New England Home May - June 2017

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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

THE NEW ELEGANCE Effortless blends of glamour and ease

May–June 2017

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In This Issue

May–June 2017 I Volume 12, Issue 5

96 Featured Homes:

86 Novel Undertaking

A couple’s plan to renovate their suburban Boston house takes a surprising turn when they discover the perfect place for the next chapter of their lives. Text by Maria LaPiana I Photography by Laura Moss Produced by Kyle Hoepner

96 Soft Touch

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Charming to begin with, a remodeled Cape Cod house is now a standout both for its good looks and its sensitivity to the precious waterfront land on which it sits. Text by Megan Fulweiler I Photography by Nat Rea Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

106 Stellar Transformation

A top-to-bottom renovation gives a Vermont home the star quality its stunning mountain location deserves. Text by Robert Kiener I Photography by Jim Westphalen I Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

116 A Flair for the Dramatic The door of a grand, ivy-covered-brick Georgian home opens onto a dazzling, Deco-inspired setting that evokes all the glamour of the Jazz Age.

Text by Bob Curley I Photography by Tria Giovan  Produced by Kyle Hoepner

Special Focus:

128 Trends and Tastemakers

On the cover: The spiral staircase is a dramatic focal point in designer Linda Ruderman’s Deco makeover of a Georgian-style home in Brookline, Massachusetts. Photograph by Tria Giovan. To see more of this home, turn to page 116.

Home design is always in a state of creative flux—from the subtle evolution of enduring styles to surprising new ideas. New England’s design experts weigh in on what’s trending in architecture and decorating in our area. By Regina Cole and the editors of New England Home

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In This Issue

May–June 2017 I Volume 12, Issue 5

139 Perspectives

Elegant embroidered fabrics; Historic New England debuts a new (old) property in Milton, Massachusetts; Jeremiah Eck offers his perspective on the elements of good architecture; must-read new books from the world of design.


148 Trade Notes

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

154 Design Life

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

162 Calendar

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


170 New In The Showrooms

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


By Lynda Simonton


26 From the Editor 37 Elements: Spring Fling

Spending time outdoors takes a stylish turn as the weather warms. Edited by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

48 Artistry: Digging the Earth

Paula Shalan’s hand-built ceramic pieces reflect her fascination with ancient objects and the imperfect beauty of nature. By Nathaniel Reade

54 Metropolitan Life: Creative License

174 Premier Properties

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

184 Resources

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

190 Advertiser Index 192 Sketch Pad

The perfect fabric, beautifully applied, is the crowning touch for a customdesigned chair.

A Boston designer’s temporary abode proves that renting an apartment doesn’t have to mean sacrificing selfexpression. Text by Lisa H. Speidel I Photography by Greg Premru I Produced by Kyle Hoepner

62 The Luxe Life: Bright Makes Right

The gleam of precious metals on a table can turn even the most ordinary meal into a celebratory dining experience. By Regina Cole


Special Marketing Section: Design Trends

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Editor’s Letter

Trends And Timelessness


t’s one of those funny things I’ve noticed about the creative world: designers and architects invariably aver, when asked, that their work is intended to be timeless, not trendy. But those same individuals, in conversation a few minutes later, will hold forth enthusiastically on the coolest new barrel chair just seen at High Point, or hotly debate the merits of this year’s preferred color choice for kitchen cabinets. Despite the protestations of those who swear, “I never pay attention to trends!” everyone, deep down, knows that business is reliant on the changing nature of fashions, and on clients’ very human craving for the newest thing. And a riffle through the pages of any older design books and magazines you may have lying about quickly confirms that it is the rare facade or interior indeed, that appears entirely au courant after a decade or two.

In fact, virtually all of the structures or design schemes from previous eras that are now regarded as classic were utterly in the mode of the moment at the time they were built. (Or, in some cases, they were utterly in what would soon be the mode of the moment.) So, clearly, whatever it is that engenders the impression of timelessness must reside in a more fundamental harmony or rightness that great designs share, rather than being a product of specific details. That relieves a lot of pressure on the part of our editorial staff, because we too, naturally, want to promote home design with lasting value, and not simply shill for the ephemeral productions of today’s market. If I’m right, then, we can breathe a little easier in the conviction that content chosen tastefully and intelligently, with an eye toward those underlying qualities, does have more than a fleeting shelf life. It also means that we can run a “Trends and Tastemakers” section every year—see page 128 for the 2017 edition—without guilt. This polarity of trendy versus eternal style can apply to the appearance of the magazine itself. Over eleven-plus years, New England Home has sported three different graphic looks, while the intent, all along, was invariably to aim for clean, understated elegance. You will notice that our creative director, Robert Lesser, has now created look number four, which, although different in detail from its three predecessors, is (in my opinion) undoubtedly clean and understated and elegant. The presentation may be changeable, but the purpose is timeless: to be a worthy frame for the finest creations of our region’s home design professionals. —Kyle Hoepner

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Editor-in-Chief Kyle Hoepner Homes Editor Stacy Kunstel Senior Editor Paula M. Bodah Creative Director Robert Lesser Digital Content Director Lynda Simonton Copy Editor Lisa H. Speidel Contributing Editors Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz Karin Lidbeck Brent Contributing Writers Regina Cole, Bob Curley, Julie Dugdale, Megan Fulweiler, Robert Kiener, Maria LaPiana, Erin Marvin, Louis Postel, Nathaniel Reade, Debra Judge Silber, Lisa H. Speidel Contributing Photographers Trent Bell, Robert Benson, Tria Giovan, Sam Gray, John Gruen, Keller + Keller, Michael J. Lee, Richard Mandelkorn, Laura Moss, Michael Partenio, Greg Premru, Nat Rea, Eric Roth, James R. Salomon, Brian Vanden Brink •

Editorial Submissions Designers, architects, builders, and homeowners are invited to submit projects for editorial consideration. For information about submitting projects, e-mail ­ Letters to the Editor We’d love to hear from you! Write to us at the above address, fax us at (617) 663-6377, or e-mail us at ­ Upcoming Events Are you planning an event that we can feature in our Calendar of Events? E-mail information to, or mail to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118. Parties We welcome photographs from design- or architecture-related parties. Send high-resolution photos with information about the party and the people pictured to

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Spring Fling

What better way to welcome that moment between late spring and early summer—when the air is fresh and clean—than by dining al fresco? The phrase, from the Italian for “in the cool air,” is synonymous with all that is celebratory, light, and luminous. Dining al fresco is one of life’s simple, but deep, pleasures. The temperate weather offers a host of opportunities for eating out of doors. Whether it’s a bowl of fruit

and a morning coffee, a picnic lunch, or a full-on feast with greens from the garden and grilled fish, everything tastes better when consumed under a blue sky or by moonlight. No matter your entertaining style or your space constraints—an expanse of green lawn, a roof deck, or a small terrace—extend the dining area outside. There’s no better time to celebrate the season.

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Formal Feast

Raise a glass of something bubbly and toast to a romantic evening meal.



1. Abstract Betsy paper plates, $6.95/set of eight, Paper Source |

2. Nineteenth-century rococo iron and clear crystal outdoor chandelier, $1,795, Restoration Hardware, Boston | 3. Salvaged-wood and weatheredconcrete trestle round dining table, $2,395–$3,595, Restoration Hardware 4. Metal lanterns, $14 and $32, Nomad, Cambridge, Mass.  | 5. Louis Soleil dining chair by Sutherland, starting at $4,850, Studio 534, Boston Design Center |  | 6. Ridged zinc pot, $12–$14 depending on size, Anthropologie, locations throughout New England  |


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Just add a composed salad and a still life of fruit and cheese to turn dinner into an impromptu art project.


1. Grass II outdoor fabric by Schumacher, $108/yard, Schumacher, Boston Design Center | 2. Yuakan umbrella, $198, Anthropologie |


3. Sol y Luna dining armchair, $719, Design Within Reach, Cambridge, Mass. | 4. Depeapa fruit bowl tray, $40, Olives & Grace, Boston | 5. Dedon Satellite table, $1,600, Showroom, Boston  | 6. Morency lantern, $395–$1,125 depending on finish and size, Restoration Hardware |

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Linen, wicker, and clay are the perfect additions to a fashionable farm-to-table supper.

1. Staghorn fern on reclaimed driftwood, $55, Lynzarium’s Plant Shack, Gloucester, Mass. |


2. Party globe light string, $35, Restoration Hardware | 3. Dedon Nestrest hanging lounger, $16,340, Showroom  | 4. Moon vase by Myrth Ceramics, $225–$400 depending on size, Lynzarium’s Plant Shack | 5. Dedon’s Tibbo Armchair, $1,290.00, Showroom 6. Glass oil lamp, $65–$135 depending on size, K Colette, Portland, Maine |


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2. Topiary Balls napkin ring, $34, Modern Relik, Waltham, Mass. |


3. Garden Party paper cups, $5.95/set of ten, Paper Source | 4. Bistro metal folding chair by Fermob Furniture, $108, Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens 5. Hand-blocked tablecloths, $60–$75, Nomad | 6. Checkered tea towel (reverses to polka dots), from Small Gunns, $32, Olives & Grace |

6 Most nights, if the temperature is above 60 degrees, you’ll find us dining al fresco on our Boston rooftop or our little backyard in Truro. For special occasions, the back patio at Oleana in Cambridge is our favorite outdoor dining spot.

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Digging the Earth

Paula Shalan’s hand-built ceramic pieces reflect her fascination with ancient objects and with the imperfect beauty of nature.

Paula Shalan was working on her • When master’s degree at the Art Institute of Chicago,

she found herself preferring to spend time not in the museum of art, but in the museum of natural history. She filled her notebooks with sketches of African baskets and Mimbres pots, and slowly realized that, while she may be a modern person making fine art, she is drawn primarily to things that are ancient and come from the earth. So it makes perfect sense that today she works quite literally with the earth, and the ancient tradition of clay. Shalan grew up in the Boston suburb of Milton. There’s nothing suburban, however, about her

approach to art. That’s because she lived on thirteen acres of fields and woods, and spent her days touching and observing the dirt, rocks, and trees around her. “I was a quiet, almost nonspeaking child,” she says. “I had dyslexia issues and struggled to express myself verbally. I think one of the reasons I’m drawn to art is that I can express myself without using words. I was always extremely visually oriented and tactile. I loved the look and feel of bark, leaves, and mud.” Today Shalan works out of a small studio behind her house in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with two walls of windows that look out on fields and streams. The shelves are filled with beautiful works of ceramic

Smoke Fired Slab Vessels with Colored Stripes (2016), white earthenware, polished fine clay slip, colored slip with sgraffito, 15½″H × 5″W, 15¾″H × 4¾″W, 16½″H × 5½″W.

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“I design in subtle curves or undulations in my work,” says Shalan, “to create a feeling of softness or movement.”

art, but also with boxes of natural objects: polished stones, coral, bones. The space is white, bright, and remarkably clean for a ceramic studio, and she wears not a clay-stained smock but a clean red sweater—one advantage to not using a wheel. She forms her pieces entirely by hand, using the same low-tech methods as potters did thousands of years ago. A big, wide bowl seems as perfectly round as if it were turned on a wheel, but she pinched it together with wide coils. Shalan works this way because she prefers the traditional methods and loves the feel of clay. “It’s this soft, mushy material,” she says while rolling out a slab, “that will take any impression, right down to your fingerprints—but then it becomes rock hard.” As she impresses dots into the clay with the end of a paintbrush, she takes almost giddy pleasure when the clay “pillows up” around the indentations. These lines of dots are inspired by the holes drilled by woodpeckers. The geometric and concentric patterns she incises inside her bowls sometimes harken back to

Australian Aboriginal art. She loves that there’s often nothing between her hands and the clay. Working the earth, she says, is “grounding and deeply peaceful.” This slab will become a cylindrical vessel, one of a group, inspired by the contrasting white and black, smooth and coarse surfaces of a stand of birch trees she’d admired in Maine. Just as it’s hard to find straight lines or right angles in nature, you won’t find them in Shalan’s work. She likes the Japanese, nature-based notion of wabi-sabi, which respects the minor imperfections in materials. “I design in subtle curves or undulations in my work,” she says, “to create a feeling of softness or movement.”

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A major feature of her work is the shiny black surfaces that look glazed but are actually created with a technique used for thousands of years by Pueblo potters. She carefully sands a piece, coats it with a slip of fine clay particles called terra sigillata, and polishes it to a sheen. She wraps it in newspaper and tinfoil, “like a baked potato,” sets it among wood shavings in a fire box behind her studio, and lets it burn and smolder for about a day. This carbonizes the surface of the clay into a rich, glossy black. Shalan’s works are inspired by ancient people, materials, and methods, but they are not reproductions in any sense. She takes in what she calls “visual data” from the past and the present and synthesizes it into something that is ancient and modern, emotional and peaceful. “I get some of my greatest pleasure from the beauty I see in nature and ancient objects,” she says. “I try to bring that to my pieces so that other people can feel it, too. I want to honor the beauty in our world, and this material we dig from the earth.”  EDITOR’S NOTE: To see more of Paula Shalan’s work, visit

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Creative License

A Boston designer’s temporary abode proves that renting an apartment doesn’t have to mean sacrificing self-expression.

interior designer Steven Favreau • When decided to lease a one-bedroom apartment in

Boston, he enlisted a real estate agent, who shot back an email with eight potential properties. Only one interested Favreau: “It was always my dream to have a post-and-beam warehouse loft,” he says. He visited the building, a former shoe factory retrofitted into condos in South Boston’s Fort Point Channel area, and promptly fell in love. “I went to the

center of the space, did a little twirl (incidentally, the last time he lived in Boston was in the 1980s, when he was a musical theater and dance major at the Boston Conservatory), and said ‘I’ll take it.’ ” Favreau, who splits his time between Boston and San Francisco, has leased countless apartments over the last two decades. “Every time I rented,” he says, “I would transform a place as much as I possibly could.” As a tenant, Favreau approaches design differ-

Designer Steven Favreau likes to mix and match. Here, he blends periods (birdcage chairs are a modern foil for an antique grandfather’s clock) and price points: “The room represents a range from $19 Ikea light fixtures to an $8,000 sofa,” he says, “and it all looks luscious.”

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dining room, Favreau contrasted a black granite table with midcentury retro chairs upholstered in a cocoa-colored tweed. A well-placed sideboard delineates the kitchen/dining room from the living space, and does triple-duty as a bar and storage unit. Steven Favreau (standing) with his partner, Dennis Wyrzykowski, and dog Max.

ently. He takes cost into greater consideration, and he’s aware that when he moves out, the onus is on him to return the space to its original state. “I pull from my theater background,” he says. “It’s a lot of smoke and mirrors.” So it was with this in mind that he set out to “pimp this apartment.” If that sounds like a reality show, it’s not far off—Favreau was on HGTV’s White Room Challenge. “Here I am living my TV life all over again, with this big, fabulous white space screaming to be transformed,” he says with a laugh. He incorporated many of his signature design principles. Chief among them: mixing the old with the new. In his foyer, for instance, an industrial door meets an antique Tiffany clock, which meets a modern take on a Louis XV chair. Another Favreau signature, a fur rug (“There is fur in every job I do!”) brings texture and warmth. And a

$100 black-and-white mural of the Flatiron District in New York City speaks to the designer’s ingenuity and thriftiness. “I’m known for wallpaper in my work, but I couldn’t do that here,” he says. “I had to get creative.” In this case, to mimic wallpaper and add depth, he placed two Ikea cabinets side-by-side and wrapped and stapled the mural to their backs. The cabinets delineate the foyer from the sleeping quarters and provide closet space. In the bedroom, he used another mural, this time installing a seven-by-ten-foot rendering of an antique

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Metropolitan Life Favreau had some fun in the kitchen, punching up the existing cabinets with blue electrician’s tape. FACING PAGE: The designer chose two brass bedside lamps, but opted for different tables to throw off the symmetry; two stacked navyblue trunks sit on one side, and a single trunk fabricated from stainless steel, wood, and leather on the other. A collection of hand mirrors adds texture and a personal touch.

library behind the bed. Blue-plaid felted-wool drapes create a foreground and background, adding to the illusion that the space goes on forever. Ever cognizant of cost, Favreau scored the mural online for a song, and the Robert Allen drapes were left over from a Junior League show house he recently completed. A collage of handheld mirrors the designer has amassed over two decades hangs on one wall, again a nice textural and costeffective alternative to wallpaper. Just as the mirrors reflect a personal journey, Favreau used existing shelves in the living room to showcase some of his favorite mementoes, from pottery to pictures. “It’s the story of my life on shelves,” he says. He then got creative, framing the shelves with drapes (“You don’t have to have a window to hang a drape,” he says) and subbing out standard light fixtures for two cloud-like fixtures from Ikea. He made the coffee table out of plywood, attaching the fabric with a staple gun and wrapping the legs in marine rope. The polished-chrome birdcage chairs came courtesy of the design show house. “They’re the most uncomfortable things you’ve ever sat in, but they certainly look fabulous,” he jokes. In the dining room, Favreau continued his pro-

pensity to mix and match periods, styles, textures, and price points. A hand-carved wooden Indian mirror, a stainless-steel cart, a Chinese ginger jar, and two original oil paintings all play nicely together in the far corner. Getting crafty, he repurposed a floorto-ceiling swath of blue fabric that matches the throw

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on the bed and stapled it to the wall, seamlessly tying in a design element from across the loft. Not only does the designer swear by mixing and matching, his motto is to be fearless about it. Nowhere is this bold approach more apparent that in the kitchen, where Favreau gave the utilitarian cabi-

nets a new look with—wait for it—blue electrician’s tape. “I needed to add something exciting,” he says. “I didn’t measure, I didn’t lay it out, I just did it.” And therein lies the inherent beauty of a rental: take chances; it’s temporary.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 184.

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Bright Makes Right

The gleam of precious metals on a table can turn even the most ordinary meal into a celebratory dining experience.

Sure, you can eat off paper plates, drink out of Styrofoam cups, shovel in the food with a spork. But that’s not dining. Elegance at the table is a gift to our dining companions, a way of saying that they, as well as the meal itself, are important. When we set a beautiful table, we announce that even the simplest meal is an occasion worthy of celebration. And what is more celebratory than the shine of precious metals? Just as a silver picture frame flatters the face within and a candle burns more brightly in a platinum holder, the gleam of gold on a dinner plate seems to make the food taste better. A touch of sparkle has been a hallmark of fine dining for cen-

4 turies; indeed, finding fine pieces of antique metals continues to occupy many a collector. “These days, we have more success with minimalist styles,” says Will Firestone of Boston’s venerable Firestone and Parson. The company, a Newbury Street fixture, deals in collectible silver, with a specialty in eighteenth-century pieces. “The Rococo and more ornate styles from that time are not as popular

Since the early nineteenth century, the French company Christofle has been making fine metalware for the table. 1. A silver-necked crystal wine decanter. 2. A twenty-four-piece silver-plated flatware set with an egg-shaped pink-gold storage capsule. 3. A silverplated water pitcher. 4. A porcelain charger with a wide gold band.

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as they once were,” Firestone says. “Now, people come to us looking for Queen Anne styles, which date to earlier in the century. Early American silver is popular, too. “Silversmiths in the Colonies were not as highly trained as their European counterparts, and their pieces are quite minimalist, not ornately decorated like English flatware from the same period,” says Firestone. “They have a lot of appeal for today’s homeowners.” There are, of course, contemporary companies that produce silver and other metals for the table, including the French firm launched in 1830 by Charles Christofle. A jeweler stepping into the family business, he developed a method to electroplate gold and silver and applied the new technique to holloware. Today, Christofle continues to make candelabra, bowls, vases, picture frames, platters, vessels, sculpture, and flatware. Styles ranging from the ornate to the streamlined are on display at the company’s Boston boutique at The Heritage on the Garden. “Sterling silver is not an easy production process,” says Fanny Cohen, of Christofle’s marketing department. “During the production of our flatware, each piece goes through fifty people—we call it ‘100 hands.’ Our silver is pure and perfect for use with food. All the platters, for example, can be used to serve meals.” Forks, salt shakers, candelabra, and platters are not the only objects on the table with the glimmer of precious metals. And not everything that gleams is silver. In 2007, Shawn Laughlin launched Caskata, a Sherborn, Massachusettsbased company that creates sophisticated tableware whose highly detailed graphics are inspired by Laughlin’s childhood summers on Nantucket. Some of Caskata’s most popular patterns depict gold and platinum fish swimming around the circumference of a bowl, gilded peonies FACING PAGE: Rimmed plates in transitional and

elegant patterns such as 1. Ellington Shimmer and 2. Ellington Shine represent a new direction for Caskata, a Sherborn, Massachusetts-based company that creates gleaming tableware to mix and match with other patterns, including  3. Peony and 4. Arbor Gold. At Newbury Street’s Firestone and Parson, the focus is on eighteenthcentury American and English silver. 5. A circa-1795 teapot by Boston silversmith Ebenezer Moulton. 6. A pair of rare silver candlesticks made in London in 1672. 7. A pair of silver wine wagons crafted by John Beldon in London in 1792. 8. A 1680 silver tankard from London.

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The Luxe Life Gardner, Massachusetts, silversmith Peter Erickson makes silver flatware in ten patterns designed by his grandfather in 1932. 1. A diminutive set designed for babies and sure to become an heirloom. 2. A variety of serving pieces, including slotted and pierced spoons, ladles, pickle forks, and carving utensils.


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growing over the edge of a plate, or a shimmering spray of fan coral decorating a charger. “We are neither too trendy nor too traditional,” says marketing director Francine E.C. Shannon. “Our pieces, which represent contemporary takes on classics, are made to be mixed and matched.” Peter Erickson, a silversmith in Gardner, Massachusetts, makes flatware the time-honored way, hammering every piece by hand. He learned his craft from his grandfather George, who, in the 1930s, worked with Arthur J. Stone. A famed craftsman, Stone is widely considered to be the dean of American silversmiths. Today, Erickson continues to make ten flatware patterns originally designed by his grandfather. “Each piece is 97 percent silver and 3 percent copper, reheated and hammered three or four times,” he explains. Besides the craftsmanship, the reason to buy handmade silver flatware is that it will outlast any mass-produced cutlery. “Anything made by hand is stronger,” Erickson says.  Caskata: Go to the website, to shop or to locate retailers | Christofle: The Heritage on the Garden, 296 Boylston St., Boston; also at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Shreve, Crump & Low | Erickson Silver: 119 Green St., Gardner, Mass, | Firestone and Parson: 30 Newbury St., Boston,

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Jeffrey Herman of West Warwick, Rhode Island, is the go-to person in the world of silver restoration, bringing back many a baby spoon that ended up in the dishwasher, a candelabrum missing an arm, a coffeepot dropped on a hard floor, or a platter tarnished beyond recognition. “The most prevalent issue I see is that people over-polish their silver and abrade the surface,” he says. “People base their opinions on how well a polish works by how fast you can remove the tarnish. If it works very quickly, it’s very abrasive.” If a piece is 200 years old, he says, it shouldn’t look brand new, and if all the tarnish in the crevices of a piece of silver is removed, it will look flat and two-dimensional. He warns against silver dips and abrasive cleaning products. Even if cleaning takes a little longer, he says, silver is

LEFT: In his studio in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Jeffrey Herman repairs silver pieces, including leveling the arms of this nineteenth-century epergne made in London. BELOW: Herman removed the dents from a punch bowl and restored its luster.

worth the extra time and care. “One of the great reasons to eat off silver,” Herman adds, “is that microbes cannot grow on it. Consider drinking from a silver goblet or eating from flatware as an elegant way to stay healthier. Why not buy something that has been staving off illnesses naturally for centuries? And when it’s time to pass down your silver to the next generation, you can extol its health benefits as well!” | West Warwick, R.I.,

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Is your current situation frustrating? Aggravating? Do you dread opening dresser drawers with wooden runners, or maybe no runners at all? Maybe there’s a pile of clothes that live on the accent chair you bought for your bedroom, but can never use because it’s already occupied. If you’ve already tried over-the-door hanging organizers and a few trips to a big-box-store but it’s still not working—its time. These are the signs that it’s time to move on to a custom closet that actually works for your home and your budget. California Closets custom design has the power to transform any awkward space from a design dilemma into a “sigh-of-relief ” moment when that space functions like a dream. Let’s face it, there’s enough going on in your life that you don’t need any extra stress, especially from a closet. Save your energy to deal with things that actually matter and let California Closets solve your storage headaches. We offer free in-home consultations with our designers, and installation is always included in the price. Today California Closets New England has eight local showrooms and installs more than 3,300 custom designs each year, employing more than 100 people throughout New England. Each design is locally manufactured in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and comes with a lifetime warranty. California Closets was named “Best of Boston” by Boston Home Magazine, “Best of the Northshore” by Northshore Magazine, and has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine, Southern New England Home, and Builder+Architect Magazine.

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“Is it an investment? Yes, of course. Is it worthwhile? Yes, absolutely 100 percent! You will find that your custom California Closet design works like a charm, and then wish that every room in your home was custom designed like your California Closet. It just makes so much sense to design something specifically to meet your needs, because then you can actually use it every day!” —Laura Stafford, Marketing and Showroom Display Manager, California Closets

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Lighting Customization and Personalization From dim to dazzling, lighting transforms any space. Beyond illumination, lighting can instantly change the look and style of a room from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. When selecting options for your next light fixture, consider these three lighting tips from the product experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Respect the Bulb When the light source is exposed, showcase the intricate hand-made filaments of antique vintage bulbs. The choice between tubular or traditional A-shape bulbs will completely transform the look of the fixture. LED options provide additional brightness and performance with a fraction of the heat output and energy cost. Adjustable Fixtures With a simple twist or turn, adjustable fixtures can adapt to your space and personal style preferences. The flexibility of these interactive pieces provides greater options when selecting home decor. Shapes – Round vs. Rectangular How to choose? Hint: Start with the existing furniture, textures, and colors in the room. Is the furniture contemporary with straight lines or geometric patterns? Complement with a rectangular fixture. Does the room contain multi-pillow seating, large areas of lush carpet, or floral motif wallpaper? A round orb fixture will blend all elements together. Still can’t decide? Select a fixture that artfully pairs

the shapes together in a singular design. When selecting your next lighting fixture, use the tips the pros know to create a space that is functional, well lit, and beautifully illuminates your style. For more information, visit your local Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery or to request an appointment with a knowledgeable lighting expert.

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One Call Gets It Done Maintaining a high-quality home involves a web of service providers, appointments, seasonal services, small and large repairs, and upgrades that can overwhelm even the most organized homeowners. Add the increasing technology needs of today’s homes, and it makes sense that more and more homeowners are choosing to hire professionals to manage their home maintenance needs. The trend we see is that homeowners are moving away from the “handyman” model and toward a business like ours that can mobilize not only our own team of skilled laborers, but also a network of carefully vetted service providers, artisans, and technicians to address any home maintenance need. Kistler and Knapp designed its Home Services Division around the concept of giving homeowners a customized approach to the care of their home. As part of every new client relationship, we provide a complimentary, comprehensive home evaluation. This valuable service is designed to find and solve small problems before they become costly and is revisited every year as part of our annual review process. We provide additional home services to fit each client’s needs, including offering a personal field technician for minor repairs and consultations; tracking recurring maintenance and scheduling

seasonal and annual services; supervising projects large and small; and arranging our Home Watch service when clients are away. “Ten years ago, we knew we were filling an important need in the high-end home maintenance market. We recently opened our Cape and Islands office to expand our services to seasonal homes as well. Our mission is to give all of our Home Services clients peace of mind, knowing that their largest investment is being cared for by a team of professionals 365 days a year.” —Karen Vaillancourt, Director of Home Services, Kistler & Knapp

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Wallpaper Wallpaper has been around since the early 1500s, but real wallpaper didn’t truly start to gain traction until the advent of the printing press. What was once reserved for royalty and the wealthy is now accessible to everyone. Nowadays, we have papers that range from the classic (think Scalamandré & Brunschwig & Fils) to the more modern (like Kelly Wearstler at Lee Jofa or Schumacher). Wallpaper now comes in all sorts of materials, not strictly paper anymore; we’ve seen the popularity of grasses, corks, crystals, and metallics rounding out the variety— no more cringe-worthy flocked wallpapers of old. Small independent companies have grown over the years, providing a home to true artisanal papers and painting techniques for an elevated product. Other companies, such as de Gournay, have spent years bringing back the lost art and production of handpainted classic papers, also adding new modern patterns to their line. Wallpaper is an easy way to make a space in your home go from bland to wow by adding color and pattern, especially in a hallway or a powder room, where there isn’t a lot going on. A larger room can be made to feel cozy by using a deeper color paper or a textured grasscloth. We have watched wallpaper gain popularity over the past several years, being used

in balance throughout the home. Gone are the days where every single room in the house was covered with wallpaper. The trend now is to have wallpaper used judiciously in rooms like the dining room, family room, or master bedroom and smaller spaces like the powder room and entry hall. “We love mixing very traditional papers with modern furnishings to add a richness to the room. The opposite is also true: using a modern, digital-print wallpaper with traditional furniture can make a statement. We love using wallpaper to line the back of bookcases or as an inset to wall moldings, adding another layer to the overall design. Like a beautiful rug or toss pillow with flair, wallpaper is another component to complete the room. Wallpaper is here to stay.” —Kristen Rivoli, Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

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Vintage is in... Everywhere you look people are buying vintage: vinyl records instead of CDs, furniture from the flea market instead of from a catalogue. Secondhand stores have rebranded to become “vintage boutiques,” and people are eating it up. It is comfortable to buy something that’s already been broken in, something with patina that has a little extra meaning. Not only does vintage have aesthetic appeal, but it has an environmental one, too. In a day and age where green carries the day, you can feel good about upcycling an item rather than purchasing new. In the rug business, vintage has always been in. Rug dealers have long scoured antique shops and flea markets for gems of the past to restore and bring back to life. However, today’s market has widened the scope of what consumers are willing to purchase. A worn rug that might have previously been considered unfit for sale now has a happy home among vintage-loving customers. So what exactly is a vintage rug? In the rug market, vintage is categorized by two criteria; age and condition. Any piece produced before 1930 is considered an antique, while anything produced in the past decade or so is considered new. Anything made in between that time (1940-1990s generally) is what we call vintage. Vintage can also be code for worn rugs, a trend so popular that rug producers are distressing new rugs to simulate the look. Vintage pieces come from all across the rug making world and the category is quite broad; stylistically speaking, a shaggy tribal rug falls into the same category as a worn, formal one. At Landry & Arcari, we’ve been beefing up our selection of price friendly vintage rug offerings, which now covers a lot of ground. Some of our favorites include our extensive collection of Moroccan and Turkish rugs and kilims, sourced directly from villages where these rugs were produced decades ago. Characterized by thick piles, bold geometric designs, and attention-grabbing color palettes, these pieces exude a causal hipness while tipping their hats to the timeless aesthetic of a tribal rug. We’ve also focused on curating a collection of distressed and overdyed Persian rugs. Often found with more formal designs, these rugs toe a line between classic and contemporary. They can simultaneously evoke elegance and comfort in any room. They may range in style and look, but these vintage rugs are tied together by the unique feeling they bring to a home. A feeling that you can only get from true vintage, not from imitations at the big box stores or online discounters.

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Night Light The Night Light is an essential element to make any space harmonious and cozy. This light not only brings soft, beautiful illumination to an environment, but also lends efficiency and functionality to both residential and commercial projects. When installing the Night Light below a piece of furniture, a decorative piece, or a corner of the wall, the light source will be hidden, causing the light to diffuse throughout the room. The glow from the Night Light is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. When navigating a room or hallway in the dark, the gentle ambient light will direct you in safety and comfort, with no need to turn on a blinding overhead fixture. This is a very modern look that is increasingly popular in today’s projects. The energy-efficient trend has transformed the thought process behind interior spatial lighting design.

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“The intention is not only to give rooms an extra touch of elegance, but also to help the residents move from place to place in the middle of the night without disturbing others or getting blinded by overhead or wall-mounted fixtures.”

—Joe Bertola

Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling Waltham, MA (781) 975-1809

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Clearstone Specialty Coating If you have marble counters in your kitchen or bath, you’ll eventually experience etching or staining on the stone’s surface. Watermarks or spots caused by acidic products in the kitchen and personal hygiene products in the bath are hard to prevent. Traditional sealers do not protect against them, but Clearstone Coating, a proprietary resin coating, does. Boston Stone Restoration is the only certified applicator in New England for Clearstone, and we have been installing it with great success. The coat“I like working with coatings and specialty sealers, because they solve problems for customers over the long term. Today’s products provide an ease of maintenance and level of protection not available in the past. ” — Paul Bunis, President

ing goes on in a liquid form and cures overnight. We then polish it to the customer’s choice of finish, from matte to high shine. It creates a barrier to germs, staining, and etching without changing the look of the stone. Spill juice, wine, coffee, or vinegar on the counter, and it won’t leave a mark. It’s truly amazing, and it comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. If you love your marble as much as we do, Clearstone will keep it looking great and maintenance-free.

Boston Stone Restoration 265 Franklin St., Suite 1702 Boston, MA 02110 (781) 793-0700

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3-D Landscape & Pool Design It’s often a challenge for homeowners to truly envision and understand a landscape designer’s vision. In recent years, the advancement of technology in 3-D landscape virtual reality software has made it possible to engage with clients on an entirely elevated playing field. 3-D landscape design is ideal for luxury landscape outdoor living projects that integrate a combination of detailed elements such as swimming pools, spas, pool house pavilions, landscape plantings, lighting, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, natural stone patios, water features, fencing, boulders, and retaining walls. Homeowners can now experience detailed views from literally any perspective in real-time HD anima-

tion. Imagine, 360-degree views from inside your new spa or seated at your new outdoor bar and kitchen. Then take a stroll inside your home to see how your project will look from the existing kitchen window or the second-floor master bedroom balcony. 3-D realistic landscape visualization has many benefits: it helps homeowners to envision the project’s “look and feel” before it’s built; it allows changes to material, texture, finishes, plants, and color combinations; and it lets homeowners to view their landscape during daytime and evening hours to experience true sun shadows and night-time lighting effects. It also helps to address sight lines; terrain elevations and retaining walls; and sun and shade exposure.

“Mastering this technology has given me the unique platform to express my creative landscape passion and bring to life the design for clients before its transformed into a beautiful outdoor living experience. As your designer and landscape general contractor, we ensure that the project budget, timeline, and quality expectations are met for a finished project that looks as gorgeous in real life as it did on the screen.” — Vern Chellberg, Ivy Studio, Principal

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Spring Colors Spark Our Imagination Pantone’s 2017 color report has us gearing up for designing dream kitchens and baths that convey warmth and tranquility, and encourage a little daydreaming along the way. We love all Pantone’s color picks for 2017, but one in particular sends an island vibe, especially when it’s paired with organic surfaces and simple lines. Pantone 14-4620 – Island Paradise lives up to its name. This color seamlessly integrates into any room in the home; it conveys a feeling of relaxation and welcomes light. It creates an inviting oasis when combined with multi-textural surfaces, warm wood counter tops, stainless steel accents, and floating shelves. Every project at Roomscapes starts with a discussion about our client’s vision for their project. We know we’ve done a good job when we show you a solution you didn’t know was possible, and you say, “Let’s do it.”

“Island Paradise sends an island vibe, especially when it’s paired with organic surfaces and simple lines.”

—Judy Whalen, Director of Residential Design





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Hand-scraped Flooring Often the beauty lies beneath our step. The trend toward a truly distressed look is offered in our Mountain Home Collection. Each floor is handscraped by artisans in the tradition of Renaissanceera woodworking. Each plank is sculpted one at a time to create unique custom flooring of timeless originality and distinction. No two planks are alike. A soul is hidden in each board, and thanks to the artists who form them, they now have a face. The flooring is enhanced with a UV-Cured natural oil finish containing zero VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Pure beauty is the reason why so many of the world’s best architects, builders, and designers incorporate Canadian hardwood into

homes of distinction. Enjoy the beauty of hand-scraped, oil-finished solid hardwood for years to come, in walnut, birch, cherry, white oak, red oak, and maple.

Wickham Hardwood Flooring 1031 7th Rang Wickham, QC JOC ISO, Canada (888) 494-2542

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The venerable home has a presence, if not a clear-cut pedigree, according to interior designer Jim Gauthier, who presided over its renovation. It’s a gracious old house with formal symmetry, subtle Victorian details, and a timeless quality that lent itself nicely to a “cool and sophisticated” redo.

Novel Undertaking

A couple’s plan to renovate their suburban Boston house takes a surprising turn when they discover the perfect place for the next chapter of their lives. Text by Maria LaPiana

Photography by Laura Moss

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very renovation has a backstory. This one isn’t all that uncommon: couple has a house, couple outgrows the house, couple decides to renovate. What makes the story interesting is a quirky flashback, and a plot twist. Spoiler alert: it has a happy ending. It was 2012, and time to make a change. The couple lived in a home they had bought when they were newly married, in the Boston suburb of Hingham. After ten years, the family—now with three children and a dog—had outgrown the house. They assembled a team they trusted to fix it: architect Mark Cutone of Nantucket and builder Bob Winterson of Medford (because they’d worked with them both in the past),

and a wild card: designers Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy of Gauthier-Stacy of Boston. Why them? Because of a memory the wife couldn’t erase. “I remember walking into a friend’s house years ago, and I was just so impressed,” she says. “It was fresh, different. I loved it. I told my friend, ‘Give it up. Who did this?’ It turns out it was Jim, and I never forgot it.” Back to the renovation: Cutone and Gauthier walked the house with the homeowners for more than three hours (the couple had a rather long wish list). Afterward, measuring his words, Gauthier told them he could do some of what they wanted, but it

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Project Team Architecture: Mark Cutone, BPC Architecture Interior design: Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy, Gauthier-Stacy Builder: Bob Winterson Landscape design: Sean Papich Landscape Architecture

ABOVE AND TOP RIGHT: Two views of the living room capture its rich, textural nature. Gauthier mixed pieces that look solid, such as skirted chairs, with airier furniture, such as the clean-lined tables. “You don’t want to see too many legs in a room or it looks like the furniture is going to get up and walk away,” he says. RIGHT: A single heart-shaped, shield-back chair and sconce create a lovely vignette against the freshly painted original paneling.

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lthough she and her husband wanted classic elements, they wanted the unexpected, too. “We were looking for something you didn’t see coming,” the wife explains.

wasn’t going to get them where they hoped to be. “The flow just wasn’t good. It would be like putting together a crazy puzzle for it to work,” he says. Cutone agreed. He told the clients that he, too, could do some of what they were asking, but that it would likely price them out of the house. Weeks went by. Then, in an unexpected turn of events, a friend tipped off the wife to a home for sale. The location was ideal: a large corner lot, a block from the center of town, six blocks from the water. A Colonial of uncertain ancestry, the house “had an old-world feel,” says Gauthier. “It was neat—big and beautiful.”

Says Cutone, “The house just clicked more, on many levels, and we knew the results would be much better here.” The family was sold: they decided to switch gears entirely and move. The house was in good condition, but it still needed work: a new kitchen, mudroom, office, updated bathrooms, and a separate family room for the kids. Gauthier-Stacy designed all the interiors, from structural changes to choosing accent pillows. In the process, they retained much of the millwork and many architectural details, especially in the front

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A bold, hammered pendant from Currey and Company hangs in the sunny half-round space that was converted from dining to sitting room. FACING PAGE, LEFT: Maya Romanoff wallcovering sets the scene for a statement-making powder room with a custom vanity by Ebanista. FACING PAGE, RIGHT: The home office’s original cabinetry was given a glossy finish; the Julian Chichester desk adds a modern touch.

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CLOCKWISE FROM top LEFT: There’s a pure simplicity to the kitchen outfitted in Olympic White Danby marble and white cabinetry; counter clutter is kept to a minimum, thanks to a hardworking pantry. The comfortable, casual lower-level family room was literally carved out from beneath the house. The dining area’s Bridgewater-style sofa encourages lingering at the antique table.

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entry, library, living room, and the “half-round” room at the side of the house. Function and flow were the first order of business, Gauthier says. The everyday entry from the side porch was critical. To ease the transition from outdoors to indoors, Gauthier designed an informal foyer grounded with a reclaimed brick floor. It opens to a highly practical mudroom with a walk-in closet and a powder room. “It’s not abrupt,” says the wife of the new foyer. “It’s a different way to enter the space and it works beautifully.” Gauthier and his clients did away with the formal dining room, which had occupied the half-round. “We took the prettiest room in the house and switched it from dining room to sitting room,” the wife says. The new dining area, adjacent to the kitchen, is

more versatile, and makes a design statement of its own. “We were going for a sophisticated Elle Decor look,” says the wife. Although she and her husband wanted classic elements, they wanted the unexpected, too. “We were looking for something you didn’t see coming,” the wife explains. So Gauthier juxtaposed the antique burledwood dining table the couple already owned with a surprisingly modern fixture overhead. And instead of surrounding the table with chairs only, they added a Bridgewater-style sofa to the mix. “It sits high and hard, and is deep enough for sitting back and reading a newspaper,” says Gauthier. The classic kitchen is white-on-white accented with shades of gray. Six new double-hung windows bathe the space in light, which is reflected in the May–June 2017 | New England Home  93

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The master suite is a serene and stylish sanctuary. White-on-white simplicity rules in the master bath with a couple of exceptions: bold Cowtan & Tout Roman shades and artwork by Robert Llewellyn. FACING PAGE: The bedroom, dressed in plush ivory, gets a dramatic punch from the silvery, high-sheen draperies.

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y previous home was gorgeous, but it looked liked someone a lot older lived there,” says the wife. “This is my house...there isn’t one thing about it I would change.”

wide, marble-topped island. Because there’s a working pantry that houses everything from the microwave to the coffeepot, the counters are kept pleasantly clutter-free. The couple decided it was worth digging down another six feet to transform the basement into a light-filled lower-level family room for the kids—now one of the most popular rooms in the house. Comfortable kick-back seating, weathered wood, forgiving fabrics, and a mix of materials (including lots of accent pillows in bright colors) give the transitional space a user-friendly vibe. The home’s overall aesthetic is plush, relaxed, and elegant. That half-round room, now the sitting room, is a perfect example. The window wall is dressed with ripple-fold curtains that open and close easily, allowing for privacy and light control. The palette, like that in most every other room, is a combination of soft

neutrals with predominantly blue-on-blue, blue-gray, or silvery-blue accents. The living room is a study in comfort that doesn’t sacrifice style. “It’s all about balance,” says Gauthier. Carefully curated furnishings include several custom seating groups (the sofas are deep; the fabrics soft to the touch with “a little sheen”), a few antiques, and modern pieces. “It’s sophisticated but definitely not stuffy,” Gauthier says. “The old house was pretty, but this one is cool and stately.” It took that pretty house—as it happens, the wrong house—to move the family’s story forward. “My previous home was gorgeous, but it looked like someone a lot older lived there,” says the wife. “This is my house . . . there isn’t one thing about it I would change.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 184. May–June 2017 | New England Home  95

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A crushed-clamshell drive lined with boxwood leads to the new porte-cochère. The home’s top-to-bottom update blends modern features and character-infusing details, such as high-efficiency windows made with hand-blown glass. “A typical summer house has become a four-season home,” says interior designer Helen Higgins.

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photographer searching for a worthy subject couldn’t do better than Cotuit, Massachusetts. Gorgeous year round, the area reaches perfection in summer when dozens of boats take sail. Perched along the shore, this

clockwise from top left: An assortment of plant-filled pots dress up the front door. Jed Dixon of North Road Woodshop in Foster, Rhode Island, crafted the entry hall’s staircase. Custom shades from Blanche P. Field finesse the powder room sconces. FACING PAGE: Louis XIII wing chairs and a leather-upholstered ottoman help create a comfortable fireside oasis in the great room.

quintessential New England home has claimed ringside water views since 1915. The current owners purchased the charming property as a family getaway decades ago. But with their sons grown and the house faltering from years of seaside weather, they recently decided to undertake a robust renovation. More square footage and functionality were gained, but the structure’s character also emerged beautifully intact. The

secret to this successful outcome? The owners’ level of engagement and the caliber of the professionals involved. Boston-based interior designer Helen Higgins, who has worked with the couple on numerous projects and is a longtime friend, spearheaded the happy makeover. It was her suggestion to enlist Judge Skelton Smith Architects, also headquartered in Boston. Known for their respectful

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The clients “love Americana, but they also have a European sensibility. They didn’t want a trophy house,” says designer Helen Higgins.

Project Team Architecture: Stephen Judge and James Skelton, Judge Skelton Smith Architects Interior design: Helen Higgins, Helen P. Higgins Interiors Builder: James McClutchy, Performance Building Company

handling of aging houses, principals James Skelton and Stephen Judge were ideal picks. And equally fortuitous was the recruitment of Jim McClutchy of Performance Building Company. His enthusiasm swept over everyone like an ocean breeze. “The owners had this strong vision of what they wanted, and they couldn’t have put together a better team,” McClutchy says. Still, it was a tricky balancing act. Of paramount importance to the wife, a dedicated environmentalist, and her businessman husband was that while history was being preserved, the surrounding

fragile ecosystem also be safeguarded. “The Cape should be treated like a national park,” the wife insists. Thus, the rejuvenated house now includes a host of state-of-the-art green features, from geothermal heating and solar thermal panels (for hot water and electricity) to composting toilets. Skelton welcomed the opportunity to incorporate sustainable components. “It proves it can be done in such a way as to be non-­ jolting,” he says. Indeed, there’s little visible evidence of how ecologically friendly the handsome building is. Preserving the existing

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frame, the architects cleverly extended the two-story colonial’s roofline and created a saltbox-style front with dormers. The extension accommodates the kitchen, while new wings contain the master suite and family room. “We kept the scale the same, but there’s not an inch we didn’t touch,” Judge explains. Original exterior details such as cornerstones and dentil moldings were replicated. And handsome interior elements—the hefty kitchen beams are standouts—were maintained. Traditional Yankee flowers like climbing roses and leggy hollyhocks blooming alongside the new porte-cochère make

that addition look like it’s been here forever, too. Amid the bountiful array of plantings grow hollies, espaliered fruit trees, and boxwoods, all doing their part to soften the line between past and present. Higgins collaborated with the wife on the multi-layered gardens. And, wisely, the designer also used a rich blend for the decor, creating timeless, eminently comfortable rooms. “These clients travel a lot,” Higgins says. “They love Americana, but they also have a European sensibility. They didn’t want a trophy house.” Antique pieces add character throughout the house. Consider the venerable

ABOVE LEFT: An antique fish weathervane decorates the kitchen’s custom hood. In addition to a bounty of storage on the cook’s side, the island has an extra-deep sink to accommodate lobsters. A twentiethcentury Rockport School painting marks the entrance to the pantry. ABOVE: Leather-upholstered chairs make durable and handsome seats around the antique dining table; French doors offer a view to the water. The ceiling’s old beams were sandblasted to restore their luster.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A white wash lends subtle color to the master bedroom’s paneled walls. An antique folk art horse and an old rooster weathervane add character to the family room. A fish-themed mosaic floor and a porthole window give the master bath nautical flair. FACING PAGE: A soft palette of peach and gray enhances a guest bedroom, where Badger, Helen Higgins’s faithful Jack Russell Terrier, stops for a rest. The pastel palette, reproduction cane bed, and bricklined fireplace augment the space’s romantic ambience.

rooster weathervane sitting atop a lovely eighteenth-century occasional table in the family room, or the hand-painted and decoupaged eighteenth-century Scandinavian armoire in the master bedroom. A well-mannered palette holds everything together. Walls are pale, keeping the rooms bright, while trim often sports a deeper, though still neutral, tone. The entry’s trim and the new staircase, for example, are washed, rather than painted, in an appealing Farrow & Ball shade called Pigeon. The family room trim sports a misty-morning-gray hue.

In the great room, a stash of pretty Delftware displayed in an antique hutch provides a cheery note. The simple, thoughtfully edited kitchen merges with a dining area that holds an antique Swedish trestle table and a cozy fireside seating area. “This is where the husband frequently reads, while the wife cooks,” says Higgins. May–June 2017 | New England Home  103

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Lilies and digitalis mingle with the roses scaling the home’s addition. Nigra hollyhocks (also planted in Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello) “reproduce like mad,” says Higgins. Original exterior details, such as the cornerstones, were replicated in the new parts of the house. New Dawn roses ramble along a fence. Higgins and her client laid out the garden like a parterre, with four flower beds surrounding a bird bath. Kevin Baker Stonework is responsible for the hardscaping, including the stone terrace on the water side of the house, where the homeowners' pup, Chewie, enjoys the view.

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A Belgian bluestone floor, exposed honey-hued beams, and hand-embroidered curtains make the space both homey and elegant. No blatant watch-me TV here. Instead, the television above the mantel is discreetly concealed behind a high-resolution photo of a favorite seascape from the owner’s collection. An adjacent pantry boosts storage and entertaining—the last a frequent occurrence at this popular retreat. Always ready for company, the family room exudes the same welcoming vibe. Higgins reconfigured the homeowners’ sectional to fashion the sofa that teams with a coffee table of iron and glass from Formations. The handy wall cabinets are fronted with chicken wire and fabric, so there’s never a worry if books and paraphernalia stored inside grow a tad messy. And there’s a chunky Stark carpet warming the cherry floor. It’s all very organic and soothing until you peek into the powder room, where a de Gournay fish-patterned wallpaper couldn’t be more of a fun surprise. Urban Archaeology fixtures and sconces also go a long way in enlivening the small space without producing a feeling of excess.

But then, excess is hardly a word that comes to mind anywhere in this house. Higgins has ensured that even the bedrooms have a genteel, dressed-down attitude that fits with the whole reason for having a getaway in the first place. No extra fuss is necessary when you sleep, as the owners do, in a custom-finished canopy bed and your bath has a stellar fish-themed mosaic floor. Guests are provided with similar serene nests. At the top of the stairs, one such haven features Rose Cumming curtains and a feminine pastel rug (both heirlooms from the wife’s mother) along with a fetching early nineteenth-century portrait. A freshly picked bouquet references the glorious outdoors so cherished by the owners. Come to think of it, the home’s reduced environmental footprint might be considered a gift back to Mother Nature. And, thanks to the couple’s efforts, more such planet-saving projects could be in the works. It’s rumored that this high-style, low-impact house is inspiring the neighbors.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 184. May–June 2017 | New England Home  105

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A top-to-bottom renovation gives a Vermont home the star quality its stunning mountain location deserves.

Diverse rooflines to break up the mass of this hillside residence are among the renovations that turned a rather ordinary house into a spectacular home. Other changes include larger windows to take full advantage of magnificent mountain views and a custom-made observatory for even more distant views.

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LEFT: A floating circular staircase leads to the second-floor bedrooms and continues to the observatory. BELOW: A prized pewter collection and a ready supply of wood are tucked into shelves adjacent to the fireplace. RIGHT: An upper story was removed to give the great room its high ceiling and an abundance of windows.


Project Team Architecture, interior design, and landscape design: Cushman Design Group Builder: Donald P. Blake Jr.

ruth be told, it wasn’t love at first sight. When Rick and Martha Wagner, who live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, first saw the house that would become their second home in what travel writers (rightly) call “picture-postcard” Stowe, Vermont, they weren’t completely smitten. “It was nice, but it didn’t really feel ‘Vermonty’ or ‘mountainy,’ especially given its spectacular location,” remembers Martha. “There was nothing wrong with the home,” Rick says, “but its design was more suitable for Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard.” But the site! “Incredible!” says Martha, as Rick nods his head and adds, “Really spectacular 360-degree views.” The two-acre lot is part of the 650-acre neighborhood of Robinson Springs, and sits snugly above the tree line overlooking Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak and home to Stowe Mountain Resort. The chance to buy a house with such million-dollar views sealed the deal. Not long after moving in, the Wagners began thinking about renovations they’d like to make. They updated the kitchen first, adding new cabinets, appliances, and an island, and beefed up the structure of the kitchen and dining area with timbers from an old barn. Still, the 4,000-squarefoot house was drafty. It even shook, creaked, and

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LEFT: Reclaimed vintage barn beams and iron tie rods anchor the renovated kitchen that is now flooded with light, thanks to new, generously proportioned windows. RIGHT: Like much of the house, the bright, airy dining room is designed with invitingly neutral colors that, rather than compete with nature, invite it in.

with Martha and Rick, it was clear they wanted “T alking a house with more of a ‘Western modern mountain’ look and feel,” says designer Milford Cushman.

groaned when winds roared over the top of Mount Mansfield and came crashing broadside into it. And there was the view—or the lack of it. The house’s relatively small windows didn’t take full advantage of the site’s beautiful vistas. “Also,” explains Rick, “I’d been bitten by the astronomy bug, and I’d gotten tired of lugging and setting up my seventypound telescope outside only to have to take it back in when clouds appeared or it started to rain. I wanted my own observatory.” With a renovation list this long, the couple agreed that it was time to look for an architect. Enter Stowe-based architectural designer Milford Cushman. “Talking with Martha and Rick, it was clear they wanted a house with more of a ‘Western modern mountain’ look and feel,” says Cushman. “And they were understandably anxious to open up the view and bring the outside in.”

In what he terms “a true collaboration, not just cooperation,” Cushman worked hand-in-hand with the couple and radically redesigned the structure. “They were the best kind of clients,” he says, “working with us to take ideas to a point and then saying, ‘We like your direction, do what you think is best.’ ” Cushman’s firm offered a complete design and remodeling package with everything from structural changes to a deep energy retrofit to landscaping to lighting design, including numerous artistic details such as custom-designed fixtures. The observatory was a special challenge. Martha didn’t want it to obscure the view, and neither she nor Rick wanted it to dominate the house. And there were complicated structural issues. Says Cushman, “I had never built one before, but thanks to an astronomer friend, I knew that it was paramount to minimize vibration. I knew it would be a challenge, but it May–June 2017 | New England Home  111

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BELOW: The sculptural tub in the master bath is tucked into its own cozy alcove with a close-up look at the outdoors. RIGHT: Continuing the idea that it’s all about the view, the owners chose warm, neutral colors and simple, clean furnishings for the master bedroom.

would also be a very fun, completely cool project.” To help with the design, equipment, and installation, the Wagners turned to private observatory expert David Miller in Durango, Colorado. The couple wanted to keep the footprint of the existing house, but agreed to gut a second story above the living room to give the space twenty-foot-high ceilings and expansive windows. Cushman also repositioned the master bedroom to the end of the house, offering more privacy than its original location just off the living room. Walls and ceilings throughout were taken down to the studs to make way for new insulation and

mechanicals. Outside, the house got a new roof and a new deck, and Cushman and his team revamped the landscaping. New stone walls, terraces, and sitting areas, including one with a fire pit, make the most of the views and serve as outdoor rooms to enjoy during the warmer months. “Renovating can be like playing 3-D chess,” says Travis Cutler, vice president at the Morrisville, Vermont-based contracting firm Donald P. Blake Jr. “New building is relatively easy, but it can be a challenge not to damage existing spaces when you are opening up all the walls, redoing the electrical, and adding insulation.” For example, instead of working around the kitchen, his team disassembled the entire kitchen, cabinetry and all, and stored it during the renovation. “It turned out to be cheaper and safer,” says Cutler. Weatherproofing the building was also important. To combat winds that can gust to seventy miles per hour and winter temperatures that can drop to minus twenty, Cushman chose triple-pane glass for windows

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Most windows, like these in the porch-like sitting room, have no window treatments to hide their clean lines or mar the view. Rick Wagner peers out of his professional-grade observatory. To maximize the home’s hilltop site, the designers added several exterior patios and seating areas while opening up the view side of the home with massive windows.

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hanks to an astronomer friend, I knew that it was paramount to minimize vibration. I knew it would be a challenge, but it would also be a very fun, completely cool project,” says Cushman. and doors and used insulation for walls and ceilings with a thermal-resistance value of almost double the existing code. “We wanted to over-design this house for the long run,” he says. The home’s interior design is minimal, with a palette dominated by off-whites and grays. Floors are white oak stained gray, casing material is Western fir, and the ceiling is basswood, chosen because it has no grain and won’t compete with the floors. Natural materials, such as steel, iron, and glass, are used throughout the house. “We didn’t want to fight with the exterior but bring it in,” says Cushman. While the bedrooms have shades or blinds, the rest of the windows are left unadorned, letting abundant natural light wash through the house. As soon as the Wagners walked into their newly

renovated home, they knew they’d gotten exactly what they wanted. “That mountain view!” says Rick, “It’s the first thing you see when you walk through the front door, and it’s something everyone enthuses about. It was a remarkable transformation.” But there’s another view that is even more aweinspiring. Thanks to a sophisticated computer-linked system, Rick can press a button or two on his laptop to open his observatory, aim his telescope at a distant galaxy, and send the picture to an oversize LED screen in his living room. Recently he and Martha and their guests sat in comfort and peered into the Horsehead Nebula in the constellation Orion, some 1,500 light years away from Earth. How’s that for a view that is out of this world?  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 184. May–June 2017 | New England Home  115

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A Flair for the


Cool gray tones greet guests entering this Art Deco–style home, from the floor’s reclaimed Paris Ceramics tiles to the Schumacher and Scalamandré fabrics of the roman shades and draperies, to the silvery Lee Jofa wallpaper. The arched, concave doorway leads to an elegant powder room.

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The door of a grand, ivy-covered brick Georgian home opens onto a dazzling, Deco-inspired setting that evokes all the glamour of the Jazz Age. Text by Bob Curley  |  Photography by Tria Giovan  Produced by Kyle Hoepner

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he dream of a home rich in Art Deco glamor and style is sometimes best realized with a house actually built during the Jazz Age—even if it doesn’t look that way from the outside. • • Homeowners Karon and Lew Cohen split their time between Massachusetts and Florida, where the vintage Ocean Drive hotels of South Beach are the couple’s near-neighbors as well as a source of design inspiration. A former dressmaker, the Australian-born Karon is as much a fan of 1920s movies, style, and 118  New England Home | May–June 2017

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Original ivy graces the brick facade of the Georgian-style home; a formal European-style garden and a brick parking court flanked by Callery pear trees suit the grand dwelling. The eye-catching staircase, original to the 1930s home, spirals down to a custom, walnut-stained figuredsapele table. A vanity of Macassar ebony and silver leaf, a Parisian mirror, and Nina Campbell’s elegant Amati wallpaper conspire to give the powder room its sophisticated look.

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fashion as she is unmoved by traditional New England architecture and interior design. At first glance, the Brookline house that is now the Cohens’ home wasn’t an obvious choice to be “borne back ceaselessly into the past,” Gatsby-style: the exterior was (and still is) a brick-fronted, slateroofed Georgian manse covered in ivy, while the interior’s classic colonial decor had remained virtually untouched for more than half a century. Karon, however, saw the home’s potential the first

time she stepped into the grand foyer and beheld a spiral staircase with a delicate, wrought-iron bannister, original to the 1931 home. “That inspired me to decorate the house in Art Deco,” she says. “The charm I saw in the home when I first looked at it is what I fell in love with.” “The house had some really nice architectural details, and the bones were good,” agrees interior designer Linda Ruderman, who conceived and constructed a number of the most distinctive features of

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LEFT: A variety of shapes and textures add interest to the serene living room, where ebony lounge chairs clad in a raised velvet fabric and a pair of rounded-back armchairs in a nubby chartreuse velvet face a glass-topped cocktail table. The mural, by Richard Holton Arts, features ginkgo leaves­—a classic Deco design element. BELOW: The sitting room, the home’s most boldly Art Deco room, features a purple velvet sofa, by designer Linda Ruderman, with an integrated glass drink table.

Classic Art Deco design—particularly the later Streamline Moderne style— “uses very cool tones, so we warmed it up to make it more modern and livable,” says designer Linda Ruderman. •

Project Team Interior design: Linda Ruderman, Linda Ruderman Interiors Architecture: Robert Zarelli, Robert Zarelli Architect Builder: Charles Howard, Howard Brothers Builders Landscape architecture: James Emmanuel, James K. Emmanuel Associates Landscape design: Patricia Dunn, Sabrina Design

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RIGHT: The blue Lacanche range and gray lacquered cabinets provide a subtle Deco touch in the kitchen. BELOW: Sunlight streams into a breakfast area outfitted with an Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman table. FACING PAGE: A custom-designed mirror gleams behind an antique sideboard in the dining room; the Seguso chandelier and sconces echo the light fixtures in the adjoining living room.

the redesign. Besides the signature staircase, other original elements that were considered sacrosanct included a concave foyer wall with a small, arched doorway leading to a room once used as a waiting room for servants, beautiful parquet flooring, sturdy doors (each carved from a single piece of wood), and period fireplace moldings with distinctive Deco flair. Retaining those elements was accomplished in the face of a gut renovation. For builder Charlie ­Howard, the home’s unusually sturdy construction posed a particular challenge. “The house was built like a fortress, with precast concrete floors,” he says, leaving no obvious space to place pipes, electrical lines, and mechanical elements. The scope of the eighteen-month project was significant, including carving out a new hallway from the foyer to the kitchen; raising the roofline of an existing garage three feet and converting it into a family room; building an addition to hold an oversize garage for Lew’s collection of Ferraris; and adding a new pool house for entertaining. The house’s original slate roof was also restored, and a brick parking area added in the front. Before the Cohens bought the house, Ruderman, a friend of Karon’s for more than three decades, took a look and began to form her vision of playing up the Deco angle while ensuring comfort and livability. Classic Art Deco design, she notes—particularly the later Streamline Moderne style—“uses very cool tones, so we warmed it up to make it more modern and livable.” In the living room, for example, she May–June 2017 | New England Home  123

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RIGHT: Ruderman designed the master suite’s wall-mounted headboard and the faux shagreen nightstand. BELOW: A custom-made lacquered vanity is topped with Thassos marble to match the floor tiles. FACING PAGE: The serpentine-backed settee is upholstered in a sumptuous goldon-gold fabric from Larsen. Custom Stark carpeting provides visual and thematic harmony with the settee and the silver-leaf cocktail table.

hung window treatments behind the moldings in the style of the day, but chose more contemporary fabrics and colors. As the project moved forward, the dual nature of the renovation became more apparent: the front of the house “is more devoted to elegance,” Karon says, while the rear would be the less formal, everyday living space—“more for the grandchildren and the two dogs.” The Deco elements are most prominent in the master bedroom and bath upstairs and in the front of the house, particularly the foyer, powder room, and parlor. Shades of gray in the foyer’s tiles, the Lee Jofa wallcovering, a lacquered bench, and a Carlton table perfectly complement the spiral staircase and distinctive entry to the powder room. The powder room itself is a celebration of period style, with its glossy, dark-wood vanity and exposed plumbing backed by a nine-panel Parisian mirror and fluted nickel sconces. “We really wanted to glam it up to evoke the era,” says Ruderman. The library was repurposed as a cheerful parlor that holds some of the home’s most Deco-influenced furniture and fixtures, including a cinema-style light fixture, a sunburst mirror, a pair of Antiqueria Tribeca armchairs upholstered in fabric with a ginkgo-leaf design, and a curvaceous purple velvet sofa with a built-in glass drink table, designed by Ruderman. “It’s Jules Leleu–inspired and so Deco,” she says. A wall between the dining and living rooms was removed, creating a thematically harmonious space that, nonetheless, has two clear purposes. In the dining area, a mirrored wall adds the illusion of size, and lacquered furniture adds a dash of formality, while the living room is softened by a ginkgo-leaf mural. Seguso Splendor light fixtures in each space provide unity, and fireplaces offer a sense of symmetry. Shades of pale blues and grays create a more subtle sense of connectedness between the family room and the kitchen. In the latter, the Deco influence is less pronounced, but still evident in the blue Cluny 1400 Lacanche range and gray-lacquered kitchen cabinetry.

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The front of the house “is more devoted to elegance,” says the homeowner, while the rear would be the less formal, everyday living space—“more for the grandchildren and the two dogs.”

From the kitchen and family room, it’s just steps to the pool, patio, and the breezy pool house. Three sets of French doors keep the pool house open to a wisteria-draped pergola, and the interior is outfitted with stylish Holly Hunt furniture. Outside renovations were equally ambitious, including the addition of extensive bluestone patios and a forty-eight-foot swimming pool with a walkin spa inspired by the pool at the Delano hotel in

South Beach. More than 2,500 new plantings, from rhododendrons, Annabelle hydrangeas, and hostas to native inkberry bushes and large evergreen trees provide screening and privacy. The end result is a unique blend of a lovingly restored and expanded exterior, a flawless interior redesign, and the stylish, welcoming new outdoor entertainment area. “There were many different moving parts throughout the project, and at times it was difficult to see how everything was going to work together,” says builder Charles Howard. “But the architecture and interior design came together beautifully, and the house is truly amazing.” Like Art Deco itself, the Cohen home looks to the future while drawing upon distinctive and timelessly elegant styles that have come before. As Gatsby might say: “Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can!”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 184.

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FAR LEFT: A print of Brigitte Bardot and a scattering of bold accessories enliven the pool house, a casual space largely decorated in Holly Hunt furniture and fixtures. ABOVE: JANUS et Cie furniture in durable Sunbrella fabric sits on a bluestone patio that connects the rear of the house to the pergola-fronted pool house and the pool. LEFT: A pleasing mix of patterns in soft hues gives the family room an easygoing yet chic appeal; Ruderman designed the builtin shelves and cabinets.

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Trends & Tastemakers | By Regina Cole and the New England Home editorial staff |


1. This Cape Cod home by architect Jacob Albert is an example of how a grouping of smaller forms can take the place of a single larger volume.


rends in style seem to be as natural as the annual cycle of the seasons, and tied into a deep human need for variety and change even in the midst of continuity. Evolving trends may dress old ideas in delightful new fashions, propose fresh answers to nagging problems, make us look at a color anew, or perhaps shock us with apparent disregard for long-accepted forms. Always, trends foster new ways of seeing and thinking; they are fresh air for musty doctrine. Seen in retrospect, they might reflect larger shifts in our society’s mode of living. And, as with most other aspects of existence, they don’t last forever, but ebb and flow like the tides. With that in mind, we’ve polled some of our region’s top home-design and building professionals to give us an overview of what they see coming—and staying, and going—in New England style.

® = trending up ø = trending down † = no change, staying the same

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® Compounds and smaller Homes

We are getting away from big for its own sake and building less square footage of higher quality. Our clients want the best materials and the best ­craftsmanship. —Sean Cutting, Cutting Edge Homes, Ashland, Mass.

The trend I’m seeing is to design multiple structures, to make the home feel more like a family compound—several smaller, cuter structures rather than one large structure. —Ron DiMauro, DiMauro Architects, Jamestown, R.I.

® Home Offices

Home offices are becoming very popular since, with today’s technology, many more people are able to work at home. These are dedicated rooms—not part of a guest room or multi-use room—and located away from other parts of the house for privacy. Another benefit: you can leave a mess if you want, and not have to run around cleaning when guests come over! —Ron DiMauro

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® Open Floor Plans

While renovating a small bungalow in Newton, Massachusetts, to serve as my home (on the main level) and office (on the lower level), I took a typical shotgun-style floorplan and eliminated all the walls to create one open entertaining space—which is a trend we are seeing in many of the homes we design. People want easy living, and open plans lend themselves very well to that. —David Boronkay, Slocum Hall Design Group, Newton, Mass.

® Bigger Windows

Glass curtain walls, found most commonly in commercial buildings, are being used more and more in residential construction. These expansive walls of glass allow for an almost seamless view to the outdoors, and are part of an overall trend toward larger windows to let in natural light and take advantage of views.

Engineered materials are very popular, and for good reason. They are long-lasting, easy to maintain, and come in a wide array of colors, textures, and styles. Terrazzo flooring is making a comeback. We recently finished a home with terrazzo flooring in the kitchen. Not only is it resilient, but the colors in a terrazzo floor can tie together the most vibrant color scheme. —Jonathan Merz

† Contemporary vs. Traditional

People are looking for historical charm on the outside while they update the interior. They want the exterior to match and meld with the neighborhood.

—Jonathan Merz, Merz Construction, Carlisle, Mass.

—Sean Cutting


Our clients are looking for more minimalistic, more modern Zen-like spaces, because those spaces seem to declutter people’s minds and relax their spirits. With the stress of this world right now, people are looking for places that are calming and relaxing. Most people still love our traditional exteriors so that their homes fit within the neighborhood’s vernacular, but once they open the door they want a more cleanlined interior. —Ron DiMauro

Greater Use of Engineered Materials Yes, we have been using Silestone and Caesarstone in our homes because they seem to be more consistent in color and pattern than natural stone. Also, a lot of our clients are looking for that “classic seaside kitchen” with its white cabinets and Carrara marble—but marble can etch and stain easily. Ceasarstone can match the marble in look, but is more durable. Soft, light tans are popular, too, as well as dark grays that mimic soapstone.

2. Home offices, such as this one by Connecticut designer Molly Hirsch, are finding greater favor. 3. A Merz Construction home in Massachusetts embraces its riverside view via an expansive glass wall. 4. Newly popular terrazzo can be used for more than just floors, as architect David Chipperfield’s design for the Valentino flagship store in New York reminds us.

—Ron DiMauro

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Colors, Finishes, and Details

What the editors are seeing:

Saturated colors and color blocking are still on the rise, along with a plethora of overscale patterns.

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to paraphrase the Shaker hymn. Also, when the wall space available for paper is minimal, that is one of the very reasons to use a largescale paper. The viewer is drawn in to consider what she doesn’t see as well as what she does see.


—Jon Hattaway, MJ Berries Design, Boston


† Will gray stay?

1. Splashes of vibrant solid colors enliven this living-dining room by Boston-area designer Heather Vaughan. 2. Designer Kristin Paton reworked an elegant Beacon Hill dining room with chinoiserie wallpaper from de Gournay. 3 + 4. Rockface, by Fromental, and a hand-painted European scene from Gracie are other mural-like wallpaper options


Chinoiserie and Mural Wallpaper Hand-painted chinoiserie panels are timeless and sophisticated. We use de Gournay and Fromental quite often in our projects. —Meichi Peng, Meichi Peng Design Studio, Boston

Gray is such a classic color. It serves as the perfect background color for any room, and lets us add other elements and layers to the aesthetic. I think gray will always be on trend and a true classic color. —Meichi Peng

Murals or papers that are mural-like are never out of fashion. There is a restaurant in New Orleans that opened a few years back, called Restaurant R’evolution. One of the main dining rooms has a continuous mural. This single design choice set this new restaurant right down “where it ought to be,”

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Gray is still in. We did a house in Ireland several years back and used gray with abandon. The news spread all over town: “The Yanks are painting the place gray, just like the Irish weather!” Absolutely. The resulting harmony of warm grays with the overcast, blue-gray days was very, very pleasant. —Jon Hattaway

What other colors are going strong? I love pink, although I don’t experience any trending with pink the way we did with blue. An old Pratt & Lambert color called Cerise is one of my favorites. The ceiling here in the office is pink. The point should be made that pink need not be “girly,” babyish, or cotton-candy. You couldn’t make a better choice—

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11 as long as it’s not too blue—for a bathroom ceiling, a dining room where the amber tones of candlelight make the pink glow with vitality, or the interior of kitchen cabinets in a very white kitchen. Of course, the shade of pink matters in every case. —Jon Hattaway

beautifully paneled room is always classic, warm, comfortable. It needn’t be stuffy, especially if it is painted. Painted surfaces are almost always my preference over stained wood, anyway. —Jon Hattaway

Black and white is a great decorating option for when budgets are tight, because it makes a graphic statement at little expense.

Cerusing is in. In the 1960s, they called it liming. That’s when you open the grain of the wood and put a different color in it. Most common is natural oak with white, but all sorts of colors are used. We do it on millwork, on floors, all sorts of places, most often in contemporary or transitional interiors. Also new are high-gloss polyester finishes on woodwork in contemporary interiors.

—Kristin Paton, Kristin Paton Interiors, Cambridge, Mass.

Softer colors are popular, not just pastels but muted cool colors. Even just soft white walls and trim are popular. —Ron DiMauro

® Interesting Ceilings

We are big proponents of using metallic tea paper on ceilings. It is especially effective in smaller spaces, such as powder rooms, or within the coffers of a ceiling. I also love to create cove ceiling details for indirect lighting. —Meichi Peng Beadboard is popular again on ceilings, especially painted a soft white. The gentle white lines give a room a cozy feeling and remind us of older times, when things were more relaxed. —Ron DiMauro

® Cerused and High-Gloss Finishes

—Wayne Towle, Master Finishing & Restoration, Needham, Mass.

® Non-White Trim

We have seen so much white and off-white trim over the years, that it’s refreshing to paint the windows and trim black. Oddly enough, I do a lot of it on Tudors. There are a lot of them in Newton, where my business is based, and we paint the exterior trim and the windows black and treat the front door to a coating of glossy black. It suits the traditional house, but is fresh and crisp. —David Boronkay

A selection of characterful ceiling treatments: 5. Architect Ron DiMauro deployed oldfashioned beadboard in this Rhode island entry hall; 6. V-groove paneling adds special interest to the ceiling of a kitchen built by Cutting Edge Homes; 7. Kristin Paton enhanced this library ceiling with glowing gold tea paper. Trending colors from Benjamin Moore Paint include 8. Palace Pearl, 9. East Lake Rose, 10. Palladian Blue, and 11. Touch of Gray.

† Paneled Rooms

Paneled rooms have never been trendy, for us. A

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Furniture and Fabrics

What the editors are seeing:

Other sleek twentieth-century styles, such as Art Deco, are finding favor as an alternative to midcentury.


What the editors are seeing:

Ombré treatments—on curtains, pillows, throws, and other textiles—continue to appear more and more in stylish interiors.

2 3 1. The Marly Demilune by Jean de Merry is available through ­Studio 534 at the Boston Design Center. 2. Connecticut textile designer Rosemary Hallgarten’s collection includes this luscious ombré alpaca fabric. 3. Also on-trend: passementerie by Zimmer + Rohde, through Webster & Company at the Boston Design Center. 4. Rich velvets are increasingly hot right now, including (top, left to right) Shock Wave and The Wave by Schumacher, and (bottom, left to right) Finnian and Kara by Kravet.

ø Midcentury Modern

While certain midcentury furniture items will continue to be popular, we prefer the more subtle options, mixed and matched with furniture from other periods. —Kristin Paton


Praise God, it is no longer the only game in town. The best interior, as far as I am concerned, is always the eclectic interior. One might even prefer “evolution,” the idea that the interior furnishings have evolved as the family has grown in number, interests, exposure to art and culture—and even in terms of changing health and aging. —Jon Hattaway

® Velvet

Lots of velvet sofas and chairs. We just did a gorgeous pair of aubergine sofas—both maybe ninety inches, with bullion skirts that are amazing. The synthetic velvets coming out of Europe are just edible. —Jon Hattaway

We use velvet all the time. We love the plush, luxurious quality it gives to any upholstery. —Kristin Paton

® Ruffles, Pleats, Embroidery, Trim

For curtains and lamp shades, we see that layering is returning. Trim is returning. Embroidery won’t go away. Ruffles and pleats are strong. —Jon Hattaway ® = trending up ø = trending down † = no change, staying the same

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Landscapes and Outdoor Living




® Connecting Indoors and Out

We have been building houses where we bring the outside in. One wall opens, via pocket doors or garage door openings, so that it virtually ­disappears. This removes the barriers between outside and inside, so you truly become one with nature while remaining protected from the outdoor ­elements. —Doug Stevenson, Kistler & Knapp Builders, Acton, Mass.

® Outdoor Rooms

This has been a trend for a while, and is becoming more important as we look for ways to extend our time outdoors. Outdoor living rooms—that’s what I design all the time now. People are getting really creative with furniture; they want to be comfortable. Everyone wants a fire feature, whether it’s wood or gas, rustic or sleek, concrete or stainless steel.

huddling around the fire with family and friends. And if it’s gas, it can be controlled from your phone. —Bruce MacDowell, The MacDowell Company, Weston, Mass.

® Reclaimed Stone

People are using a lot of reclaimed stone in their landscape. As bridges and infrastructure are being rebuilt, we like to save some of those pieces for use in landscaping. Old curbing looks great as planks set in the ground. —Bruce MacDowell

ø Edible Landscapes

1. Rhode Island architect Michele Foster and Kistler & Knapp Builders collaborated on this spectacular pool house in Newport, R.I., which boasts a sliding glass wall that opens the space almost entirely to the outdoors. 2 + 3. Two projects by Vermont’s Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design include multiple outdoor living areas and amenities such as an outdoor fireplace.

Vermont is all about farm to table; we have great farmer’s markets and food stores. But our growing season is so short that people don’t want to bother growing their own when they can buy great produce. —Cynthia Knauf

—Cynthia Knauf, Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design, Burlington, Vt.

Outdoor kitchens and fire pits have been a thing in high-end residential landscapes for half a dozen years. A fire pit allows you to enjoy the outdoors ­longer, and there’s something so satisfying about

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Kitchens and Baths




1. This kitchen by Crown Point Cabinetry features a maple island, painted a soft blue, surrounded by perimeter cabinets in a rich cherry finish. 2. Appliances, such as this Château Series range from La Cornue, are now avaialble in an increasingly large range of tempting hues. 3. High-style copper hardware and fittings from Christopher Peacock. 4. Designer Vani Sayeed outfitted this jaunty breakfast area with a built-in L-shaped banquette.

® Steam and Induction Cooking

We’ve seen a steady increase with steam ovens. They can be challenging to incorporate into the design, due to their output of steam and need for proper ventilation, but they are a great addition for the home chef. —Debra Foster, Crown Point Cabinetry, Claremont, N.H.

Steaming preserves many nutrients in foods that are typically lost through traditional cooking methods. A steam oven can integrate seamlessly with a range, for increased cooking flexibility. Induction ranges use far less electricity than standard cooktops, and the heating response isn’t just fast, it’s instant! —Andrea Mongeau, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, multiple New England locations

† Apron Sinks

For me, it depends on the client’s taste. I don’t tend to design or show too many farm-style sinks, as I find that undermounted stainless-steel sinks are so easy to design into a scheme and are a real workhorse for busy kitchens. —Christopher Peacock, Christopher Peacock Cabinetry, Boston

What the editors are seeing:

The deployment of copper, gold, and other warm metals is still on the rise in New England kitchens and baths.

We are seeing traditional sinks paired with contemporary faucets. Homeowners are taking risks, and instead of selecting a very traditional apron-front sink, some are choosing versions with a decorative front, such as the Rohl Casement sinks or various options from Kohler. —Andrea Mongeau

® Color in the Kitchen

Paint is currently our clients’ leading choice. We vary paint colors between the wall, base, and tall and island cabinetry. Often we’ll integrate a different wood species with a stain or natural finish for a contrasting design. —Debra Foster Adding a pop of color in a non-traditional place, such as the exterior door of a range or a sink basin, can be a fun and unexpected design detail. —Andrea Mongeau I see several appliance companies manufacturing ovens and gas ranges in a variety of color options. On the very high end we specify La Cornue custom ranges for some of our clients who want to see that as a featured appliance in their kitchens. La Cornue offers custom color options, too, so clients can match the enamel of the range front to their custom cabinetry, for example. —Christopher Peacock,

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5. TVs and high-end sound systems are becoming an expected feature of outdoor living spaces. 6. Crystal chandeliers are going strong again, and they come in an increasing variety of configurations both traditional and innovative.


Banquettes and Lounge Seating Banquettes and comfortable kitchen seating areas are trending with our clients. They provide families with a space for children to do homework or hobbies, accommodate guests when entertaining— which allows the cook to be part of the gathering—and are perfect for those who don’t want the traditional dining room experience. —Debra Foster


High-Tech Toilets

Smart toilets feature several luxury conveniences, including hands-free flushing, automated lid opening and closing, seat heating, ambient lighting, and Bluetooth technology. The new ActiClean self-cleaning toilet from American Standard allows homeowners the ability to clean the toilet with a quick push of a button. A growing number of luxury hotels are including smart toilets, bidets, and other amenities in the bathroom. People enjoy the experience of using these toilets abroad and want to bring that experience to their own home. —Andrea Mongeau

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—Susan J. Arnold, Wolfers Lighting, Allston and Waltham, Mass.

Today’s crystal fixtures feature unexpectedly bold shapes, such as large rocks, long rods, and organically shaped droplets. At Ferguson we call this trend “The New Angle of Crystal.” The effect is instant glamour, thanks to various shapes, cuts, and sizes of crystal that catch the light to cast a wide array of dazzling, prismatic colors.

The beauty of LEDs is that they can be used anywhere, because they’re so small. We see them in appliances like showerheads or toilets with night lights. They used to be stark and cool, but now come in colors similar to incandescent lights.

® Wireless Control

It definitely is getting traction. Currently, there are four major players: Apple Siri, Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Josh, a small company based in Denver. Right now all the players are devoting a lot of time, money, and energy to develop the software that will allow an enduser to simply request an action, via voice. It is kind of like pressing a button, but using your voice. This software requires integration with devices like Lutron and Vantage and other controls systems like Savant, Control 4, or Crestron.

We see lots of bling, lots of crystal. You can have fun with chandeliers—they can be switched out occasionally, as opposed to built-in and recessed lighting, which don’t get changed until you remodel. —Susan J. Arnold

—Andrea Mongeau


Outdoor TVs and Sound Systems I do see an increase in outdoor TVs and sound systems. The costs have come down considerably, and quality has improved with technological advancements. As a result, demand is up. —David Nakayama

—David Nakayama, Audio Dave, Newton, Mass.

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Second Harvest

ABOVE RIGHT: The 1878 Eustis home, a lovely example of the Queen Anne style, was designed by William Ralph Emerson. INSETS, TOP TO BOTTOM: One of W. J. McPherson’s stained-glass panels in the front hall. Period details, like this intricate mantel carving, were carefully restored. A Low Art Tile Works dining room fireplace tile is among many Aestheticism-influenced elements in the home.

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It’s not every day that a significant new historic property opens to the public, but this month, Historic New England will unveil the Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center, in Milton, Massachusetts. The eighty-acre property adjoining the Blue Hills Reservation was once the country estate of Boston businessman William Ellery Channing Eustis and his wife, Edith Hemenway. For his gentleman’s farm, Eustis commissioned the noted architect William Ralph Emerson to design an 18,600-square-foot house. Emerson is sometimes called the “Father of the Shingle Style,” but the 1878 Eustis house is actually a stately exercise in brick-and-stone Queen Anne style, somewhat reminiscent of another famous Boston-area architect of the time, H.H. Richardson. This is the only home by Emerson that is open to the public, and it boasts beautifully restored period details by several of Boston’s most important firms of the time: decorative tiles from the J. & J.G. Low Art Tile Works,

­ illiam J. McPherson stained glass, and decoW rative painting by L. Haberstroh & Son. In addition to its painstaking restoration of the house, Historic New England added a visitors’ entrance next to the gatehouse (now occupied by offices), and converted the former garage into a visitor’s center. The home’s original second-floor library has become a resource room where touch-screen kiosks tell more about the estate’s history, architecture, interior design, and community. Tablets throughout the house provide additional background, and an interpretive phone app serves as a guide. The estate opens to the public on May 17, following a preview period from May 10–14 for Milton residents and Historic New England members. Plan a visit and experience a piece of New England’s grand Victorian heritage that now belongs to all of us.  | Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, Mass., (617) 994-6600, property/eustis-estate-museum-study-center

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Five Questions

Boston-based architect, painter, and teacher Jeremiah Eck offers his perspective on the elements of good design.


You have said that beauty is not solely in the eye of the beholder. What do you mean? I think we want to deny that beauty can be objectified, but there are rules about proportion, massing, and functionality—the things that add up to a good building. I once had an employee who said he didn’t want to make beautiful buildings, just good

ones. There is something to that. People want to make something beautiful, but when something is well done in all ways, it is beautiful. Rather than concentrating strictly on the notion of what defines beauty, which is somewhat subjective, I think it’s more important to define what is good. Good demands a certain amount of discipline; it requires that we pay attention to rules.

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Where does good design begin? A house always begins with the site; it’s the most critical thing. The older I get—and I don’t want to sound corny here—the more I think how sacred this act of building a house is. I can imagine cultures in the past held some kind of ceremony before they started building a house. You’re digging a hole in ground that probably has not been disturbed for thousands of years, and you should think carefully about how you do that. We don’t, for example, change the flow of water on the land. We don’t go in with an excavator and plow the earth and cut down the trees. If you look for what it is about the site that makes it special, your home will feel that much more special. You need to look at fundamental things: the topography, the subtle lay of the land, where is the vegetation, where is the wind coming from? You are trying to make this built object feel like it belongs to this piece of land. If you begin with these fundamentals, you are off to a good start.


How should the “face” of a home relate to the interior? It should reflect what is going on inside instead of being imposed on a plan. For example, people may say, “I want a French chateau-style house,” even though the interior plan is completely unsuitable for a French chateau. The plan should come first and needs to reflect function. Details such as chimneys, columns, and trellises need to spring from the whole. You wouldn’t put Ionic columns on a woodsy cabin porch; a house’s details are like exclamation points to what you have already discovered. It is like finishing a sentence with flair.


You are an accomplished landscape painter. How does this inform your work as an architect? I started painting one day a week in the late 1980s. I soon discovered that painting reinvigorated me by helping me make intuitive judgments faster, and intuition leads to good design. I actually retrained my brain. I also found that painting is related to architecture in that when you look at a view, you are choosing something for composition and value. If

you get those elements right, a painting can’t fail. That is also true in architecture. Painting is also a great antidote to burnout!


You’ve described color as “an often overlooked” part of architecture? When you look at a house, you are not just looking at a house; you are looking at the colors of the house in relation to the colors in the landscape. They are not disassociated. You can take the view that they don’t need to be related at all, like architect Richard Meier has done, that every house needs to be white, no matter what landscape or environment it is in. Or you can take the view that there are hints in the landscape—in the color of the soil, the color of the vegetation, the sky, where the light enters the house throughout the day—that should be reflected in the architecture in some way. If we are going to say that the house has to be well sited, how can we not include the color of the house? Not everyone agrees with me on this, but I think colors are an interesting part of how one sites a house. | Eck|MacNeely Architects, Boston, (617) 367-9696,


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Gil Walsh Interiors: A Case for Color By Gil Walsh Gil Walsh grew up with an artist mother and a grandfather who was an avid collector of gemstones, so it’s no wonder she has always been attuned to color. The designer, who keeps a home on Martha’s Vineyard, celebrates color in all its glory in her new book. The Walsh-designed homes showcased run the gamut of styles, but in every one of them, color stars. Sometimes it makes a bold statement: in a sleek living room, accents of luscious amethyst, orange, and green pop against pale walls and floors. Sometimes it whispers: the demure floral fabric in coral and cream on a chair and a duvet is the only hue—save the blue of sky and ocean out the window—in an otherwise white bedroom. And sometimes it’s flat-out fearless: an artist’s living room is a controlled riot with vermillion walls, a purple sofa, and sunshine-yellow accents. In every instance, the evidence is clear: color is at the heart of Walsh’s passion for great design. | $40, Gibbs Smith,


The House at Lobster Cove By Jane Goodrich The House at Lobster Cove is a novel, not a design book, but among its beautifully drawn characters is the house of the title. Kragsyde, a Shingle-style mansion, was designed by the renowned nineteenth-century architect Robert Swain Peabody for his friend George Nixon Black, and built in 1883 high above the ocean in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Kragsyde was recognized as a masterpiece of architecture but, sadly, it was demolished in 1929, just a year after Black’s

death. For Jane Goodrich, who had been fascinated by the house since seeing a photo of it when she was a teenager, discovering it had been razed was both a heartbreak and a catalyst. She and her builder husband decided to re-create Kragsyde to serve as their own Maine home. During their labor of love, Goodrich became equally fascinated with Kragsyde’s enigmatic owner. Her book is, as she puts it, “a fiction based on ten thousand facts.” It’s a family saga, a love story, and a history of nineteenth-century Boston, all rolled into a truly engaging whole. | $24.95, Applewood Books,


The Seaside House: Living on the Water By Nick Voulgaris III and Douglas Friedman Those of us lucky enough to have grown up on one of the coasts need not be persuaded that living as close to the water as possible is a worthy aspiration. If, however, we want to remind ourselves of just how fortunate we are, collaborators Nick Voulgaris III and Douglas Friedman offer just the thing. Writer Voulgaris and photographer Friedman celebrate residences overlooking the sea on both coasts and in the Caribbean. The twenty-one homes, including half a dozen in New England, prove there is no one formula for beautiful coastal design. The dwellings featured range from a charming Nantucket cottage to a stately Newport mansion, from Tommy Hilfiger’s “shagadelic and groovy” Miami home to Martha Stewart’s gracious estate in Seal Harbor, Maine. If you don’t happen to live by the water at the moment, don’t be surprised if this lovely book has you dreaming of your own seaside house. | $55, Rizzoli,

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1) Amy Dutton Home offers one-stop home design. 2) Contemporary and classic meet at Modern Relik. 3) Rosewater combines a cafe and shopping.


The Boston area has a fun new showroom for people who gravitate toward the contemporary but also love a well-chosen vintage or antique piece. Modern Relik, the brainchild of designer Meg Kimball, is a 5,000-square-foot showroom that offers furniture, lighting, carpeting, decorative accents, and more. Kimball displays her wares in a series of vignettes that show off her fearless, exuberant style and give customers a look at how the modern and the classic can work well together. The designer also offers some interior design services through the new store.  I  Waltham, Mass.,


If you were concerned about the closure of Amy Dutton’s retail shop, you can breathe easy again. The Maine designer has opened a new showroom with a fresh collection of wonderful materials for the home. Amy Dutton Home is a full-service, onestop design destination for homeowners. She’ll help clients develop architectural plans, select everything from cabinetry and flooring to furniture and accessories, and even create a landscape plan. Dutton has a raft of trusted industry professionals she can call on in her efforts to offer clients what she calls a Whole Home Process.  I  Kittery, Maine,


Sudbury Design Group’s Cape Cod office is on the move, relocating from Cataumet to Osterville. The clean-lined, contemporary new office sits right on Main Street, giving the landscape architec148  New England Home | May–June 2017

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ture firm better access to its many clients as well as to architects, builders, and other design professionals in the area. Principal Mike Coutu welcomes the opportunity for more connection with the community, noting that he hopes to get involved in the sorts of philanthropic efforts the company is known for at its Sudbury, Massachusetts, location. The three designers who work in the new office enjoy the bustle of being in town, too— not to mention having the famous Wimpy’s Seafood Cafe as a neighbor.  I  Sudbury and Osterville, Mass.,


The many boutiques and specialty stores lining the quaint streets of Edgartown make the Martha’s Vineyard town a special pleasure for shoppers. Of course, all that browsing and buying can work up an appetite, but who wants to take time away from the task at hand? Luckily, Rosewater solves the dilemma by satisfying both needs. Have a bite in the cafe, which specializes in breakfast, pastries, and sandwiches, then browse a collection of items for the home, from cookbooks to blankets to beach towels to tabletop and barware. Or pick up a little something from the likes of Farmhouse Pottery and Simon Pearce, then indulge in a cookie and a cup of tea.  I  Edgartown, Mass.,


Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Bulfinch Awards, from The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Now in its eighth year, the awards program recognizes work that contributes to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in New England. Those being honored in the residential category include the Boston interior design firm Carter & Company; Frank Shirley Architects, of Cambridge, Rosewater photo by Elizabeth Cecil

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Massachusetts; Boston’s LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects; Meyer & Meyer Architects, of Boston; and Telescopes of Vermont, which took home the craftsmanship/ artisanship award.  I  For a complete list of winners and photos of their projects, see


longtime architects to principal status. John Harden has been with the company for seven years and oversees many of the commercial, institutional, and academic projects. Tobin Shulman, a twelve-year veteran of the company, manages many of the firm’s residential projects. Founders Thad Siemasko and Jean Verbridge say that the promotions will enable the company to grow while maintaining its high level of service, which has always included direct access to the principals for all clients.  I  Beverly and Chatham, Mass.,


Barbara Elza Hirsch grew up in Europe and Washington, D.C., and has a background in both art and fashion. No surprise, then, that the new furniture collection from her Concord, Massachusetts, firm, Elza B. Design, reflects her rich and eclectic past. The Bois et Couleur (wood and color) Collection for Dowel Furniture is true to its name, influenced by natural elements such as flora, ocean, sun, and sky. The collection includes dining chairs, a lounge chair with ottoman, a trio of end tables, and a pair of versatile counter stools.  I



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It’s a growth spurt of sorts for the architectural firm of

Siemasko + Verbridge, with the promotion of two of its

Back in 1977, Andy and Rose Ann Boyajiian launched A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring. Four decades later, that mom-

and-pop shop has become one of the top flooring retailers in New England, boasting three Massachusetts showrooms. John and A.J., the second generation of Boyajiians, have taken over in recent years, and as they celebrate the firm’s fortieth anniversary, the sons are determined to carry on their parents’ original mission to offer the high-quality flooring products and the topnotch service that led to the company’s success.  I  Burlington, Natick, and Saugus, Mass.,  Barbara Elza Hirsch photo by Ben Gebo, John Harden photo by Eric Roth, Tobin Shulman photo by Alyse Gause

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Both new faces and longtime members of the New England Home family gathered at the Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design headquarters, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, to celebrate the launch of our March–April issue. A one-of-a-kind vibe was created with lighting design by Shadows and Light, floral decor by The World of Marc Hall, and catering by Revolution Catering. A silent-auction winner took home a custom art piece by Loki Custom Furniture, with proceeds going to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit devoted to fighting climate change.









| 1 + 6. Two of many floral focal points supplied by The World of Marc Hall | 2. Joe Bertola of Bertola Custom Homes and Marc Hall and Andrea Shaw of The World of Marc Hall | 3. Elizabeth Mearkle-Cumming of Loki Custom Furniture, Matthew Cunningham and Devin Hefferon of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, and Jamie Cumming of Loki Custom Furniture | 4. Kelly Rogers of Kelly Rogers Interiors and Paul and Lisa Bunis of Boston Stone Restoration | 5. The room was decorated and lit by David Balkema of Shadows and Light | 7. Adam Japko of Esteem Media, Bob Ernst of FBN Construction, and Treffle LaFleche of LDa Architecture & Interiors | 8. New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner, Bryan and Todd Skulsky of Perfection Fence, and Mike Coffin of Michael S. Coffin Landscape Construction | 9. Wayne Southworth of MWI Fiber Field, Bill Morton of Back Bay Shutter, Rob Henry of Audio Video Design, and Karl Ivester of New England Shutter Mills | 10. Lisa Fabiano of Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center with Sarah Lawson of S+H Construction | 11. Jen Stephens of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design and Eric Hill from brookes + hill

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The spring season was off and running with the grand opening of Modern Relik. The showroom’s concept marries the classic and the avant-garde in an unpretentious old warehouse space in Waltham, Massachusetts. Seen at the opening were folks in and around Boston who loved exploring Meg Kimball’s new venture. 2






Friends in the local design community gathered to help Merida celebrate the grand opening of its new showroom in the Boston Design Center, mingling over custom cocktails and enjoying a preview of the company’s latest mohair collection, Viamaris.





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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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1 1) Get a taste of spring at Art in Bloom, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 2) The Brimfield Antique Show features thousands of dealers offering vintage pieces and fine antiques. 3) This pretty quilt is just one from Jean Lovell’s large collection of historic quilts on display at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum.



Art in Bloom Through May 1 Celebrate spring with the 41st annual Art in Bloom at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The much-anticipated event features floral designs created by garden clubs and professional designers from across New England, inspired by the museum’s art collection. Nationally renowned floral designer and best-selling author Ariella Chezar will be a featured speaker, teaching master classes on creating dramatic arrangements. I 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; free with museum admission, classes are fee-based and require advance registration. (617) 267-9300, Pieced Traditions: Jean Lovell Collects Through October 31 Jean Lovell has shared and donated pieces of her comprehensive collection of historic quilts with the Shelburne Museum. Amassed over the span of three decades, the collection features quilts from some of the country’s most noted dealers. I The Shelburne Museum, (802) 985-3346, Shelburne, Vt., Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour May 6 Enjoy seeing some of the most beautiful homes in tony Wellesley, Massachusetts, during this annual self-guided tour. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door at any of the homes. I Visit the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club website for details. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Brimfield Antique Show May 10–12 Mark your calendars for the spring Brimfield Antique Show. Considered one of the best and biggest antique and flea markets in the country, this show features more than 6,000 dealers selling everything from vintage bric-a-brac to fine antiques. Show hours and admission vary depending on field and venue location. I Brimfield, Mass., 26th Annual Kitchen Tour May 13 The Music Hall’s 26th annual kitchen tour will feature

the Little Harbor neighborhood in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The tour showcases a wide range of design styles from coastal to historic. I 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets are available for pre-purchase for $25 for Music Hall members, $27 for nonmembers, and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets available by phone, (603) 436-2400, online at, or at the Music Hall box office, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, N.H. Living with Your Old House May 13 Owning a historic home is not for the fainthearted. Experts from Historic New England as well as other professionals will take a comprehensive look at living with an old house. Bring your photos and questions to the one-day workshop, and get answers to help you maintain and preserve your house. I 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., $20 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers. Tickets available by phone or online (802) 989-4723. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Vt., Spring Seedling Sale and Farmers’ Market May 13 Celebrate spring and get ready for the growing season at Casey Farm’s spring seedling sale. Rhode Island Certified Organic vegetable, fruit, and herb seedlings will be available for purchase. You will also be able to fill your basket with farmers’ market treats like baked goods, coffee, and other delicacies. I Saunderstown, R.I., 9 a.m.–3 p.m., free, (401) 295-1030, Trade Secrets May 13–14 Trade Secrets is back for its 17th year with a twoday event geared to gardening enthusiasts. Day one features a sale of rare plants and garden antiques at Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, Connecticut. Day two offers a tour featuring spectacular gardens in Cornwall, Falls Village, and nearby Ashley Falls, Massachusetts. Proceeds will go to Women’s Support Services of Northwest Connecticut. I Admission for plant sale: early buying, 8 a.m., $125 includes breakfast; regular buying, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $40; late bloomer, 1 p.m.–3 p.m., $25. Garden tour, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $75 advance purchase only,

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Garden Conservancy Open Days May 13–June 24 The Garden Conservancy’s mission is to preserve exceptional gardens across the United States so the public can enjoy and learn from them. Open Days, sponsored by the conservancy, gives people a chance to support the organization and see some of the country’s most beautiful private gardens. I There will be several Open Days throughout New England this spring, including: Martha’s Vineyard, May 13; Little Compton, R.I., May 20 and May 21; Norfolk County, Massachusetts, June 11; Nantucket, June 22; and Berkshire County, Massachusetts, June 24. For details and additional dates and locations, go to 87th Annual Beacon Hill Garden Tour May 18 The Beacon Hill Garden Club’s annual tour is the perfect chance to visit beautiful gardens while enjoying the historic neighborhood and the unique shops and restaurants on Boston’s Charles Street. I Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Beacon Hill Garden Club website for $45, $55 the day of the event, available at various stores on Beacon Hill or at information tables. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., (617) 227-4392, 35th Annual Newton House Tour May 21 Come take a peek at some of the most interesting private residences in Newton, Massachusetts. The tour features a wide variety of architectural and design styles. Proceeds will benefit the Newton Historical Society. I Tickets can be purchased in advance online, $35 general admission and $30 for Historic Newton members; tickets are $40 and $35, respectively, the day of the tour. Tickets on the day of the tour can be picked up at the Durant-Kenrick House. (617) 796-1463, ­

JUNE PVDFest June 1–4 The city of Providence, Rhode Island, hosts a four-day celebration of the arts. Live music, dance, food, and visual art

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1) PVDFest is a four-day celebration of the arts in Rhode Island’s capital city, Providence. 2) Nantucket’s annual Plein Air festival draws painters and art lovers alike.

installations transform the city in a multi-arts takeover of parks, and outdoor stages. I Visit for event details. Concord Museum Garden Tour June 2–3 Attendees of this 28th annual event are sure to be inspired to create their own outdoor oasis by visiting some of the most beautiful gardens in Concord, Massachusetts. Tickets for the self-guided tour can be purchased online in advance, or on tour days at the Concord Museum.  I $35 Concord Museum members, $40 nonmembers. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., (978) 369-9763, Providence Preservation Society’s Annual Festival of Historic Houses June 2–3 Celebrate the Providence Preservation Society’s 60th year by joining the group for its annual historic house tour. The tour explores the homes of Providence’s Upper Elmwood Historic District, and gives visitors access to houses and gardens. The tour is scheduled in conjunction with PVDFest. I 10 a.m.–4 p.m., (401) 831-7440, for details and to buy tickets, see Plein Air Nantucket June 13–18 The Artists Association of Nantucket will host its fifth annual Plein Air festival, open to outdoor painters who would like to capture the beauty of the island. The six-day event will culminate in an exhibition of the art and the presentation of the Frank Swift Chase Awards on June 18, at 6 p.m. at the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery. I Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-0722, Evening at Gropius House June 16 Walter Gropius’s Lincoln, Massachusetts,

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home comes to life in the evening, when the architect’s innovative lighting plan can be appreciated. Tour the home and enjoy a slideshow and light refreshments. I $30 Historic New England members, $40 nonmembers. 7 p.m.–9 p.m., (781) 259-8098, Exploring Beauport Room by Room June 16 Explore the beautiful summer home of early twentieth-century interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper at this special tour that provides access to rooms rarely seen. Marvel at his use of light and color, and explore Sleeper’s exemplary collections of furniture, glass, ceramics, and textiles. I Gloucester, Mass., $15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., (978) 283-0800,

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Newport Spring Secret Garden Tours June 16–18 Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of some of Newport, Rhode Island’ss most prestigious properties. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Aquidneck Island public schools. I Tickets $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., (401) 439-7253, Newport Flower Show Fête des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres June 23–25 This year’s show features the beauty and influence of France in garden design. Several social events surround the show, including a festive opening-night party on Friday, and a Sunday Champagne and jazz brunch. I Admission for the show is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Tickets for the keynote lectures and social events can be purchased on the Newport Mansions website. Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, R.I., (401) 847-1000,


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The Annual OIA Garden Tour June 24 The Orleans Improvement Association holds its annual Garden Tour, “Along the Garden Path,” featuring six wonderful local gardens. Plein air painters and master gardeners will be present at many of the gardens. A drawing for a free design consultation will be held along with after-tour receptions at local galleries from 4 p.m.–6 p.m., where you can sip wine and meet the artists. I 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 the day of the tour. Tickets will be on sale the day of the tour at the Nauset Regional Middle School Greenhouse, 70 Route 28, Orleans,  EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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2. Enlightened A lovely tangle of brass and glass, the Visual Comfort Bistro chandelier casts a soft glow along with a bit of drama. | Fogg Lighting, Portland, Maine, 3. Artful Hand Nothing gives a home character like a well-curated art collection. Add to yours with Galileo Cream by Catherine Lisle, a limited-edition hand-dyed African mud cloth with a gold-leaf overlay. | Robin Gannon Interiors & Home, Lexington, Mass.,

4. Glamour from Down Under The Sydney bar cabinet, part of the Florence Broadhurst collection by Selamat Designs, reflects the eccentric and charismatic personality of the notorious Australian designer who inspired the collection.  | Modern Relik, Waltham, Mass., 5. Rock and Roll The Roxanne rocker will have you rethinking this old-fashioned staple with its clean lines, Lucite base, and oh-so-comfy feel. | Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Boston, Burlington, and Natick, Mass.,

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1. Kaleidoscope Bring a blast of color into the kitchen with Grohe’s Essence Semi-Pro faucet, which comes in a rainbow of bright hues.  | Frank Webb’s Bath Center, various New England locations, 2. Warm Welcome The latest additions to the brimming shelves of MacKimmie Company are these luxurious blankets and throws sourced from the world’s finest mills, heritage companies, and emerging designers. | Lenox, Mass., 3. Color Afoot Lay a joyful foundation to any room with these colorful flat-weave wool kilims from Gregorian Rugs, custom made to your size and color preferences. | Newton Lower Falls, Mass.,

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Iconic Back Bay penthouse duplex with stunning views, 6+ bedrooms, 6 full baths, elegant spaces, elevator, parquet floors, and 3 parking spaces. Separate au pair suite. $10,495,000

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NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS Grand Georgian Mansion on 3 acres of gardens, reimagined carriage house housing a music performance space State-of-the-art systems, 8 bedrooms and a 3000 bottle wine cellar. $4,100,000

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BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Majestic 6,600+ sq. ft. home with spectacular carved wood detail, stained glass, 7 bedrooms, state-of-the-art kitchen, rooftop green garden patio and 60 ft. stone terrace. $3,699,000

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MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Beautifully renovated home on desirable Fluen Point with unobstructed ocean views, 4-5 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, pool, wraparound deck, plus association dock and beach. $3,399,000

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Duly Noted: The Dark Harbor House had its fifteen minutes of fame while it was being used as an inn. Its old-world charm caught the attention of veteran journalist Charles Kuralt, who featured it on his “On the Road” segment, which he produced for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. Contact: Joseph and Terry Sortwell, LandVest, Camden, Maine, (207) 236-3543, Ref.#: ME1347

In-Town Charmer

This Nantucket property offers the best of both worlds—and then some. It’s in town (it sits up on a knoll steps away from Main Street) on a compact lot, but with a truly private backyard. It has all the charm of an antique home, but it’s a convincing reproduction with every modern amenity; it was built in 1996 and completely renovated by its second owners in 2008. The open plan is family-friendly, but there are also spaces to get away to, making the house both amenable to entertaining and intimate when the guests are gone. Sited eight feet above street level, with a pleasing symmetrical facade framed by lush landscaping, it has a grand appearance, with all the cachet of a whaling captain’s house. A roof walk above offers lovely harbor views. Four well-planned floors promise gracious living at every turn. By the numbers, there are five bedrooms, four full and two half ROOMS: 11 baths, five working fireplaces, and three 5 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS off-street parking spaces. The formal 2 HALF BATHS entry opens onto two parlors, while the 7,286 SQ. FT. casual great room has double French $7,850,000 doors leading to the patio, gardens, and pool area. You’ll see double in the kitchen, which is fitted with an additional prep area and second sink, and a pantry with a second refrigerator. There’s also an en suite guest room on the first floor. A large family room with custom bookshelves and cabinetry takes center stage on the second floor, along with a master suite. On the top floor, a study with a fireplace offers spectacular harbor views; there’s also a bedroom with private bath—and a ship’s ladder to the roof walk. At present, the basement is essentially a large finished room with wood floors and

mirrored walls (former owners used it as a dance studio), but it can be reconfigured into anything you like. Duly Noted: It’s quite rare to have a private intown pool in Nantucket because there is an ordinance against them. Listing agent Gary Winn explains, “This is a historic town and, historically, the people who lived here didn’t have them.” Luckily, the pool in this home’s lovely backyard was grandfathered in, so it can stay. Contact: Gary Winn, Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-1881, Property ID: 82449

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The clients wanted something inherently modern, yet warm. The site: a virgin parcel of forty-five-plus acres on a steep mountainside sheltered by Bull Mountain to the north, in Kent, Connecticut. The architects: Tomas Rossant of Ennead Architects and John C. Allee of Allee Design—both known for sustainable and environmentally sensitive designs. The AIA award-winning home has been described as serene, sophisticated, laid-back, livable, and intimately connected to the outdoors. An L-shaped design creates a natural outdoor room with access from most of the first floor. Sliding glass window walls abound, maximizing natural light. It’s a modern home that’s cleanROOMS: 8 lined in every way—but it’s not aloof. 4 BEDROOMS 5 FULL BATHS Natural materials, deep finishes, and 1 HALF BATH wood details throughout make it warm 4,622 SQ. FT. and welcoming. It’s not vast; at 4,622 3,695,000 square feet, it has a sensible floor plan that allows for effortless traffic patterns and no wasted space. There are four bedrooms, five full baths and one half bath, a first floor master suite, a library/office with a private entrance, and a kitchen designed for serious cooking. A spacious screened porch opens onto a dining terrace. Duly Noted: The exterior is western red cedar and teak, with a standing-seam copper roof. Interestingly, the home is built on a slate stone plinth just eight inches over grade. And while the roof matches that footprint, the house pulls back at various places to create covered porches. Contact: Judy Perkins, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Kent, Conn., (860) 927-7726, ­ MLS#: L10141469

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Boston, San Francisco, and New York City, (415) 971-2219, Page 54: Sofa designed by Steven Favreau, with Robert Allen fabric,; coffee table/ ottoman designed by Steven Favreau; ceiling light fixtures from Ikea, Page 56: Table and chairs from Modway Furniture,; sideboard from Ikea. Page 59: Stools from Home Goods, Page 60: Bed from Modway Furniture; lamps from Circa Lighting,; fur throw from Robert Allen.

Page 91: Drapery fabric from Pindler & Pindler,; area rug from Stark,; lounge chairs from Montauk Sofa,; pendant lamp from Currey & Company,; pillow fabrics from Randolph & Hein,; stools from Roost, Pages 92–93: Olympian White Danby marble countertops from Marble and Granite, marbleandgranite. com; stove from Wolf,; range hood fabricated by Metalmorfis,; Great Plains window seat fabric by Holly Hunt; pillow fabric from Raoul Textiles,, through Boston Furniture Design, bostonfurnituredesign. com; curtains in Pindler & Pindler fabric created by Finelines,; small table from West Elm,; dining area light fixture by Iacoli McAllister,; area rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets,; sofa fabric from Glant,; side chairs from Donghia,; family room lounge chairs from Jalan Jalan,; area rug from Stark; side tables from Four Hands,; custom sectional from Boston Furniture Design; Lind cowhide cocktail table/ottoman from Room & Board,; Books artwork from Walker Zabriskie, Page 94: Roman shade by Finelines, with fabric from Cowtan & Tout, Page 95: Drapery fabric by Arabel Fabrics,; headboard and chaise from Connors Design with Great Plains fabric by Holly Hunt; benches from Myra Hoefer Design,; bed pillow fabric from Schumacher,; lamps from Grand Rapids Furniture,

NOVEL UNDERTAKING PAGES 86–95 Architect: Mark Cutone, BPC Architecture, Nantucket, Mass., (508) 228-2722, Interior designers: Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy, Gauthier-Stacy, Boston, (617) 422-0001, Landscape architect: Sean Papich, Sean Papich Landscape Architecture, Hingham, Mass., (781) 741-5455, Pages 88–89: Sofa by Saladino,, with Larsen fabric,; artwork by Jacques Clauzel,; table lamps from Trans-LUXE,; fray lounge chair from Connors Design,; Great Plains window treatment fabric by Holly Hunt,; living room sconces from Vicente Wolf,; white sofa from Connors Design; toss pillow fabrics from Clarence House,; hallway sconce from Shop Candelabra, Page 90: Vanity from Ebanista,; sconces from Y Lighting,; pendant from Bradley,; wallcovering by Maya Romanoff,; office drapery fabric from Pollack Associates,; desk by Julian Chichester,; chair from Bradley.

SOFT TOUCH PAGES 96–105 Architects: James Skelton and Stephen Judge, Judge Skelton Smith Architects, Boston, (617) 227-9062; Interior designer: Helen Higgins, Helen P. Higgins Interiors, Boston, (617) 723-0321 Builder: Jim McClutchy, Performance Building, Chelmsford, Mass., (978) 937-7900, Garden designer: Helen Higgins, Helen P. Higgins Interiors Landscaping contractor: Lewis Anderson and Jared McMurray, Cotuit Landscaping, Cotuit, Mass., (508) 428-9222 Hardscaping/stonework: Kevin Baker Stonework, Barrington, R.I., (40) 245-9282, Custom hardware: Atlantic Fixtures, Northborough, Mass., (508) 393-3203, Decorative painter: Andrea Kane, Dudley, Mass., (508) 868-7110 Upholstery workroom: Decore Upholstering

Company, Chelsea, Mass., (617) 542-1180, Solar photovoltaic and solar thermal installations:

Clean Energy Design, Osterville, Mass., (508) 563-6990, Geothermal heating and AC: RJ Franey Mechanical Services, Mashpee, Mass., (508) 539-8668; Page 98: Exterior lanterns from Charles Edwards,; Strong White wall color in entry hall from Farrow & Ball,; staircase by Jed Dixon, North Road Woodshop, Foster, R.I., (401) 647-5773; powder room wallpaper by de Gournay,; sink, hardware, and sconces from Urban Archaeology, urbanarchae; custom sconce shades from Blanche P. Field,; Midnight Oil trim paint from Benjamin Moore, Page 99: Louis XIII fireside wing chairs and ottoman from Dennis & Leen,; Casablanca Cloud fabric on chairs by de Le Cuona, delecuona. com; ottoman fabric by Jerry Pair,; carpet from Steven King Decorative Carpets, Pages 100–101: Glass bell jar lanterns and custom Fontainbleau chandelier from Formations,; Belgian bluestone floor from Tile Showcase,; Strong White wall color from Benjamin Moore; Bone trim paint by Farrow & Ball; curtain rods from Atlantic Fixtures Custom,; embroidered curtain fabric from Chelsea Textiles,; Sven side chairs from Dessin Fournir,; chair fabric from Jerry Pair. Page 102: Carpet from Stark,; Clunch trim paint and French Gray wall paint from Farrow & Ball. Page 103: Family room carpet from Stark; Baldacchino coffee table and Saint Germain armchair from Formations; Louis XIII side chairs from Dennis & Leen with fabric by Dessin Fournir through the Martin Group,; Demijohn lamp from Icon Group, Boston Design Center, (617) 4280655, with shade by Blanche P. Field; Pointing wall paint and Light Gray trim paint from Farrow & Ball; master bath sconces from Waterworks, waterworks. com; floor mosaic from Tile Showcase; White Dove trim paint and Intense White wall paint from ­Benjamin Moore. Pages 104–105: Bird bath and lead planters from New England Garden Ornaments,; outdoor furniture by JANUS et Cie,

STELLAR TRANSFORMATION PAGES 106–115 Architectural designer: Milford Cushman, Cushman Design Group, Stowe, Vt., (802) 253-2169, Project manager: Chad Forcier, Cushman Design Group Builder/millwork: Travis Cutler, Donald P. Blake Jr., Morrisville, Vt., (802) 888-3629,

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A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring 153 Adolfo Perez Architect inside front cover AEDI Construction 168 Audio Video Design 169 Authentic Designs 189 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc. 53 Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling 80 Boston Stone Restoration 81 Botello Home Center 186 Bradford’s Rug Gallery 190 Brookes + Hill Custom Builders 171 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc. 23 California Closets 70–71 Catamount Builders 141 Cathy Kert Interiors 164 Chip Webster Architecture 187 Clarke Distributors 157 Coldwell Banker Previews International 178–180 Colony Rug Company, Inc. 166 Concord Museum 191 The Converse Company Realtors 181 Cosentino N.A. 159 Cottage & Bungalow 173 Crown Point Cabinetry 29 Cumar, Inc. 143 The Cushman Design Group 188 Cypress Design 169 Daher Interior Design 1 Davis Frame Company 185

Marvin Windows and Doors 25 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC 49 McLaughlin Upholstering Company, Inc. 149 McPhee Associates 181 Merida 39 MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects 55 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 57 Moniques Bath Showroom 145 Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty 175 MWI Fiber-Shield 46 Newton Kitchens & Design 43 Ogunquit Playhouse 191 Paragon Landscape Construction 66 Parterre Garden Services 150 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC 17 Pellettieri Associates, Inc. 85 Perfection Fence 183 Platemark Design 136 Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders 45 Providence Preservation Society 186 R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc. 137 RFD Architects 30 Roche Bobois 4–5 Room & Board inside back cover Roomscapes Luxury Design Center 83 S+H Construction 20 Salem Plumbing Supply Designer Bath 47 Sea–Dar Construction 151 Sewfine 167 Shope Reno Wharton 165

Design Group 47 18

Somerset Home 168

Design No. Five 189

Splash Kitchen and Bath Showroom 188

Dover Rug & Home 35

Studio A Design 68

Downsview Kitchens 36

Sudbury Design Group, Inc. 10–11

Dream Kitchens 160

TMS Architects 6–7

Elms Interior Design 8–9

Take a Seat 161

Falcetti Pianos 67

Triad Associates, Inc. 155

FBN Construction Co., LLC back cover

Tyler & Sash 138

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting 72–73

Ugol Woodworks, LLC 158

Frank Webb’s Bath Center 61

Unilock 152

Garage Headquarters 144

Vu Design 171

Gregory Lombardi Design 63

Walpole Outdoors 187

The Hambelton Company 183

Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration 31

Hampden Design+Construction 52

Whitewood Millwork 164

Herrick & White Architectural Millwork 12–13

Wickham Hardwood Flooring 84

Hutker Architects 24

Wolfers 166

Ivy Studio 82

Woodmeister Master Builders 33

J Barrett & Company Real Estate 176–177

Youngblood Builders, Inc. 41

Jamestown LP/Boston Design Center 27

ZEN Associates, Inc. 58–59

Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings 32 Jennifer Palumbo, Inc. 16 Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio 173 JW Construction, Inc. 147 K. Powers & Co. 51 Kenneth Vona Construction, Inc. 2–3 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc. 60 297 Forest Avenue Portland, ME p: 207.772.3843 | f: 207.773.2849

LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc. 14–15 Louis W. Mian, Inc. 185

Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc. 74–75 Kitchen Views at National Lumber 163 Kristen Rivoli Interior Design 76–77 Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting 78–79 LDa Architecture & Interiors 34

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a garden tour

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28th Annual Garden Tour organized by the Guild of Volunteers of the Concord Museum Explore six private gardens in historic Concord

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Sketch Pad

Design Ideas in the Making

you deal with something that’s modern, it’s • When all about the fine details. The simpler the form, the more

your eye focuses on any flaw. In the case of this cube chair we made for architect Annabelle Selldorf in New York City, the bright, hand-silkscreened Raoul fabric showcases the simplicity of the design and adds the embellishment that makes it pop. The repeats are so perfectly matched that it’s almost like a 3-D piece of artwork. Our process is simple: our client sends a drawing, including measurements if we’re lucky, or sometimes a reference photo. Then we talk on the phone to get a sense of how the designer wants it to look and feel. Next, we create a prototype, framed just like the finished piece, but covered in muslin rather than the final fabric. This gets sent for a tryout—but really, once we get to this point it’s usually a done deal. Today a lot of things are generic: everyone can have a sofa from Crate & Barrel. But certain people want something more unusual, made just for them, that reflects their personality and how they like to live. A chair like this one is a little jewel that can be cherished forever. And the way we make it, it will last forever.  | Kevin McLaughlin, McLaughlin Upholstering Company, Everett, Mass., (617) 389-0761,

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Portica table, $599; Mini chairs, $199 each. 375 Newbury Street, Boston

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Eric Roth

Spring is finally here… It’s time for a project you will really enjoy!

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If you dream it; we can build it, and we do so in a very special way. Contact us to find out how. #FBNBuilt

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