New England Home July - August 2016

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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Savoring The Season

Breezy yet beautiful is the secret for stylish summer living across New England.

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In This Issue

featured Homes




It’s all about family at a Cape Cod house reimagined as an airy, sun-washed retreat with sleeping spaces aplenty.

A contemporary Martha’s Vineyard home nods to the island vernacular even as it stands as a playful, colorful celebration of personal style.

No matter the season or the occasion, this Shingle-style home in southern Rhode Island acts as a fun-filled getaway.

The Gathering Place

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In In This This Issue Issue

50 44 Art, Design, History, Landscape

People, Places, Events, Products

20 | From the Editor

139 | Perspectives Outdoor tableware that celebrates summer; designing a welcoming guest room; Ted Landsmark on the need for progressive architectural design; three must-read new design books; a beforeand-after look at the effort to save a gracious old Massachusetts home.

31 | Elements: Graphic Standards The principles of structure, shape, and order in visually simple objects bring a sense of calm to the home in our high-tech world.




40 | Design Destination Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show, Brimfield, Massachusetts 44 | Artistry: A Higher Calling Besides being artful, beautiful, and intriguing, Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs sound a clarion call about humanity’s impact on our planet. By Robert Kiener

50 | In Our Backyard: Repeat Performance Textile designer Ellisha Alexina’s subtle playfulness with color results in fabrics whose recurring patterns manage to be both calming and dynamic. By Louis Postel

63 Special Marketing Section: Professional Profiles

56 | The Luxe Life: Good Nights An exquisitely made, all-natural mattress can add quality to your daylight hours as well as your sleep. By Regina Cole

150 | Trade Secrets: Changing Spaces News from and musings about the New England design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL

154 | New & Noteworthy By Paula M. Bodah

156 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 166 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

172 | New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON

177 | Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA 186 | Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 189 | Advertiser Index 192 | Sketch Pad How better to enjoy a Cape Cod water view than from the cozy confines of a custom-designed swing?

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From the Editor

ous associated guesthouses. What does this have to do with architecture or design, you might ask. Well, I wasn’t simply on vacation, however much it might have felt that way. The trip was organized by Esteem Media, a sister company to ours, and quite a few of my fellow travelers were designers or affiliated with design-related businesses. But more to my present point, Matteo Bisol turned out to be only one of a whole class of young Italians—winemakers, restaurateurs, antiques dealers, furniture painters, apprentices learning the craft of weaving on eighteenth-century hand-powered looms—who are pursuing their visions of commercial ­success, but also seeking in some way to make their native culture better and not have to sacrifice their own quality of life in the process. Now, for someone who spends so much professional time contemplating and evaluating aspects of “the good life,” my own life can be surprisingly barren when it comes to creature comforts— and I suspect that, in this, I am not unlike a lot of other busy Americans. So the example of this cadre of Italians devoted to the idea of doing well and living well really struck a chord. Not exactly earthshaking, as revelations go, but still a lesson to keep in mind. And so I share it with you, at the start of a magazine issue devoted to the pleasures of summer (not to mention examples of particularly nice settings in which to enjoy those pleasures). Take the time to enjoy family and friends, to eat and drink well, to relax and recharge. Whether the goals you normally pursue are financial, family-oriented, cultural, philanthropic, or what-have-you, investing in quality downtime will always yield attractive returns.

Make Time For Quality Time


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elements The things that make great spaces Edited by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

Curvilinear From Dedon, an outdoor chair that encourages slow, gentle rocking. Lightweight, stackable, and supremely comfortable, Fedro comes in three tropical colors, including Colibri, shown here. 29½ʺW × 39¾ʺL. $785. Showroom, Boston, (617) 4824805,

Graphic Standards As much as we adore (and rely on) our screens—phone, tablet, computer, TV— we’re sometimes overwhelmed by the volume of visual noise they create in our homes. To help mitigate some of that noise, surrounding ourselves with objects that employ graphic principles—clarity and precision— can act as a foil to the chaos.

Those principles of structure and shape are inherent in each of the objects on the following pages. Whether a tray or a toss cushion, a sconce or a side table, the visual simplicity of these objects lends a sense of order that in turn generates a sense of calm. Of course, turning off the screen occasionally works, too. july–august 2016  New England Home 31

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Triangulation 1. Cole & Son’s Quartz wallpaper is a panoply of silver, gold, and black triangles. 11 yds. × 21ʺW/roll. $156. Lee Jofa, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0370, 2. Jonathan Adler’s three-tiered Pyramid Stacking Box is made from high-fired porcelain with a handapplied 24-karat-gold luster, 10ʺW × 8¾ʺH. $398. Jonathan Adler, Boston, (617) 437-0018, and Chestnut Hill, Mass., (617) 232-0502, 3. From Restoration Hardware, the Empire Side Table’s double pyramid base works beside a sofa or a chair. 25½ʺW × 19¾ʺD × 23¾ʺH. $1,295. Restoration Hardware, Boston, (857) 239-7202,

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A Cute Angle 1. Jonathan Adler’s Multi Windmill Bargello Pillow, inspired by the psychedelic Sixties, proves it’s hip to be square. 20ʺ× 20ʺ. $175. Jonathan Adler, Boston, (617) 437-0018, and Chestnut Hill, Mass., (617) 232-0502, 2. Rich Brilliant Willing’s Ledge Sconce comprises only two pieces. The clean design— the intersection between two geometric planes—can be used in the bathroom next to a vanity, beside the bed, or marching down a hall. Available in six colors, including blue, shown here. 5ʺW × 5ʺH × 3ʺD. $245. Chimera, Boston, (617) 542-3233,


3. The Rug Company’s chunky Cable Blue Carpet is hand knotted from hand-spun Tibetan wool. Sizes from 5ʹ × 3ʹ to 18ʹ × 12ʹ. $52/sq. ft. The Rug Company (opening in September), Boston,


4. Meri Meri’s Toot Sweet paper napkins add a decidedly festive note to any gathering. $6.95/package of 16. Paper Source, Boston, (617) 536-3444, Brookline, Mass., (617) 264-2800, and Cambridge, Mass., (617) 497-1077,



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1. From French artist Nathalie Lete, these Geometric Notebooks have forty blank pages and are finished with gold edging. 6ʺW × 8ʺL. $24. Patch NYC, Boston, (617) 4260592, 2. These oversize trays crafted by Susy Pilgrim Waters and Keith Waters are screen-printed on Baltic and Poplar plywood and make a perfect foil for drinks in the garden. A base for the tray is also available. 30ʺL × 18ʺW × 3ʺD. $330 (base is $230). Pilgrim Waters, Boston,


3. Kate Spade’s polka dot and stripe pencils are (almost) too pretty to use. $19.95/box of 10. Papyrus, Providence Place, Providence, (401) 270-4785,


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Pure Geometry 1. Josef Hoffmann first designed the Series B collection of glassware in 1912, adding the black enamel broncit decoration to the matte glass two years later. The collection is produced by the venerable company J. & L. Lobmeyr. Price upon request. E. R. Butler, Boston, (617) 722-0230,

The Katzes have always had an affinity for graphic patterns. Years ago, the babysitter arrived to find their kids, Fanny and Oliver, in their favorite Hanna Andersson striped pajamas, Jeffrey in a striped oxford shirt, and Cheryl in a striped tee. She christened them “the stripe family,” a moniker they still use.



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2. Louise Gray Quilts are the brainchild of Alexandra Gray Bennett, whose family has a long tradition of quilting, and graphic designer Jocelin Johnson. All the quilts, including Throw Quilt No. 4, shown here, are handcrafted in Minneapolis by local artisans. 54ʺ × 72ʺ. $395. Design Menagerie, Lenox, Mass., (413) 551-7528,, and Bodega, Nantucket, (508) 228-1992,

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Depending on when you read this, there still might be time to catch the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show, which runs from July 12 to July 17. If not, don’t despair. There will be another chance to peruse this extravaganza when the fair—the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectible dealers in the country—returns on September 6 and continues through September 11. If you’re a devotee of Brimfield, chances are you know that the fiftyseven-year-old fair boasts about 6,000 dealers spread across twenty different shows that span the many fields lining Route 20. You probably also know that, given the sheer volume of stuff and the fact that fields open and close at various times, you might want to visit more than once during the week the fair is open. Wearing comfortable shoes and slathering on sunscreen makes common sense. And, as the lines at the food stands are long, packing a healthy lunch and plenty of snacks is a good option (though to bypass Faddy’s doughnuts—especially the apple cider ones—would be a huge mistake). As for tape measures and shopping carts, don’t leave home without them. Justine and Alejandra, who joined us for their first foray to Brimfield in May, had a few helpful observations of their own. Bring as much cash as your budget allows; it helps the negotiating process, which, much to their own surprise, they entered into with gusto. Have a game plan. The fields are a hodgepodge of aisles, and without one we’d have been walking in circles asking, “Didn’t we just see Fiestaware?” Unlike most shopping trips, this one doesn’t require a list. Instead, Justine and Alejandra suggest leaving yourself open to the impulse buy. Otherwise they might never have scored that set of eight copper mugs (perfect for Moscow Mules), a vintage Dansk Kobenstyle pot, and a white enamel pitcher, while still having money left over for a dozen of those aforementioned doughnuts, which their hosts enjoyed immensely. For a list of vendors, show hours, and directions, visit —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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A Higher Calling Besides being artful, beautiful, and intriguing, Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs sound a clarion call about humanity’s impact on our planet. ///////////


tunning. Breathtaking. Mesmerizing. These are just a few of the words that have been used by art critics and fans alike to describe Massachusetts-based photographer Alex MacLean’s unique body of work. After more than forty years of shooting strikingly beautiful scenes from out the windows of small planes and being honored with scores of photography awards and one-man shows, he has become, as the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper recently noted, “one of the world’s greatest aerial photographers.” “That’s flattering,” says the softspoken, widely collected photographer as he sits in his comfortable Lincoln, Massachusetts, studio. “But I’d really be satisfied if my photography pleases people and, just as important, makes a difference.” Collectors are drawn to the incredible variety of geometric shapes, patterns, landscapes, and scenes MacLean shoots

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from 1,000 feet in the air. His artistic eye has captured the elusive beauty in everything from neatly patterned fields of wheat to people crowding a Cambridge poolside to scores of lobster boats floating lazily in the waters off Maine. His photographs are in collections ranging from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography to Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum to Paris’s Centre Georges Pompidou. MacLean’s work is valued for its content as much as its form. He focuses on the world’s ever-changing landscape and has made a point of capturing images that reflect emerging social and environmental issues such as urban blight, sprawl, pollution, clear-cutting, climate change, and more. As the noted environmentalist Bill McKibben wrote in his introduction to MacLean’s book OVER: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point, “Alex MacLean’s Things look very different from 1,000 feet up, as these photographs illustrate. Alex MacLean shot Diagonal Flower Fields (above) and Tulip Field Sequence (left) in the Netherlands in 2015.

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pictures are an irreplaceable document bearing testimony to the precise forces now undermining our only planet. May they help give us the insight to make the changes that we must.” MacLean trained as an architect at Harvard and worked as a landscape architect before he became a full-time aerial photographer. “I earned my pilot’s license and started photographing for

architects and planners who needed aerial photos of their projects,” he explains. After his business picked up he bought his first plane, a Cessna 172, and began shooting his own artistic and personal photographs in addition to his commercial work. “It didn’t take me long, as I looked at the landscape across the country, to realize that in many cases man’s intervention was damaging

nature. Some of my photography took on an activist intent,” he says. Many of these photographs that document this impact on nature have been featured in the eleven books he has published over the years. He explains that he often “fits in” these personal photography sessions during commercial assignments. “There is a lot of chance discovery when I’m flying,” says MacLean. “You

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Tilling Tracks (Snowville, Utah, 2005), Mulching Beds, Wilson Farms (Lexington, Massachusetts, 2012), Dinghies Clustered Around Dock (Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1993), Oyster Cages II (Orleans, Massachusetts, 2013), Desert Pivot Irrigation (Eloy, Arizona, 2004), Ore Runoff (Duluth, Minnesota, 2014).

often can’t anticipate when or where you will see a striking image, so I am always looking for the unexpected.” His 2006 book, The Playbook, is a collection of photographs he took of “playoriented” places—from amusement park rides to hotel pools to baseball stadiums—that he came across while working on other assignments. The idea for another book, Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces, was conceived when MacLean was flying over the city to document the redesign of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “I was amazed by the variety of things that I spotted on roofs, from basketball courts and swimming pools to putting greens to a one-acre organic farm on an office build-

“It didn’t take me long, as I looked at the landscape across the country, to realize that in many cases man’s intervention was damaging nature. Some of my photography took on an activist intent.” ing.” He came back time and time again over nearly two years to document these secret rooftop spaces—what he calls “the fifth facade”—for his 2012 book. One of the biggest rooftop surprises? The roof of the Museum of Modern Art boasts a massive black, white, and turquoise Picasso-like design in crushed, recycled glass and rubber mulch. Because the roof garden is closed to MOMA visitors, only the museum’s high-rise neighbors can enjoy the view. MacLean’s future plans include scouting New England for examples for an environmental project that will illustrate agricultural best practices. “There are great examples of the farm-to-table movement, carbon sequestration, and urban farming all over this region,” he says. “I have a lot more flying and photographing to do.” • editor’s note: Alex MacLean is represented in New England by the Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, (617) 262-0550, To see more of his work, go to july–august 2016  New England Home 47

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Repeat Performance Textile designer Ellisha Alexina’s subtle playfulness with color results in fabrics whose recurring patterns manage to be both calming and dynamic. ///////////

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he eye moves up the curtain in search of where its pattern repeats. Finding repeats becomes a kind of game. Where to find the next line of flowers, leaves, or inky down-strokes? It becomes a visual game that can quickly become tiresome. As a reflection of consciousness itself, patterns that are too chaotic make us anxious, just as patterns that are too uniform and predictable cause our How does she do it? No one really knows—except Alexina and the employees of her fabric design studio, who have all signed confidentiality agreements. FABRICS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Novella in indigo, Alexina Stripe in elderberry, Faria in ­eucalyptus, Rasa in sandalwood rose.

focus to wander. What we want from consciousness and maybe from textile patterns, too, is just to flow. And if flow is the goal, who can help us in the home furnishings depart-

ment? Enter Ellisha Alexina, a twentyseven-year-old textile designer in Easthampton, Massachusetts, who has broken through to the highest ranks of the design industry with a mixed-media process that combines hand painting and polychromatic printing. Neither rigid nor reckless, Alexina’s patterns allow consciousness to expand and breathe freely. “Even back in high school I was always interested in pushing the boundaries of process in art,” Alexina says. “I recall taking rubber cement and painting over it, removing the cement and reapplying it. Or wetting the paper first before drawing with charcoal. At fourteen I knew that this was not a hobby, but something I wanted to do in life.” Designers and showroom owners—Gauthier-Stacy and Jennifer Palumbo in Boston, Holland & Sherry in New York City and Los Angeles, and Travis & Company in Atlanta—are all asking the

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same question of Alexina: “How did you do that?” Not even her greatest champion and neighbor, the celebrated textile designer Peter Fasano, can explain quite how Alexina does what she does to make the repeats seemingly nonrepetitive by subtly manipulating color. If she were doing flowers, no two flowers would be the same, and yet they would always repeat. The pattern would remain consistent, whether in three yards or thirty. Alexina’s designs can’t really be fully appreciated as small samples. They have to be seen as yardage, the better to appreciate their shimmering, liquid qualities, like sunlight mottling a lake’s surface. “In college I was experimenting with textile patterns, modulating colors, obscuring the beginnings and endings of these ten-inch repeats,” she says. “I brought a few yards to Fasano. He said, ‘You need to start your own business, because no one is doing what you are doing right now. If you can continue this in a professional way with a studio that can produce in scale, you will succeed.’

And that’s what I did, putting some samples in a bag and walking around the D&D in New York City during market, introducing myself and the samples. ‘How did you do that?’ they’d say, and some would buy—this was in 2013.” Now Alexina, who earned a BFA in textile design and fiber arts from the

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, is outgrowing her studio, with its cylinder-stack pyramids of Belgian linen in the hundreds of yards, and rows of nontoxic, colorfast pigments. There you can see samples of her two main collections, Mendel and Vedana, in all their various colorways and patterns. Mendel,

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her first, references delicate textile fragments and hand embroideries of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ottoman motifs. They’re tight and rhythmic, with an impact that is both soft and refreshingly animated. Also within the Mendel collection is the Alexina Stripe pattern. In the fabric’s full fifty-one-inch width, the

abstract, leafy way. “It’s about as bold as I tend to get,” says Alexina. Novella’s companion Mano, or Mind, is a vertical, gridlike pattern, an array of abstract neurons, no two exactly alike, swimming up to some softly illuminated, undefined surface, a depiction of consciousness itself when said to be most in the flow. New England can take FROM FACING PAGE, FAR LEFT: By the time she was pride in the creator of all fourteen, Alexina realized her exploration of fabric these unique and subtle design would become her life’s work. Subtle variations in color keep the patterns in her fabrics interesting. patterns, patterns that The Rajah collection is inspired by Turkish embroisoften the repetitive nature dery. Alexina eschews vat dyeing, opting instead for of repeat that has existed non-polluting, water-soluble, custom-made pigments. for tens of thousands of years in hundreds of different cultures. stripes lure you into a dream forest that’s We can take pride and at the same time hard to leave. leave off shaking our collective heads: In contrast, Alexina’s Vedana collecHow does she do it? • tion features looser patterns and larger repeats. Vedana is the Sanskrit word Ellisha Alexina for feeling or sensation, the essence of Easthampton, Mass. astronomical twilight. The Novella pat(413) 527-0709 tern expresses this twilight story in an

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The luxe life

Good Nights An exquisitely made, all-natural mattress can add quality to your daylight hours as well as your sleep. ///////////

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seats and buggy benches long before anyone saw it as a way to a better night’s sleep. Since about 1900, the coil-spring mattress has been the standard, made by wrapping cotton, rags, corn, hair, feathers, or whatever material was available around steel coil springs. Early mattresses were often vermin-infested even before they left production lines. While manufacturing has become cleaner, the basic technology has not

changed, though there are occasional forays into alternates like waterbeds, Sleep Number, and memory foam. These types of mattresses have their fans, but the coilspring mattress remains the favorite, and for good reason. Hugh Landes is director of North American sales for UK-based Vispring. The company, founded in 1901 by James Marshall, the inventor of the pocketed coil, is one of a handful of premium mattress makers worldwide. Landes explains that foam holds heat, leading to sweatTop, clockwise from left: A Vispring craftsman applies

a layer of horsehair. A cutaway view shows the mattress’s complex structure of pocketed coil springs and natural fibers. An early Vispring advertisement. A bed with the company’s new “Gate” headboard, produced in collaboration with interior designer Staffan Tollgård. Bottom, left to right: This Special Edition bed from Hästens sports a version of the company’s signature blue plaid. Luxurious down also plays a role in the creation of true comfort.

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e spend a third of our lives there, refreshing and recharging our minds and bodies. So why don’t our beds have at least the level of quality and luxury we expect from our sofas? Technologically, the mattress has always lagged behind seating furniture: the coil spring, patented in the mideighteenth century, was used in chair

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At Casabella, home is the most important place in the world. Whether you’re visiting our shop for inspiration or engaging our design studio, we’re as passionate about dreaming up ideas as we are about placing our favorite decorating possibilities with you. Located inside a landmark house on Route 6A in East Sandwich, Casabella is filled with 2,500 square feet of decorating inspiration and impossible to find furnishing and accessories.

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caused mold and decay. “Memory foam was developed for astronauts: it settles them into their seats and makes it hard to move,” he says. “The body needs to move, so that is not ideal for sleep.” Above: Hästens, too, employs a range of natural

materials such as wool, cotton, and horsehair in its mattresses. Facing page, clockwise from top left: The DUX 515 bed from Duxiana. A worker assembles a network of steel springs. Natural latex and dense, old-growth Swedish pine are two more ingredients used to create products that are both comfortable and long-lasting.

Sleep Number beds, he notes, have an air bladder. “When you lie on them, your body pushes the air aside, much as it does with water in a waterbed. You sink into a hole; it doesn’t really support you.” Not all coil-spring mattresses are equal, however. “Most mattresses today are made with synthetic fibers and foam, and they all have the same spring gauge,” says Landes. Increasingly, American homeowners look for higher standards in their mattresses, asking how they are made and what goes into them. Many are consumers who routinely buy only the best. But a growing number of Americans want the products they consume or that touch their skin to be as natural and organic as possible. Generally, experts agree, the best mattresses are the simplest, made with ingredients like organic cotton, wool, and latex that comes from a tree, not a lab. Founded in 1852, Swedish bedding giant Hästens is known for its blue and white checks and for its adherence to traditional techniques and materials. “Hästens mattresses are handmade, have individually pocketed coil systems, and are

totally free of harmful products,” explains Matt Steele, owner of the Hästens store on Boston’s Newbury Street. “They have always used horsehair, which is free from allergens. Each hair is a hollow tube that acts like an airway and you are cooled, while it also has capillary action that wicks moisture away. And horsehair has natural curl, so it acts as springs.” Alma Xhamallati, regional manager for

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ogy makes it possible for the spine to be aligned all the time,” Xhamallati explains. “This gives you an extra hour of deep sleep. A Dux bed is not a soft bed or a firm bed, but

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bedding brand since 1926, continues the discussion of quality materials. “All-natural materials go into our beds, including springs made of Swedish steel, known to be the best in the world, and Swedish pine from oldgrowth trees, so the frame is much stronger.” At the upper level, a Dux bed, as it is affectionately called, is almost infinitely adjustable, with springs

that can be raised or compressed via cranks that can be stored when not in use. “The multilayered spring technol-

rather a supportive bed.” Vispring beds, like those made by Hästens and Duxiana, come with long guarantees, along with their hefty price tags. “Our Dux beds come with twentyyear warranties,” Xhamallati says. “It is not unusual for people to pass them down to their children and grandchildren.” There’s no doubt that technology enhances many areas of our lives. But when it comes to sleep, it seems, nothing matches a well-made set of individually wrapped springs surrounded by breathable natural fibers. •



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An Insider Look At The Region’s Top Design Professionals

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What is your favorite City? Boston. I moved to Boston in 1998 to start a software company, and I instantly fell in love with the history, culture, and diversity of the city. This, along with the professional and technology groups, made it a perfect fit for me. What motivates you? My relationships: family, friends, employees, and clients are the people who inspire me to do my best. Money comes and goes, but family and friends are forever.


David Nakayama, the founder of AudioDave, has more than 25 years of high-end two-channel audio and home cinema experience. Even though these two fields of interest remain David’s passion, the company, with its talented staff, has grown into a highly specialized automation company. Our new showroom highlights the company’s advanced capabilities in networking, lighting, window, cameras, home theater, and other systems and controls for both home and corporate environments. Our installation staff is made up of technicians who are talented, innovative, and accomplished. We work with each client to create solutions for
 unique design challenges. We automate and control systems. We design, engineer, fabricate, install, and program high-end audio and video, networks, and automation systems and devices. Visit our new showroom in Newton, Massachusetts, to find out how we can personalize many different elements for you.

What was your proudest moment? Outside of my children being born, it is seeing clients’ excitement and faces light up when they use their A/V system for the first time.

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Catalano Architects Do You Have a Coveted Item? My most coveted item is my time—or more specifically, my free time. Time to do things with my wife and my family is the most precious thing to me. What Inspires Your Work? The great historic architecture of New England is what inspires me and influences my work. We are fortunate to have nearby examples of some of our country’s most important and influential residential architecture. H.H. Richardson brought us the birth of the Shingle style, and his work and mentorship went on to influence other great architects like Stanford White.

Catalano Architects has been designing beautiful, contextually sensitive residences throughout the Northeast since 1987. Our practice is driven by an unwavering attention to the countless details that go into finely designed and crafted houses. Our clients come to us with dreams of their perfect house, and we work with them to create unique homes that fit their visions. We enjoy working with clients who have an appreciation for quality work and who strive for a finished product with a high level of detail. We take a unique approach to every project, and our designs are sensitive to sustainability and green building practices. We feel it is important to design homes that respond to the individual characteristics of each site, keeping in mind the scale of the structures, regional architectural cues, and the surrounding natural landscape. Our firm of 20 talented professionals works closely with experienced craftsmen to build homes that are both timeless and enduring. Catalano’s projects strive to be an expression of traditional style, regional sensibility, and classical beauty.

What is Your Favorite Space Within Your Home? Our kitchen is really the soul of our house and my favorite room in the house. We have a kitchen that is part of a great room, and it is also adjacent to our garden. We can cook and still have social interactions with our guests, and we are able to reach into the garden for much of our produce.

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Catalano Architects Inc.

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What is your dream collaboration? A dream collaboration is having all the appropriate professionals engaged and involved early and with a common set of goals, as defined by the customer. Since the projects we do range from the simple to the sublime, that team makeup can vary, but the right people in service of a common set of goals and expectations, as outlined by our client, is key. What inspires your work? Our primary goal is to create and retain new customers and professional relationships. Listening to our clients and our architectural, design, and trade partners, and understanding how we can best bring value to those relationships, is what makes us tick.

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For 30 years, Bob Ernst has focused on learning and adapting to the marketplace and how he can best serve his customers. In doing so, he has assembled a talented and conscientious group of people who all have what he calls an “FBN Soul.” From the executive team to the production and management team, the essence of that trait is sincerity and transparency. Bringing FBN to the table early in the process and as a trusted professional allows the team to help attain the goals and objectives of the customer as they relate to design, budget, and schedule. The FBN team is known for its problem-solving skills and ability to get the job done. Whether it be a difficult site or building, a tight timeline, or managing the logistics of living through renovations, FBN will find a way to please its clientele.

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What motivates you? My team motivates me. I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by an exceptional group of people at FBN. Finding ways to expand the company to allow for professional growth and success within our organization is what drives our commitment to customer satisfaction and the quality of our work and service. What was your proudest moment? Every time clients put their faith in us to attain their vision I am proud of our team and the reputation we have all built. In addition, the recognition of the ASID New England chapter last year meant a great deal to me on a professional level.

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The Hambelton Co., Inc. What was your proudest moment? Personally, my proudest moments have been marrying my beautiful wife, the day my son was born, and the day my daughter was born. Professionally, my proudest moment is not a moment at all but a frequent event. It is standing back and looking at a completed project and reflecting about the steps that brought me to that point..

In 2012, after 14 years in the industry, I created The Hambelton Company, a landscape and sitecontracting firm. I found that there was a need in the industry for a landscape firm with talented craftsmen paired with a capable site-development staff. This blend of talents under one roof leads to a more efficient, well-thought-out final product. Paying close attention to the details, both large and small, in every facet of the exterior of a project, sets us apart from the field. We are perfectionists at heart, and it shows in the beautiful landscapes we create. Our final product reflects the company’s dedication to ensuring our clients’ expectations are surpassed on each and every project. I greatly enjoy working with some of the most talented landscape architects, builders, and homeowners in this region to create these beautiful and functional outdoor spaces. My mission from the inception of the company has been, “to make the world a more beautiful place, one property at a time,” and I take great pride in our craftsmanship.

What motivates you? My motivation is driven by my own philosophy of trying to exceed each and every client’s expectations on a daily basis. When I see a family enjoying a space we created, I am motivated to be off to the next project and do it all over again. Do you have a coveted item? My boat. It is a place to unwind and spend precious time with my family and friends. You can’t beat a day out fishing for stripers and tuna.

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Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers

What inspires your work? Our inspiration comes directly from the design and construction teams that bring clients’ dreams to reality. The bar is set high with expectations that have to be met. We love the challenge of creating amazing spaces and achieving the highest quality millwork attainable. We are one of the finishing touches the homeowner will see each and every day. It has to be perfect.

Established in an historic mill in Cumberland, Rhode Island, more than 40 years ago, Herrick & White combines Old-World craftsmanship with modern technology. Our decades of working with award-winning designers, architects, and custom builders in New England have allowed us to attract the industry’s most skilled artisans. Herrick & White’s professionals are committed to delivering exceptional, one-of-a-kind furniture and architecturally detailed millwork. Our work can be seen throughout the U.S. and beyond.

What is your proudest moment? Many of us started working at Herrick & White directly out of school. When we purchased the company from our predecessors and successfully navigated our way through the recession, we were filled with a great sense of pride. We’ve had many proud moments—to rate one above the other would be impossible. What motivates you? Family. Both the families that we provide the beautiful homes of their dreams and our own Herrick and White family. Today our Herrick & White family has grown to more than 300 people, 52 dogs, 22 cats, 340 fish, 2 rabbits, 5 turtles, 1 bird, 3 lizards, 3 guinea pigs and 60,000 bees. This sense of responsibility to all the families we serve is what guides us forward and keeps us striving to keep our business thriving.

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Steve Brannigan, Ken Bertram and Gary Rousseau

Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers 3 Flat Street Cumberland, RI 02864 (401) 658-0440

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Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY? Boston. As a builder and woodworker, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. There is plenty of architecture to be inspired by and high-quality construction is still the norm. There’s no better place for renovation and restoration.

Kevin Cradock grew up in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, surrounded by classic architecture that instilled in him a love of the art of carpentry and an appreciation for skilled craftsmanship. Beginning his career as a finish carpenter renovating classic Boston homes, Kevin gradually moved toward creating distinctive custom cabinetry for his building and renovation projects. By the mid-1990s he had established his own workshop, and in collaboration with local designers, he devoted himself to crafting the finest custom millwork, cabinetry, and furniture available. Today, Kevin oversees a large crew of managers, carpenters, and woodworkers. He works closely with architects, designers, and homeowners, building and renovating homes and crafting cabinetry, furniture, and millwork to meet each customer’s taste and lifestyle.

WHO ARE YOUR GREAT PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCES? For building, Greene and Greene. Not so much for their style as for the fact that they designed and oversaw the fabrication of every part of the house, including furniture, lighting, and carpet. For woodworking, both James Krenov and Tage Frid. I like to work somewhere between the meticulous Krenov and the pragmatic Frid. WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? Bikes. I’m into all types of biking—mountain, road, and commuting. I also love fly fishing, so I’ve got a pretty good collection of fly rods. And obviously tools. I have a large collection of newer and antique woodworking tools.

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Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc. What is your dream collaboration? Building a client’s custom residence is not as much a construction project as it is the creation of a personal home by a diverse group of people. Our dream projects bring everyone to the table with common goals: owners with passion, design teams with vision, and subcontractors with an enthusiasm for fine craftsmanship. What motivates you? Our team. We have an amazing team of talented people who have been with us for decades. Getting everyone rowing in the same direction produces fantastic results. The synergy is real.

With more than 35 years of building experience, Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc. has grown to be one of the most highly regarded construction firms in the Greater Boston region. Much of our work reflects the most demanding architectural concepts; all of our work reflects the finest in craftsmanship. In any project, Kistler & Knapp has always understood the importance of effective communication and working well with the entire team in all aspects of the building process. To that end, the foundation of our reputation rests on superb management, transparent accounting, and fiscal prudence; these principles are key to creating successful relationships during construction and well into the future. Managing human resources is also central to achieving the best value. At Kistler & Knapp Builders, we continually strive to foster positive energy in the building community.

What was your proudest moment? Aside from the accomplishments of our families, our proudest moment was when we were given the awesome privilege to take the helm of the company. After 20 years of working for Dennis Kistler and David Knapp, we are humbled and proud to lead this great organization. What is your favorite city? (Renee) New York City. The culture, the architecture, the people...there is nothing you cannot find there. What is your favorite city? (Doug) Boston. The South End, Beacon Hill, Commonwealth Ave., and more. All vibrant neighborhoods where we have helped create places to call home. And the sports. The Celtics, Pats, Bruins, and Sox. Opportunities for work and fun abound.

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Principals Renee West and Doug Stevenson

Kistler &Knapp Builders, Inc.

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Longfellow Design Build

At Longfellow design build, we design, build and remodel homes for a Cape Cod clientele. Our typical approach features a functional, timeless design with clean traditional lines, open floor plans, lots of natural light, and the use of the best quality materials that stand up to our moist coastal climate. What really defines a Longfellow home is that we work one-on-one with our clients to include thoughtful features tailored specifically for their home. We find that a wellchosen customization such as built-in shelving, custom cabinetry, mudroom storage bins, or a mahogany wine cellar built by our experienced craftsmen can make a remarkable difference in the final result.

What is Your favorite space within your home? My family’s home in Falmouth, Massachusetts, has a large, open-concept kitchen/family room that opens onto an outdoor patio and deck. The indoor space has high ceilings wth lots of windows and light. It’s the perfect space for hanging out and relaxing with family and friends. What is your proudest moment? We opened our Falmouth showroom in 2013 with a goal of creating a dedicated design-build team of architects, designers, builders, and tradesmen. My proudest moment is right now—Watching the work that this team is producing for our clients on a daily basis, and watching their excitement as we work toward opening a new showroom this summer on Main Street in Chatham.

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Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design

Liz Stiving-Nichols started her quest to make a mark in the design world by moving to Martha’s Vineyard days after receiving her BFA in interior design from Harrington College of Design in Chicago. She spent the next seven years working as an interior designer for Hutker Architects, where she gained her appreciation and respect for the collaboration between an architect and designer. Her work has been published in regional and national design magazines. Liz started Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design in 2010 and opened a home furnishings boutique, Bespoke Abode, shortly after. “We feel it is a true privilege to assist in creating the spaces our clients call home,” she says. “Home is where we often long to be, feel most comfortable, and where one’s style is most evident. We take our role seriously, but always find the fun in the process.”

What inspires your work? One of my primary goals is to find inspiration in the perennial elements of each site. The interior design of a home should be harmonious with the architectural and exterior elements, but also reflect the client’s personality and style. Ultimately our job is to get to know our clients and create a design that is all about their lives, personalities, and families. WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? A good designer is, first and foremost, a good listener. The entire design process should be an enjoyable experience for our clients. The end result should be a place that they can’t wait to get to and never want to leave. Home. What was your proudest moment? Taking the huge leap of faith and leaving my position at a very accomplished firm to start my own company was a little intimidating, but it was the best move I ever made. Two years after opening our doors, I was named one of New England Home’s “5 Under 40” designers of 2012. In 2015, we were named one of HGTV’s “Fresh Faces of Design” by winning the Organically Inspired category. We also have been fortunate enough to have our work featured in many regional and national design magazines. These opportunities are an affirmation that taking that leap of faith to strike out on my own was the right decision.

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Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design 56 Main Street, 2nd Floor Vineyard Haven, MA (508) 687-9555

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Sam Grey

McLaughlin Upholstering Who is your greatest Influence? Superman. Because he conducts himself with the highest level of integrity and respect for others. We like to feel we do the same with our business practices and clients. As Superman is known for saving people from difficult situations, we like to think of ourselves as saving people from uncomfortable, poorly made furniture.

Somerby Jones

Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more cheaply made furniture that is being fabricated with inferior materials and toxic chemicals. We are trying to keep the integrity of handcrafted furniture made in the USA. At McLaughlin Upholstering, we want to provide the highest level of quality, custom-made furniture. This encompasses everything from the initial design process to the materials and labor that goes into each and every oneof-a-kind piece we create. We are developing artwork in the form of furniture and giving our clients something of value. Even with the changes technology has brought, we like to stick to the core values of what makes us great: hard, honest work.

What is your design philosophy? Keep it simple and fun. The greatest thing about design is that there isn’t really a right or wrong choice. We make all kinds of furniture to meet anyone’s taste and comfort level. If you love it, then it will look great and fit into your lifestyle. What Inspires Your Work? Traveling almost anywhere is the greatest form of education. Because we are visual people, we find inspiration in the things we see and the experiences we have. What would be your dream collaboration? I’m living my dream every day, and every collaboration I have is a dream collaboration. I love the opportunity to work with someone who appreciates design and wants to create something special. With this unique collaboration, we are making the antiques of the future.

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McLaughlin Upholstering 1813 Revere Beach Parkway Everett, MA 02149 (617) 389-0761

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Patrick Ahearn, AIA What is your design philosophy? My approach is one that I call non-ego-driven architecture. If I’m successful at my job, you shouldn’t be able to tell I was ever there.

For more than 43 years, Patrick Ahearn, FAIA, has specialized in historically motivated architecture and interior design. The firm’s work covers a broad spectrum of projects, from city townhouses to island homes, including master planning, new construction, historic restoration, and renovation. Ahearn and his team of architects bring a highly educated and schooled knowledge of classic architecture, coupled with a keen sense of how people live today, to each of his projects. This, in turn, produces homes that are both timeless and responsive to the needs of today’s lifestyles. This is made possible through the art of “scripting” a storyline that invents the implied history of the home, including how it may have grown over time or what may have caused the particular style of the house to be created. Whether the project is new construction or a historical restoration, the home is rooted in its site, in scale with its surroundings, and looks and feels as though it has stood for a long time.

What are the emerging trends in your industry? We have had a lot of demand for party barns, which are freestanding accessory buildings designed to host larger gatherings. The barn can be outfitted with a fireplace and radiant heat under the floors to lend itself to a multiplicity of yearround functions. What do you collect? I collect classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s. They convey the style and spirit of another time in America, when cars were more than just transportation; they provided Americans a way to experience color and design in a new way. What was your proudest moment? My proudest moment was the birth of my daughter, Taylor, and my son, Conor. They provide me with great joy and they certainly keep me focused on life.

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Boston Office 160 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02116 617.266.1710 Marths’s Vinyard Office Nevin Square, 17 Winter St. Edgartown, MA 02539 508.939.9312

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders

What is your design philosophy? Reconciling programmatic and aesthetic elements that seem irreconcilable; designing forms, spaces, and details that inclusively provide solutions to multiple needs rather than exclusively solve only one; inventing mostly within convention and only occasionally outside of it.

Spectacular beaches, dunes, and seascapes— along with picturesque harbors and villages—engender great passion for coastal New England. The team members at Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD) consider themselves blessed to live and work in such a place, and to be able to create houses for clients who share their passion for the landscape and building traditions of the region. As an integrated architecture and construction firm, PSD combines this love of place with an emphasis on creative but timeless design, exceptional craftsmanship, functional success, superior service-centered management, and budget and schedule control. They do this with single-source accountability, so their often-busy clients can avoid potentially contentious scenarios that can accompany construction relationships. While PSD’s clients are diverse, their need for clear, direct communication, a trustworthy relationship, and hasslefree project management is universal. PSD’s integrated model is a powerful one that fulfills these needs and, along with their rich but appropriate designs, has served their clients well.

What inspires your work? Each client’s unique vision and personality; the potential for fruitful professional relationships; the natural and built context of each client’s site; regional and worldwide architectural history; beauty, art, craft, and whimsy. What motivates you? Pleasing our clients; providing clear communication; integrating timeless architecture, craftoriented building, and sound construction management into a single efficient process; having a positive effect on the natural and built environment. WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? We have a new “proudest moment” whenever a home is complete and the client says, “We love it.”

From left to right: John R. DaSilva, Design Principal; Aaron Polhemus, President; and Peter Polhemus, Founder.

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders 157 Brewster-Chatham Road (Route 137) East Harwich, MA 02645 (508) 945-4500

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Royal Barry Wills Associates, Architects

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? We conceive every house to fulfill the unique dreams of each client and to take advantage of the opportunities present in each site. We design homes for contemporary living that reflect the passion we share with our clients for traditional architecture. We strive to achieve beauty, livability, and durability through artful composition, thoughtful planning, and careful detailing.

For more than 90 years the architectural firm Royal Barry Wills Associates has been designing homes throughout New England that are celebrated for their charm, beauty, and romance. The firm designs modern homes that reflect the character and spirit of traditional architecture. Today, the firm is led by Jessica Barry Wills-Lipscomb, the third generation of the Wills family to lead the firm, and her husband, J. Douglas Wills-Lipscomb. Jessica and Doug are directly responsible for the design of every project and work closely with each client, guiding them through the design and construction process. With every design, they strive to create a picturesque house with a character and scale that is appropriate to its surroundings and beautiful rooms that are livable, well proportioned, and adorned with elegant details. Most recently, the firm’s work was highlighted in the book At Home in New England: Royal Barry Wills Architects 1925 to Present.

What inspires your work? Our work is inspired by the special sense of place found in New England due to the unique relationship that exists between the traditional architecture of its towns and countryside and its rich and diverse landscapes. We strive to express this special sense of place in every project we undertake. What are your favorite design sources? We draw upon select sources from a very broad array of precedents to create a home that fulfills the particular dreams of our client and is appropriate to their specific site. Our broad palette of design sources focuses on American domestic architecture but is inclusive of all traditional architecture. What is your dream collaboration? It is the opportunity to work with any client who seeks a beautiful and well-crafted traditional home and desires to be engaged in the process. Designing and building your dream home should be rewarding and enjoyable, and we strive to make it so.

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What is your design philosophy? I rely on classical arrangements of rooms, proportion, and scale to right a home. Then I introduce modern details like layered lighting and sink-into sofas. As a result, our interiors exude a timeless quality and deliver equal parts comfort and function.


What is the most challenging aspect of interior design work? On any given day, our designers collaborate with 25 to 30 different builders, tradespeople, and artisans. We need to know enough about each craft to maximize and often stretch its potential while always respecting the limitations. Communication and humility are key.


I first came to design in part due to my great love of color and the decoration of space. Over the last 12 years I have built an interiors practice engaged with far more than decor (though we are exceptional at that, too). We focus on the life changes that motivate clients to remake the most fundamental and expressive space in their lives: a home. Whether clients are facing empty nests as children leave, building a new home by the sea, or updating their living space to reflect new visions, taste brings a wealth of resources and a sophistication of experience to create balanced, futureoriented, and respectful interiors. Our best work reflects a process of collaboration, analysis, and design at every level, from the function and mechanical needs of space to its aesthetic character. Change is what draws us; beauty is what we leave behind.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY? Paris, of course, is probably the greatest city in the world for its sheer beauty and history. However, I recently spent ten days in Rome, where I became enthralled by how wonderfully the city’s ruins merge so perfectly with modern, urban life. Rome is a living metaphor for a lifestyle steeped in history, yet progressive in attitude and modernity. What is your favorite space within your home? We live in an 1890s Shinglestyle house with perfectly scaled rooms that often serve as my model for good proportion. Central to the house is our library, a space that benefits from southern exposure and views into adjacent rooms on the first floor. It’s where friends, family, and pets gather and often doubles as a dining room for evening meals with my husband and daughter. Our books, music, and an ever-changing collection of art—both collected originals and self-created —make this the most used and inspiring room for my family.

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Patti Watson, Principal taste 17 Narragansett Ave. Jamestown, RI 02835 (401) 423-3639

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D.R. Dimes & Company, LTD What is your design philosophy? I believe in a relentless pursuit of elegant solutions. Every piece we make should be beautiful, useful, and built to last indefinitely. What is your favorite City? I love Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I love the architecture, the people, the great restaurants, and the positive energy the city exudes. What was your proudest moment? It was humbling to stand in the Senate Chamber of the Kennedy Institute and see the 116 pieces we made among Boston’s most powerful and influential people.

It has been my pleasure to design for extraordinary clients, from Hollywood motion pictures to world-class museums to landmark hotels, even child-size furniture for my son. I love the process of collaboration with brilliant design professionals and interesting individuals. This has allowed me to design thousands of pieces in myriad styles and periods. It helps to be a master furniture maker myself and to work with the best craftsmen in the business at D.R. Dimes. Whether you need that one special piece or 100 pieces, we can design, create, and deliver on time. My job is to exceed the expectations of my clients every time. I stake my reputation on it every day.

D.R. Dimes & Company, LTD PO Box 308 49 Dimes Road Northwood, NH 03261 (603) 942-8050

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F.H. Perry Builder Who are your great professional influences? Well, my dad of course. His legacy of building well, doing the right thing, and success through giving of yourself to others still guides everything we do here. What are your favorite design sources? Any given spring evening in the city, the best architects and designers of our industry gather together at some event or another. The glow of all that talent and love in one spot never gets old.

Over dinner, with candlelight flickering off the antique glass and the curved fretwork of the built-ins flanking the fireplace, the same question never fails to come up: Is everything in this room original? Well the horsehair plaster is original and now seamless thanks to the painstaking application of thin layers of stabilizing canvas. The mortise and tenon joinery of old is somehow mimicked in the new crown moldings and chair rails to match perfectly what would have existed when the townhouse was originally built. And even the astounding pair of roundedtop, ten-foot built-ins now bear little Allison Iantosca resemblance to the “original” state they were found in. For us the greatest compliment on any project, modern or traditional, is the simplicity of the perfection.

What motivates you? The tough stuff. Big. Envelopepushing technical. Daunting: like a cantilevered stone staircase with nothing visibly holding it up. Or perfecting the imperfection of authentic Boston “character.”

F.H. Perry Builder 90 Elm Street Hopkinton, MA 01748 (508) 435-3062

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Frank Shirley Architects What is your design philosophy? I strive to design functional and enchanting homes. I like an efficient floor plan that presents the rooms in a graceful, yet dramatic sequence as you walk through. I like facades that attain elegance by balancing the orderly and the picturesque. What motivates you? Making the practical beautiful is my greatest reward. I enjoy working with builders passionate about their craft and with homeowners who want to build a home and leave a legacy.

Architectural beauty springs from an imaginative spirit, requires dedication to craft and attention to detail, and can only be realized through meticulous project management. We integrate an admiration for traditional proportions, crafts, and materials with a command of proven, sustainable technology. We have decades of experience in high-end residential architecture, adapting historical homes for 21st-century living and designing new homes that honor the past while embracing the future. Whether it’s new construction, restoration of an antique treasure, or intricate custom cabinetry, we work side-by-side with our clients, builders, and craftsmen to create elegant homes that have always more than Frank Shirley satisfied our customers.

What is your favorite space within your home? My library. My Corbusier chaise nestles between two beautiful, bowed, double-hung windows. Mahogany bookshelves line one wall, a fireplace and exuberant frontispiece lie opposite, all finely crafted by 19th-century artisans. It is my sanctuary.



A R C H I T E C T S Frank Shirley Architects 40 Pearl Street Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 547-3355

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What is your favorite room in your home? No matter where I have lived, the dining room is always my favorite room. It’s where you gather with friends and family and share time and a wonderful meal that you have created or everyone has contributed to. I also love to set the table. To transform the table into something beautiful with linens, flowers, and dishes is very satisfying. What inspires your work ? Usually it’s a piece of fabric or wallpaper. To get lost in identifying other components that enhance this fabric is completely absorbing.

Linda Reilly Newall opened Surroundings, her interior design firm, 35 years ago, in 1981. However, her well-known passion for design and fabric spans many years prior to that. Marci Gallup is a senior designer at Surroundings; her sense of space and vision are impeccable. Linda and Marci have a similar design philosophy, so watching them work together to create a space is magical. The team at Surroundings possesses an educated and well-respected design aesthetic. Together and individually they have received many awards in design and customer Marci Gallup & Linda Newall consideration. The Surroundings showroom and retail store are located in historic Marblehead, Massachusetts. Linda believes that the key to her company’s longevity and repeat business is that she and Marci listen carefully to their clients and observe their reactions to ideas and materials. A satisfied client is certainly the main element in a successful project.

How do you describe your style? Traditional with a bit of contemporary thrown in the mix to keep things young and fresh looking. I feel it is important that the main pieces in a room be timeless. Although, at the same time, I think that each room requires an element with personality, such as a chair that has great style or attentiongrabbing fabric.


Because you want it to be beautiful.

Surroundings 96 Washington St. Marblehead MA, 01945 (781) 639-0676

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Rosemary Fletcher

Susan Dearborn Interiors Inc. What is your design philosophy? Master planning is the essential key to a well-balanced, aesthetically pleasing design. A master plan saves money and time. Nothing should be purchased until all items in the plan have been selected. What is your dream collaboration? I love building and remodeling with a professional design team—architect, builder, engineer, and landscape architect. We share our skills and learn from one another.

Susan Dearborn Interiors is a full-service interior design firm collaborating on building and remodeling projects and creating stunning interior spaces. Certificates of achievement and awards are very complimentary, but my greatest satisfaction comes from working with clients over many years and receiving recommendations and referrals from them. My three prong design philosophy has remained constant throughout my professional career—master planning, design education, and service and support (Houzz Award for Service 2015/2016). We make clients feel involved and comfortable, as we work together to create a home that is both functional and beautiful. Susan Dearborn Master Planning saves time and money and helps clients see the complete project and budget before they begin ordering. Design education allows clients to know what they are buying and why costs vary. Service and Support takes the stress out of the project for our clients. We are always available to help with decision making and we provide a detailed computer generated accounting of your entire project. Your home is your largest investment and you deserve to love it. I love what I do and would like to work with you. Please call for a complimentary consultation

How do you describe your style? My style is the style my client wants in his or her home. I am totally “client driven” and comfortable designing a full spectrum of historical and modern styles.

Susan Dearborn Interiors, Inc. 79 Rice Rd Wayland, MA 01778 (508) 653-9800

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Working with us is seamless. Well, unless your project has seams.

We’re like having a workroom in your office. Once you give us your job, we’ll take it on, like it was ours. Because it is.

Where Designers Have It Made.


Window treatments and bedding made for the trade. Contact us at 508 429 5606 or

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The Gathering Place ★★★

It’s all about family at a Cape Cod house reimagined as an airy, sun-washed retreat with sleeping spaces aplenty.


hen the couple pulled up to a rambling Cape-style home a few minutes from the beach and right on the bike path in Falmouth, Massachusetts, it was love at first sight. “It was incredibly charming,” the wife recalls, “with a very pretty exterior.” Enamored with some of the interior detailing and the home’s proximity to both ocean and town, the two bought the property the next morning. T e x t b y J u l i e D u g da l e Photography by Keller + Keller P ro d u c e d b y K a r i n L i d b e c k B r e n t 98  New England Home  July–august 2016

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A short jaunt from the beach and the heart of Falmouth, this sun-drenched home was renovated to nearly double its original size and now serves as a family getaway. The cleverly terraced yard and lush landscaping complement the sizable circular driveway, built to accommodate a large family and many guests.

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The perfect place to sit with a Sunday paper and coffee, the entry porch is a nice respite from the summer sun. The coastal-chic white rocker and bench, stars-andstripes pillows, and a door painted in Ralph Lauren’s Club Navy keep the space in sync with the homeowners’ tasteful patriotic aesthetics.

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“I’ve always been somewhat patriotic,” the wife says. “I’m a big American-history buff.”

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But, as with all love affairs, things changed. Five years later, the house has nearly doubled in size, to 5,700 square feet, and now contains just a single original interior wall. The old layout didn’t quite meet the growing family’s needs. With children and grandchildren, it’s not uncommon for the house to welcome sixteen people on a summer weekend or holiday. The homeowners had a vision for transforming the house, built in 1984, into a true family sanctuary with an open living area and plenty of sleeping space. First task: figuring out a way to expand the space. “It was a well-built home that had character, but not for today’s standard of living,” says architect Greg

“We tried to warm up the Americana with texture, to modernize it with a little more color,” Warner says.

Siroonian, a principal at Rescom Architecture. “It had low ceilings and lots of small rooms connected by hallways—not the openness you see nowadays.” To start with, he says, “we changed some roof pitches and dormers, creating a different configuration for rooflines, reinventing them to make the house a little more attractive from the outside.” Inside, the wife wanted to transform the galley kitchen into an inviting culinary and socializing hub with natural light and lots of what Siroonian calls “head room.” Unfortunately, the existing second story made raising the kitchen ceiling difficult. In a clever work-around, Siroonian collaborated with Patricia Sciuto of Harbor Homes Custom Building to create an elevated design element in the second-floor hallway that acts as a step-up to the bedrooms and allows for extra inches in the kitchen beneath it. The home’s main footprint stayed intact, but was bumped out on the back side to enlarge the kitchen and create an expanded living area. That meant Siroonian could increase the square footage of the original

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Striped his-and-hers chairs and ottomans inhabit a cheerful and sunny reading lounge in the living room—one of many nooks created with a family of book-lovers in mind. FACING PAGE: An antique American flag anchors the airy living space and serves as an inspiration for the home’s color scheme. Modern accents, like the custom floor cubes, create an appealing contrast to the more traditional decor and neutral carpet and walls.

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two bedrooms above the kitchen and add a third. At his clients’ request he also added a new bunkroom at the end of the house opposite the master suite, complete with custom built-in trundle beds and lounge areas, that serves as sleeping quarters for grandkids and overflow guests. For the look of her new spaces, the wife culled inspiration from hundreds of online photos, and she Project Team Architecture: Greg

Siroonian, Rescom Architectural Violandi and Caroline Warner, Violandi & Warner Interiors Builder: Patricia Sciuto, Harbor Homes Custom Building Landscape design: Emir Smaykiewicz, Greener Image Landscaping Interior design: Robin

trusted Violandi & Warner Interiors—a new collaboration between interior designers Robin Violandi and Caroline Warner—to interpret and execute a vision that the two pros describe as traditional, but with an eclectic twist. From the outset, the design duo attended every meeting with the project team to ensure cohesiveness of design features, decor ideas, and details like built-in shelves and cabinets. Knowing her family retreat would serve as a getaway where sandy feet traipse in on lazy summer days, the homeowner didn’t want anything too formal or fussy in the main living area. “The furniture had to be comfortable; nothing could be for show,” she says. “I didn’t want to have to say, ‘Get your feet off the furniture.’ I didn’t want to feel like I was

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The dining room fulfills the owners’ wish for a space that seats their large extended family without being too formal. The airy kitchen continues the understated Americana theme with its island and lanterns sporting a patriotic navy blue. A modern bistro set and a sunny window seat add a splash of fun to the kitchen area.

­following people with a vacuum cleaner.” The solution lay in a number of custom pieces from Robert Allen, along with a fair amount of Sunbrella fabrics for easy maintenance. Nothing is run-of-themill, from the custom-painted Urban Electric lantern light fixture hanging in the living room to the herringbone carpet with a textured navy leather band. “She wanted something special,” Warner says. “We always had to add that little extra.” As for the color scheme and style, the homeowners are partial to an understated cross between nautical and Americana with a dash of beachy thrown in. “I’ve always been somewhat patriotic,” the wife says. “I’m a big American-history buff.” She found the perfect emblem of her patriotism at an antique flag dealer in Pennsylvania. The 140-year-old flag once flew on july–august 2016  New England Home 105

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a Navy ship; now it serves as a grounding point to unify the neutral palette and primary-color pops in the airy living area. Plus, she says, the colors are gender-neutral and classic; perfect for a home with so many weekenders rotating through. Violandi and Warner’s tasteful eye for balance and warmth, while staying within the color parameters, is evident in every room—the two based the entire color scheme on a Ralph Lauren lumbar pillow that shows off a rich burgundy red and plays off the flag. Surprising accents add a playful quality: burlapwrapped tables; just-elegant-enough chandeliers; two pineapple-print blue-and-white Kravet head chairs added to a wood-heavy dining set; a kitchen island boldly painted in Ralph Lauren’s Club Navy; an Old-Hollywood-esque vanity chair with smallscale animal print; and the redone V-groove ceilings, to name just a few. “We tried to warm up the Americana with texture, to modernize it with a little more color,” Warner says. Meanwhile, a leisurely outdoor patio scape encourages summer barbecues. The homeowners gave Emir Smaykiewicz and his team at Greener Image Landscaping a wide swath of creative freedom to sculpt a landscape with vibrant color, as long as the patio and the driveway served the family’s outdoor needs in warm weather. “I traveled every square inch of that property,” Smaykiewicz says. “We gave them an outdoor living area they’ll use frequently.” A gas fire 106  New England Home  July–august 2016

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Set amid vibrant but groomed grounds, the stone patio offers an outdoor gathering spot perfect for warm summer nights or cooler evenings around the custom fire pit. FACING PAGE, TOP: Featuring built-in trundle beds, the boys’ bunkroom is an ode to the interior of a ship. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Neutral, beachy tones and glamorous accents make for a soothing master bedroom sanctuary.

pit adds ambience on summer nights and warmth as the weather cools. Rather than a wood deck or asphalt driveway, Smaykiewicz chose more-natural-looking stone: ­Beacon Hill flagstone for the patio and walkway, Unilock pavers in the driveway, and bluestone to soften the fieldstone foundations. “There’s a lot of driveway space, because when they do have people there, there are a lot of cars,” he notes. But, he adds, the terraced yard structure deliberately lessens the prominence of the driveway. Across the property, peonies, boxwoods, and hydrangeas bloom in lush color that plays off the blues and reds inside.

Across the property, peonies, boxwoods, and hydrangeas bloom in lush color that plays off the blues and reds inside. As visitors move toward the house via a walkway flanked with a colorful array of shrubs and perennials, they might notice a small sign that welcomes them to the front porch. It says, simply, “Days Like This.” In this dreamy getaway, it’s easy to imagine that every day approaches perfection. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 186. july–august 2016  New England Home 107

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Stacy Kunstel

A contemporary Martha’s Vineyard home nods to the island vernacular even as it stands as a playful, colorful celebration of personal style.

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Mindful that this is a beach house, the interior designer took comfort and durability into consideration, choosing a sofa in outdoorrated terrycloth. FACING PAGE: The dining and living rooms are separated by a low-lying, built-in buffet, which enables the fireplace to be visible from the dining table.

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on the south-facing side of the house offers shade in the summer but lets warmth in during winter. Granite slabs set into the grassy slope act as modern stepping stones. The owners had a sustainable bent in mind, hence the addition of a green roof; the skylights let light into the foyer and the pod, just inside the entryway. Native grasses keep the landscape plan casual. The entry stairs pay homage to the stone walls that are a big part of the Vineyard’s history and character.

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rchitect Mark Hutker likes to name the houses he creates, and this one on Martha’s Vineyard he playfully dubbed the “Up Over Between” house. While these words may sound like three simple directives from a children’s book, in fact, they unlock the keys to a complex—and thoughtful— architectural feat.

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“It was important to make sure the furnishings relate to the architecture,” says designer Pepe Lopez, who designed a teak table to complement the pod. FACING PAGE: A Warhol dress that the owner had in her closet is a perfect decorative counterpart to the modern stairs, which are fabricated from bronze, teak, and laminated glass.

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chairs (in vivid aqua) started turning everyone’s wheels on to the use of strong color,” according to Lopez. “I’m a color girl!” says the wife. The “up” was a necessity. As Hutker tells it, when he and his clients first visited the site—an empty lot a half-mile from where the new homeowners had rented for years—he retrieved a ladder from the roof of his truck to scope out the views over the existing

wetland vegetation, all protected conservation land. A clear view to the ocean beyond made certain that the living area would need to be raised about six feet above ground and accessed by a staircase. But it wouldn’t be just any staircase. Hutker conceived a crescendoing entry stair that he says would mimic “the wonderful tradition of agrarian stone walls on Martha’s Vineyard.” A half-flight from the parking court deposits visitors at the front door; ascending further up leads to a green roof and breathtaking views of the ocean. From here—and this is where the “over” comes in—one can walk clear across the roof and descend the stone wall steps on

“The window walls slide to the left and the right to connect the room to the landscape,” explains Hutker, who set the horizontal muntins high and low to spare the view. TOP RIGHT: The glass chandelier seems to float above the dining table. BOTTOM RIGHT: The owners suggested the woven panels on the buffet dividing the dining and living rooms.

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the south side of the house to a terrace dotted with chairs and umbrellas and boasting a lap pool. The “between” refers to the glassed-in living space—kitchen, dining room, living area, and sitting room— that are bookended by the stone walls Project Team

Mark Hutker, Hutker Architects Pepe Lopez, Pepe Lopez Design Builder: Martha’s Vineyard Construction Company Landscape design: Kris Horiuchi, Horiuchi Solien Architecture:

Interior design:

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BELOW: Modern white leather stools pull up to the kitchen island. RIGHT: Translucent sliding panels mean the prep area can be closed off or opened to a view of the fireplace.


a fine line between having it be interesting and also comfortable because we’re at the beach,” says the wife. “I can’t do boring!”

(another five-foot-wide stone wall clads the chimney). The clever contemporary design also essentially creates two private wings. The west wing, to the right of the entry stairs, houses the two sons’ bedrooms on the top floor and a pool room, TV area, mudroom, and garage below. The east wing features the master suite on the ground floor and the husband’s office and wife’s art studio above. In addition to the walls that anchor the property firmly in the Vineyard vernacular, the architect used was he calls “a distilled palate of exterior materials—cedar, bronze, glass, stone, 116  New England Home  july–august 2016

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zinc—each chosen to guard against the saltwater environment and age gracefully over time.” Some of these key materials find their way indoors as well. Hutker explains that, for consistency, anything exposed structurally is made of bronze, from the stair rails to the fireplace to the columns that line the sliding window-wall in the main living quarters. Teak, too, gets a lot of play; it’s used for the built-ins, and vertical cedar boards line the oblong pod just inside the entryway. The pod, which houses a powder room, coat closet, and small vestibule, serves a couple of design purposes: it provides private space and defines living areas in an otherwise open, glass room, and its soft

tilt toward the living room naturally guides the flow of traffic in that direction, explains Hutker. When it came to choosing furniture and fixtures, the wife took charge: “I can’t do boring!” she says. She collaborated with New York–based designer Pepe Lopez on a contemporary interior that is anything but boring. It all started with the two patent-leather chairs in a vivid aqua hue, the stars of the living room, which the owner spotted in a New York showroom. “Those chairs started turning everyone’s wheels on to the use of strong color,” says Lopez. “It’s good to have a point of departure.” Looking for a complementary hot shade, they gravitated toward a bright pink, a favorite of the wife. july–august 2016  New England Home 117

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on the owners’ list of must-haves. The house looks out over a lush wetlands conservation area to the sea beyond. From the pool area to the back terrace, the house offers plenty of options to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

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right: The theme of offsetting neutrals with bright colors continues in the master suite’s closet, which has custom shelves and cubbies to organize the wife’s belongings. BELOW: The bathroom off the pool room is marked by cheerful tile in a fun pattern. FACING PAGE: In the room adjacent to the pool, Lopez chose a bright aqua woven vinyl rug to tie in with the primary color palette and also to evoke water.

“I’m a color girl!” she says. The two colors lend a nice continuity to the open living space, drawing the eye from the bold toss pillows in the living room to the modern Saarinen chairs that flank the custom dining table. Even the sitting room flaunts pink pillows, and Lopez also chose a bright aqua woven-vinyl rug for the pool terrace. Lopez also incorporated yellow as an architectural accent. The vertical boards on the pod are spaced a half-inch apart, and the gaps between the boards are painted yellow. A similar color reappears in the living room rug. Not only did the designer use color as a way to soften the edges and angles of the modern architec-

ture, he also introduced texture and shape for the same effect: note the elliptical dining table and the French modernist chairs in the living room, the latter discovered by the owners on a trip to Paris. Wood, in the form of built-ins, was incorporated as a softening mechanism, and as a means of delineating certain areas in the open floor plan. The buffet that separates the dining room from the living room was designed low so as not to interrupt the visual flow, while the kitchen cabinetry has sliding translucent door panels to expose the space or not, depending on the mood and the occasion. The goal in the kitchen was modern but warm, says Lopez. Designer Christine Ingraham was brought in to collaborate on the custom-dyed veneer cabinetry. Given that the kitchen is visible from the rest of the living space, the designers wanted the cabinets to read like furniture. Once all the furnishings and built-ins were in place, the wife took over, sprinkling thoughtfully placed personal effects throughout. “All of the decorative touches spring from her own ideas,” credits Lopez, from the woven panels on the buffet dividing the dining and living rooms to the blown-glass light fixture by the stairs to the large-format artwork by the fireplace. And the Warhol Campbell’s Soup dress by the stairs? “I had that for years in my closet,” she says. She sums up her vision for the house: “There’s a fine line between having it be interesting and also comfortable because we’re at the beach,” she says. “It’s a sophisticated house, but I infused it with humor and interesting little details throughout.” And therein lies its success, both architecturally and aesthetically speaking: Up Over Between. And definitely not boring. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 186.

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The wife’s choice of the cadet-blue trim color is just one of the unique touches in this house. The lofty garage holds a second-level guest suite complete with kitchenette. Landscape designer Susan Saunders’s rich tapestry of trees and plantings, including spirea, viburnum, and fragrant clethra, enhances the front entrance. 122  New England Home  july–august 2016

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ABOVE: A cedar ceiling elevates the front porch,

as do lanterns from designer Robin Pelissier’s home decor boutique, Robin’s Nest. TOP AND BOTTOM LEFT: The impeccable craftsmanship is evident throughout, from the elaborate shingling and fanciful brackets to the bull’s-eye glass in the exterior doors. “This project was an unbelievable collaboration,” says builder Stephen Sullivan. “Everybody involved took pride in their work and the owner’s appreciation made it all worthwhile.”

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ith its gambrel roof and smallpaned windows, this picturesque, Shingle-style home nods to New England’s grandest summer cottages. And just as in those landmark buildings, the craftsmanship is meticulous and the attention to detail remarkable. The similarities end there, however: this is a thoroughly modern home, designed for a

decidedly twenty-first-century family. Born out of the idea that family gatherings needn’t be restricted to holidays, this southern Rhode Island retreat highlights togetherness and recreation whenever time allows. “Our idea was to create a great enticement with every imaginable fun thing, all the options we could think of, for our three grown kids and maybe someday grandkids,” says the husband. july–august 2016  New England Home 125

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Architect Nancy Leslie and builder Stephen Sullivan have devised, as charged, a resortlike paradise that would be nearly impossible not to enjoy. The glorious site is a perfect match for the architect’s design, which, as she explains, “uses the house, garage, and pool house to act as fencing for the pool.” Swimmers in the infinity pool on the south side are not only protected, but also have the impression they’re

Architect Nancy Leslie devised a sightline that races from the front door through the dining room and out to the view. The Dana Creath lanterns above the table “create the feeling of sheltering umbrellas,” says Pelissier. FACING PAGE: The foyer reveals an artful tile inlay as well as a staircase with hand-turned newel posts and balusters.

merging with the nearby Potter’s Pond. The topography was hilly (the result of long ago glacial activity), so Leslie cleverly leveled the yard of the previously existing house and forged a basement walkout on the new building’s west side. This is the level where the husband has his “man cave,” as he proudly labels it, complete with wine cellar, billiard table, mammoth TV, bar, and high-tech golf simulator. “It’s great to play Pebble Beach at night with our boys,” he says with a chuckle. The stellar surprises—including a distant view of july–august 2016  New England Home 127

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The walls of the family room glow with Benjamin Moore’s jewel-toned Ray of Light, a color that celebrates summer in the warm season, yet— especially when the limestone fireplace is lit— feels cozy in winter. The zippy zigzag pattern of the Stark area rug picks up on the texture of the woven Walters Wicker sofas.

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Block Island from the tower (“perhaps home to a future children’s playroom,” quips the husband)—aren’t evident all at once. Instead, they’re ingeniously incorporated here and there and found along the way. There’s a steam room and sauna, for example, tucked in the connector between the garage and pool house. There’s a bocce court, a pizza oven, and an outdoor stone shower that mimics a waterfall. To say that visitors are dazzled is an understatement. And then they discover that interior designer Robin Pelissier has fashioned an equally charming interior. In sync with the theme, rooms are light-filled and jubilant. To launch the happy tempo, the foyer sports

Shapely Palacek stools in a zesty fabric add energy to the quiet blue-and-white palette of the kitchen. RIGHT: In the sitting area of the open kitchen, Kravet club chairs covered in an inviting Robert Allen floral cozy up to a fireplace with a surround of metallic tiles.

salmon-colored walls. There’s a zebra runner zipping up the handsome staircase and a circle of inlaid tile punctuating the floor. Like a compass rose, the decoration points the way forward to the dining room, where the Phillip Jeffries wallcovering is as blue as the pool. French doors flung open frame a cinematic view. No one hurries. Meals are leisurely due to the setting and the furnishings: a hefty Clubcu table that sits sixteen and comfortable upholstered chairs. In lieu of a formal living room—where’s the fun in that?—the owners anticipated a more casual space. “They were after super-loungey,” Pelissier says. To that end, walls are a sunny yellow (as are the leather chairs), sofas are wicker with royal-blue cushions clad in a durable Perennials fabric, and the custom coffee table is ample enough for crowds. On warm

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“You can’t really push the envelope with these clients, because they’re already so receptive and willing,” Pelissier says admiringly.

afternoons, ceiling fans stir the breeze. On snowy weekends, a fire blazes on the mighty Italian limestone hearth. “You can’t really push the envelope with these clients, because they’re already so receptive and willing,” Pelissier says admiringly. “They come to the table with experience and opinions.” They are, in fact, an ideal team: the husband’s interests lie in architecture, while the wife is a whiz at choosing colors and patterns. Under her direction, the kitchen’s tiled backsplash has been given a Moroccan flair. And she and Pelissier didn’t hesitate for a second when they decided to pair Urban

Project Team

Nancy Leslie, Leslie Architects Robin Pelissier, Robin Pelissier Interior Design Builder: Stephen Sullivan Landscape design: Susan Saunders, Susan Saunders Landscape Design Architecture:

Interior design:

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The master bath floor riffs on one found at the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca—a favorite stopover for the owners. “I love tile,” says the husband. Archaeology pendants and graphic stools with club chairs in a floral Robert Allen fabric. The chairs cozy up to a fireplace adorned with metallic tiles, and there’s an oversized desk topped with red Silestone. The jovial mix provides “temperature-controlled sensibility,” the designer says. The kitchen— like the entire house—comes across as “warm in the winter and cool in the summer.” The upstairs landing, where an upholstered chaise meant for two is parked, is possibly the most popular

ABOVE LEFT: The daughter’s bedroom beguiles with stripes and florals and a romantic palette of blue and lilac. ABOVE RIGHT: A tête-à-tête upholstered in a catchy Clarke & Clarke fabric turns the upstairs landing into a reading nook. FACING PAGE: In the master bath, the husband’s grooming area includes pendants from Visual Comfort, sconces by Robert Abbey, and an antique slipper chair.

and certainly the most romantic oasis for reading. But the master bedroom features a generous window seat, with bookshelf below, that practically demands a rainy afternoon and a novel. Still, there’s also a motorized TV hidden discreetly in the chest at the foot of the bed. After all this, no one is surprised that the master bath raises the bar forever on how to satisfy both husband and wife. With twin console sinks and commodes, the spacious room provides grooming areas and privacy for each. It’s all made better, too, by a classic Schumacher wallcovering in charcoal and white. The stunning floor riffs on one found at the

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CLOCKWISE FROM right: A pergola shades the pool house dining area. A pond view is an added bonus in the pretty pool area. The columns on the second level have a bamboo-inspired shape. Snazzy umbrellas mark the poolside sitting area. Architect Nancy Leslie designed the hardscape, including the basket-weave pool surround. Coping around the pool and spa combines three shades of blue tile.

Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca—a favorite stopover for the owners. “I love tile,” admits the husband, who points out with enthusiasm that the tile in every one of the home’s baths is different. Along with her own royal bath, the couple’s daughter claims a beguiling bedroom. Her storybook iron bed has a backdrop of jaunty cabana-striped wallpaper, while her curtains are the color of lilacs. Sweet chests of drawers by Gabby double as nightstands, and each is topped with a feminine lamp. In warm weather, of course, everyone is outdoors. A day spent poolside (a surround of pale Sandy Point granite ensures that feet won’t get too hot) is blissful. But there’s also relaxing on the porch, boating, or table tennis. Even simply claiming a chair to reflect on all the lovely plantings, many of them native, introduced by landscape designer Susan Saunders, is heaven. And just wait until nightfall, when one more outrageously irresistible feature can be enjoyed: like Boston’s Prudential Building, the tower’s LEDs glow different colors according to the occasion. For this loving family, there’s no better occasion than when all hands are present. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 186. 134  New England Home  july–august 2016

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Perspectives New England design considered from every angle




What could be better than a summer evening dining under the stars? These colorful plates and platters make every meal a party.


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1. Pesci Platter Darby Road Home, Waltham, Mass., (781) 899-6900,

2. Talavera Serving Platter Kitchen Outfitters, Acton, Mass., (978) 263-1955,

3. ​Oasis Melamine Platter​ Greentail Table, Newton, Mass., (617) 244-3510,

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Style Scheme Leslie Fine knows what it takes to create an elegantly casual family room that warmly welcomes an endless parade of summer guests.

Andante Plain Recamier

Optic Marble Cluster

“Curl up with your favorite summer cocktail on this versatile and cozy recamier. Just one glance at the ocean-themed pillow, and you’ll feel like you’re sitting on the beach.”

“The handcrafted globes of this chandelier by John Pomp create an ambience perfect for a summer night. It adds a focal point to the room and displays striking shadows.” Studio 534, Boston Design

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Diptyque Candle “The Roses candle welcomes all visitors with its refreshing floral scent, and makes a nice finishing touch to this congenial room.” Bloomingdale’s, Chestnut Hill, (617) 630-6000,

Innovations Nagano Wallpaper Keith Fritz’s Trio Occasional Table “This table can be used in traditional and modern settings. It complements the upholstered recamier and serves as a functional side table, completing this family room.” M-Geough, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412,

“Nagano wallpaper in Sesame beautifully accents all of the pieces in the room. The textured look is refined and graceful.” Webster & Co., Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660,

Mulder 3 Rug “Light and airy woven area rugs are just the thing you need to set the tone for a summer home. This Steven King piece keeps the room elegant and grounded.” Steven King, Boston Design Center, (617) 426-3302,

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for energy-efficient homes for people of limited financial resources. You’ve often spoken of the need to “recalibrate” design. How does this apply to high-end residential homes?


Wonderful new designs have emerged in New England largely based upon our Shingle-style traditions and reflective of our connectedness to natural environments. However, at the same time, we have seen less innovation in energy usage, in transportation support, our use of interior furnishings, and even in our support of regional art and craft. Many of the homes do not draw upon the regional, artistic, and cultural consciousness that is distinctive to New England. While the exteriors may reflect regional aesthetics, the interiors often do not. There could be more of a commitment to supporting our talented local artisans and fine artists, and reflecting more of our New England consciousness.


Architect, attorney, and former president of Boston Architectural College Ted Landsmark says New England is poised to undergo some much-needed planning, design, and architectural changes. INTERVIEW BY ROBERT KIENER

You have said that design is failing us. What do you mean by that?


There are failures at both the macro and the micro scale. For example, we are not using design to address and mitigate the issues of climate change, coastal resilience, and the absence of transportation systems to keep up with the huge growth and development in Boston and other coastal cities. At the micro scale, we are failing to prepare for an aging population and the emergence of millennial families with needs for their children. We are at a crisis point in not applying what we know about good design toward improving living conditions in our cities and around the world. It is disturbing that some really

important technological advances have been made in design, but we see far too few applications of them when we plan our cities or homes.


Are architects partly to blame?

We have tended to celebrate the work of individual architects whose signature buildings satisfy the branding and egoistic needs of large corporations or private individuals without applying that same skill set toward communities that need affordable housing, better housing for seniors and children, and improved access to parks and waterfronts. We have celebrated the high-rise residential skyscrapers that have sprouted in New York and Boston and other major cities without providing sufficient incentives

Exactly. We can take advantage of many of the technological developments that are emerging from our universities, the fabrics coming out of MIT’s new Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the new window systems coming out of our design schools, and the ways we think about energy efficiency. We can apply those to a much greater extent in our high-end homes in much the same way that architects did so in Boston and in places like Lexington and Lincoln in the late 1950s and 1960s, when designers and residents came together to do something innovative.


Are you optimistic about the future of design?

I am extremely optimistic. An emerging generation of planners and designers is thinking about resilience and coastline development, reducing the use of single automobiles, developing mass transit, and creating cultural centers that are attractive to young families. If you look at the kinds of projects our schools are posting on their websites, there is much more of an inclination to see projects that serve the needs of communities rather than the kinds of egocentric, signature buildings that we saw fifteen years ago. •


Five Questions

So home design needs to be more forward-looking?

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Recent reads in the world of design Reviews bY Paula m. Bodah

Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens New England is well represented in Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens. The hardcover Taylor book, with 200-plus pages of lush photography by Curtice Taylor, is a celebration of a rich tradition of landscape design in the U.S. and of the dedicated stalwarts who have worked to recover threatened gardens all around the country. Caroline Seebohm’s text delves into the history of each garden and describes the often heroic efforts that led into their restoration. Seven New England gardens are among the thirty showcased, and these run the design gamut from the formal SaintGaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, to the exuberant Blithewold Gardens in Bristol, Rhode Island, from the Giverny-inspired Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, to the mossy glory of the Charles Richards Garden on Great Wass Island, Maine. All the gardens— large or small, urban or rural, simple or lavish, calming or energizing—have in common their historical and horticultural importance and their many years of providing pleasure to those lucky enough to gaze upon them. Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens, $50, The Monacelli Press,

Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques Antiques—whether inherited or purchased—are, in the words of author Susan Sully, “silent storytellers, recounting narratives we know by Sully heart as well as mysteries we will never fathom.” As such, we value them—revere them, even—but incorporating them in our lives can be problematic. We may treasure Aunt Edna’s silver tea set, but have no idea where it fits in our contemporary Boston apartment or our transitional suburban house. In Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques, Sully addresses that dilemma by offering examples of homes of every style around the country that blend old and new in ways that are often surprising and always successful. Among a handful of New England houses, the book includes a Connecticut home with a kitchen that mixes vintage French textiles, art deco chairs, a pressed-tin ceiling, and modern industrial pendant lamps to brilliant effect. Pages of rooms decorated by antiques collectors and dealers as well as interior designers offer a multitude of ideas for creating traditioninspired interiors that breathe life into treasured old things. Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques, $45, The Monacelli Press,

The Art of Classical Details II: An Ideal Collaboration Phillip James Dodd opens his new book, The Art of Classical Details II: An Ideal Collaboration, with a reference to America’s most famous fictional and real-life architects, Howard Roark (of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead) and Frank Lloyd Wright. Dodd Dodd, an architect based in Greenwich, Connecticut, notes that Roark and Wright exemplified the idea of the architect as lone genius, god-like designer of every aspect of the houses his clients should feel privileged to live in. The most successful homes, however, are the product of what Dodd says is an all-too-rare collaboration between architect, builder, and interior and landscape designers, and his book celebrates those alliances. The photographs of some of the finest examples of contemporary classical architecture around the United States and in England that fill this hefty book delight the eyes. But this is more than a fine piece of “real estate porn.” A series of insightful essays by design professionals, including a good handful from here in New England, makes this a good read, too. The Art of Classical Details II: An Ideal Collaboration, $70, Images, 144  New England Home  july–august 2016

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Before & After A forward-thinking couple saves a grand old home from the wrecking ball.


BY Paula m. Bodah

remained intact. A closer look, however, revealed rotting wood and rickety railings, peeling paint and ramshackle shutters. The landscaping, such as it was, was overgrown. And let’s not even talk about the inside. Architect Frank Shirley says with understatement, “For


Overgrown landscaping and general disrepair can’t disguise the stately nature of the house. The ground-level deck and the tennis court were removed, and the land regraded to make way for the stone-clad garage and matching retaining walls. The new front landscaping plans give the refreshed home the drama it merits.

the last twenty-five years, the owners had deferred maintenance.” Those owners planned to demolish the structure and subdivide the sizable property. What a stroke of luck for the old dwelling, then, when a couple heard of its planned fate and stepped in to buy it. With Shirley as their architect and Landmark Services as general contractor, the new homeowners brought the old house back to life. Inside, the team redesigned the interior, giving the first floor a modern, open plan and installing state-of-the-art mechanicals. Outside, rotted wood, roof shingles, railings, windows, and shutters were replaced or repaired as needed. “The house is big and long, and it didn’t have a garage,” Shirley relates. “We didn’t want to add to the volume, and I despise garage doors that open to the front elevation.” His clever solution: remove the deck and the dilapidated tennis court and dig out the land to put in a belowgrade garage with a stone-floored rooftop terrace. Landscape architect Sean Papich’s design gives the stately home the drama and presence it deserves. “We reconfigured the loop drive to give it more pure formal geometry, and to allow for better circulation,” he says. The circular drive is punctuated with a formal, geometric garden with granite edging and crushed stone walkways and plantings of boxwood and shrub roses.

Top: COurtesy Frank Shirley Architects (3); Left: Randy O’Rourke (2)

➼ The Georgian Revival in Westwood, Massachusetts, had changed little in the years since it was built in the early 1900s. Corinthian columns still supported the gracious portico, the roof balustrades still stood, and the classic shell detail above the second-story center windows

Project team

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top of the line. One client found stools on Crate & Barrel’s site for $300 apiece, while the ones Elle spec’d cost four times as much. So the client went for the Crate & Barrel. They didn’t last, and the client ended up getting rid of them and purchasing the ones Elle had suggested in the first place. “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” goes the famous New Yorker cartoon. No one knows—until they get it home. ///

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ransparency, transparency, transparency: now, more than ever, we want to know what’s going on. Not the appearance of what’s going on, but what’s really going on. Is that handsome, silver-haired politician merely the tool of lobbyists? Is that proud, global-thinking auto executive cheating at every opportunity? Transparency is craved, too, in the world of design. “Clients today are demanding a higher level of transparency when we specify and procure,” says designer Donna Elle of Nantucket, Massachusetts. “This is a real change from just a few years ago. They value my time and are willing to pay for it on an hourly basis, while getting charged the designer’s net prices. The cost-plus environment just seems to be working so much better. Especially now, when the Internet leaves so many clients confused, leading them into all kinds of errors regarding scale, quality, and color.” Counter stools Elle seem to trip up many clients these days, including Elle’s. Despite the fact that the stools will end up in a $6 million home, Elle says her clients are often aghast at the prices from the Swaims, the Thibauts, and others at the

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Jennifer Bardsley of Hingham, Massachusetts,

is also seeing clients who get lured into the “no-fit” jam. The thrill of hunting something down without a designer’s help sours quickly. “One of my clients made a move to Marblehead from the Hingham Shipyard,” said Bardsley. “She had purchased on her own an open-stock chair, something that can be found almost anywhere. My role was to steer her gently away from doing this kind of e-commerce shopping. One of our most significant finds, as it turned out, was a beautiful, embroidered Kravet fabric called Quince, which I had made into sofa Bardsley pillows. Although pricey, those pil-

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washer behind Bedworks in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Back in the 1970s, Buster went to Washington, D.C., as a civil rights attorney, and then to the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires. That’s where he fell in love with the custom made—namely the Bolivian handicrafts he found in remote villages, and then sold on the beach in Rio. Settling ultimately in Cambridge, Buster decided to make Buster beds for what he saw as thoughtful Harvard/MIT types who would have the curiosity to appreciate what went into a quality piece. His firm joined a select group of small, high-quality manufacturers: Thos. Moser and The Door Store are thankfully still with us, but Charles Webb, Schilling, and Eastern Butcher Block, among others, are gone. (One of Bedworks’s subspecialties is repairing the webbing on Charles Webb’s beautiful beds and sofas.) As Donna Elle decries the increasing number of out-of-scale furnishings coming off the Internet, Buster sees a plague of “no-fits” affecting the entire design world. The piece looks good, but when the delivery guys get to the landing, they stop. There’s no way it will get up the stairs built by New England carpenters a century ago. “That’s why everything we make we make modular, using the latest technology: flat-nosed bolts and hex keys so that owners’ can easily disassemble their beds and move them,” Buster says.

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a purchase by a single client homeowner making that choice on her own is certainly understandable. How could she not, with all the clickable consumer “options” coming her way? The appearance of transparency, the chimera of trust and quality works efficiently in marketing. And usually, the inevitable letdowns and no-fits can be fixed. In January, architect Mark Connor, whose office is in Massachusetts’s Lexington Center, happened to attend a presentation on an upcoming, $8 million “Centerscape” plan that looked like an exercise in transparency, but in his view and the view of his wife and partner, Lee, was just the opposite. “Town planners had Mark Connor somehow ignored, or were unaware of the fact that Hideo Sasaki, widely considered the preeminent lee Connor landscape architect of midcentury America, had already designed it in the mid1960s, and done so beautifully,” says Connor. “One Sasaki thing that stood out right away was the plan to replace the brick sidewalks with cement.” Connor points out in one of his many counterpresentations to the citizenry: “True, bricks that are fifty years old are difficult

for wheelchairs, as are cement slabs. But the new wire-cut, tightly packed bricks have been proven in a recent Veterans Administration–sponsored study to be as, or more, vibration- free and ADAcompliant as concrete.” /// On the other hand, midcentury modern

has been getting a lot of respect from the clients of architect Gary Wolf of Boston. “While we can’t pretend that it’s still 1939—any more than we can pretend it’s 1775 when we’re updating a colonial house—we need to show great deference to the original design,” says Wolf, who was awarded coveted Fellowship status by the AIA. One textbook Internationalstyle house belonging to a Wolf client in Weston was, as is often the case with modern, too modest in size. No mudroom, no play/living room, no separate bedrooms for the kids, no upstairs laundry room. The house, originally designed by Edwin Goodell, a former president of the BAC, needed an addition. “The Wolf massing of the house was a sort of wedding-cake style, with the ground floor closest to the road, then a step back to the second floor, and yet another step back for the third,” Wolf explains. “Windows came together at the corners, effectively dematerializing the rooms from the inside.” But to simply extend the original siding for the addition would be disrespectful of Goodell’s 1939 design. “I decided to match all three of the original rooflines as well as the fenestration for the addition,” continues Wolf, “but I used siding that was very different from the flush, horizontal siding of the original, which was wood— though wood so finely detailed it looked more like metal. In contrast, we clad the addition in a rough reclaimed lumber. The effect was to make the older part of the house look even crisper and more modern.” And in the spirit of transparency, no one would be led to believe that the new footprint was anything but that—new. How such transparency, deference, and creativity will seep into the rest of society is anyone’s guess. •

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took home two Gold awards for a residential project in Cambridge and a small garden in Boston, while Katherine Field and Associates, of Newport, Rhode Island, won a Gold award for its work on a home in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

opened a second island location, nicknamed The Villager for its spot on North Water Street in downtown Edgartown. The new shop holds a trove of home accessories such as bed and bath linens, area rugs, lamps, candles, and tabletop, along with some smaller pieces of furniture. Lines represented include Peacock Alley, John Robshaw, Dransfield & Ross, and Visual Comfort, among others. » Valerie Williams has a long-standing

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celebrating its sixteenth year by opening a third shop. This newest addition to the Flora family—which includes Flora Style, a luxury women’s apparel and personal accessories boutique, and the original Flora Home store—allows an expanded look at owner Anne Burke Sadow’s artfully curated collections of home furnishings and decor, tabletop, home accessories, and other products for indoor and outdoor living. Interior designer Richard Sadow adds his talents to the mix with expanded design services available at the new location. All three Flora shops sit within walking distance of each other in the lovely coastal village of Padanaram, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. »

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love of design and an enduring ardor for the seaside village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, where she spent childhood summers. She has combined those two passions in Coastal 41º, a chic new shop in downtown Watch Hill. The boutique celebrates all things beachy, but in what Williams calls a “modern, coastal way,” and offers accessories and furnishings from a wide variety of vendors, including Dunes and D ­ uchess, Annie Selke and Pine Cone Hill, and Roost, along with pieces by New England coastal artists. » Happy tenth anniversary to Lucia Lighting & Design. Owner Lucy Dear-

born studied English and business in college, but a job with a lighting store sparked a passion that led her to open

and turned a photography hobby into a commercial photography career. Photographing vacation rental properties reminded her of her first love, and she recently opened her own interior design firm in Edgartown’s historic John Coffin House. Pyden specializes in revamping homes and decorating boutique hotels. » An imaginative, sophisticated nursery

by Blakely Interior Design won the “Most Creative Design” award at the 2016 Rhode Island Home Show’s Designer’s Showcase competition. Designer Janelle Blakely Photopoulos named her nursery “Have Hope,” playing on Rhode Island’s state motto, “Hope.” In keeping with the theme, she outfitted the space with a Blakely wallpaper called Wickford Willow, artist Deborah Sabo’s interpretation of a classic toile pattern, with scenes of the historic Rhode Island fishing village. • By Paula M. Bodah

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New England Home staff and clients as well as design community members gathered this spring in Cumar’s E ­ verett, Massachusetts, headquarters for a networking event amid the company’s beautiful marbles and granites. Cumar owner Ivo Cubi travels all over the world to collect special types of stone. Guests enjoyed beer and wine as they mingled and visited food stations that celebrated four of Cubi’s shopping destinations—Brazil, China, Italy, and India—catered by Max Ultimate Food.







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(1) Dawn Carroll of Cumar, Nathan McBride and Kevin Cradock of Kevin Cradock Builders, Michael D’Angelo of Michael D’Angelo Landscape Architecture, and Kevin McLaughlin of McLaughlin Upholstering (2) David Boronkay and Abigail Messenger of Slocum Hall Design Group with Greg Dorn and Paul Bunis of Boston Stone Restoration (3) New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner and Ryan Nevidomsky of Frank Shirley Architects (4) Jon Pate of Pate Landscape Architecture and Doug Dick of LDa Architecture & Interiors (5) Ivo and Carlotta Cubi of Cumar with New England Home’s Kathy BushDutton (6) Claire Federman of Sewfine Drapery Workroom, Sandy Maliszewski and Georgina Ryan-Rao of Somerset Home, and New England Home’s David Simone (7) Italian-inspired appetizers at one of the four themed food areas (8) Joanne

DiFrancesco of JD Communications, Bill Madden and Greg Lombardi of Gregory Lombardi Design, and Robert Bagshaw of Stark (9) Ted Renda of 360 Sports & SynGrass with Cumar’s Carlotta Cubi (10) Alan Mayer of Mayer + Associates Architects, Shelly Harrison of Shelly Harrison Photography, and Scott Buquor of Mayer + Associates Architects

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events, a number of which were sold out, guests from all over gathered to admire, explore, and discuss the vital role that design can play in our daily lives.





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Boston Design Week. With eighty-four

(1-2) “Designing the Modern Green Home,” at Circle Furniture (3-4) “Perfect Pairings: Creating the Ultimate Bathroom,” presented by Cumar at Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply (5-6) “Living Architecture,” a talk with Elodie Nourrigat, at the French Cultural Center (7) Touring the North Bennet Street School (8) Design for the Environment—A Sustainable Fair, at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University (9) Boston’s Avenue of the Arts: A Walking Tour of the City’s Premier Arts District, with Sasaki Associates (10–11) “An Evening with Elle Decor Editor-in-Chief Michael Boodro,” at Room & Board (12) John Meyer, Andra Birkerts, Bob Ernst, and Christina Van Houten, the panel members at Boston Design Week’s B/A/D Talk, held at the Sam Adams brewery (13) Chris Magliozzi, New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton, Billy Trifone, New England Home’s Adam Japko, and David Webster at the AD 20/21: Art & Design of 20th & 21st Centuries Gala Preview 158  New England Home  July–August 2016

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The EM Nari CotY awards recognize and celebrate the finest remodeling professionals in the eastern Massachusetts region. Hundreds of chapter members, industry professionals, and guests gathered together at the Clarke Showroom in Milford, Massachusetts, to present thirty-five awards to winners in nineteen categories.





Fun was had by all at the sixth annual B ­ ulfinch awards, hosted by the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The reception, dinner, dessert, and gala took place at the Harvard Club of Boston, to celebrate the region’s top work in architecture, interiors, and landscape design that is grounded in classical principles.


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Premru, and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner (3) Nancy Sadecki, Beth Newman, and Timothy Nolan (4) Gregory Lombardi (center) accepting his award from Sheldon Kostelecky (left) and David Andreozzi (right) (5) Debra LaPorte and Jason Harris (6) Enjoying the gala (7) Adrian Taylor with Alex and David Calligeros (8) Cesar Mont, Katie Nolan, Jim Golden, and Colby Mauke

Peter Feinmann with the Feinmann company’s four awards (2) Tommy Mitchell (3) Members of the Clarke team, who hosted the event (4) Tim Connors and New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton (5) The team from Adams + Beasley Associates with their four awards (6) Greg Premru with Julie and Halsey Platt (7) George Lellios, Lucy Dearborn, Mark Landry, and Karl Ivester







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The Junior League of Boston celebrated its Forty-fifth Anniversary Show House at the Nathaniel Allen House in Newton, Massachusetts. Before the 1854 house was opened to the public to view its rooms decorated by the area’s finest designers, special guests were welcomed for a preview party and gala.
















(1) Al Lagueux, Sally Wilson, and John Kelsey (2) Tristan Govignon with New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton and Kyle Hoepner (3) Lori

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and designers Sally Wilson and John Kelsey, of Wilson Kelsey Design, hosted a soiree where guests were treated to French wines, hors d’oeuvres, and other delicacies. The event included an illustrated talk by the designers about how to achieve the classic elements of French design in an American home.

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Arcari with Mally Skok, winner of the 2016 Designers’ Pineapple Award (2) Guests enjoying the awards presentation at the preview party (3) Ellen McGovern, Beezee Honan, Marc Murray, Bob Ernst, Vani Sayeed, Peter Griffin, Faith Witte, and Bobby Ernst, in “La Belle Cuisine” designed by Vani Sayeed Studios (4) Susan Moussalli and Pam Berutti, 2016 Show House co-chairs (5) Karen Walls, Gerald Pomeroy, and Scott Pumphret (6) David Webster and Shannon Kelly Gilmour (7) Pam Berutti and Susan Moussalli with Mally Skok

Yacovone, Polly Corn, and David Sutton (4) Chris Komenda, Bill Morton, and Nancy Sorensen (5) Paul Guitard and Pawel Gawedzki (6) Bill Burg, Peter Griglik, Tristan Govignon, and Jed Roth (7) Jane Jackson and Susan Weber (8) Laura Ciampa and Rob Ciampa

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the Antiques Diva, was joined by interior designer Gary M ­ cBournie and New England Home’s own Kyle Hoepner for a discussion at the Boston Design Center about the role of antiques in today’s homes. Guests enjoyed a meal hosted by Josh Steinwand of Studio 534 and catered by Flour Bakery.

welcomed guests into its store in Boston’s South End to celebrate the introduction of its newest line of furniture, the “new Nordic” look of Muuto. Partygoers enjoyed delicious Greek food provided by KAVA Neo-Taverna, as well as libations by Central Bottle Wine + Provisions. A lucky raffle winner also took home a Muuto fiber chair.


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(1) The Lekker team (2) Thomas H. Egan and 10 Rebecca Abrams (3) Natalie van Dijk Carpenter and Curt Carpenter (4) Lisa Kreiling and Linsey Wyman (5) Peter Bonnén (6) Party music was provided by DJ Brek.One (7) Stephen O’Connor, Marcus Hamblin, Steve Loridas, and Maura O’Malley (8) Natalie van Dijk Carpenter with David Hacin (9) Barry DeCosta and Bob Nicoson (10) Guests browsing the showroom (11) Moira Manning and Tricia Rose






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July 12–17 The Brimfield Antique Show is considered one of the premier antiques and flea markets in the country. Visit the show this summer and see what all the hoopla is about! The show features more than 6,000 dealers selling everything from funky collectibles to fine antiques. Show hours and admission vary depending on field and venue location. Brimfield, Mass., Sandwich Private Garden Tour

Newport Flower Show: Gilded, from June 24 through June 26

JUNE Importing Splendors: Luxuries from China

Through September 20 The Peabody Essex Museum’s renowned Chinese export collection is on display in this comprehensive exhibit. The collection includes furniture, decorative objects, and art created by Chinese artists in the 18th and 19th centuries. Salem, Mass., (978) 745-9500, Andrew Wyeth: Maine Temperas and Watercolors

Through November 20 This exhibit features watercolors and temperas by Maine’s iconic artist Andrew Wyeth. Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, (207) 596-6457, ­ Newport Flower Show: Gilded

June 24–26 Celebrate the Gilded Age at historic Rosecliff mansion. The show will feature presentations by floral designer Bruno Duarte, as well as interior designer and avid gardener Bunny Williams. There will also be floral designs, garden displays, and plenty of shopping opportunities. Several social events surround the show, including a festive opening-night party on Friday and a Sunday Champagne and jazz brunch. Admission for the show is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Tickets for the keynote lectures and social events can be purchased on the Newport Mansions website. Rosecliff, Newport, R.I., (401) 847-1000, Rockport in Bloom

June 24–25 Tour ten of Rockport’s most beautiful private gardens along the Massachusetts coast, from Pigeon Cove to the South

End of Rockport. The gardens represent a variety of styles, from coastal cozy to a self-sustaining garden with chickens and bees. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $25. Rockport, Mass., The Annual OIA Garden Tour

June 25 Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Orleans at the annual Orleans Improvement Association Garden Tour. Local musicians as well as plein air painters will be on hand for additional entertainment. After-tour receptions will be held at local galleries from 4 p.m.–6 p.m. Advance tickets are available online or at Snow’s, Friend’s Marketplace, and Agway. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 the day of the tour. Tickets will be on sale the day of the tour at the Nauset Regional Middle School Greenhouse, 70 Route 28, Orleans, Mass.,

JULY Coastal Haven Designer Show House

July 2–29 Tour a historic Joppa neighborhood home painstakingly renovated and modernized for today’s luxury living. North Shore–area interior designers have decorated the rooms to showcase the home’s unique historic features as well as the latest design trends.Open Mondays 1 p.m.–4 p.m., Tuesdays–Sundays 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $25. 284 Water Street, Newburyport, Mass., (978) 462-2681, Garden Conservancy Open Days Manchester, Vermont

July 9 Four stunning private gardens in Manchester will be open to the public through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. $7 per garden. ­

July 13 Take a self-guided stroll through the beautiful private gardens of Sandwich at this much anticipated annual event. Visit the Green Briar Nature Center for refreshments following the tour. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $5 per garden. Green Briar Nature Center, East Sandwich, Mass., (508) 888-6870, ­ Rock River Artists Studio Tour

July 16–17 This annual tour, now in its 24th year, explores the breathtaking scenery and artwork surrounding Newfane, Vermont. Begin your tour at the Old South Newfane Schoolhouse, and then hit the road for a self-guided tour that takes you to the studios of 14 world-class artists. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (802) 348-7865, ­ Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Secret Garden Tour

July 17 Enjoy a day exploring some of the most beautiful gardens in Provincetown’s East End. After the tour you can enjoy a visit to the museum, as admission is included in the price of the garden tour. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; $40. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Mass., (508) 487-1750, Eighth Annual Nantucket Garden Festival

July 19–21 Gardening ethics, sustainability, and conservation will be the focus of this year’s Nantucket Garden Festival, which encompasses a variety of events, including garden tours, workshops, and family activities. Nantucket, Mass., (508) 2280427, Annual Camden House and Garden Tour

July 21 The annual house and garden tour provides you the opportunity to see some of

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the loveliest coastal homes and gardens in Camden, Maine. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $37.50 in advance, $40 the day of the tour. Nantucket Historic House and Kitchen Tour

July 21 Originally this tour featured kitchens exclusively, but the recently expanded event allows guests to view the entire house. This year’s tour will feature historic homes on Centre Street. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; $50. Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-1387, Newport Antiques Show

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July 22–24 Whether you are a serious collector or a casual enthusiast, the annual Newport Antiques Show is a must-see event. The show launches with a gala preview party on Thursday, July 21, and continues throughout the weekend. $15 per person; $20 for a three-day ticket, which includes admittance to the exhibit, a daily lecture, and the chance to shop at more than 40 booths from the country’s top antiques dealers. July 22 and 23, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; July 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Stephen P. Cabot and Archer Harman Ice Center at St. George’s School, Middletown, R.I., (401) 846-2669, ­ Wellfleet Historical Society’s Annual House Tour

July 24 This annual event has been on Cape Cod calendars for more than 40 years. The self-guided tour features a wide variety of Wellfleet homes, from contemporary to historical. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Wellfleet, Mass., (508) 349-2920, ­ 42nd Annual VADA Antiques Show

July 30–31 The annual show represents the best of Vermont antiques and dealers. $10. July 30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; July 31, 11 a.m. –4 p.m. Union Arena Community Center, Woodstock, Vt.,

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August 2–7 The popular Nantucket Antiques & Design show has been reimagined as Nantucket by Design. This expanded five-day event will feature lectures, social events, and an antiques show with offerings from some of the nation’s top antiques and art dealers. (508)

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228-1894, for a full schedule of events and ticket information. Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair

August 6–14 More than 350 New Hampshire craftspeople will display their work at this popular fair. Almost every type of medium is represented, including furniture, glass, pottery, prints, and woodcarvings, along with daily demonstrations and workshops for all ages. Enjoy the wares and meet the makers. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H., (603) 224-3375, 62nd Annual Nantucket House and Garden Tour

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August 10 This annual tour offers a glimpse into the island’s beautiful homes and gardens. This year’s tour features historic homes on Orange Street. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $50. Tickets sold at various island locations one week prior to the tour and at each participating house the day of the tour; free bus transportation from town. Nantucket, Mass., (508) 325-9979, ­ August Fête

August 11 This annual event celebrating the rich ­history of Nantucket architecture features homes on the island’s historic Main Street. After the tour enjoy a reception at the Richard Gardner II House. The reception will feature a silent auction, live music, caricature artist, and more. 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; $185 for general admission. Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-1387, 59th Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show


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August 11–13 Enjoy everything antique at this show, held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester and featuring more than 60 national exhibitors showcasing a wide range of items, from folk art to formal furniture. August 11, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., admission $15; August 12, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., admission $10; August 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., admission $10. Edited by Lynda Simonton Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please

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5 1. Bubble Bauble Employing classic Muranese glass-blowing techniques, Ogetti has created a contemporary lighting masterpiece. The Symphony of Light, Dedham, Mass., (800) 4497239,

2. Graphic Statement Kaza tiles from Walker Zanger marry the functionality of cement with hip 3-D design. Old Port Specialty Tile, Portsmouth, N.H., (207) 775-2238,

3. Fireball Put the finishing touches on your design project with the sparkling Meteorite collection from Samuel & Sons. The Martin Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2526,

4. Glamour Gal The Piper Commode, with luxe gold accents, clearly demonstrates Jan Showers’s glamorous take on design. Kravet, Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615,

5. French Flair World-renowned Parisian designer and architect Jean-Louis Deniot created the Celestite sofa as part of his new collection for Baker. Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876,

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5 4 1. Enlightening Light up a summer night with this rustic lantern from Pastiche of Cape Cod. West Barnstable, Mass., (508) 362-8006, pasticheofcapecod. com

2. Taking the Plunge The Avalon Tub has industrial-style good looks and plenty of room for splashing around. Ferguson, various New England locations,

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6 3. Under Foot This wool and silk rug, stylishly dubbed “Vogue in Grey,” is hand-knotted in and imported from Nepal. Bradford’s Rug Gallery, Portland, Maine, (207) 772-3843, bradfordsruggallery. com

4. Ottoman Empire Anichini’s Bodrum pillows are created with a textured brocade accented with shimmering metallic to add pure opulence to your home. Anichini, Quechee, Vt., (802) 281-6275,

5. Light Bright The vivid Art Lamp from Dana Gibson would be the perfect accent to a colorful children’s room. Chateau and Bungalow, Newport, R.I., (401) 619-1966, chateauandbungalow. com

6. Local Color Cecilia Walker’s snappy bespoke fabric collection is hand-printed right here in New England. Water & Main at the Market Stalls, Boston Design Center,

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2016 CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS Residential Kitchen Under $50,000 Gold Award: Masters Touch Design Build Silver Award: Harvey Remodeling, LLC Residential Kitchen $50,000-100,000 Gold Award: Amy McFadden Interior Design Silver Award: Thorson Restoration & Construction Residential Kitchen $100,001-150,000 Gold Award: Feinmann, Inc. Silver Award: Masters Touch Design Build Residential Kitchen Over $150,000 Gold Award: Platt Builders Silver Award: Adams + Beasley Associates Residential Bath Under $30,000 Gold Award: RI Kitchen & Bath Silver Award: RI Kitchen & Bath

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Residential Bath $30,000-60,000 Gold Award: Team of Barnes Building & Remodeling, Inc. & KitchenVisions LLC Silver Award: KitchenVisions LLC Residential Bath Over $60,000 Gold Award: Adams + Beasley Associates Silver Award: Mitchell Construction Group

GOLD AWARD WINNER Residential Kitchen Over $150,000

Residential Interior Gold Award: Feinmann, Inc. Silver Award: Carpenter & MacNeille Architects & Builders Residential Specialty Interior Gold Award: Audio Video Design Silver Award: Audio Concepts Residential Addition Under $200,000 Gold Award: Feinmann, Inc. Silver Award: Masters Touch Design Build Residential Addition $200,000 and Over Gold Award: Mitchell Construction Group Silver Award: Thorson Restoration & Construction Residential Exterior Gold Award: Mitchell Construction Group Residential Specialty Exterior Silver Award: Platt Builders Entire House Under $500,000 Gold Award: Red House Custom Building Silver Award: New England Design & Construction Entire House $500,000 and Over Gold Award: Mitchell Construction Group Silver Award: Adams + Beasley Associates Entire House – Condominium Gold Award: Essex Restoration Silver Award: Adams + Beasley Associates Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration Gold Award: JW Construction, Inc. Silver Award: Landmark Services, Inc. Commercial Project Silver Award: New England Shutter Mills Residential Basement Gold Award: Thorson Restoration & Construction Silver Award: Team of Encore Construction & GMT Home Designs, Inc.

A Contractor of the Year (CotY) award honors the work of the region’s finest remodeling professionals. Members of the Eastern Mass. Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) competed in 19 categories for the distinction. The awards presentation gala was held at Clarke in Milford. For information about your next project, or to find a remodeling professional, visit:

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Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England

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Designed by renowned Maine architect Carol A. Wilson, this

Hanover, New Hampshire, home is technically three buildings: a main residence, a spacious screened porch, and a two-story garage with woodshop and an artist’s studio over it. Wilson has described it in a more lyrical way, as a home that hovers “in the trees above a pristine pond . . . just below the spot where the Appalachian Trail crosses the south peak of Moose ROOMS: 9 Mountain.” 4 BEDROOMS It’s a dynamic structure 4 FULL BATHS from any angle, inspired by 1 HALF BATH the contours of its sloping 6,000 SQ. FT. site and designed to take $2,649,000 advantage of views and its southern exposure. It’s a contemporary gem, but more than that, it’s a celebration of sustainability and light. To minimize the

home’s environmental impact, Wilson used mostly recycled and energy-efficient materials; she spec’d photovoltaic solar panels, steel tube framing, and insulated concrete walls. In order to bathe the interiors with natural light, she used translucent fiberglass panels for the entry, porch, and studio roofs, floor-to-ceiling OSLO windows, and strips of translucent Kalwall embedded with millions of prismatic glass fibers. With an open plan that combines living, dining, and entertaining areas, a practical kitchen (with a micro-farm just outside a movable glass wall), four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a guest suite, and a home theater—not to mention a stunning enclosed porch that soars thirty feet above ground level—this is a singularly beautiful and tranquil property. Duly Noted: This home is secluded on twenty-one pristine wooded acres—but it’s not in the middle of nowhere. The property is just minutes away from the conveniences ➤ Continued on page 185

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COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS Private 9.41 acre peninsula with renovated 20,000±sf mansion, tennis court, swimming pool, skating pond, private beach and protected 112’ deep water dock create the ultimate waterfront living experience. Price Upon Request

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS Paradise Found. Three-bedroom, four-bath, three private 16' x 5' balconies. Water views from every room. 4 deeded garaged parking. 24/7 Concierge. $8,600,000

Jonathan P. Radford | J. 617.335.1010

Lisa Macalaster | L. 617.429.9939

BOSTON, BEACON HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Designed by Charles Bullfinch, c. 1805, this architectural significant and historic residence comprises grand reception rooms, soaring ceilings, original fireplaces, 8,000sf± of living space and a spectacular garden. $8,500,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Sought-after West Newton Hill home offering grand open spaces, 12,000+ sq. ft. of living space, luxurious kitchen, custom details, dramatic stone fireplace and media room. $5,880,000

Jonathan P. Radford | J. 617.335.1010

Deborah M. Gordon | D. 617.974.0404

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Penthouse duplex at Flagship Wharf with harbor views, walls of glass, wrap-around terraces, 14 rooms, 4 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, 24-hour concierge and 4 garage spaces. $5,850,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Majestic new shingle style home set on 2.66 acres with superb details, 3 levels, custom chef’s kitchen, 5 en suite bedrooms, bar, terraces, space for pool/tennis court. $5,788,000

Lili Banani | L. 617.407.0402

Diana Chaplin | D. 781.354.9010

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular new construction ready to customize set on 2.5 acres featuring 13 rooms, 5 bedrooms, stone fireplace, chef’s kitchen, finished lower level and 3-car garage. $5,750,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Secluded 8,000+ sq. ft. Manor set on a 6.7 acre Kingdom Lot offering stunning design, open floor plan, soaring great room, 6 bedrooms, in-law suite and 4-car garage. $4,368,000

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen | K. 781.507.1650

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen | K. 781.507.1650

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning new construction. Private 2.6 acre prime Southside estate setting. 9500 sq. ft. 6 bedrooms and 7 full baths, sunny finished walk out lower level with 9 ft. ceilings. Optional plans for swimming pool/tennis court. $4,290,000

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Masterfully constructed and designed contemporary home abutting conservation land featuring custom details, 6 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, exceptional outdoor kitchen and 3 car garage. $4,280,000

Diana Chaplin | D. 781.354.9010

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

CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS Gorgeous 3-level waterfront townhome with impressive views, 14 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4+ baths, 2 fireplaces, wine cellar, gym, terrace with Jacuzzi, plus 3 parking spaces. $3,999,000

MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Beautifully renovated home on desirable Fluen Point with unobstructed ocean views, four bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, pool, wraparound deck, plus association dock and beach. $3,875,000

Nikki Dinari & Anthony Menounos | N. 617.620.2611 | A. 781.910.8955

Mary Stewart & Heather Kaznoski | M. 781.820.5676 | H. 781.576.9288


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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. Designed with entertaining in mind. $3,750,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent English Tudor country home set on 4.85 acres with elegant rooms, 6 bedrooms, red birch millwork, cherry chef’s kitchen, brick terraces, pool and tennis court. $3,695,000

Jonathan P. Radford | J. 617.335.1010

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

MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Ocean & Island views! Classic turn of the century with state-of-the-art luxury, 5 bedroom, 5 ensuite bathrooms Peach’s Point seaside home with Association dock, beach, neighboring moorings. $3,495,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Set on a knoll, this newly appointed 5 bedroom colonial offers an open floor plan, fantastic kitchen/family room space and a convenient Southside commuter location. $3,288,000

Mary Stewart & Heather Kaznoski | M. 781.820.5676 | H. 781.576.9288

Diana Chaplin | D. 781.354.9010

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Historic Colonial, in estate setting with updated 14 room house, 5 room cottage and garage. Period details, 5 fireplaces and chef’s kitchen. Steps to Parkland and Town. $3,225,000

GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS Renovated oceanfront home with commanding views, gracious rooms surrounded by windows, stone fireplace, cook’s kitchen, huge deck, lovely master suite, and 2-car garage. $2,995,000

Brigitte Senkler & Amy Pasley | B. 508.935.7496 | A. 978.505.2652

Scott Smith | S. 617.750.2793

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LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exceptional shingle-style estate offering custom details, 5 bedrooms, 6 ½ baths, quarter sewn floors, radiant heat, 3 fireplaces, patio, and porch with built-in grill. $2,795,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS 1907 Colonial home offering 3 levels, period charm, formal rooms, 6 bedrooms, covered porch, eat-in kitchen, patio, wine cellar and garage. Minutes to MIT and Harvard. $2,780,000

Elizabeth Crampton | E. 781.389.4400

Deborah M. Gordon | D. 617.974.0404

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Superbly designed 2016 contemporary with unwavering quality, exquisite craftsmanship, high end finishes and appointments. Elegant and comfortable for today’s lifestyle. $2,595,000

MARBLEHEAD NECK, MASSACHUSETTS Shingle-style Colonial home with private setting, custom millwork, 17 rooms, 3 floors, 2 fireplaces, chef's kitchen, cathedral ceilings, 5 bedrooms, pool, patio and deck. $2,489,000

Jayne B. Friedberg | J. 617.899.2111

Mary Stewart & Heather Kaznoski | M. 781.820.5676 | H. 781.576.9288

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Historically significant residence offering 5 bedrooms, 3 levels, period details, fireplaces, distinctive moldings, new master bath, chef’s kitchen, and level grounds. $2,480,000

ROCKPORT, MASSACHUSETTS Artfully renovated South End residence offering expansive Atlantic Ocean views, 5 bedrooms, handcrafted details, open spaces, gardens, granite terrace, and 2-car garage. $2,395,000

Deborah M. Gordon | D. 617.974.0404

Scott Smith | S. 617.750.2793


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What it means to “Experience the J Barrett Difference”

Our Website Makes It Easy

Marblehead Neck


Offered at $2,395,000


Rare offering on 3.73 pastoral acres. Beautiful 5+ bedroom, 7-bath Colonial. Open floor plan, chef’s kitchen. Fireplaced Master, au pair. Pool, guest house, tennis court. Estate setting near commuter rail & beaches.

Offered at $3,000,000

Ocean and marsh views. Lovely 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath Contemporary on 2 acres. Large family room/fireplaced kitchen plus gracious sunroom and decks on upper level.

Mimi Pruett

The Cressy Team

The J Barrett & Company website is your “go-to” when you are looking for a new home. Our site offers easy and concise searches for the most current listings throughout the North Shore and Massachusetts - that includes weekly Open Houses and new residential developments right on our homepage. Whether it’s a first-time home, ocean front residence, equestrian property or investment opportunity, the J Barrett & Company website has everything you are looking for.

Offered at $6,500,000

‘Profile’. Beautifully renovated 7-bedroom, ca. 1900 Gambrel on 2.2 landscaped acres. Water views from every room. Open chef’s kitchen, fireplaced family room, Master Suite, home theatre. Pool, cabana.

Beverly Farms

Offered at $2,295,000

One-of-a-kind 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home blends sophistication of bygone eras and modern conveniences with custom craftsmanship throughout. Recent improvements: new mudroom and 2nd floor deck.

Mimi Pruett

Deb Evans “Experience the J Barrett Difference” isn’t just our motto – it’s our promise. - Jon Gray, President & CEO, Realtor®

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Direct oceanfront Victorian on 1.95 acres, beach access, imposing water views. Offers 7 bedrooms, 3 full, 3 half baths. Granite eat-in kitchen, detailed woodwork, 3rd floor recreation room.

Deb Evans & Deb Vivian

The Cressy Team

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Beverly Cove

Tucker Estate Manor House on 3.49 acres. Completely renovated with all custom finishes. 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 8 fireplaces, chef ’s kitchen, butler’s pantry. Extensive system upgrades. 6/1/16 4:00 PM

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Offered at $1,850,000

Direct Riverfront with deep water dock on Parker River. Offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Chef ’s granite kitchen, fireplaced dining room, office, screened porch, sun room, patio. 2-car garage.


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Josephine Baker


Offered at $1,495,000

Offered at $1,795,000

Views, Views! Contemporary on 2+ acres on marsh. 3 bedrooms, 2.5-bathrooms. Open floor plan, chef’s kitchen. 3rd floor living area. Radiant heated wood floors, garage, 1/3 deeded dock use.


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Offered at $1,595,000

Impeccably renovated Shingle-style hilltop home. Sweeping ocean views. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Bright rooms, cathedral ceilings. 1st- and 2nd floor master suites. Professional landscaping.

Patrica McCormick

Beverly Farms

Offered at $1,444,000

Lovely 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath Contemporary on pond surrounded by 31.73 acres. Suitable for pasture or farming. Abuts Willowdale State Forest, Elizabeth Howe Reservation. Separate Guest Cottage.

Lovely in-town property with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths; new kitchen and master suite. Offers detached garage and freestanding building with 2 one-bedroom apartments. Steady rental income.

Stately updated Colonial. Lovely landscaped grounds, in-ground pool. Classic formal rooms, period details. Renovated open country kitchen. Fireplaces in living and dining rooms and library.

Mimi Pruett

Mandy Sheriff

Holly Fabyan


Offered at $1,374,000

Hilltop Carriage House surrounded by woodlands. Large formal rooms with exposed beams. Open country kitchen, family room, 3-season sunroom and 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. 3 accessory structures.

Holly Fabyan


Offered at $1,325,000

Beverly Farms

Offered at $839,000

Stunning 4/5-bedroom, 5-bath, Shingle-Style home on 2.76 acres. Offers floating staircase, eat-in chef’s kitchen. 1st floor bedroom/office, full bath. Finished lower level. Lovely grounds.

Pristine 2010 Beverly Farms Colonial. 4-bedrooms, 2.5-baths. Custom open concept chef’s kitchen, fireplaced living room, formal dining room, family room. Exquisite 2nd floor master suite.

Shelly Shuka

Alle Cutler

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• Amazing sunrises, beachfront 4 bedroom/3+baths • New Construction; state of art amenities, 3 fireplaces • Living room with soapstone fireplace and 180º view • Fabulous master; spa-like bath, open to private deck • Custom marble kitchen; Sub Zero, Wolf 6 burner stove • 130’ sandy beach; moor your boat in front yard • Walkout lower level game room with bar, stone patio

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and culture of downtown Hanover, from Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. It really does offer the best of both worlds: the energy of an Ivy League college town, and the unparalleled natural beauty of the Connecticut River Valley and surrounding mountains. Contact: Celina Barton, Star Johnson, Realtor, Hanover, N.H., (603) 643-3942, MLS # 4493371

Back from the Brink /////////// What makes a home worthy of mention in these pages? Pedi-

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gree? Architectural significance? Rags-to-riches backstory? Yes, yes, and yes. This faithfully restored Nantucket home, known as the George C. Gardner house, was built circa 1835. Gardner and his descendents lived there for nearly a century, but the house didn’t get the attention it deserved. The nearly 6,000-square-foot home fell into serious disrepair after it was bought by a French count, Thierry de Ganay, in 1991, and over the years it acquired a reputation for being haunted (more on that later). What we know now is that the home, something of an architectural hybrid—designed in the Federal style with Greek Revival and Italianate notes—is now a sight to behold. Thanks to a top-notch restoration in 2005, ROOMS:10 the home is stunning, inside and out. It has 4 BEDROOMS been fitted with the finest millwork and cabi6 FULL BATHS netry, flooring, countertops, hardware, wall1 HALF BATH coverings. It boasts extraordinary sun-filled 5,580 SQ. FT. $9,500,000 spaces: a grand foyer, front parlor, library, and formal dining room. Its sunroom is nothing short of spectacular, as is the manicured yard and private pool area. There is a master suite with two baths and a private sitting area, plus three additional bedrooms with en suite baths, a spacious guest house, and glorious gardens—all a short walk from shopping, dining, and the cobblestoned charm of downtown ­Nantucket. Duly Noted: The former grand dame became dilapidated during a bitter divorce between the count and his wife (no one claimed responsibility for upkeep). It didn’t help that over the years various residents and visitors reported rattling silverware and disembodied footsteps in the night. In time, not surprisingly, it became a must-see on the Nantucket Ghost Walk tour. Listing agent Greg McKechnie would neither confirm nor deny the presence of poltergeists, but when asked if the home had had

any other interesting owners in the past, he replied simply: “Just Casper the Friendly Ghost.” Contact: Greg McKechnie, Christies International Realty, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-2266, ext. 115, greatpointproperties. com. LINK # 81255

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nial back in 2013, we wrote that it was set in a postcard-worthy river valley in Litchfield County. We described it as “a stately home infused with European style.” We called it “pedigreed and tasteful but not ostentatious.” Make no mistake: we were smitten. Now the beautifully appointed, 4,200-squarefoot home on forty-two acres in Washington, Connecticut, is on the market. Inspired by South African Dutch Colonial architecture, the home was built some thirty-five years ago by its current owner, a native of Holland. The elegant home is authentic in many ways; even its heavy, eighteenth-century Dutch door was imported. The eat-in country kitchen is fitted with floor-to-ceiling custom cabinets. A foyer ROOMS: 14 (with Carrara marble tiles from Holland) BEDROOMS: 5 leads directly to a formal, double-height 4 FULL BATHS dining room, as well as a formal living 1 HALF BATH room. French doors at the back (the 4,200 SQUARE FEET valley side) open onto a flagstone terrace $3,995,000 that runs the length of the house. There are five bedrooms and four and a half baths, a cozy library, a guesthouse, and protected views at every turn. This is a classic, well-loved home built for living well—and to last. Duly Noted: The home is currently being operated by its owner as a licensed B&B that goes by the name Hidden ­Valley. Its ambience is a mix of American comfort and European sophistication. There are three intimate double rooms, one with a private entry. The common rooms are elegantly furnished; a quiet library and separate seating areas on the flagstone terrace offer privacy. Awarded a coveted five stars by Trip Advisor, the whole house can be rented for special events, if desired. Contact: Carolyn Klemm or Peter Klemm, Klemm Real Estate, Washington Depot, Conn., (860) 868-7313, CT MLS # L10134766 July–august 2016  New England Home 185

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes THE GATHERING PLACE PAGES 98–107 Architect: Greg Siroonian, Rescom Architectural, Bourne, Mass., (508) 7599828, rescomarch. com Architectural designer: Douglas Berg, Scituate, Mass., (781) 545-5091 Interior designers: Robin Violandi and Caroline Warner, Violandi + Warner Interiors, Scituate, Mass., (781) 789-8188, Builder: Patricia Sciuto, Harbor Homes Building & Remodeling, East Falmouth, Mass., (508) 5406699, (508) 540-6602, Landscape design: Emir Smaykiewicz, Greener Image Landscaping, East Falmouth, Mass., (508) 495-1181, Finish carpentry: Joe Ores, Joe Ores Carpentry, Mashpee, Mass., (508) 539-1957 Kitchen designer: Mel Stevens, Sticks & Stones, East Falmouth, Mass., (508) 789-7435, Cabinetry: Bremtown Cabinetry, Bremen, Ind., (574) 546-2781, Countertops: Skyline Marble & Granite, Middleborough, Mass., (508) 947-4600 Drapery workroom: Marie Kurmin, Kurmin Kreations, Marshfield, Mass., (617) 529-1148, Decorative painter: Tracy K. Woods, It’s Not Done Till It’s Finished By Tracy K. Woods, Duxbury, Mass., (781) 934- 2515 Pages 102–103: Robert Allen custom sectional in Linara fabric by Romo, robertallendesign. com; throw pillows by Kurmin Kreations in fabrics by Robert Allen, Quadrille, quadrillefabrics. com, and Ralph Lauren,; custom cubes upholstered in Quadrille China Seas; striped Aspen chairs by Schumacher,, in Brunschwig & Fils fabric,; Herman hanging light fixture from Urban Electric,; carpets by Rug Merchant,; sconces by Visual Comfort,; window treatments by Kurmin Kreations in Colefax and Fowler fabric,, with Robert Allen trim. Pages 104–105: Dining table by Kravet, kravet. com; wool loop carpet by Rug Merchant; Marcy head chairs by Kravet with fabric by Brunschwig & Fils; sideboard from Robert Allen; lanterns by Oomph,; chandeliers by Visual Comfort; Sudan Weave grasscloth wallcovering by Ralph Lauren; painting from Osborn and Rugh Gallery,; kitchen barstools by Serena & Lily,; lanterns by Oomph; window seat in Cowtan & Tout indoor/outdoor fabric,, and curtains in Katsugi fabric by Schumacher fabricated by Kurmin Kreations; woven wood shades from Hunter Douglas,; tulip table

and wishbone chairs from Design Within Reach,; rug by Dash & Albert, dashandalbert.; kitchen island painted in Ralph Lauren Club Navy. Page 106: Window treatments by Kurmin Kreations in Ralph Lauren indoor/outdoor fabric; table custom-painted by Tracy Woods; club chairs upholstered in Kravet indoor/outdoor fabric; indoor/outdoor rugs by Rug Merchant; sconces by Visual Comfort; master bedroom bed and vanity from Robert Allen; bedding and vanity mirror from the Welch Company,; Alexandra chair upholstered in GP&J Baker fabric,, from Hickory Chair, hickorychair. com; chaise upholstered in Threads by GP&J Baker, from Lee Jofa,; carpet from Rug Merchant; window treatments from Kurmin Kreations in Cowtan & Tout fabric; drapery hardware from Finial Company, thefinialcompany. com; painting from Osborn and Rugh Gallery.

LOCAL INTEREST PAGES 108–121 Architects: Mark H. Hutker, Phil Regan, and Angela R. Francis, Hutker Architects, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 5400048, and Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 6933344, Interior designer: Pepe Lopez Design, New York City, (212) 563-7900, Builder: Martha’s Vineyard Construction Company, West Tisbury, Mass., (508) 693-2300, Landscape design: Kris Horiuchi, Horiuchi Solien, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 540-5320 Lighting design: Davis Mackiernan Architectural Lighting, New York City, (212) 431-3638, Green roof consultant: Town and Gardens, Long Island City, N.Y., (212) 685-6566,

VACATION PACKAGE PAGES 122–135 Architects: Nancy Leslie, Joseph Combs, Travis Serra, and Louisa Votava, Leslie Architects, Wakefield, R.I., (401) 783-4310, Interior designer: Robin Pelissier, Robin Pelissier Interior Design, Hingham, Mass., Builder: Stephen Sullivan, Peacedale, R.I., (401) 789-1158, Exterior finish carpentry: Jason Harrison, Harrison Custom Woodworking, West Kingston, R.I., (401) 783-0627 Exterior doors: Ryan Baird, Golden Rule Designs, West Kingston, R.I., (401) 575-7771, Landscape design: Susan Saunders Landscape Design, South Kingstown, R.I., (401) 932-6200 Hardscape installation: River Stone Development & Properties, Charlestown, R.I., (401) 741-3035, Page 125: Wicker furniture upholstered by

M. Vargas Upholstery, Barrington, R.I., (401) 246-1574; lanterns from The Robin’s Nest,; basket from Serena & Lily, Page 126: Tile inlay designed by Robin Pelissier with fabrication by Oshkosh Designs,; Coral Reef paint color by Benjamin Moore,; stair runner by Stark,; staircase by Hardwood Design,, with hand-turned rope stair balusters by Stephen Plaud, Stephen Plaud,; bull’s-eye window glass from Anchor Bend Glass, Page 127: Dining room lanterns by Dana Creath,; custom dining chairs upholstered by McLaughlin Upholstering Company,; table from Clubcu,; window treatments by Fine Lines Custom Drapery, Pages 128–129: Ray of Light wall color by Benjamin Moore; woven sofas from Walters Wicker,, in fabric by Perennials,; rug by Stark; custom coffee table and lamps from the Robin’s Nest; Haiku ceiling fan by Big Ass Fans, bigassfans. com; pillows by Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas. com; leather chairs upholstered by McLaughlin Upholstering Company, side tables by FDO Group, Pages 130–131: Cabinetry by Cory Martin, Fishtail Joinery,; wall and door paint colors by C2,; pendant light fixtures by Urban Archeology, urbanarcheology. com; sconces by Urban Electric, urbanelectricco. com; club chairs by Kravet,, with fabric by Robert Allen,; accent table and lamp from The Robin’s Nest; Carleton V desk chair by Hickory, hickorychair. com, with fabric by Carleton V, Page 132: Chaise upholstered by McLaughlin Upholstering Company, in Clarke & Clarke fabric,; side tables by Visual Comfort,; linen press by Somerset Bay,; lamps by Decorative Crafts,; Gold Crown painting by Jennifer Rasmusson from Jules Place, julesplace. com; iron bed from Corsican,; wallpaper by Clarke & Clarke; window treatment by Finelines with fabric from Duralee, duralee. com; rug from Stark; chest of drawers from Gabby,; lamps from The Robin’s Nest; ceiling fan from Big Ass Fans; bedding from the Company Store,; ceiling color by C2. Page 133: Chenonceau wallpaper by Schumacher,; shutters by Back Bay Shutter,; pendants from Visual Comfort; antique chair upholstered by M. Vargas Upholstery; medicine cabinet by Robern,; sconces by Robert Abbey, Pages 134–135: Umbrellas from Santa Barbara Umbrella,; lounger from Dedon,; sofa/love seat and chaises from JANUS et Cie,; end table from Pottery Barn,; pillows by M. Vargas. •

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This Swing, overlooking the water on a private island just off of Cape Cod, was a wedding gift from the parents of the couple who were building a home there. The original concept sketch for the swing (1) was done by Matt Schiffer of Hutker Architects. We were brought in to help execute it, along with Beacon Millwork, by C.H. Newton Builders, which was acting as contractor for the project. Few noticeable changes were made to the look of the swing during the process of turning Matt’s drawing into something real: we designed pivot bearings and a rod system to support the seat (2 and 3) and added armrests that the clients wanted. We chose marine-grade 316 stainless steel for the box-tube supports, to stand up to the oceanfront environment and because of its subtle, omnidirectional finish. You won’t see any welding seams on the structure, either. And we collaborated closely with Beacon to integrate the steel and wood components without much visible hardware. As the Ipe wood oxidizes to silver, the look of the piece will become more and more cohesive. The swing can easily hold four people, and makes a beautiful frame for the expansive view toward the horizon. Paul Meneses, Make Architectural Metalworking, Boston and West Wareham, Massachusetts, (508) 273-7603,

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