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t isn’t every day that you get to reset your GPS, take a path you missed the first time around— and find out you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. That’s what happened to lighting designer Charlie Dumais when, in 2014, he rediscovered pottery—in large part thanks to his now-husband, interior designer Kevin Dumais.

Charlie had taken a pottery class at Pratt Institute, where he earned a degree in interior design in 2004. Soon after they started dating, Kevin wisely gave Charlie the gift of studio time, and his path became clear from there. “I’ve always been intrigued by hand building, by slab pottery,” he says. “I love being able to plan it out.” Soon, he was making one-of-a-kind lamps, “a little rugged, with texture. I like them to feel architectural,” he says. At first, most were rectilinear, and then gradually he added curves, built a cylinder, and using an old Danish rolling pin, created a waffle-like texture. In time, candleholders, trays, and vases joined the mix. Fast forward: the couple married, bought a house in Litchfield, Connecticut, turned their garage into a studio, and in 2017, launched Dumais Made. That year, Charlie created four signature lamps: the Litchfield, the Washington, the New Preston, and the Juliette. They launched a 1stdibs storefront in January 2018, and by fall were filling custom orders. And last spring, the couple opened a studio in a refurbished factory in Bantam, Connecticut. Both men still hold down day jobs (Kevin owns Dumais Interior Design, and Charlie is a principal at BOLD lighting de-

ABOVE: Potter Charlie Dumais uses a technique called slab construction to create lamps, candlesticks, and more. He gravitated toward more solid forms in the beginning, but of late has been experimenting with more inventive shapes like those shown here. LEFT: A sampling of the variety of textures and glazes that Charlie applies to rolled–out clay.

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clay side, with Charlie’s tools, tables, sink, kiln, and shelving (“I finally got a slab press,” he says, “and I think the first time I used it, I cried.”). There’s Kevin’s side, from which he also manages his interior design practice. In between is an inviting, midcenturyinspired sitting area. The work is highly collaborative. “Kevin influences my aesthetic,” says Charlie. “He has a refined eye, helps me navigate the design, inspires me, helps curate the look.” And Kevin handles the business side of the business, which happens to be booming. Little did Kevin know, when he gave Charlie that present of studio time, he was offering a gift that truly keeps on giving. Dumais Made, Bantam, Conn., dumaismade.com

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The long French table that serves as Holland’s desk sits near shelves with baskets of swatches and paint chips.

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has a stash of samples of custom muslin wallcoverings from artist and former Nantucket resident Kevin Paulsen. Holland’s assistant Robert Friedhoff’s desk is surrounded by his favorite art and antiques. Working on an island requires that everything be within easy reach.

“IT’S A CHARMING MISMATCH,” HOLLAND SAYS ABOUT THE MANY SHADES OF GREEN ON HER STUDIO WALLS. “IMPERFECTION LENDS AUTHENTICITY TO A SPACE.” and her husband, Hudson, came to Nantucket in 1973, when it was a far-flung outpost, and Sandi saw to the needs of a clientele with no design resources within three hours. Michelle took the reins in 2012, leaving her antique shop in Shelburne, Vermont, and bringing her eclectic design eye to the business. In the cozy studio, each client gets a wicker basket into which Holland tosses swatches, paint chips, and snapshots for the project. What won’t fit in those baskets is the incredible inventory of antiques at her fingertips in the shop’s catacomb of rooms layered with historic maps, sailor’s valentines, and seafaring artwork. That vast collection gives her projects their depth while honoring the island’s heritage and capturing the dignity and sophistication she strives to convey. Nantucket House is the sort of place that invites you to simply sit and soak in the sense of past that defines Nantucket. That’s exactly what Holland does with her days. For inspiration, she need not go far. She just breathes it in. Nantucket House Antiques & Interior Design, Nantucket, Mass., nantuckethouse.com

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Heirloom houses Down East inspire our charming take on cottagey seaside style. Wallis sconce by Currey & Company, $490 | Lillian August Design Center, Norwalk, Conn., lillianaugust.com

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Antique Famille Verte Chinese porcelain vases mounted as lamps, $1,295 for the pair | Newport Lamp & Shade Company, Newport, R.I., newportlampandshade.com

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Laurel crocks, $24–$75 | Farmhouse Pottery, Woodstock, Vt., and Hanover, N.H., farmhousepottery.com

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s she sits in her Paris studio, surrounded by shelves of books, piles of textiles, and strands—and more strands—of colorful yarn, noted weaver and designer Sylvie Johnson smiles when asked where she finds the inspiration for the textile and rug designs for which she has become renowned. “Everything begins with the yarn,” she explains. She picks up a handful and adds, “Yarn has a way of telling you what it wants to be. You just have to listen.”

Johnson’s ability to listen, and the innovative designs that result, have earned her international acclaim as well as the role of creative director for Merida, the Fall River, Massachusetts-based textile manufacturer. “I am thrilled to be working with Merida’s talented craftspeople,” she says. “We speak the same artistic language, so ours is a true collaboration. They create a real magic.” Johnson, who has already produced several collections for the firm, describes her work for Merida as inspired by the “less is more” school of design. “I find that it’s possible to produce striking, elegant work by keeping design simple,” she says. “You don’t need to be elaborate.” Merida has dubbed some of her work, “An ode to minimalism.”

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No matter how simple the design, however, depth is a constant, and Johnson says she hopes viewers will look deeper to see how she has been inspired by architecture, nature, archeology, and even music. Among her 2019 Atelier collection for Merida are rugs with names like Verbena and Mesa in colors such as Pebble and Saffron, reflecting the influences of the natural world on her design sense. A previous collec-

tion includes a rug called Saga inspired by Chopin’s music. “I love the way the design catches the light and is joyful, much like his music,” she says. A rug, Johnson says, is so much more than a floor covering or decorative accent. “Textiles are the first art, older than painting or sculpture,” she says. “A rug can be a piece of art. It can have a soul.” Merida, Fall River, Mass., meridastudio.com

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his story begins, fittingly, around an actual Weston table.  Dianne O’Connor, a Montana native who’d had a career in finance before deciding to stay home with her five children, sat her family down one night in their Weston, Massachusetts, dining room and told them that she planned to dive back into the workforce—on her own terms.

O’Connor wanted to marry her love of decor, travel, and entertaining, but she didn’t want to give up being an involved mom. A year later, in 2015, she and her friend and business partner Kate Arnold launched an immersive online marketplace, westontable.com. The duo’s purpose is to encourage shoppers to slow down and purchase with intention. “We wanted to change the way you think about how you spend your hard-earned money,” recalls O’Connor, “and to teach people to buy with their heart. The site was designed to offer not only a product but an experience.” That experience includes anecdotes about the international roster of artisans Weston Table represents along with travel blogs, recipes, global restaurant recommendations, and a gift registry. The product photography on the site is noticeably different from most online boutiques. Eschewing silhouetted images, Arnold, who captures the majority of the photos, uses lifestyle shots to tell a story. Eyeing those Swedish-made oil

The shop showcases a mix of new items and one-of-a-kind antiques. A 1920s vintage fly-fishing creel found in Montana hangs next to an oil painting by American realist Sarah Lamb.

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lamps? Here’s how they will look lit on a flower-festooned picnic table. Last April, O’Connor and Arnold opened a physical space in Weston’s tiny downtown. Entering the shop, you’re greeted by a wall of vintage Old World oyster plates. (There’s one plate on the wall from the U.S.; make sure you ask about the story behind it.) Wool blankets from Swan’s Island, Maine, and sushi plates handcrafted in Arizona coexist with Match pewter, proprietary maple syrup, Simon Pearce barware, antique French cutting boards, designer fire extinguishers, and a repurposed, vintage Louis Vuitton trunk. At the back of the

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of new and vintage barware includes Great Gatsby-style Champagne glasses, Simon Pearce glassware, and Match pewter candlesticks. Ceramic bronze bowls and ceramic spoons (cast from molds of twigs) by Vermont-based artist Cristina Salusti. Weston Table owner Dianne O’Connor.

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Rustic meets chic in this lakefront getaway in central Massachusetts.

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halk it up to serendipity. The owners of this little lakefront cottage discovered it for sale just a mere mile from their home in central Massachusetts. It had lots of potential—and a couple of cool perks: it would be a perfect excuse to buy a powerboat and an idyllic spot to house visiting guests.

Designer Jill Najnigier contrasted rustic elements, such as the original ceiling (which was lightly sandblasted to bring it back to life) and the stone fireplace, with simple interior architecture. A ladder made of metal piping and salvaged hemlock leads to a loft with a queen-size bed.

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But before they could get to the perks part, they had to address the potential. “It was a disaster,” says Jill Najnigier, who headed up the interior architecture. “There were animals living there.” They would retain the basic structure and size (a mere 674 square feet) of the 1950s cabin, but pretty well everything else—save for the fireplace and the original wood ceiling—would go. Neither the designer nor her clients, a family of four, wanted it to be “too cabin-y or cottage-y,” remembers Najnigier, but everyone hoped to preserve its history and character. And their teenage daughter, who took an active role in the design phase, wanted “a cool place to hang out.” While architect Paul Lieneck focused on structural design and modernizing the exterior, Najnigier set to work on the hulking fireplace in the center of the space, updating the mantel with reclaimed wood and the hearth with cast concrete. She wrapped an Lshaped bar around two sides of the fireplace, eliminating the need for a dining table (bigger Photography by Greg Premru

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(note the lack of baseboards and moldings), modern furnishings, and strategic use of saturated color. The bar, the ladder, and the loft railings were fabricated by Adam Brandt of ArcArt in Sterling, Massachusetts. Rich velvet and brass accents add a dose of luxury.

gatherings retreat to the deck). A full kitchen handles any size party, and Najnigier made the space a focal point with custom cabinetry painted Farrow & Ball’s sultry Hague blue. The designer has worked on five projects with the family, so she knew their propensity for fun. Hence the bathroom’s Ann Sacks glass tile in glossy red, and the sitting area’s statement chandelier. “The husband wanted something big and perhaps gaudy,” remembers Najnigier. “I told him I can’t do gaudy, but I can give you the bling you’re after.”

While the designer maximized sleeping quarters to accommodate six (the upstairs loft sleeps two, and there’s a murphy bed and two daybeds on the main floor), that may not have been necessary. It turns out, the cabin has morphed a bit from guest house to family retreat. The four often hang out in the TV-free space playing board games and music (dad on guitar, son on drums) and swimming and boating off the dock. Just as the design-minded daughter had hoped. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this

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With two young children at home, Fine decided to take a sabbatical. She worked part time as an intern for an interior designer and, in 1996, launched her own design firm, Leslie Fine Interiors. For ten years, while her children were small, she operated the business from her home. “The company grew quickly, and we moved into offices on Newbury Street,” Fine recalls. “But then I made a conscious decision: I wanted to be personally involved in all of our projects. We would remain a small boutique firm focusing on high-end residential work, but when you hire my firm, you hire me. I’m responsible for everything.” In addition to creating beautiful design in a style she refers to as “clean-lined meets transitional, and comfortable and warm,” Fine stays focused on running an ethical and respected business. “It’s very important to me that I run my business in an organized, responsible fashion, and deliver excellent customer service,” she says. Describing the importance she places on giving back to the community, she cites the sponsorship program she launched at the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), which is still going strong. “I’ve always put an emphasis on mentoring design students, and I am blessed to have had mentoring opportunities. Many have worked for me, and some have

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gone on to open their own studios.” Fine says that the best part of her job is its less tangible aspects. “I create beautiful work, but so do

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ntil they worked together, Keith Moskow and Robert Linn had never met. But that didn’t stop them from becoming fast friends. “It was 1997, just before Keith was speaking with a client about a residential tower above the Mass Pike,” Linn recalls.

“We met, shook hands, and acted as if we had worked together for years.” The tower was never built, but it was just the beginning of Moskow and Linn’s collaboration. At Moskow Linn, the firm that Moskow initially founded solo in 1990, the two architects have carved a niche into the New England landscape. Moskow Linn Architects introduces a fresh, new take on a regional vernacular. “People come to us because they recognize that we don’t just mimic historical styles,” Moskow explains. “We incorporate the best from the past.” Although the two resolved not to specialize in any one area, their work is about 90 percent residential. It ranges from a reimagined farmhouse outside Boston to modern takes on traditional vacation homes in New Hampshire and Vermont, to a sustainable, zero-energy community built on a Newburyport, Massachusetts, brownfield site. Moskow and Linn are also responsible for the 9/11 Memorial at Logan Airport and the new headquarters of the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston. “All of our work is designed for specific environments,” Moskow says. The two are proud of what they call “urban interventions,” which include a Zipcar stacking mechanism, shading devices for buildings, aesthetically pleasing cell phone towers, and a floating device that collects

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garbage in the Charles River. “As designers, we believe in doing more to make everything better,” says Moskow. The partners are also proud to join the pantheon of Hall of Fame inductees. “Beside San Francisco, the Boston area is home to the country’s highest concentration of architects,” says Moskow. “We are honored to have been chosen from such an important group of professionals.”

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there are many ways that connection can be made,” says the landscape architect, whose Artemis Landscape Architects operates out of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. “That need is there even for people who are ill or disabled. I became very interested in that topic when my father was diagnosed with cancer. I spent time in Boston hospitals with him, and there was no place that was quiet and contemplative and green.” Vincenta has furthered the cause of therapeutic landscapes with a set of site-design group-home guidelines for Ability Beyond Disability, a Connecticut-based nonprofit. She also designed a nature-based sequential outdoor learning environment to address the needs of children with autism. After earning a degree in landscape architecture from State University of New York Syracuse in 1980, Vincenta worked for firms in Denver, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona, where she developed a deep understanding of sustainability issues. “I learned so much about drainage, grading, and water issues,” she says. “In the west, water is the primary issue, and I became well-versed in desert plants. With climate change, we can have very dry conditions in New England, as well.” Vincenta describes herself as “a real plant-woman” whose work spans many genres and styles and who takes delight in seeing her designs come to life. “I love the building part!” she says.

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And a landscape has to be more than beautiful, she says. It also has to be functional. “It must bring people together and give them a place to gather. A client recently

told me that her family’s life has changed since I designed their landscape. ‘We are outside so much of the time now!’ she said. That’s what it’s all about for me.”

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Newton is chairman and CEO of the company; his son, Ryan Newton, is the vice president. Working with family members fosters a spirit of cooperation, the elder Newton says. “We believe in teamwork, and in holding to the highest standards. I am incredibly proud to be part of this industry.”

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“When we started this in 1991, we reached out to the design community to be the anchors of our business,” Clarke says. “We knew that 87 percent of the people who build high-end kitchens do so with the aid of professionals like architects, interior designers, and kitchen designers.” His company works hand in hand with design pros. “We have design-appreciation nights,” he says. “We put designers’ products on our website, display their work, and create sales for them. Now, the design community recognizes us as their best business partner before, during, and after a sale.” Clarke, who began his career in the 1970s as a manufacturer’s representative selling kitchen cabinets, was wooed by the Sub-Zero corporation when his father retired as that company’s Northeast regional representative. “They are a third-generation family-owned business, one of the few American manufacturers left in the entire industry,” Clarke says. “When they asked me to come along, I was flattered.” He brought order to what he calls “a lot of chaos” in the Sub-Zero distribution system and, when Sub-Zero acquired Wolf, built a series of showrooms: fun places where consumers and designers could test drive the products. The corporate showroom is in Milford, Massachusetts; others are located in Boston’s Seaport District, and in Norwalk, Connecticut. Chefs populate Clarke showrooms, making each

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appliances. Clarke showrooms are getting livelier all the time. “It’s a great feeling when you know you can sell the best products,” Clarke says.

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Whimsical, Warm, and Regional Why do you love this project? The creative collaboration between Toll Brothers Apartment Living, Bergmeyer, and Boston Art was an incredible process for senior art consultant Suzi Hlavacek and project manager Haley Foye. We strove to imagine an unparalleled experience for the multifamily development rooted in New England iconography and design, but with a recontextualized and quirky twist. For example, the cottontail rabbit painting in the lobby is far from a standard depiction of the indigenous creature. Painted by local Massachusetts artist Jo Hay, it features thick, bold strokes of color and a larger-thanlife perspective. The rabbit also serves as a universal sign of good luck to welcome everyone home. How is this project unique? The vision for this project was whimsical, warm, and regionally themed. There was a focus on animals to make the space inviting to everyone who might visit. We also embraced opportunities for interactive artwork—whether gold statues of birds flocking through the corridor or life-size geometric dogs greeting pass104  New England Home | November-December 2019

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ersby at every elevator lobby. We strove to fuse art with the exquisite level of design finishes: we highlighted custom milled and illuminated bookshelves by hanging artwork within them and emphasized beautiful black wainscoting with thoughtfully arranged salon-style gallery walls. What do your clients appreciate the most about this project? To make sure there was a surprise around every corner, we sourced unique and one-of-a-kind objects visible across the room or only in intimate settings. Suzi scoured antique markets and flash sales alike to bring a level of historic authenticity. The pieces range from hand-carved books, midcentury brass bookends, antique mirrors, and local historic photography to playful sculpture, petrified moss, and imaginative Audubon prints. Plus, all the artwork speaks to the function of the room. For instance, the mailroom displays vintage postcards all sent to or from Needham. Ultimately, we wanted tenants of the Kenrick to be at home in this delightful, engaging, and beautifully curated space.

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➊ A custom commission of a cottontail rabbit by Jo Hay greets tenants and visitors by the front entrance. ➋ Vintage postcards sent to and from Needham add a layer of intrigue to the mailroom sitting area. ➌ A salon-style gallery wall enlivens black wainscoting. Photo by Boston Art. ➍ Antique mirrors add a playful touch to the game room. ➎ A custom-fabricated book sculpture proudly declares where residents call home.

Boston Art 21 Drydock Ave, 7th floor Boston, MA 02210 617-951-0900 bostonartinc.com

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A Sustainable Update What were the challenges of this project? This project presented a number of challenges. The oldest part of the house dated back to 1630, with modifications and additions that spanned through to the 1980s. We wanted to keep the best parts of the existing building and make the new addition feel appropriate, while still feeling light and airy and functioning well for the family’s lifestyle. We also were tasked with making it net-zero energy, so the walls are very well insulated (a difficult challenge with a very old house) with triple-glazed windows and solar panels. Additionally, we had a large number of antique timbers that came from an old barn on the site, so our design had to work with the dimensions of the timbers. Further, we had to work around the existing brick fireplace, which the owner wanted to keep. Getting everything to work together aesthetically, functionally, environmentally, and structurally was a real challenge! What do you love about the project? This was one of the first large projects where we did everything, from the architecture and planning to the

furniture. The furniture was a lot of fun—we were asked to balance a modest budget with a desire to have as much as possible sourced domestically. We have stone from western Massachusetts, plumbing from Brooklyn, and furniture from Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. It was great fun, and I’d love to do another project all sourced from American manufacturers. How is this project unique? I like to think all our projects are unique—it’s one of the things I enjoy most about our work. We love to work on challenging projects, whether it be a major renovation and addition to a historic building like this one, an urban townhouse renovation, a new building on a difficult site, or any other complicated undertaking. And since all projects have unique challenges, all our projects have unique solutions. But I think there is a common aesthetic thread that runs through our work: we try to achieve a simplicity with all our designs, whether they are more traditional, more modern, or, like this one, strike a balance between the two.

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➊ Heavy timber beams fly across the double height stair hall, and a small seating area nestles in front of another exposed brick chimney. ➋ The large brick fireplace was from the 1920s dining room addition, and was slated to be removed, but the design team though it was a great feature and decided to leave it as a focal point. ➌ One of the antique doors from the house was restored and reinstalled for the kitchen entry; a half bath is behind the pocket door. ➍ Salvaged pine flooring, reclaimed beams, white wood paneling, and a shaker inspired stair rail tie old and new together around the antique fireplace.

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A Design Statement Why do you love this project? After many years of traveling and countless projects, including a palace in Saudi Arabia, three villas in St. Bart’s, a hacienda outside of Mexico City, and projects throughout the United States—there always seems to be one project that you feel so connected to and that leaves a lasting impression. That is how I feel about this project. Clean, fresh colors, contemporary furnishings, an air of calm and tranquility, and an engaged client with whom I worked closely to achieve this dream project. Few designers have had such an opportunity to create the perfect project and a beautiful design statement. How is this project unique/different from other projects of yours? I have been recognized by the Boston design community with creating beautifully conceived and timeless interiors with great attention paid to the architectural statement of the residence. Many of my projects are influenced by the past, utilizing beautiful antique furniture, rugs, lighting fixtures, etc. The exciting 108  New England Home | November-December 2019

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and layered color schemes have helped me achieve this goal. This project expanded my design acumen, utilizing great restraint to create a much more current statement—a fresher, newer, and more up-to-date look; also, the neutral color scheme is more appropriate for today’s lifestyle. What do your clients appreciate the most about this project? As the project progressed, the client confessed to me that it was the first time a designer listened to him and did not attempt to instill his ideas, taste, and design acumen. The client requested a very sophisticated home, with great restraint, eliminating many of the details you would expect in a nineteenth-century townhouse. Also, we selected a neutral palette to convey his taste and act as a background for his art. Working closely with the client, whose taste was more closely aligned with a New York-style apartment, I was able to meet all his expectations. In fact, the completed apartment led to another project with the same client.

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➊ A contemporary design statement in a very traditional townhouse.

➋ In strong contrast to the contemporary statement above, a 19th century library. ➌ A bridge between the contemporary living room and the traditional library. ➍ The dining room also affords a more traditional statement; however the colors flow through to create harmony. ➎ The staircase was reproduced from one seen in a very fashionable shop in Paris, for a very dramatic look.

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Underground Sauna How is this project distinctive? The hidden gem on this property is the luxurious underground sauna. Tucked under the boathouse, it is the most amazing sauna we have ever had the privilege to work on. In collaboration with Maryann Thompson Architects and Tate Builders, the original saltbox home was transformed, and two new structures added. The traditional exteriors blend nicely with the surrounding Martha’s Vineyard meadow. The interior of the home positively soaks in the beautiful views, while the clean, modern aesthetic accommodates the family and all their guests. The new detached garage and a separate boathouse near the swimming pool are reminiscent of outbuildings common to older homes.

curves in toward the building creating a shaded patio. In addition, three elegant seating nooks are tucked into the shaded curved wall. Inside the boathouse there is organized storage space for small boats and outdoor gear, plus all the convenience of a pool cabana: restroom, kitchen, and both indoor and outdoor wash stations. Downstairs is the sauna with serpentine walls clad in tongue-andgroove western red cedar. The completed design is both extremely functional and welcoming. Multiple levels of gently-curved benches hug the walls and provide sufficient seating to socialize. Another lovely curved feature on this property is the outdoor shower that sits on the corner where the far wall curves around to the back of the building.

Why do you love this project? The boathouse is my favorite building on this property for three reasons: innovative design, practicality, and the sauna! Although the boathouse blends with the traditional style of the main house, it is definitely not a traditional structure. Rather than a four-sided building with 90-degree corners, one wall cleverly

Was there an “ah-ha” moment when you knew you were creating something unique for the homeowners? My “ah-ha” moment was more of a jaw-dropping moment. Seeing the finished sauna, even in a photograph, causes most people to exclaim “Wow!” This stunner has definitely raised the bar in sauna design.

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➊ Every surface of the spacious sauna is clad in Western red cedar which is naturally resistant to moisture and decay. ➋ Under the protective roof of the boathouse, built-in seats seem carved from the curved wall. Tucked around the corner is the outdoor shower. Aerial photography by Marc Fairstein. ➌ Two soffits in the sauna hide light fixtures to create the illusion of windows in this cozy cave–like room.

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Lasting Relationships Why do you love this project? I get to work with people all over the country, but in most cases, it’s for a one-off kind of occasion. Sometimes I have the opportunity to work with a client a second time—this was one of those occasions. When you work with people you like, things just flow. When you get to work together more than once, you develop a way of communicating that is easy and direct, and it makes the creative process more effective. This was really fun for us, and I think the proof is in the product. What were the clients’ goals for this project, and how did you address them? These two clients are just unique people, and both have a passion for design and architecture and came armed with great ideas. He loves construction and had worked as a young man for an architecture firm, so he knew a lot about how a house comes together. For example, we ended up with walls that were

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almost two feet thick, which made for a lot of fun detailing in that thickness. She is an artist and has impeccable taste in furnishings and antiques. The combination of the two of them and the strength of our friendship creatively made for a powerful team and a lot of passionate discussions that I really enjoyed. Every project has its challenges; what were the challenges faced in this particular project? I think there were a few; one was that the site was very small. Fortunately, the goal was downsizing from the 11,000-square-foot home we had done together previously. So, we made a house with only five rooms on the main level. There’s one extra bedroom upstairs and a basement for storage and ancillary things, but the main level is five rooms. It’s amazing what you can do when you can focus all your attention on just those five spaces and make each one really special.

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➊ Pewter countertops and french limestone floors introduce a sense of age to the kitchen.

➋ Created in situ, this hammered-iron stair railing is saddle mounted to oak stringers.

➌ The foyer offers views to the conservatory, which features steel windows and a skylight that create layers of light on limestone walls.

➍ The conservatory makes a cozy, everyday entry.

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A Timber Beach Barn Were there any architects/designers that influenced this work? We worked closely with Hutker Architects, Cataldo Builders, and Jennifer Palumbo, Inc., for this Cape home. The plan was to incorporate a structural timber frame for the great room and outdoor cabana. There are so many possibilities with timber frame styles, tones, and textures. Timber framing and reclaimed wood immediately add character and uniqueness that people are seeking in their living spaces. What were the client’s goals for this project? The master plan from Hutker Architects communicated an overall casual, organic, and approachable feel with exposed ‘barn’ timber elements. It was important to give a barn impression (but not too barn-like) and bring continuity between elements of the home and the outdoor spaces. Carrying the same timber species and finish from the great room out to the cabana aesthetically connects otherwise separate areas. Inside, the timbers really set the beach-barn-crisp-comfortable tone and overall volume for the common space.

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What do your clients appreciate the most? The homeownerhad an affinity for barn styles but wanted to make sure the home felt like a summer experience. She explains, “The timbers really set the tone and volume for the spaces that we spend the most time in as a family. The balance is right—not too dark, not lodge-y, but fresh and summery. We want to be here, and we want to be here together.” Did you break any “design rules” when working on this project? We’ve been privileged to work with Hutker and Cataldo in the past. Their familiarity with our capabilities and processes opened the door to asking us for a very custom finish to produce a ‘reclaimed’ look on fresh sawn timber. It isn’t something we would normally do as we’d typically use antique, reclaimed timber. Rules are great, but new challenges and stretch boundaries in our work–heavy timber, glulams, mass timber, curves, finishes–we enjoy all of it.

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The Spirit of Woodstone Farm What were the client’s goals for this project? The clients had a vision of an old New England farmhouse nestled within rolling meadows, set back along a country road. To achieve this, mature shade trees were planted, flanking a new winding drive. An apple orchard was reinvigorated by transplanting seasoned apple trees from a retired farm in Western Massachusetts. Great care was taken while grading the lawn to reflect the movement of untouched farmland. Why do you love this project? There are many aspects of this project we love, our favorite being the level of detail and craftmanship necessary to bring authenticity and originality to the property. Existing walls were deconstructed and repurposed as retaining walls. The fountain trough was carved from a salvaged granite post, and the barn thresholds were sourced from the demolition of the original Longfellow Bridge. The house now rests on reclaimed granite foundations. This project was so full of personality and rich with history that it is impossible to choose just one reason to love it! 116  New England Home | November-December 2019

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What were the challenges faced in this project? The task of creating a landscape dating back to a simpler time is a challenge in itself. Working within inches of the wetlands and property setbacks required additional consideration when it came to concealing the septic, utilities, and drainage infrastructure. The septic was installed through an innovative drip system woven in among the natural tree line. Great care was taken to avoid disturbing the majestic hardwood trees preserved in place. Blueberries and ferns were harvested from Maine and laid within the trees, appearing as if they had been there all along. What do your clients appreciate the most? The farm from our client’s childhood inspired this project. Now, looking out at the property, it’s as if we all once knew Woodstone Farm. A high level of collaboration between the clients and the team of professionals was crucial to the success of the project. Hart Associates, Jenkinson Builders, and Elizabeth Hanna Morss, RLA, worked side by side with the clients and Onyx to bring the spirit of Woodstone Farm back to life.

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➊ The family dog stands sentry at the repurposed farm wall and antique granite entry steps. ➋ Swaths of verdant green ferns border the wetland edge. ➌ Reclaimed granite steps lead to a tranquil shady slope with wild blueberries in among the trees. ➍ Splashing happily, this carved granite fountain serves as a resting spot for local frogs. ➎ Varying oversized bluestone banding pavers provide visual interest at this terrace.

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A Well-Kept Secret Was there any current or historic architecture or design that influenced this project? Taking cues from the bucolic neighborhood of Wellesley Farms, we designed a traditional cape that is seamlessly woven into the neighborhood fabric, entrenched and at peace with the surrounding homes that were built in the 1920s and 1930s. Meanwhile, within its classic exterior, the home lives the way people want to live today with a modern floor plan conducive to indoor-outdoor living. Why do you love this project? Passing by this home, you’d never guess the actual square footage or the expansiveness of the program. From the street, the house appears to be relatively modest, hiding its ample square footage like a wellkept secret. Its mass and scale give it an unmistak-

able character and really tell the story of how a home evolves over time. Was there an “ah-ha” moment when working on this project that you knew you were creating something unique for the homeowners? The spaces in between the house became just as essential as the form itself and integral to how property unfolds and the feeling it elicits. The U-shaped plan forms a central courtyard with a swimming pool, lush gardens, a fire pit, and a multifunctional cabana that serves as a wonderful architectural folly. And because the house is essentially one room deep, you can easily access this courtyard and pool, whose nighttime illumination has a spellbinding effect, from any point.

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Big Dreams in a Small Space Why do you love this project? We loved this particular project because of the level of innovation and creativity it required. We thrive on the challenge of making the impossible possible, especially when it comes to creating several unique environments within a small footprint. In the kitchen area, for example, we engineered a hydraulic lift that transforms a window-seat bench into a waist-high countertop, so it can function as an extra service area when entertaining. We added several custom built-ins and seamless storage spaces throughout the house, so they can live large in a small space. What do your clients appreciate the most? Our client was in awe at how much functionality we packed into the space without compromising the design. In their entry foyer, they wanted additional closet storage and a place to sit, but there wasn’t the space to accomplish both. We designed a built-in to house coats and a bench that pulled in and out to keep the path clear. They were completely unprepared for our level of detail and care. When we deliver a project, we hand it over move-in ready. All their clothes were

put away in the closets, the kitchenware was cleaned and organized, and the fridge was fully stocked. What were the clients’ goals for this project and how did you address them? The three main goals for this mountain condo were to make it functional, skier-friendly (their son is a competitive skier), and give it a four-season look. We pulled out all the stops to make this space flow with ease. As there wasn’t a lot of floor space, we devised a special dog food drawer that pulled out of the kitchen island. We did everything we could do to relieve clutter. To create a year-round look for a home located in a ski resort, we used many of the client’s favorite colors— tonal greys and pops of orange—and added modern furnishings, rustic wood, touches of fur, lacquered built-ins, and stunning crystal lighting. For their son, we designed a custom ski-tuning bench and pull-out bunks in one of the bedrooms, so he has plenty of space for work and sleep. Did you break any “design rules?” We’re in the business of breaking design rules!

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➊ To create a year-round look, we used tonal greys and pops of orange adding in some contrast with a mix of rustic, Lucite, and midcentury modern furnishings. ➋ The upstairs den was completely underutilized at the start of the project. To make the space both cozy and functional, we created a reading nook with bookshelves flanking both sides of the sofa and another built-in on the opposite wall that held the TV and additional closet space for the master suite. ➌ The entry hall was tight and had no closet. Additionally, the client wanted a place to sit when putting on boots. We designed a barnwood built-in that gave them coat-hanging space and a bench that pulled in and out to keep the walking path clear. ➍ Originally designated as the Dining Room, we added considerable function and storage to the Kitchen by designing a built-in with a window seat the doubles as a full-height countertop with the help of a hydraulic lift.

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Waterfront Terrace Why is this project unique? Working almost entirely in MetroWest Boston, we rarely have a chance to work on waterfront properties, which is why this project was so exciting for us. The property is situated on the banks of the reservoir in Lincoln, Massachusetts, with incredible views of the water. Unfortunately, the landscape was overgrown and an addition by the previous homeowner had left the house with a tiled outdoor terrace that was so slippery it was almost unusable. Our design focused on getting the homeowners out into the landscape to enjoy their amazing location. Resurfacing the terrace and creating garden rooms around the house provided myriad opportunities to enjoy the landscape. Was there any historic architecture that influenced this project? The classic Georgian-style house sits atop

a hill and has a formidable presence. We chose to use reclaimed brick and reclaimed granite for the patios and paths to give the landscape an established feeling to match the building. Mature plant material helped to ground the house in the landscape, and proper placement allowed for unobstructed views out of the house. What were the challenges faced in this project? Having a waterfront location was both a blessing and a curse in the design process. The views are hard to beat, but setbacks from the water challenged us to utilize a largely native plant palette and to minimize our impact in the areas within the setback. The constraints really required an increased level of focus and attention to detail during the design process, but ultimately led to a beautiful end product.

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Cambridge Retreat What do your clients appreciate the most about this project? The upper floors of this Queen Anne Victorian have a museum-like quality to them that is largely out of sync for a family with two young kids. They wanted to be able to escape to a place in the home that was just as sophisticated but didn’t feel fussy, a place where they could kick back and relax. They now have that place. What were the challenges you faced? The first order of business was digging down almost two feet, both to create ample ceiling height and to create channels in the floor to install duct work under the concrete and also tubing for radiant heat. We also had to thread in structural steel that would replace the brick columns holding up the home and interfering with the flow of foot traffic and sight lines. In addition, we needed to create

enlarged light wells for full-size windows. And we installed powerful mechanical systems to manage groundwater and combat moisture encroachment. Everything that needed to be done to keep the space from feeling subterranean, we did. Did you break any “design rules?” Maybe “went outside the box” is a better way to put it. Collaborating with interior designer Meredith Harrington and architect Daniel Steger, we satisfied the homeowners’ mandate that the basement’s aesthetic had to be as refined as the upstairs but in a modern language. We accomplished that by installing glass partition walls juxtaposed against natural wood; and the millwork design allows the basement to feel open, airy, and inviting while hiding everything functional in storage cabinets and closets. It is probably now the most used floor of the home.

Adams + Beasley breathed life into the unusable cellar of a Harvard Square antique by transforming it into a series of family-friendly spaces that include a comfortable sitting and game room, gym area, and screening theater. ABA’s millwork shop gave the rooms their singular look and feel through intricate artisanship on integrated wall paneling and cabinetry.

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Adams + Beasley Associates 669 Bedford Rd. Carlisle, MA 01741 978-254-5641 adamsbeasley.com ADAMS + BEASLEY ASSOCIATES CUSTOM BUILDERS

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Victorian Townhouse Why do you love this project? Sometimes a project is smooth and easily progresses from start to finish. Such was this historic Victorian townhouse in Boston’s South End. Architecturally representing all that is beautifully preserved in this Charles Bulfinch-designed neighborhood, the bones for this narrow building need only be articulated with bow-fronted floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, and beautiful Beaux-Arts moldings. With well-conceived, colorful spaces on three narrow floors, together we made use of every square inch, creating both public and private rooms for three generations. What historic architecture influenced this project? The townhouse’s interiors spoke to a time of elegance and architectural detail long gone by. Wherever possible these ele-

ments needed to step forward. Doors and moldings were preserved and highlighted in glossy white, while window treatments allowed the contours and details of the windows to sing. We desired, nonetheless, a modern sensibility which we achieved in a bright palette against neutral gray walls, lightly finished floors, transitional lighting, and smaller-scaled, colorful furnishings and accents. What do the clients appreciate about this project? In relocating, creating the essence of home often means incorporating treasured pieces and antiques in a new setting. The goal was to offer an updated, accessible interpretation of this family’s personal history in rooms that carried their own sense of history. This we achieved in living color.

Tradition, Refreshed

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Ann Henderson Interiors 99 Main Street Keene, NH 03431 603-357-7680 ahinteriors.com

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Earning a Client’s Trust Why do you love this project? I love this particular project because the final product came out incredible. The clients didn’t have many requests besides wanting a modern kitchen, so when I put together the design and chose all the finishes, they trusted me and my sense of what the space should look like. They allowed us to do our best to make the project be the best it can be. We were able to overcome any challenges by making smart decisions, without significantly affecting

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the timeline or budget. It makes me extremely happy to know that I have had a positive impact on their lives by giving them a kitchen that they love and will be able to enjoy for many, many years to come. Each kitchen is individually custommade to suit not only our clients’ needs, but their dreams as well. Our reputation is safe because our clients are getting much more than function, they are getting the kind of beauty that sets their home apart.

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Dramatic Showcase Why do you love this project? We loved this project for the challenge it presented and the fulfilling results. To satisfy our clients’ wishes required us to push our boundaries on creativity, design, sourcing, fabrication, and integration, which resulted in an exceptional finished product that exceeded expectations and distinguished it from other projects. How is this project unique/what were your clients’ goals for this project, and how did you address them? The clients expressed a strong desire to mix traditional elements with a striking contemporary feature; they wanted to set it apart from the traditional wine cellars they had visited. The existing space was a multi-use area consisting of a built-in wine cabinet and small storage room. The clients’ objec-

tive was to create a single dedicated wine cellar that could also store liquors, spirits, and other beverages. A key element of the project was to maintain the existing wood species and architectural features throughout the space: butternut wood with a custom stain and finish, and ten-inch crown moldings original to the home. In addition to achieving this, we provided traditional wine racking in the same rich butternut stain, offering plentiful storage, to satisfy the classic requirements of this project. To incorporate a distinctive, contemporary feature, we added several acrylic panels with LED backlighting to showcase selected wines in a “label-forward” format. Full-spectrum LED lighting allows for dramatic color changes, making it a focal point, and was easily integrated with the home automation system. The end result was a truly one-of-a-kind wine cellar.

Vibrant contemporary display niches accenting traditional wine racking creates a striking impression.

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Charles River Wine Cellars, Inc. 220 Norfolk St. Walpole, MA 02081 508-660-2502 CharlesRiverWineCellars.com Showroom by appointment

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Lighten and Brighten What were your clients’ goals? Our clients are from Dallas, and they are used to space and sunlight. This 2,500-square-foot basement condo only had windows in the front and in the guest bedroom in the rear. The windowless kitchen was nestled in the interior, and the common-use powder was in the rear, too far away from the living spaces. Our goals were to lighten and brighten all the spaces, make the home functional, and keep practicality a priority. What were the challenges? To understand the challenges, one must appreciate the source. The Tudor Building is a Queen Anne-style building, built in 1885–1887, whose eventual construction led to a nine-story building with a variety of architectural styles. In 1999, it was renovated and converted into seventeen luxury condo-

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miniums. While remodeling the basement, our construction plan called for a reconfiguration of the space, creating passageways through the 18-inch support columns and generating light in areas where there were no windows. What do your clients appreciate most? They have a space they can live in and “wow” their guests. The vestibule is a functional entry point that lets in natural light. Relocating the laundry, extending the kitchen, and opening entrances into the kitchen from the dining area and the rear of the home created an ease of use and carries natural light through the space. We coffered the kitchen ceiling, painted it Smoke, and installed LED lighting creating a sky. We incorporated a full bathroom, added storage space, and a built out a “man cave” that is the envy of many a man.

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What used to be a closed-in laundry room is now a sun-filled banquette, which means enjoying meals in the kitchen with views of the gardens. Dark painted cabinetry is offset with natural light, warm woods, brass, and hand-glazed ceramic tiles laid with an artistic eye.

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Holly Gagne Interior Design 136 Fenno Drive Rowley, MA 01969 978-432-1337 hello@hollygagne.com hollygagne.com

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Unexpected Harmony Why do you love this project? Walking into this kitchen, you immediately get to know the personalities of our unique clients: vibrant and social mixed with friendly and nurturing. They were not seeking a space that would withstand decades of changing style trends; they wanted a space that made them happy—now. While they knew they wanted to introduce bolder colors into this space, they also did not want the energy to be too intense. We achieved balance using natural elements and textures. Even with all the accent elements, like dark cabinetry, a vining backsplash, and mixed finishes, the combination of everything is so serene. The end result is an unexpected harmony of energy and warmth. What do your clients appreciate the most about this project? The new kitchen space completely transformed the flow from the indoor living areas to the exterior. A butler’s pantry and laundry room were removed from the back of the 128  New England Home | November-December 2019

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home and replaced with glass doors and windows. Now the kitchen opens right up to the backyard, and the space is flooded with natural light and views of their self-designed gardens throughout the day. A sun-filled banquette took the place of an old laundry room, now a favorite spot to curl up and read a book or socialize with friends. Did you break any “design rules?” The client was up for experimenting, and so were we. Once you remove a few parameters and go with things that feel right, designing gets a lot more fun. We still get a lot of worried looks when we propose mixing metal finishes in our designs. Even though the clients preferred stainless appliances, we felt strongly that doing nickel finishes throughout would not produce the vibe we wanted here. The mix of brass and copper metals was essential to achieving the character and warmth this design needed. We can’t imagine it with anything else!

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Mountainside Retreat What were the clients’ goals for this project? For the owner of a successful company specializing in making superior cocktail sodas out of only authentic ingredients, it was imperative that the design for a mountainside retreat be equally authentic. The cabin was initially conceived as a rugged weekend getaway for two. However, during the course of the design process, the two grew to become a family of three, then four. The growing needs of the young family required maximizing the footprint on a limited buildable area. The faceted geometry of the cabin reflects this evolution—a cantilevering form that is both elemental yet appears to be in constant transformation. What were the challenges you faced? The White Mountains are amongst the most rugged in New England, with granite

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outcroppings populating the range. The cabin perches on one such piece of granite, projecting precariously over a steep dropoff to afford sweeping eastern views across the valley. The structure is lifted on concrete footings in order to tread lightly on this remote site. All wood framing members were precut by CNC and delivered to the site ready for assembly, thus shortening construction time and reducing site disturbance. Minimal trees were cleared to provide specific views of the prominent peaks through a 24-foot sliding-glass window wall.

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I-Kanda Architects 50 Terminal St. Bldg2 #429 Charlestown, MA 02129 646-228-1040 i-kanda.com

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Downtown High-Rise How did you address your clients’ goals for this project? The overall objective of this downtown Boston condo was to increase its functionality and elevate its vibrancy with selective, high-quality finishes. To accomplish the vision, we gave every space a sense of lightness, elegance, and warmth. Another main objective was to have the overall renovation process be the least invasive possible. Our approach helped ensure that there would be no redesign while in construction. Our design-build process was a perfect match for the clients’ needs. What do your clients appreciate the most about this project? The kitchen is now the heart of the home. The clients enjoy cooking, eating, and even putting away groceries! They are busy and successful professionals, so a functional and sophisticated home tailored to their needs

was a core element of the remodel. With our careful and unique approach, combining design and build, our clients can now love their home. Were there any architects or designers who influenced this work? Interestingly enough, one of our clients works for a major real estate developer and is skilled in high-rise design and construction. That not only made this project challenging, but also fun.The process was interactive and provided moments where she would say, “This is the right move, this is genius!” We also worked with accurate, realistic renderings and tried different variations, like the colors of a cabinet pull or the size of a pendant light, until it felt perfect. This love for every detail, the open communication, and our proven process made this project an all-around success.

Rebel Builders used timeless materials with modern lines to create this open-concept space with custom cabinetry, light hardwood floors, and an efficient walk-in pantry. They managed the whole renovation to ensure every detail was executed as designed.

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Rebel Builders LLC 258 Harvard St #288 Brookline MA 02446   781-725-2105 rebeldesignbuild.com

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1897 Transformation Why do you love this project? I love this project because working with this client was such a joy; it was a great collaboration. In terms of the room itself, the materials, attention to detail, and the way we were able to bring old and new elements together was particularly rewarding. I also love the ways in which this project transformed the house, originally built in 1897, from a formal and dated residence into a home that is warm and spacious and usable for a large family who enjoys entertaining. What were the challenges faced in this particular project? The fireplace in this room was a challenge. The client didn’t love the columns and the ornate details of the mantel but didn’t want to go through the time and expense of

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removing it. Instead, we painted the trim and the walls the same color, so that the fireplace would recede but still remain the focal point of the room. The result honors the craftsmanship and detail of the original design, while softening the lines and blending more easily with the updated feel of the space. I designed a custom screen to draw attention downward, further muting the complexity of the architectural details surrounding the fireplace. Were there any architects/designers that influenced this work? I love the work of Jean Royère, and there are several elements reminiscent of his work throughout this room, including the bespoke metal fireplace screen, the chandelier, and the Carole Gratale cocktail table.

Reid Design created a warm contemporary living room with thoughtfully sourced materials and bespoke metal work. She was able to modernize the room by minimizing the ornate mouldings with a homogenous paint color on both walls and trim.

Reid Design Rachel Reid 5 Dover Lane Lexington, MA 02421 781-771-0781 reiddesigninc.com

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Modern South End Loft What were the clients’ goals? This project turned a rundown live-work studio in a nineteenth-century South End building into an elegant modern loft. The building is reserved by the city of Boston for artists and allied professionals, and we worked closely with the client (an industrial designer) and his partner to create a sophisticated home-office environment. A daytime/nighttime approach was devised. A bright and airy working environment was required for him, with a lounging space for days she worked from home. In the evening, the spaces transform into a stylish urban loft with skyline views and a great vibe for entertaining. What do your clients appreciate the most about this project? The space is modern yet still feels like it inhabits an old building. By taking advan-

tage of the natural daylight and by keeping most of the walls partial height, the feeling of the overall space was retained. Beams and columns were boxed out rather than buried in drop ceilings or walls, an old chimney was left in place, sprinkler lines were left exposed, and most lighting is inexpensive track. The industrial designer was as obsessive about details as we were, so it was a strong working relationship. What were the challenges you faced? Renovating part of a building while other units are occupied is always a challenge, especially when you uncover an issue that affects everyone. All of the windows needed repairs as did the exterior brick. But once residents were debriefed, the clients’ contractor stayed on to do that work, creating overall goodwill and a win-win for everyone.

Studio DRAW transformed this old loft into a stylish live/work residence using two primary elements: white walls and natural light.

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Kitchen with Soul What were the challenges faced in this particular project? Both of the homeowners had an active interest in the granite selection, so there were two distinct opinions. The project required a significant amount of granite, which needed to be consistent enough while maintaining the movement that the clients preferred. Using our array of suppliers, we were able to find a large quantity of granite that both clients loved. What were the clients’ goals and how did you address them? The client wanted to minimize seams as much as possible, but several of the sec-

tions were quite long. By raising the end of the island top up to bar height we were able to eliminate an obvious seam, while creating an interesting bi-level top. The kitchen ended up with only one seam that measures less than eight inches total, at the main sink, and is virtually invisible.    Why did you love this project? I love this project because this kitchen really is the soul of the house. The way they changed their layout to make this kitchen happen really amazed me. And it was a pleasure to work with such great people.  It’s no wonder why we are friends.  

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Oversize windows admit plenty of natural light to reflect off living room walls painted the ever-so-pale gray of Farrow & Ball’s Wevet.

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Minimalist decor prevails throughout the home, including the dining room. The wall art of painted concrete panels adds just a hint of texture and muted color to match the velvet sofa.

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hen you buy a home near the most photographed Colonial-era street in Boston, you know your exterior improvements are going to be limited to minimal touches like ensuring that the paint on the wrought-iron balcony railings is touched up

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and the brass knockers stay polished. Beacon Hill is firmly rooted in the eighteenthcentury, and intends to stay that way. The interior, however, is a different story—six of them, to be precise, in the case of this refurbished townhouse. When the design team reimagined the interiors for a client seeking a minimalist design and uncluttered spaces, they didn’t begin with half-measures. All six floors were gutted and re-skinned to the extent that nary a trace of the ancient brick remained visible. In their place came whitewashed

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The greenhouse courtyard entrance is the only place where the original historic brickwork remains visible. The central staircase rising though all six floors provides a focal point for the entire house. The milled handrail turns in an uninterrupted path from the bottom floor to the top. Objects collected by the well-traveled owner find their places on custom shelves in the office. FACING PAGE: The compact library takes on a more formal air with its dark walls and a golden chandelier illuminating the Christian Liaigre Ile de Ré table.

walls, custom cabinetry precisely milled to appear almost seamless, and trifold window shutters that look traditional from the street but fold neatly into fitted alcoves. “We wanted to give the home the weight of Beacon Hill’s elegance without the fussiness,” explains architect Joseph Kennard. An exquisitely carved and constructed Danish oak staircase, with a gracefully curved railing custom fitted to the owner’s handspan, stands as a centerpiece. Three-dimensional modeling was used to ensure that the fit and feel of the staircase was perfect. Similar care was taken to make sure that there was no gap wider than an eighth of an

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“WE WANTED TO GIVE THE HOME THE WEIGHT OF BEACON HILL’S ELEGANCE WITHOUT THE FUSSINESS,” SAYS JOSEPH KENNARD. Guests are welcomed by a warm fireplace and an expansive leather couch; copious built-in cabinets virtually eliminate clutter from the home.

inch between cabinet doors and wall panels. “We basically had to start with a perfectly level house,” recalls builder Richard Cantelli—no easy task with a centuries-old home. “It took weeks and months of planning to make sure everything was built right.” Or, as Kennard wryly puts it: “We had to be incredibly fussy to not look fussy.” The front door opens to a sparely furnished living room with stone floors that remain cool in summer and are warmed by radiant heat in winter. “The bustle of the city immediately feels a long way away,” the

owner says. “It’s deliberately sparse and open, and somewhere easy to sit, eat, drink, and chat.” In place of a formal dining room is a large John Pawson table of oak and walnut for friends to gather, and a satellite kitchen for serving food and drink (the main kitchen is one level up). “We followed principles like less is more, keep it simple,” designer Amy McFadden explains. “The palette was kept to neutral tones, mostly grays and white, darker limestone on the lower floors, going lighter with

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TOP: The first-floor satellite kitchen allows the owner to entertain guests while keeping the upstairs rooms private. BOTTOM: The second-floor main kitchen has plenty of food prep and cooking space; appliances stay out of sight behind the veneered cabinets. The eye-catching wallcovering, made of randomized strips of cut marble, matches the backsplashes.

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Carrara marble as you go higher up.” The marble backsplashes in the secondstory kitchen stretch to the ceiling, with slabs cut into linear but non-repeating patterns for visual interest. On the fourth floor, an office has custom alcoves and shelves. And on the top floor is the home’s “sanctum sanctorum,” a master suite with a Japaneseinspired spa space that includes a steam

room and a Hinoki soaking tub. Above all, the design is neat and orderly. “I said, ‘I’d like it to be really cold and unwelcoming,’ ” the owner says. “Joe, Amy, and Rick thought I was joking. And I was—a little. But I wanted them always to remember the goal was decluttered and simple.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

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The Spanish Blanco Macael marble used for this sink appears throughout the home as a unifying element. FACING PAGE, TOP: A fireplace and upholstered chair add a warm touch to the spare master bedroom. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The interplay between stone and wood continues in the master bath, where an Asianinspired bench and stool offset the marble sink and limestone floors.

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Renovated by architect Robert Orr, the smooth (as opposed to clapboard) facade was restored to what was originally there; he also designed the Greek Revival-style porch. FACING PAGE: Designers Catherine Olasky and Max Sinsteden incorporated dried citrus slices into the wreath that adorns the front door.

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’Tis the Season

A nineteenth-century Connecticut country house is dressed to the nines to celebrate the holidays.

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t wasn’t a typical start-from-scratch interior design commission. The couple came armed with most of the rugs and wood furniture—a lifetime full of treasures—and were looking to reinvigorate an 1845 Essex, Connecticut, country house. “Finding someone who has an eye to put it all together and still give it a fresh look—they have to be pretty talented,” says one of the homeowners. But Catherine Olasky and Maximilian Sinsteden aren’t your typical designers, either. Classically trained, the young designers have

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The dining room’s custom mural by Scott Waterman is based on a four-season study of the surrounding area. The newel post and stair rail are original and were refinished in a French polish. The fixture hanging above the table is a nineteenth-century Pennsylvania Dutch light in the style of an Italian Renaissance original.

racked up resumés: the former got her start in New York with Bunny Williams and then moved to London to work for Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler; the latter, who started in the industry at fifteen, worked for David Easton and Charlotte Moss. “We’re both obsessed with English antiques and an understated European aesthetic,” says Sinsteden. So, in a nutshell: the project was a perfect match. With an apartment in Manhattan, the retired pair longed for a retreat from city life. “We fell in love with the home and the property, but really we fell in love with the village,” remembers one of the men. Quintessential New England, steeped in history, and perched on the banks of the Connecticut River—it was idyllic. When it came to the house, “my plan was we were going to refinish the floors and change the doors,” says the owner with a knowing laugh. “Eighteen months later…we had completely rebuilt it. Every board, everything. There’s

nothing we didn’t change.” Olasky and Sinsteden set out to essentially undue an extensive prior renovation and take the property back in time. “It was not meant to be a restoration,” says Olasky. “But the goal was to make it feel right. It’s all believable but not exact.” Sinsteden notes that the front facade of the house is smooth, just as it would have been back in the day. Inside, he points to the paneling in the kitchen, which is purposely asymmetrical for an authentic look. “Almost everything is new,” says the owner, “but it looks older than the house we bought. We tried to put back some of the history.” The couple use the whole house—when guests come up from the city, they’ll they gather for drinks in the living room, move to the dining room for a meal, then sit by the fire in the keeping room—so it was important to make it “comfortable and casual,” says the homeowner. “But at the same time,

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designers based the mantel lambrequin on one they saw at a London house museum. Olasky sourced dozens of antique and vintage ornaments to pair with the owners’ collection of art glass ornaments. The kitchen table and stools were made by Connecticut furniture maker Peter Van Beckum. A scale model of the house by Patti Paige of Baked Ideas sits on the kitchen table during the holidays.

FACING PAGE:

Robert Orr designed the paneling in the keeping room to be imperfect—just as it might have been if it were original.

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An existing outbuilding on the property—a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine—was reimagined into what the homeowners call the Summer House; the designers had the walls faux grained by a talented house painter. FACING PAGE: Two sets of French doors in the Summer House let warm breezes pass through from the Connecticut River to the garden.

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that doesn’t preclude elegance.” The men spend weeks at a time year-round in Essex, but are particularly charmed by the small town during the holidays. Everyone gets in on the fun, from the famed 1776 Griswold Inn, just a few doors down, to the parade of boats dressed for the season. They knew they had to join in and signed up for the holiday house tour their first year in town. Like little elves, Olasky and Sinsteden decked the halls—with period decor, of course—from garlands and pomander balls aplenty to Lametta draped strand by strand on the Christmas tree and a custom-designed lambrequin hung on the mantel with care. Olasky even hunted down antique ornaments from a barn in North Dakota to pair with the hand-blown ones the men have collected for decades. “Nothing is ever simple with us,” jokes Sinsteden, who fondly remembers decorating till the wee hours of the night, tunes turned up. But it sure is beautiful—and festive. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

see Resources. ABOVE: In the guest bedroom, Rose Tarlow linen was paper-backed to apply to the walls. BELOW:

The walls of the master bath are covered in wallpaper resembling cerused oak by Noblis. RIGHT: A series of nineteenth-century botanical engravings found in Virginia hangs over a sofa by Michael Dawkins.

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Robert Orr, Robert Orr + Associates INTERIOR DESIGNERS:

Catherine Olasky and Maximilian Sinsteden, Olasky & Sinsteden BUILDER:

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The spiral staircase leads to the master bedroom. A mirror of python skin and fossil stone is a focal point of the dining nook. FACING PAGE: A lacquered box from Provincetown’s Yates & Kennedy adorns the living room’s Palecek side table.

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TO PTOWN, WITH LOVE A couple’s seaside retreat reflects their passion both for design and for all things Provincetown.

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aul Corrie knows Provincetown. The Washington, D.C., interior designer has been vacationing in the Cape Cod hotspot for twenty years. In 2016, he and his husband, Steve Ewens, purchased a postage-stamp–size condo right on

Commercial Street, Ptown’s main drag. “It had everything we needed to work with and direct views of Provincetown Harbor,” explains Corrie of the 436-square-foot space. “And the size didn’t concern us. Our first condo was 900 square feet; we understand how to use vertical storage and how to max out space.” After enjoying the condo as-is for a year, the couple first gutted the bathroom and

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The antique Jacobean chairs in the living room are from designer and homeowner Paul Corrie’s own collection. FACING PAGE: Corrie, who grew up in Virginia, is a self-taught designer whose first career was as a lawyer.

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kitchen. When it came to the design, Corrie wanted a reflection of who he is as a designer coupled with Provincetown’s culture that is welcoming to all. “I work in D.C., so I have a traditional design aesthetic,” says Corrie. “But Ptown has a playfulness that I wanted to embrace in our getaway. I was trying to build a modern, fun interpretation of what I do in D.C.” That meant painting the home from top to bottom in a high-gloss white; even the knotty-pine ceiling beams that date back to the mid-1800s were treated to a glam makeover. (For contrast, the brick fireplace in the living was painted black.) The result is a space that almost feels like a

yacht. Nautical nods appear in the form of unlacquered brass fixtures by Waterworks in the bathroom and kitchen, portal windows and mirrors, and, in the bath, shower tiles from Ann Sacks that mimic the ocean waves outside the front door. The other common denominator throughout is the use of pink for what Corrie calls, with a laugh, “a bit of gay whimsy.” The bathroom ceilings are painted a glossy pink, and the Metal Marcel Armchairs by Restoration Hardware in the dining room sport custom reversible Glant Textiles fabric in a cotton candy color. A cherrypatterned wallpaper in the living room adds wit and humor to a space that’s custom de-

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RIGHT AND BELOW: Corrie

completely gutted the kitchen, replacing the upper cabinets with glass shelving and a range hood, both of which he designed. He wanted the room to be a “sea of open with no actual ending.” FACING PAGE: Most of the art is by local artists from Provincetown galleries.

“I WORK IN D.C., SO I HAVE A TRADITIONAL DESIGN AESTHETIC,” SAYS PAUL CORRIE. “BUT PTOWN HAS A PLAYFULNESS THAT I WANTED TO EMBRACE.”

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THE MEN MAKE THE TEN-HOUR DRIVE TO PTOWN EVERY OTHER MONTH. “IT’S TRULY A REFLECTION OF WHAT WE WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH AS OUR OWN CLIENTS,” SAYS CORRIE.

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signed, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Artists have been lured to the storied community at the tip of Cape Cod for generations, and art sourced locally was also an important factor in Corrie’s design. He acquired many pieces from Provincetown’s Room 68, one of his favorite galleries, and much of the art pays homage to the town’s embrace of diversity and inclusion. The men make the ten-hour drive to

Ptown every other month to escape the pace of city living. “It’s truly a reflection of what we wanted to accomplish as our own clients,” says Corrie. “Good design isn’t just the name of a designer and their interpretation of a space but a reflection of what the client wants to achieve. Our space reflects our love for the magic environment that is Ptown.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home, see

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Unlacquered brass fixtures and an Urban Archaeology light fixture are subtle nautical references in the bathroom. FACING PAGE: One of the things that attracted Corrie to this condo was the fact that it was the only one on the wharf with a loft space for sleeping.

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Apple Bartlett at her Maine home overlooking Penobscot Bay. Her parents, Henry Parish II and Dorothy May “Sister� Parish, bought the property in the 1940s, although her family retreated to Islesboro for generations beforehand.

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PRIDE OF PLACE

A day in Dark Harbor, Maine, reveals that Sister Parish’s design legacy lives on—and thrives— from one generation to the next. TEXT BY CLINTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAURA M C EVOY

Sylvie Johnson in her studio.

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hree miles or so off the coast of Maine, not far from Camden, is a speck of an island called Islesboro. There are no hotels, no fullservice restaurants to speak of—getting there by ferry is a feat unto itself, and a trip from Boston usually involves a combination of planes, trains, automobiles— and that boat! It’s a place where doing nothing is the number-one agenda item for summer residents. Unbeknownst to many, except for diehard design aficionados, it is an epicenter of all-American style, as legendary decorator Sister Parish summered here her entire life, and her lasting influence continues to this day at the private compound on the island her daughter Apple Bartlett now calls home most of the year. “It’s an atmosphere you don’t find any other place,” Bartlett says of the area’s natural beauty. “Everything is untouched. It’s just alive.” Overlooking Penobscot Bay, the property features postcard views, and the soft sound of the waves rolling onto the rocky shore is simply hypnotizing. “I love sitting on the porch by myself,” says Bartlett of what’s referred to as the Summer House, “but it’s really meant for lots of people, kids, and dogs buzzing around.” Much of Sister Parish’s signature still abounds in the home: painted furniture, LEFT: Saturated, vibrant colors and needlepoint rugs line the main hallway.

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The living room is a favorite gathering spot for family and friends. A doll house surrounded by Staffordshire figurines on the porch. The front parlor features painted furniture and other pieces with patina and charm.

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A mix of treasures from Bartlett’s shop. A sign from her mother’s decorating practice. The charming exterior of the antiques store. Clinton Smith visits with Bartlett and her Cairn terrier, Brio.

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BARTLETT’S SHOP REVEALS ITSELF TO BE A TRUE REFLECTION OF ITS OWNER: ARTISTIC, ORIGINAL, AND WITH AN UNERRING EYE FOR BEAUTY AND JOY—WITH A LITTLE WHIMSY FOR GOOD MEASURE. high-gloss floors, wicker, quilts, spongeware, rag rugs, needlepoint pillows, and porcelain collections on full display imbue the house with comfort and charm. What appears effortless is anything but, yet the mood is relaxed and carefree. Still, the property is not a shrine to Sister’s legacy, nor that of the Parish-Hadley decorating firm that she led with Albert Hadley. On the contrary, it pays tribute to her, yet continues to evolve from one generation to the next. Bartlett’s daughter and granddaughter, Susan Crater and Eliza Crater respectively, produce the ever-

LEFT: The store features decorative accessories and art, including some of Bartlett’s own designs. ABOVE: The Sister Parish room at the shop showcases some of the bags, totes, and pillows crafted from the firm’s iconic fabric patterns, as well as pieces from the spongeware tabletop collection.

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popular Sister Parish collection of fabrics and wallpapers, and new patterns have been incorporated into the house in sensitive, thoughtful ways that their grandmother and great-grandmother would no doubt approve. “Sister never reconsidered a color,” says Susan. To choose a red, her grandmother might have told a painter to match the color of a tomato she had found, but rarely sourced from a paint deck. The color and pattern combinations in their recent introductions, including Palms and Petite Fleur, are just as confident and distinctive. And while Bartlett acknowledges the lasting influence of her mother’s work, the eighty-five-year-old is too busy to contemplate for long. During the summer months, she runs a charming, eponymous home decor shop filled with playful treasures that LEFT: Bartlett prepares for a dinner party surrounded by her china and glassware collections. BELOW: The front parlor was recently updated with a light touch, while respecting Sister Parish’s signature touches.

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Favorite objects create a personal tablescape atop Sister Parish’s Petite Fleur fabric. A mélange of family memories rests upon Sister Parish’s Palms pattern. Smith and Bartlett set the table. A place for respite in the front parlor.

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Summer House’s bedrooms are a riot of color, pattern, and texture. Bartlett and Brio in the bedroom. A sketch by Albert Hadley. FACING PAGE: Penobscot Bay.

she sources—things that speak to her, and, she hopes, resonate with shoppers. (Beyond her summer hours, the store is also open one other day: Black Friday. Since the space is not heated, Bartlett bakes potatoes and keeps them hot in foil so that customers can warm their hands while they shop.) A noted artist in her own right, Bartlett creates covetable bucolic collages, featuring fanciful scenes that harken to all of the pastoral things she loves—flowers, birds, anything from the natural world—that are sometimes on display (if they haven’t already sold). She began working in this oeuvre after being inspired by an exhibit of Gloria Vanderbilt’s artwork in the 1960s. Interestingly, some of the same not-soserious touches in Bartlett’s art is found in her mother’s decorating. “That’s what Mummy was great at,” says Bartlett. “The great mix of whimsy with the good stuff.” Perhaps the saying is true: on Islesboro, the Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

THE LOOK AND LEGACY:

Sister Parish Design sisterparishdesign.com

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“IT’S AN ATMOSPHERE YOU DON’T FIND ANY OTHER PLACE,” BARTLETT SAYS OF THE AREA’S NATURAL BEAUTY. “EVERYTHING IS UNTOUCHED. IT’S JUST ALIVE.”

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EFFORTLESS ELEGANCE

CONTEMPORARY TOUCHES GIVE A FRESH FACE TO A HISTORIC BACK BAY BROWNSTONE. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER PHOTOGRAPHY BY READ MCKENDREE

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The bay window’s sumptuous banquette, where the owners often settle for meals or with their laptops, hails from Lisa Tharp’s collection. With multiple seating choices— including an iconic Alky chair designed by Giancarlo Piretti—the room is partyperfect, too. A painting by Takefumi Hori is one of several bold gold touches.

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ome people love the energy of bright colors and lots of pattern, but not everyone wants a super-charged home environment. The busy professionals who own this Back Bay brownstone, for instance, prefer their home to be a place of calm in the sea of day-to-day stimuli. The couple longed for

a sanctuary—and they turned to designer Lisa Tharp to help them create it. At the same time, their haven had to be a place that fosters productivity when they choose to work at home and conviviality when they want to entertain. The tricky part? The owner’s aesthetic is modern, but their residence is in one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods. Fortunately, their team, which also included architect Bob Paladino and JW Construction, consisted of veterans used to tiptoeing on the line between past and present. Together they launched a total gut, stripping away what was of little importance to the building’s integrity and then carefully reassembling an urban abode that reflects its pedigree but is also of the moment. Classical moldings highlight the fine architecture, while polished, uncluttered spaces practically whisper “relax, you’re home.” Tharp’s recipe for creating such a blissful retreat—one she refers to as “effortlessly elegant”—is a fine-tuned, skillfully curated blend of furnishings (some from

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Sculptural elements like the gold-leafed table beside the midcentury daybed along with well-chosen art—that’s Boston-area painter Caroline Rufo’s painting above the mantel—boost the living room’s persona. FACING PAGE, TOP: The architect nixed the dated spiral stairs that led to the roof deck and extended the handsome central staircase from the foyer on up. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Classic dark floors add gravitas to the airy kitchen.

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Bob Paladino, Mellowes & Paladino Architects INTERIOR DESIGN:

Lisa Tharp, Lisa Tharp Interior Architecture + Design BUILDER:

JW Construction

her own collection, some midcentury) and art. “The juxtaposition is what gives a home soul and life,” she says. Walls, moldings, and ceilings are painted the same pale, serene color. And then, in order not to prickle the senses, fabrics step in line. “The envelope is silver and grays with some slightly lavender undertones,” Tharp explains. The spare palette allows the art and myriad subtle details—flashes of gold and brass—their due. Zoom in and you no-

tice the drapery rods have been given a gold wash, for example, and a bracelet of brass accents (check out the ferrules on chair legs) weaves throughout, linking the rooms and providing warmth. In accordance with how people prefer to live today, the generous living room seeps seamlessly at one end into a highly functional kitchen. Paladino devised a bounty of cabinetry—ultimate floor-to-ceiling storage that shelters everything from colanders to cutting boards. Brass-legged stools flank the

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THE SPARE PALETTE ALLOWS THE ART AND MYRIAD SUBTLE DETAILS—THE FLASHES OF GOLD AND BRASS, THE LUXURIOUS TEXTURES—THEIR DUE.

RIGHT: Mahogany night

tables cozy up to the couple’s bed. ABOVE: Vintage Oscar armchairs revamped with a lustrous Robert Allen fabric anchor a dreamy sitting area by the window. The intriguing linear pattern of The Rug Company’s hand-carved wool Circuit rug pops come nighttime, illuminated by the deco-style ceiling light.

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THE ROOF DECK, THE CONSUMMATE REJUVENATION SPOT, SERVES UP CINEMATIC VIEWS. marble counter, and there’s art to elevate the spirit even before morning caffeine. The stylish rooms may be visually rich (the smoky-hued, hand-blown Murano light fixture is a jewel), but they are never intimidating. Along with sophistication and refinement, the owners sought a welcoming tone. “They really wanted part of the message to read, ‘Come in and enjoy a glass of wine,’ ” Tharp says. Surroundings as appealing as these, of course, mean guests are happy to linger

long past dinner. But once the hosts have seen their company off, they have an equally alluring master suite to retire to. Their bedroom mirrors the living room in theme and comfort. Indeed, it’s a consummate rejuvenation spot, as is the revamped roof deck. The former is all about cocooning; the latter serves up sky and cinematic views. Stepping back from the fray for a moment, the couple can look to the heavens and breathe. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home, see

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The roof deck oasis includes a roomy new head house, a replacement for a tinier rendition. “The copper cladding, an authentic metal found on many area head houses, will patina with age,” says architect Bob Paladino. LEFT: The structure’s bountiful windows funnel light to the home’s lower levels.

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From the start, Glorieux wanted to utilize her land. After all, she and her husband, Alec, moved to Essex from San Francisco specifically to give their two young sons a sense of the great outdoors. “They needed to run,” is the way she sums up the impetus for their 2011 urban exodus. Glorieux initially grew vegetables, but found her creative core when she transitioned to flowers. Still, flowers provide only a fraction of the harvest, because she also explores her property’s hinterlands. What she finds sparks creations beyond the ordinary—and also fostered Aster B., the business named in homage to the wildlings that fuel her imagination combined with the name of her creative grandmother Blanche. In her seventeenth-century barn, Glorieux hosts workshops for arranging flowers, fashioning wreaths, and, more recently, mandala making. Her first mandala was made on a trip to Bhutan. “We were trekking through the country, and I kept gathering pebbles and whatnot. On a whim, I laid out a design in the dirt beside our tent, meant as a remembrance of the day’s hike.” Now, foraging and the mandalas that

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Notebook Welcome to New England Home’s new Design Notebook, your onestop shop for everything you need to know right now about New England’s design community. In our neck of the woods—Boston’s hipper-by-the-minute South End—Lekker Home unveiled its newly remodeled showroom in its historic 10,000-square-foot building on Wareham Street in September. The refreshed space, nine months in the making, is airy, bright, and eminently shoppable. Speaking of new digs, Lisa Teague Design Studios moved to a new spot on Market Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Lisa has rebranded her company Upcoast Design. Renowned designer Joan Grady and her husband, Jeffrey Grady, opened J. Grady Home, a shop and design studio, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, at the end of summer. As of this writing, NYC darling One Kings Lane was prepping its first Boston showroom in the artsy Fort Point neighborhood. And the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, also has something to celebrate: it debuted a new 40,000-square-foot wing in September, making it one of the country’s largest art-museum destinations outside of a major urban center. Mark your calendars for December 6 at 10 a.m. for the inauguration of Boston Architectural College’s eighth president, Dr. Mahesh Daas. The event takes place in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Congrats, Dr. Daas. Congrats also to Wellesley, Massachusetts-based Jan Gleysteen Architects, whose Modern Heritage Residence project won an

Style Scene ‹‹ Christmas at The Fells Decorator Showhouse NOVEMBER 1–10

The halls at The Fells are decked by interior designers, floral artists, and volunteers. The event includes a preview gala, ladies’ night, and shopping evening. The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, Newbury, N.H. thefells.org

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NOVEMBER 6–7

Visit and shop the open studios of New Hampshire artisans and craftspeople, tour farms and orchards, and sip your way through wineries. nhopendoors.com

The two-day ArchitectureBoston Expo features exhibitors and educational programs. Boston Convention Center abexpo.com

New England Design Hall of Fame Gala

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Furnishings Show

NOVEMBER 7

Shop for handcrafted furniture and accessories from more than 80 regional and national craftspeople. Waterfire Arts Center, Providence finefurnishingsshows.com

NOVEMBER 8–10

New England Home honors the careers of the region’s most esteemed design talent. InterContinental Boston nehomemag.com/hall-of-fame/ about 

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NOVEMBER 21–24

This juried show will feature artists, craftspeople, and designers from across New England, including many Rhode Island School of Design alumni.

Students, alumni, faculty, and affiliated artists of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University donate their work to be sold at this show, which benefits the school. Artwork rotates daily.

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Presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, CraftBoston focuses on contemporary art, craft, and design. There will be a preview and benefit on December 12. Hynes Convention Center, Boston craftboston.org 

This self-guided tour lets you explore some of the historic town’s most interesting homes, each one decorated for the holidays by a professional designer or florist. Concord, Mass. concordmuseum.org

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please call or visit the website for times and ticket prices.

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American Residential Design Award. And our hats are off to Whitten Architects in Maine. The firm received an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm of 2019 and a Merit Award for Design Excellence from the American Institute of Architects New England. In collaboration news, designers John Derian and Chilewich will release a collection of table linens in November. And venerable textile manufacturer Schumacher has partnered with Williams Sonoma on a collection of tabletop and home accessories showcasing some of the company’s most iconic patterns. Think ginger jars, cheese knives, and nut bowls. “For the first time in our 130-year history, you can make the bed—and set the table!—with your favorite Schu,” announces the press release. With the holidays upon us, we think it’s all perfect timing. Ah, yes. The holidays. Are you in the market for handcrafted gifts that make a difference? While shopping at Black Sheep in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, this summer, we came upon Serve Kindness, an Essex, Massachusetts-based company that designs brightly colored glass bowls. Ten percent of every purchase benefits a charity that the shopper chooses at checkout. Since 2017, the company has raised more than $10,000. Now that’s gift-giving at its finest. Finally, we would like to pay our respects to New England interior designer William Hodgins, who passed away in September. Hodgins, who was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2007, left an indelible mark on our industry with his understated elegance. He will be greatly missed.

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—Edited by Erika Ayn Finch Do you have news to share with New England Home? Email Erika Finch at efinch@nehomemag.com.

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f a nineteenth-century farmhouse with extraordinary potential on a pretty, pastoral site is on your wish list, then this property checks off all the boxes. “Farmhouse-style” never looked so good; the post-and-beam barn in Sharon, Connecticut, has been transformed into a dramatic, open living space. The main level has a soaring entryway, a great room with a floorto-ceiling stone fireplace, French doors that open onto a wide deck, and an adaptable floor plan. To one side of the open space is a private master suite with a fireplace and a sitting area, and on the opposite side is the guest (or children’s) wing with three

bedrooms and a laundry room. The open kitchen with commercial-grade appliances invites lots of cooking and gathering. On the lower level, next to the four-car garage, is a family room, a gym, and a workshop. Need more room? Check out the separate barn out back. The home sits at the end of a town road (town services are included), and for the gardening-inclined new homeowner, there’s a stone-walled parterre garden. There’s a lot of landscape to love—but you decide how much: the property is being offered on a 69-acre lot for $1,050,000, or on 10 acres for $795,000. CONTACT: Mimi Harson, William Pitt Sotheby's

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An incredible opportunity to not only be in an area of multimillion dollar homes, but also dock your boat at your own deep-water slip & swim at your own deeded beach. Barnstable Office 508.362.2120 Kinlin Grover Real Estate

Spectacular golf course setting. Located on the 7th fairway with expansive views of the renown Cummaquid Golf Course. Stunning 4,134 sq ft Contemporary Ranch home. Barnstable Office 508.362.2120 Kinlin Grover Real Estate

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amazing 4 bedroom, 3 bath oceanfront property offers breathtaking panoramic views of Long Island Sound, two private beaches and deep-water dock. Mystic Office 860.572.9099 Randall Realtors

Built to take advantage of the light and beautiful Blackfish Creek marsh views. 5 rooms have access to balconies, 2 master suites. A front row seat to wildlife viewing. Wellfleet Offfice 508.349.9800 Kinlin Grover Real Estate

Classic elegance is the essence of the c1804 Elijah Worthington residence. Lovingly maintained and updated with original fireplaces & detailed mill work. Essex Office 860.767.5390 Page Taft Christies Real Estate

Unique wooded setting on Long Pond with an open floor plan and plenty of outdoor living space. Abuts 25 acres of conservation land & deeded water access. Mashpee Office 508.477.2700 Kinlin Grover Real Estate

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent gated country estate set on 3 acres offering 17 rooms, 4 levels, 6 bedrooms, designer décor, professional kitchen, media room, 2 terraces, and carriage house. $7,999,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite European estate set on 2.56 private acres in Weston’s most exclusive Country Club area. Custom craftmanship, cathedral post and beamed family room. 9-space car barn attached. $7,950,000

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite custom home with 17 rooms, 5 bedrooms, superb details, high-end lighting, chef’s kitchen with 2 islands, home theater, wine cellar, tasting room and patio. $4,975,000

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WEST NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Sprawling West Newton Hill home designed for grand entertaining offering formal room, spacious rooms, dream chef’s kitchen, grand master, spa-like bath, 4 additional en suite and patio. $4,180,000

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Unique contemporary home on level half-acre in Olde Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Open and versatile layout with option for 2 master suites. Close proximity to the T. $3,890,000

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LINCOLN, MASSACHUSETTS Elegant 6,000+ square-foot, one-level home with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, exposed beams, hardwoods, vaulted ceilings and open kitchen/dining/family room. Beautiful grounds on a cul-de-sac. $2,295,000

NORTH ANDOVER, MASSACHUSETTS Breathtaking French Country Manor set on 2 acres with copper cupola, wrought iron stairs, reclaimed beams, limestone floors, fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, gallery and patio. $2,100,000

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PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS Rare estate property set on 14.4 acres with 7,700+ square feet of versatile living space, walls of windows, walnut floors, custom columns, 4 bedrooms, wrap-around decks, chef’s kitchen, wine cellar and pool. Family compound / equestrian potential. $1,695,000

WATERVILLE VALLEY, NEW HAMPSHIRE Custom built, this Adirondack-style villa boasts hand-crafted finishes, a spacious interior and stunning panoramic views. This cozy home offers 15 rooms, 5 bedrooms and 5 baths. Price Upon Request.

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and lush (with a multitude of flowering shrubs, fruit trees, and perennials), in Mendon, bordering the Green Mountain National Forest. The property is enchanting… but, oh, the house! Designed by noted architects Robert Carl Williams Associates of Pittsfield, Vermont, the 8,000-plus-squarefoot home is influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie and Japanese-inspired work. The interiors are a paean to extraordinary craftsmanship and the finest materials. Polished wood gleams throughout, in window and door casings, crown molding, baseboards,

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wainscoting, cabinetry, and coffered and beamed ceilings. A handcrafted mahogany staircase illuminated by a Murano chandelier connects all four floors. With grand gathering spaces and sheltering “away” spaces in equal measure, the home is ideal for family (and multi-generational) living. If comfort, exceptional workmanship—and serenity—are your thing, the dedicated spa level definitely takes this luxurious home over the top. —M.L.

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5 Under 40 Ten-Year Anniversary The fall season got off to a celebratory start as the design community gathered to honor the most promising young regional talent in residential architecture and design at New England Home’s tenth annual 5 Under 40 awards party. Some 400 people filled Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting’s Boston showroom to celebrate this year’s honorees: interior designers Dane Austin and Tyler Karu, architect Thomas McNeill, landscape architect Cheryl Russ, and lighting designer Miles Endo. A highlight of the evening was the spirited auction of one-of-a-kind rugs designed by the 5 Under 40 winners and handcrafted by Landry & Arcari’s weavers. Acting as celebrity auctioneer was WGBH radio and television personality Jim Braude, who encouraged a friendly bidding war that broke last year’s record for raising money to benefit Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusettsbased charity that supports literacy and education for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The 5 Under 40 program has raised more than $240,000 for Barakat since its inception.

New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton with Laurie Gorelick of Laurie Gorelick Interiors, Robin Mays of Scott Group Studio, and New England Home’s Clinton Smith

Pauline Curtiss of Patina Designs with Molly Coogan of M.C. Interiors, Michael J. Lee of Michael J. Lee Photography, and Robin Gannon of Robin Gannon Interiors & Home

Celebrity auctioneer Jim Braude encourages bidding on the rug designed by 5 Under 40 winner Thomas McNeill of Hutker Architects

Guests enjoy the carnival-themed evening, complete with circus-inspired bites and retro games

A number of 5 Under 40 winners of the previous nine years came out to celebrate the new generation of winners

New England Home’s publisher Kathy Bush-Dutton welcomes guests

Karyn Roberts and David Sutton of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Matthew Cunningham of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Troy Sober of Gregory Lombardi Design, John Haven of LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, and James Youngblood of Youngblood Builders

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5 Under 40 Ten-Year Anniversary This year’s honorees: Miles Endo, Tyler Karu, Cheryl Russ, Thomas McNeill, and Dane Austin

Landscape design winner Cheryl Russ of Glengate Company with sponsors Maryann Marr and Effie Digiandomenico of Splash

This year’s 5 Under 40 judging panel: Christopher Hall of Christopher Hall Architects, Paula Daher of Daher Interior Design, Meg Kimball of Modern Relik, and Michael Coutu of Sudbury Design Group 5 Under 40 interior design winner Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors with sponsor Niamh O’Maille of the Boston Design Center Sponsors Carla and Mark Hutker of Hutker Architects flank winner Miles Endo of Studio Endo

Sponsor Nancy Sorensen of Back Bay Shutter Co. with interior design winner Dane Austin of Dane Austin Design and Bill Morton and Vasileios Koumantaros, both of Back Bay Shutter Co.

Sponsor Gregory Lombardi of Gregory Lombardi Design with winner Thomas McNeill of Hutker Architects and Jason Harris, also of Gregory Lombardi Design Matt Goodfriend and Sean Reynolds of Woodmeister Master Builders flank Kim Sansoucy of New England Home

Courtney Jones of Karastan, Julie and Jeff Arcari of Landry & Arcari, and Mark Jordan of Karastan enjoying the GIF booth

Habibullah and Samibullah Karimi of Barakat with Jeff Arcari of Landry & Arcari Jon Moss of Installations Plus, John Day of LDa Architecture & Interiors, and Zhanna Drogobetsky of Casa Design Group

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A few of the women who made the evening possible: Elizabeth Benedict of Elizabeth Home Decor, Mally Skok of Mally Skok Design, and Kristen Rivoli of Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

The design professionals chosen for induction to the New England Design Hall of Fame for 2019 were announced at a festive cocktail party that served as the kick-off for Heading Home to Dinner—a design and dine event that raises funds for Heading Home to combat homelessness. More than 450 people gathered at the Boston Design Center to view the creative tables and bar carts, and to celebrate the talented people joining the Hall of Fame this year.

Cheryl Savit of Savvy Words and Eric Roseff of Eric Roseff Designs

Kathy Bush-Dutton of New England Home and Adam Japko of Esteem Media kicking off the table and bar cart auction

Elizabeth Svedlund and Melissa McCray of Curated Finds, Cecilia Walker of Cecilia Walker Design, and Elizabeth Benedict of Elizabeth Home Decor

The thirteenth annual New England Design Hall of Fame inductees: David Newton of C.H. Newton Builders, Tara Vincenta of Artemis Landscape Architects, Leslie Fine of Leslie Fine Interiors, Keith Moskow of Moskow Linn Architects, and Tom Clarke of Clarke

Linda Cabot of Linda Cabot Design next to the table she designed

Carlotta Cubi of Cumar, Tiffany LeBlanc of LeBlanc Interior Design, and Ivo Cubi of Cumar

Meghan Shadrick of Meghan Shadrick Interiors, Kelly Rogers of Kelly Rogers Interiors, and Karen Walls of Karen G. Walls

Designers Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B Design and Elena Boiardi of E Boiardi Studio

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Adam Japko of Esteem Media, Brad Smith and Kyle Tripp of Audio Video Design, Jacqui Becker of Jacqueline Becker Fine Arts, and Gary Rousseau of Herrick & White

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Sean Williams, Mally Skok, Sarah Winchester, Stephanie Rossi, and Elizabeth Ralls

Shannon Kelly Gilmour, beside her El Dia de los Muertos-themed table, with Karen Gilman

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Serena & Lily Chestnut Hill Preview Party Serena & Lily held a VIP preview party for the new Chestnut Hill store’s grand opening. It is the first Serena & Lily location in the Boston area. Part of the sales went to benefit the Ellie Fund, a breast cancer support organization.

Rob Bagshaw and Lisa Barton

Becky Carbone, Genevieve Rozansky, Camilla K. Bradley, and Anna Rossi A fresh face is in town

The Chestnut Hill location of Serena & Lily gives Bostonians a beautiful new showroom to shop Lisa Karys Baker, Luanne Perrera, and Linda Schmitt Campinelli

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An Evening of Wine and Design New England Home joined the Boston Design Center and ASID New England for a festive evening featuring wine and design. Guests gathered at the Ann Sacks showroom and enjoyed an array of red, white, and rosĂŠ offerings, each paired with a tasting menu of small plates.

Jarrod, Laurie, and Paul Bannon of Bannon Custom Builders

Annsley McAleer of Annsley Interiors, Patricia McDonagh of Patricia McDonagh Interior Design, Shannon Kelly Gilmour of Grace Interiors, and Rachel Gray of M-Geough

JB Clancy and Jacob Albert of Albert, Righter & Tittmann

New England Home’s Clinton Smith with Kristan McLaughlin of the Boston Design Center

Adam Japko of Esteem Media and Eric Haydel of Eric Haydel Design

Rachel Reider of Rachel Reider Interiors and Josh Linder of Evolve Residential

The perfect evening at Ann Sacks for a welcomeaboard soiree

The hosts with the most: the Ann Sacks team

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Lekker Opening Party More than 350 guests turned out to help Lekker Home celebrate the opening of its new 10,000-square-foot showroom. Proceeds from the event went to two Boston-area charities. The evening was an all-around beautiful and successful night for Boston’s top-tier designers and friends.

Celebrity chef Joanne Chang with Lekker owners Natalie and Curt Carpenter and celebrity chef Ana Sortun The LDa Architecture team: Jennifer Baker, Ashleigh Sanicola, Bri Boidi, and Dean Sawyer

The calm before party guests arrive

Barbara Vail and Meredith Thayer

Orly Khon of Orly Khon Floral perusing the tablescapes

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The Martin Group and Samuel & Sons

Kathleen Rapp and Mary Beth Haggerty checking things out

Jeanne Finnerty, Lisa Buyuk, Jennifer Bardsley, and Deborah Farrand

Sasha Gallace, Paula Rothbaum, Marisa Gutmacher, and John Hoshko

Jenn Sanborn and Meg Hosler enjoying the showroom

The subject was embellishment at The Art of Trimology, an event hosted by The Martin Group and featuring Sasha Gallace of Samuel & Sons. Gallace covered the history of trimmings and various ways to use trim in today’s interior design. After lunch, guests participated in a workshop pairing Samuel & Sons trim with Martin Group fabrics.

John Hoshko having fun with a couple of guests

Photography by Caitlin Cunningham Photography

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If not owned by a corporation, give the names and addresses of the individual owners. If owned by a partnership or other unincorporated firm, give its name and address as well as those of each individual owner. If the publication is published by a nonprofit organization, give its name and address. New England Home Magazine LLC, 530 Harrison Ave Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118. Known Bondholders, Mortgagees, and Other Security Holders Owning or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages, or Other Securities: New England Home Magazine LLC, 530 Harrison Ave Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118 12. Tax Status: For completion by nonprofit organizations authorized to mail at nonprofit rates. The purpose, function, and nonprofit status of this organization and the exempt status for federal income tax purposes: Has Not Changed During Preceding 12 Months. 13. Publication Title: New England Home 14. Issue date for circulation data below: Sep/Oct 2019. 15. Extent and nature of circulation: A. 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Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc.  185 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  57 Knickerbocker Group  190 Koncerted  33 KVC Builders  2–3 LDa Architecture & Interiors  77

7 Tide  87 a Blade of Grass  122 A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  67 Adams + Beasley Associates  123

Maine Woodworks  207

Art Providence Show  212

Mellowes & Paladino Architects  30

Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  26

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams  134

Benchmark Builders, Inc.  43 Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling  125 Boston Art, Inc.  104–105 Boston Stone Restoration  205 Bradford’s Rug Gallery  214 Brookes + Hill Custom Builders  91 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  25 California Closets  37 Catherine Truman Architects  106–107 Charles River Wine Cellars  126 Christopher Hall Architect  191 Clam Door  190 Coldwell Banker Previews International  196–197

Moniques Bath Showroom  99 Murdough Design  201 MWI Fiber–Shield  183 New Energy Works Timberframers  114–115 Newton Kitchens & Design  45 Oak Hill Architects, Inc.  99 One Kings Lane  inside front cover Onyx Corporation  116–117 Opus Master Builders  55 Paragon Landscape Construction  203 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  118–119 Paul F. Weber Architect, LLC  39 Payne Bouchier  16–17

Concord Museum  211

Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  14–15 Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  22

Crown Point Cabinetry  31

PRG Rugs  18–19

Crown Select  73

R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc.  187

Cumar, Inc.  83

Rebel Builders  130

Cypress Design  209

Reid Design Design, Inc.  131

Dabs Interiors  127

Roche Bobois  21

Dan Gordon Landscape Architects  53

Runtal North America, Inc.  41

Davis Frame Company  65

Scott James Furniture  199

DC Home Systems  189

Seldom Scene Interiors  120–121

Designer Bath/Salem Plumbing Supply  63

Shope Reno Wharton  182

Designer Draperies of Boston  29

Siegel Associates  207

Divine Design Center  12–13

Simon Pearce  97

Dover Rug & Home  78–79

Splash Kitchen and Bath Showroom  inside back

Elms Interior Design  8–9 Eugene Lawrence Interior Architecture & Design  108–109

Studio DRAW  132

Colony Rug Company, Inc.  201

Falcetti Pianos  213 Fallon Custom Homes, Inc.  1 FBN Construction Co., LLC  81 Flavin Architects  20–21 Frank Webb Home  89 Groom Construction Co., Inc.  40 Hampden Design+Construction  102 Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers  110–111 Holly Gagne Interior Design  128 I–Kanda Architects  129 Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (Bulfinch Awards)  211

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Longfellow Design Build  34

Ann Henderson Interiors  124

Bannon Custom Builders  59

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Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  4–5

Marc Hall Design  47–50 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC  93

Allstate Glass  69

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Leonards Antiques  205

Interior Stone & Tile  193 Janine Dowling Design, Inc.  75 Jeffrey Dungan Architects  112–113 Jewett Farms + Co.  199 Justine Sterling Design  27 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc.  85 Kinlin Grover  195

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