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120 True Colors

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The Good Life 150 The Scene A look back at our 5 Under 40 virtual event.

152 On the Market Exceptional properties for sale in our region.

160 Last Look The 2021 paint colors of the year.

Special Marketing Section 71 Portfolio of Fine Architecture

48 Here & There 31 Rooms We Love Six bathrooms that pair sophisticated detailing with serene vibes.

44 Things We Love Vibrant wallcoverings to spark your powder room design scheme.

46 Smith on Style Editor at Large Clinton Smith shares some simple solutions to unleash the restorative powers of your bath.

48 Metropolitan Life The lead owner of the Boston Celtics and his family live large on Beacon Hill.

56 House Guest What might residential design in New England look like post 2020?

60 Special Spaces It took a small army to build an underground Turkish-style bath in the middle of Cambridge.

66 In the Studio Interior designer Vani Sayeed creates artwork and interiors from her Newton, Massachusetts, studio.

31 In Every Issue 22 Editor’s Note 148 Design Dispatches 158 Resources 159 Advertiser Index

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JENNA TALBOTT @jennatalbott Last fall, I enjoyed a vist to interior designer Vani Sayeed's studio in Newton, Massachusetts, where we discussed art and inspiration for the new year.

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Everett, Massachusettsbased Cumar fabricated the shower’s floating bench, which provides an ample perch.

DECO-INSPIRED DELIGHT Initially, a large tub dominated this bathroom. “It was a big room that felt small because of the giant, very dated tub in the middle. The colors were muted and blah,” says interior designer Elizabeth Georgantas, who transformed the space by removing the tub and existing shower in favor of an ample curved-glass walk-in one. “The glass almost makes the shower disap-

pear,” says Georgantas. “All you really notice is the design of the space.” Glass tile with a blue latex backing sheaths the shower walls, and the graphic New Ravenna mosaic black-and-white marble on the floors has an art deco feel. To tie the room together, Georgantas opted for black lacquer paint on the moldings and window trim.

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OUTDOOR INTEGRATION A choppy layout configured into separate areas for the shower and vanity made this bathroom feel small and dark. Interior designer Jeanne Racioppi wanted to optimize the room’s access to natural light and views of the rustic setting, so she opened up the layout and installed a freestanding tub with a custom marble surround under the windows. “The client wanted a relaxing retreat,” says Racioppi. “I went with a classic

old Hollywood glam feel, mixed with a desire to bring the outside in.” The floor tile is a blend of honed and polished Thassos marble and looks “broken like you’d see in an old garden,” says Racioppi. The expansive new curb-less shower features walls with a leaf mosaic tile inset, and Rohl satin gold fixtures feel timeless and luxurious. A striking light fixture made of ceramic flowers by Corbett Lighting enhances the outdoor theme.

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London-based brand Justin Van Breda created the black-and-stainless-steel vanity. “In person, it’s truly spectacular,” says Liz Caan.

FIVE-STAR STYLE This main bathroom belongs to a homeowner who loves staying in Firmdale Hotels, says interior designer Liz Caan, noting that part of her goal was to recreate the vibe at one of the boutique brand’s locations in New York or London. “We wanted a dressy bathroom that felt luxurious and not overly sterile, one that felt residential but also experiential like a hotel room can,” says Caan. The designer used Calacatta marble tile in a hexagon pattern

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for the floors. The same material in an oversized format shows up on the shower walls, lending a slab-like effect and allowing the beautiful veining to steal the show. The original ceiling had detailing that needed repair, so Caan redesigned it slightly and reframed it with a mirror inset. Now it serves as a great canopy for a beautiful amethyst Murano glass pendant that emanates a rose-hued glow. “We felt it was the icing on the cake,” says Caan.

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Schoolhouse crafted this mirror and light fixture, and Benjamin Moore Waterbury Green adorns the walls. BELOW: The homeowners purchased Nancy Gruskin’s vibrant painting from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, annual alumni sale.

Accessed by a sliding pocket door that usually stays open, the new bathroom cried out for a pop of color. “It’s visible from a guest room and an office, which are very neutral-toned spaces,” says interior designer Cecilia Casagrande. “The homeowner can see the pop of beautiful green from her desk.” The room is all about the cement hexagon floor tile, which hails from Clé in San Rafael, California. “The tile is art for the room,” says Casagrande, who selected a matching shade of green for the wall. In the shower, yellow penny tile adds a little extra splash. Above the Duravit vanity, the mirror is from Schoolhouse.

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To avoid competing with the captivating view of the city, the designers paired natural finishes with neutral hues and added gilded flourishes for a subtle wow factor.

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the main bathroom remained intact, the space was gutted. Kochman Reidt + Haigh designed and fabricated an elongated marble-topped vanity, and added brass and gold finishes and fixtures to enhance the room’s elegance. Brookes + Hill installed radiant floors and motorized integrated shades on the floor-to-ceiling windows in front of the deep soaking tub.

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SEEING BLUE To revive and add interest to this dated bathroom, interior designer Vivian Robins called for board-and-batten siding on the walls and an infusion of the color blue. By removing the bathtub, there was space to add a walk-in shower with walls clad in penny-round tiles inspired by Japanese brush painting and glass subway tile in pacific blue. The designer created three functional areas within the room, including dressing space. She swapped shiny brass hardware for powder-blue glass drawer and cabinet pulls that connect to the hues of the shower tile. “The room now has an aesthetic that is classic and timeless with a twist of modern,” says Robins.

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White polished hexagon tiles in small and large formats sheath the shower and bathroom floors. Metropolitan Cabinets and Countertops crafted the vanity’s quartz countertop. The bathtub was removed to accommodate the oversized shower, which has space for a bench and dual showerheads.

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midst the daily grind, the art of bathing has transformed into a hurried and mindless activity just to get out the door in the morning (or, these days, to your desk in time for the first Zoom call of the day). There’s never been a better time to create a bathing ritual. It’s the little details that can make all the difference in truly wanting to linger in your space. A great bath is the sum of its disparate parts, and you should employ a design pro’s expertise as early in the redesign process as possible in order to realize both aesthetic and functionality opportunities. In the meantime, here are some small, easy-to-implement solutions to set you on your path. 5

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Interior designer Lucinda Loya worked closely with the developer, Chevron Partners, to safely cover the floating fireplace surround—all the way to the edge of the firebox— in Holland & Sherry wallpaper. The paper contains rope and a layer of paint for texture.

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s every good New Englander knows, stripes are always the answer. So, after interior designer Lucinda Loya lost sleep trying to come up with a bold statement for her clients’ Boston dining room, it hit her: stripes.

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Now when you exit the elevator into the fourth-floor apartment in Maison Vernon, a seven-unit building on Beacon Hill, the first thing to catch your eye is the SherwinWilliams Copper Mountain stripe down the center of Emilia Fazzalari Grousbeck and Wyc Grousbeck’s dining room ceiling, wall, and window frame. It wasn’t an easy sell for the Houston, Texas-based interior designer—even if she considers Fazzalari Grousbeck one of her best friends.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER LUCINDA LOYA CREATED CUSTOM FURNISHINGS CONDUCIVE TO THE TALL BASKETBALL PLAYERS AND COACHES WHO COME FOR DINNER. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: In the powder room, a mirrored wall behind a marble Adige Design vanity reflects Jean Paul Gaultier wallpaper and a Circa Lighting sconce. Fazzalari Grousbeck, who loves to cook Italian food, preps meals at Neolith countertops. The cognac stripe in the dining room frames not only the window but also Les Cordes, a sculptural lighting fixture by French artist Mathieu Lehanneur.

“Everything in the space launched from that stripe,” says Loya, “but the day before we were set to begin painting, Emilia called and said she changed her mind and didn’t think we should do it. I had to reconvince her.” Now, the dining room is Fazzalari Grousbeck’s favorite space in the apartment. In fact, the co-founder and CEO of Cincoro Tequila and her husband, lead owner of the Boston Celtics, dine in the room every day. The apartment, which they purchased in 2017, serves as home court

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BELOW: Iron vents, custom made in Italy and monogrammed with MV for Maison Vernon, like the ones in the main bedroom, can be found throughout the home. A shimmering Missoni mohair fabric covers the bed. BELOW, LEFT: “There’s something so cool about this shower,” says Fazzalari Grousbeck, referring to the main bathroom. “It’s seamless— there are no [metal] hinges holding it together. Frosted-glass shutters give us natural light and privacy.”

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when the couple and their blended family of six are in Boston. Maison Vernon was originally constructed in 1917 by the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor as a printing facility, and no expense was spared, says John I. Meyer Jr., principal at Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors, the project’s architect. Most notably, the building is fifty feet wide in a city where sixteen to twenty-two feet is the norm. That, says Marcel Safar, a founding partner at Chevron Partners, is what prompted his firm to purchase and develop Maison Vernon in 2014. “No one wanted this building because it doesn’t have parking, but to us, its grandeur was so unique because its width is so rare for Boston,” says Safar. “Our clients use their spaces for everything from

family gatherings to important functions, and those spaces become expressions of the client.” As for the lack of parking, twentyfour-hour valet service mitigated the issue. Indeed, the Grousbecks like to host parties—with large guest lists. Loya designed the apartment with custom furnishings and an open layout conducive to the tall basketball players and coaches who come for dinner. Comfort was of utmost importance to the couple. “This home is so special to us,” says Fazzalari Grousbeck. “Above all, it’s livable. Every time I walk into the apartment, I smile.” EDITOR'S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Let’s start with smart homes. Family health and safety can achieve increased importance in these high-tech spaces. New approaches to healthful landscape and entry designs may include “smart” surveillance and hygienically “screened” porches with energy-efficient naturallight orientations. Front door overhangs could be extended, and foyers, drop-off vestibules, and mudrooms reconfigured to facilitate new patterns of food and commodity deliveries. Storage and utility spaces could incorporate dedicated renewable-energy-derived vehicle charging stations. Now is the time to reconfigure food preparation, eating, and wet spaces,

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Right now, in 2021, we have the opportunity to re-envision our lifestyle expectations for our landscapes, homes, work and play systems, and learning environments. too. Self-regulating appliances with touchless controls, as well as renewable energy sources, anti-microbial surfaces, and locally sourced materials will find increased uses. Appliances like bidets are already becoming more popular. “Greener” design can emerge with resilient, interconnected, and redundant utility systems, such as back-up power sources, to make homes health-and disaster-defensible sanctuaries, all with the goal of supporting community well-being. Illustrations by Joel Kimmel

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Open-layout concepts have reigned supreme recently, but it might be time to rethink those. Interior designers are considering smaller rooms with transparent dividers, comparable to the French doors and pocket walls of earlier eras, where semi-private and isolated work/study spaces enhance healthy households through selective social distancing. Separate in-law units, digitized fabrication spaces (think the garage workshop space of the future), child play areas, and quiet meditative rooms could become highly desirable. As the weather warmed last year, we witnessed outdoor living take on even greater importance as families attempted to see each other in a safe manner. Is the creation of separate backyard buildings with sleeping and water-closet access and multi-purpose spaces on the horizon? What about new solutions for reducing congregate density in luxury urban housing? Greater attention will be paid to air handling with separable environmental systems, opening windows, and healthcare infrastructures. COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter catalyzed a reconsideration of how we attend to health and social justice. Black Lives Matter highlighted who may need affordable housing near centers of luxurious living. We now rarely accommodate the needs of workforce housing and transportation as industrialists did during the nineteenth century, but questions of where support workers live require a reconsideration of current zoning and building codes to encourage the development of nearby affordable housing. Some communities are developing dedicated revenue sources to offset post-pandemic revenue declines, in order to support affordable housing. Here in New England, Boston initiated a community preservation fund to support affordable housing, historic

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter catalyzed a reconsideration of how we attend to health and social justice. preservation, public recreation, and open space. Living with refined spatial aesthetics does not preclude designing to high standards of resilience, health, and social equity. Our desire for autonomy has contributed to the U.S. having the highest per capita energy usages and COVID-19 death rates in the world, heavily impacting frontline service workers. Right now, in 2021, we have the opportunity to re-envision our lifestyle expectations for our landscapes, homes, work and play spaces, learning environments, transportation, and renewable energy systems. We are learning to design more interactive, healthy, and resilient relationships with nature and with one another. Ted Landsmark, M.Env.D., J.D., Ph.D., is director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, president emeritus of the Boston Architectural College, and a member of the Board of the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

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PLANNING WAS PARAMOUNT BECAUSE THE EMPHASIS WAS ON CUSTOM AND HANDMADE.

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t was a holiday in Paris with a couple of girlfriends that really got the homeowner thinking. Their hotel had a spectacular hammam in the basement— it was the ultimate in relaxation and luxury. A year earlier on a trip to Morocco, she had fallen hard for the beautiful jewel tones and geometric shapes characteristic of Moroccan tiles.

As the wheels began turning, the homeowner reached out to builder and friend Joseph DiLazzaro; the two have collaborated on multiple projects

TOP TO BOTTOM: A fountain that spills into the pool brings movement and vitality to the space. An exterior door repurposed from the home’s original porch opens into the new solarium; the spiral staircase ascends up to an office (indicated by glass treads) and down to the hammam (denoted by stone treads). As in a traditional steam room, benches of varying heights are designed to elevate the experience: move to the high bench for more heat, retreat to the lower bench for relief.

over the past fifteen years. DiLazzaro remembers the conversation with a chuckle, “She said, do you think we could build one underground in the backyard? I said of course, but first I need to figure out what a hammam is.” It turns out that building a hammam—a Turkish bath—below ground in a Cambridge backyard is no small feat. Just keeping the team of pros straight required a spreadsheet: First came DiLazzaro, landscape architect Matthew Cunningham, and architect Don Knerr, then came eleven engineers (specializing in everything from mechanical and structural to geotechnical, thermal analysis, and

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waterproofing); countless suppliers for things like custom glass fixtures, scene lighting, sound, and tile; and more than a dozen artisans and finishers who handled tasks such as specialty plastering, iron and stone work, and constructing water features. Planning was paramount because the emphasis was on custom and handmade.

ABOVE: A fountain that is part

of a walled garden designed by Matthew Cunningham continues the colorful—yet calming—theme outdoors. LEFT: The hammam’s powder room echoes the overall aesthetic of the bath; “I think the blues and greens are especially beautiful in Moroccan tiles, and appropriate for a space that’s defined by water,” says the homeowner, who chose all the tile.

Case and point, all the Moroccan tile had to be ordered before the team even broke ground. While the planning, engineering, and construction required mind-bending maneuvering, the owner’s vision was clear, both in terms of aesthetic and functionality. The hammam, which is only about 200 square feet, comprises a warm soaking pool that she usually sets at 100 degrees, a steam room that hovers around 125 degrees, and a shower. The homeowner’s son, a personal trainer, convinced her to add a tiny plunge pool that’s currently programmed to a bracing 60 degrees. Along with the hammam itself, Knerr designed a small two-story addition above, integrating it with the storybook facade of the main house. The nine-by-ten-foot first floor of the addition houses a solarium, and a spiral staircase leads to the husband’s office above and the bath below. The owner’s verdict on the underground soaking space? Though a smaller version than the one in Paris that inspired the project, the Moroccan tiles elevate the experience—a treat for the mind, body— and eyes. EDITOR'S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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single studio can’t contain the artistic vision of Vani Sayeed. Nor can just one career for this energetic printmaker and painter, who is a highly regarded New England interior designer. Hyper-local inspiration, whether a rain-soaked moment stuck in traffic in Mumbai or immersion in the seasonal colors of New England, complements Sayeed’s globe-spanning education— she has a BFA in interior design from India and a MFA in design from the University of Iowa. Her oil paintings are a mix of abstract landscapes and realistic nudes. “I will draw, sketch, do watercolors, take photographs anywhere and everywhere,” says Sayeed. “Inspiration and documentation of a moment is constant, but I then take it to another level by expressing it via a composition on a canvas, board, paper, copper plate, or a computer screen.” Sayeed utilizes a printing studio in Watertown, Massachusetts, to do the gritty job of cutting copper plates to create her engraved and layered intaglio prints. Her design studio in Newton, Massachusetts, has a more relaxed vibe, despite doubling as her painting studio. On the walls hang paintings appended with prize ribbons. Her former dining room table serves as a catchall for fabric samples and prints.

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atherine Truman Architects is a contemporary architecture and design firm in Cambridge. Our projects include renovations, additions to existing buildings, new construction, interior renovations, 76 

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and interior design. Our work is characterized by simplicity and clarity of form and function, with a focus on materials and details. Each one of our projects is different, as each client and house is different. We believe

that the best projects are a result of a close working relationship between client, architect, and builder, and enjoy working collaboratively with both to achieve lasting results.

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➊ The South End renovation opened up a brownstone to create a flowing, open, and bright family living space. ➋ A modest house in Brookline was transformed by combining a small kitchen and dining space to create one large kitchen and eating area. ➌ A lofty double-height space opens up this mountain home to the views. ➍ A soaring living room transforms an old farmhouse with low ceilings into a light-filled home.

Catherine Truman Architects 29 Warren Street Cambridge, MA 02141 857-285-2500 truman-architects.com

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Christopher Pagliaro Architects

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hristopher Pagliaro Architects was founded as a designoriented studio that believes architecture is a performing art that leads to client satisfaction. The firm has developed a reputation as the creator of exceptional architecture throughout North America. Its guiding principle is that all projects should enhance the complete context within the environment. Each home is exceptionally functional, applying

key concepts of place, space, light, scale, and material. The hallmark is the marriage of building and site. A well-organized spatial flow provides the primary contribution to our design and maintains the sensibility with which one space relates to the next, creating an elegant and functional plan. Projects are designed to maximize the daylight, enticing you into the space and conveying a sense of opti-

mism and possibility. There is an experience to architecture. It is not simply the location of a window, but the manipulation of the building’s envelope so that space becomes a part of the view. It is not singular, but multiple, experienced from different angles and through multiple spaces simultaneously. A Christopher Pagliaro design is not just a building, but a place at peace with itself.

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➊ The “magic wall” of glass that marries the landscape and living space is embraced by the covered outdoor living space. ➋ The simplicity of form is celebrated by the symmetrical asymmetrical gable forms that are tied together with a transparent link. ➌ The kitchen as central commend of an open interior space that includes cooking, eating, living. ➍ The panoramic curvature of form takes advantage of 270-dgrees of waterfront.

Christopher Pagliaro Architects 320 Post Road, Suite 160 Darien, CT 06820 203-838-5517 christopherpagliaroarchitects.com

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Hutker Architects, Inc.

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or more than 35 years, the team at Hutker Architects has been helping families and individuals create one-of-a-kind homes in New England. We work together to design a program of indoor and outdoor spaces that will best support the way you live, work, and play. We begin each project by learning about the particulars of the site and the priorities of the homeowners. From there, we establish desired life 80

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patterns and work to create spaces that make the most of a home’s unique location as well as support and anticipate our clients’ lives in the future. Having designed more than 350 houses along the New England shore and beyond, we are committed to the principle “build once, well,” looking to the historic architecture of the region as inspiration for original, contemporary design.

Our team of 60 professionals shares a passion for place and a belief that houses are the most important structures people occupy. We continue to be inspired by the unique challenge of creating a place that feels like “home” for each client. Whether designing a primary residence or a weekend retreat, we strive to create inviting, adaptable houses that are well suited for today, but will be enjoyed for generations. PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL J. LEE

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➊ A cantilevered screened porch provides shade and shelter to the pool patio, while creating a treehouse environment in the space above. ➋ A family room adjacent to the kitchen opens fully on one side to the pool area. ➌ Corner wrapping windows take full advantage of panoramic views in this kitchen’s work spaces. ➍ Monumental works of art work in concert with bold architectural details in this modern entry.

Hutker Architects, Inc. 533 Palmer Avenue Falmouth, MA 02540 508-540-0048 hutkerarchitects.com

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Jacob Lilley Architects, Inc.

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hat really makes a firm the right fit? Is it aesthetics, being a good listener, size, or location? Certainly it is all of the above. We realize there are many factors, but perhaps none more important than client chemistry. Without a strong and receptive dialogue, any investigation into a custom home may simply miss the

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mark. By design, we have kept our firm’s size at roughly eight architects so that we are fully engaged and do not overlook the minute details that are so often critical. Therefore, when browsing our work, you may notice oversized sliding doors that pocket into a wall or a clean, sophisticated aesthetic. Note these details are born out of a special venture we have with

our client and the gestalt of each team member that combines to create an exciting custom home. This contemporary house on Martha’s Vineyard is a collection of cedar-clad cottage-like structures that encapsulate the living spaces defined by glass doors.

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➊ These large doors and windows can retract into the wall, opening up all of the rooms to the outdoors. ➋ Views across the kitchen are punctuated by a 9’x14’ single glass window in the dining room. ➌ The master bedroom, bathroom, and outdoor shower all line up to create a strong visual axis through the spaces to the outdoors. ➍ Hanging chairs that occupy the in-between spaces signify a place of respite.

➌ Jacob Lilley Architects, Inc. 103 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482 781-431-6100 jlaarchitects.com

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Longfellow Design Build

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ongfellow provides homeowners on Cape Cod and Boston’s South Shore with award-winning architectural design services for both new construction and whole-home renovation projects. Our in-house staff includes licensed architects, structural engineers, kitchen and bath specialists, and master craftsmen—an agile team of inspired, knowledgeable professionals who believe in a communicative process and collaborative approach.

Offering both design and construction services gives us a unique perspective—a depth of knowledge, and the resources to execute creative solutions that provide more value for your budget. Our versatile design team works comfortably with most architectural styles, with a unique expertise in converting coastal homes for full-time use. Our process begins by focusing on a homeowner’s ideas, needs, lifestyle,

and tastes to develop a vision that often includes creative solutions. By removing load-bearing walls, we reconfigure smaller homes to an open floor plan. The addition of architectural details such as a coffered or beadboard ceiling, wall paneling, or a built-in media cabinet are common upgrades that result in comfortable, elegant, and livable homes: beautiful spaces that support and reflect the lives of real families.

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➊ 2019 PRISM Awardwinning custom home in Falmouth with roof-deck views of Vineyard Sound. ➋ 2020 PRISM Awardwinning renovation. Media wall with beadboard wall and custom cubby bookshelves designed by Longfellow architects and built by our finish carpenters. ➌ 2020 PRISM Awardwinning custom kitchen design in Cotuit. ➍➎ 2019 PRISM Awardwinning gambrel-style whole-house renovation. ➏ Custom built-in bunk beds for grandkids.

➌ ➍ Longfellow Design Build Falmouth, Osterville, Chatham 774-255-1709 longfellowdb.com

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Oak Hill Architects, Inc.

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ak Hill Architects considers each project as a unique opportunity to translate a client’s vision into reality. Their work ranges in style from traditional to contemporary, and in scope from additions and renovations to new construction. What remains constant is an attention to detail and a sensitivity to proportions, light, and the quality of spaces. By listening carefully to clients and 86

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working closely with them through all phases of the design and construction process, Oak Hill Architects develops a comprehensive scope of work that is in line with their client’s goals and priorities. Taking a consistently thoughtful and collaborative approach, a design is created that reflects the client’s lifestyle and aesthetics. These values are at the core of the practice. “Andrew Reck and the team at Oak Hill Architects are both talented and

easy to work with. The results of our project far exceeded our extremely high expectations. Andrew listened to our (fairly lengthy) list of ideas and, after carefully and respectfully considering them, delivered three design options for us to choose from. Each one was a more perfect version of our vision, reflecting creative design and attention to detail. We cannot recommend Oak Hill Architects highly enough.” –Robin & Scott

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➊ Designed to look like an English cottage, this stone and shingle gambrel home has extensive Old World detailing, inside and out. ➋ The use of custom cabinetry and Carrera marble provides a comfortably refined kitchen that is immensely usable for everyday life. ➌ Mahogany millwork, an antique marble fireplace that once graced the New York Times boardroom, and abundant natural light combine to provide the perfect ambiance for a studys. ➍ An elliptical arch and built-in shelving complement this cozy spot, perfect for reading a good book in the formal stair hall.

Oak Hill Architects, Inc. Weston | Chatham 781-899-1530 oakhillarchitects.com

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Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC

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ne of the industry’s true visionaries, Patrick Ahearn, FAIA, continues to enrich and elevate New England’s architectural landscape by bringing history to life through his fascination with—and expertise in—historically motivated architecture. Whether designing custom homes based on historical precedent or restoring/renovating period homes to incorporate modern flourishes, 88

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every project is rooted in its site, is scaled to its surroundings, and looks and feels as though it has stood the test of time. Patrick’s 47 years of experience allows him to be versatile in project type and location; however, his prestige most notably stems from his endeavors to preserve the historic Edgartown Village on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Having renovated or built more than 200

houses and public buildings there alone, Patrick is celebrated for significantly enhancing the overall streetscape and public realm while esteeming the aesthetic and history of the locale. Patrick has earned many honors, including advancement into the Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects, being the selected architect for the HGTV Dream Home 2015, earning five Bulfinch Awards, and more.

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Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC 160 Commonwealth Ave., Ste. L3 Boston, MA 02116 617-266-1710 patrickahearn.com

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Peter Sachs Architect

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y objective is to blend contemporary and eclectic design sensibilities in order to express the unique quality of each design situation. Much of my work has centered on understanding older homes and designing seamless-looking additions. This work has led us to designing “new old” homes with the same charm and detail as their ancestors. I love to integrate the interior

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spaces with the outdoors as well as pay special attention to the direction of natural light. For me, no project is successful unless it has achieved a client’s design expectations as well as their financial planning. As a teenager, I worked on framing crews and later as a carpenter, so I have always maintained a strong connection to the construction process. This has enabled me to

practice architecture with an instinct for financial planning that has served both my clients and their builders as they formulate budgets and build projects. My commitment to adhering to budgets is as strong as my dedication to great design. It is for this reason that I believe our projects express equally my clients’ financial and aesthetic goals.

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Peter Sachs Architect 20 Hunter Street Newton, MA 02465 617-527-5777 petersachsarchitect.com

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders

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olhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD) is a fully integrated architecture and construction firm that collaborates closely with clients to create exceptional new homes and renovations that celebrate creative design and quality craftsmanship, honor their natural environments, and set the stage for lasting memories—for generations to come. Working on Cape Cod, the Islands, 92

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and throughout coastal southeastern New England, PSD’s projects represent a broad range of aesthetics and scales that are all specifically suited to their owners and sites. The result is truly special places achieved through a highly collaborative process. With their advanced project management system, the team provides a turn-key approach that seamlessly connects architecture and construc-

tion, ensuring single-source accountability and creative continuity from inception to completion. From site selection and permitting to architectural design, landscape design, construction, and maintenance, PSD shepherds every project via a carefully coordinated process. The team emphasizes direct communication to keep clients engaged and excited and shares progress at every step. PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN VANDEN BRINK

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➊ PSD’s goal was to renovate “Riptide” to fit the needs of the new homeowners, while maintaining the house’s iconic status in the community. ➋ The new cathedral-ceiling family room has panoramic harbor, sandbar, and ocean views. ➌ The character of the back of the house is more dynamic now. ➍ A grand new curving staircase is at the new entry. The homeowners requested interiors that they described as “part Beacon Hill, part Cape Cod beach house.” The staircase at the entrance is a nod to Beacon Hill formality, then the house becomes more informal as you move towards the water side.

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders Serving Coastal Southeastern New England 508-945-4500 psdab.com

L TO R: AARON POLHEMUS, OWNER & CEO; JOHN DASILVA, DESIGN PRINCIPAL; PETER POLHEMUS, FOUNDING PARTNER

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Rob Bramhall Architects

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ob Bramhall Architects is a designer of fine custom homes and vacation properties throughout the Northeast, Canadian Maritimes, coastal South, and mountains of the American West. Principal Rob Bramhall leads this small ‘lifestyle’ studio, best known for the design of architecture and interiors for town, country, resort, and recreation use.

A native New Englander who was schooled in Montana, Bramhall has a discerning eye and says that his work is all about layering and refining details. “We study everything until we feel satisfied that we have achieved a level of finesse,” he explains. “Our goal is to create spaces that invite relaxed, open, and comfortable living, weaving in materials and features that elevate the everyday.”

Bramhall is passionate about his work and a stickler for precision. He credits his experience as a house framer and carpenter— something that sets him apart as an architect—with providing him the skills and mindset that support his design approach. “In the end, it’s about bringing our best energy to our client-partners,” he says. “We live and breathe our work, and we love it.”

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➊ This over-scaled barn at Palmetto Bluff, SC, houses a collection of vintage race cars. ➋ The classic style and timeless spirit of the Cape and Islands is reflected in this new home on Nantucket Sound. ➌ Locally sourced woods warm the heart of this Lowcountry kitchen at Palmetto Bluff, SC. ➍ Stone and steel meet rugged mountain landscapes in RBA projects, from Maine’s Sunday River to Montana’s Yellowstone Club.

Rob Bramhall Architects 14 Park Street Andover, MA 01810 978-749-3663 robbramhallarchitects.com

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Studio DRAW

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tudio DRAW specializes in unique and exciting home design in and around Boston, from stylish urban apartments to homes in the suburbs. Since 2011, we have built up a portfolio of distinctive residences that reflect the individual characters and personalities of our clients. We provide a high level of dedication and customization to all projects, large or small. Our personalized approach consists 96

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of understanding each client’s specific needs and desires, crafting a vision for the home, ensuring quality service throughout design and construction, and never following a specific look or repeating previous designs. We view the unique challenges of each project as opportunities to develop creative solutions. We emphasize thoughtful spatial flow, wellproportioned spaces, and quality materials and detailing.

We know that excellent design requires collaboration, and Studio DRAW has developed strong relationships with contractors, millworkers, custom steel designers, engineers, materials suppliers, and many other local design-related businesses. Whether it’s a small apartment renovation, a big loft, or a Victorian townhouse, Studio DRAW is always pleased to work with new clients who want their own unique home.

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➌ ➊ Modern penthouse with custom stair.

➋ Walnut, bronze grille, and blue cabinets make a striking kitchen. ➌ Custom cabinetry and white stone create a sleek kitchen and dining room. ➍ Brushed brass fixtures add a pop of color to this bathroom.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: AARON WEINERT AIA; JOSH DAIGLE, ASSOC. AIA; JOSEPH SCHEUERMANN; PAUL SORRENTINO, ASSOC. AIA; JOE FRATONI, ASSOC. AIA

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Campbell Smith Architects

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he main house on this 100-acre farm combines architectural elements in a nod to our client’s Greek heritage and great country houses from the turn of the twentieth century. We have worked with our client to develop the property including a gate house, equestrian center, and other buildings for ongoing agricultural operations. Since 1980, Campbell Smith Architects has established its reputation for creating homes that capture their clients’ imagi-

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nation. Inspired by classic New England architecture, Campbell Smith designs homes incorporating their clients’ personalities in addition to elements of style for twenty-first-century living. Members of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Campbell Smith Architects is the recipient of many honors including the prestigious Bulfinch Award.

A Diocletian window, Greek doric columns, and a Chinese rail are elements from the architectural past, used today, to surround the porte-cochere of this gambrel roof, stoneclad farmhouse on 100 acres.

LEFT TO RIGHT: PAMELA CAMPBELL, PETER SMITH, ELAINE WOODGATE, CHRISTOPHER DEORSAY

Campbell Smith Architects 22 Depot Street P.O. Box 1450 Duxbury, MA 02331 781-934-7181 campbellsmitharchitects.com

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Hammer Architects

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ammer Architects has built a substantial portfolio encompassing academic, commercial, and residential projects. Much of our work focuses on designs involving renovations and additions and often requires a sensitive integration of new construction with an existing historic or architecturally significant structure. Although the style of our work may vary, our designs consistently reflect a strong respect for context. Our goal is to create well-designed build-

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ings that are appropriate to their surroundings and make a significant contribution to their environment. The size of our firm allows us to maintain close collaborative relationships and provide substantial principal involvement in all phases of our commissions. Our technical commitment enables us to arrive at innovative solutions, in response to our clients’ objectives, and our experience permits us to discover creative ways to fulfill our clients’ expectations.

This new house sits on a narrow coastal dune that extends along the bayside of the Cape in Truro. The design maximizes panoramic views that include Cape Cod Bay to the west, Pamet Harbor on the north, and a tidal marsh to the east.

Hammer Architects Hammer Architects Cambridge, MA 617-876-5121 Truro, MA 508-349-7525 hammerarchitects.com

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Hisel Flynn Architects, Ltd.

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an and Katie crafted an elegant modernist intervention behind our Shingle-style home. Katie and Dan understood the challenges (tight site, zoning constraints, ambitious program) and opportunities, and came up with a masterful design that perfectly balanced our budget, project wish list, and our love of contemporary architecture. They are fantastic partners, and included us in a

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fun and collaborative process from start to finish. We could not be more pleased with the results!”–P.S./K.S., Brookline Katie Flynn and Dan Hisel focus on modern interventions and contemporary design, building and improving homes throughout New England. The firm has won numerous awards, including an AIA New England Honor Award in 2017.

Hisel Flynn Architects, Ltd. 1165R Massachusetts Ave., Suite 203 Arlington, MA 02476 781-316-0322 hiselflynn.com

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I-Kanda Architects

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or this project, the clients came to us with an abandoned 1860s horse barn located in Sterling, Massachusetts, which they wanted to convert into a home. The result is a 5,000-square-foot loft-style house with modern-day comforts: four bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms, walk-in closets, floor-to-ceiling windows, polished concrete floors, radiant heat, and a super-insulated exterior envelope (which during one winter power

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outage kept the entire house warm for several days). On the interior, the timber-frame structure is left fully exposed. White plasterclad walls weave between the 8”x8” posts and beams to define habitable spaces while preserving the original scale of the barn. This design demonstrates that with thoughtful re-imagination, a onceneglected structure can be infused with relevance for the future.

Fine architecture can have modest origins.

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I-Kanda Architects 50 Terminal St. Bldg. 2, Unit #429 Charlestown, MA 02129 646-228-1040 i-kanda.com

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MASS Architect

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ASS Architect is a small architectural practice providing design and construction documents for homeowners and contractors at a fraction of the cost and timeline of the larger firms around New England. Nicholas Paolucci is the sole proprietor of the business, personally responsible for all client communication, drafting, and project oversight. Paolucci continuously develops creative solutions for residential

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additions, renovations, and custom homes to meet his clients’ needs and exceed expectations. As a LEED-accredited professional, he integrates green building concepts, innovative materials, and energy-saving principles into each project to reduce the impact on the environment. MASS Architect takes a designbuild approach with a network of trusted builders, reliable engineers, and rendering artists to bring each project to life.

This custom home in Narragansett, Rhode Island, includes a turret in the east corner of the third-floor master suite for a phenomenal view of the sunrise over Bonnet Shores.

NICHOLAS PAOLUCCI, AIA

MASS Architect 45 Woodmere Drive Milton, MA 02186 401-316-3525 massarchitect.com

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RBA Architecture, Inc. Architecture – Light – Landscape – Profile – Proportion

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BA Architecture designs custom residential and work-space architecture throughout New England and New York. Our projects integrate architecture, landscape, and technology with sunlight, innovative building energy solutions, and refined details. The heart of the studio is focused on connecting people to each other and to their environments. We are committed to designing client and site-specific projects with a balance between form, function, and sustainable materials. Delivering tailored, high-performance

buildings, RBA works closely with a diverse team of experts. Early on in the project, we bring together and coordinate with a wide range of consultants including interior designers, structural and mechanical engineers, landscape architects, environmental and lighting specialists, millwork fabricators, and builders. From concept to execution, we collaborate with the client, generate drawings and 3-D renderings to communicate architectural ideas and solutions, and manage each phase of the process to realize the highest standards of design and service.

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RBA Architecture, Inc. 293 Belmont Street Belmont, MA 02478 781-354-0055 ruthbennettassociates.com

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This 1890 house on Jamaica Pond in Boston, MA, was renovated and enlarged to create two condominium units. One unit includes carefully restored historic details while the second unit received a modern decor.

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Timothy Burke Architecture, Inc.

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As in the rest of the home, the kitchen features natural materials, such as quarter-sawn oak floors and a granite island and countertop. A classic red Lacanche Citeaux range, Tabarka Studio’s Palio 1 tile backsplash, a steel-and-brass hood designed by Lisa Hilderbrand, and blackand-white photographs by Keith Dotson complete the space.

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Happy Place A FAMILY ESCHEWS THE TRADITIONAL LOG CABIN AESTHETIC FOR AN ELEGANT VERMONT RETREAT. Text by ROBERT KIENER | Photography by JOHN BESSLER Produced by KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

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A vintage woven side table and a daybed topped with embroidered Coral & Tusk pillows offer a cozy spot to read in the great room. FACING PAGE: Annie Selke’s Masinissa wool rug and a pair of Wesley Hall Furniture leather swivel chairs anchor the soaring great room. Robert Ogden Studio crafted the forty-eightinch mirrored pendant that was custom designed to fill the large room with reflected light.

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e call it our ski house, but it’s so much more than that,” says Kristie Smith as she explains how she and her husband, Kevin, decided to build a three-story timber-frame home in Wilmington, Vermont. “It’s really our second home. Our retreat. Or, as we often say, our ‘happy place.’ ”

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The timber-frame house is nestled snugly into the sloping lot; the basement level is clad with stone veneer. FACING PAGE: A game room, the children’s favorite space, in the ten-foot-high basement features a counterheight bar table surrounded by Wisteria barstools with a Currey & Company Fainlight chandelier above. The designer sourced the vintage iron-framed mirror from Stamford, Connecticut’s Avery & Dash Collections to give the space a classic touch.

The New Canaan, Connecticut, couple and their five children fell in love with this ski and recreational area in the southern part of the state during regular pilgrimages and finally decided to take the next step. “We didn’t want a condo,” says Kristie. “We wanted something more permanent and hoped to feel part of a neighborhood.” With the aid of local builder Ryan Holton, the Smiths found a tucked-away, gently sloping, two-and-a-half-acre lot that

even boasted a small river running through it. Holton, owner of Moosehead Cedar Log Homes and RH Log Works, also helped them customize the six-bedroom, log-cabinstyle house that blends nicely with the heavily wooded lot. “Ryan was an excellent collaborator,” says Kristie. “He and Kevin worked together to tweak the design until we got everything we were hoping for.” Changes included extra and enlarged windows to take full

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“We wanted something more permanent and hoped to feel part of a neighborhood.” —HOMEOWNER KRISTIE SMITH

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advantage of the lot’s views, a ten-foot-high, light-filled basement level, and an enlarged kitchen. “We reconfigured the layout to give the Smiths more kitchen space, so they were able to add an oversized island,” says Holton. New Canaan-based interior designer Lisa Hilderbrand joined the team just as the home was being framed and helped Kristie create the interior. “Both Kristie and Kevin told me they didn’t want the typical yellowish log cabin tone inside the home,” she recalls. The couple wanted something warmer—more restful—that would not compete with the views outdoors. Adds Hilderbrand, “We worked together, with very patient painters, to come up with just the right color—not too light, not too dark of a stain—for the oak logs in the great room. Upstairs, we whitewashed the [main] bedroom walls. Others were wallpapered.” Hilderbrand selected a color palette for the interior that complemented the views outside. “We went with a lot of neutral colors such as ivory, gray, khaki, and black

ABOVE: A guest bedroom features a

leather basket-weave headboard from Wisteria and Phillip Jeffries St. Barts Serenity whitewashed wallpaper. LEFT: The bunkroom includes two double beds topped by a pair of single beds. FACING PAGE: Kravet’s Mansk dining table, which has gold trim at its base, and a Circa Lighting floor lamp allow the family to relax with books while taking advantage of the views.

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and white,” she explains. “I also chose texture more than a lot of bold patterns, but nothing too precious. Again, we were going for a cozy, calm, welcoming look— one that didn’t clash with the beautiful woodland views.” Floors are radiant heated and comprised of quarter-sawn, random-width oak. The aforementioned kitchen, which now opens to the rest of the main floor, has become the heart of the home. “The owners can be working in the kitchen and still be part of the action,” says Hilderbrand. The focal point of the space is a five-foot-long, eight-burner, red-enameled Lacanche gas range from France. “We dubbed it ‘the Ferrari,’ ” says the designer. Kevin was so taken with it that he asked Hilderbrand to custom design a burnished-steel and rubbed-brass hood to complement his new toy. Kristie confesses that the most frequent comment she hears from guests is, “We see why you love it up here.” She explains, “We got exactly the home we were hoping for. It is as cozy as it is comfortable.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

ABOVE: An upstairs cement-tiled

bathroom showcases a double vanity paired with Soho mirrors from Ballard Designs and a trio of Hudson Valley Lighting Cortland sconces. RIGHT: The light-filled main bedroom features whitewashed walls and a modern washed-oak four-poster bed from cFc. FACING PAGE: Hilderbrand added an antique English mahogany chest and armchair to, as she explains, “add a lived-in, cozy feel to the [main] bedroom.”

INTERIOR DESIGN:

Lisa Hilderbrand, Hilderbrand Interiors BUILDER: Ryan Holton,

Moosehead Cedar Log Homes and RH Log Works

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The living room’s pale walls make a gallery-like backdrop for the homeowners’ art collection, including the moody maritime scene by nineteenth-century artist Antonio Jacobsen that hangs above the original marble fireplace. RIGHT: A scarlet velvet loveseat and a floral linen sofa make an unexpected but lovely pairing.

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TRUE COLORS There is plenty that’s old—but nothing old-fashioned— in this Beacon Hill townhouse. TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH  |  PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH WINCHESTER PRODUCED BY KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

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ABOVE: Homeowners Nancy and James Schibanoff found the chest on stand at the W.A. Smith auction house in New Hampshire. RIGHT: The dining room walls wear de Gournay’s showstopping Abbotsford mural wallpaper. A glossy striÊ tea paper on the ceiling is an additional touch of glamour.

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ancy and James Schibanoff had always been drawn to the historical. In southern California, where they spent most of their married life and raised their three children,

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they got involved in local preservation efforts to save an early twentiethcentury Mission Revival house that now sits on the National Register of Historic Places. For their own home, they sought out eighteenth-century English furniture, collected eighteenthand nineteenth-century art, and amassed a trove of classic blue Delft tiles. So when they decided it was time to move east to be closer to their grown children and the grandkids, Boston—specifically historic Beacon Hill—seemed a natural place to settle. Located on what interior designer Gerald Pomeroy calls “maybe the most beautiful street in Boston,” the 1829 townhouse they fell in love with was almost impeccably preserved. Most of the home’s original architectural details, from the simple, elegant millwork throughout to the living room’s parquet floor and classic marble fireplace, had survived for almost two centuries.

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Three of the home’s four floors (the top two are devoted to bedrooms) needed little more than a decorative redo to freshen things up and better reflect Nancy and James’s own sophisticated-but-relaxed style. The garden level, however, designer Pomeroy and his clients agreed, needed some additional intervention. The space comprised a series of small, dark rooms, including a galley kitchen, a full bath, and a small living room with a flagstone fireplace. “I’d look at that fireplace and it would irritate me,” James recalls. “It might have been great in a mountain house, but it didn’t seem right for Beacon Hill.” Pomeroy and architect Ruth Bennett reconfigured things, eliminating walls and enlarging windows to create an open space with an expanded kitchen, a sunny casual dining nook, and an airy sitting area. Nancy and James’s Delft tiles are now on proud display on both the new fireplace and the kitchen’s backsplash.

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The owners’ collection of Staffordshire dinnerware, displayed in the dining area, inspired designer Gerald Pomeroy’s choice of the garden level’s blue-and-white palette. Golden yellow fabric adds a sunny note to the sitting area; the Schibanoffs collected the Delft tiles around the fireplace over the years. The kitchen backsplash sports more Delft tiles. The garden-level powder room was treated to a bold Thibaut wallpaper.

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The tiles drove the blue-and-white palette on this level, and Pomeroy, who never shies away from saturated color, ramped up the warmth with sofas and an oversized ottoman all outfitted in a rich golden yellow. One floor up, at street level, the designer introduced a more classically elegant, formal feel. The ceiling’s strié tea paper unifies the living and dining rooms and adds a sense of drama rivaled only by the dining room’s stunning Abbotsford mural wallpaper by de Gournay. Living room walls wear a neutral paint. “I kept them simple to really celebrate my clients’ art collection,” Pomeroy says. While Nancy is partial to the sunny garden level, James says his favorite spot is his library, a cocoon-like room on the street level where the books and artwork—including a series of colored prints depicting the heroic English ViceAdmiral Horatio Nelson—stand against a backdrop of deep forest green. “I think Gerald is a genius with colors,” James says. “I wasn’t so sure about the green, but I deferred, and now I think it’s brilliant. I love it.” For the Schibanoffs, lovers of historic architecture, Beacon Hill was something of a homecoming—and this thoughtfully updated townhouse a fitting place to call home. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

ABOVE: Colored prints in the

library pay homage to the heroic English Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson. LEFT: The Schibanoffs collect all manner of historic ephemera. FACING PAGE: Forest-green walls give the library, James Schibanoff’s favorite room in the house, a cocoon-like feeling.

INTERIOR DESIGN:

Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Interiors ARCHITECTURE:

Ruth Bennett, RBA Architecture BUILDER:

Lemanski Construction

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An abstract print by midtwentieth-century artist Jack Justice brightens the foyer and hints at the splashes of color that designer Jill Litner Kaplan spread throughout the living areas. FACING PAGE: The only furnishings the family brought to their new home was this dining set, which was refinished and reupholstered with Romo fabric. It sits on a rug from Stark Carpet with a Lightmaker Studio pendant hanging above.

New Addition A RENOVATION OPENS UP A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES FOR ONE SUBURBAN FAMILY. Text by DAVID CORRIVEAU  | Photography by MICHAEL J. LEE

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J

ust one look: That’s all it took for her to envision her family sharing this three-story, century-old, Georgian-style home on a hill in a suburb near Boston.

“It struck me within fifteen minutes,” the wife, mom, and medical doctor recalls of that day in 2017. “I was on the phone with my husband and said, ‘You’ve got to drop everything now and get over here.’ We made the decision within a day. You need the bones to be there. We saw the bones of this house.” Upon closer inspection, the couple saw that they needed a bit more time and planning to flesh out the interiors of the haven where they would raise their son and daughter. Time—and the guidance of Newton-based interior designer Jill Litner Kaplan and architect Peter Sachs. “The ethos,” Kaplan says, “was to appreciate the integrity of the original house, but

ABOVE: The kitchen cabinetry, by

Heartwood Cabinetmakers, flows all the way to the ten-foot-high ceiling to maximize storage. LEFT: The room features two stainless-steel sinks, one in the island and a second in the back corner, where marble mosaic tiles from Ideal Tile of Newton don the wall. FAR LEFT: ModShop counter stools covered in Kravet vinyl surround the waterfall-edge island while Happy pendants custom made by Siemon & Salazar twinkle above.

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FACING PAGE: In the study, a quartet

of Bernhardt Design swivel chairs circle an ottoman custom designed by Kaplan and upholstered in Pollack fabric; the fireplace surround includes tile from Discover Tile. ABOVE: Cerused gray oak frames the television in the family room and echoes the nearby kitchen island. RIGHT: The L-shaped addition starts with a mudroom and wraps around the rear of the house, where the expanded kitchen, a family room, a bathroom, and a second mudroom are located.

to infuse it with all the amenities: sleek and modern meeting traditional.â€? Toward that end, Sachs designed a single-story 848-square-foot addition attached to the side of the original house. To seamlessly integrate the new wing with the brick façade of the original, the trim of the main house was painted the same shade of

white as the siding of the addition, and the doors and windows on both were coated in a high-gloss black. The plan called for tenfoot-high ceilings throughout a spacious family room, front and back mudrooms, a bathroom, and an expanded kitchen, where the husband, also a doctor, could pursue his avocation of baking, and where the family

INTERIOR DESIGN:

Jill Litner Kaplan, Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors ARCHITECTURE:

Peter Sachs, Peter Sachs Architect BUILDER: RJ Gallerani

and Son Building and Remodeling

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could gather for informal meals. “It receives heavy use, every single inch of it,” the wife says. “This new space really is phenomenal.” Armed with the house’s original 1917 blueprints, Sachs and the builders from RJ Gallerani and Son Building and Remodeling remade the existing spaces, making slight changes to the first-floor foyer and dining room. The latter now houses the lone set of

furniture the family brought with them: a 1960s-era Danish-modern dining set. On the third floor, the wife, who has been working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, converted one of the four bedrooms into office space. The bathroom on that level also received a refresh. The team reimagined what the wife remembers as a “chopped-up” second floor. They installed en suite bathrooms in each

RIGHT: Renovation of the second floor allowed

for the creation of a main suite, which includes a showstopping bed designed by Kaplan and upholstered in Pollack fabric. BELOW: In a first-floor sitting room, a Joan Miró lithograph brings cheer to a work area while a cabinet custom designed by Kaplan and crafted by Heartwood Cabinetmakers adds functionality. FACING PAGE: A salon-style arrangement of six monotypes by New York artist Gabe Brown brightens a wall in the sitting room, which is illuminated by a Blueprint Lighting chandelier.

of the kids’ bedrooms, and built a main bedroom suite, a laundry room, and a quiet study/sitting room. Quiet in terms of sound and privacy, that is. While most of the first floor leans toward cool blues and blue-grays, Kaplan cranked up the volume in the study with walls painted Benjamin Moore Blue Suede Shoes. She filled it with a quartet of spinnable plush chairs upholstered in burnt-orange wool, and an extra dose of what Kaplan calls “my crazy, colorful mix of materials and art.” The end result still makes Kaplan smile. “It’s so exuberant,” the designer concludes. “Everywhere you go, there is something to delight the eye.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Architect Timothy Burke reoriented what was originally a straight staircase to accommodate a new powder room. “Now the staircase is the main event when you walk into the home,� says Burke. FACING PAGE: The entry had been tweaked over the years, so Burke had the original doors recreated based on historical records.

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MODERN FAMILY A former carriage house is pulled into the twenty-first century for an active couple and their daughters. TEXT BY ALYSSA BIRD  PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL J. LEE

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RIGHT: The team paid careful attention to lighting in the kitchen, including dimmable recessed fixtures as well as lighting under and inside cabinets and drawers; those are pendants from Nessen Lighting hanging above the island. BELOW: A Phillip Jeffries wallcovering studded with brass rivets envelops the powder room, which features an Eramosa marble vanity, sink fittings by Laura Kirar for Kallista, and a mirror from CB2. FACING PAGE: A light fixture by PELLE hangs above a table and chairs from Casa Design Group in the dining area; the artwork is by Adrienne Schlow.

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hen Nicole and Michael Conlon set off to find their next home in Boston’s Beacon Hill, they had no idea how much patience it would require. The couple was over condo life and craving more space for their family of four, but they weren’t willing to part with their beloved neighborhood. “We looked for a long time,” recalls Nicole Conlon. “When we finally found this property, we hadn’t seen anything like it in two years.” 139

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In the kitchen—which was moved from the front of the home to the center—designer Michael Ferzoco worked closely with homeowner Michael Conlon, a restaurateur who has overseen the renovation of several commercial kitchens. Elm cabinetry from Scavolini is paired with both white Caesarstone and walnut countertops; a custom copper vent hood and Haute Living barstools upholstered in a Perennials fabric round out the sleek space.

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Adjacent to the main living areas is an atrium, the scale of which was reduced to maximize interior living space. RIGHT: Homeowner Nicole Conlon sits on the advisory board for Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and the family has a large art collection. Works by Maura Segal, Joel Grossman, Adrienne Schlow, Andrzej Michael Karwacki, and Doug Kennedy flank the limestone fireplace surround.

The townhouse—occupying 3,000 square feet of an 1895 carriage house (the structure was divided into three residences during the 1960s)—was indeed a rare find, but it was also in dire need of a refresh. “The home hadn’t been renovated since the 1980s, and it was showing its age,” notes Boston-based architect Timothy Burke. “Not only were there problems with the layout and finishes, but the floor struc-

ture was sagging and not up to code.” The Conlons suddenly found themselves smack dab in the middle of a gut renovation. An upside of this unexpected (and prolonged) foundation work, however, was the opportunity to excavate a new basement, giving the Conlons even more room to spread out. “They are a very active family, so storage for items such as skateboards, skies, bikes, rollerblades, and golf clubs

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The main suite

and the “girls’ suite,” which includes their bedrooms, bath, and a playroom outfitted with beanbag chairs, divides the second floor. The original kitchen was converted into a home office, with a rug by Faber’s Rug Co., a pendant by Fredrick Ramond, and artworks by Michelle Williams and Adrienne Schlow. A bath off the third-floor sitting room and guest suite features a teak sink from Signature Hardware, Caesarstone shelving, a mirror from Blu Dot, and sconces by Hudson Valley Lighting.

was critical,” explains designer Michael Ferzoco, founder of the Boston firm Eleven Interiors. The kitchen was relocated from the front of the home to the center and accommodates a large dining area. In this space, Ferzoco followed the homeowner’s lead, as Michael Conlon has had plenty of experience building out commercial kitchens as a restaurateur (he’s a partner in seven Boston-area restaurants including Fat Baby, Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, and Capo). “Michael was intent on not hiding any of the utilitarian aspects such as the appliances,” explains Ferzoco. “Wood cabinetry and a copper hood were musts, and we took a

multilayered approach to lighting, employing a mix of dimmable recessed fixtures, pendants, under-cabinet, and even interior-cabinet and drawer lighting.” According to Burke, by relocating the kitchen, it better serves as a family gathering spot and makes use of the natural light streaming in via the adjacent atrium. And although the architect reduced the size of the existing atrium, the new one is just as effective at illuminating the middle of the townhouse, where there are no windows. When it came to the decor, a critical piece of the puzzle was the couple’s art collection, which is of particular importance to Nicole, who sits on the advisory board of the Institute

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“THERE ISN’T A ROOM IN THE HOUSE THAT DOESN’T GET USED DAILY.” —INTERIOR DESIGNER MICHAEL FERZOCO

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: In the main bedroom, nightstands from Lawson-Fenning and lamps from Arteriors flank a Mondo Collection bed; the artwork is by Brian Goodman. The roof deck features furnishings from Casa Design Group. In the main bath, a custom vanity is painted Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue.

ARCHITECTURE:

Timothy Burke, Timothy Burke Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN:

Michael Ferzoco, Eleven Interiors BUILDER:

C.H. Newton Builders

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of Contemporary Art. Ferzoco consulted on scale, subject matter, and medium, and together they landed on the perfect balance of works— several of which are by local artists and friends. A stylish mix of custom and new furnishings provides a neutral backdrop. “I love that Michael’s aesthetic is clean, but not overly modern,” says Conlon, who fell for Ferzoco’s work while attending a holiday party

at a residence he designed. “There isn’t a room in the house that doesn’t get used daily,” explains the designer, “so it’s less formal and more lounge-like, with deep sofas and chairs covered in durable performance fabrics. I wanted them to feel like they can kick their shoes off, flop on the sofa, and eat around the cocktail table if they choose. It’s approachable luxury.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

“I WANTED THEM TO FEEL LIKE THEY CAN KICK THEIR SHOES OFF AND FLOP ON THE SOFA. IT’S APPROACHABLE LUXURY.” —MICHAEL FERZOCO 147

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Notebook Happy New Year from the New England Home team. Just like you, we are ready to put 2020 behind us, and we eagerly look forward to connecting with our readers in person in 2021. But before we look forward, let’s look back at the fall awards season. Slocum Hall Design Group received a Gold Master Design Award from Qualified Remodeler magazine in the Best Historic Renovation category for its work on the Charles Riley House in Newton, Massachusetts. The team brought the home back to its original Gilded Age glory while accommodating modern family living. The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) hosted its PRISM Awards virtually and with much aplomb. Guests attended an exciting digital party where they could join conversations by “table-hopping” between groups. After mixing and mingling with fellow industry professionals, attendees navigated their way to a virtual auditorium for the awards presentation. Some of the gold winners included LDa Architecture & Interiors, Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, Longfellow Design Build, FBN Construction, Cape Associates, Kevin Cradock Builders, Dab’s Interiors, Herrick & White, and Adams + Beasley Associates. For a list of winners visit prism-awards.com. YMCA Cape Cod honored Mark and Carla Hutker with its 2020 Champion of Treasure Award. (Mark is partner and founder of Hutker Architects.) The award recognizes the duo’s generosity and ability to secure charitable donations in support of the organization. Who else is lending a hand on

Cape Cod? The Valle Group’s Christian Valle, who led the installation of a sunshade at the Morse Pond School as part of the Falmouth Outdoor Learning Project, comes to mind. The project creates safe outdoor classroom spaces to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. How does Elizabeth Benedict respond to a pandemic? By expanding her business, of course. Benedict’s shop and design atelier, Elizabeth Home, grew its footprint with Petal & Press. The new Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, shop offers fresh florals, coffee, pastries, gifts, and decor items. COVE by Knickerbocker Group has expanded to Portland, Maine. The first studio, located in Boothbay, opened in 2019. At both locations, you can shop an extensive selection of designer fabrics, furniture, and accessories while working with a design professional. There’s also COVE Home, a collection of four predesigned, eco-friendly home styles. Designed by the Knickerbocker Group’s architects and interior designers, the homes are built on location by the firm’s construction arm. And one final note on awards season. Though we could not gather in 2020 for the New England Design Hall of Fame, we will celebrate with gusto when the gala returns in November 2021. Nominations are already open. We are also accepting nominations for the 2021 5 Under 40 Awards. Please visit nehomemag.com for all of the details on both honors. Do you have news to share? Email Lynda Simonton at lsimonton@ nehomemag.com.

REQUIRED READING What better time to snuggle up with a good book? Here are two of the hottest new design tomes, both of which feature beautiful New England homes.

In the introduction to James Huniford: At Home (The Monacelli Press, $50, November 2020), Pilar Viladas shares how Huniford “creates rooms that are elegant, comfortable reflections of their owners’ personalities and lifestyles, in a way that is both empathetic and intuitive.” From sleek city apartments to a rustic island retreat, the many featured homes all demonstrate Huniford’s expert design approach.

Markham Roberts debut book, Decorating the Way I See It, focused on design basics. In his latest, Markham Roberts: Notes on Decorating (Vendome Press, $70, September 2020), he digs deeper into the nuances of elevated design. Roberts mixes a sense of place, layers of colors and textures, and a dash of the unexpected in each home. Photography by Nelson Hancock brings Markham’s work to life on the page.

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Meet the 2020 5 Under 40 Winners In lieu of the annual 5 Under 40 Awards gala, New England Home hosted a virtual event with the 2020 honorees. Moderated by New England Home’s Editor in Chief Jenna Talbott, the event recognized and highlighted the achievements and talents of Whitten Architects’s Jessie Carroll (architecture), Kathryn Herman Design’s Elizabeth Hendrickson (landscape design), Emily Pinney of Pinney Designs (interior design), Stephanie King of Heather Wells (interior design), and Wolf in Sheep Design’s Alina Wolhardt (interior design). Each winner shared images and anecdotes from five of their favorite projects. The event also kicked off a week-long virtual auction of rugs designed by the winners and created by Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting. This year, we raised more than $12,000 for Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides education to more than 3,000 women and children in south and central Asia. To contribute to the campaign, visit barakatworld.networkforgood.com and mention New England Home’s 5 Under 40 in the notes. You can watch the entire celebration at nehomemag.com/category/news/design-dialog.

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The Good Life |

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Snow Country Close to skiing, these winter retreats offer warmth, style, and versatility. BY MARIA LAPIANA

5 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS 1 PARTIAL BATH 5,828 SQ. FT. $1,750,000

LOG CABIN LUXE With its cozy interiors and dazzling views, Black Bear Lodge, as this property is known, is a ski getaway at its best. The Bartlett, New Hampshire, home has cozy interiors and dazzling views, and is minutes to some of the state’s finest skiing: Bretton Woods, Wildcat Mountain, Attitash, and Cranmore. Just shy of 6,000 square feet, the house is quiet and secluded yet close to downtown North Conway’s restaurants and shops. It features classic log cabin styling, with wood walls and wood beams at every turn. Built in 2004, the home, with its large floor-to-ceiling fireplace and an elaborate metal balustrade that adorns a catwalk overlooking the great room, has a warm

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alpine feel. The family friendly layout includes a main floor with a living/ dining/kitchen open plan, a half bath, and the primary suite. The second floor features two large bedrooms and a shared bath. And the walkout lower level includes a bedroom, large game room, bar area, and home theater. In 2019, a children’s playroom (with custom bunk beds and an indoor slide) was added over the garage. The recently refreshed landscaping boasts evergreen rock gardens,

wildflower meadows below boulder walls, and new lighting. CONTACT: Theresa Bernhardt, Keller Williams

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8 BEDROOMS 9 FULL BATHS 1 PARTIAL BATH 16,000 SQ. FT. $2,795,000

ROOMS AT THE TOP The purposeful design of this very large home offers warmth, comfort, livability, and privacy in addition to lots of space. It was built as a 5,500-square-foot ski chalet in 1986 (Sunday River Ski Resort and Mt. Abram are minutes away). The current owners have lived in the Bethel, Maine, home for twenty-three years, during which time they raised three children and expanded the home to 16,000 square feet. There are eight bedrooms within several attached structures sited atop Bird Hill on thirteen-plus acres of woods and trails.

It’s an ideal multigenerational home. Among its many amenities: an indoor heated pool with a lounge, wet bar, fireplace, and retractable roof. Garages house up to ten cars with enough room leftover to store snowmobiles, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, ski equipment—you name it. A separate in-law apartment with a private entrance offers space for extended family or live-in help. While this property makes a singular singlefamily home, it has many commercial possibilities as well (B&B, corporate outing, wedding or event venue, or seasonal

rental). It can’t hurt that in 2019 USA Today named Bethel Best Ski Town in North America. CONTACT: Joel Turgo, Keller Williams, Portland, Maine, 207-699-8963, birdhillestate.com. MLS# 1471442

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The Good Life |

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4 BEDROOMS 2 FULL BATHS 2 PARTIAL BATHS 6,200 SQ. FT. $3,850,000

NATURE STUDY Architects and designers everywhere extol the virtues of bringing the outdoors in. That usually means wide windows with views and multiple points of access to various alfresco living spaces. This Stowe, Vermont, ski home takes that concept over the top. Literally at one with nature, the 6,000-square-foot custom residence features hundreds of boulders and stones as well as massive tree trunks integrated into its interiors. Geoffrey Wolcott of GKW Working Design led the team that built the home, which sits on nearly ten-and-a-half acres, in 1991, but its timeless finishes and fixtures belie its thirty years. “It was inspired by the great camps of the Adirondacks,” says Wolcott, who is now the listing agent for the property. “As the project went on, it became more refined, and we aspired to ever-better architecture and detailing.” It shows. The team hand selected the interior stones and boulders for size,

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shape, and patina. Wolcott designed many custom furniture pieces as well (the owner is open to selling the furnishings). The home features two bedrooms with a shared bath, a main suite on the opposite end of the house, and a potential second suite currently being used as an office/library. The site faces west, offering views of Mt. Mansfield, among others. A fifteen-minute drive takes you to Stowe Mountain Resort. CONTACT: Geoffrey Wolcott, Four Seasons

Sotheby’s International Realty, Stowe, Vt., 802233-9465, fourseasonssir.com, MLS# 4836777

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Resources |

A GUIDE TO THE PROFESSIONALS

IN THIS ISSUE’S FEATURED HOMES

BATHING BEAUTIES DECO-INSPIRED DELIGHT PAGES 31–32 Interior design: Elizabeth Georgantas, Georgantas Design + Development, Boston, 617-941-4800, livegeorgantas.com Builder: KVC Builders, Waltham, Mass., 781-890-5599, kvcbuilders.com OUTDOOR INTEGRATION PAGE 34 Interior design: Jeanne Racioppi, Jeanne Racioppi Designs, North Kingstown, R.I., 617-936-4946, jeanneracioppidesigns.com FIVE-STAR STYLE PAGE 36 Interior design: Liz Caan, Liz Caan & Co., Newton, Mass., 617-244-0424, lizcaan.com Builder: Cordis Management, Chelsea, Mass., 617-889-6699, cordismanagement.com

Love Where You Live

PALETTE PLEASER PAGE 38 Architecture: Noury-Ello Architects, Boston, 617-422-0980, noury-ello.com Interior design: Cecilia Casagrande, Cecilia Casagrande Interiors, Brookline, Mass., 617-331-7144, ceciliacasagrande.com ROOM WITH A VIEW PAGE 40 Architecture: Marcus Gleysteen Architects, Boston, 617-542-6060, mgaarchitects.com Builder: Brookes + Hill Custom Builders, Waltham, Mass., 781-861-0086, brookesandhill.com Cabinetry: Kochman Reidt + Haigh, Stoughton, Mass., 781-573-1500, cabinetmakers.com SEEING BLUE PAGE 42 Interior design: Vivian Robins, Vivian Robins Design, Westford, Mass., 617-763-5718, vivianrobinsdesign.com Builder: Shestok Bros., Westford, Mass., 978-692-8205, shesbros.com Cabinetry: Metropolitan Cabinets and Countertops, Norwood, Mass., 781-949-8900, metcabinet.com

237 Main St Route 28 West Harwich 508.432.6360 labargehomes.com

SLAM DUNK PAGES 48–54 Architecture: John Meyer, Nancy Sadecki, Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors, Boston,

617-266-0555, meyerandmeyerarchitects.com Interior design: Lucinda Loya, Lucinda Loya Interiors, Houston, Texas, 713-682-2800, lucindaloyainteriors.com Developer and design concept: Chevron Partners, Boston, 617-370-8800, chevronpartners.com Builder and interior millwork: Lazare Builders, Boston, 857-350-4421, lazarebuilders.com Materials sourcing and kitchen design: Adige Design, Boston, 617-370-8810, adigedesign.com Cabinetry: Astra Cucine by Adige Design, Boston, 617-370-8810, adigedesign.com Audio/video design: Audio Video Design, Westwood, Mass., 617-965-4600, avdesigns.com Lighting design: Cheryl Bratsos, Chevron Partners, Boston, 617-370-8800, chevronpartners.com SUBTERRANEAN SPA PAGES 60–64 Architecture: Don Knerr, Charles R. Myer & Partners, Cambridge, Mass., 617-876-9062, charlesmyer.com Builder: Joseph DiLazzaro, OPUS Master Builders, Boston, 617-423-3014, opusmasterbuilders.com Landscape architecture: Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Stoneham, Mass., 617-905-2246, matthew-cunningham.com Engineering: Advanced Building Analysis, Amesbury, Mass., 978-270-3911, advancedbuildinganalysis.com Building Science Corporation, Westford, Mass., 978-589-5100, buildingscience.com Combined Energy Systems, Littleton, Mass., 978-486-0070, combinedenergysystems.com Cowen Associates Consulting Structural Engineers, Natick, Mass., 508-655-3976, cowenassoc.com J. Webby Consulting, Kingston, Mass., 781-983-3715, massachusettslandsurveyors.com McPhail Associates, Cambridge, Mass., 617-868-1420, mcphailgeo.com New England Soundproofing, Easton, Mass., 781-710-1261, newenglandsoundproofing.com RJ O’Connell & Associates, Stoneham, Mass., 781-279-0180, rjoconnell.com Sun Engineering, Danvers, Mass.,

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Ad Index 978-777-7765, sunengineering.net UTS of Massachusetts, Stoneham, Mass., 781-438-7755, utsofmass.com The Waterproofing Company, Boston, 617-541-0506, thewaterproofingco.com

Able Moraine  106

Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  4–5

Acorn Deck House Company  72–73

Light New England  153

Adolfo Perez Architect  74–75

Longfellow Design Build  84–85

Bannon Custom Builders  39

MASS Architect  102

HAPPY PLACE PAGES 110–119 Interior design: Lisa Hilderbrand, Hilderbrand Interiors, New Canaan, Conn., 203-722-9642, hilderbrandinteriors.com Builder: Ryan Holton, Moosehead Cedar Log Homes and RH Log Works, Wilmington, Vt., 802-464-7609, mooseheadloghomesvt.com

Boston Architectural College  68

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC  49

TRUE COLORS PAGES 120–127 Architecture: Ruth Bennett, RBA Architecture, Belmont, Mass., 781-354-0055, ruthbennettassociates.com Interior design: Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Interiors, Boston, 617-227-6693, gpomeroyinteriors.com Builder: Lemanski Construction, Danvers, Mass., 781-797-3997, lemanskiconstruction.com Decorative painter: Joan Kingsbury, Canton, Mass., 781-821-4946, joankdesign.net NEW ADDITION PAGES 128–135 Architecture: Peter Sachs, Peter Sachs Architect, Newton, Mass., 617-527-5777, petersachsarchitect.com Interior design: Jill Litner Kaplan, Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors, West Newton, Mass., 617-558-7751, jilllitnerkaplan.com Builder: RJ Gallerani and Son Building and Remodeling, 508-509-9032, rjgallerani.com Cabinetry: Heartwood Cabinetmakers, Holliston, Mass., 508-634-2004, heartwoodcabinetmakers.com MODERN FAMILY PAGES 136–147 Architecture: Timothy Burke, Timothy Burke Architecture, Boston, 617-266-1332, timothyburke.net Interior design: Michael Ferzoco, Eleven Interiors, Boston, 617-423-1114, eleveninteriors.com Builder: C.H. Newton Builders, Wellesley Hills, Mass., 617-723-4567, chnewton.com Interior millwork: Herrick & White, Cumberland, R.I., 401-658-0440, herrick-white.com Cabinetry: Advanced Custom Cabinets, Brentwood, N.H., 603-772-6211, advancedcustomcabinets.com Audio/video design: System 7, Boston, 978-887-1200, systemseven.com Upholsterer: Furniture Concepts, Malden, Mass., 781-324-8668, furnconcepts.com Window treatments: Mary Kaye Glover, Milton, Mass., 617-821-0270

Boston Stone Restoration  153 California Closets  29 Campbell Smith Architects  98 Catherine Truman Architects  76–77 Christopher Pagliaro Architects  78–79 Christopher Peacock  10–11 Circa Lighting  25 Clarke Distribution Corporation  45 COVE by Knickerbocker  155 Crown Point Cabinetry  61 Crown Select  107 Daher Interior Design  1 Designer Bath/Salem Plumbing Supply  37 Designer Draperies of Boston  43 Downsview Kitchens  21 EM NARI CotY Awards  157 Fallon Custom Homes, Inc.  28 FBN Construction Co., LLC  outside back cover

Flavin Architects  12–13 Frank Webb Home  51 Hammer Architects  99 Hawthorn Builders  33 Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers  23

MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects  inside back cover

Moniques Bath Showroom  63 Monogram  155 Oak Hill Architects, Inc.  86–87 Onyx Corporation  30 Paragon Landscape Construction  108 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  88–89 Payne | Bouchier  105 Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  67 Peter Sachs Architect  90–91 Pinney Designs  16 Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  92–93 PRG Rugs  53 RBA Architects, Inc.  103 Rob Bramhall Architects  94–95 R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc.  55 Runtal North America, Inc.  149 Shope Reno Wharton  20 Siegel Associates  70 Studio DRAW  96–97 Sudbury Design Group, Inc.  8–9 The Granite Place  14–15 Timothy Burke Architecture  104

Hisel Flynn Architects, Ltd.  100

TMS Architects  6–7

Hutker Architects  80–81

Vermont Cabinetry  47

I-Kanda Architects  101

Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration  57

Jacob Lilley Architects, Inc.  82–83 Janine Dowling Design, Inc.  59 Jennifer Palumbo, Inc.  35

Webb Place Development  69 Youngblood Builders, Inc.  inside front cover

Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc.  65 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  41 Knickerbocker Group  24 Kristen Rivoli Interior Design  27 KVC Builders  2–3 LaBarge Homes  158 Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting  151 LDa Architecture & Interiors  19

New England Home, January-February 2021, Volume 16, Number 3 © 2021 by New England Home Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. New England Home (USPS 024-096) is published 6 times a year (JAN, MAR, MAY, JULY, SEP, NOV) by New England Home Magazine, LLC, 530 Harrison Ave, Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118, 617-938-3991. Periodical postage paid at Boston, MA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New England Home, PO Box 5034, Brentwood, TN 37024. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription.

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Last Look |

BY LYNDA SIMONTON

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Color Theory ost designers will tell you that they don’t put stock in trends, but let’s face it, we all love to know what’s hot (and what’s not). Paint companies deliver with their annual color-ofthe-year reveals. The colors tend to echo the current public psyche, which makes this year’s choices particularly noteworthy. For 2021, Benjamin Moore serves up Aegean Teal, a soothing blue-green that’s an antidote to the chaos and unease we’ve been experiencing.

The dark and moody Urbane Bronze is Sherwin-Williams’s choice. Swath a room in this color and the company says you will feel relaxed and rooted in nature. PPG couldn’t choose just one, so it offers a palette featuring two neutrals and one blue. With its southwestern vibe, the trio is a clear departure from the cool tones that have been in vogue for years now. Ready to roll?

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