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Take a peek, if you’re anywhere near one at the moment, and notice them. They can be amazingly diverse. On a simple Billy Baldwin–style tuxedo sofa, they may be simple rectangular chunks of wood. They may be more like small wooden cones, each tipped with an exquisite, hand-hammered bronze cap and caster. Maybe the cones have been turned on a lathe to impart a few sexy curves, and then drenched in a satiny black lacquer. Or you may now be face to face with the flowing S of a carved cabriole leg ending in an oh-so-New-Englandy ball-and-claw foot. Even those simple chunks of wood I started with almost certainly won’t be as simple as that. At least one edge will be slanted or beveled, more likely all four (the inner two more sharply than the outer two). Possibly the block will be rounded on all sides into something more like an oval pad. Perhaps the chunks won’t in fact be wood, but Lucite, on a more contemporary piece, or metal. Or metal in some other form—tubing, say, in who knows what diameter and finish.


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On the sofa closest to me as I write this, no legs are visible at all. I’m sure they’re there, but they’re hidden by a carefully tailored skirt of oatmeal-colored linen. This particular skirt is quite plain, but it could easily have been ruffled or pleated. The fabric could have been turned sideways to span the entire length of the sofa, but in this case was run vertically to match the cushions, resulting in two elegant, carefully placed seams. Now how about adding an edging tape, let’s say in a subtle-but-distinguished Greek key pattern? Then there’s fringe; I won’t even begin to go there. The thing I find astounding, in this kind of potentially tiresome catalogue, is that every single one of these options was chosen intentionally. Each piece of furniture in your house, each carpet, each tile, each sink, faucet or light fixture—not to mention the house itself—has been designed by someone, and the hundreds or thousands of decisions involved have been considered and made. More daunting yet, each of those decisions could have been made wrongly, potentially resulting in physical or aesthetic catastrophe. We’re constantly surrounded by the fruits of design decisions wherever we go, and rarely think about it. What better reason for a magazine like New England Home to exist and celebrate a few of the people who pull such rabbits out of the hat time and time again? Preparing for this year’s New England Design Hall of Fame (see page 91) has reminded me anew what a humbling diversity of talent we live among. Outside of New York City or perhaps Los Angeles, it’s hard to imagine another part of the U.S. with a similar concentration of professionals gifted with the ability to do it all right—or the still rarer ability to take a wrong, not to say seemingly disastrous decision (a Queen Anne settee in raspberry faux ocelot, anyone?) and make it resoundingly perfect in the right context. Please, astound us some more.

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128 Picture Perfect Drawing on their experience as architects and art gallery


136 The Comfort of Home With an eye for beauty and an emphasis on ease, a


146 Gentlemanly Quarters With a dose of drama, a Boston designer turns a Back


Bay apartment into a home that reflects its owners’ urbane lifestyle and refined tastes. INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN: PHILLIP JUDE MILLER, AMERICA DURAL • PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM GRAY • TEXT: MEGAN FULWEILER • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

156 Modern Makeover Reworking a mid-century house in Lincoln, Massachusetts,

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166 We’ll Take Boston City dwellers at heart, a family uproots from the suburbs

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Art, Design, History, Landscape 55 Elements: Borrowed Beauties When the holiday dinner guest list grows,

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Design Destination: Gurari Collections, Boston 62 70 Artistry: Attention Getters New Hampshire artist James Aponovich’s de-

tailed, super-realist paintings invite viewers to stop and take a good, long look. BY LOUIS POSTEL • PORTRAIT BY JOHN HESSION

82 Concept Board Designer Mark Christofi kits out the perfect dressing room. 178 Special Report: 2009 Showhouse Highlights Captain Thomas Mellen’s


1840 house in Edgartown gets an elegant re-do for the Martha’s Vineyard Decorator Show House and Gardens.

People, Places, Events, Products 198 Trade Secrets: Modern Design Dilemmas Comings and goings (and a few

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210 Perspectives Area designers’ favorite pieces for the dining room Wish List: Maine designer Christine Maclin’s must-have home products 216 It’s Personal: Favorite finds from the staff of New England Home 218 220 Made Here: Let There Be Lights Pawtucket, Rhode Island, is home to one of

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Borrowed Beauties As holiday dinner parties grow—your daughter brings home her college roommate, your sister and brother-inlaw decide to make the trip East this year—so does the need for extra seating at the table. When you’ve used all the dining chairs, don’t hesitate to bring in seating from the other rooms of the house. As for seat heights, there’ll be some discrepancies, but with the mood festive, few will mind. (For those curmudgeonly types there’s always the telephone book, if you still keep one around, to give a boost.) And don’t worry that the chairs don’t match. Once you’re all gathered around the table no one will notice. In fact, you’ll probably want to give a little extra thanks that the gang’s all there. From the Kitchen: A modern take on tradition, the Lyla side chair is reminiscent of a Windsor chair but with a twist. It’s made of cast aluminum with a semi-polished finish. 25"W × 23.5"D × 41.25"H. $1,450. SIMPLY HOME, FALMOUTH, MAINE, (207) 781-5651, WWW.SIMPLYHOMEPAGE.COM

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From the Stair Hall: With their unique carving, each of this trio of eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century English hall chairs seems to have a personality all its own. LEFT TO RIGHT: 17.5"W × 15"D × 35"H, 18"W × 12"D × 36"H, AND 23"W × 19"D × 34"H. $1,100 EACH. ANTIQUES ON 5, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 951-0008, WWW.ANTIQUESON5.COM


From the Entry Hall: When not pulled up to the table, the Bryam Ringback bench, with its leather slip seat and nailhead trim, can live easily in the entry hall, the living room or the den. The bench is from the Martha Stewart Collection for Bernhardt. 50"W × 23"D X 38 ⅞"H. $890. RHODE ISLAND DESIGN CENTER, WEST WARWICK, R.I., (401) 826-5650, WWW .RIDESIGNCENTER.COM


From the Screened Porch: The teak Tara chair is perfect for the guest who wants to feel like the king of the forest. Because the chairs are fashioned from reclaimed wood, each will be slightly different in size and shape. APPROXIMATELY 36"W × 27"D × 44"H. $850. THE ROBIN’S NEST, HINGHAM, MASS, (781) 740-4843, OR HUDSON, BOSTON, (617) 292-0900, AND WELLESLEY, MASS., (781) 2390025, WWW.HUDSONBOSTON.COM

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From the Sunroom: Tony Duquette, the renowned artist and designer whose work from the 1930s until his death in 1999 continues to influence today’s designers, loved the versatility of his Macao Garden Seat. Reintroduced by Baker, it can be adapted easily from an occasional table to a seat whenever needed. 19"W × 20"H. $1,659. BAKER KNAPP AND TUBBS, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 439-4876



From the Family Room: Rhode Island designer Boris Bally works with completely recycled materials to fashion his bold, graphic furniture. His small, square Transit Table is made from traffic signs and champagne corks and, at twenty inches tall, makes a perfect perch for a child. 17 ⅞"W × 20"H. $850. THROUGH THE ARTIST AT WWW.BORIS BALLY.COM, OR FROM THE ABACUS GALLERIES, MAINE, (800) 206-2166, WWW.ABACUSGALLERY.COM


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From the Closet or the Basement: Well, actually that’s usually where you’d stash a folding chair, but the vivid embroidered and upholstered Terai Folding Chair is too good looking to hide. The chair is available in three fabrics including Floral Tapestry, shown here. 18"W × 18"D × 33"H. $198. ANTHROPOLOGIE, BOSTON, (800) 309-2500, WWW .ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM


From the Living Room: Pat Stanton became so enamored with Suzanis, handmade cotton and silk textiles from central Asia, that she built her business around them, marrying the rich textiles to wood framed furniture. She uses a circa 1960s version of the fabric for her Tulip Chair. 25"W × 23"D × 35"H. $1,150. KARMA, NEWTON CENTRE, MASS., (617) 965-2822, WWW.COMETOKARMA.COM, OR HOMESTYLE, PROVIDENCE, R.I., (401) 277-1159, WWW .HOMESTYLE.COM, WWW.STANISTANDESIGN.COM


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Was it the Plan de Paris, Turgot’s 1739 copper engraving, an aerial isometric map of the city of light, with every window drawn and every tree shaded and shadowed, that first caught our eye? Or was it the table of Crookes tubes and radiometers (more about those later) that seduced us while walking down Charles Street on our way home from work almost ten years ago? No matter. Gurari Collections has been one of our favorite haunts ever since. Though not around the corner from where we live anymore, Russ Gerard’s gallery/shop—neither description does justice to the collection of art, antiquarian prints and scientific objects—still beckons on a regular basis. In truth, though we miss having him in the neighborhood, Gurari Collections’ new digs on Harrison Avenue provide the perfect backdrop for Gerard’s idiosyncratic and refined taste. The new space, with its broad swath of windows, dark walls and high ceilings, is a solid match for the work on display.

An architect by training, Gerard was the director of the thesis program at the Boston Architectural College before becoming the associate dean at Roger Williams College of Architecture in Rhode Island. This love of teaching, as great as his love of the pieces in his gallery, is evident as soon as you walk through the door. When asked about a specific piece, Gerard is anxious to share his knowledge. You feel his contagious passion as well as his pride in the fact that his is a space where art, architecture and science happily cohabitate. Which brings us back to those tubes and radiometers. Gerard tells us excitedly that they were fancied as entertainment in Victorian-era English households. They certainly do look great sitting on a midcentury table in front of a T. Kelly Wilson Begonia painting. This homage is a defining moment at Gurari Collections, a smart and elegant cabinet of curiosities. 460 HARRISON AVE., BOSTON, (617) 367-9800, WWW.GURARI.COM. OPEN TUESDAY–SUNDAY

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ome of America’s greatest artists, masters like Frederic Church and Albert Bierstadt, have been drawn to the beauty of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. “You can still see where these guys painted—only now it’s a Dexter Shoe Outlet parking lot or it’s under a Moose Diner,” says James Aponovich. • “As a painter, I’m after something entirely different than Church or Bierstadt or the many others who came looking for wild nature,” Aponovich says. “They were looking for the sublime. Un70 New England Home November/December 2009

fortunately, by that time in the late nineteenth century, the sublime had already been turned into farmland. They all eventually headed for the far wilder west. When I do landscapes I like to see the stone wall and the meadow and the mountains beyond.” • Mind-blowing sublimity may not be Aponovich’s Holy Grail, but his highly detailed, super-realist oils lead you to a deep, heartfelt place just the same. The Renaissance notions of design and architecture that he employs so effortlessly seduce you into a kind of melodic dance.

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Artistry For example, there’s a clear rhythm to the play of five watermelon slices in the foreground against the five cypress trees in the middle ground of his 2004 painting Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. It’s a rhythm developed during the Renaissance by the Florentine architect Leon Battista Alberti as well as artists such as Botticelli and Raphael. Basically, they took the Greek idea of perfectly proportioned rectangles and jazzed it up with asymmetries. All of a sudden those watermelon slices come to life because they’re not all exactly spaced apart but arranged almost like notes on a staff: one, two, followed by one, two, three. The house, studio and terraced formal gardens Aponovich shares with his wife, the painter ElizaRight: Castelnuovo de beth Johansson, Garfagnana: Still Life feel relaxed but civwith Day Lilies and Watermelon (2004), ilized. The villa-like oil on canvas, 40" × shingled property 32" Below: Wabasso, is not what you’d Hobart’s Landing: From the Florida Suite expect off a dirt (2008), oil on canvas, road invisible to 18" × 24" GPS. It might look right at home in Tuscany, a mecca for those in search of the civilized but relaxed and a place the couple fell in love with when they first visited in 1994. The rhythms of a country life refined over many centuries struck an especially deep chord with this New Hampshire native. “Remember that time? Everyone was falling in love with Tuscany. The book Under the Tuscan Sun came out,” Aponovich recalls. “My dealer in New York asked me to go over and paint some Italian landscapes. Now I’m wondering how to stop painting them.” The day lilies Aponovich paints with such skill and tenderness wave like neighbors from his gardens. His life, however, has not always been this sunny. “That’s my daughter just beginning to grow back her hair,” he says, pointing to a little girl, Ana, wearing a black dress and pursing her lips in song. The background is 1970s hospital decor. “She was diagnosed with cancer when she was three. There’s a painting of her at the MFA, all nude, looking away from us. On the table are herbs which were the basis for the medicines that cured her.” James, Elizabeth and Ana picked up from Maine and moved to Hancock, New Hampshire. They had to cut expenses to pay for medical bills. “I literally screamed 72 New England Home November/December 2009

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when I first saw the house that James was relocating us to,” says Elizabeth. “It wasn’t really a house, more like 600-foot shed.” The shed is now Aponovich’s shingled studio connected to a spacious house. Ana survived and married this year. The artist looks out on terraces of his own making. Arborvitae march in file to the vanishing point where the woods begin. One can only imagine the courage it took to paint that portrait of Ana, the hours of taking in every detail of someone so loved and so imperiled. One of Aponovich’s pet peeves (and he’s not a peevish type) is that as a society, “we’ve lost the ability to look closely at any74 New England Home November/December 2009

thing,” he says. “We spend so much time in front of computers, video cameras and cell phone interfaces there’s little time or interest in really Above: Isle of Shoals, observing closely Appledore: Still Life with the naked with Morning Glories (2007), oil on canvas, eye. In the Renais44" × 54" Left: Still Life sance, men of sciwith Morning Glories ence and of art (shown in progress) (2007), center panel of were all close obtriptych for Lambovich I servers; in fact secretary, oil on panel, there wasn’t the 22" × 17" distinction there is today between art and science.” Aponovich’s work encourages looking closely. “One of the nice things about these very detailed landscapes I’m doing are they do tend to get people to stop and really look at the canvas for more than ten seconds,” he says. “This holds espe-

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cially true for men; they like to examine everything on my canvas. Abstract art can be great but a lot of people give only a glance. They feel they’ve got it—whatever it is.” An Aponovich painting, with all its pleasing patterns and syncopated rhythms, is someLeft: Still Life with thing you enjoy Watermelon (2005), spending time oil on canvas, 26" × with. “The art of 18". Below: Still Life landscape paint- with Poppies and Morning Glories (2007), oil ing is relatively on canvas, 48" × 38" new,” he explains, and that’s one of the reasons it excites him. “It’s only been about 500 years since landscapes started separating themselves out as subject matter in themselves, probably with Albrecht Dürer on his return from Italy to Nuremburg in 1507. Earlier, landscapes were always parts of other narratives.” Aponovich’s personal narrative is stronger than ever. His daughter is now a healthy married woman, he recently joined the prestigious Wally Findlay International Gallery in New York and his work these days commands from $10,000 to $100,000 depending on the size of the canvas. New Hampshire’s Arts Laureate rolls out the dough for a lunch of pizza on a large granite island. His tomatoes have been grown on triangular bamboo planters copied from Tuscany farms. The whole scene suggests an Aponovich work yet to be painted: a tall, squarejawed sixty-year-old RussianAmerican spinning white dough circles asymmetrically on a black granite background. The charm of this hypothetical work would be in its composition and detail—its classic juxtapositions of space, its Renaissance rhythms. But that’s just for starters. Deeper down there’s a sublimity and pathos worthy of Bierstadt, Church and the other White Mountain pilgrims. • Editor’s Note In New England, James Aponovich is represented by The Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Mass., (781) 259-8303, www.clarkgallery .com, and by Art 3 Gallery Fine Art, Manchester, N.H., (603) 668-6650, 76 New England Home November/December 2009

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ily has just bought an older Victorian in southern New Hampshire. Although in good shape, with much of the original millwork still in place, the second floor is a warren of small, dark rooms. Planning a new, much more spacious master suite, the wife has her eye on a small corner bedroom with a dormer window, located next to the bath, that she thinks would make a lovely dressing room. She’s especially interested in keeping the nineteenth-century detail of the house, but freshening it up with more contemporary touches. What would you do for her?

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1. Colors, fabrics and finishes Trim, doors and vanity base: Benjamin Moore “Winter Snow” in eggshell finish.

Ceiling: “I would recommend a simple flat white, since there will be jogs and angles in a corner, dormered room.”

Floor: “I developed this custom wall-to-wall, wool-and-silk carpet based on another Nancy Corzine fabric. The soft, quiet color works well with the upholstery.” STARK CARPET, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 449-5506, WWW.STARK CARPET.COM

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Vanity top: “The edge detail adds finish. All these little curves—here, and in the mirror and chair— soften the room more than flat edges would, and tie back into the feeling of the house in a historical way.”


“The look pays homage to the Victorian architecture, but makes it feel light-hearted, not so serious.” Curtains: A soft Roman folding shade and matching invertedpleat valance, with a contrasting beaded tape trim banding across the the bottom of both. “It keeps the window light, elegant, and feminine, but in a simple way. Not too much fussing around with curtains.” Trim: Samuel and Sons Opaline Pearl border in eucalyptus. AVAILABLE THROUGH THE MARTIN GROUP, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 951-2526, WWW.MARTINGROUP INC.COM


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Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz C & J Katz Studio

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The third Annual New England Design Hall of Fame

2009 inductees

this year’s inductees to the new england design hall of fame are (clockwise from far left) stephen stimson, edward marshall and richard johnson of stephen stimson associates; maryann thompson; peter forbes; jeffrey and cheryl katz; douglas reed of reed hilderbrand; gary mcbournie; and dalia tamari. (not pictured: gary hilderbrand)

contents 96 introduction 100 inductee unveiling ceremony 106 peter forbes 108 cheryl and jeffrey katz 110 gary mcbournie

112 reed hilderbrand 114 stephen stimson associates 116 dalia tamari 118 maryann thompson 122 hall of fame sponsors


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This year marks the third annual New England Design Hall of Fame, which recognizes residential architects, interior designers and, new for this year, landscape designers whose work has had a significant impact on design in New England. Also new this year is the Specialty Design Award, which will be given periodically to outstanding practitioners in more focused fields such as kitchen or lighting design. We’ve spent much of the past year narrowing down the talent pool to only eleven people. As always, it was quite the challenge, and to help us rise to the occasion we brought together a team of industry professionals from across the design community. This year’s selection committee included Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home; Ted Landsmark, president of the Boston Architectural College; architect and previous Hall of Fame inductee Richard Bertman; Alexis Contant, head of the Boston Design Center; Nancy Taylor, interior designer and another previous inductee; and landscape architect Katherine Field, who took her name out of the running for the new landscape designer category in order to serve as a judge. The selection committee spent many long hours reviewing the work of architects, designers and landscape designers who were nominated by their industry peers. Decisions were based on multiple criteria, including years served in the design trade, mentorship of younger members of the profession, other industry recognition and the quality of their work. This year’s inductees will be honored during a gala celebration at State Room in downtown Boston on November 4. In addition, the Hall of Fame will have a permanent “Living Legacy” in the form of a forest of birch trees on the Boston Design Center’s plaza, with each tree representing a member of the Hall of Fame.

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inductee unveiling ceremony 9.22.09 This year’s inductees into the New England Design Hall of Fame were announced on September 22 at an unveiling ceremony held in the courtyard of the Boston Design Center. The “Forest of Fame,” designed by Landworks Studio, will be planted as a living legacy to honor the inductees in the plaza of the Boston Design Center. 1. Back Bay Shutter Co.’s Nancy Sorensen, Bill Morton and Steve Kontoff flank Nancy Taylor and Courtney Taylor, Taylor Interior Design. 2. Eric Mongeau of Miele, 2009 inductee Dalia Tamari and RiverBend & Company’s Donna Spanos and Dave Malek. 3. Ferguson Enterprises’ Evan Grossman and Jamie Riedell. 4. Ted Landsmark, Boston Architectural College, Kyle Hoepner, New England Home, and 2009 inductee Gary McBournie. 5. Steve Kontoff of Back Bay Shutter Co. with Ted Goodnow, Woodmeister Master Builders. 6. Dick Culross, Nine Points Woodworking, Courtney Taylor, Taylor Interior Design, 2008 inductee Mark Hutker and Nine Points Woodworking’s Mark McCurn. 7. 2009 inductee Dalia Tamari with her grandchildren.







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The third Annual New England Design Hall of Fame ©

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The third Annual New England Design Hall of Fame


Peter Forbes

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Architect Peter Forbes has said that one of the great things about architecture in New England is its continuity as much as its evolution. Neither New England’s landscape nor its climate has changed all that dramatically in the past 500 years or so—rocky outcroppings, dune-filled seashores, dense forests; wet snow, torrential rain, heavy fog—and the sometimes harsh, unforgiving environment offers the same challenges faced by Pilgrim architects as by those today. Which is why Forbes designs houses influenced by the traditional vernacular—pitched roofs, shingle walls, stone fireplaces—but with his own modern interpretation… and technologically advanced materials such as insulated glass, composite wood and high-tensile stainless steel. “Peter was among the first of what might be called neo-modernists in America to carefully and deliberately apply the concepts of the modern movement to the realities of construction and climate in this country,” says architect Bradford Walker, who worked with Forbes for eleven years. “He 106 New England Home November/December 2009



once famously said that if the Puritans had had access to modern, pre-finished plywood sheathing, then that’s what they would have used.” In the firm profile in Ten Houses: Peter Forbes and Associates, Forbes wrote that the basic tenet of his architecture is that to design is to explain: the function, the role or the meaning of the designed object in its universe, and that his designs are rooted in the forms, materials and beliefs of New England. Forbes began his illustrious career with an internship at the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill in the summer of 1964, where he was involved in the conceptual design and development of major projects such as the interiors of the Hancock Tower and the initial design of the Sears Tower. In 1970 he started his own practice and, ever since, almost all of his work has been here in New England. From 1978 to 1981, Forbes was a commissioner

with the Special Commission on State and County Buildings (the Ward Commission) and was involved with the writing and enacting of a Code of Ethics for the American Institute of Architects. He has served on the board of the Boston Society of Architects and was president of the BSA from 1989–1990. Forbes is currently an instructor in design at the Florence Institute of Design International in Florence, Italy. Forbes’s work has been published nationally and internationally, featured in over forty maga-


zines and more than twenty books that include the monograph on his residential design, Ten Houses: Peter Forbes and Associates. His firm has been awarded some thirty design awards including two American Institute of Architects National Honor Awards and more than thirty design awards by the Boston Society of Architects, the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Maine Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. “He has strong convictions on how architectural design affects us that differ from those who strive for an architecture that tries for a ‘reorientation’— his designs develop out a ‘reconciliation’ of place, aesthetics and the craft of building,” says David Tobias, another of Forbes’s former associates. “He is the architects’ architect.” NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009




“His designs develop out a ‘reconciliation’ of place, aesthetics and the craft of building.”

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Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz C & J Katz Studio

Years before they were the husband-and-wife duo behind C & J Katz Studio, Jeffrey Katz was working as an architect in a big, traditional firm and Cheryl was a stylist in New York. They met in a small gallery where Cheryl was working at the time (“he walked in and the rest is history”) and their first job together was for a New York–based retail client, designing a showroom for Market Week. They each brought certain strengths to the partnership: she works in two dimensions, he in three; he leads the charge in interior architecture and she for decoration. “It made us understand that we had something to offer that was outside the traditional box, and a way to combine a number of visual disciplines— fashion, architecture, interiors. It became the one big stew of our life,” says Cheryl. Cheryl and Jeffrey opened the Boston-based C & J Katz Studio in 1984. Since then they’ve worked on dozens of residential projects in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Florida; restaurant and bar concepts for Barbara Lynch Gruppo; the lobby 108 New England Home November/December 2009



model unit of the Colonnade Residences in Boston; and myriad other commercial design projects. The studio’s design work has been featured in Metropolitan Home Magazine, House Beautiful, Design New England and the New York Times style section. Currently, the Katzes are contributing editors for New England Home. They are the authors of five books. “They have a unique talent to integrate the client’s lifestyle, goals and priorities with creative design, texture and color, creating a new perception of space and function,” says former client T. Howard Howell. Cheryl and Jeffrey worked with Susan and Rich Doll on the renovation and interior design of their home in Little Compton, Rhode Island. “The results of their work have been beyond what we initially dreamed,” says Susan. “They created an ideal nest that never ceases to delight us and our family.”

When asked if they have a “look,” Cheryl is quick to explain that they don’t work in one particular style (“not that we don’t have opinions”). “I suspect you can usually tell a project is our studios’—there’s a certain sensibility, a certain spareness and cleanliness that we have—but it’s always rooted in our clients’ thoughts about home,” she says. Beautiful interiors can change the quality of one’s life, and with that in mind, the Katzes partner with their clients to ensure that the end result real-


“You can usually tell a project is our studios’—there’s a certain sensibility, a certain spareness and cleanliness that we have— but it’s always rooted in our clients’ thoughts about home.” ly speaks about the homeowners’ aesthetic and not the designers’. “The satisfaction and happiness we have with the outcome of our projects with Cheryl and Jeffrey is reinforced constantly by the compliments we receive from guests to our home,” says client Jeff Goldstein. Since some of their earliest projects together were in retail, where brand is so important, they try to understand the “brand” of their interiors clients the same way they would their retail or restaurant clients, and then try to develop that brand. “We love the challenge of starting with who the client is, what the client has, what they aspire to, what their dreams are, and take those raw ingredients and massage them and emphasize them and magnify them and give them back something that’s truly theirs,” says Cheryl. November/December 2009 New England Home 109

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Gary McBournie Gary McBournie, Inc.

Gary McBournie certainly had an auspicious start to his career, entering the world of New England design in 1982 by working for design legend Richard FitzGerald. “I’d seen something Richard FitzGerald had done in a magazine and decided that’s what I wanted to do,” explains McBournie. “Billie Brenner introduced me to Richard and he hired me as one of his assistants.During the next eleven years, I learned the business from the ground up and was provided a first-hand opportunity to work with clients who lived in grand style.” “He has enormous talent,” says FitzGerald. “He’s worked very hard and has a love for detailing an interior, for accessorizing and placement, which is remarkable.” The rest, as they say, is history. In 1993, McBournie founded his own firm, Gary McBournie Inc., and has since provided his clients with a refined, polished aesthetic with a twist on tradition. “Classic furniture, decorative arts, innovative color schemes and graphic possibilities are the signature 110 New England Home November/December 2009



tools of my style,” he says. “He’s a very traditional decorator, a purist,” adds FitzGerald. “He doesn’t do things that are gimmicky—they are always correct architecturally and scale wise and the results are very pleasing.” The repeat work McBournie does for long-term clients is a testament to his success, as is the recognition he’s received in the industry, including publication in numerous magazines such as House Beautiful, Traditional Home, New England Home, Décor, Design New England and Beautiful Interiors. “Gary’s projects are often featured in shelter magazines, and yet I always find his work even more intriguing in reality,” says client Carolyn MacKenzie. “He creates traditional and comfortable spaces, inevitably with a surprise element, a quirky antique or some amusing focus. He designs very livable rooms, but never boring ones.” McBournie says he strives to retain his New Eng-

land heritage by incorporating contemporary colors and patterns that reflect a sense of the past into his projects, but without museum-quality sterility. “People have said that I have a look,” says McBournie, “but I never see that. I like painted surfaces, texture and color. I’m the anti-white. And beige.” He doesn’t like garish colors, and though he appreciates texture, don’t expect to see much velvet, embroidered fabrics or over-elaborate draperies in his work. He prefers a simple, clean, tailored look,

“He strives to retain his New England heritage by incorporating contemporary colors and patterns that reflect a certain sense of the past into his projects, but without museum-quality sterility.” but his projects are always a reflection of his clients, not of himself. “What we love about him, besides his personality, is his sense of color and design, says longtime client Jane Burke, with whom McBournie is currently working on a Boston apartment. “In our apartment, which has twelve-foot ceilings, he’s managing to make it look both elegant and homey. My husband and I both love color and Gary uses it so beautifully.” “I’ve gone back to homes I did twenty years ago and things are in the same place, and I can remember buying that exact object—where I was, how old I was, how I felt,” says McBournie. “It’s like having little children all over the place that you’ve sent out into the world.” And the world, especially New England, is a more beautiful place for it. November/December 2009 New England Home 111




landscape design

Douglas Reed and Gary Hilderbrand Reed Hilderbrand Associates

Douglas Reed grew up in rural Louisiana; Gary Hilderbrand, north of the Hudson River in New York. Though they come from different backgrounds, their lifelong love of the landscape, a shared design philosophy and tenacious dedication to the field has made their partnership, Reed Hilderbrand Associates, one of the leading landscape architecture firms in New England. Reed Hilderbrand’s work resonates with a thoughtful approach to the client and to the land itself. Part of the firm’s design philosophy, which the principals wrote together more than a dozen years ago, states that the sense of a site’s history and the particular character of the ground itself—its shape, soil, moisture, vegetative cover—are what motivates meaningful form in their projects. “We like our work to be generated by forces we recognize in a site,” says Hilderbrand. “I always like to say that three paradigms of the late twentieth century influence our work: modernism, environmentalism and preservation,” adds Reed. 112 New England Home November/December 2009

Douglas Reed and Gary Hilderbrand have shared design direction of the firm since 1997. Their projects have been published in Architectural Digest, Architecture Boston, Architectural Record, Designed Landscape Forum, Gardens Illustrated, Harvard Design Magazine, House and Garden, Landscape Architecture, and Public Garden, among others. The firm does a great deal of work with repeat clients, often on multiple projects. Ann Newman, for example, has been a client for the past nine years. When she first called, after seeing Hilderbrand’s work in a book, he told her that they were a small New England firm and didn’t have the capacity to work in her home state of Texas. Newman and her husband were persistent, and the firm finally agreed to take on their project. “In Texas people have a tendency to put boulders and rocks everywhere with water flowing over it,” says New-



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man. “But the way our house was set on the property we needed something else—simplicity. Simplicity is their stock and trade.” The firm, now with eight associates and a support staff of more than a dozen, takes on projects all over the country. “I just hope they don’t get too fancy or too famous that they don’t do Texas anymore!” says Newman. Reed Hilderbrand has received numerous American Society of Landscape Architects Awards (including the top annual design award on two occa-

“Their lifelong love of the landscape, a shared design philosophy and tenacious dedication has made their partnership one of the leading landscape architecture firms in New England.”

sions) and from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Reed and Hilderbrand were themselves selected for The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program, an honor usually reserved for architects. Both stress that it’s not solely their own work that has garnered so many awards and recognition, but the collective effort of the entire firm. According to Reed, one of the most rewarding aspects of his job is “working with an extraordinary group of colleagues to pursue design ideas and then to see those ideas realized through landscape.” “The work is not done by Doug and Gary solely, but by a great group of people,” says Hilderbrand. “We’ve grown an office staff that has tremendous continuity and enormous experience and we’ve learned to build beautifully.” November/December 2009 New England Home 113



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landscape design

Stephen Stimson, Richard Johnson and Edward Marshall Stephen Stimson Associates

very spatial in our designs and very minimal in our style,” explains Johnson. “We really try to emphasize that landscapes are spatial experiences,” adds Stimson, “not purely ornamental or the space leftover after a building is constructed.” Designs are inspired by each site’s own natural features, the geology, vegetation and topography, as well as the land’s cultural and ecological history. “The best residential landscapers are few and far between, but Stephen Stimson Associates is one of the best practicing in New England today,” says architect Jeremiah Eck, one of last years’ Hall of Fame inductees. “Their unique combination of native materials, practical solutions and contemporary design sets them apart from most in their field.” Stephen Stimson Associates was founded in 1992; Stimson, Johnson and Marshall have been

landscape designers who still draw by hand, heads up the design aspect; Johnson brings a rich horticulture background and extensive plant knowledge; and Marshall has used his experience working at the corporate level (he was with IBM before joining the firm) to help push the firm toward more larger scale, public works. Though a contemporary expression is a common thread throughout their work, Stimson says that the best projects grow out of taking advantage of what’s best about a particular location. “We tend to be 114 New England Home November/December 2009


Like the various aspects that make up a landscape itself, a symbiotic relationship among those who cultivate the land is essential for a partnership to flourish. Such is the case for landscape architects Stephen Stimson, Richard Johnson and Edward Marshall of Stephen Stimson Associates: each brings a specific strength and set of skills that make the whole stronger than the sum of its parts. Stimson, one of the few working there together for the past thirteen years. The firm has completed numerous residential projects in several states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as in Canada. Institutional projects include those at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Connecticut, Northeastern University, Yale University, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard University and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial. Their work has been published in six books

and nearly a dozen magazines, and the firm has garnered more than thirty regional and national awards for design excellence. “Projects have different scales—an intimate garden on Beacon Hill or a major project in Calgary, Canada,” says Marshall. “When we vary the project type and style it causes us to grow as designers and understand different types of landscapes and land designs. It encourages us to sharpen our pencils in a range of ideas so we tend not to get stuck in any one style or resolution to design.” “Everyone learns something more about the landscape when the project is finished,” adds Stimson. And the most rewarding part of a finished landscape project? “Having a hand in shaping someone’s appreciation of the natural world,” says Johnson. Rewarding for the landscape, too. November/December 2009 New England Home 115


“We really try to emphasize that landscapes are spatial experiences, not purely ornamental or the space leftover after a building is constructed.”

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Dalia Tamari Dalia Kitchen Design

Nominated by more than a dozen people to this year’s New England Design Hall of Fame, Dalia Tamari, founder of the eponymous Dalia Kitchen Design, is the recipient of the new Specialty Design Award. And though she obviously has the support of the community, she faced some early career obstacles. “People can pick out their own sofas!” her father told her when she wanted to study interior design in college, refusing to finance her education unless she went into a “sensible” profession. Like teaching. So Tamari worked her way through school, studying interior design in her native Israel and then working in Israel, Iran and Singapore before moving to the U.S. in the 1980s. In 1987, she opened a small showroom in the new Boston Design Center (she was the sole employee) and became the exclusive New England representative for the Alno line of cabinetry, a position she retains today. Over the years, Dalia Kitchen Design has grown into a remarkable 10,000-square-foot showroom— staffed with more than twenty designers—that spe116 New England Home November/December 2009



cializes in high-end cabinetry, representing eight lines including Alno, Tamari’s own private label and a New England line of cabinetry she co-developed with guru Mark Wilkinson. “The carefully edited manufacturers she represents run the aesthetic spectrum from modern to traditional, allowing you to work freely in whichever stylistic mode a project requires,” says designer Manuel de Santaren. “This is very important in Boston, because of the city’s architectural diversity,” adds Boston-based designer Frank Roop, who has worked with Tamari on multiple projects (including his own kitchen). “We have loft spaces, luxe high rises, brownstones, wharf buildings and classic homes. She has a knack for finding the best that is out there and she is always open to something new and interesting… she is truly inspired and energized by the latest design.”

Tamari’s work has been featured in such publications such as New England Home, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Beautiful Kitchens Magazine and Kitchen & Bath Business; she’s also made appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, NECN’s New England Dream House, PBS’s This Old House and HGTV. She continues to travel extensively—studying architecture, shopping in bazaars, soaking up culture— and European design greatly influences her style. “I’m a chameleon—always changing when I see new styles,” says Tamari. “I love it all: contemporary, tra-

ditional, elegant and everything in between.” Still, she believes, style is secondary to function: “Everybody can make cabinets in one style or another, but it’s almost like being a good architect and making a space comfortable so people can live in it—that’s what kitchen design is. “We’re no longer just dealing with triangles like we were before,” she continues. “The kitchen has to be practical and you have to use it well. You have to put the chairs so people aren’t stumbling over them; you need to create surfaces for working areas. If it functions well, the rest will come.” As a mentor to the next generation of designers, Tamari hosts local college classes at the showroom, donates materials for student projects and offers internships to deserving students. Turns out she’s a pretty good teacher after all. November/December 2009 New England Home 117


“She has a knack for finding the best that is out there and she is always open to something new and interesting… she is truly inspired and energized by the latest design.”

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Maryann Thompson Maryann Thompson Architects

Clients can tell architect Maryann Thompson the number of bedrooms they need, how big a kitchen they want and all the other details that go into making a house a home, but more often than not it is the landscape itself that dictates her building design—how a floor plan might follow the path of the sun; where windows could be placed to maximize solar orientation or outdoor views; how wood, steel and glass can co-exist with the topography rather than overtake it. Thompson, who holds degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture, is the founder of Cambridge-based Maryann Thompson Architects. When she began practicing twenty years ago, site-specific work was far less common. “It was all very beautiful but object oriented,” she explains. “An approach to the way space can be made that is open and flowing and unfolding—I think that’s why a lot of people in New England like the work I do. It ends up feeling like it’s reminiscent of a region but it’s modern.” “Sense of place is extremely important to 118 New England Home November/December 2009



Maryann,” says former client Will Makris. “Touching the ground lightly and expressing the true connection between inside and out is a natural occurrence in Maryann’s work.” “Maryann brings a joy and an enthusiasm to her work that we really valued,” adds Ray Powrie, another of Thompson’s clients. “She brought the outdoors indoors for us and filled our 100-year-old cottage with light, seamlessly blending the old and the new.” Sustainability is another hallmark of Thompson’s work; she was doing passive solar projects long before sustainable design was the cultural norm it’s become today. Thompson’s work has been honored with three American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Awards and numerous AIA New England Design Honor Awards and Boston Society of Architects Honor Awards for Design Excellence. Her projects have been published in magazines

such as Landscape Architecture Magazine, Art in New England, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record and New England Home, as well as in various architectural books including Norton’s A Guide to 250 Key Twentieth-Century American Buildings, 40 Under 40 and Contemporary American Architects. Thompson has taught design as a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Virginia, Michigan and Rice; she is currently a faculty member at Harvard University’s

Graduate School of Design. “I do a lot of projects that are in beautiful sites,” says Thompson. “When I can make a human awareness of the beauty of the site and how it’s working and the different natural cycles that are happening, it’s really satisfying. The satisfaction for me comes in creating architecture that heightens the perception of the site and the user.” “Maryann sited our house exercising tremendous respect for the land without compromising our views,” says client Bonnie Weiss. “We have received many compliments from local sailors about how they enjoy viewing our home from the outer harbor.” Thompson may tread lightly on the New England landscape, but her very sensitivity to the land ensures she’ll forever be a part of it. November/December 2009 New England Home 119


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PERFECT Drawing on their experience as architects and art gallery owners, a Boston couple creates a home that represents a window into their souls. TEXT BY REGINA COLE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG PREMRU • ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN: DAVID COWAN AND JAMES BENNETTE • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER


everything in David Cowan and Jim Bennette’s South End condominium appears to be exactly where it should be, there’s a good reason. The vast collection of books about architecture, art and design; the paintings, prints, photographs and drawings; the mixture of inherited, collected and found furniture—all occupy the light-filled space with the inspired inevitability of objects that have found the place where they belong. Cowan and Bennette are both architects who own and operate Acme Fine Art, a Newbury Street gallery of twentieth-century American art. Their professional training and their daily work explain why they, more than most of us, know how to place art, objects and furnishings for maximum effect and function. Yet their home’s decor is anything but a static display. Art leans against the wall and collects on the den floor, books look much-read and in constant use as they stack beside chairs. The bookshelves clearly see repeated rotation. Books are not arranged by binding color or by size: this is the library of people who read as if it were the very breath of their existence. The fluid, dynamic quality of their home is one aspect of a greater truth: this space is personal. It expresses the tastes and interests of its owners and, like all the best interiors, is a window into their souls. That is no accident. Before the couple bought this apartment in 2004, they owned a big South End townhouse. Tall, dark and handsome, it was a status symbol that never quite suited them. “It was too big; we could never fully occupy the space,” Bennette recalls. “We used one fourth of it,” his partner adds. By the time they bought this 2,200-square-foot corner unit in one of the South End’s premier buildings, they knew what they wanted. “We knew that we wanted all the conveniences that a freestanding single-family house does not provide,” Cowan says. “That includes garage parking, a doorman, and the comfort of a full-service building.” “No more snow shoveling, no more searching for a parking space!” Bennette exclaims. Beyond knowing that they wanted those creature comforts, the two had spent a long time thinking about how they use their living space. The space they purchased was raw; the building’s developer

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In the 1930s, Keith Murray designed machine-turned pottery for Wedgwood; Cowan and Bennette have long collected the striking ceramics, here displayed on the French dining table. Facing page top: Art and antiques lead the way in the hall. Facing page bottom: Windows wrap around three sides of the apartment.

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had kept this unit for himself and hadn’t installed anything beyond basic plumbing and a minimal builder’s kitchen. Thus, two architects who love art and read a lot had an opportunity they had long craved: to design a home that exactly fits their life together. “We decided to install a nice den instead of a guest bedroom,” Cowan explains. “It may not have been the best thing to do in terms of resale value, but we didn’t design our home for eventual possibilities. We designed it for us, for the way we live now.” The outline of the apartment describes a trapezoid, “A dynamic shape,” as Cowan says. The front door opens into a central hallway. Lined with paintings, it leads to the living room, providing views into the kitchen to the left and, to the right, the workspace built into the long end of the Lshaped den. “We designed for a contemporary and modern loft sensibility,” Bennette says. “The walls do not go to the ceiling, except in the bedroom and master bath. 132 New England Home November/December 2009

“One of the things we wanted,” he continues, “is to have different kinds of experiences as we walk around—different views, a variety of things going on. An example is the way the angled wall of the hall leads you around the corner into the den.” The deeply coffered ceilings and exterior walls are painted white, while one kitchen wall, cabinets, window frames and the interior walls are gray. A red column at the apartment’s center is a singular colorful punctuation point, while the furniture and upholstery tend toward the neutral. “The core of the space is painted gray; we wanted that to represent our intervention,” Cowan says. “Color can be architectural and can make artwork sing.” Four graceful 1920s French upholstered armchairs surround the dining area’s witty Art Deco beehive-inspired pedestal table. At the large, open space’s living-room end, a pair of equally amusing chairs recalls Eero Saarinen’s organic forms, but the shaggy gray-and-white mohair upholstery is entirely of the present. Their soft comfort makes

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Books and a drafting table indicate how these two creative homeowners like to spend their free time: reading, sketching, and generating ideas. Facing page: When Cowan and Bennette designed their home, they opted for a den instead of a second bedroom.

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Cowan and Bennette, who love to cook, thoroughly enjoy their new kitchen. Above: The master bedroom and bath derive privacy from oor-toceiling walls. Facing page: Though often rotated through the rooms, art is a constant, including nineteenth-century photography displayed in the bathroom.

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to have different kinds of experiences as we walk around.” them great favorites of the couple’s two whippets, Kip and Rose. The functional, streamlined kitchen boasts honed granite countertops in a spotted pattern that appears neutral from a distance. Carefully displayed on tabletops and shelves are pieces of 1930s engine-turned Wedgwood pottery. “We are modernists,” Bennette explains. “We love our stuff, but we got rid of a lot of superfluous things when we moved in.” “Collecting is in our genes,” Cowan adds. “But we don’t rush; we wait for the right thing. Part of the enjoyment is in the search.” Both men say that their home functions just as they hoped. “In the evenings, we’re constantly sketching, looking at books, bouncing ideas off each other,” says Cowan. “We love to cook, and this place is perfect for entertaining.” When asked to identify their single favorite element, both Cowan and Bennette answer without hesitation and in the same

way: they love the light. “It is the most significant thing,” says Bennette. “We don’t have any southern exposure, but the fact that windows wrap around our home on three sides means that we have light all day long.” “After thirty-five years,” Cowan says, “I’ve learned that light is the best aspect of design. It is such a pleasure to be here, with the beautiful morning and afternoon light. And being here in a snowstorm is wonderful.” “Living here is perfect for us,” Bennette adds. “It’s cozy, but plenty big enough for fundraisers and parties.” He laughs. “I intend to live here in just this way until I get Alzheimer’s.” Their furnishings please them and their home fits them. Clearly, what the two traded down in square footage, they gained in personal happiness. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 224. November/December 2009 New England Home 135

Designer Susan Turner painted the dining room woodwork the hue of English peas to play off the William Morris wallpaper. Facing page: A hand-painted mural decorates the entry hall; the dining room wallpaper in detail; a bit of majolica from the homeowner’s collection.

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In the living room, the occasional spot of turquoise adds punch to a neutral color scheme that makes use of a number of floral patterns. Facing page: The room’s starting point was the charming J.R. Burrows wallpaper, a reproduction of an 1881 design.


im Stewart has a fondness for old things. She knew the circa 1820 house she bought in Dublin, New Hampshire, would look perfect filled with antique furniture and the French and English majolica she likes to collect. Stewart, a pediatrician and the mother of three teenagers, wanted to avoid the stuffy look that can result from decorating an old house with old things, though. “I wanted it to look old from the outside, but I didn’t want it to feel like we were living in the 1800s,” she says. “I wanted it to be a lot more livable for me and the kids inside.” Working with Sterling Abram, a local builder with the eye of an architect and the hands of a craftsman, Stewart made some changes to adapt the house for modern living. A dilapidated little attached apartment was taken down to make way for her bedroom and bathroom as well as a sunroom built from the timbers of the old apartment. Another attached structure that was too rotted to be saved was demolished and replaced with a spacious high-ceilinged family room. “Sterling is a real craftsman,” Stewart says. “He doesn’t have a company—he’s it, and he’s amazingly creative.” During the renovation process, Stewart began thinking about her redecorating plan. “I wanted the inside to be warm and lively and bright and cheery,” she says. She got as far as choosing reproduction nineteenth-century wallpapers when she realized she didn’t quite know what to do next. Luckily, the proprietor of a nearby antiques shop suggested she November/December 2009 New England Home 139

Warm gold tones and soft leather seating bring warmth to the spacious family room addition. Above left: Salvaged beams support the high ceilings. Left: An antique fireplace mantel was resized to fit the new fireplace.

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meet with Boston-based interior designer Susan Partain Turner. The relationship between homeowner and designer quickly turned to friendship as the two shopped for fabrics, paint colors and furniture. “We had a blast,” Stewart says. “Susan is amazing. She can mix old and new and it looks great. If I do it looks boring and stuffy. There’s nothing stuffy about Susan—she’s fun! She’s really gifted, and she has an amazing eye for color.” Both women point to the dining room as an example of the success of their collaboration. Stewart had chosen a William Morris paper with a richly colored floral pattern that includes green,

blue, rose and gold on a cream background. Turner came up with a custom paint the color of English peas to use on the room’s woodwork. “I wanted to bring in some light and give the room a sense of liveliness,” Turner says. “The house is already so old and lovely, I didn’t want to get too historical.” She added floor-toceiling curtains in a sumptuous F. Schumacher fabric. The table wears a cloth of the same fabric, with a thick fringe of green around the bottom to bounce off the bright green woodwork. Here, as throughout the house, the rug is a custom design from Katharyn Alexandra, a Peterborough, New Hampshire, company. November/December 2009 New England Home 141

The efficient kitchen was designed around the homeowner’s “dream stove,” the red Lacanche. Facing page: The window above the farmer’s sink looks out over the garden.

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With its antique chairs, China closet and chandelier, the room is formal enough for dinner parties but cozy enough for family. “It’s our only dining area,” Stewart says. “I like eating in the dining room because it feels like real family time, and you don’t have to look at the mess in the kitchen.” An added bonus: in this pet-friendly home, the dogs have a hiding place under the table. The living room decor started with the charming J.R. Burrows wallpaper, a reproduction of an 1881 design of bees in shades of honey and chocolate on a cream and gold honeycomb-pattern background. Turner opted for cream-color paint for the woodwork and chose fabrics for the curtains and furniture that would play off the honey and chocolate colors in the paper. She added tiebacks about two-thirds of the way up the silk brocade curtains for a feminine look. “I’m a frustrated fashion designer,” she says with a laugh. “The high tiebacks remind me of an Empire-waist dress.” Stewart and her children spend most of their down time in the new family room. It’s all about warmth in this room, where the walls have a sunny gold glow and oversize furniture covered in chocolate-colored leather beckons kids and dogs to climb on and relax. Even in New Hampshire’s harsh winters, the large room stays warm thanks to the radiant heat under dark-stained wide-plank pine floors. “I love that it’s absolutely beautiful but it’s also so comfortable,” says Stewart. Among her favorite pieces in the room is the antique fireplace mantel, which she found at an auction and had resized to fit the fireplace. Painted gray and embellished with gold leaf, the mantel includes a motif of children and dogs. “I’m a sucker for anything with kids and animals on it,” Stewart says. The fireplace screen, with its image of an angel, is another auction find. “It’s the angel of death, taking little babies up to heaven,” she says. “It was a common motif in the 1800s. I just thought it was

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Left and right: Silk and brocade fabrics make the master bedroom a serene retreat for the homeowner, a busy mother of three. The bed, an antique, came from France. Below: An English majolica vase adorns the marble-topped pedestal table.

beautiful.” Knowing her client’s affection for animals, Turner used a Scalamandré woven linen that depicts an English forest scene for the room’s window treatments. “It has deer and other animals; it’s just charming,” the designer says. The house holds plenty of other charming touches, too, including a hand-painted mural that starts on a wall in the entry way and winds its way up a staircase. The mural’s bright aqua background offers a cheerful welcome. The whole house is meant to be a peaceful haven for the family, but Turner took special pains to create a serene retreat in Stewart’s bedroom. Silk and brocade fabrics adorn the windows and the antique French bed, and a cozy sitting area with a fireplace gives the busy mother a quiet place away from the teenaged energy elsewhere in the house. The frankly feminine florals on the windows and the furniture echo the gardens that lie outside the room’s French doors. “I wanted this room to be very special for her,” Turner says. The only room in the four-bedroom house that isn’t drenched in gorgeous color is the kitchen, which was gutted and rebuilt by the Dublin-based Windmill Hill Cabinets. “The kitchen was built around the red Lacanche range,” says Turner. “That was my dream stove, long before I had the house,” confesses Stewart. Around the spot of red, the kitchen is neutral-toned, with a tumbled marble floor in shades of sand, a butter-colored counter of Crema marble and cream-colored diamond-shaped tiles embellished with butter-colored beading. Colorful or neutral, every room in the house fulfills Stewart’s wish for a home that combines great beauty with deep comfort. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 224. 144 New England Home November/December 2009

Gentlemanly Quarters With a dose of drama, a Back Bay apartment becomes a home that reflects its owners’ urbane lifestyle and refined tastes. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM GRAY • INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN: PHILLIP JUDE MILLER, AMERICA DURAL • PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER

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In the entry, a classic lantern is updated with a twenty-first-century chrome finish. New oak floors, laid in a herringbone pattern, wear a warm fruitwood stain. Facing page: Custom French doors frame a view of the living room.

Holly Hunt’s lime felt on the chair seat adds a bright touch to the small study. Facing page: Kees Goudzwaard’s modern painting makes a fine counterpoint to the living room’s decorative lamps and lush fabrics.


ere’s to glamour, to good taste, couture quality and refinement. Here’s to alluring colors, art and books. To lovely dishware, gleaming silver and fresh flowers, single or en masse. And here’s to all the individuals who understand that real style—the lasting sort—is not just a pretty room, but a way of life. It’s quite evident that fine-tuned sensibilities are involved at this address. The old adage “life is short, use the good china” is held close. Still, such beauty and order doesn’t happen by itself. Serendipity may have brought the skillful designer and his clients together (the three kindred souls were once neighbors), but getting to this point entailed months of über creativity. Credit goes first to the owners for their stellar leap of faith. “Everybody told us not to buy this unit,” says Dr. Steve Williams, who shares the space with his partner, Dr. Michael Stillman. “But we knew if anyone could make it fabulous, Phillip could. I’d call him every day and tell him so. Finally, he came around.” Their confidence in Phillip Jude Miller has been unwavering since the interior designer, who heads the Cambridge, Massachusetts, firm America Dural, cast his spell over their previous home. When they later put it on the market, the place sold in a matter of hours. The problems this time, though, were more involved. Although the

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In an example

of Miller’s fearless approach, a pair of 1930 Chinese gilt floor lamps flank the sofa.

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landmark Back Bay building has spectacular garden views and glorious common rooms, their unit sported low ceilings and too many hallways. “When you’re spending thousands of dollars per square foot, you don’t want lost real estate,” explains Miller. For weeks, the designer admits to a certain lack of inspiration. It wasn’t until he came across a photo of the Park Avenue apartment of socialite Babe Paley (a woman synonymous with style) that the light bulb flashed. “Right then, I knew what was missing,” recalls Miller. “We needed a grand foyer.” From that moment forward, the project was off and running. Miller cleverly blew out the wall between the front hall and the guest bedroom, forging a dramatic entry at the condo’s heart and a line of sight that shoots straight to a study window beyond. Then he reconfigured the floor plan, aligning kitchen and living room to the left of the entry and more private areas like library and bedroom to the right. To visually enhance the dimensions, the astute designer scaled down the beefy moldings. “Now, they creep more onto the ceiling and less along the walls. It’s a detail derived fromYves St. Laurent’s famous Paris duplex,” he says. Covered in damask wallpaper, the spacious entry makes an elegant stage. Ten to twelve guests can gather around the linen-wrapped and lacquered table when the program calls for dinner. Or, because of the room’s easy flow, 150 people can celebrate together. Commandeering attention is a large mixed-media work on paper, Broken Home Chewy, by Reed Anderson. Avid collectors, the owners have cherry-picked a multitude of drawings, prints, paintings and photographs. Against the living room’s cordovan-colored walls, it’s an arresting display. In this wonderfully sultry setting a vignette—Susan Stilton’s intriguing photograph of a bird in flight, a snowy lacquered cabinet designed by Miller and dressed with onyx lamps and a 150 New England Home November/December 2009

The mid-nineteenth-century tea table wears it original faux tortoiseshell paint. The print on the cordovan-colored wall is by Thomas Hart Benton. Facing page, clockwise from top left: A mid-century faux malachite tray on the living-room sideboard adds color. Owner Dr. Steve Williams seated in a nineteenth-century George III–style lolling chair. Steel cabinets contemporize the kitchen

America Dural designed the lush sleeper sofa in the library. “The idea,” says designer Phillip Jude Miller, “was to give it a 1930s Carol Lombard–era feel.” The sunny custom lamp, also by America Dural, began life as a vase in the early twentieth century. The slick black and glass end table is vintage midcentury.

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A George III Pembroke table doubles as a nightstand in the master bedroom. The English Georgian chest-on-chest is antique. Facing page: John Wesley’s 1970 print—“from a rare series abandoned before completion,” explains Miller—sits above an early nineteenthcentury mahogany bachelor’s chest.

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traditional silver tray stocked with bottles—conjures a classy cocktail party before a single ice cube hits a glass. “I love juxtapositions,” says Miller. “New and antique elements side by side and fussy fabric on clean-lined furniture.” He’s referring to the Scalamandré damask that enfolds the owners’ streamlined Minotti sofa. In another example of his fearless approach, a pair of 1930 Chinese gilt floor lamps guard the sofa’s flanks. Behind them, celadon silk drapes hung, says Miller, “hospital-style on a simple ceiling track,” assume a theatrical presence. Confident that classic materials, handled masterfully, elevate humbler types, Miller concocted several cost-effective recipes for the galley kitchen. For the floor, he surrounded faux limestone tile with a stunning marble border. Storage translates to a mixture of stock and custom cabinets, while a stack of open shelves keeps everyday items within reach, much to the owners’ joy. The snug library with its linen-covered walls is the quintessential retreat. An oversize digital print by American artist Jeremy Blake (Williams’s favorite piece) brings light and color to the windowless room, where the men frequently relax after long work days. Armless lounge chairs covered in nubuck suit the informal mood. Reading materials pile up atop a generous coffee table, and fat pillows posted on a custom sofa wearing velvet almost dare you not to stretch out. Recounting his makeover of the master bedroom, Miller says, “I warn clients trade-offs need to be made. I’m very frank.” Here, he recommended giving up some bedroom space to make room for a gym and dressing room. “Why walk more steps to your dresser than necessary?” asks the savvy designer. Subtle repetitions of the custom paint colors, along with a slew of textures, give the apartment’s decor a soothing rhythm. So for the bedroom, it’s another soft green. The mood is serene and sophisticated. It’s difficult to imagine a single tie on the roam or a shirt flung carelessly anywhere. “Steve and Michael once had an all-beige apartment,” says Miller in a tone suggesting that, to this day, he still can’t believe it. ‘It was totally wrong. These impeccably dressed, well-traveled, artistic people needed color and more.” Obviously, he was right. The owners have settled in happily with their wee Chihuahuas and it’s exactly where and how they hoped—in an interesting, elegant home reflective of their personalities. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 224.

decor a soothing rhythm.


Reworking a midcentury house in Lincoln, Massachusetts, proves perfect for a pair of empty nesters who want to go smaller without sacrificing style. Text by Erin Marvin • Photography by Richard Mandelkorn • Architecture: Marcus Gleysteen, Gleysteen Design • Builder: David Brookes, David Brookes Custom Building • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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The building shell of this Lincoln, Massachusetts, home is the only thing remaining of modern architect Henry B. Hoover’s original 1950s design. Inside, everything has been completely reconfigured for today’s lifestyle by architect Marcus Gleysteen.

“When we walked into the house I could

Contemporary art and vibrant rugs add color and warmth throughout the house. Facing page: Shade, a painting by the late modern artist Harvey Quaytman, hangs over the custom ďŹ replace.

immediately see its potential.”

hat happens with a big house when the kids go off to college? It gets bigger. This family’s roomy house in Weston, Massachusetts, for years suited them just fine, but when the children went away to college, the parents found themselves alone in a too-big house. “The house was probably 6,900 square feet,” recalls the owner. “It had a huge finished basement, a mudroom, an office, a living room . . . even a basketball court outside. There were places in the house we didn’t even go when the kids were away. It was beautiful, but it was too big.” Daunted by the amount of space for just the

two of them, they started looking to downsize. The husband ran across a small ad in a local newspaper for a midcentury modern house in Lincoln. The picture was fuzzy and details were scarce, but he told his wife he thought they should take a look. “When we walked into the house I could immediately see its potential,” he says. “I said to my wife, ‘this is going to be fantastic.’ ” The house had originally been built in the 1950s by modern architect Henry B. Hoover, who designed a number of contemporary homes in the Lincoln area between the late 1930s and early 1970s. Lincoln is well known for its modern architecture; this house sits just a few miles away from the iconic Gropius House, built in 1938 by Walter Gropius of Bauhaus fame. November/December 2009 New England Home 159

As much as they wanted to make the house their own, preserving Hoover’s design aesthetic was high on the homeowners’ list of priorities, so they contacted architect Marcus Gleysteen, with whom they had worked on their Weston house, about conscientiously renovating their new modern abode. Both Gleysteen and the owners wanted to honor the original architect’s forwardthinking, contemporary intent for the home’s exterior while at the same time modernizing the interior for today’s lifestyle. “We worked really hard to maintain the essential character of the house,” says Gleysteen. “Our shared design philosophy was that, if someone in the neighborhood drove by the house four years ago and drove by again today, they wouldn’t notice any significant change on the exterior.” Inside, it was a different story. “The house was in mint 1950s condition,” says Gleysteen, “which is to say that it was a state-of-the-art house in the 1950s with all of the stylistic features to go with it: Formica cabinets, linoleum floors, wall ovens . . . aside from someone putting in a new roof it was virtually untouched inside. It was a really great candidate for a thorough updating.” Gleysteen, working with builder David Brookes, removed the entire interior, replacing everything that could be seen and touched within the house. The gut rehab decision was driven by the haphazard design aesthetic of the interior, low-quality interior finishes, rusting copper pipes underneath concrete floors and the fact that there was no insulation in the exterior walls. (“Well, it did have aluminum foil behind the plaster,” admits Gleysteen with a laugh.) Gleysteen applied high sustainable criteria to all aspects of the renovation. “Sustainable design practice is really, really important for us,” says Gleysteen. “I don’t like using the word ‘green,’ but a lot of this stuff is pure common sense. The client wanted to go from something that was a well-designed, late-1990s, bigger house to something that was smaller and higher quality, a house that was cozy and com-

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A traditional Moroccan pile rug and plush microfiber Roche Bobois sofa add another layer of texture to the living room, which is anchored by a custommade fireplace of bluestone and granite. The fireplace was designed by Gleysteen and stonemason Nick O’Hara; in fact, the fireplace in Gleysteen’s own home was the prototype for this one.

fortable and really designed to be lived in rather than looked at.” Existing windows were replaced with double-paned insulated glass, high-efficiency radiant heating was installed under new wood floors, and exterior walls were insulated with Icynene spray foam. It was important to recycle the house rather than tear it down and start anew. “Because it was built in the 1950s, it was a cultural resource that we preserved,” says Gleysteen. “We sustained its cultural identity and its contribution to the character of Lincoln.” Gleysteen reconfigured and rearranged interior spaces to reflect how families use houses today. “We didn’t restore it to its ’50s schlock glamour,” jokes Gleysteen. “We gave it a modern, contemporary interior.” The kitchen, which had been completely isolated from the other living areas, became the focus of the house. The wall oven and Formica cabinets are gone, replaced by Douglas fir cabinets with stainless steel hardware (upper cabinets have aluminum frames with frosted glass doors), modern appliances and a unique wet bar that can be hidden behind a sliding door made of translucent glass. The large open space also boasts an island topped in Pietra Cardosa granite. The kitchen is anchored by a cozy informal dining room and a grand living room area, the focal point of which is a stunning stone fireplace. Two large pieces of granite, from old New England barn foundation columns that Gleysteen found up in Maine, flank large pieces of bluestone. Gleysteen designed the fireplace in collaboration with Ashland, 162 New England Home November/December 2009

The informal dining room affords stunning outdoor views. Facing page top: In the kitchen, counters and the backsplash are made of Pietra Cardosa granite; Douglas ďŹ r cabinets are accented with aluminum frames and frosted glass. Facing page bottom: A door made of translucent glass slides open to reveal a wet bar.

The exterior environment is echoed

Massachusetts–based stonemason Nick O’Hara, with whom he’s worked on numerous projects throughout the years. A formal dining room, perfect for dinner parties and family gatherings, sits on the other side of the kitchen; beyond that lie the bedrooms and master suite. The original master suite had a small closet and outdated bathroom, so an addition was put on to accommodate a large shower and dressing room. Contemporary art adds splashes of color throughout the house, and plush rugs add warmth. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors invite dramatic views of rolling woods, verdant hemlock trees and the picturesque Cambridge Reservoir. The exterior environment is echoed 164 New England Home November/December 2009

throughout the house in an abundant use of wood: the floors are red birch while ceilings and much of the interior millwork are Douglas fir. The furniture is wood as well, from Thos. Moser. “We used fir and walnut predominantly in the furniture,” says the owner. “We’ve got this beautiful walnut table and chairs, and in our bedroom we’ve got all new cherry wood furniture. We’ve always liked Thos. Moser and it fits great into the architectural design of the house—modern and clean.” Downsizing, by definition, means living in less space. But this home, perfect for these empty nesters in this new stage in their lives, is still big when it comes to style. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 224.

throughout the house.

In one of the bedrooms of the three-bed, three-and-one-half-bath house, the autumn red of a Denyse Schmidt quilt mimics the fall foliage outside. Facing page: The master bathroom boasts seagrass limestone oors and walls accented by large green frosted tiles and small glossy glass tiles. The wood ceiling is Douglas ďŹ r.

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Designer Paula Daher’s family moved from the suburbs to a Boston brick-front that Daher felt called for an interior look rooted in elegance and simplicity.

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City dwellers at heart, a family uproots from the suburbs to live their dream in Boston, creating a Parisian-inspired apartment along the way. Text by Stacy Kunstel Photography by Eric Roth Interior design: Paula Daher

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Daylight pours into the living room, enhancing the palette of snowy whites and creams. The Barbara Barry damask drapery fabric was the starting point for the room’s decor.

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Curved pocket doors original to the 1890s home separate the family and dining rooms. The modern dining table and chairs complement the room’s nineteenth-century architectural details. Facing page: A hand-painted screen lends interest to a corner of the living room.


A few years ago—before Wall Street’s woes and Ponzi scheme collapses—a certain group of empty nesters began selling their overstuffed homes in the Boston suburbs to assume sleek, minimalist lives in the glassy towers that accompanied the city’s boom of new residential construction. The trend seems to have cooled as quickly as our faith in the stock market, leaving those who seek the city life to do so from a point of passion, not fashion. Take, for instance, the Daher family: Paula, an interior designer with a business in bucolic Andover, Massachusetts, and her husband, John, an executive with the footwear company Clark. With two daughters having just entered college and a son beginning his freshman year of high school, it will be a while before they have lives to live on their own. Still, city life beckoned, whether it was planning family vacations (“We’re not beach people,” says Paula), driving into Boston for dinner or exploring neighborhoods and museums on weekends. The Dahers began to re-evaluate their lives and decided that if their hearts were in Boston, perhaps their home should be, too. They began with the criteria for their dream location. Parking, a suburban luxury they did not want to surrender, would be essential, and preference was given to intact spaces— fixer-uppers would only delay their entry into the urban landscape. Armed with an appreciation for architecture and history, they also hoped for a home with character and detail. The search took them all over Back Bay and the South End before the home of their dreams presented itself in the form of a recently refurbished brick-front 1899 apartment along Commonwealth Avenue with original plasterwork details, floors, moldings and paneling. The bones of the apartment—all 2,800 square feet of it—evoke Left Bank comparisons, with carved marble fireplaces and high ceilings. Paula then went to work creating a color palette and furniture plan for the space, knowing she would leave most, if not everything, from her four-bedroom colonial in Andover behind. This was a space that called for elegance and simplicity, bold forms and—most important—a nod to the city life they had been looking for. “I wanted the space to remain light,” Paula says. The windows for the most part are on only one side.” Using a combination of linen white (a yellow-based color) and China white (a gray-based hue) in the rooms, she then let textures, fabrics and furnishings sing. Beginning in the living room, which sits just off the entry and overlooks the street, she

selected a large-scale damask by Barbara Barry for the curtains. “Once I found that fabric, I just worked everything in the living room around it,” she says. For additional texture and privacy, she ran woven wood Conrad shades in a gray tone behind the curtains. Above the Donghia sofa she hung a pair of Salvador Dali sketches, and in one corner of the rectangular room she placed a tall, silver-leaf screen behind a pair of modern wingback chairs. 172 New England Home November/December 2009

In the family room, cafe curtains provide privacy while long drapes add drama. Facing page left: A sleek sculpture anchors an end of the family room. Facing page right: Designer/ homeowner Paula Daher with children Olivia, left, and Clayton.

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Modernity lives comfortably throughout the home, elevating the style factor and making the apartment feel more European in its mix of new and old. “I wanted it to be understated, elegant, modern, yet comfortable,” says Paula. Among the few “suburban relics,” as the designer likes to call them, is the livingroom coffee table, rescued from its previous life as a cocktail table and shortened by four inches. Accents of crystal shimmer on a side table after languishing for years in the dark recesses of a cabinet in the old house.

“The family room was part of what really drew us to the house,” says Paula about the large, oval-shaped space that sits at the back of the house and opens to the kitchen. Here, a large flat-screen television sits above the fireplace. “I knew we had to have a TV and the only place we could put it was above the fireplace, but when it’s off, it acts like a large black mirror,” she says. Two down-filled sofas face one another in front of the fireplace, flanking a mosaictopped table the couple found in an antiques store. The warm red tones in the stones project color into the space, lest it be too monochromatic or predictable. Pocket doors original to the space separate the dining room from the family room and kitchen. Paula introduced a modern aesthetic to the room’s fifteen-foot-high ceilings and original architectural details such as the 1890s paintings, mirror and intricate moldings. A sleek, B&B Italia dining table and high-backed upholstered chairs complement the room’s height while a David Iatesta chandelier adds delicacy and femininity. The effect is clearly French and influenced by the family’s travels together. “Paris is one of my favorite cities,” says Paula. “There’s such an appreciation for historical architecture.” The Dahers are respectful of history, yes, but not bound to relive it in terms of design. In the master bedroom, for example, a once-dark Chippendale bench from their previous home has been painted a crisp white, lightening the look and the implications of living with such a frilly, carved piece. “I love how the French reuse old anTo see more of this home tune in to tiques like I did with the Chippendale NECN’s New England Dream House, Sunday November 15 at 10:30 a.m. Host bench,” says Paula. “They’re not interested Jenny Johnson and Stacy Kunstel, in living in the past.” homes editor for New England Home, Neither are the Dahers. “We said, ‘what will take viewers on a tour. The show will are we waiting for? Let’s make our lives also air on November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on November 16, 19 and 24 and what we want,’ ” says Paula. “Life is preDecember 2. You can also see the story cious, why wait?” • online at starting on November 15.

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Daher added the master suite’s built-in cupboards. A flat-screen television hides behind the floor-length drapes. Facing page left: Daher chose the velvet ironwork-pattern fabric because it reminded her of her grandmother’s flocked wallpaper. Facing page right: The silver chest was a consignment store find.

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Kitchen Paul Lazes, of Rock Pond Kitchens, took his cue from the traditional farm kitchen of a century ago, then introduced a variety of materials and finishes to bring a contemporary twist and give this kitchen a personality all its own. Recognizing the classic beauty of an all-white kitchen, Lazes used traditional beadboard, whitepainted cabinets and white marble countertops for the sink area. In the cooking area, though, he brought in natural wood cabinets and drawers and added a dark granite counter for a feeling of warmth.

Living Room John Murphy, of Vineyard Decorators, chose a quiet, sophisticated palette for the living room. A Sunbrella fabric in a pale sea-blue and cream check ties the multiple seating areas together and brings a casual, summery feel to the room. The sophistication factor comes from Murphy’s clever use of found objects and his layering of old and new. To whit: the cocktail table in front of the sofa is 1950s Bakelite, the bar is made of display risers from a dress shop, and the fireplace stools are pieces of antique cement columns.

Sitting Room Mary Rentschler loved this little room the minute she saw it. “It was small, but had such a pleasing shape and such lovely light,” she says. Her goal: to echo the natural beauty that lies outside the windows. Nina Campbell wallpaper sets the tone with its soothing color palette and its vintage design scaled up in size for a more contemporary look. A sofa upholstered in cotton and linen and faux bois armchairs add to the natural feel. Rentschler added shots of persimmon because, she says, “my eyes craved a spark.” FOR DESIGNER CONTACT INFORMATION, SEE PAGE 224.

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ver since The Jetsons animated series debuted in 1962, homeowners have looked forward to having a smart home complete with appliances that can talk and use less energy. Nearly fifty years later, the time has come. It will all be made possible with technology and the Smart Grid, a major initiative to modernize the nation’s electricity distribution grid and automate it with new digital technology that will move energy more ef-

ficiently. It will ensure a more reliable energy source, easier adaptability for renewable resources and, for homeowners, smarter ways to reduce energy use. The Smart Grid is hoping to capitalize on what researchers call the “Prius effect.” The hybrid car’s dashboard displays the consequences of your driving habits on your energy usage in real time. Armed with the information, drivers have proven willing to change their habits. The Smart Grid would be like


The Lighting Center “Creating a range of light levels throughout your home rather than simply turning your lights full on adds convenience and a ‘wow’ factor, plus saves energy. You can do it all easily with RadioRA 2, a wireless light control system from Lutron. It not only controls your lights, but also motorized shades, audio-visual devices and temperature in a single room or throughout a whole home. With RadioRA 2, you can easily create lighting scenes for a specific activity, such as dimming the lights and closing the shades to watch a movie in your media room. RF Technology means it installs easily into new construction or an existing home using wall-mounted, tabletop or handheld controls. Plus you can increase capability by adding more devices or occupancy/vacancy sensors.”

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having a Prius dashboard for your home. Smart Grid homeowners will have a new meter (called a smart meter, of course) equipped with a two-way radio to enable communication between utility companies and your home’s appliances and energy systems. National Grid, a regional electricity transmission and distribution company, is currently working with state regulators on pilot Smart Grid programs in the area, says Bill Pratt, Smart Grid Customer Program

have to monitor them, depending on the level of connectivity you choose. Pilot program customers will be able to choose from three service levels. The basic level is informational only, where you’ll log on to a Web site to see your energy usage and adjust your appliances accordingly. At the second level, National Grid would work with you to set target usage parameters and they’ll alert you as you approach your target each month so you can adjust appliances if you choose. At the third level, the utility would “talk” to

Customers who participate in the Smart Grid pilot program will be able to receive more granular data on their consumption patterns.” —Bill Pratt, National Grid

Director. One is in Worcester, Massachusetts, one in north metro Boston and one on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island. “Customers who participate in the pilot will be able to receive more granular data on their consumption patterns. Instead of getting a bill every thirty days after the fact and saying, ‘Oh wow, I used that much energy!’ you’ll get usage information potentially every fifteen minutes,” Pratt says. Usage data will come through the meter and be displayed on a secure Web site showing usage, cost and kilowatt hours saved when you conserve. Some customers will have the opportunity to also get a home display unit that mounts on the wall like a thermostat. The really cool part is that the utility company could manage your appliances for you so you don’t

your appliances directly through a unit called a smart plug—an interface between a standard plug and an appliance—so energy savings seem almost automatic. “Say you don’t want to deal with cycling down the A/C yourself,” says Pratt. “We will be able to do that for you if you want, with the technology we have in the smart meter and the smart plugs. We’ll cycle the A/C down for half an hour during peak usage times and you won’t even notice the difference. Then we’ll cycle it back up, go to your neighbors and do the same thing and so on through the neighborhood so everybody remains cool but doesn’t have it on full blast all the time. If you deploy it on a mass scale, even a minor adjustment like this results in a pretty big difference in terms of the amount of electricity we need to generate.” In a few years, almost all new appliances will be

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manufactured with a microchip for wireless communication with your smart meter so you won’t need the smart plug. And according to a Department of Energy (DOE) report, GE is already running a pilot program with smart appliances—a refrigerator, range, microwave, dishwasher and washer and dryer—that can receive a signal from a smart meter that alerts the appliances when peak electrical usage and rates are in effect. The appliances are programmed to avoid energy usage during that time or to operate on a lower wattage, although users can choose to override the program. Over the next three years or so, the Smart Grid pilot



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meters were all the rage at the recent CEDIA show, the technology industry’s annual expo, according to John Umina of Interactive Home Systems in Concord, Massachusetts. “It does seem very futuristic, but these thermostats are ready to go and are a huge leap beyond the programmable thermostats we’re used to. It gives you far more data than what the temperature is, it tells you how much you’re spending at any given time. You can literally see your energy bill go down as you turn the heat down. As the smart grid comes on line, we’ll be ready with the technology customers will need,” Umina says. This equipment rack Pratt estimates nationwide mass deployfrom Cutting Edge ment of the Smart Grid is a decade away. would be housed Some homeowners aren’t waiting for the remotely (say, in a utility room) to manSmart Grid to start saving energy and are alage all the electronics ready investing in home technology to rein the house duce their carbon footprint through energy management programs, lighting control systems and duce your carbon footprint.” Manually shutting off lights and media when not more efficient home electronics. Cutting Edge Systems in Westford, Massachu- in use, lowering your heat and air conditioning, even setts, has found that consumers are interested de- pinpointing wasteful practices all help, but they are spite the recession. “A recent Harvard Business Re- not a complete or easy solution according to Struhl. view trend story reported that the recent economic First you need a baseline measurement of your curdownturn has accelerated the desire for simplicity rent footprint, then you need an easy way to make among consumers, says Evan Struhl, Cutting Edge convenient changes that work best for your lifestyle president. “They are choosing less complicated, based on real data. more user-friendly technologies. At the same time, “Our systems monitor all the energy usage in your the report found that affluent consumers are econo- home in real time and convert the data into cost or mizing even though they don’t have to, behavior that carbon impact. Once they are installed, you can easidovetails with a solid, though slowing, interest in ly set preferences around your own levels of comfort green consumerism. Both these trends point to use of so you’re in control,” Struhl says. “It’s like creating a easier energy management tools that can help you re- carbon diet. You set ‘modes’ so that the system un-

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derstands what activity is going on and what energy levels are called for. Once they’re set, you don’t have to lift a finger.” That way, if the system is set in entertainment mode, the lights won’t turn themselves off in the middle of a dinner party just because they’re used to turning off at 8 p.m. Or, you can create a miser mode to maximize your savings while you’re asleep or away. “Many people are used to programming a basic thermostat to time their heating system for ‘sleep,’ ‘wake’ and ‘away.’ Whole-house systems take that

But what about all that new entertainment technology such as DVD players, DVRs, media storage, flat screen televisions and Internet connectivity? “A lot of energy conscious people are asking that question,” says Pat Molettieri of Xtreme Audio and Video. He is looking into ways he can help his customers save energy and researching products that operate on a more eco-friendly level. “For example, you can have a system that puts out phenomenal sound, but it creates a lot of heat, which uses a lot of energy. So we’re trying to see what else

Instead of by the hour, you can control your lights, shades, television, music and thermostats by activity.” —Jim Shapiro, Audio Video Intelligence

philosophy and apply it to everything in your house, says Jim Shapiro, owner of Audio Video Intelligence in Easton, Massachusetts. “Instead of by the hour, you control your lights, shades, television, music and thermostats by activity. Then your system knows if you’re home, what you’re doing and what the appropriate response should be. It’s a great source of energy savings if you’re not going to be diligent and manage it yourself.” For example, a ‘goodbye’ mode would trigger a chain of events: turn off all the lights and TVs, arm the alarm, turn down the heat. Similarly, a ‘coming home’ mode could disarm the alarm, turn on a path of lights to the kitchen, turn the heat up and turn your favorite music on. “You don’t have to come home to a dark house to save energy,” Shapiro says.

is out there that can deliver the same experience but is greener, such as the new Class H topology amplifiers that run on a cooler level,” he says. Similarly, as televisions have gotten bigger, so have their energy appetites. Sony has introduced a green TV, but it’s comparatively small by today’s standards (13"–17") and the price point is still high, Molettieri reports. As demand increases, that will most likely change. But there is another concern over TV energy use. Even if it’s off, today’s sets with network connections are always searching and downloading information in the background and thus, using energy. Similarly, leaving your cell phone charger plugged in when not charging your phone uses energy. And every device with a digital clock, like your coffee maker, is still


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using energy even when you’re not using it. But who wants to run around unplugging everything? Molettieri’s solution is to use smart surge protectors like those from American Power Conversion (APC) that can completely shut off the energy to a device, or tie the device into a smart home system that can completely turn off some circuits while leaving others on. Lighting is another big area where technology can help you save energy. For instance, when you dim a standard halogen or incandescent light bulb by 25 percent, you’ll save 20 percent of the energy. Dim more, and you’ll save even more. You’ll also extend the life of your light bulbs. LEDs represent the cutting edge in lighting technology, says Jim Pender, executive vice president of the The Lighting Center in Newington, New Hampshire. “LEDs consume up to 90 percent less power than an incandescent and can last up to 100,000 hours, or about twenty years, compared to 3,000 hours for a typical incandescent,” Pender says. “That makes LED ideal for spots where lights are on for a long time and are in hard-to-replace spots such as cove or landscape lighting. Another advantage is LEDs do not throw off heat like halogen bulbs.” The downside of LEDs is that the initial cost can be expensive, but when you factor in energy savings and extended life cycle, you come out ahead in the long run. Pender also says not all LED bulbs are created equal. Many offshore brands are not reliable, so look for GE, Sylvania or Philips. If you’re unsure of how LEDs will look in your home, you can test all the green lighting options in the Green Zone at Wolfers Lighting in Allston. They also have expert consultants available to answer questions such as what’s the difference between a lumen and a watt? And can my light fixture be retrofitted with an LED bulb? “There are many criteria to getting efficient light. The Green Zone is an easy way to make intelligent green technology decisions, plus see the latest and best performing fixtures and lamps,” says Steve Brand. You can also explore the effects of using compact fluorescent bulbs versus LEDs, play with dimming options, see how different lights throw warm or cool light and learn how that affects your paint and fabric colors, and attend seminars on various lighting topics, such as efficiency and design. As you can see, not only can this new technology make your home beautiful and more convenient, it has evolved to help you save energy, money and the planet.



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nineteenth-century gray like Farrow and Ball’s French Gray? Or something more New England in grayscale, such as Winslow Homer’s confluence of spume and coastal rock, a vibrant, neutral capturing of design’s paradoxical nature, its stubborn refusal to yield either to all black or all white. People have their paradoxes, too. As in the 1990–’91 recession, clients want cheaper, faster and at the same time sustainable, green and built to last. Moreover, they want smaller, more manageable homes these days but with enough space for two home offices and a suite for returning adult children. They want those spaces to have clean, contemporary lines but they also want their homes to express their uniqueness with collections, travel souvenirs and mementos. • • • Architect and Harvard Graduate School of Design Professor Peter Rose worked out a seemingly intransigent paradox: eco-luxury in the form of the new, gracefully graying, cypress-clad Annex at Peter Rose Kripalu in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The yoga devotee doing “down dog” on the mat next to you may be a kindred soul but will be returning to a dorm and shared bath. You on the other hand, 198 New England Home November/December 2009

will be retiring to the understated elegance of the fifteen-million-dollar adjoining Annex with its private everything. Rose’s compact, energy-efficient design features the hot and cold radiant floors favored in Europe. These in turn meet oversize windows equipped with king-size, individually-operated shades of graying cypress salvaged from Katrina’s tidal surge. From outside you can meditate on the playful rhythms formed by the devices in their various states of openness. • • • “What’s changed for our practice here is that now clients are pushing to do the right thing, the responsible thing and they’re willing to pay for it,” says architect and Room to Dream vice-president Michael Collins of Natick, Massachusetts. “They want less quantity in terms of square footage, better quality and more sustainable materials.” Can sustainable and sublime coexist in the paradoxical gray zone? So it would seem. . . . Collins is using recycled barn siding and posts from Maine for all the flooring, beams and columns for a project on the Cape. “The color of the wood is exceptionally rich and comes with a deep sense of character and witness. It’s also a lot more stable than some new wood,” he says. Collins’ sources include Long Leaf Lumber in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Carlisle Lumber in Stoddard, New Hampshire. • • • One of the most persistent design paradoxes for New England designers has to be the one that arises on a visit to Italy. “It’s so beautiful, I’d love to bring it home with me in a box,” designers think, “but at the same time I’m so American and New World—what to do!” Kathy Venier, of Details in Lexington, Massachusetts, may have felt some of that when she toured the royal apartments of the Pitti Palace in Florence, recently, where she was besotted by the grand drapes and bullion-graced valances, tabletops of inlaid marble and blue lapis, Kathy Venier the collection of Sèvres porcelain, painted ceilings and statuary. But her real dilemma came later: “At dinner, there were so many wonderful items on the menu but so little time to enjoy them,” she says. Afterwards, Venier strolled about the old city. “A delightful detail is how the shopkeepers stack their items so artistically inside their doors awaiting the window-shoppers.” • • • David Sanborn, of EcoModern Design in the Boston Design Center, was once in charge of antiques at Shreve, Crump and Low. But that’s ancient history. Now Sanborn has a second venture situated in the back of his fifth-floor showroom: EcoModern Architecture with partner Alan Juliuson, an architect formerly with CBT Architects. One of the many innovative products the new partners are working with is reclaimed leather floor and wall tile. “It’s made of shredded scraps from upholstery and car seats mixed with acacia bark and natural latex. Then it’s cut to size,” says Sanborn. “And it

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muted by bicycle to work was hit by a car for the third time, industrial designers Alex Tee and Evan Gant, of Altitude in Somerville, Massachusetts, decided to do something about bike safety. Their solution: the LightLane, a laser contraption that attaches just below the seat of a bicycle and projects a bright, wide “virtual bike lane.” LightLane not only cuts a wide swath of light so a cyclist can see where he’s Alex Tee going, it also creates a clear boundary for drivers to avoid. After creating the prototype, the two put together a You Tube video about their product. “After getting Evan Grant 250,000-plus views we thought, ‘Okay, maybe we should take this seriously,’ ” says Tee. • • • Critics tend to place digital photography in the “cheaper/faster” bucket. But architectural photographer Cheryl St. Onge of Durham, New Hampshire, holds a more paradoxical view: film has its value but digital speed lets her take more photos, so she can tell more of the design story. The project portfolio she hands over to the architects and designers who hire her are almost like “walk-throughs” with some photos showing close-up details and textures while others capture the drama of the entire space. The 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship winner’s work for architect Steve Hart of Belmont, Massachusetts, will soon appear in Houses of Martha’s Vineyard II by architects Keith Moskow and Robert Linn. Critics may ultimately hail her digitals as not only cheaper and faster, but also better. • • • The block-long Steven King showroom at the Boston Design Center has now merged with Beauvais Carpets in New York, opening an important source of antiques as well as new designs. Says King: “I can count on just two hands the number of producers of original rug designs, and they’re mostly in the United States. We have almost nothing to do with oriental rugs anymore, or Aubussons and the like. What we have at the showroom is what you can’t find in the retail stores—

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the highly unusual finish, color, pattern, textures. Once the producers work out the design and texture they want, then they source it all over the world, where it can be done best.” The notion that orientals are no longer of interest and that leading designers may be moving on to other kinds of rugs poses one of the knottiest of knotty design paradoxes: designers and architects are committed to preserving the best of tradition while at the same time opening themselves to new ideas and to the fact that the world is forever changing along with their clients. The question becomes, how does one honor and preserve the ancient art of oriental rugs and at the same time welcome the new and neverbefore-seen? Questions such as these call for a very special kind of LightLane—an attachment perhaps to the gray matter of the cerebrum. Alex Tee are you ready? • Keep in Touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of New England’s design community. Send your news to

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New England Design Hall of Fame Gala New England Home hosts its third annual gala dinner formally honoring inductees to the New England Design Hall of Fame, created to recognize those whose careers have made a significant impact on design in New England, as well as on the overall good of the community. State Room, Boston; (800) 609-5154, ext. 0; www.nedesign; 6:30 p.m.; $275, reservations required



Beginning Orchid Growing Workshop Lyman Estate horticulturist Lynn Ackerman teaches the ins and outs of growing beautiful orchids, from lighting, watering and temperature to fertilization and repotting. Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, Mass.; (781) 891-4882, ext. 244; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.; $30–$35, registration required


The 23rd Annual Christmas Festival The annual Christmas Festival will feature the work of more than 350 American master craftsmen, and will highlight the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, (617) 385-5000; noon–7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun.; $12 The Awakened Eye Join Ati Gropius Johansen, daughter of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, in a hands-on workshop introducing the

NH Open Doors

Clark Gallery

Through November 8

Hooked in the Mountains XIV Through November 15

Presented by the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, the exhibition will showcase three featured artists, Sharon Townsend, Gail Duclos Lapierre and Diane Phillips. An opening reception will be held on November 6 at 5 p.m. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt.;; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Through November 8


Tucker Gallery, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

NH Open Doors is a statewide touring and shopping event for all ages. Visit and shop at the open studios of New Hampshire craftspeople and artisans, local farms, orchards, wineries and retail shops and galleries filled with New Hampshire–made products. When the day is done, find rest and relaxation at a local hotel or inn. Visit for a listing and map of participants

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Bauhaus principles. Johansen leads the workshop, designed to develop a new awareness of the visual world, as it was taught at the famous Bauhaus School of Design in the early twentieth century. Codman Estate, Lincoln, Mass.; (781) 259-8098; 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; $30–$45, registration required

Room to Dream Foundation and Mitchell Gold Event Join Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams as they host the gala launch party for the Room to Dream Foundation, a Boston-based charity that creates healing environments for chronically ill children and their families. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Boston; (617) 332-3066; www.roomtodream; 7 p.m.; RSVP to john@ or alex@roomto

12 Boston International Fine Arts Show

Through November 15

Forty galleries from the United States,

Send notice of events and gallery shows to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or by e-mail to Photos and slides are welcome. Please submit information at least three months in advance of your event. 206 New England Home November/December 2009

Rockport, Maine • (207) 236-2875 Ordinary Life Through December 19 Five photographers find unexpected beauty in the ordinariness of middleclass daily life

Lincoln, Massachusetts • (781) 259-8303 John Randall Nelson: Paintings Candace Walters: Hearing Voices Arthur Simms: Sculpture November 3–30

Mobilia Gallery Cambridge, Massachusetts (617) 876-2109 The Teapot Redefined November 3– December 3 The familiar handle and spout are transformed into the wild and the stunning in this annual exhibit of contemporary explorations from more than thirty artists

J. Todd Galleries Wellesley, Massachusetts (888) 565-6554 • Peter Rolfe: Impressions November 20–December 6 More than fifty new oil paintings from impressionist painter Peter Rolfe will be unveiled, showcasing subjects such as Boston, New England and France

Silvermine Guild Arts Center New Canaan, Connecticut (203) 966-9700 • Print Americas November 22–December 23 Juried print triennial

Arden Gallery Boston • (617) 247-0610 Pedro Bonnin December 1–30 Quirky, multi-layered narratives, painted in a smooth naïve style, that explore identity, memory, sexuality, dreams, faith and voyeurism

Europe and Canada will feature paintings, sculptures, photography, fine prints, mixed media, studio furniture, works on paper, glass and ceramics. Spend the day browsing the galleries or take part in one of many special guest lectures, offered at various times throughout the weekend. Preview party Thursday evening, 5:30–9:30 p.m. (tickets $100 and $250). Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; (617) 363-0405;; 1–9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $15


Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair Through November 15

Celebrated as one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will feature more than 120 rare-book dealers from around the world, offering something for everyone and a book for every price range. Spend the day browsing, buying or hunting down that perfect, one-of-akind holiday gift. Hynes Convention Center, Boston; (617) 266-6540;; preview 5–9 p.m. Fri., noon–7 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun.; check Web site for pricing


New England Dream House/New England Home Episode Join New England Dream House host Jenny Johnson and New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel for a tour of the Paula Daher 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 November 16, 19 and 24, as well as December 2. The segment can be viewed on the Web at www.nedream starting November 15

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Build Boston Through November 20

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

20 Christmas at the Newport Mansions

Through January 3

See three of Newport’s most famous mansions, the Breakers, the Elms and Marble House, as you’ve never seen them before, decorated and prepared for the holidays. The houses are open every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas, so there’s plenty of time to catch a glimpse of the mansions in their spectacular holiday glory. The Breakers, Ochre Point Ave., and the Elms and Marble House, Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I.; www.; $12 and up

21 Harry Callahan: American Photographer

Through July 3, 2010

Harry Callahan was one of the most innovative photographers working in America in the mid-twentieth century. Callahan’s wide-ranging and experimental approach to photography influenced a generation of American pho-

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tographers including students at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught in the 1960s and 1970s. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; (617) 267-9300;; 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; free with museum admission ($17)

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Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport Through December 13

A variety of events ring in the Christmas season in Kennebunkport, with holiday shopping, a tree lighting ceremony, caroling and concerts, crafts fairs, art exhibitions, a parade and more. Kennebunkport, Maine; (207) 967-0857;


Annual Christmas in Salem Tour Through December 6

Ring in the season with the twentyninth annual Christmas in Salem walking tour of historic homes to benefit Historic Salem. Salem, Mass.; (978) 7450799;; 5:30–7:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sat., 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun.; $25 in advance


The Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour The nonprofit tour will feature Mark Twain’s nineteen-room home along with several historical and architecturally impressive private homes in West Hartford and Hartford. Homes and the Twain mansion will be decorated for the holidays and will feature live music and floral arrangements. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Conn.; (860) 280-3112; www.marktwainhouse .org; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; check Web site for pricing info


Urban Sustainable Living Using Web sites, video, workshops and unlimited energy, Patti Moreno, a Roxbury mother, businesswoman and selfproclaimed garden girl, shares her passion for urban gardening and educating the world about urban sustainable living. Boston Public Library-Copley Square, Boston; (617) 951-1433;; 6 p.m.; free •

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Perspectives Fresh outlooks on design and resources

Dining tables

• Area designers’ favorite pieces for the dining room • Wish List: Maine designer Christine Maclin’s must-have home products • It’s Personal: Finds from the staff of New England Home


Christian Liaigre Courrier Table “This table, with its simple lines, perfect proportions and a top with an eased edge, carries a distinctive presence.” FROM HOLLY HUNT AT WEBSTER & CO., BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 2619660, WWW.WEBSTERCOMPANY.COM


Vicente Wolf Drop-Leaf Table “With its silvery brushed stainless steel legs and lacquered top, this is an exciting modern version of the classic gate leg.” RALPH PUCCI INTERNATIONAL, THROUGH SARAH B SPONGBERG INTERIORS, SOUTH DARTMOUTH, MASS., (508) 636-3212


Keith Fritz Hexagon Dining Table “I love this table for its beautiful integrity. Keith Fritz is a true artisan.” THE M-GEOUGH COMPANY, Boston designer Tony Cappoli’s choices reflect his approach to design, blending classic elements with clean lines and contemporary details. 210 New England Home November/December 2009


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Amarcord Bronze Cabinet from Promemoria “Finishes and materials with depth, and hardware that could be considered fine jewelry, make this piece sparkle in every setting.” SHOWROOM, BOSTON, (617) 482-4805, WWW.SHOWROOMBOSTON.COM


Keith Fritz Jasper Buffet “I love the Jasper buffet for the way its classical, curved lines so graciously compliment Fritz’s Hexagon dining table.” THE M-GEOUGH COMPANY


Christian Liaigre Galion Table “This console, with its bold, refined simplicity and lyrical shape, will mix well with other pieces.” FROM HOLLY HUNT AT WEBSTER & CO.

New London, Connecticut, designer Victoria Dryden holds a degree in interior architecture and has a background in furniture design. She is drawn to pieces that show off the commitment and skill of the artisans, whatever the medium. 212 New England Home November/December 2009

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Serving pieces


Frances Palmer Pottery’s Diego Footed Bowl “Even though this is one of the oldest forms of the serving dish, it’s a fresh interpretation with its lustrous finish and elegant form.” THE COTTAGE, TIVERTON, R.I., (401) 625-5814, WWW.FRANCESPALMERPOTTERY.COM


Platter by Linda Sershen “I love the way this platter juxtaposes the graceful, sweeping pattern and vibrant color of the design with the deep earthiness of the clay.” WESLEYAN POTTERS, MIDDLETOWN, CONN., (860) 347-5925, WWW.WESLEYANPOTTERS.COM


Hemisphere Platinum China by Jean Louis Coquet “With their different textures and simple design, these pieces become functional objects of art for the table.” SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW, BOSTON, (800) 225-7088, WWW.SHREVE CRUMPANDLOW.COM

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Although she lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Sarah Spongberg grew up in Mississippi and is still influenced by her southern roots. At heart, she is a classicist who loves simple, elegant lines.


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Authentic Designs A family-owned and -operated Vermont business, Authentic Designs has been handcrafting the finest interior and exterior lighting for more than 40 years. In addition to the extensive line of carefully researched designs, Authentic Designs also custom fabricates lighting and decorative metalwork as specified by architects, decorators and designers in the US and internationally. UL listed. 154 Mill Road West Rupert, VT 05776 (800) 844-9416

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



Christine Maclin, Portland, Maine A Pattern Language, the seminal 1977 book on architecture, is the inspiration that forms the basis of Christine Maclin’s practice of interior design. Functional practicality, the connection between spaces and an economic and intentional aesthetic mark her work. “If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter how it looks,” she says. She credits her Swedish family background for her goal of simple, sophisticated presentation and her love of linen, candles, flowers, fine china and silverware. Maclin spent several years in the Philippines and has traveled extensively in Asia for both work and pleasure. “Living and working in Asia was a revelation,” she says. “It taught me the importance of establishing order within chaos, the art of restraint, the power of the unspoken.” She has long been a devoted student of Gan Xu, who teaches Chinese brush painting at the Maine College of Art in Portland.



1 Hand-Screened Botanical Pillows “I love the bold scale and colors of these pillows. There are many different prints, all on 100 percent linen. They have a separate feather and down insert and the case has an invisible zipper. Vibrant and uncomplicated, these pillows add excitement to any sofa or chair.” IN TWO SIZES FROM ACQUIRE, BOSTON, (857) 362-7380, WWW.ACQUIREBOUTIQUE.COM


2 Custom Wallpaper “I worked with a collective in India on an antique hand block project. This is my adaptation of two of the teak block patterns. It’s hand-screened in New England and is available in any color on an off-white ground.” THROUGH MACLIN DESIGN, PORTLAND, MAINE, (207) 774-9545, WWW.MACLINDESIGN.COM

3 Dennis & Leen Gainsborough Sofa “Sophisticated, neoclassical style and comfortable! With the beautiful carving on its legs, this sofa is appealing in its simplicity and quiet luxe. It’s shown here in a great Glant fabric of wool and polyester.” FROM WEBSTER & 5


4 Handmade French Folding Rolled Steel Table “This is one of my favorite tables. It comes in three sizes, can be used inside or outside, is very heavy and is almost indestructible. It’s a classic vintage style with tubular steel edging, an applied gunmetal finish and a graceful folding X base with arches.” FROM ANTIQUES ON 5 ON TWO, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 951-0008, WWW.ANTIQUESON5.COM

5 Fresh Flowers “Flowers breathe life into a space. They add immediacy and focus as well as beauty and, for me, a feeling of deep gratitude. I like all-white arrangements with variegated foliage.” FROM WINSTON FLOWERS, BOSTON, (800) 4574901, WWW.WINSTONFLOWERS.COM

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

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief I knew I was in trouble not long ago when the announcement of a new lighting line from Design House Stockholm popped up in my inbox. Billing itself as a sort of “publishing house” for contemporary Scandinavian designers, the company markets just the sort of elegantly clean-lined, innovative products you would expect, often at astoundingly reasonable prices. And sure enough an attack of acquisitive lust was inspired by Jonas Hakaniemi’s Box Light, a tabletop lamp that makes adjustable lighting control about as beautifully basic as it could possibly be. Open the box to turn the lamp on; close the box to turn it off; achieve the perfect level of brightness by sliding the light in and out. $195 AT RETAIL STORES THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND, INCLUDING FAIRHAVEN FURNITURE, NEW HAVEN, CONN., (203) 776-3099; FROG & TOAD, PROVIDENCE, R.I., (401) 831-3434; KOO DE KIR, BOSTON, MASS., (617) 723-8111; AND THE DESIGN CONNECTION, BATH, ME., (207) 443-2464; OR ONLINE THROUGH WWW.DESIGNHOUSESTOCKHOLM.COM.

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor A few years ago I had the chance to meet and interview antiques guru Judith Miller. Known for her multiple tomes on antiques, collecting and the Miller’s Antiques Price Guides, the England-based author proved to be as delightfully witty as she was knowledgeable even though we were crammed into a noisy bar. The expert Miller recently penned a luxurious tabletop book exclusively devoted to chairs and titled it just that. Chairs, from Octopus Publishing Group, traces 400 years of decorative and utilitarian works, giving each a page or two of lavish photos and details of its unique history. The American Queen Anne wing and American Chippendale rococo side chairs featured are both by early New England craftspeople, but there’s a hefty dose of modern seats by worldrenowned designers as well. It’s enough to make you sit and think, perhaps choosing your next seat more wisely. $65 AT AREA BOOKSTORES

Angela Stevenson, Senior Account Executive Wouldn’t it be incredible to own a Gustav Klimt painting in a gilded frame? The stuff of dreams, perhaps. But why not slumber beneath a window gilded with panels of Klimt-inspired fabric by B. Berger? Whimsical, sumptuous and overtly arty, the hand-appliquéd fabric takes me back to art history class. It isn’t shy about borrowing from Klimt’s iconic, heady swirls. Yet its rich texture and color palette kissed with metallics are an unexpected complement to contemporary furnishings. The fabric comes in three colors, including espresso, shown here. Who knew fine art could be so easy to bring home? 56" W. $248/YD. IKAT INTERIORS, NEWTON, MASS., (617) 965-5500

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Made Here New England companies creating beautiful products for the home BY PAULA M. BODAH

Let There Be Lights A brick factory in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, is home to one of the country’s few family-owned lighting manufacturers. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO, SOME CLEVER PER-

son took a hollow object—a rock or shell, perhaps—filled it with moss that had been soaked in animal fat and set the moss on fire, creating the world’s first table lamp. Anthropologists and historians quibble about which particular millennium saw the introduction of home lighting, but there’s little debate that in the third millennium A.D., the right lighting can make or break the interior design of a home. Nulco may be a newcomer in the grand history of home lighting, but having been in business since 1920, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island–based company ranks as one of the oldest of the country’s few family-owned lighting manufacturers. The company hasn’t always made the gleaming chandeliers and sconces it’s noted for today; its founder, Abraham Nulman, focused on making outdoor lanterns of copper and brass. In the early 1970s, Abraham’s son Lewis and grandson Kenneth (now the company’s president) saw an opportunity in interior lighting and moved the company in that direction. Today, the fourth generation of Nulmans, Ken’s son Cliff, is on board as vice president, taking the company into the future. Nulco specializes in traditional and neoclassical fixtures 220 New England Home November/December 2009

Made Here crafted of brass and crystal, although more contemporary lines make an appearance in their catalog, too. New designs and twists on existing designs are introduced regularly, but one tradition that never changes is a good old-fashioned emphasis on highquality materials and meticulous craftsmanship. In the company’s brick factory, about sixty men and women work at machines and by hand, forming and polishing the brass orb that will anchor a chandelier, shaping the brass tubing that becomes a lamp’s arms or stringing the hand-cut, hand-polished crystal that will bring sparkle to the piece. Nulco fixtures can be found in about 1,000 showrooms, mostly in the U.S., with a smattering in countries around the globe. In today’s global economy, the fixtures are no longer all completely fabricated at the Pawtucket factory. The Nulmans turn to countries around the world for some of their components, bringing high-quality crystals from Austria, Egypt, the Czech Republic and Turkey for chandeliers and sconces in both traditional and contemporary designs. Some die-cast components come from northern Italy where, says Ken Nullman, the metal used is as pure as possible. “In the case of brass,” he says, “it’s just copper and zinc from clean, virgin alloy.” A pure metal ensures that the finished piece will be free of air bubbles that could result in tiny pits during the polishing process. Those pits might not be visible at first, Nullman says, but as the fixture ages, discolorations will begin to show. Lighting design goes beyond making sure there’s adequate light in every room, says Robin Doerfler, a lighting designer in Wallingford, Connecticut. The type of lighting is crucial, from the chandeliers, sconces and lamps that provide general light and give a room its ambience, to track or recessed lights that make it easier to see the vegetables for chopping or the newspaper for reading, to the subtle but direct lighting that can highlight a special piece of art. “There are so many different ways to approach how to use all those aspects of lighting in a room,” she says. Doerfler often turns to Nulco products for her work. “They have very good quality, and they’re known for their craftsmanship,” she says. “Their crystal line is very high quality; they use top-notch crystal with a lot of clarity and brilliance, a lot of sparkle and dazzle.” Keith MacKay, business development manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Galleries with showrooms throughout Massachusetts, has high praise for Nulco as well. “It’s high quality, a designer line. You’re not going to find that kind of quality in the big box stores,” he says. “They pay close attention to quality, and their customer service is tremendous.” When Ken Nulman looks to the future, he envisions changes in both design and technology that might take his company in new directions. “Basic things are changing Nulco Lighting, in architecture and design,” he says, (401) 728-5200, pointing to innovations such as wall panels that light up and may one day take the place of single fixtures in contemporary homes. Whatever types of lights Nulco finds itself making in the years to come, quality materials and fine craftsmanship will always be a Nulman family hallmark. • November/December 2009 New England Home 221

New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms BY ERIN MARVIN







1 Jeffrey Greene’s furniture, made in the tradition of Newport’s legendary cabinetmakers, is exclusively at The Ball & Claw. This Townsend Bonnet-Top Highboy is crafted in mahogany with opentalon ball and claw feet, a detailed shell carving and a bonnet top with central flame-and-urn finial. NEWPORT, R.I., (401)

3 One of our editors spotted the Aaron sofa in The Bright Group’s Boston Design Center showroom and simply had to have it. Part of a new lounge collection of sofas, chairs and settees (and available as each), Aaron boasts an exposed wood frame, giving it a modern vintage look.


2 Doors don’t have to be boring: Studio Verticale will soon be introducing two new lines of contemporary exterior doors—Synua and Tekno—by the Italian company Oikos. Both are made of galvanized steel covered with lacquered or wood veneer, glass or laminate on both sides. Synua is shown here. BOSTON, (617)

BOSTON, (617) 345-8017, WWW. BRIGHT

BOSTON, (617) 542-6464, WWW. LEKKER



4 Guests to your home will feel especially welcome with this new coir doormat from Angela Adams. The doormats are suitable for indoor or outdoor use and are available in two patterns and three warm colorways that echo fall’s own hues; Munjoy in Midnight is shown here.


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5 The three-door Oak Ligna Sideboard by Ethnicraft at Lekker is constructed of stainless steel and solid oak for a modern, timeless look. The piece is part of the new Oak Ligna Collection that also includes a square coffee table, entertainment rack and storage cupboard.


6 The new Rock armchair from BoConcept is sure to make you smile. Available in a variety of fabrics and colors (yellow ochre felt is our favorite), it’s one of the highlights of BoConcept’s new 2010 collection of edgy, colorful pieces. CAMBRIDGE, MASS., (617) 588-7777, WWW. BOCONCEPT.COM






7 It’s hard to concentrate on work when sitting at the stylish Timber Desk by New Room, available at ICON Group. Perched on delicate, spindly legs, the three-drawer desk is sturdier than it seems; shown here in solid ebonized oak on a hand-forged iron base, the size and finishes are fully customizable. BOSTON, (617) 428-0655


9 Ready to get comfortable? Sink into the super-plush Feel Good sofa for Flexform, part of a collection of modular sofas, sectionals and chairs designed by Antonio Citterio that is now available at Showroom Boston. BOSTON, (617) 482-4805, WWW.SHOWROOMBOSTON.COM

11 New at EcoModern Design is the stunning line of SeaTile wallcoverings from Matrix-Z. Offered as a veneer, meshbacked or porcelain-backed tile made of reclaimed mother of pearl, SeaTile comes in a range of vibrant colors, from traditional to bubblegum pink, purples, greens, blues and yellows. BOSTON, (617) 261-0300, WWW.ECOMODERNDESIGN.COM

8 Betsy Sweat of Jia Moderne just returned from Asia with original oil paintings by three artists in Vietnam that will be part of a group exhibition in early November highlighting Vietnamese contemporary art. Emerging artist Le Quy Tong will make his U.S. debut; Face Series 19 is shown here. BOSTON, (617) 946-0888, WWW.JIAMODERNE.COM

10Designer Meichi Peng’s new store in Boston’s SOWA district, Peng, is a treasure trove of rare, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Our favorite find was this nineteenth-century coal iron, which features a rare rooster detail that operates a latch to open for loading hot coal. BOSTON, (617) 521-8660, WWW.MEICHIPENG.COM

12 Handcrafted from sustainably harvested hardwoods with curves in all the right places, the Modern Equinox Table from Vermont Woods Studios is one of our favorite must-haves this season. Shown here in maple with an espresso finish, it’s available in any standard wood. VERNON, VT., (888) 390-5571, WWW.VERMONT WOODS STUDIOS .COM

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

THE COMFORT OF HOME PAGES 136–145 PICTURE PERFECT PAGES 128–135 Architects and interior designers: David Cowan and James Bennette, ACME Design, Boston, (617) 585-9551. General contractor: Robert Leotine, Alewife Company, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 864-2550. All textiles: Cheri McGregor, IKAT Interiors, Newton, Mass., (781) 806-5117. All antiques: Through ACME Design. All artwork: ACME Fine Art, Boston, (617) 5859551, Pages 128–129: Sofa from Goralnick, New York City, (212) 691-8690,, with fabric by Kravet, Bethpage, N.Y., (516) 2932000,; pillows from Michelle Willey, Boston, (617) 424-6700, www.michelle; fabric on twentieth-century French lounge chairs by Kravet; painting above sofa by Ilya Bolotowsky; floor lamp from Goralnick; ottoman from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Boston, (617) 266-0075,; carved applewood sculpture, Ballerina, by Chaim Gross. Pages 130–131: Eliza chair from Hickory Chair at Hudson, Boston, (617) 292-0900, www Accordion Player bronze sculpture by Jan Martel; Nymph and Goat bronze sculpture by Ruben Nakian; paintings by Joseph Solman, Richard Baker, William L’Engle, Wolf Kahn, Peter Busa, E. Ambrose Webster, Agnes Weinrich and Karl Knaths; circa-1838 dining room table and chairs by Jean Royere with chair fabric by Kravet; painting between windows, Abstraction by Blanche Lazzell; engine-turned ceramics, circa 1930s by Keith Murray for Wedgwood, through ACME Design; steel sculpture on sideboard by James Rosati. Page 132: Artwork by Peter Busa, Hans Hofmann, Marguerite and William Zorach, Milton Avery, Niles Spencer, Tony Vevers and Panos Ghikas. Page 133: Chairs and fabric by Knoll,, available throughout New England; artwork by George Lloyd, Robert Beauchamp, William Freed and Simon Gaon. Page 134: Bed from Usona Home, Philadelphia, Penn., (215) 496-0440, www.usonahome.dom; linens by Aero Studios Limited/Thomas O’Brien, New York City, (212) 966-1500, www.; Matteo Homespun Queen brown shams from Hudson; brown-patterned blanket by Swans Island through Hudson; paintings over bed, William Baziotes, Puppet Figures, and Ross Moffett, Boatyard; kitchen artwork by Giorgio Cavallon (background) and Murray Hantman. Page 135: Fixtures and fittings by Waterworks and Kohler, available throughout New England and at and www.kohler .com; contemporary pinhole photographs by Marian Roth.

Interior designer: Susan Partain Turner, Susan Turner Interiors, Boston, susanturner0501 Builder: Sterling Abram, Dublin, N.H., (603) 563-8841. Kitchen contractor: Windmill Hill Cabinets & Design, Dublin, N.H., (603) 563-8503. Wall colors throughout: Custom colors by Farrow and Ball, Pages 136–137: William Morris wallpaper from J.R. Burrows & Co., Rockland, Mass., (781) 9821812,; curtain and tablecloth fabric from F. Schumacher, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9175,, fabricated by Tammy Atherton, Greenfield, N.H., (603) 547-6883; chandelier from Yankee Crafstman, Wayland, Mass., (508) 653-0031, www; rug from Katharyn Alexandra, Peterborough, N.H., (603) 9246440; wall mural by Paul Montgomery Studio, Churchville, Va., (540) 337-6600, www.paul Pages 138–139: Wallpaper from J.R. Burrows & Co.; curtain, easy chair and ottoman fabrics from F. Schumacher; love seat fabric by Fortuny through Susan Turner Interiors; rug from Katharyn Alexandra; lamps from Yankee Craftsman. Pages 140–141: Rug from Katharyn Alexandra; sofa and club chairs from Red Chair Antiques, Peterborough, N.H., (603) 924-5963, www; curtain fabric from Scalamandré, Boston Design Center, (617) 5749261,; chandelier from Alhambra Antiques, Coral Gables, Fla., (305) 446-1688, Pages 142–143: Tumbled marble floor from Tile Showcase, Natick, Mass., (508) 655-5000,; polished nickel hardware from Splash, Manchester, N.H., 603) 5943107,; farmhouse sink from Splash; light over sink from Chameleon Fine Lighting, New York City, (212) 355-6300,; custom tile from Ann Sacks, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2300,; crema marble countertops by Millwork Masters, Keene, N.H., (603) 3583038, Pages 144–145: Antique bed from French Accents, New York City, (888) 700-7847,; pedestal table and chairs from Bonhams Auction House, Los Angeles, (323) 850-7500,; rug from Katharyn Alexandra; fabrics by Zoffany, The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,


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Interior architect and designer: Phillip Jude Miller, America Dural, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 661-4100, All antiques: Through America Dural unless otherwise noted. All art: Through Jacob Robichaux through America Dural. Page 146: Living room doors designed by America Dural. Page 147: Chrome lantern by Vaughan Lighting, Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 2619660,; damask wallpaper from Osborne & Little, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506, www.osborneand; work on paper by Reed Anderson. Pages 148–149: Drapery fabric from Rogers and Goffigon, New York City, (212) 888-3242; bronze drum end tables and wenge armchair (facing sofa) from Promemoria through Showroom, Boston, (617) 482-4806, www; corner armchair by Promemoria through Showroom, with Great Plains seat fabric by Holly Hunt through Webster & Co.; Laura coffee table by Lewis Mittman through The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,; Minotti sofa from the Morson Collection, Boston, (617) 482-2335, www.morsoncollection .com, with damask fabric from Scalamandré, Boston Design Center, (617) 574-9261, www; niche photograph by Doug Hall; wall painting by Kees Goudzwaard. Page 150: Custom lacquered cabinet designed by Phillip Jude Miller; onyx lamp through America Dural; photograph by Susan Stilton; armchair fabric by Pollack through Donghia, Boston Design Center, (617) 574-9292, www; mid-century lamp from Machine Age, Boston, (617) 464-0099,; photograph by Charles Fréger. Page 151: Drapery fabric by Duralee, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-6991, www.duralee .com; seat fabric by Holly Hunt through Webster & Co.; light pendant by Zaneen through Wolfer’s Lighting, Waltham, Mass., (781) 8905995, and Allston, Mass., (617) 254-0700,; print by Thomas Hart Benton from The Old Print Shop, New York City, (212) 683-3951, Pages 152–153: Custom sofa designed by America Dural with fabric from Robert Allen, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506,; pillow fabric from Groundworks at Lee Jofa, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506,; early twentieth-century yellow lamp from America Dural; lounge chairs, lacquer and chrome coffee table both by Minotti from the Morson Collection; line wall covering from Donghia; Zaneen lighting through Wolfer’s Lighting; photograph by Jeremy Blake. Pages 154–155: Drapery fabric by Pollack through Donghia; armchair from Promemoria through Showroom; photograph by Roe Ethridge; print above antique chest by John Wesley from his Panoply Portfolio.


PAGES 156–165 Architect: Marcus Gleysteen, Gleysteen Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 492-6060, www Builder: David Brookes, David Brookes Custom Building, Lexington, Mass., (781) 861-0086. Stonemasonry: Nick O’Hara, O’Hara & Company, Ashland, Mass., (508) 881-8711. All wood furniture: Thos. Moser, Boston, (617) 224-1245, Page 158: Vases from Koo de Kir, Boston, (617) 723-8111,; rug from First Oriental Rugs, Danvers, Mass., (978) 739-9033,; stoneware (inside the cabinet) by Bonnie Bennett, Redmond Bennett Gallery, Dublin, N.H., (603) 563-8565, Pages 160–161: Sofa from Roche Bobois, Boston, (617) 742-9611,; Shade by Harvey Quaytman, Nielsen Gallery, Boston, (617) 266-4835, www.nielsengallery .com; stoneware by Bonnie Bennett, Redmond Bennett Gallery; rug from First Oriental Rugs; fireplace tools, wood holder, large pillow and throw from Koo de Kir. Page 162: Kitchen cabinetry from Walter Lane Cabinetmaker, Ward Hill, Mass., (978) 469-0315,; Pietra Cardosa granite countertops from Cumar Marble & Granite, Everett, Mass., (617) 389-7818, www; white pottery by Eva Zeisel through Koo de Kir. Page 163: Rug from First Oriental Rugs; green pitcher by Lawrence McRae, Boston, (627) 422-0787; Untitled by Harvey Quaytman. Page 164–165: Vanity from Walter Lane Cabinetmaker; tile from Tile Showcase, Watertown, Mass., (617) 926-1100;; rug from First Oriental Rugs; quilt by Denyse Schmidt though Hudson, Boston, (617) 2920900,; paintings by Soosen Dunholter, Redmond Bennett Gallery.

WE’LL TAKE BOSTON PAGES 166–175 Interior designer: Paula Daher, Daher Interior Design, Andover, Mass., (617) 236-0355, Pages 166–167: Chairs and ottomans from Donghia, Boston Design Center, (617) 5749292,, with mohair fabric from Kravet/FDO Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615,; curtain fabric by Barbara Barry for Kravet; curtains fabricated by Finelines, Peabody, Mass., (978) 977-7357,; woven Conrad shades through the M-Geough Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412,; end table from Decorative Crafts, Greenwich, Conn., (800) 431-4455, www; Tufenkian rug through K. Powers, Needham, Mass., (781) 455-0505,; coffee table from Baker Knapp and Tubbs, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876.

Pages 168–169: Curtain fabric by Barbara Barry for Kravet, fabricated by Finelines; curtain hardware from Window Imagination, Melrose, Mass., (781) 665-1885, www.windowimagination .com; sofa from Donghia with Lee Jofa Threads Collection fabric, Boston Design Center, (617) 449-5506,; tall wing chair from Donghia; glass and metal hurricanes from Crate and Barrel, Boston, (617) 262-8700, Page 170: Hand-painted silver leaf screen from Baker Knapp and Tubbs; wing chairs from Donghia with Lee Jofa Threads Collection fabric; table from FDO Group; lamp from Visual Comfort, Page 171: B&B Italia dining table through Montage, Boston, (617) 451-9400, www; chairs from Artistic Frame, New York City, (212) 289-2100, www.artistic, with Kravet Fabric; painting by Laura Schiff Bean through Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, (617) 262-4400, www.lanouefineart .com; sculpture from Lanoue Fine Art; David Iatesta chandelier from Studio 534, Boston Design Center, (617) 345-9900,; Chilewich placemats from Bloomingdales, Chestnut Hill, Mass., (617) 630-6000, www; rug from K. Powers; sheer curtain fabric from Lee Jofa; silk curtain fabric from Kravet; curtain fabrication by Finelines; curtain hardware from Window Imagination. Page 172–173: Bronze sculpture by Ruth Bloch through Lanoue Fine Art; curtain fabric from Kravet; curtain fabrication by Finelines; table from Kartell, Boston, (617) 728-4442; chairs from Crate and Barrel; sofa from Kravet Furniture, Conover, N.C., (800) 648-5728, www, with fabric by Rogers and Goffigon, New York City, (212) 888-3242; Vaughan sconce from Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, Page 174: Barbara Barry sheets from Bloomingdales; pillow fabric by Kravet; pillow fabrication by Finelines. Page 175: Built-ins by Acorn Woodworking; Lawrence, Mass., (978) 685-8672; vintage Baker bench painted by Acorn Woodworking with fabric by Lee Jofa; bed skirt from Restoration Hardware,; Tufenkian rug through K. Powers; fur throw made from vintage mink coat by the Fur Salon at Saks 5th Avenue, Boston, (617) 541-0077,


MARTHA’S VINEYARD DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE AND GARDENS PAGES 178–179 Kitchen designed by Paul Lazes, Rock Pond Kitchens, Edgartown, Mass., (774) 253-3828, Living room designed by John Murphy, Vineyard Decorators, Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 693-9197, Sitting room designed by Mary Rentschler, Rentschler and Company Interiors, (508) 6932058,


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Premier Properties If You Lived Here... Setting Woodstock, in central Vermont, is a scene straight out of Currier and Ives. Views of nearby Mount Tom, a covered bridge that spans the Ottauquechee River and a village green surrounded by stately nineteenth-century homes make it easy to see why Woodstock has often been called the prettiest small town in America. Commute Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, is about 44 miles away, and the drive to Burlington is about 67 miles. Boston is 156 miles away. Attractions Billings Farm and Museum is a great place to explore the area’s history. Nearby Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is home to a rare oldgrowth woodland. Hiking trails, horseback riding trails and, in winter, ski areas, round out the options for lovers of the outdoors.

Views of the White and Green mountains surround this thirteen-room house on 305 acres. It lists for $9.6 million with Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty, (802) 457-2000,


that could fill every month of a scenic calendar. Woodstock Village alone could occupy a few pages with its classic New England green surrounded by stately old homes. Nearby, a picturesque covered bridge the color of maple syrup spans the clear rushing waters of the Ottauquechee River. Hills and woodlands, fields and farms, ensure there’s something beautiful to look at in every season. It may come as a surprise, then, that a town so pretty and pastoral was actually once a hotbed of industry. Shortly after the town was settled, in the late 1760s, a gristmill and a sawmill were built along the river. By the beginning of the 1800s, factories had sprung up producing farming tools, textiles and flour. Nowadays, Woodstock’s primary industry is hospitality, as visitors come for autumn foliage tours, winter skiing and spring and summer hiking and fly fishing. The town has wisely protected the historic architecture—including four churches with bells made by Paul Revere and his descendants—as well as the pristine surroundings. A vibrant arts scene, fine restaurants and shops and a strong sense of community are the finishing touches that make Woodstock a paradise for visitors and residents alike. —Paula M. Bodah

Housing Houses in Woodstock run the gamut from log cabins to stately Federal mansions to classic farmhouses to multimillion-dollar vacation homes. What it Costs The median sale price for a house in 2009 was about $495,000. Your Next-Door Neighbors Only a little more than 3,000 people call Woodstock home, and many of them work in businesses that cater to the thousands of visitors who come each year. It’s a popular place for second homes for New Yorkers and people from New England states in search of tranquility. How You’d Spend Your Free Time Woodstock is all about the great outdoors. In winter, there’s easy access to a handful of ski areas including Killington and Okemo. In autumn, leaf peepers have plenty to look at whether strolling through town or hiking the trails of Mount Tom.


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Greenwich, CT $7,850,000 MLS#73974, Jean Ruggiero, 203.552.0937

Weston, CT $7,600,000 MLS#98432437, Michelle&Co., 203.454.4663

Westport, CT $4,850,000 MLS#98423904, Jillian Klaff, 203.858.2095

South Glastonbury, CT $4,100,000 MLS#G538551,Kristin Bourbeau,860.982.2294

Westport, CT $4,095,000 MLS#98428441, Michelle&Co., 203.454.4663

Westport, CT $3,295,000 MLS#98436034, Michelle&Co., 203.454.4663

Longmeadow, MA $2,900,000 MLS#70968755,Heidi Picard-Ramsay,860.307.0039

Wilton, CT $2,800,000 MLS#98419390, Lyn Marchellos, 203.952.9888

Foxboro, MA $2,500,000 MLS#70952813, Patricia Ford, 781.799.5584

Duxbury, MA $2,500,000 MLS#70962303, Christine Daley, 781.760.2205

Ridgefield, CT $2,300,000 MLS#98431942, David Everson, 203.246.7150

Cape Cod/Harwich Port, MA $1,995,000 MLS#20907401, Carolyn Otis, 508.255.5555

Roxbury, CT $1,895,000 MLS#98421319,Stacey Matthews,860.868.9066

Litchfield, CT $1,850,000 MLS#W1050815,Dawn &Sharisse,203.650.1956

Hingham, MA $1,650,000 MLS#70976824, Joan Capano, 781.223.6069

Boston/Midtown, MA $1,535,000 MLS#70965371,Jennifer Johnson,617.513.8900

Ridgefield, CT $1,495,000 MLS#98433499, David Everson, 203.246.7150

Rowayton, CT $1,475,000 MLS#98430290, Meghan Gatt, 203.904.8064

Wilton, CT $1,390,000 MLS#98434633, Lyn Marchellos, 203.952.9888

Natick, MA $1,199,000 MLS#70964413,Tabenkin/Connelly,508.259.7279

Plymouth, MA $1,195,000 MLS#70967242, Patricia Ford, 781.799.5584

Washington, CT $1,195,000 MLS#L131857, Kristine Girardin, 860.459.7797

Wilmington, MA $1,080,000 MLS#70961607, Karen Butt, 978.337.5597

Marblehead, MA $1,080,000 MLS#70870184, Steve White, 781.690.6433

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$2,995,000. Elegant Tudor-style residence on 10 acres in the heart of Hamilton horse country. The interior includes large formal rooms with vaulted ceilings, hand-carved architectural elements and imported Louis XV panels. Pool, cabana, tennis court, and formal gardens. Peter Dorsey & Harry Fraser, (978) 927-1111

$3,249,000. This 1918 Colonial Revival Estate has been renovated and enlarged. Original details include four fireplaces, antique moldings, and carved mantels. 1.79 acres with a pool, patios and garaging for 6 cars. Short walk to Concord Center’s library, shops and train. Brigitte Senkler & Sharon Mendosa, (978) 369-3600



$2,250,000. This two-story carriage house, circa 1900, is set on over 10 acres with ocean views, beach rights and parking privileges in a private West Beach parking area. A bluestone patio overlooks beautiful grounds and has ocean views. There is a sunny second-level au-pair apartment. Peter Dorsey, (978) 927-1111

$6,900,000 Pheasant Hill, a 31-acre estate is located in the heart of North Shore equestrian activities and an extensive trail network. Offering 11,000+ SF of living space comprised of approx. 30 rooms, a gourmets’ kitchen, 10+ bedrooms, 4-car garage, guest house, pool and tennis court. Jonathan Radford, (617) 335-1010



$1,925,000. Located in the desirable Columbine neighborhood, this estate offers a timeless New England design and layout. Features include fine carved details, French doors and high ceilings. A grand foyer, oversized kitchen, butler’s pantry, breakfast room and six bedrooms. Josephine McCloskey, (617) 696-4430

$7,995,000. This 26-acre estate is connected to the local trail network and is comprised of rolling lawns, woodland and two scenic ponds. Included is a guest cottage, recreation lodge, carriage house, tractor barn, greenhouse, pool, tennis court and a buildable lot. Jonathan Radford, (617) 335-1010

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

$2,495,000. Set on 13 acres, this magnificent Robert Stern-style residence has extraordinary detail.Features four bedrooms, three fireplaces, an oversized kitchen, and a first -floor guest suite. The professionallylandscaped grounds include a tennis court, a pool with hot tub and a cabana. Kristin Bouchard, (978) 927-1111



$4,990,000. Dramatic design and luxurious detailing define this residence nestled in the Longwood Mall neighborhood of Brookline. Features 13-foot ceilings, a magnificently-appointed kitchen, master suite, finished lower level with wine cellar, media lounge and guest quarters. Jayne Friedberg, (617) 731-2447

$7,800,000. This custom six-bedroom residence encompassing 11,000 square feet features superior quality materials and the finest craftsmanship throughout. Sited on 4 private acres with exceptional landscaping, swimming pool, sunken tennis court, and 4-car attached garage. Jonathan Radford, (617) 335-1010



$2,490,000. Presiding on 4.4± acres including stonewalls, emerald lawns and colorful gardens. This shingle-style home offers an open layout, modern kitchen, state-of-the-art amenities and an exceptional master suite. Steps to the Blue Hills Reservation. Josephine McCloskey & Julianne Bridgeman, (617) 696-4430

$2,499,000. John Woodward Homestead. This Colonial-style home has been renovated to the highest standards with quality craftsmanship. It has 12 rooms and is sited on over an acre of land in the desirable village of Waban. An exceptional property. Dottie Sherwood, (617) 470-6539

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Manchester, MA

Beverly Farms, MA

Magnolia, 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. $1,300,000

Gracious Carriage House on 1+ acre in an estate setting in the heart of Beverly Farms. This spacious yet cozy home features original woodwork, a great room with eldstone replace, European-style kitchen with gas replace, ofce with built-in shelving, 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, sunroom with oor to ceiling windows and enclosed wrap-around porch. $1,355,000

Oceanfront estate was once the summer hideaway of actress Greta Garbo. Sited on 10+ acres with stunning views of the Atlantic, this property features gold leafed ceilings, atrium, 17 rooms, 7 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 7 replaces and a new kitchen with vaulted, sky-lit ceiling and ocean view deck. Offering a clay tennis court, surfside bathhouse, 2+ bedroom Carriage house and a 4 bay garage. $4,500,000




Magnolia, MA

Manchester, MA

Oceanfront Shingle-style residence with stunning views of the Atlantic sited on a large, landscaped lot with heated Oceanside pool. This home has been totally renovated with state of the art systems and details and features a gourmet kitchen, in-home ofce space, 3 bedrooms and 4.5 baths including fabulous master bedroom suite. Offering a guest cottage and garage parking for up to 5 cars. $3,200,000

“Seagate” Oceanfront estate set above the open Atlantic on over 4 landscaped acres offers the ultimate in elegance. This residence features 2 caterer’s kitchens, an indoor basketball court, fabulous indoor lap pool, billiard room, paneled library, replaced reception hall and exquisite master and guest suites. Included are rights to a private beach with dock, carriage house, guest cottage and licensed helipad. $9,500,000


Gloucester, MA

Gloucester, MA

Prides Crossing, MA

Oceanfront home nestled in a protected cove in a serene setting. This Japanese inspired home features large windows for capturing the light, living room with cathedral ceilings, dining room with replace, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Offering a 40’ heated pool surrounded by gardens, separate guest house, a private beach and a private oat on one of the few stone piers left. $1,595,000

Ocean views from this Victorian home sited on Gloucester’s Back Shore. This home is in excellent condition and is near Good Harbor Beach. Featuring a living room with bay windows, skylight, replace and large kitchen with pantry and granite counters. Offering 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, including a master suite with cedar closet and bay windows. $1,395,000

New Construction on Paine Avenue. Custom shingle style “cottage” on a 2 acre lot with deeded beach rights. This home offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, including 2 master suites with radiant heat. Featuring a kitchen with commercial appliances and pantry, 2 replaces, covered porches, decks and 3-car garage. $1,650,000

Wenham, MA

Gloucester, MA

Prides Crossing, MA

Stately shingle-style house built in 2006 to the nest of specications is beautifully situated on 4 private acres. Built with great attention to light, layout, and detail, this home offers traditional elegance with state of the art amenities and features 5 bedrooms, 5-1/2 baths, 3 replaces, and gorgeous mahogany oors throughout. $1,999,000

Magnicent views of Eastern Point and the Atlantic from this light-lled Contemporary sited on an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds. This well maintained home features 3 replaces, living room with cathedral ceilings, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths including a replaced master suite with updated bath. Offering an indoor heated pool with fabulous views, Crow’s nest ofce/playroom with wet bar and 2 car garage. $1,499,000

Plum Cove offers breathtaking ocean views and a private, white sandy beach. This restored mansard Colonial in Prides Crossing features many amenities including a gourmet kitchen, sauna, game room, media room, ofces, playroom and roof-top deck. Offering formal living areas with period detail, foyer with staircase, 9 bedrooms, 4 baths and 7 replaces. $5,750,000 Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944 (978) 526-8555 • Beverly Farms, MA 01915 (978) 922-2700 • Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 282-1315


Spectacularly renovated, sun-filled 4 bedroom 3.5 bath Cape on cul-de-sac abutting conservation land. Wonderful detail throughout. Features of the home include custom granite kitchen open to a spacious dining area, fireplaced living and family rooms. New windows, heating & a/c systems. $797,000

Gracious 3-4 bedroom center entrance Colonial on Marblehead Neck. Situated on a corner lot and set back from the street, this property offers year round ocean views, as well as abundant gardens in a spacious and very private backyard. One of the unique features of this home is the step-down living room with a cathedral ceiling and central wood burning fireplace. Other features include a formal dining room, first floor bedroom and bath and spacious master suite on second floor. A wonderful home with phenomenal potential. $1,119,000

Direct harbor front home in downtown Marblehead. Enjoy the ever changing vistas from spectacular sunrises to the peacefully reflective sunsets. Steps lead down from the terraces and patios to the edge of the harbor where the base for the original cement pier remains intact offering future dock potential. The present layout consists of 3 floors of living – 3 bedrooms, a fireplaced living room, dining room and galley kitchen plus a separate in-law suite. Off street parking included. $1,595,000

Sweeping water views from this 6 bedroom, 6 bath turn of the century home on the Peach’s Point peninsula. This very private 14 room home with 6700 square feet of living space has been exceptionally renovated with the highest quality workmanship, finishes and amenities – designed for entertaining on a grand scale, yet offering a flexible layout for family living. Owners have use of the Peach’s Point Association dock and neighboring town moorings. $3,495,000

Enjoy Goldthwait marsh and ocean views plus the camaraderie of this special neighborhood from this traditional 5 bedroom, 3 ½ bath Center Entrance Colonial. This elegant and warm home features formal living and dining rooms plus a wonderful family room addition with cathedral ceiling, surrounded by windows overlooking mature gardens. Property includes a spacious yard, part of which is a separately deed, buildable lot. $1,748,000

Enjoy ocean views and refreshing breezes from this custom designed 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath home with a striking interior offering the spaciousness of an open layout, 2 story high cathedral ceilings, skylights, stone fireplaces and so much more! This home is set directly across the street from Goldthwait Beach with access for swimming, beach combing or catching the surf. $2,150,000

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Welcome to the Miley-Friend House. Meticulously renovated to blend old world charm with updates for todays life style. This property boasts a new architect designed kitchen with connecting mahogany deck and great room with large fireplace. Master suite has fireplace.located on one of Winchester"s prettiest streets $2,279,000 Mary Price Shanahan Real Estate Group

Winchester- One of Winchesters finest homes with breathtaking views of Mystic Lakes from every angle of the house. Watch the seasons change from the double porches and relish the privacy and solitude from the magnificent rooms that overlook this vista. Sensational open floor plan and newly designed lower level suite make it a perfect family home and ten miles from Boston. $2,999,999 Camille Murphy/Nan Shanahan Listing Brokers

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New Hartford, CT “Philip chapin” victorian home pillars & wrap around porch circa 1867 stunning original details throughout 7 fireplaces music room belvedere w/statue grand ballroom w/original marble & gold mirror ingr pool *bluestone patio, carriage house/garage. $849,900 PiaCiccone • 860-573-4026

Woodstock, CT A graciously elegant 45 acre home of quiet and uncommon luxury. Built with uncompromising quality and a myriad of exciting details. Dramatic entryway and foyer leading to a large living room and elegant dining room with magnificent views. $2,199,999 Bob Leonard 860-428-0026 Fred Gillette 860-428-7066

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Branford, CT Enjoy views of the Thimble Islands from the sandy association beach. Architecturally designed Nantucket shingle style colonial features 6644 sf, 12 rooms, 56 bedrooms, finest materials throughout. Water views. 75 miles NYC. $2,150,000 Irene Keene 203-605-6685 or Tom Clancy 203-415-3888

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Woodstock, Vermont

Thomas Hill Farm offers a completely renovated and spacious 1872 farmhouse (8 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths) on 2.61+/- beautifully landscaped acres with a spectacular barn conversion guest house (5 rooms, 1 bedroom, 2 baths). All abutting 158 acres of conserved property just 1 mile to the village center. $1,295,000

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Gracemere on 163.96+/acres of professionally managed forest provides recreational opportunities, abundant wildlife, views and property tax abatement. This architect-designed 10,000 square foot stone house, overlooking a beautiful spring-fed pond, affords gracious comfort and conveys a sense of quiet elegance. A superb investment for the future. $4,300,000 More land available. 5 Central St./Box 630 Woodstock, VT 05091 802/457-2244 877/227-0242





Elegant and historic “Swanhurst Manor House” was built in 1851 as one of the first twelve mansions built on famed Bellevue Avenue. This beautiful 6 bedroom home has been lovingly restored to its gracious elegance and sits on 1.56 acres of classically landscaped grounds. Interior accents of elaborate detailing and period design remain prominent throughout. We welcome your appointment to view this grand historic home in Newport, RI.


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Waterview Marion Antique Home

Traditional 1880 Antique on Water Street in Marion Village. This grand home boasts over 5,500 square feet with 7-8 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, formal dining room with fireplace, living room with fireplace, sunroom, parlor, and large kitchen which opens to family room. Waterviews of Sippican Harbor from living room and several of the bedrooms. Exterior features include large porch, private patio, inground swimming pool, and professionally landscaped .82 acre lot. This property includes a .58 acre lot across the street which includes a private dock on the inner-harbor.

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