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189 | Perspectives Indigo strikes the right mood for fabrics; Cynthia Driscoll envisions an elegant dressing room; lighting designer Sergio Mazon on the art of illumination; things that inspire drapery maker Karen Gilman; and the details that make a classic New England house so appealing.

31 | Elements: Curtain Call All the latest accoutrements, from fabrics to trims to hardware, for the well-dressed window.




40 | Design Destination: Evolve Residential, Boston 44 | Artistry: Metal Winner Large scale or small, metaphorical or whimsical, Peter Diepenbrock’s steel, bronze, and copper sculptures bring industrial chic to private and public spaces. BY JULIE DUGDALE

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he time lag built into ink-andpaper publishing sometimes has interesting side effects. As I write this editor’s note, much of New England lies buried beneath imposing mounds of frigid whiteness. Meanwhile, I am hoping—we should all be hoping, fervently—that by the time you read these words, the vistas beyond our windows will be starting to resemble a bit more the photos that await you as you page through the remainder of this magazine: green, inviting, and with not a speck of snow anywhere in sight. Landscapes, and the relation between indoors and outdoors, are important themes in this issue of New England Home. “Bringing the outside in” is, to be honest, something of a cliché in articles about home design, yet it is a well-nigh universal concern. Houses engage with their surroundings in a variety of ways,

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Curtain Call When decorating a room, questions about size, shape, and color can seem endless. Decisions about wood species, drawer depths, and arm shapes can boggle the mind. But of all the details, the ones that center on window dressing, especially curtains, cause the most angst. For starters, there are myriad hardware choices. Should the rod be reeded? Stainless steel? Painted wood? Should

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All Dressed Up Silk to swoon over, tiebacks and tassels to tickle one’s fancy. Adornments like these give the phrase “window dressing” a whole new meaning. Not for the meek, these vivid materials can help fashion a very special room.

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Natural and relaxed doesn’t have to mean Plain Jane. Linen fabrics get a lift from a chunky fringed bottom or grosgrain-ribbon edge, while flax-colored wool curtains paired with a bronze rod and finial are refined but never boring.

1. Linen fabric in Oatmeal, The Shade Store, Boston, (617) 9631995, Linen fringe, $76/yd. rogers & Goffigon,

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1, 2, 3, and 4. C & C Milano’s Laveno Barre Mache collection in black and white, red and white, and off-white and metal. 118″W. $185–$200/yd. Studio 534, Boston Design Center, (617) 345-9900,

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3. Camelot tieback by Ulf Moritz, dual-colored synthetic. $194. Through Donghia

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whimsical, that accent yards, homes, and university campuses across New England? That, Diepenbrock says, is where the spatial reasoning comes in. “You start with what’s appropriate for the site,” says the sculptor, who has an industrial-design background and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Rhode Island School of Design. “It’s what will look best and feel best for the buyer.” This, he says, is determined by site conditions like color, scale, and environmental factors. If a homeowner wants a sculpture on the lawn, Diepenbrock

visits the home to take in the angles of the yard, assess the view from the house, and even analyze the light as night falls. Practical factors like engineering and cost also come into play, not to mention the opinions of the client. All these things, Diepenbrock says, amount to different “spheres” of reasoning that should be approached like separate jobs, but must come together in one final intersection, or piece of art.

Why metal as the medium? “The archival qualities,” Diepenbrock says. “The welding is almost instantaneous, but the sculptural form can last for hundreds of years. I like the idea of longevity.” Before any welding sparks fly, however, the sculptor fills his workspace with sketches and 3-D models made from a pliable material called Struxfoam. Then, it’s straight algebra and hand-measuring to figure out scale and proportions for the

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“The welding is almost instantaneous, but the sculptural form can last for hundreds of years. I like the idea of longevity,” says Diepenbrock.

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these smaller compositions, which often take the form of undulating panels rich with texture and reflective hues. Diepenbrock’s sculptures enjoy a following among New England homeowners. One Jamestown estate boasts two installations: a transparent bunny of bolted steel webbing adds a touch of whimsy to the porch, while a geometric steel composition, entitled Suspended Flurries, was transformed into a modern chandelier for a living room. A lawn in Little Compton, Rhode Island, showcases a giant Whale’s Tail sculpture, which gleams CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cerebral Vortex (2009),

stainless steel and bronze, 72″H × 54″H × 14″D; Cubic Totem (2008), oxidized steel, 10½′H × 2′W × 1′D; Random Construction (2008), wood, stone, stainless steel, shellac, and gold leaf, 47″H × 48″W × 9″D; the artist working on Through the Looking Glass, A Progressive Installation (2007), the Wright Gallery, Newport Art Museum, Newport, R.I., mixed media, various dimensions.

with the sculptor’s signature shingledmetal texture, and a larger-than-life Sitting Bear decorates the home garden of Brown University’s president (the bear is the university’s mascot). New Englanders can see some of Diepenbrock’s public work at the Rhode Island State House in Providence, where his 9/11 memorial of bronze, granite, glass, and gold leaf resides; at the University of Rhode Island’s Lippitt Hall, where the largest example of the artist’s “shingle style” catches the eye; and at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where a commissioned installation exhibits the artist’s knack for metaphorical interpretation of important and complex values. “Part of what I do is figure out how to mine the symbolism of a context and translate it,” he says. “On

the surface, I’m a sculptor. But my method and process are so much more about how I get to the object. Trying to understand the metaphors and come up with a visual that hits the right notes is key.” Metaphorical or not, Diepenbrock’s pieces bring a touch of the unexpected to a dwelling. “People need to have a lot more fun in their residences,” he says. While many of us adopt a more formal, conservative approach to our homes, he says, “sometimes you meet those people who seem to have broken all the rules. And they’re having fun.” • Editor’s Note Diepenbrock’s work is carried at the

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ABOVE: The northwestern Connecticut home’s campstyle aesthetic—roughsawn wide clapboards and white-painted, wood-framed windows—is characteristic of the work of Ruth Maxon Adams, who designed it in the 1920s. RIGHT: The porch, made of reclaimed timbers from the property, is new.


he house stood for a lifetime on high ground in northwestern Connecticut, on a plot of rolling farmland that had been largely reforested over the years. The wood-clad summer home—some would call it a cabin, a cottage, a camp—was built in 1928 in a clearing in the woods. It had settled, uninterrupted, into its site when architect Jacob Albert assessed it five years ago. “Rock outcroppings are a big part of the character of the land,” says Albert, “and the stone of the foundation and chimneys seems to grow out of the rocks.” Indeed, says owner Roxana Robinson, a novelist and biographer who frequently does her writing here. The house belonged to her grandparents, and her grandfather had been highly attuned to nature, she says. Many native woods and stones were used in construction of the home. The dwelling was a welcome retreat in warm weather, but when Robinson and her husband became sole owners six years ago, they decided to make a few practical improvements. “We wanted to winterize it, but otherwise change it as little as possible,” she says. In all the ways that mattered, they wanted to keep the home intact.

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The home was originally designed by Ruth Maxon Adams, an informally trained architect (women were not permitted to practice architecture back in her day).

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The house was designed to tuck into its wooded, rocky ledge. The fireplace, untouched in the renovation, is built of local stone. The stone porch looks out on a view of a pond. FACING PAGE, FROM TOP: Interior designer Kerry Wilson recommended paint colors and furniture arrangements. A new entry hall was designed to house the homeowners’ collection of books.

Albert, a principal of the Boston firm Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, respected the lineage of the home. It was designed by Ruth Maxon Adams, an informally trained architect (women were not permitted to practice architecture back in her day) who had designed nine

other houses in the area. The distinctive building has a “picturesque composition, small-paned casement windows, wide clapboards, and rustic details characteristic of Adams’s work,” says Albert, who took on the project with colleagues J.B. Clancy and Jim Righter. “We were committed to honoring and augmenting this existing character.” For year-round comfort, the team gutted the inside and insulated the walls. The 3,600-square-foot house also underwent a few functional changes to the floor plan. The design included a new entry porch, entry hall, and mudroom. A separate garage with a writer’s studio was built in a compatible style with similar materials. In keeping with Robinson’s wishes, original materials were saved and reused. Fireplace surrounds made of native stone were left alone, for example. “The floors of white birch—unusual as a building material—were preserved,” says Robinson. She remembers that contractor George T.

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Natural wood trim, birch floors, a muted palette, and William Morris–inspired wallpapers create a backdrop for period furnishings, many of them family heirlooms. FACING PAGE: New flooring and cabinetry give the kitchen a fresh look.

mise privacy, but they stayed. Robinson was advised to replace the French doors in the living room with windows, but that would have altered an important archi-

tectural detail, so the doors still stand. All of the old natural wood trim, as well as doors and their hardware, remained in place, too. The interiors were furnished

under the guidance of New York City interior designer Kerry Wilson, who says the house is a reflection of the homeowners. “I helped them with paint colors, fabrics,”

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says Wilson. “We repurposed some pieces and moved others. This home had belonged to Roxana’s grandparents, and my role was to help re-imagine it for her.” The brown-stained, rough-sawn wide clapboards of the exterior were retained. Many of the wood-framed casement

windows, now trimmed in white, were saved, and new ones were made to look just like the old. The only obvious alteration to the facade came when the recessed entry porch was enclosed to create the new entry hall, and a true porch was added.

Constructed of timbers from an old oak tree that grew on the site, the new porch “improves the relationship with the outdoors,” says Albert. The worn asphalt of the roof was replaced with cedar shingles for a more authentic look. Noted landscape architect Patrick Chassé was responsible for the natural landscape design. “It was important to keep the woodsy, unmanicured feeling of the site,” says Albert, even while building a garage and improving the driveway and access to the house. The old house is still a rustic camp with rough-hewn beams and craggy stone chimneys, but, he says, “it has the comforts and amenities of home.” Robinson confesses that the remodeling process was a bit stressful. “I know how much my mother loved the house,” she says. “We were very, very careful about making changes.” Now that it’s finished, though, she’s pleased to know that she has preserved “the contextual fabric” of the home she enjoyed as a child. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 233.

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n the back room of Beyt, a shop on Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lorraine Carrington stitches together the edges of an ovoid tweed lampshade. She carefully lines up the weave of chunky gray-and-fuchsia wool. Reminiscent of a Chanel suit, the fabric is a remnant from the French supplier of the famous tweeds. It will crown a curvaceous wrought-iron base that was once part of a building in Beirut, Lebanon. “Bénédicte does the art, and I’m the completer,” Carrington says. “She taught me how to sew when I still lived at the

Pine Street Inn,” she adds, referring to the Boston nonprofit that works to end homelessness. “Bénédicte” is French designer Bénédicte de Blavous Moubarak, who, with her husband, Lebanese businessman Raja

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Moubarak, created Beyt, which means “house” or “home” in Hebrew and Arabic. The couple was living in Lebanon in 2006, when Bénédicte fell in love with the local vernacular architecture. “I was drawn to ABOVE: Pillows and cushions crafted from vintage European and Middle Eastern fabrics. RIGHT: Ciconia

floor lamp of salvaged half-round bars from Lebanon. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A bit of salvaged treasure; Bénédicte de Blavous Moubarak on the hunt for new materials; elements from an art deco balcony in Lebanon make up the Sixties coffee table.

the unique style of traditional Levantine houses,” she explains. “Inspired by Venetian, French, and Ottoman architecture, they date back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I love the nobility of their materials and the elegance, yet simplicity, of their architectural forms.” She began to collect wrought-iron railings, balustrades, screens, and window frames from old buildings ravaged by war. “These things were going to be melted down for car parts,” she says. “We wanted to keep alive a dying architectural heritage.” Bénédicte and Raja formed a company, 2b Design, the name inspired by the fact that her first and his last name both mean “blessed.” The couple had two missions: to use the endangered architectural elements of historic buildings in conflict zones to create

beautiful new home furnishings, and to employ and train homeless, disabled, and otherwise marginalized people. “Growing up as a Christian in Lebanon, I knew what it was like to be part of a discriminated-against minority,” Raja says. With an MBA from New York University, he developed the business end of the enterprise, certifying 2b Design as a B Corporation, a for-profit company that pledges to achieve social as well as business goals. A B Corporation’s social and environmental performance must be regularly certified. More than 1,000 American companies are B Corporations (including Ben & Jerry’s, Etsy, Patagonia, and Seventh Generation), but, says Raja proudly, “We are the only B Corporation based in the Middle East.” Bénédicte finds wroughtiron pieces, shutters, doors, copper vessels,

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tiles, and textiles in the war-torn cities and towns of Lebanon. In a Beirut workshop and here in Cambridge, these disparate old house parts become the elements of lamps, sconces, tables, and other home furnishings. She likes to make use of old monogrammed linens, which she dyes, and she commissions mother-of-pearl inlay work from Damascus refugees. In 2011, the couple rented a booth at the New York International Gift Fair (now rebranded as NY NOW), where they won

three prizes and attracted the attention of the Harvard Business Review, which used 2b Design for a case study. They moved to the U.S. and opened their Cambridge storefront in November

of that year. “We realized that the only way to grow this business was to move to a country where people appreciate what we do, where they care about the story that’s behind every one of these pieces,” Raja says. They also sell their products online and in several shops in France, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Lorraine Carrington has worked here since May 2013, stitching lampshades and cushions. “It took me some time to learn,” she says, “but I kept with it.” She talks about the transformation in her life, and the important part her job at Beyt plays in it. She runs her hand over a stack of fabric, explaining how the individual pieces are to be used. “Everything in this store is handmade,” she says wonderingly, “and I’m a part of it. This is home now.” • Beyt

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hat’s not to love about staying in nice inns and hotels? We drop used towels on the bathroom floor and come back to find clean, fluffy

ones on the rack. We love room service, the guidance of knowledgeable managers and concierges, turned-down bedcovers, and chocolate mints on pillows freshly sheathed in Egyptian cotton.

A common room in The Inn at Hastings Park showcases designer Robin Gannon’s decidedly personal approach with standout pieces like an artful faux-crocupholstered ottoman, a twig chandelier, and armchairs covered with forgiving, but glamorous, red velvet.

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But whose heart has not sunk upon opening a door on an anonymous, shoebox-shaped space that’s indistinguishable from any other hotel room? Increasing numbers of travelers crave rooms with personality and style, and hoteliers are responding. Some New England inns and boutique hotels have engaged interior designers who usually work in private homes. The result? Guest rooms and common spaces that are luxurious, personal, and stylish, with furnishings as high in quality as those of the best domestic interiors. “Since our redesign by Boston’s Gauthier-Stacy, we have more guests who appreciate design,” says operating partner Carl Christian of Edson Hill in Stowe, Vermont. “They look online first; when they see the pictures of our rooms, they decide to stay here.” “Savvy travelers want all the comforts of home, plus the additional services of a hotel,” says Jocelyn ­Chiappone of Digs Design Company in Newport, Rhode Island. She recently executed a redesign of The Break Hotel in nearby Narragansett. Even big-name designers are getting in on the act, Chiappone notes. Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kelly Wearstler, and Barclay Butera have all turned their talents to hotels in recent years. Residential designers see both the big picture and the details, says Wendy LeStage Hodgson, a designer at the Essex, Massachusetts, designbuild firm Carpenter & MacNeille. The company refurbished The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Massachusetts. “A designer who works mainly in clients’ homes thinks about the combination of architecture, floor plan, light, and room layout for each space individually,” she explains. The Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Massachusetts, just completed a redesign spearheaded by Robin Gannon, of Robin Gannon Interiors. “Who doesn’t like pampering?” Gannon asks. “Business travelers, too, like to be greeted by name and to stay in places that feel personal.” The four places profiled below offer guests the best of all worlds: indulgence, luxury, and all the comforts of home.

THE INN AT HASTINGS PARK Contemporary luxury with a nod to the past

color and with pattern in an inn: people love the stimulation that they might not want to live with 365 days of the year.” Gannon used wallpaper to bring extra energy to the rooms. In one, pale stars

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➻ Two of the inn’s historic buildings were originally residences; the third once functioned as a barn. Lexington, Massachusetts-based designer Robin Gannon redesigned the inn’s guest rooms and common rooms with a decor that is strong on pattern, and a red, white, and blue color scheme that suits the historic environment of the inn. “But these rooms are not like your grandmother’s old house,” Gannon says. “They are much more sophisticated and sleeker. In the bathrooms, for example, we used highshine fixtures to make them feel fresher. “Each room is different, and each one has a strong personality,” she continues. “You can get a little more brazen with

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ABOVE: Built into an alcove, the bar is bright with reflective wallpaper. BELOW: Windsor chairs provide

historically correct, yet comfortable, seating in the dining room, where an American flag is the ultimate decorative element for an inn located in one of America’s premier historic destinations. FACING PAGE: Boldly patterned wallpaper imparts energy and personality to a bedroom and sitting area.

burst against the dark background of an Osborne & Little wallpaper to create excitement and drama in an otherwise simply furnished room. “I use wallcovering to define a room in a way I might not in a home,” she explains. “People are often commitment-phobic, but not in an inn. People become attached to particular rooms and ask for them when they return, or they resolve to try a different room each time they come.”

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Edson Hill The onetime estate of a Colorado mining prospector offers indulgence with a view. Stowe, vermont Photography by Sam Gray

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Edson Hill innkeeper Carl Christian says that design-savvy guests seek out beautiful places to stay. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: In the Vermont resort’s living room, Boston designers Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy used sumptuous, but forgiving, upholstery textures and tones to accommodate heavier-than-home use. Luxury rules in the chic bedrooms, dressed with crisp white linens and a decided sense of place.

Gauthier, of Boston’s GauthierStacy, took on the interior design of the newly refurbished Edson Hill, located on a spectacular hilltop in Stowe, Vermont, they took design cues from the history of the mansion as well as from the surrounding countryside. “We decided to try to create an experience like the one you would have if you were lucky enough to be invited to stay as a guest in a great old house,” Stacy says. “For us, a sense of place and relevance to the area is very important. When we created the room decor, we kept it incredibly clean and elegant, but very ‘Vermont-ey’ at the

same time.” Small details matter, like the sprigs of white pine that fill vases in the winter, and are replaced with fresh flowers when spring blossoms. “The single biggest difference in designing for an inn, as opposed to for a private home, is that you have to consider the wear and tear on the elements of the design,” Stacy says. “We chose materials that are as luxurious as possible, given the practicalities of furnishing an inn.” In the living room, for example, the design duo used upholstery fabrics with texture and in deeper colors that would stand up to heavy use.

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THE INN AT CASTLE HILL The Crane family’s eighteenthcentury country house welcomes guests in an intimate setting. Ipswich, Massachusetts Photography by Michael J. Lee

➻ The Inn at Castle Hill had already been a popular North Shore escape for thirteen years when its owner, the Trustees of Reservations, decided to redecorate. “It was time to refresh the comfortable, casually elegant, showhouse-style decor and to unify the rooms and living spaces with each other and the surrounding landscape of the exquisite Crane Estate,” says the

nonprofit group’s president and CEO, Barbara Erickson. “The goal,” says designer Wendy Hodgson, of Carpenter & MacNeille, “was to make the spaces feel as if guests were staying at a great country house, rather than a more prescribed notion of a hotel.” She achieved that homey look by supplying the rooms and public spaces with a collection of throw blankets, nature books and binoculars, current magazines, the morning paper, and a rotating exhibit of local artwork. Like Susan Stacy, Hodgson talks about the necessity of choosing materials with staying power. “To stand up to the traffic needs of a public place, we chose commercial-grade materials in residential styles,” she says. “We used sisal carpet, and chose fabrics that can take heavy use, such as

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Designer Wendy Hodgson refreshed a living room already rich with architectural elements at The Inn at Castle Hill. Grass-green walls and bright white trim, crisp bright shades, and fluffy white towels infuse a bathroom with style. A guest room defined by traditional toile got an updated look with French-blue velvet club chairs, bold pillows, and new striped shades.

velvet, chenille, and Sunbrella fabrics.” Hodgson points to the living room’s grasscloth wall covering as a material that looks far more delicate than it is. “It is a workhorse,” she says, “hiding nail holes and less than perfect walls.” Of course, a less than perfect wall would hardly disturb a visitor lucky enough to find himself ensconced in a cozy chair by a blazing fire.

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THE BREAK HOTEL In sixteen rooms, summery colors speak of casual, beachside fun Narragansett, Rhode Island Photography by rare brick

➻ Jocelyn Chiappone’s redesign of The Break Hotel incorporates what owners Jim and Becky Durkin call a “Hang Ten vibe.” “The Break taps into the surfer nostalgia of the late 1960s, when Peter Pan made this seaside village a ‘must visit’ for all surfers,” Jim explains, referring to longtime local surfing legend Peter Pangiotis. “We are partnering with his nearby surf shop to offer guests surf lessons and board rentals.” Chiappone chose textiles with an eye to creating that relaxed feeling. “To help the guests experience the laid-back playfulness of the Rhode Island beach community, we outfitted the lobby with a retro grasscloth

that creates a cozy feel,” she says. Guest rooms are clothed in lively patterns and colors, and Chiappone went

with area rugs rather than carpeting for a homier ambience. “Each room design is carefully orchestrated to produce a cohesive, ‘relaxed’ look via the use of retro prints, coastal-inspired textures and materials, unique lighting, and wool rugs,” she says. Vivid hues evoking sundrenched days at the shore reign throughout guest rooms and public spaces, and the artwork has a decidedly beachy theme. “I especially love the collection of black and white archival prints that we hung throughout the guest-room hallways,” Chiappone says. “It’s a nod back to happy times experienced at the coast with family and friends.” • RESOURCES For more information about these projects, see page 233.

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a Blade of Grass

Blade of Grass was thrilled to take on this Dover estate’s landscape from design through installation and onto continuing care. The design process, from concept to CAD drawing, was shaped by the clients’ needs, the site’s challenges, and the designer’s creativity. Plans were set into reality by our installation crew with the highest quality of workmanship and materials. Once completed, the property seamlessly transitioned into the hands of our expert maintenance division for ongoing care, allowing the property to reach its full potential over the years to come. Out of an existing sloped ledge leading up to the house’s foundation, designer Jim Douthit molded a


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suite of outdoor rooms defined and accented with reclaimed stone and bountiful plantings. The design focused on opening up the area around the house, establishing usable spaces, and creating vistas. The project started with removing 200 cubic yards of ledge, giving space to define three vertical levels critical to organizing the landscape. The lowest level was designed for intensive use and circulation. It features a large bluestone patio, a built-in grill surround, an intimate patio framed by a stone fireplace and sitting walls, and a series of bluestone and peastone paths that connect the areas. The middle level was designed as a transition space and as a canvas for plantings at eye level. The

fenced vegetable and flower garden serves as both a focal point from the driveway and as an implied wall separating the backyard from the driveway. The upper level was designed as recreational space for children and adults. It includes a sizable lawn expanse with repeating plantings on either side. Lighting was designed to accent the landscape at night, installed with both entertaining and everyday usage in mind. a Blade of Grass is privileged with the continuing care of the property. Through seasonal annuals, container plantings, and fine gardening, the outdoor space will remain a source of enjoyment and beauty for years to come.

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A. Bonadio & Sons, Inc.

n the summer of 1956, at the age of 14 my father, Anthony Bonadio, emigrated from Calabria, Italy, to West Newton, Massachusetts. Working alongside his father at a small landscape company, Anthony learned to prune and to plant, to seed and to maintain some of the most beautiful homes in the area. In 1963, he purchased that small company and founded A. Bonadio & Sons. I have worked with him my entire life. Three years ago my father retired and I took ownership of the reputation and the business that he worked at for nearly half a century. Today, we still pride ourselves on the basics my father taught me: hard work, honesty, and treating our


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customers and staff with respect and kindness. That premise drives us to create and maintain beautiful gardens throughout New England and permeates all that we do. From handpicking stone to selecting our plant material, our goal is simple: to provide you with the highest quality materials and have them installed by true craftsmen who love what they do. We know that when it comes to selecting a landscape company there are many fine firms to choose from. Our hope is that you’ll give us a call, let us know what you’re thinking about building, how you like your grass cut, or ask us where you can find that stunning flowering plant that you saw at your neighbor’s place. We’ll do our best

to help and—who knows?—maybe we’ll have the opportunity to work together. Both my staff and I are available to meet with you and hear about the vision you have for your home. We look forward to hearing from you. And my father? You can still find him, tool in hand, pruning in some of the most exquisite gardens he has been working on for over fifty years.

A. Bonadio & Sons, Inc. 35-R Albert Street Watham, MA 02453 (781) 893-7912

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Elizabeth Home and Yerardi Landscaping and Design, Inc.

uccessful endeavors in design are often the result of innovative collaborations, where creativity and practicality coincide. With a trusted partnership between the homeowner, the designer, the contractors, and talented craftsmen, a landscape with a challenging topography grew from a concept, and through shared ideas, developed into a unique, multifunctional, urban oasis that we are all very proud of. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Elizabeth Home Decor & Design, Inc. is a full-service, residential interior


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design firm located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, focused on creating comfortable, family-friendly, cohesive spaces. With a strong belief that design should be tailored to reflect the unique tastes and personalities of individual clients, traditional elements are intertwined into a transitional style and showcased by a diverse portfolio. From large-scale, new construction to patio makeovers, projects include urban spaces, suburban sprawls, and vacation destinations from coast to coast. Yerardi Landscape & Design, Inc. is a second-generation landscaping

firm that originated in Newton, Massachusetts more than 30 years ago. Built on customer service and quality work, the company has grown from a small lawnmaintenance business into one of the most respected firms in Boston’s western suburbs, serving more than 20 cities and towns. In addition to the ongoing care of residential and commercial properties, the firm also provides services such as landscaping design/build, creating recreational spaces and outdoor living areas, masonry, hardscape, and lawn and basement drainage.

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Gregory Lombardi Design

regory Lombardi Design, Incorporated (GLDI) is an awardwinning landscape architecture ďŹ rm. We are skilled in all aspects of landscape architecture, from overall site master planning to the detailed design of landscape structures, landforms, plantings, custom elements in wood, stone, and metal, and the selection of accessories and site furnishings. Eschewing any style, our design philosophy calls for fresh interpretations of classic principles of order and proportion to create meaningful spaces for our clients.


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Through our variety of projects, GLDI has transcended the traditional role of landscape architecture and created elegant outdoor spaces that encourage a layered experience with the landscape. Our body of work extends from New England to Florida, and ranges from city courtyards to expansive estates. Whether the project is an urban Boston roof terrace, a traditional Cape Cod compound, or a high-end Palm Beach resort, our goal is to create environments that enhance their surroundings, inspire their inhabitants, and awaken the imagination. 2235 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 492-2808

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Pellettieri Associates, Inc.

ellettieri Associates is a New England–based design/build ďŹ rm with more than thirty years of experience providing skilled, creative, and comprehensive services to clients throughout the region. From site assessments and master planning to plant selection and perennial gardens, they produce enduring environments for discerning clients and exceptional residential, commercial and institutional properties. What sets Pellettieri apart is its widely respected staff of awardwinning, licensed landscape architects who consistently maintain the highest standards of achievement. The Pellettieri difference is that


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they help your property fit into its surroundings—so that the morning light filters into your master bedroom or shines on the outdoor gathering area just at that perfect moment in the day—allowing you to enjoy the beauty of family and nature. Pellettieri’s passion lies in making these things become part of the natural beauty of your home. The landscape architects’ knowledge of site planning, natural processes, construction materials, codes, and regulations provides solutions that satisfy client objectives and the regulators alike, in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. Multidisciplinary team efforts and extensive experience in site analysis and conceptual planning prove especially

valuable during the earliest stages of site and master planning, as this is when Pellerrieri can most efficiently work to minimize problems associated with grading and drainage impacts, loss of specimen trees, and poor view relationships. More than thirty years of experience in all facets of landscape construction and installation have resulted in one of the most highly qualified design/build firms in New England.

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R.P. Marzilli & Company

full-service landscape contractor, R.P. Marzilli & Company builds and maintains the finest residential landscapes. Since 1985 our skilled team of landscape professionals has delivered the highest quality and best value for our clients. Our projects are built on country estates, oceanfront bluffs, suburban gardens, and city courtyards. Our services include complete site preparation, planting of specimen trees and shrubs, flower and vegetable gardens, lawns and wildflower meadows, irrigation, and landscape lighting. We build pools, spas, waterfalls, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, sports and recreation areas, and entertaining areas. Our


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masonry team builds the structure of the landscape including walls, driveways and auto courts, patios and terraces, steps and walkways, as well as wine cellars and other architectural stone work. Our horticulture team maintains fine gardens, lawns, trees, and seasonal flowers in containers or planting beds. We prepare your property for special events, install enhancements, and manage all of the landscape to meet any client’s needs and the inevitable change of seasons. We are dedicated to the daily beauty and long-term integrity of the landscape. This year marks our 30th year in business, a milestone made possible by our trusted relationships with landscape architects and designers, architects, contractors, and

homeowners. Each and every year our greatest recognition comes from the many clients who enjoy and admire their outdoor living area during all of New England’s beautiful seasons.

R.P. Marzilli & Company 21-A Trotter Drive Medway, Massachusetts 02053 (508) 533-8700

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Sudbury Design Group

udbury Design Group has long been recognized as one of the leading landscape architectural firms in the region, working with a variety of residential and commercial clients throughout New England for more than fifty years. To assure the best results for its clients, Sudbury Design Group relies heavily on a unified team approach. The team’s belief is that for any project to be truly successful, the landscape architect, architect, and interior designer should work together from the project’s inception. This relationship fosters the pursuit of a common goal: “the client’s best interest.” Sudbury Design Group is


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renowned for its comprehensive master planning and design paired with the unique ability to manage the implementation process to a meticulous level of completion. The staff comprises’ highly skilled award-winning landscape architects, designers, and craftsmen, including the area’s finest masons and horticulturists. Whether the project encompasses a small garden landscape, a backyard pool and patio, or a complete site renovation, Sudbury Design Group will work with you to ensure that the end product meets your expectations, is completed on time and on budget, and provides added value to your home. The firm’s reputation for excellence is further exemplified

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Timothy Lee Landscape Design

imothy Lee landscape design is a small design ďŹ rm in Lexington, Massachusetts, dedicated to connecting people with landscape by creating unique, personal outdoor spaces for homeowners throughout eastern Massachusetts. We offer a full range of design services for projects large or small. From one-time design consultations and property master plans, to producing construction drawings, and managing your project. Whatever your landscape design needs, we provide you with the best services and solutions possible. For more than a decade we’ve provided personal service and an open, collaborative design process



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from start to finish. Each client, property, and project is unique and requires individual attention to ensure we meet your needs, budget, and schedule. Our goal is to make the process as enjoyable and painless as possible by listening and providing sound, appropriate solutions for every aspect of your project. We embrace all design styles and strive to create comfortable, relaxing landscapes that are respectful of the environment and in tune with the architectural style of your home. Our designs are rooted in a traditionally New England landscape vocabulary reinterpreted to suit your lifestyle. Our clients tell us the results are beautiful, engaging landscapes they will enjoy for years to come. Timothy Lee landscape design has

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Triad Associates, Inc.

riad Associates offers custom design and installation of all hardscape features, including pool decks, outdoor entertaining areas, driveways, walls, patios, and walkways. It also provides complete decorative concrete services. For more than twenty-ďŹ ve years, Triad, headquartered in Haverhill, Massachusetts, has earned the distinction of being one of New England’s premier hardscape design and installation companies. Triad serves Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and adjoining areas of New York. The company works with homeowners, builders, architects, and landscape architects on


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both residential and commercial installations. The Triad team includes designers, construction supervisors, and some of the country’s most experienced hardscape artisans. This group works in unison to help customers from concept through final design stage, through layout and construction to a finished product that is ready for landscaping and furnishings. Triad’s experience goes beyond standard hardscapes to include the creation of complete exterior environments that can include custom water features, unique fire features, and customized cooking areas. Triad’s work has been featured on “This Old House” and in the pages of design magazines. The

team is very proud of the fact that its largest sources of projects are repeat customers and referrals from customers to family members and neighbors. This says a lot, not only about the quality of the work but of Triad’s attention to detail and respect for the work. Whether your project is a simple patio or a complex exterior design, Triad will give it full and professional attention. Triad prides itself on a simple yet vital philosophy: “Just do it right.” Triad’s team members invite you to bring them your ideas, magazine clippings, sketches, or complete design, and they will work with you to make your desire a reality. You’ll see the result in the high quality of your finished project.

Triad Associates, Inc. 100 Downing Avenue Haverhill, MA 01830 (978) 373-4223

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Doug Curtiss Landscape Designing Inc.


oug Curtiss Landscape Designing has been in business for more than thirty years installing distinctive New England landscapes. We take pride in our ability to carefully implement landscape designs that supplement the existing beauty of your property. Whether it be a tranquil family retreat, space to entertain or just a visually appealing extension of nature we have the ability to create a landscape that fulfills all your goals. Rather than having a distinct style, our staff enjoys the challenge of creating a space that fits the taste of even the most unique client. We have worked with all manner of landscape and hardscape materials and use industry-leading installation methods


to ensure our final product will last a lifetime. Our pride in workmanship and dedication to our customers is what has allowed this second-generation company to remain successful for all these years!

Sponsored by Landscape Depot Doug Curtiss Landscape Designing Inc. 81 Mount Vickery Road Southborough, MA 01772 (508) 481-2368

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pring is the perfect time to begin transforming a landscape. Whether designing a new home with a spectacular oceanfront terrace, infinity pool, spa, and outdoor kitchen or a simple secluded lakefront pathway, db Landscaping, LLC has the expertise and experience to make dreams a reality. Founded by horticulturist and landscape architect Daniel Bruzga more than ten years ago, db Landscaping, LLC is an awardwinning landscape architecture design-build company. Each site and landscape is designed according to clients’ specific wants and needs. All details of each project, from obtaining permits to final construction, are


managed by the company. The db Landscaping team of experts includes talented stone masons, horticulturists, and designers trained as landscape architects. “When designing landscapes for new homes,” Bruzga says, “our most successful projects are those where we work in the early stages of project design in concert with the client and architect. The client not only gets a superior product, but also saves time and money.” The results speak for themselves.

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Greylock Design Associates

&Outdoor Living reylock Design Associates is a comprehensive landplanning and landscapearchitectural firm concentrating on all aspects of development and design. We endeavor to find the inherent harmony of a landscape; we embellish it, replicate it, recreate it, but most important, we seek to understand it and integrate it with our clients interests. Our professional dedication to the practice of creative place-making builds practical and harmonious relationships between people and their environments. When we experience a site for the first time, we look to uncover the inherent qualities of what makes the place truly unique.


Through this procedure we bring sensitivity, creativity, and experience to the design process. Through strategic partnerships with our clients, vendors, and staff we are committed to representing the best in landscape architecture and land planning. We identify and create a unique sense of place for every project.

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Onyx Corporation

&Outdoor Living nyx Corporation will bring your vision for a beautiful and uniquely designed landscape to life. We are deeply committed to each project we selectively take on, because it is never just a job to us. We are perfectionists when it comes to your investment, and it is our attention to the many fine details that puts our craftsmanship above the rest. Over the past 30 years, we have developed strong relationships with many of the renowned landscape architects in the area, and we will collaborate with you to create an outdoor space that fits your lifestyle and fulfills your dreams. When you work with Onyx, you will be working with a dedicated team of skilled masons, certified arborists, and licensed operators. Our diverse background in excavation and site work brings a greater understanding of what happens beneath the surface of your outdoor space. Our job is not finished just because the last tree is planted or the last stone is laid. We want to ensure that your landscape investment stands the test of time and we will continue to work with you over the years to keep your landscape thriving. With experience in everything from walkways and waterfalls to patios, plantings, and paddocks, Onyx Corporation is your premier choice for landscape construction.


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Parterre Garden Services

&Outdoor Living arterre Garden Services was developed in response to a need for highlyskilled garden care and property management across Greater Boston and Cape Cod and the islands. By following expert horticultural care and a comprehensive, long-term property management plan, Parterre strives to bring all of our clients’ properties to their truest and most lush potential, while maintaining the original design intent. With our Single Point of Contact approach, Parterre’s field managers work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for your property. From the proposal phase to the maturity phase, our internal and external collaborations provide the


necessary support to ensure the utmost professionalism and execution of a project—from beginning to end, and the countless years that follow.

Parterre Garden Services 2235 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 492-2230

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orking throughout all of New England, Rosado & Sons, Inc. provides unparalleled service for all your outdoor-living needs. We’ve earned our reputation by offering quality customer service and satisfaction for more than thirty years, demonstrating exquisite workmanship on each unique project. As a full-service landscape construction company, we specialize in outdoor living. Owners Tony and Mark provide consultation and guidance throughout every project. The Rosado team is more than just a hardscape company; we specialize in all phases of landscape design, outdoor kitchens and sitting areas, pool and patio designs, shrub and tree installation, custom outdoor lighting,


irrigation and water management programs, water features, seasonal colorscapes, and maintenance. We also install custom decks and three-season porches. Let Rosado & Sons create an environment that translates your vision into reality.

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❉ TEXT BY STACY KUNSTEL ❉ PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD MANDELKORN ❉ PRODUCED BY KYLE HOEPNER A puzzle room full of toys no more, the dining room is now fit to handle elegant dinner parties. grasscloth walls and a geometricpattern rug are casual counterpoints to the glamorous draperies and chandelier.

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A suburban couple’s house is transformed from a giant playroom to a comfortable, sophisticated home for the whole family.

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For five years, Marc and Stacey

Nevins’s living room served as the landing strip for a collection of toy planes.

The long, narrow room acted as runway and launch pad for missions that the couple’s two young sons routinely ran, unencumbered by furniture or lighting. The flight path continued through the dining room, which stood as the staging ground for a giant puzzle. Things might not have changed if the boys, now thirteen and ten, hadn’t moved on to other interests, and if their parents hadn’t met a talented interior designer who just happened to live down the street with his own family. “We really had nothing,” says Stacey, recalling the early days of living in their 1940s-era home in Chestnut Hill, Massa-

chusetts. “The boys just played there and it was fine.” It was on a visit to her down-the-street neighbor, John Stefanon of JFS Design in Boston, that it all clicked for her. “His house was so warm, so elegant, so beautiful, but it wasn’t a place where I felt like I couldn’t sit down,” Stacey recalls. “I knew what I wanted for our house, but I couldn’t envision it. John came into the space and he knew exactly what to do.” For the Nevinses, comfort, casual living, and an elegant setting were key. A 1980s addition had expanded the great room and kitchen, but the rest of

the house still had the lower ceilings and smaller rooms of seventy-five years ago. “It isn’t a huge house, but it’s very charming,” says Stefanon. “The majority of the work was just cosmetic.” A few minor changes to the floor plan had a big impact on the overall circulation. Stefanon removed two small doors in the dining room and added a larger opening between it and the living room. He also enlarged the opening between the dining room and breakfast area and installed double doors, making it easy to seat extra guests. “Marc and Stacey love to entertain, and I wanted them to have a space where everyone could feel comfortable,” Stefanon says. The home’s inviting feel begins in the entry, where Stefanon placed a round ottoman on a round rug under a light fixture from Studio 534 at the Boston Design

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a custom ottoman, give the entryway a welcoming, feminine touch. Mixand-match Chippendale-style and upholstered chairs in the dining room are one way interior designer John Stefanon keeps spaces fresh.

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Center. The ottoman sets an elegant tone, yet beckons you to sit down and take your shoes off. “I think it sends a message: make yourself comfortable,” says Stacey of the custom-designed piece upholstered in Jim Thompson and Romo fabrics. The original floors here and throughout the house were stripped and stained with a tinted finish the color of sand. The palette of soft grays, creams, and white with touches of silver and gold

extends into the adjacent living room. Gone is the airport hangar; now the space holds sophisticated furnishings, including a pair of C-shaped sofas that sit back-to-back like the symbol on a Chanel bag. “The half-moon sofas are absolutely gorgeous,” says Stacey. “When we entertain we can have two sets of conversations, and it allows for different ways to communicate. It’s a unique, different, and elegant way of presenting a room, and it’s

a wonderful, warm place to be.” To the room’s palette of milk and cream, Stefanon added hints of color in the accent pillows, with their patterns in chocolate and green. The piping that snakes around the Dennis and Leen armchairs and the embroidered draperies, which Stefanon says recall the feel of 1920s California, add glints of silver to the mix. “I wanted the room to be very subtle and soothing and to have this quiet

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room displays ❉ touchesTheofliving Hollywood glamour, ❉ including curved back-to-back LEFT:

sofas that Stefanon designed. BELOW: In the opposite corner of the living room the designer paired antique intaglios with a scalloped chest and embroidered drapery panels.

glamour to it,” says Stefanon. Grasscloth walls lend a warm feel to the dining room, where mix-and-match chairs surround the long table. Chippendale-style chairs with a crusty finish sit next to cleanly upholstered side chairs. The mix, including the head chairs with backs upholstered in a blue print, breaks the uniformity, says Stefanon. “I like seeing a marriage of different styles.” While the living and dining rooms

“I wanted the room to be very subtle and soothing and to have this quiet glamour to it,” says Stefanon.

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Project Team Interior architecture and design:

John Stefanon, JFS Design Builder: Trinity Building & Construction Management

An antique column is one ❉ of two Stefanon installed to set ❉ the breakfast area apart. Above:


The family room, with its sleek fireplace surround, was part of a 1980s addition. A new rug and coffee table help promote easy circulation between this room and the adjoining kitchen and breakfast areas.

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are the heart of entertaining, the great room and breakfast area are where the family spends most of its together time. Stefanon installed a pair of antique columns on plinths to give more architecture to the space between the kitchen and

the breakfast area. The fireplace in the great room didn’t need any fiddling, but Stefanon added modern wall sconces and a circular rug and coffee table to promote flow between the open spaces. To keep things family friendly, the

white sofa wears an indoor-outdoor fabric, and the rough, unfinished wood of the breakfast table can take a beating. To soften the masculinity of the space, Stefanon installed a custom Ironies chandelier made of beads woven together in

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“Mad Men”–inspired ❉ office,Marc’s complete with a leather ❉ settee, is a quiet place to work or Left:

to have drinks with a friend. Below: A glimpse of Stacey’s office is captured in a mirror in the master bedroom’s sitting area.

Marc notes that his office is “a comfortable oasis to relax and get caught up on my work. It can also work for a relaxing drink with friends.”

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wallpapers ❉ dress upTwothepatterned powder room. ❉ Fabrics in tonal textures ABOVE: RIGHT:

define the master bedroom. The printed matelassé bed covering, horizontally striped draperies, and embroidered bench combine to create a quiet haven.

“On the weekend, the boys love to draw the curtains and hop in our bed to watch a movie,” says Stacey.

For a bit of alone time, each parent has an office. Marc’s is off the entry, tucked behind French doors. A chocolate leather–covered settee sits in a niche Stefanon created by removing existing built-ins and claiming some space from the hallway on the other side of the wall. The desk sits in the window opposite a mirrored wall behind the settee. A

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mirrored cocktail table adds a touch of glamour, though, Stefanon notes, it still has a masculine feel. “It’s a comfortable oasis to relax and get caught up on my work,” says Marc. “It can also work for a relaxing drink with friends.” Stacey’s office, a serene space with a large antique desk embellished with gilt carvings, sits just off the master bedroom.

“I love my office,” she says. “It’s warm and inviting, and I have a phenomenal view through the bedroom window.” In the bedroom, matching chests of drawers flank the upholstered bed and balance a pair of tall lamps. “The lamps recall something from the past, but are updated with lacquer and custom oval shades,” says Stefanon.

The room isn’t just for parents, though. “On the weekend, the boys love to draw the curtains and hop in our bed to watch a movie,” says Stacey. It’s no replacement for their personal airport, of course, but that’s just part of growing up. • Resources For more information about this home, see

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„ Text by Lisa E. Harrison „ Photography by Jim Westphalen „ Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

„ Architect Brian Mac created a dramatic twenty-eight-foot

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„ A material-rich palette of Corten steel, board-form concrete, repurposed snow fencing, and rough-sawn western red cedar lends texture and tone. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

The architecture creates a framed view of the lake from the pool terrace. A cantilevered, mahogany stair with custom sandblasted stainless-steel railing floats off the brick veneered terrace plinth wall and provides access to the lower landscape. Insulated channel glass panels, walls of Corten steel, and a cantilevered roof define the entry to the house.

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„The couple’s original plan

was to renovate their Richmond, Vermont, house. “We both have very contemporary tastes,” the wife says, “and our house was very colonial.” They reached out to architect Brian Mac at Birdseye Design, an architecture and building company, for guidance. But before Mac had so much as put pen to paper, the couple decided to scrap the renovation in favor of a fresh start, purchasing property a street and a half away.

Mac set to work. The design phase went smoothly, and with nearly a year logged on the project, the construction plans were complete and it was time to break ground. That’s when a (welcome) wrench got tossed in the works: a breathtaking, ten-acre piece of land came up for sale on the tip of Shelburne Point. The view. The privacy. The access to Lake Champlain. It was too perfect to pass up. Mac once again set to work. A year’s worth march–april 2015  New England Home 121

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of collaboration had given him a good sense of what his clients wanted, and he incorporated his vision into a chipboard architectural model. “I took one look at it,” remembers the wife, “started crying, and said, ‘That’s our house.’” In fact, the actual 6,500-square-foot dwelling would stray little from that initial mock-up. In keeping with the owners’ modern aesthetic, Mac crafted a dramatic, contemporary house that makes a strong architectural statement, yet syncs seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The drama begins at the top, where the roof juts out eight feet beyond the exterior walls. Mac gave that striking design element a further touch of the theatrical by adding twenty-eightfoot cantilevered roof forms on both the main house and the garage wing. The two forms pack a visual punch and act as a sort of picture frame for the views of the shoreline and north

„ Project Team

Brian Mac, Birdseye Design Birdseye Building Company Landscape design: H. Keith Wagner, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture Architecture: Builder:

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when mac presented a chipboard architectural model, “I took one look at it,” remembers the wife, “started crying, and said, ‘That’s our house.’”


A scenic pool view welcomes visitors. A five-foot-wide custom mahogany pivot door marks the main entrance and transitions from outdoors to in. Ten turquoise chairs are a colorful foil to the glossy, black-stained bamboo table with blackened steel accents and legs.

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up the lake to Burlington, Vermont. “Whether you’re inside the house or in the courtyard,” notes Mac, “you always feel the presence of the architecture in the landscape.” The stretched roofline also helps the house to read horizontally, preventing it from competing vertically with the landscape. A ten-foot elevation change in the landscape further inspired the elongated design. “The slope was a blessing,” says Mac. “We didn’t force the house onto the landscape, we built it into the landscape.” Unfinished western red cedar trim and siding, Corten metal panels, and repurposed corral board give the structure an organic look that blends with its natural setting. “You sit in one part of the house and look out a window

and see another part of the house—and it’s beautiful,” notes the wife. “It never occurred to me that the exterior of a house could be so beautiful.” Bonus? Not only are the materials handsome, but they age well and require zero maintenance. This easy, natural aesthetic extends to the plantings as well, which were masterminded by Burlington-based landscape architect Keith Wagner. “There’s a richness to the materials that Brian used,” he explains, “so our landscape had to have a richness in texture.” Wagner relied primarily on large sweeps of native species—ornamental grasses, ferns, river birch, and red maples—and used them in what he march–april 2015  New England Home 125

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„ As a central workspace and gathering spot, the kitchen had to be user-friendly and functional. “We spent an incredible amount of time figuring out flow,” remembers the homeowner. Lots of drawers were a must, and the countertops are fabricated from attractive, yet durable, white Caesarstone.

calls a “painterly way” to create a calming effect that stands up to the architecture but doesn’t overpower it. Inside, Mac conceived an open layout that harmonizes with both the architecture and the

surroundings. He devised what he calls an entry link that subtly connects the two sections of the house. Head left for the garage, mudroom, office, and a bathroom with pool access. A right turn leads to the main living quarters, includmarch–april 2015  New England Home 127

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„ CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The owners introduced bright pops of color into the master bedroom, complementing the sleek built-ins fabricated by Birdseye Woodworking. The owners spotted the tub— a solid piece of Carrara marble—in a showroom north of Boston. “I took my shoes off and got right in it,” says the wife. “It was important that it be comfortable.” Dual sinks add to the convenience and aesthetic of the bath.

ing the living and dining rooms, kitchen, guest bath, and master suite. A stairwell descends to three additional bedrooms (all with sliders that open to the outdoors), three baths, a family room, and a kitchenette. This lower level serves as a gathering spot for the couple’s four children, now young adults. Family and entertaining factored into the overall design of the house. “An open floor plan was important to us,” says the wife. “Our lifestyle revolves around the kitchen, so why segregate it from the rest of the house?” The oft-used, user-friendly kitchen holds an island where four stools invite visitors to keep the cook company. The kitchen opens to the dining area, where the table—a stunning high-gloss, black-stained bamboo number with blackened steel accents

and legs—is surrounded by chairs in an eyecatching turquoise hue. A glass half-wall and a two-step decline delineate the dining and living areas, enabling the conversation to flow freely from one space to the next. The couple did most of the interior design work themselves, choosing everything from fixtures and furniture to rugs and kitchen appliances, gleaning input from Mac along the way. “I like contemporary style, but I didn’t want it to be cold and sparse,” says the wife. “We definitely wanted a little bit warmer feel.” This ethos plays out beautifully in the living room, an area defined by a soothing neutral palette, modern furnishings, and a wood-burning fireplace to ensure literal warmth. The profusion of windows throughout the house limits the available wall space for

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artwork; instead, the couple relies on nature to supply colorful, ever-changing scenery. Birdseye’s in-house woodworking and metalfabrication crews created all the statementmaking built-ins, beds, cabinetry, staircase banisters, and exterior ironwork. The custom work lends a streamlined, minimalist appeal to the design as well as an overall cohesion from room to room. “They’re really craftsmen,” says the husband about the Birdseye team. “Their attention to detail is amazing.” The home’s many amazing details continue to delight the couple. “Brian really understood what we liked, our style; he nailed it,” says the wife. “There’s a lot of our personality in this house.” It turns out the third try really is the charm. • Resources For more information about this home, see page

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In the foyer, the marriage of an antique mirror and a modern console sets the tone for the home’s striking old-meets-new decor. An antique oriental rug and a contemporary stair runner from Stark also make pleasing partners. FACING PAGE: A new driveway and handsome landscaping enhance the charm of the nineteenth-century house and its hilltop location.

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he young family was expanding. With baby number two on the way, a larger nest was in order. The gorgeous 1895 home Stephen and Melanie Hoffmeister bought in a tony suburb of Boston, though, called for help. True to its era, the house tended to be dark. The layout of the rooms was a bit quirky, and the kitchen lacked the spaciousness and efficiency today’s homeowners prefer. Clearly, a speedy plan was needed to get the grand Victorian in step with the present if the family was to be ensconced in time for the stork’s arrival. Sympathetic friends steered the couple to Boston interior designer Marc Langlois for a solution. Langlois, whose rich background includes stints as a fashion photographer and magazine editor, is a wizard at pulling things together and bringing projects to a smooth conclusion. “I look at a room and think of a photo,” he says. “It’s the same creative


process. Colors, texture, balance, light—it’s all about composition.” It helped that Stephen and Melanie enjoy collecting art. As Langlois sees it, art is a means to better understanding clients’ taste. “Art is personal; it speaks to who they are,” he explains. With the couple’s paintings (a good many of them by Stephen’s great uncle) as a starting point, the rooms fairly fell into place. Of course, that was after some construction that enhanced the old house. In just six months, architect Alan Mayer of Mayer + Associates in Brookline, Massachusetts—along with Matt Harkins of Benchmark Builders—ripped away the back of the house to skillfully forge a centrally located gourmet kitchen that opens to a welcoming family room. “The original kitchen was off by itself. And there was no room for relaxing,” Mayer recalls. Today’s setup is instead accessible, family-friendly, and ideal for entertaining. With help from kitchen designer Linda

A vintage sofa and Salon chairs by Barbara Barry surround a distinctive Baker cocktail table in the sunny sitting room. FACING PAGE: Original pocket doors open to the sitting room, where unmatched but similar vintage oriental rugs separate the two seating areas. The cut crystal chandelier at the fireplace end of the room is original to the house.

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RIGHT: The handsome fireplace has graced the dining room since the house was built. FAR RIGHT: The chandelier from the owners’ previous home proved a perfect match for the Thomas Pheasant table from Baker. The custom chairs guarding the table’s ends wear a lush Cowtan & Tout fabric.

Davis, the team of experts devised a winning recipe that includes everything from dual dishwashers and sinks to storage galore. The mahogany island—a fine contrast to pale cabinets—protects the cooking zone, while also providing ample prep space and seating. Project Team

Alan Mayer, Mayer + Associates Architects Marc Langlois, Comprehensive Interior Design Services Builder: Matt Harkins, Benchmark Builders Kitchen designer: Linda Davis, Architectural Kitchens Landscape design: Kim Ahern Landscape Architects Architecture:

Interior Design:

But best of all, Davis points out, “the new kitchen speaks to the integrity of the house.” The sunny family room couldn’t be any more satisfying. The home’s hilltop location is played up with windows that frame the tree tops. “It feels like a tree house,” says Melanie. “This is the core of our home. Everything centers around this room.” During their ever-shortening window of opportunity, Mayer and Harkins also found spots for a handy breakfast nook and a powder room, and created a heavenly master suite above the kitchen. A set of auxiliary stairs was removed, the aging main staircase

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ome of the original woodwork has been painted white. “My clients wanted to keep the home’s bones intact,” says Langlois. “My main purpose was to lighten and freshen the rooms.”


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was dismantled and meticulously reassembled, and in went a new staircase to the basement. Given the collaborative spirit among the interior designer, architect, and builder, as well as the clients’ ability to make speedy decisions, there simply were no hitches to stall progress. “Our main goal,” Harkins says, “was to make the tight deadline, while at the same time keeping quality high.” Now, with the dust and debris nothing but a vague memory, the owners can enjoy the fruits of their labors and revel in the wise clock-is-running choices they made. Following Langlois’s advice that some of the original woodwork be French polished to bring back its luster and some be painted white, for instance, meant the house could become brighter without sacrificing its pedigree. “My

clients wanted to keep the home’s bones intact,” the designer says. “My main purpose was to lighten and freshen the rooms.” Step inside the spacious foyer and Langlois’s talent for merging old and new is readily apparent. The handsome paneling is painted Farrow & Ball’s tranquil James White, while the adjacent sitting room maintains its dark woodwork. Pulling a chic palette of warm cinnabar and seafoam from a favorite painting, the savvy designer concocted a stylish ambience for the room—indeed, the entire house—that’s both traditional and contemporary. It’s a winning twenty-first-century combination that, Langlois proclaims, pretty much defines his modus operandi. Mismatched vintage Oriental rugs that share similar colors delineate the sitting

A painting by Vermont artist Craig Mooney helped kick-start the family room’s palette. The custom ottoman can serve as seating or as a table. FACING PAGE: In the airy kitchen, a Venetian glass chandelier adds a dash of unexpected glamour, while the island’s meticulous furniture-like details speak to the home’s craftsmanship.

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A Stark rug and Barbara Barry bedding amplify the comfort of the tranquil master suite, which occupies half of the second floor. FACING PAGE: The couple’s vintage-style tub makes the most of the leafy views. “The owners wanted a soaking tub, but not one that was overly modern,” explains Langlois.

room’s conversation areas—one slightly more formal than the other. In the former, twin Bombay chests are backed with stunning antique Oriental screens snagged at the Brimfield Antique Show. Luscious drapes of wool and silk frame the windows. “There are so many windows. I felt the house demanded drapery,” Langlois says. On the sitting room’s opposite side, the tone grows more relaxed. Cozy banquettes flanking the fireplace conjure thoughts of children curling up with storybooks on rainy days. The consistent palette pulls the large house together, creating a harmonious vibe from top to bottom. When his clients requested that one room be green, Langlois smoothly integrated the color by designing an elegantly traditional dining room that includes chairs with cinnabar-hued seats. Clad in white, the original paneling and coffered ceiling underscore the springlike green, making it pop. The silk drapes mimic the wall

color for consistency, but a closer look reveals lean cinnabar stripes—a master stroke that adds to the consistency and offers evidence of Langlois’s penchant for details. Anyone who sweeps upstairs to peek at the owners’ private domain won’t be disappointed. The serene haven, with its barelyblue walls and its Barbara Barry cashmere drapes and upholstery, is as elegantly understated as the rest of the house. The owners walk from the bedroom through a dressing room lined with custom cherry cabinetry into their marble-tiled bath. A sculptural soaking tub and an oversize walk-in shower are waiting. For the parents, no doubt tired after a day of caring for a brood that has since grown to three active youngsters, a few minutes of leisure at day’s end is a delicious, well-earned reward. One, hopefully, they don’t have to hurry. • Resources For more information about this home, see

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s a former editor and fashion photographer, “I look at a room and think of a photo,” says Langlois. “Colors, textures, balance, light—it’s all about composition.”

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this house looks historic, but modern surprises await behind the boldly hued front door. although careful consideration was taken to preserve the historic significance of the building’s exterior, the interiors reflect all the comforts of a twentyfirst-century home.


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Project Team Architecture and Interior

Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, Butz+Klug Architecture Builder: Bay Point Builders Design:

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Plentiful windows and a wide door lead to a large terrace off the living room, marrying indoor and outdoor spaces. leFt: concrete steps lead up to the less formal side entrance. BeloW leFt: the side entryway sets a modern tone with its cool palette of gray and white.

AT FIRST GLANCE, this picturesque Italianate-style house perched atop a knoll in Brookline, Massachusetts, would seem perfectly at home in the nineteenth century. Today’s passerby might well assume the building had long

since been lovingly restored to its former 1855 glory, and that the interiors within followed suit. One would be forgiven for jumping to conclusions that the building has been around for centuries. Architects Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, of Boston-based Butz+Klug Architecture, might even encourage such an assumption, perhaps taking it as a compliment. March–april 2015 New eNglaNd Home 143

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The chartreuse front door is a proper welcome to the home’s interior design scheme—a surprising modern juxtaposition to its historically sensitive exterior.

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the living room bids welcome with an easy formality. herringbone oors, a traditional wood mantel, and ornate plasterwork on the ceiling nod to the past but share space with modern sofas, throw pillows, and artwork.

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The kitchen is as well-loved as it is often-used, with (clockwise from top left) plenty of room at the long walnut table for sit-down dinners with family and friends, stainless-steel appliances and accents, and a large island of steel, wood, and concrete— material choices used throughout the house. FACING PAGE: A slab from the trunk of a walnut tree makes a floating table in the kitchen’s bright, cozy nook.

After all, they were initially hired by the owner for a simple home renovation—until they discovered that the original building was in far worse condition than they’d realized. A complete teardown was briefly entertained, but the neighborhood had recently lost a handful of houses from the same period, so the pair wanted to do their part to help preserve Brookline’s architectural legacy.

Instead, they embarked on a lengthy gut renovation, taking out floors, walls, and everything but the shell itself, constructing a whole new building within. Unfortunately, when the time came to reattach the inside structure to the outside shell, the latter turned out to be far too unstable; they ended up reconstructing the exterior, as well. So, historic as the house appears, nearly everything you see today is new.


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“The homeowner loved finding moments in the house where the colors were bold but made sense in the overall scheme of things,” says Klug.

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the south-facing loggia shields the kitchen from summer’s intense heat while letting sunlight in all year. Five sets of French doors open to the interior, while retractable screens allow the family to determine just how close to the outdoors they want to be. Facing Page, toP: the loggia’s green roof makes for a nice view out of second-story windows. Facing Page, Bottom: the loggia creates a bridge between the interior and the back lawn.

Butz and Klug took great care to mimic the architectural details of the original Victorian-era dwelling. Only the most astute observer would note that the windows are new, or that the white brackets running beneath the overhung roofline and the way the corners run into the pediment might not be original. Although much of the structure is technically new construction, the building’s spirit and exterior facade remain true to its past. There are some places where the architects took liberties to ensure that the home—while still an homage to the neighborhood’s history—would better suit the lifestyle of its twenty-first–century owner. Nods to more modern times include a concrete,

wood, and glass entrance tucked away on the side of the house, and a long, screened-in loggia lined with mahogany columns that encourages a stronger indoor/outdoor connection. Energy efficiency was an important theme, and much care was taken with the insulation and systems to make the house the first of its era to conform to Brookline’s Stretch Energy Code. This new-old house has both style and substance. The chartreuse front door makes a bold statement, and is a proper welcome to the home’s interior design scheme—a surprising modern juxtaposition to its historically sensitive exterior. Inside, references to the nineteenth century are few and far between. Instead, the interior decor is clean and contemporary, though anything but severe, thanks to a palette, textures, and materials that add both style and warmth. “The owner was very involved in color and material choices,” says Klug. “He did a lot

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The skylight retracts completely to remove any barrier to the sky. “It’s almost like a James Turrell skyspace,” notes Klug.

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a nook in the master suite offers a quiet space for reading or relaxing. leFt: the new stairwell is constructed of gray-stained white oak. a retractable skylight at the top works like a summer chimney: if a window is opened downstairs, the heat goes up and out of the house.

of research and reflection on it and was sensitive to colors and textures.” While a calm, neutral palette predominates, audacious strokes of color turn up in well-chosen places. In addition to the chartreuse front door, there’s an equally bright green-tiled shower, shiny lacquered orange kitchen cabinets, and a deep red accent wall in the master bedroom. “The homeowner loved finding moments in the house where the colors were bold but made sense in the overall scheme of things,” says

Klug. “He would rather err on the side of boldness than be subtle.” “He didn’t want it to be too traditional,” adds Butz. “He wanted to have a little bit of fun.” Textures throughout the house are more subtle but no less special. One end of the kitchen island is layered concrete that, rather than looking hard, was poured in a way that feels almost soft. The trunk of an old walnut tree from Vermont has been given new life as a wall-mounted table that serves family and March–april 2015 New eNglaNd Home 151

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clocKWise From this Page: the master

suite’s ornate mirror and console came with the house and had previously adorned the main stairwell. the master bedroom sets a bold tone with a richly painted red accent wall. the master bathroom takes a more serene tone with a floating teak vanity and large soaking tub.

friends. Hole-punched, galvanized steel shields large appliances from view, but easily retracts back into the wall when it’s time to use them. A hide rug in the master bedroom and shaggy pillows in the living room add a dose of fun (and comfort). White oak floors throughout the rooms are the same wood as would likely have been found underfoot in the original house; in the kitchen they are wideplank and wire-brushed, in the living room inlaid in a herringbone pattern. Mahogany, teak, marble, glass, and stainless steel all have their places here as well. The landscape also plays an important role inside the house, and Butz and Klug took care to marry indoors and out whenever possible. “The whole property itself is quite beautiful,” says Butz, who hints that—although there’s no record—the famed

landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted may have had a role in the yard’s design. The interior had what Butz calls limited framed views of the gardens. “The client wanted a better connection with the exterior landscape,” she says. She and Klug achieved that through copious windows, French doors, spatial connections across the house, and skylights. The orange accent color in the kitchen was chosen because, as a complement to green, it would best accentuate the leafy landscape filling the double-hung windows. In the living room, French doors open to a wide terrace for sitting and enjoying the view. At the top of the stairs, a skylight retracts completely to remove any barrier to the sky. “It’s almost like a James Turrell skyspace,” notes Klug. “To see where the house has been and what it has become—and how it essentially unites and doesn’t ignore its historic beginnings—I think it’s a better design with our intervention,” says Butz. “It was all sort of there, but we had to unmask it.” • resources For more information about this home, see page 233.

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LanDScaPeS aS SPeciaL aS tHe HouSeS tHey SurrounD By PauLa M. BoDaH

a PreScriPtion For PriVacy ➻ The homeowners loved their house for its wooded neighborhood, which lies conveniently close to Boston, but feels miles away. They didn’t love that their garage sat back-to-back with the neighbor’s garage, and that the tennis court dominated the backyard. To complement a renovation that added two stone-clad wings—

one holding the new garage—Keith LeBlanc conceived a yard and gardens that enhance the property’s assets while disguising its imperfections. Native plants and trees bring texture to the front while highlighting the entrance and delineating the new parking court. In back, a series of stone stairways, terraces, and

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Keith LeBlanc, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture LANDSCAPE DESIGN:


D. Schumacher Landscaping HOUSE ARCHITECT: Kelly

Monnahan, Kelly Monnahan Design

walkways complements the house’s stonework. A swimming pool seems to float in the lawn, and at its far end a screen of trees softens the appearance of the tennis court. In the tight space next to the neighbor’s yard, LeBlanc treated the new wing like a garden wall, tucking in a walkway and steps bordered with perennials. — PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEITH LEBLANC

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Andrea Nilsen Morse, Nilsen Landscape Design INTERIOR DESIGN:

Emily Pinney, Pinney Designs LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR: A.

Bonadio & Sons

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Sky-High Sanctuary ➻ Interior designer Emily Pinney and landscape designer Andrea Nilsen Morse combined their talents to give a couple the retreat they longed for on the roof deck of their Boston condominium. Continuing her theme for the interior design, Pinney chose rugs and accent pieces in bright jewel tones, pairing them with white-upholstered teak furniture, for the three distinct sitting, lounging, and dining areas, as well as a lowerlevel area outside the owners’ bedroom. Morse then brought in a series of large planters, in a range of sizes—to further separate the three upper-deck spaces—and filled them with a mix of sun-loving, wind- and drought-tolerant plants. Sedum, bright purple salvia, evergreen boxwood, white beach roses, and pink-and-chartreuse Japanese spirea provide color. Ornamental grasses offer movement and screening. And a pretty Koussa dogwood creates a canopy that shades an interior west-facing office from the afternoon sun. — PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN GEBO

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DJ Noyes, Cummin Associates LANDSCAPE DESIGN:


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Jonquil Farm Nursery and Christie Landscaping PLANTING CONTRACTOR:

Select Horticulture, Sylvan Nursery, and Pride Corner Farm PLANT MATERIALS:



Robert E. Murphy Custom

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WaterFront WonDer ➻ The steep grade from the front of this Connecticut house down to the backyard’s edge along a cove of the Mystic River presented a bit of a challenge for landscape designer DJ Noyes. But only a bit, as the results show. Noyes made the most of the rocky ledge, designing terraces, walls, seating areas, steps, and gardens to complement the new pool house. A retaining wall backed by a screen of American holly forms the stage for a shady pergola that looks out on

a reflecting pool. The house nestles into the ledge, which dives down to form one wall of the swimming pool. A stairway from the pool to an upper terrace was carved right into the ledge. All that natural rock, and the views of the cove, the river, and Long Island Sound, are enhanced by swaying grasses, sedum, mosses, and vivid lithodora that peek from crags, perennials (for color), and evergreens (for year-round interest). — PHOTOGRAPHY BY DJ NOYES

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North Shore Serenity ➻ Given the traditional New England character of a North Shore home, Laura “Lolly” Gibson wasn’t sure the homeowner’s request for a “Zen garden” view from his exercise room was going to work. Flow, she realized—creating a way to transition from the busy family area with its terrace and pool and other modern amenities—

was key. Needled evergreens shield the new garden’s west side; on the south side, a row of junipers sheared to a tall, narrow shape call to mind a Shoji screen. Long planes of granite surround a little ocean of rice stone—a perfect texture for contemplative raking—and carefully placed large rocks form islands to gaze upon.

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Deer-resistant Green Giant arborvitaes, the one western plant here, blend with red- and green-leafed Japanese maples, lily turf groundcover, Japanese spirea, Japanese boxwood, and Hinoki false cypress to create a calming space for reflection.




Laura Gibson, Laura Gibson Landscape Design SITEWORK CONTRACTOR:

Peter J. Macaro and Associates LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR:

James Woolaver, North Star Landscape Contractors Melissa Landsvik, Chubbs Creek & Co. PLANT MATERIALS:

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Adolfo Perez BUILDER: William



Francisco Tavares PLANT MATERIALS: Sylvan


ruStic reFineMent ➻ The owners preferred a clean, contemporary look for this summer getaway, and their creative team’s brief was to honor that preference while also respecting the feel of the home’s inner-Cape neighborhood. In response, landscape architect Kris Horiuchi and architect Adolfo Perez devised an elegantly tidy, interlocking arrangement of house, pool area, cable-railed terraces, and stone-paved woodland walks. The assembly extends the home’s spare interior spaces out into their surroundings and lets them diffuse

gently into natural wildness. Plantings follow the same progression, as ornamental grasses and container plantings defining the pool area give way to looser drifts of seasonal color beyond. Various destinations on the property are linked by intersecting bluestone paths—one is sunny and colorful, with clumps of lavender, lace-cap hydrangea, and butterfly bush; another is shadier, and bright floral display gives way to a more muted palette of hostas, astilbe, and ferns. • — PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN VANDEN BRINK

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The Back Story: The homeowners wanted to renovate their kitchen and the surrounding space. Dream Kitchens designer Don Smith created three designs for the space, each designed to accommodate their lifestyle, including a play space for their young daughter, an entertaining area, and taking advantage of their 100-mile view.

The Elements: Walls were moved and loads were shifted to allow for the new layout. The new cooktop is the first thing that impresses as you enter the kitchen space. The chef’s island with refrigerated drawers and prep sink allows the cook to converse with guests. The main sink with remote faucet actuator provides hands-off use during cleanup. The seating takes advantage of the scenic views through the four large glass panels. The integrated wine center is just an arm’s reach away. The front entryway can now be seen from the kitchen, and provides more natural light to the entire space. New tile flooring throughout is the finishing touch.

The Summary: Each of the components that define the kitchen—granite, low-sheen cabinet finishes, stainless-steel appliances, and tile backsplash— make a statement on their own. Combined, they delight the senses.



Dream Kitchens 139 Daniel Webster Highway Nashua, NH 03060 (603) 891-3590

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The Goal: This retired couple, with multiple residences, were looking to update their 2,500-square-foot condo overlooking Copley Square in downtown Boston. Having decorated their home 14 years ago in French Country style, the clients were ready for a change. Always on the move, they wanted their Boston condo to have a more sophisticated and urban aesthetic, with a design that echoes who they are today.

The Elements: Our starting point was a custom wool and silk Tibetan carpet, which instantly imbued the space with elegance. We carried the calming tone-ontone concept into the silk window treatments and Farrow & Ball Stony Ground wall color. Both Fabian sofas and Maud lounge chairs maintain the clean transitional vibe. The sculptural and sophisticated Kolkka Jet Set coffee table, in gold leaf with faux crocodile leather, adds a bespoke element. The Baker side tables paired with marble and brass Arteriors lamps take the space from French Country to modern classic.

The Summary: Working closely with our clients, we co-created a striking space that ultimately set the tone for a redesign of the entire condo. Elegant and refined, this home has become a reflection of the charming couple who live there, and they love coming home to it.



Heather Vaughan Design 281 Auburn Street Newton, MA 02466 (857) 234-1098

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The Starting Point: Originally built in the early 1900s, the home, with its lakefront setting, offered exceptional possibilities, but the house needed to be expanded to suit the homeowners’ current lifestyle and serve as their weekend retreat. Two neighboring parcels were acquired, and Meyer & Meyer, Inc. collaborated with Pressley Associates, Inc. to achieve a lakeside manor that feels like a Newport estate.

The Challenge: The design challenge was that the front of the house and the back of the house needed to be perceived equally, but differently. The front, street side of the house, is quiet and discreetly tucked into the neighborhood. The lakeside, back view is extraordinarily prominent, especially from across the lake. All interior floor levels offer spectacular water views.

The Elements: Few houses demonstrate the skill of modern-day craftsmen with such charm and grace. Quality materials, such as limestone, carved timbers, copper, and slate, combined with stone foundations and triple-pane windows, provide the new owners with worry-free maintenance. The property boasts formal English gardens complete with an underground tunnel leading to a wine grotto.

The Summary: The magnitude of this project was unique and the home was recently featured in Architectural Digest and on the cover of Period Homes. Meyer & Meyer, Inc. enthusiastically brings its creative talents to projects of all sizes and scopes, from the simple to the grand.



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The Back Story: The restoration of 31 South Water Street, an 1860s captain’s house along Edgartown harbor, was complex. The house has been heavily modified over the years; most of the original interior and exterior detail was either removed or significantly modified, and only the basic massing of the house was intact.

The Goal: We were able to document, through archival photographs, how the house appeared in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The goal was to recreate the original primary facade with similar materials and detail.

The Challenge: The original foundation was crumbling, so we lifted the entire house in place and installed a new brick-veneered foundation. Once the house was united with its new foundation, many of the original floor joists had to be reinforced and adjusted.

The Summary: The entire site was redeveloped in concert with the newly created front yard, garage wing, harborside terraces, gardens, and pool enclosures. These elements support the New England traditions of primary and secondary architectural elements that are found in homes that have been added onto or modified over time.




Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC 160 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite L3 Boston, Massachusetts 02116 (617) 266-1710

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The Goal: For a young family that loves to ski, hike, and spend time together outside in between, Stowe Vermont, was the perfect spot for a home away from home. With an eye toward creating a year-round family retreat, Rachel Reider Interiors developed a design that would comfortably complement all four seasons in style.

The Challenge: Although this house had great bones, the traditional architecture and formal interiors, marked by dark floors, floral wallpaper, and heavy furnishings, were a clear style mismatch. Our clients wanted to lighten everything up, creating a fresh and modern look and feel that would complement their family’s lifestyle and personality.

The Elements: One of the first things we did was change the overall color palette of the home, swapping out the creams and warmer tones for the greens and blues preferred by the clients. Using those serene shades as the foundation, we added our signature pops of color, luxe materials, and rich textures to create a sense of warmth and family throughout.



Rachel Reider Interiors Inc. 535 Albany Street | 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02118 (617) 942-2460 BEFORE

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The Challenge: Retained by the owners of a recently renovated home overlooking Cotuit Bay, Sudbury Design Group was charged with designing a project that included removing an existing pool and creating a summertime venue for entertaining and family enjoyment. It sounds simple, but it all had to be developed within an area allowed by the regulatory agencies responsible for protecting the bay and preventing any negative impact on the coastal resource.

The Vision: The proposed design included a larger pool and spa, outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen and bar area, dining area, and more open views to the bay.

The New Design: A negative-edge pool and glass fencing optimizes the visual flow from the pool, across the lawn, and out to the bay. The outdoor kitchen holds cooking facilities, refrigeration, ice maker, sink, and televisions. The stone fireplace provides a gathering spot for cool evenings. The pool area is paved with buff-colored granite that lets the family run barefoot on hot summer days. Colorful, summer plantings are consistent with the family’s casual lifestyle. Lighting and music were incorporated to enhance the overall outdoor experience.



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The Starting Point: A 2,400-square-foot, beloved but aging bungalow needed comprehensive interior and exterior modernization and restoration. The house had small rooms, an awkward floor plan, and was drafty, inefficient, and out of date. Low ceilings and unfinished spaces made the top floor uninviting.

The Goal: The vision was to preserve the exterior authenticity of the bungalow style while opening up the interior to provide a bright, gracious, and tranquil feeling. We also wanted to update mechanical systems to be consistent with the home’s new modern aesthetics.

The Details: Reframing the roof timbers and removing the original collar ties allowed for a cathedral ceiling to create a modern, loft-like master suite on the upper floor. Multiple skylights, including one over the tub, offer dramatic nighttime stargazing. Western red-cedar ceiling planks and repurposed original fir flooring bring warmth to the space, while the custom fir vanity and tub apron complement the blue penny round tiled shower and gable wall, unifying the bathing area as a singular and cohesive space.






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The Back Story: A Texas couple who had relocated to New England wished to update their family room, but also plan on selling the home in five years. The room would need to be beautiful and functional, but also neutral enough to appeal to potential buyers.


The Finale:

Back row: Donna Smith, Anne Fawcett, (allied ASID), Robin Cotter (allied ASID), Karen Booream; Front row: Dawn Williams (allied ASID), Shawn Strok, Becky Shearn

The resulting transitional family room incorporates soft neutral gray walls and flooring and a timeless color scheme of gold, gray, cream, and black. Geometric patterns are used for draperies and pillows and repeated in the wall art. The leopard print chenille tufted ottoman makes a statement while providing additional functionality to the space.

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The Goal: Our clients dreamed of a serene master bedroom with en suite baths and plenty of closets. Their 100-year-old house had high ceilings and excellent bones, but needed a 21st-century flow to provide a haven from the pressures of their highpowered lives.

The Starting Point:


Boston designer Joshua Alan Carpluk and I began by closing off an adjacent bathroom’s entrance from the hallway and installing frosted-glass double French pocket doors from the bedroom. The original Victorian closet was removed, and a walkin closet installed spanning the full space of the wall, with custom shelving for maximum storage. We added a transom window over the entry door for additional light and period detail.

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Gerald Venezia Interiors | 516 East 2nd St. #44 Boston, MA 02127 | (617) 464-4656

For a warm, sophisticated look, we chose a color palette of creams, camels, and golds. The custom headboard is covered in silk/cotton velvet, and throw pillows in differing silk and velvet textures create pops of patterned color. The simplicity of the furnishings is mirrored in the new bathroom.

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The Request: The homeowners wanted to update the hall bathroom to fit with the current modern feel of the rest of the home. This bathroom was dark and lifeless and was one of the last spaces to be renovated in the house.

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By removing the shower enclosure walls we opened the space, giving the bathroom a larger sense of size. Floating vanities make the space feel lighter, and the natural materials used make the bathroom feel more grounded and relaxing.

The Final Result: Without changing the footprint or the location of the plumbing fixtures, we achieved our design goals of creating a modern, calm space.

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Ready for a Change: These clients wanted to freshen their home by incorporating some modern elements into the decor. They wanted the family room to be warm, with a sophisticated, metropolitan vibe suitable for every day as well as for entertaining. The room needed to be a welcoming place for their teenagers to gather with friends while also being pet friendly.

The Elements:




La Balise Interiors, LLC 119 Bradford Street Needham MA 02492 (978) 821-0639

Taking advantage of the drama vaulted ceilings offer, we reconstructed the fireplace to soar to the ceiling. Now the eye is drawn up to the sculptural brass light fixtures, which add a beautiful sparkle and glow to the room. Wrapping the wall color onto the ceiling creates an inviting, cocoon-like effect. Built-in cabinetry provides essential storage. Custom sectionals have modern, clean lines and ottomans that add seating flexibility. Rustic elements, like the coffee tables with distressed wood and metal, add character and warmth.

The End Result: Because of the care taken with the details, the result is something to treasure. This space is now, understandably, the family’s favorite room in the house!

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The Challenge: The homeowners wanted to transform their dark, outdated kitchen into one that was larger and more sophisticated. They wanted to improve the workflow and efficiency to create a space that felt open, bright, and more conducive to the frequent entertaining they like to do.

The Vision: The vision included a larger footprint to accommodate both a peninsula and a large island with circulation for two cooks and multiple guests. With this new design, there can now be easy interaction between hosts and guests, even during meal prep.

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Mitchell Construction Group, Inc. 511 Main St. Medfield, MA 02052 (508) 359-7904

From the custom cabinetry—a mix of walnut and painted—to the polished-nickel fixtures and hardware, each element is upscale, unique, and inviting. Countertops of polished granite complement the cabinetry, and the backsplash, a continuous sheet of marble, extends up the walls and ends in hand-carved corbels that flank the walnut hood. Rock crystal custom chandeliers tie it all together. Special Marketing Section 183

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The Back Story: This Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, home was originally designed by Royal Barry Wills in 1939. The clients wanted to keep the Wills look, while updating the home and redoing the interior furnishings for a fresher look.

The Process: We started in the living room by designing bookshelves to flank the cased opening to the dining room, creating depth to the two rooms and filling in the unusable space of the living room. The new bookshelves coordinate with the Wills-designed bookshelves and millwork throughout the home.

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Pinney Designs Inc. 135 Magazine St. Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 500-0147

We started with the client’s area rug, using the colors for paint and fabric selections. From the rug we pulled the subtle blue out for the millwork and the neutral background color for the upholstery and walls. Accent lighting was added to the existing and new bookcases to highlight the clients’ collected items, as well as add additional architectural interest to the millwork. While the added bookcases have a huge impact on the space, they also feel as though they’ve always been there.

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The Charm: The before/after photographs of this project are compelling. This condo’s framework has everything a designer could want: symmetry, scale, and sunlight. Located in the charming Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts, this pre-war classic needed modernization for today’s lifestyle.

The Transformation: By eliminating or relocating just a few walls, an awkward, circuitous series of small rooms and partial closets became a wide-open, multi-purpose space. The result is a gracious and elegant home to orchestrate dinner, relax in one of the several spacious living areas, nestle in the cozy breakfast nook, or serve a Thanksgiving feast for 30— children included.

The Afterglow: Storage can be found everywhere but seen nowhere. If the cabinetry falls short, then the custom ottomans lift their trays to reveal ample hidden storage. Visit to see the full project.





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The Back Story: Thorson Restoration & Construction worked closely with Snow & Jones to give these homeowners everything on their wish list. The team provided better functionality through the new glassenclosed shower and an elevated sense of style through the chrome Kohler fixtures and a sleek linear Proline Quickdrain. The style and function of this master bathroom was tremendously increased as a result of this much-needed renovation.

The Features: The features of this bath include dual showering stations, with multiple Kohler shower heads and body sprays; sleek linear drain, installed discreetly under the floating bench; solar-powered, remote control–operated, venting skylight; custom storage solutions; heated floors and shower; and a beautiful combination of modern and classic finishes.


Snow and Jones Inc. Showrooms in Norwell and S. Yarmouth, MA (781) 878-3312 (508) 394-0911

Thorson Restoration and Construction 125 Fireworks Circle, Suite 1 Bridgewater, MA 02324 (508) 279-0656


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Triptych Vanity Mirror ///

“Classic design by Bill Sofield—an elegant triptych vanity mirror resting on raised shagreen skin panels.” Baker Furniture, Boston design Center, (617) 439-4876,

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Charles Loomis Lighting’s Capolino Chandelier ///

“Wonderfully graceful and elegant for a dressing room. This chandelier was inspired by a fifteenthcentury Japanese painting of a chrysanthemum.” The Bright group, Boston design Center, (617) 345-8017,

“The warm silver-leaf and antiqued-mirror surfaces make this dressing table from Jan Showers as beautiful as it is functional.” Through Cynthia driscoll Interiors,

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““The curves of this sofa by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman just scream feminine.” The martin group, Boston design Center, (617) 951-2526,

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How does a lighting designer’s role dovetail with the work of architects and interior designers?

Consumers have no shortage of options for lighting advice today. Educational programs for architects and interior designers sometimes include training in lighting design. Associates at lighting showrooms and sales representatives for lighting lines will often consult on design. Lighting technology is changing constantly, however. The lighting designer is the “geek” who understands the art of lighting and the technology and equipment required to make it work appropriately. An independent lighting designer can recommend the best mix of products from different sources. So hiring a professional lighting designer to work with your architect or interior designer (or contractor, or electrician) can help ensure the best outcome for your project.

What developments in the world of lighting most excite you right now?

Designing the lighting for this entertainment room was a recent project for Mazon. trevor Reid

Five Questions

Lighting designer Sergio Mazon is passionate about the role proper illumination can—and should—play in your life.

What essential things should homeowners know about lighting design?

Are there telltale signs of lighting that is less than optimal?

Lighting, in a sense, is the most important element in design. Lighting reveals the world around you; it enables you to see and experience a space. It shapes your environment and evokes feelings and moods. Good lighting design will provide ambience, comfort, and functionality. It’s not just about what your lighting fixtures look like or how many you have, but how bright they are, how they distribute the light, where they should be placed, and how you can control them. Good lighting makes a useful and pleasant space. Bad lighting can cost a lot and ruin the look of your rooms.

Do you have a room that seems too dark, too bright, too full of glare, or just “feels wrong”? If so, your lighting isn’t doing its job. Common examples can include walls that make artwork look shadowy or dingy, areas that are uncomfortable for activities like reading or watching TV, dining rooms where it’s hard to see your food, and bathroom mirrors that interfere with shaving or putting on makeup. Ask yourself these three questions: 1) Do I like what I see? 2) Do I like how I feel in here? 3) Is it easy to do the things I want or need to do in this space?

Mazon Lighting Design, Boston, (617) 501-8822,

LEDs are the biggest excitement at the moment, but also the biggest concern. LED technology has advanced a lot, and offers real advantages, such as low heat, energy savings, longer life, and low maintenance. LEDs are also small enough to go in many places earlier bulbs couldn’t, which opens up new design possibilities. But—LEDs are challenging to work with. Integrating them with dimmers is tricky, for instance. And it is very hard to separate good-quality products from the flood of inferior options. One must be careful.

What is the most beautifully lit public space you know of in New England?

Boston’s Zakim Bridge and Custom House tower are both beautifully lit at night. Light, though, can be so much more. My favorite in New England is the Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Boston. The thirty-minute show, choreographed to music, is simply spectacular. Still, the most impressive public lighting display I have seen was the art installation Tribute in Light in remembrance of 9/11. Created by searchlights, two vertical columns of light represented the Twin Towers in the night skyline of New York City. It was simple, but extremely powerful. interview by kyle hoepner

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What I’m Looking At The works of masters in design and the arts offer inspiration for Karen Gilman, president of Finelines drapery workroom.

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“The textures, shapes, and colors of my Back Bay neighborhood inspire me every day, from the architecture to the greenery, colors, and statues of the Public Garden. Then, a block away, a cashmere scarf draped like a jabot in the window of Loro Piana, the gathering of a boSton’S bACk bAy taffeta skirt at the entrance to Dolce & Gabbana, a studded bag in Valentino. All contribute to inform and curate my sensibility as a drapery maker.”

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“I have a background in dressmaking, and consequently began my company from the perspective of couture. I find particular inspiration in the designs of Madame Grès. She was considered a sculptor of fabric, and her talent and technique for pleating and draping remain unrivaled.”

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“A quote from my mentor, Celeste Cooper, playfully defines several elements in my decision making. ‘No retro, no repro, no faux!’ Even as we nod to the past in our more traditional projects, we bring a freshness to our work. For all of our wood and metal rod finishes, we work closely with our vendors to ensure integrity in the product. I am committed to authenticity as a defining element of our installations.”

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It’s the homeowner’s own memory that will come to the rescue. Described as a handshake between the deep-seated hippocampus and the frontal lobe, memory does a lot more than help us recall names at cocktail parties, or ace exams. According to the latest research, it helps us project into the future. For designers, architects, developers, builders, stylists, and homeowners, memories help define what makes a house a home. “From what he knows of Cave A, and from what he knows of Cave B, our most ancient ancestor was able to envision what he’d find in Cave C, before even going inside,” says molecular biologist John J. Medina. Which is to say, given hundreds of choices, our windblown homeowner will have a good chance of picking the right cave. /// Returning to the present, designers and architects have

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icture the intrepid homeowner on New England’s coast. Unusually high March tides are battering the last of his bulkhead. With a “What, me worry?” attitude that would make Alfred E. Neuman proud, he clicks through Zillow for mountain properties, using the search terms “Vermont” and “$750,000 plus,” for something a little less exposed. He’s never been to the mountains in Vermont, however. How will he know what to look for in a property? No worries. It turns out that the emerging science of evidencebased design (EBD) and its close ally NeuroDesign can now explain the uniquely human ability to adapt to an unknown environment.

Recommended Reading Want to know more about the role of evidence-based design in architecture, interior design, and landscape design? A handful of books and a new online journal are devoted to exploring the research and practical applications of this emerging field. Evidence Based Design: A Process for Research and Writing, by Dak Kopec, Edith Sinclair, and Bruce Matthes (Prentice Hall) Evidence-Based Design for Interior Designers, by Linda L. Nussbaumer (Fairchild Books) Inquiry by Design: Environment/Behavior/ Neuroscience in Architecture, Interiors, Landscape, and Planning, By John Zeisel (W.W. Norton) Brain Landscape: The Coexistence of Neuroscience and Architecture, by John P. Eberhard (Oxford University Press) EBD Journal, a new online magazine dedicated to creating a bridge between research and design practice.

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for Research and Writing. “I just came across a study regarding real estate sales,” he says. “Professionals know it’s the first and last impressions that drive sales, but that the middle is basically junk. Why? Psycholinguistic studies show that our Dak Kopec brains need the first and last of things like words for recognition, but somehow have little trouble filling in the gaps.” “A groundbreaking design study I still find fascinating,” he continues, “is the one for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Boeing found out that increased humidity reduces air rage by producing the negative ions that calm people down. So does splashing water, for that matter.” Kitchen and bath designers take note. /// In a similar vein, there’s surely a study

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Costantino, is a friend and occasional drawing mentor of a number of leading area architects, including Jan Gleysteen, John Margolis, and Jeremiah Eck. “Before everything went digital,” says Costantino, “I worked as an independent

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architectural illustrator for virtually all of Boston’s leading firms.” There was an upside to the collapse of the hand-drawn rendering—at least for him. “In the course of producing perspective imagery for these firms, I was able to develop my own aesthetic.” Costantino’s artistic turn in the face of adversity opened the door to a fulfilling life of teaching, doing demos . . . and fulfilling commissions. ///

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near the Boston Design Center. A local developer partnered with a collective to buy the space. “I show my work there several times a year,” Higginbottom says. “There is an emerging demographic of serious art collectors who are interested in going right to the source—to buy, as well as to socialize.” /// Some brains choose one cave, others two

or more. “I’m seeing certain clients looking to sell their major home,” says Tracy Davis, a designer based in Portland, Maine, and New York City. “They’d like to use that $2.9 million to diversify to smaller dwellings in two places, say, one in Maine and one in New Mexico.” And while some second-homers are looking for more of a connection to nature, Davis notes that, for others, it’s just the reverse: they’re TRACY DAVIS moving to city dwellings. “I have a lovely woman client entering the second half of a legal career, who missed her connection to the Soho scene in New York,” says Davis. “So in her master we did some very euro-modern furnishings with high gloss, tone-on-tone

walls. All the same, we used the cerused walnut side tables with cabriole legs that had come from her mother and that she’d held on to since college. As long as you do it intelligently, it’s important to have things with that kind of emotional value.” /// Just the name and address of the com-

pany, Mast & Falls Interior Design on Blueberry Lane in Concord, Massachusetts, excites those dopamine neurotransmitters associated with poetry. But don’t be misled. Designers Katharine Mast and Sue Falls are also steeped in EBD, especially when it comes to aging. “We are seeing more young families who want to have their aging parents with them and are looking to incorporate design elements that will help them live independently,” says Mast. “Take lighting plans, for example. Scientists have shown that older people need about three times the amount of light inside the home as adults in their twenties and thirties.” Older folks don’t need to sacrifice style for comfort and utility, either. “While some Italian contemporary is too low and lounge-y,” Mast says, “Kravet in the Boston Design Center has





a whole line of contemporary chairs and sofas that you can get out of easily, many of which can be customized.” Mast is helping her father and stepmother with their Virginia home. “We explored the elevator option, but ultimately we steered away from it. A chair lift was a nice compromise. There’s one manufactured by Symmetry that will go around curves and L-shapes.” /// Did someone say “curves and L-shapes”?

While people indeed prefer curves to angles, a study by Texas Tech neuroscientist Michael O’Boyle indicates that this isn’t always the case. On the one hand, if you care to relax the fear and emotion center in your brain’s amygdala, curves are the way to go. On the other hand, he says, “if you’re urgently trying to find your way to the exit, angles are the way to go.” “What, me worry?” our unflappable homeowner can almost be heard to reply above the March gale. • 297 Forest Avenue Portland, ME p: 207.772.3843 | f: 207.773.2849

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White, who keeps busy helping dozens of local organizations that provide education, care, food, and shelter. » David Andreozzi, an award-winning Barrington, Rhode Island–based architect, has a new feather to add to his cap. The architect, who has long specialized in the New England vernacular, was recently elected vice president of the board of directors of the New England David Andreozzi chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. He joins president Sheldon Richard Kostelecky, treasurer Eric Inman Daum,

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(1) Monika Pauli of Pauli & Uribe Architects, New England Home’s Jill Korff, and Tricia and Pierre Matta of Newton Kitchens & Design (2) Artist Giovanni DeCunto (3) A pop-up art gallery of DeCunto’s work enlivened the showroom (4) Boris Kutikov and Gerry Korchmar of Kenwood Builders with Monique Jankowski of Leslie Saul & Associates (5) Kevin Cradock and Nathan McBride of Kevin Cradock Woodworking (6) Debra Burke of Clarke and Don Carlucci of Ferguson (7) Craig Tevolitz of Platemark Design with Bob Ernst of FBN Construction (8) Photographer Greg Premru with Beezee Honan of Designer Bath, Brad Smith of Audio Video Design, and Ray Bachand of 60nobscot (9) Jay Walden and Gary Rousseau of Herrick & White with Eric Adams of Adams + Beasley Associates (10) Paula Daher of Daher Interior Design, New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner, and Eric Haydel of Eric Haydel Design (11) John Fox of Kenneth Vona Construction with Timothy Lee of Timothy Lee Landscape Design (12) New England Home’s Kathy

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C2 Paints sponsored a lecture, called “Color and Material Culture,” by Barry Dixon, at the Boston Design Center. The designer and author shared the ways far-flung travel influences his design—particularly the luminous color palettes he creates. The group enjoyed a reception in the beautiful Ailanthus showroom after the talk, and Dixon was on hand to chat with everyone and sign copies of his latest book, Barry Dixon Inspirations.





(1) Bianca de la Garza and New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton (2) Steve Elbaz, Mitchell Gold, and Bob Williams (3) Marni Elyse Katz, Andrew Terrat, and Ricardo Rodriguez (4) Eloise Goldman and Greg Sweeney (5) Mitchell Gold and Eric M. Haydel (6) Bill Trifone, Eric Roseff, and Dawn Carroll






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A trip to New England’s largest public display of indoor gardens may be just the thing to beat the end-of-winter blues. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center encompasses more than 12,000 square feet within its two greenhouses, and showcases 150 species of plants and cultivars. Go for a visit and soak up the warmth and beauty with the realization that true spring is right around the corner. Providence, (401) 785-9450,; open daily 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. The Vermont Flower Show Through March 1

The annual Vermont Flower Show offers respite from the cold and a welcome chance for inspired spring garden planning. A grand landscape display forms the centerpiece of the show, which also offers educational seminars, workshops, cooking demonstrations, and handson family activities. More than ninety vendors will showcase their goods and share their expertise. Sponsored by Greenworks, Vermont’s Nursery and Landscape Association. Champlain Valley Expo Center, Essex Junction, Vt., (802) 425-5117,; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; adults $15, seniors $12, children $4 Camellia Blooming Season at the Lyman Estate Through March 15

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» Acme Fine Art March 5–April 19 Pat Lipsky: Twenty Years Boston (617) 585-9551 » Tree’s Place On Land and By Sea March 1–31 Spring in Bloom! April 1–30 Orleans, Massachusetts (508) 255-1330 » Corey Daniels Gallery Select Works from Contemporary Artists Ongoing Wells, Maine (207) 646-5301

In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould Through March 29

The recent discovery of Nathaniel Gould’s daybooks and ledgers has made it possible to further understand the eighteenthcentury furniture maker’s work, and confirms attribution of these historically significant pieces. The exhibit presents twenty of Gould’s pieces, along with other works of art. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., (978) 745-9500,; open Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., open the third Thursday of every month 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972–1990 Through May 25

Vintage America during the 1970s and 1980s is examined through the lens of National Geographic photographer Nathan Benn. This exhibition has a regional focus, with many of the photographs being snapped in Vermont. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt., (802) 985-3346,; open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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» Cate Charles Gallery Porcelain in Three, featuring the works of ceramists Susan Schultz, John Oles, and Seth Rainville March 3–29 Ken Steinkamp and Jerry Ehrlich April 17–May 15 Providence (401) 272-0777

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The theme of the 2015 flower show is “Season of Enchantment,” and, in keeping with the theme, floral designers will fashion fanciful wizard hats and wands incorporating flowers, foliage, nuts, and seeds. A robust series of lectures and demonstrations covers everything from the secrets of spring bulbs to cultivating your own unique garden style. This family-friendly event has activities for all ages. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, (800) 258-8912, bostonflowershow. com; March 11 and 12, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., March 13 and 14, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., March 15, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; adults $20, seniors $17, children $10.

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Golden Glamour: The Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry Collection March 13–July 5

The stunning gilded garments owned by American philanthropist Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry will be on display at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. The exhibit features clothing from the 1920s and ’30s created by fashion’s top European houses, including Elsa Schiaparelli, Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo of the Fortuny label, and the House of Worth. The opulent pieces offer a glimpse into Gerry’s glamorous world and her penchant for luxurious couture. Providence, (401) 454 6500, r­; open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays till 9 p.m. Herb Society of America Northeast Seacoast Unit Program: The Best Flavor & Fragrance for Your Garden March 31

Horticulturist Holly Shimizu will share the best herbs to select for your gardening needs, as well as where and how to grow them so they will thrive. Shimizu was the first curator of the National Herb Garden at the National Arboretum, and, more recently, the executive director of the United States Botanic Garden, in Washington, D.C. Strawbery Banke Museum’s Visitor Center, Portsmouth, N.H., (603) 433-1100, strawberybanke. org; 7 p.m.; preregister by calling or emailing Rie Sluder at (603) 642-7034 or; Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members $5, non-members $8

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Explore the history of wallpaper through Historic New England’s extensive collection of more than 6,000 papers. Learn how to identify reproduction versus original papers, the difference between printing styles, and much more. A wallpaperfocused tour of Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum will follow the presentation. Registration in advance is recommended. Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, South Berwick, Maine, (207) 384-2454,; Sunday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.; Historic New England members $5, nonmembers $10

APRIL Growing Plants from Seeds April 11

Jack Alexander, Arnold Arboretum’s expert propagator, will teach you how to grow all types of plants from seeds— and send you home with a selection of seeds ready to sprout. Boston, Dana Greenhouse Classroom at the Arnold Arboretum, (617) 524-1718, arboretum.; 9a.m.–1 p.m.; members $50, non-members $65 Ask the Experts: A Primer on Dendrochronology April 18

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of dendrochronology—the practice of scientifically dating timber structures. Learn how this technique can be used to date homes and the impact it can have on historic preservation. Tours of the manor house at Spencer-PeirceLittle Farm and nearby Swett-Ilsley House after the lecture will provide a firsthand look at tested sites. Lunch is included and registration is required in advance. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Mass., (617) 994-6644, ­; 9:00 a.m–2:30 p.m.; Historic New England and Historic Deerfield members $60, non-members $75, Historic Homeowner members and students $50 Winslow Homer’s Pickerel Fishing (1892)

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Winslow Homer Studio Tour April 15–October 31

Tour the Prouts Neck studio of Winslow Homer, one of America’s most significant artists. Renovated and preserved by the Portland Museum of Art, the studio provides an interesting glimpse into the life and work of Homer and his deep connection to Maine. Tours leave via bus from the Portland Museum of Art and are 2½ hours in length. Portland, Maine, (207) 775-6148,; adults $55, PMA members $30, students $25 Art in Bloom April 25–27

Celebrate spring with Art in Bloom at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art. The annual event features floral designs created by garden clubs and professional designers from across New England inspired by the museum’s art collection. A highlight of this year’s event are master classes on floral design by legendary French floral designer Christian Tortu. There will also be daily demonstrations and lectures about displaying flowers in the home, ikebana, and garden design. (617) 267-9300,; 10:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; free with museum admission, classes are fee-based and require advance registration. —Edited by Lynda Simonton

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2. New Directions The Compass ceiling pendant is a glamorous take on vintage industrial safety lights, and just one example of the company’s stunning new kitchen line. Waterworks, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2496,

3. Etched Elegance The natural beauty of marble is married with stunning artistry in the Akros line. Available in a wide variety of stone and design options. Allstone, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2200,

4. Double Your Pleasure You’ll love using the quirky vessel long after the natural Fornasetti candle inside has burned down. December Thieves, Charles Street location only, Boston, (617) 982-6802,

5. Fit for Royalty The King George vanity table from PlexiCraft marries Lucite and mirrors to create an ultra-posh spot for applying makeup and starting the day. The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526, signature.plexi-craft. com

6. Proud Display Bring a room to life with this colorful and graphic Peacock Rug from Balanced Design. Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, R.I., (401) 533-8825, canditaclaytonstudio. com

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7. Don’t Fret Mixing and matching fretwork-patterned B by Brandie dinnerware is an easy step toward creating your own stylish and inventive tablescape. LCR Collection, West Hartford, Conn., (860) 231-7742,

8. Gilt Menagerie Dwell Studio’s sculptural animals will add interest anywhere you want a touch of gold. Assemble a whole herd, or pick your favorite beast. Well-Lived. Beverly Farms, Mass., (978) 969-2454,

9. Bobbin Along Handcrafted on machines that manufactured spools and bobbins in the mid-1800s, the Parks end table is a contemporary take on a vintage look. Room & Board, Boston, (617) 3510020, ­roomandboard. com

10. Oh So Trad Todd Alexander Romano’s signature fresh-traditional look is reflected in this Regency Bamboo Armchair, part of his new line for Schumacher. Schumacher, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9165,

11. Victorious Currey & Company’s Winged Victorie Table Lamp takes its cues from the Louvre’s Winged Victory of Samothrace. Vermont Lighting House, Shelburne, Vt., (800) 649-2204, vermontlightinghouse. com

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Premier Properties

Notable homes on the market in New England BY MARIA LAPIANA

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Zen may be an overused word in the real estate trade these days, deployed to describe any uncluttered, contemporary space (especially one with an empty room, which often becomes by default a yoga studio). But it’s ROOMS: 10 the perfect term for 4 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS this Woods Hole home 1 HALF BATH that’s all unexpected 4,780 SQ. FT. angles, steep-pitched $8,399,000 roofs, smooth wood finishes, and immensely breathable interiors. “Having traveled extensively throughout Asia, the homeowners wanted a very open and soothing feel to the home,” says listing agent Bob Kinlin. To achieve that goal they worked with Charles Fill, a noted Chicago architect with a background in classical architecture and an affinity for modernism. And so the home features soaring ceilings, lots of wood (some of it uncommon, like curly ash), bluestone and other natural materials, and lots of glass. Thanks to so many wide windows, natural light washes over the open spaces, bringing the outdoors in. Lines and angles amplify scenes and sight lines, offering frame-worthy views everywhere you look. At the bedroom windows, sliding Shoji screens diffuse the light, but reveal the views of Japanese gardens, dense woods, and Vineyard Sound.

Contemporary History This eighteenth-century reproduction home sits on thirty-three acres in something of a “sleeper community,” according to listing agent Mary Ellen McCue. Just north of Woodstock in

central Vermont, Barnard is coming into its own, thanks to the well-heeled clientele of the nearby Twin Farms Resort. So taken are they with the charm and beauty of the town, says McCue, that many of them are buying or building luxury homes in the area. Custom built in 2006, this stone cape, with up-to-the-minute mechanical systems, satisfies on many levels. It’s

The view from the indoor pool area out to the water offers a unique, telescoping perspective of wood, moss, trees, beach, and then the Sound. “It’s very clever what they did,” says Kinlin. “It’s almost like a painting.”



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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Custom shingle and stone home set on 3+ acres in a lush cul-de-sac offering 19 exquisite rooms, 6 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, indoor pool, ice cream parlor, and huge patio. $11,000,000

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite, new construction penthouse triplex offers an elevator, 2 roof decks, open layout, spacious rooms, custom chef’s kitchen, 5 fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 2-car garage & 2 heated outdoor parking. $8,650,000

Diana Chaplin | C. 781.354.9010

Michael Harper | C. 617.480.3938

LINCOLN, MASSACHUSETTS Mediterranean-inspired Villa near Boston with two-cook kitchen, 6 bedrooms, elevator, loggia, equestrian amenities, apartment and pool on 12 acres abutting protected land. $7,500,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite stone and stucco estate set on 2 acres in Country Club area offering 15 rooms, 5 en suite bedrooms, custom details and chef’s kitchen with cathedral great room. $6,900,000

Brigitte I. Senkler & Amy Pasley | B. 508.935.7496 | A. 617.571.7826

Kathryn Richlen & Paige Yates | K. 781.507.1650 | P. 617.733.9885

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent, new stone and shingle estate set on 1.4+ acres in Weston Golf Club area offering 17 rooms, 5 bedrooms, designer kitchen, theatre, and wine cellar. $6,899,000

GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Impressive Lake Winnipesaukee home set on 1.5 acres with 270 ft. of frontage, sandy beach, huge dock, 6 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, 2-story great room and sweeping views. $6,888,000

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen & Paige Yates | K. 781.507.1650 | P. 617.733.9885

Susan Bradley | C. 603.493.2873


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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Renovated parlor level residence set on Commonwealth Ave. offering superb details, 4 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, elevator, terrace, patio, 3 garage spaces and concierge. $5,950,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Rare opportunity for new construction. Private 2.6 acre prime Southside estate setting. 8,600 sqft, 5/6 bedrooms all en-suite baths. Optional plans for swimming pool/tennis court. $4,675,000

Michael Harper | C. 617.480.3938

Diana Chaplin | C. 781.354.9010

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS New construction, sunny side, 2860 sf, 12 foot parlor ceilings, exquisite details, sybaritic parlor level master bedroom suite, chef’s kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, patio and 2 tandem parking. $4,590,000

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Masterfully constructed contemporary home abutting conservation land featuring custom details, 5 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, mudroom, exceptional outdoor kitchen and 4 plus-car garage. $4,480,000

Roberta L. Orlandino, Monte Levin & Gary Lazarus | R. 617.312.1511 | M. 617.792.4741

Jayne B. Friedberg & Deborah M. Gordon | J. 617.899.2111 | D. 617.974.0404

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular single level condominium set on Commonwealth Ave. offering custom details, chef’s kitchen/family room, 3 bedrooms, elevator, 2 garage spaces and concierge. $4,350,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Gorgeous stone and shingle home set on 1.8 private acres offering superb updates, 5 bedrooms, open layout, 1 fireplace, yoga studio, and state-of-the-art screening room. $3,380,000

Michael Harper | C. 617.480.3938

Deborah M. Gordon | C. 617.974.0404


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CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS New energy-efficient, Shingle-Style home on 2+ acres with 13 rooms, 5 bedroom suites, upscale appointments and stand out chefs kitchen. Near Center and National Parkland. $2,898,000

WINCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS Restored to perfection, this exquisite home offers stunning period detail, 5 bedrooms, gracious formal rooms, new chef’s kitchen, library, family/media room, 4 fireplaces, porch and patio. $2,499,900

Brigitte Senkler & Peggy Dowcett | B. 508.935.7496 | P. 978.302.3988

Dorothea Feffer | C. 781.799.5393

LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Classic Georgian Colonial home set on 1.3 acres featuring 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, chef’s kitchen, solarium, deck, game room, home theater, gym, patio and 3-car garage. $2,495,000

LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning new twelve-room Colonial near Town Center. Abundant natural light, high/coffered ceilings, rich millwork, gourmet kitchen, sumptuous master suite. $2,495,000

Elizabeth Crampton | C. 781.389.4400

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LINCOLN, MASSACHUSETTS Garden vistas & wonderful privacy inspire elegant living in this classic cape on 7.8 lushly landscaped acres with pool, tennis court, superb updates, 4 bedrooms & patio. $2,097,000

DEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Stately Antique Colonial home set on 4 acres with direct access to the Charles River offering superb updates, 5 bedrooms, period details, 8 fireplaces and covered porch. $1,549,000

Susan Law & Sandra Bradlee | SL. 508.954.7753 | SB. 617.840.2321

Elena Price | C. 508.577.9128


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Niantic, Niantic, CT CT CT $4,475,000 II MLS#E281144 $4,475,000Niantic, MLS#E281144 $4,475,000 MLS#E281144 Edward Hillyer, Edward Hillyer,I 860.235.3424 860.235.3424 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424

Laconia, Laconia, NH NH Laconia, NH $3,900,000 II MLS#4364885 $3,900,000 MLS#4364885 $3,900,000 I MLS#4364885 Steven Gray 603.387.2488 Steven Gray Team, Team, 603.387.2488 Steven Gray Team, 603.387.2488

New NewLondon, London,CT CT New London, CT $3,300,000 I IMLS#E10017546 $3,300,000 MLS#E10017546 $3,300,000 I MLS#E10017546 Edward 860.235.3424 EdwardHillyer, Hillyer, 860.235.3424 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424

Cape CapeCod/Truro, Cod/Truro,MA MA Cape Cod/Truro, MA $3,100,000 I IMLS#21410795 $3,100,000 MLS#21410795 $3,100,000 I MLS#21410795 Ray 774.722.3587 RayCharest, Charest, 774.722.3587 Ray Charest, 774.722.3587

New Canaan, CT New Canaan, New Canaan,CT CT $2,995,000 II MLS#99059969 $2,995,000 MLS#99059969 $2,995,000 I MLS#99059969 Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790 Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790 Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790

Dover, MA Dover, Dover, MA MA $2,250,000 $2,250,000 MLS#71689646 $2,250,000IIIMLS#71689646 MLS#71689646 Barbara Barbara Miller, 508.380.3831 BarbaraMiller, Miller,508.380.3831 508.380.3831

Old Lyme, CT OldLyme, Lyme,CT CT Old $2,200,000 MLS#M9149303 $2,200,000II IMLS#M9149303 MLS#M9149303 $2,200,000 Jennifer Gurnell, 860.227.1212 JenniferGurnell, Gurnell,860.227.1212 860.227.1212 Jennifer

Clinton, CT Clinton, Clinton, CTCT $1,990,000 I IMLS#E279237 $1,990,000 MLS#E279237 $1,990,000 I MLS#E279237 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424

Marblehead, MA Marblehead, MA Marblehead, MA $1,895,000 I MLS#71771982 $1,895,000 I MLS#71771982 $1,895,000 I MLS#71771982 Steven White, 781.690.6433 Steven White, 781.690.6433 Steven White, 781.690.6433

Wellesley, Wellesley,MA MA Wellesley, MA $1,895,000 $1,895,000 MLS#71767309 $1,895,000 IIIMLS#71767309 MLS#71767309 Stephanie StephanieBarber, Barber,508.314.0398 508.314.0398 Stephanie Barber, 508.314.0398

Union, CT Union, Union,CT CT $1,800,000 I MLS#E278475 I MLS#E278475 $1,800,000 I MLS#E278475 Lora Merrill, 860.705.3120 LoraMerrill, Merrill,860.705.3120 860.705.3120

Cape Cod/Mashpee, MA Cape Cod/Mashpee, MA Cape Cod/Mashpee, MA $1,750,000 I IMLS#21405064 $1,750,000 I MLS#21405064 $1,750,000 MLS#21405064 Marianella Van Etten, 508.360.4414 Marianella Van Etten, 508.360.4414 Marianella Van Etten, 508.360.4414

Newton, MA Newton, MA Newton, MA $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181

CapeCod/Eastham, Cod/Eastham, MA MA Cape Cape Cod/Eastham, MA $1,650,000 MLS#21410399 $1,650,000 I IMLS#21410399 $1,650,000 I MLS#21410399 JorieFleming, Fleming, 508.246.3721 Jorie 508.246.3721 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721

Guilford, Guilford, CT CT Guilford, CT $1,590,000 II MLS#M9149381 $1,590,000 MLS#M9149381 $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 Nancy Bailey, Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499 203.668.6499 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499

Cape CapeCod/Hyannis, Cod/Hyannis,MA MA Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA $1,495,000 $1,495,000I MLS#21408640 I MLS#21408640 $1,495,000 I508.420.6166 MLS#21408640 Keith KeithSexton, Sexton, 508.420.6166 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166

Barnet, VT Barnet, VT $875,000 I MLS#4398296 Barnet, VT $875,000 I MLS#4398296 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505 $875,000 I MLS#4398296 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505 our family show your SusanLet Quatrini, 802.233.1505

Plympton, MA Plympton, MA $719,000 I MLS#71778343 Plympton, MA $719,000 I MLS#71778343 Renee Hogan, 781.248.7153 $719,000 I MLS#71778343 Renee Hogan, 781.248.7153 family way781.248.7153 home Renee the Hogan,

Barnet, VT VT $625,000Barnet, I MLS#4393830 Barnet, VT $625,000 I MLS#4393830 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505 $625,000 I MLS#4393830 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505

Sherborn, MA Sherborn, MA $1,295,000 I MLS#71758745 Sherborn, MA $1,295,000 I MLS#71758745 Susan McDonough, 781.235.5000 $1,295,000 I MLS#71758745 Susan McDonough, 781.235.5000 Susan McDonough, 781.235.5000

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Spectacular views across salt marsh to Atlantic from compound with bungalow and detached guest cottage. Also detached garage and outbuildings. Renovate/ rebuild. Beautiful unique location.



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New Construction with Panoramic ocean views. Open concept 4-bed, 2.5-bath Colonial with chef’s kitchen, fireplaced family room, master suite with ocean views. Near beaches, yacht club.

Spacious Colonial on 1.6 acres. Features include 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, hardwood floors, large kitchen, fireplaced living room, 1st-floor laundry, screened porch. Near beach, town center.

Elegant Queen Anne on 1.5 acres near Singing Beach. Renovated home offers period details, modern amenities, 5 fireplaces, chef’s kitchen, classic study, sunroom with bead board ceiling.

Maria Salzillo

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“Brick House,”neo-Georgian brick mansion graced by classic details as well as an impressive foyer with Grecian-style columns, gourmet kitchen.A tranquil pond and in-ground pool on 3.4 acres.

Ocean views from this lovely 5 bedroom Victorian offering a spacious kitchen, fireplaced family room with deck access, recreation room, fireplaced living room, study & wraparound porch.

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Stonefront custom Cape with superior hand craftsmanship. Offering gracious layout with a fireplaced living, hardwood flooring, large kitchen. First floor master suite. Private sprawling yard.

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Mesmerizing ocean views. Four-level Contemporary with 3 bed, 3.5-baths. Main level kitchen open to dining area plus fireplaced master suite, 3 decks, patio, & stairs to the ocean.

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Interior designer: Robin Gannon, Robin Gannon Interiors, Lexington, Mass., (781) 771-9221, Chairs from Wesley Hall, wesleyhall. com; Porcelanosa pillow fabric from Schumacher, fschumacher. com; ottoman from Stanford Furniture, stanfordfurniture. com; sconces from Visual Comfort,; Twig ceiling light from Deanna Wish Designs,; wallpaper from Schumacher; bed and bench from Stanford Furniture; side tables from Bungalow 5,; lamps from Barbara Cosgrove, barbaracosgrovelamps. com; drapery fabric from Schumacher; sitting room sofa from Stanford Furniture; wallpaper from Osborne & Little,; mirrored glass tables from Bernhardt, bernhardt. com; foreground table lamp from Visual Comfort; ottoman from Wesley Hall; background lamp from Barbara Cosgrove; patchwork flag from Nomadic Trading,; dining table from Dovetail Furniture, dovetailfurniture. info; dining chairs from O&G Studio, oandgstudio. com; wallpaper from Cole & Son, cole-and-son. com; ceiling light from Stonegate Designs, Edson Hill, page 70

Interior designers: Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy, Gauthier-Stacy, Boston, (617) 422-0001, The Inn at Castle Hill, page 72

Interior Designer: Wendy LeStage Hodgson, Carpenter & MacNeille, Essex, Mass., (978) 7687900, Contractor: Carpenter & MacNeille Living room grasscloth from Zoffany,,

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Interior designer: Jocelyn Chiappone, Digs Design Company, Newport, R.I., (401) 848-9301, Architect: Frank Karpowicz, Frank Karpowicz Architects, Wakefield, R.I., (401) 782-4604, Builder: Bob Poulin, RAP Builders, Cranston, R.I., (401) 943-2580 ALL GROWN UP PAGES 106–117 Interior architecture and design: John Stefanon, JFS Design, Boston, (617) 2926299, Builder: Trinity Building & Construction Management, Wilmington, Mass., (781) 938-0008, Upholstery workroom: McLaughlin Upholstering, Everett, Mass., (617) 389-0761, Drapery workroom: Finelines, Peabody, Mass., (978) 977-7357, Pages 106–107: Custom dining table, upholstered chairs, and Chippendale-style chairs from Hickory Chair,; chandelier and mirror from Visual Comfort,; mirror from Curry & Co., Page 109: Ottoman by JFS Design with Jim Thompson,, and Romo fabrics,; light fixture by Ironies from Studio 534,; mirrors from Made Goods,; wall covering from Kneedler Fauchère,; demilunes from Van Theil & Co., Pages 110–111: Custom designed sofa by JFS Design in Romo fabric; floor lamps by Visual Comfort; drapery fabric by Manuel Canovas from The Martin Group,; armchairs by Dennis & Leen from Webster & Company,; rug from Stark,; mirror from Made Goods; Wind’s Breath wall color from Benjamin Moore,; chair from Hickory Chair; chest from Bountiful,; antique intaglios from Jerry Pair,; lamp from Dessin Fournir, Pages 112–113: Breakfast area table and chairs from Zentique,; light fixture by Ironies from Studio 534; sconces above great room fireplace from Visual Comfort; wall covering by Maharam,; sofa fabric from Sunbrella,; coffee table from Bolier & Co.,; rug from Stark. Page 114–115: Rug from Stark; chairs and coffee

table from Global Views,; sofa from Holly Hunt,; wall covering by Kneedler Fauchère. Pages 116–117: Powder room wallpapers by Romo and RJF through Koroseal,; bed by Hickory Chair; nightstands from Modern History,; wall covering by Kneedler Fauchère; silk taffeta drapery fabric by Cowton & Tout,, from The Martin Group; bedside lamps by Dunes and Duchess, DRAMATIC EFFECT PAGES 118–129 Architect: Birdseye Design, Brian J. Mac, principal architect, Rob Colbert, project manager, Richmond, Vt., (802) 434-2112 Builder: Birdseye Building Company, Richmond, Vt., (802) 434-2112 Landscape Design: H. Keith Wagner, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Burlington, Vt., (802) 864-0110,, Woodwork: Jonathan Schumacher, Birdseye Woodworking, Richmond, Vt., (802) 434-2112 Metalwork: Chelsea Bush, Birdseye Metal & Glass, Richmond, Vt., (802) 434-2112 Page 122: Bench by American Leather,; indoor/outdoor carpet by Dash & Albert, dashandalbert.annieselke. com; chandelier from The Lighting House, Page 123: Dining table by Mauricio Aguirre,; chairs through Holly Hickey Moore Interior Design,; artwork by Elise Caron,; Snowball chandelier by Harco Loor through Chimera Lighting Design, Pages 124–125: Leather sectional, chaise, and chairs all from Roche Bobois, Page 126–127: Chairs at island from Mollie High Stool by John Coleman from Allermuir, allermuir. com; kitchen island and counters by Caesarstone, luminaries by Tabbatha Henry, Pages 128–129: Elysian Fields artwork above bed by Scott Plear,; silk rug by Carini Lang,; cement fireplace tiles from Solus Décor,; linens in master bedroom and Hunter Douglas window treatments in master bath through Holly Hickey Moore Interior Design; marble bathtub from Stone Forest,; porcelain sinks by Duravit from Blu Bathworks, SPECIAL DELIVERY PAGES 130–139 Architect: Alan Mayer, Mayer + Associates Architects, Brookline, Mass., (617) 566-7222, Interior designer: Marc Langlois, Marc Langlois Comprehensive Interior Design Services, Boston, (617) 959-1908, Builder: Matt Harkins, Benchmark Builders, march–april 2015  New England Home 233

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Ball; drapery fabric and armchair in cashmere by Barbara Barry through Kravet; bedside tables from Baker; lampshades from Ramson House; rug by Stark; bedding by Barbara Barry, barbarabarry. com; rug from Faber’s Rug store, Page 139: Paneling and custom vanity designed by Alan Mayer, crafted by John Aiello and Steven Delorey, Wayside Woodworking; Carrara marble countertop from Cumar,; soaking tub and fixtures from Splash, splashnewton. com; Carrara marble floor tile from Tile Showcase; painting by Barbara Flowers through Jules Place. YOUNG AT HEART PAGES 140–153 Architecture and interior design: Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, Butz+Klug Architecture, Boston, (617) 536-7399, Builder: BayPoint Builders, Newton, Mass., (617) 340-4606, Millwork: South Shore Millwork, Norton, Mass., (508) 226-5500,, Furniture Design Services, Peabody, Mass., (978) 531-3250,, and Herrick & White, Cumberland, R.I., (401) 6580440, Door and windows: KSD Custom Wood Products, Boscawen, N.H., (603) 796-2951, Landscape contractor: R.P. Marzilli, Medway, Mass., (508) 533-8700, Stainless steel fabricator: Weiss Sheet Metal, Avon, Mass., (508) 583-8300, Copper and roofing: Follett Company, Holbrook, Mass., (781) 767-1463, Pages 140–142: Door color CCPI 58 by Christopher Peacock,; Railings siding color by Farrow & Ball,; Cubi ceiling light by ITRE Lighting, Page 143–145: Custom plaster designed by Butz+Klug and installed by D.P. Autio Company,; Skygarden pendant by Flos,; salvaged wood mantel from Restoration Resources, Page 146–147: Wood cabinets, island, and perforated metal fridge and oven unit designed by Butz+Klug and fabricated by Furniture Design Services; concrete countertop at island designed by Butz+ Klug, fabricated by Form/Function Custom Concrete,; stainless steel for cabinet, vent hood, countertop, and integrated sink designed by Butz+Klug and fabricated by Weiss Sheet Metal; rectangular lighting fixtures by Flos; Moooi pendant light,; orange wall paint CCP-47 by Christopher Peacock; Gaggenau cooktop,; Dornbracht faucet,; Thermador range hood insert,; wide plank wood flooring from Carlisle Wood Floors, wideplankflooring. com, installed by Vajentic Hardwood Flooring, Westwood, Mass., (781) 329-1045; walnut crotch table top and benches designed by Butz+Klug and

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Planting contractor: Christie Landscaping, North Stonington, Conn., (860) 535-8313,, and Jonquil Farm Nursery, Stonington, Conn., (860) 535-1238 Site engineer: DeCesare Bentley, Groton, Conn., (860) 448-0400, Masonry: Rob Murphy, Robert E. Murphy Custom Masonry, Pawcatuck, Conn., (860) 599-4506 Metalwork: Mystic Stainless and Aluminum, Mystic, Conn., (860) 536-2236, mysticstainless. com Stone: Swenson Granite, North Kingstown, R.I., (401) 402-1844,, and Olde New England Granite, Wakefield, Mass., (781) 334-4805, Plant materials: Select Horticulture, Lancaster, Mass., (978) 365-6555,; Sylvan Nursery, Westport, Mass., (508) 636-4573,; and Prides Corner Farm, Lebanon, Conn., (860) 437-5168, pridescorner. com Pages 160–161: North Shore Serenity Landscape architect: Laura Gibson, Laura Gibson Landscape Design, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., (978) 526-8790, Sitework contractor: Peter J. Macaro and Associates, Hamilton, Mass., (978) 468-1041, Landscape contractor: James Woolaver, North Star Landscape Contractors, Essex, Mass., (978) 768-6100 Granite: Swenson Granite Works, Rowley, Mass., (978) 948-3363, Rice stone: The Stoneyard, Littleton, Mass., (978) 742-9800, Pages 162–163: Rustic Refinement Landscape architect: Kris Horiuchi, Horiuchi Solien, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 540-5320, House architect: Adolfo Perez, Newton Center, Mass., (617) 527-7442, Builder: William Picardi, Picardi Construction, Southborough, Mass., (508) 481-2929 Landscape contractor: Francisco Tavares, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 548-0911, Plant materials: Sylvan Nursery, Westport, Mass., (508) 636-4573, Garden maintenance: Botanica Fine Gardens, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 540-9100, • ///// New England Home, March–April 2015, Volume 10, Number 4 © 2015 by New England Home Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. New England Home (USPS 024-096) is published 6 times a year (JAN, MAR, MAY, JULY, SEP, NOV) by New England Home Magazine, LLC, 530 Harrison Ave, Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118, (617) 938-3991. Periodical postage paid at Boston, MA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 734, Selmer, TN 38375. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription.

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These sketches were studies I did for the entry foyer of a Rhode Island house that sits on nearly the highest point of Aquidneck Island, with great views of the ocean to the south. A series of spaces in the entry leads to a living room on axis with the front door. Bringing the shingled wall finish inside the entry was a deliberate choice, intended to set a casual or informal mood for the house. I was inspired by the interiors of a well-known Shingle-style house, called Clingstone, that perches on a rock in Narragansett Bay. The primary living rooms on the first floor of Clingstone are shingled in white cedar, which makes them unique and interesting spaces. Not all “great ideas,” however, get buy-in from clients, and we ultimately abandoned this concept for a more formal aesthetic. Sometimes sketches like these just end up being filed—but this doesn’t discourage us from pushing the envelope and developing concepts that are worth exploring, regardless of whether they make it to the final design.

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