New England Home July - August 2018

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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Summer Means Cape Cod An admiring look at our region’s seaside treasure

July–August 2018

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Integrity of design. Respect for craftsmenship. Reinterpreting New England’s rich architectural heritage for today’s living –and for the people who admire its timeless spirit.



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The rapport among the clients and the design team yields a Cape Cod home the owners adore and the pros point to with pride. Text by Paula M. Bodah I Photography by Robert Benson I Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent


A Cape Cod home updated by its original architect and given a sunny new interior design attests to the fact that a classic is always timeless. Text by Megan Fulweiler I Photography by Michael Partenio I Produced by Stacy Kunstel


Creating an authentic seaside vibe, one white-painted plank at a time. Text by Maria LaPiana I Photography by Robert Krivicich, Quiver Design Group


A Cape Cod house is designed to conceal—then dramatically reveal—its waterfront views. Text by Robert Kiener I Photography by Nat Rea  Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

ON THE COVER: Who can resist a water view, especially from the stylish sunroom of a Cape Cod home by architect Dell Mitchell and designer Heather Wells? Photography by Robert Krivicich, Quiver Design Group. To see more of this home, turn to page 116. July–August 2018 | New England Home  17

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141 Perspectives

Beautiful pieces for deck, porch, or patio; designer Nina Hackel’s kitchen inspired by the sea; Brooks Hagan sparks a revolution in textile design; an old Cape Cod captain’s house enjoys a rebirth; shopping at Florijn Home is like a quick trip to a European boutique.


152 Calendar

Special events for people who are passionate about design. By Lynda Simonton


158 Trade Notes

Noteworthy happenings in the New England design business. By Paula M. Bodah

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174 New In The Showrooms

Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in New England shops and showrooms.


20 From the Editor 28 Artistry: Strokes of Brilliance Hovering somewhere between abstraction and reality, Eva Lundsager’s vivid, color-saturated canvases evoke a sense of both familiarity and adventure. By Robert Kiener

34 In Our Backyard: Triple Threat

Maine furniture-maker Gregg Lipton has an artist’s imagination, a craftsman’s perfectionism, and a businessman’s savvy. By Nathaniel Reade

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179 Premier Properties

Notable homes on the market in New England. By Maria LaPiana

186 Resources

A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features.

190 Advertiser Index 192 Bookend

Victorian Summer: The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park, Greenwich, Connecticut, by Matthew L. Bernard

42 Outside Interest: The Family That Plays Together


A Brookline, Massachusetts, backyard becomes an outdoor living space with a little something for everyone. Text by Julie Dugdale I Photography by Nat Rea

48 Plugged In: The Smart Backyard

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Cape Cod Then and Now


ummer in New England can mean a lot of different things to different people. If there is any single place that the public imagination connects with the words “New England” and “summer” more than any other, however, it is Cape Cod. So this year we’ve decided to give our July–August issue of the magazine a Cape Cod focus. That being said, today’s Cape isn’t exactly what it once was, when it comes to residential design. Not all that long ago, Cape Cod for the summer set was a region of seasonal retreats. Guesthouses and vacation cottages could be rather grand, but frequently they weren’t. Lack of insulation, heat, and airconditioning were perhaps more the rule than the exception. Open plywood shelves, held up by plain steel brackets from the local hardware store, might grace the kitchen (if, indeed, there was any separate kitchen at all, rather than a simple galley wall off to one side of the main room). And the sound of outdoor insects and breezes heard from your pillow, separated from you only by the thickness of a bare plank or Homasote wall, could give an inimitably

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summery feel to the act of falling asleep. The roughand-ready quality of these temporary dwellings was part of their charm: a slight air of privation added spice to the brief time spent away from normal life, and even made for a bond among those who shared the experience. That aspect of Cape life seems to be less in demand these days. Formerly unassuming structures have been renovated, or simply razed and replaced by accommodations considerably larger and more elaborate. In many towns, it’s difficult to travel more than a block or two without coming across two, three, or more construction sites. The homes you’ll see here reflect that general trend. Though not all of them are meant for full-time habitation, they could certainly support it with ease. They may be places of escape—getaways in which to spend quality time with special friends and family—but they make no concessions when it comes to livability, incorporating all the amenities of home into what was once a more ad hoc, transitory setting. Cape Cod life is becoming ever more cosmopolitan. The continuing arrival of visitors from far and wide—who may stay for a few days, a few weeks, or forever—increasingly connects the region with the rest of the world. As a result, you’ll probably travel farther now to get your fix of steamers or saltwater taffy, but you’ll also have easy access to your poke bowl and kombucha. Ditto for home design. Shingles and shiplap still abound, but any knotwork in evidence is just as likely to be part of a Lindsey Adelman chandelier as a monkey’s fist doorstop. So leaf through these pages for a glimpse of the current state of Cape Cod living as we celebrate New England summer in New England Home style. —Kyle Hoepner

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of tiny, detailed brush strokes as well as Cézanne’s more heavily worked brush Hovering somewhere between Many of her works display her abstraction and reality, Eva Lundsager’s strokes.” own broad knowledge of and love for vivid, color-saturated canvases evoke a the history of painting. “It’s a language I admire,” she says. sense of both familiarity and adventure. The fifty-eight-year-old Lundsager earned a BA in art from the University of Maryland Page through Eva Lundsager’s rich, varied, and her MFA from Hunter College, and received a and colorful portfolio of her much-praised Guggenheim Fellowship in painting. Her work has work over the last thirty years, and it’s clear why one been featured in numerous one-woman and group reviewer noted, “Lundsager takes advantage of everything paint can do.” The artist, who lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, and has a studio in nearby Somerville, brushes, drips, pours, layers, glazes, and “doodles” paint to produce her abstract works. “I love to experiment with paint,” she says. “I may begin a painting by laying a stretched canvas on the floor and dripping very liquid paint onto it; then I’ll lift it or turn it to let the paint drip upward, as if it is defying gravity. After it’s dry, I may place paint over paint and add tiny brushstrokes as well as bolder swatches of paint. My work is all about mark making, spontaneity, and the possibilities—the freedom—of abstract art.” As she talks about her process, Lundsager describes being influenced by legendary artists and including “bits and pieces” of their techniques in her work. “I love Mark Rothko’s thin washes of paints, Morris Louis’s streaks, Helen Frankenthaler’s use


LEFT: In All the Lands (2017), oil on canvas, 20”H × 16”W; Never Been Seen (2015), oil on canvas, 20”H × 16”W; Within Sight (2017), oil on linen, 54”H × 66”W.

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exhibitions and is included in many corporate collections and in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and others. A compendium of her watercolors, Ascendosphere, was published by Regency Arts Press in 2009. Although she calls her 330-square-foot studio “modest,” she admits that, “Every time I walk into this space, no matter how many problems I may have, I am instantly happy to be here. I know it’s because I love doing what I do: looking for images and trying to make two-dimensional representations of complex

thoughts or feelings. I also love the surprise, and the privilege, of making art.” She is currently working on three five-by-sevenfoot oil paintings that lean against a studio wall and are propped up off the floor on old coffee cans. “I move the paintings around while I work on them, letting the paint drip in a controlled manner until I produce something I am happy with,” she explains. “Then I may put them on the wall and finish them. Or they may sit while I change my direction. I may even come in a day later and scrape or sand off what I’ve done previously. I like going from one canvas to the other as I solve problems and make discoveries.”


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Those “discoveries” are what appeal to many of her collectors. John Smith, director of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art and a longtime owner of Lundsager’s work, says, “There’s so much depth in Eva’s abstract paintings. I have one of her works that, no matter where I have lived, I have always placed in a prominent location. That’s because I never fail to see new meanings, new possibilities in it. There’s a real richness to her work that continues to intrigue me.” Another collector, this one in Manhattan, agrees. “Her use of color and form

has so much complexity. And even though ours is an abstract painting, there’s a combination of elements that evoke the sky or space, the landscape, and even the water.” When reminded that one writer noted that her work “hovers between landscape and abstraction,” Lundsager nods and admits, “That’s interesting. I’ve always thought of abstract painting as an escape—or a window—into another realm, which could be landscape or space.” She points out that many of her paintings have at least a representation of a horizon line. “The paintings are suggestive of a familiar space, but when you start scrutinizing marks and lines, nothing becomes recognizable. It all goes back to a brush stroke or drip or pour or smear of paint. You think you might know what it is, but you don’t. I like the familiar but the not completely known.”



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Maine furniture maker Gregg Lipton has an artist’s imagination, a craftsman’s perfectionism, and a businessman’s savvy. you’ve ever eaten at the Chebeague • IfIsland Inn near Portland, Maine, Gramercy

Tavern in New York City, or dozens of other high-end restaurants across the country, you’ve probably not only enjoyed a nice meal, but helped support the furniture arts. That’s because these establishments buy Gregg Lipton’s production furniture in large quantities, which keeps alive his custom work. Lipton works out of a former water-powered lumber mill in Cumberland, Maine, that spans the Piscataqua River. Water gurgles under his floorboards as it passes from mill pond to sea. The old, slate-gray, cedar-shingled, timber-frame structure

once turned softwood logs floated down the river into oars, masts, and spars for ships. Now, using electricity, it turns walnut, curly cherry, and birds-eye maple into sideboards, tables, and chairs. “The water falls fifteen or twenty feet under one side of the building,” Lipton says, “and when it’s really honking, the whole building vibrates.” Lipton, a tall, fit man in his early sixties with brown hair turning to gray, had very little formal training in woodworking or design, but his work suggests that some people are so talented they don’t


BELOW: Circle Back chairs, shown here in cherry. The Gazelle rocker in ebonized ash. Tusk oval coffee table in Macassar ebony with a tempered-glass top. The 3-Squared display cabinet with a cabriole-style base in Chilean tineo and curly maple.

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wall-mounted cabinet in curly maple and ebonized ash. Keystone trestle sideboard in curly cherry and “tiger” stainless steel. Gazelle writing desk in Chilean tineo with ebonized cherry. The Aspen table, in Chilean tineo and ebonized cherry, has a built-in lazy susan. The Museum bench in ebonized ash.

need it. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father owned rental properties, so summers and weekends he worked as a jack-of-all-trades. After earning a business degree at Arizona State University, he moved to Maine because, he says, “I was following a woman.” While working construction near Portland, he took a furniture design course at the University of New Hampshire from the legendary craftsman D ­ aniel Loomis Valenza. Lipton designed and completed a rocking chair so sinuous, original, and sophisticated that the teaching assistant wanted to buy and mass-produce it. Valenza told him, “Gregg, I’ve seen hundreds of students go through my program, and I’ve never seen anybody produce a piece like this. You should consider making furniture for a living.” So Lipton left his construction business and went to work for Lynette Breton, a Maine furniture maker who had run Thomas Moser’s shop. After a year she said to him, “Gregg, you can do this on your own.” He wasn’t convinced until he visited an American

Craft Council show in Springfield, Massachusetts, saw the work of a handful of studio furniture-makers, and said, “Wow. That’s what I want to do.” He designed and made six pieces, had them professionally photographed, and was accepted into many juried exhibitions, including the highly competitive Smithsonian Craft Show. Lipton is gifted at the design and the craft, but he also has the kind of brain that figures out the quickest, most streamlined way to produce a piece, using templates and jigs. His attention to the efficiency of his production helps keep his costs down, so customers can buy not just one signature piece, but entire rooms of his furniture, which he markets on his website. Customers might buy a whole bedroom or dining room from his Tusk or Gazelle lines, confident that

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the pieces—clean-lined, elegant riffs inspired by the greats of European and American design, from Ruhlmann to Frank Lloyd Wright—will blend together. Lipton never sought out mass-production work, but his ability to replicate came in handy when the designers for Gramercy Tavern liked his pieces. They and others began ordering his stools and chairs—

now a crucial 30 percent of his business—in bulk. He subs out some of the work to a chair factory in Michigan, which gets the price point down to where high-end restaurants can afford them. At $600 or more apiece, his chairs and stools are still pricey by restaurant standards, but they’re half the cost of a custom job. “Production work really pays the bills,”

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LEFT: Zen coffee table in quarter-sawn white oak and aluminum. Gregg Lipton at work. Rose pedestal table in Macassar ebony, maple, and Swiss pear wood. Lipton’s studio on the Piscataqua River in Cumberland, Maine.

Lipton says. “It’s hard to make it financially with custom furniture. But if I pick up the phone and someone wants sixty chairs, that really keeps this place running.” Some have suggested he go even further into mass production, which, as Gustav Stickley proved, can make beautiful furniture accessible to more

people. Lipton, however, says, “I know people who have done that and they go from being furniture makers to furniture salesmen. You need five to ten employees, millions of dollars in yearly sales, and when the market fluctuates, you have to lay people off. I love my one-off work, and I’m very happy with this balance.”

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Outside Interest FROM TOP: A combination of textures and materials, from stone and oxidized steel to smooth pavers and lush vegetation, makes for a rich and naturally elegant poolscape. Lighting at every step is as beautiful as it is functional, bathing the terraces in a soft glow and highlighting design features. A raised terrace with a fire pit is a fine setting for evening entertaining.

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FROM TOP: Carefully selected elements, like a stone wall with a traditional look and the white dining canopy, play off the house and create a sense of unity. An understated water feature behind the chaises provides relaxing ambient sound.The full outdoor kitchen and bar are situated centrally for an ideal view of the pool. FACING PAGE: Lush, layered planting behind the white canopy gives the space a classic New England feel, even with the yard’s contemporary design and accents like the sleek dining table and chairs.

White and his team outlined five separate outdoor areas in a modern landscape that works with the traditional home aesthetic and meets the functional needs of a busy family with two—soon to be three— small children. “There are covered spaces if it’s raining or too sunny; water for the daytime; a fire terrace for chilly nights; lighting that’s not only pretty to look at, but also practical; and enough open space to set up for additional activities, like a tented party,” White says. “There’s very little downtime here.” Besides the pool and spacious fire pit, the yard features a full outdoor kitchen and bar, a canopied dining area, and a play area on the lawn. The innovative use of mixed materials—granite, steel, stone walls, beige pavers—harmonizes with the

home’s exterior and provides unexpected warmth in a setting with an otherwise contemporary feel. The pool-area wall, for example, is sectioned into corten steel and traditional stone. The steel oxidizes to a deep rust color, which contrasts nicely with its stone counterpart. The arbor above the kitchen, designed by Andrew Sidford Architects and fabricated by Custom Iron Craft, is also made of steel, creating a sense of unity between the outdoor spaces. “We brought in materials that aren’t typically used in this way,” White says, “with organic colors that really blend well with the house.” Accents like the orange hues of the bar stools and umbrellas and the red pillows on the lounger play off the brick and the warmth of the oxidized steel. One detail that ties it all together: “We very cautiously used white trim and white painted wood on the dining canopy,” White says, “because white is a strong detail on the house.” Despite the expansive feature-laden yard, it was important to the family to have a sense of intimacy.

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The solution: lush vegetation layered in front of a fence around the poolscape perimeter. The ZEN team planted flowering hydrangea, hemlock, holly, and evergreen, “without blocking the neighbors, overcrowding the space, or casting big shadows,” White says. “They wanted it to be private without being reclusive.” What truly sets this poolscape apart, though, are the thoughtful details that ensure the backyard isn’t simply for show; it’s a place the family and their guests can thoroughly and comfortably use at all times. The lighting is artfully installed to light every step in the evening and to illuminate the steel walls for a rich,

warming effect. A just-right sound system creates an ideal low-decibel atmosphere. And adding to the ambience is the pleasant effect of the water feature at the end of the pool. “It’s modern, done in a way that’s not a classic statue or bubbler,” White says. “It’s a focal point when you’re at the far end near the fire pit—kind of an invitation to move around the property.” For guests who want to take advantage of all the yard has to offer, but aren’t up for a full swim, the pool is designed to be all-inclusive: wide, side-to-side steps serve as a graceful graduated entry—like wading into the water at the beach or lake—perfect for non-swimmers who want to cool off while being social. The space even has a vegetable and cutting garden that brings alfresco dining fullcircle. Says White: “It’s all the things you’d expect to see in a landscape you really do live in.”  RESOURCES: For more information about this project, see page 186.

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term “outdoor technology” conjures • Ifupthe visions of backyard speakers that look like

fake rocks or imitation planters, you’ll want to take a second look. As Evan Struhl, of Westford, Massachusetts-based Cutting Edge Systems, says, “We have come so far. Outdoor technology is becoming as sophisticated—and varied—as indoor technology.” Other home technology experts agree. “With more homeowners wanting to treat the backyard as an extension of the home, manufacturers have met that demand by offering state-of-the-art—and weatherproof—wi-fi systems, music speakers, lighting systems, televisions, remote-control fire pits, swimming pool controllers, lawn irrigation systems, and more,” explains Brian Gibson, of Elite Media Solutions in Wellesley, Massachusetts. And there’s more good news: increased demand is leading to lower prices. For example, while allseason, weatherproof TVs used to start at around $5,000, today’s models can be had for $1,200 to $1,500. A sophisticated four-speaker, one-subwoofer system, such as Origin’s Acoustic Landscape System, starts around $1,700. “Technology is getting better,

more refined, and prices have come down, making outdoor technology even more affordable,” reports Jim Shapiro, of Audio Video Intelligence in Easton, Massachusetts. Homeowners interested in turning the backyard, pool, barbecue area, deck, or gardens into a high-tech oasis need to start with the first building block of an outdoor technology system: a capable, durable, wi-fi system. Says Mark LaFave, of Maverick Integration in Nashua, New Hampshire, “A good

FROM TOP: Elaborate outdoor installations, such as this one by Rhode Island landscape architect ­Katherine Field, now often include integrated fire and water features, lighting, and audio and video systems. Smart home platforms, such as Control4, allow you to to manage your home’s electronics via your mobile devices.

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FROM LEFT: Origin Acoustics and Bang & Olufsen recently announced their new Terrestrial Line Array Speaker. C SEED 125 loudspeakers stay out of the way when they’re not needed. Soundcast’s VG7 is a high-end portable wireless speaker that you can put where you want it, indoors or out.

wi-fi network, one that includes access points that can withstand New England’s harsh weather, is the backbone of any system.” Typically, these access points are connected to the home’s internal wi-fi network. “We want our clients to have the same wireless experience outside that they have inside,” says Gibson. “By wrapping outdoor TV, sound, music, telephone, and lighting together, the outside has become another whole room.”

A vibrant sound system is crucial to any outdoor tech layout. Long gone are the days when installers would bolt a speaker or two to the wall of a house, which would invariably blast out music for the neighbors to hear. Perimeter speakers, complete with discreet, partially buried subwoofers, blend in with the landscape (many resemble landscape lighting) and direct the music back toward the house. “We can even create various sound zones, so you can play music at a lower volume and not overwhelm any single exterior area or your neighbors,” says Gibson. Some exterior speakers, such as C SEED’s 125 Series, are designed to hide underground until they’re needed. “Then you merely press a button to make them rise out of the ground and turn on,” LaFave says. With the popularity of music services like Spotify or Pandora, homeowners can choose

“WE CAN CREATE VARIOUS SOUND ZONES, SO YOU CAN PLAY MUSIC AT A LOWER VOLUME AND NOT OVERWHELM ANY SINGLE EXTERIOR AREA OR YOUR NEIGHBORS,” SAYS BRIAN GIBSON. their music on their smart phones (or control pad) while they relax next to the pool or warm up at the fire pit. Manufacturers have also transformed landscape and outdoor lighting to better withstand the elements and enemies such as fertilizers, acid rain, and weed whackers. And, just as with sound systems, the newer low-voltage lighting offers more subtle, varied schemes. “You can control everything, from a spotlight on a Japanese maple to the lights around your fire pit, from a phone or touch pad,” says Burlington, Vermont-based landscape architect H. Keith Wagner. “Different lighting schemes can transform outside spaces the same way interior lighting can.” In a 2017 survey by the American

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Society of Landscape Architects, 71 percent of the society’s members ranked wireless and internet connectivity as a top consumer demand, just behind outdoor fire pits and fireplaces. Video offerings, including flat-panel televisions and video projection systems, are top choices for the wired backyard. Specially designed weatherproof models can be left outside all year. There are also types suitable for both low-glare areas, like a covered

patio, and high-glare, direct-sunlight areas, such as a Boston rooftop garden. Experts caution against using a standard flatpanel TV outdoors. “Clients who opt for these bigbox retailer TVs inevitably regret their purchase,” says Shapiro. “They are not weather tight or properly ventilated, and using them outdoors can cause an electrical fire or worse.” (Indeed, most installers require clients to sign an agreement, waiving them

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of all responsibilities, if clients choose to use a standard TV outdoors.) What’s coming next in the outdoor technology world? “Every year we’re seeing advances in technology,” says Shapiro. “Outdoor theaters are getting more popular, as are motorized installations where televisions can disappear into a stone wall or some other structure. It’s all very exciting.” High tech is bringing the inside out.

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ARTAIC DESIGNS AND FABRICATES CUSTOM, AWARDwinning tile-work. Dr. Ted Acworth, the founder and CEO, is on a mission to modernize the creation of architecturally compelling mosaics through fast design iterations, custom sampling and robotic production. While traveling extensively through Europe, Ted developed his deep appreciation for mosaic as a physical, tangible, enduring art form unlike any other. When Ted was building his home years later, he found the process of commissioning an original mosaic installation to be complicated, time consuming, and expensive. As a mechanical engineer, this sparked his interest in designing a solution. He explored the idea of bringing modern technological production techniques, along with the latest artistic design concepts, to this ancient art form. With an MBA from MIT, where he was a Sloan Fellow in Innovation, as well as a PhD in engineering from Stanford, Ted combined his passions to build an innovative business around mosaic. The first robot, Arty, was born in 2009. Arnold, Bertha, and Artemis have since joined the family. The proprietary software, Tylist, creates fully custom and personalized designs from any source image whatsoever, or clients can choose from Artaic’s award-winning design collections. As Artaic continually improves their patented process and technology, many hundreds of Artaic mosaics are found in residences, commercial properties, hospitality settings, and public art installations around the world.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREAT PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCES? Innovation happens at the intersection of disciplines, and Artaic operates at the intersection of art and technology. On the technology path, I was deeply influenced by my time spent working with NASA on a complex satellite-based instrument. The sheer magnitude of the project, both in theory and function, was incredibly humbling. On the artistic path, the greatest influence is my mother, who is a professional painter and muralist. She has always nurtured my appreciation for artistic design and the ability to transform spaces. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE WITHIN YOUR HOME? Our dining room is the only room with a custom Artaic mosaic. We live on Rock Maple Avenue, and the mosaic depicts a beautiful view out our window of a Rock Maple tree. It’s deeply meaningful because the source image was an oil painting by my wife’s cousin, Dan Cooney, a fabulous artist. WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? When the company was new, I had a rough business trip with a long layover in Philadelphia. Like any entrepreneur, you believe in your dreams, but some days you aren’t so sure. This was one of those days. Then, I looked up and saw “PINK,” one of our mosaics commissioned for public art. It’s a beautiful depiction of cherry blossoms by artist Ava Blitz. I soaked up the energy and thought, “This is why I started this company—to make the world a more beautiful place through mosaic.” It put that spring back in my step.

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Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc. WHEN AND HOW DID YOU START AT BACK BAY SHUTTER? I started in 1994 after graduating from the carpentry program at Shawsheen Tech. I was referred by a friend who is also a Shawsheen Tech graduate. YOU WERE DIAGNOSED WITH MS 14 YEARS AGO. HAS THAT BEEN A CHALLENGE? I’ve been very lucky to not have the problems most people with MS have. I have great doctors, and my medications work well. WHAT ARE COMMON FRUSTRATIONS YOU FIND IN THE FIELD? We’re ready to install but the job sites are not ready for us. People critiquing our work before we’re finished.

TIM STARTED AT BACK BAY SHUTTER 24 YEARS AGO as a new graduate of Shawsheen Tech Trade School. He is now a seasoned veteran and has become the head of our wood shop and lead installer for all of the motorized and manually operated window treatments we offer. Tim’s expertise is in woodworking, engineering, and problem solving (it’s in his DNA). When we were looking to hire additional personnel, we contacted Tim’s shop teacher who told us that “Tim was one of the best to go through our program.” Tim‘s work ethic is second to none. He sets the bar extremely high for everyone in our shop. He is precise, efficient, and fast (a rare combination). Tim is one of a kind and is the best at what he does. To be the best at your craft—what a satisfying accomplishment!

WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SHUTTERS OR SHADES? Shutters! I’m a craftsman so I like working with wood. I can custom fit shutters into place, and once perfect, they last a lifetime. Not everybody can do the work I do. WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL SOLUTION YOU’VE DEVISED? A project we were on was using wormy chestnut reclaimed wood. The owner placed an order for an additional window. When the second wood order came in, it had very few wormholes. Let’s just say that I got very creative with drill bits and when I was finished you couldn’t tell the difference between the two orders.

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C. Randolph Trainor Interiors WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Listen carefully to the client, find out what motivates them and why. CRT-designed rooms are not fussy and overdesigned. I design for people and their requirements, leaving room for their history, personality, and input.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY? Venice—love the art and architecture and being surrounded by water. Ski villages throughout Europe. Vail—I got married on my skis at the top of Vail in January.

RANDY TRAINOR HAS ALWAYS FOLLOWED HER passion for alpine skiing, having taught skiing and coached racing around the world. Randy became interested in interior design and architecture after taking an art history course freshman year in college. She went on to major in art and architectural history and study abroad. While studying and skiing overseas, Randy has made it a point to visit as many beautiful structures as possible. Though Randy has been in the interior design business for 30 years, it was when she and her husband moved to Franconia, New Hampshire, that she created a niche as the premier “alpine” designer for the second homeowner. With her numerous resources, Randy helps you create livable interiors, suited for a recreational lifestyle, whether you are simply decorating your vacation home or embarking on a construction project. She also acts as your advocate on the construction site, making sure the end result is everything you want.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION? A well-traveled client, an architect who designs for comfortable living, a contractor with a creative side, all sharing ideas and leaving their egos at home. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Casual sophistication. Classic, never going out of style. Comfortable furniture to sink into at the end of a long, fun day outdoors.

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Cumar Inc.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY? Verona, Italy. I am obviously a little biased because it is my hometown, but I find that the history, architecture, food, and shopping draw the same sentiments from others who have visited. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Classic and minimal. I like to keep things timeless and simple without too much “frill,” but with style and attention to the details. WHAT ARE THE EMERGING TRENDS IN YOUR INDUSTRY? Textures, color, and patterns. Clients want to see something they have never seen before; selecting bold patterns or textures enhances the natural beauty of stone.


WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CUMAR, I DIDN’T EXPECT to make it a career. I was done with my course work, but my graduation date was not for another five months, so I went to work with Dad until I figured out what my future would be. It didn’t take me long to realize that I belonged at Cumar and that I was passionate about stone! After a lifetime of being surrounded by it, I was finding myself totally engrossed in the business. My father, who founded the company in 1992, and I were determined to grow Cumar and offer the largest and best selection of stones in stock, with unrivaled fabrication and installation capabilities. Over my 14-year career, I have been in many roles, starting as a novice sales rep and working up to vice president. Today, Cumar is known for its extensive and varied inventory of unique stones, unsurpassed craftsmanship, and ability to execute any size project.

WHO ARE YOUR GREAT PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCES? My father is my biggest professional influence, since I have witnessed firsthand his success in building his business. I draw from both his positives and negatives and use those to find my own way of managing the business. We complement each other better this way.

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Jama Samek Interiors


WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? To create an environment that is harmonious to the client and the space.

FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE, JAMA SAMEK HAS ALWAYS been involved with art, expression, and a love of nature. After studying interior design at the New England School of Art & Design and the Boston Architectural College, Jama founded Jama Samek Interiors (JSI) in 1986. JSI’s projects include penthouses and residences in some of Boston’s finest locations, including Millennium Tower, Four Seasons Residences, Rowes Wharf, and many other high-end properties along Boston’s waterfront, the Back Bay, and the suburbs of Greater Boston. The first phase of
every JSI project is
to listen closely to the client to navigate a plan that achieves an aesthetic best for the space while meeting the client’s needs and desires. Jama believes that one’s home should reflect who they are. Her gift to the client is her vision to transform a room while guiding the client through the project’s critical decisions.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? Depending on the project, I derive inspiration by drawing upon the elements that are already present. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Clean lines, harmonious, modern, with an openness to unpredictable elements. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Transformation, and knowing the client will come home and be happy there!

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Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.

WITH MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF BUILDING EXPERIENCE, Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc. has grown to be one of the most highly regarded construction firms in the Greater Boston region. Much of our work reflects the most demanding architectural concepts; all of our work reflects the finest in craftsmanship. In any project, Kistler & Knapp has always understood the importance of effective communication and working well with the entire team in all aspects of the building process. To that end, the foundation of our reputation rests on superb management, transparent accounting, and fiscal prudence; these principles are key to creating successful relationships during construction and well into the future. Managing human resources is also central to achieving the best value. A continuous effort to foster positive energy in the building community guides our endeavors.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION? As custom builders, we are collaborators. Building a client’s custom residence is not as much a construction project as it is the creation of a personal home by a diverse group of people: owners, architects, designers, engineers, subcontractors, and suppliers. Our dream projects bring everyone to the table with common goals: owners with passion, design teams with vision, and subcontractors with an enthusiasm for fine craftsmanship. We appreciate being challenged and encouraged to bring out the best in our team. Whether it’s a cutting-edge contemporary design, a traditional colonial, or a timeless shingle-style home, there is a story to be told—not just about the building and the materials, but about the people. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Our team. We have an amazing team of talented people who have been with us for decades. Management may be the faces you see, but management alone cannot construct fine homes and coordinate the process and people all at the same time. Understanding how critical and equally important all of our roles are, we depend on and motivate each other. Getting everyone rowing in the same direction produces fantastic results. The synergy is real. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE IN YOUR HOUSE? Renee: The kitchen. Everyone tends to gather in the kitchen, and there’s nothing greater than sharing time and laughs with family and friends before, during, and after a meal.

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Latitude, LLC

LATITUDE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2016 WITH A COMbined experience spanning more than 30 years. The firm’s partners, Gregory Graham, Corey MacPherson, and Christian Prescott, have known each other for decades and recognized they had a great opportunity to join forces and create something truly special. Our firm is driven by our attention to detail and provides a holistic approach
to historic and contemporary residential design. We take
our cues from a site’s opportunities and constraints. Combining this with the individualized input from the client results in something beautiful. We believe if the process and the result are positively connected, there can only be success. At Latitude, we turn our clients’ dreams and aspirations into sophisticated, practical, and comfortable homes. We seek out solutions that consistently exceed expectations and manage the entire process from inception to the successful completion of the construction. It is our pleasure to assist you in this process.

WHY SHOULD YOU SELECT LATITUDE? There’s no mistaking there are some talented firms in the area that provide quality service and design. What is unique about Latitude is our design methodology and the way we conduct business–it’s very approachable. Designing someone’s home is a personal undertaking, and we are honored
to be a part of that process. We’ve been doing this for a very long time, which translates into an undeniable command of the design process. WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM? The question of inspiration in terms of a single individual is too difficult to answer. Why draw inspiration from a single well given the history of architecture that was and is still being written? We are quite versatile and take great pride in the fact that our architecture is not characterized by one vernacular. There are too many forces affecting any given project to suggest a single style will satisfy them all. CAN YOU SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR PARTNERS? We’ve known each other for a very long time. We each bring something completely different to the table, and that enriches the service and product we are able to put forth. We have great respect for one another. Our relationships with our clients are equally important to us, and this is a core value at Latitude. Creating a home is such an intimate undertaking due to the relationships we form with our clients, and we look forward to working with them in the years to follow.

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Mid-Cape Home Centers


WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? A desire to be the best. To continue to build upon the long-term success that started here 123 years ago. Our team is motivated by our happy, loyal customers, both old and new, and we will never stop working to enhance the Mid-Cape experience for our customers.

WHEN WE SAY, “EVERYTHING FOR BUILDING, Remodeling, and Home Improvement since 1895,” we mean it—from windows, doors, and custom millwork to architectural support, kitchen and bath design, and building materials. A family-run organization, Mid-Cape understands the importance of building local and supporting local communities. Owned by Jeff Plank with executive leadership including Jack Stevenson (President) and Dale Simmons (VP of Sales), MidCape is committed to providing the building supplies that will help southeast Massachusetts remain one of the best places to live in America. One of the ways MidCape has done this is by growing our window and door department, led by Pam Divenuti (Architectural Products Manager). We have fine-tuned our offerings and increased our focus on architectural support services. The same can be said for developing our kitchen and bath offerings, and our commitment to supplying only the highest quality brands across the board. With a diverse portfolio of products and services, we pride ourselves on having knowledgeable representatives. You’ll hear contractors talk about how their dads and granddads shopped here, and when you ask what keeps them coming back, the answer is simple: it’s the high-quality products, the people, and the Mid-Cape Experience.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? Professionally, the best feeling of accomplishment is helping others see things from another perspective and watching them grow—from helping a sales person with how they look at an account, to watching a leader become more successful. One of my proudest moments personally is when my daughter joined me at Mid-Cape. WHO ARE YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCES? Growing up in Wisconsin, I have long idolized Vince Lombardi. His pursuit of perfection, desire to win, and mental toughness drive me. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” WHAT ARE THE EMERGING TRENDS IN YOUR INDUSTRY? Quality has always been important, but now more than ever people are demanding the highest quality they can get. Our recent addition of M-C Blue, a premium line of western spruce, is one of many demonstrations of this progression. ~Jack Stevenson, President ~Jeff Plank, Owner

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Middleboro, MA 508-947-2353 Plymouth, MA Kitchen & Window Showroom 508-760-4445 Edgartown, MA Kitchen & Window Showroom 508-693-3375

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Newton Kitchens & Design WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? My clients inspire me once I get to know how they live and what they enjoy. Do they like cars, do they like fashion, where do they travel, favorite colors...all of these details help me create a space that is unique and personalized to their lifestyle.

WITH NO LIMITATIONS...THAT’S CUSTOM. NEWTON Kitchens & Design provides exceptional handcrafted cabinetry and furniture manufactured locally in Massachusetts. Our innovative designs range from contemporary to traditional and combine luxury with functionality. Boston natives Pierre and Tricia Matta are a husband and wife team who both have a background in the kitchen and bath industry. They are extremely excited to announce the construction of their brand-new 6,500-square-foot showroom. Their growing team of highly talented designers will be joined in their spectacular new space by a group of Boston’s most talented artisans offering the following in home services: Venetian plastering and interior finishes, audio video equipment and services, and marble and granite surfaces. Our team starts with you! At every stage, from in-home consultation through design, build and installation, Newton Kitchens & Design takes a hands-on approach to helping you create the perfect pieces for your kitchen, bathroom, or entertaining space. “I try to guide my clients to what they will love and want to come home to. I want them to be excited to spend time with family and friends in the spaces that I help create for their homes,” says craftsman Pierre Matta.

WHAT ARE THE EMERGING TRENDS IN YOUR INDUSTRY? The use of manmade products in countertops such as quartz, neolith, and recycled glass is becoming increasingly more popular in kitchen and bath design. With hardware, the emerging trend is mixing different textures and finishes on the same piece. WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? I’m proud of all three of my kids, but my most recent proudest moment was when I walked into our new showroom under construction and I saw my son, Kyle, running wire and splicing junction boxes. Kyle is graduating in June from electrical tech high school. Watching him accomplish his goal and working with me made me feel extremely proud.

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Payne | Bouchier


WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? Oliver: The pursuit of elegance. Achieving elegance in woodwork is all about patience
and creative problem-solving coupled with a meticulous eye for the details.

WHAT ARE CURRENT INDUSTRY TRENDS? Steve: We are increasingly being asked to do ultramodern interiors with historic exteriors.


PAYNE | BOUCHIER WAS FOUNDED WITH A PASSION for New England’s historic buildings and a commitment to high standards. We have been building, restoring, and renovating fine homes throughout New England since 1981. Upon departing Hampshire College, Steve Payne had mastered the minutiae of millwork and cabinetry, and acquired an encyclopedic knowledge of the history and methodologies of
woodworking. Tom Payne brought a strong sense of aesthetic and a keen eye
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Program in Artisanry. Oliver Bouchier was
born in England,
where he cultivated his affinity for fine design and the traditions of British craftsmanship. The three men pooled their collective talents to build Payne | Bouchier into the strong and diverse company that it is today. Primarily working in the art of historic renovation, yet well versed in new construction, we can maneuver effortlessly between traditional and modern builds. If the design imperative is a historically authentic restoration or sleek modernity, we will bring our rigorous project management and skilled craftsmanship to bear, ensuring an enjoyable process and beautiful outcome.

WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY? Steve: If we assemble the correct team from top to bottom, one aligned with our core values and committed to our high standards, clients and projects will come to us.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Oliver: That moment at the end of every job when you step back and gaze upon the finished product and know deep down that everything you see is the result of all your hard work.

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders

FROM DISTINCTIVE HOMES TO INSPIRATIONAL gathering places, every project by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD) combines a love of our region with an emphasis on creative but timeless design, a high level of craftsmanship, and a sophisticated and effective process. As a fully integrated architecture, construction, landscape architecture, and property services firm working throughout coastal southern New England, the PSD team provides an approach that seamlessly connects architecture and construction, ensuring single-source accountability and creative continuity from inception to completion. While PSD’s clients are diverse, their desire for clear communication, a trustworthy relationship, and hassle-free project management is universal. PSD’s integrated model is a powerful one that fulfills these needs and allows for collaboration with clients to create characterful new homes and renovations that remain beloved for generations.

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? We look to reconcile programmatic and aesthetic elements that seem unreconcilable; to design buildings, spaces, and details that inclusively provide solutions to multiple needs rather than exclusively solve only one. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? We draw our inspiration from each client’s vision and personality. We are also inspired by the natural and built context of the client’s site, and regional and worldwide architectural history, beauty, art, and craft. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Creating special places while building lasting relationships. Designing and building homes that are customized for each client and site is truly gratifying. Being a part of a hardworking team that is excited about what we do, and following a process to which we are all committed, makes this possible. WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? We have a new “proudest moment” whenever a home is complete and the client says, “we love it.” It is rewarding to be able to deliver to a client a home that is uniquely theirs, and to do so through a collaborative, well-managed process that they enjoy.

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders Cape Cod: 157 Route 137 | East Harwich, MA 02645 South Shore: 18 Shipyard Drive | Hingham, MA 02043 508-945-4500 |


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PRG Rugs

WHO ARE YOUR GREAT PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCES? Beside my father and grandfather, I am influenced by music, film, and art. I have eclectic taste and try and stay open minded to creativity of all kinds. Because of this, I love collaborating with clients as well as their interior designers and helping them see their vision come to life. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? My greatest motivation is our family’s history in the rug business. I am the fourth generation, and that drives me to continue the success and the business my family has been involved in for a very long time.

SY AND FOUAD MAHFUZ REPRESENT THE THIRD AND fourth generation of the family business that began at the turn of the century. The family’s very first store was one of the most famous of its day in downtown Boston, and it stayed in operation until 1981. Much has changed since the early ’80s. Our name has followed trend and evolved into its current acronym, PRG Rugs. We moved as we grew, in southern New Hampshire, and expanded from a 2,000-square-foot “mom and pop” store, with rug cleaning in the basement, to almost 17,000 square feet, including a state-of-the-art cleaning facility located off-site about three blocks from the showroom. While you can look at images of different rugs online, there is no substitute for seeing and feeling a wide variety of patterns, colors, and qualities in person in order to help determine what rug is right for the purpose you have in mind. PRG Rugs has among the largest selections of hand-knotted Oriental rugs in New England, and the largest selection of power-loomed rugs in the country. There are thousands of rugs here, and you can look at every one, if you’d like, without ever breaking a sweat. We are prepared to spend as much time as you need to answer your questions and help you choose the right rug, for the right reasons.

WHAT ARE THE EMERGING TRENDS IN YOUR INDUSTRY? For so many years modern rugs have been driving the marketplace, but in northern New England we have always been able to work with modern and traditional styles. Right now, I am seeing a move back toward the traditional but in new and fresh color palettes. We are very fortunate to be able to work with all types of styles and trends.

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WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Keep it simple. Let the materials speak for themselves. Clean, simple lines with durable components. Celebrate the imperfections in organic materials. Whether it be the natural contours on a wood slab, the knots, markings, or patterns of grain, these give each piece character and flavor. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? The rich history behind the salvaged materials we receive is impressive. One week we can be making a dining table from the oak of the USS Constitution, and the next we are making desks from the old Jim Beam distilleries and a conference table from a tree planted by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It’s great to see the wood transformed from its initial ‘raw’ state to the functional piece of furniture the customer imagined.

“ONE OF MY FIRST PIECES WAS WITH SOME WHITE oak salvaged from the Boston navy shipyards,” says Dan Crossman. “The saltwater actually preserved the wood, giving it really great patina and hardness. This is where we came up with the name Saltwoods.” After quitting his corporate career in Germany, Dan decided to start a company focused on using reclaimed materials and custom manufacturing. Today, Saltwoods works closely with demolition crews and lumber mills throughout the U.S. to salvage the best hardwoods for dining tables, conference tables, benches, kitchen island tops, mantles, and more. Everything is handcrafted and fabricated in the Watertown studio. “I want clients to visit the showroom, see the woods, finishes, and metalwork options. They then have the ability to better custom create the piece together with the craftsmen,” Dan says. “In our own way, we’re reviving the process of furniture building that dates back centuries.” Saltwoods tables can be seen in residential homes throughout New England as well as offices, restaurants, and hotels. “There really is a renaissance of people looking to ‘meet the maker’ and get involved in the building process. Large box stores can logistically only offer certain sizes and styles. We open up the possibilities.”

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Seeing how far we’ve come so quickly. I remember sitting in an empty garage with my wife discussing our vision. Today, the company is creating solid jobs and fabricating amazing work with talented domestic ‘hands-on’ workers. We strive to keep almost everything domestic made and sustainable—wood reclaimed from an old tobacco farm in Georgia, or a fallen tree in Lexington, to the steel welding and fabrication right here in our shop. Building functional, durable furniture pieces made from historic and sustainable materials while creating jobs is all the motivation I need. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN SOURCES? I am a big fan of woodworking and furniture building from the Austrian and Swiss alps. The cuts lines and joinery techniques are rarely complex or ornate. Area farmers and mountaineers make utilitarian furniture with local woods and simple tools; the pieces are clean, yet extremely robust.

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Tyler & Sash WHO ARE YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCES? Kelly Wearstler (Los Angeles), Kara Mann (Chicago), Brian Paquette (Seattle), Douglas Wright Architects (New York), and Courtney Bishop Design (Charleston, SC).

TYLER & SASH IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY WINDOW treatment shop, nor is the design duo behind it. Shaun Tyler Burgess and Josh Bogart, who both have backgrounds in design and textiles, have created a unique space for designers and home owners alike. Their showroom is a carefully curated selection of fabrics, wallcoverings, and trade-exclusive brands. For the two it is all about making design approachable and making the design experience as fun and as simple as possible. The “simple” part is a bit of smoke and mirrors; Shaun and Josh both use their strengths to ensure a seamless experience, from inspiration to installation. Shaun’s expertise is with window treatments (custom romans, draperies, shutters, and many more) and a detailed design sense. Josh’s voracious passion for art and design has him constantly seeking innovative artisans or new textile collections for their projects. “Whether working with a walk-in client seeking to update their window treatments, a full-scale design project, or as a trusted partner to designers, our job is to make a vision a reality,” says Josh.

HOW DO YOU COLLECT? Our approach to collecting for the showroom is about fresh colors, textures, whatever is new and exciting. Any item that inspires. When we collect ourselves, we have both been shut down by our respective partners. For Josh, it is lamps and coats (easily justified by New England weather). For Shaun, it’s textiles, particularly rugs—his wife says the ceiling is getting lower because of all the rugs that are stacking up. WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? The focus is always on the client. Every home has different challenges, and every home owner has different needs. We nudge clients (home owners and designers) to think outside the box. DO YOU HAVE A COVETED ITEM? Josh: Kara Mann for Baker Milling Road cane side chairs. Shaun: A touring bike for the bucket-list trek across Europe.

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MELISSA AND BRIAN ZAGORITES EACH HAVE MORE than two decades of experience. Melissa is educated and experienced in interior design and illumination. Brian is educated in architecture and experienced in the field of construction management. The couple blends their talents at Zsquared, designing and building beautiful homes for clients throughout New England and southwest Florida. Besides appearing on more than 20 episodes of WGBH’s This Old House, Melissa designed for carpenter, Norm Abram’s own personal residence and wrote the chapter “Let There Be Light” in his book, Norm Abram’s New House. Brian, a Master Builder who studied architecture at Roger Williams University and taught design and AutoCAD at the Boston School of Art and Design, has appeared on MTV Cribs. The duo brings a rare blend of design science, technical knowledge, fine craftsmanship, and creative genius to their business. Their unique, extensive experience means they can accommodate a true diversity of tastes. In every home, the couple’s passion for creating environments that inspire joy is evident.

HOW DO YOU WORK? Using our proprietary process, Personal Design Analysis (PDA), we are able to extract very specific information, through deeper level responses, unveiling your true design personality. From there, we are able to express this in a finished project that is beyond categorization. Everything is cohesive. Everything works together. WHAT DOES YOUR TAG LINE MEAN, SPECIFICALLY: DESIGN+CONSTRUCT+ ILLUMINATE+DECORATE? Everyone’s time is precious. Every moment counts. When you work with us, all your bases are covered. You are able to work side by side with an award-winning architectural builder, as well as an awardwinning lighting and interior professional in one place, saving time, money, and undue stress. The end result is “you,” in a space you call home. WHAT SETS YOU APART? Being educated in architectural, interior and lighting design and experience in the field sets us apart. Our unique process innately allows us the ability to process a project from the inside, out.

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ZEN Associates, Inc.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? A unique site, a client passionate about the outdoors, and almost always nature. Nature offers so much inspiration: stone, plants, light, color, water and seasons. Using these tools, no two projects are ever alike. We get excited by creating spaces that meet our clients’ dreams. WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Our philosophy is simple and has never changed. First, we develop the program by listening to the client, next we develop the concept to fit the program and then we develop and build the design so that it is artistic, practical and functional.

AT ZEN ASSOCIATES, OUR TEAM OF DESIGNERS HAS been collaborating for decades with clients who share our passion for landscape and interior design. We have one unchanging mission: to translate a client’s dream into a memorable, personal, and enduring environment for living. We work closely with our clients and their architects, designers, and builders to explore options, share ideas, and develop creative design solutions for the indoor and outdoor spaces in which we live. We never lose focus of our goal to build intelligently and collaboratively with a focus on detail, schedule, process, and budget. ZEN Associates, Inc. is a Design + Build firm providing landscape architecture, interior design, and construction services. The firm was established in 1980 and is led by Partners Shin Abe and Peter White. With offices in Boston and Washington D.C., and a staff of more than 60 people, we are passionate about what we do.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION? We are working on several of them right now. They all include the most talented designers and builders in the profession and a client who knows what they like and is open to creative ideas. This type of collaboration is greater than the sum of the parts and the entire project is elevated to its greatest potential. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY? We don’t think you can beat Boston! The combination of historical neighborhoods with courtyards, rooftops, and pocket gardens combined with the exciting new development throughout the city and along the waterfront ensures endless inspiration and opportunity. When we have worked in cities such as Kyoto, Stockholm, London, and New York we’ve gained fresh ideas, but nothing beats Boston.

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ZEN Associates, Inc 10 Micro Drive Woburn, MA 01801 800-834-6654

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Susan Dearborn Interiors, Inc.

SUSAN DEARBORN INTERIORS (SDI) IS A FULL-SERVICE design firm, equally proficient in creating contemporary, transitional, and traditional interiors, as well as consulting on building and remodeling projects. Susan’s strength lies in her ability to make her clients understand the complex interior design market and feel comfortable with the decisions they are making. Susan’s knowledge about and love of building and remodeling make her a valuable asset to her clients. SDI works with young families who want to make prudent design decisions, mid-lifers who are purchasing second homes or want to transition into a new look, and seniors who want to “de-stress” the process of downsizing. Susan Dearborn

Susan Dearborn Interiors 79 Rice Rd. Wayland, MA 01778 617-548-9266

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Master planning, design education, and service and support are cornerstones of a successful design project. Master planning ensures money is not misspent and design education allows clients to select purchases wisely. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? My clients’ enthusiasm and excitement throughout the implementation of their projects is my inspiration. Their “wow,” “we love our home’” and “thanks’” give me great pleasure. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN STYLE? My designs are totally client driven. My first task, as a professional, is to help my clients articulate their design style and then work with them to implement that style.

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A design collaboration is a very special relationship. It’s a pleasure when our passion for quality products becomes part of the creative process. As an addition to the wide assortment of brands that homeowners have come to enjoy in our showrooms, we’ve recently curated new collections to help architects and designers distinguish their work when transforming baths and kitchens. Product knowledge, detailed coordination and an accessible, friendly staff are added values we offer to ensure your project goes smoothly. SOUTH BOSTON, MA 307 Dorchester Avenue BEDFORD, MA 160 Middlesex Turnpike NEEDHAM, MA 100 Highland Avenue For additional showroom locations, please visit

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Bayside Beauty The rapport among the clients and the design team yields a Cape Cod home the owners adore and the pros point to with pride. Text by Paula M. Bodah |  Photography by Robert Benson  Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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Architects Arthur Hanlon and Joseph Goncalves designed a house that presents the classic Shingle style in a refreshing new way. Unexpected elements

include the asymmetry of the front facade, upper windows with muntins only above eye level, and a projecting tower to hold the main staircase.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: The designers searched out unique lighting, including the hanging sculpture by Doug Johnston in the long gallery that separates the entry from the living room. The dining area’s contemporary

concrete-topped table, abstract art, and another stunning light fixture play beautifully against traditional architectural details. The great room’s furniture is a bold take on classic seaside style.

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decade’s worth of summers had given the couple ample opportunity to reflect on what they loved—and didn’t—about their Cape Cod home. They had grown familiar with every nuance of the site and the house: the best vantage points for taking in the water views, the times of day when the sun shone too brightly for comfortable outdoor sitting, and the ways the layout worked, or

PROJECT TEAM Architecture: Arthur C. Hanlon and Joseph Goncalves, Shope Reno Wharton Interior design: Mary Foley, Michael Cox, and Zuni Madera, Foley & Cox Builder: Thoughtforms Landscape design: Bruce A. Besse Jr., Barnstable Landscape Design

didn’t, for them and their three children. So when they decided to replace the structure, they came to the process with a well-thought-out plan. That plan included enlisting architects Arthur Hanlon and Joseph Goncalves of Shope Reno Wharton, the South Norwalk, Connecticut-based firm whose timeless, Shingle-style houses the couple had long admired. The two wanted a place that felt like it had been sitting comfortably on its site for years. Inside, they pictured rooms with a sensibility that was a bit more modern, but with a warm, welcoming environment that their kids—now moving into young adulthood—would want to continue com-

ing to, perhaps with their own families one day. Hanlon acknowledges that his company’s houses appeal initially because of their traditional look, but their true success—the reason the people who live in them delight in them so—lies in their pleasing proportions and the incorporation of contemporary elements. This home’s exterior, for example, offers much that is familiar: a series of gables large and small, dormers peeking from the roof, shingles of warm red cedar, and trim of crisp white. The front facade has a charm-

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Timeless, yet contemporary, the pristine white kitchen sports silvery gray accents in the Caesartone

counters, stainless-steel appliances, and a knockout polished-nickel light fixture above the island.

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ABOVE: In keeping with the home’s bayside location, the family room takes on a nautical flair with beachy colors and a cleverly

designed barrel-vault ceiling. RIGHT: Landscape architect Bruce Besse kept things natural as the backyard approaches the waterfront.

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The landscape morphs gradually from a tidy, somewhat formal plan in the front to a more natural look in back as the land transitions from lawn to beach grass to water’s edge.

ing, energetic asymmetry, while the rear has a quiet equilibrium. But look more closely at the windows. The upper windows in front and all those in the back have muntins only at the top. “Muntins are important from a character standpoint,” Hanlon says, “but we kept them above eye level, and that makes the windows appear modern from the inside.” Gables, dormers, eaves, and porches were all meticulously designed to reduce

the scale of the 7,300-square-foot house, Hanlon says. “We spent a lot of time massaging to give the house a really nice proportion. It’s something that doesn’t hit you immediately, but as you live with it, walk around it, you can feel it.” In what might be called a Shope Reno Wharton signature, the home’s main staircase is situated not in the center of the interior but in its own tower that projects from the front of the house. “We make a big deal out of stair towers,” Hanlon says. “They’re a lot more dynamic

than stairs that are internally based. They give people a chance to look out where they came from and look back inside the building, and connect the indoors and outdoors in a way that’s meaningful and thoughtful.” Landscape architect Bruce Besse joined the design team early on, helping to site the house and creating a landscape

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ABOVE: Bright pops of color and ethnic patterns bring a youthful feel to a bedroom. ABOVE RIGHT: A tower gives the main staircase more presence and, says architect Hanlon, “connects the indoors and outdoors in a way that’s meaning-

ful and thoughtful.” BOTTOM RIGHT: The white lacquered drawers and door of a vanity in the master bath tuck into an alabaster frame. FACING PAGE: Mirrored nightstands lend the master bedroom a touch of glamour.

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“We make a big deal out of stair towers. They’re a lot more dynamic than stairs that are internally based,” says Arthur Hanlon. that morphs gradually from a tidy, somewhat formal plan in the front to a more natural look in back as the land transitions from lawn to beach grass to water’s edge. Also joining the team from the beginning was the Acton, Massachusetts-based construction company Thoughtforms. One special aspect of the project, says Thoughtforms president Mark Doughty, was the company’s long relationship with the homeowners’ extended family. “It was very nice to work with people where a trusting relationship had already been established,” he says. “We came in on schedule and under budget, which is a testament to the clients, who were great communicators—decisive and engaged— and also great listeners.” It’s a testament, as well, to the architects, he adds. “Shope Reno Wharton is very good at detailing, drawing, and designing. It takes so much uncertainty out of a project.” The balance of traditional and contemporary continues indoors, where the team from New York City–based Foley & Cox conceived a design plan with fresh, modern appeal that plays beautifully against classic architectural details

like coffered ceilings and understated moldings. Walls throughout are painted a warm white for a clean, casual look that speaks to the waterfront location and serves as a quiet backdrop for the homeowners’ collection of contemporary art. From the front door, the eye is drawn across the width of a long hallway and through the great room to a stellar view of the water. Rather than defaulting to the expected blue and white color scheme, Cox says, “We have a palette of pale gray with accents of purple. It’s very beachy, but not like we’ve seen before.” Unique touches give the great room plenty of personality. No run-of-themill bookcases flank the fireplace, here.

Instead, metal shelves seem to float on a background of high-gloss, powder-coated aluminum in eye-catching black and purple. A sculptural paper Noguchi floor lamp does double duty as a source of light and a work of art. Everyone worked together on the interior details, Cox says, citing the living room fireplace as a perfect example of a collaboration all the pros and their clients agree was as fun as it was productive. He suggested tweaking the surround’s profile, giving it a more modern look, and

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: A spacious circular porch with idyllic views sits off the master bedroom. The rear of the house

using a petrified sea glass for a stunning visual and textural effect. And just as the room’s color scheme is a more daring version of what one would expect in a seaside house, the furniture references classic elements, but to a bolder degree. Witness the overscale weave of the living

has a more classically symmetrical look. The broad back porch offers plenty of room for an outdoor dinner party.

room’s rattan lounge chairs. Collaboration was the rule in the kitchen, too, where the clean, bright white of the cabinetry—crafted by Kochman Reidt + Haigh—is complemented by the silvery gray of the appliances, island countertop, and another knockout light fixture. “I think white kitchens will never, ever go away,” Cox says. “They’re classic and timeless.”

The family room has a subtly nautical flair. The barrel-vaulted ceiling parts in the middle to reveal a backlit clerestory from which hangs a cheerful chandelier that looks like a bouquet of balloons. A tightly woven sisal with snappy stripes of tans and bright blue grounds a seating area with a roomy sectional sofa and a handful of comfy woven lounge chairs. Most of the main house’s five bedrooms are on the second floor, but the gracious master suite occupies a back corner of the first floor and opens onto an idyllic covered porch that looks out to the water. The homeowners confess they’re hard pressed to name a favorite spot in their new place. Thanks to their own clear vision and a dream team of professionals, they have a home whose every square inch makes them happy.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 186.

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“It was very nice to work with people where a trusting relationship had already been established,” says Mark Doughty.

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american idyll

A Cape Cod home updated by its original architect and given a sunny new interior design attests to the fact that a classic is always timeless.

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•••••••••••••• Details often found in the classically inspired work of Royal Barry Wills Associates include the quoining along the corners of the main block of the house and the

full-length shutters that flank the first-floor windows. Traditional plants such as tailored boxwood and blue hydrangeas complement the elegant architecture.

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•••••••• CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: “Soft melon and cream are colors the owners have always preferred,” says interior designer Richard FitzGerald, referring to the pastel-hued living room. A grouping of Italian furnishings makes an appealing vignette alongside the window. The owners covered the entry’s original brick wall with meticulously painted and glazed woodwork; light wood and a big mirror make the small space appear larger.

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it’s a well-used adage, but sometimes the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree. Architect Richard Wills, like his father, famed American architect Royal Barry Wills (1895-1962), favored beautifully scaled traditional homes and fine craftsmanship. How a house functioned was every bit as important as how it looked. This Osterville, Massachusetts, house, with its symmetrical dormers, pitched roof, and handsome central chimney (all father and son signatures), was designed by Richard Wills back in 1986. By the time the current owners arrived, despite the home’s irresistible charm, a twentyfirst-century update was needed. Having successfully renovated numerous homes in the past, the couple had more than

enough experience. “We’ve also done houses in Florida, Cape Cod, and New Hampshire; probably all together almost a hundred,” says the husband, who deals in high-end real estate. Their penchant for rescuing and refurbishing houses has made the pair familiar with a huge number of experts, among them Richard Wills. Without hesitation, they smartly enlisted Wills (after

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•••••••• Lustrous antique silver lends character to the refined dining room. FACING PAGE: Builder Craig Ashworth rescued the corner cupboard from another home and installed it here, much to the owners’ delight, where it houses a growing collection of fragile oyster plates.

all, who could know the place better?) and contractor Craig Ashworth of E.B. ­Norris—another longtime acquaintance— to help. Sadly, not long after the project was completed, Wills passed away at the age of eighty-eight. “Dick and I worked together for many years,” says Ashworth, remembering his late colleague. “Here, we kept within the original vocabulary of the house. The strong design and sense of detail gave us a perfect template.” Interior designers Richard FitzGerald and his colleague Kathleen Sullivan, with

whom the couple have also collaborated for decades, lent their input, too. Of course, before any decoration could take place, there were other more pressing matters. The heating and electrical systems needed upgrading, as did baths and windows. In addition to necessities, there also came a slew of thoughtful enhancements to elevate Wills’s original concept even further. The talented owners, for instance, tackled the grounds, designing a landscape befitting the classical look of the house. They moved dozens of trees to let in light and form a privacy barrier, and they created a pretty shell driveway that speaks to Osterville’s watery location. Inside, you’ll find the rooms brightened by new French doors and glazed paneling finished by decorative painter Eder Tatara. Some ceilings have been raised and some walls tumbled to encourage a better flow. There’s also a spacious master suite and a brand-new kitchen. “It was a fairly big renovation,” says FitzGerald. “Every room was touched.” To devise a kitchen with an open concept, an adjacent summer porch was transformed into a sunny sitting area.

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•••••••• Outfitted with antique rattan furnishings, the spot makes a fine perch for surveying the lush garden. At the kitchen’s opposite end, a wall came down to make way for a family room with a fireplace. The work area occupies the middle ground, its pristine Carrara-topped island and counters creating a perfect contrast to the wideboard floors. “The idea,” says FitzGerald, “was to make the house more like people want to live today.” The pantry has been given new marble counters as well as cabinets sporting blue interiors, the better to show off a host of pretty wares. Most likely, however, the La Cornue range is the thing that nabs the spotlight. Nestled in its own tile-lined niche, the grand appliance is flanked by sleek stainless-steel cabinets, crafted by Scott Horgan of Horgan Millwork, that seem to make its color—the azure of a French sky—that much more engaging. Splashes of blue show up throughout the quietly elegant house. Consistently favoring pastel colors and understated furnishings, the design-savvy owners

ABOVE: French doors in the kitchen’s sitting area (once a porch) open to the garden. The cheery cushions on the rattan furnishings and woven Serena & Lily counter stools are in keeping with the stunning color of the La Cornue range. LEFT: A tailored brick path marks the home’s back entrance. FACING PAGE: Boats on the wall, windmills on the custom rug, and dogs on the sofa—the study is an engaging mélange of motifs.

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••••••• Twin sheds and a shade-lending pergola anchor the pool area and complement the house.

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•••••••• The plant-filled patio speaks to the owner’s passion for gardening. FACING PAGE, TOP: The existing master bath was gutted and enlarged to make way for the spacious marble-tiled shower. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The master bedroom features a number of antiques, including a gleaming highboy—the ideal staging area for an assemblage of blue and white porcelain.

have been able to transfer many pieces— including beloved antiques—from one house to the next. Theirs is a timeless, tasteful aesthetic that complements Wills’s architecture. Take the living room. Newly painted and glazed (goodbye dark paneling), it’s altogether airy. A large French screen adds drama, but it’s as subtle as the jaunty trim on the upholstered arm chairs. A Chinese-inspired, linen-wrapped coffee table anchors the congenial setting and, for added interest, cupboards at the fireplace wall display leather-bound antique books and porcelain figurines. The nearby dining room exudes the same old-school, ever-so-comfortable vibe. It’s a room where, if you’re lucky, you might be invited for Sunday brunch or a holiday feast. The FitzGerald-designed

floor, with its stenciled pattern of lattice, leaves, and berries hand-painted by James Alan Smith (who’s also responsible for painting the foyer’s dramatic floor), underscores the owners’ passion for gardening, as does a cache of botanical prints. The gleaming dining table and sideboard are antique. To accommodate the length of the latter, an existing door had to be eliminated. But as Ashworth jokes, “a useful sideboard is more important.” The slipcovered dining chairs—lest the room seem too formal—have been cleverly painted white. Were the home’s overall ambience not so serene, it wouldn’t be a surprise to come upon the red study. The unabashedly cozy study is located between the living room and master suite. The husband, who favors the room for television

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watching, launched the idea of raising the ceiling and adding a fireplace to make it even more inviting. Nautical prints and paintings line the walls. There’s a marble mosaic inlay top on an antique occasional table, and the welcoming sofa is clad in a gorgeous thirty-five-year-old Arthur Lee chintz. Make your way to the owners’ private quarters and the palette quiets down again. The bedroom walls are covered in a blue-and-white-striped Peter Fasano paper, and chintz curtains, also in blue and white, temper the sun in case someone wants a nap on the French directoire daybed. New French doors provide easy access to the patio and pool. The renovation also created an enlarged bathroom with a glorious shower, marble tile, and custom cabinetry. As wonderful as all the alterations are, what stands out is that Wills’s design has been sensitively modernized without diminishing its character. It’s a tribute to these accomplished owners and their adept team. Lovely to begin with, this New England classic is just about perfect now.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 186.

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Creating an authentic seaside vibe, one whitepainted plank at a time.

the coast is clear Text by Maria LaPiana  Photography by Robert Krivicich, Quiver Design Group

The sunroom is everyone’s favorite, thanks to the curvaceous Acapulco rockers from Blackman Cruz that set the tone for the modern, stylish space. Designer Heather Wells adhered strictly to the black-andwhite palette here, and used it throughout to keep the home airy, relaxed, and beachy-casual.

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he house has summer written all over it—from its planked walls, beamed ceilings, and wide windows to its sublime sunroom. In classic coastal style, it’s relaxed and casual with a palette dominated by white, but it’s also stylish and sophisticated. It’s exactly what the homeowners had in mind. It started out as a nondescript, dated seaside cottage on the Cape, with walls covered in dark paneling and small windows that didn’t do justice to the property’s finest asset: its killer ocean views. The house seemed a fish out of water, so architect Dell Mitchell and interior designer Heather Wells, both of Boston, were charged with giving the home the full-on beach treatment. “The clients wanted a Cape Cod feeling, but fresher and lighter, with rustic

notes,” says Wells. At first, the homeowners leaned toward a Scandinavian-inspired design, says Mitchell, but they kept coming back to a “beachy, camp-like look.” They wanted an unfussy space, a beach house, but one that felt curated, not cobbled together. The house sits on a small oceanfront site, and although it’s not a proper Cape in style, says Mitchell, “It’s made of basic Cape materials, and it has features, like double gables, that make it a little more distinctive.” Like a lot of renovation projects, this was a collaborative affair that included Yarmouth Port builder Mark Grenier. In a move that seriously refreshed the first floor, Mitchell and Grenier gutted the kitchen and added a mudroom and powder room. Exist-

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The spacious living room is furnished with custom, linen-upholstered sofas, a custom coffee table, and for added drama, a vintage Augusto Bozzi lounge chair, all grounded by a textural dhurrie rug. An artful vignette features a 1950s Wormley cabinet and a vintage Fritz Schlegel wingback chair. The powder room is painted with Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black, a stark exception to the “white walls only” rule throughout the home.

PROJECT TEAM Architecture: Dell Mitchell Architects Interior design: Heather Wells Builder: Mark Grenier, MG Design Build Landscape design: Richard Johnson Landscape Architect

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ing bathrooms were made over, new windows and French doors were installed, and fresh wood flooring was laid down for a warm look and feel. The revamped home celebrates light. “We opened up a lot of the windows and redesigned them, making them much bigger than the originals to enhance the views and make the interiors much, much brighter,” says Mitchell. In the dining room, a new picture window with side panels complements the original six-over-six panes. The upstairs hall and stairwell are flooded with natural light, but the sunny glow doesn’t come from the clerestory windows, which are not on an exterior wall at all. On the other side of the windows is a skylight-like chute that leads up to the

new dormers, the actual source of the light. Next, the design team added cottage charm. The wood planking and beams on the ceiling are original, and while Mitchell didn’t set out to mimic them exactly elsewhere, she definitely took the planking idea to heart. “We added wallboards with visible studs and nails. We created a look that goes with the house,” she says. “You might think with so many planks and panels, the wind could blow right through, but it can’t. The house really is finely made.” To emphasize the summer-by-the-sea feel, walls and ceilings got a fresh coat of white paint. The new sunroom may stand as the best example of the home’s refined coastal style. The design team reimagined the

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“Everything is black and white or gray and oatmeal,” says Heather Wells. “We started with some pale colors, but we liked the idea of going strictly black and white.” CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: The dining room’s wide windows complement the originals while ushering in more light; the custom dining table, surrounded by Eames molded plastic chairs, has a modern farmhouse feel. A corner stars a Knoll Cross Check bent-plywood armchair and vintage Erik Höglund chandelier. A custom metal console blends seamlessly against planked walls; the lamp is vintage, from the 1950s.

old poorly tacked-on porch, and Grenier transformed it into the gorgeous space it is now. If the water view were not so enchanting, the furnishings might steal the show, especially the quartet of Blackman Cruz Acapulco rockers. A glass coffee table that sits on a rug woven from paper yarn keeps the room airy. Wells put together a distinctive palette. “Everything is black and white or gray and oatmeal,” she says. “We started with some pale colors, but we liked the idea of going strictly black and white.” There’s no question that white owns the day, but thoughtfully placed wood and black accents, including the black living room sofas, keep things grounded. “We wanted to be practical,” says Wells. “We knew that both white and black fabric can get dirty—but black less so.” Coastal chic is a very different look for the homeowners, who are avid collectors of contemporary art. Their primary residence is spacious, with lots of color and large pieces, but here, the artwork is smaller, and most of it adheres to the black-and-white theme. Wells hunted for vintage pieces, like the many unique chairs, that would feel collected over time. The designer showed restraint throughout, keeping accessories to a minimum and forgoing fussy window treatments. Her creative client came up with plenty of ideas of her own, Wells says. In the oversize entryway, for example, she suggested they create a place to play games and do puzzles. “The entry is big, with large July–August 2018 | New England Home  121

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The kitchen, a study in black and white, is a classic gathering place for family and friends. A custom table/island that works for both food prep and casual gathering is surrounded by two kinds of counter stools and illuminated by industrial-chic hanging lamps.

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The upstairs hallway is made extra cheerful and airy with added dormers and a fabulous Highwire Tandem light from Apparatus. FACING PAGE: A soothing guest bedroom features a gently layered bed, a custom console, a kilim rug from Steven King, and a knockout vintage Italian chair and ottoman.

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The homeowners’ primary residence is spacious, with lots of color and large pieces, but here, the artwork is smaller, and most of it adheres to the black-and-white theme.

windows, so it just seemed like leftover space,” says Wells. “We wanted to activate it, so we added a floating bench and a small table. It’s a favorite spot that gets a lot of use.” For the dining room, the homeowner wanted a farm table, but one with clean lines. The table she and Wells chose fits the bill in its whitewashed simplicity. The plastic, molded chairs surrounding it make the perfect casual, practical match. The statement-making kitchen design was a collaborative effort. The black table/island base, counter stools, and pendant lamps stand in sharp contrast to the white of the planked cabinetry, marble countertops, and a back wall covered floor-to-ceiling in white

Moroccan tile. The abundance of textures and sheens was intentional, says Wells: “There’s a dull floor, dull white walls, and shiny tiles. The plaster of the range hood is chalky, the rug is woven. All in all, it’s a very tactile space.” Wells concedes that working within the boundaries of the color palette in every room was tricky at times. “We had to keep everything spare and clean. We had to stay simple, yet interesting.” The “new” beach house is all that and more. It’s sweet, cozy, calming, and serene. It’s urbane, in the most relaxed way possible. And to think it all came to be in pursuit of endless summer style. RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 186. July–August 2018 | New England Home  125

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A curvy drive meanders through a wooded lot, ending at the entrance to the classic Shingle-style home, never letting on that spectacular water views await within. RIGHT: A whimsical cupola offers a hint at what is to come when the home reveals its surprise.

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pleasant surprise A Cape Cod house is designed to conceal—then dramatically reveal—its waterfront views.

Text by Robert Kiener | Photography by Nat Rea Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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PROJECT TEAM Architecture: John MacDonald and Anthony M. Frausto-Robledo, Morehouse MacDonald and Associates Interior design: Ally Coulter, Ally Coulter Designs Builder: Kevin Lagassé, The Lagassé Group Landscape design: Michael Coutu, Sudbury Design Group

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The front hallway is punctuated with bold blue ocean hues. The sunken living room’s expansive windows frame the drop-dead view. The first-floor powder room’s mahogany vanity and wood veneer–clad walls are examples of the home’s eclectic design.


architect John MacDonald and his team began discussing how to replace their clients’ vintage 1970s waterfront property on Cape Cod, they came up with a novel idea that they hoped would both delight and surprise the owners. “While their second home had served them well for years, it was time for a change,” says MacDonald. They hoped for a new getaway

that would be more suitable for themselves, their extended family, and the visitors they love to entertain. “They wanted a home where they could make memories,” says the architect. Like many waterfront property owners on the Cape, the couple also wanted a dwelling that fit in with the neighborhood’s classic Shingle-style architecture, nestled comfortably on its lot, blurred the lines between indoors and out, and—most imporJuly–August 2018 | New England Home  129

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RIGHT: An elegant but relaxed design scheme is evident in the living room and the dining room beyond. FAR RIGHT: Pale shades of sand and sea reflect the home’s location. BELOW: A wood and rattan side table, topped by a 1940s painting, is a classic touch in the contemporary setting.

tant—maximized the drop-dead views of the sheltered bay the home overlooks. Inspired by the idea of a surprise, the design team—architects, designer, builder, and landscape architect—got right to work. The original home had an almost quarter-mile-long, straight-asa-runway front approach. “We replaced that with a curving drive that meanders through the wooded lot,” says landscape designer Michael Coutu. “The new driveway offers more privacy and serves to delay the arrival experience for visitors, building in a bit of a surprise factor,” adds project manager and architect Anthony M. Frausto-Robledo. MacDonald and Frausto-Robledo further heightened the sense of surprise, designing a two-story house and an angled garage that postpone the first glimpse of the site’s picture-postcard views. “We wanted to suspend visitors’ first view of the water until they were actually inside the home,” says MacDonald. “While you may sense the ocean via a sea breeze and a hint of salt in the air, it’s not until you open the front door that you are confronted by that wow factor.” To make the scene even more dramatic, MacDonald employed what he whimsically describes as “a nice little architectural parlor trick.” He dropped

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There is a harmony to this design,” says Ally Coulter.

“Furniture, paintings, rugs, and art objects may be varied in color, texture, and periods, but they are all harmonious.”

The kitchen continues the beach tones in the rich blues of the granite countertops and the back-painted, glass-tiled backsplash. FACING PAGE, LEFT: The study features darker colors and materials and a bold, graphic rug. FACING PAGE, RIGHT: The master bedroom draws from a lighter seaside palette of colors and textures for a serene look and feel.

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the great room down about two feet below the level of the rest of the first floor. “This enhances the sense of arrival and helps to maximize the view out the great room’s oversize windows,” he explains. “It’s another surprise.” Interior designer Ally Coulter outfitted the gracious two-story room—and most of the rest of the house—in a neutral palette of soft whites with touches of blue that echoes the hues of the nearby shore. Sandy-colored floors of rift- and quarter-sawn washed white oak boost the beachfront feel. “We didn’t want to compete with nature but to enhance it,” Coulter says. “We wanted a light, airy feel to the interiors.” Here and there—in the entryway’s rug, in the kitchen’s backsplash, and in several of the pieces in the homeowners’ contemporary art collection—a splash of bright blue adds a shot of energy to the serene color scheme. Furniture was chosen with both elegance and comfort in mind. The great room’s convivial seating arrangement places twin sofas upholstered in a fabric the color of a sun-warmed sand dune at right angles, with a focus on the fireplace. The simple lines of the sofas are mirrored in a pair of pale blue lounge chairs. An array of blue and sandy-hued toss pillows ties the scene together nicely.

The one exception to the light and airy look is a snug and handsome study where the sand tones are deepened to cozy browns and beiges, the blues take on a hint of gray, the rich woodwork has a warm natural stain, and a bold, geometric-patterned rug anchors the space. The owners have a keen eye for art and decorative objects, and the home is dotted with both newly acquired and longtime favorite pieces. “I think of art and accessories as the final layer of a home’s interior design,” says Coulter. “The owners loved choosing these pieces; they really make the house come to life and make it a home.” Coulter strove for continuity in the look and feel as the rooms flow from one to the next. “There is a harmony to this design,” she says. “Furniture, paintings, rugs, and art objects may be varied in color, texture, and periods, but they are all harmonious.” The interior woodwork also does its part to add to the harmony. “It’s not too built up,” explains builder Kevin Lagassé, “but is simple and restrained, yet elegant.” MacDonald concurs, adding, “The millwork, columns, and moldings are streamlined, contemporary versions of their architectural predecessor—­ traditional Cape homes. As we did with much of the house, we were trying very hard to create a more July–August 2018 | New England Home  133

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The sloping lot offers extensive views of the bay beyond from the home, from its many terraces and patios, and from the deck surrounding the infinity pool.

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contemporary take on a familiar theme.” The exterior exhibits that same spirit: the front is more classically Shingle-style, while the rear, with its large windows and decks and porches, is decidedly more modern. “We married those two experiences of front and rear, that dual nature, by employing a more contemporary design language inside the house,” says Frausto-Robledo. When landscape designer Coutu helped site the house, he was careful to save as many of the mature trees, including oaks and elms in front of the new home, as possible. The property slopes to the bay, and a protected coastal bank between the pool and the shore was replanted with native, conservationapproved plantings such as bayberry and rose. Closer to the house, Coutu added colorful plants

such as hydrangeas, rose of Sharon, and other summer flowering varieties. “We used local fieldstone for retaining walls to tie in with the base of the home, which is also clad in fieldstone,” says Coutu. “That gave the back of the house, its patios and porches and pool, a great visual connection.” Every time owners open their front door, they are thrilled by the view that MacDonald and his team framed so beautifully. There’s one more detail— another surprise—they love. A small, windowed cupola tops the home, a nod to the rooftop beacon lights that used to adorn many historic Cape Cod homes. “It can be lit at night and is one of the first things you see when you arrive via the driveway,” says MacDonald. “It’s like a cherry on top of a sundae.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 186.

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“We used local fieldstone for retaining

walls to tie in with the base of the home,” says Michael Coutu. “That gave the back of the house, its patios and porches and pool, a great visual connection.”

An environmentally protected coastal bank provides a natural buffer between the pool and the bay. FACING PAGE, TOP: The pool house is an architectural nod to the main house. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM LEFT: Local fieldstone visually links the house with the terrace areas. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM RIGHT: A standing stone—complete with chisel marks from the quarry—divides the more formal landscaping from a heavily planted slope.

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for his work advancing the realism of computer graphics animation, and has won an Academy Award for technical achievement. We agreed to see if we could take what he was doing with computer graphics and adapt that to manufacturing textiles. Combining our expertise in textiles and digital technology, we developed an online design application, Weft, that lets anyone transform artwork into a piece of custom woven fabric. Our rendering technology allows you to see exactly, down to the individual thread, how that fabric will look. The result is then sent to one of our weaving partners—all in the U.S.—who produces the fabric on Jacquard looms. You can do all this and have the fabric in your hand in three weeks or less.


So Weft is a sort of digital loom? Exactly. We feel it is a bit of a radical step because we are saying, “This is such an accurate representation of real-world materials that you can make

design decisions based on it.” There have been attempts at this before, but our techniques are so much better and the processing is much faster. Our application works on any web browser. You don’t have to download software; it is instantaneous. Also, it is not just for fabric designers; users don’t have to be trained in the complexity of textile production. It is our hope that Weft will drive energy and interest toward deeper, more specialized areas of textile design, resulting in more custom fabric and more artisanal work.


So, for example, homeowners could design their own fabric? Yes, anyone can. We can produce as little as three yards (for less than $100) to 3,000 yards or more. The existing textile industry is in some ways very curated; every time a fabric changes hands, it is marked up, and there really is not much access to the means of production. Our hope is that letting people do things directly might lead to some new design ideas, some fresh perspectives of the sort that we may never have seen before. In fact, we are already seeing that. No one need be locked into the existing library or

catalog of designs that is on the market. Artists, graphic artists, interior designers, students, and even homeowners can now become fabric designers. We are also going to offer an archive of readyto-go designs that can be recolored, and we offer a sample book of our available fabrics, because no matter how good the renderings are, you still want to know what a fabric feels like.


Can Weft help reinvigorate today’s textile industry? My first focus and concern is to help preserve what remains. I do feel it’s almost as if we cannot do enough, fast enough, but it has to happen at its own pace. The more different types of fabric we can produce for people to work with and try, the more I think we can help establish an appreciation for the art form. Hopefully, this will eventually drive more business into the sector. The more enthusiasm and commitment we can generate about the process of textile manufacturing, which has to happen by creating better access, the more people will care about supporting this industry.  | Weft, Providence,



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Architecture: Joseph Dick, Joseph W. Dick Architecture Builder: Paul Bannon, Bannon Custom Builders Landscape design: Clara Couric Batchelor, CBA Landscape Architects

agrees the old house had reached •Everyone a sad point. The original structure had likely been a

charming little thing, a simple cape-style dwelling built in 1865 by a sea captain. In the 1920s, a series of additions had been tacked on without, says architect Joseph Dick, a great deal of concern for aesthetics or structural integrity. Over the decades since, the place had fallen into a state of disrepair. Still, says Dick, “Even though the house was tattered, you could see that something good was there.” Christina Demetriou Keefe had no illusions about the house, but she loved the property for its location in the historic Bass River district of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. With an okay from the local preservation committee, Dick, working with builder Paul Bannon, undertook a transformation that is nothing short of amazing. They saved the original structure, lifting it up and giving it a new foundation. Dick played up the front door and the windows with trim, added a wide shed dormer, and outfitted the exterior with clapboard, all for greater curb appeal and a sense of presence. The reconfigured interior features a center staircase flanked by a study to the right and bright dining and living rooms to the left. The ell additions were demolished and replaced

with new ones that are beautifully proportioned and meet every need Demetriou Keefe could wish for, including an expansive master suite with a broad balcony. An old screen porch was swapped out for a long three-season room that wraps around to an open farmer’s porch with a fireplace. Clara Couric Batchelor’s garden plan incorporates plenty of color with ever-blooming roses, black-eyed Susans, and hydrangeas. Demetriou Keefe says the daughter of the sea captain who built the house lived in it until the 1960s. “Every now and then a rocking chair will move,” she says. “She’s still there, and she’s happy. The house is happy again.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 186.

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Shopping—perhaps with a stop for lunch—in tony Wellesley, Massachusetts, has long been a favorite pastime. The charming downtown is chockfull of interesting stores. For design aficionados, the first stop is always Florijn Home, right in the middle of the action on Central Street. The artfully arranged shop has the air of a contemporary European boutique with its chic mix of materials in wood, glass, and pewter all

displayed against an appealing neutral palette. It comes as a surprise that this worldly shop has a local bent, featuring area artists and craftspeople. Currently, Wellesley potter Elizabeth Cohen, Rhode Island artist Robert Pillsbury, and Wellesley floral designer Carol Hudson all have work on display. Undoubtedly, locals pop into the shop for the requisite hostess gift, since there is a wide range of stylish finds priced just right. Hundreds of candles in a variety of colors and sizes, charming wooden serving pieces, and whimsical decorative objects all make for perfect presents. Of course, without extreme restraint, you will walk out of the shop with more for yourself than for gifting—and who can blame you?


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1) Designing Beauport, Room by Room offers an intimate look at the summer home of the legendary designer Henry Davis Sleeper. 2) One of Boston’s most charming neighborhoods is the focus of the Beacon Hill Treasures Walking Tour. 3) The land and the home share equal billing for Living in Harmony with Nature: Gropius Landscape and House Tour.

JULY Bench Space Through October 31 Wander the 45 acres of the Shelburne Museum campus and enjoy the site-specific exhibit Bench Space. The benches, created by five innovative artists, celebrate contemporary furniture design and provide a connection between the landscape and the museum’s buildings and collections. I Shelburne, Vt., 802-985-3346, Beacon Hill Treasures Walking Tour July 4 Tour one of the country’s most beloved historic neighborhoods with the experts from Historic New England. From elegant Louisburg Square to quaint Acorn Street, the tour, which steps out from Otis House, has it all. I $12 Historic New England members, $17 nonmembers, advance registration required. 617-227-3956, Designing Beauport, Room by Room July 7 Explore the beautiful Gloucester, Massachusetts, summer home of early 20th-century interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper at this special tour that provides access to rooms rarely seen. Marvel at his use of light and color, and explore the home’s exemplary collections of furniture, glass, ceramics, and textiles. I 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. $15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers, advanced registration required. 617-227-3956, Garden Conservancy Open Days Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire July 14–15 Tour some of Merrimack Valley’s most outstanding gardens at the Garden Conservancy Open Days. Three gardens will be open to the public, including a large private perennial garden, a farmhouse garden, and an “idealized” woodland garden designed by Robert G ­ illmore.  I $7 per garden nonmembers, 50 percent off for members. Advance admission tickets can be purchased at a discount. Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Secret Garden Tour July 15

3 Delight in a day exploring some of the most beautiful gardens in Provincetown. After the tour you can enjoy a visit to the museum, as admission is included in the price. I 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $40. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, 508-487-1750, Tenth Annual Nantucket Garden Festival July 17–19 Gardening ethics, sustainability, and conservation will be the focus of this year’s Nantucket Garden Festival, which encompasses a variety of events including garden tours, workshops, and family activities.  I 508-228-0427, Historic Homes and Summer Gardens July 21 Put on some comfortable shoes and explore six historic homes and gardens in beautiful Hancock, New Hampshire. Boxed lunches can be purchased in advance, and you can end the day enjoying small bites and wine at the Hancock Inn. I 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tour tickets $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour; $15 for boxed lunch. Hancock, N.H., Living in Harmony with Nature: Gropius Landscape and House Tour July 21 Join Historic New England for an exciting evening at the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Walter Gropius put the same exacting care into the design of the landscape of his home as he did to the house itself. Refreshments will be served. I 7 p.m.– 9 p.m. $35 Historic New England members, $45 nonmembers, advanced registration is required. 26th Annual Rock River Artists Studio Tour July 21–22 This annual tour explores the breathtaking scenery and artwork surrounding Newfane, Vermont. Begin at the Old South Newfane Schoolhouse, and then hit the road for a self-guided tour that takes you to the open

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Nantucket by Design August 1–4 The four-day event presented by the Nantucket Historical Association features lectures and social events celebrating creative and inspiring interior design. A luncheon panel, moderated by Sophie Donelson, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, spotlights interior designer David Kleinberg. The festivities will be capped off with the “Night at the Museum” gala at Nantucket’s historic Whaling Museum. I 508-228-1894, for a full schedule of events and ticket information.   37th Annual Maine Antique Festival August 3–5 This venerable antiques show has been a tradition for Mainers and tourists alike for more than three decades. The largest antique show in Maine features dealers from more than 20 states displaying fine antiques, vintage pieces, and collectibles. Attendees can take a break from the heat at the Maine Craft Beverage Beer & Wine Garden. I Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $10 per day, $25 for an early-bird weekend pass. Union, Maine,


Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair August 4–12 Come and experience the oldest continually running craft fair in the United States, where more than 350 New Hampshire craftspeople will display their work. Almost every type of medium is represented, including furniture, glass, pottery, prints, and woodcarvings, along with daily demonstrations and workshops for all ages. I 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H., 603-224-3375,

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61st Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show August 9–11 Enjoy everything antique at this show, held at The Manchester Downtown Hotel and featuring more than 60 national exhibitors showcasing a wide range of items, from folk art to formal furniture. I August 9 and 10, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., August 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $10–$15. Manchester, N.H., 27th Annual Antiques Show at the Osterville Historical Museum August 16 Dealers from around New England will showcase unique items at this popular show. I 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.,  $10 for adults, children free. 508-428-5861, 2018 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn August 16–18 The historic Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park hosts this annual antique show comprised of dealers from the United States and England. The event launches with an opening-night cocktail party and dinner on August 16 (see website for party pricing). There will also be wine tastings, beer tastings, and music throughout the weekend. I August 17 and 18, 10 a.m.– 6 pm, August 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $10 per person or $15 for both the show and a Woodlawn Tour. Ellsworth, Maine, 207-667-8671,

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Garden Conservancy Open Days Washington County, R.I. August 25 Tour landscape designer Louis Raymond’s own fantastical garden. Garden beds are packed with delightful horticultural specimens displayed in a unique way. At 3:30 p.m., Raymond gives a special talk, “Digging Deeper: Natural is for Wimps— Training Plants into Extraordinary Shapes.” I $7 per garden nonmembers, 50 percent off for members (advance tickets can be purchased at a discount), advance registration for the talk is required.  EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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As usual, we’re delighted to count a number of our design professional friends among the winners of this year’s CotY Awards from the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Several companies earned multiple Gold awards, including

photos of the festivities, turn to Design Life, page 164.  I  For the complete list of winners, visit


Portland, Maine, just took another step forward in its ongoing journey toward becoming one of the hippest little cities in the nation with the opening of the new Angela Adams Studio Showroom in the East Bayside neighborhood. The shop, in a renovated midcentury industrial building, features handcrafted area rugs, textiles, and furniture by founders Angela Adams and Sherwood Hamill as well as fine art and sculpture by Maine artists. Photos from the opening gala can be seen in Design Life, page 164.  I  Portland, Maine,


As the summer season heats up, designer Jocelyn Chiappone is revving up with a move and a new retail showroom. Her business, Digs Design, has relocated its Newport, Rhode Island, studio to a more spacious spot at 106 William Street. The new space includes a boutique featuring objects for the home that reflect Chiappone’s own bright, fun design sensibility.  I  Newport, R.I.,

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Gaucher has opened his new, larger boutique at 54½ Old South Road on Nantucket. The sun-washed, airy space is chock full of beautiful, coastal-inspired pieces for the home, including furniture, light fixtures, photography and paintings, and accessories to make any home feel like it’s just steps away from the sea.  I  Nantucket, Mass, 508-825-5699


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Pop-up shops are all the rage—and who doesn’t love these impromptu opportunities to shop for a little something different? Allison Mattison’s latest venture is something of a trial run that she hopes will become a permanent fixture. The Trellis Home Pop-Up Shop & Design Bar is a retail extension of her by-appointment-only Hingham, Massachusetts, design studio. Open Wednesdays through Saturdays, the colorful boutique offers vintage and new accent furniture, upholstery, accessories, lighting, and art. The “design bar” component means shoppers can customize upholstery and lacquered furniture pieces, and browse options for fabrics, paint, and hardware.  I  Hingham, Mass.,


It’s been an exciting spring for Audio Video Design. For starters, the Westwood, Massachusetts, company was honored as a Gold winner for Residential Specialty Interior at the EM NARI CotY Awards. The firm also celebrated the grand opening of its AVD Experience Center, a state-of-the-art, one-stop shop that lets customers explore all the newest home technology products.  I  Westwood, Mass., | Continued on page 160

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Bulfinch Awards, from The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Now in its ninth year, the awards program recognizes work that contributes to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in New England. Those being honored this year include LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Dell Mitchell Architects,

Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Carpenter & MacNeille ­Woodworking, and Campbell Smith Architects. To see photos of the awards gala, turn to Design Life, page 164.  I  For a complete list of winners and photos of their projects, visit


People who have high-end items for the home that they’d like to pass on to an appreciative buyer will be happy to hear the The Local Vault has expanded to the Boston area. The online luxury furniture and home goods consignment website, which launched in Greenwich, Connecti-



cut, four years ago, makes it simple for both sellers and buyers with an easy-tonavigate site that offers high-quality products and hassle-free pickup and delivery. The new site invited Boston designer Craig Tevolitz of Platemark Design to be its first guest curator. Tevolitz offers his expert perspective on bringing art into the home on the site’s blog.  I,


The Cape Cod–based Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders

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New England. The firm is also celebrating the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Award it received for its book, Living Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva.  I  Harwich and Hingham, Mass.,


The luxury kitchen and bath brand ROHL has chosen Lincoln, Massachusetts, designer Mally Skok as one of the four members of the 2018 class of its ROHL Auth Lux Design Guild. The company launched the guild in 2017 as a way to recognize and celebrate the expertise of designers. As a member of the guild, Skok will act as co-host, along with company vice president of marketing Greg Rohl, of a day-long summit in Boston in September that explores “What Makes Authentic Luxury.”  I

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Boston Design Week 2018

The fifth annual Boston Design Week is actually much more—a twelve-day, citywide festival that promotes public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design. More than eighty events at a variety of venues gave audiences plenty of opportunities to explore the vital role design plays in everyday life.













| 1. Meet the Editors: The Inside Scoop on Getting Published, a panel discussion at the Landry & Arcari showroom | 2. Guests take a first look at the designs featured at Il Decor’s Modern Tablescapes exhibit | 3. Justin Minda, Rob Henry, and Jim Foscaldo at the AD20/21 Home Gala Preview | 4. Julian Edelman joins the Duncan Hughes team at the Duncan Hughes for Dowel launch at Lanoue Gallery | 5. Peter Schultz discusses the revolutionary design of the 1960s at the Summer of ’66, hosted by Lekker Home | 6. Moderator Sean Clarke and panelists Michael Ferzoco, Miana Hoyt Dawson, Chris Brown, and Amr Raafat at the panel discussion Building Before Building: Augmenting Design with Reality | 7. Jonathan Soroff, New England Home’s editor-in-chief, Kyle Hoepner, and Andrew Joseph at the AD20/21 Home Gala Preview | 8. CUMAR Marble and Granite hosted the Northshore kickoff for Boston Design Week in their Everett showroom | 9. Hosts Rebecca King and Paul Reidt enjoy the B/A/D Talks panel discussion Opening the Door to Discovery: Cultivating Creativity in B/A/D Companies | 10. Nancy Nicosia, Patti Donovan, Diane Keliher, and Jacqui Becker at a panel discussion entitled Finding the Perfect Art Work for YOU (and Staying Ahead of the Trends While Doing It) | 11. Guests at PUMP, a ’50s-inspired vintage show hosted by the Blochaus Gallery and 36creative | 12. Panelists Paul Lukez, Sean Clarke, and David Winston at the B/A/D Talks discussion

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Members of the design community gathered at Boston’s Divine Design Center for beach-inspired cocktails and small bites, while enjoying a panel discussion moderated by New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel. Panelists explored the topic How To Outline a Master Plan for Waterfront Living.



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| 1. Morteza Maddahi, John MacDonald, Anthony Frausto-Robledo (standing), Karl Viksnins, and Elizabeth Cameron (seated)  | 2. Panelists Mariette Barsoum, Gregory Lombardi, Elizabeth Cameron, Anthony FraustoRobledo, and Kevin Lagassé | 3. Eric Roseff and Renee Albano | 4. Claire Federman and Anita Clark | 5. Samantha DeMarco, Burak Coskundeniz, Laura Ly, and Jana Neudel (standing), Leslie Francis, Madison Silvers, Mariette Barsoum, and Nancy Cherry (seated)

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This year’s Contract of the Year (CotY) Awards, recognizing the work of our region’s finest remodeling professionals, were celebrated at the Clarke Showroom in Milford, Massachusetts. Members of the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry competed for awards across twenty categories, and entries were carefully evaluated by a panel of independent judges.






Angela Adams Studio Showroom Opening

Guest artists were among the happy group helping Angela Adams and Sherwood Hamill celebrate the opening of the Angela Adams Studio Showroom in Portland, Maine. The airy new space features handcrafted rugs and furniture as well as decorative objects, paintings, sculptures, and other inspiring elements. Guests explored the new showroom while enjoying food and refreshments.



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| 1. Lisa Fabiano, Henry Lombard, Julie Lyons, Judy Whalen, Bill Duchesney, and Lisa Lally | 2. Samantha Stumpo and CotY emcee Cindy Stumpo | 3. Peter Feinmann and Lauren Audette | 4. Tommy Mitchell, Victoria Heydari, and Josh Kinhart | 5. Gibb Phenegar, Rob Henry, Bob Riddle, and Kyle Tripp




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Alexandra Champalimaud, the acclaimed New York–based designer, was the guest of honor when The Rug ­Company invited the Boston design community to gather for a conversation about “The Art of Everyday” between Champalimaud and art consultant Lauren Della Monica. Guests enjoyed refreshments while listening to the lively discussion and admiring Champalimaud’s rug designs. 2


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Every year, the Bulfinch Awards, from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), recognize architects and other professionals who are committed to promoting excellence in the classical tradition and allied arts within New England. The winners of this year’s awards were recognized in the Harvard Hall at the Harvard Club of Boston while enjoying a ceremonial cocktail reception and gala dinner.





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| 1. The awards, awaiting presentation | 2. ICAA New England officers David Andreozzi, Nancy Berry, Sally Wilson, and Jason Harris  | 3. Dell Mitchell and Michael Carter  | 4. Bob and Christine Marzilli  | 5. Abigail Smith and Pamela ­Campbell Smith | 6. Vani Sayeed, Melissa DelVecchio, and Christine G.H. Franck | 7. Doug Burke and Debra Grillo Burke

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New England Home’s editor-in-chief, Kyle Hoepner, and five of the magazine’s recent “5 Under 40” awardwinners were invited to the spring High Point Market in North Carolina for a panel discussion at the Universal Furniture trade showroom. Jump-Starting Your Design Career gave the audience of design professionals tips on how to hone their skills and build their businesses.




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| 1. The discussion in full flow | 2. Kristina Crestin  | 3. Maggie Mink | 4. Ellisha Alexina | 5. New England Home’s March–April issue went home with designers from all around the U.S.  | 6. Josh Linder | 7. Jill Goldberg

The Kohler Signature Store, the newest member of the group of showrooms at 7 Tide in Boston, opened its doors to the trade and media for a celebratory open house. Guests were welcomed by Kohler president and CEO David Kohler and Jamie Reardon, owner of Supply New England, while sipping cocktails, nibbling hors d’oeuvres, and admiring an installation by Rhode Island furniture maker Jeff Soderbergh.


| 1. Kohler Signature 4 Store’s new Boston space | 2. Store manager Eric Madsen | 3. Jamie Reardon makes opening remarks | 4. Architects and designers attend the opening to see new products first-hand | 5. David Kohler and Jamie Reardon  | 6. Guests tour the store while enjoying cocktails

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4 1. Shell Seeker Palacek’s Coco Magnolia mirror is a work of art consisting of hand-cut coco shells arranged in a leaf-like design. | Nicola’s Home, Yarmouth, Maine, 2. If These Walls Could Talk U.K.-based Kit Miles creates wallpapers with a surprising use of scale, rich color, and detailed imagery. Perfect for spots where you want some wow. | Favreaulous Factory, Boston,


3. Turn On On or off, the sculptural Pyre lamp by Celerie Kemble brightens a room. This is just one of several pieces she has designed for

Arteriors. | Delicious Designs Home, Hingham, Mass., 4. Transitional Take The Lille sofa—one of the latest additions to the Julian Chichester line—strikes the right balance of traditional and contemporary thanks to its Provencal-inspired design and unexpected light oak frame. | ICON Group, Boston Design Center, 617-428-0655 5. Dining In Hellman-Chang’s unparalleled devotion to detail can be seen in the Nola round dining table. The entire collection is now available in New England at The Bright Group.  | Boston Design Center,


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5 6 1. Stylish Stash Ready to get organized? Denim baskets in blue and white are just the spot for corralling toys or stashing laundry headed to the dry cleaners. | Simply Home, Falmouth, Maine, 2. Jungle Love Sure, a serene palette and subtle pattern are de rigueur for bedroom decor, but what if you decided to have some fun instead? Frette’s Essence of Jungle bedding, with bold golden hues and a 1970s-inspired pattern, brings the party. | Frette, Boston, 3. A Classic Revisited Christopher Spitzmiller’s iconic lamps—in a variety of elegant shapes and colors—are now available in New England at Eric Haydel.  | Boston Design Center,

4. Sit and Stay Awhile With a scalloped design and textural rattan construction, the Coralee dining chair from Gabby Home adds a casual note to a dining nook. | Grand Rapids Furniture, Boston Design Center, 5. Glam Squad Channel your inner diva with the glamorous Profiles collection from Robern. The line includes vanities as well as Robern’s legendary mirrors and cabinetry. | Frank Webb, various New England locations, 6. Makers Mark Matt Cavallaro brings bespoke design to the kitchen in his handcrafted cast-iron cookware pieces that are heirlooms in the making. | Nest Homeware, Providence,

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Join us to honor the winners of the ninth annual 5 Under 40 awards, raise a glass to exceptional design at the season’s best cocktail party, and bid on five one-of-a-kind rugs designed by the winners as they are auctioned off for a great cause. All auction proceeds will go to Barakat, a charity that strengthens education and literacy in Central and South Asia.

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Premier Properties BY MARIA L A PIANA

Back Bay’s Best

A Long View of the Lake

Costal Maine Classic

Back Bay’s Best

It’s not an overstatement to say that this property has everything a buyer looks for in a Back Bay home— plus the amenities of living in a luxury hotel. Unique among the residences at the Mandarin Oriental Boston, this is one of only four front-to-back, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath corner units. Although the Mandarin was completed in 2008, the second (and current) owner gutted and reconfigured the space when he purchased it, adding such creature comforts as heated floors and a Lutron wireless lighting system. The updated chef ’s kitchen is outfitted with deep red acrylic cabinets and top-of-the-line appliances. A back entrance makes catering a snap. “Overall, the sophis-

ticated space feels a little traditional, and very elegant,” says listing agent Tony Guthrie. There’s an open floor plan with a grand foyer, but the bedrooms feel private, which is ideal for family living, or essential if you have live-in help. The ninth-floor property offers views of the Prudential Center and Boylston Street through its floor-to-ceiling windows. “You may not have a ROOMS: 7 river view,” says Guthrie, “but you do get a 3 BEDROOMS 3 FULL BATHS panorama of rooftops of charming build1 HALF BATH ings that feels European.” When you live 3,500 SQ. FT. in a luxury hotel like the Mandarin, it can $13,500,000 be tempting to stay in, but it’s easy to step

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GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Private, Lake Winnipesaukee, 2-home estate set on 1.14 acres with 566 ft. of waterfront, 8 total bedrooms, post and beam porches, fireplaces, wine cellar, docks, patios, and 5-car garaging. $5,995,000 Susan C. Bradley, Sales Associate C. 603.493.2873 | O. 603.581.2810

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Unparalleled Estate. Beautiful scale, millwork, French doors, luxuriously appointed. 3.4 acres, pool/cabana, sports court; abuts conservation land. 25 minutes to Boston. $5,395,000 Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, Sales Associate C. 781.507.1650

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NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS This rare custom property brings the outdoors in, 10+ ft. ceilings, oversized kitchen, Zen master retreat, and finished walkout lower level grounds. $5,280,000

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Fabulous level lot, an acre of beautiful grounds with fountain, Koi pond, stone patios & porches. Greenhouse, theater, new contemporized baths and windows, new guest quarters. $4,850,000

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Deborah M. Gordon, Sales Associate C. 617.974.0404

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GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Landmark Victorian home on Lake Winnipesaukee with 15 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 6 full baths, coffered ceilings, hardwoods, kitchen with breakfast room, patios, dock, and beach. $3,895,000

BELMONT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Flawless 15 room home. Exquisite millwork, spacious formal rooms, cherry library, gourmand’s kitchen, 5 en-suite BRs, luxurious master suite. Close to trails/downtown. $3,500,000


Susan C. Bradley, Sales Associate C. 603.493.2873 | O. 603.581.2810

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MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Set on 1.5 acres, Fluen Hill offers views of Salem Sound. 12 rooms, 4 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, patios and pool with deck. Shared deeded tennis court, beach and dock. $3,495,000 Mary Stewart & Heather Stewart Kaznoski, Sales Associates M. 781.820.5676 | H. 781.576.9288

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Custom residence, fine craftsmanship offering 10 ft. ceilings, 5 en-suite bedrooms, oversized kitchen/family room, finished lower level with gym, home theater & guest suite. $3,280,000 Deborah M. Gordon Team & Kami D. Gray, Sales Associates D. 617.974.0404 | K. 617.838.9996

MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular Cape Style Estate set on 8 acres with 13 rooms, 5 bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, cathedral dining room, recreation rooms, patio, and pool. Access to Charles River. $2,375,000

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Custom, shingle-style home set on 2.97 acres with extensive millwork, cherry kitchen, screened porch, built-ins, 4 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms, recreation, patio, and pond. $2,275,000 Brigitte Senkler & Amy Pasley, Broker Associate/Sales Associate B. 508.935.7496 | A. 617.571.7826

Michael McQuillan, Sales Associate C. 617.633.7612

AMESBURY, MASSACHUSETTS Spectacular Waterfront property with Sweeping Panoramic Views, Deep-Water Dock, Boat House & Elegant Architectural Appointments. $1,995,000

KENNEBUNK, MAINE Spectacular home overlooking the Kennebunk River with soaring windows, cathedral great room, fireplaces, exposed beams, renovated kitchen, 6 bedrooms, and new 32 ft. pier. $1,875,000

Jamie Dee Frontiero, Sales Associate C. 603.205.4705

Kevin P. Robert & Greg C. Robert, Sales Associate/Broker Associate K. 207.229.2662 | G. 207.286.4782 | O. 207.282.5988

C O L D W E L L B A N K E R R ES I D E N T I A L B R O K E R AG E The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. 348703NE_5/18

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129 Bellevue Avenue | Newport, RI 02840

NEWPORT • Bonniecrest Condos • REDUCED: $1,890,000

Rare opportunity to own a sophisticatedly refurbished condo in the highlydesired D Building at Bonniecrest. Enjoy stunning views of Newport waterfront from the third floor. Wake up to spectacular sunrises, spend days watching ships sail in to the harbor. 12 acres of beautiful gardens, private beach, pool, hot tub, tennis courts and dock. Turnkey features includes formal entry, gracious dining and living rooms, gourmet kitchen, spacious ensuite master bedroom and generous guest bedrooms. A vacation home or year-round residence, this is a perfect environment for entertaining friends and family or seeking serenity and wellness.


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This Contemporary home, set on over 13 acres in Sprawling, 5800 sq. of ft. Shell waterfront East Wareham, offers gorgeous waterviews Point Bay compound with private andfeet beach and surrounding marsh. Built in 1989, its 3,250dock square located in the desirable Piney3-1/2 Pointbaths, include first floor master suite, 3 additional bedrooms, neighborhood. on 2.1dining acres overlooking Wing’s and laundry room,Set formal room, den with gas Cove fireplace, and largeBay. living room with gaswith fireplace and spectacular views. Buzzard’s Main residence 3 bedrooms and attached Modern kitchen granite Thermador ovens,two guest house withincludes 2 bedrooms andcountertops, a bunk room. Two kitchens, and Sub-Zero, Also exercise completeroom, with large finished living spaces, three-season laundry room, walk-out basement, wrap-around deck, patio,deck and 3extends car garage 2-car garage, and boathouse. The multi-tiered indoor with unfinished rooms above. Alarm system, generator, living outdoors and offers great entertaining space overlooking the central vacuum, outdoor shower, and workshop. grounds and with sweeping water views! Professional landscaping adds to this private, serene home.

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out, or go for a drive—because the unit comes with two deeded parking spaces right next to the elevator. Duly Noted: What’s in a name? That’s something real estate pros grapple with all the time. An apartment is defined as “a group of related rooms, among similar sets in one building,” so this technically is one. It’s also technically a condo (an apartment that’s owned, not rented). But listing agent Guthrie prefers “residence,” and not just because it sounds more formal. “It’s because this particular home has a special warmth to it,” he says. “It makes you feel like it’s hugging you when you walk in.” Contact: Tony Guthrie and Sharon Mabile, Robert Paul Properties, Chatham, Mass., 508-945-5553, MLS# 72247367

A Long View of the Lake

The first time Grace Franjola laid eyes on this Washington, Connecticut, property some seventeen years ago, she knew it was extraordinary. The densely forested parcel of just over 31 acres had a very poor access drive that led to a rundown cottage—but it also had 100 feet of waterfront on Lake Waramaug. Franjola, currently the ROOMS: 17 listing agent for this property, knew it 5 BEDROOMS 5 FULL BATHS was the land, not the house, that would 1 HALF BATH lure buyers. Sure enough, a developer 11,000 SQ. FT. purchased the property, put in a viable $9,950,000 driveway, cut down the trees that obscured the lake view, and then sold it. It was the current owners who realized the site’s potential by building a remarkable 11,000-square-foot home crafted from stone (sourced from Canada) and wood (60,000 board feet of mahogany salvaged after a hurricane in Nicaragua). The home’s sustainable features include geothermal heating and cooling systems, a 100-year roof, and twostory dual-pane custom windows. It has five en suite bedrooms (two master suites), a home theater, a wine cellar with room enough for 1,100 bottles, an elevator, a gym, a billiard room, and a full-swing golf simulator room. The professionally landscaped yard has plenty of room to add a pool, and lakefront improvements include a private dock and a picnic and swim area.

Duly Noted: According to Franjola, the homeowner created a narrative for his vision, imagining an old stone ruin on the property that was in need of modernizing. His architect got it. His interpretation: a “modern English manor” inspired by eighteenth-century architecture, but wrapped in glass to embrace spectacular views. The home may be made of stone, but with so much wood within, it feels more like a treehouse than a fortress. Contact: Grace Franjola, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Washington Depot, Conn., 203-2642880, MLS# 170067703

Coastal Maine Classic

Built in 1925, this waterfront estate in coastal Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was lived in by its first and second owners for many years. The home’s third owner was responsible for an extensive remodel, but it was the current owners who “perfected” it, according to listing agent Mary Libby. They made all the updates necessary to bring the home into the twenty-first century—all while preserving its architectural integrity. The common spaces were brightened up and the overall flow in the 7,000-square-foot home was vastly improved. They kept the gracious, added the cozy. There are glistening walnut floors throughout, and all-new windows to better frame the views ROOMS: 19 of Casco Bay and Portland’s ship channel. 6 BEDROOMS 5 FULL BATHS The home features six bedrooms, five full 2 HALF BATHS baths, and two half baths. A broad work7,042 SQ. FT. ing/eating island bisects the spacious, $3,895,000 white-on-white kitchen. The 1.7-acre parcel is beautifully landscaped, with a hardscape design that includes multiple patios and outdoor living areas. Granite steps lead down to 150 feet of private beach. Duly Noted: At the end of the day, it always comes down to location. Listing agent Libby concedes that there are lots of beautiful estates up and down the Maine coast, but many of them are tucked away and quite private (read: isolated). This oceanfront home is ten minutes from downtown Portland and the Portland International Jetport, close to marinas, beaches, parks, hiking and biking trails—and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, the Portland Head Light, and Fort Williams Park. Contact: Mary Libby, Mary Libby Real Estate Group, Portland, Maine, 207-712-5594, MLS# 1344939

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A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes

OUTSIDE INTEREST: THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER PAGES 42–45 Landscape design and contracting: ZEN Associates, Woburn, Mass., 781-932-3700, Architect for arbor: Andrew Sidford, Andrew Sidford Architects, Newburyport, Mass., 617-549-6757, Pool installation: South Shore Gunite Pools & Spas, Billerica, Mass., 800-649-8080, Metal fabrication: Custom Iron Craft, Wilmington, Mass., 978-828-5781, Lighting and electrical: M W Damour Electrical Contractor, North Andover, Mass., 978-423-4639 Audio visual installation: Huntington Home Systems, Newton, Mass., 617-244-6800, Fencing: Walpole Outdoors, Wilmington, Mass., 978-658-3373,

BAYSIDE BEAUTY PAGES 92–103 Architecture: Arthur C. Hanlon and Joseph Goncalves, Shope Reno Wharton, South Norwalk, Conn., 203-852-7250, Interior design: Michael Cox, Mary Foley, and Zuni Madera, Foley & Cox, New York City, 212-529-5800, Builder: Thoughtforms, Acton, Mass., 978-263-6019, Landscape design: Bruce A. Besse Jr., Barnstable Land Design, Martsons Mills, Mass., 508-364-0404 Cabinetmaker: Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers, Stoughton, Mass., 781-573-1500, Page 94: Sunflowers photograph by Michael D. Anderson through Foley & Cox; Doug Johnston hanging light sculpture from Mondo Cane,; lacquered demilune from Lawson-Fenning, Page 95: Woven lounge chairs by John Himmel,, through John Rosselli & Associates,; Basse Terre sofa by Christian Liaigre through Dering Hall,, with C&C Milano fabric,; Zaragosa coffee table from KGBL Limited,; Step Up painting over fireplace by James Nares through Durham Press,; Akari paper floor lamp by Isamu Noguchi, shop.noguchi. org; Basilio cantilevered metal bookcases from KGBL Limited; Knotty Bubbles dining area chandelier from Roll & Hill,; concrete-top dining table from Mecox Gardens,; Kirby dining chairs from Foley & Cox Home; painting by Alex Katz,; area rug from Aronson’s, Pages 96–97: Remains Lighting chandelier, remains. com; McGuire counter stools, mcguirefurniture. com, through Cavit & Co.,, with cushion fabric from Hines & Company,; accessories from Canvas Home, Page 98: Palmilla lounge chair from Foley & Cox Home; cocktail table from FTF Design Studio,; Hampton stripe rug from Merida,; Saarinen game table by Maxwell Blake,; armless chairs from Paltrona Frau,; Cloud 37 chandelier from Apparatus,; sectional sofa from Lore Decorators, New York City, 212-534-1025, with Arabel fabric, Page 100: Highwire Tandem stairwell chandelier by Apparatus; bedroom lamp by Noguchi; bedding by John Robshaw,; Swan lounge chair from Maxwell Blake, master bath accessories from One Kings Lane,; London sconce from Dennis Miller, Page 101: Sorraia bed by Holly Hunt,;

mirrored nightstand from Made Goods, madegoods. com; chandelier from Bone Simple, bonesimple. com; draperies fabricated by Eliot Wright Workroom,, with fabric by C&C Milano. Pages 102–103: Belvedere lounge chairs from Restoration Hardware,; Peninsula coffee table by David Sutherland,; Breeze dining chairs by Harbour Outdoor,; Peninsula dining table by David Sutherland.

AMERICAN IDYLL PAGES 104–115 Interior design: Richard FitzGerald and Kathleen Sullivan, Richard FitzGerald Company, Boston, 617-266-6500 Builder: Craig Ashworth, E.B. Norris and Son Builders, Osterville, Mass., 508-428-1165; Interior millwork: E.B. Norris and Son Builders Cabinetmaker: Scott Horgan, Horgan Millwork, Hyannis, Mass., 508-778-6941, Masonry: Randy Johnson Masonry, Marstons Mills, Mass., 508-344-4183 Drapery workroom: Marianne Sullivan Fabrications, Centerville, Mass., 508-737-0704 Pages 106–107: Floor painted by James Alan Smith,; chandelier by Dana Creath,; stair runner from Stark,; table fabric by Jim Thompson,, with Scalamandré trim,; living room rug from Stark. Page 109: Floor painted by James Alan Smith. Page 111: Island stools from Serena & Lily,; pendant lights from Urban Electric Company, Pages 112–113: Pool sheds by Pine Harbor Wood Products, Page 115: Wallpaper by Peter Fasano,

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Architecture: Dell Mitchell, Dell Mitchell Architects, Boston, 617-266-0201, Interior design: Heather Wells, Boston, 617-437-7077, Builder: Mark Grenier, MG Design Build, Yarmouth Port, Mass., 508-362-7900 Landscape design: Richard Johnson, Richard Johnson Landscape Architect, Falmouth, Mass., 508-495-0021, Pages 116–117: Acapulco rockers from Blackman Cruz,; Sous Mon Arbre sconces from Ligne Roset,; accent table from Imoderni,; ceiling light by Lucy Slivinski through Michael Del Piero, michaeldelpiero. com; Woodnotes Avenue carpet through Showroom, Boston,; Bauhaus coffee table from Demiurge New York, demiurgenewyork. com; console table from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, Pages 118–119: Sofas from McLaughlin Upholstering Company,; coffee table and side table from Masterpiece Woodworks,; Serge Mouille ceiling lamps from Gueridon,; vintage Augusto Bozzi lounge chair from Galerie Blanchetti,; vintage table lamp from Jack and Marcel,; vintage George Kovacs floor lamp from Fresh Kills, freshkillsflagship. com; rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets,; 1950s Wormley Cabinet from R. Wright,; French 1950s ceramic table lamp from Jack & Marcel; stair runner from Steven King Decorative Carpets; powder room light fixture from Wyeth,; mirror from Restoration Hardware,; Lacava sink from Waterspot, Page 120: Byrdcliffe dining table from Sawkille,; Eames molded plastic chairs from Design Within Reach,; vintage 1950s sideboard from Bloomberry,; Caravaggio pendant lights from; sconces from Urban Electric Company,; carpet from Double Knot, Page 121: Knoll Cross Check bent-plywood arm chair from Machine Age,; vintage Erick Höglund chandelier from 1stDibs,; custom metal console from Uhuru Design,; vintage 1960s lamp from Lawson-Fenning, Pages 122–123: Hanging lamps and sconces from Urban Electric Company; vintage carpet from Steven King Decorative Carpets; counter stools with backs from French Indies Design, Page 124: Highwire Tandem light from Apparatus, Page 125: Vintage 1960s chair and ottoman from Koen Steen,; area rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets; throw from Brahms Mount,; sconce from Horne,; vintage ceramic lamp from Lief,; SoHo mirror from Room & Board,; console from Uhuru Design.


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M. Frausto-Robledo, Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Lexington, Mass., 781-861-9500, Interior design: Ally Coulter, Ally Coulter Designs, Greenwich, Conn., 203-531-4785, Builder: Kevin LagassÊ, The LagassÊ Group, Hopkinton, Mass., 508-686-5040, Millwork: Herrick & White, Cumberland, R.I., 401-658-0440, Landscape design: Michael Coutu, Sudbury Design Group, Sudbury, Mass., 978-443-3638, Pages 128–131: Entryway custom Neidermaier console through Ally Coulter Designs; hanging light from Urban Archeology,; sconces by Jerry Pair,; area rug from Stark,; Yves Klein artwork through Ally Coulter Designs; powder room vintage Fontana Arte sconces from Lorin Marsh,; wallcovering by Maya Romanoff, mayaromanoff. com; custom vanity from Rose Tarlow, rosetarlow. com; custom sofas through Ally Coulter Designs with Holland & Sherry fabric,; vintage coffee table from Eric Appel,; bronze sculpture from Corbin Bronze, corbinbronze. com; ottomans from Ralph Lauren Home,; swivel chairs and custom consoles from Nancy Corzine,; custom lights from Paul Ferrante,; silk area rug from Stark; dining chairs from David Sutherland,; custom dining table through Ally Coulter Designs; drapery and chair fabric by Dedar, Page 132: Lighting from Ann Morris,; counter stools from JANUS et Cie, Page 133: Area rug from Stark; hanging light from Paul Ferrante; vintage coffee table from Van den Akker,; desk chair from Dakota Jackson,; custom sofa through Ally Coulter Designs; bedding and headboard fabric from Sandra Jordan,; bed and side tables through Ally Coulter Designs.

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The story of Greenwich, Connecticut’s Belle Haven Park mirrors the betterknown tale of Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island: well-to-do families, seeking an elegant summer haunt far from the urban grit of Boston, New York City, or Philadelphia, flocked to this idyllic peninsula overlooking Long Island Sound to construct their grand “cottages.” In Victorian Summer: The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park, Greenwich, Connecticut, Matthew L. Bernard has assembled profiles of some thirty-six of these estates using a wealth of archival photos and other material. The whole undertaking adds up to a catalog of late Victorian style and a sentimental biography of Bernard’s favorite neighborhood. And, given the evocative charm of houses like the 1891 Seven Gables, shown here, it’s easy to share his affection. | $80, ORO Editions, 192  New England Home | July–August 2018

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