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176 Last Look Rhode Island-made Cardkits allow kids of all ages to build and furnish paper homes and cities.

Special Marketing Sections 81 Professional Profiles 143 Projects We Love

42 Here & There 27 Inspired Interiors Designers and stylemakers bring the holidays home.

36 Smith on Style Editor at Large Clinton Smith shares a few gift ideas to delight and inspire.

42 Living Artfully Next-door neighbors at the Boston Design Center, Liz Roache and Pierre Frey collaborate on a colorful textile collection.

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55 5 Under 40 Awards Meet the talented young design professionals who make up our eleventh annual slate of winners.

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s the calendar edges toward the winter solstice—and the longest night, shortest light of the year—I layer my home with twinkling lights and dried flowers, and I unpack significant objects of joy and nostalgia. For me, holiday decorating doesn’t happen all at once but evolves as my family and I spend more time indoors, and my beloved garden recedes to sticks and twigs. We stay connected to nature’s rhythms by embracing the changing light and landscape as a reminder of the cycle of life, while braving the cool fall air if for nothing more than the reward of snuggling into the warm indoors afterward. And after the solstice, my family and I note the returning daylight with anticipation. As spring approaches, we celebrate those first few evenings where we again make dinner before sunset or take our after-work walk in twilight instead of the black of night. For now, as we enter late autumn/early winter, I encourage you to establish your own solstice rituals. Embrace the end of 2020 by honoring the world just outside your door: fashion a garland from boughs in your yard, revel in recipes inspired by your local farm stand’s late harvest, and, as days shorten, wrap your porch with lights and linger. Consider warm clothing and gather around the firepit with family and friends. Weather allowing, imagine a holiday feast outdoors. With a little creativity and perhaps a few cozy blankets, we can all conjure comfort and joy, and mark with optimism the return of light. JENNA TALBOTT @jennatalbott

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CELEBRATING WITHIN Designers and stylemakers bring the holidays home. BY TOVAH MARTIN

Painted Farrow & Ball’s Black Blue, the library is now the Winchester family’s favorite room, especially when stockings are hung from a mantel decorated by Jennifer Figge with curly willow, magnolia, and pheasant-feather arrangements beside a ribbon-wrapped garland.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A simple bay-leaf garland complements Sarah Winchester’s own fine art print of Versailles above the mantel in the living room, while a red peony bouquet provides pop on the coffee table. The banister is woven with a cedar-andDouglas-fir garland accented by faux birds and clusters of matteglass ornaments. In the dining room, Winchester suspends tulips, greens, and ornaments from a chandelier.

TRADITION WITH A TWEAK “I’m unabashedly into Christmas,” interiors and fine-art photographer Sarah Winchester admits. With two young children who still believe in Santa Claus, she wants to deliver the full experience. To make that happen, the family’s 1880 American foursquare home in Chestnut Hill is decorated with the help of stylist/ florist/friend Jennifer Figge of Figge Floral Studio. No mantel is left unadorned; no bannister is naked, with lots of wired ribbons, ornaments, and greenery called into action. “When we bought the house seven years ago, we wanted to honor the architecture but throw in modern details,” Winchester explains. For the holidays, the high ceilings come in handy, expanding the decorating dialogue upward


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while lending a sense of formality. Growing up in the South, Winchester was influenced by an ultra-cool aunt “who lived in the most stylish big old home in Atlanta and was way ahead of her time.” Family heirlooms now figure into Winchester's equation with frequent nods to that favorite aunt, who inspired the home’s black library. Traditional nutcrackers, paperwhites, and holiday pillows further fabricate the fairytale, while ornaments dangle from ribbons between blossom buds. If it is all a suspension of reality, that’s exactly what Winchester has in mind. Photography by Sarah Winchester

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MAKING MERRY When Tony Elliott purchased his 1750 farmhouse, it was the former hangout of “three guys who never threw anything away.” Gradually, he transformed it into a polished, warm home with an overarching style that is “eclectic, old New England, and global with a twist.” A frequent traveler to find inspiration and vendors for Snug Harbor Farm—his nursery/shop in Kennebunk, Maine—Elliott is the first to

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mudroom in the most basic sense of the word, the current luminous entry hall is now a cheerful transition between the main house and the ell. LEFT: Tony Elliott glorifies late autumn with sweeping arrangements scavenged from his fields and gardens, proving that the raging red foliage of smoke bush can rival poinsettia bracts.

confess that he’s a forager. Outdoors, his property hosts various poultry, pets, and plantings. Inside, the farmhouse is furnished with tidbits that mesh with their surroundings, but Elliott never loses sight of simplicity. “There’s nothing precious,” he promises. Although Elliott confesses to being a “spring person,” he does like to make merry for the winter holidays. That can shake down into a lineup of simple, spare grass plumes tucked into vintage bottles found in the wall while renovating, or it can mean voluptuous arrangements concocted while wandering his hedgerows. Those bouquets come together in his hands as he walks along, adding smoke bush, conifers, and grasses. In the barn, stems are stripped and lines are perfected. The vision is to live close and personal with the nature he loves.


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created a mini snow scene in a glass cannister, which she smartly paired with a treetop anchored in sand. Sigman sets tables throughout the house; in the kitchen, the floral designer ran a simple centerpiece of fresh treetops surrounded by princess pine along the table to encourage the flow of conversation. The festivity continues with myrtle topiaries and eucalyptus wreaths.

HOME SWEET HOME While creating magic for clients of Les Fleurs—Sandra Sigman’s Andover, Massachusetts, destination flower shop—she weaves extra eucalyptus wreaths and orders additional myrtle topiaries for her own family fête. Sigman lures in the forty family members who attend her annual Christmas Eve party with the comingled scents of lit candles and freshly snipped greens. She always leaves her own decorations for last. “And I secretly look forward to that,” she admits. Guests arrive to the strains of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s “Winter Song” floating soft-


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ly from the oversized, sparklingwhite kitchen Sigman designed specifically to host this sort of family affair. They leave a potluck dish on the counter beside live plants and fresh greens arranged in the smart, sleek geometry of repeating shapes. There’s laughter, there’s sparkling limoncello, and the family circulates around eloquently decorated rooms before sitting down to a many-course meal at tables set throughout the downstairs. With stories flowing, logs sputtering in the fireplace, and Céline Dion serenading in the background, this is anything but a silent night. Photography by Kindra Clineff | Produced by Tovah Martin

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COMFORT & JOY Ever since he adopted a former parsonage in Vermont’s deep snowbelt, artist, interior designer, and stylist Terry John Woods has honed “hunkered down” to a fine art. “I celebrate the settling in,” he’ll say. “I crave reconnecting. Winter is my creative time, and the holidays are a prelude in the innovative process.” To spark his inner fire, the designer composes meaningful vignettes of family farmhouse treasures. Often, they express a sophisticated whimsy. Always, they access the fodder from favorite collections, deftly layered to create a dialogue between texture and form. Most importantly, everything is framed in ample white space

(Behr Swiss Coffee is his go-to shade), echoing the snow-laden scene outside. Besides the prevailing white, the color story adds only green with an occasional, prudently invoked glint lent by tarnished silver. The green is furnished by boughs newly cut from the surrounding forests. Besides a few tiny lights, the Christmas tree is not decked out. But Woods’s intention goes deeper than honoring simplicity. “It’s about thankfulness and celebrating the gifts nature provides,” he explains. “Let peace be appreciated.” EDITOR'S NOTE: For more details, see Resources.


an early-1800s pie safe that he picked up in Pennsylvania sits Woods’s grandmother’s wooden bowl, which she used to make bread stuffing every holiday. With a camelback sofa and softly lit tree, the living room is accented by a galvanized swivel table holding a welcoming lantern. Clocks and watches (including his father’s) symbolize that time is of the essence. The colorful vintage toy pickup collection is the brightest element in the room, so it stands alone.


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rtist Liz Roache sits at one end of an infinitely long drafting table, wearing a custom orangey-red (her favorite color) dress featuring one of her own graphic designs and a pair of gold-rimmed glasses so chic someone will soon stop her in the hallway to compliment her. She’s buzzing over her collaboration with textile tastemaker Pierre Frey, which debuts this fall. Roache is the first American artist—handpicked by chairman and artistic director Patrick Frey himself— to partner with the French brand. “I used to think in print,” declares Roache. “Now I think in curtains.”

In fall 2019, when Pierre Frey opened its Boston Design Center showroom next door to Roache’s studio, Patrick Frey popped in to introduce himself to his new neighbor. He was immediately entranced by Roache’s bold, graphic aesthetic. “I loved it,” declares Frey. “It was very modern—we hadn’t done anything like it at all.” In short order, Frey had Roache ship a selection of her prints to his Paris headquarters, where, he says,


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Artist Liz Roache relaxes on a chair upholstered in Surprise, part of her Optimism collaboration with French textile brand Pierre Frey, in her Boston Design Center studio. Photograph by Joyelle West

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The Lively curtains are printed on cotton. Roache and Pierre Frey’s Sunlight carpet. Roache at work in her studio wearing a custom-made dress using the Small Surprise fabric; the upholstery design required the artist to cut approximately 150 shapes to achieve the dynamic form.


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his team fell in love with the optimistic feel of the designs. The result is a capsule collection, titled Optimism, of five fabrics, five wallcoverings, and three rugs featuring Roache’s bold patterns. It’s the artist’s first foray into the world of textiles; when she visited the Pierre Frey studios in January to review the prototypes, she burst into tears. “They got the way that I think,” she says. And how does Roache think? In shapes, colors, and scale. Beginning in the 1990s, Roache spent thirty-five years studying and then teaching with Ati Gropius Johansen, daughter of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement. Roache was chosen to become Ati’s successor when she passed away in 2014, teaching color and design all over the world. In 2017, Roache opened a studio

Roache, who taught at the Museum of Modern Art, surveyed the colors in the museum’s collections and assembled the hues into a palette of twelve colors to create Optimist, seen here in the fabric and wallpaper options. FACING PAGE: The Surprise curtains and Liz wallpaper, which Roache developed by cutting one rectangle of paper thirty-seven times.

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fter hiring Trevor Fulmer to design his Cape Cod medical office, the owner of a condo in Boston’s SoWa neighborhood was comfortable giving the designer a lot of latitude. But when Fulmer proposed painting a wall in the main bedroom black, the homeowner, an oral surgeon, balked. Reasoning and a rendering allayed the concern 48

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that the color might make the space seem small. With an entire wall of floorto-ceiling windows and a pair of fulllength mirrors opposite, Fulmer wasn’t worried. “There was no way that room was going to look anything but light and bright,” he says. Fulmer’s strategy was to provoke interest through opposition. He kept the spaces spare—his bachelor client didn’t

The wool flannel drapery panel on the right obscures a window, enabling the bed to be positioned on the center of the wall. “I like a bedroom to be symmetrical,” designer Trevor Fulmer says. Black-andwhite photos by Sharon Green reflect the client’s interest in sailing. He splurged on the Lumina pendant.

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want clutter—yet stylish. Throughout the 1,250-square-foot home, which is used primarily on weekends for kicking back and entertaining (in an interesting role reversal, the homeowner stays on the Cape during the week), contrasts make every moment compelling. Pale, matte-wood floors set the stage for reflective surfaces. An accent wall in the main room painted Benjamin Moore Molten Metallic shimmers; a liberal mix of metals, from the polished nickel Platner side table to the polished stainless-steel bases of the Thayer Coggin sling chairs, sparkle; and the sleek lacquered-metal dining table gleams. “If the Batmobile were a piece of furniture, it would be this table,” Fulmer says, asserting its sexy, masculine attributes. Comfort was also key. Along with displaying edge, the owner wanted the

ABOVE: Fulmer purposefully used different materials and shapes in the living area. “I didn’t want things to match,” he says. BELOW: The low profile of the Matthew Hilton sofa keeps sightlines clear, but articulating pop-up headrests offer optimal comfort when in use. A Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams bar with a black marble top fills the back niche.


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branch chandelier with glass globes alleviate the effect of the sharp-edged table. Fulmer counters the black wall in the bedroom with classic camel drapery, organic rugs, and walnut wood tones, while he outfits the guest

room with a dusky-blue textured-wallpaper accent wall and punchy marigold-colored accessories. The result is an enveloping scheme with undercurrents of artistic tension. “I may have broken some design rules by using so many different finishes and materials in a relatively small space,” Fulmer says. “But I love it when everything you see looks new and exciting.” EDITOR'S NOTE: For details, see Resources.


The shower in the primary bath boasts large-format tile with an offset horizontal-vein patterning. A Phillip Jeffries wallcovering was the starting point in the guest bedroom; low-hanging pendants are a funky touch on either side of the bed, which is dressed in Frette linens. Fulmer swapped distracting pendants for sleek cylindrical ones in the kitchen, then went big with a sprawling branch chandelier over the dining table.


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e never fail to be amazed at the wealth of young design talent that emerges year after year here in New England. Now in its eleventh year, New England Home’s 5 Under 40 Awards program shines the spotlight on the hottest young professionals in the area’s residential design community. The annual program looks a little different this year. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to postpone the awards gala to 2021 and take its corresponding live auction of the five rugs designed by the award recipients virtual. Proceeds from the auction, which happens November 9–13, once again benefit the nonprofit Barakat (see page 78 for details). The good news is that design lovers from across the country now have the opportunity to vie for these heirlooms while raising money for a worthy cause. For information, visit Let the bidding begin!

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essie Carroll’s clients often tell her she gives off the “vibes of a psychologist.” That doesn’t surprise her. “The most interesting part of architecture isn’t the structures, but the people behind them,” she says. “Working super closely with couples and families, listening to how they want to live, helping to see that through is what keeps it exciting for me.”

Her clients undoubtedly benefit from Carroll’s insight and empathy, but for architect Thomas Catalano and the other 5 Under 40 judges, it was

ABOVE: Jessie Carroll, an associate principal at Whitten Architects in Portland, Maine. LEFT: Carroll’s pattern was inspired by a photograph a friend took of a tidal dune, while her color choices— reminiscent of a 1960s lava lamp—were influenced by her own home, an authentically renovated midcentury house. “When I was playing with my rug design, I was inspired to go with this very fun, timeless, 1960s-throwback feel.”

her eye for design and skill as an architect that stood out. “She displayed an uncanny understanding of place, and her architecture spoke to its context in a refreshing way,” Catalano says. “She understands craftsmanship and building and the teamwork that


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goes into a successful project.” Context is crucial says Carroll, associate principal at Portland, Maine-based Whitten Architects. Good architecture, she believes, has a light touch on the landscape. That doesn’t mean its presence isn’t felt, however. “The architecture may be simple and quiet and timeless, but all


the details are fleshed out,” she says. “How this trim turns the corner, how the drywall meets the window, the scale of that window—that attention to detail, that thoughtfulness runs through the work.” Growing up in Westford, Massachusetts, Carroll was a competitive runner. The

discipline required for long-distance running extends to her career, she says. “As a runner, there’s always this moment when you don’t want to go on. The average length of time to become a licensed architect is twelve years, so it’s like a marathon.” Carroll, who earned an MA in architecture from Northeastern University, has already garnered an impressive list of academic and professional awards. The 5 Under 40 award feels special, however. “Being acknowledged early in my career is one of the most exciting professional achievements I’ve had,” she says.

“ She displayed an uncanny understanding of place, and her architecture spoke to its context in a refreshing way .” —ARCHITECT THOMAS CATALANO


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erhaps Elizabeth Hendrickson’s career choice was inevitable, given her upbringing in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where she spent a lot of time at her grandparents’ five-acre organic farm. “I was one with the land from an early age,” she says with a laugh. What’s more, a great aunt and uncle had a nearby nursery, so the farm held a wondrous variety of plants. Hendrickson dreamed of being a florist in those days. “I was obsessed—I’m still obsessed—with flowers. They make me so happy.” On the advice of a florist she worked

ABOVE: Elizabeth Hendrickson, senior landscape architect at Kathryn Herman Design in New Canaan, Connecticut. LEFT: There is an aerial-view quality to Hendrickson’s rug; its theme is a stylized landscape plan. “When I design a perennial garden, I design it in circles of colors,” she says. She used one of her own garden plans, tweaking it to form a pleasing mélange of intersecting circles in shades of blue, green, and purple.

with, Hendrickson started studying plant science in college. “But it was like bio 101 and chem 101, and I thought, ‘Why am I taking these classes if I just want to play with flowers?’ ” She switched her major to landscape architecture, and a career was born.


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Hendrickson, senior landscape architect at Kathryn Herman Design in New Canaan, Connecticut, says she doesn’t have a signature style. “But I do have a philosophy. My job is to make the site in which the architecture sits seamless. It’s meant to look like it was always there.”


That viewpoint holds no matter where a project is, whether it be an apartment with multiple terraces in New York City, a home on the water in Connecticut, or a fifty-acre Westchester, New York, estate. While each project has a unique look and feel, as well as its own

palette of materials, all are equally timeless. John Haven of Boston’s LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, a member of the judging panel and a past 5 Under 40 winner himself, says Hendrickson’s work excels in both its variety and its quality. “As a fellow plant person,” he says, “I appreciated the sophistication of her planting designs. Her knowledge of plantings and composition really stood out.”

“ I appreciated the sophistication of her planting designs. Her knowledge of plantings and composition really stood out. ” —LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT JOHN HAVEN


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ome little girls spend their idle hours dreaming about their perfect wedding. Stephanie King spent that time looking at magazines and fantasizing about the house she would live in when she grew up. “I knew I wanted to be an interior designer,” she says. “What I love about it is that it’s art that you live in.” Her parents—an engineer father who makes furniture and loves architecture, and a mother who loved entertaining and, says King, “had every Martha Stewart book”—were

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her earliest influences. “My parents took so much pride in where they lived. It fostered that understanding that the place you choose to spend time in can be art.” King started her career with a bang, landing a job, right after graduation from


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joy, come through in my interview.” Eventually, the Princeton, Massachusetts, native made her way back east, working with Amy Lau Design in New York City and then, in 2012, joining Boston-based Heather Wells as her lead designer. King’s designs often begin with a

quiet, neutral palette featuring black and white, which she then layers with texture, subtle color, and a decidedly bespoke influence. “I don’t like buying off the shelf or machine-made,” she says. “I love to see the hand in the texture of a fabric or a piece of carved wood. Everything has to have that layer of artisan quality.” King’s work has been widely acclaimed and has been featured in Architectural Digest, Luxe, and New England Home.

“ I knew I wanted to be an interior designer. What I love about it is that it’s art that you live in.” —INTERIOR DESIGNER STEPHANIE KING


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he entrepreneurial spirit runs in Emily Pinney’s family. Her father had a design/build firm in New Hampshire, and she spent plenty of time at his work sites or in the workshop where he crafted millwork. So when she decided to start her own firm, Pinney Designs, in 2011, the idea wasn’t at all scary. “It just sort of evolved organically,” she says. Home base for the company is Belmont, Massachusetts, where Pinney’s two young children often join their mom

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in her workplace, just as she did with her dad. The built environment was Pinney’s first interest, she explains. “I was born and raised in residential design. It wasn’t until much later that I realized interior design was a thing,” Pinney says. A wise


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high-school teacher suggested she take a CAD class, and she found she loved it and had a talent for design. Education at the Boston Architectural College suited her, with its emphasis on hands-on learning. “I really believe that design is something you learn by doing, not necessarily in a classroom,” she says. Helping younger designers get that firsthand experience is important to Pinney, and she enjoys hiring interns. “I really like to take them under my wing and teach them,” she says. “One of my longest-running employees started as an intern.” Equally important is community involvement, such as last year’s Room to Dream project her firm undertook, redesigning the basement and the three kids’ bedrooms for a family whose home had been damaged by a flood. Pinney also fulfills her entrepreneurial desires with Syd + Sam,


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a Belmont-based home boutique (currently with online shopping only, thanks to COVID-19). Again, the philanthropic occasionally comes into play; last year Pinney created a pop-up Syd + Sam in Brooklyn, New York, to raise funds for the Global Autism Project, a nonprofit started by her sister, Molly Oly Pinney.

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lina Wolhardt is the only one of this year’s 5 Under 40 winners who isn’t a native to the Northeast. The daughter of a Japanese mother and Danish father, she spent her first eighteen years in Tokyo then lived in Copenhagen for two and a half years before moving to the United States. Wolhardt, who earned an MA from the New England School of Art and Design in 2008, cut her design teeth at Duncan Hughes Interiors and then at Elkus Manfredi Architects before opening her

ABOVE: Alina Wolhardt, principal at Wolf in Sheep Design in Boston. LEFT: Wolhardt’s rug references her own blended heritage. “I wanted to tap into my roots,” she explains. The two intersecting circles “represent both of my identities pulling against each other,” she says. “The shading shows that they’re merging. There’s something beautiful about that.”

own Boston-based firm, Wolf in Sheep Design, in 2015. Given her background, it’s no surprise that Wolhardt’s work incorporates elements of both Asian and Scandinavian design. “They both have a very clean aesthetic and are more on the contemporary side,” she


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Wolhardt isn’t content to sit still, artistically. She enjoys residential, commercial, and hospitality design equally. And she is working to expand her reach nationally and internationally. “We have a place on the West Coast, so I’ve started taking projects out there,” she says. “My next goal is to take projects everywhere, especially with things going more

virtual anyway.” Although she’s a relative newcomer to our area, Wolhardt has found a true home in Boston. “The city resonated with me because of its very European feel. I didn’t intend to stay as long as I have—I hate winter,” she says. “But I met my husband here, and that sort of sealed the deal. I think it’s a great city.”

“My next goal is to take projects everywhere, especially with things going more virtual anyway..” —INTERIOR DESIGNER ALINA WOLHARDT


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or eleven years now, the experts at Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting have acted as mentors, springboards, and facilitators to the 5 Under 40 winners as they work to design the one-of-akind rugs that have become such an important part of the annual awards program. It’s a task that never gets old, says co-owner Jeff Arcari. “We always love doing this,” he says. “I can never wait to see the rugs.”

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The five award winners worked with Arcari and Eric Brissette, the company’s manager of custom rug design and inventory, to bring their ideas to life, a process made a bit more complicated this year because of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. “In the past, I’d say to a designer, ‘Why don’t you come in and look at this sample,’ ” Arcari explains. “We couldn’t really do that this year.”

Over the past two and a half decades, some 71,000 young people in Pakistan and Afghanistan were able to go to school, thanks to Barakat. In any given year, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, organization provides education to more than 3,000 children and women in south and central Asia. New England Home is proud to have been associated with Barakat since the inception of the 5 Under 40 Awards. Each year, the rugs designed by the winners are auctioned off, with the money raised going to Barakat. To date, the New England design community has come together to raise more than $234,562 for the charity. “It’s pretty amazing,” says Arti Pandey, Barakat’s executive

Meanwhile, in Nepal, where the rugs are woven, the whole country was on lockdown during a good part of the time the weavers would normally be working on the designs. Despite the obstacles, the five rugs created by this year’s crop of winners are as varied—and as impressive—as the designers themselves. The rugs use a combination of wool, silk, and, in some cases, aloe, to create movement and texture. It takes two weavers several months to bring each of the bespoke five-by-eight-foot treasures to life. A virtual auction of the designs will raise money for Barakat. The auction takes place November 9–13. Visit Auction to bid.

director. “I was impressed to see how generously people gave at last year’s auction.” Like so many nonprofits, Barakat has been affected by COVID-19. In Pakistan, only the elementary schools have been allowed to open, while in Afghanistan, only the high schools are open. “We continue to pay all the staff, though,” Pandey says. “I’m hoping when it’s time to bid, people will keep a mental picture of the strains of a nonprofit like ours.” For more information about Barakat, visit


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Justine Sterling Design How do you describe your style? Clean, layered, approachable, filled with texture. And in my own home, sprinkled with hints of my South African heritage. What is your design philosophy? To me, no home is complete without an overriding story. Yes, the spaces can be gorgeous and well-curated, but people, and their stories, define how they will live in their home.


ustine Sterling has always had a passion for finding structure and order in chaos, much akin to her taking the lead with challenges on interior projects. She launched Justine Sterling Design in 2008, after working in innovative and prestigious hospitality and commercial interiors and architectural firms in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Boston. Justine Sterling Design specializes in full-service residential interior design, taking their clients on a journey of “Discovering Home” during their step-by-step design process. Justine believes the key to a well-designed (and loved) home starts with guiding clients through self-discovery, allowing her to intimately understand the design elements that will bring surprise and delight to her clients’ home. Her firm effectively handles conceptual design through construction administration, furniture installation, and lastly, the all-important placement of styling elements. “Being involved in a project from inception, when the design and construction team is being assembled, always creates a more successful and collaborative basis for a project to thrive. Having clients and a team that trusts our process and combined vision allows us to be our most creative.”

What are the emerging trends in your industry? People are valuing their homes more during the pandemic, and the need for spaces that are flexible and serve multiple functions is key. What is your favorite space in your home? Our communal round table in our eat-in kitchen. It’s a space filled with natural light, comfy bench seating, and my family gathered around.

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Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc. What is your dream collaboration? Doug Stevenson: As a builder, bringing together the “team”—owners, architects, designers, and the contractor—and getting everyone to row in the same direction to produce an amazing home. What motivates you? Doug Stevenson: Other enthusiastic people. Whether it’s colleagues and work or friends or family, there is nothing like other highly motivated people to get me to be and do my best. What inspires your work? M. Renée West: My Team. We have such an amazing team, I can’t help but want to do my best for them.


ith 40 years of building experience, Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc., has grown to be one of the most highly regarded construction firms in the Greater Boston region. Much of our work reflects the most demanding architectural concepts; all of our work reflects the finest in craftsmanship. In any project, Kistler & Knapp has always understood the importance of effective communication and working well with the entire team in all aspects of the building process. To that end, the foundation of our reputation rests on superb management, transparent accounting, and fiscal prudence; these principles are key to creating successful relationships during construction and well into the future. Managing human resources is also central to achieving the best value. A continuous effort to foster positive energy in the building community guides our endeavors.


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What is your favorite space in your house? M. Renée West: The kitchen. Everyone tends to gather in the relaxed atmosphere of the kitchen and though there’s not much gathering right now with the Covid-19 pandemic, I will be elated when we can get together again. Just as I am looking forward to my upcoming retirement, I look forward to sharing laughs with family and friends while sharing a great meal.

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Newton Kitchens & Design What are the emerging trends in your industry? LED lighting has come a long way in the past few years. It has given us the ability to create many different scenes and moods in the home with one material on any type of cabinetry or furniture using up lighting and down lighting, as well as backlighting translucent materials. All create a dramatic effect.


ith no limitations, Newton Kitchens & Design provides exceptional handcrafted cabinetry and furniture manufactured locally in Massachusetts. Our innovative designs range from contemporary to traditional and combine luxury with functionality. Our projects range from intimate galley kitchens engineered to maximize every inch of space to expansive living spaces with carefully selected materials that flow harmoniously throughout your home. Newton Kitchens & Design collaborates with many of Boston’s most respected architects, interior designers, and builders to create unique spaces and one-of-a-kind pieces for discerning homeowners throughout New England and beyond. Our team starts with you! At every stage, from in-home consultation through design, build, and installation, Newton Kitchens & Design takes a hands-on approach to helping you create the perfect pieces for your kitchen, bathroom, or entertaining space. Our very talented and creative team is here to help you with all of your design needs. Come on in! And experience 6,500 square feet of endless possibilities.

How do you describe your style? Pierre Matta: I love to combine all different kinds of natural materials with highly sophisticated techniques to produce one-of-a-kind pieces. For example, I built my office desk out of 150-year-old recycled post and beam from a barn, recycled glass countertops, and a metal waterfall edge. What inspires your work? Pierre Matta: My clients inspire me once I get to know how they live and what they enjoy. Do they like cars, do they like fashion, where do they travel, favorite colors? All of these details help me create a space that is unique and personalized to their lifestyle.

Newton Kitchens & Design 34 Wexford Street Needham, MA 02494 781-400-1574


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NS Builders Who are your great professional influences? Aesthetically, I’m attracted to the modern architecture of Melbourne, Australia. I’m constantly enamored by projects featured in publications like The Local Project. What is your design philosophy? Intentionality. We approach everything with intention, making sure that even at a macro level the space we’re creating is well-thought-out and considerate of materials. What is your dream collaboration? Good, intentional, and thoughtful designers. When we collaborate with architects that obsess over the details, we naturally gravitate toward the project.


ntentionally crafted is what we do. As a home builder, remodeler, and millwork shop, we focus on approaching each and every project with complete focus, from the initial design phase all the way through execution. Beginning my career as a carpenter allowed me to hone my craft and showcase my individual skills, which led me to build a business of twenty people who share similar values and are dedicated to the craft. As cohost of The Modern Craftsman podcast, I focus a large portion of my time on bettering the industry as a whole by sharing stories and the how and why we do what we do to improve ourselves and those who are open to listening. Similarly, by using social media like Instagram to share the process, we choose to put ourselves in the spotlight of criticism to not just improve ourselves, but also to improve those who choose to follow.

What inspires your work? Our clients and our team. Both sides of the relationship are often made up of incredible people who have high expectations that constantly push us to be better and even more innovative. What was your proudest moment? I feel like this is a moving target in many ways. I’m constantly proud of what we build as a team. But each and every project has a new goal that is slightly more complex, or seemingly unattainable, that we chase as a team to achieve.

NS Builders 254 Bodwell Street, Unit B Avon, MA 02322 774-381-7821


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Perfection Fence What is your favorite city? Bryan loves Newport, Rhode Island. He appreciates the elegance of history, the architectural masterpieces, the beauty of the harbor, and the wind in his sail. What is your design philosophy? Todd embraces the opportunity to collaborate with professionals to transform designs into reality. He takes a concept through the engineering stages required for construction to a magnificent product, crafted with perfection.


fter many years working in the fence industry, Bryan and Todd Skulsky had a vision to be more than just a fence company. They saw a growing need to address emerging architectural and building trends. In 1993, they launched Perfection Fence to focus on creative designs, incorporating the highest quality materials, and designing, engineering, and controlling the entire process in-house. Bryan, a graduate of Bentley University, has a love for the financial and technical aspects of the business as well as an expertise in engineering and drawings. Todd has an incredible vision for creative designs and enjoys the challenge of mastering manufacturing in unique materials. Whether working for a homeowner, a contractor, or an architect, they always pay close attention to every detail. Offering a broad range of services allows them to integrate the properties and characteristics of elements to form the finished product. Bryan and Todd have embraced a commitment to provide every client with distinctive additions to their outdoor spaces with complementary fence designs, unique gates, decorative arbors, and custom pergolas. Their mission is to work with the client to build their dreams.

What motivates you? The love of and passion for the landscape! Watching styles go from primitive, simple materials and designs to elegant designs in creative materials, like bronze, stainless steel, exotic woods, synthetic millwork, and other metal fabrications. And the challenge to make it happen. How do you describe your style? Perfection! By paying attention to the needs and expectations of the customer from the initial concept to completion, we let them know each and every customer is important and deserves personal attention and service from our staff. We strive to care.

Perfection Fence Corp. 635 Plain Street, Route 139 Marshfield, MA 02050 781-837-3600


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Snow and Jones, Inc. What is your design philosophy? We believe good design starts with function. Plumbing is technical, and we ensure all components work properly, and combine that with high style and design. What are your favorite design sources? We love staging with Serena & Lily products. Their casual-but-chic coastal vibe fits so many New England homes.


now and Jones was founded as a family business in 1952. The third generation currently runs the business. Danielle Jones and Patti Jones, granddaughters of Robert Jones, serve as president and VP of retail sales and oversee their two decorative bath and kitchen plumbing showrooms. Patti and Danielle have grown their Norwell and Yarmouth showrooms into 5,000-plus square feet of luxurious, inspiring displays. Working together, the “Plumbing Cousins” use their design vision to create ever-changing displays featuring the latest in new plumbing products by showcasing them with unique colors, tiles, layouts, and staging. Prominent area designers, architects, contractors, and plumbers consider Patti and Danielle and their amazing staff the “go-to experts” when making their plumbing choices. Danielle says, “We love working together to improve our showroom. We share the same distinctive vision of creating the best possible experience—an exceptional staff, beautiful displays, and full luxury service from start to finish. Plumbing and its products can seem overwhelming, and we do not want our customers to ever feel that stress.”

Do you have a coveted item? The Waterstone Gantry kitchen faucet is a sculptural piece of art that defines a luxury kitchen. Vogue featured Taylor Swift’s kitchen with this faucet. What motivates you? Keeping our family business strong. We employ over seventy local people and have been a fixture in the area for many years.

Snow and Jones, Inc. 85 Accord Park Dr. Norwell, MA 02061 167 White’s Path S. Yarmouth, MA 02664 781-878-3312


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Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture, Inc. What inspires your work? Lynne: Clarity. We refine a project down to its most coherent, essential parts. We know it’s the right solution when the design feels like it’s always been there. What is your favorite city? Lynne: In New England…Providence. It was the first ‘city’ I ever lived in. Coming from working in the mountains of New Hampshire, it was a gentle introduction to urban life.


ynne Giesecke and James Royce started Studio 2112 (twenty-one twelve) Landscape Architecture in 2011 to bring their unique approach to design and business directly to their clients. Since then, they have created a firm that is creative, adept, innovative, respectful, and collaborative. The relationships they build through their work are equally as important as any final built result. They believe strongly in the intrinsic benefits of landscape and access to the outdoors. Whether active recreation, passive contemplation, or a view from a window, their work is about connecting with each site’s unique environmental context, blurring lines between landscape and architecture, and manifesting a shared vision with their clients. From rooftop gardens to multi-acre coastal estates, their design work draws upon the native landscape and celebrates a site’s inherent qualities. Their goal is to maximize the potential of every site and help clients achieve their vision of the project. Studio 2112 creates spaces that feel instinctive yet special, revealing inherent qualities of place that allow people to create their own unique experience and memories.


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What design period do you find most engaging? James: Midcentury modernism. I’m fascinated by the early modernists who believed design and technology could improve the world. I share that vision, and we seek that in our work every day. What is your favorite city? James: Innsbruck, Austria. I love the juxtaposition of nature, the towering Alps, history, and culture, especially when traveling there by motorcycle.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture, Inc. 840 Summer Street, Suite 102 Boston, MA 02127 857-350-3856 Mailing address: PO Box 52175 Boston, MA 02205


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Studio DRAW What are your favorite design sources? Rather than showrooms or manufacturers, I find inspiration primarily in other people, especially clients, and the ideas they spark. What is your design philosophy? Beautiful design with subtle complexity comes from starting with the simplest and cleanest of ideas. I view challenges encountered along the way as design opportunities.

What is your dream collaboration? A project benefits from having a complete team at the beginning—client, architect, contractor, etc. This allows for a creative and holistic approach.



aron Weinert turned to architecture while studying psychology as an undergrad when an old grade-school hobby of drawing skylines resurfaced. Deciding against law school, he indulged his inner child and jumped into the design world with enthusiasm. After receiving his architecture degree from Harvard, Aaron spent over fifteen years designing residences, condominiums, and high-end retail spaces. In 2011, Aaron struck out on his own, forming Studio DRAW. “I enjoy the independence of having my own office, and I’ve assembled a team of energetic and talented designers who share my love for working collaboratively with clients. We gain as much from those clients and their ideas as they gain from us. We love modern design but respect and often incorporate older styles. Bringing aesthetics and functionality together drives our process. Being my own boss has allowed me to pursue another important job: teaching architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Teaching keeps me young, as the passion of the students reminds me of that kid drawing skylines. It helps keep my ideas fresh and current.”

What design period do you find most engaging? Every period has something to offer. While I lean towards modern, I like to incorporate some inspiration from previous eras. I strive for timeless design.

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Studio DRAW 330 Washington Street 330 Washington Street #202108 Boston, MA Boston, MA 02108 617-588-0071 residential | commerical | retail


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The Gallery Showroom

What is your design philosophy? Inspire big dreams, and bring them to life through innovative thinking and functional design. What motivates you? Our customers. Design is personal, and our clients are the heart of every project. How do you describe your style? Balance of strong foundational design with striking, unexpected moments.


he Gallery is a destination showroom featuring fine custom cabinetry designed and selected to perfect your lifestyle needs. Founder Vadim Kagan and lead designer Marissa Perez offer a personalized experience featuring revolutionary concepts, sleek, timeless finishes, and highly functional cabinetry solutions. With more than 45 combined years in kitchen design, construction, and architecture, the in-house design team can transform your ideas into an exquisite, highly-functional living space. Vadim founded the Gallery with the vision of intersecting art and design in the home-building process. Marissa leads the artistic and talented team at the Gallery. She has an incredible eye for detail, creating distinct living spaces that reflect the personal style of her clients. Known for their refined, elegant aesthetic, Vadim and Marissa have earned a respected reputation throughout Greater Boston. From fine bespoke designs to handcrafted millwork, the Gallery team can conquer all aspects of design in your home or business.


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What inspires your work? We find inspiration everywhere. Experiences, people, travel, fashion, architecture...and the life happening around us.

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Vani Sayeed Studios, LLC What is your dream collaboration? My dream collaboration would be a product line with Aston Martin— modern and beautiful with a unique heritage. Their slogan, Power, Beauty, and Soul, resonates with the philosophy they pride themselves on—creating their cars by hand to achieve the highest level of quality. This personal touch is what I strive for; it’s exclusive and lends to the luxury of the product. domus constructors


ani Sayeed Studios is a multi-discipline interior design firm dedicated to providing comprehensive design solutions. We pride ourselves on creating compositions of space thoughtfully inspired by context, place, and purpose. And we approach each project with these core values—client focus, collaboration, and attention to detail. Vani Sayeed’s design philosophy is pragmatic: form, function, and beauty are intimately related. Her goal is to create spaces that are comfortable, visually striking, inspiring, and above all, uniquely suited to her clients. Vani earned her BFA in interior design at one of India’s most prestigious schools, Sir J. J. School of Art, in Mumbai. She moved to the USA in 1998 and obtained her MFA in design from the University of Iowa. She has a strong presence in the Boston design community and is a member of the prestigious Design Leadership Network. Her love of art, architecture, and world travel has helped her develop a global design aesthetic that both honors tradition and embraces novelty. In her spare time, Vani continues to work as an artist, and has won numerous prizes for her paintings and prints. Recently Vani developed a new rug line for Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, inspired by her artwork.


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Do you have a coveted item? When I left India and moved to the USA, I asked my mother for a very special family heirloom that belonged to my paternal grandfather: a stunning slim dagger with an exquisitely crafted case in leather and gold with a hidden locking mechanism for the blade built into it for safety. The detailing is captivating. It was given to my grandfather to honor him, and I’m so happy to have this piece of my family’s heritage. What was your proudest moment? My proudest moment is the birth of my daughters—pure love! What design period do you find most engaging? The Renaissance period, marking the transition from the Middle Ages to Modernity. It was a time of great social change and cultural movement. Its influence was felt in art, architecture, philosophy, and many aspects of intellectual inquiry.

Vani Sayeed Studios, LLC 1121 Washington Street, #2 Newton, MA 02465 617-618-9543


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Vivian Robins Design What are the emerging trends in your industry? I see homes in 2021 being designed with more functionality and purpose. In addition, we’ll see the revival of traditional styles, natural textures, and cheerful colors. What is your favorite city? I could spend days on end meandering the streets of Paris, taking in all the amazing architecture, strolling around the beautiful parks, sitting in its cafes, and visiting the museums.


home you love starts with a designer who listens. Vivian creates with a palette inspired by your personal passions. Her process prioritizes what’s unique about who you are and translates it into stunning spaces that reflect the things that matter. Vivian Robins Design is a full-service interior design firm serving Boston and beyond. Vivian listens—it’s essential that she get to know you. She honors her relationships—she believes that amazing relationships lead to amazing results. As your dedicated advocate, she’ll be all about communication, transparency, and empathetic problem-solving. Vivian extends the same care and respect to her industry partners, contractors, and vendors. She keeps it simple—in a process that can be overwhelming, Vivian has put in the time to learn every last detail by heart. She is an expert in what you need to know and when you need to know it. Think of her as your design interpreter. Vivian will strive to transform your home into a radiant, comfortable, and focused space that reflects you and your family completely.


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What inspires your work? Classic architecture because I love its sense of proportion, balance, and symmetry. Plus, antiques, even in a more modern space! That extra layer of personality and character really brings a room to life. Do you have a coveted item? A beautiful Byzantine icon I came across ten years ago that hangs on the door of a small orthodox church in the village where my mom grew up— it was mesmerizing.

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Bradford’s Rug Gallery

What do you collect? Brad: I seem to go through phases. Currently, I am focusing on earlynineteenth-century Turkish village rugs. It’s usually sparked by an unexpected find that sends me down the rabbit hole. What are emerging trends? Beth: Shoppers are trusting their instincts and willing to take more risks with pattern and color. More than ever, people are buying what makes them happy and what they love. Favorite source: The unexpected pieces discovered tucked away in Grandma’s attic are the most rewarding finds. We give the rugs a good bath, sometimes a little repair, and they are ready for a new life.


radford’s Rug Gallery is a full-service rug and carpet boutique, specializing in handmade natural-fiber area rugs, new and old, from across the globe, along with a selection of designer broadloom. Proud to be a small family business in Portland, Maine, we offer products to the public and to the trade that are typically only found in larger cities. Brad’s passion for area rugs began more than twenty OWNERS BRAD AND BETH ROSS WITH years ago, and today he is THEIR DAUGHTERS, ABBY AND ISA considered one of the leading experts in Maine’s carpet industry. We have a deep appreciation for our products and for our devoted customers who, over the years, have become part of our family.

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Humble Linens What inspires your work? The phenomenality revealed in subtle patterns of New England’s landscape has the most influence on our pattern design. The lines of tree grain and bark, the grooves cut in the sand by the tide, the ridges of the shells and rocks, and the wild intricacies of flowers all contribute to the visual language of our work. What was your proudest moment? Being awarded a US Design Patent as a woman-owned micro business. What is your dream collaboration? Working with clients who understand the intention and skill of artisanry is always delightful. Listening to someone’s vision and helping them fulfill their design idea is incredibly rewarding. This exchange is the best. It is reassuring when a client is smitten by the fiber and material we show them, reassuring us about our ability to craft their dream.


umble Linens is a bespoke weaving studio with decades of experience and a passion for what we do. We produce bed coverings, top sheets, pillow cases, and other domestic treasures. A wife-and-husband team, we produce these linens by hand, one at a time, without automation. We believe in sustainable and quality work that will be lovingly used every day. The designs that come off our looms are simple and sophisticated with strong lines of neutral-hued rhythms. We use natural materials that blend elegance with WAYNE BRUCE & SUZI BALLENGER utilitarian beauty. Our style is as individual as our clients.

Humble Linens 215 Shady Lea Road, #103 North Kingstown, RI 02852 401-595-4994


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lucía lighting & design What motivates you? I wake up every day ready to get to work. I am motivated by my team—they are the best. We share information and collaborate on projects for the best possible outcomes. I am motivated by our clients who expect the best—we’re always trying to find ways to exceed expectations and take projects to the next level. What are the emerging trends in lighting? I am happy that architects, designers, and builders, as well as homeowners, are including lighting and lighting design as part of the big picture of a project. We are joining projects earlier and working as an integral part of the design team. Understanding the clients’ needs and wants early on allows lighting designers to highlight art, architecture, and common spaces for the client to enhance their life. LED is a game-changer; it has opened up a new world and is still evolving—that’s the number-one reason that it is critical to have an expert on board. What is your design philosophy? Ask a lot of questions, get to know the client, stay in your lane, and contribute where you are needed most. I like being on a team that consists of people who understand that we work for our clients. It’s about guiding people and helping them make the best choices for their lifestyle. Projects are like snowflakes—no two are the same—so my design philosophy changes on each project according to the clients’ needs.


ucía lighting & design is an 8,000-squarefoot residential lighting showroom. lucía is the creation of lighting design expert and entrepreneur Lucy Dearborn and her business partner. Lucy saw a need for a customercentric lighting showroom for homeowners, designers, architects, builders, and contractors, offering personalized one-on-one assistance. Since arriving on the Boston lighting scene in 2005, lucía has assembled a team of experts, creating a successful business that has captured regional and national attention and garnered awards and accolades.

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lucía lighting & design Working by Appointment 311 Western Avenue Lynn, MA 01904 781-595-0026


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Stitch Workroom What is your business philosophy? Our main objective is to work as a cooperative team with interior designers to create unique, superior products that perfectly match a client’s specific vision. What motivates you? My prime motivation is the opportunity to collaborate with many of New England’s most creative designers, and the variety of luxurious materials that we work with motivates me every day! What was your proudest moment? My proudest moment with Stitch Workroom has been having examples of our workmanship displayed in several national magazines. I have pursued a career that’s been in my family for generations, and to share our published work with my aunts, who taught me how to do my first stitch, is incredible.



titch, which was founded in 2014, is a workroom serving designers in New England. Owner Marlene Pelletier has made sewing her life’s passion. Her excitement for the craft was ignited when her aunt taught her how to sew French cuffs at age thirteen. Starting in 2011, Marlene studied at the Regina Bibb Workroom, a workroom with over thirty years of experience in New England. Upon Regina’s retirement in 2014, Marlene purchased Regina’s workroom, continuing to produce interior pieces with unmatched quality. In 2019, Stitch upgraded to a 3,000-plus-square-foot space in downtown Hudson, Massachusetts, with a showroom and increased production capabilities. Come visit us! DESIGNER: THARON ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHER: READ MCKENDREE

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The Granite Place

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

The Granite Place 374 Cambridge St. Burlington, MA 01803 781-332-4774


ften in life we find ourselves busy, either working or running around with a list of errands to do. When you finally get some time to relax, why not do it in the comfort of your home? With a beautiful kitchen designed and handpicked by you, to enjoy with special friends and family. Natural or manmade materials give any space in your house that one-of-a-kind look, with unique natural stones that can’t be replicated. This is the beauty of nature. We are a family-owned company, with more than 15 years of experience, that puts our hearts into every job. We 108

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have a crew that executes high-end installations, a sales team always ready to assist you every step of the way, and a complete facility that offers you a wide range of granite colors and other materials including quartz, marble, soapstone, quartzite, and many additional varieties. If you are looking to remodel your kitchen, but you are unsure about the pros and cons, think about the cost versus durability. We promise you will not find anything that looks more beautiful, lasts longer, and is more affordable than these materials. Think of us as artists who use granite

to create masterpieces in your home. Come visit our showroom and let us make your dreams come true.



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After the hunt for a winter retreat leaves one family uninspired, they decide to build from the ground up. Text by ROBERT KIENER  | Photography by JIM WESTPHALEN Produced by KARIN LIDBECK BRENT


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Massive windows fill the fivebedroom home with light and take advantage of the sloping lot’s close and distant views, while stained cedar siding allows it to comfortably blend in with its forested location.


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The variously slanted or pitched roofs are layered to create a sense of movement when viewed from the home’s bluestone-paved entryway. FACING PAGE: A color-splashed abstract painting by Stowe-based artist Seb Sweatman greets visitors and helps set off the kitchen from the entry.


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towe, Vermont-based architect Brian Hamor smiles as he remembers his clients’ wish list for their Stowe vacation home. “They explained they wanted something unique, a design as far removed as possible from their traditional Dutch colonial in Massachusetts,” recalls Hamor. “When they told me, ‘Make it special, make it different, make it fun,’ I was hooked. I love a challenge.” 113

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A wall comprised of wide-plank flooring reclaimed from a Vermont barn is a backdrop to a Seb Sweatman painting and is fronted by a Room & Board console table and a leather bench from Restoration Hardware. FACING PAGE: The great room features a fireplace surround constructed of hot-rolled steel panels custom fabricated by Chelsie Bush of Burnt Bearing Studios, as well as built-ins and a coffee table made by Lake Elmore, Vermont-based Whitaker Hartt Cabinetry.

The couple and their three teenage children are all skiers and had fallen in love with Stowe’s ski mountain as well as the town itself during their holiday visits. After several years of renting and looking at properties for sale—“Nothing grabbed us,” remembers the wife—they found an expansive seventeen-acre lot that was central to both Stowe’s Mount Mansfield as well as Main Street. Much to their delight, it also boasted drop-dead long-distance views and plenty of privacy. “It was a no-brainer,” says the husband. They snapped it up and got in

touch with Hamor and his frequent interior design partner, Amber Hodgins. Working in close collaboration with the couple, Hamor came up with a contemporary-but-cozy fivebedroom house that nestles snugly into the sloping lot and may best be described as “mountain modern.” Stained cedar siding helps it blend with the forested landscape, while a novel “pod” design, with sections of the residence set back from one another, helps break up the mass of the house and echoes the nearby mountain ranges.


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LEFT: A steel-and-blown-glass chandelier helps lower the high ceiling in the dining room, which is anchored by a custom-made walnut table designed by Amber Hodgins Design. RIGHT: Likewise, island pendant lighting by Rejuvenation scales the high steel-beam-and-wood ceilings in the kitchen; Simpson Cabinetry crafted the cabinets, and Chelsie Bush created the steel range hood.


“We love the way Brian and Amber gave us a modern home but were careful to keep it from looking too commercial or industrial,” says the wife. Hamor and Hodgins worked together to maintain a human scale in the interior. For example, while Hamor chose to expose steel I-beams, painted black, in the eighteen-foot-high great room, he clad the ceiling with stained shiplap siding. “This adds texture and helps bring down the height of the ceiling,” he explains. Hodgins hung pendant lamps in several locations to achieve the same effect and looked for curved fixtures to contrast with the home’s linear design. “The


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The home’s sliding-wall system of oversized doors topped by transom windows brings the outdoors in and offers an inviting pathway to an outdoor patio where a gravel-based fire-pit courtyard awaits. Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture kept the landscape design simple yet elegant in order to ensure the holiday home stays as low maintenance as possible.


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The main bath features a pendant light by Robert Abbey as well as walnut floating cabinetry built by Whitaker Hartt Cabinetry. FACING PAGE: The main bedroom, which opens to a bluestone-paved private patio, includes a gray upholstered bed from Restoration Hardware.

structure of the house was already masculine, so we wanted to soften it—or tone it down—a bit,” she says. Another detail, a wall covered with reclaimed wood from a tumbledown Vermont barn, adds texture to the entryway and is also, explains Hodgins, “a nod to the past.”

ARCHITECTURE: Brian Hamor, Hamor Architecture Associates INTERIOR DESIGN: Amber Hodgins, Amber Hodgins Design BUILDER: Brendan O’Reilly, Gristmill Builders LANDSCAPE DESIGN: H. Keith Wagner,

Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture

Best of all, say the owners, is the layout of the house, which neatly separates the main bedroom, situated at one end of the residence, from the children’s two bunk rooms (with four beds in each for sleepovers) and two more guest bedrooms tucked away on a second floor. There’s also a separate room off the teenagers’ bunk rooms where the kids can watch TV or play video games. “When we have guests stay, as we often do, everyone can gather together in the great room and also have their own privacy, their own space, when they want it,” says the wife. “Many have told us this home is so much fun, so different. And that’s just what we asked for.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.


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Cape Cod’s Old Silver Shed will get you in the spirit. Text by JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER | Photography by GREG PREMRU Produced by KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

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A custom-built “swing bed� by Classic Woodworks appears to be hanging in this guest room, however, the headboard is secured to the wall under the windows. Layered linens from Pom Pom at Home and sheepskins on the floor pile on the coziness.


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esigner Sandra Cavallo is good at dosing out daily magic. She has photographed hundreds of dreamy snapshots of her home for Instagram, mesmerizing nearly 300,000 followers of @oldsilvershed. That shed is a 1905 Folk Victorian that was completely run-down when the Cavallos found it twenty years ago on a spit of land in West Falmouth, Massachusetts. Cavallo renovated every inch and built an addition, nearly quadrupling the house’s size and transforming it into a classic, turn-of-thecentury, New England Shingle-style home. At Christmastime, she dials up the décor even more—not just for social media but for her grown kids, who’ve witnessed this elflike magic their whole life. And 2020 will be no exception. “This holiday we’re all looking for escapism,” she says. “We’re stuck at home, and we want it to be festive.” The Old Silver Shed is undeniably festive no matter the season, with its

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Scout & Nimble chairs pull up to a cocktail table with a custom base from Ferrous Hardware, while a black-and-white photograph of Sandra Cavallo’s twins when they were young provides an elegant, nostalgic backdrop. RIGHT: Cavallo at home on the porch of her Old Silver Shed. FACING PAGE: In the family room, a mix of sheepskins and reindeer skins cover the window seat and B&B Italia sofa; they also act as a skirt for a Christmas tree decorated in heart ornaments collected from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.


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In renovating the previous non-functioning fireplace, Cavallo worked with European Home to create a modern, exposed, linear flame at eye level (when seated) for a firepit feel, especially since the square dining table from Antoine Proulx lends a communal feel with no head of the table.

silver-gray weathered shingles, glowing lanterns, and rustic beams. Vignette-like spaces include a campy, porch-style guest room with a bed that appears to swing from the ceiling, and a kitchen nook with double Dutch barn doors that fling open to the deck. At 6,000 square feet, it’s not much of a shed anymore, but Cavallo’s dedication to detail meant she kept original ceiling heights, opting for intimate spaces over modern great rooms. “I wanted the coziness of a cottage with [similar] proportions, not soaring high ceilings,” she says. Fortunately, that cottage style lends itself perfectly to capturing the holiday spirit. Over the years, Cavallo would send her twins off to school, and when they’d return home, the tree would be fully decorated with twinkling lights and glass ornaments. Sparkle dust would be sprinkled throughout the house. The elves had come. Now, nearly two decades later, she’s still making it shimmer when her kids come home from college, layering in lots of greenery, candlelight, and cozy fireside places to catch up. “I go hard,” she says. “I make it magical.” Frequently embracing a woodland holiday theme, Cavallo fills her alreadyneutral home with lots of texture and natural objects with minimal color. Soft, “snowy-like” sheepskins are layered everywhere. Woodland animals rest under glass cloches, while an owl sits on a vintage console, surrounded by branches. Woodsy accent chairs pull up to the kitchen table. The dining room is adorned with winterwhite candles and a centerpiece wreath of cut greens.

INTERIOR DESIGN: Sandra Cavallo,


Cavallo, Kim McMakin BUILDER: Tom Sederman, Sederman

Builders LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Suzanne

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Cavallo designed the transom into the kitchen using vintage glass panes she found online at Delphi Glass for five dollars each. FACING PAGE: Aged French oak floorboards wrap the kitchen island and repeat on the dining room fireplace. The linear pattern echoes on the ceiling’s shiplap and on the sailor-striped floor rug.

Regardless of the year’s theme, amping up greenery is a holiday must inside and out. Mini cut trees grace the front entry, leading into the foyer, where a garland is cleverly wrapped at the foot of the stairsteps rather than the handrail. Eucalyptus adds fragrance, while dried white statice mimics the feeling of snow. Each year, Cavallo preorders two silvertip firs from Northern California. Their

sculptural frames offer extra space between the strong, sturdy branches, which she loves for showing off ornaments. For the finishing touch, Cavallo suspends a star from the ceiling with fishing wire, hovering in midair. “It feels more magical,” she says. “I’m always trying to get that one step above magic!” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.


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In the living room, original plaster appliqués frame a photograph of a ballerina by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory; “I wanted something with motion in that room,” says designer Tiffany LeBlanc, “something sexy and poised to live up to the formality.” FACING PAGE: Approachable, bohemian fabrics dress down the ornate fretwork in the foyer.


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A former Catholic school turned family home and its owner begin again. Text by LISA H. SPEIDEL  |  Photography by MICHAEL J. LEE Produced by KARIN LIDBECK BRENT


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ometimes change can be good. Liberating even. For the owner of this storied Queen Anne Victorian in Newton, Massachusetts, it was time to shake things up a bit.

For some thirty years, the 9,000-square-foot, fifteen-room former all-girls Catholic school Built in 1895, the grand Queen Anne Victorian (and had been the family home. former all-girls Catholic The mother of two raised her school) retains its original architectural splendor, outside children here and flung open its and in. FACING PAGE: LeBlanc grand doors to host all sorts of chose a sleek midcentury events, from kids’ parties and modern table to complement, not compete with, the foyer’s college reunions to a sorority elaborate woodwork. sleepover for sixty of her daughter’s friends. Given all those fond memories, even an impending divorce couldn’t shake her spirit—or her love for her home. “I never thought about leaving,” she says. “It’s such a special house.” Now, it was time to make it her own. Wanting a major refresh that would retain the circa-1895 home’s historic integrity, the owner knew she needed an expert hand. As luck would have it, an online search turned up Boston-based designer Tiffany LeBlanc, and the two women hit it off. LeBlanc set out to strike a balance between the grandeur of architecture from a bygone era and the desire to make the house comfortable for today. “I call it threading the needle,” she says. “Make it livable and functional but still really considered, layered, and beautiful. You


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Double blue-velvet sofas and a mirror-topped table flank the fireplace in the living room’s sitting area. “The room commanded that level of formality,” says LeBlanc, noting the rich, dark woodwork, the onyx surround, and plaster appliqués that display a musical theme.


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Venegas and Company collaborated on the white kitchen; a large island now sits where a chimney once was, and the modern globes floating above are from The Urban Electric Co. FACING PAGE: The dressed-up dining room sports new crown molding, and dining chairs from Vanguard Furniture accompany the owner’s existing table.

don’t want people to feel like they need a starched shirt to sit in your house.” LeBlanc promised the admittedly skeptical owner that when the reno was complete, she would use every room in the house. Bringing in light was key— “we added a huge amount of lighting throughout,” says the designer—as was softening the interior with new wallcoverings or Farrow and Ball hues that nod to the historic, integrating new furnish-

ings and fixtures, and meticulously repairing all floors and woodwork. The latter was overseen by builder Fergal Moughan, who immediately impressed the owner. “There was water in a window well in the mezzanine,” she remembers. “And Fergal said to me, ‘I don’t care if you hire me or not, but I need to fix that now.’ ” LeBlanc echoes the owner’s high praise: “He’s like a house-whisperer to old homes,” says the designer.

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In the family room off the kitchen, an eggplantcolored chair from Ambella Home with Nobilis upholstery pops alongside the intricate original mosaic-tile fireplace surround. FACING PAGE: LeBlanc describes the mezzanine’s ceiling as “the belle of the ball;” a blush-toned wallcovering paired with neutral furnishings and carpets let it shine.

That same mezzanine now sings, its stunning original ceiling and woodwork tempered by a Kerry Joyce textured blush wallpaper and modernized with a bold Larry Zox abstract. In fact, the whole house sings, from the owner’s pretty first-floor office with

bench seats and new built-ins (“it’s command central,” says LeBlanc), to the adjacent dining room, which was lightened and brightened while still wearing its dressed-for-the-holidays feel. Phase two brought a new kitchen and main suite. D. Michael Collins Architects


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directed the heavy lifting, including removing a big, old chimney in the kitchen to create better flow and adding a coffered ceiling with real beams for support. Venegas and Company collaborated on the owner’s wish for a white kitchen. On the second floor, a rarely used sleeping porch became part of the main suite, which shines with a feminine aesthetic and a hint of sparkle. True to LeBlanc’s assurance, the owner enjoys every room—and so does her family. She talks fondly of her granddaughter using the pull-chain toilets to potty train and sleeping in the same bed the toddler’s mom once did as a kid. And as for herself? There’s now lots of light, a new dog, and Diana Krall on the Sonos. “It’s my home, and it’s taken on a new life,” she says with joy. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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tub that nods to the antique and a classic marble floor bring the glamour. RIGHT: A taller backsplash in the main bathroom lends an Old World feel to the space. FACING PAGE: “Everyone looks best in blush,” says LeBlanc of the inspiration behind the main bedroom, which has a lush, layered, feminine feel; the replica bed is from Leonards New England, and the drapes are from Rogers & Goffigon.


Tiffany LeBlanc, LeBlanc Design RENOVATION ARCHITECTURE:

D. Michael Collins, D. Michael Collins Architects BUILDER: Fergal Moughan,

Moughan Contracting


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A Unique Transformation What were the challenges of this project? Because of the construction of the building—the exposed timber frame and ceiling in particular— I couldn’t move the plumbing or hide any of the ductwork or use any recessed lighting, so all that had to be exposed, but I didn’t want it to obscure the amazing timber ceiling. Everything had to be coordinated pretty carefully.

Why do you love this project? This is one of my favorite projects. When we started, the loft was dark, chopped up; I really love how a few seemingly simple moves totally transformed it. I would live here—it’s really bright, and I love the texture of the brick and the beams; I also love that the plan works really well for a solo inhabitant or for a party....

Did you break any “design rules?” Well, not a big rule, but we bucked the trend of a big fridge dominating the kitchen and used drawers in the island instead. This was in part also due to the limitations we had with plumbing—we couldn’t get gas or the sink drain and vent into the island because of the way the building was set up, so we had to put them both on the back wall. But I love the fridge drawers, and I plan to use them when I renovate my kitchen later this year!

How is this project unique? I like to think all our projects are unique—it’s one of the things I really love about my work. I love to work on challenging projects, whether it be a major redo of a townhouse, a new building on a difficult site, or, like this one, a space which had a lot of limitations but also a lot of potential. And since all my projects have unique challenges, they all have unique solutions. But I think the common thread to all my work is that the solution ends up looking very simple and clear—like it really couldn’t be any other way.


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➊ The living, kitchen, and dining spaces span the entire front of the building, with exposures on three sides. ➋ The kitchen, in the center, is set up for serious cooking and for a lot of entertaining. ➌ A small office is seperated from the main living space by a glazed pocket door. ➍ The entry provides lots of storage while the glazed transom allows the space to feel as expansive as possible.

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Heirloom Millwork Why do you love this project? The passion the homeowners had in taking on this huge undertaking and making a dream become a reality was inspiring. They replaced a worn down eighty-year-old home in an idyllic location and worked with Hutker Architects to design a new house that would pay homage to the old structure. Thoughtfully incorporating traditional millwork, moldings, and exposed-beam ceilings, they effectively created an updated version of the charming garrison home that once stood on this site. This home radiates comfort and style in a delicate balance that makes it timeless. The abundance of built-in cabinetry, benches, and storage throughout the home harkens back to a previous era. The kitchen includes a gorgeous island painted a modern, eye-catching blue with plenty of counter space and storage. Seating at an elevated counter separates guests from food prep. The kitchen cabinetry discreetly conceals modern appliances like the range hood, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Painted tongue-and-groove nickel-gap ceiling boards and beams tie together the entire space,


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creating an amazing feeling. A seamless collaboration between Hutker Architects, John J. Early Builders, and Herrick & White led to this amazing outcome. Everyone worked together for the common good of the project. The ultimate moment for me was when I had the opportunity to meet the homeowner as we did a final walk-through. She was so appreciative of the effort and quality that was put forth. I felt such a sense of pride. What is the most distinctive part of this project? A source of pride for us is a walnut curved-front vanity tucked into the first-floor powder room. Crafted from plain-sawn walnut, the elegantly curved drawer front gets your attention. The sink and backsplash were honed from a single solid slab of stone weighing more than 500 pounds. This complex beauty has an airy lattice bottom shelf to allow heat to rise from a grate below. This is not your typical vanity. It is a well-designed piece of heirloom-quality custom furniture.


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Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers 3 Flat Street Cumberland, RI 02864 401-658-0440, ext. 314 Instagram: herrick_white

➊ The heart of this home provides family chef(s) ample space to maneuver with enough elbow room for family and friends to socialize. ➋ Crafted in plain-sawn walnut, the first-floor powder room is home to this elegant vanity. ➌ The latticed bottom shelf, reminiscent of an airy spa, is a practical design element allowing warm air to rise from the heat source below. ➍ The drawer front and matching trim are formed into graceful curves using a system that Herrick & White employs to craft a variety of curved woodwork.


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Seamless Automation What were the clients’ goals for this project? The clients have a large family and enjoy entertaining both indoors and poolside. Their technological needs focused on creating a warm and welcoming environment that is replicated throughout the house and the outdoor space. Most days, the house has multiple music streams playing in various spaces. The challenge is to provide an even and balanced sound to enhance the experience without disturbing the rest of the environment. With the shift to remote working and online learning, individual control is even more crucial. The pool area is surrounded by directional speakers that allow for a concert-like atmosphere without disturbing the neighbors. What do your clients appreciate most about this project? Every aspect of this home has an automated component built to harmoniously work together to enhance the family’s living environment. Although filled with intelligent devices, the technology seamlessly blends with the design of the space. In the family room, we integrated a custom 148

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frame around the television to match the trim work and to present the television as a design element. Additionally, in another room, we installed a frame TV that when not used displays a variety of artwork. Lastly, the motorized shades were designed with a pocket, so they disappear when open. What makes this project unique? Light and a connection with nature have a drastic impact on our emotional and physical health. The owner wanted large windows that provide a lot of light and a perfect view of their scenic background, but large windows provide little protection from the morning sun that drastically heats up the kitchen. A combination of motorized shades and lighting control filters the glare while still providing a comfortable engagement with natural light. The shades were designed to limit the intensity of the sun while still allowing the owners to view their yard. Their system also operates in tandem with the astronomical clock by completely lowering the shades and dimming the lights at sunset. PHOTO CREDIT: KEITARO YOSHIOKA HEADSHOT PHOTO: DOROTHY GRECO

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➊ The kitchen was designed to be open and inviting while functional. Voice-controlled shades and lighting make working a breeze. ➋ Discreet directional speakers provide an enveloping atmosphere but don’t disturb neighboring homes. ➌ The family room is designed to be warm and inviting— the perfect place to watch your favorite movie. ➍ This space is designed to be the home office of the future. It’s equipped with a motorized standing desk, Sonos, and automated shades and lighting to provide the ultimate productivity.

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Hillside Terrace How is this project unique? The little details set this project apart. Water storage tanks beneath the terrace were put in place, collecting the rainwater for reuse and minimizing the cost and environmental impact of water usage. A structure housing the pool equipment built into the hillside stands out as an architectural element while remaining unobtrusive to its surroundings. Significant infrastructure concealed within the landscape maintains the functionality of this beautiful space. What were the clients’ goals for this project, and how did you address them? The clients desired an outdoor space with a pool where they could enjoy the outdoors while watching their young children play. Designed by local landscape architect Elizabeth Hanna Morss, there is a clear connection between the pool and separate sitting area, extending beneath the house to a covered dining space, grounding the architec-

ture with the landscape. The clients’ needs were achieved by this new space, connecting the home to the untouched riverside meadow below. Every project has its challenges, what were the challenges faced in this particular project? At the initial site meeting, the first thought that came to mind was “you want to put a pool where?!” This project was particularly challenging due to the steep fifty-foot-plus grade change, from where the house is perched high above, to the river below. The project was designed, engineered, and built in such a way to maximize the usable space while remaining sensitive to the conservation restrictions and historic nature of the neighborhood. The site had to be approached from the bottom up to create a terraced area before the landscape work could begin. When working on a hillside like this with so many moving parts, careful consideration must be given to the sequence of work to ensure a successful outcome.


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➊ The overall backyard is a fun and functional entertainment space.

➋ Brick and stone contrast beautifully at the fireplace sitting area.

➌ The pool area is secluded and private with views of the neighboring river. ➍ A veneered concrete structure built into the hillside serves as a pool storage shed. ➎ Fieldstone masonry walls provide a textured dining background.

ONYX Corporation 18 Wetherbee St. Acton, MA 01720 978-263-1185 JULIE BERGERON


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A Testament to Hope Why do you love this project? To have been part of the group that saved from the wrecking ball, an historic 1880s house, which was once abandoned and deemed unsalvageable. To have been party to a group in which all parties had a voice and whose various talents and loves combined to create a delightful and successful home. The architectural team, Jill Neubauer Architects, that caught the spirit of the place and location; the project manager, John Cooke,


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his knowledge, skill, and respect for all things gone before and those yet to come; and the late Roger Revelle, known for being the father of the “greenhouse effect” and first to coin the term “global warming” as well as the father of the best of clients. Little wonder the house on Little Harbor is a testament to hope, a LEED house, that integrated all that is environmentally sound as best we knew how.


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A Back Bay High-Tech Haven Why do you love this project? One of the things we loved most about this project is we were brought on from the very beginning. From conception and design to implementation, we worked closely with the designer and homeowners to create this space. While the architecture and interior ornamentation played a very large role, the focus on seamlessly integrating technology transformed this luxury home into a robust smart home featuring all the bells and whistles wrapped up into this unique interior design.

What were the challenges faced in this project? One of the ongoing challenges with this project was integrating the technology with the specific design of this home. Everything, from the 50 architectural speakers to the lighting and shades, required a high degree of customization and mockups to get just right. By customizing all the components, down to the outlets and HVAC grills to be flushed to the ceilings and walls, we were able to accomplish everything the homeowner was looking for.

How is this project unique? With this project, we were given free rein to implement the latest in smart-home technology. The homeowners are avid audiophiles and videophiles so we realized early on that this was one of those “once in a lifetime” projects where you get to really have a great time executing a project without limits in achieving specific design or technological elements. As the homeowners really appreciate the technology behind the project, they knew the importance of getting seamless integration. They were thrilled with the end product: all the technology implemented without taking anything away from the important design narrative.

Was there an “ah-ha” moment when working on this project that you knew you were creating something unique for the homeowners? We knew this was going to be a pretty unique project from the beginning, seeing renderings of the space early from the design team. The “ah-ha” moment for us came when we were able to see all the lighting design coming together in real life. With all the intricate LEDs and custom Italian fixtures that we retrofitted to work with our technology and voltage, it was special to see us fulfilling the designer’s vision for the home while incorporating the latest in smart-home technology.


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➊ With Alexa voice control you can turn on a “Good Morning” scene from the comfort of your bed. This opens the shades, sets the lights and temperature, and turns on the TVs throughout the house to your usual morning viewing. ➋ Lutron Palladiom keypads control finishes are matched with each location to make the tech accessible yet invisible. ➌ LG W-series “Wallpaper” OLED TV with a completely hidden box, giving the sense of a TV suspended magically on the wall. Sonance architectural speakers are placed to match. ➍ Savant touch panels provide whole-home control in a few essential places. This touch-panel here is for the home office. ➎ Another LG W-series TV, this one with a semi-recessed box.

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Historic Farm Property What were the client’s goals, and how did you address them? The client really wanted a landscape that was going to be both beautiful and productive. The property was a farm dating back to the 1700s, and the owners hoped to honor that. We chose reclaimed fieldstone and granite for the masonry work to give the landscape an established look and feel. We also included an orchard and an extensive vegetable garden, which includes a chicken coop. Now the family can structure their daily meals around what they can harvest from the garden. Why do you love this project? This project has been incredibly rewarding and is a perfect example of our full company process. We are a landscape design/installation/maintenance com-


pany, and all those pieces were, and continue to be, instrumental in making this project a success. We were also fortunate to develop a great working relationship with the talented team from Adams & Beasley as part of this project. How is this project unique? The scope and size of this property allowed us to design and install several features that we have not done before. This is our first productive orchard, our first chance to work on the construction of a greenhouse—building stone walls and beautiful granite detailing, and our first horse paddock. Collaborating with the architects and builders also opened some unique opportunities, such as moving the existing barn and having them build an amazing custom pergola for the pool area.


a Blade of Grass, LLC 9 Old County Road Sudbury, MA 01776 508-358-4500


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Earning a Client’s Trust Why do you love this project? I love this particular project because the final product came out incredible. The clients didn’t have many requests besides wanting a modern kitchen, so when I put together the design and chose all the finishes, they trusted me and my sense of what the space should look like. They allowed us to do our best to make the project be the best it can be. We were able to overcome any challenges by making smart decisions, without significantly affecting


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the timeline or budget. It makes me extremely happy to know that I have had a positive impact on their lives by giving them a kitchen that they love and will be able to enjoy for many, many years to come. Each kitchen is individually custommade to suit not only our clients’ needs, but their dreams as well. Our reputation is safe because our clients are getting much more than function, they are getting the kind of beauty that sets their home apart.


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Coveted Home Office Why do you love this project? We have fallen in love with this space all over again as 2020 brings new meaning to the coveted home office. The custom desk and contemporary built-in bookcases make this office both beautiful and highly functional. This home is one of our all-time favorite projects. Our design concept was to capture our client’s personal aesthetic, while paying homage to the classic Victorian architecture and pushing the boundaries in newly imagined spaces. What were the client’s goals for this project? Our client, a writer, desired a tranquil home office. However, we also needed to


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retain a guest space on the second floor. By reworking the layout, we were able to carve out this amazing space that offers our client both a cozy sitting area and a functional work area. The sleek sleeper sofa allows her to easily convert the sitting area into a guest room when needed. What was once a small, inefficient closet and dark TV den is now a spacious, airy retreat within her home. What does your client appreciate the most about this project? It is such a serene room, with views of the treetops and a soft delicate palette. This room is a perfect blend of form and function while capturing the homeowner’s contemporary aesthetic.


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Historic Coastal Home Why do you love this project? This is a large property with several challenges, water views, and varying spaces. It was a chance to address a multitude of needs, including space for outdoor dining and entertaining, private fireside quiet, a meadow and orchard, formalized parking, a pool area, a guest house, a vegetable garden, and fencing to contain the family dogs. The huge existing purple beech and oak trees give the property a wonderful cathedral-like feeling. What do your clients appreciate the most about this project? They absolutely adore the garden pictured here, as it links the house to the pool area. Throughout the summer, they travel down three steps to access the garden, traverse the bluestone path, and

then down three more steps to the pool gate. On the way they experience a variety of seasonal blooms, scents, colors, and pollinators, as well as the sheer joy of an ebullient perennial garden. What were the challenges faced in this project? This particular area was a sloping, muddy, ill-defined space. We sought to create a terraced approach, which created the perennial garden and tidied and formalized the driveway. We also created a reclaimed cobblestone and Cape Ann granite apron that links the main steps from the house to the pool garden steps. The huge apron spans the driveway, decoratively breaks up the peastone, and invites the homeowners to the pool.

Hilarie Holdsworth Design, in collaboration with Carter Roberts Construction and Walker Creek Gardens, created this lush garden space among others at this historic North Shore home. We took a neglected, sloping space between the home’s entry and pool area and created terraces, utilizing retaining walls, elegant reclaimed stonework, flowering trees, and long-season perennials.


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The Mixing of Styles Were there any architects/designers that influenced this work? The French designer Jean-Michel Frank once said, “I believe that a less severe principle can be found—the mixing of styles.” This quote served as inspiration for our clients and design team throughout the renovation and design of their South End townhouse. It was important to our clients that we maintain and elevate the historic architecture by restoring the original ornamental plaster ceiling and crown moldings and incorporating new wood inlaid floors throughout the first floor. Our team also worked with the homeowners to honor the diverse collection of furnishings and artwork that they have curated over many years. The design features restored pieces from the 1940s and two Jean-Michel Frank

McMahon Architects enhanced a historic townhome with modern updates. Living spaces were transformed with a contemporary design that is sophisticated, yet personal for the homeowners.

lounge chairs reupholstered in emerald-green velvet. Many of the objects displayed represent treasured memories that cultivate a sense of home and should be celebrated. What were the client’s goals for this project? The owners tasked us with a design that felt fresh and renewed against the historic backdrop of their home. The design team embraced a modern custom area rug, brass and velvet, blackened steel, and a new chandelier. The geometry of the cocktail tables is a contemporary take on brass and adds sophistication. The jewel tones of the velvet furniture lend warmth and richness to the room. The different seating areas in the living room give the sense of separate spaces while working together.


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The Sunken Courtyard Tell us about this project and what makes it unique? This renovated sunken courtyard created a functional and beautiful extension of the client’s indoor living space from their garden-level unit outward. Old brick walls juxtapose clean lines of durable ipe hardwood fencing and smooth black steel planters, while oversized bluestone pavers make for an interesting and unexpected experience. The space comes to life at night with an illuminated row of Yellow Groove Bamboo and specialty down-lighting throughout. This backdrop is especially dramatic when viewed from within the

house. A long counter equipped with a gas grill, blackened stainless-steel cabinetry, and a built-in ice bucket frames the bluestone terrace. The countertop was hand selected by the homeowner from a soapstone quarry in Vermont. How is this project different from other projects of yours? Many of our residential and commercial projects are large and complex in scope and scale. This project was only 20’x15’, yet it created an outsized impact on the homeowner’s property and daily use of the space.


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The space comes to life at night and highlights the newly installed bamboo planting and grill counter. This sunken courtyard is an oasis hidden below a city alleyway.


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Window Shopping Waterfront living translates into glass galore in these modern homes.


7 BEDROOMS 7 FULL BATHS 1 PARTIAL BATH 14,458 SQ. FT. $10,000,000

LAKE EFFECT Inspired by the simplicity of a Japanese teahouse, this property is composed of three integrated “pods” on multiple planes with sloping rooflines. The home sits on six tranquil woodland acres on the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, with 430 feet of lakefront and 180-degree views. The current homeowners met the challenge of building on a rugged, steep site by embracing nature and surrounding the expansive 14,000-square-foot home with lots of decking and outdoor living spaces. There are seven en suite bedrooms, and plenty of common and “away” areas, including a vaulted great room and formal dining room divided by a double-sided granite

fireplace; a soundproof library/media room; a fully equipped gym, spa, and sauna; and an extraordinary kitchen designed for the current homeowner who is a classically trained chef. This multipurpose family home has been used to host retreats, concerts, and nonprofit fundraisers. It evokes a sense of “peace and calm,” says the homeowner. “It’s a great place to explore one’s creativity, make music, read a book, or just be.” It’s a getaway for all seasons, as stunning on the

sunniest days as it is in cooler weather when the wind blows briskly across the lake. CONTACT: Adam Dow, Keller Williams Lakes and

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SURF’S UP Enchanting ocean-and-sky views visually amplify the interiors of this 3,000-square-foot home on Moody Beach, a private oceanfront community in Wells, Maine. “It’s like watching the Atlantic on IMAX,” says Kelley LaRue of studio kl in New Hampshire. In 2007, the architecture/ design consultant worked on the transformation of a very small “beach camp” into this contemporary gem. The renovation didn’t impact the street-side exterior for code and permit reasons, but seaside, expansive window walls enhance both the view and the sleek modern spaces within. Steel beams


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overhead hint at industrial influences, but light bamboo flooring throughout warms up everything quite nicely. A comfortable living area dominates the main level; slate flooring defines the small, efficient kitchen. Quartz countertops mimic the texture of beach sand, while a glass backsplash reflects the water view. A staircase with textured glass steps, open risers, and glass railings leads you up to the intriguingly open main bedroom suite where the sleeping, relaxing, and bathing areas (with river rock flooring) are one. A soaking tub sits out in the open on a tile platform. Clad in river rock, the oversized shower

allows full ocean views. Got company? No worries; there’s an additional bedroom on the main level, and, at ground level, you’ll find guest quarters with two more bedrooms and another kitchen. CONTACT: Adam Parent, Mainstream Real

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A BLANK SLATE One-of-a-kind is one way to describe this property, but it might be more accurate to say it’s “open to interpretation.” Designed by noted New England architect Charles Rose, the L-shaped courtyard house is situated on a natural rise on a four-acre site, offering dynamic views of Todd Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The striking structure is built of architectural concrete, which allows for bold cantilevers, expanses of glass, and wide-open interiors. Those interiors, as designed by Rose, include five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. They’re fitted with rift-sawn oak with sixteen-inch-wide oak plank flooring, oak casework and millwork, a stainlesssteel-and-glass main staircase, and minimalist concrete details throughout. But here’s the rub—or the opportunity, depending on your perspective: This rare custom home isn’t exactly finished. Sometime after the building shell was complete and before any work started indoors, the homeowners divorced and decided to sell the house as is. The approved construc-

tion plans are available, but the photos you see here are renderings. Listing agent Lauren Holleran allows that this is a “complicated property with a pretty specific buyer,” but she points out that the floor plan’s openness makes the possibilities endless. “When you enter, the volume of space is breathtaking. It’s a vast, open expanse, and huge windows enhance that feeling,” she says. CONTACT: Lauren Holleran, Gibson Sotheby's

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Furnishings Show


The show celebrates twentyfive years of spotlighting the best of handcrafted furniture and accessories from regional and national craftspeople. WaterFire Arts Center, Providence

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Shop for gifts and holiday decor at this historic estate at The Fells in Newbury, New Hampshire.

Bid on bespoke rugs designed by the 2020 5 Under 40 honorees during this year’s virtual auction. All proceeds benefit Barakat.

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Students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University will hold their annual sale online this year. Proceeds support artists and students. ››  CraftBoston

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The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England


As we wrap up 2020 and look ahead to a new year, we find ourselves appreciating the comforts of home and applauding our design community on many different levels. Though we missed oohing and ahhing over the designer-decorated tabletops during the annual Heading Home to Dinner fundraiser this fall, we’re proud to say that the team behind the event was determined to continue helping families facing homelessness. Founders Elizabeth Benedict, Kristen Rivoli, and Mally Skok hosted #Pause4Peace, a virtual event that raised more than $25,000 for the Boston-based nonprofit Heading Home. The philanthropy didn’t stop with Heading Home, either. Dianne O’Connor and the team at Weston Table, a boutique in Weston, Massachusetts, launched the Maileg Mouse with a Mission Campaign to help people during the pandemic. Proceeds from the sales of certain Maileg plush mice are donated to charity. The inaugural Nurse Mouse campaign raised more than $10,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital. In the latest initiative, sales of Maileg’s Chef Mouse support the nonprofit No Kid Hungry. We’re sending a hearty congratulations to the Sevinor family, owners of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, which is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker commemorated the milestone with a proclamation celebrating the company’s many philanthropic initiatives and its commitment to hiring local employees. Architect Patrick Ahearn is also marking a significant career

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Shop for handcrafted items right from your home. The virtual market will feature the work of local and nationally renowned craftspeople. Enjoy special online programming December 12–13.


Kenneth C. Turino traces the evolving celebration of Christmas in New England from a rowdy party to a family-centric event for this virtual program.


The virtual architectural exposition features both live and on-demand workshops, an expo hall, keynote speeches, and more.

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milestone: practicing architecture for forty years. For the occasion, Ahearn is offering his fifteen-episode Patrick Ahearn’s Studio course free of charge, eliminating any economic barrier to learning about the field of architecture. The online course shares both practical information and conceptual ideas about designing a home from one of New England’s most noted architects. Grab your sunscreen: Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Catherine Truman Architects will open a new office in North Falmouth on Cape Cod in order to be closer to its many projects on the Cape and the islands. The Shade Store has expanded to a new Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, location, bringing the total number of stores to six in the state and eight throughout





New England. Now is the time to take care of those bare windows as we head into the cold winter months. Looking to stay ahead of the curve for flooring trends, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors has created an in-house Transformative Design Team. The crossdepartmental collective works to develop innovative ideas that could be the next hot flooring concept. Their inaugural collaboration resulted in an abstract design reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting. Are paint-splattered floors in our future? If you want to make the most of your next visit to the Boston Design Center, first download the BDC app, which received significant upgrades this fall. It now offers users the ability to search for brands and products, request tear sheets,

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New England Home’s editor in chief, Jenna Talbott, joined designers Corey Damen Jenkins and Young Huh in a conversation about the changing needs and purposes of the home. Huh and Jenkins shared their favorite projects and ideas on embracing your home as your sanctuary, while keeping it a safe space that can serve a variety of functions. The panelists offered advice for bringing magic into your everyday life through design, decorating children’s spaces, and breaking the confines of the desk when working from home.

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Inside and Out: Making the Most Out of Your Indoor and Outdoor Space Summer spurred people to create more transitional home spaces, but the months ahead pose new challenges as cold weather limits time spent outdoors. New England Home’s Jenna Talbott moderated a panel on outdoor living that included Chris Brown of b Architecture Studio, Gabrielle Bove of Eleven Interiors, Gregory Lombardi of Gregory Lombardi Design, and Sarah Lawson of S+H Construction. The discussion dove into adjusting your outdoor spaces to extend time spent outside and expand range of use.

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New England Home’s editor at large, Clinton Smith, led a conversation with famed interior designer Timothy Corrigan. During this presentation, Corrigan took the audience on a virtual world tour as he shared images from his international projects, some of which are featured in his latest book, The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today. Corrigan identified important lessons he learned from these projects, sharing tips on symmetry, color, drama, and more. He closed the presentation with a reminder that you can live beautifully no matter your style and that elegance does not have to mean the sacrifice of comfort.


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CELEBRATING WITHIN: TRADITION WITH A TWEAK PAGES 27–29 Architecture: Kyle Sheffield, LDa Architecture & Interiors, Cambridge, Mass., 508-348-5272, Floral arrangements: Jennifer Figge, Figge Floral Studio, Chestnut Hill, Mass., MAKING MERRY PAGE 30 Landscape design: Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk, Maine, 207-967-2414, HOME SWEET HOME PAGE 32 Floral design: Sandra Sigman, Les Fleurs, Andover, Mass., 978-475-9669, Cabinetry: Crown Point Cabinetry, Claremont, N.H., 800-999-4994, Cakes: Suziecakes, North Andover, Mass., 978-376-5847 COMFORT & JOY PAGE 34 Interior design: Terry John Woods, PAINT IT BLACK PAGES 48–52 Interior design: Trevor Fulmer, Trevor Fulmer Design, Boston, 570-974-8411,

MAGIC MOMENTS PAGES 122–129 Interior design: Sandra Cavallo, Old Silver Shed, Builder and interior millwork: Tom Sederman, Sederman Builders, Monument Beach, Mass., 508-759-9050, Cabinetry: Doug Abbe, Classic Woodworks, Cataumet, Mass., 508-563-9922, Landscape design: Suzanne Apellaniz, Artistic Garden Design, Falmouth, Mass., 774-392-1809 Decorative painter: Michele LaCamera, Vintage Reclaimed, West Falmouth, Mass., 781-640-5707, Dining room fireplace: European Home, Middleton, Mass., 781-324-8383, A NEW LEASE ON LIFE PAGES 130–141 Architecture: D. Michael Collins, D. Michael Collins Architects, South Natick, Mass., 508-651-7099, Interior design: Tiffany LeBlanc, LeBlanc Design, Boston, Mass., 857-957-0911, Builder: Fergal Moughan, Moughan Contracting, Newton, Mass., 617-594-5237, Interior millwork: Greg Hernandez, Wood Touch Up Master, 617-821-3220 Kitchen design: Venegas and Company, Boston, Mass., 617-439-8800,

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MOUNTAIN MODERN PAGES 110–121 Architecture: Brian Hamor, Hamor Architecture Associates, Stowe, Vt., 802-497-4224 Interior design: Amber Hodgins, Amber Hodgins Design, Stowe, Vt., 802-585-5544, Builder: Brendan O’Reilly, Gristmill Builders, Waterbury Center, Vt., 802-882-8410, Landscape design: H. Keith Wagner, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Burlington, Vt., 802-864-0010,

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Paper Play ith more and more children learning and playing on screens, parents will be happy to find a holiday gift that focuses on old-fashioned hands-on creativity. Cardkits ($5–$49) are build-it-yourself paper buildings, furniture, landscaping, and vehicles that allow kids to craft homes—everything from realistic row houses to rustic country estates—and furnish them with a classic or modern aesthetic. The toys are the brainchild of Anther Kiley, a Providence-based graphic designer and Rhode Island School of Design instructor who conceived

of the concept while waxing nostalgic for the paper cities he created as a child. Kiley noted the popularity of online “world building” and realized the time was right for sharing his analog version. For a bit of whimsy, the made-in-Rhode-Island kits come with colorful fish characters, each with its own distinct name. Fish populated the make-believe cities of Kiley’s youth. Think these meticulous neighborhoods look complicated? Don’t worry: the pieces are constructed with pop-out parts that require only a dot of glue.


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