New England Home January - February 2018

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Sketch Pad

Design Ideas in the Making

house was set atop a hill, with sweeping views of other hills • The beyond. Our task: to create elegant spaces that would also be

fresh, relaxed, and—a particular imperative—take advantage of the long south views and bring the outside in as much as possible. The owners love to cook and entertain; they envisioned guests gathered for elaborate meals in the space shared by the kitchen and breakfast room. They also asked to be able to lounge near the windows and enjoy the view. Our solution includes a banquette with curved ends, built to span the width of the room. Three French casements open out directly above the seat cushion and stretch up to meet the ceiling trim. A custom detail at the top conceals both screens and shades that can be rolled down as needed—allowing plenty of open, bug-free access to the landscape. Pairs of French doors at either end of the banquette lead to east and west terraces, providing additional flow to outside entertainment “rooms.” Wood walls washed with ivory milk paint, hand-scraped and stained hickory floors, unlacquered brass hardware that will develop a patina with age—plus a particularly beautiful pair of sconces chosen by the owners themselves—work in concert to make a warm, inviting space with all of the outdoor connection that was so desired. | Jennifer Hart, Hart Associates Architects, Belmont, Massachusetts, (617) 489-0030,

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