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Historic Dialogue Contemporary Design That Engages With The Past

Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

New Digs For Former Patriot Dan Koppen The Best Kitchen & Bath Design

September–October 2016

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september-october 2016 Volume 12, Issue 1




in this issue

featured Homes





A Martha’s Vineyard house owes its inspiration to America’s most famous midcentury modern architect.

A team of design professionals executes the perfect game plan for building the Rhode Island home of a former gridiron star and his family.

Family ties, an affinity for the classics, an eye for detail—and a natural wonder—come together to inspire a standout Boston-area home.

Lovely grounds and a house that’s a contemporary riff on classic style make a getaway home on the shores of Narragansett Bay a private little Eden.

Wright at Home

Text by Regina Cole Photography by Michael Partenio Produced by Stacy Kunstel

Winning Strategy

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Other features

Land of Enchantment

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A Tree Grows in Brookline

Special Focus:

Our seventh annual celebration of New England’s best young design professionals.

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Style and function are equal partners in these beautifully designed kitchens and baths. On the cover:

Architect John I. Meyer and designer Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh designed this new house to fit right in with its venerable Brookline, Massachusetts, neighborhood. Photograph by Michael Partenio. To see more of this home, turn to page 136. september–october 2016  New England Home 25

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Art, Design, History, Landscape

People, Places, Events, Products

30 | From the Editor

197 | Perspectives Standout cabinet knobs and pulls; North Bennet Street School’s Miguel GómezIbáñez on feeding the soul through fine woodworking; an elegant lounge as imagined by designer Holly Joe; must-read new books from the world of design; a stairway in a Boston apartment becomes a functional work of art.

39 | Elements: Gold Rush Warm-toned metals make a comeback in home accessories. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ

48 | Design Destination JS Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts 52 | Artistry: The Love of His Life Decades of creating functional and abstract works in clay haven’t dimmed the enthusiasm world-renowned Vermont potter Malcolm Wright has for his craft. By Robert Kiener

58 | Metropolitan Life: Feathering the Empty Nest As her children enter adulthood, a Boston mom creates a home that’s both a launching pad and a welcoming place to land. TEXT BY Debra Judge Silber Photography by Michael J. Lee


66 | Outside Interest: Grand Finale An imaginative new landscaping plan offers the finishing touch, giving a contemporary South Shore home with stunning ocean views the lush setting it deserves. Text by Lisa E. Harrison Photography by Neil Landino

74 | Rooms We Love: Show House Stars A glimpse of some of our favorite rooms from two recent show houses that feature the talents of New England designers.

85 Text by Paula M. Bodah Special Marketing Section: Distinctive Kitchens & Baths

208 | Trade Secrets: Design’s Super Powers News from and musings about the New England design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL

214 | New & Noteworthy BY Paula M. Bodah

218 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 228 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

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

243 | Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA

252 | Resources 255 | Advertiser Index 256 | Sketch Pad Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired glass turns a bar cabinet into a showstopper.

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From the Editor

The Case For Design Diversity


ustralian poet, TV broadcaster, and critic (among other things) Clive James, in the introduction to his 2007 collection of biographical essays, Cultural Amnesia, refers to the “creative impulse,” which “[can] be distinguished from the destructive one by its propensity to increase the variety of the created world rather than reduce it.” Reading this recently gave me a wry chuckle, since I had also recently been involved in (separate) conversations with two architects who seemed to feel differently. One, while praising the unarguably worthy work of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, also averred that no architecture without a basis in the classical Greco-Roman orders was of any value whatever. The other, an enthusiastic advocate for contemporary forms, felt that any modernday domestic design showing pre-twentieth-

—Kyle Hoepner

Corrections and Amplifications In our July-August issue, we inadvertently left out credits for two photographers. Alejandra

Bennett took the righthand three photos for Design Destination, on page 40, and Dorothy Greco was responsible for all of the portraits in the Professional Profiles section beginning on page 63.

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century influences was a form of empty duplication, lacking authentic creativity. (It’s possible that I am exaggerating their views, but not by much.) Human beings naturally have likes and dislikes when it comes to aesthetics, but I don’t understand why those preferences so often have to be expressed by excluding other possibilities. The working assumption here at New England Home is that valid design can be done in almost any style, provided that the ­creator engages with the required issues of craft, utility, and visual interest in an honest, innovative way. That word innovative is key, though: simply reproducing, or mixing and matching, someone else’s earlier designs by rote doesn’t really take us anyplace interesting. Unlike many national and international design publications, which must, because they all cover essentially the same territory, define themselves by espousing a particular approach or look, New England Home is defined by its geography: the upper righthand corner of the U.S. Therefore, we are free to feature the full range of work being done by the top talents in our region, regardless of what tradition they do or don’t follow. And that, for me, is one of the delights of working here. The living spaces you see in these pages will not always be places where you personally would want to live. But, if we have done our jobs well, they will always be places that are imaginatively conceived and well constructed—and that, we think, contain design elements that even our many readers in the trade will find intriguing and perhaps learn from. And so, in our small way, we hope to do our part to aid the “creative impulse” in increasing the variety of New England’s built world.

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Editor-in-Chief Kyle Hoepner Homes Editor Stacy Kunstel Senior Editor Paula M. Bodah Creative Director Robert Lesser Digital Content Director Lynda Simonton Managing and Copy Editor Susan Kron Contributing Editors Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz Karin Lidbeck Brent Louis Postel Contributing Writers Regina Cole, Julie Dugdale, Megan Fulweiler, Lisa E. Harrison, Robert Kiener, Maria LaPiana, Erin Marvin, Nathaniel Reade, Debra Judge Silber Contributing Photographers Trent Bell, Robert Benson, Tria Giovan, Sam Gray, John Gruen, Keller + Keller, Michael J. Lee, Richard Mandelkorn, Laura Moss, Michael Partenio, Greg Premru, Nat Rea, Eric Roth, James R. Salomon, Brian Vanden Brink

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Gold Rush

The Mammamia Diamond Chair from Opinion Ciatti is handcrafted in gold-leafed die-cast aluminum and studded with 398 hand-applied Swarovski crystals. 31ʺH (17½ʺ seat height) × 19½ʺW × 18½ʺ D. $2,204. Lusso, Dedham, Mass., (617) 990-6891,

The advent of accessible technology in the early 1980s brought with it a penchant for chrome, nickel, and stainless steel. A desire for these materials became synonymous with a sleek, modern, and cool sensibility (both in tone and in attitude) that lasted well into the aughts. Lately, though, the attraction for nickel faucets and stainless-steel cutlery has been replaced by a craving for warm-toned metals. Why the resurgence? Is it merely due to our capricious nature (design aficionados are a fickle lot, after all) or in response to all that’s chilly? Whatever the reason, it seems we’re in the middle of a new Gold Rush. september–october 2016  New England Home 39

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Go for the Gold Jonathan Adler’s Puzzle Chandelier, inspired by a house of cards, is composed of sheets of solid brass. Approx. 20ʺH × 22ʺW × 14ʺD. $1,950. Boston and Chestnut Hill, Mass., (800) 963-0891, The Flynn Caged Lamp from Porto Romana is made of forged steel and sports a silk cylinder shade with an eleven-inch diameter. 41¾ʺH, 7¾ʺD base. $4,478. Studio 534, Boston Design Center, (617) 345-9900,

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STRIKE GOLD Brass-finished iron Constellation Lanterns cast a starry glow, thanks to hand-drilled holes. Wide 6¾ʺH × 7½ʺW × 7½ʺD, $160; tall 8¾ʺH × 6¾ʺW × 6¾ʺD, $175; votive 3¾ʺH × 3¾ʺW x 3¾ʺD, $50. Simon Pearce, Quechee, Vt., (802) 295-2711, and Boston, (617) 450-8388,

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Gold Rush

GOLD MINE Due Ice Oro Flatware, 18/10 gauge stainless steel with a brushedgold finish, is sleek, elegant, and dishwasher safe. $460/five-piece place setting. Lekker Home, Boston, (617) 542-6464, Lightweight, food-safe Louise Bowls, constructed of spun aluminum, have an exterior brass finish and a white enamel interior and come in four sizes. $50–$95. Pod, Cambridge, (617) 576-1600,

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GOOD AS GOLD 1. Cross Coasters make a striking spot to place a drink. 1ʺH × 4½ʺW × 4½ʺD. $68/set of 4. Simon Pearce, Quechee, Vt., (802) 295-2711, and Boston, (617) 450-8388, 2. The Norm Wire Bin, from the Danish company Norm Architects, is eye-catching in brass. 13.8ʺH × 12.6ʺD. $95. Lekker Home, Boston, (617) 542-6464, 3. The Nelson Tripod Clock desk clock is one of more than 150 clocks George Nelson designed for the Howard Miller Clock Company from 1949 to the 1980s. 6½ʺH × 41⁄3ʺW × 31⁄3ʺ D. $420. Circa 50, Manchester, Vt., (802) 362-3796, 4. A mirrored top gives the Kirk Gold Leaf Cigar Table extra gleam. 28ʺH × 12ʺD. $345. Hudson, Boston, (617) 292-0900,




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design destination Shopping worth the trip

JS Gallery Wellfleet, Massachusetts ///

There are a number of reasons to recommend Wellfleet—a small Cape Cod town that sits halfway between the elbow and the tip of the peninsula—as a perfect spot for an early fall visit. The oysters are delectable. The town’s square dances and its soft-serve are legendary. It’s home to a nationally respected theater, a wildlife sanctuary, an impressive number of modernist houses, a drive-in, a mini-golf course, and, with the exception of neighboring Provincetown, more art galleries than any other town on the Cape. In the warmer months, Wellfleet is also the place to see the work of Jeff Soderbergh. Soderbergh, a self-taught artist and craftsperson, designs and fabricates furniture using sustainable and reclaimed wood, metal, and stone. From May to early November, visitors to JS Gallery can see unique pieces like his ring chair, patchwork maple table, and cabinet made of antique ­floorboards. Along with his own work, Soderbergh showcases the output of other artists. Currently on view are pieces by Newport, Rhode Island–based sculptor Mike Hansel, painter David Gonville, and Mary Chatowski Jameson, whose Marine Botanical pressings and collages are created from seaweed and other organic elements collected along the northern Atlantic coast. 11 West Main Street (lower gallery), Wellfleet, Mass., (401) 845-9087, Check the website for hours of operation. —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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t the end of a meandering dirt road in the backwoods of southern Vermont, in a whitewalled, oak-floored secondfloor gallery above a post-and-beam studio, Malcolm Wright, surrounded by scores of pieces of his pottery—a virtual retrospective of his life’s work—reveals what he calls his “big secret.” As he describes how he crafted one of his more abstract pieces, Wright pauses, then confesses, “There should be a law. No one should have this much fun. It’s so wonderful to come out here every morning and have no idea what I am going to make.” By the glint in his eye it’s clear that the seventy-seven-year-old Wright has lost none of the fascination with clay and its limitless possibilities that have been the hallmarks of his award-winning work. His wood-fired glazed pottery—from traditional stoneware to Japanese-inspired Karatsu functional bowls, plates, and vases to his more recent abstract sculptural work—is highly sought after and

LEFT: Two Sides (2008), bronze, cast by Jay Lindsay, 6¾″H × 8½″W. BOTTOM LEFT: Six Ways Up (2008), bronze, cast by Jay Lindsay, 5″H × 5¾″W × 4″D. BOTTOM RIGHT: Five Part Form (2014) extruded, cut, assembled clay with white and red slip, walnut base, 15″H × 13″W × 3″D.

The Love of His Life

Decades of creating functional and abstract works in clay haven’t dimmed the enthusiasm world-renowned Vermont potter Malcolm Wright has for his craft. ///////////

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is included in collections as varied as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Tokyo’s Idemitsu Museum of Arts, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. He’s often been called an American master, and as one art critic noted, “His ceramic sculpture and vessels are alive with monumental presence.” Examining Wright’s lifetime of work, it is clear that much of it has been influenced by the eight years he studied under Japanese teachers in the 1960s, including three years he spent with his wife, Marjorie, in Kyoto and Karatsu as an apprentice under the twelfth-generation Karatsu master potter and Japanese Living National Treasure Taroemon Nakazato. As he explains, “For years my

work reflected my deep involvement with Japan, functional pottery for food and flowers in the ascetic, restrained taste of tea ceremony pottery.” While much of his work has its roots in Japan, he has branched out as he has explored, and returned to, earlier Western modernist influences such as cubism, abstract expressionism, and constructivism. “The older I got the more I ‘went off the rails’ in crazy directions as I experimented,” he explains with a broad smile as he shows off an elegant, sinuous sculptural piece made (“assembled and reassembled,” as he says) from extruded

tubes of clay. “In addition to my Japaneseinfluenced, functional pieces, which I have continued to produce, I’ve also done these more sculptural, abstract pieces,” he says. “The earliest ones were geometric, with hard edges and smooth surfaces, but I then began producing looser, even more abstract forms.” Wright explains that much of his free-form, sculptural work is a product of his intuition. “They are all about solving problems and making discoveries,” he

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TOP LEFT: Lockwasher (2010), bronze, cast by Jay Lindsay, 16″H × 16¼″W × 7½″D. TOP RIGHT:

Two Free Form Vases (2014), extruded, crushed, rolled clay with white slip, (left) 7¾″H × 5¼″W × 4½:″D, (right) 7¾″H × 4½″W × 4¼″D. MIDDLE LEFT: Pod Form #3 (2014), extruded, cut, assembled clay with white and red slip, 6¾″H × 18½″W × 9½″D. MIDDLE RIGHT: Two Story House #2 (2014), extruded, cut, assembled clay, 12″H × 12″W × 11″D. BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: Bent Bowl (2011), brick clay, 6½″H × 16″L × 9″W; Low Vase With Ears (2014), brick clay, natural ash, re-fired, 5″H × 7″W × 6½″D; Large Bowl (2004), stoneware with Shino glaze, 5½″D × 13½″W; Vase With Firebox Ash (2003), stoneware with natural ash, 9″H × 8″W.

says. “Each piece also reflects how you feel about life that day.” He has also worked in bronze. “It has a feeling of permanence, which I am attracted to,” says Wright. Both his traditional glazed stoneware and abstract pieces have one characteristic in common: surprise. “Pottery is unpredictable. You never know how a piece will turn out until you take it out of the kiln,” he says. Too high, or too low, a temperature in the kiln can affect coloration. An unevenly applied slip may blister or peel. “I have a partnership with fire and my

“The older I got, the more I ‘went off the rails’ in crazy directions as I experimented,” says Wright. kiln,” says Wright. “I’ve learned to give up control like one does with one’s children and am open to a sense of wonder when I open up the kiln.” He fires his work, made from Georgia red brick clay, stoneware, and porcelain, in a kiln he built in the 1970s after returning from Japan. The multi-chambered kiln, based on an ancient Korean style called split bamboo, is twenty-one feet long and six feet wide and can hold hundreds of pieces. It takes several days to fire it up to the necessary temperature of 2,000 to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. In recent years, Wright has cut back on his production, but not his art. Moving from the potter’s wheel, which he describes as “fluid, quick, and free,” to the more free-form, abstract hand-building keeps him drawn to all the possibilities of clay. “I never get tired of the search,” he says. “I am always searching for what the clay wants to become.” • editor’s note: To see more of Malcolm Wright’s work, visit

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Designer Nicole Hogarty orchestrated the view from the front door as a welcoming vignette that hints at the unexpected with the inclusion of the bright-red coffee tables and bulbous pendants. “There’s no foyer, so it was important for me to create a small moment there,” she says.

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hen Nicole Hogarty’s client stands in the center of her Boston townhouse and describes it from end to end, the delight comes through in her voice. She starts in the front, with the armchairs where she takes her morning coffee, then moves into

the calm, creamy hues of the living room, where she surprised both her designer and herself by choosing two bright-red, round coffee tables. She moves on to tell a story about the dining room chandelier, which she and Hogarty discovered independently, each knowing instinctively the other would love it.

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Looking past the kitchen through the French doors to the back patio, the homeowner sees in her mind’s eye her nearly grown son and daughter, chatting it up with friends in the dappled sunlight. “I walk around this house, and it just puts a smile on my face,” she says. “I know it’s not exactly true that furnishings dictate how your life is, but this house really represents where we are now.” Her comment refers not only to the South End home in which she stands, but also the optimistic outlook that it represents. With her children about to set the course for their own lives, she wanted a new home base that would reflect her own sense of empowerment and faith in the future. She wanted a home that would liberate as well as nur-

ture—one that would encourage her kids to take on the world with confidence and draw them back with homey comforts.

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“There wasn’t a design move we did, or a corner or wall space we considered, that we didn’t think of in terms of different purposes,” says Hogarty. She and Hogarty, whose design firm is based in Boston, had collaborated on two homes previously, both times adhering strictly to a traditional style. Not this time. “She wanted to take a much cleaner, more modern approach,” says Hogarty. She also was determined to have fun—a word the client used frequently to describe the bold geometric wall coverings, colorful artwork, and contemporary fixtures she would never have considered before. “I wanted to make it younger, modern, not what you’d expect,” the homeowner explains. “Really, to have it be a breakout environment for me and the kids.” Planning began with a pre-purchase visit to the 2,200-square-foot unit comprising three floors of a 1910 brick townhouse in Rutland Square. The main floor, accessed by steps leading up from the street, includes the living, dining, and kitchen areas; bedrooms are downstairs, on street level. The classic trellis design of the Zoffany wallpaper and the handsome Barclay sink bring personality to the powder room. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Hogarty used space-saving tricks, like stationing stools under the living room console to act as extra seating. A contemporary Avrett pendant and butterflyprint pillows lend a youthful feel to the breakfast area. The dining room’s eye-catching abstract painting by Boston artist Trevor Watson reflects the surroundings in its high-gloss surface.

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A basement level with a full bath, kitchenette, and family room sits below-grade in front but opens to a private patio in the rear. Large windows in the front and back of the unit, and high ceilings—nearly eleven feet on the main floor and nine feet on the lower floors—make the space bright and open. The unit’s slender footprint posed a challenge for ­Hogarty. The main living area, for example, measures less than twelve feet wide, so she knew she’d have to use every spaceshifting trick in her book. She started with appropriately scaled furnishings and then worked with manufacturers to tweak the dimensions of key pieces. She widened a Holly Hunt dining table by six inches to allow family-style serving in the limited dining area, and slimmed a Bright Group settee by four inches so the entry

On the lowest level, a pull-down bed lets the family room double as a comfortable private suite for the homeowner’s son. FACING PAGE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Neutral-toned swivel chairs by Kravet share an ottoman, creating a cozy reading niche in the master bedroom. The boldly patterned Phillip Jeffries wallpaper delights the homeowner, who admits she would never have chosen such an assertive design in her previous abode.

door can swing behind it. “Every inch or two mattered,” Hogarty says. She also considered how each piece

might play a dual role, and how each space might be put to a second use. “There wasn’t a design move we did, or a corner or wall space we considered, that we didn’t think of in terms of different purposes,” she says. So armchairs stationed in a niche by the front windows also fill in at the dining table, and a console that doubles as a buffet shelters two upholstered footstools that pull forward as seating. Adaptability goes into high gear on the lowest level, where a drop-down bed and

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a strategically placed door transform the family room into a private suite for the twenty-one-year-old son. “Everyone loves

it down there,” the homeowner says enthusiastically. “When the bed is put away, it’s a fabulous family room, but with the bed it’s transformed. It’s like a beautiful hotel suite.” Along with privacy, Hogarty and her client knew that nothing would keep the kids coming back like simple comfort. So the two personally tested every chair. “We made it a

point to go to the showrooms and sit in each of the pieces,” Hogarty says. “When you come home, it’s all about being comfortable and being nestled.” Her client couldn’t agree more. “It’s my hope that when my kids go off, they say, ‘You know, Boston isn’t so bad,’ and they’ll come back,” she says. “And their rooms will be ready for them when they do.” • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 252.



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yard, landscape architect Gregory Lombardi went with a natural look, choosing plantings that will grow together nicely over time. To complete the picture, the homeowners requested a Japanese maple. RIGHT: To create clear pathways, Lombardi used modular, pervious, man-made pavers that lend visual interest.

hen landscape architect Gregory Lombardi first arrived at this Cohasset, Massachusetts, property—a prime address with beautiful ocean views—he ran into a slightly comical situation. “I pulled up, and I didn’t know where to go,” he recalls. “There were two driveways, and no obvious door. I ended up knocking on a door to the master bedroom.” The property, which Lombardi describes as “an edgier interpretation of a house on the ocean,” stands out from the crowd. It’s a decidedly modern structure in a sea of classic coastal New England homes. The previous owners certainly had a grand vision, but they hadn’t quite seen it through to the end. In fact, the house had been sitting on the market for some time, in part, Lombardi surmises, because no one quite knew what to do with it. “It was like a book that someone didn’t finish,” says Lombardi. Enter the enthusiastic new owners, a young couple from California, who were drawn to the modern aesthetic and immediately saw the property’s great potential. They enlisted Lombardi to tackle the grounds and Cambridge-based LDa Architecture & Interiors to tweak the interior. Given the unusual nature of a contemporary house in this area of town, Lombardi’s task was to create a beautiful landscape that not only complements the house, but also helps it sit more comfortably on its site and in the neighborhood. Excited by the challenge, Lombardi set out to reorganize the outdoor spaces into a more cohesive plan while simultaneously taking

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The owners wanted a lap pool. “I thought, let’s make it a feature. Pop it above ground and build it into a retaining wall. As a design element, it becomes very graphic and almost sculptural,” says Lombardi. into consideration how the new owners would live as a family. And he did all this while working within tight functional and regulatory constraints: the house already consumed the maximum allowable lot coverage, and there were drainage and

conservation issues around balancing pervious and impervious surfaces. The primary goal was to maximize the stunning water views. This proved a challenge from a privacy perspective because a main road divides the lot from the water. The family was very much on display both indoors and out. To address this, the landscape architect took a layered approach, incorporating plants of differing heights to shield the street and neighbors, while

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Avid triathletes, the owners wanted a regulation, no-wake lap pool. Layers of plantings provide privacy but preserve the view. Lombardi designed the elevated pool to have graphic, sculptural appeal. A water feature fabricated from Norstone and built into the wall provides nice ambient sound. Paying heed to conservation and drainage concerns, Lombardi used pervious materials (pavers and crushed peastone) for the driveway. 68  New England Home  september–october 2016

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creating usable garden spaces with shrubs, understory trees, perennials, and ground covers. In this same vein, he designed a private elevated terrace for grilling and alfresco dining, as well as a similar deck off the front of the house with a fire element. To create more space for kids to

roam and play, he regraded and leveled the lawn on the ocean side. Another must on the clients’ wish list was a swimming pool. And not just any pool. The homeowners are active triathletes, so they wanted a seventy-five-foot, no-wake, two-lane lap

pool. Lombardi’s answer was to have form meet function. “I thought, let’s make it a feature. Pop it above ground and build it into a retaining wall. As a design element,

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For continuity, Lombardi used the same Jet Mist granite he used on the front steps to cap this weathered-steel retaining wall. FACING PAGE, LEFT TO RIGHT: An Alverson limestone planter on the water side of the house features little bluestem grass. Tall grasses and hardy shrubs form a pretty palette and play well with the coastal environment.

it becomes very graphic and almost sculptural,” he says. As with the pool design, Lombardi took care to use materials and create a landscape narrative that play well with the modern aesthetic of the house. “We typically go with more naturalistic plantings with a contemporary house,” he says. “It’s a house on the wind-swept coast, and the plantings should reflect that. Here we


engaged a broader concept of landscaping rather than being too precious.” This translated to lots of billowy grasses (maiden grass, fountain grass, little bluestem grass), hardy shrubs (hummingbird summersweet, shamrock inkberry, lowbush blueberry), and pretty perennials (lupine, purple coneflower, black-eyed Susan). It was important the plantings be able to withstand the coastal 603-566-0977

climate and be fairly low-maintenance. Lombardi also liberally incorporated fuss-free weathered steel into the plan. The modern metal ages gracefully to a rich chocolate brown and can be used to retain soil for plantings; note the custom planters that frame the front entrance and conceal the foundation. Speaking of the front entrance, guests can now find it with ease. That’s due in part to one decommissioned driveway and the addition of strategically placed modular, pervious man-made pavers. “The pavers, which shimmer through the landscape, signal ‘pay attention here, this is where people move,’” notes Lombardi. Passersby should also take note of this now aesthetically complete story—a landscape narrative that blends beautifully with its modern counterpart and its coastal address. • RESOURCES For more information about this project,

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Show House Stars Join us on a tour of some of our favorite rooms from two recent show houses that featured the talents of New England designers. ///////////

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Receiving Room and Sitting Room Boston designer Gerald Pomeroy created a fresh vibe for the classical architecture in the receiving room and sitting room. White woodwork and an enchanting de Gournay chinoiserie wallpaper bring a springlike feel to the receiving room, while the sitting room takes on a luxurious tone, thanks to Pomeroy’s choice of a glossy wall treatment in a luscious sky blue. Classical and modern blend beautifully: witness the happy juxtaposition of a contemporary painting above a traditional console, and of the elegant Greek-key floor stencil and streamlined sofas.

➽ The Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton, Massachusetts, has a long and distinguished history. The 1840s Greek Revival house was purchased in 1854 by Nathaniel Topliff Allen, a pioneer in education who established a coed, racially integrated school in the stately mansion. Today, the Newton Cultural Alliance owns the house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. With the help of the Junior League of Boston, which enlisted some of the area’s best designers to refurbish twenty of the mansion’s rooms, the house moves on to its new life as a center for art and culture.

The dining room is, indeed, grand as conceived by Susan Schaub and Scott Bell of Theo & Isabella Design Group. Throughout the long room, classic and modern perform a pleasing pas de deux. Handsome mahogany woodwork is softened by sky-blue silk wallcovering. Chinese Chippendalestyle chairs are playful partners to the dark dining table and console. Embroidered fretwork edging adds a fresh touch to the drapes. An elegant beaded chandelier shares the ceiling with a contemporary drum-shade light fixture. And contemporary art mixes with Chinese porcelain to complete the performance.

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The Bar Cecilia Walker joined forces with Tracy Foley of Water and Main to turn this sun-washed former butler’s pass-through into an inviting bar with a glamorous, Hollywood Regency feel. The floorto-ceiling windows are framed with woodwork painted a rich, glossy, teal-green hue. The bold, graphic patterns in wallpapers and fabrics add an energetic edginess to the classic feel of the space. And the vintage settee gets a modern lift from the sassy brass zipper that runs down its middle.

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With its palette of pink and lavender on a creamy background, the nursery Mally Skok designed has all the sugar and spice a little girl wants. The playful mix of patterns in the fabrics and wallpapers—all from Skok’s own line of hand-screened products—gives the space the sense of whimsy, but any design-savvy mom or dad can appreciate the sophisticated tone Skok has achieved in a room designed to suit a girl as she grows from baby to teen.

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Living Room Kay Bailey McKallagat’s understated living room is a study in quiet sophistication. The soft, neutral palette keeps the focus on the pretty views of the backyard gardens and the river, while the casual furnishings set the tone for comfortable gatherings of friends and family. Paintings by local artists add a spark of color, and speak both to the home’s past as a farmhouse and to its riverside location.

➽ The Museum of Old Newbury set about turning Coastal Haven, a classic, colonial-style farmhouse in Newburyport, Massachusetts, into a showcase for New England’s interior design talent. The house, built in the early 1800s, was the homestead for a working farm overlooking the Merrimac River. In modern times, the house came perilously close to being demolished. Luckily, its current owners opted to save it, enlisting Newburyport architect Andrew Sidford to restore the building and create an addition that honors the home’s history in a beautiful blend of old and new. A dozen designers unleashed their imaginations on the house and barn, fashioning one beautiful space after another, each an homage to both the old house and the stunning land on which it sits.

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Dining Room It’s easy to imagine a lively dinner party in progress in the genial dining room designed by Michaele Boehm and Kacey Graham of Boehm Graham Interior Design. The space gets a hint of formality from its stylish gray-and-white color scheme, a traditional, dark, pedestal dining table, and a gracious, curvylegged sideboard. It steers clear of even a whiff of stuffiness, though, thanks to such contemporary touches as the bold zippers on the backs of the dining chairs and the graphic Jill Rosenwald rug. 78  New England Home  September–October 2016

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The Barn Every respectable farm has a barn, and Coastal Haven is no exception. This barn, however, as envisioned by Kerry Vaughan of Red Bird Trading, is exceptional. Vaughan created a welcoming gathering space that celebrates the structure’s rural charm. For dining, a generous table set with rushed chairs is illuminated with a rustic chandelier that hangs from manila rope. In the sitting area, an old pitchfork recalls the barn’s farm history. Newburyport’s seafaring past gets a nod, too, in the vintage ship etching that hangs on the wall.

Lucky indeed would be the visitor who gets to stay in this cozy retreat designed by Holly Gagne and Tina Sanchez. The natural world was the designers’ inspiration for this room that blends both coastal and country sensibilities. Deep blue walls, a watercolor diptych, and sandy-hued fabrics evoke thoughts of the ocean, while wood accents and succulents add an organic, woodsy feel. The design duo also introduced a global sensibility with a vintage overdyed Turkish rug and pillows of handwoven African cloth. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 252.

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Newton Kitchens & Design Truly handcrafted cabinetry and furniture with no limitations...that’s custom. Faux ostrich-wrapped cabinets, exotic ash olive veneers, reclaimed woods, distressed wrapped zinc doors, back-painted glass.... Newton Kitchens & Design provides exceptional handcrafted cabinetry and furniture manufactured in Massachusetts. Our innovative designs range from contemporary to traditional and combine luxury with functionality. Our projects range from intimate galley kitchens engineered to maximize every inch of space to expansive living spaces with carefully selected materials that flow harmoniously throughout your home.

Newton Kitchens & Design collaborates with many of Boston’s most respected architects, interior designers, and builders to create unique spaces and one-of-a-kind pieces for discerning homeowners throughout New England and beyond. Our team starts with you! At every stage, from in-home consultation through design, build, and installation, Newton Kitchens & Design takes a hands-on approach to helping you create the perfect pieces for your kitchen, bathroom, or entertaining space. “I try to guide my clients to what they will love and want to come home to. I want them to be excited to spend time with friends and family in the spaces that I help create for their homes,” says craftsman Pierre Matta.

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Newton Kitchens & Design 244 Needham St. Newton, MA 02464 (617) 559-0003

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Roomscapes Luxury Design Center Roomscapes is a full-service firm engaged in residential space planning, interior design, and remodeling services for every room in the house. Its award-winning kitchens and baths are the distinctive centerpieces of the company’s portfolio. The attention to detail shows not only in the design layouts, but also in the unique selection of materials, cabinetry, and interior accessories. Roomscapes’s clients benefit from engineering, remodeling, and design services, as well as the ability to purchase all products and materials under

one roof. From cabinetry, appliances, and surface materials to tile, plumbing fixtures, hardware, and accessories, you can find everything you need for your remodeling project in this one-of-a-kind design center. With a team of almost 20 designers and craftsmen, Roomscapes provides the experts to help clients transform their homes one room at a time, enhancing their lifestyle. The nurturing quality of every person on the team has endeared this company to thousands of satisfied clients since 1977.

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Roomscapes Luxury Design Center 40 Reservoir Park Drive Rockland, MA (781) 616-6400

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Sea-Dar Construction If you’re ready to design a kitchen but don’t know where to begin, Sea-Dar Construction’s online portfolio ( is a good place to start. From the simple to the sublime, Sea-Dar Construction’s work is sure to inspire. Sea-Dar is able to source unique combinations of wood, concrete, stone, and metal to create sleek contemporary and traditional looks. Odd angles, small spaces, and uniquely shaped rooms are no challenge for the award-winning contractor. Years of experience allow the company to consistently resolve renovation and new construction issues for its clients.

Best known for its custom waterfront homes, luxurious condominiums, and historic brownstone residences, Sea-Dar has garnered a reputation for posh properties in Greater Boston, Cape Cod, and New York. A lavish collection of modern bathrooms and custom gourmet kitchens has earned Sea-Dar a long list of awards for everything from craftsmanship to construction safety. These awards speak directly to the company’s capabilities. To learn more about Sea-Dar Construction, visit or preview the firm’s projects on Houzz at

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Sea-Dar Construction 580 Harrison Ave, Suite 4W Boston, MA 02118 (617) 423-0870 2957 Falmouth Road Osterville, MA 02655 (508) 419-7372 150 W. 30th Street, Suite 1300 New York, NY 10001 (212) 561-3374 Special Marketing Section  95

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Photography: Eric Roth Architecture: Jacob Lilley

Aedi Construction, LLC Aedi Construction provides a complete range

of construction services for our clients. We adhere to a process that we feel greatly enhances the success of any project. We work closely with our clients, the design team, and our trusted subcontractors to ensure consistent, clear communication through the pre-construction and construction phases. At Aedi Construction, we stand by our commitment to the highest level of client satisfaction, and we thrive on exceeding our clients’ expectations on the most challenging projects. Whether you are looking to renovate a historic brownstone in the heart of the city or build a new, sustainably driven modern home, we look forward to working with you.

aedi construction Aedi Construction, LLC 384 Main Street Waltham, MA 02452 26 Summer Street Hingham, MA 02043 (617) 326-8255

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Shelly Harrison Photography Architect: David Eisen, Abacus Architects + Planners

Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling This bathroom addition was for an 18th-century

home in Brookline, Massachusetts. Blending the new and the old can be challenging, and to execute this transition flawlessly, it is important that you can trust the design professionals you are working with. Every detail counts and can make or break the flow and the harmony of a master plan. In addition to building, I also design, which helps me to connect with clients who are concerned about both the functionality of a room and its aesthetics. This experience allowed me to be successful in giving the old space and the new bathroom a cohesive look. I have a lot more fun than I probably should at work, and the result is remarkable build-outs and happy clients. —Joe Bertola

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Classic Kitchens & Interiors With a 4,500-square-foot showroom in Hyannis

and a dedicated team of certified designers and installers, Classic Kitchens & Interiors works with clients to realize their visions of a beautiful, unique, and functional kitchen, bath, built-in, closet, laundry, office, or other storage solution. They partner with homeowners, architects, builders, and interior designers throughout Cape Cod, the islands, and southern New England. Since 1979, the focus at Classic Kitchens & Interiors has been on providing superior craftsmanship, an individualized approach to the design process, and state-of-the-art cabinetry.

Classic Kitchens & Interiors 127 Airport Road Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 775-3075

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Cosentino Center Boston A global leader in natural stone, quartz,

recycled, and architectural surfacing, Cosentino produces trusted brands such as Silestone Natural Quartz, Dekton UltraCompact, and Sensa Granite. These materials, available in a wide array of colors and finishes, along with advanced technical characteristics, offer unique design solutions for kitchens, baths, and beyond. From countertops to tub surrounds and flooring to wall cladding, the surface options are nearly endless. Visit your local Cosentino Center to discuss your project needs, view full-size slabs, and take home product samples.


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Covered Bridge Cabinetry With more than 25 years of experience in

cabinetry manufacturing, Covered Bridge Cabinetry’s dedicated design professionals, artisans, and wood-crafting experts consistently construct both high-quality and high-style custom cabinetry. We offer a wide selection of doors and accessories to match your unique style. Our American hardwoods in oak, maple, and cherry are perfect for any one of our luxurious stains. If painted cabinetry is the style you’re looking for, we also offer a paint-grade hardwood to pair with our premium enamels, and a color-matching service to make sure your cabinetry is just right! Covered Bridge Cabinetry is ready to bring your cabinetry dreams to life. Visit our website to find a dealer near you.

Newton Kitchens & Design Covered Bridge Cabinetry 906 Murray Road East Hanover, NJ 07936 (908) 674-4299

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Hampden Design+Construction Hampden Design+Construction, winner of the

Boston Home magazine Dream Kitchen competition and featured on “This Old House,” is a general-contracting firm based in Newton. We specialize in high-end renovations, additions, and new construction projects for homeowners who seek functional yet stylish solutions executed with great craftsmanship and an eye to quality. We will treat your home with the attention and respect you deserve. Your home is your single most important asset, so remodeling and construction decisions are not—and should not be—entered into lightly. At Hampden Design+Construction, we appreciate the magnitude of this decision.

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Installations Plus, Inc. Since 1983, Installations Plus, Inc. has been transforming spaces. Our skilled team of installers works on both new projects and remodels, displaying quality workmanship in residential and commercial settings. With years of experience working with custom homebuilders, designers, and contractors, we specialize in kitchen, bath, foyer, sunroom, and patio projects involving ceramic, glass, and quarry tiles, as well as slate and marble. We invite you to explore our website to see some of our completed work. We look forward to making your vision a reality!

Installations Plus, Inc. 241 Kuniholm Drive Holliston, MA 01746 (774) 233-0210

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Kitchen Views at National Lumber WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING of a design journey…

Enjoy the transformation when you work with the talented designers at Kitchen Views. Share your visions and watch as they successfully lead you through the revitalization of any room in your house, exceeding your expectations. A staggering number of decisions must be made. Having a seasoned professional who understands your needs and aesthetic taste will help with your selections. Whether currently planning a project, or dreaming of doing so, visit a Kitchen Views showroom at a National Lumber near you…Where the designers are pros, and the views are yours. You will love the results!

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Longfellow Design Build Longfellow Design Build

specializes in custom, topquality building for a Cape Cod lifestyle. With more than 20 years of local building experience, Longfellow combines a collaborative design-build process with a talented team of in-house architects, kitchen and bath designers, project managers, and craftsmen. Providing clients with one point of contact from start to finish fosters collaboration, teamwork, and a more efficient process that reduces risk, cost, and time. Longfellow’s design showrooms in Falmouth, Chatham, and Osterville, Massachusetts, provide a comfortable setting to meet with architects and designers surrounded by Cape Cod’s most extensive selection of quality materials, fixtures, and finishes.

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Louis W. Mian, Inc. Louis W. Mian, Inc. is Boston’s leading fabricator

and installer of all types of natural stone and quartz. In business since 1948, we have adapted with the times to meet the needs of the area’s most discerning clientele. Our showroom in Charlestown, Massachusetts, features more than 1,000 different materials for countertops, fireplaces, and flooring. In addition to marble, granite, slate, and limestone, we are also a certified fabricator for all of the leading quartz countertop manufacturers. Our high standards for product quality are recognized throughout the industry, and we are known for our exceptional customer service. Come see what almost 70 years of experience means; we know how to make your project a success.


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Moniques Bath Showroom, Inc. At Moniques Bath Showroom, a second-

generation family business, we pride ourselves on our product knowledge and our commitment to superior customer service. We have received the Houzz Customer Service Award, the Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association’s Showroom of the Year Award, and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show’s Innovative Showroom of the Year Award. Whether you are a design professional or a homeowner, you will be treated with respect in our newly upgraded showroom. Because we display all of the top-brand decorative plumbing fixtures and hardware, as well as products exclusive to very few showrooms, Moniques is a must-visit in your kitchen and bath planning.

Moniques Bath Showroom, Inc. 123 N. Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 923-1167

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Phi Home Designs It’s said that the heart of the home is the

kitchen—a gathering place and sanctuary. It’s also a reflection of your personality and how you live. When you’re ready, the Phi team will work with you to deliver plans that are as functional as they are inspired. Our master craftsmen build custom cabinetry and furniture to meet our exacting standards—and stand the test of time. From full kitchen and bath renovations to home remodels and custom-designed and custom-built homes, we’re ready to help enhance the way you live. Have a project in mind? Please be in touch.

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THE SUCCESSFUL ART OF TEAM A Collaboration at the Front

Slocum Hall Design Group Slocum Hall Design Group is an Architecture

and interior design firm specializing in transforming kitchens and baths into signature spaces well suited to modern-day living. Kitchens and baths are among our favorite design challenges; we love the process of turning these functional rooms into extraordinary spaces that you and your family will enjoy for many years. We take an attentive, client-focused approach to our thoughtful, creative architectural design, and our project management is comprehensive and detail oriented. To learn more, call us today or visit us at

Architectural projects are achieved by tea house in its landscape, designing a showr on material specification, the architect pro details that follow. The primary and mo visionary and the client, eager to bring a p David Boronkay and Leah Coh founders of Slocum Hall Design Group, th level of detail and oversight through the David’s background in high-end resid commercial projects offers clients a wide to overseeing and managing the construc


617.744.6399 | WWW.SLOC Slocum Hall Design Group 74 Barnard Avenue Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 744-6399

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Sparrow Custom Builders Sparrow Custom Builders is a construction

company specializing in custom-built homes, renovations, and additions in the Boston area. We take pride in all the work that we do and the relationships that we have built with our many customers. We strive in every project to produce a functional and well-thought-out design plan, as well as a stunning, high-quality, finished living space. Call the best to build your nest.

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Wright at Home A Martha’s Vineyard house owes its inspiration to America’s most famous midcentury modern architect.

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At this Martha’s Vineyard house, the deeply overhanging roofs, stone walls, wood colonnade, and ample windows were inspired by the iconic work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The house design includes bedrooms

with covered porches away from the public spaces. A tree crutch, a century-old technique to brace a tree limb, supports an old apple tree that lost a limb in a storm. Tapered and notched rafter tails speak the language of Wright. The old brick barn now serves as a guest house. The ancient stone walls once guided sheep.

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ven on Martha’s Vineyard, an island endowed with more than its share of natural and man-made beauty, this spot packs a wallop. More than a mile of magnificent dry-laid stone walls—once bordering a sheep path leading to the old center of Chilmark—still stand. There are poetically gnarled apple trees, meadows, a century-old stand of blueberries, a vernal pond, an enormous boulder left by some longago glacier, and a nineteenth-century barn with soft, mottled walls of old brick. And there is a new house. It has the unmistakable roof overhangs, stone piers, clerestory windows, and mixtures of natural materials that identify the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright. “I grew up in a Frank Lloyd Wright house,” the homeowner says. “It was ABOVE: Stone pillars along a hallway are just one way the natural world is brought indoors. RIGHT: Wood, stone, glass, and an abun-

dance of natural light define the living room, where a Dash and Albert rug delineates a seating area that includes Christian Liaigre sofas and Holly Hunt drum chairs.

the best aesthetic education I could ever have had. Virtually every square inch was captivating, and it was wonderfully livable.” Thus, when it came time for her to build on this very special site, she considered only one very special design inspiration. Together with Debra Cedeno of Architecture + Indigo in nearby Vineyard Haven, she created a home that pays homage to the American master while it makes the most of the stone walls, the old barn, the blueberries, apples, pond, and meadows.

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“I grew up in a Frank Lloyd Wright house,” the homeowner says. “It was the best aesthetic education I could ever have had. Virtually every square inch was captivating, and it was wonderfully livable.”

“I worked with two other architects before I found Debra,” the homeowner says. “They were intractable. But she was open, and I could see that she was highly skilled and talented.” Cedeno happily returns the homeowner’s sentiment. “She is the client we all dream of,” she says. “We had the level of trust you yearn for when you design a house. She had this landmark location, and we have a shared love for Frank Lloyd Wright and organic architecture. When we met, we just clicked.” Cedeno and her client both love Wright’s use of

natural materials. “But especially,” the architect says, “I have always been wowed by how good he was on the delicate balance between the external site and the house.” For her client, she designed a 5,500-square-foot house modeled on Taliesin, Wright’s home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Like that famous building, this house is organized around outdoor areas while offering unobstructed views of the surroundings from every room. A shallow-pitched copper roof is coated with zinc to make it non-reflective. Stone and stucco september–october 2016  New England Home 117

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“There are thirty-three feet of glass on the north side of the living-dining room,” says Cedeno. “Yet it feels warm and cozy, in part because of the wood lining the ceiling.”

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walls are punctuated by ample fenestration. “When you drive up, it is unassuming,” Cedeno says. “There are the old stone walls and the old brick barn, and the house nestles into the landscape between the blueberry bushes, the vernal pond, and the boulder. When you first see the house, you can see through it to the old stone wall.” The siting was of primary importance to the homeowner, who was determined to disturb the surroundings as little as possible. “I had formulated a concept of where it would be located,” she says. “I am only the third owner of this property, and it’s important to me that we preserve the history, including the old walls and the outbuildings.” The brick barn, built in 1852, is the last such structure on the Vineyard, built with rejected bricks from the first commercial brickyard in New England, in operation from 1642 to the end of the nineteenthcentury. “They made a big pile of rejects, and people came and helped themselves,” the homeowner explains. “You can see how the bricks are all different sizes and thicknesses.” Before she and Cedeno designed and built her new

LEFT: The dining room, located in the open space next to the living room, offers comfortable seating to host lots of friends and family. ABOVE: A seating area in the kitchen features an Eero Saarinen Tulip Table. BELOW: The kitchen is furnished with simple wood cabinetry and pale counters, with tapering stone columns that form a solid connection to the rest of the house.

Project Team

Debra Cedeno, Architecture + Indigo Builder: Mark Baumhofer and Keith Estes, Baumhofer Estes Landscape design: Geoff Gibson, Gibson Landscape Construction Architecture and interior design:

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house, the homeowner lived in the approximately 800-square-foot barn; today, it functions as the guest house. The main house is organized around a long hall that provides views of a sculpture garden nestling into a niche between building sections. Doors open to terraces on both sides. At one end are the living room, kitchen, laundry room, and scullery; the bedrooms and the homeowner’s studio occupy the opposite end. Between them, a trellis-topped colonnade is a glass-lined hallway to bring the outdoors in. A broad window with a transom lets light wash over a cozy sitting area defined by tapered stone columns. RIGHT: Along the scullery hall, the homeowner has a favorite niche that holds books and a comfortable place to read.

“I really like the fact that I can open the central part of the house to the fresh air and just leave the bedrooms air-conditioned,” the homeowner says. “I like that I have long walking distances in the house. In the winter, the sun is low and heats the concrete floors. In summer, the overhang shades the interior. You can step outside from most of the rooms. And, the materials I see are real: wood, stone, and glass.” “There are thirty-three feet of glass on the north side of the living-dining room,” says Cedeno. “Yet it feels warm and cozy, in part because of the wood lining the ceiling.” She goes on to explain the design of the gently tapering stone columns that distinguish the rooms. “We built them with stone blocks that subtly decrease

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“In the house I grew up in, the furniture, the lighting fixtures, and furnishings were chosen and custom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We tried to create a version of that,” says the homeowner.

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in size as they go up. Otherwise, the columns would look as though they’re going to topple over.” The homeowner is especially fond of the scullery, a hall-like space between the kitchen and the laundry room that has a floor of brick (a nod to the brick barn) and is furnished with a sink. It makes a convenient station for washing vegetables from the garden or keeping fresh lobsters until it’s time to cook them. The home’s eclectic collection of furnishings includes pieces of George Nakashima furniture found long ago and thrift store treasures discovered recently. The classic modern silhouettes and neutral upholstery tones suit an interior primarily composed of stone, wood, and glass. “In the house I grew up in, the furniture, the lighting fixtures, and all the other furnishings were chosen and custom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,” the homeowner says. “It made for such harmony, for such an integrated sense of design. We tried to create a version of that.” She spends about half the year here in her Wrightinspired island home. “I’m usually here in the summer, and for some holidays,” she says. And, she adds, with a smile, “I am always here to pick the apples.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 252.

ABOVE AND RIGHT: The master bedroom holds a spacious sitting

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Architect Christopher Arner gave the home a contemporary spin while maintaining traditional Shingle-style details, like the deep overhang of the entry roof with its handsome supporting brackets. “This was a great project,” says builder Steve Ray. “The owners were laid back and collaborative but decisive, too.”

Winning Strategy A team of design professionals executes the perfect game plan for building the Rhode Island home of a former gridiron star and his family.

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Project Team

Christopher Arner Eileen Marcuvitz, Plum Interiors Builder: Steve Ray, Ray Construction Landscape design: Nicholas J. Adams Architecture:

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N CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: High-gloss woodwork and furniture and accessories in beach-inspired blues pop against a sand-hued backdrop that includes grasscloth-covered walls. The powder room is clad in Donghia’s Dolce Vita Pearl White wallcovering, and the walnut vanity, sink, and faucets are from Ann Sacks. A Vaughan lantern illuminates the welcoming entry, where designer Eileen Marcuvitz has paired a shapely mirror by Mr. Brown with a Chelsea House console.

ature loves fiddling with blue every which way: think of silvery Arctic ice, a robin’s egg, or mussel shells. Designers, too, enjoy playing with the hue. Navy is perennially popular, of course. But indigo, ultramarine, and teal also score. Turquoise falls into the blue lineup, too, although maybe it deserves its own category. The gem that bears the same name, after all, symbolizes power, nobility, and good fortune. Bold and playful, turquoise energizes a room. It’s just the sort of happy backdrop a young family would want for its active lifestyle. With three small children, Dan and

Amber Koppen are busy, all right. But then, their energy level has always been high. Dan, a sports broadcaster and real estate agent, played in the NFL for eleven years, nine of them with the New England Patriots. His impressive record includes five Super Bowls, two of which were wins. Amber was a cheerleader for the Patriots. When the couple decided to build a new home in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, they chose a bright, open plan with—at Newport-based interior designer Eileen Marcuvitz’s suggestion—a turquoise theme to satisfy their desire for a relaxed, beachy ambience. “Turquoise is ocean-like but not cliché,” Marcuvitz explains. The Koppens spent a lot of time working on the game plan for their new september–october 2016  New England Home 127

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™™™™™™™™™™™™ ™™™™™™™™™™™™ ™™™™™™™™™™™™ ™™™™™™™™™™™™ ™™™™™™™™™™™™ ™™™™™™™™™™™™ ™™™™™™™™™™™™ ™™™™™™™™™™™™ nest. At the top of their wish list was a generous, airy kitchen that would flow unhindered into a user-friendly family room. They also requested a bounty of windows to provide maximum light as well as views of the kids playing outdoors. And last but not least, they wanted to maintain privacy. Their property sits in a pretty subdivision with vacant lots on either side. Concerned how future buildings might affect his clients’ abode, project architect Christopher Arner, who at the time was with Burgin Lambert Architects and now

heads his own eponymous Newport firm, recalls studying those neighboring lots for hours. His final plan—a stroke of genius—entailed flipping the proposed notion of placing the driveway on the north side of the property. He moved it to the south side, then created a privacy barrier for the backyard with an attached garage. “That decision was a key to the layout,” Arner explains. “The family room and kitchen open to the south, and those two rooms, the heart and soul of the house, were my starting point. Everything else was worked around them.”

ABOVE: An oil-rubbed bronze Salgado Saucier chandelier lends charm, without too much formality, to the dining room. The shapely chairs by Artistic Frame wear a familyfriendly outdoor fabric by Holly Hunt. LEFT: Turquoise, Amber’s favorite color, was the ideal choice for the family room’s attention-getting sectional. Accessories in various shades of blue, like the Stephen Gerould lamp and oomph tray, add an additional layer of beachy interest.

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The breakfast niche’s walnut table is a delicious contrast to the oak floors, and with a custom banquette and upholstered chairs from Hickory Chair, the setting is as comfortable as it is stylish. FACING PAGE: The side entry allows easy access to an efficient mudroom. “The children have their own places, so it encourages tidiness,” Amber says.

A pronounced front entry—another of the owners’ must-haves—leaves no doubt as to where guests are expected to arrive. There’s an airy foyer clad in a stunning grass wallcovering by Nobilis waiting just inside the door. But for everyday entering and exiting, there’s also a side entry alongside the garage, tucked discreetly behind a protruding bay window. Nearby, a highly organized mudroom offers storage for boots and lunch boxes. The kids can stuff their backpacks into cubbies, scuff off their snowy boots onto the tiled floor, and head right into the sunny kitchen for snacks. The kitchen and adjoining family room are activity central, a large, open space that’s as comfortable for the family as it is for entertaining a crowd. Never the reluctant host, Amber claims she’d

“have company every day” if she could. And, fortunately, the fresh decor—from finishes to fabrics—welcomes traffic. It’s also the perfect match for Arner’s cleanlined architecture. Classic coffered ceilings lend character, but the detailing remains simple throughout. In this same vein, Marcuvitz—who was recruited early on to help with every decision from the powder room’s crystal fixtures to pantry shelving—cleverly uses texture rather than precious furniture or fussy patterns to rev up the interest level. Thus, there’s leather binding on the family room’s wool carpet, for example, and a leather-topped coffee table. “The interior had to be high-end, but also super-easy and practical,” the designer says. Downsview Kitchens was called in to help guarantee that the kitchen would be

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ccording to Marcuvitz, the homeowners wanted “the interior to be high-end, but also super-easy and practical.”

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Downsview Kitchens of Boston joined forces with Marcuvitz and Arner to design the spacious kitchen and its light-filled breakfast area. Clear pendants by Remains cast a beam on the island without detracting from the architecture. A marine finish safeguards the island's walnut top, where Hickory Chair stools line up.

as efficient as it is stylish. To that end, there’s bountiful storage, tip-top appliances, and two sinks where, according to Amber, “someone is always coming or going.” A lofty tiled backsplash and custom steel hood accompany the cooktop. Dual counters—one crowned with white

rhino quartzite, the other with walnut— provide surplus workspace. Seating is plentiful: family and friends stake out spots on the breakfast area’s generous window seat or snag stools outfitted in a congenial mix of turquoise faux leather and fabric.

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ever the reluctant host, Amber claims she’d “have company every day” if she could. And, fortunately, the fresh decor— from finishes to fabrics— welcomes traffic.

The family room also includes an irresistible window seat along with a tufted sectional big enough for a bunch of people to gather by the limestone hearth. And should a formal meal be planned, the dining room’s walnut table extends to accommodate ten, and its upholstered chairs

have comfort written all over them. In a departure from turquoise, the walls here are pale green in a nod to the landscape. The autumnal-colored study, where grown-ups convene to watch a football game, is another visual treat. “I’m all for carrying a theme, “says Marcuvitz, “but september–october 2016  New England Home 133

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RIGHT: The beachy theme takes a softer turn

in the master bedroom, with a calming palette of pale blues and cream. BELOW: The watery motif of the home extends into the spa-like master bath; the custom cabinetry is from Downsview of Boston. FACING PAGE: Footballs—each with a personal meaning for the homeowners—heighten the study’s intimate tone. An Urban Electric chandelier and a streamlined coffee table from the Bright Group lend a masculine feel.

rooms that are for different activities should have different feelings.” The warm palette was inspired by a favorite painting the couple owns. A graphic Stark carpet adds a dash of liveliness, linen curtains soften the windows, and a Bright Group sectional invites lounging. The rooms may vary in personality, but not tone. The casual elegance that pervades the downstairs sweeps right on upstairs. To forge a dreamy master bedroom, Marcuvitz revisited turquoise, using a medley of serene shades. Victoria Hagan nightstands flank the upholstered headboard, while a wool and silk Stark carpet soothes the senses. Arner thoughtfully incorporated spacious dressing rooms for each spouse. And dual sinks elevate the adjacent bath, where Marcuvitz conjures a hint of glamour with a statuary marble floor and a sleek custom vanity

backed with Ann Sacks turquoise tile. Additional design tweaks, including finishing the basement and outfitting it with a bar and a playroom, have given the Koppens the contemporary Shinglestyle home they envisioned. The couple couldn’t be happier, knowing that every player on their design team turned in a winning performance. •

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Resources For more information about this home,

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A Tree Grows

Family ties, an affinity for the classics, an eye for detail—and a natural wonder—come together to inspire a standout Boston-area home.

The entryway is the harbinger of gracious things to come. Melding classic and modern, designer Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh introduced limestone floors, bold black door trim, and contemporary caged lighting to complement the show-stopping architectural details. FACING PAGE: Architect John I. Meyer employed materials, such as the large puddingstone chunks in the front facade, that lend the new house a grand presence suitable to its old Brookline, Massachusetts, neighborhood. 136  New England Home  september–October 2016

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IN BROOKLINE ® Text by Maria L a Piana ® Photography by Michael Partenio ® Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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Project Team

John I. Meyer, Meyer & Meyer Architects Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh, Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors Builder: Marc Kaplan, Sanford Custom Builders Landscape design: William Pressley, Pressley Associates Architecture:

Interior design:

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With its proud arches, prominent stone facade, fanciful roofline, and abundant details, the home is an unabashed homage to the American architect H.H. Richardson and his signature Romanesque Revival style. Slate and copper roofing adds to the sense of age and permanence Meyer and his clients wanted.

Ah, inspiration. For David and Stephanie D’Angelo, family was the inspiration for this house: the present needs of their family of five as well as the couple’s future needs, as they intended to grow old there. For the architect, inspiration came from an unusually narrow lot and an inclination toward

compelling, classic designs. For the interior designer, inspiration was sparked by a required melding of styles and a simple, sophisticated palette. For the landscape architect, it was the tree. As nature would have it, the tree—a century-old American beech—held sway over the rest. september–october 2016  New England Home 139

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“If you’re going to do something a little unusual, in a very precious area, you’d better make sure you make it as tasteful as possible,” the architect says.

When the D’Angelos found an acre on a venerable street in Brookline, Massachusetts, they called on Boston architect John I. Meyer. He in turn called on a longtime collaborator, Boston landscape architect William Pressley, to take a look at the site. “It was nothing special,” Pressley says he thought at the time. “A plain raised ranch sat on the lot, with a big old tree in the back.” The next time he visited the site the house was gone—and the old tree seemed bigger, more meaningful. “I told John, ‘Why don’t we save that tree?’ . . . although it seemed like the most impossible thing to do,” he remembers. The tree turned out to be what David calls “the most important element of designing the home. The house and the patio sort of wrap around the tree and

the effect is pretty special.” Says Meyer, “It’s on one of the nicest streets in Greater Boston, but part of the site is really narrow.” Because the house had to sit sideways on the lot, it couldn’t have a conventional elevation—at least not until Meyer designed one with a hole in the middle of it. The tree in all its glory is visible through the keyhole in the facade. Meyer channeled the work of renowned architect H.H. Richardson in designing the home’s exterior. With the lavish use of masonry and stone, rounded arches, intricate details, and a sense of permanence, he paid homage to the Romanesque Revival style for which Richardson is known. A stately silhouette, grand doors and windows, and an abundance of fine materials (stone, slate, copper, and more) contribute

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The living room’s simple palette of creamy whites, soft silvers, and sophisticated shades of gray is soothing and serene. It sets the stage for a pleasing blend of ease and formality. FACING PAGE: A mix of textures and materials— silk, linen, and velvet fabrics, shiny metals and glass—energizes the pale color scheme and injects a glamorous note. september–october 2016  New England Home 141

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In the dining room, Griffin Balsbaugh took her cue from the domed ceiling, choosing furniture and accessories that echo its form, drawing the eye downward and around the room. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Ebony-stained oak floors create a bold contrast with the clean white-and-gray color scheme in the kitchen. FACING PAGE, TOP RIGHT: The granite-topped island morphs from prep area with storage at one end to casual dining table at the other end.

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to an extraordinary presence in an already noteworthy neighborhood. “If you’re going to do something a little unusual, in a very precious area, you’d better make sure you make it as tasteful as possible,” the architect says. The design process was exacting. “We made mockups of everything. We tried every combination of

materials,” says Meyer. “We changed tones, darkened trim, we kept focusing until we had it. And only then did we get our very gifted craftsmen involved.” The front door is nestled underneath the stone arch, providing a sheltered welcome into a home that is as sophisticated as it is comfortable. Interior designer Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh had worked with the family on two previous projects, but admits she was “blown away” when she saw these drawings. “The plans were so detailed I knew I had to let it play out in my head.” She and Stephanie share a design aesthetic (they even showed up in the same outfit at an early meeting). “She wanted modern—but the softer side of modern. A delicious mix of modern and elegant,” remembers Griffin Balsbaugh. The palette would be monochromatic, a combination of silvers and grays and whites, with the palest hint of blush. In a way, that helped to define everything that came later. The general look is one of classic styling with modern overtones and a few glam notes. The designer and homeowners chose all of the hard materials—from floors to countertops—that complemented Meyer’s classic vision, and almost all new furnishings. They

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Stephanie “wanted modern—but the softer side of modern. A delicious mix of modern and elegant,” says Griffin Balsbaugh.

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Dark and light make fine companions in the breakfast area, where seating outfitted in a mix of pale fabrics comes together around a custom table illuminated by a two-tier ring chandelier.

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The master bedroom strays just slightly from the rest of the house, with the introduction of a pretty accent color for a feminine touch. FACING PAGE: The spacious dressing room is made sumptuous with architectural details, a pair of crystal chandeliers, and plush gray carpeting.

got started in the foyer, a grand entrance with an arched entry and tin ceiling. “We knew we had to get a modern vision going right away,” says Griffin Balsbaugh. In order to make a statement early on, they opted for instant contrast with white limestone tile that could hold its own against the rest of the floors

(white oak with an ebony finish throughout) and bold caged lighting. It wasn’t easy to convince Stephanie to go with black interior doors,” says the designer, “but once we did, we knew.” The monochromatic palette called for texture, she says. There are few patterns to be found in the furnishings—just fine fabrics, from velvets and silks september–october 2016  New England Home 147

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Landscape architect William Pressley says he was absolutely in sync with the architect, and understood the importance of a hardscape and plantings that would do justice to the extraordinary home. FACING PAGE: The terrace was designed to complement—and sustain—the century-old beech tree that started it all.

The first thing Pressley did was erase the word line from his own vocabulary. “I just don’t see a lot of straight lines, ever,” he says. to linens. And there are lots of lovely, curvaceous silhouettes. Also, says Griffin Balsbaugh, “It was very important that, despite the home’s presumed pedigree, it had to look like it was done now.” Meanwhile, Pressley was developing a landscape plan that would give this special home the surroundings it deserved. “You work with what you’ve got to work with,” he says. “I knew we had a lot of stonework on the house, so whatever we did had to fit in with that vocabulary.” The first thing he did was erase the word line from his own vocabulary. “I just don’t see a lot of straight lines, ever,” he says. The evidence is everywhere, in the hardscape as well as the plantings. For visual interest, the landscape plan includes lots of color, “and not just for two weeks out of the year,” Pressley says. The rolled stone driveway had to be wide (they settled on twenty

feet); it’s unusual, he says, but it works. There’s a terrace overlooking the pool area, and a long bench that curves around the now-celebrated tree. The foundation supports were crafted to protect the tree’s root system—and up-lighting contributes added drama. To truly understand this house you have to “go there and look at it, and walk through the site,” says Meyer. “Then walk through the plan. There are really magical things all around. It’s spatially surprising and interesting, without being glitzy.” About that tree: “It simply wouldn’t have survived if we’d decided to build a regular, fat house,” says Meyer. “Now the magnificent tree is going to live another 200 years.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 252.

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Text by Paula M. Bodah Photography by Nat Rea Produced by Stacy Kunstel Gale Goff, the architect who designed this Jamestown, Rhode Island, house, returned to forge an addition to expand the kitchen and create a family room. The addition, which segues from the enlarged kitchen to the spacious covered porch, was accomplished seamlessly.

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Land Of Enchantment

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of the curvaceous driveway. A shady, tree-lined drive follows the property’s downward angle, winding past a lawn terraced gently to accommodate the slope and accented by gardens of lush ferns, colorful perennials, low-growing groundcovers, and flowering shrubs, all tucked in among arrangements of rugged rocks. The landscape strikes a pleasing balance of elegance and informality and sets the tone for the Shingle-style house that awaits at the end of the drive. The owners of this Jamestown, Rhode Island, home on five shoreline acres on Narragansett Bay were drawn to the property by its water views, its private dock, its spacious grounds—perfect for frequent gatherings of a large, loving extended family—and its handsome house. The dwelling, a classic New England beauty with a stone-clad lower facade and a sweeping shingled roof, was designed by architect Gale Goff when she was working with Newport-based ­Estes/Twombly Architects and was built by Highland Builders, of Tiverton, Rhode Island. “We fell in love with the house because of the way it was sited and the views,” the wife says. “There were views from just about every space.” The couple knew they would want to modify the house and yard to suit their own style both aesthetically and for the way they live. For starters, the wife suspected she’d want a bigger kitchen. And the landscaping, while attractive, was more formal than she and her husband ABOVE: Irregular, rounded stone forms a

walkway from the drive to the front door. LEFT: The broad entry allows a view of the

sloping front yard, where gentle terracing helps guide rainwater away from the house. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Goff pushed the rear of the house out to add the glass-walled family room and the covered porch above. Plantings around the pool are lush and natural. The new porch offers views of Narragansett Bay as well as plenty of space for friends and family to gather. 152  New England Home  september–october 2016

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Throughout the first floor, cherry floors were replaced with pale oak and natural fir ceilings were painted white to give the house a more summery feel. FACING PAGE, TOP: The staircase railing was painted white, allowing the rope-twist newel posts to stand out. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Goff designed a sliding barn door that lets the homeowners close off the dining room from the kitchen. 154  New England Home  september–october 2016

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liked. Wisely, however, they didn’t rush a renovation plan. “We used the house for a year or so, so we could understand what we needed to do to make it meet the way we live,” the wife says. In the process, they confirmed her initial feeling that the kitchen needed expanding. “We host lots of big family gatherings. We’ll have fifteen to thirty people, ranging in age from six months to eighty-four years. And everyone likes to be in the kitchen.” A larger kitchen opening to a new family room would mean everyone could be together during meal prep. They also wanted the house to feel lighter and airier. The natural fir ceilings and oak floors were good looking, but a bit too dark for the couple’s taste. “We use it year round, but we wanted to make it feel more like a summer house,” the wife explains. If they were smart about taking their time, they were wiser still in their choice

“We loved the design of the house, and we wanted to make sure whatever we did complemented what existed,” says the homeowner. of an architect to help with the changes. “We loved the design of the house, and we wanted to make sure whatever we did complemented what existed,” the homeowner says. It made perfect sense, she and her husband decided, to call on the original architect. Goff, who by now had moved on to form her own architectural firm, welcomed the chance to take her earlier work a step further, designing an addition that would expand the kitchen and turn a smallish screened porch into a large family room. “An addition was a challenge because the house had a very complex and distinct roofline,” she says. “It was a tricky roofline to figure out.” That the house shows no evidence of having been expanded is a tribute to Goff’s thoughtful reworking of the south Project Team

Gale Goff Andrew J. Paraskos Landscape design: Hali Beckman Builders: Highland Builders and Newport Housewrights Architecture:

Interior design:

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end of the structure and the talents of the crew at Newport Housewrights, a building firm based in Middletown, Rhode Island. The larger kitchen opens to a spacious, glass-walled family room created by pushing the back of the house out and adding a dormered balcony above it. A new, long, covered porch with a dining area and a fire pit runs the length of The expansive new kitchen has double Caesarstone-topped islands. Rift- and quarter-sawn oak cabinets are a modern interpretation of the Shaker style. FACING PAGE: The kitchen’s breakfast area is a sun-washed niche with a wraparound banquette that looks out across the front yard.

the kitchen and family room, adding yet more space for gathering and forming a smooth segue to the pool area. The new kitchen is a cook’s dream. Double islands topped with glossy Caeserstone offer plenty of surface space for helpers, and those who just want to keep the cook company can pull up a stool and sit. The handsome cabinetry of quarter-sawn and rift-sawn white oak, designed by Goff and crafted by Joseph Yoffa Custom Woodworking of Newport, is a modern riff on the Shaker style. The window-lined family room, with its bay september–october 2016  New England Home 157

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“Basically, the whole idea was to focus on the incredible view,” says Paraskos. Designer Andrew J. Paraskos let the view take the starring role in the family room, complementing it with furniture in sandy neutrals and grounding it with a textured rug that has a horizontal pattern to echo the transoms and subtle colors that speak to the water.

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views, inspired the work of Boston-based interior designer Andrew J. Paraskos. “Basically, the whole idea was to focus on the incredible view,” he says. The sofa, situated to face that lovely vista, sits on a textured Steven King carpet. The stripes in the carpet echo the horizontality of the windows, Paraskos says, while their colors—a mix of blues and sand-hued neutrals, speak to the waters of the bay. A raised tub and lots of windows turn the master bath into a lofty oasis. FACING PAGE: In the master bedroom, which sits in the original part of the house, a rounded wall of windows offers an almost 180-degree view. On this second floor of the house, the owners kept the original natural fir ceilings.

Porcelain tiles set in a running-bond pattern give the fireplace a streamlined, modern look. The art on the fireplace, by Massachusetts photographer Alex MacLean, hangs on a pulley, allowing it to be raised to reveal the TV. Throughout the rest of the downstairs, the renovation was mostly cosmetic: cherry floors were replaced with white oak, fir ceilings were painted white, stained-glass transoms were swapped out for clear glass, and the stairway’s handrails and newel posts were given a new, darker finish. Meanwhile, Jamestown landscape architect Hali Beckman was transforming the yard into the enchanting setting

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the backyard holds a series of beds that become looser and more natural as the grass meets a pathway that leads down to the dock. it is today. The couple’s first spring in the house had been a particularly rainy one, revealing considerable drainage issues. By removing several ponds from the sloping front yard and adding gentle terracing and strategically placed gardens, Beckman gave rainwater an escape route that prevents it from reaching the foundation CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The beachfront and dock were a big selling point for the homeowners, who like to sail. Embedded stone steps make the steep slope from the water to the backyard easier to traverse. The walk between yard and beach passes by an idyllic, rock-lined pond. As gardens meet lawn, plantings in a variety of shapes, textures, and colors nestle along a border bed. The front yard landscape plan has plenty of visual interest, including mature trees, stone walls, perennial beds, and broad swaths of grass.

of the house. In the pool area, perennials and shrubs create a sense of privacy, while the backyard holds a series of beds that become looser and more natural as the grass meets a pathway that leads down to the dock at the water’s edge. The wife praises her design team for putting their hearts and souls into bringing her home to its current state of perfection. “Everybody delivered, and then some,” she says. “I just felt this entire team was magical.” For the homeowners and their friends and family, the whole place—from the top of the driveway to the edge of the dock— is a little piece of paradise. • Resources For more information about this home, see

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Easy & Elegant Style and function are equal partners in these beautifully designed kitchens and baths.

A Chef’s Dream Billy Grant was a bit like the cobbler whose children go barefoot. The award-winning chef owns a handful of popular Connecticut restaurants and a catering business, yet his own home kitchen was woefully inadequate, according to designer Kellie Burke. His 1920s West Hartford home, in a style Burke calls “cottage Tudor,” had many rooms, and all of them were small. “It felt like a little dollhouse,” Burke says. She took down walls in the kitchen, dining room, a bathroom, pantry, and mudroom to create a space any chef would love. Open distressed-wood shelves supported by antique iron fencing keep equipment in easy reach

and suit the European farmhouse look Grant wanted. The metal cabinet island is inspired by industrial baking racks, while the white subway tile walls recall the classic working restaurant kitchens in which Grant honed his craft. Metal barstools at one end of the marble-topped island offer a spot for friends to keep the chef company while he cooks. The industrial and European farmhouse tones blend beautifully at the dining end of the space, where the sun shines through cafe curtains made of French linen kitchen towels onto a reclaimed-wood table and metal chairs. —Paula M. Bodah

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Special Focus: kitchens & BATHS

Designer: Kellie Burke, Kellie Burke Interiors Builder: Michael Delissio Jr., Sunrise Homes Photography: James R. Salomon

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Special Focus: kitchens & BATHS

Serving Up Style Every young family yearns for a welcoming kitchen. Unfortunately, this new abode in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, had one that “lacked style and seemed awkward,” designer Kathy Marshall recalls. She remedied the situation with a new breakfast area that holds a custom tulip-legged table and an L-shaped banquette with underseat storage. New cabinets sport a ­wider-than-traditional rail and a small bead accent. “Subtle nuances make a room special,” the designer says. Between the cabinets, Marshall nestled a pale wood vent. The base of the quartz-topped island is painted Farrow & Ball’s striking Stiffkey Blue. “It

looks like it’s paneled in V-groove, but with a push, the facade gives way to reveal more storage,” says Marshall. The Sub-Zero-Wolf Pro 48 refrigerator wears an attentiongetting glass door, while another fridge in the dreamy-blue bar area remains hidden, allowing glassware to hold the stage. Marshall cleverly backed the glass-front cabinets with herringbone tile. The nearby blackboard is mounted on a narrow wall Marshall added to gives the bar greater presence. Final touch? The red oak floor was painstakingly refinished for a pleasing beachy look. —Megan Fulweiler

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Let There Be Light An architect husband and his wife envisioned a kitchen with a Scandinavian aesthetic to accommodate their passion for cooking. But with an overload of cherry and knotty pine, their Orleans, Massachusetts, kitchen was gloomy despite its skylights. “The room felt dark and weighted down, even on sunny days,” says designer Mark Haddad, who completely transformed the space with a light palette and elegant materials. Adhering to the original footprint, the designer swapped out yesterday’s cabinets in favor of two variations of Pennville craftsman-style including white oak (in a natural finish) and maple (with a semi-transparent stain). The cabinets provide abundant storage but with a cleaner profile. Hadadd also used the cabinets to create a pantry wall, which he deftly extended to hide the previously visible mud room and to hold extras,

such as a second Julien UrbanEdge sink with a Blanco Meridian faucet, and a feeding station for the dog. The wood beams clad in snowy drywall conceal wiring for functional lighting. And no appliance is left homeless, so the ColorQuartz Fiji White counters remain clutter-free. The counters and the cobalt-blue tile of the backsplash beautifully reference the owners’ beach town location. —M.F. september–october 2016  New England Home 169

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Designer: Heidi Pribell, Heidi Pribell Interiors Builder: Victor Cormier Photography: Jeffrey Dodge Rogers

Luxury Aloft Nature abhors a vacuum—and so do homeowners. Charged with transforming an unfinished Wellesley, Massachusetts, attic into usable space, interior designer Heidi Pribell fashioned an office, a guest room, and a dazzling bath. “I love mixing patterns and textures. For me, it’s like music with lots of beats and rhythms,” she says. To that end, Pribell clad the walls in a mochacolored Porcelanosa tile, as she explains, “overlayed with light sgraffito bone color.” The zigzag marble wall tile she chose to back the bronzy glass-faced vanity from Robern (wall mounted to visually expand

the compact bath’s dimensions) captures shades of both mocha and bone. The artful mocha stone floor is flecked with black for an added touch of intrigue. All in all, it’s a heady composition that continues right into the steam shower where yet another graphic pattern is on display. Pribell also devised an ingenious window seat where visitors can grab a few minutes of relaxation. The designer covered the structure in a translucent plastic-like film from Lumigraf and dressed the seat in a white and silvery voided velvet from Romo. A frosted faux-fur pillow injects an extra note of glam. —M.F. september–october 2016  New England Home 171

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The large Shingle-style gambrel home designed by architect Patrick Ahearn for his Weston, Massachusetts, clients allowed plenty of room for an enticing master suite. So rather than a mere bath to accompany the owners’ sleeping quarters, Ahearn stepped it up, designing a serene oasis with a sophisticated tone. “Our aim was to fill the room with light for the feel of a day spa,” he says. The soaring ceiling gives volume to the bath and sets the stage for the integrated tub and spacious shower. A frameless glass wall between the two seems barely a separation, but with its cleverly frosted bands, the wall aids privacy nonetheless. Sun streams in through the PVC window shutters (no need to worry about splashes), illuminating the soft gray-and-white theme and soothing the senses. The contrast of the dark mahogany vanity and tub surround with the muted marble adds interest to the picture without jarring the harmonious tempo. And it’s no accident that at first glance, the marble tiled floor appears to ripple toward the tub like an incoming tide. What better design ploy, after all, for a room where water reigns? —M.F.

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‡ Scenes from last year’s event (clockwise from top left): The rug auction wasn’t all just serious business. Partygoers celebrating the start of the design year. The “5 Under 40” winners of 2015 with their awards. Celebrity auctioneers Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson.

➽ The event you’ve been waiting for is back, and this year’s is sure to be better than ever. Now in its seventh year, the “5 Under 40” awards celebrate New England’s most promising young designers under the age of 40 and working in residential design. This year’s featured talent ranges from a furniture designer who is already famous on YouTube to a pair of artisan-tile designers who make every one of their tiles by hand. Add in an architect whose work beautifully showcases the intersections of wood, steel, concrete, and glass; an interior

†The 2016 selection committee members (from top left): Kristin Paton, Julie Moir Messervy, and Patrick Hickox with New England Home’s editor-inchief Kyle Hoepner, who coordinated the judging.

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designer whose sole focus is on creating truly livable spaces (with a touch of easy luxury); and a landscape architect who taps into his Midwestern roots and a deep love of plant material to develop beautiful, restrained landscapes that seamlessly integrate into their surroundings. Just who are these young design superstars? Allow us to introduce you to this year’s “5 Under 40” award winners: architect and furniture designer Ben Uyeda, specialty tile designers Paul and Esther Halferty, architect Caleb Johnson, interior designer Jayme Kennerknecht, and landscape architect John Haven. Please read more about these talented young people and see examples of their work, starting on page 182. The 2016 winners aren’t the only new faces at this year’s “5 Under 40” awards: New England Home’s editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner hosted first-time judges Patrick Hickox of Hickox Williams Architects, Kristin Paton of Kristin Paton Interiors, and Julie Moir Messervy of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio as they took on the formidable task of reviewing all of this year’s nominees to select our winners. As in past years, each winner was given the creative challenge of designing a unique custom rug that was brought to life by the weavers of presenting sponsor Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting. The one-of-a-kind rugs will be unveiled at the awards presentation and auctioned off to the highest bidders, with proceeds benefiting the Cambridge, Massachusettsbased charity Barakat. To date this event has raised more than $82,000 for the organization, which provides educational opportunities to women and girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson are back this year as our celebrity emcees, and we’re excited to have such dynamic local personalities help us raise money for a good cause. Please join us in Boston on September 8 for the “5 Under 40” awards, one of New England’s hottest design industry events. •

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(1) The “5 Under 40” class of 2016: Esther and Paul Halferty of Lilywork Artisan Tile, John Haven of LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Jayme Kennerknecht of the Kennerknecht Design Group, Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern, and Caleb Johnson of Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders (2) Rob Henry of Audio Video Design, Jay Walden of Herrick & White, and Sean Reynolds of Woodmeister Master Builders (3) Jim Youngblood of Youngblood Builders with honoree John Haven of LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects (4) Rugs on display cover one of the showroom walls (5) Mia Buchsbaum of Barakat, the charity that will benefit from the proceeds of the rug auction at the September 8 awards ceremony (6) Honorees Paul and Esther Halferty with the Hutker Architects team (7) Brigid Williams of Hickox Williams Architects, Karen Gilman of Finelines, and Tim Barnett of Hickox Williams Architects (8) Honoree Jayme Kennerknecht and DJ Simonelli of the Kennerknecht Design Group with Nancy Sorenson and Bill Morton of Back Bay Shutter (9) Jerry Arcari of Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting and New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton (10) Shannon Richards and honoree Caleb Johnson of Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders with Troy Sober, Michael Wasser, and Rebecca Verner of Gregory Lombardi Design (11) Honoree Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern, Gary Rousseau and Jay Walden of Herrick & White, and Jessie Uyeda of HomeMade Modern (12) Courtney Lizotte of Kennerkecht Design Group (13) Patrick Hickox of Hickox Williams Architects and Jerry and Julie Arcari of Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting

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Paul and Esther Halferty ➽ A wet piece of clay becomes a work of art in the hands of specialty tile designers Paul and Esther Halferty. The couple, who met while working at Pennsylvania’s historic Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, opened Lilywork Artisan Tile in 2008. Together they are committed to continuing the craftsman tradition of making all of their own molds, glazes, and tiles by hand. At their Stonington, Connecticut, studio, it takes two to three weeks to create each tile, from opening a box of clay to slicing, stamping, trimming, drying, glazing, and firing. Culture and history gleaned from travels abroad are primary inspirations for the Halfertys’ design process. “Lilywork has a language we work with,” says Paul. “Our starting point is antiquity; we look at a lot of Persian, Turkish, and Moroccan artwork as inspiration, and see how we can interpret that into our language and work out our own designs.” Subtle color variations and some irregularity only enhance each handmade tile’s beauty in a way machines just can’t replicate. One of their latest collections, Mariner, takes its cue from the seafaring history of New England,

incorporating whales, ships, fish, and other maritime icons. Although it’s carried at showrooms around the country, Lilywork is still a very small tile company in a very big world of tile—and the Halfertys want to keep it that way. “We never want to be a big company,” says Paul. “It’s nice being a size where we know who our customers are.” The slow, laborintensive process of creating these tile works of art is certainly paying off, as evidenced by Lilywork’s growing list of clients who recognize the beauty and value of handmade tile. •

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John Haven ➽ Not everyone decides on a career path in middle school, but his was clear to John Haven even at a tender age. Diverse but connected interests—spending time in his grandmother’s garden, playing with Legos, drawing, summer jobs at a local plant nursery—eventually led him to pursue landscape architecture at Purdue University. Now a senior associate at LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects in Boston, Haven has spent the past twelve years designing beautiful, seamlessly integrated landscapes in New England, New York, and California. Growing up in Indiana gave Haven a strong Midwestern sensibility that he still brings to his work. A clear sense of restraint and clarity is apparent at first glance, but hallmarks of his work are more deeply rooted in the depth and diversity of the plant materials he selects for each project. Haven’s strength is in layering plant material to add richness to the overall design without it feeling overly “garden-esque.” “I think planting is one of the most difficult and exciting things to do because it’s always evolving and changing,” he says. “Planting is the most dynamic part of any design.” Haven’s dynamic work has already gar-

nered numerous awards, most recently an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Projects range from a traditional courtyard garden in Chestnut Hill to a modernist landscape on the Pacific coast of California. “Even though I’m using different plant materials and paving materials, what excites me is when I look at a California project versus one in New England, they still look like they came from the same person,” says Haven. “It’s exciting to me that I’ve been able to work all over the map and apply these principles to all of these projects.” •

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Caleb Johnson ➽ Capturing the true essence of each project is at the core of Caleb Johnson’s work. Searching the site for clues and consulting with his clients leads to a design process focused on showcasing the intersections of wood, steel, concrete, and glass in a way that best reflects each building’s intrinsic beauty. Sustainable practices are as much a part of the Mainebased architect’s process as ensuring that the building will stand up against the wind. Wood is locally milled and cut whenever possible, and structures are solar-ready with insulation-packed, air-tight building envelopes. Still, it is always the building’s context and the client’s reality that ultimately guide Johnson’s work: “The principles by which I design will come through in whatever I do, but there is so much more than my whim,” he says. Johnson is less focused on particular styles than on fundamental aesthetic principles. “We’re still searching for beauty and aesthetic, but we want to weed through what might be a trend and build something lasting that will be appreciated for generations,” he explains. In Biddeford, where his firm is based, Johnson works as both architect and developer as part of ongoing efforts

to revitalize the town’s historic buildings for present and future generations. Not only is he helping to improve the image of the city itself, he is also having an economic impact on it by bringing new jobs and creating great places for people to live. As owner and principal of Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders, Johnson is careful not to present himself as a solo architect, but rather the driving force behind a talented team that shares a vision for good design. Together, they continue to make a positive impact on the Maine landscape. •

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Jayme Kennerknecht ➽ Livability, approachability, and easy luxury are all hallmarks of Wenham, Massachusetts-based interior designer Jayme Kennerknecht, who enjoys filling a home with beautiful things that are meant to be used. Effortlessly mixing high and low, modern and clas­ sic, Kennerknecht’s designs truly reflect the individual spirit and style of her clients. Her approach to sourcing is equally diverse, with antiques shops, midcentury-modern boutiques, online venues, and local design centers being equal sources of inspiration, depending on each client’s lifestyle, taste, and budget. “Everyone comes to the table with a different life experience, and when you can blend that—whether through textures and patterns or forms and shape and scale—it lends itself to something that is unique

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to each homeowner, and each space,” Kennerknecht says. Kennerknecht discovered a love for interior design at a young age. Watching her parents go through the process of building her childhood home helped instill a keen interest in creating a lifestyle that reflects its inhabitants. A graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, Kenner­ knecht cut her teeth at Boston’s Benson Interiors and LDa Architecture & Interiors before founding Kennerknecht Design Group in February 2015. Her work has been fea­ tured in the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, Home Remodeling, and New England Home, among other publications. Current projects range from a penthouse unit on Beacon Street in Boston to smaller projects in Cambridge, Winchester, and Marblehead, Massachusetts. When it comes to growing her business, Kennerknecht says, “I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of repeat clients, and they’ve shared my name as a reference to friends and family. It’s all word of mouth.” As this year’s “5 Under 40” award proves, word of mouth is speaking loud and clear. •

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Benjamin Uyeda ➽ Co-founder of ZeroEnergy Design, creative director at HomeMade Modern, Pinterest ambassador, TEDx speaker, and author are just a few monikers that describe award-winning architect and furniture designer Ben Uyeda. After graduating from Cornell University with a master’s degree in architecture, Uyeda co-founded Zero­Energy Design, a green architecture firm in Boston. His latest venture is HomeMade Modern, for which Uyeda designs and creates aspirational modern furniture that he makes accessible through YouTube tutorials. So far Uyeda has designed and shared ninety-plus projects on his YouTube channel, which has more than 20 million views. His designs have been built on six continents. However, he stresses that it’s not a one-way street: he gets feedback from people as they make and improve upon the ideas he shares—what he calls crowd-sourced R&D. While a focus on sustainability is clear in Uyeda’s architectural work with ZeroEnergy Design, teaching people to be more mindful of their physical environments is the broader connection to sustainability at HomeMade Modern. “I believe that if people make more of the things they own, they become more conscious consumers,” says Uyeda. “I don’t want to dictate my version of sustainability,

I want to provide access and opportunity.” Although he’s sharing designs across the globe, Uyeda maintains deep roots in the New England design community as a lecturer at Northeastern University, an active partner at ZeroEnergy Design, and a real estate developer in Jamaica Plain. The serial entrepreneur just signed a deal with AutoDesk, which is opening a state-of-the-art lab in Boston’s Seaport District with massive machines that can fabricate just about anything. Uyeda is currently working on 3-D designs for a spiral staircase to help promote the new space—and, of course, he is happy to share the source files. •

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A Unique Perspective ➽ One of the most exciting aspects of each year’s “5 Under 40” awards is the unveiling of custom rugs designed by each of the winners and produced by presenting sponsor Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting. Deserving as much fanfare as the remarkable residential work for which the winners themselves are being honored, these one-of-a-kind rugs are a physical manifestation of each designer’s artistic vision. For some, designing textiles was an exciting new experience. “I thoroughly enjoyed it—not only coming up with a concept, but all the different materials,” says landscape architect John Haven. “I was really interested in learning how they take a two-dimensional plan and make it come to life.” Haven’s design was inspired by an aerial view of Indiana (he originally hails from the Midwest). A patchwork of farmland and fields is layered with organic clusters of trees growing out and around a sinuous line of blue river. Interior designer Jayme Kennerknecht also looked to the familiar for her rug design. Focusing on blue, her favorite

‡ Landry & Arcari’s Jeffrey Arcari (front row center) offered support and guidance as the 2016 honorees worked on their rug designs.

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we translated this from a soft material to a hard material, and what happens when it’s reversed and turned into a rug again,” says Paul. The interconnections of people and society influenced architect Caleb Johnson’s understated abstract design, while architect and furniture designer Ben Uyeda took a more lighthearted approach. Uyeda pulled from his love of coffee and cocktails—and the retro flair of the baristas and bartenders who serve them—to design his mustache silhouette. It takes multiple weavers in Nepal nearly three months to finish each rug, hand-tying every single knot in order to bring these beautiful works of art to life. At our “5 Under 40” awards ceremony in Boston on September 8, each of the five rugs will be unveiled and auctioned off to benefit Barakat in a cyclical charitable-giving event that benefits the communities in which the weavers live. •

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➽ Each year, the rugs designed by “5 Under 40” winners are auctioned off during the awards ceremony at Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting in Boston. Proceeds benefit Barakat, an organization dedicated to providing exemplary basic education in Afghanistan and Pakistan that advances literacy and increases access to secondary education, particularly for girls and women. To date, the “5 Under 40” events have raised more than $82,000 for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based charity. Proceeds from this year’s auction will be put into growing Barakat’s literacy program for women and girls ages 7 to 75. The program currently serves more than 700 students, and Barakat is hoping to expand it further so that even more women can learn how to read. Barakat serves more than 3,000 women and children through traditional schools, at-home literacy programs, and evening classes. Enrollment continues to grow each year, and schools and special programs are run by staff and teachers native to each student community. As part of its ongoing efforts to break down barriers to education, the nonprofit organization also provides uniforms, stationery, textbooks, drinking water, and health services—all at no cost to the students. Please visit for more information.

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neutral and a recurring color in many of her projects, Kennerknecht had as her goal to design something that she would source for her clients and, of course, that would have her trademark livability factor. The result is a repeating pattern of triangles that would look at home in any room. “I like things that can be more universal,” she says. “A pattern that reads more as a texture can be played up or dressed down, so it could be in a sophisticated living room or under a breakfast table.” Specialty tile designers Paul and Esther Halferty often turn to textiles as a starting point for their collections at Lilywork Artisan Tile, so creating a custom rug meant turning their typical process on its head. The duo gathered a grouping of Lilywork tile designs—different running bands and repeating patterns—and designed and installed a tile rug. They then used a photograph of the installation to inform their rug design. “Part of our interest was how

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There is a morality to making. When you make something, take something as simple as a wood joint, for example, either it fits or it doesn’t. There is no fooling anyone or arguing or pretending. There is a kind of honesty to the entire process. If you live your life with that attitude, it will be honest and straightforward. And there is another aspect. Spending your time doing something to the best of your ability is a lovely thing to do. This can apply to many endeavors in life. Do you see more people interested in having handmade furniture and objects in their homes?


For Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, president of Boston’s North Bennet Street School, fine craftsmanship can be both enriching and soulful. INTERVIEW BY ROBERT KIENER

Your career has had a lot of fascinating twists and turns; how did you get to be president of a trade and craftsmanship school?


In the late 1990s I took what was supposed to be a two-year hiatus from my job as an architect to study cabinet and furniture making at North Bennet Street School (NBSS) and fell in love with making furniture. I just couldn’t stop, and I never returned to architecture. Eventually I was asked to apply for the position of president, but I was at first reluctant. I was a furniture maker and I said, “Why would I want to go back to a desk job? Why would I do this?” The only

5 answer was that the school was so great and I could pay back what it gave me.


Have a lot of your students had similar career paths?

The typical student at our school is twenty-nine and is a career-changer. He or she had done something and eventually decided, “I can’t do this anymore,” and changed careers. I know what they are going through. Our students are not a mystery for me. They are studying everything from furniture making to violin making and repair to bookbinding to carpentry and locksmithing. You don’t do this to get rich. You do it because you

North Bennet Street School, Boston, (617) 227-0155,

You’ve spoken about handmade pieces having soul?

Exactly. Soul is a good word. By buying something handcrafted, you are adding the soul of another human being to your home. I’ve often said that my goal in life is to live in a house where I know who made everything. There is a need for a connection with the craftsman. Someone who buys a piece of handmade furniture does it not only for the piece itself, but often because of the relationship that is established between the user and the maker. I think that’s wonderful, that people want to be involved in the things that surround them at a personal level. These things you surround yourself with have stories. They have soul. •

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Yes, and I think this may be related to the idea that there is more and more customization everywhere. Everything, from artisan bread to craft beers to furniture, is now crafted for the individual taste, and I see people getting more involved in selecting handmade pieces. It would be great if people who have never commissioned a piece or bought a piece from a maker would try to do that, because they will enjoy it and will create work for someone who deserves the work. I think they will be surprised how happy it makes them.

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Halcyon Large Chandelier by Visual Comfort “At once grand and visually light, this chandelier balances a mix of metal and glass and remains understated.” Ailanthus, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-5605,

Jupiter Lounge Chair by Holly Hunt “I just love the scale of this chair. Decked out in a menswear plaid, it takes center stage with unapologetic verve.” Webster & Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660,


Collectors Cabinet “This cabinet looks great inside and out. Store all your favorite bar accoutrements in the cabinet and drawers and then simply fling the doors open when guests arrive.” Global Views, through the designer

Surfaces (A) Wallpaper: Haiku Sisal. Schumacher, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-9165,

(B) Paint for Ceiling: Worldly Gray (SW7043). Sherwin-Williams, (C) Plaid Fabric (Chair): Sinclair Plaid. Robert Allen Design (D) Orange Velvet Fabric (Bench): Versailles. Kravet, Boston Design Center, (617) 338-4615, (E) Persian Fabric (Bench long pillows): Persian, by Sahco. Webster & Company

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Recent reads in the world of design Reviews bY Kyle Hoepner

Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes Landscape architect Margie Ruddick’s new book begins at the old Hilltop Steak House in Saugus, Massachusetts. In fact, the whole weedy, asphalted strip of commercial blight/delight lining that section of Route 1 north of Boston, over which the Hilltop’s giant cactus and plastic cows once presided, proved an unexpected subject for a design studio Ruddick conducted at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and pondering how to harmonize the area’s conjunction of roadside development with a mostly hidden ecosystem of protected wetlands led to some of the ideas she presents here. She outlines five strategies for blending landscaping art with elements of uncultivated, unplanned nature to make beautiful spaces that are also environmentally healthy and truly functional for the communities of which they are a part and the people who will use and delight in them. Each point is illustrated with examples of remade places, from Long Island City to the city of Chengdu in China, making this book an excellent primer for anyone interested in outdoor environments that combine utility, life, and joy. Ruddick

Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes, $45, Island Press,

Sticks and Stones: The Designs of Lew French Martha’s Vineyard stone artist Lew French will be familiar to New England Home readers, who have glimpsed his remarkable fireplaces and other structures in feature stories over the french years. Following eleven years after a previous publishing foray, Stone by Design, this new volume shows French’s aesthetic evolving in subtly new directions while remaining instantly recognizable. “I have tried throughout my career to let the natural materials . . . speak for themselves,” he says about his working method, which involves gathering promising chunks of raw material—some of them natural products of geology and weather, some of them leftover artifacts from earlier industry or construction work—and squirreling them away until just the right application comes along. Over time French’s palette has grown to incorporate driftwood, antique timbers, and occasionally stones that have been split with feathers and wedges or otherwise altered. Recent projects include wall sculptures, water features, items of furniture, and a scattering of complete environments, including his own seasonal home in Brazil—all beautifully photographed by fellow Vineyard resident Alison Shaw. Sticks and Stones: The Designs of Lew French, $35, Gibbs Smith,

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The New Shingled House

Over the past twenty-five years, the partners of the architectural firm Ike Kligerman Barkley have played imaginative riffs on older architectural traditions. The subject of their latest book is, therefore, a perfect fit. What we call the Shingle style was from its beginning a flexible, composite method: the application of early New England cedar-shingle cladding to house configurations that had developed later in the nineteenth century. The fourteen houses captured here by photographer William Waldron extend this procedure with shinglewrapped forms that call to mind more recent influences: Sir Edwin Lutyens, Frank Lloyd Wright, even flat-roof modernism. One particularly pleasing example, on Martha’s Vineyard, manages to combine 1950s Wrightian hexagons with echoes of McKim, Mead & White’s former William G. Low house in Bristol, Rhode Island, for a composition of spare, meditative horizontality. Still, these homes wear their historical learning lightly. As spaces for living, they are invariably urbane, comfortable, and altogether lovely. The New Shingled House, $60, The Monacelli Press, 202  New England Home  september–october 2016

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What Makes It Work The stairway to the roof in a remodeled post-war apartment in Boston’s Back Bay becomes an architectural event: part sculpture, part James Turrell–style light-art installation, and part multi-purpose furnishing.

1. The roof access door doubles as a skylight and practically disappears when open.

2. Subtle textures— matte-painted white walls, rift-cut white oak with a faint white stain for the floor and stair treads, and one lustrous panel of glass—channel and reflect the brightness pouring down from above.

3. The glass wall at right leads into the apartment’s central bath. Reflections in the high-gloss stair side give a feeling of openness; the reverse is acid-etched for privacy. At night the wall becomes a gently glowing source of illumination for the stairway and foyer.

4. The lowest stairs double as furniture for the apartment’s foyer: a bench and a small display shelf for flowers or art.

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6. In an elegant touch, the subtle reveal that delineates the apartment’s flush baseboards continues onto the riser of the “bench” step.

5. LED lighting on the underside of the generous five-and-ahalf-inch overhang of the stair treads makes the steps themselves appear to float.

Project team

Architecture and interior design: Eric Höweler, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Boston, (617) 517-4101, Contractor: Roberto Miranda, Evergreen Group Company, Swampscott, Mass., (781) 581-6360, 204  New England Home  september–october 2016

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News from and musings about the New England design community

spaces we live in, and are shaped in return by those same spaces? And how fitting for Reindorf and her partner, Mitchell Goldman, to be the ones exploring this brave new frontier between architecture and neuroscience. After all, their firm, Goldman Reindorf, just designed a neuroscience lab at MIT. This sounds like a great idea for just ordinary living. Take the beautiful barn-like, high-ceilinged house Goldman Reindorf recently designed in Edgartown, Massachusetts. What if you could move everything around its capacious interior just like in the movie lab, either shift it on wheels or tracks or pull it down from the ceiling? Porch screens can already be pulled down when needed, so why not draw down an entire dining room table this Thanksgiving? /// Design neurons take us on many unexpected paths, from

Design’s Super Powers ///////////

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ewton, Massachusetts-based architect and artist Lisa Reindorf has been consulting on a movie called Cortex of Perception. The soon-tobe-released Hollywood film stars the Danish actress Vinni Bay, who also penned the scary script about a special field agent who discovers that she is a skilled assassin, trained by her father, who may still be alive. Reindorf’s task was to design the lab sequences. “We made all the lab equipment mobile on the floor or serviceable by bringing it down from the ceiling,” Reindorf explains. Does not such a project point to the future of design itself, how the neurons and synapses in our brains shape the

Hollywood to the high seas. As a student at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Ally Maloney of Warren, Rhode Island, had no idea there was such a thing as a yacht designer. She only recalled being wowed by how big the boats seemed compared with her diminutive younger self. Soon enough, the recent grad found herself in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where Derecktor Shipyards had a location at the time, working as a joinery engineer on one of the grandest “floating palaces” ever build: the megayacht Cakewalk. Now Maloney finds her residential work catching up to her yacht Maloney interiors. Whether on land or sea, the theme, she says, remains much the same: high-end coastal. She relies on local craftspeople to customize her upholstery and case goods, and does most of her shopping at the Boston Design Center, where she counts Duralee, Stark, and Robert Allen among her favorite showrooms. /// If New England can be said to have a collective cortex of


Bay in Cortex of Perception

perception, the recession of 2008 was an epic neuron-zapper. The Junior League of Boston temporarily discontinued its Decorators’ Show House after forty-some continuous years, while The Ellis Antiques Show at the Castle in Park Square dropped out for good after a forty-nine-year run. The Junior League showhouse is now back and in good shape, as anyone who has seen the latest iteration knows, bringing to full flower a Greek Revival manse in Newton, Massachusetts, that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. (See page 74 for a look inside the 2016 showhouse.)

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Trade Secrets oriental | contemporary | vintage | broadloom As for the Ellis Antiques Show, owners

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and Four felt it was time for something new. After first reviving the Ellis show in 2011, in 2015 the partners replaced it with the Boston Home Decor Show.

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away in May, her presence has a home at Hilary House, the prolific design firm she formed in the late 1980s with her daughter, Hilary Hickok. Cohasset, Massachusetts, designer Philip Hugh Smith noted on Facebook: “I just learned of the passing of one of the great interior designers in my memory, Ann Sullivan. A beautiful woman and great professional talent, she represented the top of the high-end designers of Boston. Lots of fun and a joy to travel with.” “She was a great favorite of mine,” rejoined Boston designer Charles Spada, echoing the thoughts of many in the trade. /// Paul Farmer founded one of New Eng–



Why the change? “We found people have become much more eclectic in their taste than they were, say, ten years ago,” says Fusco, noting a shift in New England’s acute cortices of perception. “Today is altogether a more interesting time, and far more challenging. We’re mixing and matching in a way that still hangs together and creates a gestalt,” Fusco says. “For example, last year we had Sedia exhibiting in one booth and Knollwood Antiques right across from it. While Sedia is highly regarded for its reproductions of midcentury modern designs, Knollwood is on the A-list for designers seeking more-traditional furniture. I’m happy to say both exhibitors did well.” /// So the Ellis continues in another form,

and the Junior League Decorators’ Show House is back with renewed vigor. Too often, when a designer dies, there is no such second act, no projection of her genius into the future. Fortunately, for those who miss and mourn decorator Ann Sullivan, who passed 297 Forest Avenue Portland, ME p: 207.772.3843 | f: 207.773.2849 Hickok and sullivan

land’s most celebrated nonprofits, Partners in Health (PIH), almost thirty years ago to provide health care to mountainous regions of Haiti. Author, activist, Harvard professor, UN Special Adviser, builder of hospitals, and champion of



environments that promote human dignity, there was one thing Farmer was not: a design client. All that changed in 2008 when Harvard Graduate School of Design grad Alan Ricks happened to ask Farmer what architect he was using for the new Partners in Health hospital in Butaro, Rwanda. None, replied Farmer, who had drawn up plans on the proverbial napkin. Shortly thereafter, Ricks and fellow GSD grad Michael Murphy signed on to the project, forming MASS Design Group, geared toward improving social equity and outcomes. Contract magazine named the Butaro project the Medical Facility of the Year in 2011. Now it’s fair to say that along with PIH’s slogan “Poverty makes you sick,” the notion that “Design can help make you better,” is here to stay, thanks to Ricks, Murphy, and their everexpanding team of recent architectural grads around the world.

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NE W P O RT /// Recently, we

Skyped with one of these MASS Design Group recruits, architect Christian Benimana,

at the hotel in Amsterdam where he was speaking at a conference entitled “What Can Design Do?” “Our clients aren’t just looking for a building,” said Benimana. “They’re looking for impact, a building that enhances their mission.” Benimana cited a project for the Malawi Ministry of Health working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others. In Malawi, it turns out, design can do a lot. As recently as 2010, one in thirty-six Malawian women had a lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy or delivery. MASS Design’s brief for the Maternity Waiting Village, said Benimana, was to make the village as home-like and unclinical-looking as possible, with work and living spaces of compressed-earth blocks intertwined in the traditional Malawi way. Open wards for five or six women encourage a sense of belonging and allow more experienced mothers to help out the less experienced. “If pregnant women who have sought care there Benimana

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What’s up in the design business » The latest collection of toss pillows

from Annie Selke sports a name familiar to New Englanders. The Annie Selke Luxe collection includes a dozen new pillows designed in collaboration with the renowned Great Barrington, Massachusetts, fabric printer Peter Fasano. Elizabeth Benedict Home

» After eleven years of working out

of her basement, designer Elizabeth Benedict has opened a new studio and retail space on Commonwealth Avenue in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Design clients and shoppers will find that Elizabeth Benedict Home feels like a beautifully decorated living room and dining room where the furnishings, art, and accessories are available to take home. A gallery of paintings and photography, curated by art consultant Libby Silvia, celebrates Boston-area artists. With offices in the back and a resource library in the basement, the space has everything Benedict and her staff need to offer complete design services. » Urbanites who are serious about their

cooking have a new option for finding the perfect appliances. Clarke recently opened 7 Tide, its third showroom and test kitchen, at 7 Tide Street, near the Boston Design Center. Clarke is the only New England distributor that displays every model of Sub-Zero and Wolf, as well as clarke other high-end showroom appliances, and the consultants who staff the showroom encourage customers to get hands-on experience. » It’s been a long, happy career for Alex

Slive and Doug Hanna, of S+H Construction. After thirty-eight years at the helm

of their Cambridge, Massachusetts, firm, the pair are in the process of turning ownership over to Sarah Lawson, a project manager who owned her own construction company before joining S+H a decade ago. Lawson, who won a Preservation Award in 2009 from the Cambridge Historical Commission, is the perfect choice to carry on the firm’s tradition, the founders believe. “Sarah Slive, Lawson, and Hanna understands what this company is—and what it could be,” Hanna says. “We think she’ll make S+H even stronger, and carry the company into the next forty years.” » It’s shaping up to be a rewarding year

for John Battle of Battle Associates Architects, in Concord, Massachusetts. The firm, along with Groton, Massachusetts-based Platt Builders, won a national 2016 CotY Award, in the category of “Kitchens over $150,000,” from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. And Battle and his team recently merited a Concord Preservation Award for “Sensitive Concord Preservation Addition/ Award winner Alteration to a Historic House” for its work on a gambrelroofed Victorian home in Concord’s Historic District.

The linen pillows are available in four subtly patterned and textured styles and three soothing hues. » Alec Tesa, of the Newport-based A. Tesa Architecture, feels strongly that profes-

sional interior design can complement his work, ensuring that the whole house rises to the level of sophistication his clients want and expect. For that reason, he has launched Hint Design, a full-service interior design component to his firm, headed up by designer Heather Ouellette. Design services range from space planning, millwork and cabinetry design, and lighting design to the selection of furniture, fabrics, fixtures, and accessories. » Family values are important to the

Sevinors, who own Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, and now they have an award to prove it. The seventyyear-old, third-generation family business based in Beverly, Massachusetts, was given the 2016 Family Business Award in the category of mediumsize firms at the annual Massachusetts Family Business Awards program. Hosted by the Northeastern University The Sevinor Family: Jason, Center for Ralph, Debra, Mindy, and kids Family Business, the program, now in its tenth year, promotes and highlights the achievements of the Bay State’s family-held businesses. • By Paula M. Bodah

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Networking Event

Cape Cod’s

C.H. ­Newton Builders was the

setting for New England Home’s networking event in celebration of the gorgeous 2016 edition of New ­England Home Cape & Islands, on newsstands all summer. Hundreds of guests gathered in Falmouth to enjoy delicious cocktails, food, and themed desserts. Guests also vied for special items in a silent auction to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod.









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(1) Gerrit Frase of GF Architecture, John Day of LDa Architecture & Interiors, and Jim Cappuccino of Hutker Architects (2) Jack Stevenson of Mid-Cape Home Centers, Rana Murphy and Tabitha Baker of Eastern Bank, and Mike Fetterman of Mid-Cape Home Centers (3) Kevin Mulhall, Bonnie Alferes and Linda Martinho of Carpet Barn Carpet One, with New England Home’s Robin Schubel (4) Richard McLaughlin of Fresh Interiors with Melissa and Paul Bunis of Boston Stone Restoration (5) Kevin Lagasse of the Lagasse Group, Deb Matook of New England Architectural Finishing, and Brendan Driscoll of Driscoll Electric (6) Kyle Tripp of Audio Video Design, Kyle Sheffield of LDa Architecture & Interiors, Jeff Soderbergh of Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings, Todd LaBarge of LaBarge Engineering & Contracting, and Douglas Dick of LDa Architecture & Interiors (7) Liz Stiving-

Nichols and Lauren Morgan of Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, Jason Harris of Gregory Lombardi Design, and Erin Dykman and Liane Thomas of Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design (8) Dave Nakayama of AudioDave and Brian Lafauce of C.H. Newton Builders (9) Joe Regan of Sea-Dar Construction with Ryan Newton and David Newton of C.H. Newton Builders (10) Chuck Sullivan of sullivan + associates architects, Libby Ellis of Libby Ellis Design, and Martin Boris RussoCamair and Dakota Linkel of sullivan + associates architects (11) Cara Aupperlee of C.H. Newton Builders with New England Home’s Tess Woods (12) Carla Hutker of Hutker Architects, Gary Rousseau of Herrick & White, Mark Hutker of Hutker Architects, Melinda Headrick of Chatham Interiors, Jim Shapiro of AV Intelligence, Jeanie Gillis of Chatham Exteriors, and Annette Contonio of Chatham Interiors 218  New England Home  september–october 2016

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(1) Alicia Criniti of F.W. Webb, Kelly and Jim McCoy of the McCoy Group, Steven Grande of TOTO, and Brent Dumont of F.W. Webb (2) One of many faucets on display (3) David Cohen of Hampden Design & Construction and Alan Mayer of Mayer + Associates Architects (4) An outdoor view of the newly renovated showroom (5) New England Home’s David Simone, Renee Rucci of Renee Rucci Design, and Julie Wood of The Leading Edge Drapery (6) Rob Bagshaw of Stark, Paul Bunis of Boston Stone Restoration, David Cohen of Hampden Design & Construction, and Melissa Bunis of Boston Stone Restoration (7) Mini–stress balls in the shape of bath tubs were given out as a gift. (8) Suzanne Brady of F.W. Webb with Steven Grande of TOTO (9) Joe Bertola of Bertola Custom Homes and Remodeling, Chris Mian of Louis W. Mian, Kyle Tripp of Audio Video Design, and Matt Lovetere of the Carpet Workroom (10) Bill Morton and Nancy Sorenson of Back Bay Shutter, Fran Iaccarino of Shawmut Design and Construction, and Jean Scott of Glass Art Studio 2 (11) Kevin Cradock of Kevin Cradock Builders, Juan Guillermo Uribe Rubio and Monika Zofia Pauli of Pauli & Uribe Architects, and Nancy Pinchera of Kevin Cradock Builders (12) Summer cocktail options on display in front of the hors d’oeuvres table

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welcomed members of the local design and building community to the grand opening celebration of its new Falmouth office. Friends and colleagues drove from near and far for an evening catered by Chef Roland’s Catering. The beautiful new space holds offices for Hutker Architects, Horiuchi & Solien landscape architects, and the Valle Group construction firm.


(1) Mark Hutker, Phil Regan, Greg Ehrman, Jim Cappuccino, Carla Hutker, Charles Orr, and Michael Kasparian (2) Amanda Sawyer and Morgan Shaw (3) Holly Hudson and Greg Ehrman (4) Ted Cooper and Pam DiVenuti (5) Paul Dunn, Matt Cole, and Andrea Baerenwald (6) Nancy Copley, Ray Schmitt, and Andrew and June Flake (7) Mika Durrell and Harly Hutker (8) Beverly Bienkiewicz and Angela DeGeorge





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Kathie Chrisicos held the grand opening for her new Chrisicos Interiors interior design showroom in the Park Plaza, Boston, and welcomed guests from the design community with open arms. Design inspiration radiated for all to see, including furniture and giftware pieces from Custom by Chrisicos. French wines specific to the summer season were provided by Chris Ferraro of Barton & Guestier.



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The International Furnishings and Design Association’s New England Chapter held its second Take a Seat exhibition tour this spring. After four weeks of stops around the Greater Boston area, the eighteen designercreated chairs were auctioned off at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, during the Take a Seat Gala. Guests enjoyed an evening of gorgeous weather, delicious food and drink, and lawn games, and proceeds from the auction went to benefit the Women’s Institute for Housing & Economic Development.


Carroll, Krysta McCabe, Chris Santini, and Fernando Velasquez (3) Allison Iantosca and Murat Oztermiyeci (4) Debbie Bowen and Karen Gilman (5) Amy McFadden and Jeff Kline (6) Amy Bressler and John Trifone (7) Jacqui Becker, Dane Austin, John Trifone, and Steven Favreau (8) Kristin Paton and Robert Bagshaw (9) Suzann Proia and Tamara Candage (10) Clayton Schuller and Bobby Ernst (11) Polly Corn and Vivian Robins

The Boston Chapter of the French Heritage Society hosted an evening with author, interior designer, and historian Florence de Dampierre. Guests enjoyed cocktails, a lecture, and a dinner at the Chilton Club in Boston while learning more about Dampierre and her latest book, French Chic Living.






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de Dampierre, and François Bardonnet (2) Thomas Thaler and Stephen Mormoris (3) Laurent Colomines, Florence de Dampierre, and French consul general Valéry Freland (4) Joan Berndt and Ernst Berndt (5) Charlotte Patten, Florence de Dampierre, and Janet Collett

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The aptly titled Kinetic Quilt, by Dominique Ehrmann, is part of Once Upon a Quilt at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum.

SEPTEMBER Importing Splendors: Luxuries from China Through 2017

The Peabody Essex Museum’s renowned Chinese export collection is on display in this comprehensive exhibit. The collection comprises furniture, decorative objects, and art created by Chinese artists in the 18th and 19th centuries. Salem, Mass., (978) 745-9500, Dominique Ehrmann: Once Upon a Quilt Through October 31

This exhibit features works by Quebecbased fiber artist Dominique Ehrmann. Inspired by children’s pop-up books, her quilts are designed and crafted to tell a story. The quilts are technologically complex, using a mix of traditional quilting techniques and appliqués. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt., (802) 985-3346,

Considered one of the best and biggest antique and flea markets in the country, the show has been a source for everything from everyday treasures to fine antiques for more than 50 years. Show hours and admission vary depending on field and venue location. Brimfield, Mass., You Can’t Spell Martha’s Vineyard Without ART Party September 10

Mix and mingle with Martha’s Vineyard artists at this annual fund-raising event. A private home will be the setting for enjoying appetizers, cocktails, and great art. The artists’ work will be on display and for sale. A percentage of the art sale proceeds will benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; reservations required; $150. Edgartown, (508) 627-4441, x117, Codman Estate Fine Arts & Crafts Festival September 10

The historic Codman Estate welcomes guests to tour the property and shop at an extensive fine-crafts fair. The annual event features more than 100 artisans

Join Nancy Carlisle, senior curator of collections at Historic New England, as she discusses the intricacies of Victorian furniture design. While this style has not endeared itself to tastemakers, find out why its less-than-stellar reputation has more to do with late19th–century attitudes than with the actual quality of the furniture. 7 p.m.; free to Historic New England and Henry Sheldon Museum members, $8 nonmembers. Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury, Vt., (802) 388-2117, historicnew Evening at Gropius House September 16

Walter Gropius’s innovative lighting plan can be seen during this evening event at his architecturally influential home. Guests will enjoy a slideshow, tour, and light refreshments. 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; $30 Historic New England members, $40 nonmembers. Lincoln, Mass., (781) 259-8098, Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Fall Special Consignment Auction September 17

The museum’s annual fall auction will feature contemporary and vintage works of art, rare furniture, and high-quality collectibles. The works will be available for preview September 2–17. Bidding will be live, but the museum will also accommodate absentee bids and phone bidding. Proceeds benefit the museum’s

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Joanne Mattera, Silk Road, and Lynda Lowe: Still and Still Moving. Boston, (617) 247-0610, Brimfield Antique Show September 6–11

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September 8 This event celebrates the 2016 “5 Under 40” honorees, who have been selected as tomorrow’s design stars. Savor small bites and cocktails, catch up with friends and colleagues in the design industry, and bid on spectacular custom rugs designed by the honorees. Proceeds The 2016 Winners from the rug auction, featuring celebrity auctioneers Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa, will benefit Barakat, a charity working to strengthen education and literacy in Central and South Asia. 6 p.m.; tickets $65 in advance and $80 (cash only) at the door. Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting’s Boston showroom,

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The Golden Ball Tavern Museum’s Annual Outdoor Antiques Show takes place on the museum grounds. A hundred select dealers will be on hand. Additionally, area residents donate vintage furniture and decorative items to be sold in the barn at competitive prices. A preview party in the barn the Friday before the show will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and early access to the selection of donated items. Proceeds from this event support the Golden Ball Tavern, a museum and educational resource for schools and for students of the history of architecture and the decorative arts. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; early admission $25, regular admission $7. Weston, Mass., (781) 894-1751, Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival September 24–25

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OCTOBER Boston Design Market October 5–6

The Boston Design Center opens its doors for the annual Boston Design Market. Showrooms throughout the Innovation and Design Building host product launches, panel discussions, open houses, workshops, trunk shows, pop-up bookshops, and more. It’s a great opportunity to learn what’s new and connect with oth-

ers in the design community. Visit for a full event schedule. Greenhut Galleries October 6–October 31

A solo show of new work by painter Joel Babb. Portland, Maine, (207) 772-2693, ­ The Art Books of Henri Matisse October 6–December 31

Matisse created 12 book projects using a variety of printing techniques. This exhibit features four books Matisse created reflecting his multifaceted relationship with literature, creativity, and visual expression. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, (207) 775-6148, Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s 11th Annual Gala October 8

This elegant dinner gala draws more than 300 people to honor a distinguished supporter of Provincetown arts and renowned artists for lifetime achievement. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception under a tent at the Bas Relief Park, then move to Town Hall for dinner, presentations, and dancing. Proceeds help underwrite the museum’s exhibitions. See website for details. Provincetown, (508) 487-1750, RISD Alumni & Student Art Show October 8

Providence’s Benefit Street comes alive with art and artisans during this upscale art fair. More than 100 Rhode Island School of Design students and alumni

display and sell their artwork, including furniture, home accessories, ceramics, prints, photographs, textiles, and more. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Providence, (401) 2774931, Lakes Region Parade of Homes October 8–10

Thinking of building or renovating a home? The parade presents the best of builders, developers, tradesmen, and remodelers in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The open-house event showcases new, custom, remodeled, and model homes. This is a great opportunity to meet with area professionals and gather inspiration for your own upcoming projects. Proceeds from the event benefit Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction. $10 for all three days and all homes; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (603) 387-1817, ­ Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival: A Celebration of Sea, Farm & Vine October 13–16

Enjoy four fabulous days of food and wine at this annual event. The picturesque village of Edgartown provides the backdrop for this festival for wine and food enthusiasts. The four-day event celebrates the rich tradition of fishing and farming on Martha’s Vineyard. Nationally renowned chefs will create dishes with local ingredients, and wine and spirit purveyors from around the globe will be on hand. See website for details, Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery October 13–November 13

Mary Spencer and Anne Sargent Walker: Wind and Water. Framingham, Mass., (508) 879-4200, Boston Fine Art Show October 20–23

Come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of this much-anticipated fine-art show. In addition to the art presented from galleries located throughout the United States and the world, enjoy guest speakers, panel discussions, dealer booth talks, and more. Gala Preview October 20, Friday 1 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.– 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; $15. The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, (617) 363-0405, fineart Edited by Lynda Simonton Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please

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scape architect Stephen Stimson, whose portfolio includes elaborate residential designs as well as projects on the campuses of Boston College, Amherst College, and Harvard University (to name a few). The home was built by Andrew A. Flake, a highly respected Martha’s Vineyard builder. It earned the distinction of Summer White House when President Obama and his family vacationed there in 2013. Contact: Thomas Wallace, Wallace & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty, Edgartown, Mass., (508) 627-3313, MLS # 28958

Country Charm /////////// “Rural and serene—but just seven minutes to the small-

town bustle of Kent,” is how this property is described by Judy Perkins, its listing agent. (To be honest, there is not a lot of actual bustle in Kent, but the Litchfield County town has plenty of charm.) This shingle-and-stone ROOMS: 19 home’s true selling point is its good looks— 6 BEDROOMS and the forty-two drop-dead gorgeous 6 FULL BATHS acres it stands on. There’s a formality to the 2 HALF BATHS 7,000-square-foot home’s facade. Designed 7,202 SQ. FT. to the site, it has a very low profile—both $4,700,000 to keep it from shouting at the ridgeline and to allow as many rooms as possible to enjoy the views. It presents a traditional face, and is built of materials sourced from the land. The beams and floorboards were harvested from trees on site; the granite for the fireplaces, facade, and stone walls was quarried and cut on the property. The floor plan is versatile; the main level features a wide-open kitchen and family room, and the lower level includes four bedroom suites with fireplaces and French doors that open to the lawn. (There is a nanny suite, too.) The homeowners had previously been asking $10.9 million for the residence and a guesthouse complex on forty-nine acres, but the current configuration includes the main house, a four-car heated garage, equipment barn, infinity pool and pool house, and studio on forty-twoplus acres. The price has been incrementally lowered, and is now at $4.7 million.

clothing boutiques, antiques stores, and art galleries up and down the main street. Plus there’s the scenic Kent Falls, the charming Inn at Kent Falls, and—making that seven-minute trip into town truly worthwhile—the Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company. Contact: Judy Perkins, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Kent, Conn., (860) 248-0722, MLS # L10143691

A Home for All Seasons /////////// The homeowners who built this eye-catching contemporary

in 2014 were “very creative folks who worked closely with the architecture firm they commissioned to design it, the Baker Design Group in Boston,” says listing agent Peter Tucker. They wanted something different—a spacious family home in Stowe, Vermont, that plays as well in summer as it does in winter. It’s clad in vertical wood siding and engineered stone, and has a standing-seam metal roof. It was designed to maximize views of Mount Mansfield. The floor plan is a bit unorthodox: three structures—an open living area with a massive see-through fireplace, kitchen and dining area; a master suite; and a utility space composed of a garage and mudroom—are connected by glassed-in walkways to a central entry. It feels ROOMS: 10 5 BEDROOMS like a post-and-beam home, but it technically 4 FULL BATHS isn’t. It is modern, minimalist, even, and yet 2 HALF BATHS it has an unmistakable farmhouse vibe. The 6,004 SQ. FT. simple commercial-grade kitchen stars an $3,500,000 outsize, zinc-covered island. Twin “armoires” conceal everything that makes a kitchen hum—from refrigerators to coffee makers. The lower level includes bedrooms (two en suite) and a family room that opens onto a flagstone patio with outdoor kitchen, pool, and spa. Duly Noted: This home emerged from a rather unusual idea,

says Tucker. The current homeowners had in their mind’s eye a phoenix of a sort, a home that appeared as though it had risen from the ashes of an old foundation, the rebirth of something long gone, in the Vermont woods. “They loved the idea of something modern, completely new,” says Tucker. “And what they ended up with was a home that looks as though it has been lived in forever.”

Duly Noted: The town of Kent calls itself “the cultural heart

of the Litchfield Hills.” You could say it is “downtown” to the area’s many elite boarding schools. There are high-end

Contact: Peter Tucker, Sotheby’s International Realty, Stowe, Vt., (802) 598-5813, MLS # 4472788

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes METROPOLITAN LIFE: FEATHERING THE EMPTY NEST PAGES 58–63 Interior designer: Nicole Hogarty, Nicole Hogarty Designs, Boston, (617) 849-8551, nicolehogarty. com Builder: Mark Landry, Landmark Services, Wellesley Hills, Mass., (508) 533-8393, Cabinetmaker: Jeff Blaisdell, Kidder Blaisdell Woodworks, Woburn, Mass., (508) 776-2928, Window treatments: Alan Babbitts Workroom, Auburndale, Mass., (617) 332-7468 Upholstery workroom: Lousso Designs, Needham, Mass., (781) 444-0224, Audio/Visual: Audio Concepts, Boston, (617) 734-1800,

Pages 58–60: Living room rug from Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting,; Carpo club chairs from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt. com; Lusitania console from Holly Hunt; custom coffee tables from Robert Allen Design,; Eno settee from the Bright Group,; Terrace étagère from Powell & Bonnell, powellandbonnell. com; Hyde Park dining table from Holly Hunt; Manchester dining chairs from Anees Upholstery,; living room pendant lights from John Pomp Studio,; Aureole sconces from Holly Hunt; Asilah dining room chandelier from Ironies,; Oeuf kitchen pendant from Avrett, Page 61: Wallpaper from Zoffany,; sink by Barclay, Page 63: Wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries,; Arris bed from Altura,; nightstand from Robert Allen Design; Majorca chairs from Kravet,; shutters from Back Bay Shutter, backbayshutter. com.

OUTSIDE INTEREST: GRAND FINALE PAGES 66–71 Landscape architect: Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, (617) 4922808, and Chatham, Mass., (508) 593-3175, Landscape contractor: Paragon Landscape Construction, North Marshfield, Mass., (781) 834-1000, House architect: LDa Architecture & Interiors, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 621-1455, Builder: Curtin Construction, Braintree, Mass., (617) 734-1800, Pool contractor: Combined Energy Systems, Littleton, Mass., (978) 486-0070, Landscape lighting: Atlantic View Landscape Lighting, Marshfield, Mass., (781) 319-1905,


Page 74: Receiving and Sitting Room designer, Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Interiors, Boston, (617) 227-693, gpomeroyinteriors.

com; Grand Dining Room designers, Susan Schaub and D. Scott Bell, Theo & Isabella Design Group, Sudbury, Mass., (978) 505-1616, Page 76: The Bar designers, Cecilia Walker, Cecilia Walker Design, Accord, Mass., (617) 816-4775,, and Tracy Foley, Water and Main, market stalls at Boston Design Center, (508) 641-1249, waterandmain. com; The Nursery designer, Mally Skok, Mally Skok Design, Lincoln, Mass., (781) 259-4090, Page 78: Coastal Haven architect, Andrew Sidford, Andrew M. Sidford Architects, Newburyport, Mass., (978) 462-1657,; Living Room designer, Kay Bailey McKallagat, Kay Bailey McKallagat Interior Design & Decoration, West Newbury, Mass., (978) 363-5766; Dining Room designers, Michaele Boehm and Kacey Graham, Boehm Graham Interior Design, Bedford, N.H., (617) 692-0400, Page 80: The Barn designer, Kerry Vaughan, Red Bird Trading, Newburyport, Mass., (978) 462-5566,; West Guest Bedroom designers, Holly Gagne and Tina Sanchez, Holly Gagne Interior Design, Rowley, Mass., (978) 432-1337,

WRIGHT AT HOME PAGES 112–123 Architecture and interior design: Debra Cedeno, Architecture + Indigo, Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 687-9531, Builder: Mark Baumhofer and Keith Estes, Baumhofer Estes, Edgartown, Mass., (508) 693-8220 Millwork and cabinetry: Jim Young, Lineaweaver Cabinetry, Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 6939748 Landscape design: Geoff Gibson, Gibson Landscape Construction, Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 733-6390 Masonry and hardscaping: Greg Pyden, Rockwell Masonry, Edgartown, Mass., (774) 563-0032, Upholstery workshops: Chrissie Haslet, Destiny Interiors, Edgartown, Mass., (508) 627-6900,, and Chris Berry, On Island Upholstery, Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 6848931,

Pages 116–117: Sofas by Christian Liaigre,; drum chairs by Holly Hunt,; occasional table by Warren Platner for Knoll,; rug from Dash & Albert, Page 118: Reclaimed-wood dining table from Lucca Studio,; Maxalto chairs from B&B Italian,; Crisscross pendant from Boyd Lighting, boydlighting. com; silver candlesticks from Golden Triangle Antiques, Chicago, Page 119: Faucet from Grohe,; Manor House farm sink from Franke,; drawer pulls from Rocky Mountain Hardware,; window shade by Chrissie Haslet, Destiny Interiors, destinyinteriors. com; Echo pendant lights by Tech Lighting,; banquette upholstery fabric by Perennials,; counter stools from ABC Carpet and Home, Page 121: Upholstery and pillow fabric by Perennials; Presidio sconces from Boyd Lighting. Pages 122–123: Bed from Duxiana, duxiana. com; bed linens by Sferra for Duxiana; sconces and drapery fabric from Holly Hunt.

WINNING STRATEGY PAGES 124–135 Architect: Christopher Arner, Newport, R.I., (401) 225-6497, Interior designer: Eileen Marcuvitz, Plum Interiors, Newport, R.I., (617) 834-2234, Builder: Steve Ray, Ray Construction, West Greenwich, R.I., (401) 397-6321 Kitchen designer: Downsview of Boston, Boston Design Center, (857) 317-3320, Landscape designer: Nicholas J Adams, Cranston, R.I., (401) 524-9491

Pages 126–129: Entry wallcovering from Nobilis,; lantern by Vaughan, vaughandesigns. com; console from Chelsea House,; mirror from Mr. Brown,; Tibetan wool and silk area carpet from Loominous Rugs, loominousrugs. com; stair carpet by Stark,; powder room Dolce Vita Pearl White wallcovering by Donghia,; vanity, sink and faucets from Ann Sacks,; living room sectional, striped chair, and coffee table all custom design by Plum Interiors, fabricated by KT Star Upholstery,; Hero Turquoise sectional fabric and Camengo Bleu pillow fabric by Casamance, casamance. com; custom side table and sofa table designed by Plum Interiors, made by Longobardi,; tray on ottoman from Bungalow Five,; Danielli lamp on side table custom glazed by Todd Hase,; window treatments by Finelines,; Petal table lamp from Studio 534 Boston,; custom mirror by Ercole,; Feather wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries,; turquoise corner side chair from Wisteria,; leather-trimmed carpet by Stark; Knowlton Brothers dining room and Salgado Saucier chandelier through Bright Group,; chairs by Artistic Frame,; outdoor chair fabric by Holly Hunt,; Tibetan wool and silk carpet by Steven King, Page 130: Breakfast table designed by Plum Interiors with the Martin Group, martingroupinc. com; Dabney kitchen chairs from Hickory Chair,; Lagoon chair fabric and Jackson Ocean window-seat cushion fabric by Larsen,; Emma pendant over table from Zia Priven,; custom kitchen banquet by PJ Bergeron, pjbergeron. com. Page 131: Custom mudroom cabinetry by Downsview of Boston. Pages 132–133: Sorenson lanterns by Remains,; counter stools from Hickory Chair; cabinets from Downsview Kitchens and Plum Interiors; White Rhino Quartzite counters from Marble and Granite, Page 134: Sectional and cocktail table from Bright Group; carpet from Stark; chandelier from Urban Electric, Page 135: Custom upholstery by PJ Bergeron; bedside tables from the Victoria Hagan Home Collection Furniture,; bench from Pearson,, in Holland & Sherry Fabric,; window treatments by Finelines; table lamps from Circa Lighting,; custom bath cabinetry from Downsview of Boston; turquoise tile and statuary marble floor from Ann Sacks; sconces from Vaughan.

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A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLINE PAGES 136–149 Architect: John I. Meyer, Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors, (617) 266-0555, Interior designer: Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh, Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors, Groton, Conn., (323) 632-2355 Builder: Marc Kaplan, Sanford Custom Builders, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 416-7007, Millwork and cabinetry: Andy McDonald, Syracuse Custom Carpentry and Millwork, East Syracuse, N.Y., (315) 432-8422, syracusecustomcarpentry. com Kitchen design: Roomscapes Luxury Design Center, Rockland, Mass., (781) 616-6400, Lighting designer: Light Positive, Marblehead, Mass., Landscape design: William Pressley, Pressley Associates, Boston, (617) 491-5300, pressleyinc. com Masonry and hardscaping: The Stonemasons, Westport, Mass., (978) 369-3633, Landscape installation: The Landscape Company, Acushnet, Mass., (978) 815-7716 Swimming pool: South Shore Gunite Pools, Billerica, Mass., (800) 649-8080, Drapery workroom: Cheryl McGrath Workroom, Lynn, Mass., (781) 913-6333

LAND OF ENCHANTMENT PAGES 150–163 Architect: Gale Goff, Gale Goff Architect, Little Compton and Newport, R.I., (401) 855-1929, Interior designer: Andrew J. Paraskos, Boston, (617) 353-0217

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Page 136: Custom entry door, Robert Shure, Skylight Studios, Woburn, Mass., (781) 933-3822,, and Bartek Konieczny, Solutions in Metal, Abington, Mass., (617) 9211166. Pages 140–141: Sofa designed by Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors; chairs and chandelier from Dennis and Leen through Webster & Company, (617) 261-9660,; rug from Hokanson, Boston Design Center, (617) 330-6730; David Iatesta coffee table from Studio 534, (617) 345-9900,; entry lantern from Dennis and Leen through Webster & Company; X benches designed by Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors. Page 142: Woodland Furniture chairs through The Martin Group,; chandelier from Dennis and Leen through Webster and Company; rug from Hokanson. Page 143: Pendant light from Circa Lighting,; benches and stools by Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors. Pages 144–145: David Iatesta chandelier through Studio 534; table, bench, and chairs by Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors. Page 146: Ottoman from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; Adrianne chandelier from Circa Lighting. Page 147: Headboard and chair by Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors; bench from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; chest from Bungalow 5, bungalow5. com; carpet from Hokanson; chandelier by Dennis and Leen through Webster & Company. Page 149: Outdoor furniture from Restoration Hardware,

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Builders: Highland Builders (original house), Tiverton, R.I., (401) 625-1667, highlandbuildersri. com, and Newport Housewrights (addition), Middletown, R.I., (401) 849-2449 Cabinetmaker: Joseph Yoffa Woodworking, Newport, R.I., (401) 846-7659 Audio/Visual: Flint Audio Video, Middletown, R.I., (401) 849-2280, Landscape design: Hali Beckman, Wickford, R.I., (401) 294-1684, Landscape installation: Daponte’s Landscaping Services, Bristol, R.I., (401) 253-6225 Stonemason: Mason Masters, Charlestown, R.I., (401) 212-0686,

Page 153: Teak dining table by Manutti through Webster & Company,; Gloster dining chairs from Ailanthus, ailanthusltd. com; armchairs from Restoration Hardware,; fire feature by Concrete Poetry, Page 154: Staircase by Stephen Plaud,, stair runner from Stark, Page 155: Dining table from Grange Furniture,; light fixture from Wolfers, Pages 156–157: Breakfast chairs from Design Within Reach,; quartz counters from Marble and Granite,; mosaic marble backsplash tile from Ann Sacks, Pages 158–159: Tibetan rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets,; game chairs by McGuire through M-Geough,; Gloster club chairs from Ailanthus; sofa by Swaim Furniture though FDO Group,

SPECIAL FOCUS: KITCHENS AND BATHS PAGES 164–173 A Chef’s Dream: Pages 164–165 Designers: Kellie Burke, with interior design assistant Hayley Bryden, Kellie Burke Interiors, West Hartford, Conn., (860) 232-9128, Builder: Michael Delissio Jr., Sunrise Homes, Glastonbury, Conn., (860) 306-2100 Serving Up Style: Pages 166–167 Designer: Kathy Marshall, Kathy Marshall Design, Wenham, Mass. Builder: Covenant Construction, Essex, Mass., (978) 468-7008 Let There Be Light: Pages 168–169 Designer: Mark Haddad, with Susan Cracraft and Louie Kerbici, Haddad Hakansson Design Studio, Watertown, Mass., (617) 741-3131, Builder: Dan Elliot, Elliot Fine Carpentry and Remodeling, Acton, Mass., (978) 201-5277 Luxury Aloft: Pages 170–171 Designer: Heidi Pribell, Heidi Pribell Interiors, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 354-1445, heidipribell. com Builder: Victor Cormier, Ashby, Mass., (978) 407-5404 Stress Reliever: Pages 172–173 Architect: Patrick Ahearn, Patrick Ahearn Architect, Boston, (617) 266-1710, and Edgartown, Mass., (508) 939-9312, Designer: Andrew J. Paraskos, Boston, (617) 353-0217 Builder: Marc Kaplan, Sanford Custom Builders, Wellesley, Mass., (781) 416-7007, • 254  New England Home  september–october 2016

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Ad Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue a Blade of Grass  235 A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  211 Adolfo Perez Architect  inside back cover

Frank Webb’s Bath Center  88–89

Phillip Jeffries  41

Gregorian Oriental Rugs  206

Pinney Designs  110

Gregory Lombardi Design  187

Poggenpohl  27

Hali Beckman, Ltd.  253

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  67

The Hambelton Company  240

Providence Home Show  233

Hampden Design+Construction  101

Rachel Reider Interiors, Inc.  38

Herrick & White Architectural Millwork  191

The Real American Dream Home Company  239

Hutker Architects  183

Riviera Bronze  77

ArchitectureBoston Expo (Boston Society of Architects)  226

Imagination Furnishings  242

Roche Bobois  2–3

Installations Plus, Inc.  102

Room & Board  199

Audio Video Design  232

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (Bulfinch Awards)  251

Royal Barry Wills Associates, Architects  35

J Barrett & Company Real Estate  244–245

Runtal North America, Inc.  57

Jamestown LP/Boston Design Center  31

S+H Construction  209

AEDI Construction  96 Architecture+Indigo, LLC  254

Authentic Designs  212 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  189 Barrows Window Shoppe  65 Bensonwood Homes  225 Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling  97 Bisousweet Confections  195 Bonin Architects & Associates  227 Boston International Fine Art Show  234 Boston Lights Expo & Conference  249 Boston Stone Restoration  195 Botello Home Center  212 Bradford’s Rug Gallery  210 Brookes + Hill Custom Builders 217 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  33 California Closets  37 Cathy Kert Interiors  71 Chip Webster Architecture  231 Chrisicos Interiors  3–4 Classic Kitchens & Interiors  98

Roomscapes Luxury Design Center  92–93

Jean Scott–Glass Art Studio 2  237

Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath  175

Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings  32

Sally Weston Associates  79

Jennifer Palumbo, Inc.  64 JW Construction, Inc.  29 K. Powers & Co.  61 Kenneth Vona Construction, Inc.  8–9 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc.  56 Kingston Krafts  239 Kinlin Grover Corporate  248 Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc.  72 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  103 Kohler  69 Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting  179 LDa Architecture & Interiors  28 The Lagasse Group  111 LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.  43

Coldwell Banker Previews International  246–247

Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  2–3

Colony Rug Company, Inc.  227

Longfellow Design Build  104

Cosentino N.A.  99

Louis W. Mian, Inc.  105

Covered Bridge Cabinetry  100

Lovejoy Designs, LLC  59

Cumar, Inc.  203

Lynn Creighton Realtor  249

D.R. Dimes & Company, Ltd.  237

M–Geough Company, Inc.  16–17

Daher Interior Design  1

Marc Hall Design  51

Darby Road Home  232 Davio’s  181

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC  18–19

Davis Frame Company  196

McLaughlin Upholstering Company, Inc.  36

db Landscaping  254

McPhee Associates  235

The Decorative Furnishings Association  241

MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects  213

Design Group 47  20–21

Mid–Cape Home Centers  230

Design No. Five  230

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams  75

Dirty Water Distillery  174

Moniques Bath Showroom  106

Dover Rug & Home  53

New England Architectural Finishing  217

Downsview Kitchens  84

Newton Kitchens & Design  90–91

Dream Kitchens  86–87

Ogunquit Playhouse  251

F.H. Perry Builder  49

Parterre Garden Services  229

Fagan Door  50

Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  73

FBN Construction Co., LLC  back cover

Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  83

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting  82

Perfection Fence  70

Finelines  24

Phi Home Designs  107

Sea–Dar Construction  94–95 Sewfine  55 Shade & Shutter Systems, Inc.  34 The Sliding Door Company  81 Shope Reno Wharton  207 Slocum Hall Design Group  108 Somerset Home  231 SpaceCraft Architecture  225 Sparrow Custom Builders  109 Splash Kitchen and Bath Showroom  242 Stark Carpet  inside front cover Sudbury Design Group, Inc.  12–13 sullivan + associates architects  253 Surroundings  221 Terrat Elms Interior Design  45 Thread  219 TMS Architects  10–11 The Ultimate Bath Store  205 Upstate Door, Inc.  229 Valor Fireplaces  215 Venegas and Company  47 West Barnstable Tables  240 Wolfers  201 Woodmeister Master Builders  22–23, 185 Youngblood Builders, Inc.  14–15 ZEN Associates, Inc.  62–63 ///// New England Home, September–October 2016, Volume 12, Number 1 © 2016 by New England Home Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. New England Home (USPS 024-096) is published 6 times a year (JAN, MAR, MAY, JULY, SEP, NOV) by New England Home Magazine, LLC, 530 Harrison Ave, Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118, (617) 938-3991. Periodical postage paid at Boston, MA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 5034, Brentwood, TN 37024. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription. september–october 2016  New England Home 255

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This bar cabinet connects the kitchen and dining area in a beautiful, Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired home in Weston, Massachusetts. It is unlike any other project I’ve done, as a key part was not a purely abstract design. My client—who is also the owner of an engineering firm where I worked back when I was in design school, and who had previously commissioned a piece for her conference room—was inspired by two glass doors from Wright’s Hollyhock House in Los Angeles (1), so we used his design as the starting point for a series of distilled versions (2). The dining room has two-story windows with views of woods and a pond, so my client wanted the doors to be reminiscent of windows overlooking trees. We worked for weeks to get the exact appearance we wanted for the glass. In addition to greens, navy, and gold leaf, we incorporated touches of turquoise drawn from some nearby sofas, as well as colors from the dining room linens. All the measurements had to be exact, since the top doors are double-sided: they needed to match perfectly while both closed and open. So we called on Beth Bourque and her colleagues Daryl Evans and Rick Hulme at Masterpiece Woodworks for the frame and hardware. The beautiful finish on the completed cabinet (3) matches the client’s baby grand piano. Connie Kolman, Kolman Artisan Glass, Sudbury, Massachusetts, (978) 443-2409,

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