New England Home May-June 2019

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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Old meets new on Nantucket and a high-style colonial revival restoration

Julian Edelman’s Oasis

New England’s own Super Bowl MVP shares his Back Bay home

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May–June 2019 I Volume 14, Issue 5

Julian Edelman and designer Duncan Hughes

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Bold pattern and color welcome a new generation of rusticators on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Text by Debra Spark I Photography by Jeffrey R. Roberts


Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman touches down— and stays grounded—in a Back Bay brownstone. Text by Bob Curley I Photography by Michael J. Lee


An eighteenth-century Nantucket house gets an update that celebrates its past and ensures its future. Text by Debra Judge Silber I Photography by Michael Partenio I Produced by Stacy Kunstel


A colonial revival beauty is restored, from the inside out, to all its nineteenth-century magnificence. Text by Regina Cole I Photography by Michael J. Lee Produced by Kyle Hoepner


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In This Issue


May–June 2019 I Volume 14, Issue 5


169 Perspectives

35 24 From the Editor 35 Trending

A knockout wallpaper; a modern addition completes a classic colonial; a landscape architect branches out into outdoor sculptures; Miles Endo is a young luminary in the world of lighting; a posh, Asian-influenced bath; beautiful finds from New England’s shops and showrooms.

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Sculptor Richard Erdman has had a passion for stone since boyhood, and there’s no sign he’ll tire of the medium any time soon I By Robert Kiener

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A thirty-something couple trades life in New York for a Boston condo filled with art, friends, and fun. I By Marni Elyse Katz  I Photography by Sean Litchfield



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A sensitive landscape design reawakens the grounds of an early twentiethcentury home, restoring a long dormant elegance and grace. I Text by Megan Fulweiler  I Photography by Neil Landino

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Special events for people who are passionate about design. By Erika Ayn Finch

188 Scene and Heard

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

198 Design Life

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

202 Premier Properties

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

209 Resources

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

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Editor’s Letter

The View From the Editor’s Chair


ur May–June issue of New England Home traditionally contains our annual check-in with the region’s design experts, querying them about what they see happening in terms of home style, and what colors, products, and design ideas—of the many always circulating in the zeitgeist—particularly catch their eye. It makes sense that, when questions come up about residential design and construction in our six states, we would go directly to the folks who labor in the trenches every day for advice. And yet, over the months spent putting each magazine together, our editorial staff is also pondering pretty much the same matters. We don’t have the precise technical knowledge that a long-practicing architect might, or know all the details needed to pick an upholstery fabric for a specific use (questions about “double-rubs” and “Wyzenbeek vs. Martindale” do not typically come up in consumer magazine job interviews). We do, though, gain an alternative kind of expertise, via the sheer number

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of projects we study over time, and the innumerable conversations we have—both formal, at lectures and panel discussions, and informal, at networking events, award ceremonies, and social get-togethers— with design and building personnel of all sorts. So while I would never set myself up as an authority in actually practicing landscape architecture or furniture making or what-have-you, I have, over the past fourteen years with this publication, stored up a pretty broad (even deep, in places) perspective on the business—one that is quite different in many ways from a working designer’s view. Creative professionals certainly try to stay plugged in, and are always educating their eye and imbibing new inspiration via, say, Instagram. Still, I would hazard that intellectually curious editors consume a more varied diet overall, dealing as we do with people who represent so many differing outlooks. Immersed as we are, too, in media covering not just the local market, but the entire world, we may sometimes notice emerging developments that have not yet made big inroads here at home, but very likely will do so in the not-too-distant future. Thus the more aspirational goal I have always privately had for New England Home. Yes, we attempt, as it says on each of our covers, to celebrate fine design, architecture, and custom building as actually practiced here in the Northeast. But, just as important, I believe we have a responsibility to advocate for the best of the residential experience in New England as it can be. So what you see in our pages, at least while my name is at the top of the masthead, is an investment in the future beauty of New England as well as a reflection of its present. —Kyle Hoepner

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Before and After BEFORE AFTER

Opposites Attract

A thoroughly modern addition completes a classic colonial.

It was the contemporary art hanging on the walls that gave architect Jacob Lilley an idea. “I decided to test the waters with them,” he remembers. Hired to revamp a classic Wellesley colonial, Lilley suggested razing and replacing a single-story addition on the back of the house. The idea, he explains, would be that, as you move through the house from front to back, the aesthetic completely shifts from traditional to modern. Comprised of glass and mahogany, the “highcontrast addition,” built by JW Construction, houses an open-concept family room, kitchen, and dining area. A stunning, streamlined kitchen, courtesy of Divine Design Center, is the star. Designer Samantha DeMarco oversaw the project, which features high-gloss lacquer cabinets by Spanish manufacturer Doca in a soft gray. White Caesarstone with gray veining on the countertops, backsplash, and waterfall-edge island reinforces the contemporary vibe. Vertical-grain reclaimed pine-

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wood columns and upper cabinets are a focal point that lend warmth and texture while doubling as pantries. A thirty-six-foot-wide glass wall slides open to the deck and outdoor entertaining area, conceived by ­Kimberly Mercurio Landscape Architecture. The patio is continuous with the floor height, providing a seamless transition from indoors to out. Because of the grading, “you look directly into a tree canopy,” notes Lilley, “so it feels like you’re in a treehouse.” A completely grown-up, state-of-the-art version, of course. | Jacob Lilley Architects, Wellesley, Mass.,; Divine Design Center, Boston,; Kimberly Mercurio Landscape Architecture, Cambridge, Mass.,; JW Construction, Burlington, Mass., After photography by Keitaro Yoshioka

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In Season

“My sculptures are born out of that visual intrigue; in my mind’s eye, I turn those bales into orbs,” says Keith Wagner.

Full Circle

A passion for outdoor sculpture dovetails seamlessly with a love of landscape architecture.

It is, of course, fitting that a work of art by a landscape architect would be inspired by the natural world around him. “Meadows are Vermont’s lawns, and I’ve always had an attraction to hay bales,” says Keith Wagner, whose firm, Wagner Hodgson, is in Burlington. “My sculptures are born out of that visual intrigue; in my mind’s eye, I turn those bales into orbs.” Wagner scours scrapyards for rusted metal and morphs it into hollow, minimalist spheres that play with pattern, repetition, layering, and texture. They’ve ranged in size from eighteen inches in diameter to six feet, and he’s incorporated everything from railroad spikes to timeworn tools; when his dad, who taught him how

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to weld, died, Wagner fabricated an orb out of his old wrenches for his mother to remember him by. Wagner, who also paints (primarily minimalist abstract landscapes), spends his weekends toiling in his studio, located in a barn adjacent to his home. Just outside is a courtyard with five sculptures, all of varying sizes, that visitors pass through. Though he began sculpting some three decades ago as a personal creative outlet, its influence finds its way into his day job. “I like inviting people to think about sculpture in the landscape,” he says, “but it doesn’t necessarily have to be mine.” It’s a natural connection, of course, as both of Wagner’s vocations are inspired by celebrating—and creating—a true sense of place. | Wagner Hodgson, Burlington, Vt., Photography courtesy of Keith Wagner

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Sleek, modern fixtures have swiftly launched designer Miles Endo into the limelight.

They say we’re a product of our experiences, and lighting designer Miles Endo, who was born in Tokyo and raised in Hawaii, is a prime example. That, and a whole lot of talent and tenacity, of course. His rise has been fast, focused, and filled with some pretty cool opportunities. A few highlights: since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, Endo collaborated on furniture design projects for West Elm and fashion designer Jason Wu during an internship in New York City; he opened his own design house in Providence; he was one of fifteen designers selected to make furniture for sneaker giant Converse’s new Boston headquarters; he appeared on HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge; and

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he received a sizable grant from DESIGNxRI to launch his first collection. Today, Endo focuses exclusively on lighting. His designs are modern and geometric, a “sculptural take on a functional item,” he says. Fabricated from steel, they are large in scale and designed to make a statement, many measuring five or six feet in diameter. While his inspiration comes from varied sources (the Ditri, which blends a convex hexagon and a triangle, was inspired by a snowflake, and the Deco sconce was born out of the bold lines of the art deco movement), Endo often credits music as his muse. “My parents are both musicians,” he says, “and as a drummer myself, I seek inspiration from musical instruments and the quality of sound.” Be it drumming or designing, Endo clearly moves to a steady beat—he has already debuted five new fixtures this year and shows no signs of slowing his rhythm. | Studio Endo, Providence, Photography courtesy of Miles Endo

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East Meets West

A posh Maine bath has its design roots in China.

Once you stay at the Four Seasons in Beijing, there’s just no going back. So, Pat Fortunato’s clients did the next best thing: they asked her to capture the look and feel of a guest suite at the hotel . . . in their Cape Elizabeth, Maine, home. She knew the Asian-inspired remodel would be extensive, so she did her homework, says Fortunato, a designer in Old Orchard Beach. The bath had to feel serene and luxurious. At its heart: a topof-the-line freestanding Kohler soaking tub with features that include music, massage, and chromatherapy. “It does everything but drive their kids to school,” she says. She used Palissandro Bronzetto marble on the floors (honed for safety) and walls (polished “because it felt watery”). She added black accents for contrast. A frameless glass shower prevents

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visual disruption of the basket weave pattern. Other walls are faux finished in varying neutral tones to add dimension. Fortunato chose a black cabinet to stand out against the Snow White marble vanity top, and had it custom painted with decorative motifs inspired by the clients’ flower gardens. She hung a carved, gold leaf dragon mirror for drama. Centered on the wall over the tub, a custom mosaic niche depicts koi circling in a pond. The motif was selected for its association with water, of course—and because in Chinese culture and in feng shui, it’s believed that koi attract good fortune and prosperity. The project took her a little out of her comfort zone, Fortunato admits, but it was worth it. “They loved it so much they actually spent a week in there when it was finished,” she says.” | Patricia Fortunato, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, ­ Photography by François Gagné

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4. Under Cover Black Edition, part of the Romo umbrella group, debuts its Mizumi panel in carbon (gray) and viridian (blue), a collaboration between Black Edition and Japanese woodcut artist Katsutoshi Yuasa. | Romo, Boston Design Center,

2. Leading Light A chromed metal frame and epoxy powdercoated aluminum rods characterize the Foscarini Allegretto Suspension light designed by Atelier Oï. | Casa Design Group, Boston,

5. Put a Ring on It Midcentury-modern meets undersea chic with Kim Seybert’s Astrid napkin rings. The eye-catching metallic sheen allows the rings to transition from summer dinner parties to holiday tables. | Neiman Marcus, Boston, Natick,

3. Office Space Providence-based design studio INDO is the creative force behind the Ikat credenza. The low-rise tambour piece was inspired by the process of weaving hand-dyed Ikat fabrics. | INDO, Providence,

6. Cut a Rug The Global Chic collection by Newton designer Vani Sayeed for Landry & Arcari seeks to weave culture, art, and beauty. | Vani Sayeed Studios, Newton,, and Landry & Arcari, Boston,


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1. Tray Bien Notre Monde founder and designer Dawn Sweitzer plays with shapes and colors to create visual art that is as functional as it is attractive. The Bright Abstraction collection adds a pop of color to any room. | Lekker Home, Boston, 2. Splish Splash Who wouldn’t want to relax in the Calma bathtub by Stone Forest? The tub was carved by hand from a monolithic block of millionsof-years-old Marquina Taupe marble from a quarry in Spain. | Designer Bath, Beverly and Watertown, Mass.,


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Cast in Stone

Sculptor Richard Erdman has had a passion for stone since boyhood, and there’s no sign he’ll tire of the medium any time soon. I ask Richard Erdman what he • When hopes to depict with his art, he pauses, runs

his hand caressingly over one of the finished sculptures in his Williston, Vermont, studio and tells me, “I’m trying to capture that frozen moment in time, that feeling you get when you are doing anything exciting. It’s something I never tire of.” He pauses a moment, brushes back his thick shock of gray hair, and adds, “But there’s more; there’s the stone itself. As long as I’ve been alive, I’ve had a love affair with stone. And there’s no sign of that ever ending.” Erdman first fell in love with stone as a young boy growing up in Dorset, Vermont. “But it wasn’t just any stone,” he explains, “it was marble.” He and his siblings and childhood friends would swim in the nearby marble quarries and often

sneak into the Danby Quarry, the nation’s largest marble quarry, where he’d explore its enormous underground caverns of marble. “It was like entering another world, a magical place where I was standing in the marble, as opposed to on it,” he remembers. “I’d never felt that aware, that alive.” After earning an art degree in 1975 at the University of Vermont, where he was also a two-time NCAA All-American skier, Erdman went to Florence, Italy, to begin studying for a graduate degree. But after a few weeks of “studying cathedrals and architecture,” he jumped on a train to Carrara, the fabled marble region in northern Italy. “Surrounded by sculptors and marble, I knew I belonged there,” he says. He found a sculptor who invited him to sign on as a kind


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of apprentice and promptly dropped out of graduate school. “I had my epiphany in Carrara,” says Erdman. “It was there that I knew what I was going to do for the rest of my life.” Some four decades—and more than 1,000 sculptures—later, Erdman has become famous worldwide

for his abstract, flowing, almost gravity-defying sculptures, many of which have been commissioned by corporations, museums, and private patrons in fifty-two countries. His sculptures have been included in more than 160 solo and group exhibitions and are part of collections ranging from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to the Rockefeller Collection in New York to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. One of his most famous pieces, the massive twenty-five-by-sixteen-foot Passage, was commissioned by the Donald Kendall Sculpture Gardens at the PepsiCo world headquarters in Purchase, New York, and still holds the record for the world’s largest sculpture carved from a single block (450 tons) of travertine. It stands at the entrance of the garden, which also includes works by such notables as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and ­Alexander Calder. Flipping through his 2016 monograph,

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Richard Erdman Sculpture, it’s clear that Erdman has created a lifetime of work that, as he hoped, has captured a moment in time. When I remind him that one writer has noted, “Richard Erdman can make marble float,” and another said his work makes one wonder, “How did he possibly carve that into stone?” Erdman admits that he is thrilled that his work resonates with so many people. “I have been extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do,” he says. Erdman shows me how he uses a combination of wire, aluminum screen, and even pipe cleaners (“my trade secrets,” he jokes) to fashion a three-dimensional, small-scale model of a sculpture, much as an artist would use a sketchbook or a computer. “I draw in three dimensions; I draw in space,” he explains. “When I’m

getting somewhere, I cover the model with plaster and keep working it until I’m happy with the result.” He sends the finished plaster model to his studio in Carrara, where his team of artisans will replicate the piece in marble. While his marble pieces are usually only one-offs, he will have some pieces cast in smaller, limited-edition bronze versions. Erdman goes to Carrara six or seven times a year to hand-select marble from the quarries there for new pieces as well as to oversee his studio craftspeople for the “scaling up” process, where they transform his plaster models into much larger finished sculptures. “Every piece I do is a true collaboration,” he explains. It seems fitting that his much-admired work comes to life in Carrara, the place that nurtured him so many years ago. The love affair continues.  EDITOR’S NOTE: To see more of Richard Erdman’s




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A thirty-something couple trades life in New York for a Boston condo filled with art, friends, and fun.

not every day that clients ask you to • “It’s design a home around Lady Gaga’s twelve-inch

stilettos,” says Boston-based designer Dane Austin. “But when they do, you run with it.” Looking for a change of pace, the clients, a thirtysomething couple who are longtime friends of Austin and his husband, traded a 630-square-foot rental on New York’s Upper East Side for a 1,200-square-foot condo in downtown Boston last fall. The wife says, “We wanted the fun part of our personalities to be represented front and center.” Said stilettos, created by local shoe designer Thom Solo and purchased at the Fenway Health Men’s Event auction, are displayed on a pedestal with a spotlight, like fine art. “They convey the couple’s flair for dramatic style,” Austin says. The home is awash in such touches. The open


living space is painted Benjamin Moore Paisley Pink. The couple love the color—the husband often sports a pink shirt, bowtie, or socks with his Paul Smith suits—and its connotations—a fun nod to his stylist, whose name is Paisley. For the designer, it’s a cool shade of blush that acts as a neutral backdrop for bold moments of black and gray, from the door and window trim to the upholstery and artwork. Austin notes, “The best interiors balance masculine and feminine.” In the seating area, a clean-lined sectional and acrylic-backed swivel seats, all covered in textural

ABOVE: Graphic black and gray upholstery and bold jolts of color stand out against the statement-making blush-pink walls of the living room. The oil painting by Croatian artist Stjepan Šandrk pictures a young woman holding a cup of coffee and a cell phone in front of an 1866 masterpiece by Gustave Courbet. LEFT: Gold leaf tops the round resin Fabergé egg–like ­coffee table.

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Metropolitan Life geometric fabrics, surround a resin and gold-leaf coffee table reminiscent of a Fabergé egg. It’s an apt association, since the husband’s passion is Russian literature. A smooth, toestub-proof design was essential—the husband broke his toe on their last coffee table while reviewing, yes, Russian literature. “We walked around it to make sure nothing similar could happen again,” Austin says. The chairs in the dining area mix easily with the ones across the room, and the table’s zigzag base echoes the shapes on the sofa fabric. “There’s a lot of pattern, but it all coordinates,” says the designer. The wow comes from a statement painting by Lily Koto Olive, a friend of the husband,


LEFT: In the dining room, a deconstructed collaged portrait of George Washington by Tokyo-based artist Tomoya N hangs above Lady Gaga’s shoes, a purposeful contrasting of pop-culture with politics. The Venetian plaster finish on the kitchen island masks scuffmarks. Lady Gaga wore these Black Dahlia Mary Janes during performances commemorating the closing of the Roseland Ballroom in New York in 2014.

“WE WANTED THE FUN PART OF OUR PERSONALITIES TO BE REPRESENTED FRONT AND CENTER,” SAYS THE WIFE. and from the articulating branch chandelier with crinkled glass tips. The fixture, which can be stretched to match the width of the expandable dining table, or reconfigured just for fun, is interactive art in its own right. “Dane rearranges it every time he comes over,” says the wife. To pull pink into the center of the space, Austin commissioned decorative painter Pauline Curtiss to create a Venetian plaster finish on the kitchen island. A pair of cherry-and-mint-colored cage pendants by Roll & Hill hang like exclamation points above it. “They look like earrings the homeowner would rock with a great outfit,” Austin says.

The pendants’ color combination informed the color palette in the office, with its historic green walls and red lacquered desk, where the husband, a semi-retired investment analyst, spends his days. The artwork includes gritty street scenes and a portrait by sidewalk artist Paul Richard, whose drip paintings he used to skateboard over in Manhattan. The wife keeps her book collection in the guest room, where Austin installed Christian Lacroix wall-

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LEFT TO RIGHT: In the master bedroom, chests from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sport navy blue stain and are customized with gold-toned hardware. The office’s light fixture is made of metal strapping sourced from old wine barrels. Spiky, plum-colored Urchin pendants by Varaluz hang on either side of the guest room bed. “I love unexpected color combos,” says designer Dane Austin.

paper picturing colonial scenes overlaid with bamboo. The choice was inspired by the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, which Austin’s husband and the wife watched incessantly when they were roommates. “Lacroix was a frequent topic,” explains Austin. As a housewarming gift, Austin designed the loopy neon

sign reading “Chic Chick,” alluding to an inside joke shared by the friends. (“Chic” is written upside down.) “They love commissioned pieces, so I thought it would be a fun signature,” says the designer. On a field trip to the Boston Design Center, Austin and the wife spotted the dreamy watercolor


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mural by Phillip Jeffries used in the master bedroom. The soothing backdrop is visible from the kitchen, and keeps color flowing. A crystal halo chandelier amps up the glam, and hints at elements in a 1997 photograph by David LaChapelle, Addicted to Diamonds, which the couple cited as inspiration

early in the process. The couple succeeded in shaking things up with their move, and with Austin’s help, their decor. “I think this aesthetic was in us all along; we were just limited as renters,” the wife says. “Now people come over and say, ‘Oh, this is so you guys!’ ”


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Sleeping Beauty

A sensitive landscape design reawakens the grounds of an early twentieth-century home, restoring a long-dormant elegance and grace.

will always have her way. Leave • Nature any garden to its own devices and before long,

plants and trees will reclaim what they see as their own. This turn-of-the-last-century estate in Dover, Massachusetts, is a case in point. Conjuring images from an old fairy tale, the gardens had grown well beyond their original borders, old trees loomed menacingly over the house, and the pool (an awkward 1960s model) was sprouting weeds. The view today, however, reveals nothing of that sorry past. Landscape architect Dan Gordon’s well-edited, elegant plan has transformed the scene and remarried the handsome stucco house to its pastoral site. For the new owners and their young

family, Gordon’s changes have been life-altering. A series of spaces—outdoor rooms that include a lawn terrace, a dining terrace, and a pool garden—provide options for various activities, while the tranquil color scheme of green and white, what Gordon refers to as a “restrained palette,” complements the setting. Hydrangea, dogwood, boxwood, and yews are planted in decorous drifts, and tidy carpets of verdant pachysandra are set neatly here and there, accented with an occasional fern. Bluestone steppers help transition the family from one pretty spot to another. Every detail is meticulously choreographed, and therein lies the beauty. Perched on a ridge, the large

Landscape architect Dan Gordon created a beautifully proportioned pool garden that’s within easy reach of the house. A parade of white hydrangeas adds to the gracious setting and gives enjoyment to those inside, too. The tall hydrangea paniculata is an old specimen that has been carefully preserved.


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TOP TO BOTTOM: The red cedar pool fence will eventually weather to gray, making it a perfect fit for the garden’s understated palette. Unlike today’s pool, which mirrors the lines of the architecture, the old pool was perpendicular to the house. The inviting lawn terrace is an open-air room for play or entertaining.


home looks east though chestnuts, pines, and other trees to the Charles River and west across a sweep of broad meadow. The mature trees and the generous amount of open space help evoke an English ambience for the four-plus-acre property. Indeed, Gertrude Jekyll, that early twentieth-century doyenne of

British gardening, and her colleague, architect Edwin Lutyens, would no doubt approve Gordon’s classical approach and his use of local natural materials. To bring the garden back to its former glory, ­Gordon stripped away those elements that didn’t reflect the home’s character and rescued those that did. An old, bowed fieldstone wall, for example, was repaired and modified. Today it borders the lawn terrace and, along with a cedar crossbuck fence, crafted by New England Woodworkers, provides a subtle pool enclosure that befits the setting. Other walls, of lesser quality and likely not of the same vintage, were removed, although many of their salvaged stones found a spot elsewhere on the grounds. Unruly plantings and trees were eliminated, while tamer specimens got carefully carted off to different locations. “We took the best of the original garden, reworked it, and integrated it into our plan,” says Gordon. And to better join the garden with the site, he simplified the grading. Made consistent as it wraps the house, the grade steps down to both the pool area and the lawn terrace. Yesterday’s pool, which was not only in disrepair

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but also badly oriented, was nixed and a new version installed. Today’s model, with its streamlined bluestone surround, is set closer to the house for a better indoor/outdoor connection. The pool’s proximity draws the eye into the landscape. The rectangle of blue water doubles as a reflecting pool, too, affording the owners an ever-changing view of sky and trees.

And there’s a sense of order to the straight lines and symmetry of pool, fence, and lawn that enhances the feeling of peacefulness. A direct sight line runs from the home’s front entrance to French doors at the back, which open to the dining terrace—a favorite gathering place—and beyond to the lawn terrace, a swath of manicured

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FACING PAGE: Bluestone paths lead to different areas of the garden and help keep feet dry when the grass is damp. LEFT: The old fieldstone wall, which Gordon refurbished and reworked, is joined to the cedar fence by way of new cedar gates with bronze hardware. From the meadow side, due to the hilly topography, the wall reaches almost four feet in height.

green where it’s easy to imagine an old-school croquet match springing up at any moment. Rounded in shape on one side, the lawn terrace lends interest, creates a generous defined area for entertaining, and sits in delightful contrast to the rustic meadow. It seems Gordon has managed that rare thing: using less to make more. No bright-colored borders

or fancy ornaments anywhere, just a lovely garden skillfully awakened from its slumber. “We did what was appropriate in keeping with the theme of an older house,” says Gordon modestly. But anyone can plainly see, it’s a whole lot more than that.  RESOURCES : For more information about the professionals involved in this project, see page 209.

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Loving How You Live


e 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-entire-home 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-the-art 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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The Evolution of Outdoor Living


utdoor living is not necessarily a new design trend, but one that continually grows and evolves. In addition to classic porches, patios, and trellises, modern homeowners crave extras like outdoor showers and kitchens. We see outdoor living spaces in all regions where we work: seaside locales, suburban neighborhoods, and woodland areas. Homeowners in city properties carve out impressive outdoor spaces on rooftops and even in small gardens. From a millwork perspective, the challenge is in choosing the right materials that will gracefully endure sun exposure and the many forces of nature in the various climates where we work. In New England,

we experience extreme temperature fluctuations between summer highs and winter lows; the back and forth variations during our shoulder seasons; and the constant humidity changes and the sun’s UV damage year-round. It is essential to combine the correct species of wood with the right finish. In addition to a wide range of traditional wood species, advances in composite materials give us many more options. Whether you decide to put a finish on your exterior wood projects or let them age naturally, we will help you decide which materials and finish to use for your custom project.

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aintaining 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

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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.

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atural stone is the preferred material for pool terraces in New England. While bluestone continues to lead as the popular choice, we are experiencing a push for natural stone that is cooler to the touch, and kind to our feet! One of the most common concerns when choosing a terrace stone is, “Will it be too hot on our feet?” The solution? Travertine and marble. To the surprise of many, these have proven to be durable and able to withstand the elements in New England while providing lighter color choices that don’t hold in heat. Although these materials have been around for many years, we are seeing a current rise in popularity. Their

lighter colors and affordable price point open the door to more options for clients. Granite offers a wide range of colors as well, but can often be price prohibitive, depending on project budget. For this project, we collaborated with Custom Quality Pools as well as local landscape architect Elizabeth Hanna Morss. As a team, we guided the client in choosing a stone that both paired with the design and fulfilled their family’s vision. Marmiro’s Grano Antiqued Travertine was selected as the material of choice to turn this backyard into a spectacular, yet functional, landscape experience.

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andscape design is so much more than beautiful gardens, it is about extending your daily life outdoors. Especially here in New England, where cabin fever is a yearly affliction, everyone wants to maximize enjoyment of their yards. A single patio space just doesn’t cut it anymore. More and more, we are designing landscapes to have multiple outdoor rooms as a reaction to this desire. The grill area has become the hub of the yard, much like the kitchen island is the heart of the home. The patio is the new dining room, where the family gathers to share their days amongst flowers and a warm breeze. Fireplaces and fire pit patios that provide a destination to rest and recharge are the living room. Incorporating multiple spaces with unique experiences in our design and installation has become a go-to for a Blade of Grass, and we are not looking back.

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hroughout history, the most dramatic and space-changing form of ceiling décor has been the ceiling medallion. A single medallion can completely transform a room. Inspired Ornamental has a vast and beautiful collection of historic and traditional decorative plaster ceiling medallions, but we noticed that besides the traditional there are not many other choices in the industry. Innovation is a top priority at Inspired Ornamental in 2019. Our talented team of artisans are designing new lines of decorative plaster ceiling medallions so designers and decorators can have different options for their clients. The Coastal Living Collection of ceiling medallions will grace homes up and down the coast. Pictured here are some decorative ceiling medallions from Inspired Ornamental’s Coastal Living Collection. They range in diameter from 12 inches to 32 inches and feature medallions created from sand dollars, star fish, and various types of shells.

“These medallions create stunning visual attractions and wonderful conversation pieces throughout the home.”

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atural 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 sides. When placed next to one another, it creates a stunning mirror image. This trend has been spreading like wildfire, 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
of having stone in your home, but the artistry as well. Bookmatching these gorgeous stones can truly become a piece of timeless style and beauty in your home.

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Designed in 1989 by architect Christopher Glass, the Shingle-style home is a playful take on the grand cottages of the turn-of-the-century rusticators of Maine’s Mount Desert Island. The extensive gardens were laid out by landscape designer Dennis Bracale and are now tended by Erika Lindquist, who works full-time on the grounds.


Photography by JEFF ROBERTS PROJECT TEAM Architecture: Christopher Glass, Christopher Glass Architect Interior design: Leandra Fremont-Smith, Leandra Fremont-Smith Interiors Landscape design: Dennis Bracale, Gardens by Design, and Erika Lindquist

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A garden near the house holds seventeen varieties of roses, an arbor, and a swinging bench. A curved second-floor balcony is a crowning touch on the front entrance. The wraparound porch makes a fine spot for outdoor dining and enjoying the garden views.


icture a pack of little girls and boys spending their summer biking around Mount Desert Island in Maine. It’s the ’80s, before we’re all scared about letting our children run free for the day, and these kids have an impressive to-do list. On the agenda: searching for sea glass, painting wooden fish at a local artist’s studio, and pedaling into Northeast Harbor. Once there, they’ll go rowing at the Northeast Harbor Fleet or maybe swimming at the Northeast Harbor Club. Earlier generations making the same journey would have passed by the Kimball House Inn, a historic hotel across the street from St. Mary’s-by-the Sea. In the mid-1960s, though, the inn was torn down. For twenty-plus years, a grassy field stood in its place. Then, as the kids enter their teen years, a house goes up. It looks like a turn-ofthe-century Shingle-style “cottage,” one of many designed by architect Fred Savage for wealthy rusticators, but is, in fact, a 1989 house designed by Camden architect Christopher Glass. If the kids who pedal past that house are thinking about buying anything, it’s probably an ice cream cone, but one day, one of those biking children is going to be a budding artist, wife, and mother of three boys. She and her husband will buy the mansion and rename it Hedgefield. In 2014, another biking child, grown to become interior designer Leandra May–June 2019 | New England Home  93

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Fremont-Smith, is going to visit Hedgefield with a sea-glass bowl as a gift. Seeing it, the homeowner will say, “You are going to decorate my house. You know what I want. You know the experience I want my children to have.” Fremont-Smith knows it, of course, because she had it herself. As for specifics, the homeowner has only three other instructions for the designer: use a blue-green palette; paint the kitchen cabinets peacock blue; and find a place for the mobile made from those wooden fish she painted so long ago. With a detail-oriented husband supervising, and all parties inclined to use local talent, Fremont-Smith jumps in, eager to please her friend while preserving the essential elegance of the original design. Glass’s plan incorporated classic Shingle-style elements, including a wide wraparound porch, a curved upstairs balcony, and an oculus window. A broad central gable and turret were respectively inspired by a Bowdoin College fraternity house and a Cyrus Porter Brown house in Camden. Glass also took as his directive these words, written in 1888, about a home in Marion, Massachusetts: “It is so appropriate to its surrounds that it seems to have grown out of them by some process of nature, and it is equally appropriate to its purpose. It explains itself at once as a gentleman’s summer home, but with a simplicity which does not put the hum-

ABOVE: Leandra Fremont-Smith designed the living room rug as a contemporary take on a traditional hooked rug. RIGHT: The designer created a variety of seating areas in the large living room, layering pattern on pattern in soft-hued fabrics. FACING PAGE: The hand-blocked, trellis-patterned wallpaper keeps the dining room feeling summery, while the round table softens the square room.

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At the homeowners’ request, the kitchen cabinets were painted a vibrant peacock blue. A mobile crafted of wooden fish the wife painted back in childhood holds pride of place above the breakfast table. Fremont-Smith successfully mixes patterns even in a small powder room, installing a bone inlay mirror against a bright Meg Braff wallpaper. FACING PAGE: The turret’s third-floor media room is a Moroccan fantasy, complete with tented ceiling.

blest village neighbor out of countenance.” Though the original interior’s occasionally rounded walls and rooms, arched doorways, beadboard detailing, and decorative trim stayed basically intact, Fremont-Smith updated with a triumphant use of color, texture, and pattern. The TV room has a particularly bold combination with multiple blue iterations of chevrons and other graphic patterns for pillows, walls, Roman shades, rug, and a sectional sofa of Fremont-Smith’s design. Where she omitted pattern, she employed

saturated hues—a green-painted floor, a rounded ceiling of sky blue banded with royal blue—then added a surprise pinkand-yellow zig-zag on pillows for warmth. In the living and dining rooms, Fremont-Smith used muted colors and fewer patterns but still an ambitious mix of materials and textures. The dining room, for instance, has a handblocked green-and-white trellis wallpaper, drapes trimmed with an art deco pattern, a sisal rug, and a mahogany dining table. The dining chairs combine four different materials: the painted hickory of the frames, a powdery-blue microfiber suede for upholstering, a neutral check for the chair’s backside, and chevron, sand-colored gimp for edging. Elsewhere, the designer has fun with chinoiserie for a bed pillow, plaid for the kitchen stove’s backsplash, a lemon tree motif for kitchen shades, and intricate florals for a custom bed. In keeping with private rooms being a little wilder than the public ones, the round third-floor playroom/media room has been tented with a deconstructed stripe fabric that is attached to the domed ceiling with red buttons and defined with red cording. A custom faux ostrich hexagonal table with aged bronze nail heads extends the Moroccan vibe, as do the multiple red-and-blue patterns on the pillows and Roman shades. During the process, Fremont-Smith was mindful not only of her friends’ May–June 2019 | New England Home  97

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Fremont-Smith let herself go wild with color and pattern in the TV room, a space more for family retreats than public entertainment. A green-painted floor and blue-painted ceiling continue the home’s summery vibe.

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BELOW: A guest room is outfitted with a custom tufted headboard in a restful purple-and-blue floral fabric from Schumacher. RIGHT: The curves that are a refrain throughout the house are on display in the stairwell, where Fremont-Smith has hung color-printed lithographs from Audubon’s Birds of America. FACING PAGE: The sheep sculptures are by local artist Dan Falt, who has been welcoming children into his studio for art workshops since the homeowner and her designer were kids summering on the island.

wishes, but also of what had been established by previous owners, including a magnificent Arts and Crafts–style garden with a stacked stone wall. Originally designed by Dennis Bracale, the garden is now in the hands of Erika Lindquist, who knows Bracale’s style well, having worked on several of the 175 gardens he has designed on the island. The garden extends to the 1.25-acre neighboring plot, where Bracale created a flower-shaped cutting garden with a millstone from the old Kimball House Inn in the center. In recent years, Lindquist has turned the cutting garden into a perennial bed and added a woodland garden, a moss and shade garden, a kid-friendly veg-

etable plot, and cold frames. In pushing Bracale’s vision forward, Lindquist has focused on making the garden pollinatorbee and butterfly friendly. She has always managed the garden organically, but now also uses fungus and integrated pest management so as not to harm birds and bees. Back by the house, one garden holds a trio of sheep sculptures made by Dan Falt, the very artist in whose studio the homeowner once painted wooden fish. Now, in July and August, the children of Fremont-Smith and the homeowners might be the ones painting the fish or meeting up at weekly dances at the Northeast Harbor Golf Club (where, incidentally, Fremont-Smith met her husband). “It’s like we are reliving our childhood through our kids,” says the designer, “whether they like it or not.” As for the painted fish mobile, it dangles above the kitchen table, a happy reminder of childhood summers well spent.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 209.

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the home team

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman touches down— and stays grounded—in a Back Bay brownstone.

Text by Bob Curley | Photography by Michael J. Lee

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Sunlight streaming through restored nineteenth-century windows and modern artwork, such as Cherry Bomb! by Matt McKee, brighten the living room with its sturdy midcentury furnishings in a variety of natural textures.

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LEFT: New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman teamed up with designer Duncan Hughes to create a home that reflects the owner’s fun-loving personality and his California roots. BELOW: A vaguely Egyptian bar unit covered in architectural vellum in a natural stone finish serves living room guests. FACING PAGE: Photos of golden-age Hollywood starlets adorn a bold Farrow & Ball Raddichio-painted powder room that serves the home’s spacious roof deck.


a home for an NFL football player is a whole different ballgame than your average design project. Client meetings must be booked around games, practices, and the team’s travel schedule. Furniture needs to be rugged enough to stand up to 300-pound linemen. And an elevator is a must for post-play mornings, which come with inevitable bruises and not-infrequent injuries. PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Duncan Hughes, Duncan Hughes Interiors Builder: Dellbrook | JKS

Portrait of Edelman and Hughes by Daniel Hennessy

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Above all, the home needs to be a sanctuary from the 24/7 scrutiny that goes with playing the most popular sport in America. That’s why one thing you won’t find in Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman’s Back Bay condo is a trophy case. The scrappy Patriots wide receiver, who in nine seasons in the NFL has gone from a converted college quarterback to Tom Brady’s favorite passing target, has spent most of his career in rented apartments, some shared with other players. When the time came for the thirty-two-year-old, three-time Super Bowl champion to finally purchase a home of his own, he had distinct preferences. “I could be living in the Mandarin Oriental or the Four Seasons, but I didn’t want that,” he says. “I’m always in hotels on the road; I needed something that felt like home.” And while he chose to put down roots in his adopted city, he also wanted a space that connects with his upbringing. “I’m a northern California kid where everything is Mission style, and when I first came to Boston and saw these brownstones on Commonwealth Avenue, that was all new to me—it looked

“There was a lot of cool stuff we looked at, but we also had to consider—if Rob Gronkowski sat in a chair, would it break?” says Edelman.

LEFT: Framed photos of palm trees above the high-backed banquette remind Edelman of his West Coast upbringing. ABOVE: Opening the space between the kitchen, living room, and dining area permitted the addition of an expansive island. Subway tiles, bronze cabinet hardware, and a rolled-steel range hood add an urban feel. The steel and wood staircase leads to the loft.

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like Europe,” he says. “I said, if I’m going to live in Boston, I want to live in the Back Bay, but being from California, I also wanted some open space.” The Victorian townhouse with views of Fenway Park and the Lenox Hotel had a dark and dated 1980s decor when Edelman bought it, but also some hidden surprises, like an open loft space overlooking the living room and an expansive roof deck accessed by a spiral staircase. Interior designer Duncan Hughes used those positives as a jumping-off point for a redesign incorporating midcentury-modern elements and natural textures and materials. “He didn’t want a bachelor pad, but he wasn’t ready to have it look like his parents’ house, either,” Hughes says. “He wanted something playful and full of fun, like his personality.”

Hughes was the furthest thing from a fanboy (“I didn’t know who he was at all; I know a lot more about football now,” he says with a laugh), so rather than focus on Edelman’s on-field accomplishments, designer and client connected over a shared sense of style. “He knows what he wants and has a good eye,” says Hughes. “He’s a fashion-forward guy, and that translated into the space well.” The designer started with an almost entirely clean slate: the only things Edelman brought with him were his clothes and a dartboard that now hangs on a brick wall in the loft. “It was an easy move,” Edelman deadpans. Functional and fashionable aptly describe the first-floor living room, the central gathering space for Edelman and his friends and teammates. A collecMay–June 2019 | New England Home  107

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“I grew up in Silicon Valley playing video games, and I’m still a big kid,” says Edelman. “There’s some dope artwork in the loft, so it’s young and fun but also respectable when you walk by.” tion of colorful pop art is accentuated by white walls and the natural light from the restored nineteenthcentury windows. Contemporary chairs, couches, and tables are sturdy without feeling bulky, and Hughes employed natural materials like leather, zebrawood, and cowhide in muted earth tones. A round swivel chair by the fireplace is where you’ll often find Edelman curled up with his laptop. “There was a lot of cool stuff we looked at, but we also had to consider—if Rob Gronkowski sat in a chair, would it break?” Edelman says. Opening up the space between the living room and kitchen (designed by Boston’s Venegas and Company) was an essential part of the renovation: not only is the spacious, sky-lit island demarcating the two rooms a place for drinks, dining, and casual conversation, it’s also an active workspace for Edel-

man, a passionate cook who frequently shows off his homemade meals on social media and in his quirky series of Burger Tyme videos. The dining area’s high-backed banquette has upholstered channels that echo the trim on the custom range hood and an orange hue that complements the distressed paint on the industrial-style island stools. Hanging above the banquette is a series of framed photos of palm trees, a subtle West Coast touch-point. “You are what your roots are, and a lot of my roots are displayed in this house,” says Edelman. “It keeps me anchored.” Two existing bedrooms were flipped and reconfigured to create the master suite, which has a decidedly masculine design with its navy and teal grasscloth wallcovering. “A lot of people want to design bedrooms for the morning, but most of the time you

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Exposed brick adds warmth to the playful loft lounge. The custom wet bar crafted from reclaimed pine has a copper countertop and sink and an antiqued mirror reflecting the bottles and glassware. For Edelman, games aren’t limited to the football field: this video gaming area is announced with eight gaming-themed metal art prints. The lush longwool rug encourages sprawling during epic Xbox or PlayStation battles.

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Walls, floor, and ceiling in the master bath are covered in Marone Toscano travertine field tiles, lending an outdoorsy atmosphere to a space starlit by dozens of dangling LED globe lights. The enormous single-pane mirror was carefully maneuvered into place before the rest of the bathroom was built around it. FACING PAGE: Natural denim wallcovering and soft, stone-hued fabrics give the master bedroom its restful mood. Walnut and polished-nickel lamps and a teak lounge chair are masculine touches.

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“This house is my dojo of comfort and peace. Football is my work and my passion, but this is where I can get away and let my mind rest,” says Edelman.

spend there is at night,” says Hughes, explaining the darker hue. The master bathroom is tiled from head to toe in a pattern resembling tree bark, lending an outdoorsy feel to a room whose sense of space is enhanced with a seamless, eight-by-nine-foot vanity mirror. A custom open staircase, gracefully turned from metal and wood, leads from the living room to the loft. Even average-size humans have to duck to enter the loft space, cleverly reclaimed from a former HVAC closet. Once inside, however, it’s a cozy spot to play video games or watch TV. “I grew up in Silicon Valley playing video games, and I’m still a big kid,” says Edelman. “There’s some dope artwork in the loft, so it’s young and fun but also respectable when you walk by.”

On the three-level roof deck, Edelman can serve drinks to his houseguests from a copper-topped bar in the head house covering the spiral stairway leading up from the loft. Here, too, is one of the house’s hidden gems—a bathroom with boldly painted red walls covered in framed photos of twentieth-century screen sirens and starlets. As for his Super Bowl MVP trophy and other swag, most of that goes to his parents’ house. “This house is my dojo of comfort and peace,” Edelman says. “Football is my work and my passion, but this is where I can get away and let my mind rest. When you get home from work, you want to be happy, and there’s no better place in Boston for that to happen for me than here.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 209. May–June 2019 | New England Home  111

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The reading room on the main floor offers a peaceful alternative to the beach, and like other rooms throughout the house, draws on a balance of white walls, a neutral floor, and black accents.

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Modern Classic

An eighteenth-century Nantucket house gets an update that celebrates its past and ensures its future. | Text by Debra Judge Silber | Photography by Michael Partenio  | Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh, Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors Builder: Robert Alves, Premier Contracting

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uilt in the glory days of New England’s whaling industry, the house is postcard Nantucket. Its shingles are weathered gray, its divided-light windows are regimentally spaced, and a center chimney pokes from the roof. Nearly three centuries after it was built, it’s conceivable that Barnabas Gardner, the long-ago occupant for whom the house is named, might still recognize it. On the outside, at least. It was the definitive charm of the circa-1730 home that enticed its current owners, a husband and wife from the suburbs of Boston, to purchase it in 2015. They’d always wanted an island getaway, and Gardner’s homestead measured up both in location and antique appeal. “They love Nantucket and spend a lot of time there,” says Mystic, Connecticut-based Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh, who has been the couple’s go-to interior designer for more than a decade. “They were particularly interested in the historical value of the house, and they loved where it is, that they could walk to town.”

The classic Nantucket style of the 1735 Barnabas Gardner house appealed to the homeowners. Improvements, such as the new shingles, had to pass

muster with the local historical authority. FACING PAGE: Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh designed the bookshelves and matching chaises in the reading room.

There was, however, a significant challenge. The placid symmetry of the home’s facade concealed an interior which, while updated, still suffered from the complications inherent in antique houses. Ceilings were oppressively low, and floors replaced over many decades were mismatched. Small openings between rooms reduced the first floor to a series of unrelated boxes. Just inside the front door, a narrow stair twisted upward to a maze of interconnected rooms on the second floor. “Nothing made sense up there,” says Balsbaugh. “You had to walk through a closet to get to the next room.” “My first impression was, wow, what are we going to do with this?” says contractor Robert Alves, recalling his initial glimpse of the home’s interior. Like Balsbaugh, the owner of Leicester, MassachusettsMay–June 2019 | New England Home  115

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tripping the interior of the house served to expose the home’s authentic structure, which then became a stylistic bridge between its colonial origins and the Danish-modern aesthetic.

based Premier Contracting is a longtime collaborator with the clients and has worked with them on several investment properties. After consulting with Balsbaugh and the homeowners, Alves set about disassembling the inside of the house, taking it down to its pegged post-andbeam frame. The team had only the vaguest of plans, but as they watched the walls disappear, the new layout fell into place. “Once we got everything out, we could see the big picture,” Alves says. Deteriorated plaster walls and ceilings were removed and judiciously rebuilt to create an open, breathable interior. Narrow openings were widened, their sidewalls accentuated with the same Belgian oak planks used to unify the floors. First-floor ceilings were stripped out to gain precious headroom and celebrate the structure that had been hidden by plaster. The attic was removed as well, boosting the

Adjacent to the reading room, the family room reflects the influence of Dutch designer Piet Boon, a favorite of both Balsbaugh and her clients. FACING PAGE: Removing a portion of the

ceiling above the dining room created a loft-like second floor. The original wood-burning fireplace and baking oven were refaced with matte black granite for a contemporary look.

vertical volume of the dining room and adding much needed height to the second-floor bedrooms, all of which were remodeled with en suite baths. In what was perhaps the most dramatic move, after removing the ceiling above the dining room, the homeowners and their design pros decided to leave only the centuries-old beams that once supported the second floor. They traverse the dining area, ending as support for a balcony-like walkway that runs past the second-floor bedrooms. Ringing the walkway is a railing made of glass panels on metal mounts—counter-colonial elements that are reprised in the rods and globes of two chandeliers that dangle in the air

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nearby. “I wanted something airy and modern, that would work with the glass and metal railing system,” Balsbaugh says. “I loved the connectiveness.” The approach may seem radical, but stripping the interior of the house served to expose the home’s authentic structure, which then became a stylistic bridge between its colonial origins and the Danishmodern aesthetic that Balsbaugh and her client envisioned for the interior. “We were both sort of infatuated with Piet Boon at the time,” Balsbaugh explains. It’s not surprising then, that the Amsterdam-based designer’s pieces crop up through the house, and

his Northern European sensibility is reflected in the delicate balance of black accents and white walls, rough-hewn lumber and contemporary furniture. It adds up to a casual, beachy vibe that seems remarkably at home in the historic island house. For the wife, celebrating the structure’s surviving colonial details was key. “That’s why we fell for this home,” she says. “It had the low ceiling beams, it had all the original fireplaces. We wanted to keep that integrity; we just wanted to modernize it.” The home’s five brick fireplaces remain woodburning and retain their colonial proportions—

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The outdated kitchen was replaced with a clean and functional one designed in collaboration with SieMatic of Boston. The remodel included

installing a pool in the corner created by the original house and a twentieth-century ell addition. The kitchen’s contrasting window grids are another Piet Boon influence.


here’s a pleasing balance between the home’s antiquity and its newfound modernity. “You walk through the door and it just feels good,” says Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Removing the attic opened up the ceilings of the second-floor guest bedrooms, where exposed beams offer subtle contrast to the white walls. A glass-paneled railing creates a see-through barrier for the open hallway

that provides access to the second-floor bedrooms. The intrusion of structural beams in this contemporary guest bath hints at the home’s antiquity.


elebrating the structure’s surviving colonial details was key. “We wanted to keep that integrity; we just wanted to modernize it,” says the ­homeowner.

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which, in the case of the one in the dining room, includes a bread oven. But they’ve been updated with a facing of matte black granite that transports them instantly into the twenty-first century. For an antidote to the 1970s-era kitchen, Balsbaugh called on SieMatic of Boston. The room was rearranged and re-plumbed and brought into the present with a marble backsplash, lacquered cabinets capped with slender white quartz, and an island with a three-inch-thick oak breakfast bar. Alterations to other parts of the 4,900-squarefoot house were less dramatic, but no less necessary. A spacious walk-out basement was converted into two bedrooms, a family room, and a full bath. Plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling systems were replaced throughout. An ell at the rear of the original house was also updated, and a pool, pool house, and garage were added.

The street-facing side, meanwhile, was refreshed in accordance with the dictates of local historical authorities: existing twelve-over-twelve windows were repaired and protected with all-but-invisible storms, and new wood siding and shingles were installed and left to age gracefully. Boxed lanterns and pilasters adorn the front door, offering no hint of the surprise that awaits just over the threshold. “You walk through the door and it just feels good,” says Balsbaugh in an effort to explain the pleasing balance between the home’s antiquity and its newfound modernity. Her client, too, attributes the success of the design to the emotions it inspires, rather than the time or place it might be thought to represent. “I feel like it’s a very calm house, a very minimalist house,” she says. “For me, it’s like serenity. I just love everything about it.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 209. May–June 2019 | New England Home  121

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The door leading from the entry hall into the library features Corinthian capitals, applied pilasters, carved garlands, and neoclassical reeding against a backdrop of raised paneling. The entry ceiling’s reflective paper adds a sense of light. FACING PAGE,

TOP: Designer Heidi Pribell tucked a sitting area into the inglenook under the stairs. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The library’s woodwork is painted a saturated shade of blue, the perfect foil for a collection of Chinese and European blue-and-white ceramics.

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he colonial revival style was born when America celebrated its 100th birthday with the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Nearly ten million visitors—about a fifth of the U.S. population at the time—attended and viewed the New England “colonial kitchen” exhibit, which sparked patriotic passion. That passion has never totally gone out of style.


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In a suburb west of Boston, a superb early colonial revival house got a recent revival of its own. Built in 1881, the house displays the hallmarks of the style, including magnificent interior millwork: mantels, moldings, corbels, wainscots, and doors whose elaborate carvings pay homage to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and to classical mythology. In 11,000 square feet, the house has eight fireplaces, six bedrooms, and seven full baths. Initially, what sold the homeowners on the place was not its historic character, but rather the way it is expressed. “I wanted a nice house with a little bit of land and interesting rooms,” says the wife. “I was not looking for a particular style; I simply like detail. This house has lots of that, and that’s what attracted me.” But by 2013, when she and her husband found it, deferred maintenance had taken its toll. “The house was sagging,” says architect Doug Okun, whose Cambridge, Massachusetts, firm headed up what became a five-year restoration and rebuilding project. “The studs had wicked mois-

ABOVE: Beside the neoclassical living room fireplace, a shelf unit displays glass pieces, reminiscent of midcentury Italian design, by Cambridge artist Carrie Gustafson. BELOW: The living room’s neutral

tones let the millwork take center stage. FACING PAGE: Among the pieces of furniture the homeowners brought with them were the living room sofa upholstered in champagne-colored damask.


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PROJECT TEAM Renovation architect: Doug Okun, Douglas Okun & Associates Interior architecture and design: Heidi Pribell, Heidi Pribell Interior Design Builder: Ramon Miranda, Lorena Construction Services

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••••••••••••••••••• ture for 130 years and were rotted at the bottom so that they no longer met the sills. Literally, nothing was holding the house together.” Of course, that detail didn’t reveal itself right away. “We didn’t know until we began work,” Okun says. “We didn’t expect to have to rebuild the house from the inside out.” With structural engineering assistance from Winchester, Massachusetts-based Aberjona Engineering, the house was lifted up, new sills were installed, and a steel structural skeleton built. Electrical and plumbing systems were replaced, and Okun and his crew added seven feet to the back of the house for a more spacious kitchen and dining room. “To match the new section to the old, we replicated the original millwork so you can’t tell that the house has an addition,” Okun says. Before the beautiful old millwork could be copied, countless layers of paint had to be removed. “You couldn’t even see many of the carved details, there were so many heavy layers,” says Cambridge interior designer Heidi Pribell. The front entrance packs a dramatic wallop with its vast, Jacobean-influenced fireplace, a grand staircase, and elaborately carved millwork. “One of the critical changes I made was to transform this space to look like a club rather than just a pass-through,” Pribell says. She installed new limestone flooring with terracotta insets and set a cozy seating arrangement in front of the welcoming fireplace. A delightful inglenook nestles under the stairs. “At first we thought we’d put a piano there,” the homeowner says,” but Heidi convinced us it would make a wonderful little sitting area.” On the coffered ceiling, Pribell applied pale wallpaper with gold reflective patches. “It’s a bit of glitter that brings light into a space that had been gloomy and dark,” she says.

The dining room walls are luxuriously upholstered with an overscale silk damask fabric. The sideboard is a 1stDibs find. FACING PAGE: The dining room, which gained seven

feet thanks to the home’s addition, doesn’t have a very high ceiling, so the designer specified floor-to-ceiling windows to add a sense of height.

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ABOVE: The kitchen cabinets, designed by Pribell and manufactured by Crown Point, have an Arts and Crafts sensibility. The hardware is a nod to the love of pewter expressed by the colonial revival style.

BELOW: Adding on to the house allowed for a bigger kitchen, dominated by a quartzitetopped island. FACING PAGE: The casual dining area is part of the addition’s family room, and looks out over terraces and gardens.

In the paneled library off the entry hall, Pribell treated the woodwork to a saturated shade of blue. The color finds echoes in ceramics displayed on the shelves. “Because the China Trade was both a vital source of New England wealth and responsible for the marvelous history of blue-and-white ceramics, we were inspired to accessorize with Kangxi porcelain, Chinese exportware, Dutch delftware, and Canton,” she says. The designer also carried the reflective paper of the entry ceiling to the walls between the bookshelves, creating a sense of continuity. The living room fireplace, an elegant Georgian-style beauty, had been plastered over, Pribell says. “When we removed the board and plaster, we discovered a wealth of references to the natural and classical worlds, including a winged Medusa. Maybe it was covered because, in the Modernist age, such ornamentation was considered frivolous.” To balance the restored fireplace wall, Pribell installed a paneled chair rail. Curtains descend from under a deep soffit

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of soft pink. The upholstered headboard, designed by Pribell, extends under the windows on each side and frames the nightstands. A daughter’s room is more colorful still, with a pink upholstered bed and headboard and a graphic rug. Playful touches in an otherwise formal space include wainscot and crown molding painted lavender, an armchair and ottoman upholstered with draped pink velvet, and many layers of bobble fringe and embroidered rick-rack on the purple and gold draperies. Another brilliant exception to the house’s neutral palette is the half bath off the front entry. Papered with dramatic gold and white wallcovering, the room has a red ceiling, a crystal ceiling fixture, a custom vanity topped with an agate counter, and a voluptuously curved goldframed mirror. Now that the house is not in danger of falling down, its jewel-box beauty can last while new generations fall for the colonial revival.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 209.

designed and fabricated to match existing woodwork. In the expanded dining room, Pribell specified floor-to-ceiling windows to make the nine-foot ceiling appear taller. She also introduced a touch of extra luxury with upholstered silk walls. For the furnishings, she chose calm tones of bisque and beige, a palette inspired by a sofa the owners brought from their previous home. It is now in the living room, upholstered in champagne damask. “Heidi knew that I want things subtle,” the homeowner says. “I want the interior architecture to be the focus of attention.” The decor takes an ever-so-slightly more modern turn in the spacious new kitchen, where Pribell designed cabinetry inspired by the Arts and Crafts period, accented with pewter hardware. A double pendant in an antique nickel finish hangs above the quartzite-topped island. The quiet hues of the public rooms give way to a lusher palette in the bedrooms. The master bedroom, for instance, features walls covered with luminous textured paper, damask draperies, woodwork painted pale yellow, and a ceiling

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Luxurious textures and shots of color add a sensual touch to the subdued backdrop of the master bedroom. FACING PAGE, TOP: The neutral palette gives way to more saturated tones in a daughter’s

bedroom. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A red ceiling and gold-and-white wallpaper lend a powder room a drama that surprises, compared to the quiet palette of the rest of the first floor.

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| EDITED BY ERIKA AYN FINCH AND KYLE HOEPNER | ach year we engage with the women and men of New England’s residential design and building community to find out just what aesthetic currents they see ebbing and flowing in our part of the world. Asked to comment on a wide range of style trends and ideas relating to architecture, interiors, landscapes, and more, here is what they told us.


Ornamented ceilings: Decorative paint treatments TRENDING: 12%  | 50%  | 33%  “As wallpaper increases in popularity, with growth in style and texture options, requests for decorative paint treatments are decreasing. That said, if a paper can be reproduced by a skilled faux painter, we will often encourage our clients go that route, to create a seamless look that will last much longer than wallpaper.” —Brady-Anne Cushing, Knickerbocker Group

Ornamented ceilings: Wallpaper TRENDING: 25%  | 63%  | 12%  “I have always believed in this and have done it since I started out in design back in 1982. I am doing a ceiling now in Florida that will receive a lilac metallic papered treatment.” —John Berenson, John Berenson Interior Design “This is one bold design trend that just doesn’t seem to go out of style. Wallpaper can be outfitted to any room and introduce a whole new personality.” —Kate Jackson, Kate Jackson Interior Design

Ornamented ceilings: Plaster ornament TRENDING: 14%  | 57%  | 29% 

2 1. Reading nooks, like this one by ­ZeroEnergy Design, are now replacing homework rooms. 2. Knickerbocker Group installed a ­movable wall system to open this home to the outdoors. 3. LDa Architecture & Interiors designed this tidy dressing room for a male client.

 = Growing  = Holding steady

 = Declining

Architectural Style and Structure Ornamented ceilings: Beams and paneling TRENDING: 70%  | 20%  | 10%  “Beams and paneling are a classic ceiling treatment, and they remain effective ways to express scale and enhance the character of a space.” —Andrew Reck, Oak Hill Architects “In an effort to add layers, warmth, shadows, and relief to sparer, more modern spaces, ceilings are becoming a way to ‘play dress up’ and be noticed. Wallpaper and paint treatments have remained solid for the past many years, and architectural elements are the new wallpaper.” —Dean Sawyer, LDa ­Architecture & Interiors

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Steel-frame doors and windows TRENDING: 50%  | 33%  | 17%  “This seems to be a steady or growing trend, both for additions to older homes and for more transitional and contemporary design. We are currently working on two projects where we achieve a similar aesthetic by using thin, black-painted wood frames.” —Andrew Reck “Steel windows and doors are not a great fit for New England’s climate. Even products available with a thermal break may still create pools of water inside the home due to the inevitable condensation. We’re seeing a growing interest in thermally broken aluminum as well as wood-clad aluminum.” —Stephanie Horowitz, ZeroEnergy Design

Fireplaces sheathed in stone panels TRENDING: 72%  | 14%  | 14%  “Many of our clients are opting for floor-to-ceiling fireplaces faced with stone slabs, with the natural Photos: (1) Eric Roth; (2) Darren Setlow; (3) Eric Roth

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4. Herringbone flooring, such as the Manhattan collection from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, is gaining in popularity. 5. This black-andwhite living room by designer Nicole ­Hogarty—including just a touch or two of taupe—is definitely on-trend.

veining of the stone arranged to create a visual effect.” —Carlotta Cubi Mandra, Cumar

Terrazzo floors TRENDING: 43%  | 14%  | 43%  “Terrazzo anything. Love it as a tabletop or bath wall.” —Dean Sawyer

Herringbone and/or chevron wood flooring TRENDING: 44%  | 56%  | 0%  “We’re seeing increased interest in herringbone ­patterns in tile work rather than wood flooring.” —Stephanie Horowitz “We’ve been integrating herringbone patterns into exterior hardscapes more and more—especially for brick terraces and walkways. We’ve also done this with larger-scale pavers such as bluestone.” —Matthew Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design

NanaWalls and other disappearing window-walls TRENDING: 67%  | 33%  | 0%  “They can be an incredible way to open a space to the outside world and welcome a view unfiltered by the lines of traditional doors and windows.” —Brady-Anne Cushing “We’re seeing a growing interest in oversize lift-andslide doors. They are easy to operate, take advantage of beautiful views in both open and closed positions, and establish generous indoor-outdoor connections.” —Stephanie Horowitz

His and hers home offices TRENDING: 63%  | 37%  | 0%  “It’s important for couples to have their own spaces to retreat to…especially today, with so many dualcareer couples.” —John Berenson

His and hers dressing rooms TRENDING: 70%  | 20%  | 10%  “In another step toward gender equality, his closet is growing to equal—or occasionally exceed—her dressing room in square footage.” —Karen Gilman, Finelines “Dressing rooms are such an integral part of how

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5 clients begin and end their day. More and more personalized details are being put into these rooms, with larger investments in high-end materials.” —Julie Lyons, Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center

Homework rooms TRENDING: 42%  | 29%  | 29%  “With kids doing more work on laptops, they can work anywhere in the house. So, no need for a designated room. Reading nooks have replaced the built-in desk spaces we did all through the early 2000s.” —Dean Sawyer

Colors, Finishes, and Details Colors: Millennial pink TRENDING: 50%  | 17%  | 33%  “We have recently had a nice run on Oushak rugs that include pops of various vibrant colors such as pink, teal, blue, and coral.” —Jeffrey Arcari, Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting

Colors: Lavender TRENDING: 67%  | 33%  | 0%  “Lavender is a color that re-emerges time and time again. I love it and find it peaceful and restful. When used in the right proportion, especially with a shade of gray, it almost becomes a non-color, like a soft, dusky evening.” —John Berenson “An elusive color, yet gorgeous when applied correctly.” —Nicole Hogarty, Nicole Hogarty Designs

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STYLE SURVEY Wallcoverings: Plain grasscloth TRENDING: 67%  | 33%  | 0%  “A big comeback for these wonderful textures that give depth and interest to boring painted walls.” —John Berenson


“There are some wonderful vinyl versions that won’t scratch you when you walk by.” —Dean Sawyer

Wallcoverings: Decorated grasscloth TRENDING: 25%  | 25%  | 50%  Wallcoverings: Tropical plant motifs TRENDING: 0%  | 75%  | 25%  Shelving backed with decorative paint or paper TRENDING: 33%  | 67%  | 0% 

2 1. Popham Design’s Honeycomb Hex concrete field tiles are available through Ann Sacks. 2. The Totally Tatami glasscloth collection from Phillip Jeffries is based on the look of traditional Japanese straw matting.

Colors: Black and white TRENDING: 38%  | 50%  | 12%  “Black and white can be exciting, bold, sophisticated, or whimsical, and when done right will stand the test of time.” —John Berenson

Colors: Black and white with taupe or caramel TRENDING: 40%  | 60%  | 0%  “Black and white seems to stay steady as a trend. It helps to mix in wood tones, to keep things a little less severe.” —Dean Sawyer

Colors: Jewel tones—sapphire, emerald, ruby, etc. TRENDING: 72%  | 14%  | 14%  Wallcoverings: Chinoiserie murals such as Gracie or de Gournay TRENDING: 80%  | 20%  | 0%  “Asian motifs and styles mix well not only with classical English and French interiors, but also modern.” —John Berenson “There is a generation of clients and designers in their 30s and early 40s who lusted after these prints in Domino, Martha Stewart, and Elle Décor before they could afford them . . . and now some can.” —Dean Sawyer

 = Growing  = Holding steady

Wallcoverings: Ombré and other stylized patterns TRENDING: 60%  | 20%  | 20% 

 = Declining

“A little ombré goes a long way.” —Dean Sawyer

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“May this trend never tire—it’s a great way to use paper and keep it framed and focused!” —Dean Sawyer “Backed by decorative elements such as exposed brick, open shelving quickly becomes a statement piece.” —Julie Lyons

Gallery walls TRENDING: 0%  | 80%  | 20% 

Oversized art TRENDING: 60%  | 40%  | 0% 

“Bold art will never go out of style. It’s a fantastic way to make a statement.” —Nicole Hogarty

Maximalism, over-the-top decorating TRENDING: 14%  | 57%  | 29%  Books as a design element TRENDING: 0%  | 100%  | 0%  Matched and layered patterns TRENDING: 20%  | 80%  | 0%  “If you can get the mix right, it’s lovely and so rich and cozy.” —Dean Sawyer

Concrete tile TRENDING: 83%  | 0%  | 17% 

“It’s about finding the right client, who will let it alone and love it as the tile ages and mellows.” —Dean Sawyer

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Furniture, Fabrics, and Rugs


Botanical patterns: Stylized flowers TRENDING: 25%  | 50%  | 25%  Botanical patterns: Ferns and leaves TRENDING: 0%  | 75%  | 25%  Curved sofas TRENDING: 25%  | 75%  | 0% 

Sectionals and modular sofas TRENDING: 0%  | 75%  | 25%  “I don’t believe sectionals will ever be ‘in’ or ‘out’ of style. There are so many options and flavors—it’s just a matter of what works for the size and function of a particular room.” —Brady-Anne Cushing

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Canopy beds TRENDING: 20%  | 40%  | 40% 


“Romantic, but not quite practical in 2019. There is more television watching in the bedroom these days, and a canopy bed interrupts the view.” —Karen Gilman

Geometric rug patterns TRENDING: 60%  | 40%  | 0%  “From antique carpets to modern abstract rugs, the angular, geometric patterns are in far greater demand now than more curvilinear ones.” —Jeffrey Arcari

Indoor/outdoor fabrics TRENDING: 86%  | 14%  | 0%  “This trend continues to grow as more companies refine and adapt their look to these new materials.” —Dean Sawyer

Guilloché knobs and pulls TRENDING: 50%  | 50%  | 0%  Wooden curtain rods TRENDING: 33%  | 17%  | 50%  Midcentury style TRENDING: 40%  | 40%  | 20% 

Lighting and Home Technology Geometric/linear LED chandeliers (triangles, hexagons, etc.) TRENDING: 40%  | 20%  | 40%  Ring chandeliers TRENDING: 20%  | 80%  | 0% 

Bouclé fabrics, especially for upholstery TRENDING: 60%  | 40%  | 0% 

Grouped pendant lighting TRENDING: 67%  | 33%  | 0% 

“Knoll has reintroduced some of their classic bouclés. They are soft and dressy at the same time.” —Dean Sawyer

Art deco–inspired lighting TRENDING: 60%  | 33%  | 0% 

Velvet upholstery TRENDING: 25%  | 50%  | 25% 

Kitchens and Baths

“A good way to get a luxe feeling. Mohair velvet is a personal favorite for seating; it’s sumptuous and durable.” —Dean Sawyer

White kitchens

Biscuit-tufted upholstery TRENDING: 25%  | 75%  | 0%  Leather upholstery TRENDING: 0%  | 100%  | 0% 

TRENDING: 50%  | 50%  | 0% 

“I think white kitchens will never go away, and I’m fine with that! They can trend both modern and classic.” —Carlotta Cubi Mandra “We’re seeing a strong interest in white kitchens paired with wood accents.”—Stephanie Horowitz

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3. Grouped pendant lighting is going strong in New England. These Spun Thread pendants, by John Pomp, can be found at Studio 534. 4. This Alexander Chair from ­Curated Kravet sports lush velvet upholstery. 5. Recent rug introductions from Landry & Arcari include cheerful colors such as lavender and ­Millennial pink.

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STYLE SURVEY because of the warmth it brings to transitional or contemporary spaces.” —Julie Lyons

Mixed metallics TRENDING: 71%  | 29%  | 0%  “An eclectic mélange of metals keeps the eye intrigued.” —Nicole Hogarty



Kitchen appliances in brilliant colors TRENDING: 45%  | 57%  | 0%  Open shelving TRENDING: 43%  | 57%  | 0% 

Waterfall stone countertops and islands TRENDING: 62%  | 13%  | 25%  “Definitely a big trend. We spend a lot of time ensuring that the veining is continued in the waterfall leg, creating a perfect continuation of the natural pattern in the stone.” —Carlotta Cubi Mandra “An elegant way to add drama to a small space, or to anchor a large island.” —Julie Lyons

Wood-clad range hoods TRENDING: 40%  | 40%  | 20% 

3 1. Mink—a gray-brown color with hints of purple—is making an appearance in more and more kitchens. 2. Waterfall islands and full-height backsplash walls (these examples were designed by Stern McCafferty and crafted by Cumar) continue to enjoy favor in our region. 3. Roomscapes’s Julie Lyons chose this striking La Cornue stove, with its vivid blue hue and mixedmetal trim, to enliven a client’s home.

 = Growing  = Holding steady

 = Declining

Mink-colored kitchens TRENDING: 66%  | 17%  | 17%  “Moody yet elegant.” —Nicole Hogarty “Absolutely, and the stone accompaniments are ­endless, from grays and browns to mauve and white—everything goes.” —Carlotta Cubi Mandra

“Who doesn’t love an amazing tub? Soaking is a luxury . . . and incorporated into the home as such.” —Brady-Anne Cushing

Pipe-style bathroom vanities: Metal TRENDING: 43%  | 43%  | 14% 

Blue cabinets/islands TRENDING: 63%  | 25%  | 12% 

Pipe-style bathroom vanities: Acrylic or Lucite TRENDING: 43%  | 43%  | 14% 

“This trend went off like a rocket, and now it’s locked in.” —Dean Sawyer

“Acrylic is a growing trend in a lot of designs we see— not just in the bathroom.” —Carlotta Cubi Mandra

“Blue offers a counterpoint to bright white, and can conjure up the nautical aesthetic that is so popular in New England.” —Julie Lyons

“Farmhouse chic” kitchens/bathrooms TRENDING: 43%  | 43%  | 14% 

Black plumbing finishes TRENDING: 86%  | 14%  | 0% 

Landscapes and Outdoor Living

“Black stainless is the newest exciting finish.” —Julie Lyons

Brass finishes TRENDING: 57%  | 29%  | 14% 

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Freestanding statement bathtubs TRENDING: 86%  | 14%  | 0% 

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits TRENDING: 78%  | 22%  | 0%  “Fire features are a big ‘want.’ They extend the time people are able to use their yards by a month each Photos: (1) Greg Premru; (2) Trent Bell; (3) Derrick Zellmann

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year . . . which in New England is worth the investment.” —Colin Hand, a Blade of Grass “Outdoor fireplaces are wonderful, but they are more successful for clients who have the time to build and maintain fires. Gas fire pits tend to be popular for urban and suburban projects because they can be turned on and off with the tap of a few buttons on your phone.” —Matthew Cunningham

Adirondack chairs TRENDING: 12%  | 76%  | 12%  “The big trend we’ve seen is that people are interested in easy-to-clean furniture, so we’ve sourced many of our chairs from Room & Board and Loll. These look just as good ten years later as they do on the first day.” —Matthew Cunningham

Outdoor televisions TRENDING: 37%  | 37%  | 26%  Outdoor game areas: Oversized chessboards, ping-pong tables, etc. TRENDING: 75%  | 25%  | 0%  “We see a growing interest in creating space for lawn games in general, but not overly prescriptive spaces. We’ll often plan for an open, level area that might be used for bocce, croquet, or parties and receptions.” —Stephanie Horowitz

Reclaimed granite for steps and pavers TRENDING: 86%  | 14%  | 0% 

4 ent growing conditions, have wonderful fall character, and they tend to hold up over the long haul—which helps maintain the original intent of the garden design.” —Matthew Cunningham “Masses of similar plants are a popular look. Also, green-and-white gardens, with limited other colors: clean and classy.” —Colin Hand

Creeping thyme planted between pavers TRENDING: 67%  | 33%  | 0% 

Ferns used as groundcovers TRENDING: 25%  | 75%  | 0% 

“Thyme is beautiful, it’s fragrant, and it tolerates a little foot traffic here and there. But it can be short-lived and needs regular weeding—which, given how busy most of our clients are, makes it not the most practical groundcover.” —Matthew Cunningham

“Ferns are an excellent alternative to mown grass and other groundcovers. They are resilient in many differ-

Succulents used indoors TRENDING: 0%  | 67%  | 33% 

“This has become a standard for the majority of our gardens. It’s an excellent way to create a garden filled with history and meaning, and of course patina!” —Matthew Cunningham


4. Outdoor fireplaces, such as this striking specimen from a Blade of Grass, and other fire features remain greatly in demand. 5. Landscape architect Matthew ­Cunningham swears by the value of ferns and other native groundcovers.

Special thanks to all the professionals who provided comments for this year’s style survey: Jeffrey Arcari,

Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, Boston, Salem, and Framingham, Mass.,

Matthew Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Stoneham, Mass., Brady-Anne Cushing,

John Berenson, John Berenson Interior Design, Boston,

Knickerbocker Group, Portland and Boothbay, Maine,

Carlotta Cubi Mandra,

Karen Gilman,

Cumar, Everett, Mass.,

Finelines, Peabody, Mass., Colin Hand,

a Blade of Grass, Wayland, Mass.,

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Nicole Hogarty, Nicole Hogarty Designs, Boston,

Andrew Reck, Oak Hill Architects, Weston, Mass.,

Stephanie Horowitz, ZeroEnergy Design, Boston,

Dean Sawyer, LDa Architecture & Interiors, Cambridge, Mass.,

Kate Jackson, Kate Jackson Interior Design, Pawtucket, R.I., Julie Lyons, Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center, Rockland, Mass.,

Douglas Stevenson, Kistler & Knapp Builders, Acton, Mass.,

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NH Lakes Region Design-Build


eckwith Builders, Inc., is the premier one-stop resource for your lakefront home. We are a full-service firm that includes architecture, interior design, site design, and permitting, and continues through construction management and site and marine construction on Lake Winnipesaukee. Our team of highly skilled professionals prides itself on designing and building turnkey custom waterfront homes and boathouses. We are recognized for our

attention to detail, personalized allencompassing services, and exceeding client expectations. Established in 1985 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the “Oldest Summer Resort in America,” Beckwith Builders specializes in every aspect of designing and building custom waterfront homes and estates in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. We were founded with the main goal to simplify the design, permitting, and construction processes for our clients in this unique

environment. With over 25 employees, we are able to control the scheduling and achieve the finest quality in all facets of our projects. We have mastered the challenging multi-step process on the lake and brought all these services under one roof with one team working together to streamline the process for our clients. Dreaming of a Lakefront home in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region? Our team of professionals can take you from initial concept to move-in day.

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The Vermont Perspective


e live and work in the green mountains of Vermont, where the land, and the people who work it, influence our perspective and our craft. The values preserved in the history of the buildings that surround us— timber-frame bank barns, silos, farmhouses, and woodsheds—inspires our approach to design. Our work represents a continued

evaluation and refinement, rooted in the building tradition of place, as well as in the cultural history of our company and its people. We are an employee-owned company of architects, master builders, and craftsmen. We work out of a 19th-century barn that affords us a unique perspective. From rolling farm fields in the summer to hillsides bright with fall color, we are influenced daily by

the landscape around us. We find inspiration in natural and local materials, including native hardwoods, salvaged timbers, weathered wood, marble, granite, slate, and fieldstone. Drawing from the regional vernacular, local materials, and a rich tradition of craft, we create an authentic expression unique to Birdseye.

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➊ “Champlain Modern”—2015 AIA VT Honor Award winner. Architect: Birdseye. Builder: Birdseye ➋ “Arnold Bay” guesthouse. Architect: TruexCullins. Builder: Birdseye ➌ “Aerie Point” garden entrance. Interiors: Cathy Chapman Designs. Builder: Birdseye. ➍ “Woodshed”—2016 AIA VT Honor Award and 2017 AIA New England Merit Award. Architect: Birdseye. Builder: Colby & Tobiason. All images: Landscape Architecture: Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architects. Photography: Jim Westphalen Photography

Birdseye 3104 Huntington Rd. Richmond, Vermont 802-434-2112

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One-of-a-Kind Lampshades


hat elements create the most emotion, filling your home with a feeling of welcoming comfort and completeness? Your lampshades and pendant lights all play a central part in your interior design. For 115 years, in the Boston Design Center and Manhattan, Blanche Field has applied old-world craftsmanship to the finest materials in order to create luminous, one-of-a-kind lampshades and pendant lights. Every 150  New England Home | May-June

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lampshade is handmade, one at a time, to match your home and your unique specifications. Our designers and artisans work with customers from all over the world to bring their visions to life. Choosing a lampshade is all about style. Think about the broader goal of your room, as a whole. Do you have minimalist taste, traditional taste, or perhaps eclectic taste? There is no right answer, as your lampshades should reflect your personality. At

times, this means keeping it simple and understated to fashion a clean aesthetic or emphasize different accessories; other times, it means making a bold, decadent statement whereby the shade demands attention as the focal point of the room. The team at Blanche Field, led by Mitchell Massey, is masterful at designing and crafting the most breathtaking custom lampshades and custom lighting for your home.


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Completing Your Vision with Art


hether you’re working with a new client or someone you‘ve designed multiple homes for, we understand that selecting artwork for a private collection takes compassionate guidance and time—things you don’t always have while juggling every other aspect of a project. Enter Boston Art. For nearly two decades, Boston Art has collaborated on New England’s award-winning designs. Our con-

temporary gallery-showroom makes exploring art options and framing easy. Over the years, we have built relationships with countless independent artists and can aptly navigate the local art scene, making everything you want to see available at our fingertips. We’ll present a curated selection based on preferred style and budget, so you can find something for every room in one place. Imagine how much more you can accomplish!

Our exceptional consulting services are supported by technical knowhow and comprehensive capabilities. Boston Art oversees every step of the process, from the initial selection of artwork at a home or in our gallery, to custom framing at our frame facility and the final installation by our expert art handlers. Make an appointment to meet your dedicated art consultant today!

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Experts in Every Building Style


or over thirty years, the Davis Frame Company has been designing and crafting some of the finest quality homes available anywhere. We are a dedicated group of professionals with expertise in most building styles, including timber framing, panelized construction, post and beam, and all other conventional framing strategies. Our ability to design and manufacture wideranging examples of prefabricated

construction methods is what sets us apart from the competition. Whether you design within a single construction method or a hybrid combination of timber frame and conventional, we can provide the entire structural home package. Particular attention to detail, consistent quality, and personal service are all hallmarks of the Davis Frame experience. We combine the proven strength and durability of this ancient

craft with modern CAD design technology to build one of the most energy-efficient, highest performing homes available in the market today. As you consider the options for your next home, whether it be a timber frame, a modern prefab, or a hybrid combination of both, our website offers numerous ideas to help get you started:

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Exceptional Staircases


Payne|Bouchier staircase combines traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. Our expertise in stair building is what sets us apart from other general contractors. Whether we are called upon to restore a leaning historic stair or design and build a true elliptical stair, the result is always solid, beautiful, and expertly executed. Each newel post, baluster and railing is a one-of-a-kind handturned work of art. Our stairwrights are among the best in New England and are proud to pass down these unique skills to our talented younger craftspeople. Payne|Bouchier grew out of a passion for New England’s historic buildings and a commitment to high standards. We have been building, restoring, and renovating fine homes throughout New England since 1981. We bring to your project a process that marries your unique vision and imagination with our experience, expertise, and artisanship. Working in the art of historic renovation, yet well versed in the forms, systems, and materials of new construction, we can maneuver effortlessly between traditional and modern builds. We look forward to welcoming you into your new home!

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Designing for Art Collectors


he art people collect is often the starting point for Platemark Design, founded over a decade ago by Craig Tevolitz in Boston’s Back Bay. Its niche is designing interiors for people with established and growing art collections. “Interiors should set the stage, not upstage a collection,” says Tevolitz. “This takes careful planning, most importantly because collections aren’t

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static. They evolve over time, and the design must sustain this. As well, the needs of the collector reach far beyond traditional interior design challenges.” Platemark’s interior designs often incorporate solutions museums and galleries use, such as art lighting, hanging systems, display casework, and art storage. In the world of printmaking, a

platemark is the “impression left on the margin of an engraving by the pressure of the plate…regarded as a sign of the quality and authenticity of the print.” For the design firm, the quality and authenticity of each project is client centric. “When potential clients ask us what our style is, we say, ‘It’s your style. It’s a combination of your art, what you like, and how you want to live.’”


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➊ Clever storage and display solutions in this Back Bay loft maximize the space for an impressive art collection. ➋ The clients’ art collection is incorporated with their other collecting passions—antique lighting and furniture. ➌ Casework, unexpected niches, and wall space in the stairway of this loft provide more room to display photography, paintings, and sculpture. ➍ Soft textures and light hues complement the owners’ art collection and lend a contemporary feel to the Queen Anne-style architecture.

Platemark Design 45 Newbury Street, No. 503 Boston, MA 02116 617-487-4475


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Prefab Unleashed


ou can benefit from prefab construction and still build a home that is uniquely yours, from classic to contemporary. Value Your Time and Health Prefab homes offer efficiency of design and construction, helping you get into your new home faster. But prefab designs are often restrictive when it comes to customizing for your style and requirements. Further, they often lack environmental sensitivity. Trust Our Craft and Innovation Artful, wood-based, energy-efficient timber-frame homes are Bensonwood’s

pedigree. This path led the company to the inclusion of structural insulated panels (SIPS) from other suppliers for walls, floors, and roofs. When other panels could no longer accommodate Bensonwood’s design and energy performance requirements, the company started making its own, sourcing all natural materials for a product that is unmatched in durability. Your Architect or Ours Now, Bensonwood builds panels and timber structures not just for our own designs, but for others, as well.

This prefab timber-frame home, a contemporary take on a classic style, was built completely offsite in Bensonwood’s manufacturing plant.


Bensonwood 6 Blackjack Crossing Walpole, NH 03608 603-756-3600

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What Makes Us Unique?

Building Relationships


uring our ten-plus years in business, we have been recognized for our innovation and excellence in construction and design. Working as a builder and designer gives customers peace of mind because, through the help of a designer, we manage to fit the client’s budget into the project with innovative ideas. The same happens when customers hire a designer; Bertola strengthens ties between the clients’ needs and their budget. We take care to understand the vision and needs of our clients, enabling us to execute projects successfully while estab-


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lishing relationships that will continue long into the future. During the renovation process, we work side by side to ensure that clients will receive a high-quality finished product in efficient timing. Our personalized service, wellorganized staff, and legendary attention to detail have consistently resulted in beautiful projects of quality, style, and craftsmanship that our customers can be proud of.


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Stone Restoration


oston Stone Restoration is New England’s leading granite, marble, and natural stone restoration company. We specialize in polishing, repairing, sealing, preserving, and renovating marble, granite, terrazzo, and other natural stone surfaces. Our company has been restoring and maintaining stone since 2006. Owned by husband and wife Paul and Melissa Bunis, we focus not only on the highest quality craftsmanship, but also on exceptional customer service. Our commitment to ongoing training and

education ensures that we are constantly perfecting our technique. We are always researching new products to make sure your natural stone remains beautiful and practical for as long as possible. We are the only certified applicators in the area for several proprietary coatings and sealers that shield against issues like etching, staining, and scratching. Because stone is our passion, we are able to provide innovative and pragmatic solutions to even the most challenging problems.

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Creative Collaborations


oncept Building has always been different. We don’t want to be your typical builder. CB is driven by three simple principals: communication, honest advice, and thoughtful execution. CB wants to know you! We want to understand your likes, loves, and hates. We want to tailor your house to be a perfect fit. We want to communicate! Talking typing, and texting is necessary. Building is our passion. Every day we are building better. Construction trends, materials, controls, and finishes are constantly evolving. We love copper roofs, stainless fasteners, and most

everything Grohe. Some flooring options are better than others. Siding is taking steps forward and steps backward. Zero entry showers are great when the shower head is in the right spot. Just ask, and we will give honest, unfiltered feedback. We take great pride in what we do at Concept Building. Our team is comprised of many skilled craftsmen. All our projects start with clear budgets, timelines, and expectations. We implement with an organized, logical approach. All trades are held to the highest standards. It is critical to us that expectations are exceeded, and longstanding relationships are forged.

Proud to be Different

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Creative Culture


atitude was formed in 2016 by three partners who have been creating fine architecture throughout New England for 28 years. Our work can also be found in Montana, Florida, Georgia, and the Caribbean. Latitude is equipped to handle projects of varying scale and complexity, including highend residential, restaurants, condominiums, and historic restoration. Latitude enjoys creating strong relationships with both clients and builders, and we take pride in designing homes that are timeless and built to last. Client satisfaction is forefront to the Latitude mission, and that is manifest in the artistic process that develops the clients’ needs, wants, and vision. Latitude 164  New England Home | May-June

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brings no preconceived ideas of style but rather employs an intuitive process that is driven by the site and the client’s desires and wishes. Latitude can work to any scale and budget, with the understanding that all of our commissions demand and receive the same responsible approach to quality design.

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Layering with Antiques


e believe marrying elegant antiques and vintage collectibles with fresh, modern accents creates a curated and luxurious home with personality. Discovering and restoring the finest antique furniture and handcrafting custom beds for generations of loyal Leonards’ families is the heart of our business. Our history-rich showroom is filled with inspired ideas to refresh a collection or repurpose an antique. Our relationship with each and every customer, whether first-time or third-generation, is an ever-evolving partnership...traditional, contemporary, old-world, or modern soul, Leonards celebrates 21st-century style with a wink to the past.


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Boutique Audio-Video


ith more than twelve years of experience, Angel and Alexa Centeno founded Systems Design & Integration, Inc. Throughout the Boston area and beyond, SDI has been designing and installing integrated home and commercial AV systems for builders, architects, designers, and homeowners. Systems Design has been part of many prestigious retail stores on Newbury Street and restaurants around Boston. The owners are fully involved in the daily operation of the business. Angel and Alexa visit the client’s home and design an AV system to add comfort and enhance the lifestyle experience; we help the client discover the possibilities of home automation. Our team then fully executes the installation, delivering an exceptional

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smart home experience. We help to explore the possibilities in the areas of convenience, comfort, and security. We are a boutique AV firm. We specialize in whole-house audio, home automation, lighting control, networking, landscape lighting, custom home theaters, and motorized shades. From designing the system, to smart home wiring, delivery of all AV equipment, programming, installation, and servicing the system, we are committed to delivering you a connected home that is simple to use. We carry only the best-in-class brands in the industry such as Bowers & Wilkins, Savant Shades & Home Automation Control System, Lutron, JL Audio, Sony, Samsung, SEURA, Terra Outdoor Speakers, Coastal Source for landscape lighting, and more.

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1. Horse platter by Astier de Villatte and John Derian  | John Derian Provincetown,


2. Rockport sawhorse | Studio DUNN, Rumford, R.I.,, and Flora Home, South Dartmouth, 3. Cadre Noir wallpaper by Jennifer Shorto | Charles Spada, Boston Design Center, 4. Bourbon glass and cocktail shaker by Match Pewter  | Didriks, Belmont and Newton Lower Falls, Mass., 5. Pour Sortir change tray by Hermès  | Hermès, Boston, 6. Custom barn door by Birdseye  | Birdseye, Richmond, Vt., 7. Monogrammed Canter bath set by Waterworks  | Boston Design Center, 8. Nineteenth-century American primitive rocking horse | Charles Spada

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Designer Kathy Marshall loves to travel. She centered this garden room around a folk-art painting she discovered on one of her sojourns in the South. “It’s not expensive, but there’s something so charming about it,” she says. Paintings aren’t the only thing she picks up during her travels. When she’s in Europe—or driving around rural New England, for that matter—she is always on the lookout for interesting pieces of pottery. “I love the mash of old, new, and modern,” she says. “It gives a room like this balance and makes it welcoming.” | Kathy Marshall Design, Wenham, Mass., 978-468-7199, | 1. Desmond Open Oval lantern by E.F. Chapman, Circa Lighting, Greenwich, Conn., | 2. Garden Stripe indoor/outdoor fabric in Meadow, Schumacher, Boston Design Center, | 3. Zonda indoor/ outdoor fabric, Schumacher | 4. Charlot sofa by Sika Design, through the designer | 5. Qualche rug in Nutmeg, Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, Boston, | 6. Hazel table by Sika Design, through the designer  | 7. Monet chair by Sika Design, through the designer | 8. Saturday Night by Clementine Hunter, through the designer  | 9. Hand-thrown pot by Kathy Marshall Design, | 10. Downton wall lantern by Vaughan, Studio 534, Boston Design Center,




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Hasan Jafri of Dover Rug & Home on the joys and challenges of working in a family business.


What’s it like to be a part of a family business? Your family name is “on the door,” and that makes you raise the bar higher. There’s more at stake, and you take that much more pride in what you’re doing because you’re working on behalf of your family. A lot of the manufacturers and weavers we have overseas are family businesses, too; now their children are coming into the trade. My father has worked with their parents for many years, and I am

starting to work with the next generation. And it’s true with our clients, too: the children of many of the clients my father started out with are buying or building houses, and now I’m working with them. Because what we do is so intimate, because we go into people’s homes, the business becomes much more than just a transaction. Some of our clients have become our most trusted friends—and that is one of my most favorite things about the business.


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What are the benefits of having your own manufacturing facilities in Pakistan, India, and Nepal? We have been going to those countries for years. It’s where a lot of our work happens—where we do our product specifications and buying for the year. We are able to sit down with the actual weavers and go over new colors, new designs, and new weaving techniques. We’re able to give our weavers direct feedback from our customers, letting them know what’s working, what isn’t, what colors we want to emphasize, that sort of thing. Because we work directly with our manufacturers, we can keep costs competitive, too.


What is the allure of a hand-knotted rug? Quality. Durability. Beauty. We recognize that a hand-knotted rug is a big purchase. But I have always said that in the rug business you really get what you pay for. We have hand-knotted rugs available at

all levels, from entry point to midpoint to high end. At any level, you are getting a product that is going to last. Every single knot is individually hand tied. No machines touch the rugs. There are very few things out there—even in the luxury market—that are completely and individually made by hand. When I go to our manufacturing facilities, I marvel at the labor that goes into them. These are heirlooms. The beauty of our business, what I enjoy about it, is that I am selling artwork, but it is practical artwork that you can walk on.


Talk about the rug or carpet as the beginning point of a design plan? If you look at interior design from a literal standpoint, you want to start from the ground up. Beginning with the rug is so important because it sets the foundation for the room. Some people say that once they choose the rug, it helps them set the color palette. And because our rugs are individually handmade, not mass produced, you will always have a unique base upon which you can build your design. There’s a timelessness to handmade rugs, too. That said, we do see certain

trends, especially in colors. Red is still classic, but lately, contemporary colors— blues, grays, neutrals—are more popular.


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When Ariana Fischer moved from midcoast Maine to Portland in 2009, she brought her three children and her interior design practice with her, but closed G.F. MacGregor, her stylish home decor boutique in Rockland. Now, the shop is back, with a different name—22 Milk Street—but a similarly central location, in Portland’s historic Old Port (and just across the street from Fischer’s interior design studio, making it easy for her to move back and forth between businesses.) In a corner space, 22 Milk Street offers the unique goods that Fischer has been identifying—and, in the case of furniture like an upholstered bed frame, a contemporary turnedleg sofa, and a leather easy chair, designing—for clients for years. In 1,600 square feet divided among two rooms, shelves and tables display international items, work by local craftspeople, distinct vintage pieces, and contemporary wares. Here, you might discover African baskets, Parisian silver cocktail stirrers, Italian towels, and Belgian linens, as well as finds from closer to

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home: blankets from Brahms Mount and Evangeline and fine architectural hardware from Lowe Hardware, all in Maine. Fischer features stock from well-established designers and companies—think Visual Comfort for lights, Manuel Canovas for throw pillows, and Philippe Starck for transparent chairs—as well as plenty of surprises like acrylic cubes encapsulating tiny botanicals and indoor/outdoor torches that do not extinguish in the wind. Other items have a humorous edge. A tiny snow globe with a Buddha inside, anyone? Fischer says she’s “easily bored,” so she constantly rotates what’s available, making repeat visits worthwhile. There’s always something new to see. | 22 Milk Street, Portland, Maine, 207-536-1414, Photos courtesy of 22 Milk Street

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The home’s curvaceous bow windows inspired similar rounded forms inside: Robert Abbey’s Bling chandelier, for example; an oval Dexter coffee table from Made Goods; the leather club chair’s arched back and “ears”—even an embroidered detail on the circular upholstered ottoman.



The fabrics employed are decidedly touchable, mostly linens in an array of ivory and soft gray tones.

Small-scale repeating diamonds in the Stark carpet lend the room a subtle vitality. Quadrille’s Volpi fabric, used for both Roman shades and throw pillows, furthers the effect, as does the pierced ceramic of a pair of Currey & Company Bellemeade lamps.


Darker taupe and bronze tones are dotted here and there for gentle contrast, as in the chandelier, coffee table base, club chair, and framework of the triple-tiered end tables flanking the sofa.


Even the room’s artwork contributes to the theme: on one wall, an atmospheric rendering of the Boston skyline by painter Gregory Prestegord; on the facing wall, a group of white intaglios is presented in ranks of matching silvery frames.


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May 2019 EM NARI CotY Awards May 1 The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Contractor of the Year Awards recognizes the region’s best remodeling professionals. Awardees include seasoned professionals and young companies. I 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Clarke Showroom, Milford, Mass., 508-907-6249, Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour May 4 Peek inside the most exclusive homes in Wellesley, Massachusetts, during this self-guided tour benefiting the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club. I Visit the website for ticket prices and schedule, 28th Annual Kitchen Tour May 11 The Music Hall’s annual kitchen tour showcases everything from stunning views to sleek settings to cozy charmers in both new and historic homes. I Tickets are $25 in advance for members, $27 in advance for nonmembers, and $30 the day of the tour. 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Portsmouth, N.H., The Garden Club of Concord Celebrates Mother’s Day May 11 This annual plant sale features more than 1,000 perennials, shrubs, vines, and ground covers. Many of the perennials are grown by garden club members. I 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. TriCon Church, Concord, Mass.,

3 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 Trade Secrets May 18–19 Trade Secrets is back for its 19th year. Day one features a sale of rare plants and garden antiques with up to 60 vendors at LionRock Farm in Sharon, Connecticut. On day two, tour four picturesque, private gardens in Falls Village and nearby Ashley Falls, Massachusetts. Proceeds will be donated to Women’s Support Services. I Admission for plant sale: early buying, 8 a.m., $125 includes breakfast; regular buying, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $50; late bloomer, 1 p.m.–3 p.m., $25. Garden tour, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $75 advance purchase only, 2019 Newton House Tour May 19 Here’s your opportunity to tour a curated selection of residences and properties in Newton. The self-guided tour showcases outstanding historic preservation as well as creative modern interpretations in a broad range of architectural and interior design styles.  I Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the tour. Noon–5 p.m. Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, Newton, Mass., 617-796-1450,

Modern Architecture Walking Tour of Cambridge: Harvard May 11 Take a walking tour of distinctive modern structures on the Harvard campus and along “architects’ walk” on Brattle Street. Explore Modern Movement buildings designed by Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Josep Lluís Sert, and more. I Tickets are $30. 9 a.m.–noon. Harvard GSD main entrance, Cambridge, Mass., 781-259-8098,


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Digging Deeper: The Making of a Meadow Garden June 2 As part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days,

Cape Ann Artisans 36th Annual Open Studios June 1–2 Sixteen studios and 17 artists will showcase everything from crafts to fine art, including pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, mosaics, prints, textiles, and jewelry. The self-guided tour takes place in Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts.  I 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Designing Beauport, Room by Room June 8 Tour Beauport in the order that Henry Davis Sleeper added each room and follow his progression as an interior designer in the early twentieth century. Discover when he began using his signature decorative elements, and learn about the events that influenced his summer home. I Tickets are $30. 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Mass., 978-283-0800, 2019 Festival of Historic Houses June 15–16 Join the Providence Preservation Society for its 39th annual Festival of Historic Houses. This year’s event takes place in Providence’s Paterson Park Neighborhood. There will be a preview party on June 14. Visit the website for ticket prices and schedule. I Providence, providencehouse Newport Flower Show June 21–23 Enjoy an opening night party, floral designs, horticulture exhibits, garden displays, afternoon tea, a moonlight movie, a Champagne and jazz brunch, lectures and demonstrations, shopping, and children’s activities. I Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 after June 20.  Tickets to the opening night party are $175. June 21, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m., June 22, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., June 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Newport Mansions, Newport, R.I., 401-847-1000,  EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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Vibrant colors and intriguing patterns are hallmarks of Mally Skok’s fabrics and wallpapers, so it’s no surprise to see them showing up in her new collection of tableware. The Robberg collection is a mix-and-match lineup of hand-painted bowls and salad and dinner plates decorated with playful graphics in five vivid colorways. Skok, who lives in Massachusetts now, was inspired by (and named the collection for) the magnificent Robberg Nature Reserve near her hometown of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. I Lincoln, Mass.,


Shaun Tyler Burgess likes to say his Tyler & Sash is “not your ordinary window treatment shop.” Clients clearly agree, and with business booming, Burgess has opened a second location, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Like the original location in Winchester, Massachusetts, the new spot, in the heart of Wellesley Square, offers a curated selection of fabric and wallpaper, in addition to window treatments ranging from shades, blinds, and shutters to custom draperies. | Winchester and Wellesley, Mass.,

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When Walter and Christine Chapin started Company C in the garage behind their New Hampshire home, it was a labor of love. She had the passion for creating colorful textiles, and he loved business, so—like their marriage—their partnership was a match made in heaven. Twenty-five years later, that garage business has grown to a netABOVE: Walter and work of more than 2,500 Christine Chapin are retailers, interior designstill in step. ers, and e-­commerce sites offering rugs, fabrics, furniture, and home accessories for indoors and out. The Chapins also have two retail shops of their own, in Concord, New Hampshire, and Portland, Maine. I

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The Boston Design Center is a hotbed of activity this spring, adding new showrooms at a brisk pace. The newest options for lovers of beautiful home design include Holly Hunt and Anees Furniture & Design. On the BDC’s second floor, the Middlebury, Vermontbased Edgewater Gallery has added a place for Bostonarea art lovers to have access to its impressive roster of New England artists. Due to open in June is a Pierre Frey showroom—good news for lovers of the French company’s fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, and furniture. In other news, the ABOVE: Among the BDC’s BDC is also introducing a new feature new showrooms this called Design Services, a team of intespring is Pierre Frey rior design pros who offer consultation and guidance for projects large and small. Prospective customers can make an appointment on the BDC website. | Boston,

Natalie van Dijk Carpenter and Curt Carpenter are turning this blank slate in Boston’s South End into a new Lekker showroom.

Curt Carpenter and Natalie van Dijk Carpenter are always full of dreams and ideas for their Lekker Home showroom. Not long ago, they decided their space on Washington Street in Boston’s South End just wasn’t big enough to hold those growing dreams. The solution, they decided, was a larger showroom. The new spot, slated for a June 1 opening, occupies 9,200 square feet on the first floor of a turn-of-the-century brick building a couple of blocks away and still in the South End. “Coincidently the building was a former fine furniture factory,” Curt says. “So we couldn’t think of a more apropos location. Some things come full circle.” He also reveals that the couple have plans for the current showroom. “I can tease that we are collaborating with a major American design brand. We plan to showcase their collection exclusively at that location,” he says. Watch this space. I Boston,


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Porcelain artist Anna Kasabian’s mesmerizing pieces are beginning to enjoy a national audience, thanks to Holly Hunt—and Instagram. The designer saw Kasabian’s work on the social media site and reached out to her. The result: Kasabian’s curvy, luminous white porcelain pieces will be displayed in Holly Hunt showrooms in Los Angeles, New York City, and Miami. New Englanders drawn to the sea- and floral-inspired works can find them locally at the Charles Spada showroom at the Boston Design Center.  I,



Cape Cod-based designer David Shinn has moved Vu Design, his interior design business and retail showroom, from its longtime spot in Hyannis down the road a piece to Mashpee. The new location’s sunny 1,200-square-foot showroom still offers a lovely selection of upholstery and case goods, a fabric library, rugs, lighting, and accessories. And Shinn and designer Kristen Terrio still offer complete design services with their signature focus on combining function and beauty for casual elegance. | Mashpee, Mass.,

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New England Home threw its first networking party of the new year at Mack Designer Hardware’s beautiful showroom in Burlington, Massachusetts. Friends and clients gathered for an evening of mingling, light bites, and cocktails. Cohosts Mack Designer Hardware and Back Bay Shutter Company wowed guests with giveaways, making our 2019 inaugural event extra special.

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Mathew Roth of Hawthorn Builders | 7. Sally Wilson and John Kelsey of Wilson Kelsey Design | 8. Host Kristopher Jong with Kyle Hoepner and Kathy Bush-Dutton, both from New England Home, and fellow host Bill Morton of Back Bay Shutter Company | 9. Amy Fleischer and Trent Lloyd of Lloyd Fleischer | 10. Pierre Matta of Newton Kitchens & Design and Sue Falls of Mast & Falls Interior Design | 11. Renee Albano of Premier Woodcrafting and Tedd LeBlanc and Rose Catalona of Crown Point Cabinetry | 12. Alex Zook of Payne | Bouchier with Karen and Brian Larson of Soake Pools Photography by Melissa Ostrow

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Nearly 200 guests assembled at Boston’s unique center for innovation, the Favreaulous Factory, to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Designer Steven Favreau created the space for “good people with good hearts to gather to do good work.” The evening included students from Princeton’s Performance Ensemble competing on five baby grand pianos, food by East Meets West Catering, and beer from Sam Adams. 2



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views, sunroom, chef ’s kitchen with a woodfired oven, family room, music room, garden library, master suite with a mahogany dressing room, and several multipurpose rooms on the third floor. There is a full basement, a wine cellar, a 4,000-square-foot carriage house (with a two-bedroom apartment), and an orangerystyle greenhouse. On the outside: more than 700 feet of white sand beach and seven acres of gardens designed in 1906 by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. Only two families have lived at The Chimneys for 8 BEDROOMS the last 117 years, says the homeowner in 6 FULL BATHS his letter addressed to “Dear Fortunate 2 HALF BATHS 13,000 SQ. FT. Family” . . . who’s next? $24,000,000 Duly Noted: Richard Henry Dana Sr., a lawyer and poet, built a two-story home on land he purchased in Manchester in 1844. The Dana family was one of the first to summer in a grand “cottage” on the coast, a common practice during the Gilded Age. The land was later subdivided, and in 1902, Boston investment banker | Continued on page 207 Iconic Farmhouse photos by Dennis Carbo; An Escape on the Cape photos by Matt Mulligan/Hawk Visuals

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Dramatic waterfront location. This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Contemporary home is perfectly sited on a large 1.23 acre parcel with unobstructed views of Cape Cod Bay. Kinlin Grover Truro 508.349.2782

Harwich, MA


The Preserve of Harwich, an 8 home subdivision offering high end residences available for delivery immediately, come visit the recently completed model home. Kinlin Grover Orleans 508.255.3001

Weekapaug, RI


A view of the ocean from this vintage 1918 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage, located in the Weekapaug Fire District. Walk, bike or park at two private ocean beaches. Randall Realtors Charlestown 401.364.3388

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Large Racing Beach home, with beautiful, private, sandy beach, and gorgeous ocean views, with living area on second floor. Two master suites, one on each level. Kinlin Grover Falmouth 508.548.6611

North Truro, MA

Barnstable Village, MA


East Sandwich, MA

South Kingstown, RI


Branford, CT

Privacy abounds in this beautifully updated property abutting conservation land. This light filled home with an open floor plan boasts a gorgeous custom kitchen. Kinlin Grover Barnstable 508.362.2120

Contemporary masterpiece in the Seaside Village of Matunuck. Meticulously maintained corner lot with mature landscaping, manicured lawns and a full irrigation system. Randall Realtors Charlestown 401.364.3388


Iconic beach front Bungalow. This quintessential home has been the darling subject of many artists throughout its history. Sweeping views of Cape Cod Bay. Kinlin Grover Truro 508.349.2782


This home is off the beaten path yet close to everything. Large open light and bright colonial with a great flow, hardwood floors, new carpet in master and lower level. Kinlin Grover Sandwich 508.833.3333


Perched well above sea level this waterfront property offers the best of all worlds. Enjoy panoramic views from your luxuriously renovated main residence or stroll down to the beach. Page Taft Madison 203.245.1593

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MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, MASSACHUSETTS Magnificent completely renovated waterfront home overlooking Manchester Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Deep water dock, boat house on almost 3 private acres of lush grounds. $10,750,000

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS New construction of a 12,000 sq. ft. estate will showcase unparalleled craftsmanship and exquisite design set on private 3-acres with barn in Weston’s golf club neighborhood. $8,750,000

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Gorgeous Brick Front Colonial estate in desirable Weston Country Club, with pond views, 17 rooms, 5 bedrooms, open floor plan, custom kitchen, patio, plus finished 3rd floor and lower level playroom. $3,999,000

MANCHESTER-BY-THE SEA, MASSACHUSETTS Direct waterfront estate with stunning views, 360° turret, granite chef’s kitchen, cathedral great room, 4 en suite bedrooms, expansive deck, gardens, tidal dock, and guest house. $3,975,000

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WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS Custom 8,000+ sq. ft. home overlooking Weston Reservoir with high ceilings, superb millwork, walls of glass, 4 fireplaces, chef’s kitchen and 6 bedrooms. Separate in-law apartment. $2,650,000

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Beautiful 1939 Shingle-Style Colonial set on 1.2 acres with 4 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, solarium, open kitchen, slate roof, hardwoods, built-ins, patio, deck, and garage. $2,595,000

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GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Impressive Winnipesaukee Craftsman style w/Adirondack flair home. Five bedrooms, chef’s kitchen, 3 fireplaces, 3 levels of luxury, lush lawns, patios, sandy beach, dock. $4,600,000

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS Sprawling W. Newton Hill home designed for grand entertaining offering formal room, spacious rooms, dream chef’s kitchen, grand master, spa-like bath, 4 additional en suite, and patio. $4,580,000

Susan Bradley, Sales Associate C. 603.493.2873 | O. 603. 524.2255

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MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS Ocean & Island views! Renovated 6279 S.F. residence, chef's kitchen open to family room. 5 bedrooms & 5 ensuite baths. Peach's Point home with association dock, beach, moorings. $2,999,999

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Unique contemporary home with superb updates, open spaces, vibration/ soundproof floors, 3+ bedrooms, Poggenpohl kitchen, and spectacular water views of Reservoir Park. $2,980,000

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

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MATTAPOISETT, MASSACHUSETTS Mattapoisett: Bay Club, 19th Century inspired, exquisitely designed in grand style, 10ft. ceilings, custom details, abundant amenities throughout. A joy to see. $1,790,000

MARION, MASSACHUSETTS Secluded 2,600 sq. ft., waterfront set on 3.01 acres with recent updates. 4 BRs, 3 baths, water views & large deck and private dock. Community club house & sandy beach. $1,750,000

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C O L D W E L L B A N K E R R ES I D E N T I A L B R O K E R AG E The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2019 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. 596429NE_03/19

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Wareham Waterfront MARION, MASSACHUSETTS Contemporary

Marion Village Home

Piney Point Waterfront Home

Sprawling waterfront compound with private dock and sandy beach located in the highly desirable Piney Point neighborhood. Set on 2.1 acres overlooking Wing’s Cove and Buzzard’s Bay, this lovely 5800 sq. ft. home offers the perfect space for generations of families to gather: a main residence with 3 bedrooms and attached guest house. This rare property also offers two kitchens, two living spaces, three-season room, a dedicated exercise room, laundry room, 2 car garage, and boathouse. Direct access to the water and close proximity to the association beach club, tennis court, and association dock. The multi-tiered deck extends indoor living outdoors and offers great entertaining space with sweeping water views.

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Marion village home on a .48 acreset loton with 4 bedrooms, This Contemporary home, over 13 acres in 4.5 baths. East Wareham, offers waterviews of Shell PointTime Bay and Fully renovated andgorgeous expanded between 2005/2007. and surrounding marsh. Built 1989, its Cape 3,250 square feet with a attention was given to marry thein authentic Cod style include layout. first floor master additional 3-1/2’s baths, modern The core suite, of the3house is thebedrooms, custom chef kitchen. laundry formal dining room,suite, den with fireplace,with en First floor room, also includes the master a 2ndgas bedroom and large area, livinglibrary, room with gassun fireplace suite, dining office, porch,and andspectacular mudroom.views. The 2nd Modern kitchen includes granite countertops, Thermador ovens,with floor offers 2 more bedrooms with en suites and family room and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Also complete with large finished cathedral ceiling. Outside you will find a lovely blue-stone patio, walk-out basement, wrap-around deck, patio, and 3 car garage outdoor shower, fish pond gazebo. Detached from the home is with unfinished roomsand above. Alarm system, generator, a garden shed andvacuum, a 2 car garage storage Just steps from central outdoorwith shower, and above. workshop. waterfront and all village amenities! Professional landscaping adds to this private, serene home.

Exclusively listed at $1,395,000 Exclusively listed at $1,600,000 Converse Company Realtors 166 Front Street, P.O. Box 416 Marion, Massachusetts 02738 Tel: 508-748-0200 | Fax: 508-748-2337



Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath home in quaint residential Cape Cod neighborhood, low taxes! High quality, energy efficient and low maintenance, this custom-built ranch is just over 2,000 sq. ft. on .46 acres, and only minutes from gorgeous bay beaches, the harbor and golf courses. A true getaway, the property boasts detailed millwork and fine finishes, bright and open living area and spacious back deck with ample space to entertain. Priced at $945,975

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Gardiner Lane and his wife, Emma, purchased one parcel and built The Chimneys, a Georgian colonial revival designed by architect Raleigh Gildersleeve. The current owners, who purchased the property in 1991, completed a comprehensive renovation of the original home in 1998, with Dell Mitchell Architects of Boston and Woodmeister Master Builders of Holden, Massachusetts. Contact: Michael Carucci, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Boston, 617-901-7600, sothebysrealty. com, Property ID: NS6DEX

An Escape on the Cape

Take all the reasons you move to Cape Cod—beauty, history, privacy, beaches, endless summers—and add a home designed by the renowned American architectural firm of Royal Barry Wills, a name synonymous with the Cape-style home. The result is “Far Niente” (a colloquial Italian expression for blissful relaxation), a home in Osterville, Massachusetts. It’s a drop-deadgorgeous, fresh interpretation of a classic Cape on the Cape. Blissful? Oh yes. The home is just under 6,000 square feet, on a lot that’s just under an acre, in a desirable Wianno neighborROOMS: 10 hood, with 300 feet of sandy beach and 4 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS a deep-water dock. Listing agent Jack 1 HALF BATH Largay has been selling property on 5,900 SQ. FT. the Cape for forty-seven years, and he $9,199,000 says he’s never seen a more spectacular location. Unparalleled views include the West Bay, Oyster Harbors across the channel, and Martha’s Vineyard in the distance. The shingled home has classic Cape features, including a pitched gabled roofline and two stately chimneys. Interior architectural details include wainscoting and crown molding, warm hardwood floors, and a traditional staircase with spindle balusters, newel posts, and finials. It’s a fabulous family home; three bedrooms feature sitting areas, and the master bedroom includes a private rooftop deck with wonderful views. A light-filled living room includes a fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and a sitting nook in a windowed bay. Duly Noted: To many, the name Royal Barry Wills is as familiar as the ubiquitous Cape for which the architect was widely known. Wills (1895–1962) was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. He founded a namesake firm in 1925 in Boston, and designed some 2,500 single-family homes over the

course of his career. Homes that can be traced directly to him and his firm are some of the most treasured in New England. Contact: Jack Largay, Sotheby’s International Realty, Osterville, Mass., 508-428-9115, sothebyshomes. com, MLS# 21807495

Iconic Farmhouse

They say wherever you go, there you are. Indeed, this home—originally a 1790 Cape built in northern New England that was disassembled and rebuilt in the 1980s on its present site—is perfectly at peace in Killingworth, Connecticut. It offers the best of old and new: a traditional floor plan and eighteenth-century details (original interior beams, floors, three fireplaces, and doors) that have been faithfully preserved—along with new spaces and every amenity (including new mechanical systems). Previous owner Nancy Fishelson, an antiques dealer and noted historic preservationist, oversaw the extensive renovation. The interiors were designed by the current owner, whose previous homes, like this one, have been featured in prestigious shelter magazines. The home is suitable for families, and families who frequently host overnight guests. There are lots of “away” spaces. The master suite, a converted barn, lives in its own wing; there are two proper bedrooms and a bunkroom in another secondfloor area, and an additional private guest bedroom on the lower level. The soaring kitchen is filled with light. The ROOMS: 7 current homeowner is a serious cook 3 BEDROOMS 3 FULL BATHS drawn to the house for its entertaining 1 HALF BATH possibilities, including state-of-the-art 3,141 SQ. FT. appliances (like the La Cornue range $1,295,000 with double ovens), and lots of storage. The flow from kitchen to dining room to living room to keeping room is perfect, says the owner, for “hosting and just hanging out.” Duly Noted: This home has location in spades. The pleasant setting is totally private, far from the road, and safe for children and dogs. And it’s one of six period homes that sit on lots around a common green, affording the owner a vast expanse of beautiful landscaping, without the maintenance. Killingworth is close to picturesque villages like Chester and Essex, and minutes from Madison and other charming shoreline towns. Roughly equidistant between New York and Boston, it’s not so far off the beaten path that you can’t get there easily. Contact: Rick Weiner, William Pitt Sotheby’s, Essex, Conn., 860-227-3191,, MLS# 170164627  May-June 2019 | New England Home  207

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


Interior design: Dane Austin, Dane Austin Design, Boston, 617-564-0756, Decorative painter: Pauline Curtiss, Patina Designs, Lincoln, Mass., 617-653-3119, Page 56: Paisley Pink wall color from Benjamin Moore,; sectional sofa from Room & Board,; occasional chair from Casa Design Group, casadeisgnboston. com; rug from Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, Page 58: Dining area chandelier from Modern Forms,; table from ModLoft, modloft. com; chairs from CB2,; kitchen pendant lights from Roll & Hill, Page 60: Blur wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries,; bed from Rove Concepts,; nightstands from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Page 61: Southfield Green office wall color from Benjamin Moore; desk from Williams-Sonoma Home,; lamps from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; chair from Room & Board; rug from Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting; Exotisme Vert Buis wallpaper in guest room from Designers Guild,; bed from West Elm, westelm. com; nightstands from Rove Concepts; pendant light from Varaluz,

OUTSIDE INTEREST: SLEEPING BEAUTY PAGES 64–69 Landscape design: Dan Gordon, Dan Gordon

Landscape Architects, Wellesley and Edgartown, Mass., 781-237-5751, Landscape and hardscape contractor: Jeff Simko, The Picot Company, Needham, Mass., 781-455-0060, Gates and fencing: New England Woodworkers, Kingston, Mass., 781-936-8804, newenglandwood Pool and spa: Custom Quality Pools, Billerica, Mass., 978-663-8290,


Architecture: Christopher Glass, Christopher Glass Architect, Camden, Maine, 207-236-8215 Interior design: Leandra Fremont-Smith, Leandra Fremont-Smith Interiors, Yarmouth, Maine, 207-831-0013, Landscape design: Dennis Bracale, Gardens by Design, Bar Harbor, Maine, 207-460-9324, and Erika Lindquist, Southwest Harbor, Maine, 207-669-2203 Decorative wallpapering: Cheri Cushman, Oceanside Wallpapering, Ellsworth, Maine, 207-479-4356 Decorative painting: Jim Long, Home Enhancement, Raymond, Maine, 207-655-3298 Upholstery workroom: Troy and Rebecca Delano, Alfred’s Upholstery & Co., Alfred, Maine, 207-536-5556, Page 93: Porch dining table and Costa chairs from Restoration Hardware, Page 94: Wimborne White wall color from Farrow & Ball,; Patriotic White ceiling color from Benjamin Moore,; Junction rug from Patterson, Flynn Martin,; Azure fireplace chairs by Bunny Williams Home,, with fabric from Brunschwig et Fils,;

Etoile sconces from Visual Comfort through Fogg Lighting,; Ocean at New Harbor art over fireplace by Jerry Weiss through Elizabeth Moss Galleries,; Hampton ceiling light from Visual Comfort through Fogg Lighting; Culloden table lamp from Visual Comfort through Fogg Lighting; Raja Embroidery sofa pillow fabric from Schumacher, fschumacher. com; Gable sofa pillow fabric from Jane Churchill,; Kiribati Ikat fabric on club chairs from Schumacher; Ceylon Batik fabric on rattan chairs from Quadrille,; St. Germain side tables from Serena & Lily,; coffee table from Hive Home, Gift & Garden,; Sunrise Over Fortune’s Rock painting over sofa by Deborah Randall through Elizabeth Moss Galleries. Page 95: Parquet wallpaper from Galbraith & Paul,; Chandler dining table from Century Furniture,; Amsterdam chairs from Hickory Chair,; Novasuede front chair fabric rom Kravet,; Diabolo fabric on chair back from Boussac through Pierre Frey,; Seychelles Chevron Gimp tape trim from Samuel & Son,; Newport console from Oomph,; Murano glass chandelier from Design Within Reach,; Marlene rug from Patterson Flynn Martin; Rain, Falls River painting by Jerry Weiss through Elizabeth Moss Galleries; draperies fabricated by Scissors and Seams, Gray, Maine, 207-657-2227, in Elliot fabric from Schumacher with Chrysler trim from Samuel & Son; plates and glassware from Vietri,; napkins and napkin rings from Kimball Shop, Page 96: Interweave wallpaper from Thibaut,; Deconstructed Stripe ceiling fabric from Schumacher; Aztec Ikat roman shades fabric from China Seas,; OD Zuma banquette cushion fabric from Clarence House,; Lockan red pillow fabric and Sigourney blue pillow fabric from China Seas; faux leather on coffee table from Duralee,; coffee table custom by Alfred’s Upholstery & Co.; basket and side table from Simply Home,; Carousel lantern from Currey & Company through Fogg Lighting; Lante rug from Stark, Page 97: Blue Lagoon cabinet color from Benjamin Moore; island stools from Serena & Lily; lanterns from Urban Electric through Fogg Lighting, painted Ladybug Red from Benjamin Moore; Balmoral Plaid backsplash tile by AKDO though Distinctive Tile and Design,; Citrus Garden roman shade fabric from Schumacher; Country Redwood breakfast area floor color from Benjamin Moore; dining chairs from Serena & Lily; Up a Tree powder room wallpaper from Meg Braff,; mirror from Serena & Lily; sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting, Pages 98–99: Nitik Grande wallpaper from Quadrille; Lulworth Blue ceiling color from Farrow & Ball; Downpour Blue trim and built-in color from Benjamin Moore; Ikat II sofa fabric from Quadrille; Raffles Reverse red pillow fabric from China Seas; Zig Zag blue pillow fabric from Alan Campbell,; Clouds roman shade fabric from Brunschwig et Fils; coffee table from Thibaut, rug from Patterson Flynn Martin; Morning Light painting by Clifford Smith through Elizabeth Moss Galleries. Page 100: Audubon color-printed lithographs from Elizabeth Moss Galleries; Great White guest room wall color from Farrow & Ball; nightstands from Bungalow 5,; Indian Arbre bed fabric from Schumacher; bed linens from Satori Fine Linens,; botanical prints from

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Interior design: Duncan Hughes and Joanne Nhip, Duncan Hughes Interiors, Boston, 617-426-1440, Builder: Dellbrook | JKS, Quincy, Mass., 781-380-1675, Metalwork: Make Architectural Metalworking, West Wareham, Mass., 508-273-7603, makearchmetal. com Kitchen design: Venegas and Company, Boston, 617-439-8800, Audio/video design: Creative Systems, Natick, Mass., 508-655-2262, Drapery workroom: Thread, Ashland, Mass., 508-429-5606, Pages 102–103: Sectional sofa by Vibieffe,; toss pillows and alpaca throw from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; coffee table from Plantation Design, plantation; channeled leather bench, brass accent table, and Babolsar floor lamp from Arteriors,; teak end table from Brownstone,; Wynn lounge chairs by Bernhardt through Cabot House,; Brushstroke table lamp by Bunny Williams through Kravet,; wool blend rug from Dover Rug & Home,; Cherry Bomb! artwork by Matt McKee through Masterpiece Gallery, master; Infante artwork by Peter Wilde,; Out Through The In Door art over sofa by Michael Hambouz, Page 104: Radicchio wall color from Farrow & Ball,; Carrara marble vanity top from Rejuvenation,; towel ring and Etoile faucet and handles from Waterworks,; Dorchester picture light from Circa Lighting,; antique pine-frame mirror from Chairish, Pages 106–107: Custom banquette designed by Duncan Hughes Interiors, fabricated by Lousso Designs and Kostas Custom Upholstery,; pillow from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; live-edge Spyder walnut dining table from the Morson Collection,; Chanel Licorice dining chairs from Bryght, bryght. com; rug from Dover Rug & Home; chandelier from Apparatus Studio,; sideboard from Noir Furniture,, Melanie Malone painting over sideboard by Kristen Schiele,; limited-edition palm tree prints by Andy Wauman,; lava table lamp from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; hand-finished Gold Starstruck vase by John Richard through Century Furniture; custom kitchen hood and cabinets from Venegas and Company; cabinet hardware from Colonial Bronze,; Wicked White quartzite countertops from Gerrity Stone,; Alpine Snow subway tile from Discover Tile,, installed by Installations Plus,; vintage counter stools from 1stDibs,; Nude 1 art by Aldara Ortega through Twyla, twyla. com; custom curved steel and wood staircase designed by Duncan Hughes and fabricated by Make Arch Metalworking, Pages 108–109: Cobalt blue loveseat from Plantation Design,; Flynn table lamps and Omar drinks table from Arteriors; cocktail table from Cyan Design,; end tables from Regina

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Andrew,; vintage leather club chair from Safavieh Couture,; Bauhaus Figure C by Base23 limited-edition print to right of dartboard from Twyla; White Drip limited-edition print at top of stairs by Jean-Claude Goldberg,; wet bar copper sink from Native Trails,; faucet from Waterworks; cabinet hardware from Schaub & Company,; game room longwool rug from Bowron Sheepskins,; metal prints from Society6, Page 110: Marone Toscano travertine tile from Ann Sacks,; custom mirror designed by Duncan Hughes Interiors, fabricated by R.K. Construction,; floating vanity designed by Duncan Hughes Interiors; vessel sink from Kohler,; chandelier from Premiere Luminaire, Page 111: Wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries,; bed from True Modern,; nightstand from ModLoft, modloft. com; table lamp and accent table from Arteriors; bedding from Restoration Hardware, restoration; lounge chair from Dot & Bo,; alpaca throw and orange pillow from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; rug from Dover Rug & Home; Shaky Moon limited-edition print over bed by Robert Brinker,


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Builder: Robert Alves, Premier Contracting, Leicester,

Mass., 508-380-2355 Kitchen design: SieMatic, Boston, 617-585-9960, Stone and tile: Olympia Marble & Granite, Needham, Mass., 781-455-0199, Pool design/installation: Atlantic Landscaping, Nantucket, Mass., 508-325-6777, Pages 112–114: Shelves and chaises designed by Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors; throw from Hermès, hermè; small table from Jalan Jalan Miami,; floor lamp from Circa Lighting,; custom wall lights by Jason Koharik, Page 116: Coffee table from Piet Boon, pietboon. com; sectional sofa and chair designed by Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors; rug from Stark, starkcarpet. com; sconces by Jason Koharik; pillows by Ryan Studio, Page 117: Dining table and host chairs from Piet Boon; side chairs from Dedon,; chandeliers from Apparatus Studio,; Belgian oak flooring throughout from DuChateau, Page 118: Counter stools from Piet Boon; vintage wall lighting from 1stdibs, Page 119: Pool deck furniture from RH Modern,; umbrella from Tuuci, Pages 120–121: Bedding from RH Modern; bench from CB2,; bathroom sconce by Kelly Wearstler though Circa Lighting; mirror from Rejuvenation,; hallway railing fabricated by Nantucket Glass,; chandeliers from Apparatus Studio.


Renovation architecture: Doug Okun, Douglas Okun & Associates, Cambridge, Mass., 617-491-4600, Interior architecture and design: Heidi Pribell, Heidi Pribell Interior Design, Cambridge, Mass., 617-354-1445,

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Builder: Ramon Miranda, Lorena Construction Services, Milford, Mass., 508-810-8212 Structural engineering: Aberjona Engineering, Winchester, Mass., 781-729-6188 Kitchen design: Melissa Bean, Crown Point Cabinetry, Claremont, N.H., 603-504-6890, Drapery workroom: Stitch, Hudson, Mass., 978-562-5371, Pages 122–125: Bramble entry wall color from C2 Paint,; marble insets in floor from Tile Showcase,; ceiling wallpaper by Omexco,, through Romo,; ceiling light from Ralph Lauren Home,; armchairs from Ferrell Mittman,, with fabric from Cowtan & Tout,; Saarinen table from Knoll,; inglenook sofa from Partners in Design,, with fabric from Weitzner,, and fringe trim from Houlès,; carpet from Stark,; Cambridge library wall color from C2 Paint; rug from Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales. com; chandelier from Aerin Lauder,; roman shade fabric from Cowtan & Tout; sofa and coffee table from Reside,; armchairs from Julian Chichester,, with Cowtan & Tout fabric; chaise from Ferrell Mittman with Cowtan & Tout fabric. Pages 126–127: Wallcovering from Houlès, installed by Bruno Jouenne, Soft Walls Associates, Boston, 617-482-5498; drapery fabric from Thibaut,; armchair from Brabbu,; sofa from Partners in Design in cotton velvet from Cowtan & Tout; chairs from Koket,; rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets,; ottoman from Partners in Design; chandelier from Aerin Lauder; table lamps from Arteriors,; glass art pieces by Carrie Gustafson,; shelf unit from Made Goods, Pages 128–129: Wood flooring from Hunt Custom Milled Wood Floors,; silk wallcovering from Rubelli,; chandelier from Ralph Lauren Home; curtain fabric from Pollack,; dining chairs from Andrew Spindler Antiques,; sideboard from 1stdibs. Page 130: Casual dining table from Aesthetic,; chairs from Knoll with fabric from Cowtan & Tout; rug from Bloomingdale’s; light fixture from Visual Comfort, Page 131: Oxford Stone cabinet color from Farrow & Ball,; quartzite counters from Marble & Granite,; chandelier from Visual Comfort; stools from Four Hands,; sink from Kohler,; pewter hardware from Manzoni, Page 132: Bed and headboard from Partners in Design; chair from Koket; rug from Bloomingdale’s; powder room wallpaper from Calico,; Grand Canyon ceiling color from C2 Paint; vanity from Crown Point Cabinetry with top from Cumar,; mirror from Carvers’ Guild,; sconces by Thomas O’Brien through Visual Comfort; ceiling light by John Nye through Circa Lighting, Page 133: Headboard from Partners in Design with fabric from Omexco though Romo; rug from Stark; window fabric by Zoffany through The Martin Group,; bedside tables from ­Bungalow 5,; lamp from Arteriors.

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A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue 5 Under 40 196 a Blade of Grass 82 A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring 70 A.W. Hastings 59 Acorn Deck House Company 37 Adams + Beasley Associates 179 Affordable Mold Remediation 213 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc. 25 Bannon Custom Builders 168 Beckwith Builders 146–147 Bensonwood Homes 160 Bertola Custom Homes & Remodeling 161 Birdseye 148–149 Blanche Field, LLC 150–151 Boston Art, Inc. 152–153 Boston Stone Restoration 162 Botello Home Center 197 Bradford’s Rug Gallery 209 C.H. Newton Builders, Inc. 57 California Closets 74–75 Catherine Truman Architects 33 Charles Hilton Architects 62 Christopher Hall Architect 187 Clam Door 199 Clarke Distributors 88 Coldwell Banker Previews International 204–205 Colony Rug Company, Inc. 201 Concept Building 163 The Converse Company Realtors 206 Crown Point Cabinetry 29 Crown Select 144 Cypress Design 174 Davis Frame Company 154–155 DC Home Systems 194 Designer Bath/Salem Plumbing Supply 32 Divine Design Center 48–49 Dover Rug & Home 23 DuraLife Decking 140 Elms Interior Design 8–9 Estes–Twombly Architects 189 Fallon Custom Homes, Inc. inside front cover FBN Construction Co., LLC back cover Ferguson 141 Flavin Architects inside back cover Frank Webb Home 171 Garage Headquarters 69 The Granite Place 85 Gregory Lombardi Design 89 Groom Construction Co., Inc. 86 Hammer Architects 21 Hampden Design+Construction 45 Harvest Homes 175 Herrick & White Architectural Millwork 76–77

KVC Builders 2–3 Latitude Architects 164 LDa Architecture & Interiors 27 League of N.H. Craftsmen 201 Leonards Antiques 165 Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc. 4–5 Light New England 143 Longfellow Design Build 31 Luxury Home Design Summit 208 Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC 72 McPhee Associates 206 MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects 1 Mid–Cape Home Centers 30 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 26 Murdough Design 180 Music Hall Kitchen Tour 215 Newton Kitchens & Design 39 Northcape Design Build 195 Oak Hill Architects, Inc. 47 Ogunquit Playhouse 212 Onyx Corporation 80–81 Paragon Landscape Construction 22 Parterre Garden Services 210 Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC 173 Paul F. Weber Architect, LLC 177 Payne Bouchier 156–157 Pella Windows & Doors 16 Pellettieri Associates, Inc. 53 Platemark Design 158–159

Inspired Ornamental 83, 180 Janine Dowling Design, Inc. 41 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Made Sustainable Furnishings 211 Jennifer Palumbo, Inc. 51 Jewett Farms + Co. 87 JN Flooring, LLC 84 Kevin Cradock Builders, Inc. 189 Kinlin Grover 203 Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc. 78–79, 199 Kitchen Views at National Lumber 14–15 Knickerbocker Group 53

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders 18 Porch & Patio Casual 192 PRG Rugs 186 Proven Winners 67 Providence Preservation Society 212 R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc. 181 The Real American Dream Home Company 213 Roche Bobois 10–11 Runtal North America, Inc. 71 S+H Construction 142 Scott James Furniture 185 Shope Reno Wharton 193 Showroom 63 Siegel Associates 197 Splash Kitchen and Bath Showroom 54 Sudbury Design Group, Inc. 12–13 SV Design, Siemasko + Verbridge 184 Systems Design & Integration, Inc. 166 T.A LaBarge, Inc. Custom Building 68 Taste Design, Inc. 28 TMS Architects 6–7 Triad Associates, Inc. 167 Tyler & Sash 183 Unilock 65 Walpole Outdoors 195 Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration 191 Wellesley Kitchen & Home Tour 214 Youngblood Builders, Inc. 17 ZEN Associates, Inc. 60–61


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Design Ideas in the Making Bare fabric Color 3 Color 2 Color 1

Many of my printed textiles get their start from specimens of sea life or objects found on the beach. They may be shells, pieces of coral, or even a scrap of abandoned netting. I scan a photo—or sometimes the actual object—into Photoshop so that I can manipulate the shapes and draw over them. This particular fabric, which ended up being called Wavelength, began with a photo I saw in The Shell: 500 Million Years of Inspired Design, a book from the late 1960s. I picked out one shell in particular, which had a zigzag pattern, then took just a section of the pattern, cut it out, warped and distorted it, and started drawing. When working out patterns for printing fabric, I have to decide how big I want the scale to be, how many colors will be used, and how the pattern can be given a continuous repeat, both horizontally and vertically. I mirror-imaged this pattern, which I rarely do, and once I turned the zigzag into a drawing, I didn’t want it to just be flat, so I added shapes that fit between the lines to give it some dimension. The result is a little wacky, a little like Op art. Designers have done lots of chairs and pillows in this pattern. | Dawn Oliveira, Oliveira Textiles, Bristol, Rhode Island, 401-332-9898,

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