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January–February 2016 Volume 11, Issue 3




In This Issue

featured Homes




Room by room, a handsome old house takes back the elegance and luster of its nineteenthcentury origins.

Beyond merely nestling into its wooded site, a Vermont house brings the trees indoors, making the interiors an integral part of the stunning views.

City sophistication meets country comfort, bringing a down-to-earth appeal to a young family’s sky-high Boston home.







On the cover: Inspired by the site’s maple trees, architect William Maclay designed this Vermont home as a modern take on the Adirondack style. Photograph by Robert Benson. To see more of this home, turn to page 110. January–February 2016  New England Home 15

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In This Issue

29 46 Art, Design, History, Landscape

People, Places, Events, Products

20 | From the Editor

135 | Perspectives Mirrors to reflect any style; designer Randy Trainor outfits a chic ski lodge; Dawn Carroll on the latest trends in natural stone; a Massachusetts farmhouse both modern and rustic.

29 | Elements: Opposites Attract Good design can be unadorned or unabashedly elaborate. As these objects prove, both can be beautiful. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ


40 | Artistry: The Insider Joyce Tenneson’s photographs, whether of people or the natural world, are an intimate, searing, inward-looking search for meaning. By Caroline Cunningham

46 | In Our Backyard: Forging a Link to the Past Keeping the craft of blacksmithing alive is a passion for the husbandand-wife team who own Hammersmith Studios. By Lisa E. Harrison Photography by Trevor Reid

68 | New England Design Hall of Fame Gala Relive the fun with a look back at our celebration in honor of the 2015 inductees into the New England Design Hall of Fame.


54 | Metropolitan Life: Made from Scratch A favorite painting is the spark that helps a designer take a young couple’s Boston home from bare bones to beautiful. Text by Louis Postel Photography by Greg Premru

60 | State of the Market: Net Worth E-commerce has broadened consumers’ options and even saved some brick-and-mortar shops. Still, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of hands-on discovery. By Regina Cole

142 | Trade Secrets: Welcome to the New New England News from and musings about the New England design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL

148 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 154 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

158 | New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON 163 | Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA 172 | Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 175 | Advertiser Index 176 | Sketch Pad An architectural detail spied on a trip to Portugal inspired designer Manuel de Santaren’s design for the embroidery that embellishes his linens for bed and table.

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masses of crystalline white (it was so cold, and the snow was so high, that it didn’t immediately degenerate into dingy, gray glop the way it usually does). Multilane streets metamorphosed into a single, follow-the-leader path for slow-moving autos, each edge defined by a series of angled, icy garage-igloos, each cradling its parked car. The whole urban environment was, for a few magical weeks, hushed and redolent of, perhaps, rural northern Canada, or Siberia, or, at least, some earlier era with its slower pace of life and sense of camaraderie. Perhaps I was lucky, as a confirmed city dweller and public-transit-taker, to be able to contemplate these things from the standpoint of aesthetics rather than commute times. Still, it’s good to take our pleasures where we can find them. And, looking ahead to this year, it’s good to keep in mind those cold-season pleasures everyone reliably enjoys: skiing, skating, the NFL playoffs, hot cider by the fire, baking brownies with the kids, inviting friends or family in for a midwinter feast. As you might have guessed from our cover, we’ve tried to assemble some of those pleasures here for your perusal. Consider our cover story (page 110), which gives a contemporary twist to traditional Adirondack lodge style. Or, if you prefer your lodges to be more traditionally traditional, check out designer Randy Trainor’s decorating suggestions on page 136 for a more old-school effect. Winter can also be nice when you’re perched on top of the world, as in the Boston condo shown on page 122, or ensconced in a handsome Victorian (page 100), curled up with a cup of tea and your iPad (or even a book, for the most unreconstructedly archaic among us). But, in our heart of hearts, I know we still hope the next three months won’t be just a deep-freeze replay of 2015. —Kyle Hoepner

The Case For Cold Objectivity


nother winter is now under way. We are all, of course, silently pleading with the powers that rule the universe that this winter be in no way similar to last winter, despite the maliciously gleeful predictions of doom being made by various meteorological sadists, based on El Niño, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the state of the woolly worms, or what-have-you. Whenever the subject arises, I simply stare up at the ceiling and start humming some random opera tune. I would suggest you do likewise until reality forces us to deal with whatever we’ll have to deal with. That being said, there were some aspects of last year’s gelidity that could be considered in a more gladsome frame of mind. It was fascinating to see downtown Boston’s neighborhoods transformed in ways I had never before experienced. Sidewalks became intimate, one-walkerat-a-time furrows flanked with shoulder-high

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Joyce Tenneson’s photographs, whether of people or the natural world, are an intimate, searing, inward-looking search for meaning. ///////////

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he young woman leans forward in her chair and looks out at us with a serene and uncompromising gaze. It would be a mistake to confuse her ethereal beauty with fragility. Although her pose is somewhat guarded, she radiates a quiet confidence. The soft folds of drapery, the graceful tendril of hair that rests against her alabaster shoulder, and the suggestion of a monumental doorway in the muted background introduce elements of a classical world. But,

again, there’s a contradiction here. While the image alludes to a mythical narrative, it is also, in its psychological complexity and forthright candor, entirely modern. Suzanne in Chair first appeared on the cover of American Photo in 1986, and was later included in a book called Transformations, the second of fifteen books that Joyce Tenneson has published over the course of her extraordinary career. The impact of this image when it first appeared would be hard to quantify. As Tenneson has said, “It presented a differ-

ent aesthetic . . . it united spirituality and sensuality and explored the delicate edge where that can exist.” It marked a turning point for Tenneson toward intimate photographic explorations into the lives of others. The photograph also captured the attention of contemporary critics who had been Suzanne in Chair (1986). Tenneson’s portraits have a startling intimacy that reflects the close connection between artist and model. Suzanne has said, “I feel like a medium through which Joyce works . . . we flow effortlessly into each other.”

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dismissive, if not contemptuous, of work with such lyrical power. In other words, Transformations was exactly what the title declared—images that defined a transformative moment in both the art world and in Tenneson’s artistic evolution, that drew upon everything that had come before and established the framework for all that was to follow. Tenneson grew up on the grounds of a convent where her parents worked, in Weston, Massachusetts, and her images

are infused with memories of the mysterious rituals that surrounded her childhood. The Polaroid Corporation hired her as a part-time model when she was in high school, but she soon realized that she wanted to be on the other side of the lens, and requested a camera of her own. She began by taking photographs of herself and her friends; several years later, she earned a master’s in photography at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. While teaching at GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design,

Tenneson refined her visual signature by taking thousands of self-portraits. She says that these images—at once exquisite and searing—provided a lifeline at the time, even as they were dismissed as being too feminine and personal. This lack of acceptance, occurring concurrently with the end of her marriage, might have crushed others; instead, it propelled Tenneson forward, to New York. And it was there that she found Suzanne, along with other models—often in chance encounters in the city—whom she photographed in a studio against enigmatic backdrops of her own creation. Polaroid provided a grant to use its

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FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: In Apple Tree (2010) Tenneson used gold leaf to produce mixed-media images of astonishing beauty. The glowing light around the model’s head in Suzanne and Wreath (1986) was created with a laser. The goldleaf process was also used for Gold Woman (2014). Zelda Kaplan (2002) was included in Tenneson’s book Wise Women, which features powerful images of women ranging in age from 65 to 100. BELOW: The artist.

iconic 20 × 24 camera; Tenneson utilized its idiosyncratic qualities to create a series of images that combine a photograph’s immediacy with the expressionistic qualities of painting. In these portraits, the souls of her subjects are laid bare; they also reflect the soul of the artist herself. “The challenge is to find a way to present the inner journey, the self-discovery,” she says. “It’s something of an impossibility, of course. I’m trying to make visible something which by its nature can’t be seen.” This challenge has always been central to Tenneson’s work, and it’s one she meets, again and again. The invisible is revealed in her luminous images. Tenneson relocated to Rockport, Maine, following the sudden loss of her partner, film director David Jones, in 2008. She was searching for a new project when a view of trees outside her window at dawn inspired another series, and another book, called Trees and the Alchemy of Light, in which Tenneson records the spiritual nature of trees in transcendent prints she created by applying gold leaf to wood and then varnishing the photograph to the surface. She travels the world to lead photography workshops, and her sixteenth book, Grace, Unpublished Polaroids, comes out next summer. She is always on a journey “The to uncover challenge meaning in this is to find a way to present world, and one senses that, the inner for her, this journey, the self-discovery,” journey is also a says Tenneson. destination. • editor’s note: Joyce Tenneson is represented in New England by Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, (207) 596-0084, To see more of her work, visit

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n an autumn day outside the workshop of Hammersmith Studios, modern life proceeds apace. Office workers and creative types mill about on lunch break, Starbucks in hand and smart cars parked nearby. Inside the charming, single-story, cinderblock studio, another story unfolds. It’s a tale that takes us back in time and stars a craft practiced by our early American ancestors. It’s here that blacksmith team Carl Close, Jr. ​and his wife, Susan, ply their trade, transforming strips of metal into works of art that will be around for generations to come. They relish their

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The two wear jeans and work shirts; earplugs to dull the sound of hammer on steel dangle around their necks, and a layer of fine black dust covers their hands. At the far end of the studio, Carl is on deadline. He’s finishing hinges, push plates, and door pulls for a church set to open in a few weeks in Illinois. He’s already logged hundreds of hours, from the initial sketches and samples submitted to the architects, to the fabrication. The process takes patience. Lots of it. First, he textures the metal with a hammer, giving it a nice, aged feel. To make it malleable, Carl heats it to a blazing 1,800 degrees in a coal-fired forge that he made himself. “That’s what’s cool about

blacksmithing,” he says. “You can make everything you need. There’s a sense of self sufficiency.” CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A hand-forged decorative door pull, inspired by door hardware on the personal chapel of architect Ralph Adams Cram. Carl fabricates the halo for a baptismal gate. Customdesigned, hand-forged door hardware for a church in Knoxville, Tennessee. A bronze hand-forged, doublehinged custom light bracket. A historic restoration of the Saybrook College gates at Yale University.

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LEFT: Husband-and-wife team Carl and Susan Close, founders of Hammersmith Studios. BELOW: A hand-

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Once a section of the metal is red-hot, he has forty-five seconds to shape it before it cools. “It’s a constant dance in and out of the fire,” he says. The anvil sits near the forge, and tools—chisels, tongs, punches, pliers—hang within arm’s reach so that he can make every second count. Carl’s interest in blacksmithing dates back decades; when he was eight years old, he’d watch his father, who learned the trade via his job at a sawmill. To further his education, Carl read books from the 1890s and 1900s. He worked as a welder after he got out of the Navy, then pursued blacksmithing full-time. He and Susan started Hammersmith Studios in 1993. On this day, Susan pieces together an exterior vent grill, as decorative as it is functional, for a Boston-area home. “She does her thing and I do mine,” says Carl. “Then we bounce ideas off each other because each eye sees things differently,” Susan says. The Closes split their time between restorations and new commissions, working in copper, mild steel, bronze, and sometimes aluminum. It’s common for them to have three or four projects going simultaneously and to log seven-day workweeks. New works range from tables, chandeliers, and staircases to exhaust hoods, railings, and

lighting fixtures. Restorations include gates from the Malden Public Library, a cross from the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and a gate from Harvard. Restoring ironwork is not an easy task. Most of the great artisans considered the tricks of the trade proprietary. Secrets were passed down in families, “and many people died with those secrets,” says Susan. “You have to get inside the heads of these craftsmen and see how they made it,” adds Carl. Their ability to do just that has racked up many accolades for them, including a 2012 Lucy G. Moses award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for work on the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, a 2015 award from the Connecticut Trust for Historical Preservation for restoration of the Saybrook College gates, and a 2014 Bulfinch Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, as well as recognition from the Cambridge Historic Preservation Commission for a balcony railing for the Harvard Lampoon building. It’s not just technical prowess that’s led to this level of success; it’s passion. On their honeymoon, the couple visited Samuel Yellin, in Philadelphia, the twentiethcentury’s foremost iron artisan. And they’ve never stopped studying. They continue to hone their craft, refine their legacy. “The masters of the past haunt us—in a good way,” says Susan. “We are carrying on a tradition,” adds Carl, who says he often asks himself what some past master would think of his work. “It keeps the bar high.” And it keeps an important link to the past alive and ­thriving. • Hammersmith Studios

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ut I have nothing,” protested the newlywed. Her designer, Kristen Rivoli, had emphasized how important it was to incorporate furnishings the young couple felt an emotional attachment to. Her clients’ new 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom condo on Battery Wharf overlooking Boston Harbor would be that much more interesting and comfortable. But nothing meant nothing. Ironically, the qualities that help young urban professionals launch their careers—the ability to travel light, to relocate again and again—are the very ones that work against them when it’s time to settle down, nest, and start a family. So how to begin? Through the power of art. Through their broker, the couple had found Theresa Brown of Dreamscapes to create their window treatments. Brown advised them that she usually came in after things were further along, and

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Kathy Soles’s vivid painting Deep Water to form the palette for the living room and dining area. The homeowners’ own discoveries, like the gold and jade Thai vessel on the coffee table, bring a personal touch to the space. BELOW: The diamond pattern of the silvery mirror frame plays off the silver circles in the foyer’s wallpaper. 54  New England Home  january–february 2016

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A painting by Michael Hoffman adds a spark of color to the dining area. Master bedroom walls wear a strié treatment in luscious blue. Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair turns a corner into a ­mini-sanctuary. The muted palette keeps the focus on the view. FACING PAGE: The playful nursery sports an African motif.

suggested they contact Rivoli, which they eventually did, after putting the nestbuilding project on hold for months in response to demands at work. Once on board, Rivoli brought them to Jules Place, a gallery in Boston’s SoWa district. There, it was a matter of love at first sight: an oil painting by Kathy Soles, called Deep Water, inspired by time the artist spent in Greece. A strip of sunlight illuminates the jewel tones of Soles’s take on what lies beneath the surface of the Mediterranean. Rivoli gave the painting pride of place in the living room, then built the home’s palette around it. “My clients love the city and were looking for an urban feel. I created a neutral palette of grays, greens, and creams with pops of color,” the designer says. One thing she didn’t do was overstate

the blues in Deep Water. “More blue would have watered down the painting,” she explains. “Instead, I picked up on the purples and golds for the cushions, and did the walls and drapes in cream so they wouldn’t distract from the water view outside.” The one blue exception was the custom-made, deep-blue, high-gloss, lacquered console Rivoli set in the entry under a mirror whose silvery, diamond-patterned frame has raised edges. It took a designer with a good eye to mount it on a dark-brown wallpaper decorated with silver circles that had come with the condo. A sculptural console separates the living room from the dining area. Atop it, two Donghia lamps with bases of etched Murano glass are suggestive of columns in

a Renaissance interior court. Additional light comes from tiny recessed spots embroidering the ceiling edges. A striped painting by Michael Hoffman, also found at Jules Place, presides with a good-natured sense of order and authority over the dining table. The table’s metallic oval base joins Hoffman’s painting in yielding rich, reddish colors in high contrast with the gray lacquered walls by decorative painter Lynda ­Stephens. One more blue exception: the Fiji-blue strié treatment Stephens gave the master bedroom walls. Light and dark neutrals— the charcoal-hued headboard and white

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bedding, a lamb’s wool rug, and a blackand-white flower photograph by Debby Krim—stand out against the luscious blue. “The wife wanted a place where she could sit if her husband was off in the living room watching a game,” Rivoli says. “So opposite the bed, I created a seating area with the classic Knoll Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen. I also had some leftover Suzani pillow fabric from Donghia, which I framed in triplicate as artwork.” The guest bedroom soon evolved into a baby’s room, as the couple welcomed a baby boy—“though I designed it not so babyish that he couldn’t grow up in it,” says Rivoli. Fabric from Boston’s Mally Skok depicting the Botswana trees of her home continent set the African motif repeated by the wall decals. As Rivoli helped her clients begin married life with beautiful art and a beautiful home, she also encouraged them to seek out and bring back things they love to make their space even more their own. This they proceeded to do, as evidenced by the Thai copper-and-jade lidded vessel on the coffee table in the living room and a jolly silver teapot on the side table. Clearly, this is no longer a couple who has nothing. In fact, relates Rivoli, the two are now shopping for a larger home. Baby boy is about to meet baby sister. • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 172.



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ideo killed the radio star, they sang in the early 1980s, but we know they were wrong. When a new technology comes along, we make room for it; we don’t get rid of what we know and love. Sometimes the new technology gives the old one a leg up. Today’s designers scroll and tap their way through the world of online wonders, but they still love to walk into that quirky, singular shop. The online world makes comparison shopping possible like never before, but in the end, there is no substitute for feeling the goods, for seeing the sheen of light on the nap of a well-woven rug, say the experts. “It used to be, every design studio had a library with catalogs and product infor-


mation,” says Thomas Henry Egan, one of the owners of Evolve Residential, a design studio and adjoining shop in Boston’s South End. “Now, we go online for all that information. Companies send swatches, as they always did.”

But what of the artisanal, antique, handcrafted things a designer needs? Can online pictures fairly represent such objects? “There is nothing more relaxing and wonderful than walking into shops,” says Egan. “But I don’t have the time to go to the antiques centers of Essex, Massachusetts, or western Connecticut very often.” “We are a complementary part of the design business,” says Olga Granda-Scott, who, together with her husband, Douglas Scott, founded The HighBoy, a decorative

“We met designer Nancy Serafini at the Boston Design Center, and she let us know she was looking for a set of sconces. We initiated a search among our dealers and found the perfect match: this Italian neoclassical-style mirrored pair.” —OLGA GRANDA-SCOTT, The HighBoy

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WHEN YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING A few of our favorite online sites for fine objects for the home 1stdibs The mother of websites for all things decorative, 1stdibs casts a very wide net. In addition to furniture and home furnishings, there is jewelry, fashion, and fine art. The stylistic groupings are helpful. Bespoke Global A site for handcrafted objects for the home or for leisure time, each object available with customizable possibilities. (For example: backgammon boards made to commemorate special events.) With emphasis on artists, artisans, and workshops. Dering Hall Going to this website feels like opening the pages of a magazine, one that clearly organizes things into categories and shows you pretty pictures. Some things are old, most are new, all are of good quality. The HighBoy Specializing in fine and decorative art, this site has a refined, curated sensibility. Here, too, style definitions and categorizations can help neophytes learn. Good photography is a boon.

and fine-arts e-commerce site. “Online retailers will never replace brick-and-mortar businesses,” she continues, echoing Egan’s sentiments. “What’s different for today’s designers is that the world is their catalog. They are more educated and they can price shop.” About half of The HighBoy’s sales are to designers and half are directly to consumers, she says. “Online sites help people to define their tastes; the personal library they now have is unlimited. Where once people were afraid of buying art and antiques, they can now do the research, learn what they like. And they can do it easily, without leaving home.” Egan credits the Internet with saving a moribund business. “In our company, we buy tons of antiques. Our style, if we have one, is always to include an antique. If you put an eighteenth-century piece into a stark, modern house, the space comes alive,” he says “But then, the new generation showed no interest in antiques, and the antiques business was going to have to find a way to use the new technology or die,” he continues. “With sites like 1stdibs, they have. Suddenly, I have the whole world

Incollect Incollect is what happens when the publisher of Antiques and Fine Art magazine turns his attention to social media: there is a delightful collection of objects from a wide variety of dealers. Just launched in 2014, this is a site to watch for lovers of art and antiques. And if you’re looking for an interior designer, or you’re a designer looking for clients, there’s a tab for that, too. Joss & Main Full of seasonal offerings, design tips, colorful accessories, and sale items, this feels like your favorite department store, only more hip. One Kings Lane Everything home furnishings, from Frette linens to pashminas to garden hoses to Gustavian chairs, in one colorful, exuberant e-commerce site. Shopping here can be a little overwhelming because there’s so much to look at, but it sure is fun. Ruby Lane A curated collection of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, porcelain, and pottery. This site is especially helpful if you are looking for sterling silver, vintage fashion, or antique dolls.

“A designer researching art for her clients’ renovation project found us through a web search (also a little word of mouth). She and her clients liked several works on our website, but in the end they trusted me to create a completely different piece. The clients loved it, and that led to several other commissioned works for their home and business locations.” —Rebecca Thompson, Petta Thompson

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of antiques at my fingertips. At the same time, dealers who would have gone out of business if they relied on foot traffic are thriving.” Egan praises the stringent product and photo standards of his favorite sites. Being there is not necessarily just about sales, but rather part of the constant work of self-promotion, says Debra Sidebottom. Owner of Oreillers (French for pillows, it is pronounced or-e-ays), a Peterborough, New Hampshire, company specializing in fifteenth-to-eighteenth-century European textiles, she sells to museums as well as to interior designers. “When you are constantly looking for clients, a website is not enough,” she says. “I sell quite a bit on The HighBoy, use 1stdibs, and have my own website. I have never sold anything on Etsy, but people have found me there. I once put something on eBay and got two new clients out of that.” Online looking, she says, is now part of the process of research, but her best source of new business is word of mouth. “The design world is small, and my product is very specialized, so word spreads,”

When shopping online, “even designers will second-guess themselves over a product. But be aware that if you hesitate, especially when it comes to an antique that’s one-of-a-kind, it may not be there tomorrow. One designer scooped this pillow up after another designer couldn’t make up her mind.” —Debra Sidebottom, Oreillers

she explains. “But if you’re not on several websites, they won’t find you.” Like Sidebottom, Rebecca Thompson and Rita Petta of Petta Thompson have a website, but conduct sales the oldfashioned way. “We get approached by e-commerce sites, but it’s not us,” says Thompson. Thompson, an artist, and Petta, a designer, provide custom wallcoverings, artwork, and decorative objects from their Oakville, Connecticut, studio. “These days,” Thompson says, “you can’t have a creative business and not have a website, but we want people to touch our products, and we like to interact with the designers who come to us.” “With online sites,” adds Petta, “we have no control over the marketing; no say in how we are presented.” This aligns with the way Granda-Scott explains the limitations of shopping via a screen. “As friendly as online shopping has become, people still love to walk into a shop and talk to the shopkeeper,” she says. “People don’t purchase products, they purchase experiences.” •

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A. Tesa Architecture Since its founding in 2002, A. Tesa Architecture has become the firm of choice for residents of Newport and coastal New England seeking a home whose design couples a respectful interpretation of classic New England aesthetics with modern functionality; one which recalls, rather than replicates, the storied style of Newport’s Gilded Age. It’s a fresh approach that ensures that each residence designed by A. Tesa Architecture has a timeless appeal that is both cherished by our client and will also be appreciated by future generations.

A. Tesa Architecture specializes in designing Shingle-style homes that complement their neighborhoods, yet are undeniably original. We view the design process as a partnership that begins by our taking the time to fully understand our clients’ vision and how they use their home. Alec Tesa, AIA, the firm’s principal, is a winner of the Henry Adams AIA Medal from the American Institute of Architecture. He was also honored as one of New England Home’s 2014 “5 Under 40,” which recognizes emerging talent in residential design

throughout New England. It’s a fresh approach that has given way to growth within the firm to encompass interior design, as well as design build services for select projects. A. Tesa Architecture has expanded into a new location in historic downtown Newport, where the firm now resides in an 18thcentury colonial restored by the famed Doris Duke. The historical New England architecture of the new space pays tribute to their dedication to classic New England design integrated with modern functionality.

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Hutker Architects, Inc. For more than 30 years, the team at Hutker Architects has been helping families and individuals create oneof-a-kind homes in New England. Our process begins with listening. We work together to create a program of indoor and outdoor spaces that will best support the way you live, work, and play. We begin each project by learning about the particulars of the site and the priorities of the individuals who will live in the house. From there, we

establish desired life patterns and work to create spaces that make the most of a home’s unique location while creating spaces that support and anticipate our clients’ lives today and in the future. Having designed more than 300 houses along the New England shore and beyond, we are committed to the principle “build once, well,” looking to the historic architecture of the region as inspiration for original, contemporary design. Our team of 40 professionals shares

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Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. Jan Gleysteen Architects practices in the suburbs of Boston, designing fine custom homes, additions, and renovations inspired by the historic architecture unique to New England. As residential designers, we understand the personal nature of designing a home and strive to meet the functional requirements of each client while also elevating daily living through design. Many of our clients are in search of a home that is not only tasteful but also manageable. Careful consideration of daily living is

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Mayer + Associates Mayer + Associates is an architecture and design firm founded on trust and integrity and the belief that it is through personal relationships that we find truly creative solutions. We know that asking the right questions is the single most important step in finding the right answer. We work with our clients to help them discover their own vision. It is our job to both inspire and be inspired by them and together to discover the possibilities. Our clients understand the value

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Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC Patrick Ahearn, AIA, specializes in historically motivated architecture and interior design. Over the past 43 years, his volume of finely crafted and detailed residential work has spanned a multitude of classic styles of architecture, from city townhouses to island homes. Offices in both the historic Back Bay neighborhood of Boston and on the island of Martha’s Vineyard provide a rich and fertile background for the creation of classical, timeless architecture, appropriate and in scale to each

locale. The firm’s work covers a broad spectrum of projects throughout the United States, including master planning, new construction, historic renovation, and restoration. Mr. Ahearn and his team of architects and designers bring a finely tuned knowledge of classic architecture, coupled with a keen sense of how people live today, to each project, producing homes that are timeless and responsive to the needs of today’s lifestyles. greg premru

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Pauli & Uribe Architects, LLC The best of boutique & full service luxury residential firms. The paths taken by architects Monika Zofia Pauli and Juan Guillermo Uribe Rubio individually have only made them stronger as a team at luxury residential architectural design firm Pauli & Uribe Architects. She, a history buff with an artistic bent and a multitude of projects under her belt; and he, a classicist with robust technology skills; are the go-to architects for Boston’s well-heeled clients and bespoke properties. The duo are joined by an accomplished staff that rounds out their high-touch approach.

A bank of experience restoring historically correct projects showcases the firm’s attention to detail and ability to handle challenging designs. “We’re inspired by what the original architects had in mind,” notes Pauli. The firm’s hand-drawn renderings, rich with texture and dimension, have become its trademark. But they are equally welcoming of new technology, such as design software that allows clients to embark on a virtual tour of their homes well before plans are finalized and construction begins. “Clients see their homes come to life in ways that match their vision,” says Uribe.

Recent successes represent a broad range of architectural styles, tastes and budgets, including the restoration and renovation of historic 19th-Century townhouses on Louisburg Square, the Ritz Carlton House, residences in Back Bay and Chestnut Hill and new construction in the suburbs and beyond. The firm earned a 2014 PRISM Award for Best Living Area: Private Residence. Despite their full schedules, Pauli and Uribe still find time to serve on numerous civic and cultural advisory boards-including Bina Farm and Cambridge Historical Commission--allowing them to give back to the community.

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD) celebrates 20 years of providing up-to-date yet timeless design and quality construction throughout coastal southeastern New England. The new home shown here proposes a Shingle Style for today—making a unique statement but still comfortable on its highly visible harbor-front site. On both the street and harbor facades, order is maintained by localized symmetries, balance between horizontal and vertical, and studied juxtapositions

using elements at all scales, from small to large. An abstracted fan light, exploded in scale, atop flat representational columns announces the entry like a signboard. Quirky and playful but still classically inspired, the hybrid/mannerist whole is grand but not formal, complex but not complicated, balanced into a happy truce between exuberance and calm, between the future and the past. PSD is a full-service, integrated architecture and construction firm, offering an innovative single source for

new construction and renovations. Its design, construction and management are fully integrated, thoughtfully executed, and carefully attuned to each specific client. PSD is proud that the value of the art, craft, and organizational skill it synthesizes has been recognized through numerous local, regional, and national awards. It is, however, the relationships with, and accolades from, PSD’s clients that matter most and offer the strongest testimony in favor of its integrated design and construction model.

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Bonin Architects We believe in a collaborative approach to every project, bringing an array of personal strengths, professional experiences, and exceptional quality to the design process. Whether your vision is a single, decisive statement or a broad list of desires, that vision is our guiding principle and the benchmark to which the design is held. We help you develop and maintain this vision, from the initial meeting through the construction of your home. We are located in the heart of the Lakes Region and New England. With expertise in custom residential

design and landscape architecture, we draw inspiration from the abundant lakefront, mountain, and vernacular architecture of our region, delivering distinctive and timeless designs. Bonin Architects is founded on a desire to continually enrich the lives of those we work with and to find satisfaction knowing the values of integrity, commitment, respect, service, and hard work not only touch the lives of our clients, but are the difference between building a home and building a dream. New construction or renovation, family

home or getaway cottage, contact us to begin the process of bringing your dreams to life.

Bonin Architects 290 Daniel Webster Highway, Suite B Meredith, NH 03253 210 Main Street, PO Box 2571 New London, NH 03257 (603) 526-6200

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Chip Webster Architecture Best known for its elegant, yet individual home design, the firm of Chip Webster Architecture (CWA) has been exploring creative solutions in ecologically sensitive architecture, interior design, community planning, and historic preservation since 1983. For more than twenty-five years, the firm has worked nationally from its Nantucket office. Led by MIT graduate Chip Webster, the CWA design team integrates client inspiration and progressive design with the use of renewable resources. Projects range in scope from classic island cottages to mixed-use communities. CWA’s designs reflect

a strong attention to detail, efficient use of space, and a notable creative richness. Well versed in Nantucket design and building requirements, arguably among the most stringent in the United States, the firm is renowned for its navigation of regulatory processes in projects nationwide. With a reputation for artistic collaboration, the company works closely with clients, engineers, and contractors in all project phases, from cultivating the client’s initial vision to the completion of construction. The firm’s offerings are comprehensive, including concept development, a complete design

oeuvre, and project management. With CWA’s diverse portfolio of residential, commercial, and master planning designs, the credo of creating spaces that surprise, delight, and inspire is evident throughout the firm’s work.

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Colin Smith Architecture, Inc. Colin Smith Architecture, Inc. is a team of focused professionals committed to creating simple, artful, and memorable places. Since its founding in 2002, Colin Smith Architecture has devoted a significant portion of its time and talent to developing a diverse portfolio of work, with an emphasis on custom homes, historic renovations, and interiors. Our ability to work within traditional or modern forms of architecture and interiors has strengthened our sensibilities as designers. We are avid problem

solvers who strive to coordinate all aspects of building design with the project team. We are passionate about employing our craft to create functional and beautiful spaces while seamlessly integrating architecture, interior design, and the landscape. We engage in meaningful dialogue and share our experiences, bringing objectivity and creativity to bear in solving complex issues. Creating beautiful spaces that reflect the needs of our clients is critical to our mission as designers​.​

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Slocum Hall Design Group At Slocum Hall Design Group, we work closely with you to understand the way you live, then design your home to capture the aesthetics, flow, and utility most important to you while providing an unrivaled level of detail and oversight through the construction process. You may long for a kitchen with space to accommodate a small family or a large crowd, or a place to cozy up

by the fire. Maybe, you’ve imagined a homework room for the kids or a home theater. We specialize in transforming the traditional architecture so often found in New England into signature spaces wellsuited for modern-day living. Tell us about the home of your dreams. We have the expertise and experience to make your dream come true.

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SpaceCraft Architecture, Inc. SpaceCraft has been creating distinctive homes and country houses across New England for more than 15 years. We treat each project as a unique and special case, listening carefully to our clients about their family dynamics to craft the inviting, comfortable spaces that enable them to thrive. Known for our strong relationships with both client and builder, we take pride in making the journey to your new home an enjoyable one. Our designs are timeless, innovative in layout, exquisite in detail, and built to last. We love breathing new life into

historic houses, transforming them with modern amenities for today’s lifestyle. SpaceCraft homes have earned several historic preservation awards and been featured on the PBS series “This Old House.” Our name speaks to exactly what we do. We design homes with warmth and character, crafted with care, and with a purpose for every space. We believe that your home should be a welcoming, inspiring sanctuary, and that the true measure of our work is how “at home” you feel every time you walk in the door.

SpaceCraft Architecture, Inc. 5 Raymond Street Lexington, MA 02421 (781) 674-2100

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A winged angel designer Jackie Whalen discovered at David Neligan Antiques in Essex, Massachusetts, never fails to charm visitors. The Leopard Rose stair runner is by Stark. FACING PAGE: Antique gilded-wood sconces and an antique brass-rimmed table add a layer of interest to the living room alcove. The Louis XVI chair is one of two flanking the antique coffee table.

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t really didn’t matter that interior designer Jackie Whalen’s husband ran late for their appointment with the real estate agent. One look around and she was smitten. By the time her spouse joined them it was practically a done deal. “Rich claims the minute he crossed the threshold he was certain this was where I wanted to live,” says Whalen with a chuckle.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The designer continues her clever mixing of ­elements in the living room, installing an antique French barometer above an Edwardian satinwood cabinet and an Adams-style mirror above the fireplace. The entry’s window seat is a popular spot at parties, Whalen says. The nineteenth-century French chandelier was scored during one of many ­antiquing trips to Hudson, New York.

Not one for shying away from challenges, the designer admits to a preference for old houses that need serious attention. This handsome 1865 residence in Winchester, Massachusetts, having seen little recently in the way of renovations, was pining for a rescue. On top of that, its history was intriguing. Originally joined to its neighbor, the house gained its current Colonial Revival style when, in 1916, the building was split into two homes. No photographs of the union exist, but the layouts are identical, which lends weight to Whalen’s theory that perhaps a double-sided staircase was the link. It may be half the house it once was, but the refurbished dwelling is wholly welcoming and gracious, the kind of comfortable oasis that moves family and friends to invent reasons for gathering.

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“I love entertaining and cooking,� Whalen declares. Still, twenty years ago when the couple and their two young children moved in, there was no time for a major kitchen overhaul. Instead, the owners did a cosmetic fix and concentrated on more pressing issues, like modernizing the systems and repairing the slate roof. Bit by bit as time passed, however, the lovely house regained its stature from top to bottom. Drafting elevations and floor plans, Whalen oversaw all the renovations big and small, eventually zeroing in on the kitchen and pantry. The new space she designed, along with its slew of functional cabinetry crafted by local woodworker Jeff Blaisdell, complements the house and provides the passionate chef a beautiful place to work.

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Everything in the three-story home is beautiful and inviting. The warm ambience even envelops the rejuvenated front porch. And, certainly the spacious foyer raises the bar on how to greet visitors. On the wall opposite the front door, an eighteenth-century Italian angel beckons from its perch atop a gleaming antique Empire secretary. To the left, a nineteenth-

“I love to set beautiful tables,” says Whalen, who also enjoys flower arranging. Antique silver candlesticks and flatware make every occasion in the dining room more special. The silver tea service is a treasured family heirloom. FACING PAGE: The dining room table, which came from Whalen’s mother, has sentimental value, too. The window and its seat are original features of the house.

century painting of a saint hangs above an Italian neoclassical demilune, while to the right, a leopardprint runner adorns the stairs to the second floor. That these disparate pieces marry so happily is a testament to the designer’s talent for juxtaposing styles and periods. Her pitch-perfect mixing and matching gives the decor vitality along with a high level of interest throughout the house. Consider the living room: amid the host of treasures sit twin Louis XVI armchairs upholstered in deep moss-green velvet, an Edward Ferrell tufted ottoman with a chic leopardprint top, and a pair of stunning grisaille drawings from the couple’s collection. Whalen’s favorite living-room acquisition,

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halen’s pitchperfect mixing and matching gives the decor vitality along with a high level of interest throughout the house.


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For the snug library, Whalen designed a custom screen using Brunschwig & Fils’s Bibliotheque wallcovering that mimics the room’s bookshelves. The drapery fabric is Brunschwig & Fils’s Out of Africa. The antique brown chairs include eye-catching contrast cord and ball trim. The wine cellarette hails from The Farm Antiques in Wells, Maine.

though, is the antique Adamsstyle walnut, parcel-gilt, and pen-work daybed. Tiger-print upholstery and pillows clad in antique Fortuny fabric lend the bed a regal presence that suits the home’s classic architecture. The bed is parked in a bookfilled alcove that’s framed with grand fluted columns. Whalen uncovered the columns minus their capitals in the basement and reinstalled them—with new capitals—where they’d originally stood. The columns, which mirror a pair at the opening between the foyer and living room, square off the sunny living room, restoring symmetry and balance, elements the designer always strives for in her work. Fortunately, for the most part the old oak floors were in fine condition. The dining room’s original leaded-glass window had not fared so well. But, as Whalen sees it, repairs were well worth the effort. Beyond its lightgiving function, the gorgeous window speaks to the home’s pedigree and partners like a dream with the white woodwork and charming Brunschwig & Fils ­wallcovering. The couple’s stash of antique china and silver is displayed in the dining room’s built-in cabinet. Old mercury glass lines the space beneath the cabinet doors. “At night the glass reflects the fireplace on the opposite wall,” says Whalen. It’s an additional treat for dinner guests who— perched on antique Russian Regency chairs—can savor the sparkle of crystal glassware and an antique Russian neoclassical chandelier, too. january–february 2016  New England Home 107

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Of course, on chilly evenings when no company is present, every family has a room they favor for congregating. For this couple, the cozy, second-floor library couldn’t be better. To boost the room’s nurturing flavor, Whalen chose a Clarence House striped wallcovering and dressed the windows in an appealing Brunschwig & Fils fabric. The loveseat is flanked by a pair of antique Napoleon III–style chairs wearing chocolate-colored mohair. A nineteenth-century French oil painting presides above the mantel, and a polished English Regency wine cellarette serves as a classy side table. Each project undertaken to inject the house with fresh life spurred another, and so it went. Not a nook or cranny was left untouched. Whalen made every inch pretty and practical, adding armoire-like closets to bedrooms short on storage,

Over the years, contractor Dick Ianetti of Reading, Massachusetts, helped Whalen with numerous projects, including fabricating the vanity and cabinetry she designed for the master bath. FACING PAGE: The efficient black-and-white kitchen incorporates an Italian chandelier and wine storage. The old English water filter holding flowers was unearthed at the Brimfield Antique Show and given new purpose.

was obsessing,” says Whalen about her bathroom. “I was so concerned about everything fitting, I made a model for this room.”


revamping the baths (two retained their claw-foot tubs), and reinventing the powder room with an antique console. The master bath was gutted, and in its stead rose an elegant bath with a marble floor and countertop along with posh gold fixtures. A cleverly angled shower with a sandblasted door slides in between the handsome vanity and tub. “I was obsessing,” the designer tells us. “I was so concerned about everything fitting, I made a model for this room.” But such meticulous planning on her part really isn’t a surprise. Only a painstaking expert like ­W halen could conjure such a lively spirit for an aging home without diminishing by a whit its appealing past. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 172.

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Trunk Show Beyond merely nestling into its wooded site, a Vermont house brings the trees indoors, making the interiors an integral part of the stunning views. Text by Stacy Kunstel + Photography by Robert Benson + Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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A January’s worth of snow is held at bay over the entrance to this Vermont ski house, a riff on the Adirondack style designed by William Maclay Architects.

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“The major goal was creating a place that seems to grow out of the wooded site.” – architect william Maclay

CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PAGE: In the living room, wood, stone, and massive windows forge a true connection to the views. A continuous parade of stripped logs marches from inside to out. Tension rods attach to timbers along the ceiling on the main floor.

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William Maclay, Maclay Architects Brothers Building Company Landscape Architecture: Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design Architecture:


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being an architect is being able to see something that’s there even when it’s not. For architect William Maclay, it was seeing a stand of maple trees, straight and strong, growing along a Vermont hillside and imagining large panes of glass between them, ceilings and walls supported by their sturdy trunks. This house is what Maclay aptly calls a modern interpretation of the Adirondack style. Trees stripped naked of their bark and employed as decorative and load-bearing columns span the structure inside and out, looking as if they were left where they grew instead of being harvested from different positions on the property. “The major goal was creating a place that seems to grow out of the wooded site, but that also creates a connection to the view of the valley and the mountains on the eastern side of the valley,” says Maclay, principal architect on the project and founder of William Maclay Architects, in Waitsfield, Vermont. Sitting on eleven acres near the ski area of Sugarbush and without a neighbor in sight, this hillside retreat places its occupants among the woodlands and in the view. The owners’ ideas for the house—something “modern-rustic,” and with

an angled roof that opened up to the mountainside—were charges that Maclay and his project team, consisting of Chris Cook, Marc Young, and Steve Frey, maximized in every design aspect. Carrying out the vision of the team were Brothers Building Company, also of Waitsfield, and Ky Koitzsch, the timber-framer and tree-skinner on the project. The driveway approaches through hills blanketed with snow-covered trees, the full weight of winter bearing down upon them. A timbered breezeway creates the transition from parking area to entry. A few steps down sits the home’s main level, consisting of an open living room, dining room, and kitchen, as well as a separate TV area. From here, the trees tower above and the valley is seen beyond the trunks and branches through an expansive piece of glass. “When you open the front door, the view opens up with a roof angling up to the sky and with stairs going down to the living room,” says

ABOVE: The angled roof opens the house to the mountain, allowing for a larger view. LEFT: Wood and stone details

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Maclay. “All of this is to extend and expand one’s experience out into the view of the mountains. That is the major experience of the house, with its shape and massing designed to extend into the view, but anchored by the breezeway into the mountain behind the home as well as anchored by the trees, which are outside but continue marching through the inside, although in an altered state.” The ceiling supports, made of planed blocks of wood, are bolted into one another and joined to tree trunks with metal caps. The trees, which were harvested with part of their roots intact, float just above the floor, creating a feeling of modernity. Throughout the house, baseboards and moldings were eliminated, pushed out in favor of walls that float between floor and ceiling, with massive expanses of triple-paned glass framing the mountain views. “There’s a reveal in lieu of moldings,” says Maclay. “It’s a clearly modern detail. The staircase is rustic and modern—painted steel and maple. The steel connects into the stair columns, not the trees.” The level of attention to detail that went into creating a modern architectural space was extended to the interior design. The homeowners, who (along with one of their mothers) furnished the vacation

home, made sure all the cliché had been stripped away to reveal a look as fine and clean as mountain air. This may be a home distantly connected to Adirondack style, but there’s nary a fishing basket or stuffed animal head in sight.

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Harvested on site, the trees were stripped and placed throughout the interiors. Custom girders attach them to the overhead timbers. FACING PAGE, TOP: The homeowners completed the interiors, mixing rustic touches such as the dining room bar area with contemporary pieces. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: An open kitchen and dining and living areas occupy the main level.

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The architect created a cozy family room that tucks in behind the living room fireplace. FACING PAGE: Plain drawers, absent of pulls, and open shelving holding a collection of pottery contribute to the modern air of the kitchen.

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In the living room, in front of the stone fireplace, a trio of coffee tables nests on a patchwork hide rug between the sofa and upholstered armchairs. Behind it, a sleek, yet rustic, dining-room table sits surrounded by leather chairs beneath the one nod to mountain sensibility, an antler chandelier. Vintage mixes with new, and art was kept to a minimum, both for lack of wall space and to let the focus remain on the outdoors. On the backside of the fireplace, a denim-covered sectional creates a cozy spot for football-watching and reading. The Maclay team incorporated a sec-

tion of barn wood into the wall behind the sofa, planed to give it a more contemporary feel. In the kitchen, at the opposite end of the main level, the floor changes from brown maple to stone, and windows wrap two sides of the room. The pantry and storage areas sit on the non-view side of the space. Mosaic tiles back open shelving filled with functional and decorative pottery pieces in shades of rust, moss, and stone. “In the kitchen, we employed flush panels so that there are no handles,” says Maclay of the undecorated effect. “Your fingers reach underneath january–february 2016  New England Home 119

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to open cabinets or drawers.” A large deck projects off the kitchen; hardy folks can take their coffee there in the winter, dreaming of summer days, when the snow-blanketed pool is open. “There’s really almost no lawn except for a small area near the pool,” notes Maclay. “The rest of the landscaping is just to restore and retain the wooded feeling of the site. Where we dug into the hill for access and to build the house, we also restored rocks, so it looks like the ledge rock that was there before the building.” From the main areas one can descend to the lower floor, where there are guest rooms and an exercise room, or ascend to the master suite on the third level. The suite, consisting of the master bedroom, bath, and dressing area, is simple and quiet. Natural colors and materials give the space a monastic feel, once again paying reverence to what’s outside. “By bringing in rocks and trees, making that connection between inside and out, it makes a difference with Vermont’s long winters that are often overcast,” says Maclay. “The term is ‘biophilia,’ a love of nature. We feel more comfortable when we’re connected to views and the trees and this light and airy feeling.” The many connections to nature make this house so comfortable and calming, it’s easy to believe its owners never want to leave. Who would? • Resources For more information about this home, see page 172. 120  New England Home  January–february 2016

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An outdoor covered porch projects off the kitchen, giving the homeowners a perfect spot for hot chocolate drinking. FACING PAGE: Wood details punctuate both master bedroom (top) and master bath (bottom), on the top floor of the house.

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Text by Dan Shaw Photography by Greg Premru The TV “floats” on a sleek stand that lets the homeowners watch from any number of vantage points but never interrupts the views of downtown Boston. A multi-arm, raw-brass light fixture by Apparatus Studio hovers over the Knowlton Brothers dining table (custom-painted in Benjamin Moore’s Mexicana) and vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar chairs.

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Lofty Ideal City sophistication meets country comfort, bringing a down-to-earth appeal to a young family’s sky-high Boston home.

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between the dining and living areas of this downtown Boston high-rise apartment designed by Andra Birkerts, a television floats as effortlessly and elegantly as the clouds outside the windows. Birkerts used a minimalist Italian suspension system that supports the television and two vitrines on a sleek floor-to-ceiling pole. As if it were a rotating piece of sculpture, the television pivots so the homeowners can watch programs whether they are eating at the dining table, lounging on the sectional, or cooking in the open kitchen. “It let me keep the space open and multifunctional without detracting from the views,” Birkerts explains. Birkerts, who is based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, was determined to maintain the apartment’s airy, urban sensibility while making it a homey pied-a-terre for a couple with four children. “I didn’t want it to be too contemporary,” she says, noting that minor interventions included reconfiguring the master bedroom, removing a utility closet, and adding a laundry room. “They’re a very cozy family who love the outdoors, and I wanted it to have a sense of who they are without it feeling like a log cabin,” the designer says. Birkerts established a yin-and-yang mediation between country and city beginning in the foyer. She selected a fifteen-piece clay wall sculpture called Pilgrimage by artist Heather Allen Hietala—a conceptual interpretation of canoes, kayaks, and oars representing life’s journey—and installed it above a wood bench on a brushed metal frame by Suzanne Rippe. “It’s furniture that’s art,” says Birkerts about the bench. “It’s an amazing piece that’s outdoorsy but right for an urban setting.” With walls of windows on two sides, the apartment’s open-plan main room has a sense of “limitless boundaries,” which is why Birkerts built deep coves around the windows and painted them a rich gray “so you don’t feel like you’re going to fall out.” The coves also conceal mechanical shades. To define the living area, she laid down an abstract-patterned silk area rug and paired it with Ligne Roset’s Feng sectional by Didier Gomez that provides a sense of enclosure; it’s architectonic fur-

ABOVE: Pilgrimage, a wall sculpture by Heather Allen Hietala, speaks to the homeowners’ love of the outdoors. LEFT: The

Friday Lounge Chair by Zeitraum stands on an abstract, handknotted silk rug from Fort Street Studio. RIGHT: A photograph by Massimo Listri of the Strahov Library in Prague is a nod to the clients’ Czech roots and a rococo counterpoint to the apartment’s clean lines. 124  New England Home  January–february 2016

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The clients’ books and collections are displayed on the Ubiqua shelving system by Porada. FACING PAGE: The midcentury aesthetic is in full swing in the living room, where a lamp by Serge Mouille stands behind Ligne Roset’s Feng sectional by Didier Gomez and the Tati sofa table by Broberg & Ridderstråle from Asplund. 126  New England Home  January–february 2016

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iving every room a surprising element is what we like to do,” says Birkerts.

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niture that’s both sleek and comfortable. Her treatment of the interior walls further maintains the expansive feeling of the living area. On one wall, she hung a large-format color photograph by Massimo Listri of a grand hall in the rococo Strahov Library in Prague (a nod to the clients’ Czech heritage) that visually extends the space while adding

A colorful backsplash from Ann Sacks brightens the kitchen as do the brass pendant lights, with a black patinated exterior, by Tom Dixon. FACING PAGE: Hammered-gold wallpaper on the ceiling of the dining area adds texture and warmth to the room without being glitzy.

a contrasting Old World element. A floating shelving system by Porada on the wall behind the sectional provides not only crucial storage but also a place for the clients to personalize their home by displaying favorite books and objects. For a jolt of color, Birkerts gave a Knowlton Brothers dining table with crisscrossed legs a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Mexicana—a color that she describes as “a mix of coral, persimmon, and terra cotta.” At night, a sculptural, multi-arm, raw-brass light fixture by Apparatus Studio in New York seems to mimic the twinkling skyline out the window; it’s suspended from a ceiling covered with a hammered gold wallpaper that “adds texture, warmth, but not

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glitz,” she says, noting how the gold paper references the lining of the two Tom Dixon pendants over the counter in the kitchen. Birkerts refreshed the kitchen by adding new hardware and painting the dark cabinets in C2’s Whistler Project Team Interior design:

Andra Birkerts, Andra Birkerts Design Builder: Mike Sander, Sander & Co.

White while maintaining the original wood frames for a crisp, bespoke look. The three bedrooms each have a distinct personality, but all combine a mix of simple forms and luxurious materials. The children’s room was designed to be youthful yet sophisticated. “It’s the most eclectic space in the apartment,” Birkerts notes. The aquamarine twin trundle beds, which can accommodate all four children, are set on a colorful abstract carpet from the Rug Company. The room’s showstopper is the cove-like Rewrite Desk

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ABOVE: Ligne Roset’s sculptural Rewrite Desk is paired with

the Clutch Dining Chair by Blu Dot in the children’s room; twin trundle beds wear a textured aquamarine fabric from Kirby Design. ABOVE, RIGHT: In the guest room, wall lamps from Urban Electric flank an upholstered headboard from Ligne Roset. RIGHT: A lemon-yellow four-arm candelabrum from Dunes & Duchess in the guest room is an unexpected touch.

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he great thing about this apartment is that “T you are connected to the sky, but always feel a sense of place and comfort,” says Birkerts.

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from Ligne Roset that looks like a carrel in some futuristic Italian library. “It’s an environment unto itself,” ­Birkerts says. “It creates a sense of enclosure and privacy.” The guest room has an understated, organic glamour. The wallcovering that mimics birch bark has a shimmery metallic base, which is echoed by a bureau with one drawer painted a reflective silver. On top of the bureau, Birkerts placed a lemon-yellow four-arm candelabra lamp with a turned base from Dunes and Duchess. “It’s an iconic piece and definitely a counterpoint to the room’s relatively clean lines,” says Birkerts. “Giving every room a surprising element is what we like to do.” To cosset guests, Birkerts selected a sumptuous Ligne Roset headboard that she upholstered in a deep mauve velvet. On either side, she installed walls lamps with linen shades from Urban Electric. “One of the

The Origami Wood wallcovering is a dynamic backdrop for the Parallel Bed with integral nightstands from Design Within Reach. The Helix pendant light fixtures are by Bec Brittain. ­FACING PAGE: The Lio wall sconces in the master bath are by ­Vistosi. Birkerts had the curtain made from Knoll Luxe’s ­Millicent drapery fabric.

consistent elements throughout the apartment is suspended light fixtures of quality,” she says. Birkerts lavished attention on the master suite, maintaining the theme of incorporating nature motifs in a fresh, contemporary manner. The wall behind the bed is covered in a spruce-colored patchwork Paulownia-wood veneer. “It comes in a roll and it’s extremely thin and pliable,” she explains. “The stain takes differently on each segment, so it appears to be different colors but it’s all the same.” The Parallel Bed with integral nightstands from Design Within Reach is at once snug and sleek. “The reading lamps are pretty cool,” Birkerts says of the Helix Pendant fixtures by the New York lighting designer Bec Brittain. “They are weighted, and at night they function like light sculptures, but they are practical, too, because you can direct the light.” The leather-topped wood desk in front of the window has a Shaker simplicity that’s both modern and rustic. Birkerts says the challenge and delight of the project was making sure the nature-loving family would feel at home in the city: “The great thing about this apartment is that you are connected to the sky, but always feel a sense of place and comfort.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 172. january–february 2016  New England Home 133

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PERSPECTIVES New England design considered from every angle

1. Folium Mirror

3. Rosalind Upholstered Mirror

by Currey & Company, at Dayton Home, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 772-1630,

at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Boston, Burlington, and Natick, Mass., (800) 489-4195,

2. Charleston Mirror

by Oomph, at Swedish Blue, Hingham, Mass., (617) 750-8218,

5. Keller Mirror

by Palacek, at Nicola’s Home, Yarmouth, Maine, (207) 847-3466,

4. String of Pearls Mirror by Keith Fritz at M-Geough, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412,

6. Rose Tarlow Tree Mirror

at Webster & Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660,

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The best way to weather the New England winter? Hunker down in a cozy ski lodge. Interior designer Randy Trainor shares her secrets for creating a chic mountain home with rustic charm.

“Ski-lodge staples such as soaring spaces, large beams, and massive chimneys call for equally large light fixtures. This custom chandelier is six feet wide, seven feet tall, and is built of steel.” Available through C. Randolph Trainor Interiors

Upton Sofa “I always love a Chesterfield-style sofa for a hint of sophistication without being too formal. The Upton Sofa from Hancock & Moore is especially inviting.” Baker Furniture, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876,

Cowhide Rug “Cowhides are a great look for a winter home. The hides are durable, yet each has its own personality. What is really fun is a hide that sports the brand of the herd owner.” Diseño, Boston, (617) 423-2008,

Olympia Cabinet

Renaissance Candlesticks “The wonderful patina on these hand-carved candlesticks makes them the perfect accessory for any winter retreat.” FDO Group,

“Oversized armoires were always a feature of guest rooms in European ski chalets, as there were no closets. Armoires are a great way to add character, and more storage.” Formations, Webster & Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660,

Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2800,

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textured stones. These are stones that have been pounded, scraped, burned, or brushed—all procedures we can do here— and are more durable. There is also a desire for exotic stones like amethyst or onyx. We just got some new onyx that is parrot green with a whispery vein of tangerine that goes through it. It is so unusual; it is a piece of art. Quartzites are very popular. They are stunning, and combine the look of soothing marble with the durability of granite; quartzite is the stone of the day and what everyone is looking for. People want something their friends don’t have.

What is an example of “something their friends don’t have”?

We offer what we call our Couture collection—beautiful handmade slabs of stone, like tiger’s eye, lapis, mother of pearl, the agates, and more, that are meticulously pieced together like a puzzle so you can enjoy a full slab of them. They are becoming collectible pieces; people buy them and use them as feature pieces or as furniture. We are also seeing full slabs of some of the semiprecious materials coming out of the earth. We had such a beautiful piece of amazonite that we framed it as a magnificent piece of art.

Five Questions

What is a design stone consultant?

I work with architects, designers, and homeowners to help bring their stonerelated design ideas and visions to reality. It’s a lot of fun helping to capture the dreams that are presented to me and figuring out a way to make something beautiful out of a product that’s 400 million years old. I’ve been consulting on stone design and fabrication for more than a decade, and work for a seventhgeneration stone artist who finds unique stones from all over the world and uses Old World craftsmanship and modern technology to help clients realize their design aspirations.

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Dawn Carroll, design stone consultant with stone supplier and fabricator Cumar Marble and Granite, discusses trends and developments in the natural stone market.

How is the stone business changing?

Do you see any current trends?

The requests are getting more and more intricate. The first statement I often hear is, “Show me something that I haven’t seen before.” That’s a challenge. A designer may have a particular color palette in mind or bring in a sample of stone that is very rare or hard to get. We will scour the planet for it. For a project we are working on right now, we are looking for a stone with a very specific shade of grayish powder-blue. Our clients are always pushing us to the limit, asking for something different.

Texture is the new rock star in the stone world. There is a real thirst for

What often surprises your clients?

People are often amazed at the varieties of color available. Recently, homeowners came in with their architect and fell in love with this beautiful piece of charcoalblack marble that had perfectly preserved, moon-white lobster-tail fossils within it. It came from a fossil bed in Morocco. They are designing their powder room around it. What often happens is that the stone picks you and ends up being the focal point of a room design. We have an unbelievable collection of outrageous colors and combinations of stones here. There are not many artists that can do what Mother Nature does. Stone may be millions of years old, but it is alive. Sometimes it is as if the stone is coming out of the earth and saying, “What do you see that I could become?” I love it when someone says to me, “I am bored with stone.” I tell them, “Come here, and I promise you won’t be bored!” INTERVIEW BY ROBERT KIENER

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What Makes It Work

A renovated farmhouse in Westport, Massachusetts, is opened up and infused with modern rhythms, while retaining its rustic bones.

1. The timber-frame skeleton of the original house was carefully preserved and kept visible, while the wooden structure of taller new additions was designed to complement it.

2. A chimney breast of terracotta-colored stucco provides an additional dash of warmth and texture—not to mention a background for the display of family treasures.


3. The young owners’ simple, practical furniture—a trestle table and director’s chairs whose whitecanvas backs recall the wall planks—is equally stylish, yet unpretentious.

4. Large slabs of bluestone make up the floor, each square outlined by a frame of heart pine reclaimed from the mills of nearby Fall River. In a clever touch, the stone also climbs upward to define the fireplace.

5. White-painted, horizontally boarded walls are a contemporary riff on traditional wainscoting, and also play off the repetitions of the ceiling’s beams.


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brings 30 years of experience to the design and construction of luxury homes. The team of Boris Kutikov and Gerry Korchmar has never met a corner they would cut or a second rate product they would use. Boris and Gerry use only the most capable and responsible subcontractors and vendors, holding them to the same exacting standards to which they hold themselves. Whether in marble sinks, chefs’ kitchens, crown molding, or in the intricate designs of the vestibule area where people will first experience your home, nothing less than an unparalleled attention to detail and an all-encompassing commitment to excellence will do. Kenwood Builders understands this, and will never be satisfied until their clients’ dream homes have become a proud reality.

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Trade Secrets

News from and musings about the New England design community

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are more courageous. The idea was to make the whole place feel like an artist ­created it.” /// We are hearing this from

Welcome to the New New England ///////////

By Louis Postel


housands of moneyed folks, from high-tech entrepreneurs to wealthy people from abroad, are discovering New England, enjoying its frothy mix of culture and clam chowder. Not only are they discovering, they are settling in—buying up houses and condos, recharging our culture as they go. Designers and architects are adapting. The design vocabulary of New Money’s characteristically baroque, artistic-leaning international style seems to have a built-in affinity for New England’s famously unpretentious, Shaker-inflected minimalism. A penthouse in Boston’s Back Bay is typical of this development, unique and beautiful at once. The entry holds what looks at first like an ordinary knee wall. But, says designer Steven Favreau, his clients from abroad wanted a space infused with subtle artistry. This knee wall in Favreau’s imagination called for a metal cap, embedded flush in a groove Favreau had carved into the top. By some measures, this might be a useless, budgetincreasing move, but it relates perfectly with the home’s elaborate stair railings. Favreau’s statement was clear, but whispered. “Clients like these are just more willing to take chances and go outside their comfort zones,” he says. “They

designers and architects all over New England lately. There’s been a shift from worrying about market values to promoting creative values. Is it functional? Not necessarily. But is it artistic? Favreau That question feels new, at least as a priority. Beside the configuration of living room, dining room, and kitchen, clients are calling for specially designated creative spaces as well. “All humans are creative in one way or another. It’s their link to the universe,” says designer Navneet Magon Anand, president of the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Homes need special spaces for learning, for hobbies, for reconnecting with oneself, or as Magon Anand puts it, “a place to break negative cycles.” /// Occasionally, the new adventurousness goes too far, and

the designer has to step in to mediate. While there are many artistic options opened up by the Web, some only appear that way, and it takes a designer to sort them out. The Web may be cutting-edge, but not everything on it is new. “Some clients have been led to believe that they are helping the design process by searching online,” says Boston-based designer Gary McBournie. “What they don’t realize is that they can be choosing unwittingly from a group of objects that have already been distilled down. Something may seem like a find, but homeowners can be at risk of actually losing the individuality they are seeking rather than enhancing it. For example, Belgian-style track armchairs upholstered in linen are marketed these days as real finds. However, I remember them as the staples of French flea markets fifteen years ago.” /// Designer

Holly Hickey Moore, in Colchester, Vermont, also

has clients who send her ideas pulled from the Internet with great enthusiasm. “But what they are looking for is originality and a far more sophisticated look than the ’Net usually offers,” Moore says. “This drive for greater sophistication is recent, and that’s why it’s rare that they’ll send me something that’s just right for the forever home they have in

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mind. Usually, I just say, ‘That’s cool,’ and then I will bring my own stuff.” Moore likes to shop locally when she can. “I like to find hickey Moore ugly ducklings that can become beautiful,” she says. Moore recently worked with Debbie Baxter, of the Baxter Design Group, on a job for a couple with a big group of grandchildren. “I found a 1970s U-shaped sectional in a consignment

run his own lonely marathon to make his clients’ homes healthier. “Most builders are still using toxic materials,” he says. “You have to pay attention or they’ll slip in whatever. Kids crawl around on this stuff, which off-gasses for years: polyurethane, formaldehyde, vinyl, VOC-laden paints, stain-protectors. A non-toxic house just feels better, breathes better.” Williams uses a non-toxic insulation, Bonded Logic, made of recycled blue jeans. “It tucks in nicely, and it’s great soundproofing,” he says. “The whole house just feels more solid. It also dries faster than fiberglass if there’s ever a puncture and water gets in.” /// Songwriter and lead guitarist Pete

store, and had it redone with new legs and upholstered in highly durable, gray velvet,” she says. Pulling photos off the Internet isn’t enough for Moore. “I need to get to know my clients, and become part of their family, see how they interact, have drinks and dinner,” she explains. “Do they watch those grandkids, or let them run loose?” /// Magon Anand spoke of the need for

spaces that foster creativity, but it’s hard to reach one’s full potential in a toxic environment. Architect Edward Williams of Newport ran with his wife and hundreds of runners from all over the world in last fall’s Marathon du Médoc, taking in the fresh air and fine wines of chateau country. If that exercise was partly to restore a sense of creative well-being, back home he continues to

Townshend of The Who would famously smash his guitar on stage. His yacht, however, has escaped such merciless treatment, according to interior designer Cheryl DeGennaro, who specializes in luxury craft. “We did everything for Mr. Townshend: new furnishings, bedding, cockpit cushions, settees, all kinds of reupholstery,” she says. DeGennaro, who has established a showroom called Newport Yacht DeGennaro Interiors, sees a new focus on durability, too. “Clients are willing to spend the money on highperformance, high-abrasion fabrics. A few years ago, no one would consider, for example, a down-and-feather-wrapped cushion over a core of foams of vari-

UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation

Cheryl DeGennaro used Perennials outdoor fabric on Pete Townshend’s yacht, Gloria.

ous densities.” Sure, it’s pricier, but the comfort and durability make it worth it. “There’s no ‘bottoming out’—feeling the substructure when you sink into them,” DeGennaro says. /// Designer

Duncan Hughes agrees with

Holly Hickey Moore that there’s a drift toward greater sophistication. “People are feeling more confident, more willing to take risks, more interested in creating a hughes home they want to live in, as opposed to a home they’re designing in a bland style with an eye to ultimately reselling it,” says the Boston-based designer. “Clients can look at your portfolio all they want, but there’s another point where they really get where we are coming from, just as we have gotten them,” Hughes says. “That’s when the risk-taking becomes possible, based on this trust. Powder rooms are great places for risktaking, because no one is in there for very long. I just did a funky powder room with moss-green tile, black grasscloth walls, a black sink with steel legs, and an industrial-style Edison lightbulb hanging from the ceiling. It made you feel like you were tripping outside to the bathroom late at night, kind of an adventure. Stylistically, it had nothing to do with the rest of the house, but it was fun seeing guests coming out of it so dizzily. That powder room is and was quite a hit.” Guests come back transformed: humored, happier, theatrical. If that’s what an influx of New Money is doing for design and architecture in New England, so much the better. •

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New and Noteworthy

» The competition gets tougher every year for the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston’s PRISM Awards. We don’t have the space to give everyone the accolades they deserve, but here’s an abbreviated rundown of the 2015 award winners, many of whom have had their work featured in our pages. Among the winners for architecture are ZeroEnergy Design, Patrick Ahearn, Hutker Architects, Jan Gleysteen Architects, Ruhl Walker Architects, TMS Architects, Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, Hacin + Associates, Union Studio Architecture, and LDa Architecture & Interiors. Interior designers who took home awards include Kristina Crestin, Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, Hacin + Associates, Daher Interior Design, Duffy Design Group, and Siemasko + Verbridge. Builders and design/build firms honored include Sea-Dar Construction, Woodmeister Master Builders, FBN Construction, S&H Construction, Adams + Beasley, Windover Construction, and C.H. Newton, which, in addition to three awards for its work and a Rising Star award for project manager Cara Auperlee, won a silver award for Best Marketing Event or Series for the party it hosted to celebrate the launch of the 2015 New England Home Cape & Islands magazine.

» Simon Pearce is renowned for his beautiful glassware, of course, and now his son Andrew Pearce proves to be a chip off the old block, if you will, opening his own Hartland, Vermont, work-

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shop and retail store to offer his handturned wooden bowls and handcrafted wooden utensils and cutting boards. Most of Pearce’s products are made from cherry, black walnut, or maple from trees in Vermont and nearby New York.

» Having all the best merchandise only goes so far; a showroom also needs to have great people representing those products. That’s what Designer Bath & Salem Plumbing Supply, a Beverly, Massachusetts, company, has in Mindy Sevinor-Feinberg, who was recently named the Showroom Professional of

LeBlanc and Jones

» Landscape architects Keith LeBlanc (a New England Design Hall of Fame member) and Douglas Jones have been working together for more than twenty years on projects throughout New England. In recognition of their long-term collaboration, they have renamed their firm LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects. A new name calls for a new look, so the two have relaunched the firm’s Website, now, to better showcase its work, from past award winners to exciting new projects. » What’s better than hanging out with your longtime best friend? Allison Mattison and Liza Sharp ratcheted up the fun factor by collaborating to open Trellis Home, offering interior design services and a Webbased shop for a colorful, inspired lineup of furniture and home accessories. The duo recently opened a studio and retail showroom in Hingham, Massachusetts. The by-appointment studio offers many to-the-trade lines of furniture, including Bungalow 5, CR Laine, Wesley Hall, The MT Company, Dunes & Duchess, Taylor Burke Home, Society Social, Red Egg, and Oomph, as well as fabrics and wallcoverings by Cotton & Quill, Stroheim, and Thibaut. The retail space features unique objects for the home.

Mindy Sevinor-Feinberg receives her award from awards committee co-chairs Ryan Paul and David Crossley.

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Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in New England Ben Gebo

Designers looked ahead to 2016, with the help of Marisa Marcantonio from the Stylebeat blog.

Designers enjoyed the best of the Boston Design Center at the annual ­ oston Design B Market this fall. The two-day event featured nationally renowned keynote speakers, panel discussions, product launches, demonstrations, and more. It was a great opportunity for designers to connect with their peers and immerse themselves in beautiful design.

The stunning Webster & Company showroom set the stage for the Boston Home Décor Show Patron Party that capped off the first day of the Design Market.

Stark welcomed Carlos Hernandez, export manager for Spanish textile company Alhambra Internacional, for a review of the firm’s new line, recently launched in the United States.

The digital landscape is changing rapidly, and New England Home’s Adam Japko stopped by the Venegas and Company showroom to help designers understand the power of photographs, images, and video in the new visual world.

Interior designers Gary McBournie, Liz Caan, Laurie Gorelick, Paula Daher, Vani Sayeed, and Gerald Pomeroy joined Dering Hall editorial director Carly Sullivan for a lively Q&A about creating the first Dering Hall and Boston Design Center virtual showhouse.

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The Hyatt Regency in Boston was the setting for the gala celebrating the winners of the 2015 PRISM Awards, sponsored by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. The awards recognize the finest projects and outstanding achievements of builders, developers, architects, and other professionals in the home-building industry. Local news anchor Ed Harding was the emcee for the evening, helping to create a festive air for these prestigious awards.



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The B/A/D Talks provide a forum for builders, architects, and designers to come together and discuss topics that are essential to their business. The most recent conversation focused on industry “war stories”—those projects that, despite best efforts, encountered a few hiccups along the way. The group shared stories and brainstormed strategies for handling similar problems that might come up in the future.


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calendar A. Elmer Crowell, Charles “Shang” Wheeler, and Albert Laing are just a few of the master artisans featured. ­Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt., (802) 985-3346, Boston Antiques & Design Show

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Through January 9 A selection of paintings by important American artists such as Childe Hassam, Charles Woodbury, and Andrew Wyeth, among many others. Boston, (617) 5366176, Crafted Objects in Flux

Through January 10 The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston displays the works of 41 international, cutting-edge artists in this exhibit dedicated to contemporary craft. See how today’s craftspeople are blurring the lines between design, fine art, and craft. Works range from furniture to jewelry to ceramics and beyond. Henry and Lois Foster Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (617) 267-9300,

January 8 Explore the creative world of influential designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli. This film is part of the 2015–2016 BSA Space Film Series: Keeping It Reel. 6 p.m.; $12 non-members, $8 BSA members. Boston Society of Architects, BSA Space, Boston, (617) 391-4000,

Old Newbury Day Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Through May 6 Featuring 80 waterfowl decoys culled from the museum’s noted collection.

From Narrow Coves to Mountaintops: A Survey in American Realism The Vose Gallery

Film Screening: Design Is One

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Through January 3 An exhibit curated by Alison Ferris featuring seasoned and emerging artists influencing the Maine contemporary art scene. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, (207) 775-6148, ­

Through March 20 This exhibition explores the region’s rich history in modernist design. Boston’s western suburbs were a hotbed of modernist design from the 1930s to the 1960s, as architects like Walter Gropius and Carl Koch experimented with modern forms. A series of events will complement the exhibit. Concord Museum, Concord, Mass., (978) 3699763,

January 2–3 This annual event is considered one of the premier antique shows in the region. More than 100 dealers will be on hand with a variety of antiques and collectibles, including antique and vintage furniture, antique jewelry, fine art, silver, and vintage books. January 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., January 3, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; admission Saturday $10 (includes next-day readmission), Sunday $8. Shriner’s Auditorium, Wilmington, Mass., (781) 862-4039,

January 9 Travel back in time to 1690 and tour the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. The Newbury, Massachusetts, community celebrates the purchase of the town back in 1701 with a townwide celebration. As part of the event you can visit this Historic New England home, indulge in cider and doughnuts, then head to town for a bonfire. 3 p.m.–6 p. m.; free admission, parking $5. Newbury, Mass., (978) 4622634, Stone Wall Building Workshops

Native Fashion Now Through March 6

January 16 The hands-on workshops are held at Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, Vermont,

This exhibit celebrates the range of contemporary Native American fashion. Nearly 100 pieces illustrate the way Native fashion designers are influencing today’s broader fashion world. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., (978) 745-9500, courtesy Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain

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and are led by Vermont stonemasons trained through Britain’s Dry Stone Walling Association. Participants in the oneday workshop learn the basic techniques for building dry-laid stone walls, with a special focus on stone native to Vermont. The first workshop is January 16, with additional dates in February and March. Visit for a complete schedule and details. Choice Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery

January 21–March 6 A group show featuring Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery members. Framingham, Mass., (508) 879-4200, Rhode Island Print Making Chazan Gallery

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January 21–February 10 Featuring the work of Yizhak Elyashiv, Stephen Fisher, John Rapczak, and Crandon Whitsitt-Lynch. Providence, (401) 421-9230,

FEBRUARY Love Lust & Desire VIII McGowan Fine Art

February 1–12 This exhibit features a wide array of media, including photography, paintings, prints, and jewelry. More than 70 artists participate, and all the works are priced under $300. Go buy something for someone you love! Concord, N.H., (603) 225-2515, Grafting Techniques for Ornamental Trees

February 6 Join plant propagator Jack Alexander at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum for a class on grafting plants. You will learn the method, which requires no special tools or equipment, of grafting deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; $90 members, $120 non-members. Arnold Arboretum, Boston, (617) 524-1718, arboretum. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

February 6–May 15 Fashionistas take note! Currier Museum of Art presents an exhibit that explores the 300-year history of our favorite shoes. Part art, part fashion, and part architectural marvels, high heels have a place in our hearts and closets. The exhibit will feature 50 pairs of historic high-heels culled from the Brooklyn Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, along with six films that discuss what makes high heels so fascinating. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H., (603) 669-6144,

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February 15–March 14 Take a mini tropical vacation without leaving New England; visit the 19thcentury camellia house, part of the Lyman Estate greenhouses, where the century-old trees will be in full blossom. Orchids, sweet olives, citrus, and clivia will also be in bloom. Visitors can purchase plants propagated from the estate’s plants. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; free. Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, Mass., (781) 891-1985, Courtesy Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show

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February 18–21 This year’s show is themed “Delight All Your Senses,” so get ready to see, touch, taste, smell, and hear. Get a jump-start on your spring garden planning with lectures, demonstrations, and family-friendly activities. Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; $19 adults. Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, (401) 272-0980, New England Home Show

February 26–28 More than 50 experts will be on hand to answer your building and remodeling questions and share the latest in building products and technology. After you pick the brains of all the industry experts, you can enjoy cooking demonstrations, a furniture-building zone, craft zone, and food specialty area. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, (508) 823-0389, ­ Greater Portsmouth Home Show

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February 28–March 1 Connect with the area’s top homeimprovement companies. Homeowners are encouraged to bring their plans for new home building or remodeling to the show for one-on-one contact with the experts. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $6 adults. Frank Jones Center, Portsmouth, N.H., (978) 534-0587 • Edited by Lynda Simonton Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please

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2. Deco Templar, one of the new serigraph papers from Fromental, has a luxurious art-deco look. A gilded metallic background ups the glam factor. Studio 534, Boston Design Center, (617) 345-9900,

3. Beautiful Brew Michele De Lucchi teamed up with Italian greats Alessi and Illy to create the prettiest coffee pot we’ve seen. Your morning cup never looked so good! Didriks, Cambridge and Newton Lower Falls, Mass., (800) 833-7505, didriks. com

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Gloucester Magnolia

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Architecturally “Bella Luna”. Magnificent Magnificent oceanfront multi-familysunrises, on 5 panoramic acres. Many Atlantic period features, Ocean 8vistas bedrooms, from 5almost baths. every room Usable barn.ofNear thisbeach, 4-bedroom, village,4.5-bath park. Options home for on over 1.6 acres. Manchester, Gloucester Multiple beach decks,stickers. 2-car heated garage.

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$1,695,000 $689,900

Beautiful Greek Waterfront custom Revival brick circaColonial 1880 onwith almost sweeping 3 acres. ocean views.3.5-bathroom 5-bedroom, Offers 5 en home suite bedrooms, offers high ceilings, custom chef ’spine wide kitchen, floors,fireplaced 3 fireplaces. family Contemporary room. Walk-out eat-in basementfireplaced kitchen, with radiant familyheat, room. plumbed, wired.

Large Split Custom built Entrance. Cedar Contemporary Formal livingon and 42-acres. dining Main level rooms, kitchen open open floor to family plan with room.Master 3 bedrooms suite, 2 extra on mainbedrooms, level. 2-bedroom fireplacedin-law/au living room. pair 2ndsuite floor kitchen, with family room, full bath. finished Central basement air, garage. space.

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Nantucket, MA $4,400,000 MLS#21500218 Mary Taaffe, 508.325.1526

Nantucket, MA $4,250,000 MLS#80829 Jenny Paradis, 508.325.3131

(Cape Cod) Hyannisport, MA $3,950,000 MLS#21509778 Ray Charest, 774.722.3587

Avon, CT $3,500,000 MLS#N10084518 Oliver White/KD Kling, 862.432.5928

Portsmouth, RI $3,500,000 MLS#1110330 Arthur Chapman, 401.640.0807

Sudbury, MA $2,495,000 MLS#71835661 Eileen Logan, 978.460.1183

Brookline, MA $2,375,000 MLS#71924276 MB Associates, 617.818.2447

Boxford, MA $2,295,000 MLS#71830697 Barbara Miller, 508.380.3831

(Cape Cod) Provincetown, MA $2,200,000 MLS#21509298 Lee Ash, 508.237.6342

Fairfield, CT $2,195,000 MLS#99111799 Christi McEldowney, 203.520.0248

Tiverton, RI $2,050,000 MLS#1099915 Phyllis Ibbotson, 401.297.8450

Carlisle, MA $1,998,000 MLS#71903733 Sue Revis, 978.807.8219

(Cape Cod) Harwich, MA $1,950,000 MLS#21509345 Catherine Stevens, 774.722.5059

Tolland, CT $1,950,000 MLS#G688432 Geena Becker, 860.983.4446

Lexington, MA $1,875,000 MLS#71898611 Charla & Kenda Coleman, 617.548.3987

Darien, CT $1,795,000 MLS#99120052 Al Filippone Associates, 203.362.8316

(Cape Cod) Chatham, MA $1,795,000 MLS#21507481 Harry Cutts, 508.237.9558

Hingham, MA $1,699,000 MLS#71919384 Gretchen Zink Stromberg, 781.799.0679

Oxford, CT $1,699,000 MLS#W10022224 Magda Ballaro, 203.889.8284

Killingworth, CT $1,695,000 MLS#G10091453 Lori Vogel, 860.614.0666

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Newport, RI $1,675,000 MLS#1103594 Barbara O’Reilly, 401.662.1962

Milton, MA $1,649,500 MLS#71912171 Julianne Bridgeman, 617.688.8555

Georgetown, ME $1,490,000 MLS#1227039 Poe Cilley, 207.798.9874

Warren, VT $1,400,000 MLS#4430806 Ken Libby, 802.793.2002

Niantic, CT $1,390,000 MLS#E10062618 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424

New London, CT $1,390,000 MLS#E10075112 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424

(Cape Cod) Osterville, MA $1,349,000 MLS#21510429 Jonathan Matel, 508.221.1770

(Cape Cod) Falmouth, MA $1,300,000 MLS#21509860 James Kinchla, 508.274.7000

Framingham, MA $1,275,000 MLS#71903342 David Ferrini, 774.279.1020

(Cape Cod) Harwich Port, MA $1,250,000 MLS#21509882 Neil Cronin, 508.237.0335

Middletown, CT $1,250,000 MLS#G10043752 Lori Vogel, 860.614.0666

Westport Island, ME $1,239,000 MLS#1133252 Poe Cilley, 207.798.9874

Norwell, MA $1,225,000 MLS#71837214 Liz McCarron, 617.347.4140

Cohasset, MA $1,190,000 MLS#71919761 Lorraine Tarpey, 781.254.0105

Cohasset, MA $1,189,000 MLS#71891883 Kevin Lewis, 617.774.9051

Andover, MA $1,178,000 MLS#71906589 Kathy & Jim Cyrier, 978.852.5811

Winchester, MA $1,150,000 MLS#71912573 Eric Rollo, 508.789.8830

Tiverton, RI $1,100,000 MLS#1108988 Michelle Gilman, 401.743.6931

North Kingstown, RI $1,050,000 MLS#1107612 Michelle Gilman, 401.743.6931

Scituate, MA $950,000 MLS#71884380 Richard Murphy, 781.389.5321

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Renovated hilltop estate in Weston center. 4+ Acres abutting town land with a 16 room, 6 bedroom Tudor Revival home, carriage house, cottage, terraces, pool and cabana. $6,200,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite shingle and stone home set on 2.85 acres with 13 rooms, 6 bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, chef’s kitchen, 3rd floor, theatre, wine cellar, patio, and 3-car garage. $5,885,000

Brigitte I. Senkler & Kathryn Alphas-Richlen | B. 508.935.7496 | K. 781.507.1650

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SCITUATE, MASSACHUSETTS 6-acre private one-of-a-kind Island paradise. Abuts marsh, beach & ocean. Panoramic views of Cohasset Harbor Channel, Whitehead, Bassing Beach, Adams Estate, Minot Light. $4,900,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Classic and significant West Newton Hill home restored to perfection. Discover 4/5 en suite bedrooms, custom kitchen, original details, pool, and exquisite brick work. $3,800,000

John Durkin | C. 781.470.9549

Deborah M. Gordon | C. 617.974.0404

DOVER, MASSACHUSETTS In 3.18 acres of park-like grounds with pool & pool house, 9,981 sq ft residence in new construction condition offers superior craftsmanship, open floor plan and 5 bedrooms. $3,750,000

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS On 0.6 acres, historic residence resplendent in detail. Grand entertaining rooms, 8 beds. & elevator. Located near Boston’s Longwood Medical and Academic Area & Back Bay. $3,500,000

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CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Superbly restored 1924 Classic Concord home proudly overlooking 3 breathtaking acres. 4/5 bedrooms plus new 3-car carriage house with exciting apartment on one of the most beautiful roads. $2,725,000

WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS Meticulously restored & expanded home offering 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, superb details, hardwood floors, spa-like master suite, chef’s kitchen, recreation rooms, & patio. $2,695,000

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

Marcey Hunter | C. 617.633.4407

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent Brick Colonial home set on 2.5 acres offering 13 rooms, 6 bedrooms, built-ins, renovated kitchen and master bath, 4 garages, tennis court, and carriage house. $2,650,000

NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning South Street 2005 Col.on rare 3.3 acres. Gourmet kitchen, fabulous open floorplan. 12 Rms., 5 bedrooms., 3.2 baths. Exercise studio and sports court/ rink have wonderful appeal. $2,595,000

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen | C. 781.507.1650

Ellen Walsh | C. 781.254.2337

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Classic Brick Georgian home in idyllic area offering 5 bedrooms, updated kitchen, formal rooms, fireplace, built-ins, library, newer baths, recreation area and patio. $2,395,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Extraordinary 7,200 sq. ft. residence offering 7 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, stone fireplace, chef’s kitchen, playroom, wine cellar, 3-season porch, huge deck, and 3-car garage. $2,375,000

Deborah M. Gordon & Kami D. Gray | D. 617.974.0404 | K. 617.838.9996

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There are nooks and crannies throughout the house that surprise and delight. When asked if he has a favorite room in the house, listing agent Thomas McGowen is hard-pressed to name just one. “There are three,” he says. “The wine cellar and tasting room tucked away in the lower level; an original walkin, all-wood refrigerator that is still used; and the master bath with the original birdcage shower—unbelievable.”


CONTACT: Thomas McGowen,

Elyse Harney Real Estate, Norfolk, Conn., (860) 542-5500, ext. 1, MLS# L100785524 ANNE DAY (3)

previous owner a decade ago. The home combines Old World charm with thoroughly modern living, says listing agent Dina Karousos. A spacious cook’s kitchen opens to a dining area with views; pocket doors separate the formal dining room and living room, allowing guests to segue easily from drinks to dinner. Both rooms lead out to the wide wraparound porch. There’s a paneled library for spending quiet time. The second floor holds three bedrooms, and the garden level has another bedroom with its own bath. The restoration retained as many original house parts as possible. The exterior doors and doorknobs are original, as is much of the interior hardware. The millwork is new, but inspired by period style. Did we mention that ocean views abound? The current owner’s favorite vantage point is the widow’s walk; she has her morning coffee up there in the summer, assessing the weather conditions, and deciding whether to head for First Beach, a stone’s throw away.

This home has a storied past. Rock Hall is a lavish Spanish/Mediterranean Revival-style residence located, rather unexpectedly, in the hills of Litchfield County, Connecticut. The nearly 10,000-square-foot residence on twenty-three acres was built in 1912. The house, designed by celebrated Palm ROOMS: 18 8 BEDROOMS Beach architect Addison 5 FULL BATHS Mizner, is architectur1 HALF BATH ally important because 9,600 SQ. FT. $1,750,000 Mizner, who was known as the architect who changed the face of Florida, rarely worked outside of the South. Rock Hall has had several owners over the years, but it didn’t come into its own until it was renovated from top to bottom by Stella and Michael Somers, who purchased it in 2005 and have run it as an inn. If being a B&B owner isn’t on your bucket list, this is an opportunity to return the lovely old house—which was added to the

National Register of Historic Places in 2010—to its original purpose as a family dwelling. The home features a great hall, library, sun porch, and formal dining room, four en suite bedrooms, an 800-square-foot game room, and a guest apartment (or staff quarters) on the third floor. The grounds are equally impressive, featuring one of the largest private collections of specimen trees in New England.


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Interior designer: Kristen Rivoli, Kristen Rivoli Interior Design, Winchester, Mass., (781) 7290405, Decorative painter: Lynda Stephens, Lynda Stephens Custom Painting, Swampscott, Mass., (781) 598-5051 Drapery workroom: Dreamscapes of Boston, Hull, Mass., (617) 439-3200 Page 54: Living room sofa and coffee table from Flexform,; Deep Water painting by Kathy Sholes from Jules Place, julesplace. com; area rug, lounge chairs, and side table from Holly Hunt,; lamps from Donghia,; entryway mirror from Icon Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 4280655; sideboard from Kristen Rivoli Interior Design. Page 56: Dining table from Julian Chichester,; dining chairs from Artistic Frame,; wall art by Michael Hoffman through Jules Place; master bedroom bed from Design Within Reach, dwr. com; pillow fabrics from Donghia; Womb Chair and side table from Knoll,; photo above bed by Debby Krim through Jules Place. Page 57: Nursery area rug by Kristen Rivoli Interior Design; Botswana Trees drapery fabric by Mally Skok Design,; crib by Oeuf,; changing table from DucDuc,

ALL IN GOOD TIME PAGES 100–109 Interior designer: Jackie Whalen, Jackie Whalen Interiors, Boston, (781) 718-8504 Kitchen cabinetry and millwork: Jeff Blaisdell, Kidder Blaisdell Woodworks, Woburn, Mass., (508) 776-2928, Contractor: Dick Iannetti (retired), Reading, Mass. Landscape architect: Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 492-2808, Page 100: French console table with fauxmarble top, nineteenth-century painting of

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St. Cecilia, and eighteenth-century wood and gilt angel from David Neligan Antiques,; Leopard Rose stair runner from Stark,; antique Empire secretary from America Dural,; Niermann Weeks quatrefoil tole planter from M-Geough, Pages 101–103: Nineteenth-century French chandelier from Doyle Antiques, doyleantiques. com; antique walnut, parcel-gilt, and penwork daybed, Louis XVI gilt wood chairs, Edwardian satinwood cabinet, gilt wood marble-topped coffee table, antique gilt wood Adams-style mirror, and marble bust from David Neligan Antiques; antique painted Louis XVI upholstered armchairs from Charles Spada,; Edward Ferrell tufted ottoman from The Martin Group,; ottoman upholstered in Old World Weavers Leopard velvet and daybed upholstered in Old World Weavers Tiger silk/ cotton from Stark; wood chairs upholstered in Pollack Squire Silk from Donghia, donghia. com; brass-and-glass tiered table on casters from Jacques’ Antiques,; Charles X gilt wood barometer from Howard Dawson Antiques, howarddawsonantiques. com; Patterson Flynn Martin sisal area rug


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TRUNK SHOW PAGES 110–121 Architect: William Maclay, Maclay architects, Waitsfield, Vt., (802) 496-4004, Builder: brothers building Company, Waitsfield, Vt., (802) 496-3916, Timberframing: Ky Koitzsch, alces Post and beam (now closed), and Mad river Post and beam, Waitsfield, Vt., (802) 595-1716, stone mason: Mike eramo Masonry, Granville, Vt., (802) 767-3569, Landscape architect: Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design, burlington, Vt., (802) 6550552, Metalwork: bauer art Metal, Waterbury, Vt., (802) 244-4002, Page 116: antler chandelier from Mad river antler, Pages 117–118: Textiles, pillows, and faux furs from Porter & Mags, West Harwich, Mass., (508) 394-0944. Page 119: Pottery from artisans’ Gallery, Waitsfield, Vt.,

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Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting  59 LDa Architecture & Interiors  74 LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.  41 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  2–3 Lovejoy Designs, LLC  35

LOFTY IDEAL PAGES 122–133 Interior designer: Andra Birkerts, Andra Birkerts Design, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 2357073, Builder: Mike Sander, Sander & Co., Upton, Mass., (508) 478-4819 Drapery workroom: Thread, Holliston, Mass., (508) 429-5606, Interior painting: Hover Gaviria, Bracol Painting & Decor, Watertown, Mass., (857) 225-2397 Pages 122–123: Rotating TV stand by Porada,; dining table by Knowlton Brothers,, painted in Mexicana by Benjamin Moore,; vintage dining chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar,; chandelier by Apparatus Studio,; Feng sectional sofa by Didier Gomez from Ligne Roset, Pages 124–125: Foyer wall sculpture by Heather Allen Hietala,; bench by Suzanne Rippe,; wood-framed lounge chair by Zeitraum from Casa Design,; silk rug from Fort Street Studio,; large-format color photograph by Massimo Listri, Page 126: Ubiqua shelving system by Porada. Page 127: Lamp by Serge Mouille,; Tati sofa table by Broberg and Ridderstråle for Asplund through Lekker Home, Page 128: Backsplash tile from Ann Sacks,; pendant lamps by Tom Dixon,; Whistler White cabinet paint from Benjamin Moore. Pages 130–131: Children’s room carpet from The Rug Company,; Rewrite desk from Ligne Roset; Clutch desk chair from Blu Dot,; bed upholstery fabric by Kirkby Design,; guest room sconces from The Urban Electric Co.,; upholstered headboard from Ligne Roset; yellow lamp from Dunes and Duchess, Page 132: Lio wall sconces by Vitosi, vitosi. com; Millicent curtain fabric from Knoll, knoll. com. Page 133: Parallel bed with nightstands from Design Within Reach,; Helix pendant fixtures by Bec Brittain, •

A. Tesa Architecture  76–77

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC  65

A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  66

Mayer & Associates  82–83

Adams + Beasley Associates  23

Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors  84–85

Ailanthus, Ltd.  44

MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects  137

Andra Birkerts Design  57

Mitchell Construction Group, Inc.  162

Audio Video Design  67

Moniques Bath Showroom  172

Authentic Designs  156

MWI Fiber–Shield  64

Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  18

Newton Kitchens & Design  26

Bonin Architects & Associates  92

Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  86–87

Bradford’s Rug Gallery  51

Pauli & Uribe Architects  88–89

Brookline Oriental Rug Co.  155

Peabody Supply Co. – The Bath Showcase  159

C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  25

Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  49

California Closets  38

Phi Home Designs  55

Chip Webster Architecture  93

Pinney Designs  72

Chrisicos Interiors  6–7

Platemark Design  22

Christopher Peacock  inside front cover

Poggenpohl  17

Clarke Distributors  73

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  90–91

Coldwell Banker Previews International  168–169

Rachel Reider Interiors, Inc.  99

Colin Smith Architecture, Inc.  94

Robin Gannon Interiors  151

Cumar, Inc.  98

Roche Bobois  4–5

Daher Interior Design  1

Room & Board  33

Danit Ben–Ari  134

Roomscapes Luxury Design Center  37

Davis Frame Company  63

Sea–Dar Construction  28

Design Bloggers Conference  173

Seldom Scene Interiors  53

Didriks  172

Shope Reno Wharton  149

Downsview Kitchens  31

The Sliding Door Company  157

Dream Kitchens  146

Slocum Hall Design Group  95

Eastman St. Woodworks  61

SpaceCraft Architecture  96

FBN Construction Co., LLC  back cover

Sudbury Design Group, Inc.  12–13

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting  139

sullivan + associates architects  160

Finelines  14

Thread  52

Finnegan Development  160

TMS Architects  10–11

Frank Shirley Architects  153

TOTO  97

Frank Webb’s Bath Center  45

The Ultimate Bath Store  145

Gregorian Oriental Rugs  39

Valor Fireplaces  143

Hampden Design & Construction  47

West Barnstable Tables  156

Heather Vaughan Design  27

Weston Carpet & Rugs  159

Herrick & White Architectural Millwork  inside back cover

William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance  166–167

Human Touch, LLC  50

Wolfers  71

Hutker Architects  78–79

Woodmeister Master Builders  69

Island Realty  170

Youngblood Builders, Inc.  19

J Barrett & Company Real Estate  164–165

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J. Todd Gallery  43 Jamestown LP/Boston Design Center  21 Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc.  80–81 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings  147 JFS Design Studio  157 Julia Chuslo Architects  174 Kenneth Vona Construction, Inc.  8–9 Kenwood Builders  141 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc.  58 Kingston Krafts  153 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  24

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Wanderlust and travel have their benefits (jet lag not being one of them). For me, travel is the main source of inspiration for my work. Whether it’s for an interiors project or a Muse Bespoke bedding design, seeing what the environments I am in during my journeys have to offer is critical to my process. The “Queluz” embroidery pattern came about during a leisurely afternoon spent outside of Lisbon, visiting one of the palaces that the Portuguese royal family inhabited in the eighteenth century. The Palácio Nacional de Queluz is a dream of neoclassical architecture— the gardens and interiors are not heavy-handed or overwrought. In one small chamber, a lovely and discreet painted detail on the ceiling (1), an interpretation of a Greek key pattern, caught my attention. Cell phone in hand (my number-one tool), I took a series of photos, which became the templates for evolving sketches (2) that, eventually, our workrooms in Italy turned into one of our most-requested embroideries on sheets, towels, and table linens (3). If I hadn’t happened to look up, I would have missed it! I have a portfolio full of such far-flung inspirations waiting to be considered and reinvented. Manuel de Santaren, Boston Design Center, (617) 330-6998,

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