New England Home March - April 2018

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Seductive Elegance

Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

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March–April 2018

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In This Issue

March–April 2018 I Volume 13, Issue 4

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A design team that “gets it” undertakes another gorgeous renovation for favorite clients in Boston. Text by Maria LaPiana I Photography by Laura Moss  Produced by Kyle Hoepner


It’s grand, certainly, this hillside Vermont house. But the surprisingly cozy home’s true stand-out quality is the pride of craftsmanship obvious in every one of its 15,000 square feet. Text by Mary Grauerholz I Photography by Greg Premru I Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent


The trick for this contemporary suburban Boston house—one that the design team clearly mastered—was making the complex design look beautifully uncomplicated. Text by Debra Judge Silber I Photography by Tria Giovan I Produced by Kyle Hoepner


A bit of rejiggering of rooms and a fresh, contemporary new look add a welcome shot of youthful energy to a gracious old Boston-area home. Text by Megan Fulweiler I Photography by Michael J. Lee


134 EARTHLY DELIGHTS ON THE COVER: Sleek furniture and bold accessories stand out against the dining room’s white walls in a contemporary suburban Boston home by architect David Stern with interiors by Beth Martell. Photograph by Tria Giovan. To see more of this home, turn to page 114.

Five properties, each with its own unique challenges, show that New England’s landscape design professionals are an ingenious lot. Text by Paula M. Bodah March–April 2018 | New England Home  23

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In This Issue

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171 Perspectives

Beautiful renditions of grasscloth; a dream room for the teen or tween; Andrew Haines of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts gives picture frames the attention they deserve; Modern Relik offers chic home goods in an out-of-the-way location; yesterday and today meet in a South Portland, Maine, bedroom.

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171 28 From the Editor


39 Elements: The Birds and the Bees

Butterflies, birds, and bugs are perennially favorite themes in the world of home design. Edited by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

50 Artistry: Thinking Inside the Box

Jay Rogers’s sculptural wooden containers are metaphors for the psyche, hinting at the parts of us that reveal themselves only to those willing to explore. Text by Nathaniel Reade

56 Rooms We Love: No Growing Pains

Clever designers fashion kids’ bedrooms that evolve with a child’s progress from toddler to teen. By Marni Elyse Katz



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64 In Our Backyard: Magical Lamps

Homeowners throughout New England and beyond can bask in the glow of Tracy Glover’s long love affair with glass. By Regina Cole

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

184 Trade Notes

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

188 Design Life

Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. By Lynda Simonton

194 New In The Showrooms

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

198 Premier Properties

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

207 Resources

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

215 Advertiser Index 216 Sketch Pad

A historic Newport, Rhode Island, house provided the inspiration for architect Alec Tesa’s first commission.

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Editor’s Letter

I Collect, Therefore I Am


ne of my Christmas presents this past year was a charming book called Eccentric Homes, by writer Thijs Demeulemeester and photographer Diane Hendrikx. As you might guess from the authors’ names, it’s a Belgian production, with all text (except, for some reason, the title and chapter headings) appearing equitably in English, Dutch, and French. The book documents sixteen homes in buildings old and new that buck the stereotypical Belgian look—so familiar to us all from RH catalogs gone by!—of monumental, neutral-toned rusticity. One of the eccentricities of the book, however, is that these eccentric homes are all eccentric in pretty much the same way. There are various styles of architecture to be seen, but not a lot of engagement with that architecture. The rooms have instead been used, with only a few exceptions, simply as containers to be filled with eclectic stuff—mostly antique and vintage furniture, groupings of found objects (leaning heavily toward the quirky), and the occa-

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sional piece of contemporary art. I don’t mean to sound snotty. Almost all of the spaces are pleasantly done and fun to see, quite fetching if a bit one-note. But they are essentially cabinets of curiosities, expressing their owners’ sense of individuality and style solely via accumulations of diverse objects. This is a method of assembling residential interiors that is quite different from much of the work professional designers do. Rooms by gifted professionals are typically more tightly composed; the various items of furniture and lighting, the walls and ceilings and floors, create a web or network of interrelationships in terms of shape, scale, color, texture, or all of the above. However eclectic the assembly may appear at first glance, an underlying logic becomes apparent on further consideration. But still, even in a professionally decorated home it is the final layers of art and accessories that make the rooms sing. The things we choose to keep and live with over the years are undoubtedly the things that make our dwellings say something about who we are. Interiors with no personal component whatsoever look too much like a hotel or showroom: they lack that idiosyncratic spark that is required for a real sense of warmth and comfort. Personal doesn’t necessarily mean cluttered. The effect might (as you will see later in this issue) come by way of something as simple as a Lucite sculpture in a hallway niche, a collection of signed baseballs, a pair of brass bunnies, or a bottle in the shape of a rhinestoned skull on the bedside table. Have a look around: what are the things that define you in your own personal realm? —Kyle Hoepner

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Art for the floor in wool and silk, the hand-knotted Eden Grasshopper carpet, by Berlin-based artist and designer Jürgen Dahlmanns, shown here on a pink background. As shown, 9' × 12', $17,600. | Steven King Decorative Carpets, Boston Design Center,

The Birds and the Bees

Intelligent and worldly are not necessarily the first words that come to mind when describing butterflies, birds, and bugs. But Google “entomology” and you’re likely to land on the “Top 10 Reasons to Study Bugs” on Cornell University’s website, where you’ll find those aforementioned attributes confirmed. Add a few more—like beautiful, elegant, and diverse—and you see why it’s not surprising that designers have long relied on

them as a decorative motif. The seventeenth-century Barberini family adorned their coat of arms with three golden bees. The Russian Imperial family commissioned Fabergé eggs replete with doves and pelicans. And the Victorians? They couldn’t get enough natural history in the design of decorative objects and fabrics for their homes. Here then is our ode to butterflies, birds, and bugs.

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3. Like all serious birders, Coral and Tusk’s Owl Pocket Doll never leaves home without his binoculars. $70. | The Lion’s Paw, Nantucket, Mass.,, and K Colette, Portland, Maine, 4. Each piece from Astier de Villatte begins with black terracotta and is finished with a milky glaze. The Owl Shield platter is a collaboration between the French workshop and Patch NYC. $195. | Patch NYC, Boston,

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The Birds and the Bees 1. Don’t know what to do with that loose change? Consider this elegant receptacle, the Limoges porcelain Tahiti change tray from Hermès. $730.  | Hermès, Boston, 2. London-based Luke Edward Hall’s Sketched Safari Astrid chair is both whimsical and sophisticated. $1,298. | Anthropologie, locations throughout New England, 3. Birds of a feather really do stick together in these geometric bird pillows, shown here in blue and green. $132 each. | Patch NYC, Boston,

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1. Schumacher’s aptly named wallcovering A-Twitter Summer is a symphony of songbirds. $160/roll. | Schumacher, Boston Design Center, 2. Herend has been crafting handmade porcelain pieces, like the Great Horned Owl, since the nineteenth century. $325. | Lux Bond & Green, Wellesley, Mass.,; The Herend Shop by J. Yeager, Manchester, Vt.,; The Green Door, East Greenwich, R.I.,; and Neiman Marcus, Boston, 3. The Hummingbird wool tapestry pillow was designed by the late, illustrious British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. $995. | The Rug Company, Boston,

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Thinking Inside the Box

Jay Rogers’s sculptural wooden containers are metaphors for the psyche, hinting at the parts of us that reveal themselves only to those willing to explore. M.C.Escher Series, #3 (2014), bird’s-eye walnut and quilted maple, 12"H × 12"W × 12"D.

of us used to put together model cars • Lots when we were kids; Jay Rogers is the first

person I’ve met who paid equal attention to the insides. In high school, many of us listened to our friends moan about their romantic problems. Rogers thought, “How could I turn this troubled relationship into a Japanese puzzle box?” And he may be the only artist on the planet whose portraits have six sides, eight corners, and drawers. Rogers, a sixty-eight-year-old man with sweptback white hair and pale blue eyes, works—fittingly— inside a square, boxy bedroom in his Cambridge, Massachusetts, house. Here he glues veneers to ply-

wood, cuts the results into pieces, and builds boxes that depict an Indian temple, a new marriage, or the story of the Cabinet (what else?) of Doctor Caligari. Rogers didn’t start out life in love with boxes—or wood. He grew up in Washington, D.C., where his first experiences working with wood traumatized him. His father tried to teach him how to hand-saw boards and pound nails when Rogers was too young. This frustrated the boy, which made his father angry, which led the Rogers to conclude that he was bad at woodworking. In high school, however, he was reading an Anaïs Nin novel when something jumped out at him: a

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reference to a Japanese puzzle box. He was fascinated by the notion of a container that revealed its interior only to those who knew its secrets. When a friend complained to him about a tortured romance with a girl, Rogers began to imagine that relationship as a puzzle box, and wanted to build it so badly he ignored the negative associations of woodworking from his youth. When that box was finished he began making portraits of his other friends—as boxes. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in music, and worked for twelve years as a teacher at a private middle school in Cambridge. Then one day he thought to himself, “I can’t do this anymore.” With the help of a therapist, he came to realize that he really loved making things with his hands—boxes. But could he make a living at it? He started by selling puzzle boxes at craft shows, beautiful, traditional rectangles that revealed their interiors only if you figured out exactly how to open the sliders and drawers. Within two years, he was making boxes full-time, scraping by with supplemental income from giving piano lessons. Why boxes? Why not carve his creations out of wooden blocks, or use a 3-D printer? Because, Rogers says, his boxes require us to interact with them, to figure them out—just as we do with people. And because boxes are the perfect metaphor for his own life. He chuckles and says, “It’s good old sublimation.” “Every artist is making self-portraits,” Rogers says, whether they realize it or not. “And when I was growing up, I felt very much in a box.” His father died when Jay

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was twelve, after which he felt pressure to be “the man of the family.” And he was hiding a secret about himself: he is gay. Safety and survival required that he conceal his interior, build a defensive exterior, and protect his secrets. His life was a puzzle box. As he came to terms with himself, and as society grew more accepting, his boxes grew more expressive: an exuberant,





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elements, to take him or her through the teenage years. For a designer, this might mean choosing a neutral rug or all-white furniture that will work as favorite colors come and go. Wallpaper offers bang for the buck, making a statement and providing a custom feel. As with any room, accessories make the space, allowing designers, and later kids themselves, to get pretty much any look they currently crave. Interior designer Heather Wells says, “A cute room that transitions from little kid, to tween, to teen is the goal. A space that talks to her style, but in an economical way—neutral enough so the big pieces can survive redecoration.”

When Jamie Keskin’s clients moved to a new home in Bedford, Massachusetts, it was the ideal moment to transition their little girl to a big-girl bed. Keskin designed around a vintage-style Surya rug with which she had long been enamored. “It’s a look she can grow into,” Keskin says, imagining the toddler sticking with it through her teenage years, adding, “She could even bring it to her first apartment.” Anchoring the room with a Jenny Lind bed dressed in a duvet block-printed with pink elephants and paisley left plenty of space for the retro settee perfect for story time. A mango-wood elephant side table, pompomedged drapery, and seagrass baskets add texture and bohemian flair.



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With two older brothers and a propensity for tea parties, this preschooler needed a space of her own for sleeping and playing. Inspired by the mother’s vintage doll collection, Milton, Massachusetts-based interior designer Elizabeth Miller opted for a pale blush palette accented with watery blues. Princess-like touches, including an illuminated heart, infuse the room with dreamy appeal. “The decorations bring in light, glimmer, and fun,” Miller says. The daybed, framed by polished-nickel sconces, stands against a focal wall covered in Schumacher Imperial Trellis II paper that pops, but quietly. Dress-up costumes hang on bow hooks beside the full-length mirror. And, even with a table (perfect for puzzles and tea parties), there’s plenty of play space on the floor. INTERIOR DESIGN: Elizabeth Miller, E.R. Miller Design PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica Delaney

Teen Spirit

Aiming to woo her daughter to embrace the family’s new Chestnut Hill home, the mother empowered her to work closely with Wellesleybased interior designer Andra Birkerts. The room functions as much as a study and lounging space as somewhere to sleep with its dusty rose niches, arched openings, asymmetric cabinetry, and other fanciful touches. Birkerts says, “We used texture, curvy lines, and natural elements to create a cozy haven.” A huge dandelion wall sticker, and rugs and bedding with floral motifs combined with copper chains and Missoni fringe window treatments lend a modern-day flower-child feel. Dark accents, including deep teal window frames, keep the design grounded, while squirrel wall hooks and seriously shaggy pillows keep it playful. INTERIOR DESIGN: Andra Birkerts PHOTOGRAPHY: Meredith Thompson

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Who’s afraid of color and pattern? Not these folks. Boston-based interior designer Kristine Mullaney says of her Wellesley, Massachusetts, client, “She knows what she likes, and it’s bold!” Starting with fresh blueberrycolored zigzag wallpaper, to which she custommatched paint for the room’s trim, Mullaney aimed for a statement crib in anything but white. Finding an economical metal model in acid green cemented the color scheme. While the custom Roman shade is accented with trim from Samuel & Sons, Mullaney affixed trim from a five-and-dime store to a readymade dust ruffle. For a sophisticated finish, she hung a bunny painting by artist Hunt Slonem from DTR Modern Galleries over the crib. INTERIOR DESIGN:

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The Little Traveler

Tasked with transforming a Back Bay townhouse while the homeowners, a young family of five, traveled around the world, Boston-based interior designer Heather Wells implemented a globally inspired scheme for the tween daughter. Morocco-meets-Palm Beach–style turquoise wallpaper by Quadrille lends a custom feel, as does the pyramid-patterned Roman shade. Wells added white lacquer furniture for longevity to the lively backdrop, knowing it can survive redecoration. Mismatched rattan mirrors and a scalloped capiz-shell pendant hint at faraway lands, while framed maps bring the travel theme home. Finally, coral table lamps provide a pop of color. Wells says, “The girl is a mini me of her mom, so she wanted to mimic her bohemian style, but the color pairing is all her own.” INTERIOR DESIGN: Heather Wells PHOTOGRAPHY: Sabrina Baloun

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Homeowners throughout New England and beyond can bask in the glow of Tracy Glover’s long love affair with glass. Tracy Glover, it was always about glass. • For As an artistic child growing up in Alexandria,

Virginia, she was taken to art classes and museums, and she spent a lot of her time sketching. But her artistic drive found its focus when she came across a picture of a woman blowing glass. “The Rhode Island School of Design was the only art school I applied to, and I applied as a glass major,” she says. Glover’s early attraction to glass blowing stemmed from fascination with the material. “Glass is amazing: it’s fluid, but it turns hard. And while it’s fluid, you can endlessly manipulate it for color and shape,” she says. At RISD, she was overwhelmed with art that was new to her. “I had never seen his work before, but I loved Joseph Cornell. I was taken by painters like Kandinsky. And Dale Chihuly was a huge influence on me.” Chihuly, the superstar glass artist, who had taught at RISD before moving to Washington state,


was no longer on the faculty but was still involved in its glass-blowing program. “Once a year, he would come to Rhode Island, put together a team, and take over the glass studio,” she recalls. “It was a big spectacle that really expanded my view of the possibilities of the medium.” After graduation, Glover worked with a number of artists and sculptors, including the renowned Vermont glass artist Robin Mix. In 1992, she settled in Providence, Rhode Island, to work for a production glass company. “I discovered that I really like making functional objects,” Glover says. “And I kept on falling in love with the way light moves through blown glass. It’s so beautiful! Once someone showed me how to wire lamps, I went crazy.” Two years later, she opened her own studio in an abandoned dye factory in the nearby city of


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The Teardrop table lamp is shaped like its namesake, dipped in a subtly shaded opaline wash of color and flattened on the bottom. The Silver Lining chandelier combines illuminated diffusers mixed in with decorative, nonilluminated globes. The Orbital pendant is inspired by Fresnel lenses. The Raindrop chandelier features sixty glass raindrops. A Blackburn sconce has an Enoki-shaped diffuser.

Pawtucket. In the years since, Glover has become a sought-after source for hand-blown vessels, door knobs, vases, and lanterns. But her lighting fixtures especially have endeared her to architects, designers, and homeowners. She produces an array of sconces, chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps, and pendants in organic shapes and varied colors, all offered with a variety of hardware finishes. “For me, colored glass has always been my love,” she says. “I am fascinated by how colors layer and change. Right now, I am

drawn to a lot of blues and greens. I’m fantasizing about a lot of beautiful shades of water.” Her 5,000-square-foot studio is divided into a hot shop and a cold shop. The old factory’s industrial-strength ventilation system, installed near the dye vats, stands Glover in good stead when she and her crew work in the hot shop, where the furnace reaches 2,000 degrees. Natural gas and forced air fuel the furnace. Glover employs five people, three of them glassblowers. “Now, I do all the designing,” she

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explains. “When I found people who could replace me, it freed me up, timewise. “I am always coming up with new products,” she adds. “Everyone who works for me is an artist or a musician; they don’t want to do the same thing every day. We all love it: the physicality of it, the way things change so quickly in the process, the way you get unexpected colors happening before your eyes.” She sells her products at New York trade shows, via sales reps and showrooms throughout the United

States, and has sold work to clients in England, Scotland, Dubai, Canada, and other far-flung places. She is quick to credit her success to New England’s design professionals. “I have to give a shout out. The community has been hugely supportive,” she says. “They have helped people to understand my products, and how they will make their homes more beautiful. Their clients say, in addition to loving how it looks, they feel good about buying something that’s made by hand by a local artisan.”



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Dan Gordon Landscape Architects

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stablished in 1996, Dan Gordon Landscape Architects is an awardwinning landscape architectural firm known for beautifully designed outdoor spaces that humanize and inspire. The last two decades have seen us create numerous award-winning landscapes, with our detail-rich design work honored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art. With offices located in Wellesley and Edgartown, our firm has developed a reputation for excellence in greater New England, and regularly partners with the highest caliber of architects and builders in the region. Clients deserve a custom design

that is harmonious with their lifestyle and the architecture of their home; our work reveals the opportunities and value of each property. We draw from classic solutions, which work comfortably in both traditional and contemporary designs and create unique, custom design work that fully explores the potential of each site. Relying on both instinct and an inherent sense of artistry, Dan Gordon Landscape Architects has distinguished itself with thoughtful design. Our attention to detail and incorporation of traditional materials fosters the creation of timeless landscapes, ensuring that our clients enjoy the finished landscape for many years to come.

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regory Lombardi Design is an award-winning landscape architecture firm celebrating twentyfive years of fostering meaningful connections between people and the places they inhabit. The firm is skilled in all aspects of landscape architecture from overall site master planning to detailed design of landscape structures, landforms, plantings, outdoor furniture, and custom elements in wood, stone, and metal. Our design philosophy calls for fresh interpretations of classic, timeless principles of order and proportion to create meaningful and memorable outdoor living spaces for our clients. With an attention for finer details, Gregory Lombardi Design has elevated the traditional role of landscape architecture to create

elegant spaces that encourage and enhance a layered experience within the landscape. Our body of work extends from New England to Florida, ranging in scale from urban rooftop terraces and sophisticated country estates, to vacation compounds and highend resorts. Our goal for any project is to craft environments that enhance the surroundings, inspire their inhabitants, and awaken the imagination.

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Paragon Landscape Construction, Inc.




or more than 25 years, Paragon Landscape Construction, Inc. has been building some of the finest landscapes throughout New England. We are committed to the aesthetic integrity of every project and design. Our craftsmanship and strict adherence to performance standards allow us to provide the highest quality in our landscape construction, stonework, plantings, and property-maintenance services. We work with clients, builders, and landscape architects to build New England’s premier landscapes. Our efficient management system, vast resources, and advanced technical knowledge demonstrate the commitment we have made to our clients. We have earned


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a reputation for being able to execute the most complex and logistically challenging projects. The relationships we have built over the past 25 years are the measure of our success and effectiveness. From conception through completion, Paragon is committed to all phases of the construction process. Every project reflects our attention to complex details, dedicated work ethic, custom craftsmanship, and quality service. Our team of horticulture professionals constantly reviews each individual property based on its needs and responds efficiently to protect the value and beauty of the landscape. Our dedicated staff is committed to bringing an exceptional level of service each

time we visit your property. Our goal is to assist in maximizing the aesthetic integrity of each landscape we maintain, and to ensure that every landscape will be enjoyed for many years. Paragon landscapes are beautiful through the seasons and timeless through the years.


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Pellettieri Associates, Inc.



ellettieri Associates is a New England– based design/build firm with more than 35 years of experience providing skilled, creative, and comprehensive services to clients throughout the region. From site assessments and master planning to plant selection and perennial gardens, they produce enduring environments for discerning clients and exceptional residential, commercial, and institutional properties. What sets Pellettieri apart is its widely respected staff of awardwinning, licensed landscape architects who consistently maintain the highest standards of achievement. The Pellettieri difference is that 76  Special Marketing Section

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they help your property fit into its surroundings—so that the morning light filters into your master bedroom or shines on the outdoor gathering area just at that perfect moment in the day—allowing you to enjoy the beauty of family and nature. Pellettieri’s passion lies in making these things part of the natural beauty of your home. The landscape architects’ knowledge of site planning, natural processes, construction materials, codes, and regulations provides solutions that satisfy client objectives and the regulators alike, in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. Multidisciplinary team efforts and extensive experience in site analysis and conceptual planning prove especially

valuable during the earliest stages of site and master planning, as this is when Pelletieri can most efficiently work to minimize problems associated with grading and drainage impacts, loss of specimen trees, and poor view relationships. More than three decades of experience in all facets of landscape construction and installation have resulted in one of the most highly qualified design/build firms in New England.

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R. P. Marzilli & Company



P. Marzilli & Company builds and maintains the finest residential landscapes. Our skilled team of landscape professionals delivers the highest quality and best value for our clients. Our projects are built on country estates, oceanfront bluffs, suburban gardens, and city courtyards. Our services include complete site preparation, planting of specimen trees and shrubs, flower and vegetable gardens, lawns and wildflower meadows, irrigation and landscape lighting. We build pools, spas, waterfalls, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and sports, recreation, and entertaining areas. Our masonry team builds the structure of the landscape, including walls, driveways and auto


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courts, patios and terraces, and steps and walkways, as well as wine cellars and other architectural stonework. Our horticulture team maintains fine gardens, lawns, trees, and seasonal flowers in containers or planting beds. We prepare your property for special events and manage the landscape to meet any client’s needs and the inevitable change of seasons. We are dedicated to the daily beauty and long-term integrity of the landscape. Most important, we build trusted relationships with landscape architects and designers, architects, contractors, and homeowners. Our greatest recognition comes from the many clients who enjoy and admire their outdoor living areas all year long.

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Ryan Associates


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ounded in 1998, Ryan Associates provides landscape architecture, planning, and project management services for projects of all sizes. We engage in a wide range of work including institutional, corporate and mixeduse development, residential design, master planning, public open space, and ecological planning and design. Ryan Associates is frequently invited to partner with other firms based on our strong technical expertise and design innovation. Our design philosophy encompasses the entire life of a project from initial concept to construction and maintenance.

We understand that a design is only as good as its ability to meet a client’s needs, in both the long and short term. Ryan Associates’s work is united by this attention to detail and by the ability of each design to transform a site’s most difficult conditions into opportunities. Every site is different and client needs vary, but Ryan Associates delivers innovative design solutions grounded in experience. We understand that successful built landscapes must work socially and ecologically. New landscapes must fit their sites and their users’ needs. They must be durable enough to last, and flexible enough to adapt to change and innovation.





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Sudbury Design Group



udbury Design Group has long been recognized as one of the leading landscape architectural firms in the region, working with a variety of residential and commercial clients throughout New England for more than 50 years. To ensure the best results for its clients, Sudbury Design Group relies heavily on a unified team approach. The team’s belief is that for any project to be truly successful, the landscape architect, architect, and interior designer should work together from the project’s inception. This relationship fosters the pursuit of a common goal: the client’s best interest. Sudbury Design Group is 82  Special Marketing Section

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renowned for its comprehensive master planning and design, paired with the unique ability to manage the implementation process to a meticulous level of completion. The staff comprises highly skilled, award-winning landscape architects, designers, and craftsmen, including the area’s finest masons and horticulturists. Whether the project encompasses a small garden landscape, a backyard pool and patio, or a complete site renovation, Sudbury Design Group will work with you to ensure that the end product meets your expectations, is completed on time and on budget, and provides added value to your home. The firm’s reputation for excellence is further exemplified

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Triad Associates, Inc.


riad Associates offers custom design and installation of all hardscape features, including pool decks, outdoor entertaining areas, driveways, walls, patios, and walkways. It also provides complete decorative concrete services. For more than twenty-five years, Triad, headquartered in Haverhill, Massachusetts, has earned the distinction of being one of New England’s premier hardscape design and installation companies. Triad serves Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and adjoining areas of New York. The company works with homeowners, builders, architects, and landscape architects on 84  Special Marketing Section

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both residential and commercial installations. The Triad team includes designers, construction supervisors, and some of the country’s most experienced hardscape artisans. This group works in unison to help customers from concept through final design stage, through layout and construction to a finished product that is ready for landscaping and furnishings. Triad’s experience goes beyond standard hardscapes to include the creation of complete exterior environments that can include custom water features, unique fire features, and customized cooking areas. Triad’s work has been featured on “This Old House” and in the pages of design magazines. The

team is very proud of the fact that its largest sources of projects are repeat customers and referrals from customers to family members and neighbors. This says a lot, not only about the quality of the work, but also about Triad’s attention to detail and respect for the work. Whether your project is a simple patio or a complex exterior design, Triad will give it full and professional attention. Triad prides itself on a simple yet vital philosophy: “Just do it right.” Triad’s team members invite you to bring them your ideas, magazine clippings, sketches, or complete design, and they will work with you to make your desire a reality. You’ll see the result in the high quality of your finished project.

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ZEN Associates, Inc.

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EN Associates, Inc. is a Design + Build firm providing landscape architecture, interior design, and construction services, since 1980. We have offices in the Boston and Washington, D.C., areas, with a staff of more than 60 people passionate about what we do. Our projects extend throughout New England, along the Eastern Coast, and as far away as Sweden. We believe that, through the balance of art, science, and nature, we can create inspiring and livable spaces. We have one mission that has never changed: to translate a

client’s dream into a memorable, personal, and enduring environment for living. We work closely with clients and leading design professionals 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. Whether it be residential estates and gardens, rooftop terraces, botanical gardens, or water features, our work is timeless with uncompromising detail. ZEN Associates, Inc. 10 Micro Drive Woburn, MA 01801 781-932-3700 Special Marketing Section 87

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a Blade of Grass, LLC


t a Blade of Grass, we do what we do because we are passionate about gardens. From design through installation and maintenance,

we are devoted to providing the highest level of service, construction skills and horticultural knowledge. A beautiful landscape requires a well-crafted strategy—one that appreciates the needs of both the client and the property. Our clients can rest assured that their properties will be meticulously taken care of and always kept looking their best. We tailor the property maintenance plan and frequency of visits to your specific

needs, with services including fine gardening and lawn care, container plantings, irrigation, lighting, snow plowing, and much more. We love the work we do and cherish the close relationships we form with our clients.

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ew Englanders treasure the change of seasons, but we really savor the time we spend outdoors. That is one reason the team at Audio Video Design loves to collaborate with homeowners, architects, builders, and interior designers to optimize outdoor spaces. We offer fabulous and creative solutions for landscape lighting, highquality music, and weather-tough video displays to watch the ball game while you float or grill. We love the products we rep from Coastal Source and Seura. Let us connect all of your devices with a state-of-the-art integration platform that you can control from your smart phone. The networks we install provide external wireless

access points that boost your signal for wherever you roam on your property. Our team of experts will design, install, and maintain your systems. We make your digital home fun and easy!

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Parterre Garden Services


arterre Garden Services was developed in response to a need for highly skilled garden care and property management across Greater Boston and Cape Cod. By following expert horticultural care and a comprehensive long-term property management plan, Parterre strives to bring all of our clients’ properties to their truest and most verdant potential, while maintaining the original design intent. With our Single Point of Contact approach, Parterre’s field managers work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for your property that ensures the coordination and collaboration of the best land care professionals. Our team of certified

horticulturalists and trained managers will help you maintain and grow the considerable investment you have made in your property. Services include horticulture and fine gardening; landscape design and installation; ecological land management.

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Phil Mastroianni Corp.


landscape is more than just scenery. Landscapes complement the home and are a reflection of the people who live there. For more than 40 years, Phil Mastroianni Corp. has collaborated with New England’s finest landscape


architects to provide clients with beautiful outdoor living spaces. We are committed to providing each client great customer service; transforming their landscape using high-quality natural materials installed with expert craftsmanship. Each project is handled with care; our firm comprises crews specific to each component of the landscape, who are supported by office personnel including estimators, project managers, and horticulturists. As a second-generation company, we operate on the basic principles of family, honesty, and

responsibility. Our services include landscape construction, landscape lighting, irrigation system design and installation, and an array of maintenance services. Let Phil Mastroianni Corp. transform your landscape and maintain it for years to come.

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Inside Job A design team that “gets it” undertakes another gorgeous renovation for favorite clients in Boston.


The apartment looks and feels substantially roomier than its 943 square feet because the designers maximized every inch of the reconfigured space. In the living room, they accentuated the tall windows and chose furnishings that are light and sophisticated. A mix of traditional and modern pieces reflects the disparate sensibilities of their clients.

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hen it comes to getting hired, it’s often not what you know but who you know. When it comes to getting hired over and over again by the same client, it’s no longer just who you know—but how well you know them. This renovation of an elegant apartment in Boston’s South End is the fourth project that Herbert Acevedo and Kevin Miller—the creative team behind Shor Home, a home furnishings shop and design service in Provincetown, Massachusetts—have completed for the same couple since 2008. “We know these clients well,” says Acevedo. “We understand their personalities and how they live, their likes and dislikes.” Being so in tune with them is what makes the collaboration work so well. Located on a leafy street close to some of the city’s finest restaurants and shopping, the apartment, in a former residence hotel dating from the 1800s, has rooftop and city views and plenty of charm. “They wanted to use it as a pied-à-terre, since they have other homes,” Acevedo explains. As such, it fit the bill perfectly. The clients, two gentlemen who travel frequently for work, asked their reliable design team to help them rethink the apartment space. They wanted their

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Kelly Wearstler’s vibrant Channels wallpaper for Lee Jofa brings big drama to the small entry hall. Demonstrating more fearless decorating, Acevedo surrounded a gold leaf Jackson table with re-covered antique Governor Alston Regency-style chairs and illuminated the scene with a striking silver-leaf chandelier. Simplicity reigns in the white-on-white galley kitchen with Bosch appliances, crackle finish subway tile, and custom cabinetry.

PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Herbert Acevedo, Shor Home Interior architecture: Kevin Miller, Shor Home Builder: Ted Schwartz, Clarion Construction

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home to be low-maintenance so it could be closed up when they are away. But, says Acevedo, “We knew that their level of required comfort was high.” The added challenge was getting the place to look gorgeous while meeting the owners’ divergent visions. That part was tricky. “While they both appreciate an upscale interior, they have two distinct visions in achieving it,” says Acevedo. “One is a modern minimalist and the other has more traditional leanings. It’s always a back-and-forth that results in complex designs that have depth and clarity. Combining the two makes for a lively conversation indeed.” The place had the requisite good bones, and while not large at 943 square feet, it had handsome original details, high ceilings, big windows, and marvelous light. “We knew it would feel much larger with the right treatments,” says the designer. “When it’s only two people and it’s not used year-round, it’s like a nice hotel. You’re in, you’re out. It looks good, it works.” The clients wanted luxe. The apartment had to have a European feel to it, with comfortable, chic furnishings and an “ahh” factor. Miller and Acevedo reconfigured the space formerly occupied by two bedrooms into a larger master with a dressing area that incorporates hidden closets. They created a den that doubles as a guestroom. Stealing space from the kitchen (which was completely redone), they added a new master bath and a second guest bath. They also replaced all doors and floors, added new closets throughout, and installed new mechanical systems, including central air conditioning.

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BELOW AND FACING PAGE: The den windows get their grandeur from horizontal-stripe drapes from Fabricut. Shades of blue take center stage in the space—which doubles beautifully as a guestroom—especially on the Samuel wing chair from Hickory chair. In another example of the perfect melding of styles, the antique secretary stands out against the modern Blackburn rug from Stark. The banquette sofa is by Antony Todd Home.


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That second bath could have given them all a headache, but luckily, when contractor Ted Schwartz of Clarion Construction was called in to take a look, he discovered a space between this apartment and the floor below it. Thus they were able to install the plumbing with relative ease. Miller and Acevedo have high praise for the “solutions-oriented” Schwartz, who they say understood their language. Miller recommended making doorways wider and taller for a much more spacious feeling. The windows became focal points, as one naturally turns toward the light. Many are covered in simple white linen, while the tallest ones called for more serious dressing. Acevedo layered blue accents onto a palette of soft grays and taupes. One neutral flows into the next, and rich gold notes add glimmer and shine. The designer went bolder with pattern in the living areas, playing with contrast at every turn. “The homeowners’ art is very graphic and modern, so we wanted a foil for that,” he says. In the den, for instance, a silky horizontal stripe for the drapes and a strong geometric Blackburn rug from Stark “marry well with the classic secretary and wing chair,” Acevedo explains. Twin ottomans from Hickory Chair wear a linen stripe on the sides and leather on top. “I love that den, with its sublime mix of pattern and color that just works; the dark walls are so moody but exactly right,” he says. The master bedroom was kept to pale, quiet colors—with the exception of the dramatic headboard upholstered in rich, dark mohair velvet accented with nailhead trim. A hand-knotted

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The master bedroom is quietly sophisticated, with neutrals leaning more toward gray. Its showstopper is the stunning Ingrid bed with velvet headboard from Oly Studio, enhanced by embroidered John Robshaw bedding. A mirrored light fixture adds a touch of drama. FACING PAGE: Two small paintings purchased at a European Masters auction at Sotheby’s hold pride of place in the bedroom.

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RIGHT: The lovely dressing room vignette features a Hudson rosewood chest and a faceted drum pendant, both from Worlds Away. The Gillow armchair is from Hickory Chair. FACING PAGE: The master bath is all practical simplicity and beautiful light. Brass fixtures from the Astor collection by Newport Brass and a handsome brass slat bench provide a bit of contrast to all the Carrara marble.

­ assena rug from Annie Selke provides a M graphic punch. The couple’s eclectic art collection includes an abstract by William Freed that hangs over the living room fireplace, a whimsical Bunnies painting in the dining room by Hunt Slonem, a set of bedside landscapes from a Sotheby’s auction of European antiques, and a surrealist painting by Matt Holmes in the master bath. The furnishings—all new to the space except for the armoire in the living room, the secretary in the den, and the dining chairs, which were re-covered—mix antiques and finds like the living room’s vintage Quintus cocktail table. The inlaid secretary and tiered pendant in the den are notable for their scale and detail. The apartment reads custom throughout, thanks to an array of important details and a variety of textures and finishes. These include lacquered black doors, a soft gray stain on the floors, and Carrara marble tile in the master bath. The designers used lush fabrics—from upholstered pieces and floor-to-ceiling drapes to pillows—bringing texture, pattern, and color to the rooms in unique ways. A sophisticated mix of subtlety and drama is everywhere; it all feels as good as it looks. “We really enjoy collaborating with these clients because they’re so open to unconventional ideas and designs,” Acevedo says. “They stretch us in ways that make us more creative.” This year, clients and designers are embarking on yet another project together—a new place in Charleston, South Carolina—number five. Acevedo laughs: “Did I mention we have a very symbiotic relationship?”

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The design of the ski house, positioned on a steep slope on rugged Stratton Mountain, was a challenge. Stacking the architecture allowed for both spacious rooms and an intimate scale. The landscaping plan is simple, natural, and lets the tremendous views shine.

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LEFT: Fanciful lanterns light the way

up the exterior entry stairs. BELOW: The stairway leads to a reception loggia, a comfortable place to sit even in cold weather. The fireplace screen was crafted by Vermont Forgings, one of many local sources for elements in the house.


he couple’s request sounded simple enough: a new ski-in, ski-out home on Vermont’s Stratton Mountain with enough room for four active children, guests, and all the activities that the family dreamed of doing in their second home. Then the details emerged. They wanted eight bedrooms and shared spaces of a grand scale in a house of stone and wood that tucked into the craggy mountainside. 104  New England Home | March–April 2018

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PROJECT TEAM Architecture: Jeff Barnes, Jeff Barnes Architect & Associates Interior design: Amy Thebault, Amy Thebault Design Builder: Dan Rappahan, Northland Builders Fine Custom Homes Landscape design: Raymond J. Smith Jr.

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one end of the great room adds a chic, sculptural note. Stone, wood, and iron come together in the great room’s soaring stone fireplace. The home’s entrance is anchored by an antique Iranian Heriz rug and richtoned Schumacher wallpaper. FACING PAGE: The great room’s sitting area has plentiful low-emissivity glass with an argon layer, providing good insulation without sacrificing views.

They wanted it to be handcrafted down to the finest detail. Oh, and they wanted the house fully furnished and move-in ready in eighteen months. Architect Jeff Barnes listened carefully to his clients and then quietly walked the land. Interior designer Amy Thebault met with the wife, finding common ground in a shared passion for unusual color palettes and classic lines. Builder Dan Rappahan, cool as ever, quickly pulled together a crew that included five stair makers, several cabinet makers, stone masons, timber framers, and house painters all known for approaching their craft like art. Through a canny mix of expertise, muscle, and grit, the team met the homeowners’ goal—and then some. Today the 15,000-square-foot home testifies to the New England spirit of down-to-earth craftsmanship, with hearty interiors and an exterior that can bear all the fierce weather a Vermont winter can dish out. March–April 2018 | New England Home  107

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ABOVE: To center the pendants

over the island in the home’s post-and-beam kitchen, craftsmen customized brackets for the lights, which were then cantilevered off a beam. LEFT: A stone fireplace warms the dining area off the kitchen.

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The cohesive thread that runs through the threelevel home shows how gelled everyone was from the beginning. “We shared the same vision,” says Thebault of the professionals and homeowners. “And we did it in record time.” It was up to Barnes to devise a way to position the house on a steep slope within a prescribed footprint and beneath the elevation restriction of 2,500 feet. “The lot was challenging,” he admits. The architect began by establishing the great room and other common spaces as the center core of the house, evenly spacing two staircases to connect the three floors (including a bottom floor built into the earth that features a rec room, a bunkroom, and a two-and-ahalf-bay garage). The area that holds the great room, kitchen, and dining room is anchored with post-and-beam con-

struction, allowing for swathes of exposed Douglas fir, high ceilings, tall windows with spectacular views, and a freeing, airy feel. Thebault and the wife both love special furnishings, from antiques to modern pieces, and wanted each space to have a unique personality. “We didn’t want it to read too lodge-y,” the designer says. She established a traditional style but with a subtle nod to current trends, outfitting the rooms with antique Iranian Heriz rugs, animal prints, and classic furniture. “It was very important to us that the house wouldn’t feel dated in twenty years,” she says. “It’s classic style to stand the test of time.” Classic, yes, but the great room also has bold overtones. Against the walnut floors and a twentyeight-foot-high ceiling crowned with an antler lighting fixture, Thebault created a palette of neutrals March–April 2018 | New England Home  109

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LEFT: A guest room continues the home’s lodge feel with reproduction trophy mounts above the bed. BELOW: Rustic details advance the ski-lodge theme. FACING PAGE: The library, above the great room, sparks with color in the ceiling’s cedar planks and accents of deep blue and red.

sparked with colorful accents. A sofa and club chairs upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils fabric in vivid hues focus on the soaring granite fireplace and the breathtaking view. At the other end of the space, a bar demonstrates Thebault’s deft way of injecting daring touches into classic design. The shelving and light fixtures have a sculptural look embodied by glass and aged brass, while a pair of lamps fashioned from nickel rest on the bar of serpentine from a Vermont quarry. The barstools wear vinyl, chosen for minimal worry about messes by children or dogs. The continuity of materials—brass, nickel, glass, and wood—extends to the kitchen and dining area, two steps up from the great room. In the kitchen, white linen shades on light fixtures above the island contrast with dark standouts: a variegated Vermont slate floor, an island of zinc and walnut, a black range hood with hand-formed brass strapping, and a slope of dark-stained planking where the wall meets the ceiling. The cabinetry was designed to be accessible to the children. “The kids love to cook; we

wanted it easy and fun for them,” Thebault says. Overlooking the great room is a library loft, which Barnes designed so craftily it feels like it is floating. The ceiling’s trusses and cedar planks were only lightly stained for a natural look. “We wanted the exposed wood to read differently room to room,” Thebault says. Eye-catching shots of red and blue echo hues from the fabric prints in the great room. Throughout the house, details reflect a subtle weaving of refinement and rusticity, often inspired by the landscape’s rugged beauty. In the master bath, a stenciled Greek-key frieze topping the grasscloth walls reflects the soft gray of the countertop’s marbled veins and the room’s marble and wood floor. The master bedroom and its accompanying spacious seating area is at once cozy and sophisticated. A love seat at the foot of the bed wears a charming fabric with an oversize gingham plaid, while the lounge chairs facing the fireplace are outfitted in tailored, cream-toned upholstery with a brown embellishment marching smartly around the base.

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THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE, DETAILS REFLECT A SUBTLE WEAVING OF REFINEMENT AND RUSTI­ CITY, OFTEN INSPIRED BY THE LANDSCAPE’S RUGGED BEAUTY. Barnes took particular interest in the home’s steps and staircases, inside and out. “I always strive to connect the levels of a house visually and spatially,” he says. “I try to make staircases like a fanciful journey.” A stone stairway at the front of the home defies convention yet is supremely classical, with bending steps separated at intermittent levels by three landings. “I didn’t want people to enter the house at the lowest level,” Barnes says. “I had to create an inviting method for allowing people to graciously make their way up an entire flight of stairs.” At the top of the steps, guests are welcomed in a reception loggia with a fireplace and views of the front property, designed by landscape architect Raymond J. Smith Jr. Smith used plantings to screen the house from ski trails, but also, he says, “to retain the marvelous views.” One of the striking plantings is a needled evergreen of various textures and colors that frames the left side of the stairs. The home is sure to have a long story to tell. “This house is about craftsmanship,” Rappahan says. “It should be here for 100 or 200 years, easy.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 207.

ABOVE: A vintage needlepoint

pillow dresses the master bedroom. RIGHT: The master bath shines with marble designer Amy Thebault handpicked from Vermont’s Danby Quarry. FACING PAGE: The master bedroom suite includes a spacious sitting area away from the bustle of the household.

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The front of the house presents a formal yet modern symmetry that relaxes as the house unfolds toward the back. A grid of zinc-coated copper defines the entry. The same metal is used on the exterior trim and the decorative visors above the windows. An entry court flanked by groups of hawthorn trees reflects the landscape’s classical nine-square grid.

A SIMPLE TRUTH Text by Debra Judge Silber Photography by Tria Giovan Produced by Kyle Hoepner

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WHAT DOES SIMPLICITY LOOK LIKE? It may be an odd question, but when you’re designing a new home, it’s one that requires an answer. Because what is a home, really, if not the physical expression of qualities like simplicity, or tranquility, or elegance? Arriving at the answer, though, is often less about aiming for a preconceived notion than making a series of small decisions that lead you, as if by happenstance, to the place you want to be. Designer Beth Martell calls it “the serendipity of design,” and after thirty-five years in the business, it still amazes her. So when asked to design the interior of a new home for clients in Weston, Massachusetts, she understood the decisions they made together at the start would lead them where they wanted to go. Martell knew her clients—a husband and wife with four teenagers—well. She had aided in a renovation of their previous home, and worked with other

ABOVE: The fireplace’s sculptural treatment adds subtle movement to the living room. The panels of the Nada Debs cocktail table can be reconfigured for a variety of looks. RIGHT: Artwork by Richard Serra pops against the white walls. FACING PAGE: The entrance area features an open stairway supported by the walls and outfitted with glass ­guardrails. March–April 2018 | New England Home  117

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LEFT: The kitchen is defined by straight lines and sleek surfaces: glass backsplash, countertops, and upper cabinets; stainless steel walls; and a quartzite dining counter. BELOW: With a painting by Günther Förg and a niche for changing displays (this one a Lucite piece by Cec LePage), the hallway takes on a gallery-like quality. FACING PAGE: Carefully chosen accessories and art stand out against the dining room’s simple ripple-fold curtains and pale walls.

members of their family. By contrast, the couple engaged architect David Stern through a formal process, soliciting proposals and interviewing several architects before making their choice. Working in New England, Stern had designed his share of traditional homes. But his real passion is for contemporary design, which is exactly what these clients desired. “They definitely wanted a modern house,” Stern says, “and they had a pretty good vision of the types of spaces they wanted.” Those spaces included formal living and dining rooms, a large kitchen, a family room, office, bedroom suites for the children, and a large master with his-and-her bathrooms. The list also included a kids’ hangout, an exercise room, and enough storage to keep the house from feeling cluttered. Stern’s process, like Martell’s, opens the project to the inevitability of becoming whatever it wants to be. “I rarely start a project where we know what it’s going to look like when we begin,” he says. “We start with

PROJECT TEAM Architecture: David Stern, Stern McCafferty Architecture + Interiors Interior design: Beth Martell, Martell-Donagher Builder: Kevin Lagassé, The Lagassé Group Custom Builders Landscape design: Glen Valentine, Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects

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RIGHT: Designer Beth Martell and her partner, Enda Donagher, designed the family room fireplace. As elsewhere in the house, Martell used color sparingly as an accent against a neutral palette. FAR RIGHT: A vintage chandelier appears frozen in air above the breakfast room table. The mirrored alcove separates the nook from the kitchen and provides another spot for decorative objects.

the spaces, the circulation, the pathways through the building. Then we look hard at what we can learn from the site and how the building relates to it.” He describes the finished home as classically modern, evoking a sense of the early twentieth century rather than the high-tech trendiness often associated with contemporary styles. The exterior hints at the Secessionist style of 1920s Vienna, with a smooth stucco exterior, flat rooflines, and zinc-coated copper details. Beyond the formal facade, floor-toceiling windows multiply, opening the family spaces to the outdoors. “The house fractures as it moves to the back, and the forms become less pure and more sculptural,” Stern explains. Inside, untrimmed plaster walls and rift-sawn oak flooring throughout keep the materials palette minimalist as well. “It’s all about simple shapes, honest material expression, a simple approach,” Stern explains. With these spaces in mind, Martell guided her client in choosing the colors and fabrics she envisioned there. Immediately, the two agreed on a backdrop of Benjamin Moore Super White throughout the house. “She wanted a very edited look, very fresh, very white, very contemporary,” Martell explains. “I love what you can do around white,” says the homeowner. “Having a very neutral color palette allows you to be creative in so many other ways.” For builder Kevin Lagassé, Stern’s design translated to one word: precision. “From a builder’s perspective, the trick in contemporary construction is to take something that is very complicated, and in the end, make it look very simple,” he says. “It requires a lot more precision in your pre-planning, from lightfixture alignment to the intersection of walls and ceilings. Everything is crisp and clean, and there’s no molding to hide anything.” This attention to detail paid off. Installation of the home’s open stairway, for example, might have been a nail-biter. Instead, says Lagassé, “It was so well

planned, the actual install went in just as designed.” The open-riser stair with its glass guardrail reflects the sense of transparency that evolves in the house as one moves from the formal, almost traditional symmetry of the living and dining rooms to the more relaxed spaces beyond. The homeowners’ art collection, which includes old favorites as well as pieces purchased specifically for this home, helps draw visitors through the house. Over the living room fireplace, a swirling relief in white lacquer by Osmundo Echevarria embeds art in the house itself. The furniture here, as throughout the house, is predominantly white, offset by the subtle pink and mother-of-pearl resin squares of the Nada Debs coffee table. Silver surfaces quietly in the

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ABOVE: The more traditionally furnished master bedroom, located on the second floor, features its own balcony. BELOW: Classic but understated, the husband’s bath features marble tile walls and a custom vanity. FACING PAGE: The short walls of granite extending from the house are an aesthetic move, says Glen Valentine of Stephen Stimson Associates. “They extend the geometry of the building into the site,” he says.

occasional tables and in metallic threads woven into the white carpet. For the fireplace in the family room, Martell worked with her partner, architect Enda Donagher, to design a Mondrian-style grid of polished nickel that frames rectangles of rigid parchment. Rectangles reappear in the kitchen, where the cabinets—some lacquered, others glass—read as neatly stacked white boxes. Every surface is smooth, from the stainless steel on the walls to the backpainted glass of the countertops to the quartzite breakfast bar. Stern designed the kitchen as well. “It is architecture,” he says. “We’re very focused on the function, the detail, the aesthetic, and how it ties in with the design of the house.” A cabinet wall with a large opening in the center separates the kitchen from a wall of glass and a door that opens to garden beds planted with peonies and

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t’s as if you were taking the facade and laying it down flat on the site to get the shape and scale of the outdoor rooms,” says Glen Valentine.


irises and a large patio that also connects to the living room. In designing the landscape, the team from Stephen Stimson Associates mirrored the home’s geometry by projecting its elevations like a shadow on the ground. “It’s as if you were taking the facade and laying it down flat on the site to get the shape and scale of the outdoor rooms,” explains Glen Valentine, a principal with the landscaping firm. The effect is contemporary, but Valentine notes that the landscape plan reflects a classical ninesquare grid. This is best seen in the front of the

house, where a parking court flanked by groups of flowering hawthorns comprises the first row of squares. It echoes, he says, the striking simplicity of the plan. In spring, white blossoms appear on the trees, the vinca, and hydrangeas, marrying up through the windows with tones and textures Martell and her client pored over in the beginning. “We made a decision, and it took on a life of its own,” Martell says. “The more it evolves, it just gets better and better and better.”   RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 207. March–April 2018 | New England Home  123

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The entry’s tile floor, which continues into the dining room, is original to the house. “It speaks to the home’s character,” says designer Paula Daher. The adjacent living room floors were restained a dark shade as a foil for the room’s creamy-colored woodwork. FACING PAGE: A Dennis & Leen sofa with a somewhat formal silhouette plays off the room’s contemporary art.

Looking • Lively

A bit of rejiggering of rooms and a fresh, contemporary new look add a welcome shot of youthful energy to a gracious old Boston-area home. Text by Megan Fulweiler | Photography by Michael J. Lee

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: Light streams from the terrace into the living room through French doors, creating a visual echo of artist Michael Zigmond’s riveting work above the bar

cabinet. Cleaning revealed the deep green tones of the room’s original marble fireplace. A game table and upholstered chairs claim a quiet corner.

Nothing brings a grand old house to life like the presence of children. So when a bustling family moved into a stately Brookline, Massachusetts, home, they immediately instilled an air of happiness.

The chatter of three kids under the age of nine drifts through the rooms like music. And, in addition to the joy of having such lively inhabitants, a glorious renovation headed by interior designer Paula Daher has let in the light and created a fresh attitude for a dwelling that, despite its beautiful bones, was losing its luster.

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The owners had lived in Brookline’s Cottage Farm area for several years, but when their twin boys arrived, their condo no longer seemed quite so spacious. They set out to find a larger nest in the same pretty neighborhood and, as luck would have it, found the perfect one. “It was meant to be,” claims the wife. “When we saw the spectacular library and March–April 2018 | New England Home  127

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LEFT: A border of reclaimed wood along the base of the vent hood ties in with the kitchen’s new beams. BELOW: The chandelier came from the owners’ previous home. FACING PAGE: The breakfast area’s raffia-

backed chairs are favorites of the designer. “Modernity was needed, and they have a casual elegance that fits the house,” she explains. The banquette features pull-out drawers for bonus storage.

the wonderful yard, we knew it. The house wasn’t ideal, but we had Paula in our pocket to help.” Indeed, if the century-old house was going to meet twenty-first-century standards, a radical update was called for. Daher, having worked with the couple on their previous residence, was familiar with their tastes and lifestyle. As for the owners, their admiration for Daher was such that there was never a question of enlisting anyone else. The goal, as the designer explains, was “to preserve as much of the building’s character as possible, while also making the house workable and family-friendly.” To that end, Daher launched a life-altering transformation, seeing to everything from redesigning the floorplan to reconfiguring the second floor and finishing the basement. Adjacent to the kitchen, she found space for a smart ADA-compliant guest room and bath as well as a cubby-lined mudroom. On the second floor she carved out a spot for a generous laundry

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room. “Paula did it all: floorplan, layout, design, and furnishings, right down to choosing our sheets,” says the wife. “And there’s not a thing we’d change.” To foster a better flow, Daher cleverly juggled the rooms, turning the library into the living room, the living room into a dining room, and the dining room into a sunny breakfast area. Sweeping away yesterday’s outdated galley, she devised a stunning open-

concept kitchen with glass-front cabinets meticulously crafted by Salmon Falls Woodworks in Dover, New Hampshire (the firm responsible for carrying out all Daher’s cabinetry designs throughout). A more-than-generous island makes way for the whole family to line up at once. And there’s a shiplapped wet bar—set at a height that allows Mom to monitor the kids while she cooks—segregating the kitchen March–April 2018 | New England Home  129

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A pair of Gregorius Pineo wing chairs nestling by an original fireplace are an unexpected delight in the dining room. The landscape above the mantel is by Tracey Lane. A cache of snowy china fills the new floor-to-ceiling cabinets. FACING PAGE: Nailhead trim on the upholstered dining chairs and Conrad handwoven shades at the windows introduce an extra layer of subtle texture.

“Paula did it all: floorplan, layout, design, and furnishings, right down to choosing our sheets,” says the wife. “And there’s not a thing we’d change.”

from the inviting family room with its cozy fireplace. All this savvy maneuvering was anything but easy, however, given the building’s structural issues. Contractors Jim Burke and Randy Milburn of Cambridgeport Construction had to tackle, for one, seriously sloping floors. “Over time, the house had settled,” explains Burke. “To create the open kitchen, we had to level the floors and, because we’d removed several small rooms, construct temporary load-bearing walls to support the floors above during construction.” Today, steel beams—concealed beneath faux wood beams—accomplish the latter. The warm wood tone is the perfect contrast to the kitchen’s slick Illusion Blue quartzite countertops and backsplash. Creating contrasts that give a room just the right balance comes easily to Daher. Case in point? The striking art she carefully helped the owners select.

Contemporary and eye-catching, the paintings, woodcuts, and photos put a youthful spin on the classic architecture. Against the muted palette, every piece is a statement, but perhaps none more so than the geometric work by artist and Rhode Island School of Design professor Deborah Zlotsky in the library turned living room. Its colors are reflected in the chandelier’s mirrored bottom, doubling the painting’s dramatic effect and, most assuredly, awing visitors. “It’s a showstopper,” agrees Daher. But, then, the new library, too, is breathtaking. To lessen the room’s formality, Daher enlisted master finisher and restorer Wayne Towle to strip and re-stain the original dark woodwork. The pale backdrop energizes the space, as does the tailored, understated furnishings and deft mix of textures. A John Pomp credenza made of hand-blown glass rondelles and metal claims one wall, while a Holly Hunt linen-wrapped cocktail table rests in front of the fireplace. “It’s a traditional room. Modern elements bring it down a notch and make it more approachable,” Daher says. Splashes of green—inspired by the antique marble hearth—are scattered here and there,

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Detail-conscience Daher designed the husband’s walnut desk with a metal band skimming the bottom and, for practicality, a berth for a Rose Tarlow ottoman. The painting is by Kate Doyle. FACING PAGE, TOP:

Frette bedding amps up the luxury in the master bedroom. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: On the first floor, the elegant guest bath features a custom granite sink and a generous frosted-glass shower enclosure.

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connecting the room to the garden. Providing continuity, hints of blithe green seep into the dining room, too. Another dazzling space, the dining room sports not only an original terracotta tile floor but also a detailed ceiling designed by Daher that mimics the tiles’ shape. Beneath another knockout chandelier, a round table and slew of upholstered chairs assure the room is as comfortable for gathering as it is visually striking. “That’s the thing,” says the wife. “The house not only looks great, it’s also functional.” Daher, who has children of her own, plugged in storage wherever she could. The daughter’s bedroom, for example, is as sweet as they come, but also a room that will meet her needs as she grows. Her built-ins feature deep drawers and a desk with a handy pull-out seat that masquerades as a cabinet when not in use. The parent’s sybaritic bedroom, with its wallpapered entry and sumptuous white-oak headboard, also has its share of organizational features. Take a minute to note the bookshelves flanking the fireplace and the couple’s substantial nightstands. The elegant bath holds—in addition to a posh steam shower and sculptural tub—a sizable multi-drawered walnut vanity. Adjacent to the bedroom, the husband’s study includes an efficient waterfall desk and wall-mounted cases for his treasured baseball collection. Remarkably reordered and revived, the old house has all it needs now for a brilliant future. Best of all, the family it shelters couldn’t love it more. “I tell everyone,” says the wife, “this is our forever home.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 207. March–April 2018 | New England Home  133

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Landscape Design TEXT BY PAULA M. BODAH

Earthly Delights

Five properties, each with its own unique challenges, show that New England’s landscape design professionals are an ingenious lot.

Linear Progress meadow and a forest of • Natural hemlock, oak, and birch make up much of

CREDITS Landscape design: Kimberly Mercurio Landscape Architecture Landscape construction: Anderson Landscape Construction House architecture: Jacob Lilley Architects House builder: Kistler & Knapp Builders Photography: Michael Conway

the five acres that surround this contemporary dwelling in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The homeowners wanted the landscaping nearer the house to have a similar natural feel. It was also important, however, that it partner well with architect Jacob Lilley’s modern design. Landscape architect Kimberly Mercurio’s plan combines simple, linear elements with plant materials that emphasize native species. The low granite wall and the walkway from the driveway to the front entrance are softened with low-maintenance

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ferns, grasses, and winterberry that offer visual and textural interest all year. Other linear elements include a cable railing enclosing a terrace composed of alternating strips of bluestone slabs and peastone gravel. Another terrace has a Japanese garden-like feel with its bluestone walkways accented with narrow strips of grass and a corner arrangement of rocks that invites contemplation. A striking “fence” of corten steel columns, which will darken over time, is a sculptural presence and a modern foil for a traditional stone wall that sits nearby. The columns, spaced just five inches apart, also stand as a gentle way to keep the homeowners’ dogs from straying. March–April 2018 | New England Home  135

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Right Neighborly

makes a good neighbor? •What The people who live near this

Beacon Hill garden probably would say its owners qualify. When a developer’s plans for a five-story contemporary stucco building fell through, the site became a 1,500-square-foot eyesore, “literally a hole, six or seven feet below grade,” says landscape architect Lynne Giesecke of Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture. The couple in the condo overlooking the space decided to improve the view—and by extension, the whole neighborhood. They bought the lot and turned it into a gem of a pocket garden. It’s all so pretty, with its iron gates crafted by sculptor Rich Duca,

brick-and-granite walkways and terraces, and lush plantings, you’d be forgiven for not recognizing the effort behind—and below—what you see. Masses of lightweight geofoam blocks brought the land up to grade, and a concrete exterior wall of the condo building was veneered with brick. Cleverly placed fencing and plantings create a series of outdoor rooms. And of course, the diminutive greenhouse tucked into a corner is a crowning touch. The owners enjoy relaxing and entertaining in their garden. And the neighbors love their improved view.

CREDITS Landscape design: Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture General contractor: Michael S. Coffin Landscape Construction Greenhouse design: Capone Architecture Greenhouse builder: Solar Innovations Photography: Millicent Harvey

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Hillside Haven

Tittmann and J.B. Clancy, •ofJohn Albert, Righter & Tittmann

Architects, had in mind an ancient Greek temple when they envisioned this Vermont home and its landscape. While the front of the house has a welcoming farmhouse look, the rear elevation takes what Tittmann calls a “temple form,” with a long, column-studded veranda. Sitting substantially above grade, the house looks out over a sloping meadow of grass and wildflowers and wide views of forested hills beyond. Landscape designer Jonathan Keep worked with the architects on siting the house. “Typically, you’d place a house on a hill parallel to the contour line,” he says. “But we pushed one side

out, which saved a wonderful down-valley view from the narrow side and gave the broad rear side the mountain views.” A terrace of lawn extends from the veranda, ending at a tiered gabion wall. A gabion wall—essentially a series of wire baskets filled with stone—results in a sturdy wall without mortar, Keep explains. A similar wall also borders the raised swimming pool and its surround of Goshen stone. The landscape plan is simple, really, yet undeniably striking. It’s easy to imagine the owners reveling in the magnificent mountain and meadow views.

CREDITS Landscape design: Jonathan Keep Landscape construction: Bergeron’s Lawn Service & Landscaping House architecture: Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects House builder: Domus Photography: Robert Benson

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A Higher Calling

five stories above the streets of • Perched Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, this roof

deck—actually three distinct spaces spread out over nearly 2,000 square feet—had the potential to be an urban treasure. For landscape architect Jon Pate the main difficulty was working around the mechanicals. Dryer vents, condensers, and the other not-soattractive accoutrement of modern living dotted the roof. “We needed something that would take your eye off the utilities but allow air flow,” Pate explains. He and sculptor Jacob Kulin collaborated to create

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panels of high-grade aluminum with an intriguing asymmetric honeycomb lattice pattern. Behind each aluminum panel, an acrylic sheet with a cut pattern offers both additional screening and the opportunity for ambience-enhancing lighting effects. A plan by lighting designer Sergio Mazon, with controls by South Shore Audio Video, lets the homeowners create effects to match any mood or occasion. Adding to the challenge: everything from the panels and lighting to the plants selected by garden designer Mark Corbin to the extra-heavy furniture Pate chose had to be hoisted by crane. A Herculean task, to be sure, but a group effort that yielded spectacular results.

CREDITS Landscape design: Pate Landscape Architecture Garden design: Mark Corbin, South End Gardens Builder: Jackson’s General Carpentry Fencing sculptor: Jacob Kulin, Kulin Modern Lighting design: Sergio Mazon, Mazon Lighting Design Photography: Anthony Crisafulli

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Landscape Design

Pond Perfect

The couple who call this southern Vermont property home had always loved the large pond that previous owners had dug decades earlier. Unfortunately, the homeowner relates, “We had a really hot, dry summer, and the pond died. It got shallow and weedy and not very pleasant.” She and her husband had the pond drained, scraped clean, and refilled. “But then it was just sort of a round hole that looked like an excavation site,” she says. As they were contemplating adding some plantings, they came across a New York Times article about Julie Moir Messervy and reached out to her. When it comes to manmade ponds, says Moir Messervy, “you have to understand how ponds work in nature.” To look natural, this one needed softening and a more organic plan for laying out the rocks around it. Working with excavator Thaddeus Guild, she sculpted the land around the pond, creating more natural contours and moving the existing rocks to fashion steps into the pond and a diving rock that looks like nature itself deposited there. “There’s nothing I like better than setting stones!” Moir Messervy says. Project manager Erica Bowman’s low-maintenance plant choices range from grasses to trees to c­ olorful perennials for year-round ­interest. RESOURCES: For information about the professionals, see page 207.

CREDITS Landscape design and installation: Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio Excavation and masonry: Thaddeus Guild, TMG Enterprises Photography: Susan Teare

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The Challenge: The condominium was extremely outdated, with only one bathroom, one bedroom, and the kitchen on the upper level. The space, in general, was very cramped. What made this project both challenging and exciting was the level of creativity needed to modify and optimize the use of the existing footprint.

The Starting Point: Boston, known for its rich and diverse history, is a great place for anyone who loves the hustle and bustle of urban life, due its accessibility to all the city has to offer. The client made the decision to move to the South End, one of Boston’s most desirable areas. The dilemma, however, was that the condo she purchased had not been updated since the 1970s.

The Goal: Our goal was to maximize use of the existing space and to improve the flow of the home, in order to provide a more open and welcoming floor plan. With the client’s needs in mind, plans were put in place to reconfigure the condominium such that it was comfortable for her and a welcoming environment for her guests.

The Summary: By moving the kitchen to the lower level, we created ample space for an additional bedroom and bathroom, providing a full guest suite. Opening up the walls on the lower level allowed for more natural light, as well as creating an open-flow floor plan. The condo was transformed from an outdated, choppy, 1970s living space into a warm, welcoming, modern home flooded with natural light.



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The Starting Point: A young family relocating to Boston from New York City finds a great big home with ”good bones” close to downtown. Unfortunately, the previous owners had chosen less than desirable finishes throughout and left us redoing the whole color palette along with a major kitchen overhaul. They desired a master bedroom vibe that felt relaxing, with a youthful energy.

The Challenge: They desired a cozy, comfortable bedroom within a large space. Coming from an apartment to a large home left them lacking the proper furnishings. Before we could think of furniture, we needed to make repairs to wood floors and walls that needed serious attention.

The Essentials: We made the bed with custom headboard the focal point of the room and paired the wall behind with a playful zig zag in a calm gray color. The bedding was done in grays, lavender, and greens. We carried that fresh green color into the drapes with a beautiful chinoiserie pattern. Fabrics and other materials that have a luxurious look and feel make this room their favorite respite.

The Summary: Kristen Rivoli Interior Design was privileged to work with this family on their entire home to create youthful, comfortable living spaces. Knowing the final aesthetic and vibe gives them a feeling of complete relaxation in their master bedroom is icing on the cake.



Kristen Rivoli Interior Design 540 Main Street, Suite 6 Winchester, MA 01890 781-729-0405

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The Starting Point: Originally built in the early 1900s, the house, with its lakefront setting, offered exceptional possibilities, but it needed to be expanded to suit the homeowners’ current lifestyle and serve as their weekend retreat. Two neighboring parcels were acquired, and Meyer & Meyer, Inc. collaborated with Pressley Associates, Inc. to achieve a lakeside manor that feels like a Newport estate.

The Challenge: The design challenge was that the front and the back of the house needed to be perceived equally, but differently. The front, or street side, is quiet and discreetly tucked into the neighborhood. The lakeside, back view is extraordinarily prominent, especially from across the lake. All interior floor levels offer spectacular water views.

The Elements: Few houses demonstrate the skill of modern-day craftsmen with such charm and grace. Quality materials, such as limestone, carved timbers, copper, and slate, combined with stone foundations and triple-pane windows, provide the new owners with worry-free maintenance. The property boasts formal English gardens, complete with an underground tunnel leading to a wine grotto.

The Summary: The magnitude of this project was unique, and the home was featured in Architectural Digest and on the cover of Period Homes. Meyer & Meyer, Inc. enthusiastically brings its creative talents to projects of all sizes and scopes, from the simple to the grand.



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The Starting Point: Located on Chatham’s premier oceanfront drive, this home was originally built in the early 1900s and heedlessly added onto in the 1960s, resulting in severe structural deficiencies as it settled over time.

The Challenge: The design challenge was balancing both the programmatic needs of the homeowners to double the square footage and the goals of the Chatham Historical Commission to preserve the historical significance. It was also important to recognize that the location is paramount to the public realm and celebrated not only by the locals, but all over the world.

The Execution: The original structure was used as a guide to create an “implied history” of how the home could have grown over time, resulting in a respectful interpretation of the original design that appears natural and authentic. All of the original materials found to be reusable were incorporated in the new structure, and all new materials were recreated to match the existing historic profiles. In addition, historic materials and features that are characteristic to homes in Chatham—a widow’s walk, oversailing eaves, and a brick veneered foundation—were added to enhance the architectural language of the home.

The Result: Although newly constructed, the home is rooted in its site, in scale with its surroundings, and looks and feels as though it has stood the test of time, ultimately re-commanding its presence on Chatham’s premier oceanfront drive for centuries to follow.



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The Challenge: Originally built in 1880, this exquisite townhouse was purchased in 2003 as three separate condominiums, which the owners set about converting into a stunning single-family dwelling. The first challenge we were tasked with was to figure out a way to access the main roof deck without having to crawl through the small hatch window, so that we could build the ultimate top-floor lounge.

The Turning Point: We discovered that the most effective solution to gaining access to the roof deck was to connect it to the patio off the top floor by building an external staircase.

The Summary: After extensive demolition, we began to outfit the interior with a host of luxurious amenities, including a two-story wood-paneled library, an elevator, seven working fireplaces, five bedrooms, and an elegant dining room with custom stained glass. The result is a successful combination of twenty-first-century comfort and nineteenthcentury grandeur.


Payne | Bouchier Fine Builders 173 Norfolk Avenue
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The Starting Point: A young family moved into a 5,700-square foot, turn-of-the-century home in Norwell. They wanted to preserve its historic beauty and optimize the space to meet their modern needs. Our team planned to accomplish this by expanding the kitchen, adding a master suite, and updating the entire home with leading-edge technology and design.

The Challenge: The original galley-style kitchen was cramped and made cooking and entertaining in the twentyfirst-century challenging. The family of five needed more space to prepare meals together.

The Outcome: The generous kitchen expansion and updates allow for efficient meal preparation and effortless entertaining. The oversized island is now a favorite place for mealtimes, homework, and visiting with friends. The three sinks featuring Kohler Artifacts faucets allow for dishes, prep work, and a bar area to keep entertaining a breeze.

The Elements: Sarah Lalone, ​i​nterior ​d​esigner, teamed with Patti Jones at Snow and Jones to select plumbing fixtures that complement the overall design and provided practical functionality. The Shaw Farm sink and Kohler Artifacts faucet create another stunning element as the main sink, and the hammered stainless bar sink offers a touch of sparkle to the overall design.

BEFORE Snow & Jones 85 Accord Park Drive Norwell, MA 02061-1605 781-878-3312 Sarah Lalone Interior Design P.O. Box 728 Norwell, MA 02061 781-659-7987

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The Challenge: Developing a property in one of New England’s most beautiful and bucolic locations, and respecting the natural landscape and historic guidelines of the island, is a designer’s dream and a tremendous challenge. Meeting the program goals of development with sensitivity to the environment was critical.

The Vision: The proposed residential property was intended to provide the quintessential family getaway with amenities such as a pool, pool house, guesthouse, tennis court, ample parking, areas for outdoor gatherings, a putting green, and gardens.

The Design Summary: The pool and pool house were sited and designed to have minimal impact on the spectacular ocean views from the residence. The classic pool and elevated spa provide ample functionality for family and guests, and blend seamlessly with the natural vegetation. The fencing creatively disappears so as to have minimal visual impact. The path by the putting green to the beach is a natural combination of a wooden boardwalk and lawn paths amidst native plantings. Productive cutting gardens are located in close proximity to the house for convenience and maximum enjoyment. A tennis court is nestled into the topography and screened with typical Nantucket hedging. The main drive, access to the guest house, and parking areas are constructed with a natural stone with sweeping curves of cobblestone edges and banding. Colorful summer plantings and lighting were incorporated to maximize the family’s enjoyment.


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The Goal: This project aimed at creating a more open and inviting entry experience to this beautiful, classic home. We also wanted to clearly define the main entrance to the house.

The Challenge: The stately façade of this classic house was largely obscured by an unkempt landscape that hadn’t been updated in years. Overgrown trees shaded the entire front yard and mostly hid the front door. The horseshoe, pull-though driveway did little to orient guests to the proper entry.


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The first step was taking down the large pines to open up the view of the front of the house. The driveway was then reoriented to create a single entry that leads to a formal courtyard. The chipseal courtyard, cobble edge detailing, and restrained plantings give a formality to the landscape that better matches that of the house. The boxwood hedges and green and white color scheme of the plantings help to ground the house in the landscape and contrast with the red-brick façade.

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The Challenge: This apartment in a pre-war building had a tiny, cramped galley kitchen, closed off from the living and dining areas. The layout was awkward, with two doors into the tiny space and a washer and dryer wedged into the corner and venting out the window, taking up valuable storage and work space.

The Goal: The owner of the apartment, a single professional woman, had made do with the cramped quarters for years, but when she became a mother, she knew the kitchen would need to be redone. Storage and work space was key, but more important was creating an open space where she could cook while keeping an eye on a small child.


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CATHERINE TRUMAN ARCHITECTS 29 Warren Street Cambridge, MA 02141 857-285-2500

The new plan closes off the door to the long galley kitchen and opens up the wall to the dining room. A peninsula between the kitchen and dining area provides storage and work space, with a counter where kids can eat, draw, or help cook. The washer/dryer was moved to a new closet outside the bathroom, opening up the kitchen. Dark gray lowers contrast with white Caesarstone counters and backsplash. The final result is a bright, open, and spacious kitchen that works perfectly for a mother and young child. Special Marketing Section 161

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The Challenge: Dated wood cabinets, appliances, and countertops had served the family well over the years, but the homeowners looked forward to a renovation that combined state of the art appliances with a more functional kitchen design. The request was to create an efficient space for the empty nesters’ hectic everyday life, as well as for hosting large gatherings.

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Fallon Custom Homes 171 Reservoir Street Needham, MA 02494 781-237-0505

The existing angular countertop was removed for a more refined center island. Custom cabinetry fabricated by Fallon Fine Cabinetry uses state-of-the-art storage features, including self-closing drawer and cabinet doors, pot and pan storage solutions, and spice storage integrated into a pilaster design flanking the sides of the range. The same pilaster detail was repeated at the island, and hidden pencil drawers were concealed at the seating area for placemats and workspace storage.

The Result: Collaborating with Liz Caan Interiors, the Fallon Custom Homes team combined the detailed elements of the cabinets with colors from the countertops and tiled backsplash, to form an elegantly styled and functional kitchen.

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The Goal: The main goal of this project was to totally renovate the entire first floor of the home. The homeowner wanted to radically improve the flow and layout, while adding style and personality to what was a basic cookie-cutter floor plan.

The Challenge: The difficulty here was taking a dated, utilitarian layout with no style and turning it into a spacious and open layout with tons of charm. This was made particularly problematic by the original layout, which had lots of small rooms and a choppy floor plan.


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Hampden Design+Construction PO Box 180 Newton, MA Â 02468 617-969-1112

Some elements of this complete renovation included removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and closing off the mudroom with a charming reclaimed wooden garage door hung on an exposed track. We also added hardwood flooring throughout the first floor and an island in the kitchen. To help keep the new open feel we installed a flush-mounted exhaust hood over the new range.

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The Back-Story: A Boston home with original decorative plaster crown molding that dated back to 1890 experienced extensive water damage caused by an ice dam. The plaster crown molding suffered efflorescence and decomposition of the plaster keys, causing the molding to lose its structural integrity. The large plaster crown molding projected 19 inches onto the ceiling and dropped 21 inches down the wall. The molding also contained an egg-and-dart enrichment.

The Goal: Our goal was to replicate every aspect of the plaster crown molding to ensure that it is a perfect match, from the radius of the wall to the egg-anddart enrichment.


The Summary: Inspired Ornamental LLC


Inspired Ornamental, LLC 34 Pelham Rd, Suite B Unit 5 Salem, NH 03079 603-893-1001

Our artisans profiled the existing plaster crown molding then demolished the water damaged section. Next, they created a template of the room’s radius wall then produced a mold of the egg-anddart enrichment. A running knife was cut to match the existing plaster crown molding. The plaster crown was fabricated, and the egg-and-dart was cast then installed. The crown was pointed in and remains seamless today.

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The Back Story: When the owners of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, colonial house returned to the U.S. from Paris, their home felt too traditional. As empty nesters, not only had their taste evolved, but so had the way they approached the use and flow of their interior.

The Must-Haves:


The number-one rule for this project was to bring alive a design that is sophisticated yet comfortable. This was the ideal opportunity for La Tour Design to introduce the works of star contemporary creators such as Huber Legal and Hervé Van der Straeten to the Boston area. The space called for custom pieces as well as
the reinvention of family heirlooms such as Louis XVI bergères reupholstered in ostrich leather.

The Summary:


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In less than a year, La Tour Design was able to create a true European home in Cambridge. The house’s elegant and soothing color palette, the blend of avant-garde and traditional furniture, and the warm and welcoming atmosphere are a tribute to Nathalie Ducrest’s signature style. Special Marketing Section 165

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The Goal: Five years ago our team did a total renovation of this historic nineteenth-century house, in a traditional style, for the previous owners. The new homeowners, however, were after longer sight lines and clean geometries to complement their lifestyle and to showcase their extensive art collection.

The Challenge: Although our clients had a completely different aesthetic than the previous owners, they did want to preserve the intricate moldings and casings wherever possible. This required a carefully orchestrated plan of action, and collaboration between the architect, designer and our team.


The Design Summary:


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While the exterior of this stately home is characteristic of its historical neighborhood, the interior was completely reborn. The collaboration between our team and architect Adolfo Perez, interior designer Manuel de Santaren, and landscape architect Matthew Cunningham produced a meticulously designed home that is a true reflection of the homeowners.

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The Backstory: The existing kitchen for this project is a later addition to a historic home on the North Shore. The previous 1980s renovation included the addition
of an adjacent wood-frame greenhouse. The
client asked Saltsman Brenzel to create a stunning new kitchen and living space, open to the gardens beyond, within the existing walls of their home.

The Challenge: The existing kitchen, greenhouse, and sitting rooms needed to flow as one space while respecting the scale of the house. The renovation of the greenhouse into a comfortable living space required saving the glass roof and reintegrating it into the new structure. Flow and visual continuity were maintained through the creation of a continuous paneled space that integrates the Federal-style detailing and the application of modern hardware.



Saltsman Brenzel


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The Summary: The new transitional space connects the clients’ midcentury taste with the home’s historic past. Sunlight saturates the new space. while the sliding door panels connect the living area both visually and physically to the terracing of the “Beacon Hill” garden across the rear of the home. Special Marketing Section 167

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The Challenge: A couple was looking to restore a 1,300-squarefoot cottage for their elderly parents. The structure had suffered over the years from an unsightly addition and general disrepair, and they wanted a return to its original charm. The goal was to create an inviting home where the parents could “age in place” safely—and in style.

The Execution: The renovation opened up the floor plan to connect the main living areas on the first floor, including a new kitchen, master bedroom, and bath. Access points outside to the stone patio and porch are all at grade-level. We were able to remove the problematic dormer and maintain second-floor headroom by raising the roof using the original exaggerated pitch. Upstairs, we added two bedrooms and a bath for visits from the kids and grandkids.


The Results:


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The cathedral ceilings and open space make the cottage feel much bigger than it is, while still retaining a cozy, manageable feel. All amenities are easily accessible without climbing stairs, including the stunning outdoors. This project was featured on the PBS TV series This Old House.

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The Goal: Our client wanted to incorporate fine architectural details into his new home, keeping interior design at a high standard, while incorporating a full high-end audio/video system for the five-floor historic Beacon Hill house.

The Challenges: Due to the ceiling height and the layout of the house, we had to design an audio/video system in the family room that is not only of high quality, but also keeps aesthetics in mind. In addition, the interior designer did not want the TV visible, so we installed a custom automated-motorized bracket that, with a remote, would bring the screen in and out of a built-in. Keeping in mind the strong emphasis on interior design, the client still wanted a great-sounding subwoofer, so we installed two in-ceiling Artison subwoofers that have zero wall vibrations. In addition, the client wanted to use a finger as a front door key, which would also serve as an intercom system. The look had to meet the Beacon Hill historical requirements.

The Design Summary: Five floors of the house were designed, pre-wired, and installed for wholehouse audio, surround sound, home automation, a fingerprint door-entry intercom system, and a dedicated media room. We installed Martin Logan Vanquish in-ceiling speakers throughout, including a waterproof speaker in the master bathroom. We expanded the network for the client to have full coverage throughout the house. The entire AV system was designed and programmed by our audio visual designer/owner Angel Centeno and installed by the Systems Design installation technicians.


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All Dressed Up


Grasscloth wallcoverings are a designer’s go-to for their natural appeal and soft textures, but what happens when you add embellishment to these subtle beauties? A bit of magic.


1. Peña Palace, Phillip Jeffries, Boston Design Center | 2. Feather Bloom, Schumacher, Boston Design Center | 3. Shenyang Sisal, Scalamandré, Boston Design Center | 4. Albert’s Cross, Holland & Sherry, Studio 534, Boston Design Center  | 5. Kataba from the Oceania Collection, Elitis, Webster & Company, Boston Design Center | 6. Kravet Couture W3105.415, Kravet, Boston Design Center | 7. Alexander, Thibaut, Babel’s, various New England Locations |


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Teen Scene


While teens and tweens have their charms, sometimes the best way to appreciate this age group is to give them a space of their own: they get privacy, and you enjoy some peace and quiet. Designer Cecilia Walker assembles a fun mix of hip furnishings, accessories, and art to create a lively hangout space for playing games, lounging, and listening to music. | Cecilia Walker Design, Hingham, Mass., (617) 816-4775, | 1. Olivia Rug, The Novogratz, | 2. Ani Pendant, Mitzi by Hudson Valley Lighting, Fleming’s Lighting, Cohasset, Mass., | 3. Audio Pro Addon c5 Dirty Pink Wifi/Wireless Speaker, CB2, | 4. Concrete Backgammon Coffee Table, James De Wulf, | 5. Play Win Beckham mixed media on wood panel, Collaboration between Robert William and Mars Goodman through DTR Modern Galleries, Boston, | 6. Tidal Wallpaper, Emma Hayes, | 7. Block Sectional, Eilersen, Lekker Home, Boston, | 8. Togo Chair, Designed by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset, Boston,

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Five Questions

When it comes to artwork, the oft-overlooked frame deserves attention, too, says Andrew Haines, associate conservator at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.


You are the MFA’s first conservator of frames. What do you do? I am responsible for the “care and feeding” of the museum’s collection of some 5,000 frames. In sweeping terms, you can assume that, on any easel painting made in the western tradition before 1950, you can expect to find a frame. The first thing we do is look at the original frame and assess whether we should work with it (by doing repairs or removing old repairs) or find a replacement. If it’s too visually distracting, unsafe for the art, or inappropriate for

some other reason, then a new one may be necessary. When this is the case, I do research both in our collection and from many other outside sources to see if the artist or his collectors had a particular taste in frames.


How have frame styles changed throughout art history? Framing follows the decorative arts. Generally, ornate, carved frames began to be replaced by the end of the eighteenth-century when less expensive


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composition, or “compo,” frames came into favor. In the middle of the nineteenth-century, the Arts and Crafts movement got away from composition frames, in favor of ones that showed joinery and displayed the wood grain. Modernism basically destroyed the frame, with artists favoring the simplest bare bones structure; for example, Georgia O’Keeffe put thin metal strips around her paintings. In the post-Modernist era, the frame becomes almost nothing. In many 1960s and 1970s paintings, the frame is just a tiny wooden strip or it has become part of the piece.


Is the importance of framing sometimes an afterthought for art owners? That is true, the frame is often considered to be the tail of the dog. However, because paintings are three-dimensional objects, the frame is important; you will always need some kind of surround. The frame affects the way you perceive an

artwork. A good frame can “bump up a painting.” And because it’s a custommade object it can be expensive. I’ve often heard, “I paid more for the frame than I did for the artwork,” but a good frame always enhances one’s appreciation of the art object. Having said that, the frame should not upstage the painting. Generally you won’t necessarily notice it unless you are someone—like me— who does.


What advice can you offer collectors looking to show their art to its best advantage? The first thing I would say is do not necessarily be in a hurry to throw away the frame that the object comes to you with. It can be great to have a 100-yearold frame on a 100-year-old artwork. But the frame may also have nothing to do with the object, so it may be perfectly appropriate to get rid of it. It is important to get good advice, so ask for a recommendation from an art dealer, a framer, or even a museum. If the piece has a new frame, it is always a good idea to ask a dealer if they still have the original. Often it is more suitable.


What can a frame tell us about a painting? Paintings and frames are separate objects and have separate lives. There is a long history of collectors changing frames, and the story of the frame is generally about the life of the painting after it leaves the artist’s studio. For an example, the MFA’s Bandits Leading Prisoners is a seventeenth-century Dutch landscape by Jan Both that hangs in a late eighteenth-century British Neoclassical frame. A wealthy Londoner had commissioned Robert Adam to design a room for his large collection of Dutch paintings. Presumably, the paintings originally had black ebonized frames typical to the time and place they were made. Adam proposed frames that were contemporary to late eighteenth-century London, thus showing off the keen eye and excellent taste of his client. I’ve compared frames to First Ladies: it is the job of the President’s wife not to be the center of attention. However, if you take the time to look at them closely, they will tell you a lot about their partner and they have an influence on how we perceive them. | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 617-267-9300,


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Shop Visit

Modern Relik

When you turn onto Clematis Avenue you may begin to question the accuracy of your GPS. Surely a chic interior design shop can’t be living here among industrial buildings and workrooms? Don’t fret: you’re on the right track, and a lovely surprise awaits. Modest as Modern Relik appears from the outside, its unassuming door opens to a moment of “wow.” The shop’s merchandise is a lively mix of furniture and accessories at a variety of price points. The pieces are united by a sophisticated look—often with an elegant European sensibility or a hip 1970s vibe. Most merchandise is new, joined here and there by a smattering of vintage pieces.

A midcentury Corbusier loveseat and an ornate Louis XV mirror were spotted on a recent visit. Owner Meg Kimball updates the shop with the seasons so repeat visitors can always discover something new. “Chalet Chic” in the winter will give way to “South China Seas” come spring. Kimball and her team arrange the products in artful vignettes that inspire thoughts of how the furniture and accessories might look in your own home. There are tables laden with beautiful settings, chandeliers hanging from the rafters, and stacks and stacks of pillows to sort through. Trust us—and your GPS—Modern Relik is worth going out of your way for.


Modern Relik 96 Clematis Ave. Waltham, Mass. 617-513-3336 Open Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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What Makes It Work

A bedroom in a former school in South Portland, Maine, connects history with the present in a distinctly clean, comfortable, modern way. 1

The fourteen-foot ceiling in this fairly compact room was a challenge. Converting an antique map of Maine into an eye-catching wall mural pulls the space into focus, as well as alludes to the building’s pedigree.



Hues from the map also generated the room’s attractive color palette of tans, caramels, and golds, lightened with bright white walls and furniture.



The client’s existing Crate & Barrel bed set the tone for furnishings: simple and modern in form, but with a hint of distressing in the finish for a sense of age and use. Nash side tables from Serena & Lily (serving as nightstands) follow suit, with their framing of natural oak.




Dapper table lamps from Rejuvenation also do double duty, their tall, narrow form giving a feeling of height even as they slot neatly into the spaces on each side of the headboard. Their clean white shades also play against textured spherical wooden bases. 5


Even the bedclothes carry through the room’s themes: graphic stitching on the Donna Karan Home quilt calls to mind the wall map’s border; sheets and pillowcases from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. feature a related grid pattern of tiny dots; the linen duvet cover and shams and a woven-jute throw pillow add still more layers of texture.


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Flowers and insects have sparked the creativity of designers, artists, and artisans for centuries, as the Shelburne Museum’s In the Garden exhibit attests

MARCH Camellia Blooming Season Through March 23 Take a mini tropical vacation without leaving New England: visit the 19th-century camellia house, part of the Lyman Estate greenhouses, where the century-old trees will be in full blossom. Orchids, sweet olives, and citrus will also be in bloom. Visitors can purchase plants propagated from the estate’s plants. I 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, Mass., 617994-6672, ­ Boston Flower and Garden Show March 14–18 This year’s theme, “Savor Spring,” celebrates a gardener’s favorite time of year. A diverse lineup of lectures includes everything from “Veggie Garden Remix” to “Fool Proof Roses.” I March 14 and 15, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., March 16 and 17, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., March 18, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $17, children $10. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, 781-237-5533, In the Garden March 17–August 26 Featuring a mix of fine art, textiles, jewelry, and even the bodies of actual insects, this exhibition explores the various ways in which flowers and bugs have captivated and influenced the work of artists over the last

Boston Design Week April 4–15

This 12-day citywide design festival returns for a fifth year, and will once again feature a wide array of programs and events throughout Boston. The 2018 theme is “Now, New, Next!” with the goal to highlight current, new, or future design in all design arenas. I Visit for the expansive schedule of offerings 182  New England Home | March–April 2018

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Architectural Digest Design Show March 22–25 Designers and homeowners alike will enjoy this event showcasing more than 400 brands. From well-known manufacturers to independent craftsmen, the show provides plenty of design and renovation inspiration via design seminars, design vignettes, and more. The keynote of the event will be Architectural Digest editorin-chief Amy Astley chatting with interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard about his work creating homes for A-list celebrities. I Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $30 in advance, $40 at the door. New York City, ­ NESU Herb Society: The Organic Kitchen Garden with Kelly Orzel March 27 Join horticulturist Kelly Orzel as she shares the oldfashioned organic-growing techniques and the artistry of cottage gardens. She will review garden design, soil preparation, planting secrets, and more. This is a lunch and learn event, so please bring a bag lunch and drink. I Noon–1 p.m. Free, advance registration required. Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, N.H.,

APRIL AD 20/21 Home April 12–15 Now in its 12th year, this event targeted to design aficionados showcases 50 select exhibitors featuring contemporary fine art, photography, jewelry, furnishings, decorative arts, and more. This year’s featured speakers are Marshall Watson, author of The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors and winner of Traditional Home’s Designer of the Year award, and Laura Dowling, who served as chief floral designer in the Obama White House from 2009 to 2015. I Friday 1 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $15, under 12 free. The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts, 617-363-0405, CraftBoston Spring April 20–22 More than 90 artisans will display their handmade jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home decor at this annual event. Browse through the stalls, chat with the makers, and bring some of your favorite pieces home. I Friday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts, 617-266-1810, ­ Art in Bloom April 28–April 30 Celebrate spring with the 42nd annual Art in Bloom at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The event features floral designs created by garden clubs and professional designers from across New England, inspired by the museum’s art collection. A highlight of this year’s event will be presentations by British floral designer Joseph Massie, and celebrated event planner Bryan Rafanelli. I 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free with museum admission; classes are fee-based and require advance registration. Boston, 617-267-9300,  EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit. Boston Design Week Photo by Jackie Swisshelm

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Beautifully unexpected.

The Wander Collection by Merida

Take your next project to unexpected places with Wander, a beautifully inventive collection of handmade rugs from Merida.

Woven from pure New Zealand wool, Kenyan sisal, and rich suede lacing, Wander blends a worldly sensibility with an artisanal hand to elevate the room. Each rug in the

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It’s a big year for anniversary celebrations in the New England design world. Marking ten years in business is Boston’s Planeta Design Group; we’re proud to note that we recognized founder Patrick Planeta’s talent early, including him in our first crop of “5 Under 40” winners in 2010. Designer Heather Wells, also of Boston, celebrates twenty years; Wells was a 2012 inductee into the New England Design Hall of Fame. For Boston designer Gary McBournie (a 2013 Hall of Famer), it’s been twenty-five years of creating beautiful interiors for clients in New England and as far afield as Antigua, Montana, and Palm Beach. Meanwhile, in Medford and Chatham, Massachusetts, Douglas Whitla carries on the legacy of fine craftsmanship Whitla Brothers Builders has been known for since he and his late brother Stuart founded the company thirty years ago. Celebrating a century in business is Kravet. The company that began as a tailoring shop now owns Lee Jofa, Groundworks, GP & J Baker, and Brunschwig & Fils and has dozens of showrooms worldwide.  I; heatherwells. com;;;



After nearly two decades as a principal in Haddad Hakansson Design Studio, Kurt Hakansson is wielding his considerable experience and design skills in his own new company, Hakansson Design Group. Hakansson is a member of both the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and he and his team specialize in full-service interior design, kitchen and bath design, and custom cabinetry for clients throughout New England and beyond.  I  Boston,


Jonathan Glatt and Sara Ossana of O&G Studio have earned accolades for the furniture—a modern

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take on the traditional— they craft in their Warren, Rhode Island, studio. Now, fans of their work can check out the duo’s first showroom dedicated to a nicely curated collection of their seating, tables, lighting, and decorative accents. The new showroom is in the nearby town of Barrington, Rhode Island, and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.  I


Kristen Piper finds design inspiration in everything from the striations in the rocks as she’s hiking near her Vermont home to an old porcelain doll spied in an antique store. Whether influenced by the natural or the manmade, Piper believes every interior should tell the unique story of her clients, and that’s the philosophy behind her new greater Burlington firm, Piper Interior Design. Piper specializes in residential design as well as boutique commercial design and styling.  I  Winooski, Vt.,


Designers can easily and quickly transform their ideas into custom woven fabric, thanks to Weft, a revolutionary new company headquartered in Rhode Island. The brainchild of Rhode Island School of Design textiles professor Brooks Hagen and Cornell University computer science professor Steve Marschner, Weft is a user-friendly online application that lets designers upload an image, explore yarns and weaves, and order as little as three yards of custom fabric. All fabrics are manufactured at mills in the United States, and turnaround time is as fast as three weeks.  I  Providence, R.I.,


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twenty-fifth anniversary, but that’s not all. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, landscape architecture Weft image courtesy Instagram, Piper photo by Arielle Thomas

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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, Suite 202 For additional showroom locations, please visit

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company is in growth mode, naming both Jason Harris and Troy Sober as principals. Harris, the firm’s vice president and a co-owner of sister company Parterre Garden Services, will lead strategic initiatives focused on client service and the expansion of business operations. Sober, a member of the 2015 group of New England Home’s “5 Under 40” winners, is the director of residential projects. In his eleven years with the firm, Sober has helped guide its expansion into Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island.  I


Everyone loves instant gratification. Donna Milano Neligon, the director at J.D. Staron Galleries at the Boston Design Center, knows that, and that’s why she came up with the idea of J. D. Staron Instant. Located next door to the company’s third-floor suite, the new showroom offers 150 two-by-three-foot samples of rugs that can be ordered in any standard size for delivery in one to two weeks. Another plus: retail customers are welcome to browse, too, and can

get some expert advice from the BDC’s Designer on Call program.  I  Boston Design Center,


Designer Chelsea Blanchard has long loved working on historic buildings, and a master’s in Historic Preservation from Boston University gave her cred for it. She confesses to being equally enamored with more contemporary design, too, and that’s why she went back to school, earning a master’s in architecture from the Boston Architectural College. While she’s prepping for the exams to become a licensed architect, she has parlayed years of experience working with such area firms as Payne|Bouchier Fine Builders and Hickox Williams Architects into her own brand-new firm, Blanchard Design Studio. Blanchard operates her fledgling business out of her own (historic, naturally) South Boston home.  I


As we were ushering out an old year and ringing in a new one, there was plenty of excitement for Colony Rug Company. In December it was all hands on deck in Newport Harbor to complete

the installation of carpeting for a luxury yacht. The new carpeting on board Nakupenda was part of an interior redesign executed by Patti Watson’s Jamestown, Rhode Island, company taste. Then, in January, Colony opened the doors to its new location in Hingham, Massachusetts, a spacious new spot for the fourth-generation family-owned business to show off its large collection of beautiful floor coverings.  I,


Designer Steven Favreau happily marches to the beat of a different drummer, and his latest venture, The Favreaulous Factory, is a perfect example. Opening in early March, the “factory” is 11,000 square feet of loft space on the eighth floor of Boston’s Channel Center. Favreau Design will establish its headquarters there, but that’s just the beginning. The designer is opening his space up to other people to use for their own purposes, creating a sort of idea incubator. “The idea is that if you have talented, heartfelt people all working in one space, magic happens,” Favreau says.  I  Boston, favreaudesign. com

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Tip 1 Maximizing your storage is essential to having a great kitchen. I have seen many kitchens that have no place to put the frying pans, no real pantry and no counter space on either side of the cook top. These are not functioning kitchens. I maintain that all cabinets less than 12 inches wide are useless. What can you store in them? Not much. If you are going to spend the money to remodel your kitchen, let a designer help you maximize the storage space so you really can use it. No more trips to the basement to get that pan or roll of paper towels. At Dream Kitchens, I guarantee we will give you at least 30 percent more storage. Tip 2 Life has changed. The kitchen is the center of our lives. We cook, our children study, and we entertain in the kitchen. This makes the layout essential. How many times have you asked your child to “stop standing there so I can get to the fridge?” We should be able to easily chat with guests, put chips and dip out on a buffet, and watch TV. We want guests welcome in the kitchen, but on the fringes where they add to the fun but don’t get in the way. Tip 3 Get rid of the clutter. Most countertops are packed with the coffee maker, toaster, food processor, blender, knives, spices and pantry items. This makes it almost impossible to prepare food and makes the kitchen look messy. Have a place to store everything so you can see and use those beautiful countertops. At Dream Kitchens we will store everything away so you are ready for company at any time of day!

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Boston Design Center Holiday Party

The Boston Design Center was all dressed up for its 2017 holiday party. Guests mixed and mingled with colleagues while enjoying delicious food and beverage pairings on each floor of the building, along with festive music.









Patrick Ahearn Book Launch Party | 1. Marsha and Patrick Ahearn | 2. Timeless by Patrick Ahearn | 3. Patrick Ahearn, Steve Barnes, Katie, Jane and Dave Nolan, and Edward Gaffney

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Boston’s historic Hampshire House was a fitting setting for a party celebrating the launch of Timeless: Classical American Architecture for Contemporary Living, by architect Patrick Ahearn. The guest list included clients, editors, family, and friends who celebrated both the book and Ahearn’s illustrious career, which now spans more than four decades. 1

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The Rug Company and Farrow & Ball celebrated the launch of their collaborative line, the Complementary Colour Collection, last November. The collection features twelve colorways that perfectly complement the Farrow & Ball palette. Guests were happy to toast the alliance and enjoy The Rug Company’s beautiful showroom on Boston’s Newbury Street.





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| 1. Color in bloom  | 2. New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton with Lisa Tharp | 3. ­Jessica Klein and Lindy ­Messam | 4. Paul Murray and Melanie Turner | 5. Kelly Hiselman and Justin Minda | 6. Melissa Iglesias, Sean Donovan, Stacey Marino Puopolo, and Jeannette Thulin | 7. Caitlin Berger and Mary McDonald

Divine Design Center in Boston partnered with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty to celebrate the holiday season and help provide toys for children in need. Guests arrived with a toy and in return were able to enjoy a festive party—a win-win for all.


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Great design, both commercial and residential, was celebrated at the seventh annual Boston Society of Architects Design Awards Gala. The event was emceed by Peggy Fogelman, Norma Jean Calderwood director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Henry N. Cobb, founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, was recognized as the recipient of the 2017 BSA Award of Honor. 3


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4 1. Under the Sea Ceramicist Craig Crawford employs a special silk-screening technique to create the overlapping patterns for her ceramics. This hand-molded platter featuring jellyfish and seaweed was derived from antique etchings. | Wanderlust Ceramics, East Greenwich, R.I., 2. Curlicue A luxurious, looping design adorned with orb-like crystals gives Currey & Company’s Iona sconce the look of the finest jewelry.  | The Lighting House, Shelburne, Vt., 3. The Right Stripe Bunakara’s Fingerprint Two Stripes chair checks all the boxes with a classic silhouette and an unexpected wrapped-fabric frame. | Margo Moore Interiors, Camden, Maine,

4. Tropical Punch Robert Allen’s new Tamarind brings a touch of the exotic to any room with a pattern bursting with lush and stylized florals in four vibrant colorways. | Beacon Hill through Robert Allen, Boston Design Center,


5. Bedtime Story You will feel like a princess (or prince) lounging on this elegant daybed designed by Darryl Carter for Milling Road. | Baker, Boston Design Center,

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3. A Taste of Italy High-tech meets sleek European styling in the Maxima 2.2 line of kitchens from the Italian company Cesar, which just hit the showroom floor at IL Décor. | Boston, ­ 1. Roll On Whether you’re using Oka Arte’s Tea Caddy Goitacá for serving tea— or something a bit stronger—the chic cart will always look great.  | Oka Arte, Boston, 2. Dutch Touch Dutchmaster features a moody arrangement of flora and fauna against an onyx background. Created in partnership with Kohler and “florography” artist Ashley Woodson Bailey, it elevates the humble sink to an art form. | Snow and Jones, South Yarmouth and Norwell, Mass.,

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Grand Living, Great Lake

Midcentury Modern

Point Well Taken

Point Well Taken

Coolidge Point was named for the family that acquired land on the peninsula in 1871 (more than 100 acres at the time). Over the years, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge and his son built a series of summer “cottages” on lovely Cape Ann, some thirty miles north of Boston. This home is on the site of one of them. The 2.1-acre parcel sits between two beaches in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Renovation/construction took place between 2004 and 2008, overseen by the current owner, whose mother purchased the residence in 1953. So, the house has only been in two families—and there’s really nothing for the next family to do but enjoy it. It was designed in the Nantucket Shingle style by the late architect Alex Coogan, and built with exceptional attention to detail, according to listing agent Kristin

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Francoeur. The extraordinary fireplace, the turret, a vintage cast-iron stove, and other “bits and pieces” of the original home were incorporated into the design. “It’s amazing, the things they took and refinished, celebrating the details of the original architecture,” says Francoeur. Although many of the fourteen rooms are large, there’s a coziness ROOMS: 14 you might not expect from a home so 4 BEDROOMS 5 FULL BATHS grand. Also cozy: the charming wrap1 HALF BATH around porch warmed by a vast stone 7,798 SQ. FT. fireplace, overlooking the ocean. $6,250,000 Duly Noted: We love views. We love that water views are framed by professionally landscaped outcroppings at every turn. We love that there are views from all four bedrooms. And we love that Coolidge Point itself offers legendary views | Continued on page 205 Point Well Taken photos by Russell Serbagi; Grand Living, Great Lake photos by Orchard Cove Photography

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Westbrook, CT

$2,549,000 Mystic, CT

Spectacular waterfront location. 2 1/2 acre estate with a 4 bedroom Main House and a 1 bedroom Carriage House over 3 car garage for your toys.

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$1,999,000 Centerville, MA

Stunning Colonial constructed in 1861 in the Italian Villa style. Private dock, direct access to the Sound, and a commanding Mystic River view.

203.415.5439 Melinda Carlisle


Oceanfront property has been upgraded to today’s standards while preserving the elegance and panache of yesteryear. 6 bedrooms.

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$1,999,000 Narragansett, RI

Sweeping views of the Old Lyme estuary and Long Island Sound. Superbly crafted Post & Beam home exudes distinction. Exceptional.

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Luxury with water views of the ocean and the salt pond. Drop your bags and hit the beach. Walk to the ocean beach or bring dog to the salt pond.

860.388.7848 John Sheil


Luxurious residence with myriad amenities: breathtaking golf course views, beautiful pool with spa. 4 ensuite bedrooms & 1 br guest house.

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent estate on 23 acres in the heart of Weston. Beautifully renovated main residence, guest cottage & field house. Spectacular grounds, gardens & freshwater pond with waterfall. $18,500,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Superbly renovated coveted 7 acre compound with 7 bedroom Residence, 2 bed Guest House and pool. Gracious living, luxurious master wing, porches, on park like grounds. $12,000,000

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, Sales Associate C. 781.507.1650

Deena Powell & Elly Pendergast, Sales Associates D. 781.718.6555 | E. 781.718.5152

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS This custom luxurious & sleek open concept smart home features 11-room, elevator, state-of-the art systems, Poggenpohl kitchen, screened porch, lush grounds and 3-car garage. $8,980,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Lifestyle estate on 3 acres with app. 11,000 sq. ft home, pool and pool house, tennis court and patio with fireplace, plus an easy commute to downtown Boston. $6,295,000

Deborah M. Gordon & Carole Milott, Sales Associates D. 617.974.0404 | C. 617.721.0499

Paige Yates & Claire Callewaert, Sales Associates P. 617.733.9885 | C. 508.808.8234

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Elegant and sophisticated shingle estate designed by award winning Shope, Reno Wharton sited on 1.68 acres in the Weston Country Club area. $5,850,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Renovated, historic home offering 7 bedrooms, rich architectural details, sleek chef’s kitchen, solarium, patio, 3rd floor, wine room, putting green, and 2-car garage. $4,495,000

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, Sales Associate C. 781.507.1650

Allison Blank & Deborah M. Gordon, Sales Associates A. 617.851.2734 | D. 617.974.0404


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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Sophisticated 7000+ sq. ft. custom property set on 1.78 acres abutting Weston Golf Club offering 13 rooms, 4 bedrooms, recreation, au pair suite, patios, and 3-car garage. $4,250,000

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Sophisticated new construction with 13 gracious rooms, 6 bedrooms, sleek chef’s kitchen with oversized island, professional landscaping, and 2-car garage. $4,200,000

Deena Powell & Belen Scully-Power, Sales Associates D. 781.718.6555 | B. 617.631.6011

Deborah M. Gordon, Sales Associate C. 617.974.0404

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent French Country Estate on 5 acres offering tennis court, pool, carriage house, rose garden, 7 bedrooms, 2-cook kitchen, soaring ceilings, and extensive detail. $3,985,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS New 7,100 sq. ft. construction set on 1.3 acres offering 15 rooms, exquisite architectural details, wide oak floors, 3 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms, patio, game room, and gym. $3,899,000

Brigitte Senkler & Amy Pasley, Broker Associate/Sales Associate B. 508.935.7496 | A. 617.571.7826

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, Sales Associate C. 781.507.1650

DOVER, MASSACHUSETTS Historic and distinctive 10+ acre Westerham Farm showcases a restored New England Colonial home, updated carriage house, 3-stall barn and tack room, 4-car garage, and pool. $3,800,000

CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS Grand 1895 Classical Revival residence on 1+ lush acres featuring 14 rooms, original details, exquisite woodwork, 6 fireplaces, library, 8 bedrooms, stellar location. $3,580,000

Paige Yates & Claire Callewaert, Sales Associates P. 617.733.9885 | C. 508.808.8234

Deborah M. Gordon, Sales Associate C. 617.974.0404

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. Š2018 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 service marks registered or pending registration owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. 241955NE_12/17

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BEVERLY FARMS, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning home on 5+ acres overlooking outer islands and Atlantic. Soaring ceilings, chef’s kitchen, pool, pool house, 3-car garage and separate 1 bedroom guest house $3,250,000

LYNNFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS Sprawling, 11,769+ sq. ft. residence with grand rooms, custom millwork, fireplaces, 5 bedrooms, hardwoods, 2 high-end kitchens, zen room, pool, patio, and 7-car garage. $2,999,000

Lynda Surdam, Sales Associate C. 978.764.7474

Louise Touchette, Sales Associate C. 617.605.0555

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, MASSACHUSETTS Stately Smith’s Point Estate on 2+acres close to Singing Beach. Gracious floor plan overlooking gardens, pool,pool house, tennis court. Separate studio over 2 car garage. Additional 5 bay garage. $2,995,000

CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning 1902 Georgian home, privately set on 5+ acres with new kitchen/family room, master suite, roof, windows, heating, plus renovated baths. Walk to Concord Center. $2,975,000

Lynda Surdam, Sales Associate C. 978.764.7474

Brigitte Senkler & Amy Pasley, Broker Associate/Sales Associate B. 508.935.7496 | A. 617.571.7826

MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Marblehead Neck home with ocean views. Formal rooms, open kitchen/family room, 4+ bedrooms, den, 2 fireplaces, master suite, wrap around porch and beautiful grounds. $2,695,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Exceptional 6,000+ sq. ft., antique home with 16 rooms, 7 bedrooms, 7 fireplaces, original details, 14" wide pine floors, exposed beams, and cathedral grand ballroom. $2,599,000

Mary Stewart & Heather Kaznoski, Broker Associate/Sales Associate M. 781.820.5676 | H. 781.576.9288

Frank Rossetti & Martha Poti, Broker Associate/ Sales Associate C. 781.334.0100


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DUXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS Coastal Landmark home with superb updates, 5 bedrooms, 4 fireplaces, chef’s kitchen, Cathedral family room, roof deck with panoramic water views, and deeded private ownership of King Caesar Beach. $2,499,000

WENHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Handsome, c.1910 shingle-style residence set on 10+ acre private farm with period details, marble and fir floors, country kitchen, 5 bedrooms, paddocks, and 2 barns. $2,295,000

Chris Swem, Sales Associate C. 781.561.5163

Peter Dorsey, Sales Associate C. 978.340.0661

COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS Renovated European-style home with breathtaking water views, 5 bedrooms, new master, new Brazilian walnut floors, barrel ceiling, chef’s kitchen, and deeded beach rights. $2,289,000

MILTON, MASSACHUSETTS Stately brick manor home set on 2+ acres offering 12 rooms, 5 bedrooms, hardwoods, 3 fireplaces, custom kitchen, pool, patio, plus separate loft-style guest residence. Price Upon Request

Frank Neer, Sales Associate C. 781.775.2482

Matt Freeman, Sales Associate C. 617.797.2001

NEWTON HIGHLANDS, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning new Colonial home offering 4 levels, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, hardwoods, high ceilings, state-of-the-art systems, fireplaces, deck, chef's kitchen, and playroom. $2,269,000

RYE, NEW HAMPSHIRE Beautiful coastal home overlooking Sagamore Creek offering 4 bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, sunroom, gourmet kitchen, rooftop deck, hardwoods, patio, and gardens. $1,500,000

Eda Mayer, Sales Associate C. 617.901.1535

Marie Francoise Meissner, Sales Associate C. 603.765.1315 | O. 603.334.1900

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of Magnolia Beach, Kettle Island, and Boston—not to mention every sunrise and sunset, because when your vantage point is the tip of a peninsula, you can see them both. Contact: Kristin Francoeur, By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Farms, Mass., 978-270-7929, MLS# 72263455

Grand Living, Great Lake

Without question, the most noteworthy feature of this property is . . . the property, says listing agent Averill Cook. “It’s a pretty magical place, an extraordinary site,” he says, of the 10-plus-acre parcel in Pheasant Hill Farm, a gated community on Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. The property was once part of the 4,000-acre Vanderbilt-Webb estate now known as Shelburne Farms, and it includes 160 acres of protected common land, nearly 3,000 feet of shoreline, three small stone beaches, a trout pond, and mooring rights. It offers views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, as well as access to Shelburne Farms, a nonprofit education center with gorgeous grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. Built in 2003, the main residence—a nearly 7,200-square-foot Adirondack-style shingle home— was designed with grand entertaining in mind. The thirty-by-thirty-foot great ROOMS: 15 room features an open gallery above. 6 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS Enter the home in the evening, says 2 HALF BATHS Cook, and you’re immediately struck by 7,193 SQ. FT. a straight-on view of the twinkling lights $3,970,000 of Burlington across the lake. The first floor also holds the master suite, two more bedrooms with en suite baths, and a billiards room that could easily be turned into another bedroom. In addition, there are three more bedrooms in separate guest quarters over the garage. Cook’s favorite space is the cozy reading/meditation room clad in black walnut paneling sourced on the property. Duly Noted: A National Historic Landmark, Shelburne Farms is a 1,400-acre working farm that includes pastures, woodlands, and gardens. Sustainability and education are cornerstones of the farm, which consists of classrooms, several historic barns, a solar orchard, a restaurant, and an inn (the former Webb-Vanderbilt mansion). Contact: Wade Weathers or Averill Cook, LandVest, Burlington, Vt., 802-660-2900, MLS# 4674079

Midcentury Modern

The next owners of this home will have to appreciate its provenance even more than its enviable location, says listing agent Jay Boyle. They’ll be “architectural buyers” who know—and respect—the work of the architect, modernist Hugh Stubbins. They’ll want the house just the way it is: a light-filled, 2,800-squarefoot, open-plan contemporary sited on a bend in the Charles River in the town of Dover, Massachusetts. The original structure was built in 1951, landing it squarely in the center of the twentieth century, making it a true midcentury modern home. The driveway wends its way from the street through tall pines until you arrive at the parking court overlooking the river. The landscaping is all natural, featuring native plant species and designed to showcase the home and its river views. Because of conservation restrictions on the sixacre riverfront property—and the protected land around it—no new buildings can be constructed and the structure’s footprint cannot be changed. Boyle is quick to point out that you “can do almost anything within the defined building envelope.” But a purist wouldn’t want to. The current owners have done all the heavy lifting over the last three years. From re-drilling the well and installing a new heating system to taking the elecROOMS: 9 tricity underground, the infrastructure is 4 BEDROOMS 2 FULL BATHS all new. The wide-open plan is ideal for 2,800 SQ. FT. entertaining—or just living comfortably $1,695,000 all year long (there’s radiant heat in the floors of most public areas). Boyle likes to take prospective buyers from the main entrance, a step down to the living room, and out to the patio, where you can see a half-mile downriver. “That,” he says, “is the money view. I could stand there and look at it all day long.” Duly Noted: Although the Bauhaus-inspired Stubbins designed precious few private residences, he had this to say about them in 1976: “Despite regular predictions of its imminent demise—or survival only as an anachronism—the private house has remained at the core of the American Dream of the good life. . . . When I started into practice, I was fortunate. The American house was going through a kind of evolution. Glass walls, open planning, and exposed structural materials all reflected new construction techniques and an increasingly informal lifestyle that has remained with us. Some of my early houses thus still seem, I think, quite contemporary today.” Contact: John “Jay” Boyle, LandVest, Boston, Mass., 617-648-5444, MLS# MA1922  March-April 2018 | New England Home  205

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Page 56: Designer: Jamie Keskin, Jamie Keskin Design, Foxboro, Mass., 978-855-9157,; White Dove wall color from Benjamin Moore,; bedding from Rikshaw Design,; baskets from Serena & Lily,; Elephant side table from Pottery Barn Kids, potterybarnkids. com; rug from Surya,; Jenny Lind bed from Land of Nod,; settee from World Market,; drapes from Serena & Lily; chandelier from Ballard Designs,; throw and bird sculptures from HomeGoods,; lumbar pillows from Urban Outfitters,; shams from Target,; animal art from Minted, minted. com; abstract art from Parima Creative Studio,; shade from Hunter Douglas, Page 58, Top: Designer: Elizabeth Miller, E.R. Miller Design, Milton, Mass., 917-687-8441,; Sea Pearl wall color from Benjamin Moore; wallpaper from Schumacher,; sconces from Circa Lighting,; bed and table from Ikea, ikea. com; heart from RH Baby & Child, rhbabyandchild. com; pillows from Anthropologie, Bottom: Designer: Andra Birkerts, Wellesley, Mass., 781-235-7073,; millwork by Herrick & White,, and South Shore Millwork,; bureau by J.P. Parnas Woodworking, jpparnaswoodworking. com; Cinder Rose niche paint from Farrow & Ball,; wall decal from Wall & Deco,; rug from Madeline Weinrib,; bed from Usona, usonahome. com; squirrel wall hooks from Imm Living, Page 60: Designer: Kristine Mullaney, Kristine Mullaney Design, Boston, 617-721-2683,; artwork by Hunt Slonem through DTR Modern Galleries,; wallpaper from Quadrille,; shade trim from Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons. com; crib from Target; dust ruffle trim from Hollingworth 5 & 10,; throw from Bloomingdale’s,; pillow fabric from Duralee,; rug from Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting,; armchair from Bellini Baby, Page 61: Designer: Heather Wells, Boston, 617437-7077,; carpet from Steven King Decorative Carpets,; wallpaper from Quadrille; shade from Walter G,; nightstands, headboard, and duvet cover from West Elm,; pendant light from Serena & Lily; mirrors from Layla Grayce,, and Land of Nod; throw pillows from Anthropologie; map from etsy,


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incetown, Mass., 508-487-7467, Builder: Ted Schwartz, Clarion Construction, Cambridge, Mass., 617-661-4300, Millwork: Ted Schwartz, Millshoppe/Clarion Construction Audio/video design/installation: Dick Stedman, Brookline, Mass., 617-566-5882, Drapery fabrication: Amparo Avila, L’atelier Custom Drapery, Newton, Mass., 617-964-6467 Upholstery: Kostas Konstantinos, Lousso Designs, Canton, Mass., 781-444-0224, Pages 92–93: Bromelia Resist drapery fabric from Brunschwig & Fils,; Linenweave II rug from Prestige Mills,; Eaton sofa from Hickory Chair,, through Shor Home,; Bottomly armchairs from Baker,, with Vivacity outer fabric from Lee Jofa,, and Loft inner fabric from Zimmer & Rohde,; martini table from Noir,; cocktail table from Quintus,; toss pillow fabric from Schumacher,; Lara mirrored consoles from Bungalow 5, bungalow5. com; antique mirrors from Hinson & Company through Viyet,; table lamps from Arteriors,; chandelier and floor lamp from Visual Comfort,; painting over fireplace by William Freed through Shor Home. Pages 94–95: Channels entry wallpaper from Groundworks/Lee Jofa,; kitchen tile from Discover Tile,; cabinets from Miralis,, with Pavilion Gray paint from Farrow & Ball,; appliances from Bosch,; Jackson gold leaf dining table from Worlds Away,; antique dining chairs from Paul Martin Antiques, facebook. com/paulmartinantiques; Hampton chandelier from Visual Comfort; Bunnies painting by Hunt Slonem,; Abaca Fine Stripe wallpaper from ABA Interiors,; Watermill linen drapery fabric from Kravet,; banquette sofa from Antony Todd Home, Pages 96-97: Samuel wing chair from Hickory Chair through Shor Home; Blackburn rug from Stark,; Daytona drapery fabric from Fabricut,; ottomans from Hickory Chair through Shor Home; Marfi pendant from Arteriors; Hackney floor lamp from Visual Comfort; toss pillow fabrics from Lee Jofa; martini table from Global Views, Pages 98–99: Ingrid bed with mohair velvet headboard from Oly Studio,; Messena hand-knotted rug from Annie Selke,; Belrose linen drapery fabric from Duralee; duvet, shams, and bolster pillow from John Robshaw through Shor Home; Gillow armchair from Hickory Chair through Shor Home; lamp from Christopher Spitzmiller,; artwork from Sotheby’s,; bedside table and pendant lamp from Worlds Away. Pages 100–101: Dressing room shades from Back Bay Shutter Company,; rosewood chest and chandelier from Worlds Away; chair from Hickory Chair through Shor Home; roman shade fabric from Duralee; master bath wall and floor tiles from Discover Tile; brass stool from Interlude Home through Shor Home; vanity from Restoration Hardware,; Astor faucets from Newport Brass,

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Architecture: Jeff Barnes, Jeff Barnes Architect & Associates, Manchester, Vt., and Amelia Island, Fla., 802-733-8289 Interior design: Amy Thebault, Amy Thebault Design, Manchester, Vt., 802-366-4990, Builder: Dan Rappahan, Northland Builders Fine Custom Homes, Londonderry, Vt., 802-824-6769 Timber framing: Davis Frame Company, Claremont, N.H., 800-636-0993, Landscape design: Raymond J. Smith Jr. Landscape Architect, West Rupert, Vt., 802-394-7808 Landscape contractor: Jim Ryan, Landscape Constructions, Londonderry, Vt., 802-297-2089, Upholstery workroom: Bespoke Custom Upholstery, Manchester Center, Vt., 802-342-3226, Pages 104–105: Exterior light fixture and loggia pendant from Hammerton,; outdoor furniture from Summer Classics,; fireplace screen from Vermont Forgings, Pages 106–107: Carpet from Stark,; chandelier from Arte de Mexico,; sofa and chairs from CR Laine,, with fabrics from Brunschwig & Fils,; lamps on bar by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort,; bar stools from Hickory Chair,, with vinyl upholstery from Duralee,; fireplace lanterns from Eichler,; fireplace screen from Vermont Forgings; entry mirror from Ironies,; chair from Lee Jofa,, with fabric from Brunschwig & Fils; Imperial Trellis wallpaper from Schumacher, Pages 108–109: Dining table from Groundwork,; end chairs from Hickory Chair with Schumacher fabric; side chairs from McGuire,, with vinyl cushions from Norbar, norbarfabrics; chandelier by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort; kitchen stools from McGuire; pendant lights by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort. Pages 110–111: Guest room bed from Redford House,; spool chair from CR Laine with Brunschwig & Fils fabric; bedding from John Robshaw,; table lamp by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort; small table lamp on antique chest by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort; library pendant light from Currey & Company,; rug from Stark; chairs from CR Laine; table lamps by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort. Pages 112–113: Sitting area lantern from Visual Comfort; rug from Stark; chairs from CR Laine; bed from Bespoke Custom Upholstery,, with fabric by Zoffany,; night tables from Lee Jofa; swing-arm lamps from Visual Comfort; master bath chair from French Market Collection,; grasscloth wall covering from Phillip Jeffries,; cabinet hardware from Ochre,


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New York City, 212-643-8140, Builder: Kevin Lagassé, The Lagassé Group, Hopkinton, Mass., 508-686-5040, Cabinetmaker: Herrick & White, Cumberland, R.I., 401-658-0440, Landscape design: Stephen Stimson, Glen Valentine, and Tara Riley, Stephen Stimson Associates, Cambridge, Mass., 617-876-8960, Landscape construction: Robert Marzilli, R.P. Marzilli & Co., Medway, Mass., 508-533-8700, Drapery workroom: Finelines, Peabody, Mass., 978-977-7357, Audio/video design/installation: Maverick Integration, Waltham, Mass., 781-890-1177, Lighting design: Josh Feinstein, Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting, Boston, 617-267-9500, Page 116: Table from Atlantic Fixtures, a­; stools from Yepes Fine Furniture,; rug from Tai Ping Carpets,; silver star from Hudson, Page 117: Fireplace surround designed by Osmundo Studio,; sofa and chairs from J&P Custom Upholstery, jpcustomupholstery. com, with fabric from JAB,; sofa pillows by Finelines,, with fabric from Brunschwig & Fils,, and Cowtan & Tout,; Liam throw from Lekker, ­; stainless-steel Torque occasional table by Darren Vigilant from Dennis Miller Associates,; 1960s Italian occasional table from John Salibello,; custom patchwork coffee table by Nada Debs from Mondo Collection,; Serpentine vessels by Jeff Zimmerman through R & Company,; Dragonfly fireplace bench from Holly Hunt,; white bench below window from Yepes Fine Furniture, with Nobilis fabric,, and custom embroidery by Penn & Fletcher,; floor lamp from Lorin Marsh,; window treatment fabric from Rogers & Goffigon,; area rug from North Seashore Collection by Patterson Flynn Martin, Page 118: Vintage Italian tiered nickel chandelier from John Salibello; table from Yepes Fine Furniture; chairs from J&P Custom Upholstery with legs finished by Osmundo Studio; area rug from Patterson Flynn Martin; colored vases by Abby Modell,; window treatment fabrics from Rogers & Goffigon. Page 119: Kitchen cabinetry by Herrick & White,; kitchen stools by BoConcept,; cutting board from Lekker; linen tray from Willey Boston,; hallway bench by Yepes Fine Furniture with Nobilis fabric and custom embroidery by Penn & Fletcher; Sami vase in niche by Cec LePage, Page 120: Sofa from J&P Custom Upholstery with fabric from Sonia’s Place, sonias-place. com; pillows by Finelines with Pierre Frey fabric;; Quail’s-egg throw from Lekker; glass “confetti’ vase and bone tray from Hudson; Orion swivel chairs from Cliff Young, cliffyoungltd. com; small table from Alexandra von Furstenberg,


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LINEAR PROGRESS Pages 134–135: Landscape design: Kimberly Mercurio, Kimberly Mercurio Landscape Architecture, Cambridge and Woods Hole, Mass., 508-495-1075,; Landscape construction: Fred Anderson, Anderson Landscape Construction, Sterling, Mass., 978-422-6500,; House architecture: Jacob Lilley, Jacob Lilley Architects, Wellesley, Mass., 781-431-6100,; House builder: Kistler & Knapp, Acton, Mass., 978-635-9700, RIGHT NEIGHBORLY Pages 136–137: Landscape design: Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture, Boston, 857-350-3856,; General contractor: Michael S. Coffin Landscape Construction, Hopkinton, Mass., 508-232-4244,; Greenhouse design: Capone Architecture, Hingham, Mass., 617-875-0786,; Greenhouse builder: Solar Innovations, Pine Grove, Penn., 800-618-0669, HILLSIDE HAVEN Pages 138–139

Landscape design: Jonathan Keep, Jonathan Keep Landscape Designer, Lincoln, Mass., 781-259-0240,; Landscape construction: Bergeron’s Lawn Service & Landscaping, West Lebanon, N.H., 603-632-4811,; House architecture: Albert Righter & Tittmann Architects, Boston, 617-451-5740,; House builder: Domus, Etna, N.H., 603-643-4114, A HIGHER CALLING Pages 140–141

Landscape design: Jon Pate, Pate Landscape Architecture, Newton, Mass, 617-645-9969,; Garden design: Mark Corbin, South End Gardens, Boston, 617-699-1786,; Builder: Jackson’s General Carpentry, Middleton, Mass., 978-615-4721, Fencing sculptor: Jacob Kulin, Kulin Modern, 617-269-1222,; Lighting design: Sergio Mazon, Mazon Lighting Design, Boston, 617-501-8822, POND PERFECT Pages 140–141

Landscape design: Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, Saxtons River, Vt., 802-869-1470,; Excavation and masonry: Thaddeus Guild, TMG Enterprises, Cambridgeport, Vt., 802869-2754.

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League of N.H. Craftsmen 213 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc. 3–4 Living Swell 16 Longfellow Design Build 32 Lynn Creighton Realtor 204 Mally Skok Design 193 Marc Hall Design 10–11 Marine Home Center 209 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC 12–13 McGray & Nichols 19 Merida 183 Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors 150–151 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 20 Moniques Bath Showroom 197 Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, Inc. inside front cover MWI Fiber-Shield 49 Newton Kitchens & Design 55 Paragon Landscape Construction 74–75 Parterre Garden Services 90 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC 152–153 Paul F. Weber Architect, LLC 22 Payne/Bouchier Fine Builders 154–155

Coldwell Banker Previews International 200–201,

Pellettieri Associates, Inc. 76–77


Perfection Fence 186

Colony Rug Company, Inc. 191

Phil Mastroianni Corp 91

CraftBoston 208

R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc. 78–79

Crown Point Cabinetry 37

Rachel Reider Interiors, Inc. 57

Cypress Design 207

Roche Bobois 17

Dan Gordon Landscape Architects 70–71

Royal Building Products 35

Design Leadership Network 206

Ryan Associates 80–81

Designer Bath/Salem Plumbing Supply 63

S+H Construction 166

Diamond Spas 41

SV Design 211

Divine Design Center 8–9

Saltsman Brenzel Design Construction 167

Dover Rug & Home 26

Seven Tide 21

Dream Kitchens 187

Shope Reno Wharton 179

EM NARI CotY Awards 214

Shor Home Furnishings & Interior Design 189

Fagan Door 191

Snow and Jones 156–157

Fallon Custom Homes, Inc. 162

SpaceCraft Architecture 168

FBN Construction Co. LLC back cover

The Sliding Door Company 34

Flavin Architects 47 Foster Associates 67 Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty 204 Frank Webb Home 185 Garage Headquarters 176 Gregorian Oriental Rugs 175 Gregory Lombardi Design 72–73 Hampden Design+Construction 163 Herrick & White Architectural Millwork 29 Hutker Architects 43 The Inspired Bath 38

Studio A Design 181 Sudbury Design Group, Inc. 82–83, 158–159 Surroundings 170 Systems Design & Integration, Inc. 169 TMS Architects 6–7 The Tilery at Trees Place 53 Triad Associates, Inc. 84–85 Tyler & Sash 25 Upstate Door, Inc. 173 Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture 214 Walpole Outdoors 192

Inspired Ornamental 164

Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration 144

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (Bulfinch Awards) 204

Winston Flowers 14–15 Wolfers 63

International Builders, Inc. 54

Youngblood Builders, Inc. 1

J.W. Construction, Inc. 177

ZEN Associates, Inc. 86–87

Janine Dowling Design, Inc. 31 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Made Sustainable Furnishings 195 Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio 66 Kenneth Vona Construction, Inc. 2–3 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc. 48 Kinlin Grover 199 Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc. 68 Kitchen Views at National Lumber 59 Kristen Rivoli Interior Design 148–149 La Tour Design 165 LDa Architecture & Interiors 36

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