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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

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50 Metropolitan Life A fun-loving couple ditches the burbs without forgoing beloved traditions.

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drought-tolerant lavenders, accenting them with azaleas, Japanese maples, and spiraeas for an occasional pink pop. The landscape architect’s signature style of grouping plants by the hundreds creates instant impact. As for the impetus of the redesign? With so many comfy places to lounge, a formal firepit was deemed unnecessary, but an impromptu fire bowl creates warmth. Serenaded by shorebirds, for the homeowners, serenity prevails at Glen Eagle. “I awake to a beautiful sunrise framed by the gardens—my days begin and end outdoors,” says Gompers of an impulse purchase that keeps getting better.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Architectural designer Ritch Holben applied exterior boards made from recycled materials on the triangular area of the upper wall for texture. Custom cerused-oak cabinets with a gray wire-brush finish add subtle drama to the kitchen, while rivet detailing on the hood lends an industrial vibe; the Grohe faucet heads have been known to double as microphones on ladies-only weekends. Oversized windows showcase the sculptural floating stair that is illuminated from within.

the neighborhood. To solve the competing directives, architectural designer Ritch Holben expanded on Gottlieb’s vision for a modern barn by creating three distinct but connected gableroofed buildings that evoke traditional barn forms. “The concept is based on the collected structures of typical New England farm compounds,” the principal of RhDesign says. To simultaneously stay true to the rustic locale and celebrate contemporary design, Gottlieb and Holben curated a medley of natural, low-maintenance materials as finishes. European oak floorboards with a taupe finish provide a refined, neutral ground for the expansive living space with its twenty-seven-and-

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a-half-foot-high cathedral ceiling and twenty-six-foot-long mezzanine. A sculptural white oak stair that Holben describes as “Escher-like boxes with a zigzag stringer and underlit treads” infuses warmth and glows dramatically through the front and back windows at night. “The stainless Moooi pendant shines like the moon,” Gottlieb says. “It’s my favorite part of the house.” ABOVE: A spa is tucked into a stone terrace beside the straight run of stairs on the back of the house. The curved stairs lead down from the deck that is shaped like the bow of a boat. “We take all our photos up there with the lake in the background,” Gottlieb says. LEFT: She used metallic paint on the cabinetry in the kitchen in the screened porch, along with a black granite countertop and backsplash.

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was working on the kitchen scheme, Robert said, “Let’s have some fun with color!” So in came a rich plumcolored range. From there, Gottlieb added counter stools with faux leather fuchsia backs and seats; a B&B Italia Tufty-Time sofa in a tweedy hot pink performance fabric; and dining chairs upholstered in a striated velvet that pulls together all the rosy hues. “I live in a house with a husband and two sons. The dog and cat are boys, too,” Gottlieb says. “It’s nice to have a bit of pink power.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

ABOVE: Porcelain tile that resembles wood offers a spalike feel with zero maintenance in the primary bath, while the bamboo shade injects actual texture. LEFT: The guest bedroom has a custom houseshaped bed with sheer panels inspired by a bed that Gottlieb saw at a hotel in Costa Rica.

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A fun-loving couple ditches the burbs for Boston’s Back Bay without forgoing beloved traditions. BY ERIKA AYN FINCH

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hen Natalie and Barry relocated from Pennsylvania to Waban, a village within the city of Newton, Massachusetts, in 2001, they towed with them a three- and a six-year-old as well as a penchant for bright colors

(“Chartreuse,” confesses Natalie). Twenty years later, much has changed. The kids are out of the house, and for the couple’s newly built Marlborough Street townhouse in Boston, Natalie had one big request: a monochromatic palette.

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“I’m either wearing all white, all black, or all gray,” she says. “But I love texture. So when I saw the way Jessie was mixing linen, leather, metal, fabric, and glass, I got really excited.” Kennerknecht Design Group’s Jessica Rogers, who served as project manager, agrees that Natalie’s wardrobe provided inspiration. “We wanted something approachable and casual,” says the designer, “but also modern and edgy.” That translated into rich shades of white, gray, and black, which pop against the condo’s matte-finish

“If you’re going with a monochromatic palette, how do you make it interesting?” asks designer Jessica Rogers. “You do it with texture—materials that feel handcrafted.” In the formal living room, that’s evident in the leather-tabbed mirrors by Casamidy, the hair-on-hide Steven King carpet, and the laser-cut wood artwork by Nate Nettleton sourced from Boston Art.

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white-oak floors. “The flooring adds warmth and acts as an anchor to the darker, richer pieces,” explains Jayme Kennerknecht. “Those now stand out as sculptural.” One such piece is the B&B Italia moldedleather reclining chair in the family room, Barry’s favorite spot in the house. He was adamant that the couple’s new city digs include space for watching the Patriots on Sundays, and this room, with its deep sectional, scores a touchdown. “For twenty years, there have been ten or more of us who get together to watch Pats games,” he reminisces. “We’ve watched every Super Bowl together, and we wear the same clothes,

TOP TO BOTTOM: In the dining space, a linear Lindsey Adelman for Roll & Hill light fixture complements the sculptural shape of the dining table. On game days, homeowner Barry can be found in the moldedleather reclining chair in the family room. In the primary suite, Rogers added interest with a dark green mohair pillow interspersed with channeledvelvet European shams and a Walter G accent pillow.

“THE FLOORING ADDS WARMTH AND ACTS AS AN ANCHOR TO THE DARKER, RICHER PIECES.” —Interior designer Jayme Kennerknecht

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The ground-floor courtyard, located off the family room, features one of the home’s only bursts of color in the form of citron-yellow pillows. The nesting tables by JANUS et Cie can easily be repositioned when the couple entertains.

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sit in the same places, and eat the same food. We had to have a comfortable space.” On game days, weather permitting, a courtyard, located off the family room and outfitted in JANUS et Cie furniture, offers the ideal space for grilling (Barry’s other favorite pastime). But it’s not all casual all the time. The couple regularly hosts chef-prepared wine-tasting fundraiser dinners, so the design team reimagined the

crawl space under the stairs and adjacent to the kitchen as a storage room for up to 200 bottles of wine. The design reflects a chic couple who knows how to kick off their shoes and have a good time. “The condo already has beautiful architecture,” says Kennerknecht. “Barry and Natalie’s streamlined aesthetic transferred effortlessly into the space.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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3. Warm Welcome: Even summer nights can be chilly. Keep extra throws and blankets and heavier duvets in the closet, so guests can adjust according to their temperature preferences. •  Flora Throw, Bunny Williams Home, bunnywilliamshome.com

4. Food for Thought: If you have the space, set up a nice tray on a dresser and top it off with simple snacks, a bucket of ice, maybe even a French press or water kettle, along with some coffee or tea. Early risers may not want to go to the kitchen for that first cup in the morning, for fear of waking the rest of the household. And if you have people staying in a separate guesthouse or other space away from 6 the main residence, consider adding a small refrigerator filled with breakfast basics, such as yogurt and perhaps some fresh fruit.

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FINAL TOUCHES A few other items to check off the list: Do guests need an extra set of keys or special gate codes? What about a white-noise machine or earplugs to drown out creaks in the night? Is the medicine cabinet stocked with toiletries and other essentials, such as first-aid and sewing kits? If your area is prone to temperature fluctuations, advise guests on any special outerwear and footwear, and also make note of any exercise activities or formal occasions. What about a hair dryer and dark facecloths for makeup removal? Last, but not least: give your guest room a trial run before anyone arrives. The most important takeaway: How did you sleep?

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Paisley pillows and framed maps honor the Provincetown location of the home. Textured blue grasscloth wallpaper by Thibaut provides a subtle wrap to a room where bold stripes and geometric patterns otherwise dominate.

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Broad vertical stripes in the Kravet wallcovering give this upstairs bedroom a sense of height, while the grasscloth’s earth tones pleasantly contrast the room’s nautical shades of blue.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY Located atop Telegraph Hill in Provincetown, Massachusetts, this four-bedroom home boasts magnificent views of the harbor, and designer Herbert Acevedo suffuses that sense of place into these two guest suites. “The owners wanted to reflect what was outside and create an adaptation of a high-end bed and breakfast,” says Acevedo. The natural and nautical inspiration is obvious in the blue bedding, lacquered captain’s chest, anchor and octopus throws, and framed maps of the outer Cape. It’s more subtly reflected in sand-tone Kravet grasscloth wallpaper in a vertical stripe motif that punches up the ceiling height in one room and in the other

room’s unexpected basketweave pattern in the navy Thibaut wallpaper. “There’s an organic feel as soon as you walk into the room,” says Acevedo of the brighter first-floor room, used primarily by the owners’ parents. The second-floor “best friends’ room,” on the other hand, is a moodier mix of blues and greens, with a brass bed intended to impart a sense of history and a trio of paisley pillows that offsets the richer colors with a dash of P-town whimsey. “Blue can be cold, but it works wonderfully here because you can mix it with anything,” says Acevedo.

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A bear, deer, and hunting party populate a pastoral wall-to-wall guest room mural that could easily have been targeted with a whitewash at some point over the last nine decades or so, but the owners of the circa-1912 Portland, Maine, manor were adamant about honoring the vintage elements of the home during an extensive 2019 renovation. It was a good call for several reasons. The mural, believed to have been painted in the 1930s, turned out to be the work of acclaimed landscape artist Roger Deering. It also provided a fine starting point for interior designer Honey Collins. In a restrained nod to nature, Collins selected a bed with a tiger-maple

ABOVE: A tiger-maple bed from Leonards New England

blends seamlessly with the bucolic landscape mural painted by renowned Maine artist Roger Deering; the theme carries through with a Stark Carpet tartan rug and rustic night tables. LEFT: The zebra-striped armchair adds a contemporary touch while remaining on theme with the decor.

headboard that appears to root with the hardwoods and pines painted on the walls, while a zebra-striped armchair provides a little contemporary zing. Grasscloth wallpaper below the chair rail and a tartan rug add varied texture and pattern while staying on theme. “The house is as Maine as Maine can be,” says Collins. “I wanted to make sure that we complemented it without it seeming so dated.”

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ATYPICAL ISLAND STYLE A Martha’s Vineyard family compound gut renovation allowed designer Kate Coughlin to depart from typical New England summer-house style. “The family uses the house yearround, so they wanted a design that was comfortable in every season,” says Coughlin. Gray and white tones exert a soothing influence in the main bedroom, warmed by a corner fireplace. Hand-blocked Chambord Place wallpaper provides a focal point and acted as a starting place for Coughlin’s design. “It looks hand painted and gives the room a sense of life,” she says.

The design of the primary bedroom emphasizes serenity, but patterned wallpaper and a tufted storage ottoman and custom headboard, both covered in the same pale-gray fabric with blue contrast piping, add liveliness.

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“THE FAMILY USES THE HOUSE YEAR-ROUND, SO THEY WANTED A DESIGN THAT WAS COMFORTABLE IN EVERY SEASON.” —Designer Kate Coughlin

RIGHT: Tasseled drawer pulls tease a color palette that—like the hydrangeas

that served as inspiration—can thrive through many seasons, not just summer. BELOW: A turquoise Red Egg bedside table is an eye-catching offset to the twin white wicker beds, but closer examination reveals matching aqua tones mixing with light blue hues in the Mally Skok wallpaper.

Coughlin’s vision for a pair of daughters’ bedrooms is more colorful. In one, outdoor-style sconces and wicker headboards (trimmed to fit under the sills) impart a summerporch vibe, while the mix of turquoise and purple on the nightstand, window treatments, and linens play equally well in spring, summer, or fall. Likewise, hydrangeas (noted three-season bloomers) inspired the light-blue color scheme of the second bedroom, showing up on a Red Egg mirror, Hwang Bishop Designs lamp, and a tasseled chest of drawers from Oomph—also the source for the Wave Platform bed, a nod to the home’s timeless island setting. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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A family-run interiors shop in Seal Harbor, Maine, merges a sense of place with a new take on timeless design. BY LISA H. SPEIDEL

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irst interior designer Laura Keeler fell for Vassar Pierce, then she fell—hard—for Mount Desert Island. Pierce’s family had been vacationing in Northeast Harbor, a summer community on the southern end of the Maine island, for generations; in fact, his thrice greatgrandfather was one of the founders of nearby Acadia National Park. “It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world,” Keeler Pierce says. “Because the mountains meet the sea, it has a unique topography for New England; it completely captivates you.” The now-married couple started looking for a vacation home on the island—and a reason to spend more time there. They inquired with their realtor about commercial space; a seasonal home furnishings

Everything at Rusticator, from the furnishings and art to the light fixtures, is for sale, says shop owner and designer Laura Keeler Pierce. Many pieces are also customizable—note the Dunes and Duchess side tables that can be made in any color, and the Jill Rosenwald ceramics available in a range of patterns and sizes.

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shop would be an ideal complement to Keeler Pierce’s Boston-based interior design firm, Keeler & Co. Turns out, a former general store on Main Street that had sat empty for two decades had hit the market. Keeler Pierce jumped on a Cape Air flight from Boston to Bar Harbor to confirm her gut feeling. “I said to my husband, ‘We have to do this,’ ” she remembers. The building even had two apartments, so the Pierces could stay in one while they hunted for

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Keeler Pierce, her husband, Vassar Pierce, and their golden retriever, Henry, relax in the sweet apartment behind the shop. Custom-designed pillows, timeless accessories, and games to while away a sultry summer evening are all in stock. Set up to mimic a home, the store welcomes shoppers into the dining room and encourages them to continue into the living room, discovering treasures along the way; Hadley Powell of Powell Fine Art Advisory curates the rotating collection of art.

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ABOVE: A playful mix of colors and patterns signal summer at Rusticator. FACING PAGE: A

perfect home base for their new shop, this iconic building, constructed in 1880, had seen better days when the Pierces purchased it. A thoughtful gut renovation—retaining as much of the original exterior as possible—has returned it to its former glory.

a more permanent place. Rusticator, a warm and inviting shop, officially opened in 2020, and it’s a family affair: the couple or Keeler Pierce’s mom, Helen Keeler, are usually behind the counter. Smitten by the island—no surprise!—the designer’s parents bought their own cottage. You’ll find Dad overseeing shipping and inventory and “anything related to the basement.” Rusticator brims with beautiful textiles, artisan-made goods, and custom furnishings. The curated mix is enchanting: cribbage and serving boards from Aronson Woodworks; hand-turned bowls from Millpond Bob; drink-drops, etageres, and dining tables from Dunes and Duchess; toasty-warm blankets from Paulette Rollo; and summer-entertaining-ready

table linens from Summerill & Bishop. Keeler Pierce artfully balances her desire to showcase New England vendors with her love for a layered English sensibility. And, of course, her wish to celebrate a special place. The shop’s name pays homage to the days when people would pack up their households for the summer and decamp to the island to recharge. “They would call themselves ‘rusticators,’ ” explains Keeler Pierce, “and return again and again…it’s like coming home.” With the shop up and running, the only thing missing now is that perfect vacation retreat for the couple to call home. Rusticator, Seal Harbor, Maine, rusticatorshop.com

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Elizabeth Home Decor & Design What are your favorite design sources? Estate sales. They’re an invitation to step into someone else’s history, take in the architecture, get a little nostalgic, and hopefully leave with a few treasures. What is your design philosophy? Interiors should be cohesive and family friendly. Complementary colors and repetition of material choices help make spaces feel bigger and more relaxed.

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FBN Construction What does FBN stand for? FBN stands for our clients. We stand for open, honest communication, thoughtfulness, and care. FBN believes in working with a client and a design team from the beginning, to assist and inform critical thinking about means and methods, budget and schedule. But don’t just take our word for it. Ask around, or better yet, ask us to show you a better way to do the business of construction. What inspires your work? Our clients and design partners. Working with them to creatively problem solve and achieve the goals and objectives of a project gives all of us here a thrill!

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BN Construction has been in business for more than forty years. FBN has become known for its trademark transparency and communications. From our first visit with a client, assessing the needs and goals for their project, we deliver consistent, real-time solutions and information to help the client make informed decisions according to their priorities and program goals. FBN believes in working together with skilled and like-minded professionals from concept through design development, construction, and commissioning of a project. Our relationships and experience allow us to assemble an effective and appropriate team of design professionals, trade subcontractors, and our own project management team and carpenters to produce exceptional results and lasting relationships. Working hand in hand with these assembled teams, we can facilitate a streamlined design/build approach, allowing the client to manage their budget and schedule to their satisfaction. Our long history of exceeding our clients’ expectations has produced a reputation that defines FBN’s soul as open, honest, and full of integrity and genuine caring for our many trusted relationships old, new, and yet to come.

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What motivates you? Frankly, our reputation—being someone that people believe they can count on and trust. If you have that, anything is possible. What is your favorite room in your house? Any room where you can enjoy a wall of windows, views of sunrises in the mornings or sunsets in the evening, and an ever-changing mural of New England beauty throughout the day.

FBN Construction 17 Wolcott Ct. Boston, MA 02136 617-333-6800 fbnconstruction.com

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Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc. What inspires your work? Reihl Mahoney: The team here at KKB. I did a quick tally, and our employees have a total of over 800 years of real-world construction experience. Yep, I said over 800. That’s a lot of experience to be able to lean on, learn from, collaborate with, and—most importantly—share.

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ith 40 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 motivates you? Ken Frommer: We’re lucky to work with the best architects and designers in the Northeast. Our motivation comes from daily opportunities to build designs and details that challenge convention and require the best craftspeople and materials available. What are emerging trends in your industry? Reihl Mahoney: Modern farmhouses. They blend classic New England vernacular exterior detailing with interiors that have clean, progressive design chops and lots of natural light.

Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc. 916 Main St. Acton, MA 01720 978-635-9700 kistlerandknapp.com

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Light Insight Design Studio Who are your great professional influences? My favorite architects—Le Corbusier, Jean Nouvel, and Frank Lloyd Wright—used daylighting to breathe life into spaces. I made it my mission to do the same with electric light. What design philosophy inspires your work? My work is fueled by a quest to add mystery, reveal texture, and create special moments. I’m fortunate to work with skilled architects, technicians, and craftspeople.

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ana has a passion for light, and she pioneers residential solutions for indoor and outdoor environments from New England to around the U.S. She draws on more than thirty years of experience to enliven the homes of her clients with dynamic, creative, and technologically advanced lighting concepts. “I have a mission of integrating light with architecture,” shares Lana, who has completed more than a thousand residential projects, creating lighting and control system designs in nearly every interior and exterior environment imaginable. Lana began her design career under the tutelage of Hans von Malotki at Buro Licht Design in Koln, Germany. She now collaborates closely with homeowners to fully understand their needs and aspirations during the conceptual stages of a project. She provides lighting analysis, detailed specifications, dimming load schedules for audio and video integration, custom fixture design, and mock-up reviews. The results are tailored to satisfy her client’s vision. Every detail is handled with care, all the way through the project’s completion.

What was your proudest moment? A high point in my career was lighting Boston’s skyline in 2008 for illuminaleBoston. When Mayor Menino flipped the switch, Bostonians got to see their city’s landmarks in a different light. As founder of illuminaleBoston, I developed its overall design and managed the efforts of more than a hundred lighting designers and industry partners to create this historic feat.

Light Insight Design Studio 177 Milk Street, Suite #014 Boston, MA 02109 617-268-1122 light-insightdesign.com

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The M-Geough Company, Inc. What are the emerging trends in your industry? We are excited to see traditional is coming back. Granted, it’s cleaner, slimmer, and not always brown, but still just as important to the home as it always was. Every room should have something traditional in it! What new spaces/layouts can we expect in the new showroom? We are excited to showcase products in smaller, more customer-friendly “real-time scale” vignettes. Many of our spaces will be outfitted with new technology to make the selection and sales process easier for our designer clients.

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elebrating 70 years in business, The M-Geough Company announces the passing of the torch while honoring its history, legacy, and storied manufacturers. As M-Geough remains in the forefront of innovation and design inspiration, Jim and Susan M-Geough are excited to announce that Creative Director Eric Haydel has been named company president. While the M-Geough’s transition into their new advisory roles, they leave the stewardship of their business and its future in Eric’s very capable hands. Susan M-Geough says, “We are grateful for his hard work and teambuilding over the last four years and look forward to an exciting future under his leadership.” This is an exciting time as M-Geough will be relocating to the Boston Design Center’s third floor and launching a new integrated shopping-expedient and clientfocused website. Haydel says, “Continual growth to help our industry evolve and move forward is our number-one focus. For over seven decades, starting under the vision of Jim’s grandmother and then father, we have built a solid foundation which has and will continue to serve us well, and now it’s time to again take it to new heights!”

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How many brands will be moving into the new showroom? Proudly, all of our existing brands are moving into the new space, and we will add a few more to round out the selection. Our partners are using this time to update their showings on the floor, which means much of the inventory will be new. What has been the best advice Jim and Susan have given to you? They have always reminded me that this company has survived 70 years because we have not been afraid to adapt and change. Reinvention is the name of the game.

The M-Geough Company, Inc. One Design Center Place Boston, MA 02210-2313 617-451-1412 m-geough.com

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Monique’s Bath Showroom What was your proudest moment? I’m very proud to be at the helm of a business that started 40 years ago this year. I’m equally proud of my staff and their dedication to Monique’s. What motivates you? Satisfying our customers by listening to their needs and delivering solutions with superior customer service. We need to be a viable resource for our designer customers and their homeowner clients.

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’m proud to announce that 2021 marks Monique’s 40th year in business. Monique’s is an award-winning business that is family owned and operated, with our third generation now working. Our staff is like an extension of our family, as many of them have been with us for over twenty years. For 40 years, Monique’s Bath Showroom has worked with the design community and homeowners by utilizing our product knowledge and ability to display and source products from all around the world. Our experienced staff is second to none and helps guide our customers through the process of selecting products, which for the end user can seem at times overwhelming. Our job is to make the process less stressful, and we work hard to accomplish this. Since 1981, Monique’s has created a reputation as the one-stop bath and kitchen showroom for decorative plumbing fixtures. Our unbeatable customer service and professional and knowledgeable staff go hand in hand with our high-end, quality products that will suit each and every home perfectly. At Monique’s, you will be making an investment in your future.

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What are the emerging trends in your industry? The blending and mixing of styles, materials, and finishes that create unique and eclectic kitchens and baths. Although they are on the cutting edge of design, they appear and function as timeless. How do you describe your style? As a high-end decorative kitchen and bath showroom, we need to carry and display products from various styles. I think in general, when asked for design guidance, we tend to lean towards contemporary and transitional. The ability to show and source many styles keeps us relevant and enables us to be the resource we need to be for our customers.

Monique’s Bath Showroom 123 N Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472 617-663-0582 moniquesbathshowroom.com

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Sea-Dar Construction What is your dream collaboration? When owners hire us concurrently with the design team at the project onset. The success of the project depends on a good planning process. Without having a contractor at the table from the start, the project is handicapped. What are your great professional influences? My father, an engineer and contractor, started his company at 22 and had to start over in a different country at 42 because of the war in Lebanon. He retired at 80 but remains involved.

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What motivates you? Making our clients happy with the results and also the process. We are proud when the project becomes a home, and we are honored when the clients remain our friends for years to come. What is your favorite city? Beirut, where I was born and raised. A city of beauty next to filth, riches next to poverty, but where people are very warm and resilient, and the food is exceptional.

Sea-Dar Construction Boston | New York | Cape Cod 580 Harrison Ave., Suite 4W Boston, MA 02118 617-423-0870 seadar.com

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WKP Construction What inspires your work? Our clients inspire us on so many levels. Naturally, we develop a close relationship throughout the project, and every dialogue, iteration, and exchange ultimately energizes us to innovate, excel, and exceed the benchmarks we set out to achieve.

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What is your dream collaboration? I love the moment when I receive drawings from an architect that are incredibly intricate and nuanced. As a professional, I enjoy being challenged and stretched to refine my craft, deepen my knowledge base, and call upon my solution-oriented approach. What is your favorite space within your home? Our screened porch. It’s where I spend most of my time working and relaxing when I am not in the office or in the field. I’ve worked on some special projects that incorporated similar design elements—a porch with motorized screens, gorgeous millwork, and thoughtful selections is always a winner in my book.

WKP Construction 174 Bellevue Ave., Suite 305 Newport, RI 02840 401-619-3909 wkpconstruction.com

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Able Moraine What is your design philosophy? Our clients’ lifestyles, personalities, and functional requirements are unique. We are dedicated to creating a place where our clients experience an undeniable sense of home. We believe this is achieved through an inclusive process in which we invest ourselves in understanding our clients and invite them to engage. What inspires your work? Every design solution is different, and the discovery process of finding such solutions is challenging yet fun and rewarding. Developing a creative vision is deeply rooted in the home’s location and stands up for material integrity, craftsmanship, and artistry. We want to make sure that every project is holistic in its character, exciting, energetic, and inspiring to our clients who live there and their friends and family who get to visit! What motivates you? The Able Moraine team brings an immense portfolio of design and project-management skills that I learn from every day. I have assembled a team of not only extremely talented designers, but also trusted advisors. I am motivated by the incredible support and love we have built for one another. Also, I work hard as a woman and a mother to show my girls that they can honor their passion in life.

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LaBarge Homes What inspires your work? People and the lives they live inspire us. Your home is where lifelong memories are made. It’s a sanctuary and a source of inspiration. It speaks to who we are and what we love. LaBarge Homes is inspired by what a home stands for and the people who live there. What is your design philosophy? Quality focused and client committed. We are committed to honoring the architectural integrity of your home; this is why we have partnered with extremely talented architects and designers. In addition to having our own crew, we’ve secured relationships with the finest craftspeople, tradespeople, suppliers, and artisans to ensure that you’re always getting the best value, professionals, and products—with our team providing oversight every step of the way. What are the emerging trends in your industry? Homeowners are integrating a connection to nature by merging indoor and outdoor spaces with glass walls and sliding panels, and luxurious bathroom retreats that extend to the outdoors. Additionally, environmentally conscious values are taking priority in home specifications; they include electric-car-charging stations, solar panels, and zero energy homes.

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The Granite Place

What inspires your work? Our work is inspired by what’s new in the stone industry. Dealing with natural material every day changes how you look at design in general. What motivates you? Our motivation comes from our eagerness to be better. Competition nowadays is really hard, and to stand out in this industry, you have to be the best. What was your proudest moment? Our proudest moment was a realization on our five-year anniversary last year. We were doing forty kitchens a week… and when we started back in 2013, we thought that if we could do three kitchens a week, we would survive. How do you describe your style? Three words: unique, courageous, and Brazilian.

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The star of the living area is a new eighteen-foot glass-door system that transforms the space for indooroutdoor use. A Kravet sofa, woven chairs by McGuire, and armchairs from Brunschwig & Fils upholstered in a Lee Jofa fabric surround a cocktail table from Lexington Home Brands.

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Kathleen Hay favors a “clean aesthetic and function meeting form.” Architect Chip Webster extended the porch, which now wraps around to the front facade, designed a new second-floor balcony off the primary bedroom, and added a three-season porch off the living area. During colder months, the porch’s screen panels can be changed out for glass. “The client didn’t want a television in the main living area, so we put one here instead,” explains Hay. “With the heaters on, it’s a great place for watching football games.”

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not often that an architect gets a second take on the same house, so it must have been kismet when Chip Webster was tapped for the renovation of a Nantucket spec home he had originally designed in the 1990s. Kismet, and a little push from designer Kathleen Hay, that is: the new homeowners hired Hay to decorate the 5,600-square-foot five-bedroom space upon the recommendation of their real estate broker, and Hay, in turn, threw Webster’s name in the hat for the renovation.

“Chip and I have worked together on a number of projects, but when I suggested him, I had no idea that he had actually built the house,” says Hay, who, like Webster, has lived on Nantucket for decades. Webster couldn’t wait to get his hands on the former commission, which all parties admit was a bit dated by this point. “When I first walked in, I thought, Well, I guess I’ve learned a lot in the past twenty years,” says Webster with a laugh. “I immediately saw it as an opportunity for improvement and also to explore some things that we didn’t have the budget for initially.”

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from Circa Lighting hang above a Caesarstone-topped island in the kitchen; the barstools are from Kravet, and white oak flooring appears throughout. A Phillip Jeffries Japanese paper weave studded with rivets envelops the office, which opens onto the wraparound porch. Located on the first floor opposite the dining area, the office can be closed off for privacy. FACING PAGE: In the dining area, light fixtures from Palecek hang above a Parish Co table; the upholstered chair and rug are from Kravet.

One such addition was the front porch, which had appeared in Webster’s previous plans but was never constructed. In collaboration with Hay and local builder Ron Winters, Webster tackled other exterior modifications including removing the widow’s walk, adding a balcony off the main bedroom, and building a three-season porch. Inside, the design team entirely reconfigured the first floor, with the biggest change being the relocation of the kitchen from the front of the house to the back, where it’s open to both the living and dining areas.

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In lieu of a bench, Hay placed a Brunschwig & Fils daybed at the foot of a Bernhardt bed in the main bedroom; a statement-making light fixture from Ro Sham Beaux hangs above, and the artwork is by Nantucket photographer Daniel Sutherland. FACING PAGE: A sitting room on the second floor serves as a media and game room; a Phillip Jeffries grasscloth covers the walls, and a pair of custom daybeds are upholstered in a Romo fabric.

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“Chip and I have worked together on a number of

projects, but when I suggested him, I had no idea that he had actually built the house.” —INTERIOR DESIGNER KATHLEEN HAY “The way people are living is different than it was three decades ago,” explains Webster. “Now, the kitchen is the heart and soul of a house and is connected to everything else.” The team also expanded the main bedroom and bath, reworked the lower level to accommodate a wine cellar, gym, and home theater, carved out space for a home office on the main floor, and renovated the guest studio above the garage. “I love following the lead of strong architects and decorators,” says Winters, whose favorite room turned out to be the living area, thanks to an eighteen-foot glass-door system that creates a seamless transition to the new

outdoor kitchen, dining area, pool, and cabana. A firepit, pergola-covered Ping-Pong table, half basketball court, and an in-ground trampoline round out the outdoor oasis fit for an active family (the clients have three teenage boys). “The program was driven by recreation and entertainment,” notes local landscape designer David Troast, who also imagined an entirely new planting scheme with privacy in mind. With construction out of the way, Hay could finally focus on the finishes, conceiving a clean backdrop of white oak flooring, shiplap accents, and textural wallcoverings. She chose a streamlined mix

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Landscape designer David Troast planted white birch and fountain grasses around the firepit area. “The firepit lines up with the living area, and I wanted that view to feel pastoral,” says Troast. FACING PAGE: The patio is sheathed in Caledonia granite and features an outdoor kitchen, chairs from Barlow Tyrie, and a JM Lifestyles table.

of new furnishings in a neutral palette with touches of blue, while contemporary artworks and vintage objects lend warmth. Hay focused on keeping the mood “airy and light” and the surfaces indestructible. “With houseguests, three boys, and a dog, durability is key,” says the designer. “The home is still beautiful and sophisticated, but it can hold up to sandy feet and wet bottoms.”

ARCHITECTURE: Chip Webster, Chip Webster Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN: Kathleen Hay, Kathleen Hay Designs BUILDER: Ron Winters,

Thirty Acre Wood LANDSCAPE DESIGN: David Troast,

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Homeowners Kathy and Doug chose architect Alec Tesa because of his skill at the Shingle-style. “His designs are just so well proportioned,” says Doug. LEFT: Whether washed with sunlight or aglow by firelight, the sunroom is a favorite gathering spot where the focus is on togetherness. “My younger daughter designated it a no-technology room,” says Kathy.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Landscape designer Brian Muoio’s plan is a low-maintenance coastal classic where masses of hydrangeas are accented with easy-care choices such as catmint and daylilies. The home features numerous works by local artists, including the living room’s dreamy paintings by Rhode Islander Vanessa Piche. Furniture, like interior designer Patti Watson’s custom curved sofa, speaks to tradition without being fussy.

Envisioning a home away from the suburban bustle, they set their sights on Rhode Island’s south coast, ultimately settling on a parcel of land in the seaside town of Narragansett. The lot was especially appealing, Doug says, because it juts out from the coastline. “It probably has 270 degrees of views. We look back to the town of Narragansett, and across to Newport and Jamestown, and out to the ocean.” A classic house of shingle and stone seemed the perfect choice for such a special lot, and Newport architect Alec Tesa obliged, designing a Shingle-style beauty that looks like it’s been perched on this very spot since the Gilded Age. People familiar with Narragansett’s Coast Guard House (aka The Towers), built in 1888 by McKim, Mead & White, might recognize Tesa’s homage to the designers of that iconic building in the home’s entrance, where two peaked-roof projections are connected by the front door’s arched roof.

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“WE TRY NOT TO HAVE TOO MUCH DRYWALL IN OUR HOUSES. WE LIKE DETAILS, AND WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN WITH THEM.” —Architect Alec Tesa CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Tesa played with woodwork details throughout, even on the ceilings; in the kitchen, that means a pretty elliptical detail that conjures gentle ocean waves. For the family room, Watson revved up the palette, incorporating hues suggestive of a summer sunset in toss pillows and the area rug that sits atop a woven rug. “In a large open space like this, layering rugs is a way to, literally, add a layer of interest,” the designer says. The dining room glows, thanks to the wallpaper’s metallic hints.

Inside, Tesa’s meticulous design continues. From the foyer’s whitepaneled walls, to the rich, dark paneling in Doug’s handsome second-floor office, to the unique ceiling treatments in every room, Tesa didn’t stint on unique detailing. “We try not to have too much drywall in our houses,” the architect says. “We like details, and we have a lot of fun with them.” Patti Watson’s interior design plan masterfully but never stereotypically plays to the home’s waterfront location. “We took cues from the location, certainly—the sand and the sea—but

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Alec Tesa, A. Tesa Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN:

Patti Watson, Taste BUILDER:

Mark Horan, Horan Building Company LANDSCAPE DESIGN:

Brian Muoio, Briden Nursery

ABOVE: The homeowners wake up to water views in their east-facing suite; the ceiling’s millwork hides the motors that open and close the drapes and blackout shades. LEFT: A window detail in the primary bathroom mimics the elliptical patterns found elsewhere in the home. FACING PAGE: Doug’s second-floor office makes working from home a pleasure.

it’s a soothing, nature-inspired palette, rather than traditional blue and white,” she says. She also included plenty of fun details, like the dining room chandelier, a bubble-like confection crafted by local glassblowers Jennifer and David Clancy, and the sunburst motif of a mirror and a pair of sconces in the living room, chosen as a nod to the home’s name: Sun’s Race. The name, taken from the title of a poem the eldest daughter wrote in the fifth grade, is more than appropriate. With its perfect siting, the home is flooded with sunlight from dawn to dusk. That the girls were single when Kathy

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and Doug began planning the house didn’t stop the couple from imagining future sons-in-law joining in family dinners and laughing grandchildren playing on the lawn. Kathy recalls that she and Watson talked about how perfect the grand staircase would be for wedding pictures one day. “And sure enough,” she relates, “our older

daughter got married, and we have some beautiful wedding photos taken there.” The arrival of a grandson early last year is a sweet next step toward the fulfillment of their dreams for a home to be enjoyed for generations. “We just love it,” Kathy says. “We can’t wait to make more memories.”

The broad back porch holds often-used dining and sitting areas. FACING PAGE: The swimming pool sits to the side of the house, rather than the back, says Muoio, because Kathy wanted to ensure nothing man-made would interrupt the sightline to the water.

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This Duxbury, Massachusetts, house designed by Hutker Architects balances traditional expectations and modern possibilities on a steeply sloped site. Its blackcapped “Tory chimney” acknowledges local history while its cantilevered main level employs steel beams to create a sheltered pool deck on a limited footprint.

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PERFECT BLEND

Designed by hand, a home finds balance between its contemporary style and its neighborhood’s colonial identity. Text by DEBRA JUDGE SILBER  Photography by MICHAEL J. LEE

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Alongside the garage, the first of three aediculae, or frames, greets visitors on a path that extends through the house to end at a window trained on a distant shore. The purpose is to emphasize each transition, says architect Thomas McNeill. FACING PAGE: Behind the garage, a white garden blossoms between the path and linear concrete retaining walls that modulate the slope toward the pool. “The dramatic hillside setting, the woodland, and the marsh beyond all spoke to us as we designed the landscape,” says landscape architect Kris Horiuchi.

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They went at it with scissors. On one side of the table was a topographic plan made of chipboard. On the other, squares of cardboard and small acrylic boxes. As they talked, they moved the boxes around, and trimmed the cardboard this way and that. “We had zero preconceived notions of what the house was going to be,” admits architect Thomas McNeill—a scary proposition for the one paid to have ideas. But two hours later, he and his clients were

looking at a tiny cardboard house. “That,” he says, “is the house that stands there today.” Their unique approach resulted in a unique home: a split-level nestled on a deep slope, with wide windows to frame breathtaking water views and a cantilevered screened porch that hovers over a pool deck, maximizing space without breaching a conservation-restricted footprint.

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“We chose to include things that had character, but also simple organic textures and some scale.” —INTERIOR DESIGNER LIZ STIVING-NICHOLS

McNeill’s clients weren’t seeking something unique: just an easygoing home that offered both private and shared spaces, room for entertaining, and a pool to lure three grown sons back from time to time. They had purchased the property and the older home on it some years before. When it came time to rebuild, the couple was drawn to Hutker Architects, where McNeill is a principal, for its use of natural materials and clean lines. But they also knew any house embracing those elements would stick out like a sore thumb in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a town settled by the Pilgrims in 1624 and where the house of John Alden (as in Mayflower passengers John and Priscilla Alden) still stands.

McNeill, a 2019 New England Home 5 Under 40 honoree, got in his car. “We went around town and photographed a whole bunch of historic houses—eaves, chimneys, rake boards, soffits. We wanted the house to live in a modern way but reflect the memory of these historic homes.” It does so with puritanically simple window casings, natural cedar shingles, and gutter brackets copied from the Alden house. Its white chimneys are capped with black steel in the style of Revolutionary War-era “Tory Chimneys” that identified locals loyal to the crown. From the street it appears suitably quaint, with only the top floor visible behind its garage—an arrangement

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Hardware details on the trusses above cued the choice of the black Windsor chairs and dining table that share the main living space. “The details really had this incredible connection to the natural surroundings that made it easy to pull together our design concept,” says designer Liz Stiving-Nichols. FACING PAGE: A steel cabinet above the fireplace masks the TV’s screen and finds common ground with dark accents on the reclaimed-teak coffee table, contemporary rope chairs, and petrified-wood side tables.

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Copious storage in the kitchen’s island and base cabinets means less visual clutter to compete with breathtaking views. The architect’s choice of Neolith sintered stone veneer on the wall and countertops suggests a casual elegance that Stiving-Nichols embraced as a serene complement to the vivid scenery outside.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Two

built-in bunks share a dreamy view in one of three bedrooms designed with the clients’ sons in mind. A pair of binoculars rests atop the railing on the porch, where bird-watching and napping compete with basking in the view and shoreline breezes; a bench serves as a narrow cocktail table between the comfy sofa and swivel chairs, both swathed in a linen-like outdoor fabric. In another bedroom, a hanging chair provides a secluded space to contemplate the landscape, while a glass door to the right leads to a deck outside.

dictated by the steep slope but also classic and practical. “A Yankee approach,” McNeill calls it. A wooden walkway leads to the front door, passing under the first of three black-steel aediculae, or frames, that usher visitors past a white garden of birch, astilbe, and ferns toward the house. “The entry landscape is all about movement,” explains landscape designer Kris Horiuchi. Inside, the house is larger than it looks. Its lofted main level includes a kitchen, dining and living area, screened porch, and steps to a primary bedroom suite with a private office. A half-flight down is a gym, family room, and three bedrooms, each with a bonus:

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a view, built-in bunks, or one of the home’s four interior fireplaces. Liz Stiving-Nichols, who worked with Hutker for seven years before establishing her own firm, Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, instinctively let the architecture take center stage by keeping furnishings quiet and natural. “We chose to include things that had character, but also simple organic textures and some scale,” she says. The black Windsor dining chairs, for example, have enough visual height to hold their own against the windows behind them, but also yield to the view. “They really threaded the needle in blending the

modern elements with the traditional elements,” says the client. Her neighbors are also pleased with the balance McNeill struck. “It evokes the memory of being rooted in the place,” the architect notes. “But then it says, ‘Look what’s possible today.’ ” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

ARCHITECTURE: Thomas McNeill, Hutker Architects INTERIOR DESIGN: Liz Stiving-Nichols, Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design BUILDER: Dudley Mulrenin, Sea View Construction LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Kris Horiuchi, Horiuchi Solien

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On the rocky shores of Newport, Rhode Island, hydrangeas hug a vacation house that was renovated by Paul Weber Architecture. One of the homeowners grew up spending summers in the house next door.

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Sentiment and the

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Personal history meets personal style at this coastal retreat.

Text by MEAGHAN O’NEILL  |  Photography by READ M CKENDREE Produced by KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

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The design team added high wainscoting in the formal living room, playing to the proportions of the floor-to-ceiling windows and drawing the eye outside— with no window treatments to interrupt the view. Deep Kravet couches provide respite next to shagreen coffee tables from Creative Metal & Wood.

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Famous for its long beaches, rocky shores, and historical architecture, Newport, Rhode Island, offers a quintessential New England summer escape. Visitors and locals alike enjoy it all from the city’s famous Cliff Walk, a threeand-a-half-mile shoreline trail with stunning natural beauty and glimpses of Gilded Age mansions. Houses in the area offer marvelous ocean views, so when a rare listing came on the market, one couple jumped at the chance to make it their vacation home. The purchase was based, in part, on nostalgia; the wife had grown up spending summers at the property next door, which the couple had also frequented with their own children. Carrying on that tradition with their grandchildren “was the genesis of the renovations,” says Paul Weber, architect and principal of Paul Weber Architecture. Though the 4,500-square-foot house was just a couple of decades old, it needed a solid refresh. The firm reshingled the house, replaced the roof, installed a plunge pool, and added new windows and sliding doors, giving “the shell of the building a whole new look,” says Weber, and “a nice sense of transparency.” The couple wanted to use the house as soon as possible and knew exactly what

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The homeowners' prized antique table has a starring role in the dining room, while Kravet chairs with legs stained to match the dark floors add a modern touch. FACING PAGE, TOP: In the entry, designer Natalie Lebeau creates a welcoming moment with a Keith Fritz Fine Furniture table. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Because the kitchen looks out on the lawn and ocean, Lebeau kept the palette tight and bright. Visual Comfort cage pendants play up the concept of transparency.

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they needed from a redesign: a fresh, clean, modern space, says Natalie Lebeau, principal at SLC Interiors. “Really, bringing the water into the house was what she wanted to do,” says Lebeau of the wife, who was “totally involved in how these spaces function and look.” To highlight the expansive views and meet the accelerated timeline, Lebeau set the stage with a sophisticated and primarily neutral palette. She then layered varying shades of blue to enhance the seaside effect. In the living room, quiet creams and grays play nicely with gentle powdery blues that appear on upholstered benches and in a large-scale artwork. In the kitchen, which was reconfigured with new cabinetry, a generous island, and thick marble counter tops, these hues shift to lush jewel tones on seating and accessories. Set against

To highlight the expansive views and meet the accelerated timeline, Lebeau set the stage with a sophisticated and primarily neutral palette. the crisp white walls and cabinetry, the scheme serves to spotlight the sweeping views of the generous landscape and the ocean beyond. The ultimate expression of these watery hues culminates in the library, where Lebeau used a glossy hydrangea blue to transform existing oak cabinetry and a new built-in bar. To keep the room grounded, Lebeau anchored it with a vintage bamboo table and hung an antique painting above the fireplace—both items were important to the client, who wanted to incorporate her large collection of antiques throughout the house. Many of the pieces were family heirlooms with sentimental value. To give them their proper due as well as a fresh perspective, Lebeau “layered in the old pieces that had history and brought them into the modern era,”

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INTERIOR DESIGN: Susanne Lichten Csongor, Natalie Lebeau, SLC Interiors RENOVATION ARCHITECTURE:

Paul Weber, Paul Weber Architecture BUILDER: Highland Builders

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she says. In the dining room, for example, a treasured table took center stage when paired with contemporary chairs and a sparkling chandelier. For the design team and the clients alike, it turned out to be the perfect mix of furnishings for a house new to the family in

a neighborhood filled with their personal history. “It was wonderful that they had such a vast, rich collection of antiques,” says Lebeau. “It makes the home feel so much more curated, and not like everything came off the showroom floor.”

The transformation of the library included painting walls, trim, cabinetry, and even the ceiling Benjamin Moore Montpelier, a glossy blue. FACING PAGE, TOP: The southeastern-facing primary suite was painted Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver, a dusty blue that engages with the changing color of the sky and water in every season. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: New cabinetry in the en suite bathroom includes a marble-topped vanity.

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encouraged; the outdoor kitchen features both gas and charcoal grills, as well as gas burners for steaming lobsters. A series of ironwood decks overlook the stone terrace. Built in 1995, the post-and-beam home underwent an extensive renovation, led by a4 Architects of Bar Harbor, in 2006. The team retained much of the original woodwork and added architectural details that include a striking three-story staircase and a tongue-andgroove octagonal ceiling in the dining

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Designed by Fiorentino Group Architects of Portsmouth and built by its current owners in 2008, the home includes a mix of casual and semiformal interiors. Thoughtful details, from vaulted mahogany ceilings to materials that reflect the natural surroundings, permeate every nook and cranny. A glass-walled great room frames views of the Cocheco River, while the main suite (with private screened porch) is tucked into a quiet corner of the house. Two more en suite

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2021 PRO New England Award Winners Residential Kitchen $50,000 to $100,000 Gold Award: Fresh Start Contracting Silver Award: BB&R Design-Build Silver Award: Masters Touch Design Build Residential Kitchen $100,001 to $150,000 Gold Award: J.P. Hoffman Design Build Silver Award: Archambault Construction Inc. Residential Kitchen Over $150,000 Gold Award: Masters Touch Design Build Silver Award: Kevin Cradock Builders Residential Bath Under $30,000 Gold Award: Archambault Construction Inc. DRONE HOME MEDIA

Residential Bath $30,000 to $60,000 Gold Award: Hudson Contracting Company Silver Award: TEAM of Asher Nichols & Craftsmen and KitchenVisions Residential Bath Over $60,000 Gold Award: Platt Builders Silver Award: Gallagher Remodeling

GOLD AWARD WINNER Residential Kitchen Over $150,000 Masters Touch Design Build

Residential Interior Gold Award: TEAM of Gallagher Remodeling and GMT Home Designs Silver Award: KitchenVisions Residential Specialty Interior Gold Award: New England Design & Construction Residential Addition Under $200,000 Gold Award: Red House Design Build Silver Award: Masters Touch Design Build Residential Addition $200,000 and Over Gold Award: Platt Builders Silver Award: Payne|Bouchier Fine Builders Residential Exterior Gold Award: Platt Builders Silver Award: Red House Design Build

KIM DOW, DOVERCRAFT CONSTRUCTION, AND JIM LAVALLEE, LAVALLEE SYSTEMS

VON SALMI, VON SALMI AND ASSOCIATES INC.

Entire House Under $500,000 Gold Award: RIKB Design Build Entire House $500,000 and Over Gold Award: Howell Custom Building Group Silver Award: Fresh Start Contracting Entire House - Condominium Gold Award: Kevin Cradock Builders Silver Award: Rebel Builders Residential Basement Gold Award: BLB Custom Building Silver Award: Northeast Kitchen & Flooring Center

MICHELLE GLASSBURN, PROFESSIONAL REMODELING ORGANIZATION NEW ENGLAND , AND SEAN CLARKE, CLARKE

TOM MESSIER, MASON AHT INSURANCE

Residential Historical Renovation / Restoration Gold Award: TEAM of Star Construction Co., Inc., Essex Restoration and Mark-One Inc. Silver Award: New England Design & Construction 2021 Member of the Year Kim Dow, Dovercraft Construction

GREG PREMRU PHOTOGRAPHY INC.

2021 Project with the Most PRO New England Members Gallagher Remodeling 2021 Most Used Vendor JB Sash and Door Company 2021 Customer Service Award Miller Construction Company

The PRO Awards honor the work of the region’s finest remodeling professionals. Members of the Professional Remodeling Organization New England (PRO NE) competed in 16 categories for the distinction. The awards presentation gala was held virtually at Clarke in Milford. For information about your next project, or to find a remodeling professional, visit: pro-ne.org.

GOLD AWARD WINNER Entire House – Condominium Kevin Cradock Builders

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Resources |

A GUIDE TO THE PROFESSIONALS IN THIS ISSUE’S FEATURED HOMES

RIVERDANCE PAGES 33–36 Landscape design: Verne Fisher, Visionary Landscapes, Newburyport, Mass., 603-781-3071, visionaryland scapes.com; Mara Robinson, Mara Landscape Design, Newburyport, Mass., 978-868-0331, maralandscapedesign.com Stonework/masonry: Luis Marques, John Pacheco, Visionary Landscapes, Newburyport, Mass., 603-781-3071, visionarylandscapes.com AN ORGANIC COMPOUND PAGES 40–46 Architectural design: Ritch Holben, RhDesign, Southfield, Mass., 413-854-8923, rhdesign.me Interior, kitchen, and lighting design: Debra Gottlieb, Finelines Interiors, Armonk, N.Y., 914-649-5753, finelinesinteriors.com Builder: Roman Montano, Alander Construction, Great Barrington, Mass., 413-446-9155, alanderconstruction.com Cabinetry: Andrew Carrs, Casa Design, Stratford, Conn., 914-527-2263, casadesignllc.com Landscape design: Bruce Bennett, Darrell Cherniske, Kent Greenhouse & Gardens, Kent, Conn., 860-927-4436, kentgreenhouse.com Steel fabrication: Luke Delabruere, Canaan, Conn., 860-671-7140 Audio/visual design: Luke Germain, Tune Street, Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-4999, tunestreet.net Drapery and pillow fabrication: Ariel Munoz, Port Chester, N.Y., 914-473-1171 SLEEK AND CHIC PAGES 50–54

Architecture: Hacin + Associates, Boston, 617-426-0077, hacin.com Interior design: Jayme Kennerknecht, Jessica Rogers, Kennerknecht Design Group, Beverly, Mass., 978-720-8173, kennerknechtdesigngroup.com Builder: The Holland Companies, Boston, 617-556-2900, thehollandcompanies.com Wine storage: Vigilant, Dover, N.H., 603-285-0400, vigilantinc.com SWEET DREAMS FRIENDS AND FAMILY PAGES 66–68 Architecture: Kevin Miller, Shor Home, Provincetown, Mass., 508-487-7467, shorhome.com Interior design: Herbert Acevedo, Shor Home, Provincetown, Mass., 508-487-7467, shorhome.com MAINE FOCUS PAGE 70 Interior design: Honey Collins, Honey Collins Interior Design, Essex, Mass., 978-758-1145, lwcinteriors.com Builder: Wright-Ryan Construction, Portland, Maine, 207-773-3625, wright-ryan.com Window treatments and bedding: MRV Exclusives, Gloucester, Mass., 978-526-8789, mrvexclusives.com ATYPICAL ISLAND STYLE PAGES 72–74 Architecture: Patrick Ahearn, Patrick Ahearn Architect, Boston, 617-266-1710, patrickahearn.com Interior design: Kate Coughlin, Kate Coughlin Interiors, Boston, 617-2692620, katecoughlininteriors.com Builder: Rosbeck Builders, Edgartown, Mass., 508-693-6300, rosbeckbuilders.com

THE LIVING IS EASY PAGES 108–117 Architecture: Chip Webster, Chip Webster Architecture, Nantucket, Mass., 508-228-3600, chipwebster.com Interior design: Kathleen Hay, Kathleen Hay Designs, Nantucket, Mass., 508-228-1219, kathleenhaydesigns.com Builder, interior millwork, cabinetry, and audio/visual installation: Ron Winters, Thirty Acre Wood, Nantucket, Mass., 508-228-7456, thirtyacrewood.com Landscape design: David Troast, Ernst Land Design, Nantucket, Mass., 508-228-5614, ernstlanddesign.com Dining room candlesticks: Eleish Van Breems Home, Nantucket, Mass., 508-901-9912, evbantiques.com GOOD DAY, SUNSHINE PAGES 118–127 Architecture: Alec Tesa, A. Tesa Architecture, Newport, R.I., 401-608-2286, atesaarchitecture.com Interior design: Patti Watson, Taste, Jamestown, R.I., 401-423-3639, tastedesigninc.com Builder: Mark Horan, Horan Building Company, Newport, R.I., 401-848-9284, horanbuilding.com Cabinetmaker and millwork: Jonathan Dahl Woodworking, Cypress, Tex., 281-357-8381, jdahlwoodworks.com Landscape design: Brian Muoio, Briden Nursery, North Kingstown, R.I., 401-487-9532, bridennursery.com Masonry: RC Masonry, Johnston, R.I., 401-946-5227 Pool installation: Hendricks Pools, Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-7410 Landscape lighting: Brian Muoio, Briden Nursery, North Kingstown, R.I.,

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Resources

401-487-9532, bridennursery.com; Read’s Nightscapes, West Warwick, R.I., 401-828-9252 PERFECT BLEND PAGES 128–137 Architecture: Thomas McNeill, Hutker Architects, Plymouth, Mass., 508-540-0048, hutkerarchitects.com Interior design: Liz Stiving-Nichols, Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, Vineyard Haven, Mass., 508-687-9555, mvidesign.com Landscape design: Kris Horiuchi, Horiuchi & Solien Landscape Architects, Falmouth, Mass., 508-540-5320 Structural engineer: Steven Siegel, Siegel Associates, Newton, Mass., 617-244-1612, siegelassociates.com SENTIMENT AND THE SEA PAGES 138–145 Architecture: Paul Weber, Paul Weber Architecture, Newport, R.I., 401-849-3390, paulweberarchitecture.com Interior design: Susanne Lichten Csongor, Natalie Lebeau, SLC Interiors, South Hamilton, Mass., 978-468-4330, slcinteriors.com Builder: Highland Builders, Tiverton, R.I., 401-625-1667, highlandbuildersri.com Wallpaper installation: Norman Couture Professional Interiors, West Springfield, Mass., 413-739-5201 Drapery: Designer Draperies of Boston, South Boston, Mass., 617-268-2391, designerdraperiesofboston.com Art consulting: Elizabeth Dimond Art Advisory, Brooklyn, N.Y., 248-872-2429, elizabethdimondllc.com

Advertiser Index 5 Under 40  157

Moniques Bath Showroom  96–97

Able Moraine  102

Monogram  21

Acorn Deck House Company  47

Moss Pure  153

Bannon Custom Builders  79

Murdough Design  151

Benchmark Builders, Inc.  75

Northern Outdoor Lighting  67

Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling  69

Oak Hill Architects, Inc.  105

Boston Stone Restoration  28

Oasis Shower Doors/Specialty Glass  82

California Closets  35

Ogunquit Playhouse  153

Catherine Truman Architects  32

Onyx Corporation  64

Chip Webster Architecture  18

Paragon Landscape Construction  23

Christopher Pagliaro Architects  107

Paul Weber Architecture  77

Circa Lighting  43

Payne|Bouchier Fine Builders  22

Clarke Distribution Corporation  31

Pellettieri Associates, Inc.  29

Crown Point Cabinetry  27

Pinney Designs  41

Crown Select  65 Cummings Architecture + Interiors  61

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders  10–11

Designer Bath/Salem Plumbing Supply  45

PRG Rugs  30

Designer Draperies of Boston  53

PRO New England (PRO Awards)  155

Divine Design Center  16–17

R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc.  48

Dolphin Insulation  84–85

Sea-Dar Construction 98–99

Downsview Kitchens  37

Shope Reno Wharton  56

Duffy Design Group  inside front cover

Shor Home Furnishings & Interior Design  147

Elizabeth Home  86–87 FBN Construction Co., LLC  88–89,

Siegel Associates  151

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Snow and Jones  73

Flavin Architects  38

Studio DRAW  51

Frank Webb Home  39

Sudbury Design Group, Inc.  12–13

Hammerton  106

System 7 Technology Design/Wolfers

Humble Linens  153

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Hutker Architects  14–15

Taste  63

Janine Dowling Design, Inc.  55

The Granite Place  104

Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc.  90–91

The MacDowell Company, Inc.  1

Kitchen Views at National Lumber  49

TMS Architects  6–7

Knickerbocker Group  154

Walpole Outdoors  147

KVC Builders  2–3

Webb Place Development  105

LaBarge Homes  103

WKP Construction  100–101

LDa Architecture & Interiors  71

Youngblood Builders, Inc.  57

League of N.H. Craftsmen  149

ZEN Associates, Inc.  80–81

Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc.  4–5 Light Insight Design Studio  92–93 Longfellow Design Build  26 Luxury Home Design Summit  159 M-Geough Company, Inc.  94–95 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC  59 MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects  25 Minotti  8–9

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Last Look |

BY ERIKA AYN FINCH The OFYR Classic Corten 100 isn’t just for burgers. A variety of cooking surfaces, including an optional raised grill, allows you to ‘cue everything from lobsters and veggies, to calzones and even bread.

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three-piece design allows it to be easily moved from backyard to beach, but we appreciate its modern, sculptural aesthetic, which encourages the cooktop— available in two sizes—to be a backyard centerpiece rather than a tucked-out-of-sight appliance. The OFYR line of outdoor kitchen accessories is equally as chic. Weston Table, Weston, Mass., westontable.com

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