the owners had cultivated for years, were carefully protected during construction, and many of the plants that once surrounded the old house now bloom outside the new. It’s hard to imagine at this time of year, but from the white-on-white austerity of winter comes a riot of color in spring and summer, when azaleas replace snow outside the master bedroom and leafy branches enclose the dining nook. Though it may find its most minimalist expression in winter, this is truly a house for all seasons. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 195.

In the master suite (this page and facing page bottom), stone-covered walls give the bath a sense of enclosure. Facing page top: Conversely, the abundant use of glass opens the master bedroom to the outdoors and a view of the bay beyond.

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Cottage Cozy A designer’s own tiny Boston home mixes color, texture, antiques and a bit of whimsy to create a snug retreat that’s a blend of English comfort and Danish classicism. TEXT BY STACY KUNSTEL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN GRUEN • INTERIOR DESIGN: LISE DAVIS • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER


own the fairest of Beacon Hill’s cobbled streets, a lane so narrow two carts could not pass at once, a faint whiff of wood smoke curls from the chimney pot of a cottage hidden behind a worn, iron-fitted gate. As snow lacily fills the crevices between worn ballasts, an early evening glow rises from the streetlamps. • Beyond the gate, a humble courtyard offers refuge from the wind and a glimpse inside the fairytale setting of decorator Lise Davis’s elfin-size abode. • In the main room— and there is just one main room—fire glow licks at the apricot-colored strie walls, causing a collection of Staffordshire spaniels to cast long shadows into the recesses of the bookcase where they reside. A Stark rug embroidered in blue and white stretches beneath a skirted round table that tonight holds neat stacks of art and decorating books, but tomorrow will seat dinner for four. In front of the bookcase, a pair of armchairs upholstered in light blue invite curling up with a glass of wine to watch the snow trickle down outside the trio of twelve-over-

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The cottage’s original delft tiles still surround the fireplace, whose mantel was faux marbled by a friend of designer and homeowner Lise Davis. The painting above the mantel once hung in Davis’s childhood home in Denmark. Facing page: In the tiny hallway, painted chicken wire over wallpaper forms the backdrop for a bust of Davis as a child.

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Davis added the bookcases and had the beams in the cottageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main room painted. Favorite pieces include custom easy chairs on their second set of upholstery, a ďŹ&#x201A;amestitch-covered eighteenth-century English chair and the John Andersen chandelier.

Ensconced in such English comfort, visitors could be tricked into thinking they’ve retreated to the Cotswolds for a long weekend. twelve paned windows. Ensconced in such English cottage comfort, visitors could be tricked into thinking they’ve retreated to the Cotswolds for a long weekend. For twenty-five years Davis has made this handful of rooms her Boston abode. The finely decorated living room, bedroom, bath, kitchen—and an upstairs office not on the official tour—have served as her decorating workshop. Through her decades as a top antiques dealer on Charles Street (she owned James Billings with her late husband) to her current role as a decorator for clients on Beacon Hill and beyond, Davis has adorned the cottage with her collections, fine antiques and family memorabilia, and embellished it with just the right stripes, florals and patterned papers to create a lovingly cozy space. When she moved in, in the early 1980s, her first tasks were to remove modern-looking mirrors from the walls and add color. “You can’t make it any bigger than it is,” she says, eschewing the idea of trying to reflect more space into what was probably once a servant’s quarters. “And I hate white. Sure, in a modern high-rise it’s lovely, but not in a cottage. I had white walls for six months once. I couldn’t stand it. It was so cold and boring.” In a lilting English accent, Davis, who is Danish by birth, says, “You have to be terribly organized to live in such a small space.” Stacks of magazines in Lucite holders lie across the window seat overlooking the courtyard, and collections of blue and white china sit in tidy rows across the mantel. Papers are hidden away in her father’s former desk facing the window seat. “When you live in a house without cupboards you need drawers,” she says. A tiny embroidered pillow hanging from a lamp reads, “Dull women have immaculate homes.” Perhaps she’s shoved all the detritus of life into the office upstairs, as the witty Davis is anything but a bore. After starting her first shop in Bath, England, she and her husband moved to London, where the majority of their customers came from Boston and New York. “We motored around America trying to figure out where we wanted to live,” she says. “Everyone told us we must go to Boston for great antiques. So we opened a shop on Charles Street in 1982. We 120 New England Home January/February 2010

A sword carried by Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great-great grandfather, a pasha in the Egyptian army, stands in the hallway. Facing page top: Flora danica prints, blue-andwhite lamps and an antique mirror hug one wall of the main room. Facing page bottom: Lise Davis in her courtyard.

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specialized in English furniture, and started bringing over Danish furniture before it was popular.” In her home, Davis generously mixes English furniture with fine examples of eighteenth-century Danish design. Art also abounds. A favorite painting derided by friends as the ugliest piece they’ve encountered hangs on the wall opposite the bookshelves. It recalls a time and place in Davis’s heart on her first visit to Provence, and she revels in the critiques. A pastel portrait by the well-known Danish artist Johannes Krogh sits above a painted Danish bureau. In the painting, Davis’s stepmother reclines in a chair next to the same table that now sits between the two armchairs. Of the table, a Delft tile-topped piece that the painter John Andersen updated with new paint for a show house Davis participated in years ago, Davis says, “You can 122 New England Home January/February 2010

Brunschwig et Fils paper and fabric cloak the bedroom. Facing page top: In the bedroom, a two-legged gold-leafed table leans against the wall near Davis’s favorite corner cupboard. Facing page bottom: The tiny kitchen is big on display. Davis keeps pots and china sorted by color.

have drinks like mad on it and it will still be fine.” The kitchen—just big enough to turn around in— is organized by types of china on display along the open shelves as there is nary a cabinet save a pine hutch. Coffee cups hang on hooks and an eighteeninch-wide range is just enough. A tiny under-counter refrigerator replaced a full-size one years ago. A shelf in the one-stride-long hall between the living area and the bedroom holds a bronze bust of Davis as a child. The backdrop of library book wallpaper overlaid with painted chicken wire adds a touch of country whimsy to the elegant setting. In her bedroom—the only place in the house with a corner (other walls bump up to windows or doors)—hangs her favorite piece, a wooden corner cabinet she had from her first shop in Bath. She sold it to her daughter’s godmother, but bought it back

when it came up for auction after her death. “It’s an eighteenth-century Japanned chinoiserie from England,” she says. “I simply love it.” A sash of Laura Ashley fabric hangs like a canopy over the head of the bed against the matching headboard, duvet and wallpaper Davis first used in another show house. “I bought that fabric eighteen years ago at Laura Ashley,” she says, which only proves that good taste well exeTo see more of this home tune in to NECN’s New England Dream House Suncuted stands the test of time. “Some day, January 10, at 10:30 a.m. Host Jenny of these younger people, they don’t Johnson and Kyle Hoepner, editor-inhave curtains or color. They may chief of New England Home, will take laugh at [Mario] Buatta, but it’s cozy. viewers on a tour. The show will also air January 10 at 7:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m, on “Especially in the winter, this is a January 11, 14, 19 and 27. You can see the nice, snug little place to live.” • story online at Resources For more information about this home, see page 195.

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The dining room’s convex mirror doubles the chandelier’s allure. The extendable custom table is by Harris Rubin. Facing page left: The powder room sink is an additional contemporary note. Facing page right: Dakota Jackson’s side chair and a vintage ashtray look elegant in the home’s entry.

HIGH HONORS Restored to its 1920s glamour but updated with a sense of contemporary ease, a penthouse in Boston’s Back Bay reigns over its 360-degree cityscape. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM GRAY • ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN: HACIN + ASSOCIATES • CONTRACTOR: CORDIS MANAGEMENT • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

Is it because you’ve nothing above but sky? Or is it that the world sits so far below? Either way a penthouse has a singular magic. Perched at the very top of a vintage 1920 building in Boston’s Back Bay, this one seems particularly in sync with the heavens. • It hasn’t always been that way. It took a finely calibrated collaboration between Boston architect David Hacin and his team and the clients to bring the 3,200-square-foot home to this airy point. A product of the times, yesterday’s penthouse was broken into a warren of low-ceilinged rooms. Spectacular 360-degree city views popped up at every window, but overall the apartment felt confined—a city capsule. • The new owners, with daughters grown, were downsizing, making the shift from a large suburban house to an urban address. For years, they’d hunted for a building with the correct character and amenities. Having built a number of houses in the past, they recognized the potential here on their initial visit. • Still, their vision for the future was not of the traditional moldings and materials sort. Instead, they and their architect imagined clean rooms that would riff on the building’s age and maximize the vistas. “We aimed to open it up and make it light and bright,” says the wife. “I told David to think of it as a jewel box. We January/February 2010 New England Home 125

Phillip Gabrielliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painting in the study looks down upon a curvaceous vintage chair. The anigre ceiling builds warmth. Facing page: A sculptural lamp heightens the living roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernity.

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The living room’s tray ceiling lifts the eye and amplifies space. Above the limestone and marble hearth, custom sconces flank French artist Charlotte Culot’s painting. Snowy leather-upholstered salon chairs face off with a Holly Hunt sofa.

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wanted it to be sleek but warm, too, with maybe a tiny dash of ’20s glamour.” A gut renovation was the answer. Hacin swept the past away and reconfigured the layout. “Because it was a top floor,” he explains, “we could reframe and capture additional ceiling height while also integrating the mechanical systems.” Throughout the apartment, a rhythm of anigre panels accents the new vertical proportions. Custom stained oak floors flowing from room to room in an unbroken wave contribute continuity. It’s obvious that having one team—architects Hacin and Aaron Weinert along with interior designers Kate Kelley and Jennifer Clapp—handle both architecture and interior design was key. Architecture and materials developed together result in a harmonious whole. But Hacin is quick to acknowledge that “creative clients who could join in the give and take,” also account for the much of this project’s success. The contemporary, light-washed rooms unfold one onto another, maintaining a similar palette. But ever so subtly, a wealth of textures keeps the lid on cold. Visitors stepping off the elevator into the foyer sense a welcoming warmth. The anigre millwork gives the space a natural glow. And if guests look up while shedding their coats—and how could they not?— the Italian light fixtures blazing above make it clear that a high degree of design was Hacin and his clients’ plan. When they made their move, the owners brought along

Anigre cabinetry, granite counters, glass tile and steel maintain the contemporary theme. Facing page top: The informal dining area features a walnut slab table and a painting by Boston artist George Nick. Facing page bottom: The custom dining table incorporates intricate bronze and wooden butterďŹ&#x201A;y key inlays.

THE PANORAMIC VIEWS ARE FOREVER PRESENT, BUT THE TAILORED MASTER SUITE REALLY SEEMS TO FLOAT ABOVE THE CITY. their art and little else. All the streamlined furnishings and fixtures were carefully chosen as the process evolved. Nothing is superfluous, from the living room’s hand-forged fire screen and two-tier coffee table to the stunning hand-crafted claro walnut table in the kitchen. Nymphenburg sculptures appear now and then as visual bonuses. And sumptuous custom rugs and drapes—all integral to the plan—conspire to underline the aesthetic and raise the comfort factor. The graceful floor plan slides the bedrooms to the left of the entry. The open-natured public rooms parade to the right. The astute Hacin has made certain every space is as comfortable for the couple when they’re alone as it is functional when friends and family gather. The dining room yields both a formal table resting beneath a delicate polished chrome chande132 New England Home January/February 2010

lier (at night, a petite galaxy) and a smaller table for intimate meals by the window. The study’s paneling sets off a fireplace with a granite hearth and a handsome black back-painted glass surround. The fireplace—a draw for the couple as well as company—is one of four, each with a distinct personality. And if you’re wondering how the owners manage the domestic detritus like papers and magazines that haunt the rest of us, the meticulously crafted wall panels open at a touch revealing a wealth of storage. A graphic silk and wool carpet from Steven King lends the floor a sophisticated finish. The friendly kitchen sprawls at the design’s heart. Absolute black granite counters and anigre cabinets (the lower ones wear a pale paint finish) are, no surprise, coherent with the scheme.

The master suite’s platform bed— designed by Hacin + Associates with upholstery by Martel, Boston—parks in a niche beneath the glass headboard. Facing page: The master bath is joined by a dressing room.

In keeping with his philosophy that rooms have “swing functions,” Hacin chopped the original number of bedrooms from four to three to ensure the kitchen was also spacious enough for dining. Dedicated cooks and frequent entertainers, the owners find their one-level nest to be far more congenial than the home left behind. “In a big house,” says the wife, “you really only use some of the rooms. Now, we utilize every nook and cranny.” The panoramic views are forever present, but it’s the tailored master suite that really seems to float above the city. “It’s incredible,” says the wife. The handsome floor-length wool gabardine drapes frame the picture. The architect and his team designed the bed with a regal glass headboard that magnifies the bedroom’s luminous quality and underscores again the attention to detail.

Around the corner, the deluxe master bath never misses a beat. A sea of blush-colored Corinthian marble sweeps across the floor and up the walls. The counters are concrete—a material which surfaces again in the powder room. In the powder room, however, the beefy concrete sink is cleverly offset by a slab of smoky travertine marble. The stone cascades behind the sink, wrapping onto the floor. As effective as any bold patterns, the rich textures conjure elegance. In the end, everyone is happy with this glorious project. The architect is gratified to have worked with a couple who are literate in design. And, most important, the owners are content with their fully realized rooms. When asked if she would change anything, the wife’s answer is a simple and telling, “No.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 195. January/February 2010 New England Home 133

Taking the Long View One wise couple spent a year in their house before undertaking a re-do that gives it an open, contemporary feel while keeping the stylish details of its Victorian past. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS • ARCHITECTURE: PETE LACKEY, CHARLES R. MYER AND PARTNERS • INTERIOR DESIGN: RACHEL REIDER • BUILDER: S&H CONSTRUCTION • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

What was once a narrow front door is now a light-ďŹ lled double-height back entry, while a new front door opens onto the spacious foyer. Architect Pete Lackey introduced the clerestory windows to bring more light into the adjacent kitchen.

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Right and below: Dark grasscloth and jeweltoned accessories add dramatic impact to the neutral palette of the living room. Facing page: Multiple patterns and textures keep the formal dining room from being stiff or stuffy.


ne of the joys of homeownership lies in expressing ourselves through our surroundings. Our houses, whether old or new, traditional or modern, muted or colorful, tell the world how we live, what we treasure, who we are. Most of us can hardly wait to put our personal stamp on our living spaces. It is, after all, part of the process of turning a house into a home. The couple who bought this Boston-area Victorian had more patience—and perhaps wisdom—than the rest of us, though. They lived in their house for a full year, noting how they used the space and how the light flowed (or didn’t), thinking, planning and discussing before undertaking any serious renovating or redecorating. By the time they brought in the professionals, they had a good idea of what would be required to turn their house into the home of their dreams.

The whole team—architect Pete Lackey of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, firm Charles R. Myer and Partners; Dave Madden of S&H Construction, also in Cambridge; and designer Rachel Reider, who is based in West Roxbury, Massachusetts—was in on the project from the start. “The clients went about it smartly,” says Madden. “They felt the house out, gave a lot of thought to what they wanted. Then they interviewed construction companies at the same time as they interviewed architects. As the architect’s plans developed, we were able to give estimates. The clients could make sure they weren’t getting outside their budget or planning on things that wouldn’t work out for one reason or another.” Bringing a sense of openness to the house and improving the flow between rooms was a primary goal, says Reider. “The house had a lot of smaller rooms, and we wanted to make it more modern, more suitable for the homeowners.” Although the process involved substantial renovation, including replacing the entire heating and cooling system and adding radiant heat to the whole first January/February 2010 New England Home 137

“A lot of the original Victorian details were still intact. The owners felt strongly that we should keep as many of those

Reider re-stained the study’s original paneling in a warmer tone. A velvet window seat cushion and mohair sofa add to the room’s plush feel. Facing page top: The Romo wallpaper has a hint of shimmer. Facing page bottom: A cheerful powder room has a custom hand-hammered metal sink.

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The airy kitchen sports a black granite farmer’s sink and countertops paired with bright white cabinets. Facing page: Reider painted the original banquette white and had the table custom made to echo the curve of the wall and banquette.

floor and all the home’s bathrooms, Reider says the owners didn’t want to erase the home’s Victorian charm. “A lot of the original details, like stained-glass windows, ornate radiators, tile work and fireplace mantels, were still intact,” she says. “The clients felt very strongly that we should keep as many of those details as possible.” Most of the renovations to the three-story house were centered on the first-floor living spaces and second-floor bedrooms, says Lackey. The changes began with forging a new entry from what had been a back door. The main entrance now opens (via a porch addition) to a spacious hallway that draws the eye through the house to the former front entry. Lackey redesigned that old entrance, turning it into a doubleheight space that sits between two wide arches. Leaded glass windows fill the arches, keeping the Victorian sensibility while letting light flood the home’s interior. “I look at it as an excavation, if you will,” says the architect. “Rather than trying to coerce the house to do something new, we tried to reawaken it.” Reider’s palette for the hallway offers hints about 140 New England Home January/February 2010

the rest of the house with its combination of pale, soft neutrals and deep, rich color. Among her favorite elements in the space are the hanging lamps of mother of pearl. “They’re like little jewels,” she says. “They have a nice sparkle and an ambient glow.” Lackey played off the existing wainscoting and ceiling in designing the clerestory windows that bring light to the kitchen on the other side of the wall. “In modern life, we all go straight to the kitchen” he says. “I wanted to connect those two spaces, the hallway and the kitchen.” The old kitchen and its adjacent formal dining room were opened up to create a bright, spacious kitchen and family room with a casual dining area. The dining area, tucked into a curved nook, illustrates the clever use of existing details. The wainscoting and banquette, both original to the house, were revived with a coat of crisp white paint, and the dining table was designed and custom-built to echo the curve of the banquette. One of Reider’s challenges involved satisfying her clients’ different tastes. “He loves color—the bolder

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Left: The family room’s neutral walls, rug and larger pieces satisfy the wife’s penchant for soft tones, while colorful accents appeal to the husband’s love of color. Below: A small bath and closet became a roomy master bath. Facing page: Bronzes, soft blues and plums make the master bedroom a soothing retreat.

the better—and she could do the whole house in beiges, creams and whites,” the designer says. “I had to find a happy compromise.” In the kitchen and family room, she made both clients happy by starting with a neutral base—white cabinets and earth tones for the walls, rug and larger furniture—and adding bright pops of color in throw pillows, artwork and the dining chairs. Across the hall from the kitchen sits a more formal dining room. Formality, though, notes Reider, is a relative term. As posh as this room is, with its deep burnt orange and aubergine color scheme, there’s nothing stiff about it. The silk fabric covering the softy rounded walls, the cut velvet chairs with their circular pattern and the drapes trimmed with a paisley-patterned fabric all conspire to bring a sense of deep comfort without fussiness. The living room and study that round out the first floor have a similar feeling of plush warmth. In both rooms, dark walls (brown grasscloth in the living room and wainscoting and cabinetry in the study) are matched with soft neutrals and hits of 142 New England Home January/February 2010

bright jewel tones. Second-floor renovations included almost as much structural work as the first floor, says builder Madden. “There was just this gaggle of hallways and rooms and closets,” he says. “We took out a huge number of walls, which required adding structural beams.” Now the second floor holds a generous master suite and two spacious guest rooms. Reider played up the master bedroom’s rounded walls with a custom-designed curved headboard and round nightstands, and gave the space a soothing palette of taupe accented with soft blues, plums and bronzes. The homeowners moved to temporary quarters for the year or so it took for the renovations to be completed. An inconvenSee more @ ience, to be sure, but a small price to pay for comFind before-and-after ing home to a house that photos showing the is, at last, their own. • amazing tranformation Resources For more information about this home, see page 195.

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Benson, a champion of high-performance, sustainable homebuilding, was a forum on building better, more sustainable homes with viewpoints from different residential markets. The discussion pointed out that for a variety of reasons, home buyers are once again demanding energy efficiency, swinging the home-building pendulum back toward green ideas. “We in the industry have known about the need to build sustainably and how to do it since the 1970s. In the booming ’80s and ’90s it’s as if we forgot or wanted to forget, when energy became cheap again and homes were bought to be flipped, not owned. We allowed the building stock to deteriorate and to function at a fairly low level compared to what’s possible,” Benson says. He presented his philosophy for building sustainably, called OpenBuild, which focuses on building high-performance structures that can last 200 to 250 years, while creating flexible interior systems that can change as technology advances or as the occupants’ needs change. For example, a traditional home has many complex systems: plumbing, radiant heat, phone, cable, computer networks and more; tangled up with the exterior structure and insulation. The problem is you want the structure to last generations, yet it’s entangled with short-term propositions like computer lines and security wires. OpenBuild homes untangle those systems. Framing is distinct from sheathing and roofing; wiring, piping and ducting run through chases; and everything is organized. The mechanical systems are accessible so you can remove a panel to update or repair without ripping into and compromising the building’s structure. There are no interior partitions that structurally support the building, only interior columns, so the space plan of the building is separated Continued on page 162

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Surrounding a wildflower meadow, three houses give the family a beautiful, flexible vacation compound and a way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable design. To minimize energy demand, they created a super-tight building envelope and incorporated convection loops that create a heat chimney effect. Solar arrays on net metering provide clean energy while James Hardie fiber cement siding provides durability that will last generations. With absolutely no PVC piping and no VOC materials, indoor air quality is also improved. Reclaimed flooring from old mill buildings in the area adds beauty and a sense of history.




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ing, it gets sold back onto the grid. D&S employed many strategies to achieve that super-tight envelope, including foam insulation beneath the basement floor and Thermomass insulated concrete sandwich wall system in the foundation. They used advanced framing techniques to reduce thermal bridging, high-efficiency Icynene insulation in the walls and another layer of foam insulation outside the stud wall. They also designed a natural convection loop, pulling air in low and exhausting it out the cupola for a heat chimney effect, reducing the need for A/C. The materials: The client was careful

GREEN CHALLENGE: Develop a flexi-

ble family vacation compound where the owners can tailor the space and energy demand to fit a crowd of two to fourteen people at any given time. GREEN SOLUTION: Minimize energy demand by building three small energy-efficient houses, while maximizing energy capacity with sunlight-harvesting roofs. When the family visits, they have autonomous space, but when only Mom and Dad are there, they need only open up the 2,000square-foot studio instead of having to cool/heat 6,000 square feet. The approach: Lead designer Tim

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been dubbed the studio, cottage and carriage house and embrace a common wildflower meadow. The clients wanted a look that was authentically South Coast summer cottage, but cleaner and a little more modern.

The systems: While investigating alternative energy, D&S learned that if they reduced demand through super-efficient design and building techniques, the energy source is far less important because the load on the system is dramatically reduced. “As soon as we began to detail the envelope that way, the equation for evaluating geothermal became a ton less attractive but solar remained viable. The south-facing portion of the carriage house roof will have photovoltaic cells that will feed all three buildings, while the cottage and studio have solar thermal that will heat the hot water. I joke that once we had the envelope supertight, we could heat it with a cigarette,” says Hess. The photovoltaics are on net metering, meaning that if they’re not using all the energy they’re generatMARK TRUANT & ASSOCIATES PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANTON GRASSL/ESTO

Hess was very excited when the clients brought the three-home idea to Dewing & Schmid (D&S) and said they wanted to be as green as possible. Hess and his team set to work investigating alternative energy sources including geothermal, wind and solar.

“We nudged the aesthetic to be a little bit crisper and more austere than some of the frillier old-school cottages. We were respectful and reverent of that context but enjoyed the freedom to be more modern in some ways. Humility and dignity are attributes manifested by my favorite buildings, and this project balances them perfectly,” Hess explains.

in choosing interior materials including low-flow water fixtures, nonVOC paints, CFL and LED lighting. The project used locally sourced reclaimed flooring from old mill buildings in New Bedford, FSC-certified lumber, bathroom tiles from a local ceramist and both Paperstone and concrete countertops. For maximum efficiency, the windows are triple-glazed. The LEED concept of durability was satisfied with a prefinished aluminum roof and Hardie Board cementitious siding. To eliminate exposure to possible carcinogens, no PVC piping was used. The result: The studio, now com-

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Runtal North America For years, Runtal has been the favorite among architects and designers, but today those in the green movement appreciate the other aspects of Runtal more than ever: durability, energy efficiency and cleanliness. Runtal’s unique flattened tube design, combined with a rugged all-welded steel construction, allows for significantly increased heat transfer. In addition, a well-designed Runtal system allows for a smaller boiler and pump, and usually less piping. All this adds up to a green, comfortable, attractive and efficient heating system for surprisingly little more than the old-fashioned kind.



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from the structure of the building. If there is a need to rearrange the interior for future needs and families— for example if grandma moves in and the children move out—you never have to worry about moving a wall or changing the floor plan. “When the systems live independently of each other, they can be installed independently, upgraded and changed independently. If we’re going to build long-lasting, high-performance buildings as an American standard, then we need to think about them as having a long-term side and a short-term side. The important longterm building attributes should not be sacrificed for the short-term attributes,” Benson explains. “The analogy I use is: it’s the difference between a theater and a stage. The theater will be there forever, but the stage has many acts and plays. You design one for long term, and the other so it can change and adapt and flex beyond the need of any one play.” The philosophy grew naturally out of Bensonwood’s historical roots as a timber framing company, and all their homes are OpenBuild homes. There are two that have gained some measure of notoriety because they are both LEED platinum and both are net zero homes, meaning they do not consume any more energy than they can generate. Both employ the OpenBuild concept, an extremely tight building envelope and a lot of building science to prevent any violation of the envelope, much like a pinprick in a balloon. They employ solar thermal for hot water and substantial solar photovoltaic arrays which more than power the home’s needs. They also use a unique heating/cooling unit called an air source heat pump. It extracts enough heat for buildings where the heating requirements are quite small. “When you get into building real high performance structures, it does-

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Stephen Kelleher Architects Stephen Kelleher Architects and kWind, Inc., in collaboration with Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, have permitted and constructed more than ten wind turbines, ranging in size from 10kW to a 250kW with a price tag of $1.1 million on Nantucket. This collaboration also includes $5,000,000+ of solar arrays, including projects at Boston Public Schools and the Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant. Many of their projects, including the shingle-style bathhouses at Horseneck Beach in Westport, Massachusetts, utilize green strategies such as natural ventilation, daylighting, water conservation, composting toilets, sustainably harvested wood and indigenous plantings. These projects will be incorporated into the firm’s first water-view activesolar home to be built in early 2010.



n’t take a whole lot of energy to run them,” Benson says. One is the Bright Built barn in Maine, created in partnership with Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland, Maine, and the homeowner. Built as an adjunct studio to the original home, this one actually generates more energy than it can use, and sends the excess electricity to the main house. The other is in Unity, Maine, built for three purposes: the Unity College president’s home, classrooms and board conference center. “It has walls that can move in ten minutes, others that can be demounted and remounted in hours, so the whole place can be reconfigured to be one thing or another depending on the need very easily. Everything is open, accessible, demountable and reconfigurable in ways that our typical homes aren’t. This project really gave us the chance to explore the edges of our concepts,” Benson says. Choosing which products to use for those projects can be difficult if you’re not an expert. BuildingGreen, LLC assesses green claims and maintains a database of products that meet their high standards. Alex Wilson, BuildingGreen founder, noticed a few interesting trends and products at this year’s Greenbuild with water conservation at the center. “Five of the major plumbing manufacturers have transitioned manufacturing to produce nothing but 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM) faucets for the lavatory as opposed to the 2.2 GPM flow rate allowed by law,” Wilson reports “In the shower, a 2.5 GPM maximum flow rate is allowed, but American Standard has introduced a FloWise shower head with a variable flow rate of 1.5 GPM as the default. The user can boost it to 2.0 GPM when needed, such as rinsing shampoo. I find it interesting that it requires an action by the user to boost

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Wolfers Lighting Wolfers’ new Green Zone in the Allston store gives customers one place to explore and learn about new and rapidly changing green lighting options. Lighting experts will help you cut through the watts versus lumens confusion, and help you choose the right green, sustainable lighting solution for the right location. Here you’ll find proven technologies and factual information on everything from compact fluorescents to halogens to LEDs so you can compare technologies. Large displays help you visualize how energy-efficient lighting sources can work in your home, office or store. You’ll also find beautiful new fixture designs, proving once again that green can be gorgeous.

Woodmeister Master Builders Woodmeister’s mission and passion for a sustainable world extends throughout the company—from the shop floor to their clients’ homes. The company is strongly committed to incorporating state-of-the-art green technologies and strategies in order to build clean, safe, efficient and ecologically conscientious homes. As part of the company’s commitment to rational sustainability, Woodmeister pledges to preserve one square foot of timberland for every square foot of new buildings they construct or remodel. Woodmeister is leading the way into a future of responsible environmental stewardship. They invite you to experience the Woodmeister difference.



flow, rather than an action to decrease use. Plus, conserving water saves energy in heating water, one of the largest electricity users in the home.” Other interesting products gaining traction are heat pump water heaters, which more than double the efficiency of standard water heaters that use an electrical element to heat water directly. Wilson chose the Rheem heat pump as one of their top ten products of the year. It works like a refrigerator in reverse, extracting heat from the air, intensifying it with a compressor and transferring it to the water. “For every BTU of electricity coming in, it produces two BTUs out. I think we’ll see increased use due to Energy Star requirements.” Window technology is another area of exciting change that contributes to a tighter building envelope. Serious Window has introduced a line of next-generation windows they say is up to four times better than any other Energy Star window. It has two panes of glass with layers of totally transparent plastic film with low-E coating suspended in between. They can achieve an R-10 value, compared to the R-4 of a standard insulated glass window. “I am hoping it will lead a real revolution in window technology in North America. This type of triple glazing has been used in Europe since the seventies,” says Wilson. When you’re ready to explore your next green building project, get the real scoop on green products at Also check out, launched at the Greenbuild conference. It’s the USGBC’s newly revamped Web site for homeowners to connect with professionals, find “how to” articles and get timely, objective information from green building experts. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Greenbuild 2010, November 17–19 in Chicago.n

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time; it also minimizes mold- and mildew-causing moisture that can often accompany air leakage. The air barrier created by Icynene minimizes outdoor pollutants entering the house.

NEH: So Icynene can help reduce energy costs? BA: Yes—by up to 50 percent in some cases. If we’re cutting someone’s heating costs in half, they’re burning half the amount of oil or using half the amount of gas, therefore cutting back on their overall carbon footprint.

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the sofa with a world-class hangover. A wall of problems looms overhead: war, poverty, disease, global warming, nuclear proliferation—each one a brick set by some devilish mason. How do we design our way over or around or through this wall? Where are the leaders going to come from? A growing number of academics, such as David Kelley at Stanford University, are proposing a new leadership model that advocates training CEOs, statesmen and other leaders in the rightbrained art of “Design Thinking.” If most leadership in the world today is based on “command and control,” the new model is far more creative and collaborative. This new generation of leaders will understand that all kinds of people need to be brought to the table. They will understand that multiple viewpoints are essential to any solution and they will insist on getting them. Of course, New England designers and architects already work within this model. They know the homeowner is just one stakeholder in any project, and that many others—the historical and conservation commissions, the neighborhood association, the alternative energy engineering consultants, the rug importer, the antiques dealer, the all-important mason— need to have a sense of pride and ownership, too. The world is ready for Design Leadership. With this new approach, that big wall of problems may not be so insurmountable after all. 172 New England Home January/February 2010

Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors in Boston is a design thinker who finds himself baffled by design stupidity. “When my clients buy into large multi-unit high rises they’re enchanted by the views, the location, the newness and the appliances. They think they don’t have to do a thing except to pick out a sofa. And then I have to tell them, ‘Let’s do the dirty work first.’ The construction is often completely Michael Ferzoco thoughtless, and the details that should be there aren’t. For example, in the dining room there’s no wiring for a chandelier. The door swings the wrong way, hitting the lights switches behind it. And why is it that on entering the kitchen my client has to circumvent an enormous island before she can put down her groceries?” • • • Satisfying the client may mean getting her to delay gratification—no sofa picking until the dirty work’s done. Or it may mean surprising her with some custom pillows at the end of the job. Designer and 2009 New England Design Hall of Fame inductee Gary McBournie of Boston is teased by other designers for his obsessive frugality; he warehouses and labels every workroom scrap for later use. “I often take scraps of fabric and mix them together for pillows. Occasionally I give them to my clients as a thank you.” McBournie’s clients appreciate the evidence that he’s being extra careful with their money. Client Mother Earth is delighted when anything is reused rather than tossed. And McBournie enjoys some satisfaction as well. That’s three “clients” made happy, despite the good-natured teasing. • • • Designers often say their work is about “giving the client what they want.” Well, okay, but real design thinkers can drill much farther down. Sharon McCormick of Durham, Connecticut, found some foyer tile called River Rock that reminded her of the rocky beach at the end of her clients’ street. “They were a little leery at first. Now, whenever someone enters the home, the first comment is, ‘I love this floor.’ It wasn’t a material my clients would have chosen on Sharon McCormick their own, but working with a designer gave them the confidence to be true to their own style.” Indeed, a Design Leader will help make the entire citizenry true to its own style. • • • Citizenry by design means respect for the neighbors. “Beacon Hill, where I live, is a wonderful community, but its close quarters can be a challenging environment in which to renovate,” says designer Gregory Van Boven. “On a recent project, my client met early on with her neighbors, describing her plans and what they might expect as our work progressed. I gave the neighbors advance notice when I knew the work might be disruptive. That degree of respect gained

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and hostess chairs. On the guest chairs there’s Old World Weavers chenille in lichen green. And if you step away from the table you can admire the carved shells of the chair backs and the Jim Thompson striped silk in a greenSally Wilson tinged gold with cream.” The result is a narrative of color, pattern and texture far richer than beige on beige. • • • The world itself is rich in this layering of colors, patterns and textures. Design Thinking recognizes this fact. The new Design Leaders of the world will make the most of this notion. • Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to

New and Noteworthy The gritty whaling town of New Bedford, Massachusetts, has transformed itself into a beacon of New England’s Creative Class. Accelerating the trend are local ceramists Charlie Barmonde and Seth Rainville who have teamed up to open a new showroom quite rich in overlays of complexity: the Navio Artisans Collective. Richard Gere got one. Seiji Ozawa got one. And now landscape design maestro Shin Abe of Zen Associates in Woburn, Massachusetts, has one: the Japan Society Award for Distinguished Cultural Achievement. His work is based on the concept of “oriental asymmetrical dynamism,” by which he says, “one can create many diverse emotions,” which often translates into painstaking work, such as setting a ton of garden stones one by one, all by hand. Ever-expanding Woodmeister Master Builders based in Holden, Massachusetts, has opened an office on Bellevue Avenue near the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport. And the Wall Street Journal just picked the 150-person firm as one of the Top Small Workplaces in America. Does this mean Newport staffers get to play mixed doubles on their breaks? Founder and CEO Ted Goodnow isn’t telling, but he does offer that “southern Rhode Island, with its abundance of historic homes and tradition of preservation, is a natural market for our restoration and remodeling services.”

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very own JONATHAN ADLER store, so you can bet we were thrilled to help celebrate the opening of the Newbury Street shop. We were equally delighted to help MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS celebrate the beginning of their partnership with the very worthy Room to Dream Foundation, a Boston-based foundation that creates healing environments for chronically ill children and their families. D SCALE, one of our favorite Boston shops, held a preview party to welcome Polaris, the Italian line of fine furniture. We loved the furniture, of course, but another highlight was the exhibit of photos of Italy by Topsfield, Massachusetts, photographer Eric Roth, whose work is often seen on the pages of New England Home. Getting our first taste of holiday spirit was easy at SHREVE CRUMP AND LOW’s Festive Table 2009. Top local designers used Shreve’s fine china, crystal and giftware to create table settings Should your party be that inspired us to new heights in here? Send photographs planning our seasonal entertainor high-resolution images, ing. The event raised money for with information about the event and the people in the the Boston Living Center and photos, to New England Home, the Greater Boston Food Bank. 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Happy anniversary to the Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail images and information to pbodah@nehome


ber thirteen with a bigger-and-betterthan-ever show at the Cyclorama featuring more than forty artists from the U.S. and Europe. The preview party doubled as a fundraiser for the Handel and Haydn Society. The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation was the beneficiary of J. TODD GALLERIES’ opening party for its exhibit of paintings by Peter Rolfe. The Maine native’s lush landscapes helped soften our entry into another New England winter.

INTERNATIONAL FINE ART SHOW From left to right: Robin Starr, Colleene Fesko and Marilee Meyers • Tony Fusco and Jim Alexander

SHREVE, CRUMP AND LOW From top to bottom: Susan McDonough and Dennis Duffy • Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan and David Walker • Eric Jacobs, Michael Barnum and John Berenson • Olivia and Antonella Walker

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J. TODD GALLERIES From left to right: Dan Kravitz, Bob Totaro and Todd and Kim Sansoucy • Peter Rolfe and New England Home’s Kim Sansoucy • J. Todd Galleries’ Phyliis and Bob Totaro

JONATHAN ADLER From top, left to right: Donna Montgomery and Bryan Rafanelli • Jeannie Vincent, Adrienne Comoletti and Liana Petterson • Jonathan Adler with New England Home’s Janelle Driscoll, Katie Dammann, Erin Marvin and Leslie MacKinnon • John Ross and Robin Hauck

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160 dealers with antiques from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, including Federalist and Victorian furniture, European and Asian ceramics, china, sterling silver, art, estate jewelry, collectibles and antique toys. Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, Mass.; (781) 862-4039; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.; $8

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House/New England Home Episode Join New England Dream House host Jenny Johnson and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner for a tour of the Lise Davis 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 January 11, 14, 19 and 27. The segment can be viewed on the Web at www. starting January 10

16 Greater Boston Antiques Festival Through January 17

One of the larger antique shows in the area, the festival will offer more than

R. Michelson Galleries Northampton, Massachusetts (413) 586-3964 20th Annual Children’s Illustration Show Through January 31 In this annual exhibit, illustrators are asked to create a drawing of their favorite book character in their own style, or draw one of their characters in their mentor’s style

Litchfield, Connecticut • (860) 567-5015 Group exhibition of Gallery Artists January 2–February 28 Painting, sculpture and works on paper including work by Chuck Connelly, Sol LeWitt, Jean Dubuffet, Tom Doyle and many others

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System Design William Reed, AIA, a nationally recognized sustainability expert, talks about the imperative to nurture a conscious understanding of the whole system of life-giving processes that shape the places we live in. Part of the Boston Society of Architects-Boston Public Library series. Boston Public Library-Copley Square, Boston; (617) 536-5400; www.; 6 p.m.; free

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A Symposium on Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England The half-day symposium, done in partnership with Boston University, will asses the nature of the domestic architecture experience in the region as seen in the exhibition examples. The history of the exhibition of architectural drawings in New England, the role that collection has played in the mission of the organization and the challenging of conserving architectural records will also be discussed. George Sherman Union, Boston University, Boston, (617) 227-3957, ext. 254; www.historicnew; 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; free

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Chase Gallery Boston • (617) 859-7222 Mixed Media Artist Cynthia Packard January 6–31 New work by Cynthia Packard

Judi Rotenberg Gallery Boston • (617) 437-1518 Netherworld January 7–February 6 Curated by Beth Kantrowitz and Kathleen O’Hara August Ventimiglia February 11–March 13 Solo exhibition of the artist’s work

McGowan Fine Art Concord, New Hampshire (603) 225-2515 www.mcgowan Love, Lust & Desire February 2–March 5 A group show of small, affordable works by more than sixty artists.

New Hampshire Expo Center, Manchester, N.H.; (978) 534-0587; www.homeshow; 1–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $8

23 BAEC Home and Garden Show Through January 24

A multitude of vendors from the home building, remodeling, interior decorating, energy savings and landscaping industries will exhibit at the Builders Association of Eastern Connecticut show. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.; (800) 294-7469; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $7

23 The DeCordova Biennial Through April 25

The DeCordova Biennial will sketch out the topography of the current artistic landscape to highlight the most pressing themes in contemporary art of this moment. DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Mass., (781) 259-8355; Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.;; $12

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Calendar exacting detail, but also created marvelous effects of light and color and a wide range and variety of textures. This exhibit features many of the artist’s works in American collections, grouping them with relevant works borrowed from abroad, and explores some of the technical aspects of his extraordinarily realistic still life paintings. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; (617) 267-9300;; 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Sat.–Tues., 10 a.m.–9:45 p.m. Wed.–Fri.; $17


Camellia Blooming Season at Lyman Estate Through March 7

Take a mini tropical vacation without leaving New England: visit the nineteenth-century camellia house, part of the Lyman Estate greenhouses, where the century-old trees will be in full blossom. Camellias propagated from the Lyman trees will be for sale. Cultivation of camellias was a serious pastime for Boston gentry at one point—and aren’t we glad. Lyman Estate, Waltham, Mass.; (781) 891-4882, ext. 244; www.historic; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; free


Freelon, FAIA, leaders of the internationally renowned team of architects chosen to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., discuss their collaboration and the winning design. Part of the Boston Society of Architects-Boston Public Library series. Boston Public Library-Copley Square, Boston; (617) 536-5400; www.architects. org/lectureseries; 6 p.m.; free


17th Annual Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show Through February 21

Showcasing more than thirty garden displays and more than 250 largerthan-life garden marketplace vendors, the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show attracts more than 30,000 people every year. This year’s theme is “Timeless Gardens.” Guest speakers, special events and children’s activities round out the fun. Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence; (401) 272-0980;; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.; $17


Authentic Designs

Through June 14

In an everyday environment usually saturated with a relentless stream of images and stimuli, moments of visual quiet can take on unexpected power. InVisible will feature work by artists such as Uta Barth, Christian Capurro, Joanne Lefrak, Janet Passehl and Jaime Pitarch (among others), working in a variety of mediums, who explore the line between visibility and invisibility and, in so doing, invite viewers to participate in a deeper act of looking. Mass MoCA, North Adams, Mass., (413) 6622111;; 11 a.m.–5p.m. (closed Tuesdays); $15


25 New England Home Show Through February 28

More than 350 vendors will be on hand for this mother lode of home improvement ideas—everything from flooring to lighting to swimming pools. Interactive cooking demonstrations from top local restaurants, a kid’s entertainment area and live furniture building round out this four-day event. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; (508) 823-0389;; noon–9 p.m. Thurs.–Fri., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.; $12 •

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Perspectives Fresh outlooks on design and resources


• Area designers share ideas for a warm winter’s nap • Wish List: Designer Jill Goldberg’s musthave home products for the new year

Zanzibar Bed by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt “I love the unusual mixture of the dark stained oak base and the cream lacquered top frame. It’s a contemporized, sophisticated version of a traditional four poster bed.” FROM WEBSTER & COMPANY, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 2619660, WWW.WEBSTERCOMPANY.COM


Provencal bed by The Peninsula Collection “I love the curvaceous opulence of this piece. It brings Old World beauty and sensuality to the sleeping space.” FROM KYUREO, PROVIDENCE, R.I. (401) 437-6677, WWW.KYUREO.COM


Ironies Bamboo Canopy Bed “I love this canopy bed that makes a perfect statement for the bedroom. With the mix of materials I can accomplish many different looks, be it contemporary or traditional. The refined detail of the metal bamboo achieves the feeling of natural materials.” FROM STUDIO 534, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 3459900, WWW.S5BOSTON.COM

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Tarrytown Chaise by Kravet Furniture “This chaise from Kravet’s Urban Collection has a clean, modern aesthetic. Its shapely curves entice you to stretch out and relax.” FROM FDO/KRAVET, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 338-4615, WWW.KRAVET.COM


Antique Empire Chairs “Every room should have a surprise element. For me it is often an antique piece to mix with the contemporary or traditional feel of the room. These circa 1810 chairs are finely handcarved, featuring griffins and arrows, with gilt accents on original light gray paint.” FROM FRENCH ANTIQUES DIRECT, NATICK, MASS., (508) 878-6270, WWW.FRENCHANTIQUES-DIRECT.COM


As his Providence store, Kyureo, reflects, Jay Wayne Luiz is drawn to both simplicity and over-thetop luxury. When it comes to the bedroom, he opts for more than a hint of indulgence. 186 New England Home January/February 2009

IMAX bedside table “A beside table worthy of Lestat! Antique mirrored glass, distressed knobs and plenty of storage—a triple threat in espresso.” FROM KYUREO

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Hepburn bedding by Matouk “The organic pod design is a great find among the endless floral choices out there. In a deep chocolate shade, it’s a luxurious seasonal change without overdosing on heavy color.” FROM WENDY BROWN LINENS, PROVIDENCE, R.I., (401) 4552337, WWW.WENDYBROWNLINENS.COM


Bristol Throw by Sferra “Made of alpaca and pima cotton, this throw is both lightweight and warm and comes in a range of beautiful colors. Its tailored look is softened by the hand-knotted fringe, making it a perfect accent piece for any bed or bedroom lounge chair.” FROM DOWN TO BASICS, BOSTON, (617) 267-DOWN (3696), WWW.DOWNTOBASICS.COM


Natick, Massachusetts–based designer Lynda Onthank, who is the current president of the New England chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, favors an elegant and timeless look for the bedroom. 188 New England Home January/February 2009

Antalya Naturale bedding “With its contemporary take on a traditional floral motif, this collection is a perfect compliment to almost any furniture style. And with its natural materials, it maintains a green philosophy.” FROM FRETTE, BOSTON, (617) 267-0500, WWW.FRETTE.COM


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Jill Goldberg, Boston As Jill Goldberg tells it, she spent her twenties “trying to be an actress in Los Angeles.” She found her true calling when she enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to study interior design. “When I finished school, I knew that design was where I was supposed to be,” she says. She headed back to her native New England and started her career working with Daniel H. Reynolds Architecture and Design in Boston. In 2001 she opened her own design firm, but it wasn’t long before she began to dream of opening a store. “I wanted a place where I could showcase the items I loved in an interesting way,” she says. Her shop, Hudson—which she describes as “traditional, country and vintage meet modern”—opened in 2006 and now has two locations, in Boston and Wellesley. “I guess I’ve had a lot of realizations about my career,” she says. “I’m waiting for the next one to arrive, but in the meantime I love my stores, and I love interior design.”




1 Ink Drawing of Whale by Don Carney “I love the fact that this image was hand-drawn. It’s a little different, a little kooky and instantly adds personality to any space it’s placed in.” FROM PATCH NYC, BOSTON, (917) 292-2640, WWW.PATCHNYC.COM.

2 Karsa Flamestitch Fabric “No more is the flamestitch your mother’s pattern from the 1970s. This updated design screams modern. There is something so rich and fun about this fabric. I’d use it in small doses, on an ottoman, pillow or small side chair.” FROM LEE JOFA, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 449-5506, WWW.LEEJOFA.COM

3 Deanna Wish Twig Chandelier “This piece, handcrafted from natural hickory branches and real twigs, takes you outside the box when it comes to rustic lighting. Whether over a dining table or in a foyer, it’s a real conversation starter.” FROM HUDSON, BOSTON, (617) 292-0900, AND WELLESLEY, (781) 239-0025, WWW.HUDSONBOSTON.COM

4 Martene Leather Chair “A leather chair is the equivalent of the little black dress—everyone should have one, in the living room, the den or even the bedroom. Sink into the buttery leather with a good book or good show and enjoy.” FROM MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS, BOSTON, (617) 266-0075, WWW.MGANDBW.COM


5 Nobilis Wood-Grain Wallpaper “This paper rocks! It makes me think of old Hollywood movies from the ’30s and ’40s that take place in Connecticut country homes. This paper, placed horizontally in a living room, adds instant warmth. Or try it in a small powder room.” FROM WEBSTER & CO., BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 261-9660, WWW.WEBSTERCOMPANY.COM

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1 Japanese traditions of structure and texture in textiles—tatami mats, quilts and kimono satins—provide inspiration for Sakura, new at Stark Fabric. Sakura’s versatile patchwork of micro-motifs would add a new dimension to traditional or contemporary interiors. BOSTON, (617) 3575525, WWW.STARKFABRIC.COM

3 We liked the new A. Rudin 647 Barstool at M-Geough so much that we borrowed it for our 2009 New England Design Hall of Fame photo shoot at the Boston Design Center. (After all, we needed something worthy of the design gurus who would grace its leather seat.) The 647 Barstool is available in custom sizes and fourteen finishes. BOSTON, (617) 451-1412, WWW.M-GEOUGH.COM

2 Know a man who won’t step foot in the kitchen? Take him to Poggenpohl, where he’s sure to feel welcome in the P’7340— the “Kitchen for Men.” This joint design of Poggenpohl and Porsche Design boasts a built-in LCD TV, high-tech AV system and sleek design . . . now just try getting him out of the kitchen. BOSTON, (617) 2365253, WWW.POGGENPOHLUSA.COM

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4 Stay warm with Hearthstone’s new Modena gas stove, available at Brassworks. Three glass sides reflect the flames from any angle, and the remote-controlled gas stove heats up to 1,300 square feet. (The stove can also operate without electricity, perfect for those not-so-rare winter power outages.) PROVIDENCE, R.I., (401) 421-5815, WWW.FINEHOMEDETAILS.COM

5 These bottles are just a small sampling of myriad new shapes and glazing techniques by award-winning ceramic artist Suzanne Hill. Find them at 60nobscot, a gallery/showroom of custom furniture, original artwork and handcrafted home accessories that’s tucked inside the restored barn at historic Mahoney Farms. SUDBURY, MASS., (978) 440-8066, WWW .60NOBSCOT.COM

6 Beacon Hill has long been an antiques mecca, and it’s here we found this pair of Directoire ormolu and patinated bronze candlesticks at Antiques Period Boston. Cast as classically draped male and female figures, each holds a vase issuing a single branch and sits on a raised circular plinth cast with figures of Medusa. BOSTON, (617) 973-6601, WWW.ANTIQUESPERIODBOSTON.COM



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7 Kiya, part of the new spring 2010 collection from Company C, proves that floral doesn’t have to be frumpy. The copperhued combination of over-twisted and thick-loop yarns is luxuriously comfortable in a way your grandmother’s rug never was. One hundred percent wool, tufted; available in multiple sizes. PORTLAND, MAINE, (888) 780-1232, WWW.

9 “As designers it’s our ambition to achieve design to which ‘nothing can be added and nothing can be taken away,’ ” says David Moser, lead designer at Thos. Moser. And the new Edo bed is just that: minimalist to the core. Magical, too: it was designed to appear as though it’s floating above the floor. FREEPORT, MAINE, (207) 865-4519, WWW.THOSMOSER.COM


8 This contemporary sconce from Authentic Designs comes by its industrial look honestly: it was created from an early French railroad station lantern. Made in brass, copper or terne metal (as shown), it comes in a variety of finishes and is built by hand on original vintage equipment. WEST RUPERT, VT., (800) 844-9416,

10Bring some bling into your home with Fred Red New York’s new Modern Hollywood collection of pillows, available at D Scale. Handmade of Italian leather, each oh-so-glamorous pillow features a buckle made of Swarovski crystals. And your color choices? Unlimited. BOSTON, (617) 426-1055, WWW.DSCALEMODERN.COM


11 As the entertaining season continues, the new Grand Cocktail Table by Dakota Jackson offers plenty of style as well as space for a party’s worth of festive concoctions. Available at Webster & Co., the modern masterpiece blends bold geometries with rich materials such as Macassar ebony and satin-rubbed sycamore. Boston, (617) 261-9660, www.webster 12 Fireplaces are a traditional way of heating the home, but now they don’t have to look traditional, thanks to the line of sleek, sophisticated (not to mention energy-efficient) gas fireplaces by SPARK Modern Fires that is available at EcoModern Design. BOSTON, (617) 261-0300, WWW.ECOMODERNDESIGN.COM

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Architects: Corey Papadopoli and Matt Elliott,

Architects: David Hacin and Aaron Weinert,

Elliott + Elliott Architecture, Blue Hill, Maine,

Hacin + Associates, Boston, (617) 426-0645,

(207) 374-2566,

Interior designer: Christine Cantwell, Industrial

Interior designers: Kate Kelley and Jennifer

Design Studio, Portland, Maine, (207) 780-

Clapp, Hacin + Associates.


Contractor: Cordis Management, Chelsea,

Contractor: David Cimino, Stroudwater Con-

Mass., (617) 889-6699, http://cordismanage

struction, South Portland, Maine, (207) 767-9111,

Millwork: Kochman, Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmak-

Structural engineer: Becker Structural Engi-

ers, Stoughton, Mass., (781) 573-1500, www.

neers, Inc., Portland, Maine, (207) 879-1838, Lighting designer: Peter Knuppel, Peter Knuppel Lighting Design, Sullivan, Maine, (207) 4226879. Landscape designer: David Emery, Freeport, Maine, (207) 865-3402. Pages 108â&#x20AC;&#x201C;110: Cassina sofas with integrated coffee tables designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, Metropolitan chairs by Jeffrey Bernett from B&B Italia, Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni for FLOS, Le Corbusier LC6 dining table, Mario Bellini chairs and coffee table by Warren Platner for Knoll International, all through Montage, Boston, (617) 451-9400, www.montageweb

Lamp: Peter Bloch

fabric from Brunschwig et Fils. Page 124: Mata Hari carpet from Fort Street Studio, New York City, (212) 925-5383,; custom dining table designed by Hacin + Associates, from Harris Rubin, Baltimore, Md., (410) 426-0062,; dining chairs by Dakota Jackson through Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, www.webstercompany .com, with Lee Jofa fabric, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506,; custom chandelier from Modulightor, New York City, (212) 371-0336,; sconces by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt through Web-


ster & Co.; mirror from Hudson Furniture, New

Page 111: Fireplace fabricated by Vancouver

York City, (212) 645-7800, www.hudson

Gas Fireplaces, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, (604); Nymphenburg sculpture on

732-3470,; Paola

table through E.R. Butler, Boston, (617) 722-

Lenti rug through Montage.


Pages 112â&#x20AC;&#x201C;113: Stone terraces laid by Freshwa-

Page 125: Custom concrete vanity designed by

ter Stone, Orland, Maine, (207) 469-6331,

Hacin + Associates, from Slab Lab, Holbrook,; kitchen by Boffi,

Mass., (617) 733-1240,;

Stormy Gray travertine from Stone Source,

Page 114: Charles bed by Antonio Citterio for

Boston, (617) 671-0900,;

B&B Italia through Montage.

custom light fixture from Blanche P. Field,


Self expression, vision, and quality craftsmanship

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Boston Design Center, (617) 423-0715, www; Zoffany wallcovering through The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,; MEM

Shop online or in one of our Retail Galleries.

faucet by Dornbracht through Billie Brenner, Boston Design Center, (617) 348-2858, www; foyer chair by Dakota

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Jackson through Webster & Co., art deco ash-

Interior designer: Lise Davis, Lise Davis Interi-

tray from clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collection; circa 1960 Italian

ors, Boston, (617) 367-9533.

chandeliers from John Salibello, New York City,

Pages 118â&#x20AC;&#x201C;119: Drapery, window seat and table

(212) 838-5767,

fabric by Brunschwig et Fils, Boston Design

Page 126: Cortina rug by Stile BK through

Center, (617) 348-2855,;

Steven King, Boston Design Center, (617) 426-

custom armchairs by McLaughlin Upholstery,

3302,; sconces from

Everett, Mass. (617) 389-0761, www.mclaughlin

Interieurs, New York City, (212) 343-0800,; rug from Stark Carpet,; custom sofa by Holly Hunt

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

through Webster & Co.; vintage chrome chair

from 1stdibs,, with Holly Hunt







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Resources fabric; recliner from Design Within Reach,

Partners, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 876-9062,

West Elm,, and Crate and

Boston, (617) 451-7801,

Barrel; coffee table from Crate and Barrel;

Page 127: Custom living room carpet from

Interior designer: Rachel Reider, Rachel Reider

hanging light from FDO Group, Boston Design

Stark Carpet, Boston Design Center, (617) 357-

Interiors, West Roxbury, Mass., (617) 942-2460,

Center, (617) 737-2800,;

5525,; floor lamp by

standing lamp from Visual Comfort through

David Weeks through Ralph Pucci, New York

Builder: S&H Construction, Cambridge, Mass.,

Neena’s Lighting; end table from Furn and Co.,

City, (212) 633-0452,; B&B

(617) 876-8286,

Boston Design Center, (617) 342-1500, www

Italia JJ High Chair through Montage, Boston,

Pages 134–135: Light fixtures from Oly Studio,; artwork from Jules Place, Boston,

(617) 451-9400,; Mous-

Berkeley, Calif., (775) 336-2100, www.olystudio

(617) 542-0644,; red lac-

son sofa by Holly Hunt through Webster & Co.,

.com; area rug from Landry and Arcari, Boston,

quer boxes from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams;

with Pierre Frey fabric through The Martin

(617) 399-6500,;

horn box from Oly Studio; console table from

Group; side table from Montage; custom

side table from Belle Maison, Newton, Mass.,

Plantation, Los Angeles, (323) 932-0511, www

draperies in Pierre Frey fabric by Finelines,

(617) 964-6455,; chairs; powder room wallpaper

Peabody, Mass., (978) 977-7357, www.finelines

from the Charles Stewart Company, Hickory,

from Cole and Sons at Lee Jofa; faucet from


N.C., (828) 322-9464, www.charlesstewart

Billie Brenner, Boston Design Center, (617) 348-

Pages 128–129: Custom rug from Stark Carpet;, with fabric by Pollack from

2858,; mirror from

Donghia, Boston Design Center, (617) 574-

Crate and Barrel; sink and vanity from Hydro-

9292,; lamps from Tracy

Therapy Supply, Boston, (617) 787-5000, www

Glover Studio, Providence, R.I., (401) 461-1560,, mirror from Gra-

Page 140: Hanging lights from Roman Thomas,

cious Home, New York City, (800) 338-7809,

New York City, (212) 473-6774, www.roman,.; backsplash tile from Discover Tile,

Page 136: Table from M-Geough, Boston

Boston Design Center, (617)- 330-7900, www

Design Center, (617) 451-1412, www.m-geough; sink and countertops from

.com; chairs from The Charles Stewart Compa-

Louis W. Mian, Boston, (617) 241-7900, www

ny with fabric by Pollack through Donghia; Fro-

mental wall covering from Webster & Co.,

Page 141: Hanging lamp from Roman Thomas;

Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660,

chairs from the Charles Stewart Company;; fabric on chairs

chair and banquette fabric from Kravet; table

from Pollack at Donghia, (617) 261-9660; drap-

from Holmes Antiques Fine Furniture, Sheffield,

coffee table from Harris Rubin; Lyle and Umbach fire screen from Furn and Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 342-1500,; custom sconces from Blanche P. Field; Ridgeback salon chairs from Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876, http://, with fabric from Cowtan and Tout through The Martin Group and Edelman leather through Webster & Co. Page 130: Custom dining table in claro walnut and cast bronze from BDDW, New York City, (212) 625-1230,; dining chairs from Design Within Reach; pendant lights by Artimede through Neena’s Lighting, Brookline, Mass., (617) 232-1900,;

ery fabric from Donghia, drapes fabricated by

Mass., (413) 229-2751, www.holmesfinefurniture

Dreamscapes of Boston, (617) 957-6733; Visual

.com; shades from Conrad Shades through M-

Comfort chandelier through Neena’s Lighting,

Geough; throw pillows from Donghia, Lulu DK

Brookline, Mass., (617) 232-1900, www.neenas

at Webster & Co. and Hable Construction,

Brooklyn, N.Y., (718) 834-1752, www.hable

Pages 132–133: Concrete for vanity from Slab

Page 137: Chair and ottoman from Mitchell

Lab; vanities designed by Hacin + Associates

Gold + Bob Williams, Boston, (617) 266-0075,

Page 142: Hanging light from Galbraith and

and fabricated by Cordis Management; sconces with fabric from Kravet,

Paul, Philadelphia, Penn., (215) 508-0800,

from Waterworks, Boston Design Center, (800)

Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615, www; sofa from A. Rudin

899-6757,; custom car-; standing lamp from Visual Com-

through M-Geough with fabric from Kravet;

pet from Steven King; custom bed from Martel

fort through Neena’s Lighting; wall covering

chair from Roman Thomas with fabric by

Upholstery, Boston, (617) 269-6640, www

from Donghia; living room carpet from Landry

Romo through Henry Calvin; rug from Landry with Edelman leather;

and Arcari; banquette fabric from Cowtan and

and Arcari; art above fireplace from Jules

Kyoto bedding by Muse Group through

Tout at The Martin Group; sofa from Baker

Place; round table from Icon Group, Boston

Showroom, Boston, (617) 482-4805, www

Knapp & Tubbs, Boston Design Center, (617)

Design Center, (617) 428-0655; master bath tile; Charles Paris sconces

439-4876, with

from Discover Tile; countertops from Louis W.

through Baker, Knapp & Tubbs; drapery in

fabric from Cowtan and Tout at The Martin

Mian; sconces from O’Lampia, New York City,

Holly Hunt fabric through Webster & Co., fabri-

Group; cocktail table from Baker Knapp &

(212) 925-1660,

cated by Finelines; chair fabric by Holly Hunt;

Tubbs; throw pillows from Donghia, The Martin

Page 143: Hanging light from Stonegate De-

custom lampshade by Simplemente Blanco,

Group and Lee Jofa, Boston Design Center,

signs, St. Joseph, Mich., (269) 429-8323,; headboard and

(617) 449-5506,; throw; Visual Comfort

side tables designed by Hacin + Associates and

blanket from Crate and Barrel, www.crateand

table lamp from Neena’s Lighting; drapery fab-

fabricated by Cordis Management.

ric by Larsen at The Martin Group; shade fabric

Pages 138–139: Wallpaper from Romo at Henry

from Donghia; drapery and shades fabricated

Calvin, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-0691,

by Dreamscapes of Boston; headboard from A.; carpet from Landry and

Rudin at M-Geough; bench from Plantation

Arcari; fabric and piping on lounge chair from

with Kravet fabric; end tables from David Iates-

Henry Calvin; shade fabric by Larsen at The

ta at Studio 534, Boston Design Center, (617)

Martin Group, fabrication by Dreamscapes of

345-9900, www.s5boston; carpet from Landry


Boston; sofa fabric by Pollack from Donghia;

and Arcari; artwork from Jules Place; bedding

throw pillows from F. Schumacher, Boston De-

from Restoration Hardware, www.restoration

Architect: Pete Lackey, Charles R. Myer and

sign Center, (617) 482-9165,, •

throw pillows from Looolo Textiles, Quebec, Canada, (514) 880-6560,; Nymphenburg rabbit sculpture from E.R. Butler. Page 131: All appliances from Wolf, www.wolf

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2009 Prism Award Winner

Howell Custom Building Group BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOME - GOLD Over 6,000 Square Feet Susan and Stephen Howell

Photography by Jamie Salomon

This lakefront lodge is a casual-yet-state-of-the-art retreat built to entertain family and friends. The home is replete with natural elements including extensive stonework and interior timber arches accented with hand-hammered iron strap work made by Mennonite craftsmen. With the fully automated system, the homeowners can monitor the climate control, lighting systems and security from their primary residence three hours away. Under Howell Custom Building Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superior project management, this extraordinary home was built in 16 months and within 2% of the estimated costs.

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Cebula Design GOLD AWARD WINNER BEST INTERIOR DESIGN - RESIDENTIAL Villa Como窶年amed after the clients' honeymoon location, this 18,000-square-foot home was completed through a close collaboration between architect, builder and interior designer. The house was meant for entertaining and described by clients Karen and David Della Penta as "a house for the way we live now." This residential getaway includes a wine room, home theatre, simulated golf room, fishing room and a gorgeous outdoor kitchen and pool.

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2009 Prism Award Winner

FBN Construction BEST SINGLE-FAMILY HOME - GOLD Under 2,500 Square Feet This whole-house remodel in Weston was a success in all ways, owing particularly to the great team effort of the architect, designer, our team at FBN and, most importantly, the faith and trust of the owner.

FBN Construction at the PRISM awards

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Premier Properties If You Lived Here... Setting Laconia is in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and boasts access to four bodies of water: Winnipesaukee, Opechee, Winnisquam and Paugus Bay. It’s hard to find a spot here that doesn’t offer a lovely lake view. Commute By car, Manchester is 42 miles away, Boston is 99 miles and Portland, Maine, is 86 miles. Attractions If you like motorcycling, Laconia is the place to be during the annual Bike Week, every June for the week preceding Father’s Day. From February 12–14, 2010, Laconia hosts the eighty-first annual World Championship Sled Dog Derby. The biggest attraction, of course, is the lakes. In every season, they offer opportunities for fun.

This six-bedroom ranch with a private 125-foot stretch of sandy beach on Lake Winnipesaukee lists for $3.395 million with Susan C. Bradley of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (603) 524-1511,

Laconia, New Hampshire For several summers when I was a youngster, my family trekked to Laconia to spend a week on Lake Winnipesaukee. As we crossed the border into the Granite State my mother would instruct us to roll down our windows. “You can smell New Hampshire!” she’d exclaim. And so you could. Rhode Island, where we lived, had a pungent (though not unpleasant), briny aroma. New Hampshire smelled like pine trees and earth: fresh, loamy and intoxicating. To a kid used to the frigid, salty waters of the ocean, the relatively warm water of the lake was a pleasing novelty. I knew nothing about Laconia’s history as one of New England’s largest Native American settlements in pre-Colonial times. I didn’t know that, by the late 1700s, the area was bustling with grist mills and lumber mills. In the heady years of the second half of the nineteenth century, the town buzzed with activity. Laconia's mills drew workers, and the natural beauty of the lakes, hills and forests, coupled with a system of roads and railroads, brought a new industry—tourism—to the area. Today, the mills are gone, replaced by light manufacturing, high-tech and service industries. But tourism remains a big business as families continue, as mine did, to revel in the serenity of the Lakes Region. —Paula M. Bodah

Housing From townhouses to singlefamily homes, there’s a wealth of choices of waterfront property in Laconia these days. What it Costs Lake-view townhouses start around $500,000. A charming lakefront cottage might list for $650,000, while a larger house, in the 5,000square-foot range, might run from $1 million to $3 million. Your Next-Door Neighbors Laconia’s population is a comfortable mix of saltof-the-earth working folks and secondhome owners who appreciate the beauty of the area in all seasons. How You’d Spend Your Free Time With twenty parks and four public beaches, Laconia is a perfect spot all year for outdoorsy types, offering kayaking, water skiing, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Several historical sites will satisfy history buffs. And in autumn, foliage fans will find plenty of blazing color.


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“ T h e B e s t We b s i t e i n R e a l E s ta t e ” Visit & type in MLS# for multiple photos/detailed descriptions on these homes

New Canaan, CT $5,895,000 MLS#98436748,Wendy Brainard,203.253.7790

Cape Cod/E. Orleans, MA $4,750,000 MLS#70993303, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558

Marblehead, MA $4,200,000 MLS#70991966, Ben Rhodes, 781.910.3787

New Milford, CT $3,950,000 MLS#98433425, Suzanne Gallup, 860.210.2242

Westport, CT $3,795,000 MLS#98437411,Jillian Klaff Homes,203.858.2095

Newton Centre, MA $3,250,000 MLS#70994247,Sarina Steinmetz,617.610.0207

New Canaan, CT $2,825,000 MLS#98438002, Laura Danforth, 203.801.8001

Lincoln, MA $2,599,000 MLS#71002180, Carole de Jong, 617.877.1212 Artist Rendering

Wellesley, MA $2,175,000 MLS#70977017, Barbara Miller, 781.694.4092

Westport, CT $2,095,000 MLS#98440078, Mark Cerulli, 203.520.1283

W. Newton, MA $1,950,000 MLS#70989257, Sandra Fromm, 617.610.8880

Wellesley, MA $1,895,000 MLS#70976511,Walsh Team, 781.710.4029

Cape Cod/E. Orleans, MA $1,850,000 MLS#20908694, Sally Tucker, 508.237.3765

Cape Cod/Chatham, MA $1,825,000 MLS#20908935,Carolyn./John Otis,508.246.9095

Hingham, MA $1,750,000 MLS#70996680, Sheila Creahan, 617.842.0097

Marblehead, MA $1,595,000 MLS#70981877, Steve White, 781.690.6433

Agent/Owner Fairfield, CT $1,565,000 MLS#98426543, Karen Amaru, 203.858.6329

Marblehead, MA $1,525,000 MLS#70927976, Steve White, 781.690.6433

Hingham, MA $1,499,900 MLS#70914984,Gretchen Stromberg,781.799.0679

Sudbury, MA $1,499,900 MLS#70914986, Christine Shute, 978.621.7167

Norwalk, CT $1,299,000 MLS#98439903,Gigliotti &Walsh,203.255.1116

Easton, CT $1,225,000 MLS#98440916,Al Filippone Assoc.,203.895.0961

Cape Cod/E. Orleans, MA $1,149,000 MLS#20903720, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558

Swampscott, MA $1,100,000 MLS#70987815,Sarah Harrington,978.882.4587

For more information on these and other luxury homes or to speak to an Exceptional Properties Specialist, call 877.298.2780.

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$1,775,000. Enchanting residence on fabled Adams Street. An octagonal front porch introduces this home with a flowthrough front hall drawing attention to the back deck and gardens. Features include a theater, game room, lap pool and a duo of wine cellars. Josephine McCloskey / Julianne Bridgeman, (617) 696-4430

$2,395,000. Fully-restored classic Queen Anne Revival residence situated on 1.7 acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of Weston Center. Gorgeous period details are woven throughout. Formal living and dining rooms are enhanced by exquisite moldings and Van Luyt wallpaper. Kathryn Richlen, (781) 894-5555



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

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



$2,350,000. Beautiful new Colonial set on 1.25 acres. This home features a fantastic floor plan with many amenities including a mahogany library, family room with dramatic stone fireplace, living room with coffered ceiling, finished third floor and a 3-car heated garage. Lynn Petrini / Lisa Petrini Bell, (781) 444-7400

$2,298,000. Located on a landscaped corner lot, this newly-built Colonial-style stucco residence features crown moldings and oak floors throughout. Formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, and six spacious bedrooms with en suite baths. Burt Leeds, (617) 969-2447

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$7,900,000. Spectacular views of Boston, the Harbor Islands and beyond are enjoyed from this home on nearly 2 acres high on Crow Point. The 18-room home is accented by approximately 300 feet of water frontage with a 186-foot deep-water dock. Maureen Doran / Tara Coveney, (781) 749-4300

$4,195,000. This ninth-floor residence has been tastefully renovated and showcases skyline views from the formal living room and the paneled library. This full-service residential building offers valet garage parking, 24-hour concierge and available services from the Taj Boston Hotel. Bruce E. McLean, (617) 723-2737



$2,800,000. Sited on a .69-acre oceanfront lot with unobstructed views of the ocean and rocky coastline of southern Maine, this 4,714-square-foot home has 14 rooms, nine bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Additional features include a separate carriage house and studio. James Appleby, (207) 967-9900

$10,000,000. Exquisite country estate located in a coveted Weston Golf Club neighborhood. Comprised of 15 rooms, six bedrooms, a formal living room, banquet-sized dining room, 600 square-foot family room, custom kitchen and professional cinema. Lois Carney/ Sheryl Simon / Amy Mizner (781) 894-5555



$2,350,000. 3-acre lot in Shawkewmo. Great elevations to take advantage of Nantucket Harbor views one way and conservation land views the other way. This oversized lot affords plenty of privacy and the potential for construction of a main house, guest house, garage, pool, or tennis court. Louise Touchette, (617) 605-0555

$1,799,000. Overlooking Hodge Preserve, this Block Island compound was fully restored in 2005. Main house has three bedrooms and an open kitchen/dining area. Also included is a private guest house with two bedrooms. John Chapski, (401) 884-8050

For information on the Previews International Program offered by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, please call (800) 548-5003 Š 2009 Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Coldwell BankerŽ is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT, LLC.

Manchester, MA

Essex, MA

Wenham, MA

“Ocean Watch” Stucco Manor on Smith’s Point with stunning views of the Atlantic and private access to Singing Beach. This estate features a grand foyer with sweeping staircase, 9 replaces, paneled library, grand hall with French doors and ocean view living room. Offering 9 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths, home ofce and a renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath carriage house. Sited on 1.7 acres with an in-ground heated pool, pool house and tennis court. $6,950,000

Stunning Colonial home sited on 6 landscaped acres with fabulous pastoral views. Bordering 168 acres of Greenbelt land, this lovely home features an open oor plan with views of the land and wildlife and offers 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, living room with replace and nished lower level opening to a covered brick patio. Great nished Loft over the garage. $1,180,000

Converted Carriage house sited on a 2.2 rolling acres with views to Ledyard Horse Farm. This one of a kind property features large formal dining and living rooms both with detailed replaces, a 39’ sun room with fabulous views, two-room kitchen plus separate butler’s kitchen off of living room. Ready to move in, this home offers 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths as well as a 2+ car garage. $1,395,000




Manchester, MA

Rockport, MA

Stunning Antique Colonial in Manchester village with unique yard with front and back terraces. This elegant home has been lovingly cared for and features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, elegant rooms and 4 beautiful replaces, period bull’s-eye moldings and generous size rooms in the formal areas and cozy kitchen/family room with radiant heat. The ultimate in-town experience. $1,220,000

Historic Rockport Granite Company (1892) offers stunning ocean views. Original details include the wrought iron door that closes passage to the vault, where sits the original safe! This home offers 1 bedroom and 1.5 baths and features dramatic high ceilings, kitchen with quarry views and terrazzo tile, study and replaced living room. $945,000


Gloucester, MA

Manchester, MA

Beverly, MA

Seaside residence on Rocky Neck with ocean and harbor views! This property features 3 units: One 2 bedroom/3 bath unit with 2,200 sq ft of living space, 2 replaces as well as a detached garage/studio with replace, kitchenette and half bath. There are Two 1 bedroom/1 bath units each with replaces and outdoor living areas. Deeded beach/launch access on Oak Cove. $1,575,000

Spectacular custom built Shingle Style home near Singing Beach. Sited on 2 private acres, this home offers state of the art amenities throughout and features a large gourmet eat-in kitchen with butler’s pantry, family room with replace and custom cabinetry and 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths including master suite. Large nished room over 3 bay garage for inlaw as well as a 4 bay detached garage. $2,999,000

Stately Colonial sited on 3 acres in Beverly Farms near private West Beach. This residence features high ceilings, French doors and offers a formal living, dining room and library all with replaces. Offering 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, including a master suite and au pair on lower level. Lovely in-ground pool and carriage house with parking for 5 cars. $1,900,000

Hamilton, MA

Rockport, MA

Hamilton, MA

“Blackbrook Manor” Colonial Revival estate sited on 60 acres surrounded by miles of groomed trails. This residence features a paneled library, kitchen with commercial appliances and formal living room with a marble replace and a pair of shell niches. Offering 10 replaces, 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half baths including master and au pair suites. Also offering a Post & Beam barn with a grand carriage room and replace. $7,900,000

Ocean views from this Victorian estate sited on 2.43 private acres. Only a short stroll to the beach, this home features family and living rooms both with replaces, dining room with wood stove, 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths including master suite. Offering a tennis court, in-ground pool and heated cabana with full bath and kitchenette as well as a guest suite over radiant heated garage. $2,685,000

Custom Colonial sited on 5.1 acres overlooking the Miles River. This new 6,500 sq ft residence offers stateof-the-art systems and features high ceilings with 4 replaces, professional kitchen and pantry, 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths including master suite, and an au-pair apartment. Walk-out lower level with access to pool. $3,400,000 Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944 (978) 526-8555 • Beverly Farms, MA 01915 (978) 922-2700 • Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 282-1315

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HARVARD Stunning 1914 country estate with European flavor, 30 acres, walk to schools, pond, town center festivities. 5 fireplaces, high ceilings, subtle elegance. Detached 3 car garage with prior butler’s quarters, landscaped grounds with in-ground pool. $2,475,000. Subdividable for 6 house lots. Residence with 4.5 acres $1,275,000.

GRAFTON Extraordinary Country 50 acre Estate with sweeping fields, covered bridge over trout brook, scenic views. Custom designed by Builder/owner boasts 7600sf with every amenity for quality living. 14 spacious rooms 3 ½ baths, 3 finished levels. Gunite pool, waterfall, 3 car garage, new barn, office building & garages $2,700,000

BOLTON Spectacular 15 room custom residence at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac with 2.6 acres. 5700sf of open, elegant, distinctive living on 3 levels. Extravagant Lite-touch and Crestron systems. Craftsmanship, materials, and technology are second to none. A one of a kind design with the best of amenities and private $1,299,000

LUNENBURG French Normandy Manor masterpiece – every room is elegant and lavish! Views over the 7 landscaped acres with inground pool, thatched roof cabana, coy pool with waterfall, and 24 zone sprinkler system. 8 zones radiant heat. High velocity central air. Home theatre, exercise suite and retreat area. A very special and rare offering $1,175,000

HARVARD 9 acre estate offers such quality, amenities, privacy, abutting conservation acreage! Extraordinary 7300+-sf of expansive living on 3 levels. Gorgeous landscaped grounds, stone walkways, a wealth of perennials, 3 car garage, Large entertainment decks, screened summer room, incredible views over rear lawns and tennis court $1,895,000

Abutting Turner Pond, off a short cul-de-sac neighborhood, custom built expansive three level colonial with a unique interior layout designed for specialized cooking with second kitchen, entertainment areas, and large room layout. Grounds are private and beautifully landscaped with koi ponds, gardens, sweeping lawns, and pond views $999,900




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Lyttleton Cabinetry 66 Maine Coast Builders 179 Maine Cottage Back cover Marblelife 171 Mary Crane—Century 21 Properties 211 McIntosh & Tuttle Cabinetmakers 185 McLaughlin Upholstering Company 25 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 49 Mollie Johnson Interiors 19 Morehouse MacDonald & Associates Inside front cover, 1

Mount Auburn Village Properties LLC 35

Battle Associates 31

FBN Construction Co. 203, inside back cover

Beacon Companies 63

Ferguson 7–8

NESEA—Building Energy Conference and Trade Show 167

Bear Path 87

First Oriental Rugs 85

New England Dream House 212

Belisle Doors and Windows 179

Fortunato 213

Nine Points Woodworking 169

Boston Architectural College 168

Furniture Consignment Gallery 189

Northern Lights Landscape 78

Boston Billiard Emporium 173

Galleria Florentia 71

Overhead Door Company 50

Boston Design Center 17

George Penniman Architects 94–95

Paquette & Associates 75

Brassworks Fine Home Details 68

The Granite Group 73

Party by Design/Oceanside 17 177

Builders Association of Greater Boston 202

Greylock Design Associates 194

Pellettieri Associates 57

California Closets 79

Howell Custom Building Group 198–199

Peterson Party Center 177

Cebula Design 200–201

Hurlbutt Designs 59

Petrini Corporation 65

Chip Webster & Associates 90–91

Hutker Architects 96–97

Polhemus Savery DaSilva 100–101

Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate 206–207

Interactive Home Systems 156

Portico Fine Tile & Design 38

Classic Kitchens & Interiors 215

J Barrett & Company Real Estate 210

Quidley & Company 36

Closet Connection 181

J. Todd Galleries 191

The Quilted Gallery 189

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R.P. Marzilli & Company 174 Residences at the InterContinental 69 RiverBend & Company 149 Rob Bramhall Architects 102–103 Royal Barry Wills Associates 189 Runtal North America 153 Sally Weston Associates 104–105 Sanford Custom Homes 194 Scandia Kitchens 13 Shade & Shutter Systems 157 Shope Reno Wharton 21 Snow and Jones 43 South Shore Millwork 33 Staples Cabinet Makers 163 Stephen Kelleher Architects 165 Sudbury Design Group 14 Susan Dearborn Interiors 6–7 Susan Shulman Interiors 52

Connolly & Co. Timber Frame Homes & Barns 10 Atlantic Hwy ~ Edgecomb, Maine 207.882.4224

Susan Symonds Interior Design 37 Susan Thomas Home 62 Terrafirma Landscape Architecture 169 Thoughtforms 32 TMS Architects 106–107 TP Hazel Sotheby’s International Realty 212 Trikeenan Tileworks 86 Visionary Landscape 26 William Raveis Real Estate 205 Wolfers 161 Woodmeister Master Builders 29, 145 Xtreme Audio & Video 39 New England Home, January/February 2010, Volume 5, Number 3 © 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) 962-7220. Periodical postage paid at Lawrenceville, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 359, Mount Morris, IL 61054-7795. 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. January/February 2010 New England Home 215

Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making





AN OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE “room” designed for winter should always be located so it gets sun and is viewed from the places in the house where you spend a lot of time during the day. Here are a few key features: (A) A clipped hedge or fieldstone walls give form to the outdoor room and divide the ordered inner garden from the wilder plantings outside. Gates add a beautiful transparent screen to the view; uplit urns and trees provide elegant framing day and night. (B) A stone slab walkway provides a surface that can be shoveled and will melt before the snow melts from the grass, keeping the panels of snow on either side pristine and untrampled except by birds and critters. Boxwood globes articulate the path and provide nice shadows when the ground is white. (C) A wood or wrought-iron bench echoes memories of sitting in the garden in summer, and will be a nice place to pause on a sunny winter’s day. (D) The bird feeder is essential and should be located where you will see it from inside. (E) In the landscape beyond, deciduous trees of differing forms will be highlighted by snow and the occasional ice storm; evergreens and plumed ornamental grasses give a sense of enclosure and can screen unsightly views. A meadow will provide a textured ground plane when covered with snow; geese may encamp if they have enough takeoff room. For a more complete annotated PDF of this rendering, go to and click on “Art & Style.” LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT KATHERINE FIELD, KATHERINE FIELD AND ASSOCIATES, NEWPORT


New England Home January/February 2010

Eric Roth Photography

Shelly Harrison Photography

WE DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T BUILD THEM LIKE YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE USED TO

Quincy Shore Gold Award Best New Home Under 3,000 sq ft PRISM


Shelly Harrison Photography

Shelly Harrison Photography

Weston Home Gold Award Best Remodel/Restoration Large Project

Rowes Wharf Condo Gold Award Best Remodel/Restoration Medium Project

Belmont Kitchen Gold Award Best Kitchen Remodel Medium Project



We are proud to share the honor of these 4 Gold and 2 Silver PRISM Awards with our happy clients, and with our design partners: Leslie Fine Interiors, Rosemary Porto of Poggenpohl USA, Donahue Associates, Kroeger Woods Associates, Foley Fiore Architecture, Gregory Lombardi Design, and Suzanne Haugland. Their commitment to collaborations and client happiness has made this possible. Special thanks as well to Shelly Harrison, Eric Roth and Richard Mandelkorn for their beautiful photography.





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January/February 2010

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