New England Home May/June 2015

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may–june 2015 Volume 10, Issue 5




In This Issue

featured Homes




A colorful new look for a penthouse in an old Boston townhouse is just right for a young couple on the verge of becoming a mom and dad.

A homeowner’s timely suggestion results in a Cape Cod home that takes every advantage of its stunning location.

Two design pros create a cozy home that celebrates the sometimes quirky vestiges of the historic dwelling’s past.


Text by Paula M. Bodah Photography by Michael Partenio Produced by Stacy Kunstel

Special Focus


Text by Megan Fulweiler Photography by Robert Benson Produced by Stacy Kunstel


Text by Dan Shaw Photography by Trent Bell Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent



On the cover:

A survey of New England home design professionals turns up a focus on a simpler, more contemporary look and feel, driven by their clients’ desire to declutter and create a place of calm in their lives. Text by Regina Cole

Rachel Reider married the nineteenth-century architecture of a Back Bay townhouse with a bold interior for young clients with cosmopolitan tastes. Photograph by Michael Partenio. To see more of this home, turn to page 100.

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In This Issue


70 Art, Design, History, Landscape

People, Places, Events, Products

24 | From the Editor

151 | Perspectives Outdoor lanterns to brighten a summer night; designer Nina Farmer envisions a welcoming breakfast room; Kevin Lagasse on the rewards of the custom building trade; Angela Adams shares her favorite inspirations.

35 | Elements: Garden Style Outdoor furniture and accessories to enhance any landscape. EDITED BY CHERYL AND JEFFREY KATZ

44 | Design Destination Kristin Paton Home, Cambridge, Massachusetts


48 | Artistry: Tables of Content It took half a century, but Michael Coffey, creator of sculptural, curvaceous wood furniture, has finally become recognized as a true artist. BY NATHANIEL READE 54 | Metropolitan Life: Moving Up An architect raises the roof—and then some—while revitalizing her nineteenth-century house in a Boston suburb. BY MARIA LAPIANA PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAV HOILAND


77 Special Marketing Section: Design Trends

62 | In Our Backyard: Discernible Patterns A Providence textile designer is serious about sustainability in creating her playful fabrics and home accessories. BY JULIE DUGDALE 70 | Special Spaces: In The Swim Rustic in tone, but serving up every amenity, a pool house settles in to its wooded site as though it’s been there forever. BY MEGAN FULWEILER PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD MANDELKORN

160 | Trade Secrets: The Design Olympics Comings and goings in New England’s design community. BY LOUIS POSTEL

172 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 180 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

184 | New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON 189 | Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England. BY MARIA LAPIANA 200 | Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 206 | Advertiser Index 208 | Sketch Pad A Boston designer works magic to turn a guest room into a sleek, dramatic, multi-use space.

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and production schedules; and so on. Instead, I got to spend time—a sort of vacation of the mind—with a handful of extremely insightful people considering much broader, and in some ways abstract, ideas about just what makes a welcoming place in which to dwell. That’s a big, big subject, of course, and we didn’t cover it in anything approaching an exhaustive way. For one thing, we lacked any real expert on architectural history or nonWestern building styles. But we did cover a lot of thought-provoking points, such as people’s hunger for tree-dotted vistas including a body of water, the importance of walls or edges in making people feel at ease in a room or a public place, and the role such things as comfort, light, a sense of local heritage, and a touch of the unexpected can play in providing an agreeable home environment. For me, all absorbing stuff. And our audience—a mix of builders, architects, interior designers, and members of the general public— seemed likewise absorbed. After returning to work on New England Home the following morning, reading through feature text and browsing image files, one thing became clear: design professionals, as part of their creative toolbox, have an innate feel for these concepts. Which would make sense if we do indeed all still operate using the sensory framework of the savannah-roaming apes we once were. And it follows that anyone leafing through the pages of this magazine will also have that instinctual affinity for spaces designed in the right way. So—perhaps we editors can feel a bit more assured about the validity of our work, since if we find a home to be genuinely attractive and compelling, you probably will, too. —Kyle Hoepner

Considering Broader Topics


uring Boston Design Week, back in March, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion entitled “What Makes a Good House...and Why?” The speakers were architect Treffle LaFleche and interior designer John Day of LDa Architecture & Interiors, and architect Ann Sussman, co-author (with Justin Hollander of Tufts University) of Cognitive Architecture, a book that explores how our evolutionary heritage as a species may affect the way we perceive and interact with our built environment. It was a welcome chance to step back a bit from the everyday process of putting out this magazine, which is usually a matter of very practical concerns: vetting content to make sure we get the right mix of personalities, design styles, product types, and geography; arranging complicated (often overlapping) photography

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Editor-in-Chief Kyle Hoepner Homes Editor Stacy Kunstel Senior Editor Paula M. Bodah Art Director Robert Lesser

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ELEMENTS The things that make great spaces

Potting inside the 1850s farmhouse at Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk, Maine.


Garden Style

An oft-quoted design tenet suggests that, when considering a room’s decor, bringing the outdoors in is a sound approach. This makes particularly good sense when a room has a view or is adjacent to a deck, porch, or patio. Drawing from the colors and motifs found in nature can extend the sense of space. With the welcome advent of warm weather and our desire to spend time outside, we’re proposing the opposite of this theory: creating

outdoor spaces sensitive to the interior. Rather than bringing the outdoors in, why not bring the indoors out? Whether you prefer formal arrangements or a more casual approach, you can find garden furniture and accessories right for every style. But remember: like all great decoration— indoors or out—mixing and matching is highly recommended. These are the tenets of garden style, but there’s plenty of room to grow.


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Picture a cottage garden, bursting with exuberant color and offering meandering pathways that lead to charming statuary.



1. This English lead statue, circa 1900, makes a gracious addition. Find similar pieces at New England Garden Ornaments, Sudbury, Mass., (978) 579-9500, negarden. com 2. From Fog Linen, the quintessential garden apron in natural. $44. Pod, Cambridge, (617) 5761600, In the pockets: Hudson Valley Seed

Library packets will be used for a flower CSA (communitysupported agriculture) program. Buy shares at $80 for 4 weeks or $240 for 12 weeks of fresh flowers. Templeton General, Boston, (857) 3627289, 3. To gather blossoms, a zinc wire basket. $97.50. The Cottage at Four Corners, Tiverton, R.I., (401) 625-5814,


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Garden Style


In a perfect world, there would be time in each day for contemplation. Japanese gardens, with their stone paths and koi ponds, offer just that kind of peaceful, simple serenity.


1. The natural, undulating Fibonacci Recamier has a powder-coated steel frame and a seat and back of Janusfiber. 24″H × 74½″W × 37″D. $6,556. Janus et Cie, Boston, (617) 737-5001,


2. Kenneth Cobonpue’s Balou Coffee Table, in nylon, polyethylene, and steel, comes in two sizes. 16¾″H × 35½″W

or 15¼″H × 24″W. $945 and $1,275. Casa Outdoor Boston, Boston, (617) 9559377, casaoutdoorboston. com 3. The Bertoia Outdoor Bench, first designed in 1952, is reinterpreted in teak with an outdoor suitable base. 15¼″H × 72″W × 19″D. $1,683. Knoll, Boston, (617) 6950220,



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Garden Style


When we think of formal French or Italian gardens, the words order, beauty, and geometry come to mind. If a classical approach is what you’re after, think about these elements.


1. Let the cast-stone griffin—part lion, part eagle—stand guard in the garden. 22″H. $247.50, Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens, Arlington, Mass., (781) 643-0842, 2. Consider a handcarved obelisk of limestone—stunning at the end of an allée—for

a classical look. 78″H. $3,750. Campo de’ Fiori, Sheffield, Mass., (413) 5281857,


3. Austere and elegant, the Amalfi Deep Tuxedo Three Seat Sofa has a powder-coated steel frame. 30¾″H × 72″W × 26″D. $7,661. Janus et Cie



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Sophisticated and up-to-the-minute, the urban garden is a fitting extension of modern life. As songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin remind us, “I climb way up to the top of the stairs / And all my cares just drift right into space.” We’d add, with the help of an urban garden.


1. Light up the night with CL Sterling’s Exterior Hanging Shade with a dark bronze chain and outer surface and a gold-painted interior. 8½″H × 15″W. $2,167. M-Geough, Boston Design Center, (617) 451-1412,


2. If you’re lucky enough to have a water source, consider the Zinc Wall Fountain. 51″H × 27½″W × 19½″D (98 lbs.). $1,995. Restoration Hardware, Boston, (857) 239-7202, 3. Architect David Adjaye’s aluminum Washington Skeleton Chair is both sculptural and functional. 32½″H (seat height 17½″) × 18″W × 20¼″D. $686. Knoll

Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz’s garden might best be described as the ultimate “relaxed” garden. “It consists of two window boxes and a pair of urns at our front door, which we water with a twentyyear-old copper watering can,” says Cheryl.



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Kristin Paton Home Cambridge, Massachusetts ///

Was it the scent of patchouli oil permeating the air, the folk singers performing on the street, or the fact that the only Le Corbusier–designed building in the United States stood right here within the campus of the oldest university in the country? Whatever it was that fueled our passion for Harvard Square all those many years ago, the flame still burns. With its perfect storm of habitués— students, academicians, poets, writers, artists, doctors, lawyers, physicists, tourists—Harvard Square has long been the place to find unique shops catering to the bookish, the hip, the sophisticated, the worldly, and the gourmand. Alas, many of those storefronts have been replaced by bigger chains or fallen victim to the area’s high rents, but Harvard Square remains the place to find very special things to buy. Case in point: Kristin Paton Home. This jewel of a shop, on a quintessential Harvard Square street, is nestled among traditional clapboard houses, a gourmet sandwich shop, and Planet Records. Visitors to the small space, which doubles as Paton’s design studio, are greeted by an array of one-of-a-kind, rare, or exclusive furnishings. The classically trained designer lived in London for eleven years, and her offerings are discoveries from Europe as well as the U.S. Kristin Paton Home, with its idio­ syncratic location and distinctive style, is a fitting tribute to the Harvard Square tradition. 152 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, Mass., (617) 491-9000, Open Monday–Friday by appointment. —Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

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Tables Of Content

It took half a century, but Michael Coffey, creator of sculptural, curvaceous wood furniture, has finally become recognized as a true artist. ///////////

By Nathaniel Reade


ichael Coffey likes to solve problems—many of which are of his own making. Take, for instance, the one in the middle of his shop. He works in a space off the garage of his house at the end of a long dirt road in Western Massachusetts. It isn’t a big space, and almost everything—shelves of screws and jigs; pegboards covered with wrenches and clamps; massive, cast-iron sanders, plan-

ers, and joiners—is covered with a thin, beige layer of wood flour. The problem today concerns a table he’s making out of shedua, a dense African hardwood with almond- and walnut-colored stripes. The round top has four parts that radiate from the center like lily pads. He wants the table to disassemble so that it can be easily moved. Two of the top pieces must lock into a groove in the base and butt together in the center. But that butt-joint is not sufficiently tight.

Coffey smiles. He looks like a shorter version of Harry Potter’s headmaster, Dumbledore, if you replaced the British accent with a hint of New York and the velvet robes with Carhartt jeans and layers of plaid shirts. “I’ve made tables like this before,” he says, “and I wonder how the hell I did it. The problem is, everything is curved.” But he chose those curves. Coffey doesn’t look or act it, but he’s 86, and his vast, legendary body of work consists CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Coffey’s pieces can be

made to order in several different woods and finishes. Shown here, Matador, chair/sculpture of carved and laminated African Mozambique, 30″H × 22″W × 24″D; Counterpoint, occasional table of carved and laminated African Mozambique, 21″H × 29″W × 15″D; Aphrodite, sculptural rocking lounge chair of carved African Mozambique, 54″H × 90″L × 28″D.

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carved African Mozambique with white oak interior and Plexiglas base, 28″H × 96″W × 24″D. LEFT: Touch and Go, cabinet and drawers of African Mozambique, 84″H × 96″W × 18″D. BELOW: Serpent Table, bubinga wood, glass, and Plexiglas, 17″H × 72″W × 24″D. BOTTOM: The artist in his Massachusetts studio.

almost universally of naturalistic, organic carvings and curves. “I find the symmetry of most furniture boring,” he says. “Asymmetry and imbalance are exciting because they challenge our basic sense of order and security.” They also make working in wood a whole lot harder. Coffey doesn’t go looking for problems. But when he designs a piece, he doesn’t ask himself, “Is there an easier way?” He creates the form he wants, then faces any difficulties that form might cause. It’s this obedience to his original inspiration that takes his work from craft to art. “It is my fundamental characteristic,” he says. “I set a goal, I want to get there, and I’m not going to be deterred. Problems aren’t obstacles; they’re grist for the mill. And I get some satisfaction in solving the problems.” Coffey’s career path shows a similar determination. Born in New York City, he lived the first six years of his life in an artists’ colony in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where his parents had settled during the Depression. “We lived at the end of a long dirt road,” he says, “so I was always out climbing trees and building things 50  New England Home  may–june 2015

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with rocks, and that gave me a sense of the quiet and beauty of nature.” His idealism led him to work in social services and community organizing, but he grew disillusioned with the compromises demanded of him. “I was a perfectionist and idealist,” he says, “and I didn’t want to abandon my goals.” He had always painted, drawn, and made things, and he eventually realized that this gave him more satisfaction. So he shifted his career toward custom furniture, making pieces for shows in his spare time, then part-time, then full-time. This presented a problem many artists face: how to support his family? Despite consistent commissions and praise in the press, he persisted through thirty years of living hand-to-mouth. He didn’t start earning real recognition until he was in his seventies. Years earlier he’d built a massive, nine-foot-long, sculptural wooden rocker called “Aphrodite,” which looks like a cross between a lounge chair and a smile. In 2003 its owner sold it at Sotheby’s for $48,000—more than six

“I find the symmetry of most furniture boring,” Coffey says. “Asymmetry and imbalance are exciting because they challenge our basic sense of order and security.” times what it had been estimated to bring. Exponentially more collectors and patrons took notice, and Coffey’s economic woes became another problem solved. In the shop today, Coffey takes the problem of his tabletop calmly. He has always looked for nontraditional ways of doing things; he long ago abandoned the slow slog of carving with mallets and chisels in favor of electric chainsaws and pneumatic tools. So while he loves the color, feel, and “serendipity” of wood, he’s not afraid to use metal where it won’t show. He blows the wood flour off a box of zip bolts, and he and his assistant, Riley, figure out a way to embed them into the table’s underside. The pieces butt perfectly, and on they go. “Flexibility,” Coffey says, “is key to solving problems.” He ought to know. • Editor’s Note To see more of Michael Coffey’s work, visit He is also represented by the online gallery Bespoke Global,

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he ancient, industrial-size radiators made the cut, but the heavy, elaborately turned balustrade and newel posts did not. Manuela Mariani was extremely

discriminating when she set out to renovate her home in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. The Italian-born architect knew from the start that she’d be reframing the very

The interplay between old and new in the Jamaica Plain home is evident from this perspective, which shows the bay, clad in standing-seam metal panels, that architect and homeowner Manuela Mariani added to the 1880 house.

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character of the house, in keeping with both her appreciation for history and love of modern materials. “I have to say it is my way of working. I definitely have respect for the historical details—with an intervention from the current times, the way we live now, with the materials that are available today,” says Mariani, who is a

partner at the Bostonbased InTAdesign and on the faculty at Boston Architectural College. The architect did due diligence while house hunting. “We bought the house in 2007, shortly after having moved to Boston from Rome,” says Mariani. “Finding it involved long walks through a number of neighborhoods. When we came to Jamaica Plain, with its close proximity to the city center, parks, the subway, and bike paths, we knew we wanted to live here.” Mariani was intrigued by the 1880 home’s good old bones, but felt it needed a more open feeling. “Like any typical New CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A windowed dormer

transformed the attic into a light-filled office space. A rooftop deck extends the connection to the outdoors. The open staircase was fabricated using metal grates. Mariani’s husband, Patrick Barron, who once built trails for the National Parks Service, designed the landscaping. FACING PAGE: Mariani kept the old-fashioned radiators as a reminder of her home’s history.

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England home, it tried to minimize exposure to the rough winter, but in doing so, it also closed in on itself,” she says. She knew that more than a few structural changes would be needed to transform the dark warren of small rooms. Her plan was to create “new ways of using domestic space” for the home she shares with her husband and two young sons. The program incorporated preservation even as it embraced such contemporary elements as large, open living areas. Now three stories, the house is still a bit less than 1,700 square feet. The main floor holds a front-to-back kitchen/living space and dining room, while the second floor houses two bedrooms, a library, a small

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“The whole idea was about transparency. We wanted as much light as possible in the living area,” says Mariani. office, and bath. The third floor, now an open, light-filled office (and occasional playroom), was created by breaking through to the attic. The architect’s most compelling (and visible) modern moves included the construction of a metal-sheathed bay that adds space and light to all three floors, while lending architectural interest to the exterior. A dramatic dormer with a deck tops the new third-floor aerie, extending the living space and fostering a connection with the outdoors. Old meets new when exposed-wood ceilings and reclaimed-pine floors are introduced to open stairways made of metal grating. The wooden joists that had held up the attic floor were reused, thanks to the expertise of builder Paul Villiot. They’re juxtaposed with new beams, posts, and hardware. All of the new wood was stained a mustard color, part of the neutral palette throughout the house. Bookshelves on the second floor were fabricated with an aluminum rack system and more reclaimed wood. Mariani credits her collaborators— who include Villiot, structural engineer Armando Plata, carpenter Ralph Daniels, and the two welding firms that fabricated the metal elements—for results she calls may–june 2015  New England Home 57

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CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: Exposed ceiling beams and reclaimed-pine floors coexist happily with pale walls and contemporary furnishings. The kitchen has a definite Euro-modern vibe. The bottom floor of the bay glows from within at night. From the front, the bay blends in architecturally.

“aesthetic, practical, and sustainable.” Light was of paramount importance. The original apertures stayed the same, but contemporary new windows cast the space in a different light. “The whole idea

was about transparency,” says Mariani. “We wanted as much light as possible in the living area. So in the morning, even on gray days, we have plenty, and don’t need to turn on the lights.”

Heating is assisted by passive solar gain in the winter, while in summer the family can forgo air conditioning, owing to extensive insulation, strategically placed new windows, and the locust trees that shade the house. The dormer features operable windows at the highest point of the house, providing welcome ventilation. Mariani says, “We wanted to see just how contemporary we could be.” So why hold onto those radiators? “Yes, they’re big and bulky,” she admits. But they are reminders of the home’s past. “I not only wanted to keep them, I wanted to feature them,” she says. Conceding that this was just one of several bold design decisions, she adds: “When you’re working for yourself, you can be more playful and try things you might not otherwise attempt.” • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 200.

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t first glance, you might think the room is primed for an elaborate banquet. Long tables stretch fifty yards from the center of the room down the length of the rectangular space. Each table is swathed in white fabric, some of it boasting colorful and intricate patterns. But this is not, in fact, a function room awaiting party guests. It’s Griswold Textile Print, a historic, third-generation, familyowned mill in Westerly, Rhode Island, that screen-prints, by hand, Melinda Cox’s line of vibrant, patterned fabrics. Cox, founder and owner of Providence-based textile and rug company Balanced Design, strolls the tables with a practiced eye, checking the

progress of the prints. Her own designs range from oversize peacock-feather imagery and geometric stripes to patterns that

mimic bird footprints or butterfly wings— all inspired by shapes she observes in her everyday surroundings. “I refer to myself as a minimalist,” says Cox, who also takes aesthetic cues from midcentury artists such as Alexander Calder and Mark Rothko. “I do not like visual clutter. If you see a building, I might only see a rectangle.” Indeed, her prints are bold, yet simple—the kinds of designs that look stunning on accent chairs, throw pillows, drapes, and ottomans. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Cox worked as a graphic designer in Boston before moving to Providence to enroll in classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. “I knew I wanted to jump into the marketplace; I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” LEFT: Balanced Design offers an array of playful hand-printed fabrics in a multitude of colors and patterns. ABOVE: Traditional screen-printing at Griswold Textile Print in Westerly, Rhode Island, requires two people to move a fifty-four-inch screen down the length of the fabric, adding water-based dye by hand as they go.

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“Indoor spaces really need to make people happy,” says Cox. “Happiness, right now, is where the market is going. I think happiness is coming into the home.” Cox says. “So I took a little of everything: ceramics, bookbinding, papermaking. The theme of all of them seemed to be pattern design.” She founded Balanced Design in 2002 after a trip abroad revealed a refreshing sense of environmental and social responsibility (think: fewer cars on the road and reusable shopping bags). “I vacationed in Paris for two weeks after 9/11,” she says. “It was a dramatic time to be an

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ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Cotton canvas Peacock tote in slate. Wings settee in coastal blue with Bird’s Feet and Wings pillows in navy, all of indoor/outdoor acrylic fabric. FACING PAGE, FROM LEFT: Balanced Design’s sewing is done in a historic textile mill in Fall River, Massachusetts. At Griswold Textile Print, a stack of screens awaits the hand-screening process to create graphic printed fabrics.

social value attached to it.” Home decor seemed like a natural fit for Cox’s bright, modern tastes. “I knew I’d be balancing issues of sustainability, or eco-friendly ideas, with good design— great color, shape, and form.” In other words, Balanced Design upholds what she calls a “greener” standard. “I made that decision by acknowl-

edging that there are no pure products.” Having her artistic vision realized so close to home is important to Cox, both from a transport and a best-practices standpoint. The nearly eighty-year-old Griswold mill company, which is one of the last of its kind, infuses its fabrics with water-based dyes to avoid harmful chemicals. It’s a key player in Balanced

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Design’s sustainability-conscious ethos, but even before Cox began printing there about two years ago, she kept her manufacturing as local as possible. The company debuted with a line of throw pillows— felt appliqué on organic cotton flannel, followed by hand-screened silk with water-based ink, then other fabrics, all using inserts made of regenerated

fibers from recycled plastic bottles. The pillows are sewn locally, too, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Eventually, Cox added a line of American-made custom rugs of New Zealand wool. The rugs have remained popular, but Cox plans to focus on her fabric-by-the-yard business in the near future. She hopes it will inspire more

local collaborations, like the nautically inspired cushion upholstery she recently produced for the prestigious Hunt Yachts in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. “It’s about how I can take these patterns and apply them,” Cox says, “and develop where these patterns can go.” One thing is for sure: Balanced Design will continue to offer playful home accents in graphic patterns with an aesthetic that many people have dubbed, simply, “happy.” And that’s exactly the vibe Cox is going for. “Indoor spaces really need to make people happy,” she says. “Happiness, right now, is where the market is going. I think happiness is coming into the home.” • Balanced Design

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riters often speak of how their characters surprise them, taking twists and turns even their creators don’t anticipate. The design process can unfold like that, too. Drawings are tweaked, ideas percolate, and, before you know it, a fresh and exciting concept emerges. Gratified with the final results, hardly anyone recalls how it could have been otherwise. That’s exactly what happened here, along Massachusetts’s North Shore, explains architect Robert MacNeille. MacNeille, a principal of Carpenter & MacNeille, based in nearby Essex, had originally worked with the owners on updating their eighteenth-century colonial. Sometime later, when the desire for a pool and pool house came up, “it required a careful thought process about how best

to relate them to the main house as well as to the open and wooded site,” he says. For this project, Carpenter & MacNeille would not only see to the architecture, construction, and landscape, but also handle the interior design, with in-house designer Hattie Holland spearheading the kitchen and bath plan. Recruiting one

firm to oversee all the necessary elements ensured a cohesive solution. Wheels began to turn and, after a period of what MacNeille refers to as “design deliberation,” he and his clients arrived just where they wanted to be. Rather than standing as a formal garden structure, the new building took shape

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with a palette of beautiful, natural materials that speak wholeheartedly to the surroundings. The handsome timber frame—constructed by Connolly & Company of Edgecomb, Maine—is meant to be decorative but also, says MacNeille,

“long-lasting, in keeping with New England.” The dramatic truss that is the core support is centered on the main house, which sits 200 yards away. The owners view the pool house from their porch, looking across a garden they’ve lovingly restored. Nestled against the dark tree

line, the structure couldn’t look any more idyllic. The stunning masonry, by locally based Jeffrey’s Creek, helps anchor the pool house to its locale and blurs the line between the building and nature. Even at night, the building and the pool maintain their character, with understated lighting that conjures an in-the-forest-like magic, not a distracting glare. Hefty exposed rafter tails tie into pergolas on either side of the structure, creating partially shaded gathering areas below. Lounges on one side foster relaxation, while the opposite side holds a dining area. In between rests the massive hearth, its stone lintel salvaged from a Newburyport bridge abutment. Well into autumn, the fireplace beckons, keeping family and guests warm while leaves and

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on either side of the pool house extend the outdoor living space, while stone seating walls afford additional spots to perch. Swimmers can change in the well-appointed dressing room. The efficient cook’s station incorporates a Viking grill, double side burners, and a warming oven. Artists Lena Fransioli and Doug Garrabrants of Zoë Design in Wenham, Massachusetts, finished the cabinets with a custom green glaze.

temperatures fall. The thoughtful architect even included a shed for stockpiling wood at the building’s rear. Along with an outdoor shower, the pool house contains a guest bathroom and an efficient laundry room, ensuring there’s never a wet-towel buildup. As enticing as the pool is, it may be the extensive outdoor kitchen that gets the greatest attention. The stainless-steel grill sits in an island of stone and is flanked

Nestled against the dark tree line, the structure couldn’t look any more idyllic. The stunning masonry helps anchor the pool house to its locale and blurs the line between the building and nature. with counters of deep-black granite. Steps away, the kitchen is equipped with everything a cook covets, from a dishwasher to a wine fridge. There’s a generous farmhouse sink, too, and a handy ice maker so no one need ever go without a cool drink. The cabinetry—artfully made of recycled oak by Chris Roe of Stephen Terhune Woodworking—affords plenty of storage. And to better blend the modernity of this top-notch galley with the setting, the cabinets are finished in an eye-catching leafy-green custom glaze. When not in use, the entire kitchen disappears behind a specially automated garage door. Contrived as a destination for a lone swimmer or a lively summer party, this man-made paradise lacks for nothing. “It has a lovely feel,” says MacNeille. “A success is when it seems like it was always meant to be there.” The time and thought devoted to the design promise endurance, too. The ­quality of the craftsmanship should see it though myriad generations. The rusticflavored pool house and the owner’s pretty antique home together exemplify the Yankee spirit: build it well and it will last. • Resources For more information about this project, see page 200. may–june 2015  New England Home 73

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EuropeanInspired Designs and Muted Color Palettes European design has always directly influenced the direction of style, from couture fashion design to iconic furniture and interior design. Top trends from the Milan International Furniture Fair included muted color palettes, LED accent lighting, and the perfect balance of materials, from sleek glossy panels to deep, intriguing textured accents. Cool grays, smoky browns, and natural finishes paired with whites ruled the show. Contrasting accent colors were used as back panels, and as inset lining for floating cubbies and display cases. Finishes with enhanced texture and neutral wood tones created instant intrigue in designs. LED accent lighting is here to stay. In Milan, LED accent lighting stood on its own as a dominant design feature used to draw your eye to each distinct detail. One of our favorite uses for accent lighting is to highlight the dramatic difference in contrasting textured panels. Adding glossy accent panels to a neutral color palette adds interest in a sleek way. New products that we’ve introduced include back-painted glass and glossy neutral finishes. Our top choice is a polished multi-layered print over a mirrored glass product – perfect for an elegant yet refined look with a hint of texture that catches the light. One of our most strikingly stunning new products is a German engineered wood veneer accent panel inspired by nature, with stunning depth and rich texture. Ocean Wave is the most popular accent panel and is best used as a door or side panel. California Closets was named “Best of Boston” by Boston Home magazine and “Best of the North Shore” by North Shore magazine. Today, California Closets New England has eight local showrooms and installs more than 3,000 custom systems each year, locally employing more than 100 people throughout New England.

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Developed in the 1930s, acrylic plastic was used during World War II for aircraft windshields, submarine periscopes, and the like. Shortly after the war, DuPont licensed the clear acrylic plastic, branded as Lucite, to multiple jewelry manufacturers. Shortly after, the midcentury modern interior designers and architects latched on to it because the material is hard, strong, light in weight, water resistant, can be carved, polished, and dyed in wide range of colors. A material that offers such custom capabilities is every designer’s dream! By the 1960s, midcentury modern design icons Karl Springer, Vladimir Kagan, and Gaetano Sciolari embraced the use of Lucite. They found the material flexible, durable, and chic, using it in many of their lighting and furniture designs. In 2002, Lucite experienced a renaissance with the introduction of the Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck. This chair has been so popular it has become a modern-day classic, introducing Lucite to a generation of Baby Boomers. For the purist, vintage Lucite pieces can be found on First Dibs at a wide range of price points, from affordable to collector’s level. Today, many custom furniture manufacturers, such as Century Furniture, offer a Lucite leg option on many of their upholstered pieces. Perhaps some of these newly created Lucite gems will become the classics of tomorrow.

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Painterly Rugs According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “painterly rugs” are one of the top five interior design trends of 2015. Although there have been past attempts to create durable hand-woven carpets whose designs are based on recognizable works of art and paintings, only recently have artisan weavers in Rajasthan, India, and Kathmandu, Nepal, been able to achieve this effect, with impressive results. The success of these few innovative productions has given rise to this exciting new trend, allowing for visual fluidity and pattern irregularity that breaks up the right angles of rectangular furniture and rooms. These rugs are reminiscent of painted masterpieces and, indeed, stand on their own as works of art. What distinguishes these rugs from earlier attempts is the deployment of new techniques in the preparation of weaving materials, dyeing, and finishing processes. Weavers are blending a variety of materials such as silk, wool, hemp, mohair, and cotton as well as variations of pile height to help create the life-like textures of granular oil on canvas. Many new dyeing techniques, such as double-dyeing, also help give these carpets the incredible depth of color. Equally important is the various ways a rug is finished. After the carpet comes off of the loom, artisans hand-carve around particular colors to create a dimensionality.

Some productions also utilize an oxidation procedure in the washing process that partially erodes some of the wool areas, but does not affect the silk sections of the carpet, again, creating complex texture far beyond the earlier two-dimensional approach. The combined effect of these refined techniques is a painterly, artistic rug that renders a singular vision: the vision of an artist at work within the woven medium. “We have the largest hand-woven rug inventory in New England, including many exclusive ‘painterly’ designs and a custom rug weaving program, should you wish to create your very own artwork.” —Jeff Arcari, Owner Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting 333 Stuart Street Boston, MA 02116 (617) 399-6500 63 Flint Street Salem, MA 01970 (978) 744-5909 220 Worcester Road (Rte. 9 East) Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 739-0200

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Permeable Pavers Permeable pavers are becoming a popular choice, especially in New England, with weather patterns changing so sharply. As local governments have become more concerned about storm water management, they’ve tightened guidelines on the amount of runoff that leaves your property. If your total square footage of impervious surfaces exceeds the percentage allowed, you either have to scale back your project, install a rain garden, or utilize permeable pavers. Permeable pavers are one of the most environmentally friendly paving solutions available to builders, landscaping contractors, engineers, and property owners. Landscape Depot offers various green, ecoconscious and cost effective paver systems. We have access to some of the most effective resources to assist in the design of your dream project for a result that is striking and planet-friendly. These permeable pavement systems are designed to allow for the proper percolation of surface water into the ground, reducing the risk and severity of flooding, eliminating puddles, speeding up the melting process of

snow, and reducing winter ice hazards and costs for de-icing salt and snow removal. Many towns and cities encourage the use of permeable paver systems by offering tax incentives and utility fee reductions.

“Since I founded Landscape Depot in 2001, I have seen many trends come and go, but one trend that is growing in momentum and is here to stay is the use of permeable paver systems. The advances in this area in the last three years are remarkable. Not only are the systems becoming more effective, they are now as beautiful, if not more impressive, than other options available when designing and dreaming of your next project.” —John Mullen, President of Landscape Depot Landscape Depot 57 1/2 Dilla Street Milford, MA 01757 (508) 366-9400

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A Touch of Blue Unless you are undertaking a quick styling or staging of your home for what is “in” today, a substantial remodel of any room is a significant investment that should stand the test of time. That being said, there is no doubt that ours is a fashion industry, and we can’t help noticing what is trending these days. Interior design trends in 2015 reinvent luxury and introduce versatility in styles, combining traditional and contemporary elements, and mixing materials, colors, decoration patterns, artistic details, and a surprising blend of textures. In the pursuit of an uncluttered kitchen, we are seeing minimalist design layouts and cleaner lines, with pull-out storage columns, lift-up cabinet doors, appliance garages, and other special storage features. Also on the rise is more open wall space, with floating shelves, glass or metal elements, and dimensional tile walls. Latest color trends continue to favor a soothing palette of neutral tones with a dash of accent color. The most popular selection for the cabinetry is a timeless hue, in shades of gray, white, or taupe. Gray has been taking center stage lately. It pairs beautifully with a wide array of colors and is the perfect base to build upon and mix various materials. A blast of color should be used only as a focal point, whether on the backsplash, island, hood, an accent wall, the ceiling, decorative accessories, or fabric elements. We are seeing blue make a big splash, with lighter blues for the bathroom walls, and more dramatic blues in the kitchen. Blue works best used sparingly, or as an accent in a room with white, gray, or neutral colors. Nickel, chrome, and stainless steel are still the metals most commonly used in the kitchen, although we are starting to see a resurgence of warmer metals, specifically copper, brass, and bronze. There’s a move toward using more textured and tactile materials, especially in traditionally smooth surfaces such as the countertops, and in walls with dimensional tiles. While natural stone is still the most popular choice for kitchen countertops, clients prefer honed or “leathered” finishes, and we’re also seeing a rise in textured wood, glass, concrete, metal, and engineered stones.

“Our award-winning showroom offers unique spaceplanning and remodeling solutions, featuring distinguished cabinetry, highend appliances, and exclusive tile and flooring materials.” — Cameron Snyder & Mercedes B. Aza Owners

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Room for Two Views Flexibility in design, aesthetics, and functionality is timeless. Particularly when faced with contrasting client objectives, utilizing creativity and flexibility is imperative. In this case, a married couple both wanted a luxurious spa-like soaking tub in the master bath suite. But here desires diverged. One spouse sought to appreciate the panoramic views offered via the master bedroom’s expansive windows opposite the tub, while the other spouse preferred a more private bathing experience. As our company policy, our answer to challenging requests is always “yes.” A flexible design plan was needed. To achieve the views, the tub was located at a specific angle on an elevated platform. To secure the potential for privacy, a custom, European, bleached-oak barn door was installed on a single rail. This unique solution allows bathers to conceal or reveal their tub space: slide the door left to grant complete access to impressive views of the Public Garden, slide it right to enclose the bather in serenity and privacy.

“As we walked around the gutted space with Lewis Interiors, the interior designers, we brainstormed how to accommodate both objectives, we talked about a half wall or a translucent glass wall, and then it occurred to us that we already had the precedent of modern barn doors in the plan for other areas. We thought if we ganged two large doors together on a single extra long rail, we could make a bold aesthetic statement and fulfill the functional desires for both husband and wife. In the end it looks gorgeous and works beautifully: mission accomplished.”— Eric Adams Partner Adams + Beasley Associates 669 Bedford Rd Carlisle MA 01741 (978) 254-5641


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Mixing Metals Really, I can go on and on about what makes a room beautiful. Mostly, it comes down to balance: light/ dark, warm/cool, linear/curvaceous, large/small, new/vintage—I think you get where I’m going with this. Combining silver and gold tones is one of my favorite ways to add warmth, dimension, and interest to a room. Just when the eye settles, another object glints and beckons. Not too busy, mind you, but just engaging enough to keep things flowing. We started with the big gold-hued, spherical light fixture to give the room immediate personality, then played with scale, shape, and a limited palette of cool silvers and grays. Deep scarlet in the rug grounds the tones, and variations on gold for the window treatments and benches round out the scheme. The mix of metals is echoed in the choice of fabric colors. Framed by the warm tones and patterns of the family room just beyond, it is beautiful and distinctive.

“Balance is key…. In décor as in life. To that end, mixing metals with abandon, we combined a funky and elegant array of silver and gold lighting, decorative objects and art to create a fun and timeless room that sparkles.” — Danit Ben-Ari

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Blue Ginger Jars plates to begin my very own collection. She insisted that I purchase my own ginger jars, but make sure they had their original lids. The possibility of starting my own collection and writing my own design story is what this trend is really about.

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Trends come from traditions or past experiences that have made a lasting impression in our mind. Often they are redevelopments, reinterpretations, or updates to meet the needs of our current market. Ginger jars are steeped in centuries of Chinese culture and history; a ginger jar is shaped with a wide mouth, a domed lid, and a spherical hand-painted body. They come in various styles, sizes, and colors, but the true Chinese antique ginger jar is made of porcelain and hand painted. The white-and-blue porcelain ginger jar is the traditional Chinese wedding gift. It can bear an inscription with the Chinese symbol for happiness, prosperity, and fertility or be emblazoned with a logo of the dragon and phoenix on either side, the dragon representing the groom and the phoenix representing the bride. Continuing a family tradition, my mother presented me with a pair of blue-and-white Chinese-inspired

“These jars will continue to inspire designers and homeowners for decades, making wonderful family heirlooms and great gifts for friends.” — Eric M. Haydel

Eric m. haydel Design, Inc. 369 Congress Street 7th Floor Boston, MA 02210 (617) 562-6027

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Linear Drains If you’re looking for a stylish and functional shower drainage system as an alternative to the traditional square or circular drains that have been so commonly used, consider a QuickDrain linear shower drain. Linear drains provide tremendous design flexibility and the ability to create popular, contemporary shower designs. Linear drains have become increasingly popular for a number of reasons. A linear grate and channel can be located anywhere within the shower area and come in a variety of looks and finishes. QuickDrain offers an array of new shower drain cover designs, featuring two (Stream and Cosmo) designed in collaboration with renowned architect and designer Michael Graves. A level threshold can be created for easy wheelchair/disabled access for aging-in-place bathrooms. It can be used to separate wet from dry areas and can be paired with any type of tiled shower configuration and any size tile. Rooms look larger without a break

between shower and bath floor. Installations Plus now specializes in supplying and installing these modern drain systems, which integrate nicely with tile floors and create a polished and seamless bathroom.

“Linear drains have become a popular trend. They not only add a touch of European design, but with the growing interest in aging-inplace design, specifically curbless showers, they also allow for easy wheelchair access.” — Jon Moss

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All About That Brass... Remember when everything golden had to go and be replaced by chrome, nickel, or mirrored polished stainless steel? Who would have thought that we could yearn for brass again? Definitely not me! Or, at least, not until very recently. Not long ago, I was commissioned to design a library and the only instruction I was given was to “make it a cozy, chic, and decadent place.” I had the perfect combination: warm colors, cozy velvets, beautiful furniture... but I was still missing a certain je ne sais quoi. In my quest for this glamorous final touch, I dared trying a brass coffee table, and that is when I had an epiphany. The rich gleam and sculptural weight of this small table added so much sparkle and sophistication. This marked for me the beginning of a new trend. Today I finish most of my interiors with what I call a rich, but unpretentious touch. In this Cambridge residence, the warm glow of a custom brass chest adds a welcoming touch to the foyer.

“I believe that luxury and sophistication should be present in every interior, and adapted to any lifestyle. ” — Nathalie Ducrest

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Bocce Courts Bocce has changed very little since it was conceived thousands of years ago. In particular, the social aspect of the sport remains the same. The draw to this ancient European sport is simple. It’s a game that all ages and levels of athleticism can enjoy, while encouraging outdoor social interaction among friends and family (and what other sport can be played with a glass of wine in hand?). I was introduced to the game shortly after college while living in our nation’s capital. What started out as a way for a few small offices to network and build relationships quickly turned into a local organization now boasting 2,500 players per season. Court design can be as formal or informal as a client desires. While some courts are designed to be played to regulation, others are entirely without boundaries or special materials. A flat but welldraining zone of turf area can be a flexible and sufficient space. Other clients are drawn to more permanent courts that fit seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and encourage use.

“Incorporating a bocce court into your property’s design adds value by creating a space for people to engage the landscape and enjoy the company of family and friends.” — Michael D’Angelo Landscape Architect

Michael D’Angelo Landscape Architecture LLC 84 H Street #2 Boston, MA 02127 (203) 592-4788

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As you like it: Trends are born from singular designs. So we listen to what our clients envision, then create something they never even dreamed of. Off-theshowroom-floor is not usually an option for us, and why should it be? We go to great lengths to ensure the dining table is precisely proportioned, the chairs are exquisitely comfortable, the chandelier is gilded the perfect shade of gold and the custom curved banquette arcs around the table as if they were meant to be together. And they are. We rely on our band of talented craftspeople and vendors to collaborate with us and each other to produce heirloom quality furnishings that are unique— down to the last stitch—and will last generations. This requires a level of craftsmanship that can only come from years of experience. Shown here: the Grecian dining table by Keith Fritz and custom chairs and banquette by A. Rudin.


Custom Furnishings

“We’ve yet to have a client regret anything custom-designed. If anything, the regret is that they didn’t do more. And although we love the hunt for that perfect piece, sometimes it’s just not right. And ‘almost’ is not good enough.” —Craig Tevolitz, principal and owner

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Outdoor Fireplaces Nothing does a more effective job of anchoring an outdoor living area than an authentic fireplace. There is a certain romantic ambience that surrounds the warm glow of a flickering flame, enticing guests and drawing them in. What inspired the homeowners for this unique project was the setting of their own natural backyard that consisted of woods with various colors

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

and textures. This design created a sanctuary for reflection and relaxation and became the focal point for entertaining family and friends. At Rosado & Sons, we skillfully design and install landscapes for our clients, integrating both hardscape and softscape elements to create an outdoor atmosphere perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

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

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Living Walls Living walls are a beautiful and relatively new way to add style and grace to any home. At Four Seasons Greenery we can create for you either individual pieces or modular systems to allow for mounting on any surface, from standard wallboard to concrete. Our trained support and design team will help at every step, from creative concepts to installation and maintenance of your wall.

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All In Good Fun

A colorful new look for a penthouse in an old Boston townhouse is just right for a young couple on the verge of becoming a mom and dad.

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Jewel tones, multiple textures, and a blend of contemporary and classic furniture make a bold statement in a Back Bay penthouse. A pale rug and neutral drapery fabric offer a calming touch. FACING PAGE: Nineteenth-century architectural details, such as the living room’s fireplace, stand in counterpoint to modern pieces like the abstract painting and a hammered-metal sconce.

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LEFT: The homeowners shy away from pattern, so designer Rachel Reider created interest by mixing textures, pairing a velvet sofa and pillows with a metal cocktail table. BELOW: Further texture takes the form of a nubby fabric on an antique chair. FACING PAGE: The crystal chandelier, a family heirloom, was the starting point for the dining room. Pale-gray grasscloth makes a modern juxtaposition with the wainscoting.


relocating to Boston from Paris didn’t offer enough in the way of culture shock, Kelly and DavidAlexandre Gros were just days away from becoming first-time parents when they moved into their Back Bay condominium. One thing that didn’t add to the pressure, luckily, was the redesign of their penthouse unit in a nineteenth-century townhouse. Interior designer Rachel Reider took on that task, with a four-month deadline to bring the condo up to date and give it the youthful, family-friendly look and feel her clients had in mind. Reider seemed a natural for this particular project. The mother of two small children herself, she has plenty of firsthand knowledge of how to create a space that suits grown-up sensibilities while being practical for little ones. And as a young designer (she was one of New England Home’s “5 Under 40” winners not long ago), she gravitates almost instinctively to colorful, lively interiors. Reider asked the couple to leaf through magazines

and identify spaces that appealed to them. “I always ask clients to pull images that resonate,” she says. “A picture really is worth a thousand words. I can see themes emerge—things they might not vocalize, but that are important to them.” With Kelly and David-Alexandre, she says, “I got a sense that they wanted their home to be sophisticated, but fun, a little bit edgy.” At the same, time, however, they appreciated the historic nature of their building. “We wanted to keep as much of the old as possible,” Kelly says. “We kept the old woodwork and moldings and some of the original windows, with their beautiful wavy glass.” The unit was in good shape, Reider says, with many of its original architectural details intact. The kitchen and baths needed modernizing, the old floors with their horsehair insulation were due for replacement, and updated electrical and heating systems were a must, but the floor plan needed just a tweak or two. The rooms were also graced with high ceilings and blessed with plenty of natural light. Having come from a home in which neutrals predominated, Kelly and David-Alexandre were may–june 2015  New England Home 103

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up for experimenting with a bolder palette. Reider introduced that boldness gradually, beginning with the dining room. With its location just inside the entry, this space gives visitors their first impression of the home, the designer explains. And a stunning first impression it is, beginning with the 1950s Baccarat chandelier that once hung in David-Alexandre’s grandmother’s house in Grenoble, France. “We knew it was going to play an important role, but because their taste isn’t overly traditional or formal, I wanted to pair it with something more casual in feel,” Reider says. The thick wooden slab of a dining-table top

“I got the sense that they wanted their home to be sophisticated, but fun, a little bit edgy,” says Reider about her clients.

strikes just the right balance. The square table sits on a silky shag rug in a silvery hue that pops against the new, dark-stained floors. Chairs with what Reider calls “a French feel” are upholstered in plush purple leather. Reider kept the walls quiet, covering the space above the white wainscoting with grasscloth in pale gray with subtle blue undertones. A large, framed photograph by Simon Procter, with its depiction of a woman outfitted in a couture gown astride a rearing horse, adds a final touch to the room’s oldnew feeling. A wide doorway opens to the living room, where the boldness factor amps up a notch. A sofa with exaggerated tufting (“sort of a modernized Chesterfield,” says Reider), clad in cobalt-blue velvet, joins a pair of chairs outfitted in fuchsia fabric. All three pieces cozy up to a metal cocktail table molded in the shape and texture of a tree trunk. Overhead hangs a custom light fixture whose multiple, flexible metal arms sport raw filament bulbs. The fixture, with its variable-length arms, solved the problem of a ceiling medallion that isn’t quite centered above the seating arrangement, Reider says. To keep the jewel tones from overwhelming the space, Reider treated the tall bay windows to draperies in a warm-hued but sheer and slightly shimmery fabric. The space is further grounded by a Tibetan rug with the barest hints of blues, grays, and plums in its raised damask pattern. Another door in the dining room—this one covered in brilliant-blue leather studded with brass nailheads—opens to a den that takes the vivid palette a giant step forward. Bright-blue grasscloth covers the

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Reider and her client fell in love with the marble on a trip to the Boston Design Center and decided that setting it in a herringbone pattern would give a guest bathroom plenty of punch. FACING PAGE, LEFT: A range and hood with an industrial look make it clear this is a kitchen for a couple who love to cook. FACING PAGE, RIGHT: The room’s plentiful natural light is further enhanced by pale cabinetry and a glass mosaic backsplash.

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The family room is unabashedly bold with its cerulean grasscloth walls and candy-apple-red sofa. FAR RIGHT, FROM TOP: A door between the dining and family rooms is covered in bright-blue leather and adorned with nailhead trim. The homeowners are fond of metal, so Reider incorporated it in accents like this side table. Bright accent pieces help unify the space.

Project Team

Rachel Reider, Rachel Reider Interiors Aedi Construction

Interior design: Builder:

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walls, and Reider replaced traditional bookcases with floating shelves that hold David-Alexandre’s collection of antique books. “Because they don’t take away from the footprint of the room, the shelves keep the space airy,” Reider says. The room has fun with texture as well as color; the mohair sofa is the color of a candy apple, a brass-framed chair is covered in white

flokati fur, and a plush woven rug is soft underfoot. For even more texture, Reider added the cowhide ottoman/coffee table. Her clients, she says, “are a little nervous about pattern, so this helped break up the solid colors in a way they would feel comfortable with.” An abstract painting by Kansas City artist John Ochs pulls the whole room together. Every room has a starting point, Reider says, and for the kitchen it was the black Bertazzoni stove that the couple fell for. Pale-gray cabinets and a glass-tile backsplash reflect the room’s abundant natural light. Kitchen designer Donna Venegas conceived the island with its burnished metal base and butcher-block rosewood top. Kelly says her favorite spot in the house might well be the kitchen’s sunny banquette, but it’s a safe bet the baby’s room is a close second. A bluevelvet-covered Louis XV daybed— another heirloom from her husband’s family—makes a comfy perch for a bit of bedtime reading to her one-yearold son. A sheepskin rug layered atop one of sisal is also a favorite spot for both mother and baby. “I like it for the aesthetic,” says Kelly, “but he loves it to play on. We roll around on that rug all day.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 200.

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The plums and blues of the rest of the home take on a muted tone in the master bedroom. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The designer maximized space in the master bath with a built-in vanity that has open and closed storage. The shower gets a luxe feel from a sheathing of tile in variations of green with hints of lavender. The homeowners’ year-old son’s bedroom is childlike but not babyish; the sheepskin rug is a favorite spot for play. may–june 2015  New England Home 109

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the bar

A homeowner’s timely suggestion results in a Cape Cod home that takes every advantage of its stunning location.

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The building’s striking street-facing side is graced with an aged cherry tree—one of several old trees saved during construction. “As the central feature of the serene arrival court, the cherry distinguishes this residence from all the rest,” says landscape architect Daniel Solien.

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A hand-blown glass chandelier by John Pomp lends drama to the dining area. FACING PAGE: In the adjoining living room, a Matrix coffee table from Cliff Young Ltd. delivers a visual punch. The handsome beamed ceiling and stone hearth provide gravitas. In this setting, explains the architect, the ashlar pattern of the fireplace granite comes across as “more organic than rustic.”

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he harbor dotted with sailboats bobbing at their moorings was spectacular. In fact, the site promised such postcard-pretty vistas filled with soaring seagulls and puffy clouds, no one thought about attempting to maximize it further—no one, that is, except the astute owner. The design process for his new home was well under way when he posed the idea of increasing the structure’s height. Whereas plenty of sites present challenges, here was one, explains architect Charles Orr, of Hutker Architects, that

delivered ever more opportunities. Of course, the only way to know what could really be gained by expanding upward was to have a look. So John Kruse, vice president of Sea-Dar Construction, cleverly arranged for a crane to hoist the interested parties above the treetops. Eureka! “Instead of water in just one direction, we could see water on two sides,” says Kruse, whose company has built a number of homes for this couple. To make matters even better, their change of strategy was still within Cape Cod’s height restrictions for new construction. may–june 2015  New England Home 113

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RIGHT: Brushed-aluminum upper cabinets add a modern touch to the kitchen, while the glass tile backsplash brings a spark of energy. BELOW: In the den, luxury translates to a cream-and-brown Tibetan wool carpet from the Stephanie Odegard Collection. FACING PAGE: The breakfast area sports a live-edge table from Dennis Miller and a branch chandelier from Paul Ferrante.

With the happy revelation of greater cinematic scenery, the house grew to three stories, with roof decks added to the front, back, and top floors. Orr also wisely extended the foundation of the 11,000-squarefoot residence by several feet to dramatize the view down into the harbor. “It sounds trivial, but it made a significant difference,” he says. The terraces were also elevated (from the top of the fieldstone seat wall to grade is four feet) to provide pool-area security and to help blur the line between Mother Nature and the indoors. The granite platforms “make for easy, step-free circulation between the house and outdoor areas,” says landscape architect Daniel Solien of the Falmouth, Massachusetts-based firm Horiuchi Solien.

Even when the owners venture inside, window walls keep them connected to their glorious setting. Awash with natural light, the rooms fairly glow. “It’s a deep house. We made certain light would flow from one side to the other,” says Orr. The handsome window-lined stairs were constructed without risers. And light-bouncing, smooth-grained white oak was chosen for the floors and the firstfloor paneling. The last riffs on traditional paneling, but, with reveals so thin they’re almost flush to the wall, reads as modern. From the start, the owners had insisted they didn’t want a cookie-cutter beach house. Interior designer Vivian Hedges, who, like Kruse, knows the couple well from previous projects, understood completely. The Manhattan designer, who counts clients on both coasts and around the globe, is hardly the kind to conjure up the ordinary anyway. In sync with the owners’ finely honed aesthetic, she concocted a sophisticated decor in a neutral palette Project Team

Charles E. Orr and Mark Hutker, Hutker Architects Interior designer: Vivian Hedges, Vivian Hedges Interiors Builder: Sea-Dar Construction Landscape design: Daniel Solien, Horiuchi Solien Landscape Architects Architecture:

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Details, such as the careful sizing of the oak panels to echo the proportions of the windows, are paramount. Finished in the same color throughout, the home’s windows create a sense of consistency. FACING PAGE, TOP: The wife discovered the master bedroom’s vibrant Steven King rug. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The couple’s shower is clad in stone tile from Artistic Tile’s Ambra Collection.

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“I decorate with the idea in mind that I want the room to look as good ten years on as it does right now,” says Hedges. that suits the clean-lined architecture and allows the surroundings to remain the focus. The tailored furnishings are comfortable for everyday living and entertaining, but they’re also undeniably stylish. The spacious home incorporates a number of relaxing spaces, and Hedges has ensured each is as chic as the next. The den, with its graphic zebra-striped rug, is particularly seductive. Visitors are quick to imagine themselves whiling away the hours on the pillow-strewn sofa—at least until they spy the sunroom. This bright space opens to the pool on the south, while a parade of floor-to-ceiling windows to the east frames the harbor. Reading? Catnapping? A pair of welcoming divans perched side by side invite leisure. The kitchen and living and dining rooms sit adjacent to the sunroom. And since living and dining spaces seep seamlessly into one another, there are views from every vantage point. Hedges references them in the color of the leather dining chairs—a frosted blue that speaks to misty mornings—and a Marc Phillips carpet in the living room as blue as the sky. The living room’s most striking object, however, is the sculptural coffee table. “I spotted it and loved it,” says Hedges. “The clients are adventuresome. They like trying new things.” Flanked with Holly Hunt sofas and Christian ­Liaigre Latin

chairs, the cool, glass-topped table makes a notable contrast to the rugged granite fireplace. The kitchen, where Orr has made a deft com­ bination of brushed-aluminum upper cabinets with oak cabinets below, is similarly contemporary. Green-as-the-lawn glass tile interjects a splash of color for the cook, who can work and converse with family seated opposite the island in the cozy breakfast area. Nixing a more typical chandelier, the designer installed a sculptural Paul Ferrante fixture reminiscent of a gnarled branch above the hefty table. The banquette is clad in durable Tabanan Tango fabric by Pindler & Pindler. may–june 2015  New England Home 117

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there’s always someone sunning on the terrace or splashing in the pool. The infinity edge gives swimmers uninterrupted views at the harbor-facing end.

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The expansive patio, with its low walls, and the infinityedge pool mean nothing impedes the view of the bustling harbor. Landscape architect Daniel Solien removed years of invasive vegetation to recapture the harbor scene and reseeded the coastal bank with native plantings.

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extending the foundation of the home helped dramatize the view down into the harbor. “It sounds trivial, but it made a significant difference,” says Orr.

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ABOVE: The vista-capturing house perches thirty

feet above the water. The guest wing sits to the right of the main house, and the pool area is on the left. BELOW: The existing dock was updated to ensure safety. FACING PAGE: A second terrace, off the living room, increases the pleasures of outdoor living. Bright roses and sunny seat cushions add a dash of summer color.

As anyone with a nest by the water will tell you, company is a given from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. But with several guest rooms, nine bathrooms, and an elaborate guest suite that includes living and dining rooms as well as two bedrooms, crowds are encouraged at this address. In summer, there’s almost always someone sunning on the terrace or splashing in the pool. The infinity edge, Solien points out, gives swimmers uninterrupted views at the harbor-facing end. When the owners slip away for a few private moments, it’s to a posh, Zen-like master suite. “I decorate with the idea in mind that I want the room to look as good ten years on as it does right now,” says Hedges. The wide, upholstered floating headboard, behind which is tucked the entrance to the walk-in closet, is her design. The room’s serene color scheme flows into the master bath, where the gray-blue shower tile mimics the ocean. The homeowners claim a private deck for water-watching of their own, too. Living outdoors as much as possible, after all, is the point of owning such a cheery property and the perfect house to complement it. Come nightfall, there are media and

game rooms to enjoy. But it’s a safe bet that on most evenings, everyone heads for the fireplace terrace to revel in the silvery moonlight and count the stars. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 200. may–june 2015  New England Home 121

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As an avid gardener, Janice Battle likes to embellish her front door with a basket of fresh flowers. FACING PAGE: When the Battles bought the historic Concord, Massachusetts, house, they painted the shutters Waterbury Green and removed several pine trees from the front yard to better highlight the picket fence.

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The draperies, made from a tea-stained, blue-green Jasper floral fabric with birds, set the color palette for the living room. FACING PAGE: An antique table and mirror from John Battle’s childhood home lend a formality to the foyer, with its bold blue-mum wallpaper by Michael S. Smith for Jasper.

feel compelled to put their stamp on every square inch of their homes, but decorator Janice Battle and her architect husband, John, are not that obsessive. Twenty years ago, when they bought the circa-1780 Silas Hosmer House in picturepostcard Concord, Massachusetts, their goal wasn’t historic preservation or design perfection. Their priority was creating a

comfortable, personal, and welcoming home for entertaining friends and raising their three now-grown children. “The house had good bones and a great garden,” says Janice, noting that they were drawn to Concord by the good schools and sense of community. Like most residents, she takes enormous pride in Concord’s history; the town, incorporated in 1635, is may–june 2015 New eNglaNd Home 125

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TOP, FROM FAR LEFT: The Battles accessorize with design books, small chinoiserie boxes, architectural fragments, porcelain eggs, and a chinoiserie chest. BOTTOM: The heirloom sofa is from Janice’s grandmother’s house, while the bookshelves hold John’s bevy of Baedekers and Janice’s collection of creamware and mercury glass.

PROJECT TEAM ARCHITECT: john Battle, Battle associates architects INTERIOR DESIGNER: janice Battle, Beyond the Garden

where the Revolutionary War began, and was also the home of such literary figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott. Although they purposely bought a house just outside the Historic District so they would not be confined by district regulations, the Battles feel a civic duty to keep up appearances, especially since their house is adjacent to the landmark downtown. When they moved in, they removed four huge pine trees out front to open up the house to the community and let in daylight. “The shutters were in disrepair, so we fixed them and painted them Waterbury Green,” Janice says. “The picket fence was here, and it is a sweet little thing, but it’s taken a beating this winter.” Inside, the house was not perfect. It had been added on to in a higgledypiggledy fashion over centuries. The narrow front stairway had become superfluous, so they closed it off and Janice now curates vignettes on the steps with art, books, and objets d’art. The kitchen was the only space that required a major renovation. “It was four rooms with pantries and closets, and we tried to patch it together but finally gutted it,” she recalls. John’s plan for the renovation included retrofitting some handsome Smallbone cabinets from Janice’s parents’ house, salvaged when the home was sold to a builder who planned to tear it down. When the Battles opened up the ceiling, they discovered handsome beams that now give the kitchen a rustic charm. Inspired by pictures of Monet’s legendary house in Giverny, Janice chose a yellow-on-yellow palette for the kitchen. may–june 2015 New eNglaNd Home 127

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LEFT: To neutralize the dining room’s flawed walls, the Battles painted it a unifying deep red. They installed a wood stove in the fireplace that was once used for cooking. ABOVE: An old jelly cabinet disguises an awkward corner. FACING PAGE: The couple rescued the Smallbone cabinets from Janice’s parents’ house, and John retrofitted them for the kitchen that, inspired by Monet’s home at Giverny, is painted in five shades of yellow.

“We used five different shades, including one called Polenta, by C2 Paint,” she says. An antique table with a breadboard end is where they have family dinner almost every night. “It was the first piece of furniture we bought together when we were married thirty years ago,” Janice says. When their son was in high school, it became the spot where his friends would routinely gather for home-cooked meals. The dining room was given a coat of deep red paint to mask its flaws. “It was very wonky—nothing is straight, and if you noticed the awkward lines it would make you crazy,” Janice says. Moreover,

red made the perfect background for her collection of ironstone, creamware, and French confit pots. An old jelly cabinet, angled to hide an awkward corner, has sentimental value. “It was the first antique I ever bought,” says Janice, who was an antiques dealer before devoting herself full-time to her design business, Beyond the Garden. The original fireplace still had its cooking bars, but it no longer drew smoke well. “It was probably designed for coal, not an open wood fire, so we installed a wood stove that we love,” she says. Decorating the living room began with


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The master bedroom’s dressing table was one of the first antiques the couple bought as newlyweds, thirty years ago. The vintage French creamware plates flank a silver-leafed mirror. FACING PAGE: A landscape painting by Daniel Thibault of Peterborough, New Hampshire, hangs above a settee that was in Janice’s childhood bedroom. The bed is dressed with Matouk linens.

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LEFT: Antique tools and a vintage sign from the road where Janice grew up decorate the rough-hewn walls of the “connector” between the kitchen and the barn. BELOW: The Battles turned the wisteria-draped space into an outdoor living area. FACING PAGE: The rustic room is a favorite for warm-weather dining.

a Jasper floral fabric that Janice fell in love with and made into draperies. Its tea-stained blues and greens set the color palette for upholstering the sofa and an armchair that had belonged to her grandmother and were languishing in her parents’ basement. “I just love them,” she says. She painted the backs of the existing bookshelves a soft blue that makes a great background for the couple’s collections— John’s leather-covered Baedekers and Janice’s creamware and the mercury glass that lends a subtle sparkle to the room. On the coffee table, a glass case with a collection of antique binoculars sits on a lacquered orange tray—a pop of color that keeps the room from being too demure. An elaborately detailed white-onwhite vase is always filled with flowers or branches, depending on the season. The master bedroom has a similar spring-is-in-the-air sensibility. The walls are painted a robin’s egg blue, with coordinating floral curtains from Hines. A blue Oushak carpet only partially covers the golden pine floors, which provide historic character to the room, as does the settee

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The bones of the garden, including the pond and fountain, were already in place when the Battles moved in, and Janice continues to expand it. FACING PAGE: The stone driveway was laid by a previous owner and makes an elegant segue from the street to the backyard.


that Janice had in her girlhood bedroom. Beside the iron bed, dressed in luxurious sheets from Matouk, Janice placed mirrored lamps from Bungalow in Westport, Connecticut, for contemporary contrast. “Amazingly,” she says, “they came with shades the exact same color as the walls.” In spring and summer, the couple spend as much time outdoors as possible. The original “connector,” as the two call it, from the mudroom to the barn/ garage flummoxed them when they first moved in. Draped in wisteria, the opensided space, with the original windows on the back wall, functioned as horse stalls in the past. “It’s morphed into our outdoor living and dining room,” says Janice, who has decorated the walls with antique tools and the architectural fragments that John collects. The dining table is illuminated by a single bulb set in the center of a carved metal light fixture

that hangs by ropes from the rafters. The garden, like the house, had good bones, including brick terraces and a small pond with a fountain. “I’ve added to it over the years with roses, nepeta, and big pots of flowers,” Janice says. The Battles inherited the estate-worthy grassand-stone driveway that was installed by a previous owner and gives their quarteracre plot a sense of Old World grandeur. “We would have never done something like that, because it requires so much maintenance,” says Janice, who nonetheless would never replace it. The couple knew from the day they moved in that respecting an old house while making it livable and practical would be a continual challenge. “It’s not always easy,” Janice says, “but we’ve loved every minute of living here.” • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see

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“A clean, modern, minimalist house is harder to do, because there is no trim to cover ­mistakes and mismatches.” —Paul Guitard, vice president of Woodmeister Master Builders top: Richard Mandelkorn; Bottom: lucy chen

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ew Englanders love traditional architecture; it’s part of the defining spirit of our region. We celebrate it with cedar shakes, red brick and white wood, granite boulders, painted clapboards, ornate trim, gabled rooflines, and, in the cities, the charming historic jumble of 1725 jostling up against 1890. Quintessential New Englanders worship at the altars of Bulfinch and Richardson, shivering at the thought of living in a glass-and-steel minimalist box. That has been the prevailing school of thought, at least. Now, though, a broad range of leaders in the home design and building industries agree that they see a trend toward a decidedly modern aesthetic. Although we’re not stampeding to replicate Philip Johnson’s Glass House, we New Englanders are expressing a ence for cleaner design and less ornamental weight. This holds true across the spectrum of home design, from architecture to bathroom fittings. But make no mistake: while we may opt for simpler lines and a cleaner look, we still maintain our appreciation for the highest quality in all things. We want the newest technology (and we want it to be all but invisible), we want to make the smallest impact possible on our environment, and we still crave furniture, finishes, and decoration that are well crafted and beautifully designed—that make a statement about who we are.

Pared Down and Eco-Friendly Builder Paul Guitard is vice president at Woodmeister Master Builders, which has offices in Holden, Massachusetts, as well as in Nantucket and Boston, New York City, and Stowe, Vermont. His company prides itself on its sophisticated, design-oriented clients. “What we are seeing is a shift toward more simple, contemporary design,” he explains. Jim Youngblood, of Youngblood Builders in Newton, Massachusetts, is pleased by that shift. “I prefer the contemporary design, so I love hearing that people predict seeing more of it,” he says. He doesn’t expect a wild swing away from the New England vernacular, though. “We have some very contemporary work right now, but also some very traditional,” he says. “In my experience, people in New England don’t take risks like they do in San Francisco or Chicago.” The simpler lines of contemporary design hardly

mean that any less expertise goes Styles are trending into the craft of home building, toward more modern, Youngblood and Guitard assert. “A contemporary clean, modern, minimalist house is design. “But it’s not harder to do, because there is no trim to cover mistakes and mismatches,” a fashion-driven Guitard notes. modernism, it’s more The new focus on modern design of a timeless contemisn’t all about looks, either. “We porary aesthetic.” also see an increased emphasis on the healthy home, where each piece Chip webster, Chip Webster Architecture of material has to pass stringent standards for the emission of noxious gases and other health concerns,” Guitard says. “For both of those reasons—a contemporary look and health concerns—interior finishes tend to be crisper, shinier, with more use of highgloss paint.” Lighting, as well, is becoming a focus for ­homeowners, he adds. “Lighting is usually the unsung hero, but clients are now more aware of its importance.” Adolfo Perez, whose architectural firm is located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, is known for his

///// Above: Architect Chip Webster is building Nantucket houses that integrate modern interiors into a traditional skin. Facing page, top: This interior by architect Adolfo Perez integrates new LED lighting technology to dramatic effect. Facing page, bottom: This kitchen, crafted by Woodmeister Master Builders, dispenses with upper cabinets in favor of windows and light. May–june 2015  New England Home 139

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“We have less of a throwaway culture today, with more interest in craftsmanship.” —Lisa Foster of Reconstructure

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unapologetically contemporary style. “I do see more contemporary architecture these days,” he says. “At least, given my work,” he adds with a smile, “that’s what I like to think I’m seeing.” He, too, sees clients taking a deeper interest in lighting, as improving technology changes their experiences of their homes. “Lighting is a big deal for me. I do my own lighting design,” he says. “Most projects, I think, are underlit. But the new LED lighting is changing almost weekly, with smaller fixtures

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and better, warmer color ranges. They are big energy savers and can last 50,000 hours instead of the 2,000 hours we get from a regular incandescent bulb.” Recessed fixtures, Perez says, “are still a bit pricey, but that’s where we’re going. The newer fixtures allow for more interest on the design end: since they’re smaller, you can hide them.” His clients also want tighter building envelopes, he says, part of their insistence on lowering energy costs. Interior architect Lisa Foster, of Reconstructure, a Providence company, agrees, saying that her clients are actively looking to create a smaller carbon footprint. “People think about their heating bill, so they want a super-insulated house, radiant systems, efficient ways of heating and cooling,” she says. This heightened consciousness about the environment accompanies more general quality-of-life concerns, she adds. “I see a return to more traditional family living situations and more emphasis on sharing, togetherness, and the community.” Foster, whose firm also operates Source at Reconstructure, a boutique featuring home furnishings, decorative accessories, art, and jewelry, credits the Rhode Island School of Design for fostering an interest in well-made products. “We have less of a throwaway culture today, with more interest in craftsmanship. People want to invest in things that last, and there’s strong interest in the local,” she says. “Americans are more into design than they used to be, and they know that, when you work with craftspeople, you are better able to connect with the community.” Chip Webster, whose architectural firm is located on Nantucket, concurs that environmental concerns are foremost for many clients. “They are now part and parcel of the project; all our new buildings have geothermal systems,” he says. “We are also designing for greater connection between inside and out, with doors that slide all the way across a space, so that whole wall sections open to the outside.” As another example of this yearning to blur the boundaries between indoors and out, Webster notes, “Once, clients all wanted a swimming pool, but now they want an accompanying pool house that’s outfitted with a kitchen, living room, and sleeping space. Multiple structures are becoming far more common.” Webster, too, sees styles trending toward more modern, contemporary design. “But it’s not a fashion-driven modernism, it’s more of a timeless contemporary aesthetic,” he says. Technology will continue to play a role in changing design trends, he says. “The truly major change is being driven by the fact that architects and designers are all working in 3-D now. It will lead to more experimental and sculptural forms; houses won’t necessarily be rectilinear anymore.” opposite page: John Horner

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“I see a return to more traditional family living situations and more emphasis on sharing, togetherness, and the community.” Lisa Foster, Reconstructure

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///// This downtown Boston condominium by interior designer Leslie Fine incorporates plenty of built-in storage to help her clients keep their lives easy, clean, and uncluttered.

A New Sophistication Boston interior designer Leslie Fine believes that the new taste for minimalism is driven partly by an ongoing migration from the suburbs to the city. “People want to participate in urban lifestyles, and they are shedding many of their belongings,” she says. “They want to pare down to make their space more serene and less cluttered.” It’s not that everyone is flocking to a super-minimalist look. “It’s not stark, but it is lighter-feeling,” Fine says. “For both young and old, a transitional aesthetic has become prevalent in New England. A lot of people still don’t love modernism. But the joy of transitional design is that there are no rules.” Part of the move toward a serene, less cluttered look, Fine says, has to do with wanting a less formal lifestyle. “No one does a living room you can’t go into anymore,” she says. “We are gravitating toward durable, low-maintenance materials: porcelain tiles in bathrooms, quartz counters in kitchens, indooroutdoor fabric used inside. Every room wants to be a casual room. We want to have friends in, serve food, and have fun!” “Your home, even your office, is your sanctuary,” says Susan Symonds, who operates her eponymous interior design firm in Providence. “I see a craving for comfort, and an appreciation for a diverse blending of periods and styles.” The beige interior is on its way out. “People are

becoming a little bit more adventurous,” Symonds says. “Clients are saying, ‘I want it to be exciting,’ and we are using bolder colors and patterns. People are gravitating toward ethnic prints that are very bold and that have pattern, and they are blending metal tones, not saying that it all has to match.” And, she adds happily, “wallpaper is making a big comeback.” “Everything is cyclical,” says Bill Elinoff, president and owner of the venerable Boston Design Center showroom FDO Group/Kravet. “Right now, we are seeing a slow movement back to pattern and color. Some of the most popular fabrics today are brights— pinks, yellows, greens. As people adopt color, they are not doing it in a half-hearted way.” Like Leslie Fine, Elinoff sees the recent migration to urban living as instrumental in changing tastes. “A lot of people are transitioning from the suburbs to the city. They want sophistication, and they want entertainment from their homes,” he says. “Lots of pattern is coming back and, especially, wallpaper is making a huge comeback. High-end and luxe seem to be very big right now.”

Creating Calm The movement away from ornate design isn’t just a city trend either. Linda Banks of Simply Home and Banks Design Associates of Falmouth, Maine,

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observes: “As a high-end architectural designer specializing in homes on or near the water, I have noticed, over the last five years, a paring down of molding and ornament. Not ‘modern’ as we might imagine, but distinctly edited.” Banks speculates that traveling has made her clients appreciative of simplified environments. “Hotels need to be clutter-free, promoting a good night of


///// Punchy colors, bold patterns (particularly updated ethnic and tribal designs), and mixed metals are a few of the trends our New England experts have noticed. 1. Peter Fasano’s Cupar linen in Palm. 2. Nautilus, a new wallpaper from Cole & Son’s Whimsical collection. 3. Suvi, from Romo’s Orvieto collection, in Blossom. 4. Also from the Orvieto collection: Pintura in Lotus Flower (curtains), Suvi in Clementine (rear pillow), and Xilia in Magenta (front pillow). 5. Elizabeth Hamilton’s Grand Shangri-La has roots in traditional Persian floral motifs. 6. Punchinello wallpaper, by Cole & Son. 7. John Lyle Design’s Anthony table is a sleek mix of brass and hammered stainless steel. May–june 2015  New England Home 143

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Trends and tastemakers rest and making changeover easy the next morning,” she explains. In New England homes, Banks sees the desire for less clutter, especially in kitchens. Upper cabinets, for instance, are a part of the kitchen design of the past. “We have been providing walk-in pantries when space permits, in lieu of many upper cabinets,” she says. “The unfitted kitchen, as it’s known in England, has been around for a while, and we have been fans for years. I have almost no upper cabinets in any of my jobs. I prefer tall cabinets, or open walls with air or windows above.” Banks sums up the prevailing aesthetic: “The simplified kitchen, open and airy, and certainly not dark wood, and lacking in ornamentation.” Color, she says, is popular, although when it comes to kitchens and baths, white and other neutrals are still in demand. “People like pops of color as an accent,” Banks says. “They are mixing materials like brass, bronze, and nickel. And, of course, blue and white

“We are bringing natural elements like driftwood or twigs together with granite or glass surfaces.” Nina Hackel of Dream Kitchens

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space to linger in. Even traditionally curvaceous fixtures such as bathtubs are increasingly likely to be squared off. Steel, once reserved for kitchen appliances and countertops, now frequently appears as a design accent.

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continue to be highly requested on the East Coast.” In the kitchen, we want contemporary design, but we like our modernism with a rustic edge, says Nina Hackel of Dream Kitchens, in Nashua, New Hampshire. “We are bringing natural elements like driftwood or twigs together with granite or glass surfaces,” she says, pointing to a glass backsplash accented with vertical twigs and artfully lit. “We love river pebbles in the shower, and are seeing more and more wood-grain tile. We are taking the edge off the shiny modern surfaces with earthy materials. I call it ‘rustic modern.’ The earth is definitely coming back!” Heather Kahler is the showroom manager of Downsview Kitchens of Boston. Like Woodmeister’s Paul Guitard, she sees a growing interest in highgloss finishes on cabinetry. And, like Banks, she finds her clients leaning away from upper cabinets in the kitchen. “It makes it more like a room, not like a laboratory. The hood becomes the focal point.” For kitchen hardware, stainless steel is popular. “We see a lot of stainless-steel accents on cabinets, and drawers with a polished stainless-steel band all around—not in the whole kitchen, just on some pieces,” Kahler says. “One example is a hood with a band of polished chrome at the bottom.” In the quest to keep things neat and tidy, she adds, there are ever-better refrigerator and freezer options. “There are columns or towers that can be totally hidden. Refrigerator and freezer drawers are now available up to thirty-six inches wide.” And clients are replacing their microwave ovens with steam ovens. “It’s a healthy way to cook,” Kahler points out, “and it takes up the same amount of space as a microwave.” Jason Sevinor’s grandfather started Designer Bath in Beverly, Massachusetts, in 1945, so his family has seen a lot of bathroom trends come and go. Today’s styles, Sevinor says, are a reaction to the stresses of modern life. “Storage is the big thing. People have a lot of stuff,” he says, and they want it tucked out of sight. “There are a lot of mirrored cabinets, wall-hung storage, and linen towers, with more options for smaller spaces. And there is greater stylistic variety.” The shower was once a simple necessity. “It was get in, get out,” Sevinor says. Now, however, “we love our big showers,” he says. “We want sitting spaces, and we complement that little bit of alone time with steam, aromatherapy, chromatherapy, or music. That shower is a little bit of heaven.” Bath furnishings and fixtures, he observes, also echo the trend toward contemporary design. “Tubs used to be very rounded; now, straighter lines are more popular. Everything, from faucets to shower thermostats, is less ornate. White is everywhere.”

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Attuned to Nature Builders, architects, and interior designers all agree that homeowners have grown much more interested in and savvy about lighting. The same is true for the outdoors, say local landscape designers. Well-designed lighting is as important outside as in, asserts Peter White, landscape architect and principal at ZEN Associates of Woburn, Massachusetts. Subtle, perfect lighting keeps us outside longer and creates beguiling views from the inside, he says. “The most important question we ask, especially here in New England, is: What gets you outside and keeps you outside longer?” he explains. “Instead of just lighting up the landscape, we use lighting to create moods. For a party scene, there are bright lights and colors. They change to a serene, moonlitlike scene. Push another button, and it changes to security lighting. We use the same fixtures for different effects.” Fire elements and water features also play a larger role in today’s landscape designs. “Fire draws people to gather around,” White says, “and the sound of water is very peaceful. It’s a plus if you can hear it inside.” “Water is the next oil,” says landscape architect Michael Boucher of Freeport, Maine. “It’s becoming part of the news.” As a result, he says that sustainable and low-

maintenance designs are the top trends for residential landscape projects. “People are more sensitive to native conditions—to meadows and woodland plant communities,” he says. “And they seem to realize increasingly that lawns are not natural, and should be created for particular uses. Play is the biggest one.” While homeowners reduce clutter and simplify their rooms, they are discovering the nearly limitless possibilities of container gardening, both indoors and outside. “With containers, you can get more creative,” says Matt McKenna, creative director of garden design and retail at Boston’s Winston Flowers. (The florist also has locations in Chestnut Hill, Concord, Wellesley, and Hingham, Massachusetts, as well as in Greenwich, Connecticut.) “Even in New England, you can throw something tropical into a container and enjoy it for the season,” he says. For spring, McKenna favors masses of hellebores because they bloom early and prolifically. “Single varieties, in a large mass, are very simple and very effective,” he says. “Use three containers of the same size and shape, instead of different containers. It’s clean, simple, and more modern.” Inside and out, it seems, New Englanders yearn for homes that help them feel grounded, at peace, and in tune with the world around them. •

///// Above: Eye-catching containers, like these from Winston Flowers, make a strong statement for plantings both inside and out. Facing page, clockwise from top: Dramatic lighting can also enhance the mood outdoors, as this coastal retreat by ZEN Associates proves. A different project from ZEN Associates includes a custom stone firepit. This bosky walk by landscape architect Michael Boucher employs native plantings to minimize both maintenance and water use. May–june 2015  New England Home 147

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We are often asked about the features of the homes we build (the same question, interestingly, that you ask below). Clients are curious about new materials, techniques, and other innovations that can enhance their homes and living experience. We get asked which architects and designers we are working with, and on what projects. Finally, people ask about recommendations for architects, designers, landscape architects, and home-automation firms. We do provide recommendations—and not only for firms we have worked with. We will question our clients (or potential clients) about their intended projects and attempt to recommend firms we feel would be good matches.

Integral to all projects is the execution of the design intent and the owner’s vision. We are passionate about what we do, and that passion drives our team to address any challenges that may arise during a project. The personal nature of building a client’s home makes the work extremely rewarding, and most rewarding of all are the relationships we have forged. We have great clients—owners, architects, and designers—who continue to place their trust in our firm for project after project.

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We’re seeing a couple of trends. One is a desire for natural light. As people look to

I have a background in engineering, so I’m drawn to projects that are groundbreaking in design or engineering, or that use building methods that have never been tried before. The Brooklyn Bridge and Kansai International Airport in Japan are two that come to mind. I was fortunate to work on a project like this in Boston: owners at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences could customize anything in their homes while the building itself was still under construction. This had never been done to such an extent in Boston. We incorporated nearly $60 million worth of customization, spread across the building’s fifty units, working on all of them simultaneously with a staff of twenty-three. Someone described it as “changing the oil in your car while traveling at sixty miles an hour.”

What is the most important advice you’d give someone thinking about building a house?

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What I’m Looking At For designer Angela Adams, inspiration can often be found close to home, whether it is her beloved state of Maine or time spent with family.

“The ocean is one of my biggest inspirations— the rocks, the waves, the tides. Living in Portland, Maine, we feel the presence of the ocean every day, in the smell of the salty air, the sounds of seagulls, or watching busy ferry boats in Casco Bay. Within walking distance from our studio, the Eastern Prom on Munjoy Hill is a beautiful place to picnic and visit the ocean. The Ocean rug just feels like you are swimming under water. I love the sand color as much as the sea-glass color. The sand feels like the water is about to roll back in over your toes.” “Spike was a roughand-tumble Maine Coon cat with a rich history. Rescued from her mother, who tried to end her life in a mercy act when she was just a kitten, Spike learned the hard side of life early on. Amazingly, she lived to the ripe old age of twenty-two, and spent most of her time roaming the fields and woods of New Hampshire. She was tough as nails, but a real beauty with a heart of gold.”

“Ruthie is my mom, and I could easily name everything after her, because she’s been an amazing supporter of my dreams. She has a great sense of style and color and loves to have fun! I love this image of her because it reminds me of a busy summer when we were both working days and nights. On one beautiful day we snuck away and went to this beach. angela adams, Portland, maine, (800) 255-9454, 156 New eNglaNd Home may–june 2015

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et’s just assume we win the XXXIII Olympiad sweeps. It’s easy to picture a freestyle swim race around the WaterFire installation at the con­ vergence of the Moshassuck and the Woonas­ quatucket rivers in Providence. Or discus throw­ ing over Fenway’s thirty-seven-foot-high Green Monster, especially now that Red Sox owner John Henry has offered to vacate his park for the occasion. And surely, one can get excited about the Olympics as a walking Olympics here in our constellation of walking and cosmopolitan cities, as out­ lined by John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction and chair of the Boston 2024 partnership. But will the XXXIII Olympiad make a lasting impact on the archi­ tecture of New England? In March, the Boston Society of Architects launched a series of Olympic conver­ sations with a sold-out symposium Fish featuring A-list architects Dennis

Associates in Boston and Shanghai, Gavin McMillan of Har­ greaves Associates in Cambridge and San Francisco, and Kyu Sung Woo of Cam­ bridge, moderated by BOSTON 2024’S VISION OF AN former city councilor ­OLYMPIC STADIUM Mike Ross. Excitement was high about this unique opportunity for thinking big, despite all the reservations about security, traffic, and the public-transportation meltdown this past winter: “Why attempt the Olympics when we can’t even get the subways to run in a snowstorm?” we couldn’t help asking ourselves. And beyond such reservations looms a darker question: Is there even interest in great design, or is great design no longer on the cultural priority list? One of the big problems is that great design takes a lot of work, and always has. True, a stylish guy today can hop over to Nordstrom, pick up a nice pair of Ferragamo Double Monk Strap shoes for $1,100, and be walking them around our cobbled streets within minutes. They’re very nice, but they’re nevertheless—at the risk of sounding snobbish—massmerchandise items. A truly beautifully designed, custom pair of shoes involves wearing out some shoe leather. First, book a flight to Florence, enduring the humiliation of waddling around beltless and shoeless at check-in. Then, after much search­ ing, track down a maestro cobbler who is now semiretired and works only when in the mood, and who nevertheless

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New York–based designers Antonino Buzzetta and Eddie Lee joined Bostonbased designers Dennis Duffy, Christine Tuttle, and Taniya Nayak at the Boston offices of Woodmeister Master Builders. “I’ve certainly noticed men being more active in the design process over the past five years,” remarked Woodmeister’s Ted Goodnow. “Take closets. It was an inside joke that the guy would always get the three-foot closet and the woman would get the twenty-by-twenty with an island. Now he’s getting one, too. Perhaps Goodnow because of an awak­ ened interest in men’s fashion.” Are we talking Ferragamo or custom? In either case, the closet is custom. /// A custom Olympics here in New England






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Âť Of course it’s not news to us that Matthew Cunningham is a real talent. He was, after all, the first landscape architect to win a “5 Under 40â€? award, in our 2013 program. Still, we love it when the pros validate our beliefs, and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers did just that recently when it conferred not one, but two Gold awards upon Cunningham’s Winchester, Massachusetts-based firm, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design. Cunningham took home the honors for gardens in Brookline and Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the categories of Residential Design and Small Garden.

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and her husband, Douglas Wills-Lipscomb, have just become principals of the company. ­Jessica is the third generation of the Wills family to lead the firm founded by her grandfather in 1925. The couple plan to continue the venerable firm’s proud tradition of designing homes that draw inspiration from early American architecture.

» The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod knows how to have fun while doing something good for its community. The group brightened a dreary winter with its first “Bowling for Beds Fun-Raiser,” a lively event that pitted eighteen teams competing for the title of best bowlers on Cape

Construction Group—four times over. The Medfield, Massachusetts, company won a 2015 Silver CotY award from the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), in the category of Addition over $200,000. The firm also won three CotY awards in NARI’s Region 1 Northeast competition for two kitchens and a house its team worked on.

» Lighting is changing all the time, and Wolfers Lighting is keeping right on top of the latest technology. The company recently renovated its Waltham, Massachusetts, showroom to feature light labs that represent typical home settings as a way to show homeowners

Fine Fine Gardening Gardening Garden Garden Design Design & & Installation Installation Bowling for Beds Fun-Raiser

Cod. The competition was fierce (but fun, with the first-place trophy going to the Falmouth Lumberjacks), and raised money to benefit the Housing Assistance Corporation of Hyannis, a nonprofit that works to end homelessness on the Cape.

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the newest options for lighting their homes. The Wolfers staff can help demystify lighting, showing incandescent, halogen, and a range of LED lamps, all displayed to help you make the right choice for any given project. Meanwhile, Van Millwork has just unveiled its newly renovated Design Center in Needham, Massachusetts. The new look goes along with plenty of new product lines, as well as a more intimate, client-centered layout and a series of architecturally themed, fully decorated suites, showcasing interior doors, moldings, mantels, and other millwork in a range of varied period styles and designs. To see photos from the unveiling party, see Design Life, page 172.

architectural millwork, Jutras Woodworking is used to being called upon to work its magic in fine homes, but recently the company has put the finishing touches on a major redo of the public spaces for the newly redesigned Marriott hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. The hotel’s smart new look, from the lobby to the restaurant to the hip bar, owes plenty to the work of the craftspeople who work at the Greenville, Rhode Island, company.

» When Kevin Cradock was growing up in the

» It’s all in the family at Royal Barry Wills

Jamaica Plain section of Boston, he noticed and appreciated the classic architecture of his neighborhood. Later, as a carpenter, he was inspired by the houses he grew up with as he developed his career as a crafter of fine custom cabinetry, millwork, and furniture. Over the years, Cradock and his business have branched out, building custom houses and renovating historic homes. So it only makes sense that he recently changed the name of his Boston company to Kevin Cradock ­Builders, the better to reflect the firm’s mission of building and renovating, in addition to creating fine cabinetry and millwork.

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One of the many snowstorms over the winter couldn’t stop people from enjoying the 4th BSA


Design Awards Gala. Some 500 people

celebrated great design, both commercial and residential, at the InterContinental Boston hotel. The event was emceed by Allison Iantosca of F.H. Perry Builder, and Fred Koetter and Susie Kim, founders and principals of Koetter Kim & Associates, were the recipients of the BSA Award of Honor.






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(1) 4th BSA Design Awards Gala emcee Allison Iantosca (2) Mark Burke, Graysen Babbitt, Bree Dillon, Samantha Veldhuis, Ashley Bussell, and Christina Tully (3) Judith Nitsch and Lisa A. Brothers (4) Angela King and Mike Comtois (5) Emily Grandstaff-Rice and Tim Love (6) María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén (7) 2014 Hobson Awards



Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards. The program

recognizes the work of the region’s finest remodeling professionals. Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) members competed across twenty categories, ranging from kitchen remodels to complete historical renovations, at a variety of budget levels.






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Mitchell, Victoria Heydari, and Peter Grover (5) New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton, Lynda Simonton, and Kimberly Sansoucy (6) Rebecca Mattis and Justin Zeller (7) Amy McFadden and Roger Gallagher (8) Glenn Travis and Sean Cutting

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Celebrating Art & Design...In & Around Sudbury The design scene is thriving in MetroWest, as evidenced by the diverse and creative group of Sudbury, Massachusetts-based artists who displayed their work at this event hosted by 60nobscot. Artists included Constance Kolman, Kolman Artisan Glass; Cathleen Bradley, mixed-media assemblage artist; Ray Bachand, 60nobscot Home; James Heroux, James Heroux Studios; Vani Sayeed, Vani Sayeed Studios; and Ryan Kelley, Wire by Ryan.

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B/A/D Talk: What Makes a Good House ... and Why? Author Ann Sussman, architect Treff LaFleche, interior designer John Day, and New England Home’s editor-in-chief, Kyle Hoepner, discussed how to design a home that enhances the lives of its ­inhabitants. The event, at Boston’s District Hall, was sponsored by New England Home, United Marble Fabricators, and Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers.

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AD 20/21 Gala A much-anticipated highlight of Boston Design Week was AD 20/21, featuring fifty exhibitors offering modern and contemporary fine art, photography, jewelry, furniture, sculpture, fine prints, drawings, and more. The exhibit kicked off with a gala at the Cyclorama honoring Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic Robert Campbell, who received AD 20/21’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

➻ Boston Design Week As March came to a close, Bostonians put the long winter behind them and celebrated the city’s vibrant and growing design community at the second annual Boston Design Week. More than eighty events explored the important role that design plays in our lives, delving into all of its aspects, from urban design to photography.

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Harnessing the Power of Art: Maximize Art’s Public Relations, Interior Design, and Architectural Potential The South End’s Lanoue Gallery welcomed art consultant Jacqueline Becker, architect Matthew A. Trimble, and lighting designer Doreen Le May Madden to discuss the role of art in design, including the synergy between art and architecture, and commissioning site-specific work. The sponsor was the International Interior Design Association, New England Chapter.

Paul Cantillon

Erin Gates Book Signing at California Closets Newton, Massachusettsbased interior designer Erin Gates’s Elements of Style blog has created a fiercely loyal following. California Closets hosted a book signing for Gates’s New York Times best-selling book Elements of Style—Designing a Home and a Life. Fans were thrilled to meet the local design star in person.

Tara Carvalho

Designing the Next Generation: The Give and Take of Mentoring in Luxury Homes Cumar Marble and Granite and M-Geough co-sponsored this well-attended panel discussion about how mentoring helps enrich the field of home design. Moderators were designer and media personality Taniya Nayak and singer and Over My Shoulder Foundation co-founder Patti Austin, and panelists included some of the Boston area’s most esteemed design professionals.

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2015 CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS Residential Kitchen Under $50,000 GOLD AWARD: Morrison Remodeling and Repairs LLC SILVER AWARD: Renovation and Design Company Residential Kitchen $50,001-100,000 GOLD AWARD: Doucet Remodeling & Design, Inc. SILVER AWARD: Harvey Remodeling, LLC Residential Kitchen $100,001-150,000 GOLD AWARD: Feinmann, Inc. SILVER AWARD: Landmark Services, Inc. Residential Kitchen Over $150,000 GOLD AWARD: TEAM - Cutting Edge Homes, Inc. & GMT Home Designs SILVER AWARD: Encore Construction Co., Inc. Residential Bath $30,001-60,000 GOLD AWARD: New England Design & Construction SILVER AWARD: Thorson Restoration & Construction

New England Design & Construction - Children’s Bathroom Remodel This project was to remodel and upgrade a full bath for three children, who all use the same bathroom. There is an emphasis on keeping a modern style and a flexible design for multiple children using the room at the same time.

Residential Bath Over $60,000 GOLD AWARD: TEAM - Gallagher Remodeling, Inc. & Amy McFadden Interior Design SILVER AWARD: Feinmann, Inc. Residential Interior GOLD AWARD: TEAM - Morse Constructions, Inc., Jim Lavallee Plumbing & Heating, & Puccio Electric, Inc. SILVER AWARD: Thorson Restoration & Construction Residential Specialty Exterior GOLD AWARD: Morrison Remodeling and Repairs LLC SILVER AWARD: Archadeck of Suburban Boston Residential Addition Under $200,000 GOLD AWARD: Harvey Remodeling, LLC SILVER AWARD: New England Sunrooms & Conservatories, Inc. Residential Addition Over $200,000 GOLD AWARD: TEAM - Encore Construction Co. & GMT Home Designs SILVER AWARD: Mitchell Construction Group, Inc. Residential Exterior GOLD AWARD: Archadeck of Suburban Boston SILVER AWARD: TEAM - Cutting Edge Homes, Inc. & GMT Home Designs

A Contractor of the Year (CotY) award honors the work of this region’s finest remodeling professionals. Members of the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) competed in 14 categories for the distinction. The awards presentation gala was held at Clarke in Milford, MA. For information about your next remodeling project, or to find professionals, visit:

Entire House Over $500,000 GOLD AWARD: Encore Construction Co., Inc. SILVER AWARD: TEAM - Thomas Buckborough and Associates & Amy McFadden Interior Design Residential Historical Renovation / Restoration GOLD AWARD: Red House Custom Building, LLC SILVER AWARD: Thorson Restoration & Construction Commercial Project GOLD AWARD: Landmark Services, Inc.

Cutting Edges Homes These clients requested a total kitchen remodel converting an existing kitchen, dining room and den into a luxury 595 square foot kitchen with butler’s pantry, 2 large islands and eating nook perfect for specialty entertaining.

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Van Millwork Open House Van Millwork opened the doors to its newly renovated 2,500-squarefoot Design Center in Needham Heights, Massachusetts. Guests enjoyed music, drinks, and delicious small bites.

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Modern Interiors for Men New York–based designers Antonino Buzzetta and Eddie Lee joined Boston designers Dennis Duffy, Christine Tuttle, and Taniya Nayak for a lively discussion on how men can imbue their homes with personal style. The event was sponsored by the International Furnishings and Design Association and was held at Woodmeister Master Builders in Boston.

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International Poster Gallery New Collectors Opening Night Jim Lapides, the owner of the International Poster Gallery in Boston, offered his expert advice about curating a poster collection. After the talk, guests perused the gallery’s extensive collection, especially the exhibit called “Affordable Classics: Posters for the New Collector.”

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calendar kitchens? We do! The Music Hall’s 24th annual Kitchen Tour features coastal kitchens from cottage to contemporary. Charming trolleys take visitors from house to house. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $23 for Music Hall members, $25 for non-members, and $27 on the day of the event. Tickets available by phone, (603) 4362400, online at, or at the Music Hall box office, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, N.H. Tickets available on the day of the event at the Music Hall box office from 9 a.m., or at the First Congregational Church of Kittery, 23 Pepperrell Rd., Kittery Point, Maine.

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May Childs Gallery The Boston Printmakers Through July 12

Founded by a small group of senior students and faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Massachusetts College of Art in 1947, The Boston Printmakers has provided Boston and New England with access to fine-art printmaking for nearly 70 years. The gallery presents a selection of prints by current and former members. Margaret Rose Vendryes: The African Diva Project May 25–July 12

Margaret Rose Vendryes’s African Diva Project explores the role of gender in African cultures and in contemporary society through a series of paintings that depict black female music legends wearing traditional African masks. While these masks are customarily worn by men—even when representing female deities or ancestors— Vendryes uses them to empower the divas, including Diana Ross, Grace Jones, Tina Turner, and Eartha Kitt. Boston, (617) 266-1108, Shared Spaces: Maintaining History in Condo Living May 2

Owning a condominium in a historic building can present challenges. Project manager Elizabeth Randall and interior designer Julie Arrison will join preservation expert Sally Zimmerman to talk about preserving the history of shared spaces. The group will discuss how to prioritize improvements, home maintenance, working with condo boards,

Trade Secrets May 16–17

Trade Secrets celebrates its 15th year with a two-day event geared to gardening enthusiasts. Day one features a rare plant and garden antiques sale at Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, Connecticut. Day two offers a tour of four spectacular gardens in Litchfield County, including event organizer Bunny Williams’s own expansive grounds. Proceeds will benefit Women’s Support Services of Northwest Connecticut. Admission for plant sale: early buying, 8 a.m., $125 includes breakfast; regular buying, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $40. Garden tour 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $60 in advance and $70 on the day of the tour,

and various aspects of interior design. Advance registration is required. Phillips House, Salem, Mass.; (978) 744-0440,; 10 a.m.–noon.; $15 Young Friends and Historic Homeowner members, $20 Historic New England and Historic Salem members, $25 non-members Powers Gallery The Horse Show May 2–June 6

The Powers Gallery presents a show of the work of Alastair Dacey, Harley Bartlett, and Sam Vokey, three premier oil painters of landscapes and figures. The exhibit celebrates all things horses—a must-see for equestrians—with figurative studies of horse and rider at practice, lush landscapes of horse country, and scenes from the paddock. The gallery celebrates Kentucky Derby Day with an opening reception on May 2, 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Acton, Mass., (978) 263-5105,

33rd Annual Newton House Tour May 17

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Come take a peek at some of the most interesting homes in Newton, Massachusetts. This year’s tour features seven houses ranging in style from Colonial Revival to midcentury modern. Proceeds will benefit the Newton Historical Society. Tickets can be purchased online prior to May 15 for $35 general admission and $25 for Historic Newton members. Tickets are $40 and $30, respectively, the day of the show. (617) 796-1463,

Junior League of Hartford Decorator Show House April 25–May 17 Every three years the Junior League of Hartford works with designers to make over a local home, transforming the interiors and landscape. The 2015 house is a Tudorstyle dwelling with Old World charm. In addition to viewing the grandly redecorated home, attendees can enjoy a catered lunch and a gift boutique. Wednesdays 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 64 Orchard Road, West Hartford, Conn., (860) 233-4300,

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Mark your calendars for the renowned Brimfield 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. 86th Annual Beacon Hill Garden Tour May 21

The Beacon Hill Garden Club’s annual tour is the perfect chance to visit beautiful gardens while enjoying the historic neighborhood and the unique shops and restaurants on Boston’s Charles Street. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Beacon Hill Garden Club website for $35, $45 the day of the event, available at various stores on Beacon Hill or at information tables. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (617) 227-4392,

Preservation Society members $35 and non-members $40 in advance; $45 the day of the tour. Day of Design June 13–14

Day of Design will take place at The Mayflower Grace, a Relais & Châteaux hotel in Washington, Connecticut. Day of Design includes panels with renowned interior designers, architects, stylists, and industry VIPs, a sumptuous lunch on a porch overlooking the gardens, and a “Meet the Designers” cocktail party. Last year’s panelists included Robert Couturier, Robert Passal, and Philip Gorrivan, among many

Garden Conservancy Open Days May 30–31

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The Garden Conservancy’s mission is to preserve exceptional gardens across the United States so the public can enjoy and learn from them. Open Days, sponsored by the conservancy, gives people a chance to support the organization and see some of the country’s most beautiful private gardens. There will be several Open Days throughout New England this spring, including Martha’s Vineyard on May 13; Berkshire County, Massachusetts, on June 21; and Lake Champlain, Vermont, on June 27. For details and additional dates and locations, go to ­

June Concord Museum Garden Tour June 5–6

Attendees of this annual event are sure to be inspired to create their own outdoor oasis by visiting some of the most beautiful gardens in Concord, Massachusetts. Tickets for the self-guided tour can be purchased online in advance, or on tour days at the Concord Museum. (978) 3699763, x216; Providence Preservation Society’s Annual Festival of Historic Houses June 13

The festival, now in its 36th year, offers the opportunity to explore the homes of Providence’s Fox Point and South Benefit Street neighborhoods. Providence

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Newport Flower Show: American Beauty—Timeless Style June 19–21 Come help the Newport Flower Show celebrate its 20th year. Rosecliff, where the show is hosted, is the birthplace of the American Beauty rose, and the 2015 show celebrates the timeless beauty of this iconic bloom. The show will feature presentations by floral designer Jane Godshalk, gardener and historian Peter Hatch, and celebrity gardener P. Allen Smith. There will also be floral designs, garden displays, and plenty of shopping opportunities. Several social events surround the show, including a festive opening-night party on Friday, and a Sunday Champagne and jazz brunch. Admission for the show is $20 in advance, and $25 the day of the event. Tickets for the keynote lectures and social events can be purchased on the Newport Mansions website. Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, R.I., (401) 847-1000,

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others. Prices start at $170 for the day, with accommodation packages available for the weekend. For details contact Sarah Parker Young, (203) 982-3403, ­ Historic New England’s Program in New England Studies June 15–20

This program will educate participants about the history of New England through architecture and artifacts of the region. The curriculum includes lectures from noted historians, tours of historic homes, museum visits, and much more. The class will take you throughout New England with like-minded people who are passionate students of this region’s rich past. Enrollment is limited to 25 people. The $1,550 fee covers all aspects of the program, including lectures, admissions, guided tours, transportation to and from special visits and excursions, daily breakfast and lunch, evening receptions, and other service charges. (617) 994-6629, Plein Air Nantucket June 18–21

The Artists Association of Nantucket will host its fourth annual Plein Air festival, open to outdoor painters who would like to capture the beauty of the island. The four-day event will culminate in an exhibition of the art and the presentation of the Frank Swift Chase Awards on Sunday, June 21, at 5 p.m. at the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery. $10 to enter. Nantucket, (508) 228-0722, The Annual OIA Garden Tour June 20

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

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1. Crystal Classic This chandelier by Godefroy de Virieu and Stefania Di Petrillo for SaintLouis was inspired by the company’s Apollo stemware. Lux Bond & Green, Boston, (617) 266-4747, and Wellesley, Mass., (781) 235-9119,

2. The Color Purple Add the power of plum to a room with this Asplund Collection dresser. Lekker Home, Boston, (617) 542-6464,

3. Workplace Morale Sexy legs and an Echo Wood veneer make this Bausman & Company desk a pretty spot to take care of the task at hand. Ailanthus, Boston Design Center, (617) 482-5605,

4. Beachy The bold blue and tan design of this graphic outdoor rug from Dover Rug & Home just screams “beach house,” but we think it would look great anywhere. Natick, Mass., (508) 651-3500, and Boston, (617) 2663600,

5. Power To The Pillow New England– inspired pillows by Studio Dunn are made with hand-dyed fabrics and traditional quilting. Studio Dunn, Providence, (401) 400-0206,

6. In Fine Trim The design is in the details, and nothing adds personality to a piece like a bit of colorful trim. How about this cheery, bright-pink one from Highland Court? Duralee, Boston Design Center, (617) 428-6991,

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1. A Handsome Buck Set the table in your country cabin or chic city loft with Hering Berlin Piqueur dinnerware. Showroom, Boston, (617) 482-4805,

2. Garden Party Cover your walls in a bunch of blooms that evoke ancient Chinese landscapes with Designers Guild’s Shanghai Garden. Osborne & Little, Boston Design Center, (617) 7372924,

3. Lovely Lanai An interesting shape and nailhead details make the Lanai Chair from Bernhardt a real head-turner. Dwellings, Falmouth, Maine, (207) 781-3711,

4. Pastoral Panache The Jackson Accent Table with a faux elk-antler base adds a rustic-chic note to your home. Century Furniture, Boston Design Center, (617) 737-0501, and Cabot House, various locations, centuryfurniture. com

5. Under The Tuscan Sun Sunflower linens from Cricket Radio bring cheer to your dinner table or picnic basket. Shelburne, Vt., (802) 497-2067,

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It’s hard to believe this home was once an accessory building. It’s true: back in the late-nineteenth century, it served as a very ROOMS: 10 wealthy man’s garage. 5 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS The Camden, Maine, 1 HALF BATH carriage house still 5,656 SQ. FT. sits a few hundred $3,740,000 yards away from the twelve-bedroom Norumbega Castle, built by Joseph Stearns, the inventor of the duplex telegraph. It housed horses and more than a few carriages back in the day, but was gutted and converted into a residence in 1997 by its current owner, Sam Rowse. The stone building had stood empty and neglected for years, but Rowse was taken with its unusual turret (it’s accessible from all three floors and boasts views of Penobscot Bay)—and the challenge. The story of how he reinvented the structure, retaining the open interior, exposing the roof trusses, and insulating the walls, is a fascinating one. The home is a bit more than 5,600 square feet, with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. Custom details include nickel-trimmed cast-iron stoves and period chandeliers. The vibe is vintage, but state-of-the-art systems and modern amenities bring it squarely into this century.

An Old Home Ideal For Entertaining Once known as the Stephen Church House, this fine, Federal-style home dates from the 1790s and is one of the original residences in the Poppasquash Farms

Historic District of Bristol, Rhode Island. The hip-roofed home has been renovated, refreshed, and beloved by a good many owners in its more than 200-year history.

The kitchen is outfitted with the original enameled Glenwood gas stove and an additional range, for a total of ten burners. The appliances are fronted with Southern pine to match the cabinetry, while the counters, island top, and floor are marble.



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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Restored to resemble the architecture of the 1920s, this home on 10 acres, offers 9 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 9 fireplaces, wine cellar, pool with pool house and 4-car garage. $18,000,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Custom shingle and stone home set on 3+ acres in a lush cul-de-sac offering 19 exquisite rooms, 6 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, indoor pool, ice cream parlor and huge patio. $11,000,000

Priscilla Hindmarsh & Deena Powell | P. 781.910.2667 | D. 781.718.6555

Diana Chaplin | C. 781.354.9010

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite stone and stucco estate set on 2 acres in Country Club area offering 13 rooms, 5 en suite bedrooms, custom details and chef’s kitchen with cathedral great room. $6,900,000

GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Impressive Lake Winnipesaukee home set on 1.5 acres with 270 ft. of frontage, sandy beach, huge dock, 6 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, 2-story great room and sweeping views. $6,888,000

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

Susan Bradley | C. 603.493.2873 | O. 603.524.2255

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Renovated parlor level residence set on Commonwealth Ave. offering superb details, 4 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, elevator, terrace, patio, 3 garage spaces and concierge. $5,950,000

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

Michael Harper | C. 617.480.3938

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



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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Rare opportunity for new construction. Private 2.6 acre prime Southside estate setting. 8,600 sq. ft., 5/6 bedrooms all en-suite baths. Optional plans for swimming pool/tennis court. $4,675,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular restoration contemporary home features 11 rooms, stunning state of the art kitchen, large family room, covered porch and lovely yard. $4,500,000

Diana Chaplin | C. 781.354.9010

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

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

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite Stone & Shingle home on 3 scenic acres. Graciously scaled, beautifully crafted entertaining/casual areas feature 6 ensuite bedrooms and a finished lower level. $4,299,000

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

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MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular oceanfront with 400 ft. of sandy beach with deeded mooring, expansive patios/decks, 4 fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, 2-story great room, and wine cellar. $3,695,000

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Grand Stonefront Colonial situated on one of Brookline’s most desirable streets. 13 generously sized rooms. Lush landscaped grounds and gardens offer a private retreat. $3,600,000

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CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Resort-like family compound on 12+ acres with 5 bedrooms, energy-efficient solar design, sophisticated audio/visual/lighting systems, solarium, indoor pool and a barn. $3,598,000

NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning South Street 2005 Colonial on rare 3.3 acres. Gourmet kitchen, fabulous open floorplan. 12 rooms, 5 Br., 3.2 Ba. Exercise studio and sports court/rink have wonderful appeal. $3,200,000

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SOUTH NATICK, MASSACHUSETTS River’s Edge offers superb views of the Charles River with 13 rooms and an additional approved waterfront lot. 16 seat movie theatre and exercise studio. Minutes to Wellesley center. $2,590,000

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS 1906 Colonial with vintage details, a recent chef’s kitchen, family room, master suite, and finished lower level addition, and a 3 car carriage house. Centrally located! $2,298,000

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LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS Historic Greek Revival Estate set on 2 acres in Lexington Center offering 13 rooms, 6 bedrooms, earthy kitchen, open family room, 3-car barn, porches, patio, and hot tub. $2,195,000

MATTAPOISETT, MASSACHUSETTS Antique Saltbox Farmhouse set on 6.7 equestrian acres with masterful reconstruction, spacious rooms, period details, 4 bedrooms, wide-plank floors, barn and 5-car garage. $1,800,000

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Niantic, Niantic, CT CT $4,475,000 $4,475,000 II MLS#E281144 MLS#E281144 Edward Edward Hillyer, Hillyer, 860.235.3424 860.235.3424

Laconia, Laconia, NH NH $3,900,000 $3,900,000 II MLS#4364885 MLS#4364885 Steven Steven Gray Gray Team, Team, 603.387.2488 603.387.2488

Avon, CT $14,900,000 I MLS#G666165 Bif Carrington, 860.881.5664

New New Canaan, Canaan, CT CT $2,995,000 $2,995,000 II MLS#99059969 MLS#99059969 Wendy Wendy Brainard, Brainard, 203.253.7790 203.253.7790

Clinton, CT $2,995,000 I MLS#N10016377 Ona Nejdl, 860.227.5027

Dover, Dover, MA MA $2,250,000 $2,250,000 II MLS#71689646 MLS#71689646 Barbara Barbara Miller, Miller, 508.380.3831 508.380.3831

Lexington, MA $2,495,000 I MLS#71800341 Charla & Kenda Coleman, 617.548.3987

Marblehead, Marblehead, MA MA $1,895,000 $1,895,000 II MLS#71771982 MLS#71771982 Steven Steven White, White, 781.690.6433 781.690.6433

Cape CapeCod/Truro, Cod/Truro,MA MA $3,100,000 $3,100,000I IMLS#21410795 MLS#21410795 Ray RayCharest, Charest,774.722.3587 774.722.3587 Lexington, MA $2,688,000 I MLS#71793815 Charla & Kenda Coleman, 617.548.3987

Old OldLyme, Lyme,CT CT $2,200,000 $2,200,000I IMLS#M9149303 MLS#M9149303 Jennifer JenniferGurnell, Gurnell,860.227.1212 860.227.1212

Sherborn, MA $2,485,000 I MLS#71760058 Nora Lynch, 508.245.2626

Wellesley, Wellesley, MA MA $1,895,000 $1,895,000 II MLS#71767309 MLS#71767309 Stephanie Stephanie Barber, Barber, 508.314.0398 508.314.0398

Boston/Jamaica Plain, MA $2,100,000 The Residential Group, 617.733.4240

Newton, MA Newton, MA $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181

New NewLondon, London,CT CT $3,300,000 $3,300,000I IMLS#E10017546 MLS#E10017546 Edward EdwardHillyer, Hillyer,860.235.3424 860.235.3424

Cape Cod/Eastham, MA Cape Cod/Eastham, MA $1,650,000 I MLS#21410399 $1,650,000 I MLS#21410399 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721

Clinton, CT $2,195,000 I MLS#N10017177 Ona Nejdl, 860.227.5027

Union, Union,CT CT $1,800,000 $1,800,000I IMLS#E278475 MLS#E278475 Lora LoraMerrill, Merrill,860.705.3120 860.705.3120

Boston/Jamaica Plain, MA $1,990,000 REteamwork, 617.852.3772

Clinton, Clinton,CT CT $1,990,000 $1,990,000I IMLS#E279237 MLS#E279237 Edward EdwardHillyer, Hillyer,860.235.3424 860.235.3424

Cape CapeCod/Mashpee, Cod/Mashpee,MA MA $1,750,000 $1,750,000I IMLS#21405064 MLS#21405064 Marianella MarianellaVan VanEtten, Etten,508.360.4414 508.360.4414

Simsbury, CT $1,950,000 I MLS#G693716 Geena Becker, 860.983.4446

Guilford, CT Guilford, CT $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499

Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA $1,495,000 I MLS#21408640 $1,495,000 I MLS#21408640 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166

Newtown, CT North Marshfield, MA Norwell, MA $1,850,000 I MLS#99085297 $1,630,000 I MLS#71788454 $1,499,900 I MLS#71789936 Connie Widmann, 203.856.6491 Richard Power, 339.793.0406 Liz McCarron, 617.347.4140 Sherborn, MA Barnet, VT Plympton, MA Barnet, VT Sherborn, MA Barnet, VT Plympton, MA VT $1,295,000 I MLS#71758745 $875,000 I MLS#4398296 $719,000 I MLS#71778343 $625,000Barnet, I MLS#4393830 $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 our family show your family way781.248.7153 home Susan McDonough, 781.235.5000 SusanLet Quatrini, 802.233.1505 Renee the Hogan, Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505

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Laconia, Laconia, NH NH $3,900,000 $3,900,000 II MLS#4364885 MLS#4364885 Steven Steven Gray Gray Team, Team, 603.387.2488 603.387.2488

Cape Cod/Brewster, MA $1,495,000 I MLS#21409905 Deborah Wilbur/Sandra Magner, 508.737.6636

New New Canaan, Canaan, CT CT $2,995,000 $2,995,000 II MLS#99059969 MLS#99059969 Wendy Wendy Brainard, Brainard, 203.253.7790 203.253.7790

Marblehead, Marblehead, MA MA $1,895,000 $1,895,000 II MLS#71771982 MLS#71771982 Steven Steven White, White, 781.690.6433 781.690.6433

Clinton, Clinton,CT CT $1,990,000 $1,990,000I IMLS#E279237 MLS#E279237 Edward EdwardHillyer, Hillyer,860.235.3424 860.235.3424

Andover, MA $1,095,000 I MLS#71797885 Kathy Cyrier, 978.852.5811

Union, Union,CT CT $1,800,000 $1,800,000I IMLS#E278475 MLS#E278475 Lora LoraMerrill, Merrill,860.705.3120 860.705.3120

Andover, MA 1,049,000 I MLS#71807655 Christopher Horan, 617.642.6510

Cape Cod/Eastham, MA Cape Cod/Eastham, MA $1,650,000 I MLS#21410399 $1,650,000 I MLS#21410399 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721

Cape CapeCod/Truro, Cod/Truro,MA MA $3,100,000 $3,100,000I IMLS#21410795 MLS#21410795 Ray RayCharest, Charest,774.722.3587 774.722.3587 Old Saybrook, CT $1,250,000 I MLS#M9148285 Sherry Brohel, 203.376.9068

Old OldLyme, Lyme,CT CT $2,200,000 $2,200,000I IMLS#M9149303 MLS#M9149303 Jennifer JenniferGurnell, Gurnell,860.227.1212 860.227.1212

Cape Cod/Eastham, MA $1,185,000 I MLS#21500493 Jorie Fleming, 508.246.3721

Wellesley, Wellesley, MA MA $1,895,000 $1,895,000 II MLS#71767309 MLS#71767309 Stephanie Stephanie Barber, Barber, 508.314.0398 508.314.0398

Newburyport, MA $1,075,000 I MLS#71801781 Ellen Hazo, 978.821.2425

Newton, MA Newton, MA $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 $1,699,000 I MLS#71770603 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181 Marjorie Gold, 617.549.0181

Duxbury, MA $1,489,000 I MLS#71802996 MaryBeth Davidson, 781.985.4967

Dover, Dover, MA MA $2,250,000 $2,250,000 II MLS#71689646 MLS#71689646 Barbara Barbara Miller, Miller, 508.380.3831 508.380.3831

Cape Cod/Harwich Port, MA $1,199,000 I MLS#21501018 Gregory Murphy, 617.571.9109

New NewLondon, London,CT CT $3,300,000 $3,300,000I IMLS#E10017546 MLS#E10017546 Edward EdwardHillyer, Hillyer,860.235.3424 860.235.3424

Cape CapeCod/Mashpee, Cod/Mashpee,MA MA $1,750,000 $1,750,000I IMLS#21405064 MLS#21405064 Marianella MarianellaVan VanEtten, Etten,508.360.4414 508.360.4414

Ridgefield, CT $1,049,000 I MLS#99090678 David Everson, 203.246.7150

Guilford, CT Guilford, CT $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 $1,590,000 I MLS#M9149381 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499 Nancy Bailey, 203.668.6499

Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA $1,495,000 I MLS#21408640 $1,495,000 I MLS#21408640 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166 Keith Sexton, 508.420.6166

Plymouth, MA Swansea, MA Cape Cod/Sandwich, MA $999,000 I MLS#71770260 $995,000 I MLS#71786159 $779,000 I MLS#21401013 Katrina McGrail, Laurie Amman, 508.636.4529 Ralph Secino, 508.776.3323 Sherborn, MA 781.561.5140 Barnet, VT Plympton, MA Barnet, VT Sherborn, MA Barnet, VT Plympton, MA VT $1,295,000 I MLS#71758745 $875,000 I MLS#4398296 $719,000 I MLS#71778343 $625,000Barnet, I MLS#4393830 $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 our family show your family way781.248.7153 home Susan McDonough, 781.235.5000 SusanLet Quatrini, 802.233.1505 Renee the Hogan, Susan Quatrini, 802.233.1505

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Architect-Designed Lakeside Getaway From all appearances, this waterfront home on Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region has mastered the art of comfortable, lakeside living. For starters, the site, on a private peninsula, is pretty close to perfect, with Its present owners—George Holsten and his wife, Libby, an antiques dealer and designer whose signature style is felt throughout—have clearly done their part. The home is spacious (six bedrooms, five full and two half baths), ROOMS: 14 and has a great number 6 BEDROOMS 5 FULL BATHS of entertaining spaces— 2 HALF BATHS including two vast 5,834 SQ. FT. salons. It is filled with $1,695,000 authentic materials— stone, brick, and marble—and, thanks to Libby, many distressed surfaces and faux finishes, as well. The interior millwork and all eight fireplace surrounds are original. The nearly four-acre lot is adorned with manicured lawns, gardens, lovely patios, brick walls, and wrought-iron fences. Although it’s not on Bristol Harbor, a piece of the property does front Mill Gut Pond, where the kayaking is good. The lot abuts the 464 protected acres of Colt State Park, and sits directly across from the Bristol Yacht Club, so the new owners can keep their boat where they can see it.


200 feet of level lake frontage (including a beach) and 320 feet on Heath Cove. With docks on both sides, boating on the 3,000-acre lake is a breeze. The thoughtfully planned getaway was designed by TMS Architects, an awardwinning firm based ROOMS: 12 in Portsmouth, New 5 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS Hampshire. This home 2 HALF BATHS is built on two lots (just 5,631 SQ. FT. under one-and-a-half $2,890,000 acres) to the highest standards; amenities include a marble foyer, rift-sawn white oak floors, two laundry rooms, and whole-house audio, to name a disparate few. As you’d expect, the gourmet kitchen is appointed with the finest appliances and fixtures, and the master suite is both charming and restful. The detailed millwork throughout is mostly painted white, creating a sense of tranquility—and no competition for the drop-dead gorgeous views from every window. Lake Wentworth was named for Colonial governor Benning Wentworth, who built the first known summer estate in New England on its shores in 1771. As such, the town of Wolfeboro years ago staked a claim to the name “The Oldest Summer Resort in America.”


CONTACT: Steve and

Carol Bush, Maxfield Real Estate, Wolfeboro, N.H., (603) 387-4733, lakesregionhomesinfo. com. MLS # 4337143


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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes METROPOLITAN LIFE: MOVING UP PAGES 54–58 Architect and interior designer: Manuela Mariani, Intadesign, Jamaica Plain, Mass., (857) 719 1332, Cabinetmaker:


Ralph Daniels Woodworking, Jamaica Plain, Mass., (857) 225-1229 Decorative painter: Tibet Painting & Roofing,


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Malden, Mass., (781) 321-8585, tibetconstruction. com Windows: Jeld-Wen,, through Macleod & Moynihan Window & Door, Watertown, Mass., (617) 926-5900, Page 56: Library shelving by Rakks; Castore Suspension Pendants from Artemide,; custom staircase by Manuela Mariani, fabricated by Weld-Right, Jamaica Plain, Mass., (617) 524-9747; red Artemide Vicario Chair by Vico Magistretti through Design Is Fine,; sofa from Design Within Reach,; ceiling fan by Modern Fan Company,; ceiling cable lighting by Tech Lighting,; railing design by Manuela Mariani, fabricated by Southeast Railing, Page 58: Saghi Lounge Chairs by Kazuhide Takahama, Bonluxat,; Nessino table lamp by Giancarlo Mattioli for Artemide; Demetrio 45 Stacking Tables by Vico Magistretti for Artemide; area rug by Jon Eliason through IKEA, ikea. com; Faber range hood,; Bosch cooktop, dishwasher, and wall oven, bosch-home. com; Fisher-Paykel refrigerator,; undermount single bowl sink by Franke, franke. com; faucet by Grohe,; caesarstone quartz countertop,; shelf above counter by Rakks; large pendant light from Artemide; ceiling cable lighting by Tech Lighting; metal table by Advance Tabco,; stools from IKEA; custom cabinetry designed by Manuela Mariani. SPECIAL SPACES: IN THE SWIM PAGES 70–73 Architect: Robert S. MacNeille, Carpenter & MacNeille, Essex, Mass., (978) 768-7900, Builder: Carpenter & MacNeille Kitchen and bath designer: Hattie Holland, Carpenter & MacNeille Timber framing: John Connolly, Connolly & Co.,

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Pages 100-101: Hammered sconce

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from Brabbu,; painting

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by Michael Hoffman through Jules

Place,; Sienna

Decorative painting: Lena Fransioli

drapery fabric from Sahco, sahco.

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Wenham, Mass., (978) 468-4337,

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Pool installation: Bob Bent, Custom, with Souk Indien

Quality Pools, Billerica, Mass., (978)

fabric from Lelievre,; pillow


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768-3359,; Atomic chandelier from

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Taracea,; dining chairs

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from Poltrona Frau, poltronafrau.

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com, with midnight purple leather

upholstery from Romo,;

Drapery workroom: Makkas Drapery

gold candlesticks from Global Views,

metal cocktail tables from Century

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Page 105: Claw-foot tub from Signature Hardware,; sink from Devon & Devon,; mirror from Mirror Image Home,; sconces from Visual Comfort,; marble floor tile from DiscoverTile; wallpaper from Zoffany. Pages 106–107: Grasscloth wallcovering from Cowtan and Tout,; abstract painting by John Ochs through Jules Place; mohair sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; hide ottoman from Room & Board, roomandboard. com; rug from Surya, surya.con; white chair from Jonathan Adler,; loveseat from

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West Elm,; consoles from Room & Board; custom shelves designed by Rachel Reider; hexagonal metal Beckstone table from Interlude Home,; door leather from Romo.


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Hunt,; bed from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; night tables from Made Goods,; Amora amethyst table lamps

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coastal and

Bastia bench from Noir,, with Capriolo fabric from Sahco.

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Page 109: Master bath Zebrano tile from DiscoverTile; baby’s room wallpaper from Cole & Son,; sheepskin rug from; sisal rug from Surya; crib from Duc Duc,; painting by Michael Hoffman through Jules Place.


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Architect: Charles E. Orr, with Amanda Sawyer, Garrit Frase, and Ryan Alcaidinho; Mark Hutker Architects, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 540-0048, Interior designer: Vivian Hedges, with Jennifer Robinson, Vivian Hedges Interiors, New York City, (212) 308-6960, Builder: Sea-Dar Construction, Boston, (617) 4230870, Landscape architecture: Daniel Solien, Horiuchi Solien, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 540-5320, Millwork: Herrick & White, Cumberland, R.I., (401) 658-0440, Lighting design: David Nelson & Associates, Littleton, Colo., (303) 730-2456, Drapery and upholstery workroom: Interiors by Royale, New York City, (212) 753-4600, Windows throughout: Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors, Inc., Page 112: Chairs by Jan Rosol,; chair leather from Edelman,; Infinity Cluster chandelier from John Pomp Studios, Page 113: Sofas from Holly Hunt,; sofa fabric by Romo,; Latin chairs by Christian Liaigre,; Gastón y Daniela chair fabrics through Brunschwig & Fils,; Matrix coffee by Cliff Young



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Ferrante,; carpet from Marc Phillips Decorative Rugs, Pages 114–115: Himalayan wool carpet from the Stephanie Odegard Collection, stephanieodegard. com; coffee table from Dennis Miller, dennismiller. com; breakfast-area chandelier by Paul Ferrante; banquette fabric, Tabanan Tango, by Pindler & Pindler,; chairs from Suite NY, suiteny. com; table from Dennis Miller. Page 116: Stairwell lights from Paul Ferrante. Page 117: Headboard fabric by Donghia, donghia. com; bed woodwork by Euro Woodworking, Brooklyn, N.Y., (718) 246-9172; carpet from Marc

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AGED TO PERFECTION PAGES 122–135 Architect: John Battle, Battle Associates Architects, Concord, Mass., (978) 369-1805, battlearchitects. com Interior designer: Janice Battle, Beyond the Garden, Concord, Mass., (978) 369-4996,

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION DESIGN/BUILD PERMITTING AND LAND PLANNING Page 123: Waterbury Green front-door color by Benjamin Moore, Pages 125–127: Jasper drapery fabric from Studio 534,; white vase from JANUS et Cie, Pages 130–131: Drapery fabric from Hines & Company,; bedding from Matouk,; mirrored table lamp from Bungalow, • ///// New England Home, May–June 2015, Volume 10, Number 5 © 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.

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Sketch Pad

Design ideas in the making

Greg Premru

The task: transition a guest bedroom into a multi-use room, including lots of storage for clothing, books, files, office items, collectibles, and overflow from the apartment’s galley kitchen. Include a sleeper sofa for frequent overnight guests, and a custom table for the owners’ use as an extra desk/worktable (and for use in the main dining area when additional space and seating are required). The solution: new rosewood storage cabinets extending across one long wall, to leave room for all the furnishings as well as drapes at one end of the room. The cabinets are constructed in two depths, to add style and to avoid overwhelming the room. The design intent: keep it simple, clean-lined, ultra-sophisticated, and extremely well thought-out and well crafted. Memorable drama is provided by the cabinet hardware, which was originally inspired by the old Thomas O’Brien advertisement you see at right. The designer in me, though, loved the thought of mixing two types of hardware—with matching finishes but from two different manufacturers—to add a final note of personalized distinction. Kathie Chrisicos, Chrisicos Interiors, Boston, (617) 699-9462, 208  New England Home  May–June 2015

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