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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Seductive Sophistication Cosmopolitan looks for stylish living— both in the city and beyond

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CREATING A PLACE OUR CUSTOMERS CALL HOME—WELL, THAT’S WAY BETTER. We don’t just build houses, we create homes for our clients, and we don’t do it alone, we do it with design professionals who share our passion for creativity and collaboration. We do it alongside talented artisans that we’re humbled by and privileged to work with everyday, because they, along with our clients, continually remind us of our mission: to build every house right from the start. Thanks for the New England and Design Hall of Fame Induction. When you induct us,










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January–February 2017 Volume 12, Issue 3




in this issue

featured Homes





A Boston condominium is all elegance and style, but it’s also designed to hold all the accoutrements a young family needs.

Copious use of materials that evoke the outside world imbue a home in Concord, Massachusetts, with a sense of refined sophistication and unpretentious ease.

A modern, minimalist, but oh-so-elegant redesign brings a venerable old Beacon Hill townhouse back to a state of grace.

A Boston-area spec house becomes something special when a designer helps his clients create a just-right-for-them home with an updated traditional vibe.

Sky High Surprise

Text by Megan Fulweiler Photography by Michael J. Lee Produced by Kyle Hoepner

Nature’s Way

Text by Bob Curley Photography by Michael J. Lee Produced by Stacy Kunstel

Return to Refinement

Text by Maria L aPiana Photography by Richard Mandelkorn

The Personal Touch

Text by Allegra Muzzillo Photography by Laura Moss Produced by Kyle Hoepner

On the cover: A gleaming ceiling is the dramatic crowning touch in this clean-lined but luxe Boston dining room designed by Dee Elms. Photograph by Michael J. Lee. To see more of this home, turn to page 102. january–february 2017  New England Home 17

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48 Art, Design, History, Landscape

People, Places, Events, Products

22 | From the Editor

147 | Perspectives Stylish solutions for tossing your trash; designer Christine Lane’s vision of a chic media room; Mark Doughty, of Thoughtforms, on the new science of building; the latest must-read design books; a traditional dining room gets a contemporary update.

31 | Elements: Flower Power Get an early taste of spring with these floral-inspired objects for the home.



42 | Artistry: MapQuesting the Mind With a cartographer’s eye and an explorer’s soul, Heidi Whitman plumbs the relationship between external and internal worlds. By Louis Postel

By Paula M. Bodah

48 | Metropolitan Life: Bright Light, Small City A thoughtful makeover turns a high-rise Providence condominium into an airy, sunwashed space that reminds the owner of her Manhattan roots.

158 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design.

Text by Regina Cole


Photography by Nat Rea

64 | New England Design Hall of Fame Gala Relive the fun with a look back at our celebration in honor of the 2016 inductees into the New England Design Hall of Fame.

156 | Trade Notes Noteworthy happenings in the New England design business.

56 | Away From Home: French Twist A favorite Boston bistro presents a fresh new face without losing the je ne sais quoi that makes it so beloved. Text by Lisa H. Speidel Photography by Izzy Berdan

164 | Calendar of Events 168 | New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON

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

179 | Resources 182 | Advertiser Index 71 Special Marketing Section: Portfolio of Fine Architecture

184 | Sketch Pad Meredith Thayer’s braided baskets have a beautiful simplicity that belies their complex design process.

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From the Editor

Cocooning or Community?


ur memory of the year 2016, it’s safe to say, is mostly going to be one of contention and change. Armed conflicts, civil unrest, and terrorist attacks of various sizes scattered around the globe; natural disasters involving all four of the classical elements (earth, air, water, fire); quite unexpected swerves of political fortune in the U.K., Colombia, and the U.S., among other places— combined with the darkness and chill of a New England winter, it’s all enough to make you want to keep your head down and simply stay home in your own private little nest. And, up to a point, there’s nothing wrong with that. One of the purposes of this magazine, after all, is to help you discover ideas and resources that will aid in creating the personal space of your desires, where you and your friends and loved ones can thrive in comfort

Corrections and Amplifications Due to an editing error, we omitted to mention in our November–December issue that, as

architect of record, Blackburn Architects [(202) 337-1755, blackburnarch.com] was in charge of the overall design of the barn and arena shown in our Special Spaces department on pages 70–74. Also, we discovered after publication that the timber framing for the structures featured in that story was done by New Energy Works [(802) 310-3546, newenergyworks.com]. In the page 106 feature “The Lay of the Land,” the stone walls shown were made by Debra Shelley of Shelley Masonry [(603) 562-5048, shelldesmasonry@yahoo.com] rather than Dan Snow. Mr. Snow built other walls elsewhere on the property.

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and security. Like the political sphere, though, our private existence can’t really be separated from larger social and moral concerns. The industries that plan, produce, and furnish our homes—as well as the industries that create the financial wherewithal to fund our extremely (by worldwide standards) fortunate lives in the first place—all use energy and natural resources, they all involve scores or hundreds or thousands of other human beings in this and other countries who are, like us, trying to achieve their own ration of safety and happiness. A primary function of design is to create products or environments that are not only beautiful, but eminently fit for their purpose. Thinking of our existence as an exercise in design, then, it’s clear that merely cutting ourselves off, focusing solely on our own prosperity, isn’t, in the long run, a smart or sustainable option. By all means create the best life and home you can for the people you most love. In the course of doing so, however, don’t neglect your basic human responsibility of care for those outside the circle of your nearest and dearest. Make 2017 a year for finding productive ways to reach out to, and connect with, fellow citizens whose worldviews may be a challenge or a mystery. Make it a year for strengthening our bonds of mutual respect and collective welfare—through involvement in charity, maybe, or by becoming active in government. A healthy global civilization on a healthy planet is, in the end, the single worthwhile goal. In times like these, only more understanding and more engagement can help us toward that goal. In the final analysis, our own well-being is ensured by everyone else’s. —Kyle Hoepner

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Editorial Submissions  Designers, architects, builders, and homeowners are invited to submit projects for editorial consideration. For information about submitting projects, e-mail ­edit@nehomemag.com.

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Letters to the Editor  We’d love to hear from you! Write to us at the above address, fax us at (617) 663-6377, or e-mail us at ­letters@ nehomemag.com. Upcoming Events  Are you planning an event that we can feature in our Calendar of Events? E-mail information to calendar@ nehomemag.com, or mail to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118. Parties  We welcome photographs from design- or architecture-related parties. Send high-resolution photos with information about the party and the people pictured to lsimonton@nehomemag.com.

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Tip 1 Maximizing your storage is essential to having a great kitchen. I have seen many kitchens that have no place to put the frying pans, no real pantry and no counter space on either side of the cook top. These are not functioning kitchens. I maintain that all cabinets less than 12 inches wide are useless. What can you store in them? Not much. If you are going to spend the money to remodel your kitchen, let a designer help you maximize the storage space so you really can use it. No more trips to the basement to get that pan or roll of paper towels. At Dream Kitchens, I guarantee we will give you at least 30 percent more storage.

Tip 2 Life has changed. The kitchen is the center of our lives. We cook, our children study, and we entertain in the kitchen. This makes the layout essential. How many times have you asked your child to “stop standing there so I can get to the fridge?” We should be able to easily chat with guests, put chips and dip out on a buffet, and watch TV. We want guests welcome in the kitchen, but on the fringes where they add to the fun but don’t get in the way.

Tip 3 Get rid of the clutter. Most countertops are packed with the coffee maker, toaster, food processor, blender, knives, spices and pantry items. This makes it almost impossible to prepare food and makes the kitchen look messy. Have a place to store everything so you can see and use those beautiful countertops. At Dream Kitchens we will store everything away so you are ready for company at any time of day! Nina Hackel, President | Dream Kitchens | 139 Daniel Webster Highway Nashua NH | www.adreamkitchen.com | 603-891-2916 ADVERTISEMENT

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elements The things that make great spaces

Bring the outdoors in with the Bloom club chair by Kenneth Cobonpue. The steelbase chair is composed of a reinforced fiberglass polymer form covered with microfiber that has hundreds of fine running stitches radiating from the center of the seat. It comes in seven colors, including the yellow shown here. 31½ʺH × 31½ʺW × 27½ʺD. $2,580. Casa Design, Boston, casadesign.com

Flower Power Edited by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

If the joy that accompanied a robust holiday spirit just a few weeks ago has faded, replaced by dreary days, dark skies, and frigid temperatures, don’t despair. In a matter of weeks, spring will arrive. And while March twentieth doesn’t exactly promise complete relief (New Englanders have been known to need easy access to snow shovels until early May), the skies will soon

brighten and long-dormant crocuses will poke through the soil. Until then, light up the dining room with a petal-encrusted chandelier, hang a still life with flowers in an unexpected corner, or relax in the aptly named Bloom chair. Until the sun comes shining through, bask in the power of the flower. JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2017  New England Home 31

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Leafy Greens 1. Go into the woods with Angela Adams’s Woodland Rug. Made of New Zealand wool, the rug is tufted and looped to create a sculpted effect. Available in three sizes, including the eightfoot round version shown here. $2,400–$9,800. Angela Adams, Portland, Maine, angelaadams.com 2. Fill a vase with vintage felt millinery flowers and they’ll never need watering. From a group of vintage flowers, $34. Patch NYC, Boston, patchnyc.com 3. John Derian’s Yellow Amaranthus decoupage wall tray was inspired by an antique botanical print. 14ʺL × 9ʺW. $165. Joanne Rossman Design, Roslindale, Mass., joannerossman.com 4. Kenneth Cobonpue’s Jack cabinets look great singly or—better yet—as a little forest. Fashioned from walnut and painted steel, they’re available in three sizes. $1,670–$2,960. Casa Design

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Petal Mettle At Gateway Arts, everything is coming up roses and daisies and all things floral all year round. Shown here, acrylic on canvas paintings by (1) Janet Inman, (2) Debra Belsky, (3) Francelia Brea, and (4) Jordana Simpson. 12ʺ× 16ʺ. $200–$400. For similar work, visit Gateway Arts, a gallery and shop that offers studio space and instruction to artists with disabilities, Brookline, Mass., gatewayarts.org

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Blossoming Beauties 1. If a floral arrangement above the table rather than on it sounds like a good idea, consider the Bloom Pendant from Kartell, an ellipse covered in polycarbonate flowers. Available in four colors (transparent mint shown here). Approx. 20¼ʺH × 31½ʺW. $1,950. Neena’s Lighting, Brookline, Mass., neenaslighting.com

An old chest of drawers blossoms with the addition of the (2) glass Electra knob (in mint, pink, or smoke) or (3–4) stoneware Floraculture knob (in jade green or red and yellow). $8, Electra, $12, Floraculture. Anthropologie, Boston and other Massachusetts locations, Cranston, R.I., and Portland, Maine. anthropologie.com

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Hardly Garden Variety 1. The heirloom-worthy Allure Tulipes plate from the centuries-old French faience company Gien is charming as well as practical—it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. 10¾ʺD. $55. Anthropologie


2. Delicate leaves and graphic branches adorn this linen tea towel that could double as an oversized dinner napkin. 20ʺW × 28ʺL. $24. Patch NYC 3. A chic hybrid by the fashion designer Moschino and the interiors genius Philippe Starck, the Mademoiselle Moschino chair is sturdy, yet light enough to transport from room to room. Available in three fabrics (Daisies shown here). Approx. 29ʺH × 21½ʺW × 21ʺD. $1,000. Neena’s Lighting

While on the subject of flowers: to ward off the winter blues, the Katzes force hyacinth and paper white narcissus. Come January, the bulbs flower and perfume the air with a heady fragrance. 38  New England Home  JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2017

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Come Taste Your Future hen many think of kitchen design, they think cabinetry first. Yet, with today’s extraordinary kitchen technology, it’s smart to start your planning with a deep dive into kitchen appliances. Start with function, and form

will follow beautifully. Your kitchen is the most sensual room in your home. It’s the place where your family will gather to cook, talk, laugh, eat wonderful meals and so much more. Imagine designing an entire space and then realizing there is a spectacular Wolf Convection Steam Oven that offers ways to cook that makes life so easy that you need to find space for it. Or you find out that the new 18” Sub-Zero Wine

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Storage Column makes it viable to tuck this incredible option right between your refrigerator and freezer, creating a stunning and functional food preservation statement. Perhaps you discover that the new Wolf M Series Ovens offer a gourmet mode that simply will not allow your meal to be anything but perfect or - game changer - you learn that Wolf just came out with the only 36” Induction Range - your quickest route to delicious. There is truly only one place in New England where you can do this kind of research with no pressure to buy a thing: Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen. Clarke realizes that both cooking and tasting during your kitchen design research are essential to create the kitchen you deserve. That’s why your trip to Clarke’s newest showroom at 7 Tide in Boston Seaport not only offers an opportunity to see spectacular appliances in inspiring kitchen settings, but also allows you to cook on the appliances and

taste the results. Every visitor to 7 Tide enjoys a Small Bite. This Clarke culinary program allows you to taste how Wolf treats the freshest of ingredients and catch a glimpse of what your future holds as a Sub-Zero and Wolf owner before you commit to your favorite appliances. For information on showroom hours and the benefits of making an appointment, simply visit clarkeliving.com.

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MapQuesting the Mind With a cartographer’s eye and an explorer’s soul, Heidi Whitman plumbs the relationship between external and internal worlds. ///////////

Text by Louis Postel // Photography by Stewart Clements


ow do you paint what’s going on inside your skull? Heidi Whitman comes from a long line of artists who make such invisible things visible. In fourteenth-­ century Florence, the architect and painter Giotto di Bondone thawed out frozen-faced divines with a human warmth. Painters such as Mary Cassatt and Henri Matisse infused pictures with light and movement. Later, in the twentieth century, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Franz Kline made painting itself an event that would last long past their lifetimes. In the same tradition, Whitman performs the magic of bringing unseen

networks, both internal and external, to life. In comparison, an fMRI scan is but a pale shadow. Take away the hard matter of our skulls, says Whitman, and observe how the networks within us enmesh themselves with the networks outside: streets and train tracks, switchbacks and footpaths, rooftops and road signs. No matter how meticulously an archaeologist records his digs through ancient ruins, the conflation of brain inside to world outside requires the imagination and drawing prowess of a Whitman to describe. Whitman discovered her love for drawing while in film school in New York. She realized that, unlike film, drawing didn’t involve perpetually raising funds,

or working with stubborn machines. She delighted in the fact that all drawing asked of her was to maintain a direct connection between brain, eye, and hand. In 1980, she graduated from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and shortly thereafter joined its faculty. Her drawings, paintings, and paper constructions are shown in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at TAG Fine Arts in London, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City; her work also hangs in a multitude of private and corporate collections. In her South Boston studio, pieces from her latest paper-construction work, Lost Cities, are pinned to the freshly painted walls, one on top of another, old-schoolsalon style. Whitman considers the net of shadows cast by the pieces as a key medium in her mixed-media constructions and mashups, as elemental as paper, paint, canvas, and glue. ABOVE: From Whitman’s Lost City series, Lost City of T (2016), ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, canvas, and cast shadows, 20½″H × 15½″W × 2″D.

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Maps—of contemporary city grids, of ancient ruins, and of the human brain— are a source of inspiration for Whitman. Mappamundi 3, for example, with its intricate, fragile, interconnecting paper lines, illustrates her combined passion for

ancient worlds and the classical cartography that is suggestive of the mind’s mysterious terrain. “I have always been in love with maps,” she says. “Even as a little girl, I loved those stories featuring maps—Treasure Island, Winnie the Pooh.

I got so into mapping brains, people started asking if there was something going wrong with mine.” Under Whitman’s studio worktable lies a cardboard box of scraps, bits of canvas, old map shreds, odd papers she had painted for other projects. Such waste you couldn’t pawn off on Goodwill, but with an X-ACTO knife (routinely “using up zillions of blades”), tiny scissors, and a glue gun, Whitman transforms it all into crisp topographies and traceries of the mind, grids of pure consciousness. This is not to say that the work is without humor. In her construction titled Lost

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“I have always been in love with maps,” she says. “Even as a little girl, I loved those stories featuring maps—Treasure Island, Winnie the Pooh.” City of G, a train track leads incongruously nowhere, mocked by an upside-down palm tree. Loops, marshes, switchbacks, and various topographical markings cause a double take: are they real, or merely symbols standing in for mental activity? In Lost City of G, the colors are of the desert, which, explains Whitman, is hardly colorless. Her travels through various deserts taught her that. A recent sojourn in Central Asia inspired Lost City of G’s palette of sand, blue, green, orangebrown, and slices of red. How many other lost cities lie under those Central Asian sands, or under the entire spinning crust of our planet, for that matter? And how will they seek out the networks in our minds to make some unifying connection? Conversely, what do our minds yearn for, one wonders— what do our memories hold, our dreams conflate, what happenings within and without our skulls trigger us, deaden us, confuse us, uplift us, and awaken us to art? Whitman’s art explores those very questions. • editor’s note: Heidi Whitman is represented by

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New York,” says Neis. The other draw was the open plan of the living room, dining room, and kitchen. “We have six children between us,” Neis explains. “Mostly, they’re grown, but it’s important for us to have space where we can all come together to watch the game or to celebrate holidays.” When it came to the decor, however, she was stumped. She knew the dark wall colors, which felt gloomy to her, would need to go, and that she wanted a change from her previous home. “I wanted it to be contemporary, and I knew I wanted cool gray walls instead of the warm creams that I had been living with,” she says. When she enlisted Providence interior designer Kelly Taylor for help with color and furniture, Taylor suggested that the apartment’s color scheme wasn’t the only thing that made the interior feel dark. “We needed more light,” Taylor says. “Fortunately, we learned from a neighbor who


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hen Nancy Neis began a new chapter of her life, she was determined to start fresh. “Before my husband and I bought this condominium, I had lived in a 160-year-old house with very traditional interiors. Now I wanted something completely different,” says the attorney, who works for a law firm in East Providence, Rhode Island. “We brought nothing from where we had lived before.” The fresh start is on the twentyninth floor of a residential hotel

building in downtown Providence. “I am originally from New York City, so I loved the idea of living in a high rise,” Neis says. “I love the distant views and living with all the conveniences.” They chose this 1,870-squarefoot apartment in large part because of the broad terrace that wraps around two sides. Created by a step-back of the building, it makes this one of only four units in the building with such outdoor space—a true aerie in the sky. “The terrace, especially, reminds me of

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The terrace “is like having a yard,” says the homeowner. “We eat out here, sit and watch the sky, have a glass of wine. We entertain a lot on the terrace.”

was the structural engineer on the building that the ceiling could be popped up in various places.” She started by adding a bit of architectural interest and better lighting. “In the entry, we made a deep, rectangular cove and put recessed lighting all around it,” she explains. “The light creates drama while it brightens the space. Then we put CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Spot, the orange dog, oversees

the terrace, where designer Kelly Taylor covered the concrete floor with tile and maintenance-free artificial turf. Featuring a singular chandelier and lively upholstery fabric on the chair backs, the dining room is at once sumptuous and contemporary. The silvery wall piece is by Providence artist Allison Paschke. An abstract painting by Michael Rich commands the dining end of the open living area; the kitchen countertops went from granite to modern white quartzite.

a killer chandelier in the cove.” The dining room got the same pop-up treatment. From a new cove centered above the table the homeowners hung a wedding gift, a blue multi-globe chandelier by Pawtucket, Rhode Island, glass artist Tracy Glover. Taylor guided Neis to clean, modern pieces of furniture and persuaded her to replace the kitchen’s granite countertops with sleek white quartzite. She installed shades and draped sheer fabric at the glass walls, the tops banded with opaque fabric in a warm golden gray for the living room, fuchsia for the master bedroom.

Neis’s preference for grays and navy blues drove the choice of wall, fabric, and furnishing colors. “Nancy really likes gray, so that was our starting point. We added blues and yellows,” Taylor says. In the master bedroom, the gray background meets a saturated fuchsia, the idea for the color sparked by a rag doll given to Neis by her daughter. To finish things off, Taylor took Neis and her husband to the Pawtucket gallery of Candita Clayton, where she helped

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them to choose art for their new home. The collection that now brightens the walls brings unexpected pleasure to this homeowner. Neis’s favorite place however, is out on the broad terrace. “It’s like having a yard,” she says. “We eat out here, sit and watch

in all directions, the views entertain and delight. Spot, the orange dog—a creation by the Finnish designer Eero Aarnio—overlooks the lofty scene. “We don’t have a dog any more, so Spot is as close as we get to a pet,” Neis says. And a low-maintenance pet Spot is. Unless the wind blows fiercely enough to bring him indoors, the jaunty fellow seems content to spend his days looking down on the city’s bustle. •


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Aquitaine owner Seth Woods always wanted classic bistro awnings to grace the facade, so he incorporated them into the renovation plans—a fitting addition to the St. Cloud, a French Second Empire– style building. BELOW: A bar top of poured pewter reinforces the restaurant’s Parisian vibe.

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“We were kind of designing it for ourselves: how can we make a place that’s really cool, a place where we want to hang out,” says Osborne.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The clever use of glass and blackened steel framing to cordon off a space for private functions still enables the area to feel part of the overall restaurant. The curved host stand, inspired by a French parfumerie, is fabricated from French oak and fluted glass. An expanded bar that overlooks Tremont Street is just what the bistro’s South End neighbors ordered.

So when owner Seth Woods decided to update the interior, he had to tread carefully. Very carefully. “Aquitaine is part of the fabric of the neighborhood,” he acknowledges. “It means a lot to so many people; there have been anniversaries here, proposals here. . . .” It was important that nostalgia not be

lost and that regulars still feel at home in the new space. In short, Woods says. “I wanted it to be the same but different.” Fortunately, Jeff Osborne and Amanda Hark of Hark + Osborne Interior Design knew exactly what he meant. Woods first met the duo when they renovated the Commonwealth Avenue apartment of his business partner Matt Burns. The restaurateurs then enlisted the designers to do a minor refresh of Metropolis, their Mediterranean cafe, and design La Motta’s, a new Italian concept. Delighted with the results and convinced that they were on the same page aesthetically, they called in the designers to do a gut-rehab of Aquitaine. The first thing Hark and Osborne did was to assess the existing layout—a narrow space with a crowded corner bar that sat just five. Tapping into today’s trend of guests coveting their spot at the

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bar, they floated the idea of moving the bar to the other side of the restaurant. Not only would they gain more stools, but they would also be able to carve out a private dining room where the existing bar once sat. By pushing the kitchen wall back just three feet, they created a twenty-seat pri-

vate function space. Walled off with glass and blackened-steel framing, it can either host a special event or house regular reservations on busy nights. Meanwhile, the bar became a showpiece just to the left of the entrance. Millworker Nick Doriss used French oak to fabricate the base of the bar, the shelv-

ing that holds spirits and glassware, and the decorative hand-carved panels that border the ceiling. The stools sit on classic black-and-white Parisian hex tile that delineates the bar and entrance from the dining room (a large “A” fabricated into the floor tile alerts regulars that they’re home). Woods insisted that the new bar

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crafted from a single piece of stone, sit on marble counters fitted with custom brass legs. FACING PAGE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Blackened brass wall sconces from O’Lampia and a salon-suitable collection of artwork pairs perfectly with French oak paneling. A carefully chosen grayish stain gives the oak floors in the dining room a weathered look.

top be similar to the old one. While the original was zinc, the designers opted for poured pewter, which has the same look but is a bit brighter. Other classics on that must-stay-but-update list? The signature burgundy banquettes and the globe-style lighting. “Some things that really resonate with people had to stay,” the owner says. “They carry this authenticity and grit that people are looking for.” With an eye to freshening up the familiar, Hark and Osborne designed most of the lighting and sourced it via the Manhattan-based O’Lampia. Oversized globes dangle above the bar, and large five-orb chandeliers cast a warm glow on the dining room. Forgoing track lighting, the designers had O’Lampia craft brass mono-point lights, lending an older, more authentic look. For wall sconces, they went French retro: chic blackened-brass fixtures with an accent in the center of

silver leaf and brass. Rotating dual-head ceiling fans and thoughtfully chosen paintings, drawings, and illustrations tacked to the French oak wall paneling evoke an inviting Parisian salon. One of Osborne’s favorites, a beautiful line drawing offset by a simple linen mat and beveled wooden frame, appeared

on an unfinished wall one day. Turns out, a workman had rescued the piece from the trash after someone in the condos above the restaurant had tossed it out. This is just one example of the collaboration, both serendipitous and deliberate, that went into the success of the project. “We came up with a plan to meet every single week,” says Osborne. He, Hark, and Woods gathered with their team on Fridays at La Motta’s to parse everything from lighting, PR efforts, and the revamped menu that would roll out with the redesign, to nuts and bolts like installing a new HVAC system, adding a second bathroom, and closing off the kitchen to mitigate sound and cooking odors. “So much energy and thought went into it, and you can really see the results,” says Osborne. “We were kind of designing it for ourselves: how can we make a place that’s really cool, a place where we want to hang out?” So, did they answer that question? “We were there last night,” he responds. • RESOURCES For more information about this design, see page 179.

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rafting fine homes for more than 30 years, the firm of Charles R. Myer & Partners prides itself on being a team of creative designers who listen carefully to their clients to render enduring and tailored contextual design. The award-winning residential work ranges from contemporary design to historic preservation, and from LEED-certified houses to uninsulated summer cabins and writing studios in the woods. The work is historically based in New England, although the firm has

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or more than 30 years, the team at Hutker Architects has been helping families and individuals create one-of-a-kind homes in New England. Our process begins with listening. We work together to create 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 individuals who will live in the house. From there, we establish desired life patterns and work to create spaces that make the most of a home’s unique location while creating spaces that support

and anticipate our clients’ lives today and in the future. Having designed more than 300 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 47 professionals shares a passion for this 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 summer retreat, we strive to create inviting, adaptable houses that are well suited for today, but will be enjoyed for generations.


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Jan Gleysteen Architects


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an Gleysteen Architects practices in the suburbs of Boston, designing fine custom homes, additions, and renovations. As residential designers, Gleysteen and his staff understand the personal nature of designing a home. Careful consideration of daily living is essential to the elegant livability of their homes. Drawing on years of experience and one-onone collaboration with their clients, they create elegant, functional, and personalized solutions. Their custom residential designs take inspiration from the historic character and charm of New England architecture. Extensive experience renovating historic homes allows for

a careful study of the unique details, scale, and proportion that inform the firm’s award-winning designs. The company’s work has been recognized both locally and nationally. Most recently, the firm received three 2016 PRISM Awards from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston, and was named “Best of Houzz” for the fourth year in a row. Its work has been featured in several publications, including the AIA’s Houses for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection. With extensive experience in design, construction, and interiors, Jan Gleysteen Architects is committed to architecture that is both elegant in design and responsive to each client’s needs.

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Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors

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ur work is like no other, because our homes are uniquely designed for clients who want a personal and inspiring place to live. Our homes share timeless elegance and harmony with their sites. We have no preconceived style that dictates our approach, only ones best suited to the site and the preferences of the owners. Clients come to us because they appreciate and aspire to a high level of design. Customizing interesting floorplans, using quality materials, and incorporating specialty details throughout the home are our trademarks, with styles ranging

from classical to modern. Collaborating with our clients is essential to developing awardwinning homes of distinction. Our job is to successfully take clients through the excitement of the design process, offering options and creating solutions. Clients can follow their home’s development through expressive, hand-drawn renderings. John I. Meyer, Jr., AIA LEED AP, artistically renders his visions of the architectural work to ensure that clients fully understand the outcome. These hand-drafted records become treasured keepsakes. For more than 35 years we have offered a full suite of architectural and interior design services, coordinating every aspect of

designing and building beautiful homes. Projects of any scope, whether a renovation, addition, or a completely new build, deserve the same approach—clever, responsible design work. We place the highest priority on client satisfaction. Our homes are designed to be cherished for generations and to last for centuries.

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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, 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 43 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, Mass. Having renovated or built more than 160 houses and public buildings in Edgartown Village, Patrick is celebrated for significantly enhancing the overall streetscape and public realm while esteeming the aesthetic and history of the locale. Through the years, the industry has recognized Patrick with many awards and honors, including his 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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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders

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olhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD) has spent more than two decades designing and building beautiful custom homes throughout coastal southern New England. As a fully integrated design, construction, and management firm for new construction and renovations, PSD collaborates closely with clients to create timeless and characterful homes that suit the way each client lives now, are adaptable for the future, and remain beloved for generations to come. The home featured here has broad, flat columns, big overhangs, crisp triangular roof shapes, window sizes

ranging from extra small to extra large, fat window muntins, and a flaring copper chimney cap, all of which give it the iconic character of “home” that a child’s drawing might evoke. Slight exaggeration combined with traditional forms makes the house feel familiar but different, timeless but fresh and unexpected, inviting but bold. The home enjoys views of the last rays of the setting sun, stretching the day to its fullest extent, as seen in its cover image on the latest book about PSD, Living Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva (2016). Released in September, the 376-page book features 35 homes inspired by the coast that showcase the most recent decade of PSD’s work.




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Rob Bramhall Architects

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n practice since 1991, Rob Bramhall Architects offers comprehensive design services for fine custom residences and vacation properties from Canada’s Prince Edward Island to Florida’s Gulf Coast and into the mountains of the American west. Led by architect Rob Bramhall, the firm is organized as a small studio-team of professionals who bring a range of skills in site design, architecture and interiors to each of their projects. Bramhall is passionate about his work and a stickler for making sure his projects are well-designed and solidly built. His plans are precise,

so contractors know exactly what to do, and he stays on top of even the smallest details. With a background in the construction industry Rob began framing houses at age 15. The architect has an intimate understanding of the building process. It is the personal attention that Bramhall gives to each of his projects that sets the firm apart. “We live and breathe every project we do. Our clients know that they can reach out with questions and ideas—any time, day or night,” he says. “When we take on a project, we are totally heads-in and hands-on. It’s all about lifestyle and about ‘getting it’ when it comes to each client.”

R o b Br a m ha l l


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Slocum Hall Design Group

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t Slocum Hall Design Group, we specialize in creating beautiful homes customtailored to the way you live; designs that capture the aesthetics, flow, and utility most important to you. Whether designing for a new construction project, expanding a home’s existing footprint, or transforming and restoring an antique property, we create signature spaces that are wellsuited for modern-day living. Our award-winning design team, led by principal David Boronkay, will

elevate your ideas into a plan that fits your project goals, your taste, and your budget. Throughout the construction process, we collaborate with you, your contractors, designers, and artisans to ensure a seamless process. Partner Leah Cohen Lamkin provides an unrivaled level of construction and project management, making the experience effortless and enjoyable for our distinctive clientele. Call, email us, or check out our website for more information. At Slocum Hall Design Group, we’ll help you create the kind of house you can’t wait to come home to.

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Bereznicki Architects


house needs to nourish your soul to be truly wonderful, it’s really about poetry. I ask myself: What can I use as a starting point, as the spark that gets amplified and refined, until it becomes a strong light, capable of suggesting a yet unexpressed reality? How do I design Your home in a way that holds up a mirror to you? How do I make it uniquely yours - a home that

truly supports who you are? I had the good fortune to spend my childhood in Europe, surrounded by the product of many generations of intense architectural thought. This early exposure to undiluted authenticity has had a lasting effect on my design instinct. I strive to look beyond the surface, to find the essence of the design. I approach each project with a humility that is open to the unspoken intentions of my Client and a commitment to reflect my Client’s spirit. – Ivan Bereznicki, AIA

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Catherine Truman Architects


atherine Truman Architects is focused on creating timeless architecture through the renovation of existing buildings and the creation of new ones. They believe that good architecture is independent of style and their work encompasses both classic and modern design. Their designs are unified by clarity and simplicity of form and function. Their work frequently involves layering old and new, as in the featured project, in which a modern stair is inserted into an antique barn. The architects at CTA believe that the best solutions are the result of close collaboration between owner, architect, and builder, and that as a result, no two projects will be the same. Project types range from new homes to small interior renovations and are located in both urban and rural environments.

Jane Messinger


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Chip Webster Architecture


Chip Webster Architecture communities. CWA’s designs reflect est known for

development, a complete design a strong attention to detail, efficient its elegant, yet oeuvre, and project management. and a notable creative individual home yet use of space, CWA’s portfolio of With oeuvre, anddiverse project management. a strong attention to detail, efficient With Best known for its elegant, CWA’s diverse portfolio of residential, useWell of space, andin a notable creative individual homethe design, richness. versed Nantucket design, firmthe firm of residential, commercial, and master commercial, and the master planning richness. Well versed in Nantucket Chip Webster Architecture building requirements, of Chip Webster (CWA)design and planning designs, credo of designs, the credo creating spaces design andthe building has been exploring creative solutions arguably among mostrequirements, stringent Architecture creating spaces thatofsurprise, delight, that surprise, delight, and inspire is arguably among the most stringent in in ecologically sensitive architecture, in the United States, the firm is (CWA) has been and inspire is evident throughout the the United States, the firm is renowned evident throughout the firm’s work. interior design, community planning, renowned for its navigation of exploring creative solutions in firm’s work. for its navigation of regulatory and historic preservation since 1983. regulatory processes in projects ecologically sensitive architecture, processes in projects nationwide. With For more than twenty-five years, the nationwide. With afor reputation for interior design, community planning, a reputation artistic collaboration, firm has worked nationally from its artistic collaboration, the company and historicNantucket preservation since 1983. office. Led by MIT graduate the company works closely with works closely with clients, Led by MIT graduate clients, engineers, and engineers, contractors in Chip Webster, Chip the CWA design team all project in phases, from cultivating the client inspiration and and contractors all project Webster, theintegrates Nantucket-based Chip Webster Architecture Chip Webster Architecture initial visionthe to the completion design with the use of phases, client’s from cultivating client’s CWA designprogressive team integrates client 9 Amelia Drive 9 Amelia Drive of construction. renewable resources. initial vision to the completion of inspiration and progressive design Nantucket, MA 02554 The firm’s offerings are Projects range in scope from Nantucket, MA 02554 construction. with the use of renewable resources. (508) 228-3600 comprehensive, including concept classic island cottages to mixed-use (508) 228-3600 The firm’s offerings are Projects range in scope from chipwebster.com development, a complete design communities. CWA’s designs reflect comprehensive, including concept classic island cottages to mixed-use chipwebster.com

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DeStefano Architects


or more than two decades, DeStefano Architects has provided unparalleled, award-winning design services to discerning homeowners throughout New England. At D|A we create balance and a sense of place by designing homes that are integrated with their surroundings and command meticulously detailed

and well-crafted materials. We are dedicated to creating a warm, inviting environment for your home and incorporating the latest in sustainable design solutions. At the core of any project is your vision; it is our commitment to you to give that vision focus and definition. Whether it be an addition, renovation, or new construction, we bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the design of your home!

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Mellowes & Paladino Architects


im Mellowes and Bob Paladino share many years of combined experience in the New England area. A traditional palette informs the firm’s work, but each project represents a process of exploration, synthesis and innovation. We are able to achieve excellence through insightful and sensitive design solutions that are reinforced with a constant refinement of detail. We are committed to following the leading edge of green building practices with special emphasis on

energy conscious design. We apply these principles throughout the entire design process and, along with the design team, assure their integration in the completed project. Our work focuses mainly on the design of large and small custom residences, new additions, and the renovations of existing homes. We have also completed commercial and institutional projects. Along with builders, landscape architects and interior designers, we strive to work seamlessly as a unified design team to assure that the wishes and aspirations of the client are reflected in the final project.

J i m Me l l o w e s ( l e f t ) , B ob Pal a d i n o ( r i g ht )

Mellowes & Paladino, Inc.


63 South Street, Suite 280 Hopkinton, MA 01748 (508) 625-1371 mellowespaladino.com

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SpaceCraft Architecture, Inc.


paceCraft has been creating distinctive homes and country houses across New England for more than 15 years. We treat each project as a unique and special case, listening carefully to our clients about their family dynamics to craft the inviting, comfortable spaces that enable them to thrive. Known for our strong relationships with both client and builder, we take pride in making the journey to your new home an enjoyable one.

Our designs are timeless, innovative in layout, exquisite in detail, and built to last. We love breathing new life into historic houses, transforming them with modern amenities for today’s lifestyle. SpaceCraft homes have earned several historic preservation awards and been featured on the PBS series “This Old House.” Our name speaks to exactly what we do. We design homes with warmth and character, crafted with care, and with a purpose for every space. We believe that your home should be a welcoming, inspiring

sanctuary, and that the true measure of our work is how “at home” you feel every time you walk in the door.

SpaceCraft Architecture, Inc. 5 Raymond Street Lexington, MA 02421 (781) 674-2100 SpaceCraftArch.com

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The reconfigured foyer grew chicer with the addition of a limestone tiled floor, Venetian plastered walls, and a coffered wood ceiling. Smaller in footage, there’s still ample room for a cast-resin-framed mirror, a custom console and small Holly Hunt bench. FACING PAGE: The prints lining the hall to the central living area are by Pennsylvania artist Emil Lukas.

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aking this citycentric residence into a real home was challenging,” says Contractor Chris Rapczynski

“A walnut ceiling provides a cool transition to the living room,” explains interior designer Dee Elms. Small details, like the silver base on the custom ottoman, bring lightness and sparkle to the setting. Atop a Hellman-Chang Xie cabinet, even the TV gains stature. And although, says Elms, “No one ever tires of the view,” motorized sheers afford privacy when desired.

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LEFT: A waterfall edge on the kitchen counter is an elegant

touch, as are the glass tiles along the backsplash, but, equipped with a full range of hidden organizational features, the room is also functional. BELOW: The painting over the bar cabinet is by German artist Matthias Meyer. BOTTOM: Nocturnal by nature, the family’s pet chinchillas spend most of their days napping. FACING PAGE: To ensure plenty of seating in the dining area, Elms teamed the banquette with Elana chairs from the Bright Chair Company.


grand building built of glass and granite and featuring a mix of luxe hotel suites and condos (not to mention a slew of upscale amenities and several acclaimed eateries) evokes empire-building executives and world travelers. A paparazzi-followed celeb swanning in and out wouldn’t be surprising. What doesn’t spring to mind? Baby paraphernalia and pets. As it turns out, though, the Residences at the InterContinental on Boston’s waterfront are also ideal for a young family yearning for the perks of urban living along with traditional comforts. The modern structure’s unique design nods to the tall ships that once graced Boston’s harbor. Its height represents the masts, while the curved facades are the wind-filled sails. Lured by the unending views and abundant natural light, the

owners chose a corner unit with a sharply angled living/dining space and recruited interior designer Dee Elms to help them build a nest that better reflected their lifestyle and refined aesthetic. The existing place, explains Elms, sported simple finishes and a layout that didn’t quite meet the needs of the couple and their young daughter. “The foyer was huge, while the kitchen was tiny. I’m used to high-end condos, but I also have three young kids, so I get it,” she says with a chuckle. “I put on my family hat and thought through every detail.” Contractor Chris Rapczynski, of Sleeping Dog Properties, was also captivated by the idea of forging a family base in one of Boston’s most glamorous buildings. “We look for unique elements in each project to engage our staff,” he says. “Making this citycentric residence into a real home was challenging.” In less skillful hands the task may have seemed impossible or, at least, improbable. But, as is clear today from one end of the stylish unit to the other, Elms and Rapczynski have successfully paired luxury

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and efficiency. Case in point: Elms began by commandeering a slice of the oversized foyer and creating a mudroom—an invaluable addition not normally associated with posh apartments. The downsized entry gained a coffered wood ceiling and Venetianplastered walls. And the baby’s stroller—along with coats and boots—acquired a walnut-finished, out-ofsight parking space. As for yesterday’s tight kitchen, Boston-based kitchen designer Jodi Geran, who was at the time aligned with Downsview Kitchens and is now with Christopher Peacock, came on board to provide relief. Slicing a doorway to the previously closed hallway, Geran and Elms enhanced the layout and increased the unit’s flow. The old galley-like room, Geran says, “went side to side. The new doorway allowed us to design the room front to back for an open concept.” Furthering the seamless marriage of kitchen, dining, and living areas, the high-end appliances (including four ovens, fridge, freezer, and microwave) tuck unobtrusively into their assigned spots. In fact, the overall elegance doesn’t miss a beat, even with the addition of what Geran labels the “chinchilla villa.” The chinchillas’ custom pad, complete with its own special ventilation and lighting system, slips discreetly alongside the bar cabinet as nice as you please. The adorable pets remain close but comfortably sequestered. Of course, in keeping with the swank address, the kitchen’s roster of surfaces reads like a five-star menu: marble counters, a combo of gleaming highProject Team

Dee Elms, Elms Interior Design Builder: Chris Rapczynski, Sleeping Dog Properties Interior Architecture and Design:

TOP: A custom quilt from Denyse Schmidt Quilts and a stash

of pillows in the daughter’s bedroom go a long way in making bedtime happy. BELOW: The powder room is clad in a Phillip Jeffries wallcovering. The Briolette Glass vessel sink atop the painted vanity is by Kohler. FACING PAGE: The office has built-in storage for books and mementoes while also leaving room for a set of prints by Jonathan Borofsky, a sculptor and printmaker in Ogunquit, Maine. A soft Stark carpet makes work more enjoyable, as does the Cardan office chair. january–february 2017  New England Home 109

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hen I’m working with a client, I’m constantly thinking about what’s livable and viable,” says Elms, referring to the apartment’s three bedrooms. gloss lacquer and walnut veneer cabinetry, and a Venetian-plastered ceiling. For Elms, textures are a critical component that bring not just visual interest but also a depth of richness. Her clients liked it so much, Elms also swept the prime finish onto the dining area’s ceiling. Punctuated with a streamlined boxed pendant by Bone Simple Design, the pale ceiling appears to float upwards. The luminous surface throws back the colors of a large painting by Connecticut artist Ted Gahl and, at night, the flicker of candle flames. Indeed, guests stationed on the sumptuous banquette flank-

ing the Bright Groups’s custom K3 table seem almost reluctant to move. In contrast, a handsome wood ceiling defines the living room. Its warming presence is a perfect counterpart to the expansive windows. From the start, it was decided the TV would usurp the corner, but Elms cleverly softened the room’s sharp angle with a curved Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa that breaks easily into sections, a circular ottoman from the Bright Group, and a round hand-knotted Stark rug. Swivel chairs go every which way, so the family can revel in the vistas or watch the chinchillas.

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Leo’s Luxe Linens, a Phillip Jeffries wallcovering with a hint of metallic, warms up the master bedroom, while pillows covered in a bright Quadrille fabric inject a splash of color. The inviting reading corner is outfitted with an armchair, ottoman, and lamp from Holly Hunt. The Stark carpet was selected for its antique look. BELOW: Marble tiles in a calming wave design cover the end wall of the husband’s bath.

“When I’m working with a client, I’m constantly thinking about what’s livable and viable,” says Elms, referring to the apartment’s three bedrooms. Every space (including the laundry, with its twin washers and dryers) works as beautifully as it looks from the office cum guest room to the sophisticated master quarters. The office incorporates a Mitchell Gold sleeper, a versatile Holy Hunt ottoman, and a workfriendly desk racing along the entire window. In the parents’ sanctuary, shades hidden behind the crown molding blot out the world on demand “It’s restful right down to the art,” Elms says, directing attention to William Ciccariello’s contemplative painting of bare trees and snow. Opposite the Holly Hunt bed, a sleek built-in provides endless storage and forges a niche for an additional television. The couple opted for his and hers baths, but with similar three-dimensional wall tile in each, there’s a

soothing continuity. Both rooms also flaunt a neutral color theme, while his contains a glass-walled shower and hers holds a shower and tub. Nearby, the daughter’s haven is as sweet as can be with a moon-patterned wallcovering by Bartsch Paris and a cozy custom bed that will grow along with her. Elms injected plenty of storage here, too, and there’s also a spot for a wee tea table and chairs. Still, all the designer’s stellar planning and stunning accoutrements probably don’t mean much to a little girl. For her, this is just home—her favorite place—and that’s the way it should be. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 179. january–february 2017  New England Home 111

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➻ When it’s not glowing in ample natural light, the

family room is warmed by a built-in fireplace flanked by bobbin chairs. An abstract painting by interior designer Lisa Tharp conceals a flat-screen TV when not in use.

Copious use of materials that evoke the outside world imbue a home in Concord, Massachusetts, with a sense of refined sophistication and unpretentious ease.

Nature’s Way Text by Bob Curley Photography by Michael J. Lee Produced by Stacy Kunstel

are few better places ➻in There the world to be on a sunny winter afternoon than Concord, Massachusetts: under a fresh blanket of snow, silent farms and old red barns compete for attention with sun-dappled stone walls as you meander along gently rolling back roads, some of which were trodden by Redcoats and patriots nearly 250 years ago. january–february 2017  New England Home 113

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Project Team

Dewing Schmid Kearns Interior design: Lisa Tharp, Lisa Tharp Design Builder: Merz Construction Landscape design: Michelle Crowley Landscape Architects Architecture:

➻ An embroidered rug grounds the family room’s collection of

seating arranged for intimate conversation. FACING PAGE: Framed Van Gogh sketches and equestrian images create visual appeal on the stairway from the entry to the second floor. A wall sculpture of gilded citrus peels by artist Sara Bumgardner draws the eye to a corner of the living room, where a window seat, wine-tasting table, and barley twist wing chair form a cozy sitting area. january–february 2017  New England Home 115

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Normally, indoors is the last place you’d want to be on a day like this. But this is no ordinary dwelling. From the moment you step through the front door, you’re greeted with a mirror of the vision you’ve been enjoying all along—sweeping views out of the kitchen and family room windows across a porch, deck, and pool to gently undulating meadows and trees, stark and beautiful in the amber light. It was not always thus: when the 4,500-squarefoot home was built as a spec house, its rear elevation was basically a three-story blank, with small windows, minimal access to the sloping backyard, and little flow between the indoor and outdoor parts of the property. That was anathema to the homeowner, who grew up on a farm in upstate New York and sought to create what she calls a “retreat” in harmony with the

“We took a brand-new house and gave it a sense of age and patina, like it had always been this gracious country home looking out at the meadow,” THARP SAYS.

➻ A new wall with pocket French doors frames the view of

the dining area from the living room. Designed as a quiet space for reading and relaxing, the room has twin chaises flanking a hide rug. Grasscloth adds texture to both the walls and the paired Serena & Lily tables. FACING PAGE: A vintage midcentury sideboard is a contemporary foil for the antique velvet-upholstered chairs and the formal dining table. Printed grasscloth turns the ceiling into a statement.

natural world for her family of four. “We wanted it to be more cozy and comforting, relaxed, and kind of unexpected,” especially given the unassuming nature of the front of the house, she says. From a design standpoint, “The key here was overcoming the challenges of a tight and narrow site and a building that didn’t satisfy what the owners were after,” says Justin R. Mello, senior project manager for architects Dewing Schmid Kearns. “The house was very inward-looking when we started,” he notes. The first step in the transformation was the addition of a covered, Shingle-style porch and pool deck to the rear, an occasional outdoor yoga space that begins at the level of the kitchen and family room and steps down to a new swimming pool. Unobtrusive landscaping by Michelle Crowley Landscape Architecture ensures that the additions, built by Merz Construction, gently fall away from the house with the natural slope of the land, leaving the views from indoors unobstructed. The porch, designed as

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a three-season-plus living space, features a daybed swing (“the best seat in the house,” the owner says), with sofa and chairs arranged around a concrete coffee table. A pair of planters creates a gentle separation from the deck area below. “It’s unusual in New England to have such an extensive outdoor living space that’s not screened in and is open to the elements,” says builder Jonathan Merz. “It’s more of a California home.” Inside, interior designer Lisa Tharp turned to “honest and natural materials” like concrete countertops, plaster or stone walls, grasscloth wallpaper, and unfinished wood beams. “We took a brand-new house and gave it a sense of age and patina, she explains. In the kitchen, upper cabinets were removed and small windows were replaced with gliders that soar from the concrete countertop backsplash to the ceiling. A columned half-wall between the dining and living rooms was replaced by pocket French doors that let light stream through to the front of the house. And an addition to the west side connects a new entry, bathroom, and mudroom to the dining room, with doors to both the front and back of the house. Throughout, Tharp chose design elements that blur the lines between indoors and out. In the addition, a round window lets the mudroom and bathroom

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space containing the refrigerator and storage. RIGHT: Light from a bank of oversized glider windows washes the concrete counters and island top. ABOVE: Built-in shelves by Michael Humphries Woodworking provide storage and display space. FACING PAGE: Custom bookshelves frame an inviting banquette in the family room. january–february 2017  New England Home 119

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the guest bedroom, dubbed “the cabin room,” evokes outdoor adventures, with khaki-painted floors, plaid bed linens, a genuine Swiss Army blanket, and wall-mounted suitcases serving as A TABLE. 120  New England Home  January–february 2017

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➻ ABOVE LEFT: Vintage suitcases mounted on the wall act

as an occasional table in the guest bedroom. ABOVE RIGHT: Khaki-painted floors, grasscloth wallpaper, and a vintage Swiss Army blanket further the room’s camp-like appeal. FACING PAGE: Natural light floods the east-facing master bedroom, where the warm blue and beige palette keeps things restful.

share light. The bathroom’s interior walls are clad in outdoor shingles, while a wall-mounted goose-neck lamp and an enamel sink evoke a cheery beach bathhouse. The floor tiles are actually antique Parefeuille roof tiles. An added doorway arch and walls in the kitchen are veneered in stone that matches the cladding on the outside of the pool, with a texture that’s “chunky, like an old stone wall,” says Tharp. Furniture-style built-ins replace the storage lost when the upper cabinets came down and blend harmoniously with the family-room decor in the open floor plan. Grasscloth serves as wallpaper in the guest bedroom, is wrapped around a pair of Serena & Lily tables in the living room, and adds texture to the dining room ceiling. An open-framed pendant light in the dining room offers minimal obstruction to the views out the bay windows, which are dressed in Rose Tarlow fabrics matching the backs of the

antique dining chairs. A midcentury sideboard acts as a bridge between the formality of the dining table and chairs and the lighter overall design aesthetic. An original painting by Tharp adds a hint of blue in harmony with the color of the reupholstered chairs. In north-facing rooms, where natural light is less available, Tharp used decorative elements to carry the natural theme through. The living room sports a hide carpet, gilded citrus peels transformed into wall sculpture by artist Sara Bumgardner, and artwork depicting the rings of a cut tree trunk. An antique wine-tasting table and tartan wing chairs create a warm space Tharp calls “spicy and textured.” Guarded from the main entry hall by a massive mahogany rolling door, the room is a cocoon-like space where the family can gather to read or play games. Upstairs, the guest bedroom, dubbed “the cabin room,” evokes outdoor adventures with khakipainted floors, plaid bed linens, a genuine Swiss Army blanket, and wall-mounted suitcases serving as an occasional table. Across the hall, by contrast, the master bedroom is bathed in light, reflected in the textured tans of the wallpaper, carpet, and bedding and in the soft blue january–february 2017  New England Home 121

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palette carried through the track-arm lounge chair, slipper chair, and nightstand. Like the kitchen, dining room, and family room downstairs, the master bedroom is built around long views to the meadows. “I love the elevation looking out and waking up to the sun,” the owner says. The feeling throughout the home is the sense of simple luxury the homeowner sought, notes Tharp. Even in the mudroom, a vintage apothecary chest and black lockers to store coats and boots bespeak attention to detail in the most functional spaces.

➻ CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Antique black lockers stand in for a closet in the mudroom. Function melds with fashion in an adjacent powder room, where exterior shingles and floors of repurposed terracotta roof tiles blend indoors and out. The mudroom gets an additional splash of color from an old ­apothecary chest sourced from the New Hampshire Antique Co-Op. FACING PAGE: Maintenance-free garapa decking ages to a silver-gray tone that complements the bluestone patio. Indoors and out, Tharp says, “There’s a sophistication in the simplicity of the design.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 179.

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Return to Refinement A modern, minimalist, but oh-so-elegant redesign brings a venerable old Beacon Hill townhouse back to a state of grace.

Text by Maria LaPiana Photography by Richard Mandelkorn A symphony of soft hues, honest materials, and iconic pieces like the Todd Merrill barrel chairs and the vintage Brueton sofa is performed sotto voce in the back parlor.

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Interior designer Manuel de Santaren’s intent was to create a calm, blank canvas for the homeowners’ extraordinary collection of art and midcentury furnishings. In the back parlor, light-filtering window treatments contribute to that plan. RIGHT: In the front parlor, modern silhouettes feature a curvaceous lounge chair from Maison Gerard.

With its respectable pedigree and good bones, lots of room (at around 8,000 square feet), and a Boston location to rival none, the townhouse had everything going for it. Could the out-of-town house hunters possibly want for something more? It was 2011, they were on a mission to find a particular kind of residence, and this one spoke to them. While its layout and its colorful decor didn’t quite

suit them, the visionary couple saw promise in every one of its six floors. They knew the grand dame had a renaissance in her. So they went for it, and quickly assembled a team to strip the fuss away from the piece of prime real estate (a corner lot near the top of Beacon Hill) and create a clean, modern canvas with a sense of grace. The building had suffered a lot of intrusions over the years. Built in 1833, it was for a time home to Theodore Lyman, an early mayor of Boston. It later served as headquarters for the Unitarian Universalist Association, which over thirty years

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carved it into office space and dining and sleeping quarters, blurring the architectural lines of the stately Greek Revival. It was reconfigured into a single-family home again, eventually, and although that renovation had aimed to preserve architectural details—from wainscoting and marble fireplaces to a sweeping staircase designed by Alexander Parris— the interior design didn’t suit the new homeowners at all. The newest transformation took place on three planes. First there was the business of structural changes, assigned to the Cambridge, Massachusetts,

firm Charles R. Myer & Partners. The firm’s principal architect on the project, Pete Lackey, says it was the couple’s “large, stellar art collection” that drove Project Team

Pete Lackey, Charles R. Myer & Partners Manuel de Santaren and Kim Clark, Manuel de Santaren, Inc. Builder: Cafco Construction Management Landscape design: Matthew Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design Architecture:

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Builder Cafco Construction Management and architect Pete Lackey opened access to the attic, creating a mesmerizing view of the skylight at the top of the stairs. FACING PAGE, TOP: The grand Alexander Parris staircase illustrates the fluidity of design, movement, and circulation that was so important to the homeowners. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The owners’ art collection provides the home’s color. 128  New England Home  January–february 2017

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the project in many ways, including decisions about lighting, wall space, and climate. Next up: de-cluttering the space, opening up warrens of tiny rooms, and elevating the signature spiral staircase to new heights, literally adding on to include access to the attic. “You couldn’t see the skylight from the bottom when we started,” says Lackey. “Our objective was to connect the verticality of all six stories.” Boston interior designer Manuel de Santaren oversaw the design of all the interiors, working closely with the architect and the homeowners, for whom he also served as a kind of simpatico ­consultant. The project also included a private, 775-squarefoot courtyard, designed by landscape architect Matthew Cunningham, which serves a sanctuary at the base of the brick mansion. The objective across all planes, says Lackey, was to achieve “a sense of calm, a fluidity of circulation, seamless contemporary detailing, and a monochromatic white palette” that allowed the art collection to shine. The site is sloped front-to-back. A formal entry at street level opens to the foyer, two parlors, and that grand staircase. Beyond, back stairs connect to the family’s main living area down one floor. This includes a kitchen that opens onto the courtyard, a home office, sitting room, dining room, and a media room. Up one story from street level is the master suite, where generously sized his-and-hers baths were added. On the next floor are bedrooms for the couple’s two teenagers, and one floor up is a guest suite. At the very top is an attic sitting room.

“You couldn’t see the skylight from the bottom when we started,” says Lackey. “Our objective was to connect the verticality of all six stories.”

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A spare aesthetic is the thread that runs throughout. Says de Santaren: “We had to get the permanent elements right. We honored the remodel and knew it had to be cleaned up, top to bottom. It had to be much, much cleaner and simpler.” A mutual appreciation of that aesthetic helped forge a deep connection between de Santaren and the owners, particularly the wife. “Working with her was a pleasure,” he says. “She is well-informed and has a refined sense of taste. It was a symbiotic process, really.” While shopping together for a houseful of furniture, “we’d always gravitate toward the same things,” he says. “I knew from looking at her wardrobe that we were going to keep to a very soft palette, so that it would be all about the nuances. There would be no trends, no colors of the moment,” he says. The two parlors, then, are united in their use of pale, streamlined furniture atop rugs with the mere suggestion of pattern. The only place the designer and

RIGHT: The family room reflects the spare aesthetic of the parlors,

but in a more casual way. In the adjacent dining area, vintage leather chairs surround a sleek white table. BELOW: The clean-lined Bulthaup kichen works equally well whether the wife is indulging her own love of cooking or supervising the caterer at one of the couple’s frequent parties. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The palette was deepened to include darker grays and tans in the comfortable media room.

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The only place the designer and his clients diverged from the light tones was in the media room, where the neutral palette was darkened to deeper grays and tans.

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ABOVE: The tall stairwell makes a perfect gallery space. TOP RIGHT:

The master bedroom’s vintage Karl Springer bed and Knoll loveseat sit on a soft rug of silk and wool. BOTTOM RIGHT: A mix of materials and textures, all in the palest of hues, creates a restful master bath.

his clients diverged from the light tones was in the media room, where the neutral palette was darkened to deeper grays and tans. They created blank canvases at every turn, eliminating a cigar room, murals on the walls of the double parlors, and the black-and-white tiled floor in the foyer. “I’d say the homeowners are almost minimalists. They don’t like superfluous elements in decoration,” says de Santaren. “They came from a classic midcentury modern house and already owned many fine, iconic pieces by Edward Wormley and Billy Haines, among others.” Classic furniture placement was in order. “When you walk into a space, there’s a sense of proportion you have to honor, and you get an immediate sense

of ideal furniture placement,” says the designer. It was clear that the foyer and the staircase would be focal points, and that the two parlors had to relate to one another, he adds. The kitchen had to serve two purposes: the wife likes to cook, and the couple entertains a lot, so it had to be caterer-friendly, too. Designing the kitchen—a study in white accented with gleaming stainless steel—was easy in the sense that she knew exactly what she wanted: a clean-lined, functional space by Bulthaup, a German manufacturer of upscale kitchens. The project was completed over three years, and all agree that it was a rare opportunity to recreate such a sophisticated space. For de Santaren, the takeaway was even more special. “I found a kindred spirit,” he says about the wife, “someone who speaks the same language. It really was a project made in heaven.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 179.

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A Boston-area spec house becomes something special when a designer helps his clients create a just-right-for-them home with an updated traditional vibe. Text by Allegra Muzzillo Photography by Laura Moss Produced by Kyle Hoepner

The Personal Touch

The living room’s custom sofa, coffee table, wool area rug, and built-in shelving espouse the Arts and Crafts era’s dual emphasis on superior craftsmanship and clever use of space. FACING PAGE: The entry’s dark-wood bench, simple hanging lantern, and traditional bronze-toned wall sconces are a purposeful nod to the home’s traditional Craftsman-style exterior.

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RIGHT: Natural and organic elements—such as an orchid plant that sits in a hollowed-out stone—make the space more modern, livable, and unfussy. BELOW: The designer insists pieces like the living room sofa and chair be as comfortable as they are good l­ ooking. FACING PAGE: The library’s midcentury-style table lamp, modern artwork, and tribal touches confirm that De Bastiani is a skilled mixer. “Designers don’t stick to just one style anymore,” he opines. “It looks way too calculated.”


hey say that once you find a good man, you should never let him go. Such is true for the owners of this Hingham, Massachusetts, home: the couple met designer John De Bastiani fifteen years ago when they renovated their Boston dwelling. Five houses later, the trio’s relationship is still going strong. “I love that John listens to, understands, and appreciates what we like,” says the wife, “and he’s always bringing new ideas to the table.” On a golf course enveloped by natural granite hillsides and rolling pinewoods, the 4,000-square-foot Craftsman-style home is part of a resort community just fifteen miles south of Boston. For the empty nesters, the need to downsize didn’t quite trump their love of golf. The four-bedroom house is bigger than they need, confesses the wife, but the golf course location means almost maintenance-free surroundings. “And our dog certainly appreciates all the open space,” she adds.

The couple sought De Bastiani’s expertise in making each room feel cozy as well as conducive to easy, casual entertaining. Unlike their previous, ultra-­ traditional home (think chintz curtains, thick fabrics,

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French antiques), the new house would instead reflect a modern, updated version of the traditional style. In their old house, the couple seldom used their formal dining and living areas, but here, they wanted to be able to enjoy them on a daily basis. “Forget those stuffy rooms they simply passed by and didn’t use,” the designer says. “They wanted livable, unfussy spaces.” Spec houses offer an opportunity to turn a blank

slate into a truly custom home, and that’s just what De Bastiani helped his clients do. On the main floor, the builder originally specified an open plan that Project Team

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n their old house, the couple seldom used their formal dining and living areas. “Forget those stuffy rooms they simply passed by and didn’t use,” says De Bastiani.

A low-hung globe-lamped chandelier and a two-pedestal table of oak that seats up to ten people serve up drama and intimacy in the dining room. The living and dining rooms are united by twin custom-designed hand-knotted area rugs. FACING PAGE: Classic Shaker-style cabinets, honed black granite countertops, and a Moroccan-tile backsplash give the kitchen—a joint effort of De Bastiani and Judith Whalen of Roomscapes—its casual sophistication. 138  New England Home  January–february 2017

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extended from the kitchen to the dining and living spaces, and included no allowance for a defined entry. “We didn’t want our home to lack distinct spaces,” the wife explains. De Bastiani carved out space in the formal living area for a proper foyer, “so that when the homeown-

ers walk in, they don’t feel like they are smack dab in the middle of their living room,” he says. The foyer’s walls are covered in a linen fabric that adds depth to the area. “Most wallpaper just seems flat. This gives the walls another dimension,” the designer says. The living area is the home’s nucleus, and its gas

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In the powder room just off the kitchen, a deep, vibrant blue on the mirror, sconces, and vanity is a nice variation from the muted blue tones throughout the rest of the home. A framed vintage subway sign announces the couple’s Boston roots. RIGHT: The blue of the family room’s slim-lined TV console is nicely reiterated in the custom-framed botanical prints hugging the edges of the tall, vaulted ceiling.

fireplace is a focal point around which the couple can settle down with a good book or gather friends for an evening of conversation. To frame the fireplace, the designer enlisted the help of decorative painter Eric Erbelding to mix the custom gray color. For added contrast, De Bastiani surrounded the firebox with matte-black brick tiles. Built-in shelving with notched corners flanks the fireplace, drawing the eye upward to the soaring fifteen-foot ceiling. Here and throughout the home, the designer’s facility in mixing materials and design styles—global fabrics, modern artwork, and traditional lines—in his signature blue-gray palette is apparent. “Blue is

one of my favorite colors, so I just can’t help myself,” De Bastiani says, laughing. “It’s a very calming, comforting color that can be used in many different ways. In this home, it’s a neutral.” At the homeowners’ behest, De Bastiani created a sense of connection from room to room. He carved out a warm dining space by decreasing the original size of the dining area, narrowing its opening into the living area, and adding a shared partition with the kitchen. Here, custom-everything—from the oak sideboard and chairs to the double-pedestal table—abounds. The designer includes bespoke furniture in every one of his projects. “I always try to give my clients something unique—from frames to finishes,” he says. At first glance, one might mistake the subtle stripes on the walls for finely detailed wallpaper. In fact, Erbelding executed the depth-defying vertical stripe via strié. It’s a play on dimension that De ­Bastiani also practices in the home’s living area,

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love the way John layers materials, patterns, and fabric,” says the wife. “He always brings in a richness and elegance we love.”

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BELOW: The master bedroom is wonderfully atmospheric, thanks to its pretty blue walls, and supremely airy, thanks to its fifteen-foot vaulted ceiling. TOP right: A guest bedroom is a perfect illustration of De Bastiani’s goal of “creating a scheme incorporating traditional silhouettes without feeling like your grandmother’s house—a youthful traditional, if you will.” BOTTOM right: The master bath’s floor, shower walls, and tub surround are an amalgam of different cuts and shapes from the same slab of marble, adding yet another layer of interest.

family room, and bedrooms. De Bastiani and kitchen designer Judith Whalen, of Roomscapes (located in nearby Rockland, Massachusetts), gave the kitchen a casual sophistication with classic Shaker-style cabinetry, honed blackgranite countertops, a fun Moroccan-tile backsplash, an ample nine-foot island, and a wine service bar. “The kitchen is unpretentious and refined, and really imparts the clients’ lifestyle,” says Whalen. No nook or cranny was left unutilized in the family room, where every piece of furniture was custom-fit, and the large sectional, bobbin side chairs, and circu-

lar ottoman ensure that homeowners can comfortably entertain many guests at once. Custom-framed botanical prints hugging the vaulted ceiling help bring the tall space down to size. An adjoining powder room provides a cool counterpoint to the family room’s relaxed-traditional vibe. “Powder rooms should always be a bit of a surprise,” De Bastiani says. Here, a whimsical paisley-print linen fabric covers three walls—and a tiled floor-toceiling accent wall gives added texture, proving the designer made good on his proclamation. In the first-floor master suite, a four-poster ironand-walnut bed, linen bedding, custom X-benches, Moroccan-inspired side tables, and paisley curtain panels create another study in balancing traditional fabrics and silhouettes with global sensibilities. “I love the way John layers materials, patterns, and fabric,” says the wife. “He always brings in a richness and elegance we love.” He was also tasked with creating a luxurious

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guest room, with an eye on affordability. Not one to skirt a challenge, De Bastiani had ­Erbelding hand-paint the walls, then installed plush wall-to-wall carpeting and sumptuous window treatments to soften the space. Carefully curated furniture and accessories make the room feel as if the couple spared no expense. Such juxtapositions illustrate De Bastiani’s ability to fuse disparate elements, and there’s an undercurrent of informal sophistication that moves throughout the house as contrasting details, patterns, and textures live in harmony. It’s a home his clients plan to love for years to come. “I don’t even have a favorite room,” says the wife. “I get such a wonderful feeling just walking from one to the next. And it’s so great to be able to say that.” • Resources For more information about this home, see

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Perspectives New England design considered from every angle










Waste Not Want Not: Stylish solutions for tossing your trash. edited by Lynda Simonton

1. Boardman Round Waste Can Waterworks, Boston Design Center, waterworks.com

2. Isola Wastebasket by Guzzini The Container Store, various New England locations, containerstore.com

3. Prescott Wastebasket by Pigeon and Poodle Lou Lou’s Decor, Newport, R.I., loulousdecor.com

4. Corfu Basket SYD + SAM, Cambridge, Mass., syd-and-sam. com

5. Smoke Hollywood Wastebasket Jonathan Adler, Boston and Chestnut Hill, Mass., jonathanadler.com

6. Antique Lilies Wastepaper Basket Marye-Kelley, Block Island, R.I., marye-kelley.com

7. Canton Wastebasket by Dana Gibson Linens on the Hill, Boston, linensonthehill.com

8. Zebra Wastebasket Hudson, Boston, hudsonboston.com

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Style Scheme

Rounded Black Extension Arm Sconces

Curl up and enjoy your favorite movie in this dark and sultry urban media room imagined by interior designer Christine Lane.

“I love these because they lend a graphic punch and can stand up to the strong rug and wallpaper.” Obsolete, obsoleteinc.com

Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow “This pillow adds just the right amount of sparkle to the room.” Choix Home, choixhome.com

Handmade Rug by Rug Star “I always start designing a room with a rug first. I am drawn to this one because it is fun and interesting and evokes a fantasy world.” Steven

Fragments Granite Wallcovering “Wrap a room in this moody wallpaper, and create a dramatic and intimate space for binging on the latest series from Netflix.” The Future Perfect, thefutureperfect.com

King Decorative Carpets, Boston Design Center, skcarpets.com

Hutchinson’s Original Caramel Corn “The ultimate snack—salty, crispy, and sweet all at the same time.” Formaggio Kitchen, Boston and

Cambridge, Mass., formaggiokitchen.com

Pleasure | Pleasure Up Sofa “This is my go-to couch when I am looking for something that is incredibly comfortable and chic at the same time.” Flexform, Casa Design, Boston, casadesignboston.com

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Waltham, MA | (781) 975-1809 | bertolacustom.com

Photos by Shelly Harrison | Breathable laundry doors design and floor plan by: Alvarez Design LLC | Doors fabrication and finish by: Newton Kitchens & Design | Custom cabinetry design/ fabrication by: Bertola Custom Homes

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we are using science to build a house that can last for a century because it’s built properly and efficiently. How does your background as an MIT grad and a business consultant translate into the custom building business?


We are trying to take a customized world and overlay processes to make it predictable. That includes our budgeting, scheduling, quality control, and so on. That is how we distinguish ourselves from other builders. There used to be a joke in the industry that when a client asked, “How long will it take to build my house?” the answer was, “You’ll know I’m done when I’m not parked out front anymore.”


Mark Doughty, president of Thoughtforms custom builders, talks about the new emphasis on science in his industry. INTERVIEW BY ROBERT KIENER


How would you define the term “building science”?

Builders used to view a house as a bunch of parts that got plugged together. Now the best builders see a house as a system. Take energy efficiency, for example. In an average house, about a third of the energy is used for productive outcomes like heating, cooking, and lighting, another third is lost through air leakage, and the final third is lost through thermal leakage. Builders who viewed a home as an assembly of parts have made a lot of mistakes in trying to mitigate energy loss, such as designing houses that are too tight and develop dry rot and other problems. Today, people are looking at energy efficiency from an engineering and

a science perspective, and building tight houses that are also durable. There are a lot of houses that are 100 years old or more and are still standing. Can the new building science match that?


People look backwards and ask, “Why don’t you build houses like you used to?” We ask, “Did that really work?” If you look at houses that have been around for 100 years plus, they exist because they were inefficient. An old house that is poorly insulated leaks heat, but that heat is also taking moisture away, so the house never rots. So we know we could build a 100-year house by not insulating it—but we also know that’s not responsible. So

We took a cue from many of our clients who had developed their own software successfully and used a rigorous productdevelopment process where everything is budgeted, forecast, and scheduled. We adopted these tools, such as spreadsheets, product management programs, field management programs, and service management software. A lot of the programs we use are scaled-down versions of software used by massive corporations. Many of them are cloud based and are accessible to clients, architects, and everyone in the building and design process. This improves collaboration and helps clients better understand building science.


What does that mean to your customers?

Our clients want the best house for the money. We live in a world of data overload, and we try to process that data so clients have information to decide what is most valuable to them. For example, I had clients who talked about a geothermal system but at the same time were considering using a less expensive window. They asked me how I would spend my money. The geothermal was $100,000, so I would rather put that money into better windows. I tried to give them the information they needed about heat loss to make their decision. Nobody can make a good decision if they have bad information. •

John Soares

Five Questions

How have you improved the system?

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Recent reads in the world of design Reviews by Paula M. Bodah

Aaron Polhemus, Peter Polhemus, and John DaSilva

Living Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Novelists, poets, songwriters, and fine artists have been inspired for centuries by the beauty of Cape Cod. The interplay of land, sea, and sky unique to this part of New England is irresistible to those who are driven to give creative expression to the world around them. The built environment, too—from breezy beach cottages to widow’s-walk-crowned sea captains’ homes to grand shingled houses with gables, peaks, and dormers galore— reflects the special nature of the Cape. Living Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva, is more than a monograph that shows off the impressive work of one Cape Cod architectural firm. Yes, it’s filled with Brian Vanden Brink’s gorgeous photos of the houses PSD has built on bluffs and ponds, by the beach, and in the villages of Cape Cod. But, with text by John DaSilva, a foreword by architect and writer John Wriedt, and poems by GennaRose Nethercott, the 376-page tome is also a celebration of our endless fascination with this stunning piece of geography. $70, Images Publishing, imagespublishing.com

Interior Design Master Class You must not think Carl Dellatore presumptuous in his assertion that he felt it was time for an update of Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr.’s 1897 book The Decoration of Houses. In fact, you might Dellatore say his Interior Design Master Class pays that venerable guide homage by applying its room-by-room, element-by-element way of organizing the subject of interior design. The new book’s 350 pages feature essays by 100 top American designers on topics both broad (theory, inspiration) and specific (lighting, feng shui). It’s the literary equivalent of a box of fine chocolates, with bite-sized bits of wisdom from luminaries such as Kelly Wearstler, Bunny Williams, and Thomas O’Brien. Each essay is illustrated with photography by the nation’s best architectural photographers. Dellatore’s modest hope is that his book “will instruct and inspire a wide audience, from the curious layperson to students of design as well as practicing professionals.” We daresay he has produced a modern-day reference book as essential as the one that inspired him. $50, Rizzoli Press, rizzolibookstore.com

The Perfect Bath Long gone are the days of the bathroom being merely a functional space. Today, whether it’s a spacious master bath outfitted with stateof-the-art fixtures and spa-like amenities or a tiny powder room tucked into a back hallway, homeowners want their bathrooms to be as stylish as the rest of the house. Barbara Sallick, who co-founded the luxury Sallick bath company Waterworks, understands this, and her chic new book, The Perfect Bath, offers both inspiration and concrete advice for achieving it. Beautiful photographs of bathrooms of every size and in every style serve to spur the reader’s creativity, but Sallick also deals with reality, incorporating chapters on planning and design philosophy. Half a dozen top designers weigh in, too, offering both creative ideas and practical advice. The book ends with a useful step-by-step guide to the process, including a checklist for each aspect of bathroom design, from fixtures to materials. $55, Rizzoli Press, rizzolibookstore.com 152  New England Home  january–february 2017

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Y O U R H O M E S AY S A L O T A B O U T Y O U . W E ’ R E H E R E TO L I S TE N . Your home is a reflection of you. Ferguson’s product experts are here to listen to every detail of your vision, and we’ll work alongside you and your designer, builder or remodeler to bring it to life. Our product experts will help you find the perfect products from the finest bath, kitchen and lighting brands in the world. Request an appointment with your own personal Ferguson product expert and let us discover the possibilities for your next project. Visit FergusonShowrooms.com to get started.

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What Makes It Work The owner of this Newport, Rhode Island, dining room decided it was time to rethink a formerly elaborate design scheme. Today, neutral tones and clean geometries help leaven the space’s more traditional elements, making a quieter—but still decidedly stylish—impression. BY Kyle Hoepner

2. The uncomplicated, airy lines of the tray ceiling—no elaborate moldings here— make a pleasant foil for Ralph Lauren Home’s elegant Daniela chandelier.

3. Heavy white linen drapes with a simple banded edge hang from silvery Restoration Hardware rods; transparent ornamental balls at each end reference the room’s central chandelier.

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1. Overall, classic brown furniture (an inherited piece coupled with sympathetic acquisitions from Baker Furniture) is enclosed in a frame of paler grays and whites.

4. French armchairs dressed in Mary McDonald’s bold Garden of Persia print from Schumacher punctuate the head and foot of the table; flanking shield-back side chairs wear a darker glazed linen.

5. A white-on-gray geometric rug, reminiscent of overscale graph paper, both grounds and brightens the space.

Project team

Owner and interior designer: Lisa Mahoney Oliver, Newport, R.I. Builder: Jenkins Construction, Middletown, R.I., (401) 846-0996, jenkinsconstructionco.com 154  New England Home  january–february 2017

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To experience the Collections visit one of our flagship showrooms DOWNSVIEW of BOSTON One Design Center Place - Suite 629, Boston, MA (857) 317-3320 www.downsviewofboston.com DOWNSVIEW of DANIA 1855 Griffin Road - Suite B212, Dania Beach, FL (954) 927-1100 www.downsviewofdania.com DOWNSVIEW of JUNO 12800 U.S. Highway 1 - Suite 100, Juno Beach, FL (561) 799-7700 www.downsviewofjuno.com DOWNSVIEW KITCHENS 2635 Rena Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L4T 1G6 Telephone (905) 677-9354 Fax (905) 677-5776

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Trade Notes

What’s up in the design business

Thayer Design Studio textured rugs

» After a decade in the home furnishings

Erin Gates

has quite a following, thanks to her popular blog, Elements of Style. Now, the designer has debuted Elements by Erin Gates, a collection of home accessories with the same traditional aesthetic and contemporary flair Gates is known for. The product line, which can be found online at Wayfair and AllModern, includes pillows, throws, lamps, decorative baskets, candles, and more. Boston, ­elementsofstyleblog.com

the Boston area. A complimentary profile on Refined Haystack allows interior designers, showrooms, and stores to more effectively and efficiently connect with luxury homeowners and with one another, creating a premier network of essential local design resources. The site aims to educate homeowners on the value of an interior designer, and guide them toward the best resources. refinedhaystack. com/pages/bostonlaunch » The Maine chapter of the American

» The Wequassett Resort in Harwich,

Massachusetts, made a beautiful setting for the 2016 BRICC Awards, hosted by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod. A crowd of more than 250 gathered to celebrate the winning Cape Cod-based designers, architects, and builders, many of whom who have graced our pages over the years. New England Home’s publisher, Kathy Bush-Dutton, was honored to sit on the judging panel. To see the full list of award categories and winners, go to capecodbuilders.org/2016-bricc-awards »

Institute of Architects (AIA) fêted area colleagues by hosting the 2016 AIA New England Design Awards. Forty-one awards were given to architects from throughout New England for residential and institutional projects across the country. Among the winners for residential projects were Joeb Moore & Partners Architects of Greenwich, Connecticut (Moore is also

her full-service interior design firm, moving from a focus on New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts to Cape Cod, the South Shore, and Kert the islands. Kert is looking forward to sharing the wisdom gained in her two decadesplus of experience with architects, contractors, and owners of homes or businesses in her new area. Cathy Kert Interiors specializes in space planning, kitchen and bath design, custom built-ins, specification of materials, custom window treatments and bedding, furniture, accessories, rugs, and more. Pocasset, Mass., cathykertinteriors.com » A couple of Boston’s best-known archi-

tectural firms are on the move. After more than ninety years in the city, Royal

Refined Haystack, an online guide

to the best in local design resources, is extending its virtual network to Boston. The designerdriven platform launched in Chicago in 2014, expanded to Atlanta last year, and is now accepting profile submissions from Refined Haystack designers and founder Sabrina interiors sources in Vodnik

» Designer Cathy Kert has relaunched

Barry Wills Associates Architects People’s Choice Award winner: Pleasant Bay

a 2016 inductee into the New England Design Hall of Fame), Providence’s 3SIX0 Architecture and Design, and Cape Cod–based Nicholaeff Architecture + Design, which took home a People’s Choice Award for a house in Orleans, Massachusetts. For the complete list of awards, see aianewengland.org/design-awards/2016aia-new-england-design-awards

recently relocated to Wellesley, Massachusetts, to a space in the Stuart Building in Wellesley Hills. The firm’s mid-coast Maine clients can still visit the office in Damariscotta, Maine. Meanwhile, Hacin + Associates is making a shorter move—from Shawmut Avenue to Harrison Avenue. David Hacin and his team are looking forward to being in their new SoWa district digs by the end of January. Wellesley, Mass., royalbarrywills.com; Boston, hacin.com • By Paula M. Bodah

Pleasant Bay photo: Richard Mandelkorn

» Interior designer Erin Gates already

industry, decorator and stylist Meredith Thayer put her experience to work by opening her own interior design studio in 2015. Now she’s taking Thayer Design Studio to the next level, introducing her own line of textured rugs and woven baskets. Made in Rhode Island, the baskets and rugs blend inspiration from nature and travel and are a perfect illustration of Thayer’s own simple yet refined aesthetic. Milton, Mass., thayerdesignstudio.com

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Families really like that we’re a family business. In fact, they usually rank us number one, or number two. We’ve been a family business for 70 years, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that treating people like they’re part of our family is good business. That’s why you get our total attention when you come in. Whether you’re doing one bathroom, or several, we’ll work with you like the project is in our own home. (Not like we even have time to do our own bathrooms — isn’t that always the way?)

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Design Life

Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in New England



Networking Event

New England Home and the Boston design community celebrated the launch of our September–October 2016 issue at Room & Board’s location on Newbury Street. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and sipped their cocktails on all four floors—and in the basement—of the showroom. The evening culminated with a beautiful floral arranging presentation by Marc Hall of the World of Marc Hall.









Matt West



(1) Marc Hall putting the final touches on one of his demonstration pieces (2) Nancy Pinchera, Kevin Cradock, Nathan McBride, and Susan Row of Kevin Cradock Builders (3) A view of the spacious showroom (4) Michael Hoban of Audio Concepts and Bill Morton of Back Bay Shutter (5) Matthew Ayers and Jill Corrigan of Aedi Construction (6) Jennifer Driscoll of Broadview Marketing and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner (7) Paula Daher of Daher Interior Design and Nicole Hogarty of Nicole Hogarty Designs (8) Dave Nash of Room & Board (9) Lisa Mastromattei and Lisa Sherwood of AudioDave (10) The evening’s wine was courtesy of Cameron Hughes Wine (11) Caroline Warner, Sherry Westelman, and Robin Violandi of Violandi and Warner Interiors (12) New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton, Alicia Mason-Gould and Jason Clairday of Design Group 47, and New England Home’s David Simone

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More than 300 guests attended the



Fashion Meets Furniture benefit at M ­ itchell Gold + Bob Williams

in Boston. At the event, held for Youth Design (a nonprofit that empowers urban youth to seek higher education and careers in design), the latest in fashion and furniture was on display, with looks from Italian clothing brand Eleventy showcased alongside Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ furniture. Guests enjoyed delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a rum tasting.


(1) Anastasia Tsikhanava, Myles Alexander, Johann Dalton, and Genevieve Glenn (2) Chris Marrion, Randy Weston, and John O’Connor (3) Jessica Nunes, Milton Marshall, and Izzie Jacques (4) Heather Mehra and Vani Sayeed (5) Janet Wu and Cheryl Fenton (6) Barry Segel, Bill Emery, Kimberly Kosanovich, Milan Kosanovich, and Stuart Segel (7) Chris Ritter, Alina Ritter, Dr. Emily Yaffe, and Lou Yaffe




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Reaching a notable ­ ilestone, the twentim eth annual Boston




held this past October at the Cyclorama. Beginning with an opening evening gala, followed by three days of open doors, the show attracted hundreds of guests who admired and purchased one-of-a-kind pieces from exhibitors based up and down the East Coast and beyond.

Tara Carvalho

International Fine Art Show was



(1) Director of the Boston

Athenæum Dr. Elizabeth E. Barker and Arthur B. Page (2) Melissa Ross, Paul Degan, Scott Jansen, and Rachel Fay (3) Janine Wong, James Stroud, and Judy George (4) Louis Perez, Paul Fishbane, and Christine Magne (5) David Jensen, Abbot (Bill) Vose, and Diane Jensen

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DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN New York 2017, diffa.org

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(1) A full house at Boston Design Center’s seminar room during Love It or Lose It, with New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner and ID Boston’s Chesie Breen (2) Johanna Osburn at M-Geough (3) Eric Haydel and Julie Brown at The Bright Group during an ASID-NE CEU Course (4) Elizabeth Hamilton at the Charles Spada showroom (5) Chad Stark at the Stark showroom

Design Life

Now in its thirtieth year, the Boston Design Center remains the premier location for high-end home decor in New England. Boston



Design Market

A celebration was in order at the Wellesley Country Club for the relocation of Royal Barry





Caitlin Cunningham



Photography by Pretty Instant, Inc.

is held here annually for a two-day period, luring more than 2,500 industry professionals and luxury consumers from all over to witness showroom openings, panel discussions, keynote speeches, parties, and more.

Wills Associates Architects to

New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel and noted designer-blogger Erin Gates presented a talk called “Doing It All” at the Clarke’s Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen/Marvin Window & Doors Brand Experience Center at 7 Tide Street in Boston’s Seaport District. A capacity crowd learned from the two industry experts how to control stress, juggle multiple projects, and generally keep life and work in proper balance.



(1) Nancy Brewton, Susan

Ausiello, and Ginny Murray (2) Susan Bergeron and Julie Mallatt (3) J. Douglas and

Jessica Barry Wills-Lipscomb (4) Thomas Aaron holding

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(1) Speaker Erin Gates (second from left) with New England Home’s Kim Sansoucy, Kathy Bush-Dutton, and Lynda Simonton (2) Co-speakers Stacy Kunstel and Erin Gates (3) Clarke Showroom manager Jeremy McCulla, Stacy Kunstel, Erin Gates, and Marvin Experience Center manager Barbara Bradlee


Photography courtesy of Clarke

Wellesley, Massachusetts. The event, hosted by Thomas Aaron Private Brokerage, featured the music of Bill and Bo Winiker and a presentation on the work of the architecture firm, “Three Generations|One Vision: Transforming Tradition.”

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FEBRUARY Greenhut Galleries: Abstract ­Invitational February 2–25

The longstanding tradition of creativity is alive and well in Maine. This exhibit is an invitational exhibit featuring the work of 20 Maine artists. Portland, (207) 7722693, greenhutgalleries.me Your Museum, Reimagined February 3

Sebastian Errazuriz, The Golddigger, The Heartbreaker, and The Boss, from the 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers collection (2013).

JANUARY Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Through March 12

Fashionistas take note! The Peabody Essex Museum will be featuring more than 300 pairs of shoes in an exhibit that explores the creative and cultural significance of women’s footwear. The exhibit showcases contemporary footwear from famous collectors as well as an impressive array of historic shoes. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., (978) 745-9500, pem.org Film Screening: Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art January 6

This film profiles artists who pushed their work to a whole new scale in the

Through January 15 This family-friendly exhibit features dollhouses and miniatures from the 17th century to the early 20th century. You can see a rare dollhouse from 1965, learn design history through “room dollhouses,” and enjoy educational activities. Concord Museum, Concord, Mass., (978) 369-9763, concordmuseum.org

Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography February 11–May 7

The deep relationship between rock and roll and photography is examined in this exhibit drawn from one of the largest private collections of photographs of rock musicians in the United States. More

Houseplant and Begonia Sale January 14

Counteract winter chill with a trip to the Lyman Estate Greenhouses for an exotic houseplant sale, where begonias and gesneriads will be available for purchase. Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, Mass., (781) 891-1985, ­historicnewengland.org  

Boston Antiques, Vintage Art & Design Show and Sale January 14–15

This annual event is considered one of the premier antique shows in the region. More than 100 dealers will be on hand with a variety of antiques and collectibles, including antique and vintage furniture, antique jewelry, fine art, silver, and vintage books. Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; admission $10. Shriner’s Auditorium, Wilmington, Mass., (781) 862-4039, neantiqueshows.com Pruning in Winter January 28

Don’t let the winter cold keep you out of the garden. Join certified arborist Jen Kettell at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum for a class on pruning dormant trees, shrubs, and vines, to learn about pruning techniques and which plants benefit from winter pruning. 9 a.m.–12 noon; $35 members, $48 nonmembers. Arnold Arboretum, Boston, (617) 524-1718, arboretum.harvard.edu

Left to right: Iggy Pop, Miami (2007), and Madonna, NYC (1983), by Kate Simon.

than 300 photographs featuring stars such as Miles Davis, David Bowie, the Beatles, and Prince are on display. This is a must-see event for both photography and music enthusiasts. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt., (802) 985-3346, shelburnemuseum.org Past is Present: Revival Jewelry February 14–August 19

More than 4,000 years of jewelry history is explored through 70 objects at this new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts that showcases the tradition of jewelers looking to the past for inspiration. Pieces by Castellani, Bulgari, and Tiffany are highlights of the exhibit. Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (617) 267-9300, mfa.org 2016 Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show February 18–21

Delight all your senses at this year’s show themed “Spring Fling.” Get a jump-start

Clockwise from top left: courtesy, Peabody Essex Museum; courtesy, Shelburne Museum; Concord Museum facebook page

The Art & Mystery of the Dollhouse

late 1960s and 1970s, creating enormous earthworks in the desert landscape of the Southwest. This film is part of the 2015–2016 BSA Space Film Series: Keeping It Reel. 6 p.m.; $12 non-­members, $8 BSA members. Boston Society of Architects, BSA Space, Boston, (617) 391-4000, architects.org

The Portland Museum of Art will be closing its doors in January and reopening in February with an improved space that has 40 percent more art on public view. This is part of a multi-year project designed to improve access and experiences with the PMA collection, called Your Museum, Reimagined. Now is the perfect time to visit this local gem. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, (207) 775-6148, portlandmuseum.org

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Warm air shifts up and back into room.

Cooler zone protects wall.

Valor radiant heat warms room.

HeatShift.™ Valor’s unique HeatShift™ system transfers excess heat upwards through hidden ducts and back into the room—completely bypassing the wall and surface areas above the fireplace—so valued artwork, a TV or construction materials stay cooler.

The right heat in the right place.

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C A P E C O D & I S LA N D S


on spring planning with lectures, demonstrations, and family-friendly activities. Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.; $19 adults. Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, (401) 272-0980, flowershow.com

Members Only: Behind the Scenes in Collections Storage February 22

Visit our “Best of Cape & Islands” award winning showroom Representing the Best in Quality, Design and Service MAINSTREETBOTELLOS.COM • MASHPEE, MA • 508.477.3132

Historic New England members are invited for a special behind-the-scenes look at the collection’s storage and conservation lab at the organization’s Haverhill, Massachusetts, facility. See favorite costumes, ceramics, furniture, and more. You will also be able to view Historic New England’s extensive decorative arts collection. Registration is required, call (617) 994-6678 or register at ­historicnewengland.org 67th Annual New England Home Show February 24–26

Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting February 25– May 21

The centuries-old practice of paper cutting is reimagined and revived by contemporary artists. The intricate work is impressive while also addressing sweeping cultural and social issues. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H., (603) 669-6144, currier.org • Edited by Lynda Simonton Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please

confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

Top: courtesy, Historic New England; bottom, courtesy, Currier Museum

More than 50 experts will be on hand to answer your building and remodeling questions and share the latest in building products and technology. After you pick the brains of all the industry experts, you can enjoy cooking demonstrations, a furniture-building zone, craft zone, and food specialty area. Friday noon–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; $9. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, (508) 823-0389, ­newenglandhomeshows.com

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4 1. Beyond Tartan Vivienne Westwood expresses her affinity with Scotland in the Thistle Gold Rug. Scotland’s national flower is imagined in an abstract pattern executed with silk yarns and Tibetan wool. The Rug Company, Boston, therugcompany.com

2. Petal Power The artisans at Hubbardton Forge created the Pental Pendant to suggest the natural world, with graceful swooping petals and a glowing gold interior. Wolfers Lighting, Allston and Waltham, Mass., wolfers.com

6 3. Bohemian Rhapsody Just launched, Linherr Hollingsworth’s Bohème collection for Kravet reflects the Connecticut designer’s love of fashion, travel, and art in a free-spirited yet refined collection. Kravet, Boston Design Center, kravet.com

4. Spindle Rekindled Thos. Moser’s Foreside Bed, with exposed joinery and tapered spindles, reflects the history of New England craftsmanship with a welcome modern twist. Thos. Moser, Freeport, Maine, and Boston, thosmoser.com

5. On a Half-Shell The essence of a simple clamshell is recreated in resin for the Ava Mirror by Made Goods. It’s perfect for those who love coastal flair, or just want to add some beautiful texture to a room. Swedish Blue, Hingham, Mass., swedishbluedesigns. com

6. Taking Shape The geometry of the city is reflected in the new Urban Views collection from Phillip Jeffries. The wallcovering has a unique raised hexagon design and a glossy metallic surface. Boston Design Center, phillipjeffries.com

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4 1. Uncovered Searching for a versatile occasional chair? We’ve got it! Duralee’s new Hawthorne Chair, with shapely exposed arms, adds structure and refinement to a room. Duralee, Boston Design Center, duralee.com

2. Small Plates Everything Dishes from SKT Ceramics are small in stature but big on style. Handcrafted in the spirit of farmhouse pottery, with charming hand-drawn critters, fauna, or pastoral scenes, the dishes measure four inches in diameter. K. Colette, Portland, Maine, kcolette.com

3. Rainbow Range Blue Star offers a new collection of luscious matte colors that may just have you rethinking your stainlesssteel appliances. JA Appliance, Cumberland, R.I., jaappliance.com

4. Enlightened With adjustable lighting and a sleek design, Duravit’s new line of mirrors with lights elevates the bathroom mirror to the focal point of the room. Spritzo – The Portland Group, various New England locations, theportlandgroup.com

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Custom Woodworking to Fit Your Lifestyle



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Premier Properties Notable homes on the market in New England By Maria L a Piana

Down by the Sea

Down by the Sea /////////// When something is on the rocks, it usually means things are

bad. Say this house is on the rocks, and it’s all good—amazing, in fact. That’s because “on the rocks” aptly describes the setting for a home whose interiors are as noteworthy as its site is breathtaking. The iconic Arts and Crafts– ROOMS: 11 inspired (with Art Deco notes) residence— 5 BEDROOMS all stone, shingles, brick, wood, built-ins, 5 FULL BATHS and deep, 1 HALF BATH rich col5,000 SQ. FT. ors—​sits $2,675,000 perched on boulders in the Bass Rocks area of Gloucester, Massachusetts, thirty-five miles north of Boston. The 1.4-acre lot slopes lazily down to the sea. The house was designed by

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prolific Cape Ann architects Phillips and Holloran, and built in 1930. The current owner is the noted antiques dealer Andrew Spindler, who inherited the home from his partner in the mid 1990s, and was responsible for a renovation that took several years and is said to have cost around $900,000. Every room is show-house–worthy. It’s a melding of styles, bold design, and unabashed details. To wit: three sets of French doors in the forty-two-foot-long living room (tiled with Moravian Pottery) open onto a granite terrace that overlooks the ocean. The property includes the main house, greenhouse, detached garage, and a stone teahouse. Like a labyrinth, pathways wend their way throughout the surrounding landscape, into and out of gardens, around the house, and down to a garden folly. Duly Noted: Home design

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Offered at $14,500,000 Offered at $14,500,000

Manchester Manchester

Unique Opportunity! Amazing 3-dwelling compound Unique 3-dwelling on 12.9Opportunity! acres thatAmazing overlooks ocean compound & abuts on 12.9 acres overlooks ocean & home, abuts conservation land.that Stunning Contemporary conservation land. Stunning Contemporary home, 3-bedroom carriage house, buildable oceanfront lot. 3-bedroom carriage house, buildable oceanfront lot.

Holly Fabyan Holly Fabyan

Offered at $1,899,900 Offered at $1,899,900

Middleton Middleton

Stunning new construction. Classic elegant home on Stunning newwith construction. elegant home on almost 1 acre 4 levels of Classic living space, 5 bedrooms almost acresuite withbathrooms). 4 levels of living space, 5 bedrooms (2 with1en State-of-the-art kitchen, (2 with en suite bathrooms). State-of-the-art kitchen, soaring 2-story living room. soaring 2-story living room.

Anne Leblanc-Snyder Anne Leblanc-Snyder

Marblehead Neck Marblehead Neck

Offered at $6,500,000 Offered at $6,500,000

‘Profile’. Beautifully renovated 7-bedroom, ca. 1900 ‘Profile’. renovated 7-bedroom, ca. 1900 Gambrel Beautifully on 2.2 landscaped acres. Water views from Gambrel on 2.2 landscaped acres. Water viewsfamily from every room. Open chef’s kitchen, fireplaced every room. Open chef’s kitchen, fireplaced family room, Master Suite, home theatre. Pool, cabana. room, Master Suite, home theatre. Pool, cabana.

The Cressy Team The Cressy Team

Newbury Newbury

Offered at $1,750,000 Offered at $1,750,000

Direct Riverfront with deep water dock on Parker Direct Riverfront with deep Parker River. Offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5water baths.dock Chefon ’s granite River. Offers 4 bedrooms, baths.office, Chef ’sscreened granite kitchen, fireplaced dining2.5 room, kitchen, dining porch, sunfireplaced room, patio. 2-carroom, garage.office, screened porch, sun room, patio. 2-car garage.

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Offered at $1,395,000 Offered at $1,395,000

Magnolia Magnolia


“Sea Reaches.” Remodeled circa 1900 5-bedroom, “Sea 1900 5-bedroom, 4-bathReaches.” residence.Remodeled Exquisite circa timeless design. Master 4-bath residence. Exquisite design. Master suite with ocean views, butler’stimeless pantry, new mudroom, suite with ocean views, butler’s pantry, new mudroom, garage, heat, central air systems. garage, heat, central air systems.

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Boxford Boxford

Offered at $1,199,000 Offered at $1,199,000

Stunning Nantucket shingle-style home on 3+ acres. 5 Stunning shingle-style homefloors, on 3+coffered acres. 5 bedrooms,Nantucket 3.5 bathrooms, hardwood bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, hardwood floors, coffered ceilings. Chef’s kitchen with soapstone counters, ceilings. Chef’s with soapstone counters, pantry. Lower levelkitchen media room. pantry. Lower level media room.

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Offered at $1,145,000 Offered at $1,145,000

Gloucester Gloucester

Lobster Cove and tidal dock. Fully renovated, Lobster Cove and tidal dock. Fully renovated, energy-efficient Cape-style 4-bedroom, 3-bath energy-efficient Cape-style 4-bedroom, kitchen, 3-bath home. Open concept granite/stainless home. Open concept granite/stainless kitchen, living-dining room. 1st and 2nd floor master suites. living-dining room. 1st and 2nd floor master suites.

Ann Olivo & Chris Moore Ann Olivo & Chris Moore

Ipswich Ipswich

Offered at $899,000 Offered at $899,000

One of the last best sites for dream waterfront home One of thewater last best sitesbeautiful for dream waterfront with direct access, sunsets! Deep home water with directinwater beautiful sunsets! water mooring frontaccess, of house. Views of IsleDeep of Shoals, mooring in front of house. Views of Isle of Shoals, Plum Island, Newburyport. Plum Island, Newburyport.

E.D. Dick Group E.D. Dick Group

Gloucester Gloucester

Offered at $779,000 Offered at $779,000

Elegant simplicity, charm, custom millwork. 1920 Elegant simplicity, charm,3custom millwork. 1920 Craftsman-style Colonial. bedrooms, 2 full baths. Craftsman-style Colonial. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths. “As Is” status with Home Buyer Warranty for heat/ “As Is” status withsystems, Home Buyer Warranty for heat/ plumbing/electric appliances. plumbing/electric systems, appliances.

Janet Breiter Janet Breiter

Ipswich Ipswich

Offered at $950,000 Offered at $950,000

Rare offering! Ultimate privacy, incredible marsh Rare privacy, views,offering! overlooksUltimate Little Neck and incredible Castle Hillmarsh barn. views, Little2-bath Neck hillside and Castle Hillonbarn. Uniqueoverlooks 3-bedroom, home 2.4 Unique 3-bedroom, 2-bath hillside home on 2.4 acres. Charming updated eat-in kitchen. acres. Charming updated eat-in kitchen.

Binni Hackett Binni Hackett

Beverly Farms Beverly Farms

Offered at $849,000 Offered at $849,000

Elegant Beverly Farms Colonial. Near Route 128, Elegant Beverly Farms Colonial. Near Route 128,3 train village. West Beach membership available. train village.2.5 West Beach membership bedrooms, bathrooms. Fireplaced available. living and3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Fireplaced living and dining rooms. Finished walkout lower level. dining rooms. Finished walkout lower level.

Lynne Saporito Lynne Saporito

Hamilton Hamilton

Offered at $775,000 Offered at $775,000

Rare find. 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath Colonial on 1.6 acres Rare 4-bedroom, Colonial 1.6 acres abutsfind. conservation land.3.5-bath Privacy yet close toon everything. abuts conservation land. Privacy yet close to everything. Open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, master suite, pool. InOpen floor plan, chef’s kitchen, master suite, pool. Inlaw with own entrance. law with own entrance.

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Ipswich Ipswich

Offered at $899,999 Offered at $899,999

Stunning 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhome at Turner Stunning 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhome at Turner Hill, a socially active community. Flexible open floor Hill, a socially active community. open floor plan, chef’s granite kitchen. 2 MasterFlexible Suites. Patio, 15th plan, chef’s granite fairway views, 2-carkitchen. garage. 2 Master Suites. Patio, 15th fairway views, 2-car garage.

Josephine Baker Josephine Baker

Rockport Rockport

Offered at $799,000 Offered at $799,000

Charming, well-kept 3-bedroom, 2-bath year-round Charming, well-kept 3-bedroom, home overlooks Rockport Harbor.2-bath 2006 year-round renovation home Rockport Harbor. 2006 renovation retainedoverlooks details like wood-burning fireplaces but added retained details like wood-burning fireplaces but added chef’s kitchen, master suite. chef’s kitchen, master suite.

Julie Fariel & Felicia Trupiano Julie Fariel & Felicia Trupiano

Boxford Boxford

Offered at $719,000 Offered at $719,000

Picturesque Post-and-Beam Equestrian Property on Picturesque Post-and-Beam Equestrian Property on 2.82 acres. Open-floor concept with cherry/granite 2.82 acres. Open-floor concept with cherry/granite kitchen, 1st floor Master Suite. Barn with tack room, kitchen, 1st floor Master Suite. Barn with tack room, shed, hayloft. Outdoor riding arena. shed, hayloft. Outdoor riding arena.

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exquisite family compound set on 4.60 acres comprised of a 15,000 sq. ft. residence, pool with pool house, tennis court, 8-bay garage with apartment and playroom and caretaker's barn. Price Upon Request

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS 1908 English Tudor with Arts & Crafts style details, 18 rooms and 10 fireplaces. On 7.9 acres with cottage, equestrian facilities, barn and pool. $6,900,000

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Lifestyle compound on 3 acres with approx. 11,000 sq. ft. home, pool and pool house, tennis court and patio with fireplace with an easy commute to downtown Boston. $7,500,000

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificently restored oceanside home with 6 bedrooms, chef's kitchen, covered porch, patio, pool, pool house, 3-car garage and an apple orchard. New baths, systems, roof, and windows. $4,950,000

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Custom brick estate set on 1.5 acres offering 3 floors, 13 rooms, 5 en suite bedrooms, extensive millwork, sunroom, cherry library, chef’s kitchen, and vaulted great room. $4,295,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Custom shingle and stone home offering 14 rooms, beamed great room, elegant study, 6 bedrooms, an octagonal breakfast room, 4 fireplaces, wine cellar, theatre, gym, and patio. $3,999,000

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Gorgeous custom home set on 1.47 acres with sophisticated spaces, 4 baths, 4 bedrooms, open family room/kitchen, finished lower level, walk-up attic, and 2-car garage. $3,333,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular 10,000 sq.ft. Southside Colonial home offering 16 rooms, 5 bedrooms, seamless family room/kitchen, studio apartment, cathedral master, deck, tennis court, and garage space for 7 vehicles. $3,188,000

Diana Chaplin, Sales Associate | C. 781.354.9010

Diana Chaplin, Sales Associate | C. 781.354.9010

WINCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS Custom, 6,100+ sq. ft. home offers dramatic architecture, elegant appointments, 5 en suite bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, large patio, hardwood floors, & attached 3-car garage. $2,779,000

WESTWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS Beautiful 2 acre brick estate offering 13 rooms, 6 bedrooms & 7 baths with oversized eat-in kitchen, cherry library, 2,500 sq. ft. finished lower level & 3-car garage. $2,395,000

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MILTON, MASSACHUSETTS Custom shingle-style home offering an open layout, 18 ft. family room, library, 3 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms, wine cellar, heated lap pool, Zen-style gazebo, and 3-car garage. $2,295,000

WAYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS New construction set on 1.38 acres offering 5 bedrooms, family room with grand fireplace, kitchen with breakfast nook, mudroom, 3-car garage and basement ready to finish. $1,799,000

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critics have certainly taken note of this special property over the years. The residence has been featured in Architectural Digest, the New York Times, Ocean Home, the Boston Globe, and Northshore Magazine. Contact: Lanse Robb, LandVest, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., (617) 357-8996, landvest.com. Property ID: MA1957

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home and renamed it Idlewild Farm. The fourth and a few subsequent owners called it Shagroy Farm again. It was sold to one Robert Racek in the 1970s, and it was he who named the estate Beau Vallée. Contact: Patricia Best, Best & Cavallaro, Salisbury, Conn., (860) 435-2888, bestandcavallaro.com.

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This is the quintessential Beacon Hill townhouse. It’s located

If the facade doesn’t wow you, then the grounds surround-

in a beautiful Federal-style building and features elevenfoot ceilings with museum-quality millwork and fine period details. It’s been renovated in a way that honors its history while respecting the notion of a modern family home. “It lives like a singlefamily home in the most practical ways,” says listing agent Allison Mazer. There are four floors and a pair of noteworthy outdoor spaces (a large terrace off the kitchen and a roof terrace with skyline views). A spacious open plan is bathed in natural light from lots of large, loft-style windows. The townhouse is a dream for homeowners who entertain; it’s elegantly appointed and has a thoughtfully designed ROOMS: 10 4 BEDROOMS traffic pattern. Moving between indoor and 3 FULL BATHS outdoor spaces is seamless, and a private 1 HALF BATH elevator eases access from floor to floor. If 3,337 SQ. FT. you’d rather take the stairs, you’re in luck. $4,695,000 The custom staircase is fluid and graceful; it makes an elegant statement in an already sophisticated and refined home. This beauty is grand, for sure—but oh-so livable, too.

ing this spectacular Greek Revival, with the charming name of Beau Vallée, will. Original columns, expertly restored stonework, and a fresh coat of white paint combine to create quite the picture postcard. The 5,000-square-foot home in Salisbury, Connecticut, has a long, storied history, but its best days may be yet ROOMS: 10 4 BEDROOMS to come. The residence was built in 1845; 4 FULL BATHS it’s currently owned by a company formed 1 HALF BATH expressly to purchase and restore it, intent 5,000 SQ. FT. on selling it once the project was completed $3,300,000 (full disclosure: listing agent Patricia Best is a partner in that LLC). They were drawn to the building for many reasons. For starters, it’s a rare antique that sits on a knoll in a pretty valley, but unlike so many older homes located on main streets (now arteries that link town to town to town), this is a gem on a quiet country road. It’s gracious without being too vast. As much of the home as possible was preserved, including original millwork, but the house sports a new roof, new windows, and new energy-efficient systems. The classic floor plan, with a living and dining room on either side of a grand staircase, remains. There’s a butler’s pantry, a gourmet kitchen, and a large, bright, immensely livable family room with fireplace and views. The floor plan is ideal for any buyer who enjoys entertaining. Best held a party there to celebrate the listing last October and found it perfectly suited to entertaining all 150 guests who attended.

Duly Noted: This Beacon Hill property offers more than most, says Mazer. It’s close to everything in the upscale neighborhood, but it’s the faraway feeling you get that appeals to so many. “It’s positioned in such a way that, when you enter, you’re immediately removed from the city noise,” says Mazer. You’re met with the sounds of nature instead: “It’s incredible to hear the birds chirping outside and know that you still have every convenience of city living.”

Duly Noted: What’s in a name? It depends. When built by

Silas Reed in 1845, the property was dubbed Shagroy Farm. The third owner, a New York restaurateur, remodeled the

Contact: Allison Mazer, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Boston, (617) 905-7379, sothebysrealty.com. MLS# 72017902

revived revival photos: Ren Nickson beacon hill beauty photos: Briggs Johnson

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes METROPOLITAN HOME: BRIGHT LIGHT, SMALL CITY PAGES 48–52 Interior designer: Kelly Taylor, Kelly Taylor Interior Design, Providence, R.I., (401) 437-6363, ktid.net Builder/interior millworker: Robert Disalvo, B Disalvo Remodeling, Chepachet, R.I., (401) 568-9369 Art consultant: Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, R.I., (401) 533-8825, canditaclaytongallery.com Page 48: Smoke and Mirrors wall color by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com; window shades by Hunter Douglas, hunterdouglas.com; sheer drapery fabric from Romo, romo.com; solid band fabric from Bergamo, bergamofabrics.com; Nell sofa from Cisco Brothers, ciscobrothers. com, with upholstery from Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com; pillow fabrics from Osborne & Little, Madison chair from Barclay Butera Interiors, barclaybutera.com, with fabric from Osborne & Little; rug from Rustigian Rugs, rustigianrugs. com; Mesa Centro cocktail table from Hurtado, Hurtado. eu/en; end table from FDO Group, fdogroup.com; table lamp from Tracy Glover Studio, tracygloverstudio. com; Argent hall pendant from Terzani, terzani.com; rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets, skcarpets.com; wall-hung credenza designed by Kelly Taylor, built and installed by Jutras Woodworking, jutraswoodworking.com. Page 50: Vitali terrace sofa and lounge chairs, Radice Quadra table, and Forest armchair all from JANUS et Cie, janusetcie.com; cocktail table from Phillips Collection, phillipscollection. com; Dakota dining table from Julian Chichester, julianchichester.com; Too Sexy Sadie chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com, with back fabric by Romo and seat fabric by Bergamo; pendant lamp from Tracy Glover Studio; sideboard from Hurtado; kitchen countertop from Marble and Granite, marbleandgranite.com; hanging lights from Leucos, leucosusa.com; Dara counter stools from Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com, with fabric from Pollack, pollackassociates.com. Page 52: Sheer drapery fabric from Bergamo; solid drapery fabric from Lee Jofa, leejofa.com; Hattie headboard from Hickory Chair, with fabric from Schumacher, fschumacher.com; chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting, hudsonvalleylighting. com; sconce from Robert Abbey, robertabbey. biz; bolster and sham fabric from Osborne & Little; bedside table from Hurtado; powder room wallpaper from Romo; Furniture Guild vanity with Robern glass top and Grohe faucet from Ardente Supply, ardente.com.

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(617) 504-1767, hpluso.com Builder: Delta Design & Construction, Medford, Mass., (781) 395-0600, deltaconstruct.com Millwork: Nick Doriss, Doriss Design Workshoppe, Boston, (617) 435-0437, dorissdesignworkshoppe.com

SKY HIGH SURPRISE PAGES 102–111 Interior architecture and design: Dee Elms,

Elms Interior Design, Boston, (617) 451-1555, elmsid.com Builder: Chris Rapczynski, Sleeping Dog Properties, Boston, (617) 576-6100, sleepingdogproperties.com Kitchen designer: Jodi Geran, Downsview Kitchens, downsviewofboston.com, (857) 3173320 Venetian plaster: Pietra Viva, Boston, (617) 8752066, pietravivaitaly.com Pages 102–103: Porcelain field tiles from Discover Tile, discovertile.com; custom console designed by Dee Elms, Elms Interior Design; Clyde mirror from Mecox Gardens, mecox. com; Holy Hunt XY Bench from Webster & Company, webstercompany. com; prints by Emil Lukas, Emillukas.com. Pages 104–105: Livi Hellman-Chang Xie cabinet from Webster & Company; Kelly ottoman from The Bright Group, thebrightgroup.com; curved sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome. com; Europa wallcovering by Holland & Sherry, hollandandsherry.com; custom hand-knotted carpet from Stark Carpet, starkcarpet.com. Page 106: Chinchilla villa and kitchen cabinetry designed by Jodi Geran; glass backsplash from Discover Tile; A. Rudin swivel bar stools from M-Geough, m-geough.com; swivel chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; painting over bar cabinet by Matthias Meyer, meyer-matthias.de/en. Page 107: Banquette designed by Dee Elms with upholstery by McLaughlin Upholstering, mclaughlinupholstering.com; K3 dining table and Elana chairs from The Bright Group; boxed pendant by Bone Simple Design, bonesimple.com. Page 108: Alex Super Luxe Sleeper by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; Holly Hunt Archipelago Ottoman from Webster & Company; Cardan office chair from The Kerwin Group, kerwingroup.com; Berrow patterned carpet from Stark; prints by Jonathan Borofsky, borofsky.com. Page 109: Moon crescent wallcovering from Bartsch Paris, bartsch-paris.com; customdesigned bed and side table by Dee Elms, with headboard by McLaughlin Upholstering; bed fabric from Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle. com; quilt from Denyse Schmidt Quilts, dsquilts.com; sheets from the Patterson Group, pattersongroup.com; pillow fabric from Osborne

& Little and Kravet, kravet.com; lamp from Land of Nod, landofnod.com; Resplendent carpet from Stark; powder room wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com; Kohler Briolette glass vessel sink from Splash, splashspritzo.com; hardware by Emtek, from Newton Decorative Hardware, newtondecorativehardware.com; Altamont sconces from Urban Electric Company, urbanelectricco.com; mirror custom designed by Dee Elms. Pages 110–111: Leo’s Luxe Linens wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries; Holly Hunt Pampa bed, Mr. Benny chair, ottoman, and Roman Ring floor lamp all from Webster & Company; LuLu DK chair pillow fabric from Donghia, donghia.com; bedding from the Patterson Group; pillow fabric by Quadrille, quadrillefabrics.com; Elana bench from The Bright Group; swing-arm lamps from Studio 534, s5boston.com; carpet from Stark; cabinetry hardware from Du Verre, duverre.com; master bath Wave wall tile, honed floor tile, and glass shower tile all from Discover Tile.

NATURE’S WAY PAGES 112–123 Architect: Chip Dewing and Justin Mello, Dewing

Schmid Kearns, Concord, Mass., (978) 371-7500, dskap.com Interior designer: Lisa Tharp, Lisa Tharp Design, Concord, Mass., (978) 341-8121, lisatharp.com Builder: Jonathan Merz, Merz Construction, Bingham, Mass., (978) 371-1828, merzconstruction.com Cabinetmaker: Patty Lazok, Michael Humphries Woodworking, Northfield, Mass., (413) 498-0018, michaelhumphries.com Landscape design: Naomi Cottrell, Michelle Crowley Landscape Architecture, Boston, (617) 338-8400, michellecrowley-la.com Swimming pool build/install: Custom Quality Pools, Billerica, Mass., (978) 663-8290, customqualitypools.com Decorative painter: Stephanie Mesner, Arteriors, Natick, Mass., (508) 655-1942, arteriors.net Pages 112–113: Sunburst ceiling light by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort, visualcomfort. com; original painting, Courage and Grace, by Lisa Tharp; roman shade fabricated by Acorn Design Center, acorndesigncenter.com, with fabric by Kravet, kravet.com, bobbin chairs from CFC, customfurniturela. com, with Fabricut fabric, fabricut. com; pillows by Betsy Griffin Sewing, betsygriffin.com, with Kravet fabric; cocktail ottoman from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware. com; accessories from Gurari Collection, gurari.com; tray from Redbird Trading, redbirdnewburyport.com; rug from Restoration Hardware; slipper chair on left from Cisco Brothers, ciscobrothers.com. Page 114: Entry carpet and stair runner by Dash & Albert, dashandalbert.annieselke.com, though Williston Weaves, willistonweaves.com; living room carpet from Stark, starkcarpet.com; wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com; window seat cushion crafted by Lawless Upholstery, lawlessupholstery.com, with Robert Allen Fabric, robertallendesign.com; pillow fabrics by Kravet and Fabricut; sconce by Thomas O’Brien for

Visual Comfort; roman shade fabricated by Acorn Design Center with Pindler fabric, pindler.com; wine tasting table from Comina, comina.com; barley twist wing chair and Jacobean ottoman, from TCS, tcsdesignsfurniture.com, with fabrics by Colefax and Fowler, colefax.com, and Robert Allen; wall sculpture by Sara Bumgardner, sarabumgardner.weebly.com. Page 115: Chair to right of ottoman by Lisa Tharp Collection, lisatharp.com; leather planter from Marc Hall, theworldofmarchall.com, with lichen branches from Parterre Garden Services, parterregarden.com. Page 116: Chaises from Kravet with fabric by Duralee, duralee.com, and trim by Fabricut; hide carpet from Williston Weaves; picture light from Visual Comfort; draperies crated by Acorn Design Center with Pindler fabric; small tables from Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com. Page 117: Grasscloth ceiling paper by Phillip Jeffries, pendant light by Visual Comfort; draperies by Acorn Design Center with Rose Tarlow fabric, rosetarlow.com; dining table from Restoration Hardware; centerpiece from Wishbasket, Newburyport, Mass., (978) 4651515; dining chairs from Cupboards and Roses, cupboardsandroses.com; vintage sideboard from Mid Mod Junkie, Waltham, Mass., (781) 439-1411; horn knobs from Anthropologie, anthropologie.com; painting The Best Medicine by Lisa Tharp; lamp by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort. Page 118: Barstools from Lee Industries, leeindustries.com, through Circle Furniture, circlefurniture.com, with Kerry Joyce fabrics through The Martin Group, martingroupinc.com; pendant lights from Urban Electric Company, urbanelectricco.com; island planter from Stone Gate Gardens, stonegategardens.com, with plants from Parterre Gardening Services; floor runner by Woodard Weave, woodardweave.com, through Jack + Toba, jackandtoba.com. Page 119: Wood chair from Restoration Hardware; drink table from Noir Trading, noirfurniturela.com; picture lights from Visual Comfort; sconces from Shades of Light. Shadesoflight.com; banquette seat fabricated by Lawless Upholstery with Fabricut fabric; pillows by Acorn Design Center in Fabricut fabrics; large wooden mirror from McLaren’s, mclarensantiquesandinteriors.com. Page 120: Wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries; carpet from Stark; drinks table from Worlds Away, worldsaway.com; lounge chairs from TCS; nightstand from CFC; lamps from Visual Comfort; chest from Wisteria, wisteria.com. Page 121: Wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries; bed from Anthropologie; bedding from Jack + Toba; lamp from Currey & Company, curreyco.com, through Concord Lamp & Shade, concordlampandshade. com; nightstand from Noir Trading; Dash & Albert rug from Williston Weaves; drapery fabric by Robert Allen; plaid stool from Five Finger Furnishings, fivefingerfurnishings.com; sconce from West Elm, west-elm.com; seat pillow from Artefact Home | Garden, artefacthome.com. Page 122: Sconce from Urban Electric Company; floor tile from Paris Ceramics, parisceramicsusa. com; lockers from Portland Architectural Salvage, portlandsalvage.com; ceiling lights from Visual Comfort; antique apothecary chest from New Hampshire Antique Co-op, nhantiquecoop. com; bathroom gooseneck lamp from Barn Light Electric, barnlightelectric.com; mirror from West Elm; sink from Labour and Wait, labourandwait. co.uk.

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Page 123: Daybed swing from Low Country Originals, lowcountryoriginals.com; chair fabrics from Perennials, perennialsfabrics.com, and Pindler; Zonix ceiling fan from Fanimation, fanimation.com; planters from Parterre Garden Services.

RETURN TO REFINEMENT PAGES 124–133 Architect: Pete Lackey, Charles R. Myer &

Partners, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 876-9062, charlesmyer.com Interior designers: Manuel de Santaren and Kim Clark, Manuel de Santaren, Boston, (617) 3306998, manueldesantaren.com Landscape design: Matthew Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Winchester, Mass., (617) 905-2246, matthewcunningham.com Builder: Cafco Construction Management, Boston, (617) 426-7600, cafcoconstruction.com Pages 124–127: Curtain fabric from Muse Bespoke, muse-bespoke.com; curtains fabrication by Eliot Wright Workroom, Boston, (617) 542-3605; cashmere and silk rug from Studio Four, studiofournyc. com; vintage barrel chairs from Todd Merrill, toddmerrillstudio.com; vintage Brueton sofa from Wyeth, wyeth.nyc; light fixture from Nilufar, nilufar.com; cocktail table

by Gabriella Crespi through Nilufar; vintage Karl Springer ottoman from Casati Gallery, casatigallery. com; Sergio Mangiarotti dining table from Bernd Goeckler, bgoecklerantiques.com; lounge chairs from Maison Gerard, maisongerard.com; cocktail table from Manuel deSantaren; light fixture by Gio Ponti through Phillips auction house, phillips.com. Pages 130–131: Kitchen cabinets by Bulthaup, boston.bulthaup.com; bar stools from Knoll, knoll.com; family room vintage Dunbar sofas from Wyeth; area rug from Studio Four; cocktail table from Manuel deSantaren; dining chairs from Galerie André Hayat, galerieandrehayat. com; custom dining table and wall-mounted cabinets designed by Manuel de Santaren; media room sofas by Minotti through DDC, ddcnyc. com; ottomans from Christian Liaigre, christianliaigre.us; end tables designed by Manuel de Santaren; end table lamps from John Saladino, saladinostyle.com; rug from Studio Four. Page 133: Vintage bed by Karl Springer from Nilufar; curtain fabric by Muse Bespoke; vintage Knoll loveseat from Casati Gallery, casatigallery. com; custom rug from Studio Four.

THE PERSONAL TOUCH PAGES 134–143 Interior designer: John De Bastiani, Los Angeles,

Calif., (323) 851-0395, johndd.com Builder: Northland Residential; Burlington, Mass.,

(781) 229-4700, northlandresidential.com Interior millwork: John Olsen, J Olsen Cabinet Company, Hanson, Mass., (781) 248-0580 Kitchen designer: Judith Whalen, Roomscapes Luxury Design Center, Rockland, Mass., (781) 616-6400, roomscapesinc.com Decorative painter: Eric Erbelding, Boston,

(617) 448-3986, ericerbelding.com Drapery workroom: Finelines, Peabody, Mass., (978) 977-7357, finelines.com Page 134: Rug from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.com; bench from Jasper Fine Furniture and Fabrics by Michael Smith, michaelsmithinc.com/jasper-home; bench fabric from Rogers & Goffigon, rogersandgoffigon. com; mirror from Formations, formationsusa. com; sconce by Ralph Lauren Home through Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com; Pomegranates and Peonies indigo linen fabric on walls by Katie Leede & Co., through Holland & Sherry, hollandandsherry.com. Pages 135–136: Rug from Beauvais Carpets, beauvaiscarpets.com; artwork over fireplace from Balsamo Antiquités and Interior Design, balsamoantiques.com; iron benches from Arteriors, arteriorshome.com, with Jerry Pair leather cushions from Kneedler Fauchère, kneedlerfauchere.com; chandelier from Paul Ferrante, paulferrante.com; custom coffee table by John De Bastiani Interior Design; lounge chair fabric from Rose Tarlow, rosetarlow.com; chair cushion fabrics from Elizabeth Eakins, elizabetheakins.com; sofa toss pillow fabrics from Holland & Sherry (white) and C&C Milano (blue), cec-milano.com; antiqued oak Maya chair from Jasper Fine Furniture and Fabrics by Michael Smith; white fringed throw from Aero, aerostudios.com; table lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller, christopherspitzmiller.com; sconces from Restoration Hardware; curtain fabric by Elizabeth Eakins, with trim from Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com; side tables from Dennis & Leen, dennisandlean.com.

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Page 137: Oil painting by William McLure, williammclure.com; carpet from Decorative Carpets, decorativecarpets.com; custom desk chair by John De Bastiani Interior Design, with fabric from Mark Alexander, markalexander.com; curtain fabric by Zoffany, zoffany.com; table lamp from Visual Comfort; grasscloth wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries. Page 138: Artwork from Balsamo Antiquités and Interior Design; chair fabric by Rose Tarlow; chandelier from Urban Electric Company, urbanelectricco.com; dining table and chairs designed by John De Bastiani; rug from Beauvais Carpets. Page 139: Brookhaven cabinets by WoodMode through Roomscapes Luxury Design Center, roomscapesinc.com; stools designed by John De Bastiani, with fabric from Holland & Sherry; pendant lamps from Urban Electric Company. Page 140: Boston subway signs by Willey Studio, willeyboston. com; cabinet pulls from Restoration Hardware; sink and faucet from Waterworks, waterworks.com; mirror by John De Bastiani; hand towel from Linens on the Hill, linensonthehill.com; sconces by Siemon & Salazar through Jasper Fine Furniture and Fabrics by Michael Smith; linen wallcovering by Peter Dunham Textiles through Hollywood at Home, hollywoodathome.com; tile from Ann Sacks, annsacks.com. Page 141: Framed botanical prints by Lussier Lajoie Framing, lussierlajoieframing.com; curtain fabric from Villa Savoia, villasavoiainc.com; hanging lantern from Paul Ferrante; ottoman designed by John De Bastiani with fabric from Kerry Joyce Textiles, kerryjoycetextiles.com; bobbin chair designed by John De Bastiani with fabric from Kerry Joyce Textiles; sofa desgined by John De Bastiani with fabric from Twill Textiles, twilltextiles.com; Stephen Gould table lamp from Nicky Rising, nickyrising.com. Pages 142–143: Master bedroom rug from Holland & Sherry; bed by David Iatesta, davidiatesta.com; Matouk bedding through Fine Linens, finelinens.com, curtain fabric from Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com; side tables from Dovecote, dovecote-westport.com; floor lamps from Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlauren.com; table lamp from Christopher Spitzmiller; custom x bench by John De Bastiani in fabric from Penny Morrison, pennymorrison.com; guest room intaglio reproductions through Nathan Turner, nathanturner.com; bed from Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com; bedding from Restoration Hardware; curtain fabric from Raoul Textiles, raoultextiles.com; lamp by Suzanne Kasler from Ballard Designs, ballarddesigns.com; wooden side table from Wisteria, wisteria.com; master bath botanical print from Lussier Lajoie Framing; fixtures from Kohler, kohler.com; tile from Ann Sacks, annsacks.com; Matouk towels from Fine Linens; GP&J Baker wallpaper through Lee Jofa, leejofa.com. •

Ad Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue A. Tesa Architecture  72–73 A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring  151 AEDI Construction  169 Architectural Digest Home Design Show  161 Audio Video Design  167 Authentic Designs  179 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  53 Bensonwood Homes  181 Bereznicki Architects  96 Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling  149 Boston Stone Restoration  52 Botello Home Center  166 Bradford’s Rug Gallery  182 Breese Architects  74–75 Brookes + Hill Custom Builders  171 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc.  16 California Closets  33 Catherine Truman Architects  97 Cathy Kert Interiors  169 Charles R. Myer & Partners, Ltd.  76–77 Chip Webster Architecture  98 Clarke Distributors  41 Coldwell Banker Previews International  176–177 Crown Point Cabinetry  51 Cumar, Inc.  146 Cutting Edge Homes  78–79 Cypress Design  60 Daher Interior Design  1 Davis Frame Company  80–81 Design Group 47  144 Design No. Five  183 DeStefano Architects  99 Dover Rug & Home  65 Downsview Kitchens  155 Dream Kitchens  26 Elms Interior Design  6–7 FBN Construction Co., LLC  back cover Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting  153 Frank Webb’s Bath Center  67 Gregorian Oriental Rugs  40 The Hambelton Company  61 Hampden Design+Construction  30 Herrick & White Architectural Millwork  20–21 Hutker Architects  82–83 J Barrett & Company Real Estate  174–175 Jamestown LP/Boston Design Center  23 Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc.  84–85 Jennifer Palumbo, Inc.  49 JW Construction, Inc.  46 K. Powers & Co.  24 Kenneth Vona Construction, Inc.  2–3 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc.  62

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Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc.  55, 166 Kitchen Views at National Lumber  29 Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting  59 LDa Architecture & Interiors  70 LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.  47 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  12–13 The MacDowell Company, Inc.  14–15 Marvin Windows and Doors  163 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC  159 McLaughlin Upholstering Company, Inc.  37 Mellowes & Paladino Architects  100 Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors  86–87 Modern Metal Solutions  183 Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty  173 MWI Fiber–Shield  54 Newton Kitchens & Design  39 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC  88–89 Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  43 Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  90–91 R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc.  145 The Real American Dream Home Company  167 Riviera Bronze  25 Rob Bramhall Architects  92–93 Roche Bobois  4–5 Room & Board  68 Roomscapes Luxury Design Center  57 Runtal North America, Inc.  69 S+H Construction  35 Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath  157 Sea–Dar Construction  inside back cover Sewfine  45 Shope Reno Wharton  28 Slocum Hall Design Group  94–95



Somerset Home  179 SpaceCraft Architecture  101 Sudbury Design Group, Inc.  10–11 Thread  63 TMS Architects  8–9

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Valor Fireplaces  165 Venegas and Company  inside front cover Woodmeister Master Builders  27 Youngblood Builders, Inc.  19

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After ten years as a creative director in the home furnishings industry, I decided to start my own business. For a while I had been itching to do different things, and I found myself sketching and playing around with designs I felt attached to, but that weren’t right for the company I was already working for. A good design, for me, is one that achieves a balance between simple and complex. I try to find that balance with pieces that are complex in process and creation, but that don’t compromise the simplicity of their final form. My baskets are braided from natural wool and wool-blend yarns, and the nature of the designs calls for making a lot of cuts, then combining or recombining the pieces. Finally, the edges or seams are “serged,” or encased in loops of contrasting yarn. (The original inspiration for the V Band basket was literally me sitting there, cutting into one of my earlier baskets!) I typically begin with some sort of sketch. Certain details of the final designs change from what is noted in the sketches; that’s a natural part of the process of finding concepts that actually work, based on material and construction method. Four designs made up my initial 2016 basket collection: Line, Balance, V Band, and V Cut. I’m now making sketches for new 2017 product, but I haven’t finalized any of those designs just yet . . . still in process there! Meredith Thayer, Thayer Design Studio, Milton, Massachusetts, (617) 347-7160, thayerdesignstudio.com

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