New England Home May - June 2018

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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Designs That Delight

The best of New England living, from the city to the shore

May–June 2018

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In This Issue

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A classic, somewhat grand exterior masks the understated interior of a Maine home built to enfold its inhabitants in contentment and ease. Text by Debra Judge Silber I Photography by Jeffrey R. Roberts


From three-story duplex unit to five-story family home, a down-to-the-studs renovation returns an old Boston brownstone to its singular splendor. Text by Fred Albert I Photography by Laura Moss Produced by Kyle Hoepner


Shimmer, sparkle, and shine add City-of-Lights glamour to a carriage house-turned-condo on Boston’s North Shore. Text by Susan Kleinman I Photography by Eric Roth  Produced by Kyle Hoepner


The top-to-bottom, outside-to-in renovation gets a coastal Rhode Island home ready for generations of family fun. Text by Megan Fulweiler I Photography by Nat Rea Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent



ON THE COVER: Architect Arthur C. Hanlon, interior designer Sharon Cameron Lawn, and landscape architect Katherine Field joined forces to create this charmer on the Rhode Island coast. Photograph by Nat Rea. To see more of this home, turn to page 116.

Area design professionals weigh in on the waxing, the waning, and the perennially popular in architecture and decorating trends in New England. Edited Kyle Hoepner May–June 2018 | New England Home  19

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In This Issue

139 Perspectives

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Ideas for a beautiful brunch table; the season’s new must-read design books; architect Gary Johnson on the residential renaissance of New England’s cities; hands-on versus online shopping—both are great options for buying fine art and crafts by Rhode Island School of Design alumni.

150 Calendar

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

154 Trade Notes

Noteworthy happenings in the New England design business.


By Paula M. Bodah

158 Design Life

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

166 New In The Showrooms 26 From the Editor 37 Elements: Something Wicker This Way Comes Woven-fiber furnishings are an on-trend style statement—just as they have been since time immemorial. Edited by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

48 Artistry: Flights of Fantasy

Boston-based artist Youjin Moon’s imaginative paintings, drawings, and videos invite exploration of a realm somewhere between reality and a dream world.


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54 Good Bones: Three-Part Harmony

A virtuoso performance by the design team brings a midcentury-modern home from “unique” to uniquely suited to its owners.

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

173 Premier Properties

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

180 Resources

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

183 Advertiser Index 184 Sketch Pad

With a little imagination and a unique sense of style, floral designer Marc Hall makes an indoor winter event feel like a summer garden party.

Text by Lisa H. Speidel I Photography by Greg Premru

62 Metropolitan Life: A Home of Her Own


The interior of a high-rise Boston condominium with dramatic views is suffused with glamour, elegance, and a touch of femininity. Text by Lisa H. Speidel I Photography by Michael J. Lee


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Editor’s Letter

Finding That Elusive Theme


arlier today, as we were in the final stages of sending this magazine to press, I took part in a panel discussion hosted by Los Angeles designer Mark Brunetz (whom you may remember from his TV days as a co-host for Clean House on the Style Network) at Boston’s Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting showroom. The session brought together editors from five home design publications in the area to address a roomful of local trade professionals on how best to connect with the media. The five of us had very similar, and usually complementary, things to say about most of the questions that were raised. But on one topic I was distinctly the odd man out (well, technically I was the odd man out from start to finish, given that the other four editors were female, but you know what I mean). That topic was themed issues, which are a staple of magazines everywhere—the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a notorious example that will probably pop into your mind immediately; less controversially, you might think of the periodic “designers’ own homes” or the

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“before and after” issues produced by Architectural Digest—and we don’t do them. When we first started New England Home, we tried dutifully to follow standard practice with themed issues of our own. But we soon became disenchanted with the results. It often felt as if we were throwing together houses and designs that didn’t really coexist comfortably, simply in order to fit the necessary criteria. Or, alternatively, we were having to ignore or delay other wonderful projects because they couldn’t be squeezed into the right mold. As a result, our content is now assembled in much the same way a chef might concoct a tasting menu for her restaurant. We start by hunting up the best ingredients to be found in the market, and then see what can be made from them. Just as you wouldn’t want a succession of toosimilar dishes for your evening repast, we take care that the homes and resources we’re matching up have a pleasing amount of variety; just as you also wouldn’t enjoy too great a cacophony of clashing tastes in a meal, we work to find visual treats that, even though diverse, have some affinity that lets them be served up deliciously together, from architectural appetizer through designer dessert. At that point a theme will sometimes emerge naturally, of its own accord. Looking over the editorial lineup for each issue, in order to tease out any thread that may tie together the stories we have gathered, is something I typically do in preparation for writing this editor’s note and to help in finding the words that go on our cover. But for some issues, like the one you’re reading now, even though I can sense what seems like an underlying harmony, I can’t quite force it into words. And that’s okay. I think you’ll feel it, all the same. —Kyle Hoepner

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Our editors and a fascinating lineup of guest blog­gers share beautiful photography, design ideas, and advice every week on the New England Home Design Blog. The site also features ongoing content updates, where you’ll encounter house tours, interviews and commentary, before-and-after stories, and other special items for lovers of great home design.

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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 ­

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Something Wicker This Way Comes

Wicker—furnishings woven from fibers like rattan, cane, willow, rope, and raffia—lends a handcrafted, free-spirited vibe to interiors. It has a long, rich history that stretches back to ancient Egypt; among the thousands of objects found in the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun was furniture embellished with wicker work. Seventeenth-century northern Europeans used wicker for cribs, bassinets, and nursing chairs, deeming it more comfortable than wood

and more hygienic than upholstery. Nineteenth-century Victorians loved it for the curls and curlicues the fiber’s pliability allows. Early and midcentury modernists like Mies Van der Rohe, Josef Hoffmann, and Poul Kjærholm embraced it to create pieces that are still highly coveted. Today, wicker is once again up to the minute, style-wise, and its manifestations are as varied, sprawling, and resonant as its history.


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From its sensuous curved cane back and scrolled arms to its turned and tapered legs, this Regency-period recamier is a showstopper. $3,800.  | David Neligan Antiques, Essex, Mass.,



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6 1. Originally designed in 1925 by Josef Hoffman in collaboration with Josef Frank, the Hoffman side chair, shown here in natural. $395. | Design Within Reach, Cambridge, Mass., 2. Basket club chair from Kettal (cushion available in other fabrics). $3,438. | Casa Design Outdoor, Boston, 3. Sag Harbor lounge chair from Sutherland Furniture. | Studio 534, Boston,

4. Late-Regency mahogany and cane bergère. $7,800/pair. | David Neligan Antiques, 5. Bodega lounge chair and ottoman. $840. | Modern Relik, 6. The Andros rope chair, crafted of beech and abaca. $895. | Williams Sonoma Home, Natick, Lynnfield, and Mashpee, Mass.,

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Something Wicker This Way Comes 1. The seagrass Market pendant is inspired by global marketplace baskets. $199.  | RH Baby & Child, Boston,


2. Woven seagrass complements the modern, clean lines of the Sorrento bed. $1,495–$1,695. | Williams Sonoma Home,





Whether you’re packing a lunch, going for a bike ride, or on an organizing spree, there’s a woven basket for every occasion.

3. Handwoven jute basket, shown in natural. $129–$225, depending on size. | Restoration Hardware, locations throughout New England, 4. Original Large Bicycle Basket, $59, and, 5. Classiest All Purpose Basket, $109. | Peterboro Basket Company, Peterborough, N.H.,


6. The woven Tonal basket has rattan handles and rim. $175–$195, depending on size. | Williams Sonoma Home,

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Palmae Recently, when the cane seat of an antique chair showed signs of impending failure, the Katzes made an appointment at their go-to wicker repair spot, Wellfleet Chair Caning, where artisan Donna Rickman carries on her great grandmother’s tradition of seat weaving. | Wellfleet, Mass.,

2. The Artesia honey rattan charger is woven in the traditional hapao pattern of the Philippine island of Luzon. $12.95.  | Crate & Barrel, 3. With a nod to British Colonial furniture, the Pari rattan daybed is a perfect addition to the living room, the sun porch, or just about any spot where an occasional nap is in order. $998. | Anthropologie, locations throughout New England, 4. Drawing inspiration from textile traditions throughout the world, the Larsen collection of fabrics and wallcoverings uses both modern and traditional weaving techniques. | Cowtan & Tout, Boston,

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Flights of Fantasy

Boston-based artist Youjin Moon’s imaginative paintings, drawings, and videos invite exploration of a realm somewhere between reality and a dream world.

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the futurists. No one is immune. Not so fast, insist philosophers of art and design. They have long held that practitioners have something even the cleverest AI robot won’t be able to hack: an imagination. Youjin Moon’s imagination is a case in point. It flies, burrows, swims—even keyboards—to that realm beyond the senses, reemerging with images that we all can see. In paintings, collages, and videos, those images tell stories of the cosmic to the microcosmic, the biological to the industrial, the solid to the liquid to the gaseous, to gold, black, magenta, frozen white, to birth and rebirth. Such layering and juxtaposition sets us on paths to our own truth. Moon was born between sea and mountains bordering South Korea’s second largest city, Busan, in 1985. From elite grammar and secondary schools dedicated to the arts, she went on to earn a degree in oriental painting at Hongik University in Seoul, and two master’s degrees at the Massachusetts College

of Art and Design, one in painting and another in film and video. The copious imagination manifested in her painting, drawing, and video has attracted a growing following in shows from Argentina to New York to Czechoslovakia, as well as her adopted

ABOVE: Two works from the Drift series (2014), collage on paper, each 17"H × 14"W. BELOW: Ascending (2013), collage and oil on canvas, 36"H × 48"W.

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Artistry BELOW: Light Rhythm (2013), handmade slide.

RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: Still images from Ganymede video (2016), Europa video (2015), and Callisto video (2014). BOTTOM: Landscape (2014), Art on the Marquee installation, Boston Convention Center, 80’H x 24’W. FACING PAGE: Untitled (2017), charcoal and pastel on paper, 17”H × 14”W.

“IF ZERO IS REALISTIC AND TEN IS FICTIONAL, I WANT TO EXPLORE FOUR, FIVE, SIX,” SAYS YOUJIN MOON. hometown of Boston. Her ability to create images out of what is not seen and to make them into dream-like narratives awakens the imagination of the viewer to equally dream-like images and narratives of their own. “If zero is realistic and ten is fictional, I want to explore four, five, six,” says Moon in her carpeted studio, close by MassArt. “And while exploring, framing entrance points into my work that are controlled and yet spontaneous at the same time, offering others those adventures in percep-

tion, just as one unrolls an Asian scroll.” A work table displays a collage in progress of organic shapes, snips of her own film footage, and her calligraphy glued to rice paper. A falling sun hangs on a honey-colored slope. An eclipse shrouds the moiré screen descending along this slope, far right. One yearns to follow down, see what’s what in those darkened valleys, but also draws back, afraid. Named after the solar system’s largest moon, Ganymede is a still on Moon’s studio wall, taken from one of her three videos exhibited at the DeCordova’s 2016 Biennial. The images are personal as well as cosmic, a story of eclipsed happiness, the sliding off its very edge into the unknown. For why leave a sunny slope for a featureless penumbra? The moiré pattern of the screen, its flat, metallic flavor, its rude diagonal slash along Ganymede’s gold-limned circumference provokes that journey to see what’s below and behind, a journey that takes us through

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Moon’s fourth, fifth, and sixth points between reality and fiction. In this particular realm, Moon moves easily between media. In an untitled oil painting, a materialization direct from Moon’s imagination, a crouching, silvery dancer on a moonlit night floats above a spiraling chasm, its extended foot touching a black chiseled wall seen from above. Meanwhile, a smaller shadowy figure inside the chasm ascends to a tilted, nightmarish cliff house. Will the benignly pinkish, helmeted figures in the left margin come to the rescue, or do they share the same fate as the silver dancer and the shadowy figure, being all one in the same? In another still, this one from a 2015 video entitled Europa after Jupiter’s icy

moon, one imagines looking through a New England window in winter where frozen striations reveal a thicket of bare branches. Somehow the branches and striations seem intimately connected, and yet how?—they are really quite different in pattern, color, and texture. “I see interconnections wherever I go, though I’m not really looking for them,” Moon says. “I make those connections apparent in my work in a way that’s spontaneous and at the same time highly controlled. No connection is purely random.” One can only wonder what unseen connection she will make next and how her powers of imagination will bring it to life, gifting the rest of us. AI robots take note.  EDITOR’S NOTE: To see more of Youjin Moon’s work, visit

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A virtuoso performance by the design team brings a midcenturymodern home from “unique” to uniquely suited to its owners. family of five had been searching for • The a house in Hingham for three years, looking

for something unique, when a midcentury-modern ranch hit the market. “I fell in love with the property,” remembers the wife, “and I figured the house could be fixed.” As for selling her husband on the home, which admittedly needed some work, the distant water views did the trick. Originally built for the Talbot family (of clothing store renown) in 1949 by Boston-based architect Robert Woods Kennedy (he famously redesigned Julia Child’s kitchen), the house had undergone three additions. All the tinkering over the years resulted in a home that lacked any kind of cohesion. But it definitely fit the “unique” bill. The family moved in, eager to live in the space before embarking on a major renovation and also

buying themselves time to find the right architect. That piece of the puzzle fell into place while visiting friends who had worked with Boston-based LDa Architecture & Interiors. “They understood modern in the style of modern we wanted—warm, inviting, not clinical,” the wife says about the LDa team. Principals Kyle Sheffield and Douglas Dick relished the challenge. “The bones were great,” Sheffield says, “but it needed a complete reprogramming; we had to stitch the house back together.” From his perspective, there were three primary issues: the existing layout put private and public spaces in awkward relationship to each other; the various parts of the house needed a more natural connectivity; and

ABOVE: Architect Kyle Sheffield cleverly re-imagined the front courtyard and created two entryways—a complicated task given the existing pool in the front yard. BELOW: The front double doors were made in Louisiana from reclaimed cypress, a nod to the wife’s family who has a farm there.

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furnishings and shiplap cabinetry are in keeping with the architecture of the house. The stairwell from the family room to the ground floor also incorporates shiplap paneling. Tabu’s Zebrano veneer on the base of the kitchen island and the lower cabinetry contrasts nicely with the gray-and-white palette. Three steps lead down to the master bedroom in the parents’ private wing.

functionality had to be improved to accommodate the family. Sheffield worked primarily within the existing footprint; the only addition to the first floor is an entrance gallery, which serves the dual purpose of showcasing the owners’ art collection and shepherding guests through a more formal entry and between the public and private spaces in the house. The gallery leads to the glass-front living room, which occupies the same space as the original. From there, Sheffield rejiggered the layout. Turn right for the open-concept dining area and kitchen. A left takes you to the mudroom (which doubles as the family’s entrance), a guest suite, office, and laundry room. A little further down, a private wing is dedicated to the master suite, master bath, and dressing closet. Sheffield incorporated two second-story additions to give the kids their own space. Above the kitchen sits a family room with pretty water views, while three bedrooms, a bath, and a study nook perch over the guest/mudroom area.

Given the sprawling nature of the house, certain vantage points offer a view through the outdoors and into another area of the house, making it critical to have a cohesive architectural language both inside and out, says Sheffield. He used the original v-groove siding as a cue, adding swaths of horizontal western red cedar. Inside, shiplap paneling strategically placed here and there, including in the living room, kitchen, and master bath, smartly plays off the exterior. Moving and enlarging windows created a further architectural statement while helping merge outdoors and in. “Midcentury homes rely on large

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RIGHT: Large windows frame a soaking tub in the spa-like master bath, letting the outdoors in. The living and dining rooms open on to a covered porch (and an adjacent dining area), perfect for warmweather entertaining. FACING PAGE: Sheffield added two secondstory additions to the sprawling midcentury modern ranch; upstairs on the left is the family room, and to the right is the kids’ sleeping and studying quarters.

windows as part of their design because there is very little architectural detail,” points out Sheffield. Visible from those windows is a stunning landscape executed by Parterre Garden Services that keeps with the overall aesthetic of the project. “I wanted Olmsted-esque but modern,” says the wife.

The contemporary interior was a group effort. The homeowner enlisted an old friend, Susan ­Collins Weir, who runs an interior design firm in San Francisco, to help with furnishings, decorative light fixtures, and decor, while Sheffield designed the millwork (executed by Tradern Fine Woodworking, a

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A Home of Her Own

The interior of a high-rise Boston condominium with dramatic views is suffused with glamour, elegance, and a touch of femininity. ABOVE, LEFT TO

RIGHT: In the foyer,

designer Dee Elms chose a chandelier with smoked globes and polished nickel stems to complement the custom steel and glass doors that lead to the den. A bench-seat sofa with a flared arm provides visual interest and a comfortable perch in the living room.

who made the game-winning inter• Forget ception, or who brought the killer seven-layer

dip, or which commercial elicited the most laughs. For this prospective home buyer, the highlight of the Super Bowl party was learning about Twenty Two Liberty, a luxury waterfront condo development in Boston’s Seaport area. In the midst of a multi-year search for a place in the city to call home, she says: “I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it. I was so excited to see it, I drove in the next day even though the city was completely shut down by a blizzard.” She booked an appointment to view a model unit on Tuesday and made a same-day offer on a tenthfloor space with a similar layout and views.

Boston-based interior designer Dee Elms had designed the model, and while the homeowner had a different aesthetic in mind, she knew Elms had the talent and bandwidth to execute her vision. That vision included creating a forever home that could be described as “light, beautiful, ethereal.” An open living area with floor-to-ceiling windows and painterly panoramas of the harbor lent itself perfectly to this design directive. Elms chose a soft, creamy white color palette as a backdrop and then introduced touches of pale blue, amethyst, and silver. A twenty-six-foot wall that runs the length of the kitchen, dining, and living room proved a nice creative challenge. “I thought, ‘What are we going to do here?’ ” remembers Elms. The answer? Quite a lot, in fact. Toward the kitchen end, she designed a built-in cabinet to stow bar tools and glassware, which is in easy reach of a large island, a perfect workspace for shaking and stirring. The barware sits adjacent to an open shelving unit that showcases a pretty collection of decorative objects. Next, she fashioned a silverycream-colored banquette that seats six around an oval table, the top fabricated from zinc encased in epoxy resin. A rock crystal fixture above is a refined touch. “I love the idea of doing a rectangle over an oval,” says Elms. An electric fireplace set into the final section of wall helps create a transition from dining to sitting area.

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The homeowner scored the blue butterflies at a MassArt auction. A rounded swivelsofa nestled in the corner of the living room is a cozy spot to take in the harbor views. Subbing in a glass door to the den enabled natural light to flow to the foyer. Amethyst blown-glass pendants hanging above the island lend a nice touch of color to the high-gloss white kitchen.

In the living room, Elms played off the oval dining table, again introducing curves to the space in the form of a round rug, side table, and chic swivel sofa—a brainstorm that came to her in the middle of the night—nestled in the corner. “The rooms are very square,” explains Elms, “so I contrasted the angles with more feminine, softer edges.” To ground the space, she opted for some heft, installing a glass-topped, polished stainless-steel cocktail table. “It takes three guys to move it,” the designer admits with a laugh. Elms strategically dealt with the angular

configuration of the unit in other rooms as well, incorporating softer lines when possible. In the office, a curved desk from the owner’s previous home keeps company with a Lucite bubble chair. Continuing the light palette, Elms opted for a pretty silvery-lavender metallic wallcovering. “There are feminine features throughout,” says the homeowner, “but I didn’t want girly.” Evidence of this crops up in the den, and especially the master bedroom. In the former, a custom, angled sofa in a deep, moody blue runs along the windows. A cocktail table with

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Metropolitan Life an amethyst resin top and a nickel base adds a dose of fun and complements the modern artwork, much of which is from the owner’s personal collection. Elms swapped out solid doors in favor of steel and glass versions, opening the space to the foyer and making a modern, industrial architectural statement. The statement-making continues in the master bedroom, where Elms says they “went all in,” choosing a striking navy blue as the base color, which appears in the custom velvet headboard, the floor-toceiling sateen drapes, and a carpet laced with silver sparkles. Ratcheting the drama is a navy and silver wallcovering that has a reflective quality and amazing raw crystal pendants dangling above the bedside tables that mimic swizzle sticks. It’s a bold room that the homeowner adores. Much like the rest of the space. RESOURCES : For more information about

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LEFT: A curved desk and Lucite bubble chair are clever foils for the square frame of the office. Elms likes to create powder rooms that are an experience, she says, “so knowing my client’s love for a little glitz, we found this silvery crackle-sparkle tile that runs the wet wall.” FACING PAGE: To match the bold blue of the master bedroom, the designer went with high-gloss lacquered bedside tables with frosted-glass tops.

“Every time I walk into my apartment, I’m happy,” she says. “It feels like home, it feels like my home. It feels like me.” And for this, she’s quick to credit Elms. “I knew exactly what I wanted, I just couldn’t do it. She did everything I wanted and more—that’s how good she is.”


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Loving How You Live Be honest—how often do you find yourself watching the latest episode of a home renovating show, and then immediately catch yourself looking around your house, creating a mental list of all the improvements you’d like to make? Every episode, right? You probably have a Pinterest board or a houzz ideabook for each project, but can never pull the trigger because, well, “adulting” gets in the way and life gets busy. Given hectic schedules and the realities of the daily grind, those fantasy overhaul-entirehome makeover projects take a backseat. And it falls to the bottom of the list, until you see another amazing home makeover show, and it begins again. Working with California Closets is always a collaborative process. You dream it. We design and build it. It’s that simple. 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 8 local showrooms and installs more than 3,300 custom designs each year, employing more than 100 people throughout New England. Each design is manufactured in North America with state-of-theart screen-to-machine technology 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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Custom High-Gloss Finishes Luxurious mirror-like finishes have become more popular in modern design throughout Europe and the United States. Used primarily on European-style woodwork, the uniform sheen allows the wood grain or paint color to pop in a design language that does not employ a traditional vocabulary of raised paneling, moldings, or corbels. High-gloss door and drawer fronts with contoured edges, and either integrated handles or no handles, create a minimal and modern sensibility. This fine finish enhances the spatial qualities of a room through its reflective properties and amplifies the transitions of natural light throughout the day, while ensuring that the experience of the space is dynamic and diverse, rather than static and singular.

“Our finish experts provide custom high-gloss finishes with a tried and true method. As artisan woodworkers, we truly love seeing the hues and depth in woodgrains and colors brought out under the high-gloss sheen.” —Gary Rousseau

To achieve a custom, high-gloss finish, the surface is first prepared and sanded. If the finished product will be painted, it is primed before many coats of paint are carefully applied. Natural wood surfaces are sealed before receiving many clear coats of finish. All visible surfaces are then skillfully buffed to reveal a sleek surface. This process creates a superior finish that is more durable than lacquer and adds tremendous depth and richness to painted and woodgrain surfaces. Our team has installed finely crafted, hand-buffed cabinetry in both modern and contemporary spaces. Homeowners enjoy the added dimension of polished surfaces whether they are in their city high-rise, waterfront home, or country estate.

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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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Vanishing TVs and TV Art Between the 500 broadcast channels, streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, and more than 200 movies released in 2017, there is plenty to watch or stream! Yet with the innovative technology now available, televisions virtually disappear in your space. When not broadcasting, the Samsung Frame TV offers beautiful art, set into a thin-edged frame. It looks nothing like televisions of the past. This 4K ultra-high-definition TV is a game changer for personal and public spaces. “There’s never any need to see your TV when you’re not viewing a movie or program. Today’s video products are meant to be invisible and blend with the décor in your home. Or, in the case of Samsung’s Frame TV, they become pieces of art hanging on your wall. Séura TVs vanish into mirrors, perfect for bedrooms, offices, or great rooms.”

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The Séura Vanishing Entertainment TV Mirror lets you select a size (from 42” up to 65”) and then choose the frame that reflects your taste and décor. The 4K UHD provides sharp details and a ground-breaking way to view television. When your TV is not operating, a stunning mirror enhances the beauty of your room. Come experience all of the video choices in our interactive Home Technology Design Center in Westwood. Call 617-965-4600 for a personal appointment.

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Bookmatching Natural stone is exceptionally beautiful, due to its distinct and expressive features. Every single piece of stone is unique. One of the most recent trends to hit the stone world is bookmatching—a technique that uses two mirror-image slabs set side by side on the same surface like the pages of an open book—to make a truly eye-catching statement. How is this created? Usually slabs are cut and laid flat to be polished all on the same side, then bundled together at the end. But when slabs are bookmatched, instead of polishing on the same side, the processing plant alternates them so they are polished on opposite “I love how amazing bookmatching
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sides. When placed next to one another, it creates a stunning mirror image. This trend has been spreading like wild fire, of course, because of its undeniable beauty. Scientists have been researching what makes something beautiful to us, and it has been shown that humans are biologically inclined to perceive symmetrical things as more beautiful. So not only are you getting the use and practicality
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Decorative Plaster Statement Ceilings Among the most dramatic and space-changing forms
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home buyers, architects, interior designers, and contractors. They are a game-changer for interior designers who want to offer their clients something truly unique. The impact of being in a space that has a beautiful statement ceiling is palpable. The fifth-wall approach is to create a classical or modern design, which will assimilate into a beautiful and elegant backdrop that will stand the test of time and be an investment in the home. The fifth wall is the crowning glory of a room.

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Custom Timberwork New Energy Works employs more than 70 craftsmen, designers, artisans, and other community members who collaborate with talented architects, builders, and families to craft custom timber projects across New England. Our clients’ needs, wants, and dreams are as diverse as their styles and locations, from modern ocean-side estates and party barns to classic mountain homes and wonderful cottages. The common denominator is their passion for fine wood, elegant design, and quality craft—we love to help them all. We bring a variety of heavy timber styles, advanced enclosure systems, and fine woodworking to our projects and partners. We excel at being an extension of design and build teams—our craftsmen are dedicated to precision and inspired by the challenge of working customized heavy timber into remarkable solutions for extraordinary spaces. We invite you to incorporate the elevated quality and effortless style of timber craft into your projects.

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Reclaimed Materials Reclaimed materials have been taking the design world by storm lately. If you’ve been to that trendy new bar, the coffee shop next door, or even your neighbor’s recently remodeled home, chances are you’ve eyed a reclaimed wood wall or an industrial fixture that used to belong in a warehouse. Reclaimed materials manage to be both rustic and contemporary, fitting into many diverse design schemes in their versatility.

“There are very few items that can compete with the depth, warmth, and texture of reclaimed materials. The patina that exposure to elements provides to metal, glass, and wood products cannot be replicated through modern manufacturing and when tastefully applied communicates a sense of our place in time.”

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Most reclaimed materials are wood, metal, or another neutral and can complement any color scheme as well, making it a terrific way to create visual interest without overloading your palette. We love using repurposed items in our designs, especially in unexpected areas like a master bathroom vanity or feature wall. They can bring a visual story into a space in an unanticipated way, delighting those who stumble across them.

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Comfort & Joy A classic, somewhat grand exterior masks the understated interior of a Maine home built to enfold its inhabitants in contentment and ease.

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he journey from wish list to dream home gets complicated fast. So there’s something to be said for keeping the process simple by entrusting it to a single professional who stands by you all the way through, from floorplans to framing to furnishings. Nicola Manganello isn’t an architect or a builder. But her firm, Nicola’s Home, specializes in guiding residential projects from imagination to reality. She elicits design ideas from her clients, commits them to paper, and has the plans reviewed by an engineer. She then oversees the home’s construction, lining up all the necessary subcontractors. “We manage everything,” says Manganello, who spent two decades fixing and flipping vintage houses around Portland, Maine, before founding her eponymous firm. In 2008, she bought a tract of land in Cumberland Foreside, an old community about ten miles north of Portland that had developed a fresh cachet among homebuyers. It became Maeve’s Way, a signature development Manganello named for her daughter. Her custom-designed dwellings drew a number

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A long front porch with a metal roof links the home’s two imposing gambrelshaped gables. Visitors entering the vestibule inside the front door find themselves embraced by the casual, rustic-vintage vibe. Wallpaper with an ikat-inspired design picks up the diamond-shaped details of the reproduction vanity in the first-floor powder room.

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of admirers, among them Lori and Chris, a couple who were looking for a change from the golf community they’d been living in. The pair fell in love with the neighborhood and its carefully crafted houses. With the youngest of their three children still at home, they wanted a place where the entire family could congregate to enjoy each other and the activities they like: swimming, tennis, and working out. They looked at an existing house in Maeve’s Way, but it wasn’t quite right. “We needed to tweak a few things,” Lori explains, such as enlarging the mudroom and adding a second master suite downstairs. “We want to grow old in this house, and wanted the option of being able to live on the first floor.” A larger lot to accommodate a pool and tennis court was also on the wish list. So Manganello found a double lot, and pulled out her pencil as Lori and Chris shared their vision. Lori described the house in her head as European in style, with a French flair reminiscent of country chateaus of the Loire Valley, a house that would reflect the family’s love of travel as well as their yearning for a snug home base. It would be spacious, but relaxed rather

than extravagant. “I don’t like wasted space, and I love cozy,” Lori says. As Manganello sketched, a design emerged for a classic, 6,000-square-foot home marked by two large gambrel-roofed gables, one intersected by a fieldstone chimney. A long, metal-roofed porch supported by tapered columns stretches the length of the front. Near the center, the slightly recessed entry is flanked by two intentionally oversize columns. “I work with scale a lot,” she says. “The columns had to be bigger to compete with the rest of the house. In a house this large, you need some defining, big moments.” The front door is not actually the defining moment here, however. That distinction belongs to the entrance to the property itself, an arched opening through a 2,000-square-foot garage. This structure offers some of the recreational space the family wanted while also enabling Manganello to incorporate a design concept she’d been eager to try. With two parking bays on the ground floor and a large recreation room and fitness studio on the second floor, the structure provides for the family’s dual passions: automobiles and athletics (the whole family

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The kitchen is rich with texture, including smooth Calacatta marble countertops, an imposing bronze range hood, and heavily checked hemlock ceiling beams. Decorative beams, a stone fireplace, and a sliding barn door give the living room a rustic feel. Subtle textures in the grasscloth wallcovering, tufted upholstery, and a reclaimed wood fireplace make the dining room comfy, not fussy.

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LEFT: More than a place to sleep, the master bedroom is designed with comfort for the whole family in mind. BELOW: No space is wasted: even a small landing area at the top of the stairs earns its keep as a sitting nook. FACING PAGE: A reproduction of a vintage bronze tub sits atop painted wooden tiles in a first-floor bath.



enjoys sports, and Lori is a former fitness coach who teaches tennis). For Lori, the garage-gatehouse concept reinforced a connection to the French estates she loved. “Nikki said it was something she always wanted to do, and we were so on board with it. It lends itself to some elegance. I thought, ‘I would love that.’ ” Despite the formal approach, the interior is relaxed and casual. “On the outside, they wanted a little bit of opulence,” Manganello says. “But inside they wanted it to be warm and understated.” The home expresses its lack of pretension in the heavily checked hemlock beams that crisscross the ceiling of the combined family room and kitchen, in sliding barn doors, and in the use of reclaimed wood and rugged stone surrounding the multiple fireplaces. The range of materials implies an authenticity lacking in the cookie-cutter “traditional” style of the clients’ former home. Texture, not color, carries the interior. “She wanted a clean look, a lot of neutrals,” Manganello explains. The subtle colors that do appear were suggested by the striped sisal stair runner that Lori chose from Stark. “The runner was one of the first things she picked, and it was a driving factor in the colors in the house,” the designer says. Furniture emphasizes comfort, from the paired ninety-plus-inch sofas in the family room to the tufted armchairs and king-size bed in the upstairs master, where all are welcome and where a built-in

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coffee and tea station encourages lingering—if not in the bedroom itself, then on the outdoor balcony that overlooks the pool and hot tub. A common lounging area in the center of the second floor (“the flop room,” Manganello calls it) offers yet another hang-out space that balances sociability and seclusion. Directly below, the dining room’s placement in the center of the house reflects an arrangement Lori saw in another Manganello home. Both its location and the comfort of its upholstered chairs are a nod to frequent guests. “They entertain a lot, and they end up sitting at the table for a long time, so comfortable chairs are important,” the designer says. The firebox is raised, bringing the flames nearly even with the table top a few feet away. The designer papered the walls of the dining room, the adjacent entry foyer, and upstairs master suite with grasscloth. “I’m big with paper right now,” she says. “I like the way it brings color and texture and dimension. It enhances everything around it.” For the first-floor powder room, she opted for an ikat-patterned paper that coordinates with geometric embellishments on the vanity. Like many pieces in the house, the vanity was sourced through Manganello’s treasure trove of furniture, fabrics, and accessories housed in a restored barn in nearby Yarmouth. There, she and her clients chose many of the unique furnishings that would complete the process of transforming a personal vision into a unique home. “We left no stone unturned,” Manganello says. “And I think it shows. This home envelopes you.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 180.

TOP: An outdoor dining room is located just steps from the pool and hot tub. LEFT: Sheltered under the back porch, a living and dining area allows the family to gather outside for much of the summer. FACING PAGE: Below the second-floor master suite balcony, the pool, hot tub, and sitting and dining spaces converge for a multifunctional entertaining area.

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Upward Momentum

The 1860 Boston brownstone was converted back to a single-family home. FACING PAGE: Neutral surroundings offset the bright pops of color in the reception area. A skeletal chandelier subverts period expectations.

From three-story duplex unit to five-story family home, a down-to-the-studs renovation returns an old Boston brownstone to its singular splendor.


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LEFT: The entry’s tile floor packs a punch, rivalled only by the sinuous new staircase installed where the original would have sat. BELOW: A bold wallpaper dissolves boundaries in the diminutive basement powder room. FACING PAGE: The front room doubles as a reception area and a formal dining room, with a custom table that expands to seat eight.


ouples often flee the city once their children are born. But that was never an option for a pair living in Boston’s South End. They relished the fine dining, fashionable shopping, and peaceful park that beckoned just beyond their duplex door. Following the birth of their second daughter, however, they found themselves at a crossroads. The brownstone they shared with another couple was starting to feel snug, with little room for all the paraphernalia a family of four attracts. Then, out of the clear blue sky, the neighbors upstairs announced they were moving. Would the family be interested in acquiring their unit before it went on the market? PROJECT TEAM Architecture: Ruth Bennett, RBA Architecture Interior design: Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Interiors Builder: Preston Lemanski, Lemanski Construction

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“I think ceilings are an opportunity that a lot of designers don’t embrace,” says Gerald Pomeroy. “I knew the glossy blush-colored lacquer would be unexpected, but it would be subtle enough that you would start to see the coral throughout the room.”

In the parlor, the owners’ existing furnishings were reupholstered and paired with a generous coffee table. The new fireplace surround was fashioned from arabescato grigio orobico marble, which picks up the coral in the curtains; doors to the right conceal storage. The seagrass carpet provides an organic counterpoint to the formal furnishings.

“It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time,” admits the wife. “The hard part was convincing my husband to take it on.” Eventually, he acquiesced, and their world suddenly expanded from three floors to five, filling the entire 1860 Greek Revival structure. And just as quickly, those five floors evaporated, as renovations revealed an interior so structurally and aesthetically

compromised, it made more sense to gut the place and start from scratch. Rebuilding the interior gave the owners and their design team, architect Ruth Bennett and interior designer Gerald Pomeroy, a chance to right some of the injustices that had been perpetrated against the structure over the past 150 years. “It gave us a much clearer runway and a much more structurally sound

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building,” says contractor Preston Lemanski, who was able to update the home’s electrical and HVAC systems while exorcising 1970s aluminum windows and intrusive staircases that were added when the building became a duplex. Period-appropriate sash windows now illuminate the interior, and a single stairwell hugs the wall just inside the front door. “We put it back where it would have been,” says Bennett.

The entry hall’s geometric floor tiles pack a powerful punch, offsetting the gracious lines of the staircase, whose sinuous spindles frame dusky oak treads cloaked in a cheetah-print runner. “It’s very old-guard and classic,” says Pomeroy of the pattern, which he ordered in taupe to diminish any jungle connotations. New woodwork faithfully mimics Greek Revival May–June 2018 | New England Home  101

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“I love white kitchens,” says the wife. “But it would have been a very white room if we hadn’t done the color on the cabinets. It adds richness and is very soothing.”

profiles and proportions, with picture-frame moldings adorning the wainscoting and built-ins populating the public spaces. “We focused on bringing integrity back to the building,” says Pomeroy. “But we also wanted to make sure it was working for the way a young family lives today. So it was kind of a balancing act.” The design team pulled it off by keeping all the architectural details true to the period, but making the floor plan more contemporary and open. In the public areas, spaces flow freely from front to back, enhancing the transmission of light and instilling a sense of cohesiveness the old house lacked. With only 600 square feet per floor, the home’s footprint seemed too small to squander on a dining room that would only get used a few times a year. So the design team turned the front room into a recep-

tion area, with a center table that serves as a repository for keys or kids’ homework, but can expand to seat eight on holidays. Here, and in the neighboring parlor, linen-white walls and neutral carpets are offset by jolts of color: a pair of fuchsia chairs skirting the dining table, crisp coral curtains framing the windows. While the colors are powerful, they’re doled out judiciously, softening their impact. “They wanted color used as accents, as opposed to a great deal of it everywhere,” says Pomeroy, who’d worked with the clients previously, establishing a sense of trust that allowed him to push things in unexpected directions. The parlor ceiling, for instance, sports a glossy, blush-colored lacquer that reflects the light and imparts a rosy glow to the room. “I think ceilings

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: An office area echoes the blue and green shades of the neighboring kitchen and family room. The family room’s kiwi-colored furnishings bask in light from newly expanded rear windows. Christopher Spitzmiller plates adorn the wall above the breakfast banquette, which is covered in an indoor/outdoor fabric. FACING PAGE: The kitchen’s cheery cerulean cabinets make you forget you’re in the basement.

are an opportunity that a lot of designers don’t embrace,” Pomeroy says. “I knew it would be unexpected, but it would be subtle enough that you would start to see the coral throughout the room.” Skeletal brass chandeliers from Arteriors add a modern touch to the mix. “I wanted to do someMay–June 2018 | New England Home  103

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A 200-yearold urn is paired with a Louis XVI chair on the landing outside the master suite, which occupies the entire second floor. A marble-topped nightstand flanks a bed upholstered in a Schumacher paisley. The master bath’s vanity was modeled after an apothecary chest. FACING PAGE: Seafoam-hued grasscloth wraps the bedroom in a soothing embrace.

thing that would be slightly more provocative,” adds the designer. The same word could apply to the kitchen, which is located in the daylight basement but feels anything but subterranean, thanks to ample windows and the sizzling cerulean cabinets dominating the space. Initially, Pomeroy was just going to paint the island blue. But as the project progressed, he decided to take the notion further, figuring the neutral surroundings would temper the Technicolor display, and the color would bring warmth and cheer to the room. Although his clients were hesitant at first, they grew to embrace the decision. “I love white kitchens,” acknowledges the wife. “But it would have been a very white room if we hadn’t done the color on the cabinets. It adds richness and is very soothing.”

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The hue is echoed in the neighboring family room, where it’s paired with kiwi-colored chairs and a matching oversized ottoman—magnets for the daughters, now five and nine, and the family’s Portuguese water dog. “I used a lot of indoor/outdoor fabrics on this level,” explains Pomeroy. “When people spend a great deal of money, they want to feel assured that it will hold up.” An explosive blue paisley paper covers the walls and ceiling in the neighboring powder room, erasing any boundaries in the compact space. “I think powder rooms should be glamorous and romantic and unexpected,” says the designer. “By wrapping the room in wallpaper, we achieved that.” A more subdued seafoam grasscloth lends the master suite a hushed serenity that makes the home-

owners feel like they’re floating on a cloud. Pomeroy paired the wallcovering with toast-colored toile curtains that once adorned the couple’s living room, and repeated the fabric on the custom bed and in the wife’s dressing room, whose ample proportions would elicit envy from a supermodel. The adjoining master bath boasts a vanity modeled after an old apothecary chest, with a multitude of drawers for every possible purpose. So many well-meaning renovations end up erasing the character that attracted the buyers in the first place. But in this instance, the changes only enhanced the old building, melding the best qualities of past and present. “The result,” says the wife, “is exactly what I wanted.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 180. May–June 2018 | New England Home  105

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The marble floor and wrought-iron banister already in place helped inspire the “Paris apartment� feel of the redesign. Designer Starr Daniels painted the stair steps black and added an animal-print runner for a chic, modern look. FACING PAGE: A paper sculpture by Matthew Shlian hangs above a console by Holly Hunt, one of many gilded pieces throughout the home.

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All * That


Shimmer, sparkle, and shine add City-of-Lights glamour to a carriage houseturned-condo on Boston’s North Shore. Text by Susan Kleinman


Photography by Eric Roth  Produced by Kyle Hoepner

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With no kids or pets in residence, the homeowners embraced this pale, custom-designed rug by J.D. Staron. Photographs by Jim Nickelson add a graphic punch, and gold coffee tables gleam at the center of it all. FACING PAGE, TOP: Lounge chairs help keep the living room as comfortable as it is elegant. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Fauteuils from the homeowners’ prior home flank the painted limestone fireplace.

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hey weren’t really house-hunting. But when a retired couple from Boston’s North Shore took one look at this condominium in a former carriage house, they were enchanted. “We were getting tired of taking care of our property,” says the homeowner, “but we didn’t think we would ever find the kind of look we wanted in a condo. A friend who is a real estate agent brought us over to see this just for fun— and the minute we saw it, we fell in love.” The unit had been renovated by Wilson Kelsey Design, and was even featured in New England Home back in the spring of 2010, so it was in excellent condition. “And it had wonderful bones,” the homeowner says. “Coffered ceilings and elegant moldings, a marble floor and a gorgeous fireplace. We wrote a check for the deposit right then and there.” That same night, she called interior designer Starr Daniels, a close friend who had decorated the couple’s previous Massachusetts residence, as well as the home in Florida where they now spend most of the year. Daniels took one look at the chic European touches that had seduced her client, and envisioned a “perfect Paris apartment”—albeit near the Atlantic Ocean rather than the Seine. “The floor in the entryway really helped drive the design,” Daniels says of the checkerboard marble honed to

PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Starr Daniels, SD Home Contractor: Mike Doiron, The Housewright Company

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Hand-painted and –gilded wallpaper by de Gournay adds sparkle to the dining area. The condo’s beautiful crown moldings seduced the homeowners on first viewing; modern white-leather dining chairs keep the dining space from feeling too rococo. Beaded white wallpaper in the powder room shimmers gently at night.

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an elegant sheen. To enhance that glow, she covered the stairwell’s dark Venetian plaster with textured white wallpaper that adds interest while making the most of the home’s somewhat limited light. “This is the center unit of the condo,” she explains, “so there are no windows on the sides of the home and it can be dark. Part of the challenge here was to add and reflect light wherever we could.” Two shimmering chandeliers—one gilt, the other beaded—help meet that challenge beautifully in the entry, and a wall sculpture in gold and black glass adds a gem-like sparkle above the stairs. “I saw the pieces in a Boston-area art gallery,” Daniels recalls, “and it looked just like jewelry for the wall. I knew immediately that we had to have it for this project.” A similar “gotta have it” impulse took hold when she laid eyes on the white paper sculpture that hangs on the facing wall. Three-dimensional but entirely monochromatic, the sculpture adds interest without interrupting the clean expanse Daniels created by painting surrounding walls Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White. The living room sofa and rug are white, as well, with black and taupe accents introduced sparingly in a painted-paper–

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Heather Kahler from Downsview Kitchens of Boston brightened up the kitchen, which had been moodier in its previous incarnation. The patio offers sweeping vistas of the estate on which the carriagehouse-turned-condo sits. A cherry-paneled media room was painted a custom-mixed bright blue to add color and reflect light. Surrounded by chairs and banquette seating, the kitchen table offers a spot for casual dining.

covered end table and two French Louis XVI fauteuil chairs. While the room’s palette is basic, the effect is anything but bland. On one wall, a large topaz-glass and gold-rivet mirror sparkles. On another, Venetianglass sconces (a family heirloom) twinkle reflectively. Above the fireplace, a sculpture of white birch logs is lined in gold— “it’s a tongue in cheek reference to the typical New England fireplace log,” says Daniels—while shiny brass andirons take the shimmer one step further. A two-piece black and gold coffee table helps bounce the light around, while serving as an unusual focal point. “I like to find things that are different, but that stand the test of time,” says Daniels, who sourced the Portuguese table on 1stdibs. “Making a space elegant is all about attention to detail, and to staying true to your vision of a room.” In the adjacent dining area, custommade wallpaper by de Gournay features the sort of monkeys you might see with organ grinders in a Paris park, hand-

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lues are tricky. If you aren’t careful, a color like this can look neon, or can make everything look too dark,” says Daniels.

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painted with twenty-four-karat gold accents. And then, just as things might have crossed the line from “everyday elegance” to “overdone opulence,” Daniels expertly reigned it in. “That’s the key to working with gold,” she says. “You have to exercise restraint. You have to know when enough is enough.” Fortunately, she had plenty of other space-brightening tricks up her sleeve. In the media room off the kitchen, she painted the paneled walls bright cobalt blue, a custom color mixed and remixed five times until it was exactly right. “Blues are tricky,” she explains. “If you aren’t careful, a color like this can look neon, or can make everything look too dark.” Formulated to high-gloss perfection, the hue accomplishes exactly what Daniels had planned, lending the room a sunny feeling even though its two windows are small. In the kitchen, too, a dramatic color change adds an airy feeling and a more contemporary look. Existing red brick was painted over in a glossy white, and custom cabinetry from Downsview Kitchens of Boston was painted a soft gray blue that looks modern but not industrial. Other aspects of the kitchen, redesigned by Downsview’s Heather Kahler and constructed by Mike Doiron of The Housewright Company, enhance the clean, up-to-the-minute feeling: a larger island replaced two smaller ones in the room’s center, making the space more

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streamlined and easier to navigate. Shutters around the window were removed to create the illusion that the pane is larger than it actually is, and glass fronts on several of the new cabinets add reflectivity and a sense of openness. Upstairs, the home’s three bedrooms continue the main floor’s elegant vibe, and meet the client’s desire for très-chic modernity and all-out comfort. In a guest room the homeowners’ daughter uses when she visits, custom wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries features tiny white embossed roundels that add dimensionality and sheen. In the master bedroom, a pair of citron chairs bring sunshine on the

cloudiest day, and punches of lilac make the space feel springtime fresh even in the dead of winter. The gold-accented nightstands that flank the bed add a touch of the first floor’s glow and provide plenty of room for books and drinks, as well. “I want things to be comfortable and functional,” says Daniels. “And I believe you can achieve that and still have a glamorous outcome.” The homeowner agrees wholeheartedly. “This turned out exactly the way we envisioned it,” she says. “I just love it— every part of it.”

A guest room used by the couple’s adult daughter when she visits boasts a custom Phillip Jeffries wallpaper embellished with a white embossed design. FACING PAGE, TOP: Starr Daniels says she couldn’t pass up the digital painting that matched the master bedroom’s color scheme. Fabrics with hues of citron and fuchsia offer a lively contrast to the room’s neutral furnishings.

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The reawakening of the grand house began with the removal of encroaching vegetation that blocked the amazing views. Extended roof lines and eye-catching brackets imbue the building with character. “On the outside, it looks traditional, but the feeling inside is modern,” explains architect Arthur C. Hanlon.

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“the site of many a football game,” says the wife—unfolds to the water. The covered front entry also has a postcard water view. Two garages are tucked unobtrusively into the side of the building. A walkway leads to a third garage with guest quarters. A curved deck skimming the outside of the house invites company.

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seating for conversation or TV viewing. door enhances the airiness of the front hall, In the living room, windows with muntins while new oak floors throughout withstand above eye level help emphasize the location. kids and dogs. Adjacent to the kitchen, “From inside the house they act like picture the comfortable family room provides ample windows,” Hanlon says.


ouses roosting along New England’s coast have much to contend with. Along with time’s usual wear and tear, there’s the unsympathetic weather with its salty gales and damp days. This handsome Newport-area getaway is a fine example of Mother Nature and the clock having their way. Built back in the 1990s, all its attributes aside, the building was aging. True, the family had summered blissfully in the house for almost two decades, but looking down the road to when their three college-age kids have children of their own, the owners wanted a smart makeover, not only on the exterior but also inside to dispel the dated

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look, boost functionality, and ensure longevity. As luck would have it, they couldn’t have enlisted a more compatible architect for help. A principal of Shope Reno Wharton, Arthur C. Hanlon has a deep affection for the sea. He took to the shore-side home from the start. There are waves, after all, lapping practically at the base of the sweeping lawn. And what better vantage point for watching a regatta than the third-floor tower? It’s an airy perch the family reaches by an engaging staircase Hanlon has reinvented “to make the journey fun,” he says. As alluring as the ornamented oak staircase is, it’s only a small part of the dramatic transformation. Hanlon—along with builder Russell Greenhalgh— May–June 2018 | New England Home  121

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reworked the entire skin of the house. An impressive series of roof rafters and eye-catching brackets were added, establishing what the architect calls “a new language.” Seldom-used second-floor walk-outs were removed, and in went a slew of windows to better

capture the breathtaking views all around. “It was a huge woodworking project, and we loved it,” says Greenhalgh. While all that was transpiring, landscape architect Katherine Field was busy adding swaths of color and natural grasses to merge the site with the shore. The bluestone path she devised leads to an infinityedge pool next to which Hanlon set a double-height pool house with NanaWalls that melt away to welcome the outdoors in. Complete with a soaring stone fireplace and a cache of comfortable furnishings thoughtfully chosen by interior designer Sharon Cameron Lawn, it’s the sort of spot young adults naturally gravitate toward. Of course, like everyone else, they eventually head for the kitchen. With that in mind, Hanlon skillfully commandeered footage from an existing covered porch so he and Cameron Lawn could deliver a glorious kitchen with a bounty of custom cabinets and a grand island topped with leather-finished sequoia-brown granite. The kitchen merges with an inviting family room that has a fireplace ensconced in a wall of antique stone that once graced a Corsican monastery. Everywhere there are views. The ingenious Cameron Lawn—“she’s fabulous,” proclaims the wife—nabbed a wooden screen and had it fitted

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Rhode Island’s Clancy Designs. In the kitchen, a handsome corner bar area. The design-savvy wife simple batten detail enhances the ceiling, transom worked closely with furniture maker Jeff Soderbergh windows welcome natural light, and myriad in devising the perfect dining table for crowds; cabinets offer bountiful storage. The game table the hand-blown glass branches are by Jamestown, is also by Soderbergh.

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ABOVE: Hanlon reworked the existing stairs,

Sharon Cameron Lawn carries the neutral adding new treads, railings, and exclamation-like palette into the master bedroom. Contrasting oak ball accents. BELOW: A marble mosaic floor with the upholstered furnishings, throws, and gives the master bath a luxurious ambience. pillows, a metallic faux bois garden stool adds FACING PAGE: For continuity, interior designer an interesting note of texture.

with foxed mirror. As a result, anyone seated with his back to the room’s parade of windows sees a subtle reflection of sky and water. Pale sofas embellished with nailhead trim flanking a Manuel de Santaren– inspired coffee table initiate relaxation. And a similar kick-back tenor resonates in the serene living room, too. Cameron Lawn cleverly reworked the owner’s existing sofa and love seat to give them a modern silhouette. There’s an arresting metal sculpture by Rhode Island artist Peter Diepenbrock above the limestone-faced hearth—a present from the wife to her husband when a new business venture launched—and one more generous coffee table to afford a landing spot for drinks. The focus here is on the ocean. Behind the seating area are the room’s show-stopping accents, or what Hanlon refers to as “jewel boxes.” In one corner, an oak cabinet filled with the wife’s collection of Italian Solimene dinnerware helps define the dining area, where a stunning table meticulously crafted by another Rhode Island artist, Jeff Soderbergh, stands ready to seat a multitude. More than twenty for dinner is a frequent occurrence in this cheerful home, but that’s never a problem. With the insertion of an extra piece, the artful dining table and an adjacent game table (also by Soderbergh) easily marry. A striking chandelier with hand-blown glass shades from Cameron Lawn’s bespoke furniture and fittings line, domic*isle, casts light over every May–June 2018 | New England Home  125

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Landscape architect Katherine Field bluestone paving aligns with the house designed a herringbone bluestone geometry and brings all the geometries surround for the negative-edge pool together,” she says. FACING PAGE: Swivel and used bluestone to marry the pool chairs in the pool house are perfect for destination with the main house. “Angled fire-gazing or pool-watching.

feast. “The shades are like water bubbles extending the view,” says Cameron Lawn. Tucked in the other corner is a posh oak-paneled bar—the pièce de résistance when it comes to hosting a get-together, casual or otherwise. Guests slide onto ostrich leather–covered stools for wine or a beer with the game. A tiny pass-through provides a portal for serving those individuals who understandably refuse to abandon the deck, which Hanlon has also given a congenial reshaping by softening the angles and widening the steps. Up on the second floor, the star of the makeover (which also included a redo of all the baths) is the owners’ sanctuary. Plump chairs clad in a sumptuous fabric from Robert Allen’s Beacon Hill collection (the sole fabric line used by Cameron Lawn throughout the house) park beside a Hollywood-type arched window. Nearby, there’s a carved bed on dainty legs to

foster dreaming. “I think there’s a lyrical nature to the bed and a handsome nature to the chairs that gives the room a correct he/she balance. Not too feminine or masculine,” Cameron Lawn says. The master bath, with its elevated tub and glass shower, is obviously equitable as well for both partners. So strong is the owners’ affection for the house and the community, they’ve never considered spending the warmest months anywhere else. Thanks to the recent renovation the place has become a yearround destination. “This is our family’s emotional center,” says the wife, who played a major role in every design decision. “Now it feels more like home. We’re as happy to be inside as we are out.” Of course, the fabulous setting only enhances the precious time spent with friends and family. If the proximity of the water entails dealing with some harsh elements, in the end, no one really minds at all. RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 180.

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Architectural Style and Structure


Timber frame or visible post and beam construction TRENDING: 36%  | 46%  | 18%  “This look is not going anywhere. It lends itself to all styles: modern, rustic, and everything in between.” —Taniya Nayak, Taniya Nayak Design

1. Architect Andrew Sidford combines traditional timber frame construction with distinctly contemporary notes. 2. Steel and frosted glass add character to a bath by designer Paula Daher. 3. Built-in pet feeding stations, such as this one by designer Mark Haddad, are increasingly popular.


Visible beams added in rooms where they aren’t structural TRENDING: 42%  | 25%  | 33% 


hen asked, creative professionals will almost always insist that their work is intended to be timeless. Yet students of art and architectural history invariably speak of style periods such as Baroque, or Impressionist, or Georgian, or Arts and Crafts. Clearly, some ebb and flow of common fashions does take place over time, even if each individual artist or architect is creating with an eye toward the long term. Each year we poll the men and women of New England’s residential design and building community to find out just which of those visual ebbs and flows are happening here and now. The results for 2018—a combination of tendencies noted by our own staff as well as insights gleaned from the hardworking folk out in the trenches—are laid out for you here.


“Real timber framing will never go out of style. The applied use of timbers, however, is getting to be a bit overused and tired.” —Catherine Truman, Catherine Truman Architects “Sometimes a room just needs that little extra touch (authentic or not) to bring a level of ‘authenticity’ to it.” —Taniya Nayak

Rough or reclaimed plank ceilings, walls, and/or floors TRENDING: 47%  | 29%  | 24%  “I love reclaimed wood, but I like to combine it with more refined surfaces. When you mix different textures, you create a more interesting space.” —Honey Collins, Honey Collins Interiors

Strapwork or other architectural ornament on ceilings TRENDING: 45%  | 33%  | 22%  “As the late Stephen Hawking said, ‘Don’t forget to look up.’ Ceilings are design opportunities ready for detailed strapwork, glossy lacquer, or paper.” —Heather Vaughan, Heather Vaughan Design

Steel-and-glass (or bronze-and-glass) windows and doors TRENDING: 73%  | 27%  | 0%   = Growing  = Holding steady  = Declining

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“Steel and glass are still trending for use in windows and doors and also, of late, in shower surrounds.” —Heather Vaughan “These don’t necessarily replace all windows and doors, but are used as accents.” —Kalah Talancy and Kevin ten Brinke, KT2 Design Group Photos: (1) Andrew Sidford; (2) Michael J. Lee; (3) Joseph St. Pierre

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NanaWalls and other “disappearing” window walls TRENDING: 79%  | 21%  | 0%  “People are consistently drawn toward window products that blur the lines between inside and out.” —Katie Flynn “These aren’t terribly practical in New England, where we have winter and then mosquitoes.” —Catherine Truman

Geometric “fire ribbon” fireplaces, such as those made by Spark Modern Fires and similar companies TRENDING: 50%  | 36%  | 14%  “These have—thankfully!—taken the place of many gas ‘fake’ fireplaces.” —Christopher Hall, Christopher Hall Architect

Banquettes and other built-in seating TRENDING: 29%  | 53%  | 18%  “Banquettes are so family-friendly and convivial, what’s not to love?” —Heather Vaughan “Smaller living spaces mean more custom-fitted seating and storage.” —Michael Ferzoco, Eleven Interiors

3-D tile TRENDING: 60%  | 13%  | 27% 

“Dimensional surfaces are creating interest in a broad spectrum of materials.” —Andrew Sidford, Andrew Sidford Architects “With changing technology, tile is available in so many different colors and styles, both in 3-D and flat. And tile is also customizable, which is a nice option.” —Taniya Nayak

Horizontal shiplap wall paneling TRENDING: 40%  | 47%  | 13%  “It has been so overused on some TV shows that I don’t even call it shiplap when talking with my clients. But it’s still a great New England look.” —Janine Dowling, Janine Dowling Design

Herringbone wood or tile floors TRENDING: 56%  | 31%  | 13%  “It’s a standard option in tile motifs now.” —Janine Dowling “We are seeing herringbone furniture as well.” —Diana James, Living Swell

Dog-washing stations TRENDING: 59%  | 35%  | 6%  “A beautiful and practical way to keep the furry family member looking and smelling great. And at a beach, lake, or mountain house, it’s also good for human feet.” —Janine Dowling

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Built-in pet feeding stations TRENDING: 63%  | 37%  | 0% 

Colors, Finishes, and Details Painted wood paneling or cabinetry (as opposed to stained and/or varnished wood) TRENDING: 67%  | 27%  | 6% 

Interior designer Tiffany LeBlanc deployed a number of trending elements in this Wellesley, Massachusetts, living room, including a contemporary, glassenclosed fireplace and a facing of stone slabs with assertive character.

“Translucent color-washed stains add a wonderful dimension to cabinets as well.” —Tiffany LeBlanc “The standard-issue mahogany study is on the decline.” —Christopher Hall

Raw, cerused, or satin/matte wood finishes on paneling or cabinetry TRENDING: 46%  | 40%  | 14%  “Rift-sawn white oak is everywhere, sometimes bleached, sometimes cerused, sometimes textured. Also very light, almost bare walnut.” —Eric Adams, Adams + Beasley Associates “Cerused cabinetry is not new, but we have been exploring more colors and levels of distressing to get the cerused look—heavy and light washes as well as more vibrant colors and varying fills.” —Meaghan Moynahan, Venegas and Company

Trellis-patterned wallpapers TRENDING: 25%  | 17%  | 58%  “Trellis-patterned wallcovering reminds me of every DIY design show from ten years ago. And I should know, because that was me!” —Taniya Nayak

Asian-inspired mural wallpapers TRENDING: 42%  | 42%  | 16%  “A staple for a higher-end decorative look. We used to rely on Stark, Gracie, Fromental, and de Gournay, but May–June 2018 | New England Home  129

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Gloss finishes on walls and ceilings TRENDING: 79%  | 7%  | 14% 


“Decorators love this, plasterers hate it.” —Christopher Hall


“I’m noticing lots of rooms that have high-gloss cabinetry built into high-gloss walls, in a dominant color.” —Eric Adams

Matte finishes on walls and ceilings TRENDING: 47%  | 40%  | 13%  “In New England, matte finishes—especially Farrow & Ball and milk paint—are classic. That chalky, dusty finish gives a new-old feel on interior walls.” —Janine Dowling



Brass and other gold-colored accents and fittings (ditto for bronze) TRENDING: 56%  | 41%  | 3%  “We are adding brass detailing everywhere: on drawer and door rails, wrapped face frames, base details, as decorative hardware, and so on.” —Meaghan Moynahan “Satin brass only, which has depth and luster without looking cheap.” —Janine Dowling

Colors: gray TRENDING: 19%  | 56%  | 25%  “Gray is still a go-to safe choice for many of our clients, but many now steer toward either more adventurous (brighter colors) or more understated (whites and natural woods).” —Katie Flynn “We’re definitely shifting toward taupe and warm gray rather than cold and dark gray in walls and casework.” —Eric Adams 1. Fashionable purple tones abound in this living room by designer Heather Vaughan. 2. Mural-like Beyond wallcovering, a recent introduction from Phillip Jeffries. 3. Hand-blocked fabrics, such as Pasha from Peter Fasano, Ltd., can be ordered in an almost infinite range of colors.

this year Phillip Jeffries introduced new versions.” —Janine Dowling “We have also worked with clients to take individual panels and frame them as artwork, for a more subtle overall effect.” —Kalah Talancy and Kevin ten Brinke

Wallpapers with overscale floral or botanical motifs TRENDING: 31%  | 38%  | 31%  “Large-scale patterns and bold colors are being sought after, and are typically the catalyst for the entire room design.” —Mark Haddad, Interiology Design Co.

Grasscloth TRENDING: 46%  | 39%  | 15%  “I’m seeing a trend toward various textured grasses, bamboo, and vinyl papers that mimic organic materials, as well as all kinds of color.” —Diana James

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Colors: pink TRENDING: 62%  | 38%  | 0%  “It is all about the tone. No one wants to live in a bubble-gum-colored room, but there is nothing prettier than a subtle pink.” —Honey Collins

Colors: purple TRENDING: 50%  | 30%  | 20%  “I think purple has a public relations issue. Designers use it, but they prefer to call it plum, violet, amethyst… anything but purple.” —Heather Vaughan

Colors: citrus green TRENDING: 38%  | 24%  | 38%  “Clients seem to be less enthused by the acidic greens. Instead, we are seeing a shift to blue-greens and gray-greens in furniture, textiles, and paints.” —Nikki Dalrymple, Acquire

Colors: cobalt blue TRENDING: 55%  | 45%  | 0%  Photos: (1) Greg Premru; (2) Courtesy Phillip Jeffries; (3) Courtesy Peter Fasano, Ltd.

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“It’s a saturated color that most people feel comfortable with, and it pairs well with almost everything.” —Heather Vaughan

Colors: black TRENDING: 72%  | 14%  | 14%  “Black is classic. Black is timeless. It will never go out of style. Wallcover your whole room in black. I dare you.” —Taniya Nayak “Black exterior trim has become popular.” —Christopher Hall

Furniture, Fabrics, and Rugs Channel-tufted upholstery TRENDING: 55%  | 45%  | 0%  “I see this as a desire for more detailing and a less Scandinavian look.” —Monica Mancuso, Casa Design Group




Velvet upholstery TRENDING: 55%  | 27%  | 18%  “There will always be a place for velvet in New England. Velvet pieces really invite you in and are warm and welcoming.” —Kalah Talancy and Kevin ten Brinke

Midcentury furniture (vintage, or new designs inspired by the earlier style) TRENDING: 58%  | 34%  | 8%  “I see fewer all-midcentury rooms and more a mix of different vintage and new furnishings. Plus, more luxe details (tufting, nailheads, etc.) on furniture.” —Eric Adams

Art Deco furniture (vintage, or new designs inspired by the earlier style) TRENDING: 64%  | 9%  | 27%  “I believe that the torch is passing from midcentury to Art Deco as the next big influence on home decor in general.” —Diana James

Sectionals and modular sofas TRENDING: 42%  | 50%  | 8%  “This trend has been with us since we opened up the family room to the kitchen. Sectionals work well for clients who love to share space together.” —Janine Dowling

Rattan and outdoor furniture used inside TRENDING: 50%  | 30%  | 20%  “We aren’t talking about Grandma’s wicker chair anymore. These are a great way to add texture and a mix of materials to the interior palette.” —Janine Dowling

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“We get lots of requests for outdoor furniture used indoors, specifically hanging chairs or swings: seating with movement.” —Monica Mancuso

Antiques TRENDING: 50%  | 25%  | 25% 

“A home isn’t complete without a few pieces that have a history to them.” —Kalah Talancy and Kevin ten Brinke

Industrial-style furniture TRENDING: 27%  | 18%  | 55% 

4. and 5. These two rooms by designer Michael Ferzoco are distinctly of the moment, with touches such as velvet upholstery, botanical wallcovering, and brass accents. 6. Channel upholstery is also much in favor these days. This Saint Cloud sofa from Burton James combines it with an Art Deco–influenced silhouette.

“Industrial came in with a vengeance, due to its obtainable price point. Unfortunately, with a quick rise we typically experience a pretty quick decline.” —Taniya Nayak “I have seen a number of Brooklyn furniture makers creating a refined industrial look, like Palo Samko or Wüd Furniture.” —Janine Dowling

Animal-print fabrics TRENDING: 38%  | 62%  | 0%  “I tend to always have one animal fabric in each of my projects. There is a fluidity to them that you can’t achieve with any other fabric.” —Honey Collins

 = Growing  = Holding steady  = Declining

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Pools with wood decking instead of paved s­ urrounds TRENDING: 76%  | 12%  | 12% 


Fire pits TRENDING: 73%  | 18%  | 9% 

“Built-in exterior fireplaces with chimneys are more popular lately.” —Eric Adams

Outdoor kitchens TRENDING: 75%  | 17%  | 8% 

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Outdoor electronics: TVs, speakers, automated lighting, or other features TRENDING: 79%  | 17%  | 4%  “Outdoor entertaining weather in New England is so short that when people are outside they want it to be fantastic in every way, especially with kitchens, music, and video screens.” —Brad Smith, Audio Video Design

Low-maintenance landscapes TRENDING: 66%  | 17%  | 17% 

2 1. A coastal pool installation by ZEN Associates deploys wooden decking in a diagonal pattern. 2. Designer Nikki Dalrymple suggests disguising TVs behind movable art. 3. The Kohler Konnect system allows you to interface with all of your bathroom amenities remotely. 4. Custom cabinetry from Venegas and Company, including fashion-forward options like recessed pulls, metal edging, cerused wood, and stone panels. 5. Brizo’s Litze faucet comes in ultra-stylish black with gold knurled accents.

 = Growing  = Holding steady  = Declining

Sunbrella and other easy-care fabrics TRENDING: 86%  | 7%  | 7%  “This is more than a trend, it’s a revolution! Performance fabrics are changing the way we design. The pattern options—and, most important, the hand of the fabric—are improving every season.” —Heather Vaughan

Hand-blocked fabrics TRENDING: 56%  | 44%  | 0%  “Peter Fasano and Galbraith & Paul are just two of the amazing companies being so creative with their fabric expression. I love that I can customize a color palette and know that the fabric is being made just for my client.” —Janine Dowling

Landscapes that use primarily native plant species TRENDING: 91%  | 9%  | 0% 

Lighting and Home Technology “Branch and globe” chandeliers TRENDING: 75%  | 17%  | 8%  “Suspended ball” pendants TRENDING: 43%  | 36%  | 21% 

Sisal or seagrass floorcoverings TRENDING: 31%  | 61%  | 8% 

“Stick” chandeliers TRENDING: 84%  | 8%  | 8% 

“Sisal is like a great pair of khaki pants: it goes with everything.” —Honey Collins

Industrial light fixtures TRENDING: 33%  | 20%  | 47% 

Landscapes and Outdoor Living

“Fixture designers like Katy Skelton and Menu are not just looking to older factory-style lighting for inspiration, they are using new colors and materials in creative ways.” —Janine Dowling

Pools with simple, narrow edges, embedded in grass TRENDING: 67%  | 11%  | 22% 

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“ ‘Low-maintenance’ is a relative term. Elements such as flower beds, lighting, fountains, garden furniture, walls, and fences all need upkeep. Irrigation and underdrainage systems also require routine work, but are needed to keep plantings looking their best.” —Tom Ryan, Ryan Associates Landscape Architecture & Planning

“What I’ve seen is a trend toward rooms with multiple fixtures that create a dynamic response to everchanging lighting needs over the course of a day.” —Hansy Better Barraza, Studio Luz Architects Photos: (1) Courtesy ZEN Associates; (2) Sean Litchfield; (3) Courtesy Kohler

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Hidden televisions TRENDING: 62%  | 15%  | 23%  “Who wants to see a TV when it’s off? There are so many products now that turn TVs into art and mirrors.” —Brad Smith

edges of counters and give islands, in particular, a more monumental appearance with waterfall edges.” — Katie Flynn

“I think people are no longer trying to hide TVs all the time. They’re so thin now that they’re cooler looking than they used to be.” —Catherine Truman

Drawers, cabinet doors, and appliances covered in countertop material TRENDING: 67%  | 11%  | 22% 

Wi-Fi-enabled appliances and voice-enabled technology TRENDING: 95%  | 5%  | 0% 

“We have not only used stone as a drawer front, but as a faux farmhouse sink front and for doors wrapped in metal trim.” —Meaghan Moynahan

Kitchens and Baths

Drawers and cabinets with built-in finger pulls (no visible hardware) TRENDING: 85%  | 15%  | 0% 

Farmhouse kitchens TRENDING: 16%  | 52%  | 32%  “Farmhouse sinks and face-frame Shaker cabinets are still very popular.” —Eric Adams

Quartzite countertops TRENDING: 60%  | 25%  | 6%  “Quartzite is a staple material for us, not only as a countertop, but for backsplashes as well.” —Meaghan Moynahan

Strongly veined stone (such as Illusion Blue quartzite, Verde Bamboo granite, or Calacatta Viola marble) TRENDING: 54%  | 15%  | 31%  “I think the trend for strongly veined stone is declining for kitchen applications, but growing exponentially in bathroom designs. It’s a great way to add a lot of interest and drama, especially to a small space.” —Nikki Dalrymple

Waterfall ends or edges for counters and islands TRENDING: 81%  | 19%  | 0%  “Especially in open spaces where kitchens are focal points of the overall design, it is nice to ‘clean up’ the


“Less is more!” —Catherine Truman

Stone-wall paneling in bathrooms TRENDING: 50%  | 33%  | 17%  “Stone slabs have become a form of artwork in bathrooms. You can never go wrong with natural elements.” —Tiffany LeBlanc

Matte black plumbing finishes TRENDING: 75%  | 17%  | 8%  “Matte black plumbing is a huge trend currently, with the Grid by Kallista having won the best of KBIS 2018.” —Heather Vaughan


Plastered or painted kitchen range hoods, with metal straps or wood edging TRENDING: 25%  | 63%  | 12%  “Metal strapping is a nice way to individualize a stove hood and still coordinate with the rest of the kitchen.” —Kalah Talancy and Kevin ten Brinke

Special thanks to all the professionals who participated in this year’s Trends & Tastemakers survey:

Eric Adams, Adams + Beasley Associates, Carlisle, Mass.,

Hansy Better Barraza, Studio Luz Architects, Boston, Honey Collins, Honey Collins Interior Design, Essex, Mass., Nikki Dalrymple, Acquire, Boston, Janine Dowling, Janine Dowling Design, Boston,

Michael Ferzoco, Eleven Interiors, Boston,

Monica Mancuso, Casa Design Group, Boston,

Katie Flynn, Hisel Flynn Architects, Arlington, Mass.,

Meaghan Moynahan, Venegas and Company, Boston,

Mark Haddad, Interiology Design Co., Watertown, Mass., Christopher Hall, Christopher Hall Architect, Boston, Diana James, Living Swell, Marblehead, Mass., Tiffany LeBlanc, LeBlanc Design Interiors, Boston,

Photos: (4) Courtesy Venegas and Company; (5) Courtesy Dornbracht

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Andrew Sidford, Andrew Sidford Architects, Newburyport, Mass., Brad Smith, Audio Video Design, Westwood, Mass.,

Kalah Talancy and Kevin ten Brinke, KT2 Design Group, Sudbury, Mass.,

Catherine Truman, Catherine Truman Architects, Cambridge, Mass.,

Taniya Nayak, Taniya Nayak Design, Milton, Mass.,

Heather Vaughan, Heather Vaughan Design, Newton, Mass.,

Tom Ryan, Ryan Associates Landscape Architecture & Planning, Waltham, Mass.,

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•PERSPECTIVES New England Design Considered From Every Angle






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Pop the champagne, pour the mimosas, and enjoy an elegant table scheme featuring fresh green hues, elegant florals, and a touch of whimsy.

1. Mille Nuits Flutissimo by Baccarat  | Lux Bond & Green, Boston and Wellesley, Mass., 2. William Yeoward Honeycomb Honey Jar and Spoon | Anthony Catalfano Home, Wells, Maine, 3. Match Pewter Double Champagne Bucket | Didriks, Belmont and Newton Lower Falls, Mass., 4. Jardin Indien by Bernardaud | Lux Bond & Green, The Kimball Shop, Northeast Harbor, Maine,


5. Nixon Cake Stand | Jonathan Adler, Chestnut Hill, Mass, 6. Cow Butter Dish | Chef Contos, Shelburne, Vt., 7. Sferra Farrell Napkins | Linens on the Hill, Boston,


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Country Houses: The Architecture of Mark P. Finlay By Mark P. Finlay Leafing through this selection from Southport, Connecticut, architect Mark Finlay’s three-plus decades of work, you might get the feeling that he’s an architectural chameleon. And, it turns out, that’s a perfectly fitting metaphor. As Finlay explains in the book’s introduction, his ability to imagine sympathetic dwellings for many different kinds of clients stems from early years spent creating shelters for the creatures that skittered or slithered or flew through the woods surrounding his childhood home. The houses he fashions these days, mostly for animals of the two-legged variety, are often English in feel. But some breathe of other lands and climes, such as a Greenwich, Connecticut, house that evokes thoughts of Morocco, or, for a client in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, an edifice that wouldn’t seem at all out of place in New Orleans or Martinique. | $60, Images Publishing,


Classical Principles for Modern Design: Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses By Thomas Jayne Back in 1897, The Decoration of Houses became one of the founding texts of American interior design. Authors Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman—both with strong New England ties—laid a special emphasis on function and simplicity that continues to guide design thinking today. Contemporary

decorator Thomas Jayne first encountered The Decoration of Houses as a student, and he has revisited Wharton and Codman’s ideas ever since in conceiving his own work. This new volume is a product of that manifestly fertile crosscentury conversation. Chapters focus on both the whole of a space, and on the individual elements—walls, doors, windows, ceilings, floors—that make up that whole. But, to be honest, even on those days when you might not feel up to a history lesson, you’ll still love the book simply for its photographs of Jayne’s own beautifully orchestrated rooms. | $50, The ­Monacelli Press,


New Landscaping Ideas That Work By Julie Moir Messervy Yes, the book presents itself as a how-to tome. But even if you never intend to set hand to spade, it’s well worth perusing. Vermont-based Julie Moir Messervy provides do-it-yourselfers and non-gardeners alike with an education on how landscape designers think, outlining some of the ways they structure our experience of the outdoors. How appealing and functional spaces can be defined, what materials and details will evoke the right mood: all of this is knowledge to enhance your appreciation of any gardens you visit, and it will help assure success when the time comes to create (or recreate) some outdoor scenery of your own. The substantially updated edition of Messervy’s original 2014 book also features plentiful examples from landscape professionals across the U.S. (including glimpses of several projects that have appeared in New England Home.) | $24.95, The Taunton Press,

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Architect Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven Associates says a surge in new high-rise residences is changing the fabric of Boston and other cities.


How have you seen this trend toward high-rise city living developing? There is an increasing demand; more people want to live in urban high-rise settings because they realize it is a great way to live. There are the views and vantage points, but there is also the idea that a highrise building does not take up a large footprint, so it can be environmentally friendly, efficient. We are seeing a lot more desire from people to live in these vertical settings. It is also a great solution for people

who are busy 24/7; they can be both close to their offices and connected with people and amenities all around them.


Who is driving this recent explosion of urban high-rise residential projects? A lot of suburbanites are moving into the city, even more than we envisioned before we began work on our latest project, a sixty-one-story, high-rise residential and hotel building at One Dalton Street,


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in Boston. Interestingly, unlike in other cities, we are not seeing a lot of foreign investment by offshore people coming in. The demand reflects a pent-up desire by people, from empty nesters to young professionals, who have the ability to live in the city and want a luxury high-rise that provides them with a lot of services and amenities. There are more and more people interested in having that downtown urban experience.


ground and becomes a true citizen within its environment. The lower four floors are sheathed in Boston granite and scaled to the surrounding buildings. That was done very purposely because there was a lot of concern that our building didn’t just “erupt” right out of the ground like some high rises do.


Is this high-rise living going to happen in other New England cities, like Providence or Portland? Probably. But the buildings may not be as tall as what we are seeing in Boston. I absolutely believe that people are yearning to live in more urban environments. I know Providence is doing a lot of infill work with some of their old mills and office buildings, transforming them into downtown living. You may see more infill projects that will bring people into those areas. And the more people who live at its center, the more vital a city becomes. It is so simple: restaurants and shops flourish. Urban residential units help build a better fiber. You get a 24/7 vitality.  | Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, Mass., 617-492-7000, ­

What does the high-rise trend mean for the architectural character of the surrounding neighborhood? A big building in a neighborhood does change the character a bit, without question. But if architects, developers, planners, and landscape architects can work with the community and produce a building that can improve the neighborhood and the urban fabric, you can end up with a positive result. For example, at One Dalton we are building a small park across the street that will serve the community. You have to enhance the neighborhood—make it better, more vital—not detract from it. Height can be a touchy factor, so we went way out of our way to address how our building, which is very tall, comes down and sits on the



Is this trend changing the character of New England residential design? That’s a really interesting question! I say “interesting” because when we started this One Dalton project, we anticipated we would get local buyers, and we had lots of discussion on what they would be looking for. Would they want the same things they had in their traditional suburban homes, such as separate kitchens or separate dining rooms? It turns out that most people—of every

age—are looking for open living spaces, as opposed to a lot of separate little rooms. For example, they ask for the kitchen to be part of the living space. It proved to us that if you are living in a vertical building, you want to live in a much less cluttered and more open way. That is very different from traditional New England residential design.

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1) Goebel & Co. Furniture 2) Eunice Park Textiles 3) The RISDworks shop in Providence 4) Gleena Ceramics 5) Wms & Co. 6) Brendan Ravenhill Studio

Shopping RISD

The prestigious Rhode Island School of Design is a regional treasure, with alumni who create world-class art and crafts, but how does one go about taking advantage of their talent? Lucky for us there are several ways to shop for goods created by RISD alums. Live within striking distance of Providence? Enjoy a day at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum followed by shopping in the museum shop, ­RISDworks, or you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the RISD Craft juried sale that takes place every October during the school’s alumni weekend. Prefer the ease of point-and-click shopping? You can shop from the comfort of your own home on the recently launched R­ISDmade website. The popularity of art and maker websites such as Artsy and Etsy has opened up a world of possibili-

ties for collectors and satisfies people’s desire for goods that go beyond big manufacturing. RISDmade features the work of RISD graduates through one easy-to-navigate portal. From handcrafted jewelry to bespoke furniture and everything in between, the site connects you directly with more than 120 makers who have been vetted to match the site’s standards for both quality and ethical manufacturing. We spotted fabulous pillows, quirky wall sconces, mod rugs, a bevy of ceramics, and much more. Consider yourself warned: an evening on may be followed by several deliveries landing on your doorstep. But go ahead and shop guilt-free, knowing you are keeping craft alive and filling your home with items that can’t be found anywhere else.  |,,

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1 1) The Newport Preservation Society explores the nineteenth-century Aesthetic Movement in its Bohemian Beauty exhibit. 2) Providence’s PVDFest 2018 is a four-day celebration of fine and performing arts. 3) Get inspired by the beautiful gardens on display at the Concord (Massachusetts) Museum ­Garden Tour.

MAY Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement and Oscar Wilde’s Newport Through November 4 This exhibit celebrates the ideas embodied by the Aesthetic Movement (1870– 1890), an era of artistic experimentation both in the United States and abroad. The movement championed pure beauty, “art for art’s sake,” and creating beautiful everyday objects. Eighty objects from the Newport Preservation Society’s collection and other prominent museums and private collections will be on display. I Rosecliff, Newport, R.I.,


Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour May 5 Enjoy seeing some of the most beautiful homes in tony Wellesley, Massachusetts, during this annual selfguided 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, Brimfield Antique Show May 8–13 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., 27th Annual Kitchen Tour May 12 The Music Hall’s annual kitchen tour will return to Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s walking-friendly Little Harbor neighborhood. The tour showcases a wide range of design styles from coastal to historic.  I 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Advance tickets $25 for Music Hall members, $27 for nonmembers; $30 day of the tour. Tickets available by phone, 603-436-2400, online, or at the Music Hall box office, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, N.H., Evening at Gropius House May 18 Walter Gropius’s Lincoln, Massachusetts, home comes to life in the evening, when the architect’s innovative lighting plan can be appreciated. Tour the

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Trade Secrets May 19–20 Trade Secrets is back for its 18th year with a two-day event geared to gardening enthusiasts. Day one includes a sale of rare plants and garden antiques at LionRock Farm in Sharon, Connecticut. Day two offers a tour showcasing spectacular gardens in Falls Village as well as in Amenia and Millbrook, New York. 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, 36th Annual Newton House Tour May 20 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 $35 in advance, $40 on the day of tour (discount for Historic Newton members). Tickets can be purchased online and picked up at the DurantKenrick House on the day of the tour. 617-796-1463, Garden Conservancy Open Days, Little Compton, R.I. May 26–27 The Garden Conservancy’s mission is to preserve exceptional gardens across the United States so the public can enjoy and learn from them. Homeowners in the charming seaside town of Little Compton, Rhode Island, open their garden gates for the Garden Conservancy Open days. I

JUNE Concord Museum Garden Tour June 1–2 Attendees of this annual event are sure to be inspired to create their own outdoor oases by visiting some of the most beautiful gardens in Concord, Massachusetts. I 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  $30 Concord Museum members in advance, $35 nonmembers in advance, $5 additional day of tour. 978-369-9763, PVDFest 2018 June 7–10 The city of Providence, Rhode Island, hosts a four-day celebration of the arts. Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city in a multiarts takeover of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages. I Visit for event details. 1. Courtesy The Oscar Wilde Society

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Calendar Designing Beauport Room by Room June 8 Explore the beautiful summer home of early 20th-century interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper at this special tour that provides access to rooms rarely seen. Marvel at his use of light and color, and explore Sleeper’s exemplary collections of furniture, glass, ceramics, and textiles.  I 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. $15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers. Gloucester, Mass., 978-2830800, Simply Sudbury Garden Tour June 8–9 Tour seven unique gardens in Sudbury, Massachusetts, at this annual event hosted by the Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury. The gardens range in scope and style from containers for small spaces to a large farm with an orchard. Some of the gardens will host musicians and refreshments. I 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $35 in advance, $40 day of tour at the Sudbury Town Hall. gardenclubofsudbury









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Garden Conservancy Open Days, Greater Boston June 9 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 garden Newport Spring Secret Garden Tours June 15–17 Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of some of Newport, Rhode Island’s most prestigious properties. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Aquidneck Island public schools. I 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of tour, 401-439-7253,

Newport Flower Show: Cottages Smart and Small June 22–24 What do the grand mansions of Newport and tiny houses have in common? It’s all about lifestyle! This year’s flower show celebrates the tiny house movement by featuring six tiny houses and accompanying gardens. Several social events surround the show, including a festive openingnight party on Friday, and a Sunday Champagne and jazz brunch. I Admission for the show $20 in advance, $25 day of 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, The Annual OIA Garden Tour June 23 The Orleans Improvement Association celebrates 30 years of their fabulous tour. This year’s tour is themed “Secret Gardens” and showcases seven local gardens. Plein air painters and master gardeners will be present at many of the locations. There will be 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, $27 online, $30 day of event at the Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans. Advance tickets sold at Agway in Chatham, Dennis, and Orleans; The Farm; Friends Market Place; and Snow’s Home and Garden Center. Orleans, Mass.,  The Federal-Style Landscape of Rundlet-May June 27 Take an educational tour of the gardens of the Federalstyle Rundlet-May House and learn about the gardens’ past and how the Historic New England staff maintains this slice of horticultural history. I 10:30 a.m.–noon. $10 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers. Portsmouth, N.H., EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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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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Trade Notes

In addition to its founder, architect Leslie Saul, the five-member team of women includes architectural designers and interior designers who collaborate on the company’s wide-ranging array of projects, from corporate offices to senior living complexes to schools and churches to new and renovated homes. I  Cambridge, Mass.,





Forty and fabulous—that’s JANUS et Cie, the outdoor-furnishings company founded in 1978 as a single showroom in Los Angeles. As it moves into its fifth decade, the firm now has nineteen showrooms around the world, including one in the Boston Design Center. Readers of New England Home have no doubt noticed that area designers frequently turn to JANUS et Cie to furnish the prettiest outdoor areas.  I  Boston Design Center,


3 1) JANUS et Cie’s new Hatch chaise. 2) Designer Molly Pidgeon. 3) Wilson Kelsey Design’s Paris-inspired bathroom includes the Lyndon soaking tub from DXV American Standard.


Molly Pidgeon doesn’t believe in standing still when it comes to her career. Early last year she launched House of Dietrich, an interior design firm, and now she has started a design/build and construction management firm called Pidgeon & Company. The new company offers a team of experts in construction, architecture, engineering, and interior design to help clients through the home-building stages, from initial budgeting and planning to construction to moving in.  I  Malden, Mass.,


Sally Wilson and John Kelsey, the duo behind Wilson Kelsey Design, never turn down a challenge. For their latest adventure in design, they’ve been selected as one of four companies chosen for the 2018 Design Panel for DXV American Standard. The century-and-a-half-old company launched DXV, a flagship collection of luxury kitchen and bath products inspired by influential design movements of the past fifteen decades. Wilson and Kelsey are busy designing a Paris-inspired bathroom that will be built and—along with the work of the three other design firms selected—unveiled later this year.  I  Salem, Mass.,


Happy anniversary to Leslie Saul & Associates. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based architecture and interior design firm—a certified women-owned business—is celebrating twenty-five pioneering years with the mission of “making the world a better place for people who work, play, age, live, and learn.”

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Designer Emily Pinney’s charming boutique, Syd+Sam, is always a pleasure to visit, with its displays of fun, fresh things for the home. If you haven’t been lately, you’ll want to drop by to view the new line of furniture Pinney recently debuted. The pieces—all made in America—strike a contemporary note with their sleek lines and neutral colors, but it’s easy to imagine them fitting in with both transitional and traditional decor.  I  Cambridge, Mass.,,


The new Kohler Signature Store by Supply New England at 7 Tide in Boston is a visual feast, and we’re not just talking about its seemingly endless displays of the latest products for the bath. The showroom also boasts a spectacular installation created by Newport, Rhode Island, craftsman Jeff Soderbergh. Using reclaimed nineteenth-century wood from the Boston waterfront, Soderbergh created a suspended ceiling sculpture that gives the showroom’s entrance a sense of what he calls “serious drama.” He also fashioned a granite wall, composed of slices of huge circa-1700s ballast stones reclaimed from Boston Harbor, to act as a display for shower fixtures.  I,


One thing we love about our friends in the home design business is the importance they place on being good citizens. Case in point: C&R Flooring’s new social media campaign that promotes charitable individuals and organizations doing good across New England. The company’s president, Chris Zizza, launched The Make a Difference Project to remind us all that, despite the predominance of negative news in the headlines, there are many people working hard to make the world a better place. The project highlights a different charity or person each month, and the website includes a tab for people to send in nominations.  I Westwood, Mass., makeadifference,  Pidgeon portrait by Jessica Delaney

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To celebrate our March–April 2018 issue, both new and longtime members of the New England Home family gathered at The Inspired Bath in Waltham, Massachusetts, for a networking event. Guests wandered through the newly renovated showroom, admiring the products, enjoying cocktails and refreshments, and mingling with other industry professionals.











| 1. The Inspired Bath’s recently remodeled showroom | 2. Michael Greene and Kerri Anastas of Babel’s Paint and Decorating | 3. Matt Payne of Garage Headquarters, New England Home’s Kim Sansoucy, and Eric Euell of Garage Headquarters | 4. Matthew Cunningham and Jen Stephens of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design | 5. Bob Ernst of FBN Construction | 6. Alexandra and Angel Centeno of Systems Design & Integration | 7. One of the showroom’s expansive displays  | 8. George Workman of Gregory Lombardi Design | 9. Dan Gordon of Dan Gordon Landscape Architects | 10. Corey MacPherson, Greg Graham, and ­Christian Prescott of Latitude Architects | 11. Tim Connors of Youngblood Builders with Kevin Lowe of The Inspired Bath | 12. Claire Federman of Sewfine Drapery Workroom and Chelsea Blanchard of Blanchard Design Studio | 13. Danielle Johnson of The Inspired Bath with Ann Murphy and Caroline Barth of Janine Dowling Design | 14. Adam Bergeron of Inspired Ornamental and Alexia Catanzano of The Inspired Bath | 15. Kevin Leis of Inspired Ornamental

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Design Life Favreaulous Factory Launch Party

It was an evening of glamour as Steven Favreau, Dennis Wyrzykowski, Bob Ernst, Andrew Sidford, and Greg Premru celebrated the launch of their brand-new shared space, the Favreaulous Factory. The 11,000-square-foot loft, located around the corner from the Boston Design Center, was transformed into a glittering Mardi Gras-esque dream.






B/A/D Talks

| 1. Cameron Stowe, Susan Lanoue, and Duncan Hughes | 2. Peter Griffin, Jason Cook, Larissa Cook, and Bob Ernst | 3. Josh Giamichael, Lisa Gosling, and Dane Austin Giamichael  | 4. Chelsea Blanchard and Greg Premru | 5. Steven Favreau, Vani Sayeed, and Dennis Wyrzykowski  | 6. Jeffrey Arcari, Jerry Arcari, and Peter Arcari

The Boston Design Center’s fifth-floor seminar room was the setting for a recent B/A/D talk called Getting More Good Women into B/A/D Companies. With New England Home editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner moderating, the panel discussed ways building, architecture, and design companies in the Boston area can do more to attract talented female employees. The engaging session also gave attendees the chance to network with each other.


| 1. Jessalyn Jarest and 4 Julie Brown | 2. Dana Barsoian, Kristen Wright, Betsy Bassett, and Stacey Marino Puopolo | 3. John Tittmann, panelist Catherine Truman, and J.B. Clancy | 4. Panelists Catherine Truman, Paula Daher, Emily GrandstaffRice, and Von Salmi  | 5. Jean Verbridge and Leslie Schneeberger

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Design Life National Design Awards in Boston

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum celebrated the East Coast winners of the 2017 National Design Awards with a gala at the Boston Design Center. The event kicked off with a welcome from Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, followed by a lively conversation with Matilda McQuaid, the museum’s deputy curatorial director and head of textiles, and several of the award winners.



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2. West Coast Chic California-based interior designer Lisa McDennon has launched a collection for Hinkley Lighting’s exclusive Fredrick Ramond line. Nula mixes modern and organic elements for a one-of-a-kind look. | Barre Electric and Lighting Supply, Barre, Vt.,

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6. Furniture Forward Isn’t it time bathroom furnishings got a new look? Cosentino partnered with designer Daniel Germani and Riva 1920 to create a bathroom cabinet that beautifully marries form and function. | Cosentino Center Boston, Canton, Mass.,

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Shore Thing

A Beacon on Beacon

Shore Thing

This architectural gem was designed to grace the rocky outcroppings at the entrance to the harbor in Rockport, Maine, taking full advantage of the views, as indeed it does. Not only does the four-acre-plus site hug the scenic coastline, but it’s backed by a serene twenty-one-acre nature preserve. Any home would have done well to be built here, but this one seems especially well-suited to the lot. Designed by architect John M ­ orris of Camden, Maine, it’s been described as “a modern interpretation of a Shingle-style home in the vernacular of the Maine coast.” It’s anchored to its oceanfront site

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with fieldstone piers and ground-level walls, and features multiple rooflines, cantilevered covered porches, and curved balconies that evoke the look of a cruise ship. The current owners purchased the property in the late 1990s and built the main house in 1999 (they also restored the existing circa-1873 farmhouse). The 10,000-square-foot home is more than ideal for entertaining and large family gatherings. There are four bedroom suites, but the space can be configured to add two more guestrooms with private balconies. A striking central staircase and French doors open to the ROOMS: 14 wraparound deck. The basement 4 BEDROOMS 6 FULL BATHS includes a media room with 3 HALF BATHS cherry bar, a game room, gym, sauna, and 10,599 SQ. FT. wine cellar. But wait, says listing agent $6,975,000 Terry Sortwell, there’s more: a substantial deep-water dock on the 860-foot accessible shorefront. Duly Noted: The unique and very private site was landscaped in a manner befitting its natural beauty; it’s especially gorgeous in spring | Continued on page 178 May-June 2018 | New England Home  173

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent estate on 23 acres in the heart of Weston. Beautifully renovated main residence, guest cottage & field house. Spectacular grounds, gardens & freshwater pond with waterfall. $18,500,000 Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, Sales Associate C. 781.507.1650

DOVER, MASSACHUSETTS Breathtaking residence set on 5 acres with exquisite details, smart technology, including a luxurious master suite, chef’s kitchen, wine cellar, indoor pool, gym and home theater. $5,999,000 Joni Shore & Jon S. Shore, Sales Associates JS. 781.888.2389 | JS. 781.864.9219

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

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Chestnut Hill home. Custom built Shingle & Stone Neo-Victorian. Sun drenched spacious rooms, 6 bedrooms, finished lower level, grassy yard with breathtaking hilltop views! $5,250,000

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen, Sales Associate C. 781.507.1650

Deborah M. Gordon, Sales Associate C. 617.974.0404

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, MASSACHUSETTS Architecturally significant home with historic detail and luxurious amenities. State of the art kitchen, new baths, new systems. Palladian windows overlook 7+ acre grounds. $3,400,000

MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Ocean & Island views! Renovated 5000 S.F. residence, chef's kitchen open to family room. 5 bedrooms & 5 ensuite baths. Peach's Point home with association dock, beach and moorings. $3,299,000

Lynda Surdam, Sales Associate C. 978.764.7474

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MOULTONBOROUGH, NEW HAMPSHIRE Winnipesaukee south facing 5BR custom home and guest house with 6 fireplaces, 2-story great room, large screened porch, first floor master, and antique heartwood floors. $2,995,000 Janet Cramer, Sales Associate C. 603.707.2771 | O. 603.253.4345

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Fisher Hill! Stucco Colonial home on 20,000+ SF lot with original period details, marble foyer, living room with fireplace, sunken den, sunroom and 6+ bedrooms. $2,990,000 Deborah M. Gordon, Sales Associate C. 617.974.0404

SUDBURY, MASSACHUSETTS Stunning colonial home set on 2.33 acres with exquisite rooms, 6 fireplaces, chef’s kitchen, 5 bedrooms, game room, media room, patios, and gardens. $2,499,000

COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS Historic building in Cohasset Harbor transformed into 5 luxury condominiums, each with high-end kitchen, luxurious baths, Jacuzzi, and hardwood floors. Parking included. Ideal investment property. $2,495,000

Laura Semple Walsh & Beth Hettrich, Sales Associates L.978.831.3766 | B.978.831.2083

Todd Glaskin, Premier Agent C. 617.843.5685

WENHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Handsome, c.1910 shingle-style residence set on 10+ acre private farm with period details, marble and fir floors, country kitchen, 5 bedrooms, paddocks, and 2 barns. $2,100,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Custom shingle-style home set on 2.67 acres with rich details, high-tech systems, custom kitchen, sunken family/living room, 2 masters, sports court, and 3 garage spaces. $2,000,000

Peter Dorsey, Sales Associate C. 978.340.0661

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


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



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and summer, says Sortwell, with its lush green lawns, colorful annuals and perennials, flowering shrubs, and secluded sitting areas. A three-level water feature with a spa and plunge pool completes the backyard paradise. Contact: Terry Sortwell, Landvest, Camden, Maine, 207-236-3543, MLS# 1330901

New in Old Fenwick

Most of the eighty or so homes built in Fenwick, Connecticut, in the late 1900s were designed as summer cottages. Some were winterized over the years, allowing residents to live year-round in the summer colony turned tony enclave of Old Saybrook. There was no retrofitting needed for this house. It was built new in 2006, with state-of-the-art mechanicals (including a whole-house generator) and, promises listing Colette Harron, “it was built to perfection.” The Shingle-style home sits on a lot just shy of a half-acre, with direct beach access, at the mouth of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. Designed by architect Brooke Girty of Lyme, the 2,643-square-foot home with Craftsman notes is clad in weathered shingles accented by trim painted a rich shade of hunter green. The ROOMS: 7 first-floor master is one of four bedrooms, 4 BEDROOMS and the house holds three full baths. 3 FULL BATHS 2,643 SQ. FT. The sunny kitchen and a great room $3,880,000 with a stone fireplace comprise the main living area. The space feels light and airy thanks to wide windows and French doors that open onto a deep porch with views of the water and professionally landscaped gardens. A side entrance (with an outdoor shower) leads to a mudroom with a farm sink and washer/ dryer. With cherry cabinetry and custom white granite countertops, the kitchen is sophisticated, but not overdone. The guest room/office off the kitchen features a twenty-first-century Murphy bed. Both bedrooms on the second level have access to a balcony. Duly Noted: This home is appointed in true “coastal style,” meaning it’s mostly white-on-white-on-white, with a little thoughtful contrast. The floor in the great room is painted a breezy shade of sea glass. Beadboard and ship­ lap are plentiful; materials for the beach stone fireplace were sourced in the area; and there’s an iconic compass rose painted on the floor in the foyer. Contact: Colette Harron, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Essex, Conn., 860-304-2391, ­ MLS# 170034296

A Beacon on Beacon

This property boasts location and looks in equal measure. It’s one of two condos in a classic brownstone dating from 1864 on Beacon Street in the desirable Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. It’s just steps from Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Charles River Esplanade. The 3,000-square-foot apartment is located on “the first block,” as the street crosses from Beacon Hill into Back Bay, according to listing agent Michael Moran, making it the best of the best spots in the city. Oh, and it has a one-car garage. The building’s facade was impeccably preserved and the apartments painstakingly restored. But the current owner made some changes. “My client wanted a brownstone envelope with a contemporary interior,” Moran says. The result is a four-bedroom, four-anda-half-bath flat with a stunning combination of classic architectural details and contemporary finishes. A striking glass-encased staircase with LED lighting connects all three floors. The main level’s expansive living area ROOMS: 7 features a minimalist floor-to-ceiling 4 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS glass wall housing a gas fireplace and 1 HALF BATH hidden TV, a spacious dining room, 3,031 SQ. FT. a sleek kitchen with state-of-the-art $5,875,000 appliances, and a grand arched window overlooking Beacon Street. The upper level boasts three bedrooms with baths; the front-facing master bedroom has ten-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows. The fourth bedroom (which could also be an office) is on the lower level, from which you can access the common areas and the garage. Duly Noted:Unfamiliar with the luxe neighborhood called Back Bay? A few facts: it runs along the Charles River, opposite Cambridge. Much of it was built on a landfill, and its streets are laid out in a grid. The Back Bay landscape was inspired by none other than the City of Lights, with Parisian details at every turn. The neighborhood has been synonymous with elegant living in Boston since the turn of the last century. Among its highlights are shop-lined Newbury Street, numerous galleries and boutiques, some of the city’s finest restaurants, and some notable buildings including the First Baptist Church, the Prudential Center, the John Hancock Tower, the Boston Public Library, and Trinity Church. Contact: Michael J. Moran, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, The Moran Group, Boston, 617-733-7660, MLS# 72260206

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PAGES 54–59 Architecture: Kyle Sheffield and Douglas Dick, LDa Architecture & Interiors, Cambridge, Mass., 617-621-1455, Interior design: Susan Collins Weir, Studio Collins Weir, Sausalito, Calif., 415-289-0590, Builder: Tom Turner, Turner Custom Building, Hingham, Mass., 781-749-8264, turnercustom Landscape design: Parterre Garden Services, Cambridge, Mass., 617-492-2230, Millwork: Tradern Fine Woodworking, Newton, Mass., 617-393-3733, Page 56: Oushak rug from Landry & Arcari,; sofa and Clio chair by Maxalto both from B&B Italia through Montage Boston,; marble plinth coffee table from Restoration Hardware,; pair of PK22 lounge chairs by Fritz Hansen from Arkitektura,; chair by Jens Risom from Ralph Pucci,; fireplace from Ortal,; LEM Piston kitchen counter stool with leather seat from Design Within Reach,; Caviar small pendants from Arteriors,; cooktop by Viking, vikingrange. com; hood vent from Zephyr Arc series, zephyr; double wall oven, warming drawer, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer columns all by Thermador,; dishwasher from Bosch,; double-drawer refrigerator by GE Monogram,; sink by Franke,; K7 faucet by Grohe, Page 58: Nolan sconces from Restoration Hardware; Carrera marble tile from Tile Showcase,; Lucian glass tile from Ann Sacks,; faucets, shower, and tub-filler from Grohe Atrio One collection; toilet from Toto Aquia collection,; tub from Wetstyle Tulip collection,


Interior design and interior architecture: Dee Elms,

Elms Interior Design, Boston, 617-451-1555, Builder: Sleeping Dog Properties, Boston, 617-576-6100, Decorative Finishing: Pietra Viva, Boston, 617-875-2066,

Page 62: Ottomans from Holly Hunt,;

mirror from Gabriel Scott,; sofa from Donghia,; side table from Holly Hunt; bronze sculpture by Corbin Bronze, Page 64: Swivel chairs by Donghia; side table from Holly Hunt; round sofa from B&B Italia,; pendants from Gabriel Scott. Page 66: Custom bed by Elms Interior Design; bedside table from Molteni, Page 67: Pendant from Vibia,; mirror from Ligne Roset,


Architectural and interior design: Nicola Manganello,

Nicola’s Home, Yarmouth, Maine, 207-847-3466, Consulting engineer: Aaron Wilson, Associated Design Partners, Falmouth, Maine, 207-878-1751, Builder: Island Cove Building and Development, Raymond, Maine, 207-655-9220, Landscape contractor: Coastal Landscape Construction and Snow Services, Cumberland, Maine, 207-797-3505, Swimming pool installation: Christman Pool, Portland, Maine, 207-797-0366, Page 88: Vessel sink and faucet from Kohler,; lighting from Visual Comfort,; wallpaper, vanity, mirror, and door hardware through Nicola’s Home. Page 89: Mirror from Made Goods, madegoods. com; entry rug from Dash & Albert,; grasscloth wallcovering from Thibaut, thibautdesign. com; interior windows and chest of drawers through Nicola’s Home. Pages 90–91: Kitchen cabinets by Habersham,; range from Viking,; refrigerator from Sub-Zero,; island stools from Hickory Chair,; bronze range hood designed by Nicola’s Home; backsplash tiles and pendant lights through Nicola’s Home; dining room table from Ralph Lauren,; chandelier from Rose Tarlow,; chair, upholstery, and rug through Nicola’s Home; family room sofa fabric from C&C Milano,; chairs from Lee Industries,, with Hodsoll McKenzie upholstery from Zimmer and Rohde,; barn door through Nicola’s Home with track from Rustica Hardware, rustica; window treatment fabric from Fabricut,; pillows, coffee table, lamps, and round table through Nicola’s Home. Page 92: Bed from Hickory Chair with custom pillows and bedding from Matteo,; chairs from Lee Industries; grasscloth wallcovering from Thibaut; rug from Bellbridge Carpet, bellbridge. com; drapes, bench, chest, table, and lamps through Nicola’s Home; stairway runner from Stark,; planters from Roost,; bench, pillows, and wall light through Nicola’s Home. Page 93: Vessel sink, faucet, and tub-filler from Kohler; vintage tub through Nicola’s Home; chandelier from Curry & Company, curreycodealers. com; sconces through Nicola’s Home. Pages 94–95: Dining area chandelier from Rose Tarlow; dining table, dining chairs, and sofa chairs through Nicola’s Home.


Architecture: Ruth Bennett, RBA Architecture,

Belmont, Mass., 781-354-0055, Interior design: Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Interiors, Boston, 617-227-6693, Builder: Preston Lemanski, Lemanski Construction Company, Marblehead, Mass., 781-797-3997, Interior millwork fabrication: Blue Anchor Woodworks, Marblehead, Mass., 781-631-2390, Interior millwork installation: Miley Construction, Belmont, Mass, 617-489-6068 Cabinetmaker: Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers, Cumberland, R.I., 401-658-0440, Audio/video design/installation: Northshore Audio/ Video, Peabody, Mass., 978-762-4474, Upholstery workroom: Connors Design, Marlborough, Mass., 508-481-1930, Drapery workroom: Carole Bruce Workroom, Beverly, Mass., 978-927-2198, Paperhanger: Normand Ste. Marie, Wallcoverings Unlimited, Fall River, Mass., 508-675-8704 Page 96: Custom front door by Upstate Door, Page 98: Argyle floor tile from Sterling Row collection by Walker Zanger,, through Tile Showcase,; stair construction and installation by Hardwood Design,; Zurich lantern from Vaughan,, through Webster & Company,; powder room wallpaper from Thibaut, thibautdesign. com, through The Martin Group, martingroupinc. com; stair runner from J.D. Staron, Pages 99–101: Pale Oats high-gloss ceiling color from Benjamin Moore,; reception/dining table designed by Gerald Pomeroy, fabricated by Art Applications, artapplicationsinc. com; dining chairs from Artistic Frame, artistic​; ottoman from Formations, formations​; Auburn six-light chandelier from Arteriors,; sconces at banquette from Vaughan, through Webster & Company; living room mirror from Keith Fritz,, through M-Geough,; fireplace surround from Cumar,; Arras fireplace sconces from Vaughan through Webster & Company; coffee table designed by Gerald Pomeroy, fabricated by Art Applications; sofa and lounge chairs from Lee Jofa,; drapery fabric from Brunschwig & Fils, Pages 102–103: Drawing Room Blue cabinet color from Farrow & Ball,; counter stools from Kravet,; island pendants from Urban Electric,; polished quartz countertops from Cumar; oak floors from Carlisle,; breakfast area chandelier from Niermann Weeks, niermannweeks. com; decorative plates from Christopher Spitzmiller,; Saarinen breakfast table from Knoll,; breakfast chairs from Restoration Hardware,; family room mirror from M-B Home,; swivel chairs, ottoman, and sofa from Kravet; carpet from Lee Jofa; bulletin board fabric by Manuel Canovas from Cowtan & Tout,; desk chair from McGuire, Pages 104–105: Pedestal designed by Gerald Pomeroy, fabricated by Art Applications; urn from Charles Spada Antiques,; botanical print from Lussier Lajoie Custom Framing,; vintage bedroom ceiling light from Niermann Weeks; Louis XVI chairs from Charles Spada Antiques; occasional table and lamps on night stands from Vaughan through Webster & Company; lamp on table from Rose Tarlow/ Melrose house,, through Webster & Company; grasscloth wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries,; curtain fabric from Schumacher,; AKDO tile on master bath floor

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Pages 106–107: Topanga chandelier from Boyd Lighting,; Opus wallcovering from Romo,; black-and-gold glass wall sculpture by Thor Bueno,; staircase runner from J.D. Staron,; Oslo sideboard from Holly Hunt,; paper wall sculpture by Matthew Shlian,; planters flanking sideboard from Winston Flowers, Pages 108–109: Stellare Piccolo chandelier from Donghia,; photo triptych by Jim Nickelson Photography,; marbled-paper table from McLain Weisand through M-Geough,; Prong table lamp from Donghia; Pavel sectional sofa from Donghia with fabric by Holly Hunt; throw pillows fabricated by Partners in Design,, with Romo fabrics; coffee table from 1stDibs, 1stdibs. com; Signature lamp from Baker, bakerfurniture. com; Duca mirror from Donghia; Clare lounge chairs from the Bright Group,, with Romo fabric; log sculpture above fireplace by Gisela Griffith,, andirons from John Lyle,; armchair fabric from Scalamandré,; rug from J.D. Staron. Pages 110–111: Deco Monkeys wallpaper from De Gournay,; dining table from David Iatesta,, through Studio 534,; Plaza chairs from Anees Upholstery,, in Edelman leather,; Paris chandelier and glass-top console table by Holly Hunt through Webster & Company; drapery fabric by Pierre Frey, pierrefrey. com, through The Martin Group, martingroupinc. com, fabricated by George Perry Interiors workroom, Reading, Mass., 781-944-3108; rug from J.D. Staron. Page 112: Island stools from Marc Albrecht Studio,; Bamba hanging light from Holly Hunt; custom kitchen table from Downsview Kitchens of Boston; Sito chair from Artistic Frame,, through Icon Group, Boston Design Center, 617-428-0655; breakfast area light from John Pomp,; White Dove wall paint from Benjamin Moore, Page 113: Patio furniture from JF Chen, jfchen. com; media room sectional upholstered by Partners in Design in Stark fabrics,; Sinan pillow fabric from Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle. com; roman shade fabricated by George Perry Interiors in Sinan fabric; Jasper end tables from Michael S. Smith,; custom ottoman upholstered in Jerry Pair leather, Page 114: Watermark wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries,; bed upholstered by Partners in Design in Versa fabric from Designers Guild,

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PAGES 116–127 Architecture: Arthur C. Hanlon, Shope Reno Wharton, Norwalk, Conn., 203-852-7250, shoperenowharton. com Interior design: Sharon Cameron Lawn, Sharon Cameron Lawn Interiors, Newport, R.I., 401-662-6302, Builder: Russell Greenhalgh, Chopmist Hill Woodworks, North Scituate, R.I., 401-374-3143 Interior millwork: Chopmist Hill Woodworks, and Architectural Woodworking, Coventry, R.I., 401-821-5070 Landscape, hardscape, and pool design: Katherine Field, Katherine Field & Associates, Newport, R.I., 401-848-2750, Landscape contractor: Mike Ward, Fields of Dreams Tree Farm & Landscaping, North Stonington, Conn., 860-599-2559 Audio/video design/installation: Maverick Integration, Nashua, N.H., 603-637-1306, maverickintegration. com Swimming pool build/install: Tom Hendricks, Hendricks Pools, Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-7410 Pages 120–122: Striped entry chairs from Roche Bobois,; family room rug from Faber’s Rug Company,; custom sofas and coffee table from Sharon Cameron Lawn Interiors; sofa fabric from Robert Allen, robert​; dining table by Jeff Soderbergh,; custom chandelier from Sharon Cameron Lawn Interiors; hand-blown glass branches from Clancy Designs,; dining chairs from Roche Bobois; game table by Jeff Soderbergh; custom chairs from Sharon Cameron Lawn Interiors in Robert Allen fabric; sculpture over fireplace by Peter Diepenbrock, peterdiepenbrock. com; custom sofa and loveseat from Sharon Cameron Lawn Interiors with Robert Allen fabric; crab accessory from Florijn, Page 123: Pendants from Simon Pearce,; refrigerator from Sub-Zero,; custom cabinets crafted by Architectural Woodworking. Page 124: Bed from Drexel Furniture,; custom chairs from Sharon Cameron Lawn Interiors with Robert Allen fabric. Page 125: Tub from Victoria + Albert, vandabaths. com. Page 127: Chandelier from Moooi,; chess game from Testosterone Aspen, testosteroneaspen. com; swivel chairs from Sharon Cameron Lawn Interiors.

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Stark Carpet 31

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This installation was for an event we planned and designed not long ago at • the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. The client really wanted to host the affair outside,

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