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A house in the Vermont countryside gets a chic new look and state-of-the-art energy efficiency, without giving up a bit of its homey comfort. Text by Erin Marvin Photography by Jim Westphalen PRODUCED BY Karin Lidbeck Brent

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A Marblehead Neck home speaks the native vernacular with a sophisticated accent.

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149 | Perspectives Planters to celebrate spring; Joshua Alan Carpluk on creating an elegant entry; a builder who develops relationships as well as houses; sources of inspiration for designer Karen Newman; an elegant, yet hardworking, family room in a Victorian home.

37 | Elements: Natural Selection Products inspired by shapes, structures, and palettes found in nature. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ

46 | Design Destination Campo de’ Fiori, Sheffield, Massachusetts

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50 | Artistry: No Boundaries A Vermont-based printmaker transcends the limits of her medium, substituting felt for paper in multitextured, mixed-media works inspired by the landscape of her native Australia. By Robert Kiener 56 | Metropolitan Life: Past as Prologue A husband-and-wife design team builds a modern dream house in sync with its historic Boston neighborhood. Text by Julie Dugdale | Photograph by Antoine Bootz

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70 | Say It with Flowers Landscape designer Jim Douthit’s own lush and colorful suburban-Boston yard speaks to his passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life. Text by Lisa E. Harrison | Photography by Charles Mayer

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

166 | New & Noteworthy By Paula M. Bodah

170 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 176 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

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

193 | Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA 203 | Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 207 | Advertiser Index 208 | Sketch Pad Designer Asher Rodriquez-Dunn shares the journey toward a brandnew furniture collection.

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have reengaged with earlier approaches again and again, as when Peabody and Stearns and McKim, Mead and White forged the Shingle style from a grounding in Queen Anne inflected by the study of early Colonial buildings. Even our region’s modernists have tended to let the local terrain, climate, and materials influence their productions, so that the Bauhaus acquired a bit of a Yankee accent. These days, our suburbs and exurbs continue to be populated by more-or-less straightforward, if greatly expanded, versions of Georgian practice—what I suppose we could call ColonialRevival Revival (except that the style never really disappeared following its first revival in the late-nineteenth century). In my own mind, at any rate, I tend to dub it “the Plutocratic style.” Such houses, if hardly groundbreaking, can be honorably executed and very pleasant indeed to look at or live in. But I am more intrigued by the homes some contemporary professionals are creating that look to an aspect of the past—the post-andbeam farmhouse, say—and meld it with a modern point of view. This may happen by way of a renovation; it might be a purely internal process, with anachronistic or eclectic furnishings occupying a historical envelope; it could be a brand-new hybrid of traditional vernacular forms embodied via present-day materials or vice versa. When the synthesis is accomplished by a gifted designer, the effect is invigorating. Not just variations on preexisting models, these dwellings can require some time and thought to interpret. And the pleasure to be gained from working to understand their subtleties can be all the greater. —Kyle Hoepner

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2. Denyse Schmidt’s Swirly Rose Appliqué Quilt is a pared-down version of the Whig Rose, a post–Revolutionary War quilt pattern. Twin size. $2,500. Denyse Schmidt Quilts, Bridgeport, Conn., (203) 335-2719, dsquilts.com

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4. Algues, a screen system consisting of injection-molded branch-like modules (inset), designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, offers endless possibilities. Set of 25 pieces, $115. Lekker, Boston, (877) 535-5537, lekkerhome.com; Circa50, Manchester Center, Vt., (802) 362-3796, circa50.com; and Design Within Reach, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 576-3690, dwr.com

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2. Semi-sheer and gossamer-light, the Bottna Cotton Batiste fabric is designed by Swedish textile designer Anna Danielsson. 58ʺW. $53/yd. Marimekko, Boston, (617) 247-2500, marimekko.com

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A vital stop when visiting Rome is the Campo de’ Fiori. A rectangular public square just south of the Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori—which translates from the Italian as “field of flowers”—plays host to an open-air market that has sold fresh produce, meat, fish, spices, and flowers since the mid-1800s. It’s a spirited, bustling place whose perimeter is dotted with cafes, restaurants, and a bakery that produces wafer-thin pizzas. Inspired by this square in Rome, where his family had a home, Robin Norris and his wife, Barbara Bockbrader, have created a line of moss-covered terra-cotta and stone pots and planters that celebrate Rome’s elegance and history. These containers, along with unique outdoorfurniture and garden accessories, are showcased at Norris and Bockbrader’s Campo de’ Fiori, a shop located in a barn that sits on four acres of land in a small Massachusetts town nestled in the Berkshires. Norris designs the pots and planters and oversees their production in Mexico, while Bockbrader, a horticulturalist by training, marries plantings to the vessels her husband creates and oversees the gardens that surround the shop. 1815 N. Main Street, Sheffield, Mass., (413) 528-1857, campodefiori.com. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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A Vermont-based printmaker transcends the limits of her medium, substituting felt for paper in multi-textured, mixed-media works inspired by the landscape of her native Australia. ///////////

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s Sarah Amos shows off some of the finished and in-progress colorful abstract prints that fill her barn-like northern Vermont studio, she reflects on how to describe what she does. “Am I a printmaker?” she asks, with a wry smile and just a hint of an Australian accent. “Hmm. Twenty years ago I would have said that, but today I think of myself as more of a trans-media artist. I’m a printmaker who is working in different media.” Amos is internationally recognized for her prints, and her work has been col-

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lected in private, corporate, and museum collections, from Hanover, New Hampshire’s Hood Museum of Art to Mel-

bourne, Australia’s LaTrobe University Museum to the permanent collection of Time Warner in New York City. Amos studied printmaking in her native Australia, then moved to the United States, where she worked as a master printer in New York City and at the Vermont Studio Center. She has also taught printmaking at Bennington, Dartmouth, and Williams colleges. The variety of art that hangs on the walls of her studio makes it clear that Amos’s artistic vision is constantly evolving. For example, after decades of printing on paper, she confesses she felt confined by limitations of size and texture. “I hated always having a seam in my work if I wanted to create a work bigger than a standard paper size,” she explains. “Cost was also an issue; a roll of Japanese paper can cost $800.”

TOP: Middle Point (2014), collagraph construction with acrylic felt, bamboo thread, and acrylic paint, 78″ × 66″. LEFT: Top End (2014), collagraph construction with acrylic felt, bamboo thread, and acrylic paint, 78″ × 66″.

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Three years ago, while walking through a fabric shop in the nearby town of St. Albans, Vermont, Amos spotted a creamcolored bolt of felt and thought, “Hey, this looks like my Japanese paper!” When she got home and unrolled it she was thrilled. “It was huge and had no seam. I could work as big as I wanted,” she remembers. She ordered thirty more bolts. “It was my aha moment.” She has never looked back. “I jumped ship from paper to fabric,” she says. Since that chance discovery, she has been creating huge, mural-size collagraphic fabric constructions, using large pieces

of cardboard and Plexiglas to make her plates. To create these fabric artworks, or “large-scale hybrid prints” as she also calls them, she employs many of the same techniques she uses on traditional prints, such as hand-inked plates. However, she also adds layers, such as fabric collage pieces, hand stitching, three-dimensional appliqué elements, and more. “I am now able to combine my love of printmaking, painting, sculpture, and drawing, and merge them into one cohesive textile composition,” she says. A fascination with geography and landscapes is a

consistent element that runs throughout Amos’s work. “I am a visual archaeologist and am deeply curious about the ways the natural and scientific worlds intersect and cohabitate,” she says. Many critics have noted that suggestions of Australian geography and culture, such as Aboriginal art motifs or the colors, tones, and shapes of Ayers Rock, often appear in

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Compass (2005), oil on canvas, 4′ × 4′; Wave Hill (2014), collagraph construction with acrylic felt, bamboo thread, and acrylic paint, 78″ × 66″; Petal (2005), gouache on paper, 26″ × 26″; a detail from a felt collagraph and appliqué under construction (2015); Cosmos Reef (2014), collagraph construction with acrylic felt, bamboo thread, and acrylic paint, 78″ × 66″.

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her work. “Landscape is an important element for me in my work, but it is not site specific,” says Amos. “It is the landscape of memory.” She collects arcane scientific and geographical maps, and elements from these and other influences show up throughout her work. As one writer has noted, “Amos’s imagery suggests a variety of influences, such as architectural forms, geometry, and floral motifs, as well as references to a wide range of cultures, from Asian furniture to the Aboriginal arts and crafts of the Pacific Islands.” Unlike most printmakers, Amos has always made only one print of each of her works, which range in price from $6,000 to $32,000. “I consider my prints to be like paintings,” she explains. “Also, I was a master printer for so long, where I helped artists make prints of their work, I got bored with the repetition.” What’s next for Amos? She is off to Australia on one of her twice-yearly visits to her homeland and the place that still inspires her. “I’ve always been driven by this desire to push the boundaries of printmaking,” she says. “I am driven to see what my art would look like on another surface.” Perhaps she will come back to her Vermont studio with a new technique to express her unique artistic vision. •

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rchitect Guy Grassi could walk by the small parking lot at the end of the block only so many times before he just had to have the property. He and his wife, interior designer Lucie Beauchemin, already lived in the neighborhood with their son, but they craved new space. The lot was narrow and tacked onto a row of traditional brick townhouses typical of Boston’s historic South End, but it was a corner—and it had serious potential. Grassi approached the lot’s owner, and the purchase fell into place. The site once held a townhouse like the others, built in the Civil War era. It had been converted to a shop at one point, fallen into disrepair, and was eventually condemned. Grassi wanted to pay tribute to the parcel’s history with a brick facade that would be sympathetic to the existing row of homes, but the blank-canvas opportunity also allowed for some creativity. “If you build it new, it shouldn’t look like it was built in 1850,” Grassi says. “You can replicate the feel and sensibilities, but you should know you’re looking at a modern building.” Inspired by Paris’s landmark architectural feat the Maison de Verre, Grassi designed with a similar aesthetic. “It’s a combination of steel, glass, and devices that ingeniously take advantage of space, making everything move,” he explains. He’s referring to innovations like a kitchen counter that rolls out of the way LEFT: A cozy book loft featuring floor-to-ceiling builtin shelves overlooks a living area with eighteen-foot windows that flood the space with sunlight. BELOW: Architect Guy Grassi’s brick-and-glass design pays tribute to the adjacent row of historic homes, yet pushes the envelope of sleek, modern architecture.

Past As Prologue A husband-and-wife design team builds a modern dream house in sync with its historic Boston neighborhood. ///////////

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to accommodate an expanded dining table; cabinets that double as walls to divide spaces; and an exposed ceiling of steel framing and copper piping that supports the flooring above and allows an extra eight inches of room height—a bonus in a 2,000-square-foot space. All of this is enveloped by a brick shell that gives way to modern glass features, like the overhanging bay windows that offer long views toward the city skyline. The two-bedroom layout spans three levels centered on the piano nobile, or main floor, on the second level of the house. With the master suite on the ground level, the living area extends from

“Everything has to be super comfortable. I think you should use your space; buy beautiful things, but use them. You’ve got to walk in and drop your shoulders and be happy,” says Beauchemin. the second floor to the top of the building, giving the room a sun-filled, atriumlike vibe with expansive floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Because the windows swing open inward from the bottom, blinds and shades weren’t an option for privacy; instead, Beauchemin drilled a rod into the ceiling and hung eighteen-foot sheer-onsheer curtains, which filter in sunlight even when drawn.

The main level is an intentional blend of styles—the art-deco vibe of Pollaro lounge chairs crossed with the modern feel of a Jim Zivic coal side table by Ralph Pucci—in what Beauchemin calls a “quiet” color palette. Her aim: highly designed and carefully chosen, but totally livable. “Mixing styles is more interesting and more personal,” she says. “And everything has to be super comfortable. I think you should use your space; buy beautiful things, but use them. You’ve got to walk in CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Designer Lucie Beau­

chemin installed sheer curtains that filter in light even when drawn. A hallway on the main floor, flanked by rolling walnut doors and anigre veneer panel railings, gives way to an open-tread, oak-andsteel staircase. Innovations such as a rolling kitchen island make wise use of space. A bird’s eye view of the living room from the third level.

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and drop your shoulders and be happy.” Case in point for a family who loves to read: the built-in bookshelves, which add a subtle splash of color to the “quiet.” Stretching over two levels and floor-toceiling in the loft, they evoke the libraries of yore that required a rolling ladder to reach a title. Space-saving: check. Nod to

history: check. Happy livability: check. Throughout the home, Beauchemin was conscious of the sharp, modern design and construction angles. To soften the severity, she chose rounded accents like the Lindsey Adelman pendant over the Uhuru dining table and the accompanying curved-back Pollaro dining chairs.

Further softness comes from using art, including photographs of nature, to connect with the outdoors. “We don’t want it to be cold,” Beauchemin says. “Being in nature feels good. Humans need nature. It calms us down.” The house looks different from anything else on the block, Grassi admits.

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FROM FACING PAGE, FAR LEFT: The master bedroom is a soothing oasis with artwork symbolic of the couple’s interests: floral for Beauchemin, ocean waves for Grassi, a sailor. The Ralph Pucci bench adds a pop of color. Translucent glass panes with walnut louvers and framing add visual interest outside the top-floor bathroom. In the couple’s son’s room, art by Lori Nix complements the burgundy Christian Liaigre bed. LEFT: A built-in desk and a Ralph Pucci chair and lamp add the finishing touches to the son’s bedroom.

“It’s the spice in the food. You can’t have all spicy food, but you need a little,” he says. “Otherwise, it’s monotonous.” Both husband and wife say it took a while for a few neighbors, entrenched in their South End history, to come around. “Now, most people think it’s a fun, bright addition,” Grassi says. “We used to get

gawkers—crowds standing across the street. But that’s what art is supposed to be—something that makes you think and evokes some kind of passion.” • RESOURCES For more information about this project, see page 203.

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Splendor In the Grass A garden pavilion in the neoclassical style makes a gracious addition to a Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, property.

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he owners of a large, 1920s Federal-style home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, certainly felt lucky to live in a dwelling designed by William Perry, the architect behind the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. They discovered one drawback, however: the living room sometimes felt too somber, dark, and formal. What to do? Here’s how architect Ivan Bereznicki and interior designer Susan Reddick rectified the situation beyond anyone’s expectations. They Night and day, visitors are drawn by the rhythms of this garden pavilion’s lattice-like layering of architectural elements. Architect Ivan Bereznicki’s graceful proportions and details were inspired by the work of sixteenthcentury Venetian architect Andrea Palladio.

created a separate building opposite the house, a garden pavilion situated at the end of a bluestone path set in the lawn. The 2,800-square-foot sandstone structure has understated Palladian proportions that make it seem like it’s always been there, though everything about it is new. “The owners and I went on a sort of world tour of architecture before we decided on what kind of garden structure to make—from something Japanese to Frank Lloyd Wright,” Bereznicki relates. “Then one of them saw a pavilion in London’s Burlington Arcade suggestive of the neoclassical style of the late Edwin Lutyens and the Venetian villas of Andrea Palladio of the sixteenth century.” The multitude of arched doors are the first thing one notices about the building. “But when

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you approach them,” Bereznicki explains, “you realize there’s a musical rhythm happening, an ABBA with the A’s being the smaller doors situated to the left and right of the front elevation, and ABA on the side.” Rhythm or not, the owners were concerned that Bereznicki’s blueprints were scaled too large for the site. That’s where the ABBA rhythm played its part in convincing them otherwise. “We had a mockup done in plywood,” says Bereznicki, “and not just the facades but all the openings. Without the openings it would indeed have felt out of scale.” CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: Grand as it looks, the

pavilion is perfectly scaled to fit its surroundings. Woven-backed Gustavian chairs and a French limestone floor give the space a garden-like feel. A ficus from Winston Flowers echoes both a fluted column and the circular windows. Interior designer Susan Reddick created three seating areas in sync with the rhythms of the three arched doors and skylights. F ­ ACING PAGE: Elegant architectural details abound.

Bereznicki strove to honor Palladio’s spirit without creating a carbon copy of his work. “Unlike so many overdone, flashy houses today, Palladio’s were very refined,” the architect says. “For him, everything was about modulation and moderation, a precise layering of opening and sheltering elements. Like other Renaissance masters, he believed that all design should relate to the human figure. In other words, a building should be more like a sleek Olympic swimmer than a bodybuilder on steroids flexing his oversized pecs.” The construction, overseen by builder Michael Alberino, used certain technologies that were far different from anything Lutyens or Palladio could imagine. Rather than teams of craftsmen laboring away with chisels to shape the sandstone, it was cut by computerized saws in Ontario, Canada, arriving in Chestnut Hill like a

big jigsaw puzzle. Then Bereznicki had the slabs hung from a steel frame to form the building’s facade, just as one would hang paintings. Interior designer Susan Reddick grew up in England, where she has fond memories of running around her father’s cricket pavilion. “The Chestnut Hill pavilion is more multifunctional than just a place to break from bats and balls,” she says. “It’s beautiful year-round, night and day, a space in which you don’t have to shout to be heard if there are just two having breakfast. But when you add leaves to the center table you can comfortably seat twenty at dinner. There’s even a catering

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kitchen in the back for just that purpose.” Reddick’s program brings out Bereznicki’s ABBA rhythms, but from the inside, looking out. She arranged three seating groups before the three arched doors and directly below the three leadedglass skylights. She kept the furniture flat-backed and low enough not to interrupt the views of landscape designer Rick Lamb’s artistry. “But too much horizontality can be monotonous,” says Reddick, so she broke things up with the vertical hump on a camelback sofa. This rise, in turn, joins a pair of soaring, fluted columns and one of a pair of ficus trees in Poterie de la Madeleine containers from Winston Flowers. Reddick’s furnishings capture the

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unfussy, clean-lined spirit of the eighteenth-century neoclassic style. The little Gustavian armchairs from John Rosselli, for example, have delicately tapered arms and legs that align with the architecture, but they also offer modern comfort. The woven backs of the dining chairs from Minton-Spidell, the pale flooring of French limestone (with radiant heat in winter), the sky-blue upholstery, the soft tones of the Afghan rug—all contribute to the airiness of the space to make a welcome retreat from the formality of the big house across the lawn. • Resources For more information about this project, see page 203.

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Say It With Flowers Landscape designer Jim Douthit’s own lush and colorful suburban-Boston yard speaks to his passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life. ///////////

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ABOVE: To separate the patio from the driveway and frame the view, homeowner and landscape designer Jim Douthit used yew hedges, which have a nice structure and rich, dark-green color. RIGHT: Freestanding fieldstone walls were built as a backdrop for the perennial gardens and as a buffer from the road.

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im Douthit tells a great story. The one about how he stumbled into the landscaping business and wound up founding one of Greater Boston’s preeminent outfits is an especially good one. Having grown up in Hawaii, he was working as a merchant marine on cruise ships when he decided to move to the East Coast. He took a job waiting tables in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner and enrolled in nursing school. But, “I would have been the Angel of Death,” he jokes—“really popular with the patients, but not at all into the important details like counting pills.” A part-time summer gig working for a man who created

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high-end gardens and planters took him by surprise. “I just loved it,” he remembers, “I fell hard; I couldn’t see straight.” His passion ignited, he began taking gardening workshops and reading stacks of books on everything from perennials to composting and irrigation. Douthit struck out on his own with one client, and for the first eight years his talents spread via word of mouth. Now, twenty-four years later, the scope of a Blade of Grass has vastly expanded, becoming an award-winning operation

Douthit likes to create what he calls “outdoor rooms”—spaces that are easily accessible from the house both visually and physically.

based in Wayland, Massachusetts. ­Douthit and his team, which numbers ninety during peak season, do it all: landscape design, building, installation, and maintenance. “Busy” is an understatement, which explains why the designer never found time to work on his own yard. “I was the classic cobbler’s kid with no shoes,” he admits. “For so many years, I was all about the company. We used to grill in the driveway!” That all changed when Douthit and

his partner, Chris Houghtaling, bought a beautiful circa-1811 farmhouse and barn on a one-acre site in Boston’s MetroWest area. The landscaping was nonexistent, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Douthit incorporated a

split-rail entry gate, which is appropriate to the age of the house. He swaps out the plantings in the window boxes seasonally; apricot-colored begonias provide a nice summertime pop of color. Douthit is pictured in front of the entry to the patio and side porch. Rough granite steps suit the farmhouse vibe. A big-leaf banana plant near the fire pit reminds the designer of his childhood in Hawaii.

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want (roads and neighbors’ houses); next he framed the views he did want (the property borders a river and picturesque wetlands). Finally, he devised an intricate planting plan to create lush layers and an outdoor oasis. Douthit took a five-pronged approach to the plantings. He started with trees like hemlocks, pines, and spruces for

and the house was very exposed. “What I did in our place is what I do for most of my clients,” says Douthit. First, he screened out the views he didn’t

screening, then mixed in deciduous trees, including birches, maples, and cherries. “We put in seventy-two mature trees in three days,” he remembers. For a visual pop, he added flowering shrubs—hydrangea, viburnum, rose of Sharon, butterfly bush, spirea, and mag­ nolia—and planted evergreens like boxwoods, hollies, and arborvitae to frame the house. Last came the perennials (knockout roses are a favorite) and groundcover.

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To keep with the farmhouse aesthetic, the plan called for a lot of antique granite—note the steps, patios, and fire pit. Fieldstone walkways throughout,

unstained picket fencing, and a permeable pea-stone driveway complement the design. In addition to making the outdoor space look beautiful, Douthit also wanted to ensure that the yard was highly functional. As with all of his projects, the designer likes to create what he calls “outdoor rooms”—spaces that are easily accessible from the house both visually and physically. It’s important that these spaces reflect each client’s lifestyle, too. In the case of Douthit’s own house, there were a few things to consider: the couple entertains often, Houghtaling is an avid gardener, and they’re self-described “big crazy dog people” (they have four), so they’re outside all the time.

FROM FACING PAGE, FAR LEFT: Douthit reclaimed unused space and took advantage of the sunny exposure by adding a kitchen garden adjacent to the barn. An unstained picket fence adds to the overall aesthetic and keeps animals (including the owners’ dogs) out of the garden. Dry-laid stone walls and an antique barn provide a beautiful backdrop for the garden.

To meet these needs, Douthit designed a large patio with both sitting and dining areas. He also added a covered porch off the kitchen, a perfect antidote to a rainy day. He morphed a patch of lawn adjacent to the barn on the far side of the property into a beautiful garden. Here Houghtaling tends to his blueberries, strawberries, and vegetables; the couple also has chickens and beehives. The end result is a stunning yard that echoes Douthit’s personal aesthetic—full and lush—has multi-season appeal, and more than meets the fun factor (for humans and dogs). Not bad for a guy who admits, “I didn’t even know what a rhododendron was when I started.” • RESOURCES For more information about this project, see page 203.

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DESIGN TRENDS

LED Closet Lighting LED lighting is enchanting, mesmerizing, and ultra-appealing. It has the power to enhance the emotional connection to a design by highlighting the client’s most-loved items. Adding LED lighting to a section of shoe shelving instantly transforms the dynamic from “just shelving” to an iconic showcase of stilettos with a magnetic charm. Strategically placed LED lighting can create a transformative boutique-look right there in the clients’ home, and make their hearts beat faster. Illuminated LED closet rods are making a big splash
in custom closet design. Let’s face it: closets don’t usually have the most spectacular lighting, so this is an incredibly effective solution that allows clients to clearly and confidently tell the difference between navy and black blazers. The demand for luxury residential development in Boston is booming, and in 2016 we expanded our business with a dedicated team to accommodate the ultra-luxe developers and the international clients they attract. Today California Closets New England has 8 local showrooms and installs more than 3,300 custom designs each year, locally employing more than 100 people throughout New England. California Closets was named “Best of Boston” by Boston Home magazine, “Best of the Northshore” by Northshore Magazine, and has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine, Southern New England Home, and Builder+Architect Magazine.

“It’s addictive, having this tangible solution that was custom designed to fit perfectly into your home. Oh and by the way, it also works flawlessly, looks beautiful, keeps you organized, and is warranted to last a lifetime. As a repeat client of California Closets, I find myself constantly looking for more projects to do because it feels so good.” —Laura Stafford Marketing and Showroom Display Manager, California Closets

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Sustainability in Design

Rob Hansen

The inception of integrating sustainable thinking into design is difficult to pinpoint. From an abstract perspective, it began the moment people went from using resources to abusing them. Sustainable thinking has continued to progress over the years. What was once categorized by many as environmental extremism has transformed into an entirely new movement: conscious consumerism. Today’s consumers are smarter and more attentive than ever. People are increasingly more conscious of where products and materials come from and more thoughtful of their environmental impact. This transition propelled the trend of sustainability in design. As a result, consumers and professionals alike are actively seeking new environmentally friendly resources. This increase in demand has fueled green innovations such as Kebony, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. Traditionally, when incorporating natural wood into design it was common to use tropical hardwoods like ipe and teak. However, the use of these products continues to devastate the world’s already endangered rainforests. Kebony is a modified wood that provides the beauty and performance of tropical hardwood without the damaging effects on the environment. Recognized as an industry leader in sustainable technology, Kebony has been adopted by designers across the globe for both interior and exterior applications. It stands as proof that you can add value by utilizing green products, without compromising aesthetic integrity. Sustainability is a trend that is not likely to go away. Experts expect sustainability to become such an integral part of how we think, function, and design that we become unaware it’s a factor in decision making at all. Through sustainably conscious design we can transcend visual appearance and transform any project into a meaningful legacy.

“Page & Turnbull specified Kebony for the new buildings at Martial Cottle Park after researching a number of alternatives. The project was to achieve LEED Silver, and we determined Kebony was the right choice for its stability, aesthetics, and sustainability.” —Tom Dufurrena Principal at Page & Turnbull

Kebony 812 S Riverside Ave. St. Clair, MI 48079 (855) 230-5656 kebony.com

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DESIGN TRENDS

Navy Blue Every year in early January, Landry & Arcari kicks into high gear with a pilgrimage to the world’s largest floor-covering exhibition, in Hanover, Germany. It is so refreshing to get out of my comfortable Boston bubble and experience first-hand (along with my Salem, Framingham, and Back Bay store managers) the new global design and color trends. One of the re-occurring color themes we all picked up on this past trip was the popularity of crisp navy blue and gray colors juxtaposed with a clean contrasting white. We were all reminded of recent designer and client requests back home for these very same color combinations. The ubiquity of these new navy blue carpets we were seeing in Germany, paired with requests we were hearing back at home, solidified the color’s position for us as one of the top rug trends of the year. It is interesting for me to see a powerful color like navy trending in 2016. Over the past 10 years or so, all signs pointed to “the lighter the better,” especially in the rug world, as bold and robust reds, blues, and greens were replaced with washed-out grays, taupes, and powder blues, seemingly overnight. I see this current trend as an attempt to modernize a classic look. Institutions like Royal Copenhagen have led the way in revamping archetypal lines, like their prominent porcelain dinnerware. Using dissected designs and scaled patterns, they manage to hold

on to their signature navy and ivory colorway, while at the same time shifting toward an overall more accessible aesthetic. So it appears that the rug world has taken a page from Royal Copenhagen’s book. This resurgence of navy blue in new rugs not only adds some much needed color boldness to the game, but also brings something classic to contemporary pieces and decor. “We have the largest and most diverse hand-woven rug inventory in New England, including many navy blue designs, as well as a custom rugweaving program for your very own ‘blue’ creation!” —Jeff Arcari, Owner Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting 333 Stuart Street Boston, MA 02116 (617) 399-6500 63 Flint Street Salem, MA 01970 (978) 744-5909 220 Worcester Road (Rte. 9 East) Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 739-0200 landryandarcari.com

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The Modern Stair Stairs have always been a powerful architectural expression, and our need for them as a functional means to move about our homes would certainly not be considered a trend, but we would argue that their form and placement is always evolving. Recently we’ve noticed a move away from the traditional two-stair home with a grand, formal front stair and a more hidden, utilitarian back-of-house stair. Clients are increasingly interested in reinterpreting the stairs in their homes as a sculptural element—an object that contributes to the architectural character of the spaces it joins. Reflective of the trend toward open-plan living, stairs have been pulled from the wall and placed into circulation spaces with open tread designs that allow light, air, and sound to pass through, making it easier to communicate through rooms. Many staircases are also being relocated from the central core of a home to perimeter spaces, built to frame and showcase the view outside. On a tactile level, material components are evolving as well with the incorporation of steel, glass, stone, and wire. New fabrication techniques are opening the doors for innovative design, always with an eye toward the delicate balance between function and craft. The modern stair composition

takes liberties with the classic assembly of handrail, baluster, newel, riser, and tread, often removing pieces entirely. Staircases can seem to “float” and yet be solid and reassuring, or be simplified to reveal their fundamental shapes with transparent “notthere” glass, or replicate classic detailing with new materials. Whether set in a contemporary or modern home, stairs are an opportunity to elevate a pedestrian element into an art form. “The stairway is an architectural element that, for me, perfectly blends form and function and is the archetypal form that symbolizes our instinctive desire to defy the horizontal plane and rise vertically to be closer to the “gods.” —Treff LaFleche, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

LDa Architecture & Interiors 222 Third Street, Suite 3212 Cambridge, MA 02142 (617) 621-1455 LDa-Architects.com

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Outdoor Rooms

Rosado & Sons creates distinctive outdoor rooms for discerning clients throughout New England. Our inventive approach to customizing living spaces transcends traditional landscape architecture and design. Transform your open outdoor space into personal, customized lifestyle vignettes for entertainment or respite. The outdoor rooms that were created for these clients gave their property a unique look that could also be enjoyed from an inside view. Our team of professional landscape designers takes great pride in creating exactly what you envision by carefully listening to your needs and working within your budget. Because we specialize in building all types of hardscape, we eliminate the hassle of having to deal with multiple contractors. Rosado & Sons welcomes the challenge of turning your yard into beautiful outdoor rooms.

“The most satisfying part of our job is seeing all the ideas take shape and become a reality.” —Tony Rosado Owner

Rosado & Sons, Inc. 217B Turnpike Road Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 366-3700 rosadoandsons.com

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DESIGN TRENDS

Sexy Doors As you can see from my logo, I love castles. In terms of a design element, I am particularly fond of a castle’s massive, statementmaking wooden doors. My goal was to transfer this to an urban setting using sleek, contemporary lines and an unexpected horizontal white-oak veneer rift. Instead of the grain running vertically as in most interior doors, a horizontal grain veneer door lends visual interest and is extremely eye-catching. Meanwhile, an eight-foot-tall door adds an extra layer of drama and elegance. I really wanted to create that “wow” factor, so I used these doors throughout the four-story house. The results are stunning and really give the home a rich appearance.

“When I first showed these doors to my client, she called me crazy! I think that the doors of a house can be much more than simply a way of obtaining privacy. With creativity and good taste you can use them as a strong design element or even a work of art. Now my client says, ‘I hate to agree with a crazy person.’ ” —Joe Bertola, CEO/Founder

Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling (781) 975-1809 bertolacustom.com

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DESIGN TRENDS

Specialty Sealer and Coatings As more homeowners invest in marble and natural stone, the inclination is to look for a way to keep it in the best shape possible. Marble etches and stains, grout discolors over time, and exterior patios take a beating from the weather. At Boston Stone Restoration we constantly look for solutions to these problems. Specialty sealers and coatings are becoming more and more popular. Clearstone is great for people with Carrara and Calacatta marble in their kitchens and bathrooms. A coating, not a sealer, it “I like working with coatings and specialty sealers because they solve problems for customers over the long term. Today’s products provide an ease of maintenance and level of protection not available in the past. ” — Paul Bunis, President

provides protection from staining and etching. Another product we are using with wonderful success is a specialty sealer called TK-6, good for concrete countertops and patio pavers. We are also in the process of becoming certified applicators of Stoneguard, a revolutionary film that comes with a limited 15-year warranty. If you love stone as much as we do, one of these products may be just what you need to keep it looking great and maintenance-free.

Boston Stone Restoration 265 Franklin St., Suite 1702 Boston, MA 02110 (781) 793-0700 bostonstonerestoration.com

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DESIGN TRENDS

Exposed Wood Upholstery The Design Team at Darby Road HOME uses exposed-wood-framed custom upholstery as a way of integrating a versatile elegance into our clients’ homes. We believe that the fine wood craftsmanship complements the elaborate moldings in dining rooms, living rooms, and enclosed patios and porches. Combined with the designer fabrics, custom configurations, and finish details that our vendors offer, our designers are able to devise a totally custom concept that embodies sharp

“We introduced exposed-woodframed furniture as a natural extension of the fine finish work throughout our clients’ homes.” — Michelle Coppolo Owner

attention to detail and a casual elegance for yearround enjoyment. We were inspired during our recent travels to upscale tropical hotels. Their lobbies, restaurants, and lounges featured this style of furniture, giving the space a sense of airiness, comfort, and refined visual composition. Shown here is a custom exposed-wood-framed upholstered chair that is available in various wood finishes and fabrics and featured in the Darby Road HOME showroom.

Darby Road HOME 1395 Main Street Waltham, MA 02451 (781) 899-6900 darbyroad.com

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DESIGN TRENDS

Shower Seats and Benches From boring to beautiful: Built-in seating is quickly becoming one of the most popular features in today’s showers. There are many options to choose from, including a variety of suspended seats, corner seats, and unique shaped seats. Suspended seats and benches can create a feeling of spaciousness while adding a sleek look to your shower. They can also be customized to complement a bathroom’s décor and design with matching stone. Our customers are opting for trendy looks that incorporate convenience, accessibility, and beauty into their bathroom designs. But it’s not just about the look! Shower seating can transform your daily routine into a relaxing retreat, adding comfort and convenience to your space while creating a spa-like feeling in an otherwise typical bathroom. Most people think of the bathtub when it comes to sitting and relaxing, but built-in shower seating is changing that perception.

“We work with builders, architects, and designers on the job site to customize seats to meet their clients’ needs and expectations. We have many ideas to create and fabricate custom seats or homeowners can choose from various standard designs.” —Jon Moss, President

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DESIGN TRENDS

Mitered Edges on Natural Stone

Shelly Harrison

Mitered edges have always been a part of stonework but have emerged as a trend in the last five years. Mitered edges allow us to create a seamless look between two pieces of stone that join at a 90-degree angle. We use them to create thicker-looking edges on countertops. Stone is typically available in a one-and-a-quarterinch thickness, but when clients want countertops to appear three or six inches thick, for example, mitering is a way we can do that and make the countertop look like one solid piece. We also use miter joints to attach side panels to countertops, creating a “waterfall” panel, often all the way down to the floor. This is a very modern look that is increasingly popular in today’s kitchens. Mitered edges and side waterfall panels allow us to create the seamless look that our clients want in a kitchen for an extra unique and special appearance.

“A good deal of patience is required to make the perfect mitered edge, but there is nothing like a well-done miter. Our company has always fabricated mitered edges and has a great deal of experience with them, so it’s nice to have increased opportunities to showcase this detail.” —Chris Mian

Louis W. Mian, Inc. 547 Rutherford Avenue Boston, MA 02129 617-241-7900 louismian.com

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In renovating the home’s exterior, designer Mitra Samimi-Urich aimed for a simplicity in keeping with the original structure’s look. “The homeowners didn’t want it to be super contemporary,” she says. “We wanted to maintain a vernacular farmhouse effect.”

A house in the Vermont countryside gets a chic new look and state-of-the-art energy efficiency, without giving up a bit of its homey comfort. Text by Erin Marvin  Photography by Jim Westphalen  Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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The living room’s white slipcovers make for easy maintenance, while throw pillows add texture and color. The blue-velvet ottoman doubles as a stool when extra seating is needed. FACING PAGE: A rug of silk and wool anchors the living room space, where the focal point is a sculptural fireplace of concrete and steel. Floating shelves made from salvaged wood and a farmhouse-style coffee table add softness to the room.

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acrifices must sometimes be made when homeowners have a dual focus of energyefficiency and aesthetics. “Geothermal,” “high-performance,” and “efficient” don’t always translate well to “warm,” “relaxed,” and “comfortable.” Phil and Amy wanted just such a marriage of green building and good design when it came to renovating their large farmhouse in Addison County, Vermont, and they hired Mitra Samimi-Urich to officiate.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A bold-striped, custom-woven rug grounds a sitting area in the family room, where antique cane chairs pull up to a slatted wood coffee table. A neutral backdrop lets the homeowner’s art collection pop; a painting by Sierra Urich (Mitra’s daughter) hangs above an antique dry sink in the living room. Steel and salvaged wood and soapstone come together beautifully in the open kitchen; reclaimed pumpkin pine forms the suspended shelves. 104  New England Home  MaY–june 2016

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“Good architecture should be a space you create that is comfortable and functional, but also inspiring,” says Samimi-Urich, whose interior and architectural design firm is based in Bristol, Vermont. She took what she calls an “honest” design approach to the house’s architecture and interior design. Her unique style was a natural fit for both the clients’ overall design direction—clean, simple, and comfortable; modern and almost industrial, but not cold— and their focus on maximizing energy efficiency.

To address the latter, Samimi-Urich constructed a tight, energy-smart insulation envelope on all walls, floors, and ceilings. She installed high-performance, energy-efficient doors and windows, and incorporated a new geothermal system for heating and cooling. She also used salvaged wood whenever possible, a green building practice that doubled as an homage to the home’s farmhouse past. Layers of architecture and interior design celebrate the building materials rather than conceal them. may–june 2016  New England Home 105

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“Good architecture should be a space you create that is comfortable and functional, but also inspiring,” says Samimi-Urich.

The dining room’s antique farm table is large enough to accommodate family and visiting friends. When illuminated, the sculptural wooden light fixture casts art-like shadows across the room. During daylight hours, large windows let in an abundance of natural light.

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Perennials surround the house, providing color, texture, and variety in every season. “The garden landscape was planted to add grace and beauty to the existing rocky ledges,” says SamimiUrich. A small apple orchard is another nod to the home’s farmhouse roots.

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Moulton and Paquette designed several perennial gardens, which are gracefully tucked into rocky ledges and add pops of color around the front of the house. The warmth of reclaimed wood is juxtaposed against cooler metals such as brushed chrome and raw and galvanized steel, and wide-plank wood floors are painted with a faux-concrete finish. Wood joists, piping, steel I-beams, and other structural elements throughout the house are not hidden, but celebrated as a key part of the design scheme. For example, a large metal pipe protruding from the living-room fireplace’s two-toned concrete enclosure and hearth adds to the overall sculptural effect. The fireplace itself is flanked by shelves of salvaged wood cantilevered from a floating steel wall. “I like the idea of seeing the living part of the house—the air ducts and air vents and I-beams,” says Phil. “You can see how the house lives and how it’s built and how it drives itself.” Equally important was making sure the house looks beautiful. Samimi-Urich chose a simple palette of layered gray and white tones, setting a sophisticated, neutral backdrop for the stunning views outside. Design choices are timeless as opposed to trendy, and Samimi-Urich took care to ensure a balance of shape, form, color, light, scale, and proportion. “There was a lot of detail and effort put in, but the key thing was to make it look effortless and natural,” she says. The family spends most of its awake time in the open living room/kitchen/dining area, which Phil calls the heart of the house. In the living room, a wall of four long, horizontal picture windows creates a linear effect that echoes the panoramic views outside. Four square tilt-turn windows add to the gridlike look, another of Samimi-Urich’s nods to industrialdesign influences. Additional tall vertical windows across two walls of the adjacent dining room make it clear that nature is the featured artist here—and for good reason: windows throughout the house look out onto the home’s nearly 180 acres and pristine views of the Adirondack Mountains, farm fields, valleys, an apple orchard, and a pond. Project Team

Mitra Samimi-Urich, Mitra Designs Studio Collaborative Builder: Bill McKinley, Cambium Construction Landscape design: Jane Moulton and Elizabeth Paquette, Hepatica Architecture and interior design:

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Design choices are timeless as opposed to trendy. “There was a lot of detail and effort put in, but the key thing was to make it look effortless and natural,” says Samimi-Urich.

Several perennial gardens gracefully tuck into rocky ledges and add pops of color around the front of the house. Jane Moulton and Elizabeth Paquette of Hepatica intentionally designed the landscape to be enjoyed not just outside, but to be equally beautiful from the interior perspective. They infused the yard and gardens with the same simple elegance and attention to detail that Samimi-Urich gave to the house. The generous interior and exterior spaces comfortably welcome a crowd, another factor important to the homeowners and their young family. Phil, Amy, and their two children primarily live in Hong Kong, but use this house as their American home base for summers and holidays, a relaxed counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of city life. Amy grew up in Vermont and Phil has family along the East Coast, so this small corner of New England was the perfect choice for their U.S. home. “When you live abroad and you have kids, you can’t go visit everyone with your kids, because it’s too much traveling,” says Phil. “So you get a house, and then tell everyone who wants to see you where you’ll be and when, and they can come visit you.” Samimi-Urich took care to ensure that there was not only plenty of room for visiting family and friends, but that the house was flexible enough to meet Amy and Phil’s changing needs. Case in point: she designed the open, informal kitchen to have easy traffic flow and a functional workspace. A separate pantry doubles as a second fully functional kitchen (complete with a sink, oven, refrigerator, and microwave), should just one not prove to be enough on any given evening. A large, walnut-topped, steel-framed

kitchen island on casters is both a workspace and a kitchen table, and can easily be rolled into the dining room to serve as a buffet. Still, the house feels cozy even when it’s just Phil, Amy, and the kids. A small family room off the main living area invites snuggling in front of the gas fireplace while watching TV or relaxing with a book. It leads in to the more private master suite, for which Samimi-Urich designed a textured, slanted ceiling to create visual interest as well as more intimacy. An Asian armoire hints at the couple’s other life in the Far East, and a four-poster cherry bed made by a local artisan summons sweet repose. This quiet country escape is the perfect place for Phil and Amy to return to their Northeast roots, and plant the same for their children. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 203.

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Beauty and drama merge in the master bathroom, where an egg-shaped sink rests atop live-edge, locally sourced cherry wood. Samimi-Urich chose the smoked-glass pendants because they suggest drops of water. FAR LEFT: A colonial-style staircase was replaced with this simple, modern design of iron and painted wood. LEFT: Sculptural floating wall panels separate the master bedroom and bathroom, adding artistic interest to the room and functioning as a backdrop to the four-poster bed. Suspended wall-to-wall cabinets provide ample storage.

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A Marblehead Neck home speaks the native vernacular with a sophisticated accent. ™ Text by Charlotte Safavi ™ Photography by Michael J. Lee

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A pair of sleek sconces flank an abstract artwork by Doug Kennedy above the fireplace, with its custom-designed mosaic surround. Glass-front built-ins hold accents and collections. FACING PAGE: The foyer sets the home’s transitional tone with its linear console and double-ring-base lamp, both from ICON Group, and an area rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets.

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etting in on a spec house before ground is broken has its upside. Such was the case when a husband and wife acquired architectural plans to build a 3,800-square-foot home on a quarter-acre lot in Marblehead Neck, Massachusetts. The parcel wasn’t large, but its location was perfect. “It has a great view of Marblehead Harbor,” says the wife. “It’s constantly changing, with fishing boats and sailboats coming and going. There’s always movement on the water. It’s gorgeous.” Local bylaws and zoning codes meant the couple couldn’t make substantial changes to the exterior architecture, but they were pleased to see that the plans included details such as gambrel rooflines, double-hung windows, and white cedar shingles that were right in step with the surrounding homes. They were free to alter the interiors, however, and they engaged architect Rob Bramhall to help them create a space that met their needs. “The inside was always about maximizing the waterfront views, with lots of windows,” says Bramhall. “The

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Capiz-shell

tiles create a special feature wall in the powder room. In the dining room, a Hubbardton Forge light fixture has simple linear lines, and the chairs keep a low profile, so as not to block through-views. A tête-à-tête settee by A. Rudin sits in the cased opening in the double living room. The window seat to the left is another spot to lounge and enjoy a pretty harbor view.

homeowners wanted to add a layer of detail—the kind of detailing you’d find in an old New England cottage, but with a new level of sophistication.” In the foyer, simple and elegant paneled walls set the tone and define the space, which is washed with natural light. Directly across the entry, via a cased opening into the main living area, is a large window with a harbor view. “When you’re standing outside the house, you can see the water everywhere, so when you come inside, you’re immediately reconnected to it,” says Bramhall. Other architectural elements include coffered ceilings, some with beadboard detail, creating spatial definition on the main living area’s open floor plan; flat-paneled doors with high-contrast rubbed bronze hardware; and clean-lined, more contemporary inset cabinetry. The main living area runs mostly on a rectangular plane, its length overlooking the scenic harbor. It also has a double living room, separated by another cased opening, with a mosaiced fireplace surround and built-ins at one end and an open kitchen at the other.

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“The homeowners love to cook and entertain,” says kitchen designer Andrea Avery. “They wanted something stylish, but with a comfortable beachcottage feel.” The kitchen sits just off a large glassed-in space that was originally intended to be the family room. In the new plan, that space became the dining room. In designing the kitchen, Avery took advantage of the dining room’s abundance of natural light and waterfront views. “I put the sink in the island, so that when the homeowner is prepping food or cleaning up, she can look outdoors,” she says. The island, which holds up to five bar chairs for casual dining, has a pair of decorative legs and a granite countertop. Project Team

Rob Bramhall, Rob Bramhall Architects Julia Cutler, Julia Cutler Interior Design Builder: Tom Jacobs, Jacobs Construction-Remodeling Landscape design: James Kelliher, James Kelliher Garden Design Architecture:

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relaxed landscaping by James Kelliher, using hardy native plants, complements that vibe. As much as the homeowners enjoy entertaining, they like their quiet time, too. “They wanted a space that was comfortable and easy, yet also serene and quiet, a Zen-like place,” says Cutler. When it comes to creating a calm space, color is one of the most important factors. The wife had shown Cutler a pretty piece of stone that she had responded to, loving how it made her feel. “The stone—a granite—ended up on the kitchen’s island and countertops,” says the May–June 2016  New England Home 119

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: The study also serves as an informal sitting/TV room with its comfortable Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa; the desk is by Excentricities. A Restoration Hardware vanity resembles a piece of furniture, perfectly fitting its niche in the guest bathroom. A brushed-steel bed from Room & Board adds a contemporary, more masculine touch to the hotelchic master bedroom. The roomy double bedside dressers are from FDO Group.

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designer. “It’s really beautiful, and resembles the colors and patterns of sand and water.” Pulling from the granite’s blue grays, soft taupes, and sandy beiges, Cutler selected fabrics that reflected these neutral, nurturing shades. To maintain sufficient interest and to provide subtle contrast, she brought in a mix of patterns and textures. “I started with the tête-à-tête settee and its fabric, an oval-and-dot geometric motif in a cotton blend,” says Cutler of the tailored, yet shapely seating option that bridges the double living room. “From that piece on, I layered in interesting textiles, along with a mix of furniture that accommodated social gatherings.” Textiles throughout the house include upholstery in petite herringbone weaves, textural gridded velvets, and leather and Ultrasuede, as well as cutvelvet throw pillows and silk-and-wool Tibetan area rugs. All come together to create a comfortable environment with a hint of luxe. Reflective surfaces like the mini-mosaic fireplace surround, the capiz-shell

feature wall in the powder room, and the bejeweled glass in the kitchen’s twin light pendants add sophisticated glamour, while being perfectly at home in the coastal setting. Furniture shapes are clean-lined with a relaxed feel, and the metallic mix includes rubbed bronze and wrought iron, but is mainly silver in tone. The woods are either beach-rustic or espresso-hued in finish, like the stained walnut floors. “When it comes to style, I’m from New York and love a more transitional, not traditional, look,” the wife says. “Still, I wanted to keep the integrity of where I live, that historic New England cottage vibe, but at the same time, have the interiors showcase the level of sophistication and contemporary flair that I prefer.” Thanks to a skilled design team, the spec-house has metamorphosed into a home that suits its owners down to the last detail. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 203. May–June 2016  New England Home 121

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The welcoming sign, Festina Lente (“make haste slowly”), speaks to a lifestyle Gayle and Roger Mandle have come to embrace in their old farmhouse. The front entry charms, with its rough granite steps and robin’s-egg blue door.

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Family Affair An artistic couple call on their architect son to help turn a ramshackle farmhouse into a home that reflects their creative souls. Text by Anna Kasabian ✯ Photography by Tria Giovan ✯ Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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In the late 1990s, Gayle and Roger Mandle led a busy life in Providence, where Roger was the president of the Rhode Island School of Design and Gayle was an artist and interior designer. The couple wanted a weekend getaway, a place where they could decompress and relax. A ramshackle 1800s farmhouse set on a plot of land in southeastern Massachusetts offered just the respite they needed. About an hour from Providence, 124  New England Home  may–june 2016

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The long driveway, lined with blooming chestnut trees, sets the stage for a bounty of colorful, scenic views that surround the renovated farmhouse.

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at the end of a drive that included a winding stretch on scenic country roads, the property was surrounded by bucolic views of tidal waters and fields. The old house was barely habitable, however, so the couple called on their own family expert: their son, Luke, an architect based, at the time, in San Francisco. Luke, who now lives and works in Minnesota, remembers well the challenging state of the place. The farmhouse was a jumble of rooms

and rental apartments in dire need of renovation, he recalls. “There were several kitchens and laundry rooms, and different entrances, and there was a barn, which was also in bad shape,” he says. His first priority was to get the house livable as a weekend place. Working from photos his parents provided and hand-drawn illustrations and measurements from RISD students, he created a plan to eliminate a cluster of rooms, including a stairway on the

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Atop an antique Spanish chest tucked into a living room corner, a variety of objects tells tales of the couple’s travels, and African candlestick lamps frame a collage creation by Gayle. FACING PAGE: An informal gathering space with apple-green walls and antique furniture replaced the original dining room.

first floor, and create a living room with a fireplace. Luke’s visits to his parents revolved around work being done on the house. “That’s how we would spend our time together when I came back, working on one or another house project,” he says. When architectural edits left them with a pile of old windows and doors, they repurposed them for a backyard playhouse they built one rainy weekend. The next step was to build out a third-floor dormer

so that Gayle could have a painting studio, and work started as well to renovate the old barn, with its sagging, leaking roof. Project Team Architecture:

Luke Mandle Gayle Mandle

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The serene, neutral palette of the living room keeps the focus on the wall of windows with their view to gardens and stone walls. Linen covers two tailored sofas and a club chair, and an eclectic mix of art and antiques—from a milking stool to a commanding Portuguese armoire—adds character. Floors painted in high-gloss white sustain the peaceful mood here.

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“I love to have a change of mood and an element of surprise, room, to room,” says Gayle.

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A profusion of book bindings brings color and texture to the dining room, and like so many things here, chronicles a history of collecting. Earth-toned ceramic pots perched atop a French farm table and tucked into the bookshelves serve as postcards from around the world. RIGHT: A collection of American, English, and Swedish farm tools lines the walls along the main staircase. The zebra-patterned runner is one of Gayle’s many design surprises throughout the house.

The final—and most involved—renovations began in 2008, when Roger left his position at RISD, and he and Gayle decided to live here full-time. Since then, it’s been a work in progress that never quite ends, as the couple and their son have continued to adjust and redefine the main house and the outbuildings. Changes included enlarging the kitchen, adding a mudroom and first-floor powder room, building a three-car garage, and renovating the old barn to serve as a spacious art studio for Gayle and a wood-

working workshop for Roger. In designing the new garage and the renovated barn, Luke strove to maintain the farmhouse vernacular. “I thought about the agricultural vernacular in terms of proportion,” he says. Inside, Gayle revised the color scheme. Gone were the bright yellow and orange walls and scrubbed paint finishes that so suited a weekend retreat. The shift was to neutral, calming colors. For the living room, a long, narrow space created by may–june 2016  New England Home 131

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combining five of the farmhouse’s original rooms, she went with white walls and pale earth tones to maintain the open feeling. A wall of windows introduced by Luke bathes the space in blue sky and garden views. In the adjacent new dining room Gayle opted for dark walls, and lined the space with shelves to hold the couple’s considerable collection of books along with a smattering of pottery pieces. The sea of multi-

colored book spines adds color and texture. “I love to have a change of mood and an element of surprise, room to room,” she says. “I have always made our dining room walls dark; it makes it cozier and works well because we usually entertain here in the evening.” The dining room table was a garage-sale find from the 1960s. With each move in their lives, Gayle painted it to work with the new dining room decor.

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Gayle works on a mixed-media piece in her studio in the renovated barn. FACING PAGE: A contemporary steel-framed bed provides a light, clean-lined sculpture in the master bedroom. The flowing linen curtains, a Middle East find, filter the sun and keep the mood breezy and relaxed.

Its long history of color includes dark green, black, red, and now, bone and pale gray. Shortly after Gayle and Roger decided to make this their full-time home, Roger was offered the job as director of the Qatar Museums Authority. Not ones to pass up an irresistible adventure, the couple headed off to Qatar for four years. Once back in their Massachusetts house, Gayle

revamped a front room that had once been a graywalled dining room. Now the casual, welcoming space sports apple-green walls. “This was the one color I missed when we were living in the desert,” she says. “I delighted in picking a green that, as you look out the window, continues to the green of the fields.” The master bedroom got a new color scheme as well, and Gayle chose “a medley of taupe and charmay–june 2016  New England Home 133

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“I think of this home as a canvas,” Gayle says. “It was like creating a painting on a 3D canvas.”

The stone terrace outside the living room and dining room follows the footprint of the main house. White outdoor furnishings let the colorful garden views take center stage. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A sunken herb garden was built from the stone of old outbuildings on the property. Stone walls add texture to the colorful plantings. Among the abundance of perennials are showy white and yellow peonies. Lady’s Mantle adds a soft touch to the rugged stone walls.

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coal” from a cherished painting by her late mother, also an accomplished artist. Her choice of a neutral palette for most rooms lets the couple’s art collection shine. Pieces include art and artifacts Gayle and Roger have collected in their travels, her own paintings, and works by the couple’s daughter, Julia, and Gayle’s mother. All the windows frame scenic views. Stone terraces and a grotto out back, formed with the stone of outbuildings that once stood on the farm, add texture to the colorful palette formed by swathes of grass and bursts of color from flowering shrubs and perennials. A grove of trees and a picket fence encircle Roger’s vegetable garden.

Views from the front look out to a circular drive with a double row of chestnut trees and a summer riot of color in the orange day lilies and hydrangea blossoms in blue and white. Adding to the color is the front door, a luscious shade of robin’s-egg blue framed in white that pops against the dark house. “I think of this home as a canvas,” Gayle says. “It was like creating a painting on a 3D canvas. I dealt with all the same things—balance, color, and texture—and the mixture of old and new.” For a couple whose long careers have focused on the creative side of life, it seems only fitting that they should live inside their very own work of art. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 203. may–june 2016  New England Home 135

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Trends and Tastemakers Exceptional quality and style have always been de rigueur in New England design. Now the area’s home professionals see a new emphasis on individuality, comfort, and a true sense of place. /////

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///// According to architect Donald Powers of Union ­Studio, homeowners these days are more interested in quality than in sheer size. One example would be this riverfront beauty in Tiverton, Rhode Island. Although weighing in at a relatively modest 3,390 square feet, the home makes no concessions in terms of design elegance.

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There has been a shift in the definition of modern. “People want warmth and interesting materials. We bring in reclaimed wood, steel, or zinc.”

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an it be true that New England was once a design backwater? That architectural excitement happened elsewhere, while stodgy Brahmins made do with their grandparents’ houses and furniture, quietly proud of the threadbare rugs? Like many stereotypes, there may have been a germ of truth to images like this. But, in fact, New Englanders are knowledgeable, sophisticated consumers of design, and that has always been so. Just consider that this was home to Samuel McIntire, Henry Hobson Richardson, and Walter Gropius, just to name three wildly diverse and majestically gifted architects whose design ideas still reverberate around the world. Here in the Northeast, homeowners adopted methods of energy conservation long before they became popular in other parts of the country. Quality has never gone out of style here, and the silliest fads (think inspirational phrases painted on walls, mason jars as wine glasses) never took hold the way they did in other parts of the country.

Bigger Is No Longer Better Architect Donald Powers of Union Studio in Providence, Rhode Island, sees a renewed appreciation for quality over quantity that he believes is an expression of a larger philosophical shift. “I tend to think it’s mixed in with a sense of environmental responsibility. I see people who want smaller, betterdesigned houses,” he says. “They can afford bigger, but they want cozier homes with more detail. It’s not puritanical self-denial, but rather a desire for a house that’s right-sized for their life. “Ten years ago, they would have said, ‘I also want a swimming pool and a terrace.’ Today, they want a wind turbine, they want really nice windows. What does not sell is stuff that’s generic.” The desire for carefully crafted custom design extends beyond the yard, Powers says. “I see a real hunger for a sense of place. After years of soulless subdivisions, people want real neighborhoods.” Ramsay Gourd, whose architectural and interior design firm practices in Burlington and Manchester, Vermont, sees a similar desire for quality. “We have seen a movement away from mass consumption to almost austere minimalism, including sparsely furnished

“Antiques and classic shapes with fresh textiles and bold colors combine a sense of the familiar with the unexpected.” — Ramsay Gourd, Ramsay Gourd Architects

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Trends and tastemakers micro houses,” he says. “I see people looking for balance between comfort and beauty, with a social consciousness that is taking ownership of the past. We are involved with more restoration and remodel projects and, even in the renovation of older homes, clients are asking how they can repurpose elements and materials.” The same desire to marry the old with the new inspires today’s best interior design, Gourd says. “Antiques and classic shapes with fresh textiles and bold colors combine a sense of the familiar with the unexpected.” There has been a shift in the definition of modern, according to David Foley, principal in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, architectural firm Foley Fiore Architecture. “We thought it meant midcentury modernism, but a lot of people find themselves in 1980s and ’90s houses that don’t really fit the idea of modernism. A lot of those houses have big spaces devoid of

“We reject the notion that good design must include recessed lighting in a grid pattern. We are using interesting, lowprofile, surface-mount lighting with a modern or vintage look” — Jeff Osborne, Hark + Osborne Interior Design

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fixtures from Serien Lighting, O’Lampia Studio, and Robert Abbey offer understated chic. Facing Page: Architect Chris Hosford and builder Kevin Cradock equipped this kitchen in a fresh combination of colors and materials.

character. People want warmth and interesting materials. We bring in reclaimed wood, steel, or zinc. “Houses that date to the mid-twentieth century may have the look, but not the function wanted today,” he adds. “Those houses often had small, boxy rooms. To make the interior friendlier, we might move the kitchen from the far end into the center of the house; that opens it up and offers the layout that works for today.”

The Inside Scoop Interior design today is trending toward the same mix of materials that architects see. Liz StivingNichols, principal and senior designer of Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, explains it this way: “We are mixing materials and finishes, such as rustic reclaimed wood with lacquered walls, mixing metal finishes (a trend that actually took me a minute to embrace), and combining hand-block-printed fabrics and wallcoverings with modern furnishings.” She adds, “Always strive to find the balance and recognize when the scales are about to tip into the overdone or forced zone.” Kathie Chrisicos, who has an interior design firm in Boston, believes that today’s wealth of information is a mixed blessing. “There are lots of design shows on TV, and the Internet is full of all sorts of stuff. It is too much information for many of us, and makes a design professional more valuable than ever,” she says. The pace of development in Boston is “amazing,” she continues. “For homeowners, it underscores the continuing tension between what they want and what will affect the resale value of their home. People come to me with a hunger for customization; they want personal, but pulled-together spaces. “But,” she adds emphatically, “There is a huge overuse of the word curated.” Kitchen and bath designs are the first things to go out of style, says Jeff Osborne, who, with Amanda Hark, runs Boston’s Hark + Osborne Interior Design. “Our challenge is to design kitchens and baths that are handsome and will stand the test of time,” Osborne says. “We love mixing materials, but sticking to a classical, somewhat Old World palette.”

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He likes the modern option of porcelain made to look like marble for showers and countertops. “Also,” he continues, “we reject the notion that good design must include recessed lighting in a grid pattern. We are using interesting, low-profile, surface-mount lighting with a modern or vintage look. It adds another layer of interest, as the light goes in all directions instead of just straight down.” Builders bring to life what architects and designers dream up; they know trends better than most. Kevin Cradock of Boston’s Kevin Cradock Builders sees all sorts of mixes. “In a single kitchen, we may have cabinets in a couple of different colors; mixed materials such as paint, natural wood, and steel; and have some countertops in stone and others in wood,” he says. “We’ve also been blending traditional, contemporary, and modern elements in the same rooms.” Gary Rousseau, principal and executive vice president of the Cumberland, Rhode Island, architectural millwork firm Herrick & White, sees several interesting trends. “We are getting a lot of demand for high-end finishes,” he says. “People are asking for high gloss and hand buffing, whether that’s on painted, veneered, or polished wood finishes.” Live-

“In a single kitchen, we may have cabinets in a couple of different colors; mixed materials such as paint, natural wood, and steel; and have some countertops in stone and others in wood.” — Kevin Cradock, Kevin Cradock Builders

edge countertops are growing in popularity among his clients, he adds. The live-edge table, first pioneered by George Nakashima in the 1970s, has trickled down to become a standard furniture feature. Now it is finding its way to built-ins. “Walnut is a prominent material,” Rousseau explains. “Often, clients want the live edge on their kitchen islands, but we are also doing them in bar areas.”

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a modern take in the designs and colors. “I know, for me, I’m still attracted to an overall aesthetic of calm, luxurious fabrics with great texture, then popping them with a very graphic pattern on a pillow or paper. That is something I have loved using for years,” Goldberg says. “Wallpaper! Now everyone is jumping on the wallpaper train,” she adds. “I have loved using it for years, and we have great options today.” She points out that today’s wallpaper patterns, colors,

///// Top: Colorful interpretations of tribal fabrics from Schumacher (1) and Osborne & Little (2–3); three of Schumacher’s offerings in velvet (4–6). Above: Interior designer Charles Spada emphasizes the value of truly custom creations, such as a pair of end tables cum dog kennels—constructed in macassar ebony veneer and distressed brass—that he created for a pet-loving client’s home.

and textures have moved the whole category lightyears past the cabbage-rose papers of yore. “Velvet is making a comeback,” announces Nancy Burr Zwiener, who, along with partner Richard Ott, operates DesignSourceCT in Hartford, Connecticut. “But it’s not a typical velvet: one does not have to worry about the ‘hand’ being disturbed and looking messy. These fabrics are wonderful on sectionals. “Trims have changed,” she continues. “Brush fringe and tassels have been replaced by more beautiful and contemporary choices. A lot of wallpaper companies are doing textural papers like grasscloth, raffia, cork, and linen. “As for furniture and accessory trends in southern New England, blue upholstery is in,” Zwiener says. “Navy is the best seller along with indigo and denim, with a pop of pink to accessorize.” In lighting and bath fixtures and in drapery hardware, she sees a shift from heavy and ornate fixtures to more streamlined styles. “Nickel, chrome, and even acrylic are coming on strong.” Charles Spada, the interior designer and antiques specialist who runs Charles Spada Interior Design and Charles Spada Antiques out of showrooms in the Boston Design Center, sees a correlation between the world of couture and the world of interior design. “Once,” says Spada, “there was haute couture that trickled down to all fashion. The guiding principles were quality, elegance, originality, and beauty. Then it started to go the other way, and at the top level, clothing design was driven by what was happening on the

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street. Soon, everything looked like the street. “Today,” he continues, “I see everyone go to High Point to buy the same thing. If there is one trend I want to see, it is a return to really good design, to creating elegance and refinement.” He and his peers, he believes, should be actively designing pieces for their clients, rather than simply choosing from what’s available, much of which he sees as derivative and uninspired. Spada is encouraged, though, when he runs across the occasional project that he sees as truly inspired. “Not too long ago,” he relates, “I saw a New York loft with exposed pipes overhead that had beautiful French marble floors. It was sophisticated, original, and beautifully made.”

patterns, and rugs make the outside more luxurious and comfortable, and fire pits and fireplaces extend the season. People love to entertain outdoors.” Creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces is not limited to suburban homes with big backyards, Batchelor says. “We see wonderful rooftop decks, as people are moving to urban areas. The most desirable

“We see beautiful outdoor furniture that looks as though it could belong in the living room.” — Clara Couric Batchelor, CBA Landscape Architects

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The Great Outdoors The exterior of the home is getting the kind of design attention previously given only to the interior, says landscape architect Clara Couric Batchelor of CBA Landscape Architects in Cambridge. “We see beautiful outdoor furniture that looks as though it could belong in the living room,” she says. “Wicker-like all-season seating, exterior fabrics in great colors and May–june 2016  New England Home 143

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“People want to clean up, to have sleeker lines.” — Pierre Matta, newton Kitchens & Design

Form Meets Function Back indoors, the biggest design trend of the past few decades has been the role the kitchen plays in the home. Once a drab workspace at the periphery of the house, it is now as much living space as any room. Pierre Matta, designer and co-owner of Newton Kitchens & Design, talks about how today’s design trends play out in this most important room. “People want to clean up, to have sleeker lines,” he says. “A lot of them would create a really contempo-

rary kitchen, but they know it would be at odds with the rest of the house. So, within a traditional house, they make a more modern kitchen.” Matta achieves this transitional look by replacing three-piece crown molding with simpler cove molding, using slab doors instead of paneled cabinet doors, and creating toe kicks instead of furniture bases on the cabinetry. “People want wood cabinets, but they want the kitchen to be lighter,” he says. “We use highgloss lacquered finishes on the upper cabinets because they reflect light and make the room brighter.” People with a more urban sensibility take the modern look a step further, Matta says. “In the lofts downtown, people want glass and metal instead of wood. They are looking for an ultra contemporary and sleek look. Everything is flush.”

Tech Talk Electronics have moved to center stage; in only a few years, they have become an indispensable element of the modern home. “This is an exciting time for home automation,” says Gerard Lynch, whose System 7 Technology Design is located in the Boston Design Center. “When I first got into this industry fifteen years ago, it was expensive, proprietary, quirky, and

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condos are the ones that have exterior spaces, and homeowners are making the most of them with planters, fire pits, beautiful furniture, and lighting.” Lighting is the newest focus of outside design. “Whether it’s uplit trees in suburban yards or sophisticated lighting on rooftop decks, people are becoming more aware of the importance of good lighting,” Batchelor says. “However,” she adds, “it is easy to go overboard and make the house look like a hotel.” Batchelor also sees a trend toward renewed appreciation for the craft of stone-wall building. “Stone walls, beautifully crafted, can be traditional or modern. They define the landscape and tie it to the architecture.”

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needed lots of servicing. Now, open standards have brought us more affordable and more reliable products, and homeowners are no longer beholden to any single installer.” Among the big changes Lynch sees is that sound and video have changed to cellphone-operated automation. “No one even has DVD players anymore,” he says. Lynch sees lighting as the area growing in all directions. “People are putting in LED fixtures, not just LED replacement bulbs. There are now so many ways to dim, and to change the hue and color of the lighting. People want beautiful lighting at the same time they want energy efficiency.” Control over lighting extends beyond artificial light, Lynch adds. “There is a growing demand for

“Open standards have brought us more affordable and more reliable products, and homeowners are no longer beholden to any single installer.” — Gerard Lynch, System 7 Technology Design

motorized shading, which is also becoming much more affordable.” With a wide variety of new materials, carefully considered lighting, an emphasis on quality, and an organic, all-encompassing approach to design, New England’s design professionals strive to help their clients create homes that are not only beautifully designed and well crafted, but make an individual, personal statement. In short, New Englanders know the difference between a fad and a trend, and we look forward while continuing to honor the storied past. • ///// Facing Page: Kitchen designer Pierre Matta sees a trend toward high-gloss surfaces and flush, unbroken cabinetry. Above: Motorized shades are only the most visible aspect of System 7’s integrated technology in this Maine home by Anmahian Winton Architects. Left: Home automation systems from ELAN are fully controllable via your phone. May–june 2016  New England Home 145

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Perspectives New England design considered from every angle

A green thumb is optional when you have a planter that steals the show.

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1. Dora Maar Planter Jonathan Adler, Boston, (617) 437-0018, and Chestnut Hill, Mass., (617) 232-0502, jonathanadler.com

2. Estate Zinc Round Planter Restoration Hardware, Boston, (857) 239-7202, rh.com

3. Dala Planter Winston Flowers, multiple Massachusetts locations, (800) 457-4902, winstonflowers.com

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4. Litchfield Planter by Bunny Williams Century Furniture, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-0501, centuryfurniture.com

5. Kroton Bowl The Farmer’s Daughter, South Kingstown, R.I., ​(401) 792-1340, thefarmersdaughterri.com

6. Longwood Fluted Urn Campania International, Claussen’s Florist & Garden Center, Colchester, Vt., (802) 878-2361, claussens.com

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Style Scheme Joshua Alan Carpluk shows us how to create a dramatic entryway, bringing together bold colors, geometric patterns, handcrafted pieces, and organic lighting.

“The shimmer of cascading light this remarkable fixture gives off is mesmerizing. Handcrafted by Italian artisans and with almost three miles of chain, it’s a real showstopper.” Terzani, Casa Design, Boston, (617) 654-2974, casadesignboston.com

Turner Credenza “Finished in high-gloss navy lacquer and appointed with beautiful brass hardware, this chic piece anchors the space and sets a sophisticated tone.” Jonathan Adler, Boston and Chestnut Hill, Mass., (800) 963-0891, jonathanadler.com

Sturm und Drang Mirror “This magnificent mirror by Glas Italia is handmade with a Murano glass frame—more a piece of art than just a mirror.” Montage, Boston, (617) 451-9400, montageweb.com

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Diana Vanity Chair “This beautiful sculptural chair designed by Thomas Pheasant adds functional seating and interest to any entryway.” Baker, Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876, bakerfurniture.com

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Surfaces “Chain Link, a luxurious and bold wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries, makes a perfect backdrop. The detail and color tie the furnishings and fixtures together into a cohesive feel. Deep-chocolate trim work and a high-gloss cream color on the ceiling add the final polish.” 1. Chain Link by Phillip Jeffries 2. Death by Chocolate, C2-805, by C2 Paint 3. Shiitake, C2-911, by C2 Paint

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Five Questions Ryan Newton, vice president of C.H. Newton Builders, discusses the importance of maintaining relationships with clients and their homes over the decades. INTERVIEW BY ROBERT KIENER

What are the special challenges of doing historical restoration and renovation work?

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With historical restoration you never know what you are going to get. It is like an archeological dig when you start. Whether we are preserving or restoring or recreating, we always want to keep our work true to the historic feel of the house and not change too much. In New England, many older homes have small, boxy rooms on the first floor, and a lot of people want an open living plan that requires rearranging that first floor. It can be challenging to retain the look of a historic element while gaining the utility of modern living.

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Why do you offer “estate care”?

Our Estate Care division covers a wide range of services, such as maintaining security and other home systems, winterization, pool and spa services, landscaping, and more. It is something my grandfather and father started to help clients take the worry out of home management. Last year ice damming was a huge problem, and we saved many clients from big insurance claims by bringing in a company that used steam units to melt the ice. We will respond to a security alarm and go along with the local police. We even have staff on call 24/7 to perform services such as picking up a client from an airport.

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My great-grandfather started this business in 1958, with my grandmother, and the company has always had a strong family culture. I want to perpetuate that. This family-oriented culture also includes our employees and our clients. For example, our veteran craftsmen are training our younger craftsmen to keep traditional, often vanishing, building skills alive. That is invaluable. We also see our clients as part of our extended family. We have been working with many of them throughout several generations and have formed intimate relationships with them and their properties over more than half a century. That is a partnership I want to continue.

Homeowners seem to want to ask first, “What is your price?” I think they should be thinking more along the lines of “How, specifically, are you going to get our project done?” This is more of a cost question than a price question, because the cost encompasses factors such as what kind of team do you have, what kind of partnership will you have with us, how are you going to streamline the project and minimize our headaches? For example, it is important to find out how a firm handles permitting, planning, and other preconstruction issues. Building a house can be such an emotional process that the last thing a client wants is any unpleasant surprises.

It sounds like you are developing relationships with your houses as well as clients?

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Absolutely. In some cases we are working with the third and fourth generation of the same family in the home. Having this kind of history with a house is a unique scenario and a neat thing to be part of. In other cases, homes have changed ownership and we have maintained our relationship with the house and its new owners. There are practical advantages to having such knowledge of the property or house or estate and what quirks and nuances it has. Also, the house may have a rich history, and our account manager can tell the new owner the story. I remember how happy one set of new clients were when they were told the previous owners had purposely left a tree swing for them that had been there for decades.

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does being the fourth 1 How generation to join your family company affect your outlook?

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Inspirations

“When a Vineyard client requested a fun, lighthearted feel for the floor of a small guest house, I had just been to the agricultural fair in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. The roller coasters, ferris wheels, and whirligigs created a gleeful atmosphere. My design was definitely a result of the enjoyment and playfulness of the amusements and merriment of the day.”

“My art schooling in London and background in calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts still seep into my aesthetics as an interior designer. My eyes have feasted on royal charters and elaborate illuminated documents. I am still struck by flowing lines that curve gracefully and unfold from one to another. I’m also fascinated by harsh, straight, graphic black and white lines that create drama and make a bold statement.”

“I like to listen to clients’ intentions and visions. When my client’s daughter expressed an interest in Doctor Who and creating a time-machine entry to her room, I commissioned muralist Pauline Curtiss to paint the entry to mimic a British phone booth and a closet door to appear to be 221B Baker Street, the London address of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.” “I take inspiration from every color, shape, and object my eyes fall upon. I have been known to turn the car around to revisit a building, a barn, a tree, or a fence so that I could examine it more closely. I love investigating intricate details and every specific aspect of how something is made. It helps me in my design process and the evolution of my ideas.”

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Karen Newman’s creative wheels are always in motion. From country fairs to intricate calligraphy, endless sources of inspiration make for unique, very personal interiors.

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What Makes It Work This elegant, yet hardworking, family room in a renovated Victorian remains true to its heritage while gracefully accommodating the everyday routine of an active family. 2. A central axis created by the circular light fixture and ottoman pulls the formal architecture of the arched windows into the room; nearby, a bentwood McGuire chair and brass accent table from Arteriors incorporate similar rounded silhouettes.

3. A scattering of industrial touches—the wonderful rope-hung chandelier from House of Troy, end tables crafted in iron and distressed wood—injects an additional note of modernity.

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1. The meticulously restored original paneling is masculine and traditional, but lighter notes in the room’s furniture and finishes give the space overall a more easygoing, user-friendly vibe.

4. Warm coral tones and geometric patterns animate the plaid throw pillows and artfully upholstered ottoman, while a more feminine array of curves and soft blue-greens (drawn from the painting by artist George Carpenter) is deployed in the windows’ roman shades and the informally drizzled glaze of a Charlie West lamp.

5. Texture, too, promotes the dominant feeling of comfort, from the handmade K. Powers & Company rug layered atop sisal to the hide-covered hassocks by Lee Industries to the subtly metallic Phillip Jeffries grasscloth applied to the upper walls.

Project team

Interior design: Tiffany LeBlanc, LeBlanc Design, Waltham, Massachusetts, (781) 373-3290, leblancdesign.com Architecture: Colin Smith, Colin Smith Architecture, Lexington, Massachusetts, (781) 274-0955, colinsmitharch.com Builder: JW Construction, Burlington, Massachusetts, (617) 547-2800, jwconstructioninc.com 156  New England Home  may–june 2016

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News from and musings about the New England design community

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Liliane Wong’s early interest in pure mathemat-

ics and her current job as head of the Department of Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, it’s not hard to imagine one. “I was interested in describing the changing shapes of clouds as they moved through the sky in nonEuclidean terms,” she says. “RISD gave me a grant to knit clouds out of copper wire to get a better idea.” A decade later, Wong’s interest has changed from clouds in motion to how buildings move through our cultural and historical landscape. As the co-editor of the RISD journal Int|AR (short for Interventions and Adaptive Reuse), Wong has become a leader in the global effort to lessen the impact of the built environment upon Mother Earth. Wong and her students are involved in the effort to repurpose Rhode Island’s Newport Congregational Church, a Romanesque Wong Revival structure built in 1857. In the 1880s, artist John La Farge designed and installed a series of stained-glass windows in the sanctuary. By 2013, with the congregation down to just fifteen people, the

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Verbridge’s Chatham, Massachusetts, office, cautions about some overused forms of reuse. “Barn doors, for example, reused as sliding doors,” says Schneeberger. “It looks clever at first, but appears less clever over time.” Too much of anything turns into cliché, eventually. But not so, it turns out, for the trend toward deep bathtubs, Schneeberger says. “In recent client meetings, a priority in the master bath is a tub for soaking.” The thought that the water wouldn’t stay hot enough long enough made people think the tubs would be no Schneeberger more than a fad, but then along came in-line heaters and, voilà, problem solved. “The true connoisseur uses in-line heaters,” Schneeberger confirms. /// According to the flap copy for

Glenn Morris’s latest novel,

Saving Angel, “The Boston Institute for Architecture and its nonagenarian Dean, Angel Piscara, are growing old together, but an unholy alliance of arrogant architects and an unethical developer with Russian mob ties has other plans for both.” Morris’s novel is something of an inside job, given the

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historic landmark needed to reimagine itself. “In the public mind, adaptive reuse often means turning churches into condos, which is what we don’t mean to do, because the churchto-condo model fails to respect the DNA of the church itself,” Wong says. Wong and her students, with a grant from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, have been investigating “soft” intervention ideas—that is, introducing elements that expand the usability of the space without making permanent changes to the historic character of the building. One result of their collaboration is a fabric ceiling, its design inspired by the La Farge windows, installed in the nave to create an exhibition space.

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fact that he was the founder and chair of the College of Interior Design at the Boston Architectural College for twentyfive years. The novelist and teacher also runs an architectural firm, based in Newton, Massachusetts. “Right now we’re working on some ninestory, multi-unit housing projects in Woburn, where we’re mixing in what are called ‘micro-units’ of 500 square feet with the 3,000-squarefoot ones,” he says. Can micros be made to feel larger? “As far as I am concerned,” he continues, “the answer is no. I grew up in the Brickyards in Lynn, by the GE plant, sharing a bedroom with my three elder brothers. We’re of the generation always looking to move up to the next bigger place.” At the same time, Morris takes pride in the fact that the BAC has long been home to the study of tiny houses. As the college’s director of Design for Human Health, Dak Kopek, told the science news website LiveScience, “Such homes fill a need, especially for young, single people, that gives them some freedom and flexibility as they bounce between cities pursuing their career goals and personal ­aspirations.” /// Freedom and flexibility also come

from having your architect available and engaged throughout all phases of construction, and this represents a new priority for clients, according to Cambridge, Massachusetts-based architect John Altobello. Despite the best-laid plans, stuff happens, he says. On a recent project, he recalls, “the contractor discovered some significant structural defects within the nineteenth-century house. There were implications for the architectural design—which had already been agreed on. The layout and fenestration of the master bedroom and bath would have to be reworked.” With contractor Altobello and homeowners

present, Altobello was able to sketch a solution quickly, bypassing the usual back and forth, which can often lead to acrimony and blame. /// A close cousin of the adaptive reuse

movement is the sharing economy. When interior designer Heidi O’Donnell Eastman and her architect husband, Charles Eastman, are living and working in an adaptively reused bank in Westport, Massachusetts, they rent out their house in Providence. When they return to Providence, their home doubles as a showroom for Heidi’s artwork. Beyond the sharing economy, says O’Donnell Eastman, is the entrepreneurial economy. “While the sharing economy encourages the sharing of resources, the entrepreneurial economy encourages the wearing of many hats,” she explains. One hat she’s been wearing is that of teacher in a children’s program Eastman she originated in New Bedford, Massachusetts, called Port to Port. “Students learn how the sea connects their city to others far away, by mapping and recording in the field what goes in and what goes out,” she explains. Just think what influence Colonial-era trade between China and New England exerted on interior design: rugs, lamps, vases, silk! /// Students at the School of Design at

Mount Ida College are more focused on a career and its prospects than ever before, says the Newton, Massachusetts, school’s longtime chair Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky.

If she attended design school motivated by the notion of Botti-Salitsky learning the art of sculpting space, young people today already identify with being designers. “Now they want to know what our placement rate is,” says Botti-Salitsky. “Fortunately, ours runs about 95 percent, the majority of whom go into

hospitality and retail.” With a grant from New England Home, Botti-Salitsky and Mount Ida hosted the first Inclusive Design Symposium, in March. The two-day event focused on accessibility and usability in design; its centerpiece was a Design-A-Thon, in which teams of faculty, staff, students, and professionals displayed their inclusive creations, which go well beyond the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “We regard the ADA guidelines as the minimum,” says Botti-Salitsky. “We brought everyone together with end users—professionals in interior design, architecture, fashion, and other disciplines—to develop some real solutions.” /// One strategy for accessible design is

to build on one level. Modern design makes that easy to do in elegant ways, but, observes architect Danny Sagan of Montpelier, Vermont, modern doesn’t necessarily mean all glass and flat roofs. Sagan tends to build with what he calls a “solar wedge,” a roof sloping to the south that meets a window wall, with a high space behind it reaching to the north, an exposure that provides diffused light all Sagan day. Sloping not only keeps snow off, according to Sagan, but “makes people feel protected,” as opposed to the unnerving feeling of expanding out horizontally forever. “As in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Zimmerman House, in Manchester, New Hampshire, a central spine makes it easier to find a center,” Sagan says. “Or consider another great modernist, Eero Saarinen, who, for all his horizontals, created vertical conversation pits that encouraged people to stop and sit.” /// Is there an optimum ratio of vertical to

horizontal as we move through space? Perhaps Liliane Wong can be lured away from adaptive reuse long enough to apply her knowledge of mathematics. After all, if she can measure the clouds in heaven in this dynamic, non-Euclidian way, then why not our most beautiful structures in the New England that lies below? ” •

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April 30–May 2 Celebrate spring with the 40th annual Art in Bloom at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The much-anticipated event features floral designs created by garden clubs and professional designers from across New England, inspired by the museum’s art collection. A highlight of this year’s event will be classes by Hitomi Gilliam, a master of contemporary floral design. There will also be daily demonstrations and lectures about displaying flowers in the home, ikebana, and garden design. 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; free with museum admission, classes are fee-based and require advance registration. (617) 267-9300, mfa.org Birds of a Feather: Shelburne ­Museum’s Decoy Collection

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June 11 Celebrate the Providence Preservation Society’s 60th year by joining the group for its annual historic house tour. The tour explores the homes of Providence’s North Benefit Street neighborhood. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (401) 831-7440, ­for details and to buy tickets, see ­providencehousetours.com

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June 14–19 The Artists Association of Nantucket will host its fifth annual Plein Air festival, open to outdoor painters who would like to capture the beauty of the island. The four-day event will culminate in an exhibition of the art and the presentation of the Frank Swift Chase Awards on Sunday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery. $10 to enter. Nantucket, (508) 228-0722, nantucketarts.org Evening at Gropius House

June 17 Walter Gropius’s Lincoln, Massachusetts, home comes to life in the evening, when his innovative lighting plan can be appreciated. Tour the home and enjoy a slideshow and light refreshments at this special Friday evening event. $30 Historic New England members, $40 nonmembers. 7 p.m.–9 p.m. (781) 259-8098, historicnewengland.org Newport Spring Secret Garden Tours

June 17–19 Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of some of Newport’s most prestigious properties. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Aquidneck Island public schools. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (401) 439-7253, secretgardentours.org Day of Design

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Newport Flower Show: Gilded June 24–26 Celebrate the Gilded Age at the 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 Mansion, Newport, R.I., (401) 847-1000, ­newportmansions.org and a “Meet the Designers” cocktail party. Last year’s panelists included Robert C ­ outurier, Kati Curtis, and Philip ­Gorrivan, among many others. For details contact Sarah Parker Young, (203) 9823403, ­sarahparkeryoung@gmail.com The Annual OIA Garden Tour

June 25 Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Orleans, Massachusetts, 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, orleansimprovement.org

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2. Light Show Tracy Glover’s signature hand-blown glass lighting is displayed to dramatic effect in her new Metropolis Pendant. Exposure Lighting, Boston, (617) 2699900, exposure2 lighting.com

3. Pomp and Circumstance The handsome Rondelle Armoire from John Pomp is a stylish place to stash just about anything. Studio 534, Boston Design Center, (617) 345-9900, s5boston.com

4. Painterly Pillow Rebecca Atwood’s fine-art background is clearly evident in her fabrics, which combine traditional textile manufacturing techniques and painting. K. Colette, Portland, Maine, (207) 775-9099, kcolette.com

5. Oh So Faux This faux-bois table from Liz Caan Interiors is a stylish landing spot for your evening cocktail. Newton, Mass., (617) 244-0424, lizcaaninteriors.com

6. Serving in Style Anna New York’s covetable Amare serving set is on trend with rose gold, alabaster lids, and luxe midcentury design. Trove, Weston, Mass., (781) 642-0484, troveboutique.com

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2. Fresh Start Classic checks and jacquards are given new life in the Colonnade collection for Designers Guild. Osborne & Little, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2927, osborneandlittle.com

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3. Crystal Palace Simon Pearce potters use a unique glazing technique that allows sparkling crystals to form with abandon, creating vibrant oneof-a-kind pieces for the company’s Pure Crystalline Collection. Various New England locations, (800) 774-5277, simonpearce.com

4. Shelter in Place Escape the heat with Dedon’s TIGMI collection by Jean-Marie Massaud, which combines deep, comfortable seating and sun shelter in one stylish unit. Showroom, Boston, (617) 482-4805, showroomboston.com

5. Organic Compounds New from Waterworks, the Isla Collection by sculptor and jewelry designer Jill Platner brings sumptuous organic forms to the bathroom. Waterworks, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2496, waterworks.com

6. Kitchen Kaleidoscope Suzanne Kasler’s Couleur Collection for La Cornue comes in a wide variety of delicious hues. Yale Appliance and Lighting, Dorchester, Mass., (617) 825-9253, yaleappliance.com

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Thank you Ivo Cubi, marble craftsman from Veneto and founder of Cumar in Boston, for lending his and his family’s expertise in arranging the best of Verona and Valpolicella’s furniture and stone craftsmanship design destinations for this year’s Design and Wine Tour of Veneto. Angelo “Ivo” Cubi, born and raised in Italy, learned firsthand what it means to work with marble. “For seven generations, my family has been in the marble business,” he says. Building on this experience, Ivo founded his own company, Cumar, Inc., located in Everett, Massachusetts. With Cumar, Ivo has made strides in bringing the highest quality in marble, granite, and many other fine stones from around the world to both commercial and residential clients. Each year, Ivo travels extensively throughout the world to hand-select the product for Cumar. With its professional stone cutters and detailers, Cumar can do most any project you can dream of. Ample storage room in the company’s Everett facility allows Cumar to keep a wide selection of tiles and slabs in stock, while the innovative technology Ivo and his team uses helps to produce a greater volume of work each day.

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What it means to “Experience the J Barrett Difference”

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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.

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Manchester

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Custom built Cedar Contemporary on 10-acres. Main level open floor plan with Master suite, 2 extra bedrooms, fireplaced living room. 2nd-floor family room, finished basement space.

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Custom Colonial on 1.9 acres. Built in 2013, 4-bedroom 3.5 bath home. Fine craftsmanship. Elegant formal living room/study, dining room, chef’s kitchen, fireplaced family room. Fenced yard.

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Beverly

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Many recent upgrades. Beautiful 4-bedroom, 2-bath Dutch Gambrel. Large eat-in kitchen with white cabinets, formal dining room, fireplaced living room. Also large 2nd floor family/play room.

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Gloucester

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Spectacular open-concept Castle View Estates Contemporary. Deeded beach rights. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Main level fireplaced living room, master suite with private screened porch. Deck.

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Ipswich

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Beautiful turn-of-the-century 5-bedroom, 2.5-bath home. Old World charm with modern amenities. Period detail, original millwork, newly renovated stainless kitchen. Yard, patio. 2-car garage.

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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

NORTH MARSHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite 13 acre shingle style compound offers North River views, grand custom rooms, 5 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, pool, tennis & guest house. River access & dock use.$4,999,000

Deborah M. Gordon | D. 617.974.0404

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CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Shingle-Style Contemporary on 3+ acres with upscale renovation, designer updates, new systems, 6 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, pool and tennis court. Near Concord Center. $3,980,000

LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Young, stone accented home set on private, fenced grounds with 6 en suite bedrooms, custom details, gorgeous hardwoods, chef’s kitchen, mudroom, and finished lower level. $3,000,000

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LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Breathtaking Newport Shingle-style 5 Bedroom Colonial in the heart of Munroe Hill. Magnificent living room with wrap-around porch, exquisite master suite, study & home theater. $2,785,000

WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS Meticulously restored & expanded home offering 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, superb details, hardwood floors, spa-like master suite, chef’s kitchen, recreation rooms & patio. $2,545,000

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LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Young Georgian Colonial home offering lush gardens, formal rooms, maple floors, cathedral ceilings, gym, chef’s kitchen, master suite with loft, and music area with bar. $2,475,000

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

Elizabeth Crampton | E. 781.389.4400

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

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS C.1825 Gothic Revival with energy-efficient, total renovation, 4 bedrooms, architectural details, 3 fireplaces, and restored 3-level barn, just steps to Parkland and Town. $2,089,000

BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS Grand Colonial Revival home with expansive water views, 5 bedrooms, Pairpoint glass door knobs, detailed trim work, wood paneling, updated kitchen, and huge 3rd floor. $2,150,000

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DEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular renovated estate with pond views, high ceilings, 7 fireplaces, hardwoods, 5 bedrooms, pool, and patio. New roof, windows, kitchen and more. $1,999,000

JAMAICA PLAIN, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS On Jamaica Pond, 2 luxury residences with resplendent views & ideal access to noted schools, Longwood Medical & Downtown Boston. For the best chapter of your life. $1,975,000 each

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NEWPORT Brenton Cove Condominium • $925,000

Distinguished village water view home located directly across from the Beverly Yacht Club. This property includes a completely remodeled main house, newly constructed garage and fully-equipped guest house, and private dock on Sippican Harbor. The first floor of this stately home blends old charm with modern amenities: an open layout with great room and custom kitchen, formal dining room, formal living room, study, and powder room. Also with 6 bedrooms, including a master suite with balcony to take in the views of the harbor and expansive grounds. Exclusively listed at $3,995,000

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Rare offering of large, modern end unit townhouse style condominium home at Brenton Cove. Three light filled levels plus loft offering three bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Enjoy quiet solitude of waterfront living, natural habitat, water access and views of Newport Harbor from 3 decks. A beautiful retreat near Ocean Drive and Yacht Clubs.

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CHATHAM, CAPE COD MA $2,600,000 Truly elegant home offering the perfect balance between formality and livability. Fronting Ryder's Cove in desirable Harbor Coves.

MADISON, CT $1,649,000 Extraordinary 2,726 sq ft home on .99 acres plus .86 acre separate building lot. Steps to town green and beaches.

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setts, some fifteen miles northeast of Boston, has been developed in very different ways over the years, but its sweeping views (of the Atlantic Ocean, Marblehead Harbor, Marblehead Neck, Nahant, the South Shore, and the Boston skyline) haven’t changed—nor have they stopped taking one’s breath away. Once the site of a grand dame of the Shingle era, the 1.4-acre lot is now the naturally beautiful backdrop for a mesmerizing contemporary—all white and curves and windows—designed by the award-winning architecture firm Schwartz/Silver, of Boston. This south-facing, 8,000-square-foot stucco marvel with those remarkable views is also notable for the extraordinary light that enhances its architectural details: floor-to-soaring-ceiling windows, Portuguese limestone flooring, and ROOMS: 10 open railings (to keep from obstructing those 5 BEDROOMS views) indoors and out. There are terraces, 5 FULL BATHS; balconies, catwalks, and unexpected hallways, 2 HALF BATHS all airy and clean-lined. With principal living 8,023 SQ. FT. spaces on the second floor, the sensible five$5,950,000 bedroom plan takes full advantage of the— you know. Amenities include radiant heating, a sauna, and an elevator from the lower level to the upper level. The property—with 320 feet of oceanfront that includes some rocky outcroppings—is professionally landscaped, as expected, and there’s another plus: a private path leading from the property to a boathouse for the exclusive use of members of the Little’s Point Association.

Duly Noted: This was once the site of Grasshead, one of several Shingle-style homes built by the architect Arthur Little for his family in the 1880s. Renowned for his work in Boston’s Back Bay, Little summered with his family in Swampscott. Contact: Lanse Robb, LandVest Realty, Boston, (617) 357-8996, littlespointwaterfront.landvest.com. Property ID: 71609833

Peaceful Perfection /////////// Google “Serenity Farm,” scroll down far enough, and you’ll

find literally hundreds of properties (and businesses) so named throughout the country; apparently there is a ROOMS: 13 lot of bliss out there. Still, we’ll venture to say 5 BEDROOMS that this—a gentleman’s (or woman’s) eques5 FULL BATHS trian farm just shy of 140 acres in Woodstock, 5,000 SQ. FT. Vermont, is one of the loveliest homesteads $2,900,000 we’ve seen. Idyllic doesn’t begin to describe the landscape surrounding the main residence, a lovingly restored 1880 farmhouse with every modern amenity and more than its share of country charm. It features five bright and airy bedrooms and five baths, a keeping room/kitchen with slate floors and countertops, and a pantry larger than many bedrooms. There’s a sunroom, a screened porch, and attached two-bedroom guest quarters that can be opened up to the main house for company or kept separate for caretakers. Make no mistake: with an eightstall barn, four turnout pastures, a 100-by-200-foot outdoor arena, and easy access to the Green Mountain Horse Association’s trails and show grounds, this is horselovers’ country. But Serenity Farm is pretty perfect for anyone who longs for a pretty and perfect (and poetically named) place to call home. Duly Noted:

Outbuildings are an important component of farm life, and the structures on this property do not disappoint. They include a 30-by-60-foot renovated post-andbeam barn, a workshop with wood-stove hookup, a milk parlor (formerly used as a tack room), and two equipment barns. Contact: Story Jenks, LandVest Realty, Woodstock, Vt., (802) 238-1332; serenityfarm.landvest.com. Property ID: 4416017 by maria lapiana

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METROPOLITAN LIFE: PAST AS PROLOGUE PAGES 56–61 Architecture: Guy Grassi, Grassi Design Group, Boston, (617) 9569992, grassides.com Interior design: Lucie Beauchemin, Beauchemin Grassi Interiors, Boston, (617) 292-0600, beauchemingrassi.com Builder: Ken Vona, Kenneth Vona Construction, Waltham, Mass., (781) 890-5599, kenvona.com Finish carpentry: Leo Lermond and Mike Richardson, Connaughton Construction, Waltham, Mass., (781) 899-1438, connaughtonconstruction.com Pages 56–58: Holly Hunt George V sofa from Webster & Company, webstercompany.com; Deco lounge chairs by Pollaro Custom Furniture, pollaro.com; brown lounge chair by McLaughlin Upholstering Company, mclaughlinupholstering.com; rug by Steven King Decorative Carpets, skcarpets.com; coffee table by Eric Schmitt, lamp by Hervé Van der Straeten, coal end table by Jim Zivic, and red entryway cabinet, all from Ralph Pucci, ralphpucci.net; pottery from Pucker Gallery, puckergallery. com; dining room table by Uhuru Design, uhurudesign.com; dining chairs by Pollaro Custom Furniture. Page 60: Master bedroom headboard by McLaughlin Upholstering Company; bedside lamps by Lianne Gold, nightstand by Chris Lehrecke, floor lamp by Hervé Van der Straeten, and blue bench, all from Ralph Pucci; rug by Steven King Decorative Carpets. Page 61: Headboard by Christian Liaigre, christian-liaigre.fr/en; nightstand by Uhuru Design;

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada, (800) 281-9615, oldworldstone.com Exterior and interior stonework installation: JAJ, Medford, Mass., (781) 395-5510, jajcompanyinc.com Interior millwork and cabinetry: Walter A. Furman, Fall River, Mass., (508) 674-7751, walterafurman.com Lighting consultant: Chris Ripman, Belmont, Mass., (508) 674-7751, ripmanlighting.com Landscape design: Rick Lamb, Rick Lamb Associates, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 868-1939 Pages 66–67: Rugs from Steven King Decorative Carpets, skcarpets. com; upholstery by Decore Upholstering, decoreupholstering. com; sofa fabric by Nancy Corzine, nancycorzine.com; pillow fabrics from Old World Weavers through Stark, starkcarpet.com, and Rogers & Goffigon, rogersandgoffigon.com;

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chandelier and dining chairs from Minton-Spidell, minton-spidell.com; chandelier shades from Blanche P. Field, blanchefield.com; Gustavian chairs from John Rosselli, johnrosselli.com; floor stone from Paris Ceramics, parisceramicsusa. com; shades by Conrad, conradshades.com; fireplace by Chesney’s, chesneys.com; ficus tree and container from Winston Flowers, winstonflowers.com; table lamps from Bunny Williams Home, bunnywilliamshome.com.

OUTSIDE INTEREST: SAY IT WITH FLOWERS PAGES 70–75 Landscape design and installation: Jim Douthit, a Blade of Grass, Wayland, Mass., (508) 3584500, abladeofgrass.com

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Architectural and interior design: Mitra SamimiUrich, Mitra Designs Studio Collaborative, Bristol, Vt., (802) 453-5438, mitradesigns.com Builder: Bill McKinley, Cambium Construction, Middlebury, Vt., (802) 388-9224, cambiumconstruction.com Carpentry and property management: Chris Cartwright, Energy Smart Homes, Middlebury, Vt., (802) 388-3929 Landscape design and installation: Jane Moulton and Elizabeth Paquette, Hepatica, New Haven, Vt., (802) 453-7478 Energy-efficiency consultant: Andy Shapiro, Energy Balance, Montpelier, Vt., (802) 229-5676 Specialty painter: Jonathan Ives, Jonathan Ives Painting, Shoreham, Vt., (802) 999-4310, jonathanivespainting.com

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Millwork: Fine Lines in Wood, New Haven, Vt., (802) 453-6451, finelinesinwood.com Audio/Visual: Sound Source, Middlebury, Vt., (802) 388-2755, soundsourcevt.com General Lighting Supplier: The Lighting House, Shelburne, Vt., (802) 985-2204, vermontlightinghouse.com Pottery: Robert Compton Pottery, Bristol, Vt., (802) 453-3778, robertcomptonpottery.com Decorative accessories: Burlington Furniture Company, Burlington, Vt., (802) 862-5056, burlingtonfurniturecompany.com Potted plants, plants, planters, and garden accessories: Rocky Dale Gardens, Bristol, Vt., (802) 453-2782, rockydalegardens.com Custom rugs: Vermont Custom Rug Company, Bristol, Vt., (802) 453-7160 Pages 102–103: Living room concretefireplace fabrication by Stone Soup Concrete, stonesoupconcrete.com; living room fireplace Phoenix Green 95 wood fire insert unit by Wittus, wittus.com. Pages 104–105: Painting over dry sink by Sierra Urich, sierraurich.com; fabrication for steel base for kitchen table, steel wall panel, and steel I-beams by Louis Nop, Nop’s Metal Works, nopsmetalworks.com; light fixture above kitchen island by Y Lighting, ylighting.com; refrigerator drawer units by Subzero, subzero-wolf.com; family-room fireplace R-series gas insert by Wittus; stove by Viking, vikingrange.com; apronfront kitchen sink by Kohler, us.kohler.com. Pages 106–107: Flax dining-room light fixture by David Trubridge, davidtrubridge.com. Pages 110–111: Master bathroom ceramic floor and shower tile by Gayle Gardner, North Country Tile, northcountrytile.net; installation by Kate Marvin, Versatile Installation, Burlington, Vt., (802) 318-8888; faucets and bath fixtures from Close To Home, closetohomevt.com.

TIMELESS TRANSITIONAL PAGES 112–121 Architecture: Rob Bramhall, Rob Bramhall Architects, Andover, Mass., (978) 749-3663, robbramhallarchitects.com Interior design: Julia Cutler, Julia Cutler Interior Design, Boston, (508) 333-6739, juliacutler.com Builder: Tom Jacobs, Tom Jacobs Construction, Marblehead, Mass., (781) 492-1230 Landscape design: Jim Kelliher, James Kelliher Garden Design, Marblehead, Mass., (781) 2487992 Kitchen design: Andrea Avery, Andrea Avery Designs, Hamilton, Mass., (508) 641-0584, andreaaverydesigns.com Upholstery and curtain fabricator: Joe Marucci, Drape It, Waltham, Mass., (781) 209-1912, drapeit.net Shutters and blinds: Back Bay Shutter, Woburn, Mass., (781) 221-0100, backbayshutter.com Pillow fabrication: Sewfine Workroom, Salem,

Mass., (781) 956-0814, sewfineworkroom.com Art consultation: Julie Mussafer, Jules Place, Boston, (617) 542-0644, julesplace.com Pages 112–115: Entry rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets, skcarpets.com; console and table lamp from ICON Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-0655; mirror by Anna Simon through M-Geough, m-geough.com; pendant fixture from Nantucket Light Shop, nantucketlightshop.com; garden stools by O’Hara Studio through M-Geough; living room rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets; roman-shade fabric by Pindler & Pindler through Berkeley House, berkeleyhouseinc.com; settee by A. Rudin through M-Geough with fabric by Romo, romo. com; lounge chairs by Barbara Barry through Baker, bakerfurniture.com, with Hinson fabric through Donghia, donghia.com; Henry Royer side table through M-Geough; pillow fabrics from Kravet, kravet.com; sconces from Lucia Lighting, lucialighting.com; accessories from Webster & Company, webstercompany.com; powder room sink from Waterworks, waterworks.com; sconces from Lucia Lighting; mirror from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.com; wall tile from Tile Source, tilesourcema.com; dining room rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets; dining table by Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings, jeffsoderbergh.com; dining chairs by Lee Industries through Grand Rapids Furniture, grandrapidsfurniture.net, with fabric through The Martin Group, martingroupinc.com; pillow fabric by Galbraith & Paula through Studio 534, s5boston.com; pendant fixture by Hubbardton Forge through Chimera Lighting, chimeralighting. com. Pages 116–117: Area rug from JD Staron, jdstaron.com; bar stools by Lee Industries through Grand Rapids Furniture, with fabric through The Martin Group; pendant fixtures from Lucia Lighting. Pages 118–119: Wine room table from Restoration Hardware; dining chairs from Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com; pendant lights from Lucia Lighting; outdoor furniture from Restoration Hardware. Page 120: Study area rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets; sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com; ottoman fabric

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FAMILY AFFAIR PAGES 122–135 Architecture: Luke Mandle, Two Ton, Rochester, Minn., (507) 246-6646, 2ton.com Builders: Phase 1, Dennis Talbot, Dennis Talbot Construction, Little Compton, R.I., (401) 635-8328, dennistalbot.com; phase 2, Chuck Kaiser, Betterwood Homes, Dennis, Mass., (508) 385-5708, betterwoodhomes.com; phase 3, Luke Mandle, Two Ton; phase 4, Jeffrey Moss, Moss Construction, Fall River, Mass., (508) 673-1938 Stonework: Kevin Baker, Barrington, R.I., (401) 641-6256, kevinbakerstonework.com Page 126: Bench fabric from Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com; sisal rug from West Elm, westelm. com. Pages 128–129: Sofa and chair fabric from Rogers & Goffigon, rogersandgoffigon. com; ottoman fabric by Clarence House, clarencehouse.com; coffee table from Stroheim & Romann, stroheim.com. Page 130: Sisal rug from Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com; hallway rug from Ballard Design, ballarddesign.com; pillow fabric from C&C Milano, cec-milano.com. Page 131: Stair carpeting from West Elm. Page 132: Bed from Restoration Hardware; wood and leather bench from Barry Friedman, barryfriedmanltd.com. Page 134: Outdoor chairs and sofa by Philippe Starck through Design Within Reach, dwr.com. •

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Ad Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  159 Adams + Beasley Associates  31 Adolfo Perez Architect  36 Ailanthus, Ltd.  41 Anthony Tesselaar Plants  205 Audio Video Design  177 Authentic Designs  180 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  47 Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling  90 Bonin Architects & Associates  168 Boston Stone Restoration  91 Botello Home Center  67 Bradford’s Rug Gallery  203 Brookline Oriental Rug Co.  181 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  55 The Cable Connection  179 California Closets  80–81 Chrisicos Interiors  6–7 Christopher Peacock  39 Classic Kitchens & Interiors  177 Coldwell Banker Previews International  196–197 Colin Smith Architecture, Inc.  175 Colony Rug Company, Inc.  191 Concord Museum  201 The Converse Company Realtors  198 Cosentino N.A.  161 Cumar, Inc.  76 D.R. Dimes & Company  173 Daher Interior Design  1 Darby Road Home  92 Davis Frame Company  77 db Landscaping  204 Design & Wine Italy  190 Dover Rug & Home  35 Downsview Kitchens  69 Dream Kitchens  169 Duralee Fabrics  18 Edwina Drummond Interiors  183 F.H. Perry Builder  71 Fagan Door  73 FBN Construction Co., LLC  back cover Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting  164 Finelines  20 Frank Shirley Architects  185 Frank Webb’s Bath Center  147 Greenleaf Nursery  207 Gregorian Oriental Rugs  171 Gregory Lombardi Design  28 Hampden Design & Construction  97 Heather Vaughan Design  148 Herrick & White Architectural Millwork  57 Hutker Architects  49 Installations Plus, Inc  93 J Barrett & Company Real Estate  194–195 Jamestown LP/Boston Design Center  27 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings  183 Jennifer Palumbo, Inc.  48 Julia Chuslo Architects  180 The Junior League of Boston  202 Kebony  82–83 Kenneth Vona Construction, Inc.  8–9 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc.  inside back cover Kingston Krafts  181 Kinlin Grover  199 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  30 Kohler  59 Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting  84–85 LDa Architecture & Interiors  78, 86–87 The Lagasse Group  63 League of N.H. Craftsmen  182 LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.  153

Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  2–3 Louis W. Mian, Inc.  94 Lovejoy Designs, LLC  65 Lynn Creighton Realtor  198 The MacDowell Company, Inc.  19 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC 146 MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects  151 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams  65 Moniques Bath Showroom  182 New England Architectural Finishing  75 New England Cedar Fence  204 New England Shutter Mills  96 Newton Kitchens & Design  98 Nicholas B. Willoughby Contractor & Builder  34 Ogunquit Playhouse  201 Parterre Garden Services  166 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  99 Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  95 Perfection Fence  187 Phi Home Designs  12–13 Pinney Designs  191 Poggenpohl  23 Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  29 Providence Preservation Society  206 Roche Bobois  4–5 Roger DiTarando Sculptor  178 Room & Board  inside front cover Roomscapes Luxury Design Center  45 Rosado & Sons, Inc.  88–89 S+H Construction  51 Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath  167 Sally Weston Associates  62 Sea–Dar Construction  16–17 Sewfine  32 Shade & Shutter Systems, Inc.  53 Shope Reno Wharton  155 Showroom  185 The Sliding Door Company  175 Slocum Hall Design Group  54 Somerset Home  67 SpaceCraft Architecture  189 Sparrow Custom Builders  74 Splash Kitchen and Bath Showroom  179 Sudbury Design Group, Inc.  14–15 Surroundings  189 Take a Seat  184 Thread  163 TMS Architects  10–11 Triad Associates, Inc.  157 Unilock  165 The Ultimate Bath Store  158 Venegas and Company  33 Vu Design  173 West Barnstable Tables  178 Window Imagination, Inc. and Imagination Furnishings  168 Winston Flowers  174 Wolfers  187 Woodmeister Master Builders  45 Youngblood Builders, Inc.  24–25 ZEN Associates, Inc.  60–61 ///// New England Home, May–June 2016, Volume 11, Number 5 © 2016 by New England Home Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. New England Home (USPS 024-096) is published 6 times a year (JAN, MAR, MAY, JULY, SEP, NOV) by New England Home Magazine, LLC, 530 Harrison Ave, Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118, (617) 938-3991. Periodical postage paid at Boston, MA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 5034, Brentwood, TN 37024. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription.

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I used to be afraid to put pen to paper—there was something scary about the possible permanence of a bad idea—so I would sketch on sticky notes and then fill sketchbooks with the sticky notes, never once actually drawing directly in the book itself. Eventually I got past that, and now I go through two to four sketchbooks per season, sometimes coming up with ideas that I will revisit and pursue years later. When I think I have a lead, I’ll then “sketch-model”—make very quick, rough models to see the idea in three dimensions. Bent wire, hot-glued cardboard, dowels: I’ll use a mix of whatever materials are around me. These models mostly help fix proportions and overall feel. Only when I am confident that I’m onto something will I translate the concept into CAD and play with details. Then it’s time to make a final poplar model that represents the finished piece. Our new wood furniture collection, due to be released at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City in May, took me about four sketchbooks to develop, refine, and detail. For this new collection I’ve focused on the marriage between proportions, angles, and subtle curves. Our initial release consists of a side table, sawhorse (for use as a table base or to hold towels in a bathroom), barstools, a bench, and a console table. Everything is designed to be customizable—we can do taller, longer, deeper, use custom woods, supply custom finishes, and so forth— and we hope to add more to the collection over the years. Want to see the finished pieces? Come down to the ICFF and check them out! Asher Rodriquez-Dunn, Studio Dunn, Rumford, R.I., (401) 400-0206, studiodunn.com 208  New England Home  May–June 2016

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