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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Tradition With a Twist

Just a dash of wit and whimsy helps bring these homes alive

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26 From the Editor

Art, Design, History, Landscape 37 Elements: Surface Interest Dimples, crinkles, bumps, and more define these highly textured items for the home. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ 44 Design Destination The Mill at Newton Lower Falls, Newton, Massachusetts 48 Artistry: Dog Days At his home in Maine, William Wegman shows why worldwide acclaim for his art goes far beyond his iconic Weimaraner photographs.




54 Rooms We Love: Refresher Course New England designers offered up a fresh new look for the 1906 home that served as this year’s Old York Decorator Show House. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH // PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES R. SALOMON 60 Outside Interest: Small Pleasure Pretty, aromatic, serene, and practically maintenance free. What’s not to love about this little gem in the heart of the city? BY PAULA M. BODAH

People, Places, Events, Products 143 Perspectives: Gentleman’s Study Handsome furnishings with a masculine touch. EDITED BY LYNDA SIMONTON 150 Trade Secrets: Will We Know It When We See It? Comings and goings (and a few surprises) in New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL 158 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 164 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON 169 Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA

179 Gallery Whether bold or serene, color infuses a space with personality. 133 Special Marketing Section: Unique Spaces

185 Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 191 Advertiser Index 192 Sketch Pad A console table’s asymmetrical base keeps the focus on the highly figured mahogany top.

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and thence so many Yankee manses, with impressive stocks of blue-and-white porcelain and japanned furniture. Valuable people and techniques have also tended to move from place to place. Blownglass production in China, for instance, was likely sparked by the influx of knowledge and personnel from Persia. But work on this issue of New England Home has had me pondering how the instantaneous reach of our global media has picked up the pace and ubiquity of such style transfusions. These days there’s no need to wait for the arrival of a caravan plodding along the Silk Road; awareness of trends from just about anywhere can make it to Providence or Portland with the speed of a television broadcast or a tweet. The house you’ll see on page 106 was created originally by Royal Barry Wills, that famous midcentury advocate for all things Colonial. Its current incarnation, architecturally, seeks to harmonize seamlessly with that heritage. On the inside, however, the home has been infused with exotic essences— from Africa, India, and beyond—by a designer who grew up in Johannesburg but has long made Lincoln, Massachusetts, her preferred base of operations. On a less sweeping scale, I can see a subtle back-and-forth even within our geographical neighborhood. Taking a look at the feature beginning on page 96, you may note that a certain amount of Fairfield County glitz has made its way up Interstate 91 to adorn a historic property in (semi-) rural Vermont. What’s not to like? Handled with care, creative cross-pollination can add just the right note of interest or whimsy to enliven our spaces, and add a welcome depth and texture to our built environment. —Kyle Hoepner

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ne interesting quality of today’s residential design is, I suppose you could say, its portability. Although New England as a region is thought of as having a very definite character, if you look carefully you’ll notice that the kinds of homes that exist here, and the fabrics, finishes, and other bits and pieces that go into them, will often have roots that diverge considerably from those of our original Pilgrim stock. Flows of luxury goods from one part of the globe to another have a long pedigree, of course. Glance at the history of Malabar pepper, for example, or note the plethora of Turkish carpets adorning tables in paintings of seventeenth-century Holland, for evidence of that. Or, closer to home, there was New England’s own nineteenth-century Chinese export trade, which filled so many Yankee ships,

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Elizabeth Cohen is a self-taught studio potter who also teaches high-school English and is a mother of three. Working in porcelain, Cohen creates objects, like this Round Wall Piece, that are both functional and sculptural, drawing inspiration from organic elements in nature. 12″W. $1,200. Wellesley, Mass., (781) 431-8851, elizabethcohenpottery.com

SURFACE INTEREST Consider the curve, the crevice, the cavity, the cable. Ruminate on the rocky, the rough, the rustic, the ever-so-slightly ruined. Seems there’s a sudden interest in objects whose surfaces are anything but unruffled. It would be too obvious—and old news— to suggest that this fascination with tactile

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Originally designed in 1964 by Oiva Toikka for the Finnish glass company iittala, the Kastehelmi dewdrop pattern was reintroduced in 2010. The Kastehelmi Footed Bowl, shown here in clear, is the newest addition to a collection that includes a variety of colors. 11.8 oz. capacity. $25–$65, depending on color. Didriks, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 354-5700, didriks.com


Michele Quan, of MQuan Studio, designs and sculpts handmade ceramic art and objects for the home and garden, like this ten-strand wall hanging. 48″ × 48″ (not including the 26” adjustable rope ties). $1,650. Templeton General, Boston, (857) 3627289, front-online.com, and Sugar Tools, Camden, Maine, (207) 706-4016


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Inspired by the Giardino di Boboli in Florence, where mythical figures merge with the landscape, the Herculite Grotto Lamp is sculpted in clay and cast in plaster. 10″W × 24″H (to the top of the harp). $1,875 (shade not included). Webster & Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, webstercompany.com


Shaped like an exotic fruit, this cast-metal footed box makes a perfect receptacle for those small, easy-to-lose objects. 6½″L × 3½″W × 3″H. $38. Pod, Cambridge Mass., (617) 576-1600, shop-pod.com


Filled with fruit or left empty, this sculptural, pierced resin bowl makes a dramatic statement. Approx. 22″W. $850. Delicious Designs, Hingham, Mass., (781) 556-5269, deliciousdesignshome.com


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This is a story about what happens when a forward-thinking purveyor of Oriental carpets purchases a defunct mill building and, over three-quarters of a century, thoughtfully expands his business to showcase his rugs while inviting other intrepid retailers to be an integral part of the plan. For almost a hundred years, the C.F. Crehore Paper Company was housed in a 1790 mill building along the banks of the Charles River in Newton, Massachusetts. When the company was unable to meet the demands of a burgeoning paper-production industry, it shuttered its doors. For much of the early twentieth century, the once bucolic area and its forlorn mill struggled. In 1942, Arthur Gregorian, a Greater Boston dealer of oriental rugs and a collector of rare, inscribed Armenian rugs, purchased the defunct mill and opened a shop large enough for his customers—many of whom he had served by bringing his carpets to their homes—to view his extensive line. As his business grew, so did his space and, after two expansions, Gregorian Rugs presided over 40,000 square feet. Which brings us to the next part of the story. The lovely mill building remains home to Gregorian Oriental Rugs. Adriance Furnituremakers and Furniture by Dovetail have joined the mix to round out Gregorian’s offerings. Didriks, a locally owned home furnishings store, has also moved in and brought along its sister store, Local Root, which features an impressive array of cookware. In short, a faltering mill has been reborn as the go-to place for one-stop shopping for the home. There’s nothing like a story with a happy ending. 2284 Washington Street, Newton, Mass., themillatnewtonlowerfalls.com. Open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday noon–5 p.m. —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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Dog Days At his home in Maine, William Wegman shows why worldwide acclaim for his art goes far beyond his iconic Weimaraner photographs. ///////////

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very artist needs a muse. Picasso was inspired by Françoise Gilot (among others), Paul Gauguin by his Tahitian beauty Teha’amana, and Andrew Wyeth by Helga Testorf. ­William Wegman, the multifaceted, world-famous artist and photographer, is no exception. As Wegman lunches with a visitor at his Maine lakeside retreat, several of his beautiful, trim muses sit nearby, their big eyes following his every gesture, their floppy ears listening to every word. Suddenly, he tosses a piece of ham on the floor and they all scamper, their toenails skittering and scraping along the weathered pine floor as they tussle for the treat. “Weimaraners,” says Wegman, with

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only a hint of a wry smile, “make beautiful models.” As one of his fourlegged muses ambles over to lick his hand, he adds, “But they’re always hungry.” To his legions of devoted fans, ­William Wegman is largely known as “the dog photographer.” His droll photographs of the charismatic canines—all his and all Weimaraners—often dressed and posed in humorous and outrageous situations, have been featured in dozens of books and scores of one-man shows.

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His photographs and artwork are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and more. But the tousle-haired, self-effacing CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: For a Moment... (1971),

silver gelatin print, 14″H × 11″W; Sandy Beach (2007), oil and postcards on wood panel, 14 7⁄ 8″H × 19 7⁄ 8″W; Accident? So Sorry (1997), altered greeting card, 14½″H × 11″W; Still pictures from the video Museum (2002), 58 seconds long; Souvenir (2001), watercolor and postcards on paper, 18½″H × 22″W. FACING PAGE: The artist at work.

Wegman, a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is more than a dog photographer. As one New York Times art reviewer noted, “Mr. Wegman is one of the most important artists to emerge from the heady experiments of the 1970s.” The key word here is artist. Although he has carved out a successful career as a photographer, he is also a much-admired painter. He produces drawings and videos, too. His films and videos have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, and Nickelodeon. As Wegman shows off the cavernous,

10,000-square-foot former lodge that he calls home every summer, he points out several paintings that he describes as “works in progress” in his spacious, light-filled first-floor studio, formerly the lodge’s kitchen. The large-scale, colorful, collage-like works feature vintage postcards; Wegman uses them as a starting point, painting around them to incorporate them into a scene. “I love prowling through Maine to find these lovely old postcards,” he says. Painting, he reveals, is his first love and the reason he went to the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965

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and earned an MFA from the University of Illinois in 1967. Wegman spends part of the year in a New York City apartment that he shares with his two children, his art-book publisher wife, Christine Burgin, and their dogs. He often retreats to this place in western Maine. “My work seems to be freer up here, compared with my work in my New York studio,” he says. As if on cue, his famous models come

Wellesley Chatham charging into the studio. “That’s Flo, Topper, Candy, and Bobbin,” says Wegman. He picks up Topper and sets him gingerly on a high stool to illustrate how the dog loves to pose. “He’s a natural model and likes to work,” the artist says. “Each of the dogs has a unique personality; some like to pose, others not so much.” Wegman has come to terms with what some have called “Wegman, Inc.,” the ever-expanding universe of calendars, children’s books, T-shirts, posters, prints, videos, and more, all of which feature his iconic Weimaraners. He confesses he once “felt nailed to the dog cross. I used to feel hemmed in by the ‘dog photographer’ label, but I’ve gotten over that.” Then, almost as an aside, he adds, “Truth is, I’m not really a dog person.” He’s kidding, right? “No, I’m serious,” he explains. “For example, I don’t like little dogs or anything doggy. Weimaraners aren’t really doggy. They are dogs, but they’re not doggy dogs.” He turns to Flo, Topper, Candy, and Bobbin, who seem to have been hanging on his every word. “Let’s go, guys,” he says. “Time for a walk in the woods.” • Editor’s Note To see more of Wegman’s work, go to

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rank W. Rollins was New Hampshire’s governor as the twentieth century dawned, but even a state’s biggest booster needs to get away now and then. Rollins had summered in York, Maine, for a number of years when, after leaving office in 1901, he began searching for the perfect spot to build a vacation cottage. His 1906 Dutch Colonial–style house, known as Harbor Lights, sits on a bluff above the York River. With central heat, plumbing, and electric lighting, Harbor Lights was thoroughly modern. Still, Rollins and his architects, the Boston firm of Chapman &

Enclosed porch Maine’s natural beauty inspired Michaele Boehm and Kacey Graham, of Boehm Graham Interior Design in Bedford, New Hampshire, to outfit the airy enclosed porch in shades of gray and white. The floor’s broad stripes of pale gray alternated with narrower stripes of white infuse the serene space with energy. The graphic element is echoed in the drapery fabric.

Guest bedroom A gorgeous handrubbed mahogany bed with spindle posts jumpstarted Nicole Yee’s plan for redecorating a guest bedroom. The designer, whose NY Interiors is based in Kittery, Maine, wanted to capture the traditional character of the house, but she didn’t want guests to feel they had entered a previous era. Black elements, like the cabriole-legged desk, act as companions to the dark bed. Then Yee brought a modern freshness to the room with creamy white walls, a textured area rug of jute and chenille, and dramatic draperies made of linen by Barclay Butera with an Indianinspired design.

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The Italian Renaissance collection of throws (from back to front, Spighetta, Maldive, and Elizabeta) are woven of cotton and linen in authentic fifteenth-century designs. FACING PAGE, TOP: Many of Anichini’s fabrics, like the Turkish brocade in these pillows, are also available by the yard to interior designers. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Moroccan table linens are custom-designed and hand-embroidered to order.

and in the yard atop the wall. “You see the yellow mass at ground level, then it jumps to the upper level,” he explains. “By using swaths of the same material, it has

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ing low- and high-bush blueberries, bayberry, and hay-scented ferns, act as companions to the grasses. Cunningham kept the color scheme serene, too, ­choosing salvia, lavender, and allium for their blooms of soft purples and blues. “The grasses and lavender and flowers that grow kind of look wild,” the wife says. “They were actually selected extremely carefully, but they have a ­carefree, happy feel.” The backyard of the eighth-of-an-acre lot feels surprisingly open and spacious, thanks to a carefully planned mix of hardscaping and plantings. Working with

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“Even when things aren’t in bloom, there’s something special about the garden because there is an aroma that’s really nice.” landscape contractor Martin Lucyk, Cunningham created a bluestone terrace for lounging. Rather than giving the terrace a defined border, he explains, “we let it kind of break apart.” The asymmetrical edge becomes a narrow walking path across a lawn Cunningham describes as a “freeform space where the family can just spill out of the house and be active.” Strategically placed granite slabs salvaged from an old seawall pull double duty as garden borders and benches for sitting and enjoying the yard. That enjoyABOVE: Hay-scented ferns are contained by granite salvaged from a seawall. FACING PAGE, LEFT: Wisteria climbs the privacy screen. FACING PAGE, RIGHT: The

bluestone terrace has an asymmetrical edge that merges with a walk path. The grasses and ferns of the garden are intended to create a sense of movement.

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ment means admiring the garden’s good looks, of course, but Cunningham has also turned the space into an olfactory heaven. “The grasses and ornamental perennials

have scents,” he says. “There’s Russian sage, the salvia, a couple of types of creeping thyme, hay-scented fern. Even when things aren’t in bloom, there’s something special about the garden because there is an aroma that’s really nice.” All that sensory pleasure comes with privacy, as well. A slatted screen at the

yard’s edges, planted with dwarf American wisteria, shields the space. Whether throwing a party or just hanging out together, the husband and wife find their yard and gardens a pleasure. No matter that the grasses can prove challenging for finding the occasional over-thrown ball during a game of catch with the boys. For the active family, this is, indeed, an urban oasis. • RESOURCES For more information about this project, see page 185.


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the new inductees. Carefully reviewing the dozens of nominations from across the industry, each judge was asked to consider a number of criteria when making his or her selections: number of years spent in the design trade, community involvement, mentorship of the next generation, other industry recognition, and, perhaps most important, quality of work. The committee charged with selecting the 2014 class consisted of Boston Architectural College president emeritus (and brand-new member of the board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority) Ted Landsmark, New England Home editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner, and three previous Hall of Fame inductees: architect David Hacin, interior designer Nancy Serafini, and landscape architect Jeff Hodgson. Boston’s State Room will once again be the hot destination for design aficionados and members of the trade on Wednesday, November 5, as the new inductees are welcomed in high style with a gala dinner and awards ceremony. That night will also be the beginning of a new, yearlong program of research into and programs about New England’s residential design history, to culminate in one or more special features in this magazine and a presentation at next year’s gala. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, please join us in congratulating this year’s New England Design Hall of Fame inductees!

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Jim Gauthier AND Susan Stacy interior design

We can thank Christopher Drake and the late Lee Bierly, another talented design duo in the New England Design Hall of Fame, for bringing together Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy. After all, it was while working at Bierly-Drake that Gauthier and Stacy first met—even after both earning fine-arts degrees at the same college—and where they formed a lasting friendship. Similar design sensibilities and a shared work ethic led them to start their own firm, Gauthier-Stacy, in 1996. “Jim and I are exactly on the same page in so many ways, and couldn’t be more polar opposites in others,” says Stacy. “I think that’s what makes us successful.” Gauthier is outgoing where Stacy is reserved, but when it comes to interior design both exude a creative energy and a sense of fun. Their work is classic and

timeless, not driven by trends—but also not without spontaneity. “We like to have a little whimsy or something charming or unexpected in our work,” says Gauthier. “It’s about creating environments that people will thoroughly enjoy and create incredible memories in,” adds Stacy. Close attention is paid to interior architectural details, the scale of a room, and the careful interpretation of clients’ needs. They share a similar drive for seeing projects through to the end, as well as down to the very last detail: carefully chosen artwork over the mantel, hand-picked silverware in a kitchen drawer, custom beach chairs arranged just so. An impressive roster of repeat clients around the U.S.—from New England to California, Florida to Texas, and across the Midwest—is a true testament to the pair’s success. Their work has been published in Veranda, House Beautiful, New England Home, and other publications. One of the firm’s most notable (and favorite) projects was the Great Harbor Yacht Club on Nantucket. “We worked so hard and were so passionate about it, it’s kind of our baby,” admits Gauthier. “We still go out once a year and go through the club to make sure it looks like the day we left it.” •

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Treffle LaFleche AND Douglas Dick architecture

LDa Architecture & Interiors came to life in Treffle “Treff” LaFleche’s basement back in 1992. LaFleche and Douglas Dick, who had worked together at Boston-based Perry Dean Rogers, grabbed hold of their deep friendship, a similar interest in architectural diversity, and a strong working relationship, and took a leap of faith to open their own firm. Now working out of their Cambridge, Massachusetts, office, the pair has had resounding success. Rather than imposing a particular design style from one project to the next, LDa’s work reflects the unique and interesting lives of the clients. “We’re both fascinated by how architecture can really be quite different based on the climate and culture that is prevalent in any given location, and, of course, who the dwellers are,” explains LaFleche. Although renowned for their high-end architec-

ture—which has garnered recognition from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the American Institute of Architects New England—the pair takes this same thoughtful approach to their work for nonprofits and housing authorities. Notable projects include energy-efficient affordable-housing units in Northampton, Massachusetts, and a camp of off-the-grid cabins for the Appalachian Mountain Club. “Part of the richness of architecture is not just about the universities and corporations and upperclass people who can afford to build buildings,” says Dick. “It’s also for people who can’t afford to build for themselves. We try to do something that, although very cost effective, still brings out the same idea that we’re trying to build a unique place for people to have a sense of community and a sense of home.” Dick and LaFleche pass these same principles— along with a sense of stewardship, sustainability, and historic preservation—to the next generation through an internship program at the firm. “Our work is always a labor of love,” says LaFleche. “We never see it as work; we just see it as fulfilling our passion for understanding the world around us and seeing if we can improve it a little bit.” • Michael J. Lee

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thought to. Once she did, she never looked back. She earned her certificate in interior design from Boston Architectural College in 1990, and opened Oliver Interiors in 1991. It turns out that social work isn’t so far removed from interior design: Oliver’s skill for listening to what clients really want and then translating that into personal spaces factors heavily into her success. Giving back to the community remains a strong tenet of her work ethic; she places an emphasis on hiring interns, and often works for such nonprofits as Rosie’s Place and the Devon Nicole House at Children’s Hospital Boston. “With all the help and mentoring that I received during the time I was trying to develop my own career, I felt that I needed to give back,” says Oliver. “I work with a lot of people who have a Bruce Rogovin lot of resources, and it’s important to me to do work for people who don’t have those same resources.” As past president of ASID New England and current president of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition, Oliver has been dedicated to pushing through legislation allowing interior designers to bid on state projects separately from architects and engineers. After years of hard work by Oliver and other designers (including fellow New England Design Hall of Fame inductee Lisa Bonneville and Mount Ida College professor Rose Botti-Salitsky), the bill has finally been signed. Thanks to the dedication of Oliver and others, interior designers can bid on state projects beginning November 19, 2014. •

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recipe for some of New England’s most sought-after spaces. In fact, fellow New England Design Hall of Fame inductees such as Mark Hutker, Morgan Wheelock, and Douglas Reed have turned to Porto for help with designing the kitchen in their own homes. Porto wasn’t always found in the kitchen, however: She spent thirteen years in the fashion business before taking courses in interior design and discovering a true love of designing rooms and furniture as well as collaborating with architects. Today she is the senior designer and sales manager for Poggenpohl Boston, where she says she has found her true passion. “When I first opened Poggenpohl, people would look at our cabinets like we were the Jetsons,” she recalls. “Now people get it; I think people have more guts about doing contemporary design now.” A major hallmark of Porto’s work is her ability to listen to her clients and translate their vision into custom spaces that work beautifully. “One of the things good designers do for clients,” she says, “is hold their hand when they take a leap of faith, and give them confidence to express themselves.” •

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There are many ways to describe Rosemary Porto, this year’s honoree for specialty design, but she’d rather you didn’t call her a kitchen designer. “I’m an interior designer specializing in contemporary kitchens,” she explains. Those who have seen her work just call her talented, appreciating her intrinsic gift for humanizing contemporary kitchens. Porto’s flair for understanding the organic nature of a space and designing for individual users—coupled with a dose of creativity and careful editing—is the perfect 88  New England Home  november–december 2014

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Growing up in Bombay, India, Dinyar Wadia was surrounded by beauty: when he was a child, the capital city was the jewel of the British Empire, and he found inspiration in the prepossessing buildings of his native home. He loved to draw, and the city provided no small collection of awe-inspiring landmarks to capture on paper. Five years studying architecture at the Byzantine-inspired Maharaja Sayajirao University, followed by graduate school at Columbia Uni-

English Tudor, French Country, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, and others, these are not your grandmothers’ houses. You won’t find dark, heavy interiors; instead, homes feel fresh and bright. “Everything we do is understated and elegant,” says Wadia. The architect is quick to stress that any good design is not complete without equally thoughtful attention to a home’s surrounding landscape. “Good design is a house woven into the site,” he explains. “A house without a landscape is a house without a soul.” While much of the firm’s work resides in Connecticut and other New England states, Wadia’s architectural contributions span the country and the world, with designs in Palm Beach, Sri Lanka, New Delhi, and China. “Every home we design is tailored to a particular client’s needs,” he says. “Our goal is to make our clients happy when they come home.” The firm’s work has been showcased in numerous publications, including Greenwich Magazine, East Coast Home & Design, DOM & Interiors, Luxe Interiors & Design, New England Home Connecticut, At Home, and House Beautiful. The firm’s 2007 monograph, New Classicists: Wadia Associates, was written by Wadia with a foreword by Prince Charles (HRH The Prince of Wales). •

versity, instilled in him a keen sense of detail and proportion still evident in his work today. Founded in 1975, Wadia Associates has pioneered the New Classicist vernacular in Connecticut and beyond. The firm’s work pays homage to traditional styles, but uses modern proportions and scale, with simplified details and thoughtful surprises. Although many of their projects are influenced by styles of the past, such as Shaker, 90  New England Home  november–december 2014

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For a rural, eighteenth-century Vermont house, classic underpinnings, a layer of sophistication, and a hint of whimsy add up to easygoing charm.

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The facade of this 1786 house in Vermont has changed little over the years. The marble pool was added by former owners at the beginning of the last century.

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Wood and stone are a constant refrain throughout the house. The original marble floor is softened with a cowhide rug in the sunroom (left), and wallpaper with a birch motif gives the downstairs powder room its woodsy feel (below). FACING PAGE: Nobilis paper covers the walls in the back hallway.

While many designers wouldn’t think twice about gutting a Beacon Hill townhouse from top to bottom or ripping apart a Nantucket whaling captain’s home to make way for the second dishwasher and warming drawers, houses in northern New England still garner a certain amount of respect when being updated for today’s families. In fact, sometimes they can even push a designer to tread where he or she has not so naturally gone before. For interior designer Tiffany Eastman, it meant reining in her transitional tendencies and employing a more traditional look for the family who makes this 1786 Vermont house their weekend home. But don’t

think for a second that traditional means stodgy for this not-yet-forty-year-old designer. Classic, yes, but fussy was a definite no-no for her and the clients alike. To Eastman’s own surprise, the decades-old kitchen served as the inspiration for the design of the rest of the house. She changed not a single detail, and certainly not the green painted cabinetry that’s as eyepopping as the feathered peacocks that once roamed the yard under a previous owner. “Oh my goodness that kitchen,” says Eastman. “That’s what started it all. The second I saw it I knew it had to stay. It’s a cross between Kelly Green and Vermont Green—classic and november–december 2014  New England Home 99

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timeless yet unexpected. There’s nothing about it that is run-of-the-mill, and it inspired the feeling, practicality, and timelessness of the rest of the decor.” The owners, who have three young children, purchased the home furnished and lived with the existing palette of green and yellow for the first year. “They just aren’t my favorite colors,” confesses the wife. “After a while, I couldn’t resist having Tiffany put her spin on the house. I knew she could make the entire place become the home I didn’t even know was possible.” Over the past two centuries there had been numerous changes: room additions, new kitchens, porches, and, at one point, a swimming pool built completely of marble. The owners shared with Eastman photo albums documenting the house back to the early 1900s. “There was whimsy in the past,” says Eastman. “There were Regency influences, and the house was a bit Dorothy Draper for a few decades. I remember seeing an eagle over the front door that’s gone missing over the years. It inspired the bull’s-eye eagle mirror in the living room. I was on a hunt to bring that eagle back to the house.” Private, yet so close to Manchester Center that you can grab a coffee and be home before it cools, the house is quintessential Vermont, from the snowmobile tracks family members make every winter to the

200-year-old trees that give them autumn apples. “We have three small kids, two dogs, and a cat, and they all travel with us,” says the wife. “We bring loads of friends here, and they all have kids. It really had to

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The dining room wallpaper offers a bit of whimsy for an unexpected touch. FACING PAGE, TOP: The green kitchen, painted by former owners, provided much of the inspiration for the decor in the rest of the house. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: In the living room, masculine fabrics in stripes and wool plaids make for a clubby atmosphere.

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be a tough home, but I still needed it to be soft and have some glitz.” “It’s an updated Vermont manor house,” says Eastman. “The accessories and artwork give a lot of decorative character to the house, and I tried to keep everything else really clean. Sometimes I tried to be comical with the elements, making a spoof on traditional. The wife likes things a little left of center.”

Eastman started in the living room, where she kept the colorful Persian rug and coffee table and reupholstered the sofa and wingback chairs, dressing them in Robert Allen fabric. She also kept a leathertopped desk centered at the window and accented the room with the eagle-topped mirror, antique trophies, and books. Dark gray walls and dark brown velvet draperies add to the clubby feel.

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Much of the property’s 100 acres forgoes landscaping. Closer to the house, the espaliered pear tree is a recent addition to lawn and gardens that are loosely manicured for a natural look. Here and there, urns and statuary add a human touch, and a strategically placed Adirondack chair makes a tranquil resting spot.

The mix of woodsy and fabulous begins in the hallway off the living room, where Eastman hung Nobilis wood-grain wallpaper and layered it with antique crystal sconces and a marble-topped console that holds a pair of stone horse heads. A nearby powder room features the existing old marble sink, but now the walls are clad in paper with a birch-tree motif that mimics the outdoor views.

The sunroom, which has floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides, takes a more feminine turn. Eastman warmed the marble floor with a cowhide rug, reupholstered the sofas, and added a new coffee table from Lillian August. The family room seating area, which faces a massive hearth that was the home’s original cooking stove and heat source, is a favorite gathering spot. november–december 2014  New England Home 103

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All the furnishings and fabrics, including the drapery, are neutral, allowing the accessories to set the tone. “There is a bit of a country house feel, with touches like the deer antlers, tree-branch wallpaper, and the

bark-wrapped lamps,” says Eastman. “It’s all reminiscent of the surroundings.” Similar accents find their way into the master bedroom, where a giant longhorn skull hangs above the bed against a cowhide-esque Donghia wallpaper. “Skull and horn mixed with a crystal candelabra? That’s just me to put those two together,” says Eastman. Other contradictions, such as the gray-flannel headboard mixed with floral pillows and bed skirt, also just seem to work. In the master bedroom’s dressing area, walls covered with a tromp l’oeil paper of gray-hued books surround a fringed ottoman. Downstairs in the dining room, another wall covering—this time by Osborne & Little featuring dozens of silhouettes—bridges the gap between whimsical and traditional. “It’s not too serious, but still traditional,” says Eastman. “This isn’t necessarily something you’d want to live with every day, but they’re not here every day.” “I think my husband would live here yearround,” says the wife. “Eventually, that could happen. ­Tiffany, in designing this house, has certainly made it an attractive idea, and I’ve already called her with a few things I’d like to do additionally to the home. She’s going to have to get ready to go country again.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 185.

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A sleek headboard, pretty botanical-print bedding, and a longhorn skull make arresting companions in the master suite. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Antique pieces and a quiet palette make for a peaceful master suite. Bookshelf wallpaper lines the suite’s dressing area. Touches of orange warm a guest bedroom.

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The oƒ Two Worlds

A suburban-Boston house that straddles town boundaries also strikes a perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. Text by Lisa E. Harrison // Photography by Michael J. Lee // Produced by Kyle Hoepner

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Traditional aspects of the house, like the handsome paneling in the library, were retained. FACING PAGE: “I like seating in an entryway,” says interior designer Mally Skok. “It does double-duty; it looks welcoming and you can dump your things.”

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Skok paired the antique dining table, a holdover from the Battats’ Needham house, with classic Greek klismos chairs. FACING PAGE, TOP: Architect Chip Dewing created an addition, clad in off-white clapboard, that is packed with personality but complements the original house. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Silk and velvet fabrics give the living room a luxurious formality.

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ack when they moved to the Boston area from the West Coast for work, Chris and Randy Battat bought a house in one whirlwind weekend. The plan was to make the move, acclimate to the region, and then find a permanent place within a couple of years. Before they knew it, fifteen years had passed. This time around, there was no need to hurry. “We wanted to take our time and find the right house,” says Chris. She enlisted the help of designer

and friend Mally Skok, who had spruced up the interiors of the Battats’ Needham house as well as their Nantucket cottage. In turn, Skok reached out to builder Chris Hart of Concord-based Hartwright Company. “It’s such a time- and money-saver to have the whole team assembled beforehand,” she says, “because you don’t go down any rabbit holes.” Together the three scouted, assessing the renovation prospects of a dozen or so properties. “We were looking for a good lot and good bones,” says Chris. “I actually wanted to redo a house so we could get what we wanted.”

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Location was also key: twenty-minute access to the city was a must, as was proximity to the outdoors for hiking, biking, and running. “We like to go out our door and be active,” she says. “The Mass Pike was the answer to their problems,” remembers Skok. The trio struck gold in Wellesley and Weston (the double-lot straddles both towns), finding a mid-1960s Royal Barry Wills house that had been lovingly looked after. The original house—a stately whitewashed brick structure—boasted good proportions and nice detailing. A later addition to the property would be lopped off and reimagined. That’s when architect Chip Dewing of Dewing Schmid Kearns, in Concord, joined the team. Dewing’s task was to design a companion piece that would work with the traditional New England vernacular characteristic of Royal Barry Wills. “We wanted to be complementary and respectful to that era,” he says, “but at the same time we have a mantra in our office to ‘blend in and stand out.’” True to the architect’s philosophy, the new 3,500-square-foot add-on comes with its own identity: painted off-white wood acts as a nice foil to the original, clearly delineating both architects’ work. Dewing simultaneously links to the past with big bays, dormers with curved rooflines, and a whitewashed brick facade on the back side of the house (“matching the brick was quite a process,” remembers

A stunning shade of turquoise acts as a subtle “road map, linking the spaces in the house together,” says Skok. Hart). Other than reconfiguring the front foyer to open it up and let light in from the second story, Dewing left the original space intact. The new build-out sees the most activity day to day. The first floor contains the mudroom, kitchen, and family room, while the top floor houses the master suite and media room, and the basement holds an oft-used workout area. A three-car garage replaced one that parked two. The original section encompasses the butler’s pantry, a living and dining room, and a study; three additional bedrooms and baths keep company upstairs with the master suite. When it came to decor, the Battats had a general aesthetic in mind. “I like the look of older houses, but I like it modern inside—traditional but fresh,” Chris says. Armed with this directive, Skok set to work.

Embracing color, the designer integrated a stunning shade of turquoise that acts as a subtle “road map, linking the spaces in the house together.” The color is present in the barstools and the hand-stenciled backsplash tiles from New Mexico in the kitchen, the lamps in the living and family rooms, the fabric on the chairs in the dining room, and the butler’s pantry. The statement-making pantry (painted Farrow & Ball Sugar Bag Blue in high gloss) was reconfigured

High-gloss turquoise cabinets and ceilings lend the butler’s pantry a jewel-box vibe, while copper sinks and hardware provide a lovely contrast. FACING PAGE, TOP: The refrigerator, pantry, and other utilitarian elements are stowed behind the kitchen’s tiled wall. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Fabric from Skok’s Ikat Crazy collection adds a dash of color and fun to the relaxed family room.

Project Team

Allen “Chip” Dewing Jr., Dewing Schmid Kearns Mally Skok, Mally Skok Design Builder: Chris Hart, The Hartwright Company Landscape Design: Craig C. Halvorson, Halvorson Design Partnership Architect:

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by their far-reaching names: The India Collection, Ikat Crazy, and The Africa Collection. Her fabrics make multiple appearances throughout the house, from the slipper chairs in the family room and the dining chairs in the kitchen to the wallpaper and curtains in the grown daughter’s chic bedroom outfitted in white with accents of orange and pink. Skok, who describes her style as a few degrees from center and “not for everyone,” pushed the house in a fresh direction. No room was left untouched, whether that meant an entire overhaul or simply a coat of dark chestnut floor stain and new paint on the walls. “I’m all for no waste,” notes Skok, who took a streamlined approach to the project. No need

“Re-cover this, don’t need that, get something new; she’s very quick...but she’s not cookie-cutter,” Chris says of Skok. from its past life as a kitchen with entertaining in mind. It boasts plenty of counter space, a warming drawer, a dishwasher, and a copper sink that, when filled with ice, doubles as a chiller for white wine and beer during get-togethers. Chris credits Skok with steering her out of her comfort zone. “She got me to branch out, to use different pops of color than I might have gravitated toward,” she says. Many of these color accents come through in Skok’s fabric choices— no surprise given that the designer has her own line of fabrics and wallcoverings, hand-printed in Great Barrington Massachusetts, with more than 100 options. Skok, who hails from South Africa and lived for a time in London, takes a global approach to her creations, as evidenced

to knock down walls or overcomplicate matters if it’s not warranted. Her efficiency jibed well with her self-described practical client. “She’d say keep this, re-cover this, don’t need that, get something new; she’s very quick . . . but she’s not cookie-cutter,” Chris says. Skok, like Dewing, understood the delicate balance between old and new. Just as the house they created straddles the line between two towns, the pros brilliantly balanced the past with the present, tradition with modernization. For Chris and Randy Battat, the result—sophisticated, original, and, most important, comfortable—was worth the decade-plus wait. • Resources For more information about this home, see page


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Neutral tones are a quiet, calming palette for the master bath. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The daughter’s bedroom is dressed in fabrics from Skok’s India Collection. The chair and ottoman were recycled from the Battats’ former house. The focal point of the master bedroom is this joyful handembroidered headboard by Eric Cohler for Lee Jofa.

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Artistic License

A couple with a penchant for collecting decorate their Maine house with results that are unpredictable, idiosyncratic, and wonderfully personal.

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Text by Megan Fulweiler é Photography by Trent Bell é Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

b With the keeping room and kitchen merged, the owners have plenty of room for informal dining and cooking (including James Geras’s acclaimed homemade pies). Daniel Tousignant painted the clouds at the hearth as well as the landscape mounted above the old-fashioned phone.

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purchased a carriage house in nearby Wiscasset to recast as a second personalityfilled gallery they’ll call Sheepscot Hill. Their enthusiasm for the countryside results in scores of visitors, too. And, like everyone else, guests always seem reluctant to leave. Of course, that’s not surprising, given that it’s Maine and that the owners have forged a welcoming, wonderful nest chock-full of visual treats. Tousignant is a full-tilt collector, buying not just one object at a time, but sometimes whole collections of catchy items. “I find beauty in lots of things people throw away,” he says. The living room, where Tousignant has painted an appealing tree-dotted mural in the style of early-American muralist Rufus Porter, is a fine example of his brio. A basket of antique light bulbs, treasured for their unusual shapes, sits on the hearth. Just above, a marble collection

b lEFT: The owners chose a historic green paint color to marry the rooms and provide continuity. The peninsula, which claims the spot where a wall once stood, is clad in paneling recast from salvaged doors. BEloW: Hand-blown vases from Sea Wicks in Damariscotta, Maine, take the place of a flowery centerpiece on the dining table. The dining chairs and benches were a local find, too. FACING PAGE: Tousignant, who is also a rug expert, has assembled an impressive rug collection. An antique Heriz from about 1900 warms the library floor.


here have been no official studies, but there just might be something magical in Maine’s drinking water. Visitors—young and old—fall in love with the place and return again and again like migrating ospreys. More than a few take up permanent residence. True, the coast is breathtaking and picture-postcard villages appear one after another, but there must also be a subtle spell at work to charm so many so completely. Take photographer James Geras and Daniel Tousignant, a painter who is also widely recognized for his glass and ceramics. Owners of a successful San Francisco gallery bearing their names, the two bought an eighteenth-century centerchimney cape on five acres in pretty Lincoln County seven years ago. Besotted with the structure, they snatched it up without even investigating all the rooms. “They were just too crowded,” recalls Tousignant. Since then, while they’ve been zipping between coasts revamping their northern getaway, they’ve only become more enamored with the state. They recently november–december 2014 New eNglaNd Home 117

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“I guess you could describe our approach as artistic with an eclectic vibe,” says Tousignant.

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antique Spanish gilt frame draws more attention left empty atop the mural. left: A sampling of the men’s hundreds of antique jugs finds a home on the screened porch. Below: As a foil to the era-appropriate mural, the couple cleverly introduced a Brunschwig & Fils sofa and a Moroccan rug. Bottom: Rustic wheel forms make an engaging composition in the master bedroom.

fills a favorite brass scale (just one of many scales the two collect). Old German sandstone building blocks fashion a quirky skyline along the mantel in front of an engaging study of a Civil War soldier. “I bought it at a country auction thinking I’d use the canvas for a painting,” says Tousignant. “I didn’t find the portrait till I’d hosed off the dirt.” Country auctions and barn sales are familiar stomping grounds for the owners, who relied primarily on their creativity when it came to updating their old home. Simple steps like the removal of lightblocking trees and the addition of a modern bay window made a huge impact. Still more dynamic was the opening of the house to its fabulous surroundings. The men plugged in two sets of French doors—one off the kitchen, the other off the family room—giving access to a generous deck. “We have so many theater friends. We light up the deck and put on impromptu singing and dancing shows like South Pacific,” Tousignant, who’s also always on

the lookout for costumes, explains with delight. Smartly demolishing a wall between the keeping room and a small utility area allowed the men to merge the two and devise an airy kitchen with a charming fireplace-lit dining area. Affordable Ikea cabinets provide storage, while paneling (crafted from wood salvaged from remapping the upstairs) ties the fresh space to the past. Four-inchthick pine counters with a live edge—crafted by Eben Lovejoy of Dry Kye Rustic Furniture in Waterville, Maine—give witness to the owners’ goal of making the house functional and stylish. Hefty exposed beams that once hid under contemporary ceilings are the most prominent reminders of the building’s age. Conscientious about reusing materials, the men saved everything they could, like the doors and pine floors that, along with the couple’s art and mementos, add to the cozy ambience. Many of the latter perch on shelves in the library, along with november–december 2014  New England Home 119

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b TOP: Blankets from Ralph Lauren

Home and pillows galore amp up the coziness in the family room; bark removed from the stump tables dresses the bar in the background. ABOVE: To maintain the old-time tenor, Tousignant painted an early American flag on the barn. FACING PAGE: Tree stumps often serve as seating when the owners host a gathering on the deck.

globes, rare antique books, and baskets. The dining room has its own signature displays: antique wood planes in one spot, drills in another. Floating above the solid mahogany table with its decoratively painted top a chandelier festooned with handblown glass orbs by Kevin Grady injects a playful note. Guests line up on Amish-style wood benches for dinner, and watch the light flicker like fireflies through a centerpiece of handblown vases harvested from a local shop. The family room serves as entertainment central in spirit as well as design. The intimate space, with its relaxed furnishings and rustic stump tables (cut by Lovejoy from a downed tree), inspires gatherings year-round. Among the treasures lodged here are a cache of antique musical instruments, an antique player piano, and a Karaoke machine. The bar sports a fridge, and there’s a vintage-looking TV (actually a midcentury case sheltering a new model) for movie watching. The screened porch’s lure is irresistible, at least until temperatures plummet. Night or day, the owners and whoever is about convene around the shapely driftwood table. At their feet lies an antique

Bakhtiari rug. And there’s another collection on parade to boost interest as well. This time, it’s a bevy of portly vintage stoneware crock jugs. In yesterday’s world, the home’s second level was an Alice-in-Wonderland warren of tiny rooms with head-bumping ceilings. “James refused to come up the stairs,” remembers Tousignant. To remedy the situation, the men removed the walls and forged one large master bedroom with sitting and dressing areas instead. Old wheel forms from Elmer’s Barn in Coopersville, Maine, juxtaposed with a pair of modern sculptures make an arresting composition to wake up to every morning. “I guess you could describe our approach as artistic with an eclectic vibe,” Tousignant says, far too modestly considering the home’s appealing chemistry. The warm and personal decor speaks to the couple’s aesthetic. Heaven knows it gets people’s attention almost as much as the flag Tousignant painted on the old barn. Spy that and you’d be right in thinking some very talented people live here. • Resources For more information about this home, see

page 185.

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“We have so many theater friends. We light up the deck and put on impromptu shows like South Pacific.”

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with its red cedar shingles and cedar trim, the five-bedroom house blends nicely with the traditional flavor of the suburban Boston neighborhood. A chip-seal driveway, new england bluestone–covered retaining walls, and magnolia trees soften the landscape.

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Team Spirit When a squad of dedicated pros collaborate this closely, it’s no wonder the result is a home that fulfills its owners’ every desire. Text by Robert Kiener Æ Photography by Greg Premru

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the dramatic, open staircase of iron and oak seems to float in its airy, light-filled, glassenclosed stairwell. FAcing pAge, top: texture reigns in the dining room, where grasscloth walls and chairs outfitted in plum-colored wool surround a table that can seat up to twenty. FAcing pAge, BottoM: the homeowners opted for a dressier look for the intimate living room.

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It’s not a word that Boston-based architect Treff LaFleche uses casually, but it’s how he describes the Weston, Massachusetts, home that his staff and a like-minded team of collaborators created. “I think something is sublime when it is so beautifully considered and made that it appears effortless in its use and operation,” says ­LaFleche, a co-founder of LDa Architecture & Interiors. The owners of the 6,000-square-foot house apparently agree; they’ve told LaFleche that hardly a day goes by that they don’t discover some new delight in their one-year-old home. It could be the way the breakfast-nook windows perfectly frame the view of the woodlands outside. Or the way the home’s signature staircase seems to float in space. Or it could be a small detail, like the simple elegance of the bronze and hand-stitched-leather pull on the door of the husband’s home office. The compliments are especially meaningful to the architects, designers, builder, landscape architect, and contractors who teamed up on this two-story, Shingle-style, five-bedroom house. “That’s because the owners were also an integral part of the collaborative effort that produced this home,” says builder

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cLockwise FRoM ABoVe: wooden

lattice screens close the dining room off from the family room. the open-plan kitchen boasts custom-made striated ash veneer cabinets and a walnut-topped granite island. the family room features a bluestone fireplace topped by a bronze-finished steel panel system that hides a television. tall windows offer backyard views from the five-sided breakfast nook.

“We DiDn’T WanT To CLoSe oFF LighT Too muCh When The DooRS WeRe CLoSeD, So We DeSigneD oaK PoCKeT DooRS buiLT aRounD ChineSe SCReenS,” SayS LaFLeChe.

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Jim Youngblood. “They were in this from the beginning and encouraged us to push ourselves to create something special.” Because the project was a team effort from almost day one, “the process was very efficient,” says LDa’s John Day. “Everyone pitched in and had the chance to comment. Also, because we were building a house from scratch, we had the freedom to come up with solutions to the way the clients live and tailor their space—and make it respond—to their needs.” The owners wanted an elegant (but not “stuffy”) home that nestled into the landscape, took advantage of the lot’s wooded views, and let in lots of light. They also wanted an open floor plan, and they wanted their home to feel both intimate and expansive. Finally, they asked for an environment that celebrated craft. Says LaFleche, “They were very involved and cared about ideas, craft, and process.” That’s evident in one of the home’s most striking features, the open staircase of iron and oak that is visible from most of the rooms. In one of their frequent meetings, the owners and their team discussed the proj-

ect, pitching in with ideas, concerns, and solutions. The open floor plan, large windows, and a long, somewhat narrow footprint that lets the line shine through front to back help fill the house with light. Nine-foot ceilings help open the views to the outside. The more traditional front of the house blends in with the neighborhood’s New England vernacular, while the back is more dramatic. It is largely wrapped in glass, and the tower-like section that contains the stairway is topped by a striking copperclad roof. Landscape designer Stephanie Hubbard took advantage of the lot’s gradual slope to design differently landscaped spaces. “There’s a more designed entry-garden ‘room’ in front of the house,” she explains. “As you work your way around the house and get closer to the woods, the landscaping becomes freer, more natural.” Retaining walls are clad in split-faced New England bluestone. “The stone’s clean-lined, architectural pattern works well with both the house and the surroundings,” says Hubbard. The interior palette takes its cue from the outdoors

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cLockwise FRoM top: the dark wood of the vanity pops against pale travertine walls and floors in the master bath. the master bedroom holds another custom paneling system that hides the tV. An oak barn door with a handsome leather pull opens to a second-floor office. FAcing pAge: windows wrap the striking rear elevation.

and features deep greens, golds, cranberries, and other earthy New England shades. Bluestone forms the family room fireplace, and most floors are of custom-finished, stained oak. “A lot of the material is what you’d expect in a New England home, but in an unexpected finish,” explains Day. For example, the rift and quartered oak floors, which could be found in a nineteenth-century house, were cerused to bring out the grain and finished with oil and wax. The dining room is an elegant solution to the owners’ request that the home be both intimate and spacious. With its pocket doors open, it feels connected to the rest of the house. Closed doors turn the room 128 New eNglaNd Home November–December 2014

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“as you work your way around the house and get closer to the woods, the landscape becomes freer, more natural,” says Hubbard.

into a self-contained dining area. “We didn’t want to close off the light too much when the doors were closed, so we designed oak pocket doors built around antique Chinese screens,” says LaFleche. The living room has a more layered, traditional look that gives it the feel of a parlor for a surprising nod to the past. The kitchen, centered around a dramatic island of granite and walnut, fits seamlessly into the open floor plan. A butler’s pantry and coffee bar hide inside a custom-built, furniture-like cabinet. Almost every vantage point in the house offers Project Team

Treff LaFleche and John Day, LDa Architecture & Interiors Landscape design: Stephanie Hubbard, SiteCreative Landscape Architecture Builder: Jim Youngblood, Youngblood Builders Millwork: Herrick & White Architecture and interior design:

drop-dead vistas of the woodlands and conservation land outside. Inside, the views are just as intriguing, with dramatic features like the floating staircase, the granite kitchen island, and the beamed ceiling in the family room that catch the eye. And there are surprises throughout the home. In the family room, for example, a big-screen TV above the fireplace is disguised by a motorized bronze panel that opens at the touch of a button. In the dining room, the custom-made table seats twenty but can also be split into two smaller, square tables for moreintimate seating. It’s clear that every room, every square inch, of this house was designed with attention to detail and purpose. “Most of us have to fit our lives into the houses we have,” says Day. “These owners took the opportunity to have a home that responds to their needs.” In most cases, the phrase “designed by committee” is meant to be an insult. In this collaborative success, it’s a badge of honor. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 185. November–December 2014  New England Home 129

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The Jewel Box rban remodeling requires that every square inch of space be optimally utilized in order to maximize the value and functionality of each residence. Adams + Beasley Associates excels at this type of spatial engineering. This property, a 980-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath condo, was a true challenge in creative programming. An air conditioning unit, writing desk, file/storage drawers, and a stowaway walnut dining table all reside in this single millwork installation, and yet it reads as a sophisticated, custom piece in its own right. Congruent with the home’s “jewel box” aesthetic, this piece showcases the beautiful panoramic views of the Boston Public Garden below.


➊ A writing desk transforms into an elegant dining table for four, easily stowed or pulled out by one person, and cleverly camouflaged behind the desk’s “pencil drawer front.” ➋ Concealed behind this door is a printer, modem, filing drawers, AV components, writing supplies, and open shelves for books. ➌ On this side, the custom, oil-rubbed bronze architectural grills disguise the large unattractive HVAC unit and supply ductwork.


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Outdoor Dining Room hen DNA Architecture was designing this renovation, we knew we had a special opportunity with this courtyard. As an architecture firm, we took a different approach to the space that is surrounded by 30’-50’ brick walls. We sought to create an outdoor dining room rather than a courtyard. The old brick already brought character and we stripped the paint off and washed the brick, careful to keep its patina. We then designed a stunning, copper fireplace to anchor the space. Copper was chosen to complement the brick and also bring another layer of patina over time. Next, the custom copper lights were used because of their Old World look and the beautiful light pattern they would shine on the brick. The use of light, texture, and color in this space all come together to create a unique space (especially on a chilly autumn night!).


➊ The custom copper fireplace has an outdoor gas unit for ease of use. The simple design allows the materials to be the focal point. ➋ The sconces illuminate the walls to show their texture. Their light also creates a “ceiling” to the tall space, making it feel more intimate. ➌ The teak furniture was chosen because of its clean lines and soft color. It complements the color of the brick and copper.

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➊ Imported from Thailand, the antique carved Buddha in copper- and gold-leaf tones are the central decor feature of the room and sole stationary furnishing. ➋ The plastered vaulted ceiling is covered in hand-applied rich copper leaf. The center-hung custom gold-leaf chandelier and recessed lighting highlight the dramatic architecture. ➌ Chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe add midcentury simplicity to the rich Asian feel of the Buddha, temple table, and traditional Thai fabric prayer mats.

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Gentleman’s Study Desk JOSHUA SHOCKLEY

Kravet Wrapped Desk in Linen ///

“Simple clean lines and refined detail are at the forefront on this desk. I can see this piece paired with a classic leather chair or jazzed up with a Ghost chair by Philippe Starck.” Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615, kravet.com


Ico Parisi Desk ///

“I found this circa-1960s desk in Paris, and was instantly drawn to its sculptural nature. The top is back-painted glass and the colors are amazing.” ERIC ROTH

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Cubo Table from Jean de Merry ///

“So many of my clients are constantly on the go, and the last thing they want to do at the end of the day is come home and sit at a traditional desk! I love the idea of a chunky side table in a rich shagreen finish as a landing zone for laptops, pens, and paper.” Through the designer

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Gentleman’s Study Club Chair


Custom Chair ///

“This chair, my own design, is based on a modernist interpretation of an Adirondack chair. Its wide paddle arms make it a great spot for reading.” Through the designer


Miramar Chair in Honey Suede ///

“The warmth of suede paired with rolled arms and turned legs make this classic club chair a great addition, and must have, for any modern home.” Serena & Lily,


(866) 597-2742, serenaandlily.com

Susanne Lichten Csongor’s design projects run the gamut from a family compound on Nantucket to a modern Miami escape. Her love of travel influences her designs, and she often sources materials for her projects from around the world. SLC Interiors, South Hamilton, Mass., (978) 468-4330, slcinteriors.com


A. Rudin Chair 715 ///

“The strong shape and butter-soft leather make this chair the perfect centerpiece for a masculine retreat. Our clients swear the pitch of the back and the accompanying ottoman make it a sublime spot for reading the paper on a Sunday morning.” M-Geough, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412, m-geough.com


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Gentleman’s Study Desk Accessories


Turned Brass Tops ///

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Desert Rose Gypsum ///

“This rose is always in bloom. Gems, quartz, and minerals bring a welcome natural element to a room.”


Geo Classics, Boston, (617) 523-6112, geoclassics.com

Frank Roop, whose work has appeared in national and international design magazines, creates couture environments that mix antiques and custom-designed pieces. His work and design philosophy are featured in his book, The New Bespoke. Frank Roop Design Interiors, Boston, (617) 267-0818, frankroop.com


Merida Accessory Set ///

“Pigeon & Poodle makes the most amazing textural desk accessories, so I adore keeping their products on hand in my shop, Blue Peacock Home. This brown linen set is key for keeping office necessities neatly tucked away.” South Hamilton, Mass., (978) 468-1228, bluepeacock.com


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Scratchout Area Rug by Carini Lang

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“I find the graphic pattern of this handcrafted wool-andsilk area rug fascinating. It looks as if the chicken-scratch from one of my notebooks was turned into gorgeous livable art, and it feels like absolute heaven underfoot!”

“The rich color and subtle pattern of this rug provide a grounded, masculine, and timeless foundation to a room.” Rustigian Rugs, Providence, (401) 751-5100, rustigianrugs.com

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Custom Rug ///

“I am attracted to the rich texture and casual look of this flat-weave rug from Steven King. It sets just the right tone in a study.”


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Joshua Shockley strives to blend contemporary sophistication with livable comfort in the interiors he designs. His projects often incorporate interesting handmade objects, vintage pieces, and unique art. Joshua Shockley Interior Design, Providence, (401) 743-6296, joshuashockleyinteriordesign.com


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Trade Secrets

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All that we have universally agreed upon as being beautiful—whether Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, or other—hit a stone wall, he says, at least 100 years ago. What once struck believers and nonbelievers alike as undeniably beautiful is no longer under construction. The “frozen music” of design—in fugues of ribbed vaults and flying buttresses, stained-glass windows and gilded statues, traceries, columns and pinnacles, marbles and tiles—is no longer part of our universal design language. We just don’t agree on what’s beautiful today. /// Some would argue beauty is all about classical propor-


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ou don’t have to be an Episcopalian. You don’t even have to be an architect, designer, or builder to experience the beauty of Trinity Church in Boston this yuletide season. Nor do you have to be a Catholic to experience the beauty of the Basilica of SS Peter and Paul in Lewiston, Maine, or the gothic revival SS Peter and Paul Cathedral in Providence, or Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, Connecticut. You don’t have to be any of those things. You can just step inside and take a deep breath. Maybe even say a prayer for more beauty and less ugliness in the world. Join countless others with the same prayer— at the cathedral at Chartres, or Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, or Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew. Design can be LEED-certified, comfy, or classy, but if it’s not beautiful, what is it? And that’s the problem. What is beauty in a building? After leaving the cathedral to go caroling or egg-noggin’, humanity finds itself perplexed and befuddled, according to Harvard professor and psychologist Howard Gardner.

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tions and scale. But even for furniture maker William Thomas of Rindge, New Hampshire, golden ratios only go so far. “There’s really no formula,” he says. “For example, before I make a cabriole leg for a traditional table, I first cut a model to see how it looks: too thin, too fat, too high or low. There’s really no way for me to know if it’s right just looking at a drawing. That said, the book has never closed on the eighteenth century and its references to classic Greek, Roman, and Egyptian architecture.” For many of Thomas’s clients and the clients of other distinguished members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, classical principles define the alpha and omega of beauty.

Swiss Don’t-Miss The exhibit Excellent Swiss Design features selections from the prestigious Design Prize Switzerland and showcases innovative projects in industrial, graphic, and product design. A panel discussion on November 6 brings together a handful of visionaries, including furniture designer Thomas Wüthrich, to talk about opportunities and challenges facing the field of design today. Through November 22 at the Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, (617) 879-7000, massart.edu

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writes that one hallmark of beauty is that it’s a place you want to return to. Kitchen designer Eileen Kollias of Woburn, MassachuEileen Kollias setts, sees her clients returning to the laminate doors of the 1980s, but with a more humanist perspective and a technological twist. “The laminates are much more real looking than they were, because of digital imaging,” she says. “When run on a horizontal grain, the book-matched laminate gives a beautiful, easy-to-clean, contemporary look.” Bentwood Kitchens, a manufacturer in Texas that Kollias represents, features one of her projects using its ­horizontally grained rift-cut veneers on the home page of its modernstyle gallery.

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» Boston designer Erin Gates already has quite a following for her popular blog, “Elements of Style.” Fans of her blog will be delighted to know she has a book out now, from Simon & Schuster. Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life draws on Gates’s decade of work in the field to impart advice and inspiration for designing a house that truly reflects its owners’ style. Organized by rooms in the house, Elements of Style invites readers into Gates’s own home as well as

homes she has designed for clients. » New from Timber Press is an indispensable book for DIY gardeners from Boston-area gardening guru Rochelle Greayer. Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality is full of step-by-step help for designing and planting gardens, from the classic to the unexpected. Those who aren’t into doing it themselves can happily revel in the shots of glorious gardens, including several here in New England. » The verdict is in from The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and this year’s winners of the Bulfinch Awards are, no surprise, an impressive lineup. The award, named for Charles Bulfinch, America’s first native-born architect, and designer of the Massachusetts State House, recognizes the best work contributing to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in New England. Among the 2014 winners in the residential categories are the architectural firms Meyer & Meyer, of Boston; Patrick Ahearn Architect, of Martha’s Vineyard and Boston; and Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, of Chatham, Massachusetts. Rafe Churchill, of Sharon, Connecticut, won two awards for interior design, and Wellesley, Massachusetts-based Dan. K. Gordon Associates earned an award for landscape design. » Anyone who remembers the Peterborough, New Hampshire, shop Cross Road will be delighted to know that—after a six-year hiatus to have children—Sarah Andersen has reopened her popular boutique. The new space sits in Depot Square and features items for the home and garden that reflect Andersen’s own chic, Europeaninfluenced style. —Paula M. Bodah

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What could be better than a celebration of art, food, and wine? Audio Concepts treated guests to all three at an evening celebrating the work of artists showcased in the company’s Kaleidoscope exhibit—all part of the ARTiculation series. The evening featured presentations by artists Ginny Zanger, Sean Walker, and Jonathan Eiten, followed by a tasting of specially prepared foods from favorite local eateries.







(1) Tiffany York and Kelly Brilliant (2) Paulo Garcia, Valentina Lopez, and Carlos Poveda (3) Dara E. Pannebaker and Michael Hoban (4) Tatyana Volkotrub and Lily Fontas (5) Todd Riley and Nina Symonds (6) Anna Orfanides, Jodi Osborn, and Jennifer Driscoll

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Roche Bobois celebrated its fortieth anniversary and the launch of its first collection by an American designer in its Boston showroom this past September. Jazz singer Rebecca Parris set an elegant and upbeat tone for the evening as guests enjoyed delicious bites prepared by Tables of Content. Attendees got the star treatment and posed for pictures with featured designer Stephen Burks, who also charmed the crowd with the story behind the creation of his Traveler Chair collection.








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of Joshua Allen Interiors, Mary Havern, New England Home’s Jill Korff, and Bob Ernst of FBN Construction (3) Pierre and Tricia Matta of Newton Kitchens & Design, Stephen Burks, and Ruth Pappas of Newton Kitchens & Design (4) Michael Hoban of Audio Concepts, Connie Kolman of Kolman Artisan Glass, Tala Safai of Broadview Marketing, Mahmud and Hasan Jaffrey of Dover Rug, and Chris Saad of Audio Concepts (5) Dane Austin of Dane Austin Design, Paula Pomponio of Roche Bobois, Mark Bombara of Mark Bombara Interior Design, and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner (6) Dana Fontecchio of Your German Kitchen and Barbara Cheney of Paris Ceramics (7) Amy Dumas of Roche Bobois with Gina Newfield (8) Hervé Husson, Chelsea Strandberg of Payne/Bouchier, and Nick and Angus Beasley of Adams + Beasley (9) Pierre Berardo, Northeast general manager for Roche Bobois, welcomes guests. (10) New England Home’s Paula Bodah and Lynda Simonton (11) Thad and Jayne Kallas of Window Imagination (12) Jazz singer Rebecca Parris provided a beautiful background. (13) Elizabeth Swartz of Elizabeth Swartz Interiors and Eric Haydel of Eric M. Haydel Design (14) Katharina Plath of Head & Hand PR and Frank Moore of Showroom flank designer Stephen Burks

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Nantucket may seem an unlikely spot for a modernist design movement to be brewing. But contemporary design is, in fact, taking hold there. The New Nantucket exhibition celebrated architectural work reflecting this trend toward innovative materials, clean lines, and modern details. A panel discussion featuring local designers and architects on the movement’s front lines launched the exhibit.



(1) Bruce and Elisabeth Percelay (2) Julie and Chuck Gifford (3) Donna Elle, Audrey Sterk, and Mikayla Molta (4) Brian Rice and James Browers (5) Rob Reid and Magdalena Padzik (6) Tom Olcott,

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Enlightened Not into the “less is more” look? Then we suggest this show-stopping chandelier from Colombo Mobili at Baker Knapp & Tubbs. Boston Design Center, (617) 439-4876, bakerfurniture.com

Special Edition Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Zaha Hadid brings her creativity to glass design with new vases created for Lalique. Fluid, sculptural, and edgy, these pieces, at Lux Bond & Green, have a unique, architectural quality. Boston, (617) 266-4747, lbgreen.com

Finer Points David Iatesta’s Camalier table, available at Studio 534, may be petite, but it packs plenty of style. The table can be customized in a variety of ways, including size, finish, and even how much embellishment you would like. Our favorite detail? The bronze toe-caps of course! Boston Design Center, (617) 345-9900, s5boston.com

Cheers! Toast the holiday season with this gold crackle glassware from Petite Maison. No need to save these exclusively for holiday use—gold is right on trend and works year-round. Hingham, Mass., (781) 741-8393, lapetitemaison.us

A Real Gem Wrapped in rich red leather and embellished with gold silk-screened stitching, the Mandarin Writing Desk from the Grand Rapids Furniture Company is reminiscent of a Cartier jewelry box. Would the gift of this desk elicit as many oohs and aahs as getting the little red box itself? We think so. Boston Design Center (617) 345-0911, grandrapidsfurniture.net

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Tidal Wave Ride the wave with Farrow & Ball’s latest wallpaper design. Aranami, which means “raging waves,” is block printed based on an intricate cutpaper design. Boston Design Center, (617) 345-5344, farrow-ball.com

Roaring Twenties Sparkling crystal knobs by Michael Smith for Kallista are an updated and luxurious take on a 1920s-era classic. Find the collection at Redlon & Johnson. Portland, Maine, Manchester and Nashua, N.H., (800) 905-5250, redlon-johnson.com

Well Traveled The Traveler Chair is the inaugural piece for the new Stephen Burks collection for Roche Bobois. Burks is the first American designer to join the roster of notable designers for the French luxury-furniture company. Aller Américains! Boston, (617) 742-9611, and Natick, Mass., (508) 650-5844, rochebobois.com

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Lexington, MA $2,098,000 MLS#71731873, B.Janovitz/J.Tse, 781.856.0992

Laconia, NH $1,995,000 MLS#4363291, K.Laflamme/Walsh Team, 603.455.8202


Lexington, MA $1,878,000 MLS#71742191, Charla & Kenda Coleman, 617.515.4142

Sudbury, MA $1,859,000 MLS#71738697, Lisa Greene, 978.460.1224

Stowe, VT $1,650,000 MLS#4362598, Ken Libby, 802.793.2002

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Chatham, MA $1,550,000 MLS#21305343, John Burke, 508.945.7777

Newburyport, MA $1,525,000 MLS#71691280, Dolores Person, 978.660.0967

Easton, CT $1,450,000 MLS#G677396, Jennifer Banever, 860.534.0945


Hingham, MA $1,399,000 MLS#71737832, Joanne Conway, 781.248.7041

Chatham, MA $1,345,000 MLS#21310086, Julie Chapin, 774.722.4165

East Falmouth, MA $1,275,000 MLS#71652437, Gail Quenneville, 508.564.1698


Hingham, MA $1,275,000 MLS#71741406, Mary Morrison, 781.264.5131

Harwich, MA $1,099,000 MLS#21310547, Geoff Gengras, 508.240.4511

Halifax, MA $1,095,000 MLS#71662063, Marietta Tsinzo, 781.910.9587

Alton, NH $998,500 MLS#4369323, Steven Gray, 603.387.2488

Acton, MA $997,500 MLS#71738155, David Ferrini, 774.279.1020

Wilbraham, MA $924,900 MLS#71736359, Claudia O’Brien, 413.530.9432


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COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS Private 9.41 acre peninsula with renovated 20,000±sf mansion, tennis court, swimming pool, skating pond, private beach and protected 112’ deep water dock create the ultimate waterfront living experience. $22,200,000

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Dramatic single level contemporary style home set on just under 4 acres of park like setting in estate area of Chestnut Hill. Private gated drive, pond, pool, garage for 8 cars and more offer a unique lifestyle. 101fernwood.com $18,000,000

Jonathan P. Radford | C. 617.335.1010

Deborah M. Gordon | C. 617.974.0404

WOLFEBORO, NEW HAMPSHIRE Gated lakefront property set on nearly 35 acres with 1,100 ft. of frontage, sandy beaches, dramatic views, huge barn, cottage, garage, and phenomenal, 4-slip boat house. $7,500,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent, new stone and shingle estate set on 1.4+ acres in Weston Golf Club area offering 17 rooms, 5 bedrooms, designer kitchen, theatre, and wine cellar. $6,500,000

Susan Bradley | C. 603.493.2873 | O. 603.524.2255

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

BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS Renovated Colonial residence set in Curtis Point offering ocean views, sandy beach, elegant appointments, 4 bedrooms, state-of-the-art systems, huge deck, and terrace. $4,600,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Grand Victorian Colonial home set on a level, near acre lot offering 16 rooms, 7 bedrooms, country chef’s kitchen, 3 fireplaces, plus 3-car carriage house with apartment. $2,600,000

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GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Sensational waterfront estate set on 2.8 lush acres offering 17 impressive rooms, 6 bedroom suites, state-of-the-art media rooms, patios, gazebo, dock, and guest house. $9,950,000

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

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS New Construction Stone & Shingle Manor in premier estate location crafted with exquisite details, sun-flooded interiors, luxurious master suite and gym. $5,695,000

MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent shingle-style home set on Marblehead Neck offering custom renovations, 19 rooms, 5 bedrooms, panoramic views, huge wrap-around porch, and deep water mooring. $4,925,000

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WESTWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS New, custom home set on 1.98 acres offering superb details,14 rooms, eat-in kitchen, formal rooms, 2 fireplaces, 7 baths, 5 bedrooms, and flexible, finished 3rd floor. $2,749,000

JAMAICA PLAIN, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisitely renovated 4,000+sq. ft. condominiums. One in restored traditional splendor; the other in inspired contemporary lavishes. Lush private grounds and parking. $2,100,000 and $2,200,000

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Oceanfront “Cottage” on the “Back Shore” with panoramic views. 4-bed, 3-bath residence with charming beach décor and restored pine floors offers tiered yard, beautifully landscaped grounds. Near shopping, downtown, Good Harbor Beach. Mary Ciaraldi



Fully renovated Shingle-style residence blends period charm and modern amenities. This residence features a fireplaced living room, custom kitchen, fireplaced study, 6 bedrooms as well as a 3-bed rental apartment, this home is located near Singing Beach and town. Sandy Carpentier & Lynne Saporito

Spacious home on almost 2.5 acres offers single level living with an open concept floor plan. Features include a cedar ceiling, wood paneling as well as a full size swimming pool located in the center of the house. This is a truly unique home located on 2+ acres. The Lopes Bridge Group

Spectacular estate, set on over 5 acres with hilltop views, features a designer kitchen, fireplaces in the living room, dining room and family room, a sun room, a luxurious master suite plus four en suite bedrooms and au pair suite. Maureen Remington

Beautifully updated Colonial featuring a granite chef ’s kitchen, heated sunroom, a master suite plus three bedrooms and a showstopper yard with pool, hot tub, waterfall, cabana and two-car garage, deeded beach rights. Near Village St. Dock. The Cressy Team

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Charming custom Colonial on 3.3 landscaped acres across from Bradley Palmer Park. The home offers pine floors, formal living and dining rooms, family room, four bedrooms plus an en suite bonus room, screened porch & brick patio. Deb Vivian

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Vermont Ski Lodge, Redefined Got land? Make no mistake: this place comes with a lot of land. It’s a classic mountain house in every ROOMS: 14 way (more on that in a 6 BEDROOMS 6 FULL BATHS; moment), situated on 1 HALF BATH 140 acres in the heart of 8,720 SQ. FT. Stratton, Vermont. Its $4,900,000

wide window walls and multiple decks with deep overhanging eaves offer unrestricted views of its surroundings—of Mount Snow, Stratton’s Sun Bowl, and Bromley Mountain. Built in 2002, the sculptural wood-and-stone ski lodge fits naturally into its environment, and it fairly cries “Come for the weekend.” It was designed to comfortably accommodate guests, with its six bedrooms with fireplaces, en suite baths, and each with private access to the great outdoors. Every one feels like its own luxury suite. The gathering spaces on the main level are bathed in light, thanks to window walls at every turn. Making the most of its space, the kitchen features ample cabinets in blond wood (the uppers are suspended from the ceiling), black stone countertops, and an expansive island with statement range hood. Stone figures prominently both inside and out in this contemporary lodge. But the spacious house possesses more than a passing rustic vibe: the interior features an open plan defined by stone and wood, half walls, interior windows, barreled ceilings—and curves, lots and lots of curves. DULY NOTED: Intentionally designed to reflect the undulating hills of the mountain landscape surrounding it, the home’s exterior follows the contours of the ridgeline on which it sits; meanwhile, the multileveled interior echoes the natural terrain.


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Of all a room’s elements, color seems to elicit the most visceral response. Intense, bold, or serene, the sophisticated palettes employed here add more than a dash of delight.

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Balanced To satisfy the disparate tastes of the homeowners, this bedroom meets in the middle with a neutral envelope punctuated with gold, caramel, and some show-stopping color on the bed.

Interior Design: Michael Ferzoco,

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Beverly Rivkind Interior Design, Norwell, Massachusetts

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Tranquil Interior Design: Beverly Rivkind,

A coastal living room takes its cue from the nearby harbor. Soft sand, ocean blue, and seafoam green all conjure up a day at the beach.

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes ROOMS WE LOVE: REFRESHER COURSE PAGES 54–57

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Page 54: Enclosed porch interior designers: Michaele Boehm and Kacey Graham, Boehm Graham Interior Design, Bedford, N.H., (603) 472-5830, (617) 692-0400, sofa fabrics by Kravet, kravet.com, and Pindler & Pindler, pindler.com; drapery fabric by Pindler & Pindler; artwork from Art 3, art-3gallery.com; lamps from Circa Lighting, circalighting.com; rug from Calvin Klein Home, calvinkleinrugs.com; guest bedroom interior designer: Nicole Yee, NY Interiors, Kittery, Maine, (510) 326-5390, nicoleyee.com; bed, desk, and hand chair from Noir Furniture, noirfurniture.com; rug from Jaipur, jaipurrugs.com; draperies fabricated by Leading Edge Drapery, theleadingedgedrapery.com, with Barclay Butera fabric, barclaybutera.com; tiger-print pillow fabric by Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com, lamps through NY Interiors.


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Page 56: Dining room interior designer: Frank Hodge, F.D. Hodge Interiors, Boston, (617) 2678103, fdhodgeinteriors.com; curtain fabric from Quadrille, quadrillefabrics.com, fabricated by K.H. Window Fashions, khwindowfashions.com; rug from J.D. Staron, jdstaron.com; chair and bench fabrics from Lee Jofa, leejofa.com; upholstery by Miro Upholstery, miroupholstery.com. Page 57: Powder room interior designer: Colleen Hanlon and Sarah Duquette, Duquette & Company, York, Maine, (207) 208-5934; upholstered chair and ottoman from Kravet; towel stand from Maine Wood & Design, mwdsgn.com; window treatment fabrics by Lee Jofa; pillow fabrics from Lee Jofa and Kravet. OUTSIDE INTEREST: SMALL TREASURE PAGES 60–65 Architect: Stern McCafferty Architecture & Interiors, Boston, (617) 338-1125, sternmccafferty.com Builder: Zeb Arruda, Brite Builders, Somerville, Mass., (617) 776-6782, britebuildersinc.com Landscape architect: Matthew Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Winchester, Mass., (617) 905-2246, ­matthewcunningham.com Landscape construction/installation: Martin Lucyk november–december 2014  New England Home 185

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Landscape Construction, Maynard, Mass., (617) 610-6898, martinlucyk.com A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY PAGES 96–105 Interior designer: Tiffany Eastman, Tiffany Eastman Interiors, Stamford, Conn., (203) 2098746, tiffanyeastmaninteriors.com Page 98: Entry hall wall covering by Nobilis, nobilis. fr; sconces from Harborview Center for Antiques, harborviewantiques.com; mirror from Hiden Galleries, hidengalleries.com. Page 99: Sunroom wall color OC-51 by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com, fabric on vintage sofas by Nobilis, pillows from Lee Jofa, leejofa. com; coffee table from Lillian August, lillianaugust. com; urn from Antique & Artisan Center, stamfordantiques.com; art from J. Pocker and Son, jpocker.com; powder room mirror from Antique & Artisan Center; wallpaper by Cole & Son, cole-and-son.com; sconces by Visual Comfort, visualcomfortlightinglights.com. Page 100: Wingback chair fabric from Robert Allen Fabric, robertallendesign.com; caned chair fabric by Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com; draperies by Sonia’s Place, ddbuilding.com/ showrooms/sonias-place-inc; pillows from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com. Page 101: Dining room wallpaper by Osborne &

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THE BEST OF TWO WORLDS PAGES 106–113 Architect: Allen “Chip” Dewing Jr., Dewing Schmid Kearns, Concord, Mass., (978) 3717500, dskap.com Interior designer: Mally Skok, Mally Skok Design, Lincoln, Mass., (781) 259-4090, mallyskokdesign. com Builder: Chris Hart, The Hartwright Company, Concord, Mass., (978) 369-2040, hartwright.com

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Page 108: Wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com, from Webster & Company, webstercompany.com; David Iatesta side chairs, davidiatesta.com from Studio 534; dining room chair fabric from Schumacher, fschumacher. com; curtain fabric by Christopher Norman for Zimmer+Rohde. Page 109: Chair fabric by Cowtan & Tout, cowtan. com, through the Martin Group; X-bench and pillows by Lee Jofa, from Studio 534.

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Page 110: Tile from Ann Sacks, annsacks.com; chair fabric by Mally Skok Design, from Studio 534, barstools from European Country Antiques, ecountryantiques.com; Vaughan lights over counter from Webster & Company; family room slipper chairs from FDO, fdogroup.com, with fabric by Mally Skok Design, through Studio 534; pillows from Studio 534 and Charles Spada, charlesspada. com; ottoman from Webster & Company.

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Page 111: Sugar Bag Blue paint in full-gloss by Farrow & Ball, us.farrow-ball.com. Pages 112–113: Wallpaper, curtains, pinboard, and pillows in daughter’s room all by Mally Skok

A little OVERWHELMED by all of the CHOICES for your NEW BATH?

Design through Studio 534; bench fabric from Schumacher; master bedroom window seat from the Martin Group; pillows from Holland & Sherry, hollandandsherry.com; sconces and bedside lamps from Vaughan, vaughandesigns.com; headboard fabric by Eric Cohler for Lee Jofa; bedside tables from Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com; bath curtains by Lee Jofa, chair fabric by Mally Skok Design, both through Studio 534. ARTISTIC LICENSE PAGES 114–121 Pages 114–115: Chairs and table from Elmer’s Barn, Coopers Mill, Maine,


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Posters, sarahstocking.com; pie made by Phyllis Wheeler, Green Hollow Orchard, Whitefield, Maine, (207) 549-5404; vintage lamp from Elmer’s Barn. Page 116: Antique Heriz rug from Aga John Oriental Rugs, agajohnrugssf.com. Page 117: Stools from Elmer’s Barn; custom live-edge counter top by Eben Lovejoy, Dry Kye Rustic Furniture, drykyerustic.com; hanging lamps from Circa Home, circahomeliving.com; dining room chandelier by Kevin Grady through gtfineart.

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582-1498. Pages 118–119: Portrait from Farrin’s Auctions, farrinsauctions.com; wall mural by Daniel Tousignant; brass andirons, candlestick, and scale from Elmer’s Barn; living room sofa fabric by Brunschwig & Fils, brunschwig.com; tables from Farrin’s Auctions; mural by Daniel Tousignant; hanging bird cages from Michael Dunn Antiques, michaeldunnantiques.com; porch pillows from Seawicks Candle Company; bedroom linens from Lilac Cottage Antiques, lilaccottageantiques.com; wheel forms and accessories from Elmer’s Barn; sculpture on right by Monika Steiner, through gtfineart.com; sculpture on left by Cecilia Miguez, through Louis Stern Fine Arts, louissternfinearts. com; bed slippers by Prada, prada.com. Page 120: Accessories from Elmer’s Barn; blankets from Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com; handmade Exit Lamp from


Roger+Chris, rogerandchris.com; train painting from Farrin’s Auctions; wood stump tables by Eben Lovejoy, Dry Kye Rustic Furniture; vintage bar from Etsy, etsy.com; bronze mouse from Gumps San

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Francisco, gumps.com. Page 121: Wood stumps and natural wood bench by Eben Lovejoy, Dry Kye Rustic Furniture; vintage lanterns from Wizard of Odds and Ends; assorted local organic pumpkin and gourds from The Alna Store, Alna, Maine, (207) 586-5515. TEAM SPIRIT PAGES 122–129 Architecture and interior design: Treff LaFleche and John Day, LDa Architecture & Interiors, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 621-1455, lda-architects.com Builder: Jim Youngblood, Youngblood Builders, Newton, Mass., (617) 964-9900, youngbloodbuilders.com Millwork: Youngblood Builders and Herrick & White, Cumberland, R.I., (401) 658-0440, herrickwhite.com Landscape design: Stephanie Hubbard, Site Creative, Boston, (617) 390-5663, site-creative. com Landscape installation: Dave Schumacher, Schumacher Landscape Construction, West Bridgewater, Mass., (508) 427-7707, dschumacher.com Pages 122–123: Lights and hardware by Rocky Mountain Hardware, rockymountainhardware.com. Page 124: Silk and wool rug from Stark, starkcarpet.com; center table by Lucien Rollin, november–december 2014  New England Home 189

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Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation

issue during preceding 12 months, 23,986. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 27,058. D. Nonrequested Distribution (By Mail and Outside the Mail): 1. Outside-county Nonrequested Copies on PS Form 3541 (Include Sample copies, Requests Over 3 years old, Requests induced by a Premium, Bulk Sales and Requests including Association requests, Names obtained from Business Directories, Lists, and other sources): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 6,568 Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 4,549. 2. In-county Nonrequested Copies on PS Form 3541 (Include Sample copies, Requests Over 3 years old, Requests induced by a Premium, Bulk Sales and Requests including Association requests, Names obtained from Business Directories, Lists, and other sources): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, Not applicable. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, Not applicable. 3. Nonrequested Copies Distributed Through the USPS by Other Classes of Mail (e.g. First-Class Mail, Nonrequestor Copies mailed in excess of 10% Limit mailed at Standard Mail or Package Services Rates): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, Not applicable. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, Not applicable. 4. Nonrequested Copies Distributed Outside the Mail (Include Pickup Stands, Trade Shows, Showrooms and Other Sources): ): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 5,263. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 4,949. E. Total Nonrequested Distribution (Sum of 15d (1), (2), (3) and (4)): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 11,830. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 9,498. F. Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and e): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 35,816. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 36,556. G. Copies not Distributed (See Instructions to Publishers #4, (page #3): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 9,184. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 8,444. H. Total (Sum of 15f and g): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 45,000. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 45,000. I. Percent paid and/or requested circulation (15C divided by f times 100): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 67%. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 74%. 16. Electronic Copy Circulation. Requested and paid electronic copies: Average No. copies each issue nearest to filing date: N/A Actual No. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: N/A Total requested and paid print copies (line 15f) + requested /paid electronic copies (line 16a) Average No. copies each issue nearest to filing date: N/A Actual No. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: N/A Total requested copy distribution (line 15f) + requested /paid electronic copies (line 16a) Average No. copies each issue nearest to filing date: N/A Actual No. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: N/A Percent paid and/or requested circulation (both print & electronic copies) (16b divided by 16c x 100) Average No. copies each issue nearest to filing date: N/A Actual No. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: N/A I certify that all 50% of all my distributed copies (electronic and print) are legitmate requests or paid copies. 17. Publication of Statement of Ownership for a Requester Publication is required and will be printed in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of this publication. I certify that all information furnished on this form is true and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information on this form or who omits material or information on the form may be subject to criminal sanctions (including fines and imprisonment) and/or civil sanctions (including civil penalties).

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designed by LDa, crafted by Herrick & White, and framed by Solutions in Metal, solutionsinmetal.com. Page 125: Flower art from BostonArt, bostonartinc. com; grasscloth wallcovering from Donghia, donghia.com; hanging lights from Currey & Company, curreycodealers.com; custom dining table crafted by Piper Woodworking, piperwoodworking.com; buffet from McGuire Furniture, mcguirefurniture.com; chairs from Artistic Frame, artisticframe.com, with plum wool from Pollack, pollackassociates.com; wall sconces from Donghia, vases from JANUS et Cie, janusetcie.com. Pages 126–127: Custom doors designed by LDa and crafted by Piper Woodworking with Asian panels by Mohr and McPherson, mohr-mcpherson. com; dining room paneling by Herrick & White; art from BostonArt; yellow table lamp from Arteriors, arteriorshome.com; kitchen back splash tile from Ann Sacks, annsacks.com; walnut upper counter from Brooks Custom, brookscustom.com; bar stools from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com; lights from Tech Lighting, techlighting.com; breakfast-area chairs from McGuire Furniture; table top by Piper Woodworking; hanging light by Flos, through Chimera, chimeralighting.com; family room fireplace cabinet designed by LDa, fabricated by Solutions in Metal; sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbw.com, with fabric from Pollack; chairs from A. Rudin, arudin.com, with Holly Hut fabric; hanging lamp from Boyd, boydlighting. com; side table from Arteriors; console by Piper Woodworking. Page 128: Vanity by Herrick & White; faucets from Dornbracht, dornbracht.com; bathtub by Maax, maax.com; wall and floor tile from Ann Sacks; office rug from Steven King, stevenkinginc. com; sofa from A. Rudin; hanging lamp from Bone Simple; coffee table designed by LDa and fabricated by Piper Woodworking. GALLERY PAGES 179–184 Page 179: Interior designer: Michael Ferzoco, Eleven Interiors, Boston, (617) 423-1114, eleveninteriors.com. Page 180: Interior designer: Beverly Rivkind, Norwell, Mass., (781) 826-4704, beverlyrivkindinteriordesign.com. Page 182: Interior designer: A.J. Schnopp III, Union Park Design, Boston, (617) 268-6100. Page 184: Interior designer: Elizabeth Benedict, Elizabeth Home Decor & Design, Chestnut Hill, Mass., (617) 564-1436, elizabethhomedecor.com. •

60nobscot Home  152 A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  45 Adams + Beasley Associates  136 Anthony Catalfano Interiors  43 Architectural Kitchens  47 Architecture + Indigo, LLC  189 Ardente Supply Company  181 Arhaus  93 Artefact Home|Garden  72 Audio Video Design  71 Authentic Designs  189 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  87 Belfondo Wood Floors  157 Bensonwood Homes  12–13 Bingham Lumber Company  154 Bradford’s Rug Gallery  183 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  89 California Closets  59 Casa Outdoor Boston  inside front cover Chip Webster Architecture  163 Chrisicos Interiors  6–7 Clarke Distributors  95 Coldwell Banker Previews International  172–173 Colin Smith Architecture, Inc.  159 Colony Rug Company  30 Concord Museum  177 Constructure Custom Builders  141 Cosentino N.A.  35 CraftBoston  190 Cumar, Inc.  58 Custom Floors Design, Inc.  168 Cynthia Driscoll Interiors  34 Daher Interior Design  1 Dayton Home  69 db Landscaping  183 Decorating Den Interiors  188 DNA Architecture, LLC  137 Dover Rug & Home  67 Eastman St. Woodworks  131 Eldred Wheeler  186 EM NARI CotY Awards  187 Eric M. Haydel Design, Inc.  159 FBN Construction Co., LLC  79, back cover Ferguson  53 Fine Furnishings Shows Providence  177 Finelines  76–77 Fleming’s Lighting  155 Furniture Consignment Gallery  185 Gerald Venezia Interiors  138 Gregorian Oriental Rugs  132 Haven  163 Hampden Design & Construction  149 Heather Vaughan Design  66 Herrick & White Architectural Millwork  91 Home Life by Rose Ann Humphrey  154 Hudson  151 Island Realty  174 J Barrett & Company Real Estate  175 J. Todd Galleries  51 J.C. Stone, Inc.  153 Jamestown LP/Boston Design Center  27 Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc.  29 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings  32 JW Construction, Inc.  inside back cover Kenneth Vona Construction, Inc.  8–9 Kinlin Grover  174 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  31 LaBarge Homes  153 Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting  16–17

Landscape Depot – Rosado & Sons  134–135 LDa Architecture & Interiors  46 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  2–3 Lighting by the Sea  183 Lynn Creighton Realtor  174 Marc Hall Objekt  140 Master Rug Weavers  156 MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects  41 Mitchell Construction  165 Moniques Bath Showroom  94 Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, Inc.  55 New England Architectural Finishing  57 New England Shutter Mills  186 Newton Kitchens & Design  151 Nigohsian Carpet & Rug  152 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  10–11 Payne/Bouchier  49 Peabody Supply Co. – The Bath Showcase  155 Pellettieri Associates , Inc.  24–25 Peterson Party Center, Inc.  94 Phi Home Designs  61 Pinney Designs  62 Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  20 Portsmouth Bath Company  188 Roche Bobois  4–5 Roomscapes Luxury Design Center  33 S+H Construction  64 Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath  142 Sea–Dar Construction  52 Sewfine  167 Shope Reno Wharton  147 SLC Interiors  73 The Sliding Door Company  36 SpaceCraft Architecture  139 Splash Kitchen and Bath Showroom  185 Stark Carpet  39 Sudbury Design Group, Inc.  18–19 Taste Design, Inc.  181 Thread  83 TMS Architects  14–15 Topaz Engineering  165 Trefler’s  161 The Ultimate Bath Store  130 Upstate Door, Inc.  168 Valor Fireplaces  28 Vermont Soapstone Company  161 Vermont Verde Antique Marble Co  187 Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture  187 Walker Interiors  178 West Barnstable Tables  167 William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance  170–171 Wolfers  81 Woodmeister Master Builders  85 YFI Custom Homes  145 Youngblood Builders, Inc.  23 ZEN Associates, Inc.  63, 65 /////// New England Home, November–December 2014, Volume 10, Number 2 © 2014 by Network Communications, Inc. 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 Network Communications, Inc., 2 Sun Court NW, Suite 300, Norcross, GA 30092, (678) 346-9300. ­Periodical postage paid at Norcross, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 705, Selmer, TN 38375. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription. november–december 2014  New England Home 191

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Sketch Pad

Design ideas in the making

The idea for this piece was to pair a very special, highly figured mahogany board with a minimal steel base to create an airy, asymmetrical console table. With “keeping it light” in mind, the first attempt turned out to be simply not stable enough for prime time. After two more attempts (and several trips to the metal fabricators), the lightbulb went on: forging a loop back to the opposite end of the horizontal top would create a functionally strong structure while staying true to the original feel. Ray Bachand, 60nobscot, Sudbury, Massachusetts, (978) 440-8066, 60nobscot.com

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