New England Home July/August 2015

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July–August 2015 Volume 10, Issue 6




In This Issue

featured Homes




Exquisite craftsmanship and casual, yet polished, decor make a Vermont house as special as its glorious lakefront location.

Classic and contemporary perform a graceful pas de deux in a Martha’s Vineyard home.

A thoughtful renovation gives a charming 1930s cottage on the Rhode Island coast a fresh, airy new look.


Text by Megan Fulweiler Photography by Jim Westphalen Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent


Text by Maria L aPiana Photography by Michael Partenio Produced by Stacy Kunstel


Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel Photography by Tria Giovan

On the cover: A sky-blue ceiling complements the architecture and enhances the connection this camp-style house enjoys with its Vermont lakeside setting. Photograph by Jim Westphalen. To see more of this home, turn to page 98. July–August 2015  New England Home 15

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In This Issue


46 Art, Design, History, Landscape

People, Places, Events, Products

20 | From the Editor

135 | Perspectives The inspired alfresco tabletop; ideas for a chic patio from designer Heather Vaughan; David Webster on owning an iconic showroom; the things that inspire the owners of Vermont’s Farmhouse Pottery; an enticing New Hampshire porch.

31 | Elements: Clear Winners Transparent and translucent pieces make cool additions to the home this summer. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ webster & company’s david webster


40 | Artistry: Feminine Mystique The everyday moments Rania Matar chronicles in her striking photographs of children and women become personal moments that evoke universal truths. BY CAROLINE CUNNINGHAM

46 | Good Bones: Sounds of Silence A contemporary compound is— literally and figuratively—a quiet presence on its coastal Maine site. BY NATHANIEL READE PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRENT BELL

52 | In Detail: A Stitch in Time Today’s custom upholsterers still use generations-old techniques to create furniture of lasting beauty. BY KRISTINE KENNEDY


63 Special Marketing Section: Professional Profiles

56 | Outside Interest: A Growing Concern The yard and gardens of this New Hampshire lakefront home have expanded and evolved over time, becoming lovelier by the year. BY LISA E. HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN HESSION, ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

144 | Trade Secrets: The Well-Designed Life News from and musings about the New England design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL

152 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 158 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

164 | New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON 169 | Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA 180 | Resources 183 | Advertiser Index 184 | Sketch Pad The ideal custom piece is the result of imagination, collaboration, and— in the case of this sculptural writing desk—devising a stylish fix for a design flaw.

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formulas in an urbane or witty fashion, or quite simply push against the prevailing current to achieve results that may at first seem surprising but turn out to feel delightfully fresh. (I myself fall into this latter camp; a warm-weather getaway that included an antique farmhouse table and black lacquer walls would be just fine with me.) A dash of contrariness provides the spice: by all means, go ahead and dress the seat and arms of that battered French fauteuil in a glossy cobalt mock-croc! Knowing that our readership undoubtedly encompasses both schools of thought, we try to cater intelligently to the full spectrum of tastes. One house, for example, might fit the casual vacation-home mold but include enough playful twists to avoid seeming too predictable (you’ll find a residence of this sort on page 98). Or a summer home might import big-city elegance into its breezy island setting, proving that swimsuits and sophistication can make a perfect match (see page 108). Or a cottage might be one-of-a-kind, chock-full of its owners’ unique personality, yet still seem utterly convincing on its coastal perch (page 120). Even how a home relates to the land on which it sits can fall into a similar dichotomy. On pages 46 and 56 you’ll find two notably different methods for folding a group of buildings beautifully into a spectacular site: one that would have seemed familiar to our nineteenthcentury forebears, and one that is clearly a child of twenty-first-century concerns. The summery looks featured in this issue of New England Home are wide-ranging, in terms of both geography and style. Read on, and I daresay you’ll have no trouble finding at least one that feels just right for you.

A Choice of Summer Styles


he urge every year to give our July–August issue a “summer living” theme is pretty much overwhelming. Summer is one of those topics (and one of those seasons) that never lose their appeal. But exactly how best to approach summer can be a subject of debate. There are, I think, two primary competing narratives. On the one hand, many people love to experience over and over again essentially the same set of tried-and-true pleasures. Beadboard, light cotton slipcovers, and a blueand-white striped dhurrie are sure to delight, as will a driftwood finish on the cabinets and hurricane lanterns on the dining table. A comfortable, reliable constancy is key. Some folks, on the other hand, find more interest and excitement in treatments that move beyond the usual, play with typical

—Kyle Hoepner

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Corrections and Amplifications The interior design of the kitchen shown on page 138 of our May–June 2015 issue


should have been credited to Meredith Basque of Studio Basque, Newton, Massachusetts, (617) 686-3142, We regret the omission. 20  New England Home  July–August 2015

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Homes Editor Stacy Kunstel Senior Editor Paula M. Bodah Creative Director Robert Lesser Online and Market Editor Lynda Simonton Managing and Copy Editor Susan Kron Contributing Editors Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz Karin Lidbeck Brent Louis Postel Contributing Writers ­ unningham, Regina Cole, Caroline C Megan Fulweiler, Lisa E. Harrison, Robert Kiener, Susan Kleinman, Maria LaPiana, Erin Marvin, Nathaniel Reade

Contributing Photographers Trent Bell, Robert Benson, Bruce Buck, Tria Giovan, Sam Gray, John Gruen, Keller + Keller, Michael J. Lee, Richard Mandelkorn, Laura Moss, Michael Partenio, Greg Premru, Eric Roth, James R. Salomon, Brian Vanden Brink /////

Editorial Submissions  Designers, architects, builders, and homeowners are invited to submit projects for editorial consideration. For information about submitting projects, e-mail ­ Letters to the Editor  We’d love to hear from you! Write to us at the above address, fax us at (617) 663-6377, or e-mail us at ­letters@ Upcoming Events  Are you planning an event that we can feature in our Calendar of Events? E-mail information to calendar@, or mail to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118.

Parties  We welcome photographs from design- or architecture-related parties. Send high-resolution photos with information about the party and the people pictured to

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ELEMENTS The things that make great spaces EDItED By CHERyl AND JEFFREy KAtZ

A Hand Up While we’re on the subject of cool, Jonathan Adler and his crew sculpt, cast, and polish the giant lucite Hand at their soHo ceramics studio. 26″H × 15″w × 12″d. $1,295. Jonathan adler, Boston, (617) 437-0018,

Clear Winners When the heat and humidity are oppressive and even a short jog to the store leaves you feeling ragged, a tall glass of iced mint tea, a refreshing shower, or—if you’re lucky enough to be near an ocean, a lake, or a stream—a cool swim all offer welcome relief. But if you’re looking for a longer-lasting antidote to these dog days of summer, consider populating the rooms of your house with objects that possess a breezy, easy openness and a sense of air and light. Fashioned from transparent and translucent materials, a host of products—from sofas and shelves to roomdividing screens—seem to cut through the thick air. And before you know it, it’s all cool. July–August 2015 New eNglaNd Home 31

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1. From Kartell, the uncle Jack sofa by Philippe starck. 38.58″ H × 74.8″W × 33.46″D. $1,860. Neena’s lighting, Boston, (617) 859-1700, 2. From Gus, the acrylic I-Beam table. 18″H × 12″W × 12″D.

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3. From Ironies, the Chamat table. 20″H × 13.75″W. $2,250. studio 534, Boston, (617) 345-9900,

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1. The Jacques Étagère, in lucite with tempered glass shelves and brass or (shown here) nickel fittings. 66″H × 30″W × 16″D. $2,400. Jonathan Adler, Boston, (617) 437-0018,

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3. The Jellies Collection, polycarbonate pitcher and glasses by Patricia urquiola. Pitcher 11.7″H × 4.9″D. $92. glasses range from $19–$28. Neena’s lighting, Boston, (617) 859-1700,

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1. Lee Broom Decanterlight, available in tulip (shown), bell, and square shapes. $398. Anthropologie, locations throughout New England,

2. Westinghouse cut-glass light bulb, $5 (approx). At most local hardware stores.

3. The Lampadina bulb lamp by Achille Castiglioni, Approx. 9½″H × 5″W. $159. Chimera, Boston, (617) 542-3233,; and Wolfers Lighting, Allston, Mass., (617) 254-0700,


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Feminine Mystique The everyday moments Rania Matar chronicles in her striking photographs of children and women become personal moments that evoke universal truths. ///////////

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ania Matar’s gorgeous images have an almost startling intimacy. She is objective, but also deeply empathetic, when documenting the multilayered narratives she uncovers—in the curated chaos of a teenage girl’s room or children at play in a ravaged building—both in her immediate neighborhood and in Lebanon, the land of her birth. The subjects she chooses also reveal a great deal about Matar herself. In fact, it’s almost impossible to separate the artist from the art because, in telling the stories of others, she is also telling her own. And Matar’s story is one that still echoes with the loss of her mother at an early age. It’s a story about growing up under the shadow of war; Matar lived in the Middle East until she moved to the United States to study architecture at Cornell. It’s a story about a duality felt by many immigrants with enduring ties to their homeland, about the contradiction

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the inscrutable nature of childhood. An absorbing pastime became a profession after Matar made a trip to Beirut in 2002. She was so moved by what she saw in the refugee camps there—shocking desolation and suffering juxtaposed with moments of grace— that she felt compelled to return with her cameras to photograph the story. The result was an astonishing portfolio of work that was greeted with widespread acclaim, and led to the publication of her first book, Ordinary Lives. In Barbie Girl, Haret Hreik, Beirut, Lebanon, a beguiling toddler runs in front of a bombed-out apartment block. Matar’s keen eye and deliberate use of tight framing make this image a poignant testament to the resilience of the human spirit—in Matar’s words, “a symbol of life over death.” Matar then turned her gaze closer to home, to trace the enigmatic time

Matar’s empathy and the sense of connection that she establishes with her subjects allow her to transform the quiet moments of vulnerability she uncovers as she makes her portraits of children and women into a compassionate commentary on the human condition. TOP TO BOTTOM: Faith, Newton, Massachusetts (2013); Spiderman, Brookline, Massachusetts (2004); Soraya and Tala, Yarze, Lebanon (2014). FACING PAGE: Rania Matar.

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marked by introspection and discovery as her daughter, Lara, transitioned away from girlhood. Matar realized that Lara’s bedroom, her private refuge, reflected this journey, so she photographed her daughter there. The project soon expanded to include girls from both the United States and the Middle East, and the resulting portraits—later made into the monograph A Girl in Her Room—record in luminous detail the vulnerable essence of these young women as they stand on the threshold between two distinct worlds. Matar’s next book, L’Enfant-Femme, will have an introduction by Queen Noor of Jordan, and charts the similar passage for young girls into adolescence. She’s working on a series, Unspoken Conver-

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lot is surprising about the house that JT Bullitt built in Steuben, Maine. Bullitt eats strawberries, huckleberries, and blueberries that grow on his roof. He installed a seismometer on the bedrock under his meditation room. Most surprising of all, though, may be that he built his house with a primary focus on sound. Bullitt is a 59-year-old deepthinker and artist who once worked in geophysics and seismology, studying earthquakes and the structure of the earth’s interior. This, he says, left him fascinated with the

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be somewhere that’s low on the sounds of humans. One summer while renting a cottage in Steuben, which is so far up the coast of Maine you can see Canada, he strolled around a property for sale. An old farmhouse stood on seventeen acres that sloped from a low hill down to the beach. The granite outcroppings, twelve-foot tidal drops, and black, star-speckled sky made him feel connected to the bedrock of the earth and the constant rhythms of the oceans and the planets. And aside

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from the wind, the birds, and the eternal breaking of the waves, it was deliciously, invitingly quiet. He knew this was the place, he says, when in a small cemetery on the property he saw a gravestone with this quote: “The earth has music for those who listen.” Someone before him had heard it, too. Bullitt’s concern for the natural world meant that he wanted to reuse the old farmhouse, but it was too far gone. So he cast around for an architect who could “honor the site.” After many meetings with architects, and many rejected plans, he spotted an image of a backyard tree-house that Portland, Maine-based

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architect Will Winkelman had built for his kids. It was, Bullitt says, “simple, unusual, imaginative, and connected with the space.” Winkelman suggested bringing in Todd Richardson, a landscape architect, to ensure that the house would be built with the land, and not just on it. “We do this on most of our projects,” Winkelman says. “So many of them are on land that’s gorgeous, and we want to meld the house into the landscape, not just build it and then shrub it up.” The three of them and two assistants TOP: The roof is planted with native grasses and plants, providing insulation, edible berries, and a sense that the house is below a “lifted field.” CENTER AND BOTTOM: Rather than one house, client and architect settled on a compound of buildings—living quarters, a sound studio, and a separate structure to house utilities—around a central courtyard.

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spent two days walking the land, discussing siting options, and drawing sketches. They went out in a boat to view the land from the water. The design process, Bullitt says, “was so much fun, it was like play.” Bullitt dislikes the typical noises of a house—furnace kicking on, pipes draining—so the team designed an assembly of three buildings around a central courtyard, one of which holds all the utilities, another Bullitt’s living quarters, and the third his sound studio, the walls of which slope outward for better acoustics. Together these buildings mimic the way

TOP: Locally sourced materials, like the white-cedar shingles, were used whenever possible. ABOVE: The builder enjoyed the challenges presented by the design’s complex angles. ABOVE RIGHT: Thick walls and triple-pane windows contribute to net-zero energy use.

the land pours down from the hills to the shore; there’s a sense of motion. And the turf roof, which Richardson planted with native grasses, blueberries, huckleberries, and strawberries, lies over it like a blanket of “lifted field.” The result, Bullitt says, is “intangible. It’s the perfect place to go inward, which is fitting, because I’m going into the earth to listen. Living there feels like falling in love.” “JT wanted architecture,” Winkelman says, “but he also wanted performance.” So the house is net-zero, its geothermal heat-pumps, radiant-floor heat, and LED lights powered by a ground-mounted

PV array, the windows triple-paned and sited to maximize solar gain and the miraculous views. The triple-pane glass and superinsulated walls make the inside spaces very quiet. For most people in most places, that interior quiet would be an advantage. Bullitt, however, missed the natural sounds he moved there to hear. So he is currently devising a way to place microphones outside, collect the sounds of nature, and bring them in. Just like the gravestone said, this land has a music, and JT Bullitt is listening to it. • editor’s note: For more information about this project, see page 180.

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Simple or ornate, traditional or modern, Kevin McLaughlin and his team can do it all. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: An Edwardian-style chair. An array of leg styles. A chair with ruching and fringe details. A Hans Wegner–inspired Papa Bear chair with leather trim.

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ou wouldn’t accessorize a couture gown with cheap jewelry. In home design, however, the equivalent often happens. Many people are happy to spend money on an architect and builder to create a beautifully designed and crafted house, but then they fill its rooms with mass-produced furniture. An architect designing a home gives considerable thought to how its owners will feel when in the space. And so does an upholsterer. “Next to architecture, nothing sets the mood or defines style more than furniture,” says Kevin ­McLaughlin, owner of McLaughlin Custom Upholstered Furniture in Everett, Massachusetts. “It can either elevate the architecture or bring it down.”

An upholstered piece purchased at a mass retailer is likely to be made from plywood, foam, and stiffer zigzag or “S” springs. The lines of the piece can be clunky, and wood is often felt through the fabric. Expect a life of three to ten years. Not so custom-built upholstered furniture. “We are making the antiques of the future,” says McLaughlin, the thirdgeneration owner of a business started in 1889. James Pergola agrees. Pergola is also a third-generation owner—of Decore Upholstering in Chelsea, Massachusetts, founded in 1938. “My furniture will last for you and your kids, and it can go on to your grandkids,” says Pergola. “I’m making a Ferrari piece of furniture rather than a Toyota Camry.” Custom upholstering is a laborintensive endeavor. No conveyor belts. Few electric tools. What you’re likely to see is a sofa up on build horses and an upholsterer bent over it, with thick thread and a curved needle in hand, sewing each stitch. Both the McLaughlin and Decore companies still employ methods that originated in seventeenth-century Europe. It all begins with the wood frame, designed by the upholsterer and

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built from kiln-dried maple hardwood. The frame needs to be ergonomically correct and with the right proportions for both feel and look. Fine upholstery is remarkably heavy because of the weight of the hardwood. Joints are double-doweled and corner blocked, instead of being held together with staples as you’d find in mass production. Once the frame is built, the upholsterer springs it, using individual coil springs that are attached to each other and the frame with eight-way hand ties. There are different types of coil springs, and every piece has a unique combination of ABOVE: Decore Upholstering crafted pieces to com-

plement this interior by Boston designer Gregory Van Boven. RIGHT: A classic lounge chair. FAR RIGHT: A chaise longue begins with a solid maple frame; layers of burlap sandwich the coils and stuffing, and fabric sewn to exacting specifications completes the look.

type and arrangement, depending on the shape of the piece and the firmness preference of the owner. Next, burlap is laid down as a surface for hair—the telltale material of Old World–style upholstery. Instead of using flat foam slabs to pad the furniture, the fine upholsterer works with

tufts of curly horse hair, which may be natural, synthetic, or a combination. McLaughlin tends to use natural, while Pergola uses synthetic for allergenic reasons. Tufts of hair allow the upholsterer to shape the padding to the line of the frame and build up or subtract where necessary. It takes about twenty pounds of horse hair for a typical chair. “It’s like sculpting,” says Pergola. “You mold it until it starts looking like what you envision the end product to be.” The hair is sandwiched with another layer of burlap, then handstitched. “It’s an amazing artwork,” says McLaughlin. “The stitching on the

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inside that you don’t see, I actually think is more beautiful than the outside.” He recently made a pair of chairs with a French mattress-style edging to showcase the stitching that is usually hidden. Working with the finished fabric also takes skill and an artistic sensibility. Velvet requires extra care. “It has a mind of its own,” says Pergola. As does leather. “You put a hole in the wrong spot and that piece is gone,” he adds. Of course anything with a pattern

requires the particular skill of experienced cutters, so repeats match exactly, from seat to back, seat to arm, and front to behind. “When we get a roll of fabric, we read it like a book,” says McLaughlin. Both Pergola and McLaughlin are tothe-trade only and work collaboratively with interior designers, who might bring in a photo, dimensions, and fabric. An upholsterer will make suggestions if he thinks something won’t work, such as fabric being too heavy for welts or striped

fabric that will look distorted on a curved piece. “If you’ve been doing something your whole life, you know what looks best,” says Pergola. And while an interior designer and a client may primarily be concerned with the aesthetics of a piece, the fine upholsterer is supremely concerned with comfort. Beautiful seats and beds can make architecture sing, but upholstery is most enjoyed and appreciated through physical touch. Pergola has homeowners whose kids have sleepovers, and the friends will always sleep on his sofa instead of the guest bed because it’s so much more comfortable. McLaughlin has a client whose husband sits only in his custom furniture and will move a piece from room to room to use it. That’s the quality difference. • McLaughlin Custom Upholstered Furniture

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ll too often, landscape designers are brought on board after the fact. After the land is stripped of all its trees and plantings.

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Thankfully that wasn’t the case with this ambitious project in the lakes region of New Hampshire. In fact, landscape architect George Pellettieri has been collaborating with architect Chris Williams and the property owners for some two decades. It’s an endeavor that has evolved and grown in scope over the years as new parcels of land were acquired and new structures and renovations planned. The main house sits on the middle lot; over time, as adjoining lots on either side became available, the owners scooped them up, enabling them to build a boathouse on one lot and a guesthouse and open-air pavilion that joins a beautifully refurbished cottage on the other. The landscaping ties the three properties together into a striking, unified whole. The owners called upon the landscape architect to create an environment that was “a visual extension of the house,” remembers Pellettieri. Since, according to Williams, the house was designed to “look like it had been there fifty years,” it

The walkways, patios, steps, gazebo fireplace, and grill base are all fabricated from granite—a long-lasting material that gets better with age. was essential that the landscaping have a timeless feel, too. To make sure he was taking full advantage of the site’s natural beauty, Pellettieri began with a study of the existing vegetation. “The analysis allows us to understand what’s there, what’s valuable, and how much should remain,”

he explains. One of his goals was to preserve the integrity and character of the shoreline (a complex process that required approval by the New Hampshire State Department of Environmental Services). The analysis also informed design decisions, as Pellettieri took note of everything from views and vegetation

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designed the main house to look timeless. Native flatstone pathways and stairways meander throughout the property. A row of chairs off the main house offers respite and unhindered views of the lake. A pine needle-covered walkway delineates the natural shoreline from the more manicured work of landscape architect George Pellettieri and his team. A water feature helps to transition between the two cut-granite patios and gives off a soothing sound.


to sun angles and wind direction. Sustainability played a big role, both in terms of architecture and landscape design. “A lot of people clear the site and CALL OR EMAIL TODAY! start from scratch; we build into the site,” says Williams. “From the water we wanted the house to recede into the landscape, so the house is not dominant.” Pellettieri echoes this sentiment: “We wanted a very natural character to the landscape, to have a landscape main­ tained and enhanced so that it creates a sense of place and that feeling that it’s






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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Williams refurbished

a historic guest cabin to its original glory; cheery plantings of perennials, annuals, and woody ornamentals welcome visitors. In keeping with the local aesthetic, the trees that form the pavilion posts hail from Maine. A commanding granite fireplace lends visual appeal and extends the gazebo’s outdoor entertaining season.

can tolerate the harsh environment. Pellettieri leaned heavily on native ground covers (low-bush blueberry, hay-scented ferns, and moss), trees (oak, hemlock, ash, and maple), and shrubs (viburnum, summer sweet, and aronia), plus a gorgeous mix of colorful annuals and perennials to get his desired effect. All told, Pellettieri estimates he incorpo-

rated a couple of hundred plant species throughout. It isn’t just the landscaping that has local lineage; so do many of the hardscape and construction materials. The walkways, patios, steps, gazebo fireplace, and grill base are all fabricated from granite— a long-lasting material that gets better with age and, of course, doubles as the state stone. Likewise, the trees that form the gazebo posts hail from Maine. This notion of celebrating a sense of place and respecting the environment was important to the owners. So was creating a peaceful, private space—with stunning lakefront views and multi-season appeal—that could easily accommodate family and friends. It’s clear that Pellettieri was able to deliver on all fronts. “Design has a huge impact on how well people use and enjoy the space,” he says. If history is any indicator, he may not be done yet. After all, the beauty with landscape is that it’s a “living, growing, changing environment,” he says. A hint, perhaps, that, even after twenty years, the collaboration may continue. • RESOURCES For more information about this project, see page 180.

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Audio Video Design What motivates you? Collaboration. A professional team comprised of architect, interior designer, builder and lighting designer, working together for the ultimate goal: an extraordinary home. There is nothing more satisfying than these projects.

Brad Smith and his team at AVD provide all aspects of AV and home automation, including control for lighting, shading, temperature, security, and alarm. The electronics can be operated remotely with the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, which also provides the ability to monitor the home with cameras and alerts from anywhere. AVD offers integrated systems platforms that meet any type of functionality, any size budget, and all performance levels. With most music and video now streaming off the Internet, and today’s WiFi requirements, AVD facilitates a robust network in the home with its in-house experts. AVD approaches clients with a keen sense of understanding to provide technology that is reliable and easy to use. Brad places the highest priority on customer care, with a concierge approach that enables clients to rely on immediate, personal, and outstanding service to make their life simpler. AVD provides a complete turnkey operation that includes all low-voltage wiring, design, all components, programming, installation, and 24/7 service for one point of responsibility and accountability.

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Utilitarian. Bucky Fuller’s Geodesic Dome. We’ve been fighting complexity for so long, but home technology is finally reaching the stage where it is transparent. I want it to be simple in my house and I want the same for my clients. What do you collect? Twentieth-century American prints by John Taylor Arms and the Japanese printmaker Tanaka Ryohei. I buy and sell fine wine. And on a lighter side, I have collected Pez dispensers and glass telephone pole insulators since I was ten years old.

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Audio Video Design 383 University Ave Westwood, MA 02090 (617) 965-4600

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C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.

In the summer of 1958, C.H. Newton bought 30 acres of land around a pond in Falmouth, Massachusetts, with the intent of building an enclave of high-quality custom homes. More than 50 years later, his legacy continues with C.H. Newton Builders. Family owned for four generations, CHN has become synonymous with unparalleled construction and professionalism in New England. Their fine homes are innovative and display high-quality building materials and outstanding craftsmanship, as customization is at the heart of every project. As CHN enters its next 50 years, we look forward to turning new building visions into habitable realities, and servicing heirlooms from the company’s beginning by the next generation of builders.

Who are your great professional influences? Donald McKay, a Canadianborn American who designed, built, and sailed ships in the 1800s. C.H. Newton is a direct descendant of his. Not only do we share a bloodline, but we also share a passion for using the highest level of building products and construction methods to achieve awardwinning results. McKay is historically known for setting record-breaking speeds on the high seas, particularly with his most famous ship he built, Flying Cloud. This extreme clipper held the sailing record for the fastest voyage from New York to San Francisco for more than 100 years, one of his most inspirational achievements How do you describe your style? The best word would be versatile. We work with some of the best architects, landscape architects, and interior designers from all over the world, and they all bring their own vision to every project. It is our job to bring those visions to life. Our clients know we have the experience and skill to build their home exactly how they envision it. From ultra-modern to traditional, transitional to historical renovation, we have more than 50 years of experience in every style. What is your proudest moment to date? As a family-owned, fourthgeneration custom homebuilder, our proudest moment to date was celebrating fifty years of business in 2008. It is amazing to us that we are able to tell new clients, colleagues, and friends that we still maintain the heirlooms we built more than fifty years ago.

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Danit Ben-Ari, owner of Interior Transformations, loves her clients’ experience when they engage in the design process. Inevitably they emerge with more pleasure and confidence in their new-found ability to express themselves and to see things differently. Danit’s expertise and passion for design, combined with the client’s desire for beautiful and functional space, result in wonderfully unique and harmonious homes. Danit brings an artistic sense of movement, grace, and expression from three decades of performance in ballet, modern jazz, and theater; from her extensive travels, she offers inspiration drawn from a variety of cultural design vernaculars. A deep listening ability and respect for each client rounds it all out.


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What is your favorite city? I adore traveling, and it’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I recently traveled to Marrakesh and was utterly fascinated. Here, the ancient is woven seamlessly and thrillingly with the modern. Walking down crowded, narrow, dirty streets and opening a door to find vaulted rooms with the most contemporary decor, interpreted with a North African vibe—so cool! How do you describe your style? Funky elegance: a drop of the unexpected and a sense of celebration. Perhaps it’s a reflection of my dance and theater background combined with my natural enthusiasm for life and people. It’s always nice to create space that lifts people up and makes them feel special. Elegance without formality. What was your proudest moment? I recently worked with a newly divorced father of four who needed to fill an empty house in a way that might inspire his children to want to be there. An important task to be sure. This was the first home he’d truly had a voice in designing, and he was surprised and excited to learn that his own aesthetic departed significantly from any home he’d ever lived in. This realization opened him up in other ways and led to exciting self discovery in several areas of his life. It reflected the best of what interior design can be—and is why I call my business Interior Transformations.

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Gregorian Rugs, Inc.

Scott Gregorian, the third generation of THE Gregorian family to lead Gregorian Rugs, continues the family tradition of providing world-class Oriental rugs to homes throughout New England and beyond. In line with today’s design aesthetics, the company has added new collections of transitional and contemporary designs to stay on top of the changing tastes in New England. Arthur Gregorian founded the company on the idea that a quality Oriental rug is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. A well-chosen rug will be a delight for years to come. At Gregorian Rugs, we believe there are three elements to that great rug—design, color, and quality. Our job is to listen carefully to your needs and desires, and provide you with a selection of rugs from which to choose. Our 80 years of experience give you the confidence to make your selection.

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? We believe strongly that your reaction to a rug is the most important aspect of choosing a rug. How much you like a rug, or any other design element, will determine how happy you will be months down the line. After all, ten years from now, you may not remember how much you paid, but every time you walk into the room, you will know how you feel about the rug. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Eclectic. I have an open-floorplan house, and use strong changes in color and design to designate different areas. I purposely change themes and color from room to room to break up my space. I have a long, open room divided into two areas; on the dining room side, I have a traditional dark antique Oriental rug complementing furniture that my grandfather purchased in China and Asia in the 1960s. On the other side of the room is a very bright space with a light-colored rug and delicate furniture. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY? It is a draw between Isfahan, Iran, and Rome, and for very similar reasons. They are incredible examples of how the very old and the very new can coexist in harmony, and the energy that is generated by that tension. I sense the same energy when I see a clean, modern room with a traditional rug on the floor. It is one of the things I love about being from New England—blending the old and the new in interesting ways.

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Heather Vaughan Design What inspires your work? I’m happy to say I am never at a loss for inspiration. Nature, travel, and trade shows are a never-ending source of the new, now, and next. My greatest source of inspiration is my clients. Each person, family, and home is as individual as a fingerprint, deserving of their own unique design, tailored completely to their needs.

At Heather Vaughan Design, we collaborate with clients to create spaces they long to return to: homes that comfort, restore, and reflect the individuality and soul of the owner. Never settling for ordinary, we strive to design extraordinary spaces that are inspired by the people who inhabit them. We specialize in the sophisticated layering of materials and finishes, pattern and texture combinations, the artful use of color, as well as an ability to design and create one-ofa-kind elements. “Bespoke Design” is our specialty. We excel at creating custom furniture, lighting, wall coverings, and fabrics, and we collaborate with a diverse group of artisans and trade professionals to design homes that are personal and in sync with our clients’ lifestyle and needs.

What motivates you? I love the transformative power of interior design. A successful collaboration will not only change the way a home looks, but it will also change how the homeowners feel about it. A well-designed dressing room or kitchen can ease morning stress, so the day can begin on a much brighter note. Striving for a happy client is our best motivation. What are the emerging trends in your industry? I attend all the major furniture and accessory shows, allowing me to forecast emerging trends. Some of the trends I spotted at the 2015 Spring High Point Market were a return to glamour and elegance with the use of Lucite, agates, and luxurious fabrics. Warm-toned metals such as brass and brushed gold were shown everywhere, from cabinet hardware to lighting and furniture. Blush pink is the color of the season!

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Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

From a very young age, Kristen Rivoli has had a passion for design. She brings that passion to each new project and shares that enthusiasm with her clients. She enjoys the collaboration, discussing her ideas for a new design, and drawing out her clients’ vision, goals, and personal style. Kristen’s love of the fashion and art worlds continues to influence her designs, bringing a fresh and unique inspiration to every project, whether residential, hospitality, or commercial. Kristen’s discerning eye brings together striking, modern refinement and enduring traditional details to showcase each space in a way that reflects not only her style sense, but also the client’s vision. Kristen sets the tone for her clients to enjoy the design process and maintains the attitude that design is fun and stress-free, always keeping the priorities of the client in the forefront.

What is your favorite city? That’s a tough one because each place brings its own unique influences. If I had to focus on one, I’d say Paris. I love Paris for the amazing, diverse museums; I could spend weeks and weeks just trying to get through all of them. Paris also has incredible flea markets that are unrivaled. The way Parisians live is an art itself: they always look “dressed,” they care about the craft of how food is created, and their energy toward the arts is amazing.... WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? My design philosophy is to be open to everything, because you never know where you’re going to find your inspiration. I love collaborating with other professionals because everyone—the architect, the builder, the client—brings such different aspects to the project. You have to bring your ideas to the table but be ready to change direction if something else comes along that presents itself as a better direction. Leave your ego at the door. What motivates you? If someone calls me because they are ready to dive into a design project, I’m completely motivated to bring them the best design that I possibly can. The best part is getting to know the client and what they’re looking for in terms of goals. Every project is unique, and every client wants something different; no two projects are the same, which is exciting and motivating. I love a good challenge.

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Kristen Rivoli Interior Design 540 Main Street, Suite 2 Winchester, MA 01890 (781) 729-0405

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Landscape Depot

What inspires your work? Creating an environment for our staff to be part of a winning culture. Watching people grow and contribute to the team in an impactful way is very rewarding. What was your proudest moment? The most satisfying feeling in my life is to see the development and success of my three beautiful daughters. All of them have surpassed my wildest expectations; I am a lucky man.

The formula at Landscape Depot is simple: “Take care of the customer, community, and employees and you will be compensated fairly in every way,” says John Mullen. Mullen has been quietly building Landscape Depot into MetroWest’s premier resource for contractors, designers, homeowners, architects, and builders. “I try to find the best and brightest in the industry to be on my team,” he says. “Our people need to be a resource in many areas. They consult on a wide array of scenarios, ranging from a mulch recommendation to an onsite design meeting with builders and architects. We are currently building a state-of-the-art design center to help our customers envision their dreams and make informed decisions along the way. With more than half an acre of outdoor display area, Landscape Depot is perfectly suited to help translate your vision into reality.” Mullen is especially proud of the relationships his company has forged over the years with key contractors, designers, and architects, so his staff can always recommend expert resources.

Who are your greatest professional influences? One of the people who influenced me the most was Steve Jobs. My vision for Landscape Depot is to continue to create a company that pushes the limits in bringing new processes, products, and technology to our industry that translate into a world-class experience for our customers. That can’t be replicated by any of our competitors, because our people share my vision and execute it with passion, caring, and excellence.

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Landscape Depot 57 1/2 Dilla Street Milford, MA 01757 (508) 366-9400

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Mayer + Associates Tyra Pacheco

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Good design is problem solving done beautifully. The challenge is defining the right problem. Ultimately it comes down to helping the client discover what they love and how they want to live in their home. WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? Hats—75 and counting. Pocket squares, shoes, socks, cufflinks. And china, and silver—pretty much anything to set the table for a big long dinner party. And friends—the one thing you can never have too many of.

michael j. lee

mayer + associates is an architecture and design firm founded on trust and integrity and the belief that it is through personal relationships that we find truly creative solutions. We know that asking the right questions is the single most important step in finding the right answer. We work with our clients to help them discover their own vision. It is our job to both inspire and be inspired by them and together to discover the possibilities. Our clients understand the value good design brings to any project. We work together to find extraordinary solutions to ordinary problems. We get to do this together with respect and passion and talent. It is a process where we discover as much about each other as we do about the project. As one client says, “Alan’s designs are more than elegant lines representing some idealized notion of architecture. They are the product of a creative relationship that builds spaces for real people.”

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? There is style and there is Style. We are just as comfortable with Greek Revival as we are with midcentury modern— as long as they are done well and true. But we do everything with Style! There is an understanding of flow and light and material and detail that infuses all our projects and makes each one unique. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE WITHIN YOUR HOME? The dining room. Very little makes me happier than having 10 or 12 or 18 friends and family over for a big dinner. We have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate, and what better way to do so than surrounded by good friends, good food, and good wine! DO YOU HAVE A COVETED ITEM? I have many coveted items. I am an expert at coveting! Most of my coveted items have some link to someone important in my life. And over the years I have been fortunate enough to acquire a few objects that are coveted by others.

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Mayer + Associates 1647 Beacon Street, Suite 1 Waban, MA 02468 (617) 566-7222

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Patrick Ahearn, FAIA Who are your great professional influences? The architect Royal Barry Wills produced some of the best residential architecture in the twentieth century in terms of scale and romance.


The HGTV dream house is based on one of the of small cottages that were built as a place for fishing or hunting out in the Katama Plain, Martha’s Vineyard.

With more than 42 years of experience, Patrick Ahearn, FAIA, is renowned for his mastery of historically motivated architecture. Dedicated to seamless architectural design, Patrick’s firm responds to the needs of today’s lifestyles through classic, timeless forms, while considering the surroundings, existing structures, and client wishes. With offices in both historic Back Bay in Boston and on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, his volume of finely crafted and detailed residential work spans a multitude of classic architectural styles from city town houses to island homes. Patrick excels at projects including master planning, new construction, historic renovation, and restoration. Patrick and his team have an educated and well-versed knowledge of classical architecture, and every project, regardless of the size, is designed with the utmost care and detail from inception through construction.

What is your dream collaboration? My dream collaboration is working with a landscape architect who understands the scale of the building and the scale of the spaces between the buildings. What inspires your work? My work is inspired by the history of the past, while looking to the future and how people want to live today. What is your favorite space within your home? I love my carriage house, which is my place to get away to and tinker with my cars. It makes me happy.

This magnificent “car barn” is set on a large plot with a cobblestone grass strip driveway.

*HGTV, HGTV Dream Home Giveaway, and their associated logos are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Photos © 2014 Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved.

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Boston Office 160 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02116 (617) 266-1710 Martha’s Vineyard Office Nevin Square, 17 Winter St. Edgartown, MA 02539 (508) 939-9312

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Peter Vanderwarker

Durston Saylor

Paul Weber Architect

Dorothy Greco

I believe that every successful project is built on good relationships. For me, the process is always a unique balance of collaboration and coordination, poetry and pragmatism, empathy and esthetics—and knowing when to lean in, and, more importantly, when to listen. Our firm offers a full scope of architectural and master planning services in an established, diverse, and design-oriented practice. Working in a variety of styles, we seek to realize the vision of each client’s program with creative solutions appropriate to context, climate, and budget. Our extensive experience with residential and commercial projects in coastal zones enables us overcome challenges and maximize the opportunities each site offers. We ensure that each client’s vision is respected and appreciated, and we work every step of the way to help our clients understand and participate in the decisions that direct and define their desired outcome.

What is your favorite city? My favorite city is Stockholm. It has a richness and range of heritage and architectural styles packed into an urban environment, situated on the water. There are beautiful spots in the city with clear water clean enough for swimming and fishing. To see people walking through the streets on their way for a swim wearing bathrobes and clogs and carrying beach gear is oddly wonderful. I particularly enjoy sailing through the archipelago of 30,000 islands that offer a geography with amazing diversity in character, terrain, and architectural styles. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE WITHIN YOUR HOME? The living room is my favorite space, and I consider it the symbolic center of our home. I used “Pewabic” tiles for the fireplace surround that my family salvaged from a house in Ann Arbor, my hometown. My grandfather and great grandfather were both architects in Detroit and were instrumental in founding the studio where these tiles are still made. They used them in many of their public buildings in downtown Detroit. They are a treasured piece of the historic fabric of our house, and they connect me to my ancestors, whom I never knew. What is your design philosophy? Every project is unique to its site, context, regional climate, and character. We develop solutions that are rooted in traditional forms yet accommodate today’s lifestyles. We strive to enrich the lives of those who occupy the building we design.

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Thomas J. O’Neill Who are your great professional influences? My customers, it’s been like a college education to learn from some of the entrepreneurs I have worked with. What was your proudest moment? My proudest moment was being chosen as citizen of the year by my community.

Waterfront residence, Mashpee, MA

Thomas J. O’Neill has been creating custom, detailed, coastal homes for 23 years. Tom started his design/ build business, based in Mashpee, on Cape Cod, in 1992, and has gained clients and a sparkling reputation along the way. Every new project brought on a new service, as the business evolved to accommodate customers’ needs. He has created a base of loyal customers, some of whom have been with him since the very beginning. Tom is involved every step of the way, from permitting, design, and landscaping, to furnishing, interior design, and maintaining; he has distinguished himself by providing all of these services in-house. Tom listens to his clients and executes their visions; he can turn a client’s idle thoughts into a beautiful home. He has often been called the Cape Cod “Property Brother” by his customers, as he helps them, through his real estate business, to find houses that can be renovated into dream homes. Known for his accessibility, he is always working, whether he is on the jobsite overseeing projects or in his office where his best ideas begin.

What is your favorite space within your home? In our home in Miami I love to be outside as much as possible on the patio. I get my best ideas while I am outside entertaining with friends and family.

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o’neill real estate

custom seaside homes

exceptional cape cod luxury

We make you ready forInc. summer. Thomas J. O’Neill, 26 Bates Road Mashpee, MA 02649 (508) 477-5600

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Venegas and Company We began this studio with the Designer and homeowner experience in mind. It was very important to create a showroom that was original, thought provoking, and inspiring, yet comfortable and unintimidating. To ensure that we provide a boutiquestyle experience for each client, we aim to “keep it simple” and maintain our focus on constant product development, project execution, and client experience. Our clients are the talented interior designers, architects, and builders of New England that see the value of collaboration and having a specialist as part of the design team. Because our focus is specific, we ensure that the latest, most innovative, and unique solutions are applied and that no detail is missed. Today we are nearly seven years young. With the loyalty of our clients, Venegas and Company is thriving and more eager than ever to continue contributing to the rich design landscape of New England!

What are your favorite design sources? The work we do with our primary cabinet maker, Premier Custom Built contributes immensely to the quality of our designs. They enable us to design and build anything for our clients. Complex hardware solutions, unusual wood veneers, or combinations of styles and finishes not yet seen—this is their wheelhouse. How do you describe your style? As designers, our aesthetic is constantly evolving, but I have observed that essential principals prevail in my design approach. The space, whatever it may be—a kitchen, library, a butler panty—it fits cohesively and fluidly into the greater envelope. The materials are edited, colors and textures are balanced and elegant and the space serves the client’s lifestyle. What motivates you? By far the most rewarding experience is the cultivation of the Venegas Team. Today we are a team of five interior designers. There is an incredible synergy in the studio each day. We respect and play off one another. The greatest compliment a client can give me is that they admire a member of my team.

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Venegas and Company One Design Center Place, Suite 620 Boston, MA 02210 (617) 439-8800

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Jim Youngblood WHAT IS YOUR Favorite city? I’m a Massachusetts kid but San Francisco was my home for nearly 15 years. It’s just an outrageously beautiful place both naturally and architecturally. But it’s way too many T stops from Fenway Park. Describe your style? Direct, but with a sense of humor. I also think it’s critical that a custom builder be both a meticulous planner and an accomplished improviser. So I would add: tactical, with a twist.

Architects and designers search for the perfect expression of their clients’ tastes, meshing the art of their profession with the reality of how those homes will be used. Clients, while excited by this process, find themselves in an unfamiliar world, navigating new conversations in new languages. Youngblood Builders specializes in one-of-a-kind projects that challenge and engage everyone from client to architect to designer to craftsmen and subcontractors. The first step in decoding a complex process is to bring clarity and simplicity—so we simplify. We know that a well-informed client makes the best decisions—so we inform. We interpret and clarify. We administer and we advocate. We build an integrated team that delivers craftsmanship and effective communication, then we execute beautifully, balancing artistry, transparent documentation and commitment to our workmanship. I take enormous personal pride in our completed projects and high professional and ethical standards. I thrive on building strong, trusting relationships that become partnerships with our clients and our network of building and design professionals.

What motivates you? I never want to hear from an architect or subcontractor or client that someone else builds a better house that we do. I want my clients to want their friends to call us first. What do you collect? Guitars and boomerangs and I’m still pretty handy with both. But these days I focus more on coaching my three boys’ sports teams. So I guess I also collect those thank you gift cards at the end of each sports season.

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Youngblood Builders, Inc. 60 Austin Street, Suite 305 Newton, MA 02460 M. (978) 201-9332 T. (617) 964-9900

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Vu Design

What are your favorite design sources? We like to use elements from various sources for each project. Whenever possible we like to support our local craftsmen and use one-of-a-kind or repurposed items. To reflect the client’s personality we mix our pieces with products from some of our major vendors as well as a variety of great fabrics from around the world. What is your design philosophy? We strive to combine functionality and beauty to create a livable space.

Vu Design is a full-service Interior Design firm with a 4,000-square-foot retail/showroom space in Hyannis. Vu offers upholstery and case goods from major furniture houses, unique one of a kind pieces, an extensive fabric library, rugs, lighting, and unusual accessories. This allows the designers to offer their clients a vast range of options, without having to travel to the Boston Design Center. The scope of our design projects range from small residential to large-scale commercial properties. This might entail repurposing a single room, or starting on the ground floor with architects and contractors. Our design projects span from Cape Cod and the islands to Boston and New York. We are an enthusiastic team of four designers who have an expansive range of skills and experience that pairs well with various clients’ personalities and styles. We attack each project with passion, commitment, and professionalism. Our goal is to always create the perfect design that captures the client’s lifestyle.

What inspires your work? We take our inspirational lead from our individual clients. Our goal is to truly capture the client’s lifestyle in the design. We listen to their ideas and find that one piece of art, rug, or family treasure that inspires us to create the space that expresses their personality. How do you describe your style? Our style combines clean lines, texture, and color with the home’s architectural elements. We give our clients casual elegance that allows them to both entertain and put their feet up.

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Clockwise From left: Lisa Kinerson , Kristen Terrio, Sandy Tobins, and David Shinn

Vu Design 33 Bassett Lane Hyannis, MA 02601 (774) 470-1363

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Photography by Michael J. Lee

Adams + Beasley Associates

What is your favorite city? San Francisco is a beautiful place. Every time I visit, I am hard-pressed to leave to return to wintry New England. What is your design philosophy? My design philosophy could be distilled into three simple foci: symmetries, precedents, and statements. In the remodeling context, this threefold structure acts like a trifocal lens through which to consider any design impulse or idea.

Remodeling is, in essence, a collaboration. Teamwork is critical on many levels to realize a successful design project. A strong team and an inclusive process invariably return the best results and the most beautifully stunning homes. The fundamental role of the design team (client, designer, builder) is to tease out the optimal use of a given space for the client’s needs and a cohesive concept for the transformation. The concept is honed through the group effort, and ultimately becomes aligned with the client’s programmatic needs and stylistic preferences. Each project is like a riddle, most successfully and elegantly solved by a group of talented design professionals (aka creative problem solvers!) sifting through Angus Beasley all of the good ideas to find the right ideas. This organic, collaborative process organically draws out the hidden gems and opportunities within any given space and, when honored, routinely realizes superior results… specific, customized, and singular transformations of space.

What is your most coveted item? My Japanese marking knives (right and left handed)— still the most ergonomic and accurate in the craftsman’s bag (although I’m sure many of my carpenters would roundly disagree!)


669 Bedford Rd Carlisle, MA 01741 (908) 247-0248

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Fleurdelis Landscape Design

As owner of Fleurdelis Landscape Design Cheryl McLaughlin has had more than 17 years of experience both designing gardens and working with plants. She strives to create gardens that correspond to the client’s personality, lifestyle, and home architecture, while maintaining a sensitivity to the environment. A garden should evolve, grow, and change from season to season and year to year. After all, the land changes and so do our own personal likes, needs, and expectations. As it evolves, it becomes an integral part of your home and an inviting extension of your living space. McLaughlin’s goal is to create landscapes that blend past, present, and future. She takes her inspiration from Cheryl A. McLaughlin the surrounding environment and marries that beauty to the needs and desires of the client to ultimately create a landscape that is sustainable and will endure. McLaughlin believes that a successful garden is one that engages the senses and elicits a response and personal experience, while also providing creative solutions to the client’s wishes.

What do you Collect? It is very hard to select a favorite plant, but I would have to say viburnums and hostas. Viburnums are so versatile, I use them in almost all of my master plans. They have attractive foliage, lovely spring flowers, and many boast colorful fruit and stunning fall foliage. They are also beneficial to wildlife and appealing to birds. Hostas have attractive foliage and growth habits and are extremely varied in their height, color, and sizes, and are extremely cold hardy. Many offer scented flowers, and each year they return bigger and better. What is Your Favorite Space? My own gardens, especially my shade garden. It is also what gives me inspiration to try new things. It is not a planned-out landscape; it is forever a work in progress. I am always trying new plants, digging and dividing, moving, adding. It provides me with a place of peace and quiet; a place to reflect and absorb nature, which is what inspires me in my work. What is Your Style ? I like to think I am naturally organized. I create gardens that are journeys, with rooms flowing from one space to another.

Fleurdelis Landscape Design 20 Liberty Hill Drive Blackstone, MA 01504 (774) 306-2035

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J. Todd Galleries

Who are your great professional influences?? Malcolm Rogers, former director of the Museum of Fine Arts. He is so engaging and disarming yet very professional. I learned a lot from him—most important: be open to new ideas. What design period do you find most engaging? I don’t have any favorite design period. Every design, like art, has it’s own uniqueness that I gravitate to. For example, it’s good to mix contemporary with traditional. JTodd_New_England_Home_3_30_15_V1.qxp__ 3/30/15 12:08 PM Page 1

For more than 30 years our gallery has helped provide artwork for individuals, designers, restaurants and corporations, and we are just getting started. Whether our clients’ tastes are traditional, transitional, or contemporary our gallery has fostered great relationships with numerous artists over the years. These relationships ensure we have the best collection of paintings in the region in a variety of styles and subject matters. We also boast the largest selection of custom framing options and an experienced team with extensive design experience. In my experience working with the Peabody Essex Museum and the MFA prior to taking over the gallery, I have seen firsthand the benefit of connecting Mona Kumar people to the arts community. In addition to always being on the lookout for new artists to represent, we are also focusing our attention on having more speaking engagements and artist openings to bring in the public.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY? Boston. I grew up and was educated on three different continents, and Boston would be my favorite city. I’ve lived here for more than 20 years. It has a European feel, full of history and culture. It’s international, yet very homey. What was your proudest moment? When I bought J. Todd Galleries. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming. In addition I am very proud of my team members: Brian, curator, and Jessica, framing specialist. Both are art history graduates from impressive institutions.

Contemporary, Traditional or Transitional The premier artwork source for: • The Boston • The Boston Concept Home Home of Distinction

• The New • The Boston England Design Design Home Hall of Fame


J. Todd Galleries “Serving New England’s Collectors & Designers since 1980”.

572 Washington Street Wellesley, MA 02482 781-237-3434 (781) 237-3434

572 Washington Street, Wellesley Square

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Rosado & Sons, Inc. What was your proudest moment? My personal proudest moment came after watching my son throughout the years at my company. He developed such a strong work ethic and appreciation for hard work. He was always tackling the hardest jobs and it enabled him to be prepared when he joined the Marine Corps. What is your favorite space within your home? Absolutely the four-season porch: it is the place I go to unwind and reflect. This space relaxes me and gives me an unspoiled view of my landscape.

Working throughout New England, Rosado and Sons, Inc., provides unparalleled service for all your outdoor living needs. We’ve earned our reputation by providing quality customer service and focusing on client satisfaction for more than 30 years, while demonstrating exquisite workmanship for each unique project. We skillfully design and install landscapes that integrate both hardscape and softscape elements, creating an outdoor atmosphere perfect for relaxing and entertaining. We specialize in outdoor kitchens and sitting areas, pool and patio designs, shrub and tree installation, custom outdoor lighting, irrigation and water management programs, water features, seasonal colorscapes, and maintenance. Another unique division Tony Rosado of Rosado & Sons is our ability to install custom decks and four-season porches. Let Rosado create an environment that translates your vision into a reality.

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

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© Shelly Harrison Photography

Slocum Hall Design Group

What is your design philosophy? Our design style is driven by the client, the specific home, and the goals of the project, not a single aesthetic. We focus on collaboration, communication, and approachability. What inspires your work? We inspire each other. David plans beautiful spaces; Leah’s approach is more practical. Together, we create visually appealing spaces that function well for the homeowner walking in with groceries and kids in tow.

A beautiful house that brings a homeowner’s dream into reality is built on big ideas and details, hundreds of them. As architects, we are visionaries, capturing the client’s inferences and influences, and at the same time we are the overseers of these details. We listen, then we design, drawing the spaces to combine aesthetics, flow, and utility with beautiful materials, colors and historical references. Details, drawings, measurements, and materials are our instruments, but we create a home through teamwork. As partners, Leah Cohen Lamkin and David Boronkay former classmates, and longtime friends, we blend our backgrounds (David’s in high-end residential design; Leah’s in managing large-scale commercial projects), creating homes both beautiful and functional. Together, we transform traditional architecture into thoughtfully designed homes well suited to modern living.

What is your dream collaboration? Collaborating with Frederick Law Olmsted to design a home that maximizes the relationship between the interior space and the landscape on which it is sited.

Slocum Hall Design Group 74 Barnard Avenue Watertown MA 02472 (617) 744-6399

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In addition to ever-changing water views, the home’s breath­ taking location captures vistas of the Adirondack Mountains to the west. “It was thrilling to be on this site and a privilege to work on such a special house,” says designer Milford Cushman.

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Exquisite craftsmanship and casual, yet polished, decor make a Vermont house as special as its glorious lakefront location.

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he California-based owners hadn’t anticipated purchasing a retreat in Vermont, particularly one on the tip of a peninsula that points, like the toe of a swimmer testing the water, into majestic Lake Champlain. It was a phone call from dear friends—pals they’d spent many a happy hour visiting on the very same peninsula—that changed everything. “Out of nowhere, they rang to tell us the property next to theirs was available,” remembers Jon Ralph. He and his wife, Patty Gibson, already loved the Vergennes area. They had family in the state whom they yearned to be more involved with and two children who attended a Vermont college. In addition, the tree-studded land was spectacular, with an old camp (the region’s term for a summer haven) and a boathouse poised right at the water’s edge. The purchase, all agreed, made perfect sense. As luck would have it, though, a year later the lake experienced one of the worst floods in 150 years and the structures were swamped. Once again, the couple faced an unforeseen decision: remodel, or erect new buildings in tune with twentyfirst-century living. The couple opted for the latter, recruiting Cushman Design Group, in nearby Stowe. They pictured a well-crafted, comfortable camp with a simple barn-like look. “We wanted the carefree, ABOVE: A sky-blue ceiling reinforces the dining area’s connection summer cottage feel to the outdoors. RIGHT: The but in a fully functional, summery blue of the Moroccan year-round package,” says tile backsplash was the starting point for the kitchen’s design. The Ralph. “Cushman helped coffered ceiling is an illustration us develop and crystallize of the home’s high-quality craftsour vision.” manship. FACING PAGE: Milford Cushman designed the two-tiered Keep in mind, all this chandelier made of antique mason had to be accomplished jars that hangs from the living on a tight, sensitive room’s soaring ceiling. july–august 2015  New England Home 101

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site in accordance with local ordinances and within the footprints of the preexisting buildings. It was a tall, painstaking order, but builder Peter Welch and designer Milford Cushman, along with project manager Chad Forcier, were spurred on, not stymied, by the challenges. Up rose two handsome structures—an open-plan main house and a multipurpose boathouse—linked (as yesterday’s buildings had been) The home’s handsome stonework speaks by a breezeway. Clad in cedar to the rocky shore and helps connect the shingles and topped with house to its surroundings. Cedar shingles and copper roofs further harmonize with nature. copper roofs, the structures FACING PAGE: The generous screened porch, harmonize with nature. “The a favorite spot for dining, also holds sitting colors blend with the trees areas, a fireplace, and a built-in grill.

and shoreline and will continue to get better as they age,” explains Welch. The sunlit main house holds the connected kitchen, living, and dining spaces along with the master suite. There’s also a heavenly screened porch with a fireplace. In fact, the owners have everything they need on the first floor. When the kids arrive, they claim bedrooms on the second level. Cinematic views unfold in several directions wherever you are. The boathouse is what Cushman calls, “the spot where you can hang out in a wet bathing suit.” There’s a bath, a laundry, a Ping-Pong table, and a wood stove to take the chill off. There’s also a sleeping loft where, if the nearby guest cottage is full, kids can crash for

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Project Team

Milford Cushman and Chad Forcier, Cushman Design Group Interior design: Monica Conroy Bodell, MCID General Contractor: Peter Welch, P J Welch Corporation Architectural and landscape design:

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Clad in cedar shingles and topped with copper roofs, the structures harmonize with nature. “The colors blend with the trees and shoreline and will continue to get better as they age,” says Welch.

the night. As intended, the interior looks barn-like with its exposed framing, but in reality it’s a completely finished, winterized space. Built to withstand the elements, both structures exceed the state’s high standards for energy efficiency. Of course, the decor had to complement the architecture, and Manhattan Beach, California, interior designer Monica Conroy Bodell knew the couple’s tastes better than anyone. Bodell had worked with

the owners before and is also a trusted friend. Still, she is quick to insist that the home’s appeal really stems from Gibson, who from the beginning knew what direction they should take. “Patty wanted a clean but not modern aesthetic,” Bodell says. The focus was on the home’s high-quality craftsmanship, which, according to the designer and her clients, is what every Vermonter who worked on the house brought to bear. From millwork to masonry,

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“everyone took care in the execution, and it shows,” agrees Ralph. Using Gibson’s inspiration file as their jumping-off point, the designer and her clients selected for the kitchen’s backsplash a hand-glazed Moroccan tile in a rich blue that evokes the summer sky. Equally blue ceilings in the kitchen and dining area brilliantly define the spaces, showcasing the changes in ceiling heights and drawing attention to the architectural detailing.

A sturdy new dock with steel railings furthers the homeowners’ bond with the lake and often welcomes friends who arrive by boat. Its low-key utilitarian look ties in with the home’s shingles and copper roof, too. “All these materials will organically do what they do. We’re looking forward to it,” says owner Jon Ralph.

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The boathouse is “the spot where you can hang out in a wet bathing suit,” says Cushman. The color blue flows throughout the house, in fabrics, rugs, paintings (Gibson discovered the beguiling cow that hangs above the fireplace), and even in the lighting. Much to everyone’s delight, Cushman volunteered to design the home’s fixtures and delivered two remarkable indoor creations. “I imagined lighting the living space with something a little transparent that would speak to the airy quality of the vertical room,” he says. “Something with a little sparkle.” The tony two-tiered chandelier he devised of antique blue mason jars does just that. The dining area’s stunning fixture (another of his designs, this one forged from two fifty-gallon drums cut vertically to expand the dimensions) is also dramatic. “It’s a bit of a surprise,” Cushman admits modestly. In the couple’s sleeping TOP, LEFT: The boathouse wears classic darkquarters, Schumacher’s green trim. TOP, RIGHT: Kayaks are left on the French-blue toile wallpaper beach for impromptu voyages. FACING PAGE: is the unexpected element. Timber and stick framing gives the boathouse its barn-like look and feel. The reproduction “It was an afterthought,” trunk serving as a coffee table references the says Gibson. “The room sort ofl luggage summer people toted to the needed some pizzazz and I lake in days of old.

love wallpaper.” Indeed, the pretty pattern’s contrast with the rusticity of the outdoors steps up interest and enhances the feeling of refuge. Creamy-hued roman shades, another unanticipated note of lakeside elegance, provide nighttime privacy and cozy up the nest when temperatures plunge and the lake ices over. For the younger crowd, the boathouse, with its array of bright colors, is the most popular destination. There’s plenty of seating to go around and all of it—playful Union Jack chairs by Timothy Oulton included—is long-wearing. Doors open wide, linking the fun space to the surroundings without sacrificing any comfort-giving amenities. Thanks to the forgiving cement floor, however, cars or boats can park here, too. It’s a lesson in smart planning and foresight, but then that could be said of this entire project. Ever mindful of the glorious setting, the sensitive owners and their talented team have forged a beautiful, family-accommodating home. Like the great camps of a century ago, it does the lake proud. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 180. july–august 2015  New England Home 107

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Classic and contemporary perform a graceful pas de deux in a Martha’s Vineyard home.

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In a corner of the great room, punches of black and white prove that opposites do, indeed, attract. The minimalist bar cabinet, black lacquered game table, and bold, graphic art fit the homeowners’ request that designer John Stefanon keep things simple, but statementmaking. FACING PAGE: The grand staircase provides drama in the foyer.

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he call came from out of the blue. Boston interior designer John Stefanon remembers the conversation well. “The woman told me that she and her husband were building on Martha’s Vineyard and she’d seen my work. She told me that flow, how we move through spaces, was very important to her.” She was a dancer, and, as it happened, Stefanon’s two daughters had just started ballet. The connection was swift and spiritual, he says; they talked for an hour and a half.

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The powder room fairly glows, thanks to the tortoise-shell glass wall tiles, a Romanesque-inspired vanity with white Carrara top, and spunglass vessel sink. FACING PAGE, TOP: Classical touches, such as the chandelier and demilune in a hallway, abound. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Details like the eyebrow dormer and curved balcony add extra interest to the elegant facade.

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The kitchen island can serve as a second dining table or as a buffet. The modern lines of the cabinetry, shelving, lighting, and hardware complement the rustic elements found in the wood beams and textured ceramic floors. FACING PAGE: The kitchen opens to the dining room, where slipcovered chairs soften a streamlined glass-topped table.

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It marked the beginning of a lively collaboration that would include architect Brian Goodridge of Thor Design Studio in Bristol, Rhode Island, and builder Jeff Capello of Concept Building in Wayland, ­Massachusetts. “There were lots of passionate decision makers involved in the project,” says Capello, and they debated every detail, “from recessed lighting to tile, glass, and handrails.” The wife says she’s forever grateful to the team for “endlessly accommodating our wishes, and finding a way to put all our requests into place. They all so generously went above and beyond to tweak and tweak until we got it right!” The couple, parents of three grown sons, had been coming to the island for years and reasoned it was time to build. They were very exacting, and the design process took nearly two years. The couple knew precisely what they didn’t want, says the wife. “I wanted it to be modern, not like every other blue-and-white beachy home with overstuffed white furniture,” she remembers with a laugh.

“I wanted surprises! I wanted light and air. I wanted it to be happy, relaxing, private, sophisticated—even sexy,” says the owner. Things had to be just so; the entire home was designed according to the principles of feng shui. It had to feel good and, yes, it had to flow. “I wanted something that looked like me,” she says. “I wanted surprises! I wanted light and air. I wanted it to be happy, relaxing, private, sophisticated— even sexy.” In many ways the home is iconic Martha’s Vineyard, with its white cedar shingles, a cedar roof, copper standing seam eaves, and accent roofs. But once you step inside, says builder Capello, “you are blown away by the most comfortably hip interior you have ever experienced.” Stefanon calls the 7,400-square-foot home—with its four bedrooms, six and a half baths, media room, game room, and yoga studio—both classic and classijuly–august 2015  New England Home 113

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Balconies and French doors are plentiful throughout the house, giving the owners easy access between indoors and out. Gregory Lombardi’s landscaping plan unifies the pool and sitting and dining areas, creating an outdoor living room.

Project Team

Brian Goodridge, Thor Studios Interior design: John Stefanon, JFS Design Studio Builder: Jeff Capello, Concept Building Landscape Architecture: Gregory Lombardi Design Architecture:

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cal, and unmistakably modern. It sits on a secluded lot among native scrub pines in historic Edgartown. “Although not on the water, the site really is spectacular. But it was a bit challenging in that it was pie shaped,” says Goodridge. He positioned the home deep into the site, which allowed for a progression along a meandering driveway that leads up to the front door. There’s that flow again. Lovely trees frame an elegant facade with a large eyebrow dormer that draws the eye toward the entrance porch and through the home. “From there to the multiple private balconies and decks, the home successfully dissolves the barrier between the interior and exterior,” Goodridge says. A porte cochere leads to the ample backyard, where the pool and a 500-square-foot pool house offer plenty of space and options for relaxing or entertaining.

“It feels likes each room melts and naturally moves into another brilliantly. There’s plenty of room for me to dance through it, which I do!”

The floor plan is classical, says designer Stefanon, with its two-story foyer, gracious winding staircase, and galleries on both levels that connect the two sides of the house. The master suite, with private outside shower and courtyard, sits to the right, while the kitchen, dining area, den, and other public spaces are located to the left. There’s a guest lounge with an arched opening on the second floor, along with three bedrooms for guests. A game room and a connector to the yoga studio sit above the garage. The upper hallway overlooks the great room. There’s stately symmetry throughout, including many intentional scenes and sightlines. The home is large, but it doesn’t feel that way. “The rooms are intimate, but there’s a thousand square feet of hallway space intertwined,” says the wife. “It feels likes each room melts and naturally moves into another brilliantly. There’s plenty of room for me to dance through it, which I do!” Stefanon recalls having to nudge her a little at times. “We always had to give her a reminder of the modern. Even if some ideas were off base, at least we were showing how modern can be different. We got

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Casual comfort is key in the separate lounge close by the guest bedrooms. The overstuffed upholstery and game table provide a retreat within a retreat. FACING PAGE: The great room’s sitting area balances light, texture, color, and function.

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It’s possible to mix luxury and fun, as in this modern minimalist guest room, where bold stripes contrast with the pencilthin lines of the wrought-iron bed. FACING PAGE, LEFT: The first-floor master suite opens to a private courtyard. FACING PAGE, RIGHT: The master bath is awash in calming white.

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her closer to that uneasy edge,” he says. Like many people, Stefanon says, his client was drawn to antiques. With their history as objects lovingly used in the past, antiques do add warmth to a room, he acknowledges, but he wanted the homeowner to understand, that she could “make her own history” with new pieces. As to colors, they stayed with neutrals, but as the designer pointed out, that doesn’t mean dull. “Neutrals can provide texture,” he says. Although clear, even the bubble chandelier above the dining table provides color as it reflects and refracts light from objects around the room. The wife chose comfortable, contemporary furnishings with no hard edges. Slipcovered chairs soften the glass-topped dining table. Classical forms, such as a traditional demilune at the end of a hall, and an urn-like base on the entry table, sit easily next to streamlined benches and lighting. The homeowners opted for some surprisingly modern art, and even

acquiesced when Stefanon suggested they paint giant black-and-white stripes on the walls of one of the guest rooms. The kitchen, as is so often the case, is the heart of this home. “Functionality was very important to the homeowners,” says Stefanon. “Convenience was too, so it’s open to the dining room, which is a little more formal than you might expect.” The custom cabinets are of “heirloom quality,” says the builder—modern, but not stark. Large conelike pendants hang over a wide island. The room is accessible from multiple points inside and out, by the wife’s passionate directive. “Everything we did, it really came from her,” says Stefanon, referring to his simpatico client. “Like fashion, good design is always about what looks good on you. After all, you’re going to be in the space. Everything we did here looks great on her.” She agrees. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 180. july–august 2015  New England Home 119

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Ocean Breezy A thoughtful renovation gives a charming 1930s cottage on the Rhode Island coast a fresh, airy new look.

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Architect George Penniman moved the ­cottage back from the water’s edge and added a wing at a 90-degree angle. The revamped home has all the understated charm of the original, keeping the focus on the vast ocean views.

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The architect added the roof over the front door, but kept most details, like the round window, that were part of the original design. FACING PAGE, TOP: A powder room was expunged in favor of a window seat with a view. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The homeowners’ rugs, art, and objects from their travels come together beautifully with the palette and furniture interior designer Nancy Taylor selected.

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n a respectful renovation, the bones of a house inspire, rather than conspire against, the architect. In the case of this coastal Rhode Island home, the quality of the original architecture was a clear plus in turning the quiet 1930s cottage into the waterfront refuge it is now. ¶ Sheltered on the front and one side by a thicket of native bayberry, arrowwood, and shadbush, the house lies almost hidden from the road.

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And, as the only dwelling in the neighborhood that’s positioned on the water side of the street, it offers views of white-capped waves and craggy rocks from just about every window. The new owners saw both the original charm and the vast potential of the old cottage, and turned to a group of talented professionals who would be sensitive to both house and site.

The couple were hardly new to the renovation process; this is the twenty-third project they’ve undertaken together. “We really enjoy taking old buildings with issues and renovating them to make them more modern in their amenities, practical in their layouts, and historically correct,” says the husband. Architect George Penniman, who had collaborated

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: What better spot to greet the

day than the morning room, with its east-facing water view? Nooks and crannies were put to good use, like this space under a stairway that became a wet bar. Original pine woodwork was swapped out for statement-making Australian cypress.

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BELOW: The kitchen received a new, modern look with a l­ayout designed to accommodate two cooks. RIGHT: The Australian cypress extends to the second floor, where its character stands out in the door to an upstairs bedroom. FACING PAGE: Nailhead-trimmed armchairs make a cozy pairing in front of the master bedroom’s marble fireplace.

with the couple on a previous project, agreed with his clients’ assessment of the cottage. “We were really able to save the original house in its scale and character and to create a series of elegant spaces within it,” he says. Penniman moved the house fifteen feet back from the water, giving it a new foundation and rotating it slightly to increase the already substantial views. Working with builder Stephen Morgan, he created a new wing that connects to the house at a 90-degree angle. The addition, which holds a mudroom, sitting room, studio area, garage, and a second-floor guest room, helps to create a courtyard in front of the house. “Steve was so good about working with the existing structure,” says Penniman. “He understands the way older houses are built. It’s not a reproduction. He worked with existing architecture to look authentic.” A narrow drive defines the approach to the house

and meanders toward a raised-bed vegetable garden before entering the courtyard. Landscape architect Anne Penniman approached the site with as much care as her architect husband. “Preservation of the house was so important to us,” she says. In placing the pool, for example, Anne chose a spot behind the new garage. Sheltered by the thicket, as well as by blueberry bushes and other shrubs, the area made a perfect spot. “It has a great view, but it’s also protected,” she says. “We wanted to protect the privacy and sanctity of the house.” She protected the view, too. Instead of a cumbersome fence, she employed an ancient technique called a ha-ha wall. “Around the elevation of the pool, we sank a trough and retaining wall four feet into the ground,” she explains. “It’s a way of keeping the pastoral view with an invisible wall.” George added a number of small exterior updates to the house, creating a canopy over the front door, tweaking the roofline over one of the downstairs rooms, and expanding the breezeways that wrap around the house. “I really just riffed on the original Project Team

George Penniman, George Penniman Architects Interior design: Nancy Taylor, Taylor Interior Design Landscape design: Anne Penniman, Anne Penniman Associates Builder: Stephen D. Morgan, Housewright Architecture:

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“We buyathings we encounter “There’s wonderful quality in our travels that have artistic to everything in the house, merit,” says the husband. but it doesn’t scream “Wefor areattention,” looking for good eye Taylor. candy.” says

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RIGHT: The soothing palette of the master bedroom mirrors the seascape colors outside. BELOW: Cedar walls, floor, and ceiling give a guest bath a Zen-like tranquility. FACING PAGE: A swooping dressing table in the master bedroom curves around the round window, original to the home.

exterior details,” he says. “It was about the desire to design with restraint and to enhance an existing environment.” Inside, the architect massaged the floor plan into a more livable space, while interior designer Nancy Taylor wove a cohesive look throughout the home. She began by adding wainscoting and trim of Australian cypress, and switching out existing interior doors with new ones of Australian cypress. “The original house had been trimmed with pine,” Taylor says. “The Australian cypress is very dense, much harder than pine. It makes such a strong statement. We left it in a natural finish. It’s just fitting for a home at the shore. It’s a material that is durable and conveys warmth and casualness.” The homeowners already had a cherished collection of favorite furnishings, accessories, and art they wanted to keep. “Concerning our crazy furnishings, we are constantly looking for wonderful eye candy, be it in ceramics, textiles, paintings or photography, sculpture, or furniture,” says the husband. “We buy things we encounter in our travels that have intrinsic artistic merit—in our taste—with no concern about whether they will blend in well with the rest of the decor. Usually we buy without concern for where the piece will go. Good pieces always relate well together,

even if all are very different from each other.” Taylor adeptly created a monochromatic theme, employing neutral colors and emphasizing texture more than pattern. In the living room, where ocean views fill the windows, a pair of custom sofas covered in a white fabric with a basket-weave texture face one another on a richly colored rug of midnight blues and beiges. In the adjacent morning room, a smaller sitting area that faces the rising sun, clean-lined white wingback chairs in a cream-colored fabric are paired with a crewel-patterned sofa and a richly detailed antique rug. Soft sheers filter the light streaming through the windows. Taylor relished the challenge of devising a plan that incorporated the homeowners’ finds. “The wife has exquisite taste and brought her own personality to the project, and the husband selected antique rugs, photography, and art,” she says. “It was such collaboration. Their contributions made it a better project.” Throughout the house, architect and designer introduced unique elements. George carved out spaces such as window seats, which Taylor filled with sumptuous linens july–august 2015  New England Home 129

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Surfers are a common sight from the porches that extend off the kitchen. BELOW: Landscape architect Anne Penniman designed the infinity-edge pool so it would not need fencing around it. Grasses add a wall of privacy. FACING PAGE: Stone details around a gate connect the pool area to the waterfront.

and pillows. An area under the stairs just off the dining room became a crystal-filled bar. “There were hints of nooks and crannies that we elaborated on,” says George. “The quirkiness is what makes it special.” The SieMatic-designed kitchen is a chef’s dream, with granite counters and butcher-block accents. From the kitchen, double doors open onto a screened porch with another dining area and an endless view. Upstairs, George expanded the master bedroom to include a dressing room and a sitting area with a fireplace. A small balcony catches the morning light. Simple linens, a rag rug, and bold art above the

fireplace make it a cozy retreat. “There’s a wonderful quality to everything in the house, but it doesn’t scream for attention” says Taylor. George sums things up this way: “The best projects are always the result of a thorough collaboration. In this case, it was between very engaged owners, architect, landscape architect, interior designer, builder, and craftspeople.” Starting with good bones and a memorable view doesn’t hurt either. Scaling back, keeping it simple, and honoring past good work is sometimes all it takes. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 180.

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“It was about the desire to design with restraint and to enhance an exciting environment,” says George.

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Five Questions

with individual rooms and galleries so that designers and their clients can get a true feel for how the pieces we show might translate into the space they are designing—and especially to give them a sense of scale, which is the most important component in the process.

How do you see New England design fitting into the wider world of design?

Boston has truly become an international city in every way. I am very excited about the immense building boom going on here, especially in the South End, South Boston, Seaport, and Downtown Crossing neighborhoods. This growth also brings people from many cultures all over the world, with all the diversity of their design needs. I feel that we are so much better equipped now to answer all those needs because of our constant curiosity for expanding our design knowledge. New England’s designers are a well-traveled and savvy lot, and are hungry for fresh products and new ideas.

What are the most exciting new product lines you’ve picked up recently?

Dan Cutrona

Cumming, a fabric company in New York. Ronald convinced me that I should open a showroom at the Boston Design Center. I was working with all the same design rules as before—playing with shapes in space—but I loved the transition into three dimensions.

The showroom business is always fluid, what with lines coming and going and always trying for the perfect balance of product—European, American, classic, contemporary, furniture, lighting, fabrics, accessories—while also trying to maintain varied price points in all of these categories. That said, we have just taken on an amazing textured grasspaper and vinyl wallcovering line, called Innovations, that is a knockout. Also a very opulent fabric and trim line called Décor de Paris, and JAB Anstoetz, another fabric line. Coming this fall will be an amazing decorative wallcovering line, sold by the panel, that is the most beautiful, unusual thing of its kind that I have seen in a long time.

David Webster discusses the journey from graphic designer to his current post at the helm of one of the Boston Design Center’s cornerstone showrooms.

The Webster & Company showroom has been a mainstay for New England’s designers since 1991. What brought you into the interiors trade?

Very simply. . . the desktop computer. I had a graphic design studio in Boston for twenty-three years, mostly designing, buying art for, and assembling typeset mechanicals for hundreds of pages of elementary and high school textbooks. It was very hands-on in those days. But computer-generated design was not where I wanted to be, so I decided it was time to try a different creative path. A good friend of mine, Ronald Grimaldi, owned Rose

How would you define the “design space” you have staked out in the market?

We carry very high-end, high-quality merchandise running the gamut from opulent traditional products to the best contemporary furniture, lighting, art, and sculpture. Our showroom is set up

Where do you see our region’s design world heading?

Oh, how I wish I could predict that! We need always to keep our eye on the future while looking lovingly at the past: a great mantra for all things in life—and especially design. interview by kyle hoepner

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What I’m Looking At Zoe and James Zilian, owners of Farmhouse Pottery, find inspiration in what they see every day.

“The beauty of an old barn with its simple architectural lines and authentic patina is always comforting, in our book. This one is not far from our home and we pass by it often. We draw inspiration from its look and texture, as well as its heritage.”

“The coast is a direct influence on our work; our stoneware mimics the sand in its natural beauty. We often go to Briggs Beach in Little Compton, Rhode Island, where we collect rocks to set around our retail store to remind us of the look and feel of the beach.”

“We’re really into white. We like to spend time in clean, simple spaces that don’t distract with clutter or color. The main reason we use our artisanal white glaze is because it celebrates the simplicity and the form of our pieces.”

“The boundlessly creative way our daughters, 5-year-old Ava and 7-year-old Mia, look at the world inspires us every day. We try to channel that mind-set with playfulness in our work. We enjoy using our pieces at home. The girls each have their own cereal bowl and they love pouring their own juice.” Farmhouse Pottery, Woodstock, Vermont, (802) 774-8373, 140 New eNglaNd Home July–august 2015

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2. At ten feet deep, the porch is perfectly calibrated to provide useful space without blocking too much light. French doors allow easy access from the house’s living room.

3. The juxtaposition of white columns and trim with black wall sconces and furniture produces another pleasing contrast.

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6. The massive granite step is a foundation stone salvaged from an old building on the nearby Dartmouth College campus.

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f you, as a design professional, were designing your own life, what might it look like as you approach your fifties, sixties, or seventies? Even if you’re just out of design school, and you’ve found a week off this summer, a few moments may be dedicated to ­scenarios for the future. Might you picture yourself strolling on some New ­ England shore years from now, amused by the hitherthither of the sandpipers and your own reflections on a wonderful career? Or, would you choose to keep working in your field, while maybe cutting back? Or will it be time to try something completely new? One could walk all the beaches of Cape Cod, the coast of Maine, and even take a turn around Lake Winnipesaukee without arriving at the answer to what constitutes the well-designed life. Quitting altogether in favor of grandchildren may be attractive, but giving up

on the connections and creativity of the design world could be a deal-breaker. As Bob Grossman of Wolfers Lighting confessed at a recent IFDA/New England Home cocktail party at the ­Wolfers showroom in Brighton, Massachusetts, contemplating retirement is tough for him—especially now, as design, lighting technology, and the economy have combined to create the perfect wave. What’s more, if you’re a designer, architect, builder, vendor, artist, or craftsperson who has dedicated your life to instilling timelessness in everything you touch, is there any real cutoff point that doesn’t seem totally arbitrary? Timelessness, after all, is a virtue that can follow generation after generation, quite literally. William Hodgins once remarked, as he approached the conventional retirement age, “When you’ve done the houses of the parents and their children, and now the children of those children want help, I can’t see turning them away.” Perhaps the well-designed life is one in which there’s space and time to contemplate what it all means—space as tranquil as New England’s shores along cape, coast, and lake. /// Public art might be seen as a meta-

phorical shore that offers the chance to contemplate the trajectory of one’s life. In that spirit, we rose to the seventh floor of Mass Art for a discussion entitled “Public by Design” sponsored by the Fenway Alliance and IFDA in conjunction with last spring’s Design Dewart Week. Panelist Murray Dewart of the Boston Sculpture Group remarked on how Augustus SaintGaudens’s bronze bas-relief of Civil War colonel Robert Gould Shaw leading the 54th Regiment of African-Americans spoke to him at an early age, awakening a passion to do public art. He also mentioned Robert Lowell’s 1960 poem For the Union Dead, about the unstoppable march of progress and its impact on Boston’s noble past.

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contemplating our next chapter, we do know we want the design field to flourish, no matter our role in it. Designer Haydel Eric Haydel, the incoming president of ASID/NE, considers mentorship a key goal in ensuring that design in New England not only survives but thrives. “We can’t just sit back and say to emerging professionals, ‘Well, you just have to earn your stripes,’” Haydel says. “While celebrating the accomplishments of established professionals is a good thing, we need to focus on developing a platform for people coming along.”

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decisions is one shift in the field. So are issues such as aging in place, healthy design, and sustainable design. With so many emerging challenges to address, it’s hard to imagine a design professional feeling anything but energized. One can picture how tempting it would be to keep working till the sands of time run out for real. On the other hand, if there is one thing that can get people to retire early, it’s working in a state of constant contentiousness. “The build community and the design community don’t always play nice together,” says Charlie Allen of the design-build firm Charlie Allen Renovations, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Allen avoids stress by involving professionals



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beach, we can skip them to represent every option. How much will we miss engaging with clients if we retire? How much will we miss our hard-won skills, unless we take on some mentoring or volunteer work? And, if we are just starting out, how important to the well-designed life is making a lasting imprint, a unique statement, via the creation of public art, the authoring of a book, or helping to redefine the idea of home itself? Or is a well-designed life more about a series of relationships configured of small, but significant gestures, constellations of design inspirations and implementations, and a profound connecting to all things built and all things human? Either way, success is imminent. •

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been around since 2007, but it has generated plenty of buzz throughout New England for the variety and quality of its exhibitors and their offerings. Those who go to this year’s show are in for a special treat—an exhibition of Revolutionary War– era artifacts, many from New England, called Liberty Forever: Treasures from the Museum of the American Revolution. The museum is under construction and due to open in Philadelphia in 2017, but it has already amassed an impressive collection of artifacts, artwork, and manuscripts that tell the story of America’s birth. For information about the Newport Antiques Show, see our Calendar, page 158.

» The Ailanthus showroom, in the Boston Design Center, has undergone a makeover, thanks to the styling talents of Eduardo Lizarraga, former owner of Furn & Co. The layout of the space has been rearranged into sections that focus on each manufacturer, and are styled to show off the products in their best light. One side of the showroom, for instance, holds the Bausman & Company boutique, an area divided into rooms—a library, a sitting room, a dining room, and so on—giving designers and their clients the chance to see how elements work together. Another section features outdoor furniture, while another area focuses on what’s new from Hickory Chair.

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not only achieve success in business, but also create a corporate culture that leads to high employee satisfaction. This year’s winning companies will be honored at a June 18 gala at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston.

» Until recently, homeowners who wanted to use a product from GerrityStone had to buy through the company’s network of dealers. That’s changed, now that the Woburn, Massachusetts, company has opened its showroom to the public. Recognizing that today’s homeowners like to take a more hands-on approach even when they are working with a designer or contractor, CEO Jim Gerrity says opening the showroom for “factory-direct” buying represents a broadening of options for people who want to remodel their kitchens or baths.

» We already knew that Van Millwork is outstanding when it comes to designing and crafting beautiful interior molding. Turns out they’re also champs at marketing. The company recently won an award from ProSales magazine, a national trade publication for the building industry, for a video it created to show off its Needham, Massachusetts, showroom. The video won the magazine’s only 2015 Excellence Award for advertising. ProSales editor Craig Webb presented John Van with the award during Boston Design Week.

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The design community came out of hibernation after a long winter to gather at New England Home’s spring networking event at Arhaus in Burlington, Massachusetts. The store provided a beautiful backdrop for connecting with colleagues, and there was plenty of shopping and chatting. Delicious food from Capers Catering and music by Keep it Simple helped set a festive mood.











(1) The Arhaus showroom (2) Marilyn MacLeod of Lee Design, Bill Morton of Back Bay Shutter Company, New England Home’s Kim Sansoucy, and Nancy Sorenson of Back Bay Shutter Company (3) Marie Chaput, Ed Cavallo, and Charlene Frechette from Thread (4) Ray Bachand of 60nobscot, Linda and Rick Harris of RT Harris Custom Builders, and Kathie Chrisicos of Chrisicos Interiors (5) New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner with Tim Connors of JW Construction (6) Jayne Kallas of Window Imagination with New England Home’s David Simone (7) Skye Kirby Westcott of Arhaus (8) Keep it Simple rocks the “haus” (9) Michael D’Angelo of Michael D’Angelo Landscape Architect, New England Home’s Jill Korff, Alan Mayer and Scott Buquor of Mayer + Associates (10) Ruth Pappas of Newton Kitchens and Design, Claire Federman of Sewfine Drapery Workroom, and Pierre Matta of Newton Kitchens & Design (11) Kathy

Michalski of Arhaus, Donna Revens of If Walls Could Talk, and Jennifer Koehler of Jennifer J. Koehler Design (12) Beth McDougal and Lisa Howe of McDougal Architects

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Design professionals got to savor a little taste of Spain at the Porcelanosa showroom in the Boston Design Center. The team from Porcelanosa shared their design and renova­ tion advice, and introduced the company’s latest tile, kitchen, and bath products for spring 2015. Guests enjoyed cocktails and tapas while checking out the recently revitalized s­ howroom.


For Showroom’s tenth anniversary, owner Doug Gates fêted Boston’s top designers, architects, and clients, as well as many close friends. Guests were treated to champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and music from DJ Richie LaDue. The shop carries luxury contemporary furnishings.


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first annual Spring into Design Gala. With a theme of sustainability, the fund­ raising party had all the bells and whistles without the waste. Potted plants replaced flowers, people held onto and reused their wine glasses, and there were even on-the-spot compost and recycling bins. Guests went home know­ ing they had supported a great Boston institution, while treading lightly on the e­ nvironment.

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(1) Christine Ardero, Scott Jansen, Bill Trifone, Krista Osgood, and Beth Lassner (2) Lysa Wilkins and Thom Laub (3) Shari Pellows, John Trifone, and Holly Miller (4) Guests enjoying the festivities (5) Michael Collins, Bob Williams, Mitchell Gold, Steve Levinsky, and Tim LePain (6) Gregory Sweeney and New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton (7) D. Scott Bell, Susan Schaub, and Andrew Terrat

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Dover Rug & Home and ASID New England presented “The Art of the Weave,” at Dover’s Boston showroom, as part of ArtWeek Boston. Dover’s Mahmud and Hasan Jafri and interior designer Jill Janasiewicz of Eric M. Haydel Design gave guests an up-close look at the art of traditional rug making.




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Tour ten of Rockport’s most beautiful private gardens along the Massachusetts coast from Pigeon Cove to the South End of Rockport. The tour book includes a map showing the locations of twelve public gardens designed and managed by the Rockport Garden Club. $25. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Rockport, Mass., ­ Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail Through September 20

The best of Maine art from museums across the state comes together under one roof in this exhibit highlighting Maine’s rich artistic history. The state’s importance in the American art scene continues to grow as the state gains status as a mecca for galleries, studios, and art museums. From Winslow Homer to N. C. Wyeth to Alex Katz, the exhibit studies Maine’s profound artistic legacy. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, (207) 775-6148, Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association Through August 2

This exhibit features Alvin Boyarsky’s collection of architectural drawings, acquired when he was chairman of the Architectural Association in London (1971–1990). The collection features drawings from some of the most prominent architects of our time, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Shin Takamatsu, and others. Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, (401) 454-6500,

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Mark your calendar for the renowned Brimfield (Massachusetts) Antique Show. Considered one of the best and biggest antique and flea markets in the country, this show features more than 6,000 dealers selling everything from vintage bric-a-brac to fine antiques. Show hours and admission vary depending on field and venue location. Sandwich Private Garden Tour July 15 (rain date July 17)

Take a self-guided stroll through the beautiful private gardens of Sandwich. Visit the Green Briar Nature Center for refreshments following the tour. $15. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Green Briar Nature Center, East Sandwich, Mass., (508) 8886870, Nantucket Summer Kitchen Tour July 16

The 2015 tour will feature historic homes on Liberty Street. A stop along the way offers light refreshments at a private garden on Main Street. $50. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-1387, Small Friends Art and Artisan Show July 16–19

This annual tour explores the breathtaking scenery and artwork surrounding Newfane, Vermont. Begin your tour at the Old South Newfane Schoolhouse, and then hit the road for a self-guided tour that takes you to the studios of fourteen world-class artists. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (802) 348-7865, Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Secret Garden Tour July 19

Enjoy a day exploring some of Province­ town’s most beautiful gardens. After the tour, you can enjoy a visit to the museum, as admission is included in the price of the garden tour. $30. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Mass., (508) 487-1750, Seventh Annual Nantucket Garden Festival July 22–23

Sustainability and conservation will be the focus of this year’s Nantucket Garden Festival, which encompasses a variety of events including garden tours, workshops, and family activities. Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-0427, ­ Newport Antiques Show July 24–26

Whether you are a serious collector or a casual enthusiast, the annual Newport Antiques Show is a must-see event. The show launches with a gala preview party on Thursday, July 23, and continues throughout the weekend. $15 per person;

Nantucket Historical Association Antiques and Design Show July 30–August 4 Browse the collections of some of the nation’s top antiques and art dealers at the annual Nantucket Antiques and Design Show. The event kicks off with a Designer Luncheon featuring Steven Gambrel as keynote speaker, and Courtesy Nantucket Historical Association lectures and parties are planned throughout the event. Luncheon July 30, 11:30 a.m., Great Harbor Yacht Club; opening night party July 31, 6:30 p.m.; show August 1–3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and August 4, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Bartlett’s Farm, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-1894, for ticket information

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The annual show represents the best of Vermont antiques and dealers. $8. July 26, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; July 27, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Union Arena Community Center, Woodstock, Vt., Martha’s Vineyard Museum: Appraisal Day with Skinner July 31

Have you ever wondered about the value of your prized family heirlooms? Let the experts from Skinner appraise them. Items may then be consigned for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the museum. Appraisal of one item $15; three items $45. Reservations required. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Morgan Learning Center at the Mayhew Schoolhouse, Edgartown, (508) 627-4441, x119,

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More than 350 New Hampshire craftspeople will display their work at this popular fair. Almost every type of medium is represented, including furniture, glass, pottery, prints, and woodcarvings, along with daily dem-

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onstrations and workshops for all ages. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H., (603) 224-3375, Collecting: Passion or Obsession August 5

Farnsworth Museum chief curator Michael K. Komanecky will lead a panel discussion with three art collectors, who will discuss how they got interested in collecting and lessons learned along the way, and share their personal reflections on what it means to have formed a collection. The talk is being given in conjunction with the Maine Collects exhibition. $7 members, $10 non-members. 5:30 p.m. Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, (207) 5966457, August Fête August 6

This annual event celebrating the rich history of Nantucket architecture features homes in the island’s West End and Madaket areas. After the tour, enjoy an evening under a tent with sweeping water views. The reception will feature a silent auction, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a raw bar. 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Check website for pricing. Nantucket, (508) 228-1387, 30th Annual Pops by the Sea August 9

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Enjoy a lively evening of music by the beloved Boston Pops. Concert-goers have several seating options, including VIP tables, festival seating, or space on the lawn. Proceeds from the concert go to the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. 5 p.m.–7 p.m.; gates open at 1 p.m.; check website for pricing and details. Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis, (508) 362-0066,


Open Doors of York August 12–13

Visit eight homes and gardens along Lindsay Road, one of York, Maine’s most beautiful neighborhoods. There are two areas for parking where you can catch a trolley that takes you to all the homes featured on the tour. $35 in advance, $40 days of tour. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (207) 3631756, 22nd Annual Antiques Show at the Osterville Historical Museum August 13

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5. Devilishly Handsome Named after the perennially cool Jack Nicholson, the Jack Bar by Charlotte Barnes is a chic spot for storing cocktail essentials. Charles Spada, Boston Design Center, (617) 204-9270,

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2. An Artful Hand Terracotta tile, like this Maidenhair tile from the Redbank Collection at Waterworks, will give your kitchen backsplash artisanal flair. Waterworks, Boston Design Center, (617) 951-2496,

3. Ahead of the Curve The curvaceous silhouette of the Hug Chaise from Jessica Charles will have you reclining in comfort and style. Pierce Furniture, Scarborough, Maine, (207) 883-1530, ­

4. French Folly Oh là là! Christian Lacroix’s new collection for Designers Guild is bursting with lush colors, extravagant patterns, and sumptuous textures. Osborne & Little, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-2927,

5. Multifaceted Gemlike shapes and geometry inspired the light-as-air Gem table by Debra Folz. Room 68, Provincetown, Mass., (774) 538-6470,

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garage with underground mechanical rooms housing a generator and batteries. At the same time, they had plans approved for a six-bedroom home and barn—if the cottage should ever feel just a little too tight. A creative example of adaptive reuse, the structure was formerly known as the Tuckernuck Humane House. It was the island’s original lifesaving station, warning mariners of the dangerous shoals in the area.


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Down on the Farm Calling it “picture perfect” doesn’t really do justice to this home, a Gilded Age estate in pristine condition on eighty acres in the heart of the Berkshires, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Designed in the Second Empire style, its provenance merits mention: it ROOMS: 21 was built as a summer 11 BEDROOMS cottage in 1870 by 8 FULL BATHS 2 HALF BATHS Charles Southmayd, a 10,971 SQ. FT. prominent New York $11,500,000 City lawyer, on land that was once owned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A total restoration of the mansard-roofed mansion has been completed. The formal rooms were refreshed in period style, while the westfacing kitchen/family wing was rebuilt to suit family living today. The casual rooms are adorned with trims and finishes that

Let’s say you love Nantucket but feel summers there can sometimes be too social; you’re someone who can’t get far enough from the madding crowd. Your getaway needs are simple: sun, sea, and shelter (if necessary). If you also like the idea of small-scale living—at least some of the time—then read ROOMS: 5 1 BEDROOM on. Surely one of the 1 FULL BATH most unusual proper1,280 SQ. FT. ties we’ve shown here, $1,850,000

this beach cottage sits on six acres in Tuckernuck, a private 900-acre island west of Nantucket. But this is no shanty. Remodeled with a passion in 2010, the circa-1850 house is just twenty by forty feet, but it offers every imaginable comfort of home. This is a wee, very well-appointed home. On the main level: living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen (with Sub-Zero fridge and Wolf stove), mudroom, and full bath. The loft space is large enough for a queen-size bed, which comes with the house, by the way, as do all of the furnishings, many of them antiques. With an eye toward self-sufficiency, the homeowners also built a fifteen-by-twenty-foot


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Niantic, Laconia, New Cape Niantic, CT CT Laconia, NH NH NewLondon, London,CT CT CapeCod/Truro, Cod/Truro,MA MA $4,475,000 MLS#E281144 $3,900,000 $3,100,000 I IMLS#21410795 (Cape Cod)II East Orleans, MA $4,495,000 Newton Centre, MA$3,300,000 $3,500,000I IMLS#E10017546 CT $3,395,000 $4,475,000 MLS#E281144 $3,900,000 II MLS#4364885 MLS#4364885 $3,300,000 MLS#E10017546New Canaan, $3,100,000 MLS#21410795 Edward Hillyer, Steven Team, Edward Hillyer, Ray Charest, 774.722.3587 MLS#21502139, Nikki Carter, 508.410.0558 MB Associates, 617.818.2447 MLS#99094424,Regi van der Heyden, 203.644.5025 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424 860.235.3424 Steven Gray Gray MLS#71819401, Team, 603.387.2488 603.387.2488 Edward Hillyer,860.235.3424 860.235.3424 Ray Charest, 774.722.3587

New Dover, Old Clinton, New Canaan, Canaan, CT CT Dover, MA MA OldLyme, Lyme,CT CT Clinton,CT CT Ridgefield, CT $3,395,000 $2,250,000 I MLS#71689646 Washington, CT $2,200,000 $3,250,000 I MLS#M9149303 (Bay Village)$1,990,000 Boston, MAI MLS#E279237 $2,995,000 II MLS#99059969 $2,995,000 MLS#99059969 $2,250,000 I MLS#71689646 $2,200,000 I MLS#M9149303 $1,990,000 I $2,975,000 MLS#E279237 MLS#99100918, David Everson Group, 203.246.7150 MLS#99032435, Stacey Matthews, The Residential Group, 617.756.2560 Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790 Barbara 508.380.3831 Jennifer Gurnell, Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424 Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790 Barbara Miller, Miller, 508.380.3831 Jennifer860.868.0511 Gurnell,860.227.1212 860.227.1212 Edward Hillyer, 860.235.3424

Marblehead, MA Wellesley, Union, Cape Cod/Mashpee, Marblehead, MA $2,625,000 Wellesley, MA MA Union,CT CT Cape Cod/Mashpee,MA MA Hingham, MA Farmington, CT $2,600,000 Newton, MA $2,499,000 $1,895,000 I MLS#71771982 $1,895,000 I MLS#71767309 $1,800,000 I IMLS#E278475 $1,750,000 I IMLS#21405064 $1,895,000 I MLS#71771982 $1,895,000 I MLS#71767309 $1,800,000 MLS#E278475 $1,750,000 MLS#21405064 MLS#71818046, Valerie Tocchio, 781.706.7080 MLS#G10029910, Lisa Sweeney, 860.558.7606 MLS#71823172, MB Associates, 617.818.2447 Steven Stephanie Lora Marianella Steven White, White, 781.690.6433 781.690.6433 Stephanie Barber, Barber, 508.314.0398 508.314.0398 LoraMerrill, Merrill,860.705.3120 860.705.3120 MarianellaVan VanEtten, Etten,508.360.4414 508.360.4414

Newton, MA Cape Cod/Eastham, MA Guilford, CT Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA Newton, Cape Cod/Eastham, MA MA $2,349,000 Guilford, CT Cod/Hyannis, MA Hingham,MA MA $2,450,000 Scituate, Lexington,Cape MA $2,175,000 $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 $1,650,000 I MLS#21410399 $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 $1,495,000 I MLS#21408640 $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 $1,650,000 IMLS#71809732, MLS#21410399Sally Marr, $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 $1,495,000 I MLS#21408640 MLS#71819649,Mary Morrison, 781.264.5131 781.820.3752 MLS#71827626, Charla/Kenda Coleman, 617.548.3987 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166

Sherborn, MA $2,095,000 Barnet, VT Weston, MA $1,967,000Plympton, MA (Cape Cod) Provincetown, Barnet, VT Cotuit, MA MA $1,895,000 Sherborn, MA Barnet, VT Plympton, MA Barnet, VT $1,295,000 I MLS#71758745 $875,000 I MLS#4398296 $719,000 I MLS#71778343 $625,000 I MLS#4393830 MLS#21501266, Daniel Neske, 774.994.0084 MLS#71834929, Patrick Doyle, 617.835.9961 MLS#21402932, Rob Tosner, 508.237.2936 $1,295,000 I MLS#71758745 $875,000 I MLS#4398296 $719,000 I MLS#71778343 $625,000 I MLS#4393830 Susan McDonough, 781.235.5000 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505 Renee Hogan, 781.248.7153 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505 Susan McDonough, 781.235.5000 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505 Renee Hogan, 781.248.7153 Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505 Let our family show your family the way home

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New Dover, Old Clinton, New Canaan, Canaan, CT CT Dover, MA MA OldLyme, Lyme,CT CT Clinton,CT CT Sudbury, MA $1,559,000 $2,250,000 I MLS#71689646 Norwell, MA $1,399,900 MA $1,399,000 $2,995,000 II MLS#99059969 $2,200,000 $1,990,000 I IMLS#E279237 $2,995,000 MLS#99059969 $2,250,000 I MLS#71689646 $2,200,000I IMLS#M9149303 MLS#M9149303 Sudbury, $1,990,000 MLS#E279237 MLS#71804329, Jan Pitzi, 508.380.1519 MLS#71820929, Liz McCarron, 617.347.4140 MLS#71807258, Lisa Greene, 978.460.1224 Wendy Brainard, Barbara 508.380.3831 Jennifer Gurnell, Edward Hillyer, Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790 203.253.7790 Barbara Miller, Miller, 508.380.3831 Jennifer Gurnell,860.227.1212 860.227.1212 Edward Hillyer,860.235.3424 860.235.3424

Marblehead, MA Wellesley, MA Union, Cape MA Marblehead, MA $1,329,000 Wellesley, MACod) Orleans, MA $1,299,000 Union,CT CT CapeCod/Mashpee, Cod/Mashpee, MA Sudbury, MA (Cape (Cape Cod)$1,750,000 Mashpee, MA $1,150,000 $1,895,000 I MLS#71771982 $1,895,000 I MLS#71767309 $1,800,000 I IMLS#E278475 I IMLS#21405064 $1,895,000 I MLS#71771982 $1,895,000 I MLS#71767309 $1,800,000 MLS#E278475 $1,750,000 MLS#21405064 MLS#71812925, Jan Pitzi, 508.380.1519 MLS#21409915, Catherine Stevens, 774.722.5059 MLS#71815575, C.Thomas/D.Thayer, 508.364.0252 Steven Stephanie Lora Marianella Steven White, White, 781.690.6433 781.690.6433 Stephanie Barber, Barber, 508.314.0398 508.314.0398 LoraMerrill, Merrill,860.705.3120 860.705.3120 MarianellaVan VanEtten, Etten,508.360.4414 508.360.4414

Newton, MA Cape Cod/Eastham, MA Guilford, CT Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA Newton, MA $1,099,999 Cape Cod/Eastham, MA CT $1,099,000 Guilford, CT Cod/Hyannis, MA Hull, MA Easton, Halifax, Cape MA $1,095,000 $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 $1,650,000 I MLS#21410399 $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 $1,495,000 I MLS#21408640 $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 $1,650,000MLS#99098181, I MLS#21410399 $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 $1,495,000 I MLS#21408640 MLS#71819384, Eileen Cain, 508.254.6865 David Everson, 203.246.7150 MLS#71805792,Marietta Tsinzo, 781.910.9587 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent, new shingle-style home set on 5+ acres offering grand rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, kitchen/family room, deck, custom lower level option and 3-car garage $4,999,000

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Masterfully constructed Contemporary home abutting conservation land featuring custom details, 5 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, mudroom, exceptional outdoor kitchen and 4 plus-car garage. $4,480,000

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Jayne B. Friedberg & Deborah M. Gordon | J. 617.431.4141 | D. 617.974.0404

WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS Stately custom Shingle and Stone home offering 15 rooms, 7 bedrooms, elegant details, grand entertaining spaces, home theatre, stone fireplace, chef’s kitchen, while cellar, and 3-car garage. $4,580,000

CARLISLE, MASSACHUSETTS Historic, 49.3 acre estate set on a pre-revolutionary road offering a 5-bedroom residence, equestrian and livestock facilities, gazebo, restored barn, 2 ponds, and more. $3,180,000

Collin Sullivan | C. 617.529.6622

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BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Lovely 1939 Shingle-Style Colonial home set on 1+ acres overlooking Sargent Pond offering 13 rooms, 5+ bedrooms, solarium, 4 fireplaces, patio, elevator and 2-car garage. $3,900,000

LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite, privately set Shingle-style estate offering pastoral views, 6 bedrooms, mahogany library, chef’s kitchen, bluestone terrace, carriage house with 4-car garages. $3,900,000

Jamie Genser | C. 617.515.5152

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MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Ocean & Island views! Classic turn-of-the century Peach’s Point home with state-of-the-art luxury, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 7 fireplaces, access to dock, beach & moorings. $3,495,000

WOLFEBORO, NEW HAMPSHIRE Renovated 1935 Lake Winnipesaukee home, 13 rooms, 7 bedrooms, wide plank flooring, paneled walls, granite fireplace, cooks kitchen, beamed ceilings, porch, patio and dock. $3,425,000


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NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning South Street 2005 Colonial on rare 3.3 acres. Gourmet kitchen, fabulous open floorplan. 12 Rms., 5 Br., 3.2 Ba. Exercise studio and sports court/rink have wonderful appeal. $2,995,000

ALTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE Stunning Adirondack home set on 1.7+ acres on Lake Winnipesaukee featuring 11 rooms, 6 bedrooms, exposed beams, soaring ceilings, boathouse with deck, cottage, and dock. $2,790,000

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SOUTH NATICK, MASSACHUSETTS “River's Edge” offers superb views of the Charles River with 11 rooms, 16 seat movie theatre & 4-car garage. Minutes to Wellesley center. Additional one acre building lot available. $1,895,000

CENTER HARBOR, NEW HAMPSHIRE Set atop 28 acres overlooking Squam Lake, "Hearthstone" offers a 7,500 sq. ft. residence, large barn, fields, orchard, 12-car carriage house and stunning scenic views. $2,495,000

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Luxurious renovated waterfront home with exceptional finishes throughout. Offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, designer kitchen, wine cellar with glass ceiling. Deck, outdoor kitchen, private dock.

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Grand Stucco estate on 11.48 acres. Many original details: murals, carved paneling, alcoves, covered porch, decks. Also offers 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Includes 2 parcels, building potential.

Hilltop Colonial on 3.83 acres. Offers chef’s kitchen, dining room, fireplaced living/family rooms. Master suite with walk-in/dressing areas. Separate legal 2-bed apartment, 8-bay garage.

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Christine Grammas & Deb Vivian

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Own a piece of Manchester history: the Marsters-Tuck House. Antique Colonial Gambrel offers high ceilings, 8 fireplaces, 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, flexible living space. Also large yard.

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Waterfront custom contemporary with dock, spectacular views, multiple decks, covered porches— everything! Offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces plus chef’s kitchen, office, guest suite.

Custom-built Shingle-style home on 6 acres. Features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, open concept kitchen/dining/ family room. Deck, heated pool house, bonus room in heated 3-car garage.

Fully renovated oceanfront estate. Superb design, craftsmanship, fine details include coffered ceilings, custom built-ins throughout. Direct access to private beach. Premium new systems.

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Jeanne Carpenter

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Oceanfront Shingle-style home on 4 acres. Exceptional architectural features include fireplaced living room with cathedral ceiling, turreted office, fireplaced game room, 3 bedroom suites.

Village gem. Renovated to retain original charm and detail offers hardwood floors, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, stone terrace. Also chef’s granite/stainless kitchen, fireplaced living room, 2-car garage.

Beautifully restored circa 1870 estate with year-round ocean and salt marsh views. Elegant home set on 1.7 professionally landscaped acres with an in-ground heated pool and hot tub.

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Mandy Sheriff

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Lovely Shingle-style 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home on 3.8 acres. Open concept main level with double-sided fireplace, large rooms, 2nd floor Master Suite, media room plus pool, pool house, pond.

Beguiling Cape on 1.84 acres offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, custom improvements/upgraded infrastructure. Custom kitchen, baths, conservatory, wine cellar, luxury Master Suite. Fenced paddock.

Pristine Parson’s Hill Colonial. Updated 5-bed, 4.5-bath home with chef’s kitchen, office/au pair suite, den, 4-season sunroom, fireplaced family room and master suite. Patio, 3-car garage.

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Jamestown-W. Ferry. Unique details & custom woodwork. Beach & apartment. $2,895,000 HISTORIC 1897 COTTAGE

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Jamestown-Lower Shoreby Hill. Jamestown-E. Passage Estates. Jamestown-Village. First floor Jamestown-E. Shore. Water master, updated kitchen, large views, screened porch, studio & Two story stone fireplace, home Four bedrooms, 4 fireplaces, theatre & more. $1,425,000 park-like setting. $1,850,000 nice porches & decks. $719,000 fenced yard & 2 decks. $575,000 Local Expertise. World Class Results.

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Overlooking Cape Cod Bay, in the private association of Bleak House Downs, ocean views, sand dunes, and salt air breezes surround this renovated 5 bedroom home with full guest apartment. Appointed with fine finish details, a gourmet kitchen with 58inch blue AGA stove, and spa room. Patios, pergola, a huge front porch and professional landscaping enhance the outdoor living. Step out your door to the beach for the day and later enjoy spectacular sunsets on the deck overlooking the bay as the boats go by, stroll to Dennis Village for dinner. $4,200,000

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

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BASS RIVER $2,275,000 Beautifully custom built Nantucket style 5 bedroom 5 1/2 bath home with deeded beach & dock rights. Every attention to detail was given to this home, from coffered ceilings to a gourmet kitchen, large master suite with gas fireplace & custom designed bath and separate guest quarters.

BARNSTABLE $2,500,000 Located in the sought after seaside community of Salten Point, this magnificent 5+ br custom built gambrel features picturesque harbor views. Unsurpassed in quality & encompassing 4300+ sq ft of luxury living, this exceptional home has deeded access to Barnstable Harbor.

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HYANNIS $2,590,000 Spectacular new construction on Hyannis Harbor. 3800 sq ft, 2 master suites, gourmet custom kitchen with breakfast nook overlooking the harbor, great room with gas fireplace and custom built-ins. Includes a deep water dock, existing historic boat house, small sandy beach & beautiful views. Barnstable Office


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WEST HARWICH $2,395,000 Captivating ocean views the moment you open the front door. This home has been a landmark; owned by the original family since 1957. Attention to detail & craftsmanship is evident throughout this 3 bedroom 3 bath home. Promenade on a spectacular stretch of white sand beach. Harwich Port Office


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rival the rest throughout the house. A high-performance kitchen featuring soapstone counters and commercial-grade appliances sits at the heart of the wing. The sprawling site includes a glassceilinged conservatory, formal gardens, a hedge maze, a carriage house, pool with cabanas, threebedroom guest cottage, carriage barn, a studio residence with kitchen and bath, and a horsebarn complex. It was Longfellow who “discovered” the property and named it Oxbow Farm. According to Berkshire historian Carole Owens, Longfellow mentioned it in his journal in 1848. “What a lovely place! On three sides shut in by willow and alder hedges and the flowering wall of the river under the soil, marble enough to build a palace. I build many castles in the air,” he wrote.


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This sculptural mountain house, near Stowe, Vermont, was something to behold when it was constructed of native stone in 1982. It was made even more compelling after its present owner, New York architect Stephen Jacobs, designed a contemporary addition, thoughtfully melding old and new. A fieldstone foundation grounds

the home clad in vertical siding and Cotswold-inspired roof shingles. The exterior delights as it twists and turns— around corners, turrets, balconies, and windowed bays. The interiors make use of a multitude of natural materials such as wood, stone, slate, and terracotta. At just a bit more than ROOMS: 11 5,700 square feet, the 4 BEDROOMS 5 FULL BATHS home isn’t vast, but 1 HALF BATH soaring ceilings with 5,728 SQ. FT. exposed rafters and an $1,595,000 open plan make it feel much more spacious. Filled with natural light, the space at the top of the uppermost tower has its own balcony and can serve as a secluded bedroom, although


the current owner uses it as a painting studio. The eleven acres also hold a pool and a tennis court, and the landscape, while manicured, is in keeping with its natural surroundings. The home is located in Sterling Valley, an area sometimes called an enclave of Stowe. Secluded as the house is, it’s just a ten-minute drive from the center of Stowe.



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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes GOOD BONES: SOUNDS OF SILENCE PAGES 46–50 Architect: Will Winkelman, Winkelman Architecture, Portland, Maine, (207) 699-2998, Builder: Nate Holyoke Builders, Bucksport, Maine, (207) 843-6400, nateholyokebuilders. com Landscape architect: Richardson & Associates, Saco, Maine, (207) 286-9291,

OUTSIDE INTEREST PAGES 56–60 Landscape architect: George Pellettieri, Pellettieri Associates, Warner, N.H., (603) 456-3678, Architect: Chris Williams, Christopher P. Williams Architects, Meredith, N.H., (603) 2796513, Builder: David Frost, White House Construction, Guildford, N.H., (603) 528-2282, Nursery: Shin-Boku Nursery, Wentworth, N.H., (603) 764-9993,

CHAMPLAIN TASTES PAGES 98–107 Architectural and landscape designers: Milford Cushman and Chad Forcier (project manager), Cushman, Stowe, Vt., (802) 253-2169, Interior designer: Monica Conroy Bodell, MCID, Manhattan Beach, Calif., (310) 372-6898, Builder: Peter Welch, P J Welch Corp., Vergennes, Vt., (802) 475-2995

Boathouse framing: Timber Creek Post & Beam Company, North Clarendon, Vt., (802) 7756591, Masonry: Panoramic Landscaping & Excavation, Vergennes, Vt., (802) 475-2964, Interior painting: Charles Owens, Innovative Concepts, Richmond, Vt., (802) 355-3843 Windows and doors: Marvin Windows and Doors, Page 100: Sofa and chairs from Kravet, kravet. com; cocktail table from Grange,; light fixture designed by Milford Cushman, Cushman Design Group, fabricated by Conant Metal & Light, Page 101: Dining table by Charles & Charles,; chairs from Fremarc Designs,; light fixture designed by Milford Cushman, fabricated by Conant Metal & Light; kitchen backsplash tile from Mission Stone and Tile,; barstools from JANUS et cie,; cabinetry designed by Cushman Design Group, fabricated by Simpson Cabinetry, Page 103: Wicker dining chairs from JANUS et cie; table from Island Bay Trading Company, Page 106: Sofa and chairs from Kravet; British flag chairs and trunk from Timothy Oulton,; exterior lantern by Milford Cushman, Cushman Design Group; boathouse doors and screen doors designed by Cushman Design Group, fabricated by Stark Mountain Woodworking,; concrete floors by Vermont Eco Floors, vermontecofloors. com. Page 108: Floor from Atlas Concorde,; concrete and glass table designed by JFS Design Studio. Page 109: Area rug by JANUS et Cie,; art from Soicher Marin,, vintage bar console through JFS Design Studio; game table from Lorin Marsh,; chairs from Hickory Chair,, with fabric from Cowtan & Tout,; bamboo bowl from JANUS et Cie. Page 111: Ravenna glass tile through Tile Showcase,; grasscloth wallpaper from Kneedler Fauchère,; Stone Forest vanity through Tile Showcase; mirror from Made Goods,; sconces from Visual Comfort,; Kohler basin and faucets through Ferguson, ferguson. com. Page 110: Chandelier from Noir, noirfurniturela. com; demilune from Modern History,; wall sconces from Sonneman, Page 112: Porcelain tile through Atlas Concorde, cabinets from Cook & Cook Cabinetry; pendant lights from Visual Comfort;

MODERN MOVEMENT PAGES 108–119 Architect: Brian Goodridge, Thor Studios, Bristol, R.I., (401) 254-2222, thorstudiosinc. com Interior designer: John Stefanon, JFS Design Studio, Boston, (617) 282-6299, jfsdesigninc. com Landscape architect: Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 492-2808, Landscape maintenance: Caleb Nicholson, Contemporary Landscapes, Vineyard Haven, Mass., (508) 693-6788, Masonry: Thiago Machado, Infinity Landscape, Edgartown, Mass., (508) 939-4349 Builder: Jeff Capello, Concept Building, Wayland, Mass., (508) 358-2030, Millwork: Horner Millwork, Southboro, Mass., (508) 481-9774, Kitchen design: Cook & Cook Cabinetry, Scarborough, Maine, (207) 885-0767, Pool installation: Island Pools and Spas, Edgartown, Mass., (508) 693-3040,

ceiling beams from Longleaf Lumber, Page 113: Grasscloth from Kneedler Fauchère; chandelier from Oly,; dining table from Hickory Chair; dining chairs from Zentique,; sideboards from Bolier & Company,; sconces from Visual Comfort; artwork from Soicher Marin. Page 116: Area rug from JANUS et Cie; art/ TV concealer over fireplace from Vision Art,; console from Modloft,; branch lamp from Serge de Troyer,; Manuel Canovas pillow fabric from Cowtan & Tout; coffee table from Modern History,; chandelier from Oly; bookcases from Zentique; nesting table from Arteriors,; sconces from Visual Comfort; wood beams from Longleaf Lumber. Page 117: Chandelier from Currey & Co.,; sconces from Ralph Lauren,; hall console from JFS Design Studio; artwork by Marie

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Gomez through Soicher Marin. Page 118: Guest-room bed from Tara Shaw Maison, Page 119: Area rug from JANUS et Cie; bed from Modern History; chandelier from Visual Comfort; side table from Arteriors; chaise from JFS Design Studio.


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OCEAN BREEZY PAGES 120–131 Architect: George Penniman, George Penniman Architects, Essex, Conn., (860) 767-2822, Interior designer: Nancy Taylor, Taylor Interior Design, Providence, R.I. (401) 274-1232, Landscape architect: Anne Penniman, Essex, Conn. (860) 767-7540, Builder: Stephen D. Morgan, Housewright, Ashaway, R.I., (401) 377-2698 Masonry: Fred Lindsley, Lindsley Masonry, Narragansett, R.I., (401) 783-8372 Landscape installation: Charles Smith, C. Smith Excavating, Hope Valley, R.I., (401) 539-2810 Millwork and cabinetry: Paul Jutras, Jutras Woodworking, Smithfield, R.I., (401) 949-8081, Kitchen design: SieMatic, Boston, (617) 5859960, Page 123: Window-seat fabric by C&C Milano,; sconce by Chameleon Lighting,; Rice Paper wall color by C2 Paint, Pages 124–125: Morning-room sofa and chairs by Suzanne B. Allen,; sofa fabric by Travers,; chair fabric by Donghia,; Buttermilk wall color by C2 Paint; drapery fabric by Calvin Fabrics,; dining room table from New Classics,; chairs from Artistic Frame, Page 126: Kitchen cabinetry by SieMatic,; shades by Back Bay Shutter, Pages 127–128: Half Moon Crest master bedroom wall color by Benjamin Moore,; dressing-area chair by Artistic Frame; chair fabric by Schumacher,; sconces by Remains Lighting, •

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A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  97 Adams + Beasley Associates  92 Ardente Supply Company  151 Arhaus  39 Audio Video Design  64–65 Authentic Designs  160 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  41 Bingham Lumber Company  146 Bradford’s Rug Gallery  183 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  66–67 California Closets  141 Chrisicos Interiors  6–7 Clarke Distributors  143 Coldwell Banker Previews International  172–173 Colin Smith Architecture, Inc.  168 Cosentino N.A.  45 Cumar, Inc.  53 The Cushman Design Group  155 Cynthia Driscoll Interiors  33 Daher Interior Design  1 Danit Ben-Ari  68–69 Davis Frame Company  157 db Landscaping  150 Didriks  148 Dover Rug & Home  57 Downsview Kitchens  inside front cover Eastman St. Woodworks  28 Fagan Door  134 FBN Construction Co., LLC  back cover Finelines  14 Fleurdelis Landscape Design  93 Flora Style  157 Florijn HOME  132 Fortunato, Inc.  159 Gregorian Oriental Rugs  70–71 Hampden Design & Construction  165 Heather Vaughan Design  72–73 Home Life by Rose Ann Humphrey  43 Island Realty  176 J Barrett & Company Real Estate  174–175 J. Todd Galleries  94 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings  163 JFS Design Studio  153 Kenneth Vona Construction, Inc.  8–9 Kenwood Builders  137 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc.  29 Kimberly Mercurio Landscape Architecture  179 Kinlin Grover  177 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  139 Kristen Rivoli Interior Design  74–75 LaBarge Real Estate  176 Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting  21 Landscape Depot  76–77 League of N.H. Craftsmen  161 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  2–3 Lighting by the Sea  150 Lynn Creighton Realtor  176 M. Duffany Builders, Inc.  24 Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design  167 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC  30 Mayer & Associates  78–79

Newton Kitchens & Design  25 Ogunquit Playhouse  161 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  80–81, inside back cover Paul F. Weber Architect, LLC  82–83 Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  47 Perfection Fence  159 Phi Home Designs  18–19 Pinney Designs  61 Platemark Design  26 Poggenpohl  17 Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  12–13 Portsmouth Bath Company  160 Roche Bobois  4–5 Rosado & Sons, Inc.  95 S+H Construction  44 Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath  165 Shade & Shutter Systems, Inc.  35 Shope Reno Wharton 62



Silke Berkinghof, LLC  43 Slocum Hall Design Group  96 SpaceCraft Architecture  163 Splash Kitchen and Bath Showroom  155 Sudbury Design Group, Inc.  10–11 sullivan + associates architects  147 Surroundings  49 Taste Design, Inc.  49 Thomas J. O’Neill, Inc.  84–85 Thread  37 TMS Architects  22–23 Topaz Engineering  59 TOTO  51 Triad Associates, Inc.  133 The Ultimate Bath Store  145 Venegas and Company  86–87 Vermont Verde Antique Marble Co.  151 Viola Associates, Inc.  162 Vu Design  90–91 Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture  147 West Barnstable Tables  179 William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance  170–171 Window Imagination, Inc.  153 YFI Custom Homes  168 Youngblood Builders, Inc.  88–89 ZEN Associates, Inc.  54–55 ZURI  27 ///// New England Home, July–August 2015, Volume 10, Number 6 © 2015 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 734, Selmer, TN 38375. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription. 297 Forest Avenue Portland, ME p: 207.772.3843 | f: 207.773.2849

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Design ideas in the making




When I design a space, I need the freedom to invent forms from scratch, rather than always worry about how I’m going to hunt something down. That’s why most of the pieces I create for clients, like this writing desk, are custom. Loving the intersection of metals and wood, I began developing the sculptural motif of the desk’s base in a cool, crisp stainless steel, with a pristine black lacquer surface for the top (1). My client asked that we add the drawer, which pushed me to rethink the desk’s proportions and adjust the base style (2). Enter Beth Bourque and Daryl Evans from Masterpiece Woodworks, who helped translate my vision into a physical piece. We further collaborated with Paul Meneses of Make Architectural Metalworking to fabricate and finish the metal base so that it fit seamlessly with the fine woodwork above. Our collaboration was iterative, as we hammered out the proportions, refined the details, and bounced ideas around until everything was just right. Or so we thought. The arced base as originally conceived was lovely to look at, but, on inspection, we realized that it would bounce—boing, boing, boing—like a spring. In thinking how to stabilize the base, we dreamed up an elegant solution by attaching keystone wedges to absorb the vibrations (3). And that’s one of the beauties of the design process: clever details can often be born from mistakes. Craig Tevolitz, Platemark Design, Boston, (617) 487-4475, 184  New England Home  July–August 2015

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